I recently completed a course on Holistic Health, Food an Nutrition and I am still processing what I learned, so i decided to share some thoughts and ideas.
Since the beginning of time food has nourished us multi-dimensionally; it feeds not only the body, but also mind, soul, and social well-being. This understanding has been part of humankind's relationship to food for thousands of years, but in the last century, most of us have lost and forgotten about them.
Spiritual nutrition is about an awareness of the mystery of life inherent in both food and humans.
All food contains and gives life and, as human beings, we have the ability to be life-containing and life-giving. Spiritual nutrition acknowledges the interdependence and connection among plants, animals, and human beings as well as they mystery of life that connects all to a life force. When individuals nourish their bodies, they are nourishing their spirits as well. Optimal health and optimal eating involve an awareness that what and how individuals eat hold the key to their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well being (The Living Centre, 2013)
Spiritual nutrition, a philosophy that often results from a broader philosophical perspective that includes among other principles
is about the mystery of life inherent in both food and human beings.
Spiritual nutrition acknowledges the interdependence and connection among plants, animals, human beings, and the mystery of life, and connecting to this life force.
Conscious, spiritual eating is "about looking more closely at where your food comes from and how it got to your plate and choosing to eat foods that support life—all life, not just your own. When you eat something, you take in the energy that went into creating that food"(Freston, 2008).
Spiritual eating is conscious eating and involves an awareness of the eating process from beginning to end, and includes thinking about how dietary choices affect others.
Any food choice that is truly good for an individual's physical health and well-being will also be good for his/her spiritual well being.
This means that no spiritual principles, such as compassion, mercy, environmental stewardship, or kindness, have been violated when food is eaten. This is a unique and challenging concept (Freston, 2008).
I am taking the challenge. Strongly believing that making small choices every time I have to select a food option and adding to those options every day, will result in quantum changes in individual and global health.
Freston, K. (2008). Quantum wellness: A practical and spiritual guide to health and happiness. New York, NY: Weinstein Books.