The sacred ritual of eating


Eating – The most natural thing in the world.

We’ve been doing it since we can remember ourselves and we continue to do so every single day.

Most people will agree that eating is an important part of life. It’s our sustenance, we need it to live. But nowadays, eating is a lot more than that. Eating is part of almost every event, celebration or occasion. Going out to eat is probably most people’s favourite pastime when they’re not working. We eat on our desks at work, we eat when we’re watching movies, we snack while we commute, we eat at parties and we even have midnight feasts.

Most of us will agree that we don’t just eat to live though.. we eat because of the delicious taste of food, we eat out of habit, we eat to be social.. etc etc.

Food is just such a normal everyday thing that everyone around us and ourselves included do every single day. And with so many people now learning about the importance of good nutrition and healthy diet – they want to make some changes. The truth however, is that most people fail to make changes. In fact, I recently read a ridiculous statistic of something like 95% of people who try to change their diet and maintain the change – fail. We are failing at such epic rates that it’s strange that it doesn’t occur to us that this is weird and something is very off.

And it’s not that your nutritionist didn’t give you a good diet plan – in fact almost any healthy diet plan, if maintained, will give you the results you seek. It’s not that you do not have access to information about what to eat and what not to eat – do you. It’s also not that you are lazy or have no will power – you do.

So what is it?!

Back to basics

Eating is one of the most intimate acts of self care that we can practice.

Our body cells renew themselves all the time. And where do they get the energy and materials to do that? From the food we eat.

We eat to build ourselves, literally.

Every bite we take is a foundation laid for new cells, new organs, new hormones, new skin, new hair… new you.

Perspective

Whoever said we should be grazing all day long – is wrong. Sorry for the bluntness but it’s true.

Food and eating is so special and should be treated as such. Since you are literally creating and re-creating yourself with every meal you take, don’t you think you ought to treat the whole thing with a little more grandness, more wonder, more respect?

A sacred daily ritual

Make each and every meal you take an occasion.

Eat your meals with the people you love – what happened to family meals?

Present your meals nicely – arrange everything on the plate in a way that is pleasing to you.

Use your very best plates and cups and cutlery – yes, those “special occasion” ones you have in the back of your cupboard. Every meal is a special occasion.

Lay out the table nicely and watch how all of a sudden, without intending to, you’ll summon the whole household (hehe).

And then sit and look at your food. Look at the delicious, healthy, natural food which soon will become a part of you, and say thank you. Thank you to the supermarket worker who put your food out on the shelves, thank you to the people responsible for transporting your food from the farm to the supermarket. Thank you to the people who picked your food from the soil. Thank you for the food itself, for growing, for giving you its nutrients and lastly thank you to the sun – the main source of nourishment for giving you it’s life-sustaining energy. (Interesting fact – It has been proven that if you bless or thank your meal before consuming it you actually absorb a much higher percentage of the nutrients in the food!)

Finally eat your food slowly and mindfully. Enjoy each bite and enjoy the company of the people you love around you.

Do this and watch your health, your relationships, your overall well-being turn around completely. Like magic.

Top 12 Most Addictive Foods

Food addictions are real.

It is estimated that at least 20% of the population have some sort of food addiction or exhibit addict-like behaviours.

My clients always ask me “How do you know whether you are addicted to a particular food?”

My response is very simple. Think of the particular food – for an example let’s say chocolate. Imagine never having chocolate ever again in your life. How does that feel? Do you feel an abnormal amount of fear/discomfort rising up within you or just sheer discontent? For real though, if you were told you can never eat chocolate again ever – does this thought scare you? Do you feel like your life will be diminished in some way?

Now think of cucumber. If I told you that you can never ever in your life eat cucumber again. How does that feel? How does this feeling compare to the feeling you got with the chocolate?

I think you see where I’m going with this.

Susceptibility of Addiction

Every body is different, and so of course this does not apply to everyone. But it does apply to a lot of people. And for those to whom it applies, this may literally save their life. So here goes;

  1. It’s not your fault – I repeat, it is not your fault that your brain is so susceptible to food addiction. This has nothing to do with laziness or lack of willpower. You are not weak.
  2. If you discover that you have food addiction to a particular food – you have to cut it out completely. I’m talking cold turkey! Trying to have a little of the food you’re addicted to will literally drive you nuts.
  3. Your addiction can heal – and it will if you eliminate the food completely.
  4. After a period of time without the addictive food you will not only feel “normal” and not miss it but you will be happier. Addiction = down regulation of dopamine in the brain. As a result, once you heal your addiction – whole, real foods will taste amazing and will satisfy you completely. You will naturally know when to stop eating and you will eat just the right amount of food that your body needs, intuitively.

without further ado, here are the..

