Health: Food Lifestyles, Quantum Consciousness & Stress.
"Eat this avocado" they said
"Drink this juice" they advised
"Don't eat meat" they warned
Along my journey, as most of us, I have listened to and been 'fed' a heap of information, suggestions, 'expert' advice and recommendations as to the key to having a healthy body and solutions to resolve medical issues. The latest fad diet or 'superfood' that is able to give great health in any form consumed - raw, baked, smoothie or as a pill, apparently.
I have been extremely lucky to have never been on a diet or cared about they way that I look, believing that health is about the inner and not the outer - however on the other hand, I have had severe illnesses from tumours, exzema, alopecia, developed a stutter, temporary blindness, severe food intolerances, pleurisy, kidney inflammation, lichten planus auto immune skin disorder and the latest, genetic high cholesterol, not to mention a whole host of other illnesses along the way...
My personal life journey has taken me across the UK, having been born and raised in London, and also to living in many other countries across the planet with varied lifestyles, food cultures, habits and traditions - on reflection, from both this global journey and of my personal internal journey of bad health to good health, really bad health and really good health, sudden illnesses and occasional unexplained symptoms, I have observed, reflected, noticed and realised a few crucial things about 'health' and the mismatch of food awareness that we have in the UK, USA and Australia - 3 main countries where I have travelled to or lived in that I am using as examples where 'fad' diets, superfoods and marketing for foods has been getting out of hand and the populations actually becoming more and more unaware of food related health - not using statistics but from my everyday conversations and observations.
So I have recently retuned to living in the UK after living in Sicily. Prior to that I had been living in or travelled extensively to Saudi, Portugal, Indonesia, Vietnam, Slovakia, Japan, France, Austria, India, Scandinavia and The US.
The food cultures in these places are all different as we know.
Not one diet is the same as another.
Some eat meat and others don't, some wheat and others not, some dairy and others not.
So as we can already see, not one food item or diet is the best, as 'sold' to us in the UK & USA...
My journey to now having a healthy and peaceful soul has shown me after years of long and careful observations that the world of health, food, lifestyles and genetics are a combination to be discovered individually be EACH of us:
Top 3 Factors To Good Health:
Respect for Food.
What does this mean?
I recently saw a lady in a London supermarket with a shopping basket full of 'superfoods', 'healthy' foods and the obligatory avocado (as marketed to us in the UK & USA as a food that is good for EVERYONE all year round, along with ginger and tumeric!). It was a January afternoon and I realised that she, like many Brits were on a drive to eat 'healthy' and 'get fit' (very nice, if only the education about individual health and inner health, not size). As she waited in line at the check out, I observed her placing the basket on the dirty supermarket floor and continually kicking the basket with her foot (and muddy shoes). This lack of respect for the food and the energy that the foods absorb stood out to me. Now one might say this is a ridiculous observation, as food is food, no matter how it arrives. In the countries that I have noticed better health, there is a clear respect for food. By this, I don't mean the actual food, but the mode of cultivation, delivery and handling. I have never seen anyone even in Sicily or Vietnam kicking food along the floor (boxed or not) then eating it.
Food intolerances in the past nearly killed me - I was intolerant to almost ALL foods apart from five 'safe' items. Even 'health' foods like a tomato or pineapple would set me off into a pain with stabbing like sensations, sweats and need for the bathroom and sometimes hospital, whee my body just turned on me leaving me weak and in pain for sometimes up to 48 hours. At that time I was unable to manage stress and had also been a meat eater then Vegetarian and also a vegan (for ethical rather than health reasons) - none of which helped my illnesses. There are many types of diet lifestyles from the ayuvedic which is based on the balancing of your unique body type that we each have with the seasons and environment to the Mediterranean fish based diet and many, many more. The respect of food preparation and consumption is the linking factor that I have observed. Obviously I am not for one minute suggesting that the food we eat isn't important, as I know very well from my personal journey that when I was diagnosed by a kinesiologist in minutes as having food intolerances that were causing my severe stabbing pains (as opposed to the doctors confirming that I had an extra long floating rib causing the pain, so the solution would be immediate surgery to chop a bit off!) that I had to remove certain foods from my diet. These foods were aggravating my 'messed up' unbalanced body full of stress hormone. I didn't want to hear that I was suffering from stress at the time, as like many of us, the physical symptoms that went from stabbing pains to temporary blindness seemed to be more than just 'psychological' Now decades on, with an abundance of medical, emotional, food and lifestyle awareness from my journey and world observations, I have no doubt that each of us needs to find our own foods that work for us but to also combine that with preparing and consuming in a more slower, respectful and aware way and to know that genetics from generations and our own cell memories will impact is at some point.
