When I was little, my legs were just my legs. I never thought about them. My arms were just my arms. They helped me hit a tennis ball, to win a match. I never thought about whether they were toned, thin, whether they fit into the “right” size of clothing.
I never thought about food, either. Except for the habitual question: “Mom, what’s for dinner?” food wouldn’t cross my mind, unless the Good Humor ice cream truck was driving down my street in Lake Bluff, Illinois.
How is it that our culture has become so obsessed with food, so hyper-aware of our physical bodies?
Since our body is really just “the home of our spirit,” why do we obsess so about it and what we put into it? And how can we stop?
The dichotomy is astounding: droves of people mindlessly, automatically and obsessively shoveling food into their mouths on a regular basis, not paying attention—not listening to what their bodies are telling them in the form of fatigue, illness, pain, depression, anxiety (“It’s 12:00? Time to eat!!”) Vs. the epidemic of eating disorders or “eating concerns” as we so politically correctly called them at Harvard University, where I worked as a doctoral candidate therapist-in-training.
Most of us have lost our ability to judge real hunger, and to feed it.
A world full of over-processed, non-nutrient dense “food” products has caused our culture to become over-fed and undernourished. People are full–and starving. Starving for real nutrients, real love, and light.
Our bodies are starving for nourishment, as they consume hundreds of pounds of sugar, additives, and chemicals every year, all in the name of “health food.” Have you seen it? We now have “organic junk food,” in shiny, pretty packages that call it “healthy.” “Well, it’s organic!! It must be healthy!!” “I bought it at Wholefoods; it must be good for me.” People want to be healthy and want to feel good, but they are lost.
And it’s no wonder. A culture and government that pushes junk food, meat and dairy products, pharmaceutical consumption and medical procedures doesn’t help.
And if you choose to think and live “outside the box” or cultural programming, you’re labeled “weird.”
Where did it all go wrong?
Bill Cosby once said “I don’t know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”
I can’t pinpoint where or how it all went wrong, but I can say how it shifted—“went right” for me.
Four words: yoga and raw food.
With a daily yoga practice and a vegan raw food lifestyle, the mystery is solved, and life is good.
I have a ton of energy, feel happy pretty much all the time, feel and look ten years younger than when I was eating “healthy” cooked foods from health food stores and working out at the gym, need less sleep, have more clarity, focus, and patience, and am a better parent, wife, and teacher.
I am better able to be of service–to my family, my yoga students, my teaching staff, the person on the street who needs help, the world.
Many people ask me: “Is it really that simple?”
Yes, it is.
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