With the recent media hack job and witch-hunt of celebrity chef Pete Evans – that has an all too familiar flavour of what the highly reputable Universal Medicine has also suffered from the media for promoting healthy living – it feels very timely to express a few things about my food experiences.
Firstly, one does begin to question what is at play when the media challenges the promotion of healthy eating and self-care, especially when you look at the appalling statistics of world-wide obesity, illness and disease that is increasingly on the rise.
How dare one empower themselves to feel what is right for them to eat, and feel so much more vital and healthy as a result!
Now I am not one for diets and I do not follow a ‘Paleo’ diet like Pete Evans advocates because quite frankly ‘diets’ are driven from the head and do not consider how one feels after eating and our relationship with food – such important aspects to look at if one is aspiring to healthy eating. However, if there is a diet that comes the closest to my style of eating, it would be a Paleo diet because of my choice to eliminate gluten, grains, dairy and refined sugar. I also chose to eliminate alcohol and caffeine because I didn’t like the way they made me feel. The choice to make these decisions was because I valued feeling great every day, and it made more sense to listen to my body than any so called ‘expert’ dietician, book or mass imposed dietary guidelines. Surely it makes sense for every individual to stylise their diet based on their individual needs.
No one before Serge Benhayon had presented the notion to ‘feel what to eat’. This was a revelation in itself and an empowerment back to me to trust what my body had already been communicating to me.
What Universal Medicine has given me is so valuable – presenting information that made sense about food, the body and energy. As I always do, I simply tried things for myself and let my body tell me what felt right for me. And I knew that what felt right for me wasn’t necessarily what felt right for another… so I could only discover this for myself. It’s a work in progress as I discover and let go of patterns of emotional eating and beliefs about food that I had taken on.
Personally, I have had a fairly healthy diet for most of my life, but couldn’t quite understand why my moods and energy levels would fluctuate on a daily basis. Whilst there would have been many contributing factors as a result of choices of how I was living, I can now really appreciate how important it is to feel what to eat. Food can dramatically impact my day in the way that it impacts how I feel – it can ‘take me out’ or ‘lift me up’.
One hour after eating is a great gauge of what foods are right for my body and which ones are not. The more I listen to what my body is telling me after each meal, the more it teaches me about what is right for my body. Not just what I eat, but how much I eat and the energy I am in when I eat.
From first hand experience I can now confidently say…
- the consumption of alcohol is poisonous to my body and one of the most un-loving things I can do to myself
- gluten makes me tired and just about falling off my chair
- dairy clogs my sinuses and forehead and I can’t think to save myself
- too much sugar gets me fired up for about an hour or so and then I’m useless for the rest of the day because again I’m just about falling off my chair
- caffeine gets me even more fired up with zing, but also makes my hands shake and a few hours later I well and truly have fallen off my chair!
I applaud people like Serge Benhayon for not holding back in sharing information on matters of diet and wellbeing that are very clearly having enormous benefits to so many.
What is really going on when the media attempt to shut down those who are encouraging healthy eating? It doesn’t make sense, right?
But when I look at it from the perspective that what is being attempted to be shut down is the value of what one feels in the body, in favour of textbook theories and dietary guidelines – then I can understand. I understand because those who have vested interests in the plethora of beliefs and ideals held in the food industry stand to lose much should the consumer begin to listen to and care for their body.
To discredit the value of what the body communicates does not make sense to me anymore. To ignore the messages of the body in favour of the many dishes of knowledge we are served by the food and diet industries is allowing the corruption to continue.
A corruption that says what your body feels is not important.
We are living in a world where ‘everything is energy’ first and foremost. How the body responds to food cannot be ignored no matter what a textbook may say.
We live in a world that has a high rate of illness and disease that is not slowing down: this also cannot be ignored and clearly shows that the medical system does not have all the answers.
However, when you look at the students of Universal Medicine who have made lifestyle changes that include their diet, they are going against global trends and looking/feeling very vital indeed. How can this be?
What makes more sense?
- Following the recommended dietary guidelines or a specific rigid diet, that then leads to a way of eating that doesn’t feel great in the body.
- Listening to how the body responds when one eats so as to make food choices that allow you to continue feeling great.
Please excuse my bluntness here, but it really is a no-brainer!
We live in a pluralistic society where everyone has free will to choose what to eat and drink. ‘Live and let live’ is a great motto… and from what I have observed, those who listen to their body are certainly living a far more vital and healthy life than those who do not.
At the end of the day the proof is in the faces of the people who are glowing with vitality and feeling great, which is why I always say… MY BODY IS THE BOSS!
By Marika Cominos, Yoga and Complementary Therapies Practitioner