Posts tagged plant based diet
Make Your Root Chakra Happy: Watch These Health Documentaries
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One trend I notice with my energy healing practice is that those who eat well and receive energy healing recover much quicker than those who eat poorly. Theoretically, this makes a lot of sense. Foods have their own energy and affect our energy centers after consumption. If you have a diet that is high in processed foods, sugar and caffeine, your root chakra – the energy center associated with your physical health and vitality, will be very weak. A physical recovery cannot occur without a healthy root chakra, which is why diet is so important in overcoming physical health problems.

Unfortunately, so many of the health issues that are prevalent in the Western part of the world such as gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, and cardiac disease, can be traced to the fact that many of us are ignorant of the foods we are consuming.

Since nobody is looking out for us in this part of the world (we have a lot to learn from places like the UK where food is better regulated), we have the responsibility of educating ourselves about our food industry and the foods we consume on a daily basis. One of my favourite ways to do this is to watch documentaries!

I know – you’re thinking back to your high school class when your nutritional sciences teacher brought out the old VCR and showed you an ancient man talking in monotone about the importance of health but trust me, health documentaries have come a long way. These ones are recently made, not boring and when you are done watching them, you (and your root chakra) will be incredibly grateful for what you have learned.

The following documentaries expose what is making us sick, the types of food we should be eating and the significant role diet can play in preventing us from falling ill in the first place.

Hungry for Change
“The problem is that we are not eating food anymore – we are eating food like products and they are adorned, they are made to look better and smell better so that people are attracted to them.” 

If you have to choose one documentary on health to watch – watch this! It explores the foods we typically consume on a daily basis and how they contribute to a cycle of addictions and poor health. It also exposes the food industry and the disturbing lack of regulation over products that are contributing to disease.

The speakers share their own stories of how changing their diet allowed them to overcome serious illness. Those interviewed are truly experts in this field. Some names you might recognize are Christine Northrup, Kriss Car, and David Wolfe.

Forks over Knives
“Eat to live – don’t live to eat.”

This documentary makes a clear case (through studies and clinical trials) for a plant-based diet in preventing, healing and reversing disease. Some of the health issues considered are cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

A great aspect of this documentary is that it showcases doctors who are educating themselves and their patients about healing foods to reverse illness. Health services are generally segregated – you may go to the doctor who is happy to prescribe you medication but has limited nutritional knowledge so you also have to find yourself a naturopath or good nutritionist. In this documentary, you’ll see MD’s who are also specialists in using food as medicine – this or a collaborative practice, should be the norm rather than the exception. You’ll see in this documentary that it makes a huge difference to a patient’s health.

Earthlings
“Though some will argue the suffering of animals cannot possibly compare with that of former Jews or slaves, there is, in fact, a parallel. And for the prisoners and victims of this mass murder, their holocaust is far from over.” 

This is more of an animal rights documentary but it does have health implications that affect vegetarians and meat-eaters. In particular, it urges them to consider what steps they might need to take to make sure that the animal products/by-products they consume are cruelty-free and as healthy as possible (I attacked the dairy products in my fridge after watching this!). For the non-vegans, I dare you to watch this documentary and not make a dietary change with a clear conscience.

Caution on this one: it is graphic, disturbing and not for the faint of heart – especially if you are an animal lover. It haunted me for days after watching it.

Happy self-educating and eat well! 🙂

Being Aware of the Energy of Your Diet
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What do Ellen DeGeneres, Jared Leto, Alicia Silverstone, and Ariana Grande have in common? They have all embraced a vegan diet. They also have something else in common – their skin glows and they look younger than their actual age.

While many people may not choose to become vegan, more and more people are choosing to incorporate plant based foods into their diet.

One of the benefits associated with a vegan diet is an increase in the amount of vegetable consumption. We all know that veggies are good – they are packed with nutrients, vitamins and enzymes that sustain our health. The more you eat, the better and it will definitely show on your skin if the rest of your diet involves keeping junk food to a minimum.

The Benefits of Raw Vegetables
Heating veggies above 48 degrees Celsius or 120 degrees Fahrenheit destroys more than 85% of its naturally occurring nutrients and enzymes. 1

Try this experiment – see how you feel after a cooked meal versus a raw vegan meal. Chances are that you’ll feel lethargic after eating the cooked and energized after the raw vegan. The reason for this is the high amount of enzymes that are present in raw vegan food, which assists your digestion so you don’t want to nap or grab a cup of coffee after eating.

The high amount of nutrients, vitamins and enzymes in raw vegetables translates into a life force energy that can assist in restoring your mental, emotional and physical health.

Adjusting the Energy of Your Diet
Diet is a personal choice and nobody should be judged for what they eat. In this regard, there is no such thing as a “right” diet. Consume what you think is good for you but take the extra steps to make sure that you adjust your diet, whatever it may be, to make it as healthy as possible.

For instance, whether you are vegan, vegetarian or a meat eater, make sure that you incorporate more raw veggies into your diet so you can get the essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes that cooked foods won’t provide. In addition, if you’re a meat eater, be conscious of where you are getting your meat from. Most meat/dairy from the shelves of grocery stores and fast food places are products of factory farms, which may not adopt cruelty-free practices and are likely to load their products with hormones and chemicals that aren’t good for you. 2 Check out ethical farms located near you or grocery stores that have strict animal welfare standards, such as Whole Foods. From an energy medicine perspective, eating cruelty-free assists in avoiding taking in the energy of pain, anxiety and fear that an animal might have experienced through unethical treatment and slaughter.

Being aware of the energy of your diet can keep you healthy and make you feel fabulous, both inside and out!

Note: The information in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for medical or dietary care. Please consult with an appropriate professional regarding any condition you might have. 

Notes:

  1. Food Matters Detox Guide by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. 2014. Page 39. 
  2. Earthlings, documentary, 2005 directed by Shaun Monson