There are many ways to choose to eat. Many of us simply eat without choosing or thinking about our food.
Why do I eat the way I do? Because I believe that food is nourishment.
You don't have to be rigid in your food choices. Food is from the earth and changes seasonally and culturally. We can change our food choices at any time.
Food holds intention.
It is important to think about where your food comes from and who made it. These days it is very hard to avoid packaged food, but a good question to ask yourself is why would someone want to avoid packaged foods? This question helped me get started.
I do eat things in packages, but I try to keep it minimal. The foods I do eat that are made by someone else I try and ask "was this made by a machine?" Foods made in smaller batches with good intentions are ideal.
But why is this ideal? Because food is alive. It has it's own energy. I like to encompass food that is happy and had a good life, that is alive, as opposed to food that is dead and stressed. Foods that are rancid and over heated and poorly treated do indeed help our bodies to get the calories we need but in the process add free radicals and attack our living cells. We see this daily with the large amount of frail and ill in our society. Don't get me wrong, I am not advocating a raw foods diet, but of a diet of well treated food.
I think our shift as a society into heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, along with many other aches and pains does not comes from poor quality foods alone, but from eating foods that have no good intentions. It is a belief in many traditional cultures that the cooks attitude while cooking imparts it into the meal. If a cook prepares a meal with anger the person may eat it and still feel hungry, unsatisfied. The energy and intention in the food is what is filling.
Eat your food and feel blessed; without it you could not be. Enjoy allowing it to repair you.
No need to count calories or feel like you need to be on a certain diet. Eat foods that are whole with life and you will feel healthy.
What does this mean? Cook from scratch as much as possible. Grow your own food. This way you will know where your food has come from and who has touched it along the way. Learn to cook your own beans. Avoid foods with preservatives. Avoid non-traditional foods such as soy oil, corn oil, cotton seed oil, and high fructose corn syrup. Learn that good quality fat in food is your friend. Eat with others and share your food. Eat food that helps with the land instead of fighting it (which is why organic is important as well as grass fed animals) . Eat enough food. Make time for food. Our work is meant for us to have money for food and shelter- are you prioritizing those needs?
If it helps, think of a can of soup. This soup has vegetables and pasta. For one can of soup, there is many levels of people involved. Someone makes the label, which comes from paper, so a tree was involved and someone was there to take down that tree. The colors on the label are inks gotten from somewhere else. The can is made from tin, which involved people taking it from the earth, then again processing the tin at a plant into a can. Then comes the soup itself. The pasta comes from grain, grown by people in a field, taken to a flour mill to by milled by different people and the sold as flour to again different people to be made into pasta. It then goes to the soup company. The vegetables are mostly likely grown by someone and then shipped by someone else, and then processed by the soup company. Most soups also have "natural flavors" which is a form of MSG and other interesting things. I don't know where these come from so I wont guess, but I would say more people are involved. So then when you buy your soup it came there by someone on a truck, and then again handled by someone to put on the shelf, and again by the cashier when you buy it. How many people have come in direct contact with your soup? How many of these people were in a bad mood? Were angry about their job or their life? Or maybe they were all happy. We don't know. That is a lot of varied intention and energy to go into one small product. Even the natural resources to get that one product together into the store is pretty astounding. Now, I am not telling you never to buy soup. But this is something to think about and consider when looking at products for sale.