Do you know what foods are right for you?
I have spoken to many people that have asked me to design a meal plan for them as they transition into the raw food lifestyle. This is a wonderful place to start, as meal plans are an excellent foundation for learning how to create healthy and nutritious meals.
But… what about intuitive eating?
Have we lost our intuition when it comes to eating – or just enchained it? I believe that since the beginning of time the entire animal kingdom, including humans, have and always will be intuitive eaters; if they choose to act upon it.
“Then God said, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you” Gen 1:29 NAS
Starting with the story of the Garden of Eden, up until maybe a couple hundred years ago, man has consumed a variety of ripe fruits and vegetables in their natural state, intuitively. If they felt the urge to pick an apple, then they ate an apple. If they were walking past a grape vineyard, and that called to them, then they would eat the grapes. And when they were sick and their body needed to heal, they ate nothing… not pizza!
But something has changed… more options, more opinions, and more of the mind.
One day a team of clever marketers decide they want to boost pomegranate sales - so they talk about the benefits for months, get the press to write it up in newspapers and magazines, talk about it on TV, and then everyone runs out to buy it. Not that there is a problem with pomegranates, I love them, but more importantly… what is your body craving?
Do you take the time to feel what your body really needs?
I will never forget when Victoria Boutenko spoke about her son Sergei eating dozens of mangos, and her daughter Valya eating pounds of blueberries in her book Raw Family. Then after going to a holistic doctor she discovered that each of those foods, without anyone knowing, was just what each of them needed to help cure the disease that they were trying to overcome. They were eating intuitively, intuitively!
There have been times when I ate a mango, and it tasted amazing, so I would continue to eat a couple more. Then two weeks later I would eat a mango and it might make my tongue feel weird, or just not taste right. Maybe my body already got the nutrients it needed from it and wanted something else the second time around. So, I would put it down and use my intuition to select something new.
Lessons from the Taiga
Anastasia, heroine from the Ringing Cedars series shares how mankind can start to eating intuitively, right where we’re at.
First – Gather a selection of local produce and put it on your table. Then, when nobody is around and its silent in your house, take time to smell and lick each item. Then over the course of the next three days consume a little bit of all that you gathered.
Second – Notice which foods you ate more of over those three days, and which you didn’t. Put the foods away that you didn’t eat a lot of, and just consume the ones that you were attracted to – for the next two weeks.
Finally – After that two week period has ended, start the process all over again. Maybe those alfalfa sprouts that you decided not to eat initially will be more appealing this time around.
- Day 1 - 260.0 lbs
- Day 10 - 249.4 lbs (10.6 lbs lost)
- Day 17 - 244.4 lbs (5.0 lbs lost)
- Day 24 – 238.6 lbs (5.8 lbs lost)
- Day 31 – 234.6 lbs (4.0 lbs lost)
- Day 38 – 231.5 lbs (3.1 lbs lost)
- Day 45 – 227.6 lbs (3.9 lbs lost)
- Day 52 – 224.2 lbs (3.4 lbs lost)
- Day 60 – 223.2 lbs (1.0 lb lost)
- Day 74 – 217.6 lbs (5.6 lbs lost)
- Day 81 – 213.6 lbs (4.0 lbs lost)
Philip @ Lovingraw