Guest post by Beth Watson
What is healthy?
Is it green juice? Frequent yoga? Vegetarian? Vegan even? What’s the one size fits all model that so many of us seem to be looking for – or does it even exist?
When I started my journey at Noniland, David Wolfe’s farm in Hawaii – I had certain ideas in my head of what healthy was. And yes, those tended to follow the ‘rules’ of alkalinity, green juice, yoga, exercise, and dairy free, gluten free living.
But as I progressed into days of cleansing and detoxing, something started to happen. I got sick of hearing and reading about food. I got sick of every nutrition book telling me something different. Articles of food combining rules would be followed by recipes breaking the very rules they just laid down. Raw food books would speak in depth that cooked food had lost all of it’s vitality, while other literature maintained that cooked foods were preferred over raw ones.
I felt frustrated, angry even, towards all of this talk about nutrition.
I felt a bit like a rebel.
Instead of feeling more clarity after reading, detoxing, and cleansing, I felt all over the place.
Was this strict diet really for me? How do I honour by body? How do I maintain health?
And then it came to me.
I was relaxing in the garden, allowing the plants, birds, and open sky to nourish me back to a place of centeredness. While I was there, I heard an innate wisdom within that said: “Stop giving your power away to food. The most important aspect of a healthy diet is love.”
In that moment, it became so clear. While I was obsessing about which food would make me feel good, whether or not I should eat that piece of toast, or why it was important to stick to the green juices until 1pm – I was missing out on the whole point.
No matter what we eat, whether it follows ‘the rules’ or not (and by now, Im a big fan of throwing the rulebook out altogether) – we can stop obsessing about whether it’s “right” and just love it anyway. “Is this food healthy?” Say yes. Love that piece of bread, bite of kale, or bit of cheese, no matter if the textbook says it’s alkaline or not. Feel good about what you eat. Bless it. Fill it with love and appreciation as it enters your body.
And then know, without a doubt, that you just ate something nourishing. You accepted nourishment from the Universe, and you accepted it with love. Then let it go, and think about more important things, like how you’re going to love yourself so much that it inspires all those around you to do wonderful things.
Does this mean pick up the nearest Kit-Kat and mow it down? Maybe, but probably not. Do you really love that Kit-Kat? Will you be able to truly feel like you’re eating something nourishing when you’re eating processed sugar? For me – I don’t feel that way. I feel the love when I eat chia, toast + coconut oil and green juices. For others, they may feel the love while munching on free range meat + goat cheese.
It all just comes down to love.
What really matters is that we invite love into our mouths with every bite. That, no matter what is available to us in that moment, we decide it’s going to nourish us, or we don’t eat it. We choose to feel good about what we eat, and if we can’t do that, we don’t eat it. We pour our love and appreciation into every bite, every morsel, and in that way, we truly adopt the best diet ever – that of love.
And, when all we consume is love, magic happens.
We glow with the knowledge that it’s not the food that makes us come alive – it’s the love.