Where did we go so wrong? We use medication to keep us going instead of food. Food is the most basic tool we have for our health. But no. We pop a pill as soon as we have an inkling of the beginning of a headache instead of asking: “why is my headache here?” We can make adjustments if we simply look to see what might be causing it. Granted we sometimes need medication, but we have become virtually dependent on using medication for anything that seems to be bugging us instead of changing what is causing the “bugging”.
That is where the holistic medicine comes in to play. We use food for healing because it is often the wrong use of food that has made us imbalanced to begin with and that has caused us to become ill. The root cause of the symptom is often completely different from the symptom.
Western medicine will treat the surface symptom so to speak; Eastern medicine will treat what causes the symptom. This is one of the reasons I love Eastern philosophy and Chinese medicine. It goes back to the root cause of imbalances and creates a pathway for us to heal our bodies. It is a way of listening instead of fixing. We go inward into our body and listen for what it tells us rather than using our head to figure out how to “control the damage”. This way we as human beings are part of our own healing. This is why I love the work I do–I become part of my clients inner life to figure out the cause of what is manifesting on the outside and help the person going back in there on their own to learn how to master their own health, and with that–their life.
But back to food as your medicine: If we can agree that we already know that some foods are healthy and we know some are not, what creates the difference in our health is living with healthy choices–and living in health. It is the consistency with which you make your healthy choices that makes the difference. Does that make sense?
Health is accumulative and we can add to our daily health with every choice we make. And just so you know–we make 1000′s of choices everyday without thinking much about them. Wouldn’t it be nice if eating healthy and treating yourself with kindness and good nourishment was as natural a habit as all the other daily choices you make?
One of the problems we have is often too little time. Taking the time to choose well, or not having easy access to proper food. I know it is tough to prioritize health over other things you have to do. But when I put it like that, does it seem reasonable that you sacrifice your health to live a busy life? Not really right? If we can create health as a basic part of us, and who we are, then we will also naturally choose with health in mind. Effort? Yes. But easy was never the path to growing your health. I think many of my clients feel defeated before they come see me and feel they cannot make a change. I don’t think it is because they cannot make healthy changes, but because they have believed it is supposed to be easy. That is what the illusion of the crash diet promises us.
It takes practice, awareness, and self-compassion in the beginning before it is a natural part of us and fully implemented. It is essential to learn to connect to and see your healthy self in your future life–which then makes it possible for you to continuously commit and choose your health over whatever you can just grab for now. It is that underlying awareness and commitment that health is asking of you.
That is also what helps you choose the healthier snack over the allure of sweets or salty snacks, what makes you have menus from healthier food places available to you instead of menus from fast food and junk food delivery restaurants. It is also what makes you choose your lunch before you end up starving and choosing poorly because of it.
Suffer now or suffer more later is the argument. Take a few minutes now to get good food even if it means a bit more time for your lunch break, shop for and cook your dinner instead of ordering in–and bring the rest for lunch. Time spent eating well now is time saved being well later.
But–the food industry does not make it easy for us–they fill up packaged foods and snacks with the perfect combination of sugar, salt, and fat, knowing that they can hit the sensors in your brain to kick you into a food-high of happiness–and with that an addiction to their products. Not real happiness of course. Just the sensation of it. Like what the advertising industry would like us to buy into as well. Happiness via food and snacks.
Everywhere we turn there are advertisements for food, snacks, and soda that will have us believe they will bring us companionship and happiness. And we are easy targets. Tired, exhausted, stressed, and many unhappy with an unfulfilled daily life due, in part, to having very little time away from making a living.
Bottom line–it is not all your fault. But you are the one who needs to make the change!
How and what you eat becomes how you feel– how you live becomes how you care for yourself–and it all adds up to how you thrive–or if you thrive.
Today–and in your future health.
So – Treat yourself to wellness with nourishment and kindness. Let thy food be thy medicine. Thereby saying: eat well for your health and you will be your own medicine.