Eating With Intention

In Advice Column, June 2017 by Jenna Davila

Dear Jenna,
I don’t have access to organic fruits and vegetables in the quantities it takes to eat a high raw diet but if this is the best way to health I worry about eating mostly cooked food that is all I can afford. Can I change the effect of the foods I eat with intention? How can I experience my best health if I’m unable to follow a programme that leads me there?Anonymous

Hello there!

These are excellent questions, thank you! There are several ways to help you when it comes to not having access to organics. There is are two great consumer guides I will share called 15 Clean and Dirty Dozen15 Cleanis a list of fruits and vegetables that have a low amount of pesticides on them so they are the safest to eat non organic in large quantities. The list consists of the following: Non-GMO sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, Non-GMO papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit. Dirty Dozen is a list of non organic fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides, recommended to avoiding eating in large quantities. The list consists of the following: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and potatoes.

In terms of affordability, you can research places around your home that sell in bulk. Most of these spots are like warehouses that sell to people in the restaurant business. Therefore, it is more cost efficient. Sometimes they sell to every day consumers like you and I! You can also ask local farmers or markets if they sell “seconds.” Seconds are produce that are cheaper because they might not look perfect or are a little older but are still good to consume. In addition, I would try to stick to loading up on produce that is on sale and in season to get better value. You could also buy frozen fruits and vegetables which tend to be cheaper to keep you within your budget.

To answer your question about eating with intention, it can definitely benefit you, to an extent. Prayers over your food, sending love, eating in peace and visualising the food you are consuming nourishing your body with belief. If you are stressed out or worried when you are eating, it will negatively impact the harmony your mind and body is thriving for. Everything is energy so the food you eat, the thoughts you think and the actions you take all affect your being as a whole. In terms of eating cooked food, try to be conscious of sticking to as much whole, plant based foods as possible and stay away from processed, dead food. Eating as close to nature as possible is best. If you do eat processed foods, remember that they are of a lower frequency. When you are transmuting that energy, it will take a longer period of time and use more of your energy as well. For more detailed information, I recommend researching ‘Mind-Body Medicine’ and the ‘Power of Human Thought’.

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