Jul 16 2012
“Never eat with people you don’t like because your state of awareness will influence how your food is metabolized.” This is what Deepak Chopra said in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey. He talked about a study that was done where rabbits were fed a diet that was extremely high in cholesterol. The researchers were amazed and puzzled to find that one group of rabbits never got high cholesterol levels. They discovered that the technician who was feeding that group of rabbits would pet, cuddle, and talk sweetly to them, and because of that, their bodies metabolized the cholesterol in a healthy way. Deepak concluded, “Your state of mind can convert nectar into poison and poison into nectar.”
When I heard that, I felt concerned, and at the same time, I felt relieved. Concerned because since my cancer diagnosis I’ve been very careful with my diet, BUT, slowly, sugar has been creeping back in. I’m aware that sugar fuels cancer, and sometimes when I’m about to bite into a sweet treat, I wonder, “Is this REALLY to die for?” Now, after hearing what Deepak said, I realize that whatever I’m eating, if I eat it with fear and worry and negative feelings, that makes it even more toxic to my body. Yikes!
On the other hand, I’m relieved to know that if I change my relationship to food, if I align with it, savor it’s deliciousness, imagine that it’s nourishing me, and feel good about it, that helps convert poison into nectar. That’s not to say that I’m going to start pigging out on sweets. I still plan to keep sugar to a minimum. But I’ve been so afraid of ‘killer’ sweets, that I’ve even feared fruits, especially bananas. Now, I will love the banana (or raw honey, or any other natural sweet that I’m eating) and thank it for its nourishment and sweet yumminess.
I can see why saying grace before a meal helps prepare our bodies to best metabolize the food and optimize its healing benefits. I intend to bring grace to my meals from now on, focusing on gratitude for the food, for the good people I’m eating with, for myself for choosing good food and good people, thankful for the nourishment, seeing my cells and organs thriving and jiving, blissed out and blessed.
Are you mindful of your mood when you eat your food? Remember, “Your state of mind can convert nectar into poison and poison into nectar.” Eat with love, and with people you love!
Here’s my favorite healthy sweet treat that I eat almost every day.
CHOCOLATE FUDE BLISS COOKIE
1 TBSP coconut oil
1 TBSP raw cacao
1 TBSP mashed banana
1/2 TBSP almond butter (or tahini)
1 TBSP chopped walnuts
(Optional: add 1 Tsp of raw honey or a pinch of stevia to make it sweeter)
Mix together and spoon onto aluminum foil, shaping it into a patty. Put it in the freezer to harden (about ten minutes). Eat in joy!