Top 12 most addictive foods

  1. Pizza – this is the number 1 most addictive food! Surprised?
  2. Chocolate – this one is a no brainer
  3. Crisps
  4. Cookies
  5. Ice cream
  6. French fries
  7. Cheeseburgers
  8. Soft Drinks
  9. Cake
  10. Cheese
  11. Fried Chicken
  12. Breakfast cereal – most people think of cereal as a healthy way to start the day – you may want to think again and check the food label. Many popular “healthy” cereal brands can contain up to 13g of sugar in 1 serving of 45g… that’s almost 4 teaspoons!!!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article and hopefully you’ve become more aware of the addictive pull that some “every day, normal” foods can have on your brain and essentially your quality of life.

If you are struggling with food addiction, please know that you are not alone. Do your research and get some help. There are so many fantastic books you can read on the topic or alternatively if you prefer a more personalised approach you could visit a specialist who can help you heal at your own pace. You’re also more than welcome to reach out to me, as a recovering sugar addict I believe I could be of service and provide you some comfort while you’re making the necessary changes.

Existential Crisis – It’s not what you think

Existential crisis is a topic that has had a lot of hype recently, and many people are talking about it, although I think that there isn’t much out there in terms of solutions. Many people that I know, and myself included, have experienced it or are still struggling with it and so the purpose of this post is to shine a spotlight on the topic and more specifically how we can go about managing/resolving it.

What is existential crisis?

Existential crisis is the moment you begin to question your purpose or perhaps when you perceive that you’ve lost your purpose in life.

Many people say that there are different types of existential crisis but personally I believe that at the core of all of these is an even more basic crisis going on – and that is finding your place in this reality. Where does your “being” fit into the world that you are perceiving.

The reason I say “the world that you are perceiving” is because I firmly believe that there are as many realities as there are people on this planet. Each person seeing the world through the lens of their perception.

Paradigm Shift

For some reason existential crisis has had a very negative connotation, as if it is something to be avoided or something to be afraid of. But I think the opposite is true. In fact I think it’s amazing and I think it’s necessary and beautiful.

So, if you allow me, I would like to propose a paradigm shift.

What if existential crisis isn’t the problem, but in fact the solution.

What if this is the next step for you in your conscious evolution?

All of a sudden you become lucid of where you are, what you are doing, what other people around you are doing…you become more aware than ever of your own mortality, of your finite number of days. You question your purpose. You question the reason behind why we as a society do certain things.. and it’s painful. Painful is probably the best word to use to describe the experience.

But congratulations my friend, you are waking up. Many people think that awakening/ becoming more aware feels like rainbows and unicorns (and yeah that’s how it feels after) but at the beginning it is so damn painful. But necessary.

Most people who have achieved anything worth achieving have gone through this “dark night of the soul”. Because it is through times like these that you take the time to look inward into your depths and see what there is to discover.

Each one of us is a holder of treasure. Each one of us has a unique gift that we need to share with the world. And each person and their gift are an integral part of this giant puzzle that we’re all part of.

Solution

The solution of this “problem” which is not really a problem in my eyes is simpler than most make it out to be.

The solution is to see this phase for what it really is..

You are being pushed forward to wake up, to find your gift and share it with the world. You are being pushed towards discovering your mission/purpose and fulfilling it.

Or more accurately, you are being pulled. You are being pulled towards your future self. You are calling you…

and the question isn’t are you going? Because you’re going… boy you’re going. But are you going willingly? Are you enjoying the ride? Are you enjoying the journey? Are you grateful for every second you get to spend on this beautiful planet? Are you enjoying the evolution of your consciousness? Or are you resisting and being afraid?

This is your journey and nobody can tell you how exactly it’s gonna be. Nobody can tell you what the right thing for you is or what to do. This is something every individual needs to find out for themselves.

I hope however that this post serves as a sign, pointing you in the right direction. But the journey, the journey you need to take on your own. And believe me, you wouldn’t have it any other way.