We all know the person who eats whatever they want and never gets sick, - that was my dad who was not only an alcoholic but ate what he wanted - but he did it in a healthy 'selfish' way - not giving a second thought for anything or anyone when preparing and eating food. On the other hand there are the people who eat well, follow dietary advice, take supplements and cook 'healthily' yet are ill. This was my mother! She didn't eat peacefully and was a worrier, overthinking and spending more time looking at ingredients (using a lot of brain power energy causing stress) and studying about food. There are many of us who are prone to this overthinking about what is good, bad and ingredients these days - trying to follow this expert and that. It can be highly beneficial, if not causing, like in the case of my mother and mine in the past, more stress...
Eating in Peace or Company.
I see how 'healthier' cultures eat differently, from fish (Japan) and meat (Portugal) to bread (Slovakia), duck fat (France) to pasta (Italy) - I often see tv documentaries, magazine articles and blogs on what is 'good' for health and what is 'unhealthy' here in the UK (we usually follow the US faster than the rest of the world). There is a constant debate about what diet is the 'best' for health. At the moment there is a push for the vegan diet. Last year the gluten-free and a decade before the low carb. Apart from the fact that not only are we all built completely different, requiring different foods at different seasons to stay well, the fact is that no matter what one eats, the manner in which we prepare it, eat it and digest it is what counts too. The cultures mentioned above all have varied diets and so it should be obvious that no food is 'better' than another.
There is one thing that they have in common and that is that they have a culture of eating in peace, without scrolling through their phones on Facebook or Instagram, not in front of the TV watching violence, stress causing shows or depressing scenes and often in company. Lunches and dinners are not a quick 5 minute snack at the computer or on the bus, but time is made to eat together, even in silence. Portion control is apparent and smaller servings are the norm.
There is not a culture of buying processed foods either. When I travel I am not too interested in the local sights or tourist attractions but more the understanding of the people and culture - social anthropological observations are my thing, and from this natural ability to analyse for patterns which proved solutions as to why people 'suffer'. One of the first things that I do to get to know the community and culture of the place that I am in, is to go to the local supermarket, for it is here that observations about lifestyle and health can be ascertained. Where I am currently, the local supermarket offers cakes, sweets, fizzy drinks and packaged sandwiches at the main entrance. Following this several lanes of prepackaged, convenient foods, cheap processed meats, packed cut vegetables, processed breads and tins and jars of ready cooked ingredients. This is followed by the last two lanes before the check out filled with alcohol, crisps and chocolates. This supermarket caters for ever increasing unhealthy inhabitants of it's town. Ten years ago I lived here and saw thinner people. Size isn't a factor to health, but there are not many 'big boned' people in other communities that I have lived in / travelled to. The marketing for pre packaged and processed for here in the UK is phenomenal - now selling 'superfoods' and 'miracle' foods, like ginger, quinoa and vegan options in processed formats as ready meals and convenience foods. Food mixed with unnatural ingredients full of preservatives and sugar with a shelf life or freezer life of up to two months! Preserved fish, sauces and pickles are common in other cultures where heath is better, but the natural way that they are produced are important in the preservation. They are also eaten in moderation and in the right season with the right foods and in the right context - all of which offer health benefits.
Eating In Moderation.
