Our bodies are designed for strength, vitality and longevity. We are innately powerful creatures, not a weak race given to all manner of symptoms and inexplicable disease.
The human body thrives and evolves when it’s cells and pathways (blood, pulmonary, lymphatic, neurological) are open and flowing, conducting the life force energy central to all living systems. Inhibition of this conductivity is the harbinger of human imbalances (physical, mental and emotional and the behaviors that result from an imbalanced being).
If we consider our common social diet-lifestyle norms we will find that each and every aspect of it inhibits this key flow – the foods and substances consumed, the frequency with which they are consumed, the mindless state in which they are consumed, the symptoms that result from them which are immediately suppressed rather than understood as a call for diet-lifestyle change, a societal perspective that chooses separation from rather than connection to nature, so-called advancements that choose radiation and speed over vitality and wholeness and corporations and political entities whose interest lie in controlling others for monetary gain despite the long term consequences. These life-deteriorating agendas, if not challenged by the adults at home, leave our children’s bodies and minds unprotected; open to designs that undermine their development. Just as a bear protects its cubs from dangers, adults are supposed to protect their young. But, for the most part, adults are unaware of the havoc our modern norms wreak on the body themselves, are too caught up in a personal avalanche of debt, work, imbalances, distractions, worries and all the common demands to gather up the attention and energy necessary to reconsider the norms and make the important changes that would change their family’s life.
A child’s health is shaped long before birth. Every part of the child’s being is affected by a combination of the DNA it receives from its parents (therefore the parent’s health is transferred into their child’s makeup) and all it is exposed to in-utero. Therefore, the less toxic the parents and the more healthy and harmonious the child’s incubation experience (non-toxic foods, clean air, clean water, no pollution or chemicals), the better its odds are of being a powerful, intelligent growing human.
These concepts are simple really, and completely intuitive, particularly given that all life is constantly in a state of change, adjusting based on what it is exposed to. Yet, our culture persists on exposing itself to substances in and out of the body that trigger decomposition rather than vivification! We should not wonder why children are born with imbalances and diseases and develop problems as they grow up in this toxic environment. We should be clear why as the causes and the cures are obvious. Our culture only chooses not to see the obvious because to do so would require behavioral and habitudinal changes that scare them. Constructive change would also force those who have much to gain monetarily from the perpetuation of our norms to surrender their interests, which they are not likely to do. That leaves individuals with the choice to see or not to see – to change or not to change.
If you choose change…
The first step is to see the problem and the solution. The next step is to learn how to reverse the damage and prevent further damage. This is done by considering what is toxic to the body and what can become toxic if it remains in the body too long without being eliminated. When we see the problem and solution clearly and understand the cause and effect of exposing ourselves to toxicity, then we can transform our lifestyle habits to reflect a more life-generating approach.
However, this does not mean that you have to make a full transformation overnight! If you are consistently making meaningful and positive changes for yourself and your family and your awareness is becoming more tuned in to recognize what is life-generating and what is not, you will be doing beautifully!
What is the human body designed to consume?
The human body is designed to seamlessly digest, assimilate and eliminate water-containing plant foods (raw, fruits and vegetables). Other substances may also be included but water-containing raw fruits and vegetables are the substances that deliver and conduct the life force energy (or vitality if you prefer) from the sun, soil and elements into the cells, tissues and blood stream revivifying it! The human body is also infused with this life force when it breathes fresh air (particularly the cleanest mountain, beach or forest air), when it receives vital water from a living spring, and of course, in the case of baby, when s/he receives clean, non-toxic mother’s milk. These are the alkaline, life-force-energy surging substances that transmit vitality to the body and evolve it moment-by-moment into an even more super-charged, balanced, happy, loving, intelligent person.
HOWEVER, if the average person were to consume only these substances water-containing fruits, vegetables and vital elements, it would send their body into detox shock. This would result in yet another physical and emotional imbalance rather than a harmonizing, beneficially transformative event. It’s important to integrate these vital substances wisely. Therefore, in our experience, the application of these dietary tenets should be approached as one would cross from one point to another – as part of a journey or as I like to think of it, crossing a bridge.
Therefore, while the advantages of a diet filled with life-force energy are compelling and the desire to have a revivified body can be so attractive as to make one want to jump into the detox deep-end, we urge you to take it step-by-intelligent-step. You will not rejuvenate your body faster or serve your child any better if you move too quickly. You could have the opposite effect physically and emotionally. You and your family members will rejuvenate to the extent which you are able to prevent the introduction of further toxic substances into the body and support the release of accumulation from the body so that the life force can flow more and more unencumbered. This is done best with a paced, systematic approach to cleansing reinforced by emotional and lifestyle balance.
