We are affected by many aspects
of our environment such as the seasons, the weather, the geographical location
in which we live, and the toxins in our air and soil. However, what we choose
to eat is basically under our control. By
working with the foods we eat we have an opportunity to influence our health in
positive and profound ways.
Without changing our diet we
can’t expect the body to fundamentally change whatever else we may attempt. Wrong diet is the main physical cause of disease.
There is a popular saying that
has been around for a long time, “We are what we eat.” Ayurveda would add on to
it. “We are what we eat and also what we have digested, assimilated and
absorbed.” Proper digestive ability is the key to health and vitality.
What we eat forms our blood and
from our blood all the rest of our body is produced. All of our cells are
created from blood and these cells join together to form tissues and organs. From these our overall physical condition, moods, emotions, thoughts, mental states and behaviors emerge.
To change our cells, tissues,
organs and all the above, we have to change our blood. To change our blood we
have to change our daily food. If our food choices are poor, our health starts
Food affects our bodies, minds
and emotions. With this awareness we can
develop a plan for healing on many levels.
When designing a food plan for a
client, I keep in mind that no food is either good or bad. It always depends on
the current needs of the person. I like to ask the questions: for whom, under what
conditions, at what time of the year, and where?