I would love to see the face of my Sicilian friends mother, or my Slovakian friends grandma if I said: "I can't eat meat or pasta as they are not healthy." Some of the healthiest communities in the world that I have been part of in some what are in parts of Italy or Japan, Iceland or France, for example, where the average age of dying reaches into the 90's and health issues associated with old age are not common. The absence of processed foods, eating in peace with others, seasonally and in moderation are the only things that link my observations across these countries of planet, along with daily exercise, whether that be walking or working (not necessarily the gym or team sports).
Of course for some, like me in the past, some foods set my allergies off or I was prone to exzema - but after eating in moderation, peacefully in a relaxed environment, taking (making) my time and not overthinking causing stress, these illnesses disappeared. Using smaller plates, eating a small amount of each type of food according to the season and eating a small plate to START my digestion process, followed by eating a moderate amount of foods and then eating or drinking a small amount of food or a drink to FINISH the meal and aid digestion. The UK eating culture, along with the US and Austrailia, seem ignorant to the MODE of food and meals, creating confusing and illness to many - whereby people are spending huge amounts on the next latest fad or superfood, when really just a simple awareness of moderation and emotional intelligence are needed. I don't know how many times I've seen Brits ordering a milky coffee after dinner as they assume that Italians do this (actually they drink an espresso to aid digestion) - the food ignorance is what can often cause confusion and ill health. Many years ago I only had British friends having being born here and over the years my circle has become mainly foreign. I see how they eat and drink and what once seemed odd to me - as a typical Brit, now makes so much sense. Drinking 3 pints of beer without eating or not feeling well so having a few' drinks to cheer up and then trying to eat 'healthily' buy buying a prepackaged salad full of chemicals and eating it on the busy, noisy tube going home, feeling rough and then complaining that salad isn't making me feel healthy. I, like many people from other cultures don't eat out often currently live on spending about £10 a week on fresh foods - preparing 90% of meals at home - a range of ingredients and eating in peace often entertaining friends as a way of having nice company - even if eating in silence.
I am not saying that eating anything is ok if it is done in good company, in moderation and respecting the food - as I have suggested above, but from my personal journey I can say that with the lack of these things COUPLED with eating when stressed or having a 'stressy' lifestyle (over cramming appointments and commitments) can and often does create bad health - like in my case from the past, celiac, allergies and skin issues. I am not the only Brit that has been told by the doctor that the symptoms and illnesses that I am presenting are 'unknown' or because of gluten, dairy or certain vegetables (deadly nightshade aubergines for example!). I have recovered from severe intolerances and illnesses by making the changes in my life mentioned above and cutting out stress from my life. I work less in order to spend less giving me more time than money - and this is a success in my life.
Health is my Wealth.
I have observed, as the world has, an increase in obesity in the gulf states for example noticing a rise in larger people in Saudi since I left in 2011 until now, and also wheat intolerances in countries such as Italy and France where lifestyles have changed. The Arab states have had huge marketing campaigns from fast food giants from America offering donuts, burgers, pizzas and other sugary foods & beverages that were not present a generation ago - however more worrying than that is the fact that the LIFESTYLE of eating in this American (now British) way of 'on the go' or in busy and chaotic fast food 'restaurants' has slowly infiltrated these places that once relied on peaceful home-cooked family meals with set foods in moderation and seasonal foods. I was shocked when living in Saudi to see so many over weight people who had adopted the 'free' and American lifestyle of eating in a way that encourages poor processed food with snacking, eating alone in the car on the way to appointments and in chaos or traffic. Many people looking up to the British or American teachers and wanting to copy their way of living - eating out and eating junk food, believing that this is 'the dream', to be follow The US or UK culture. Once upon a time families in The US and UK had wonderful traditions of home-cooked food, portion control and seasonal foods and it s only a pity that the rest of the world isn't following that buy instead the modern culture that is present now ...This can only get worse as the US and the UK continue with their wonderful marketing of lifestyles offering the American dream and western freedom - which are not givers of peace and health... I am not against the US or my country of the UK in any way, but I am aware of the marketing of food via a lifestyle rather than for health. There is a higher rate of family breakdown and divorce in the European world than in previous decades and this stress can only lead to more cases of stress related food allergies/intolerances that I once experienced. More people eating alone or comfort eating in these places, leading to illness and poor health. This factor could explain the increasing rates of food allergies in these places.
