Deprivation as Health?
In Tuesday’s blog, I explored the connection between the way we nourish our body and the ability of the Soul to awaken and be realized through us. In this culture of EXCESS, nourishing our body and awakening our Soul is unfortunately, most often experienced as a form of punishment. I believe that this is due in part to the extreme departure from wellness we have taken as a culture. As such, in order to be “healthy,” we have to deprive ourselves of all the things that give us joy. As a result, we see many embracing militaristic diets which might be nourishing, but are in no way joyful. In my experience, this militant approach to nutrition is just as detrimental to our spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health as the gluttonous production and consumption of highly processed, lifeless food, and usually ends up backfiring as the participant grows tired of deprivation and then begins to gorge on all the things that used to give them comfort. (Just think of Miss “O” and her yoyo journey of weight loss and weight gain.)
Moderation is Key
When we make healthy and living foods our priority, we soon realize the benefits thereof and are less likely to backslide. We feel better physically, we have more energy, our emotions move into a greater state of equilibrium and our blood sugar is balanced which makes us less likely to gorge. The goal with preparing and nourishing ourselves with healthy and living food meals is to keep them simple, pleasing to the eye and pleasurable to the palate. Nourishment should be enjoyable, not just a matter of necessity. There is nothing worse than munching on rice cakes because they are “healthy” and wishing it were a chocolate shake and then wondering, “where was the pleasure in that!?” So instead of depriving ourselves of the things we love, it is important while maintaining a diet that nourishes the body while supporting the awakening of our Soul, to allow ourselves an indulgence from time to time.
If you want that piece of apple pie, enjoy it (while paying attention to how your body feels after eating it.). If Chocolate is your go-to treat, keep a few Hershey Kisses nearby and allow yourself a few from time to time. And by all means, if there is nothing better than a latte’ for making you feel loved and cared for, then allow for that latte’ love! The key to obtaining a natural state of health and wellness is MODERATION and ATTENTION. Pay attention to how you feel after consuming these “special treats” and then make future decisions based on that. For example, I have learned I can handle a half-caff latte’ at 10 am, but a full-caff makes me anxious and my brain scattered. A piece of apple pie puts me in a sugar coma, so I usually choose to skip it. A small bowl of Breyer’s natural mint-chip ice cream before bed gives me no negative effects, but a glass of red wine causes me to lose sleep. So, I choose what makes me feel good, energetic, clear-headed and healthy vs. those things which wreck havoc on my emotional, mental or physical well-being. Now it is your turn to choose! 🙂