For this gentle transition there are foods that we refer to as “bridger” foods. Imagine there are two paradigms: the life-deteriorating paradigm that you’ve spent your life-to-date in and among and a universal system that supports all life. Between here and there is a bridge. Imagine yourself on that bridge. If you or your child on the bridge, and regardless of whether its your first step or if you are already more than half way across, the fact that you are at least on the bridge is a very good thing! While on the bridge, you will need a diet-lifestyle philosophy that reflects where you are; no longer in the life-deteriorating paradigm and yet, not quite in the fully life-generating one either. Likewise, your diet-lifestyle will be somewhere in between with the destination or new trajectory always in sight, ever growing more life-generating.
On the bridge, foods that may not always be pure organic, raw, water-containing plant foods are used for physiological, emotional and social reasons. Some are neutral (meaning while they may not bring vitality with them they do not impose acidity or leach critical vitality either) and some are slightly acidic (meaning they devitalize the body slightly but are helpful in preventing over-cleansing and emotional and social distress so they are recommended) and there may even be appropriate times to include offensive substances. Yes, you read that correctly. There are times in the course of raising a family when you intercept a sense that your child would benefit more from an experience that includes a physically offensive substance than having it withheld or avoided and in this instance, you will over-ride your dietetic knowledge. If you are a discerning, connected parent you will know intuitively when these times occur and you will be able to respond accordingly.
From a purely dietetic standpoint, here is a list of all the life-generating substances:
• All raw fruits and vegetables (including avocado)
• All raw fruit and vegetable juices
• Young coconuts and water
• Living spring water
• Vital air
• Mother’s milk for babies
• Love, joy, gratitude, peace and other balanced states of being/ high vibration emotions
Note: the way fruits and vegetables are grown and picked heavily impacts their vitality and the effect (alkaline vs. acidity) they will have upon your cells, tissues and bloodstream.
Here is a list of neutral foods you are encouraged to include:
• Cooked fruits (baked apples, baked bananas, stewed prunes, etc.)
• Cooked vegetables (all)
• Mature coconuts
• Cooked starch vegetables (yams, sweet potatoes, butternut, acorn, pumpkin, etc.)
Here is a list of slightly acidic flesh foods that are useful to include daily on the bridge:
• Grass fed, free range goat and sheep’s milk products
• Eggs from organic, grass fed, free-to-roam chicken
• Fresh, wild fish
Here is a list of flesh-foods that carry greater acidity but can be enjoyed from time to time on the bridge:
• Wild game
• Free-to-roam, organic grass-fed chickens
Note: there is a hierarchy to animal products. The way they are raised and killed, whether hormones and antibiotics are used, if they are cared for with love or not all have an effect on their biomass and therefore upon your biomass if you consume them. Please read Natalia’s blog on this subject for further guidance, entitled “Corn-fish and Fung-eggs” located at Detoxtheworld.com.
Here is a list of grain items that may be included on the bridge on a daily basis:
• The best whole grains: Millet, quinoa and buckwheat
• Sprouted grains and sprouted grain products such as the breads, bagels and tortillas made by Ezekiel and Alvarado St. Bakery
Note: Grains are not ideal human food but they are very helpful for as long as you are crossing the bridge.
Other, slightly more acidic but useful grain products that can be used as needed upon the bridge:
• Whole grain based cereals from brands like EnviroKids, Mothers, Barbaras, Nature’s Valley, Cascadian Farms, etc.
• Whole grain based pastas such as whole wheat pastas (make sure the word “whole” is used before the word “wheat” on the ingredients list or else you are just getting white flour!), kamut pastas by Eden Foods, and Spelt pasta by VitaSpelt as well as others.
• Whole grain based cookies and bars such as the ones by Kashi and Cascadian Farms
• Whole grain, baked chips made from root vegetables and corn
• Freshly popped popcorn in an air popper
There are lots of raw food products. Some are better than others but if they are made from raw nuts, seeds and dried fruits with benign sweeteners like agave, raw cane sugar, pure maple syrup, etc. and if your kids enjoy them they can come in very handy on a daily basis for lunch bag items and snacks!
Embrace these diet-lifestyle guidelines as you move toward a more life-generating life for your family. Hold fast to the fundamentals of health – conductivity of life-force is the source of health and it comes from an interconnected web of vitality which we are either connected to or disconnected from. Symptoms, discomfort and suffering are the result of disconnection from the source and conductivity of this great pulsating web of life-force. From there, you can make choices for your family’s highest good – keeping an eye out for internal and external blockages. As always, hold everything you learn here or elsewhere up to your highest intuition.