Finally, 'genetic' illnesses are another discussion altogether...
The person who eats well and has a good eating lifestyle yet become sick and perhaps even dies at a young age - some people have 'bad' genetics.
No matter how you live or eat, illness can strike.
But is this really genetics controlling our life? Epi (informations above genetics) genetics are a relatively new science that offer us insights into how illnesses occur. Factors from the environment. Our DNA is affected by our cells - the quantum consciousness of each thought, influencing biological and chemical reactions/processes - we therefore are the result of our food and environment so we can live a food life in balance of both. Thinking causes our biology to alter - stress related illnesses that I have lived through and recovered from have not been altered by medicine but by changing my mindset in balance with food intake that is live and treated well.
Sure, there are emotional and 'spiritual' links to all illness where medical 'astrology' and genetics (the energy and memory contained within your cells that affect us on a quantum level) give rise to illnesses from trapped or blocked energy. Quantum physics is not a science that we hear much about, yet from my personal experiences and range of illnesses, awareness and food lifestyles I have certainty that the memory of cells on a tiny, quantum level function on the basic principles of action-reaction. Our cells are linked from one life to another and genetically from parent to child. How else could a baby be born with cancer if only diet, genetics (physical mutations) and emotional imbalances/blocks were the only explanation to illness? How is it that, like in my case, that I eat foods 'good' for me, I eat seasonally, with peace, moderation and respect and don't over think or lose energy causing stress each day - yet now have a diagnosis of high cholesterol or skin disease (not infectious!) ? In the past I 'created' a tumour as I had emotional blocks and problems - but there are also babies born with tumours who are free from life's emotional hurdles, eating unhealthily or having a poor eating lifestyle. Quantum physics and the memory of past actions and reactions is not a spiritual karmic explanation but simply one of basic physics. We can't be that naive to think that simply one diet or lifestyle plays a part in our basic health. Some people suffer from food, lifestyle poor emotional intelligence, genetics from generational/cultures or quantum cell memories.
At the moment I have a very healthy lifestyle and eating pattern, a lifestyle that makes people envious of working only a couple of hours a day, low stress, having lots of 'me time', rest and time to create and exercise / walk - yet have been diagnosed with high cholesterol and a skin disorder related also to 'bad' genetics that usually kick in at about 42 years old.
Why do I share this?
Because as much as the food we eat and the mode in which we eat impacts health, there are also genetics that for some WILL play a part in health. In my case for example - but this has nothing to do with my lifestyle, emotional processing capacity and the foods that I eat. Many health experts in the UK, US & Australia are over/under weight or have medical issues related to poor diets / ways of eating and following fad diets and suffering with stress. In my case, I simply want to highlight the fact that epigenetics also play a role in goor or bad health. The chemistry of our thoughts are so powerful.
I have a VERY healthy soul, even if right now my body presents with ill health - skin, but is healing fast however. This can happen to any of us and so wanting to share my experiences here in the hope that even just one person might stop over spending on 'superfoods' in the search for a miracle cure (it does work for some but not all) or obsessing about only eating at certain times and amounts (that also works for some but not all causing over heating of the brain let's say). I am not here to try to convince anyone but to simply share a journey that has led me to a good and bad health but ultimately a peaceful soul.
We are all different, emotionally and physically - in the way that we react to and digest food and emotions, life and energies around us (pollutions, people and noise for example). It IS certainly true that some people DO recover from illness when they change diet to cutting out a certain food group or starting to eat more of a certain type of food. But for these people they are luckily to have found what works for them. Pushing that onto others as a solution to health is kind but not always a solution and can make others ill or even worse by following your 'helpful' advice.
We are different.
We are mechanically and chemically different.
What works for one, doesn't for another, yet the way in which we prepare and eat is more universal.
Find YOUR path but do it with peace, moderation and respect for your body and food (no mater what you choose to eat).
If you are suffering with poor health and would like to know more about the best foods for you but also the lifestyle enhancements that could benefit your health then please do get in touch.