Tom and Mary were finishing up their entrées at home and Tom takes dessert out of the oven. Mary, slightly disappointed once again asks, “How come you always cut the ends off the apple pie? That’s my favorite part!”
Tom replied, “Funny, I don’t know. I always have done that. Come to think, my mother did that as well. I’ll call her right now and find out why.”
Tom calls his mom, asks “Mom, how come you always cut the ends off the apple pie?” His mom laughs and then says, “I don’t know. I always have done that. Come to think, my mother did that as well. Why don’t you call Grandma and ask her?”
Tom then calls his grandmother. After the cordial and customary greetings, he asks, “Grandma, how come you always cut the ends off the apple pie?”
Grandma laughs out loud and says, “Because when I was learning to bake we only had a very small pan!”
And so, the apple (pie) doesn’t fall from the tree. While our parents had the best of intentions for us, we should remember that typically, they were following the ideas that their caretakers taught them many years ago. Our parents may have made some changes as they became adults, but quite often the patterns of what’s right and wrong, and what is healthy and unhealthy (and how to make a pie!) are well ingrained from their childhood. And among these handed down belief systems, is of course, diet.
But times change and so does our understanding of heath, science, pain, and illness. While some habitually repeat the dietary patterns of our childhood, many of us have experimented to find what works best for each of us. Sadly, when researching diet, the conclusions of the experts seem to change as often as each year’s style of shoes. Everyone has a theory, and all swear they’re correct. And with corporate lobbying and the possibility of biased research, how can you know for sure what’s best for you and not fall prey to disingenuous advertising and subjective marketing? What’s an Empath to do?
The Empath Diet, obviously!
I once ordered Chinese take-out at one of those places where the kitchen is right behind the cashier. You can see the cooks and they can see you. Shortly after I ordered, I witnessed the two cooks arguing with each other. When I shared this with my friend who is Chinese, she said, “That’s just the way we talk to each other—loudly!” But I could feel there was animosity happening. And when I got home, my first bite felt horrible. The food felt lifeless and lacking anything positive. This was my first conscious experience of realizing that anything we ingest contains the energy of those who prepared it.
The Empath Diet emphasizes energy. If it's made by an angry cook, you're eating the energy of anger. If it's made quickly and when stressed, you’re eating the energy of anxiety and ‘fight or flight’. If your food has been processed by machines programmed by people who are only in it for the profit (junk food), you're eating the energy of greed in addition to the physically harmful chemicals. If what you’re eating has pesticides, you're eating the energy of death. And you're eating the energy of torture If you're eating an abused animal’s muscles or their by-products.
On the converse, if you're eating organic vegetables and fruits, you're absorbing the groundedness of the root vegetables, the Spirit of the plants, and the energy of the organic farmer who probably cares about his produce a lot more than Big Agribusiness.
Empaths and HSPs need to think of everything -- and certainly food -- as energy. And we’ll naturally feel better and be more vibrant eating higher vibration foods. These include organic, non-GMO, gluten free and whenever possible, vegan. We need to recognize how nutrients are enhanced via sprouting, and how increasing the percentage of raw food vs. cooked helps us digest more foods in their most natural, vibrant state. I say this not solely because the results I've gotten have been powerful and dramatic, but because ingesting higher vibration foods that are prepared lovingly makes sense energetically.
Your energy when preparing your meals affects both the food and your ability to absorb the nutrients. The movie, Like Water for Chocolate shows this clearly. Whatever emotions the cook was experiencing while preparing the meal were transferred to all who consumed it!
Part of the reason people used to regularly say Grace at the beginning of the meal was to cultivate a state of gratitude in their body before eating. Others can be seen giving Reiki to their meal in restaurants. This can raise the vibration of the food to some degree, but I think more accurately, a slowing down and a mental and emotional centering boosts the body’s ability to absorb the nutrients.
“But what about the pale, skinny shopper at the local health food store?” is a question I get when discussing diet. My answer: watch that person’s shopping habits. Odds are high they’re reading and re-reading every ingredient on the label. Not that this in itself is a bad thing, we should know what we’re eating. My point is they’re often coming from fear. Anything, including healthy foods when eaten from fear, won’t be as healthy as the same thing done or eaten with love and gratitude.
There are some people, based on numerous factors, who may have tried eating healthier and felt worse initially. Certainly your individual constitution has an effect. Your culture, heredity and environment as well. But for many persons who have initially felt worse, try opening to the possibility that you may be detoxing energetic remnants of years or even decades of low vibration foods. Also do an honest internal inquiry: What is my neuro-association with this food? And ask yourself if eating what’s known to be healthy for most can have the effect you think it’s having on you.
What about carbs-fats-proteins? Which should we focus on and which should we minimize? Logically, if someone is lifting weights, they should be more conscious of protein input. And for those looking to lose weight, they'd be best served by being aware of excessive carbohydrate consumption in addition to the possibility of emotional eating. And there is the concern about ingesting complete proteins. But I’d like to emphasize another matter, or non-matter, as it were.
The energy within each food or drink can be as important as its physical makeup.
What will vibrate higher: a raw organic carrot or a “pastry” made with processed sugar and chemicals? The answer is obvious, but making and acting upon the better choice can be difficult at first. I like to say, “I get to eat fresh fruits and vegetables” rather than think that my choices are limited. No one wants to feel limited. I also don’t want to let my tongue and its learned fondness for sweets rule my mind. In fact, after a short time avoiding sweets, I’ve developed an anti-sweet-tooth. It comes down to making wise choices in line with what your body, not your mind needs.
I eat to live rather than live to eat. I won’t judge you if you’re the latter, on occasion or always, but I will ask you, “Are you craving sweets because you’re missing the sweetness of life? Are you eating certain foods because like Tom's family making pies, you always have? Are you living your life’s purpose or managing your emotions well enough that you don’t need to overindulge in comfort food?”
Just asking questions, here. ;-)
There is much more that can be said about the diet that’s most effective for Empaths and HSPs, including:
- how food is often the original control mechanism;
- how our brains and certain foods trick us into eating more;
- emotional eating;
- how the persons at social gatherings and shared meals can affect our digestion; and
- how our emotional and energetic state while eating can affect our health.
They will all be in my upcoming book, Empathipedia.
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