Mind. Body. Spirit. given that the body and the mind are actually one, every time we have a thought, or any type of emotion, we are really sending a flow of cellular reactions in our nervous system that influence all the molecules in our body. Our cells are constantly observing our thoughts and being changed by them.
Creating a healthy relationship between our thoughts and then with our food, allows the bodies own molecules to become helpful, instead of harmful to ones body. When we can be at an optimal state of dynamic balance, we naturally tend to listen to our body more, and that is when we make better dietary choices that support that balance, bliss, and health. This “relationship” with our food is something Christa Orechio, holistic nutritionist, speaks at length about in her TED talk.
Christa is a clinical and holistic nutritionist who works to holistically heal chronic health concerns from the root cause, like we spoke about in an earlier post, instead of just treating each individual symptoms. I have had the privilege of working with Christa in the past and I have watched many of her talks and pod cast’s.
She says we cannot separate the mind form the body from the spirit if you are trying to achieve wellness. Going into detail about that statement she says, ” in order to make this last when you make changes in your diet and your life, you take it from being a diet into being a lifestyle.” I can not relate to this more. I started on my health kick odyssey when I was absolutely forced to after being diagnosed with my condition. And what started out as forcing myself to eat certain things, not eat certain things, care about my stress levels or my environment, turned into an amazing, balanced lifestyle that I am still in the process of perfecting.
Now, my friends always ask me, as they eat their pizza in front of me, “doesn’t this bother you?, “Dont you want to eat some?.” And i can honestly at this stage say “not at all.” When i have moments like these I realize that my kick really has become my lifestyle.
One of the key changes Christa urged her listeners to take away from her talk, is getting clean meat. So, according to Christa, it’s not about don’t eat meat or animal products, or only eat protein, or only eat low carb. She’s talking about eating good-quality single-ingredient “real” food, basically a diet that pre-dates the processed food industry, so we are getting 100% of the nutrients out of our food!! What I took away from that section of her talk is the importance of getting grass fed raw milk from cows who are given no growth hormones and antibiotics only when needed. And everything must be free range and living a healthy happy life before they’re slaughtered.
Getting your mind involved is most important. During this TED talk we learn about having a relationship with our food and not just making it a routine thing that we do everyday, but actually hearing our bodies and using our minds to fuel the rest. We feel good and are healthy when we’re able to fully digest everything we take in, extracting what is nourishing and disposing those things that have no purpose for our bodies. On the other hand, we feel sick and become ill when there is a disruption in our bodies so therefore in our minds and energy as well.
Over the past few years I have really learned that all symptoms and sickness are the body’s signal that we need to restore the body back to balance, fuel your body with everything natural and “whole” and then listen to what else it needs. Really really listen. “Mindful eating.” “Not being a standing at your kitchen counter eater, or eat in your car eater, it’s eating for true nuruishment.” Orechio expresses similar beliefs towards the end of her talk of what kind of relationship to have with our food.
Quoted in her TED talk, Hypocrisy once said,“let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”