Finding Harmony Through Food

A well nourished body, can sustain a strong immune system that can easily fight off a virus or recover from an injury. It can support a well functioning brain that is focused, solves problems, and is creative. In addition to that it provides emotional clarity and spiritual awareness.

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Balancing nutrition


We're living in one of the most extraordinary and significant phases of human life and human development. Science and technology have given most of us access to an incredible array of benefits and options in life. We have the freedom to choose where we live and work, what clothes we wear and what we watch next on Netflix. Most importantly though we get to choose what our next meal will be, and the options are anything but limited. Yet somehow we are losing the connection to our innate intelligence, the voice within each of us that knows what our bodies, our temples really need to stand tall and grow stronger. It's the voice of our intuitive selves, our all-knowing guide to what our body, mind and soul truly need to flourish.


It's easy to understand and important to retain the simple truth that the food we eat, the water we drink as well as the books we read, the movies we watch and the music we listen to are our main sources of energy, our fuel. Our ever-adapting, brilliant bodies use this fuel to power their infinitely complicated functions and run a healthy organism. So it is our responsibility to provide them with the right quality and quantity of fuel. Through a well balanced diet we can provide our bodies with the necessary energy and nutrients it needs to thrive!

"If you can listen to your body whisper, then you won't have to hear it scream."

Physical clues


Your body sends you messages in a variety of ways, some are easy to notice like hunger and cravings for certain foods and some are more subtle like physical discomfort, mood swings and high or low energy levels. Each of these messages, can provide us with a clear indication on whether our favourite food is helping us build a strong immune system or not. Let me make this very clear, there is not one rule that applies to all, as each body, each organism is unique and might have very distinct reactions to different foods. There are though some general guidelines that can help us improve our physical wellbeing and bring clarity in both an emotional as well as a spiritual level.


Listening to your body may sound simple enough but if we haven't been taught how to pay attention or how to use the information we receive then it can get a bit complicated. Either way, it's your body and if anyone can pay the appropriate attention to it, it's you! Just by learning to listen to its needs, questioning and intuitively acting upon them, you can improve your overall wellbeing as well as prevent complications and promote faster recovery. Prevention after-all is better than the cure.


Note: There can be multiple factors that contribute to our overall wellbeing and it's equally important to pay as much attention to them, however, our focus here will be on what we eat and drink. Also as I'm vegan, all food suggestions I offer are plant based. If you are vegetarian, pescatarian or omnivore, there will be more options available for you to choose from!


Skin


Let's start from the most obvious one, the one that requires no focus or inner searching, the skin. Our skin, the outmost layer of our body is a fast and efficient translator of what's going on inside. Things like pimples, rashes or eczema are all signs that something is just not right and many times our nutritional habits can be the main cause of such issues.

High sugar and trans fat foods, together with gluten and dairy products are common causes of skin conditions and can induce skin allergies. If your diet includes these try reducing them and ideally replacing them with healthy alternatives. Fruits like apples, all berries, cherries and plums are great ways to get your healthy dose of sugar and also stock up on some quercetin which is a powerful antioxidant and antihistamine. Increase your intake of dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and beetroot leaves by making salads with them and make sure you use good quality olive oil; how about adding a spoon of mixes seeds or nuts in there as well? Also if you can't stop eating bread because it's delicious, then at least choose sourdough, that way you're getting some probiotics with it that help both your gut and skin.