One immediate change that a person can make to change their health is to stop eating refined carbohydrates, fried foods and trans fats. The next step is to eat food in a way that does not cause indigestion, acid reflux and more unwelcome gas fermentation. The most simple way to start with that process is to not eat any fruit or sweet foods after a meal that has protein or starches in its contents. Of course, this is contrary to the way we are exposed to food and how the commercial food industry wants us to view food. This is a complicated subject that is not cut and dry. Food has many emotional connections for most all of us. Food Combining Chart here.
In June of this year I decided to do a Juice Feast. Different than a juice fast because it includes the use of nutrients in the form of Green Powders, Bee Pollen, Kelp, some oils and superfoods that provide easily assimilated nutrients. When I started I was not sure how long I would continue on the Feast, but I was open to staying on it for the 92 day period that is outlined by David Rain, John Rose and Angela Stokes. Juice Feasting link here.
Juice Feasting has taught me a great deal about myself and the meaning of the word ADDICTION. There are two addictions that are completely acceptable by most people and they are FOOD and WORK. In terms of Food, one can eat as much as they want as long as they are not ” fat”. These are all terms that are relative to our own perceptions that are defined by our own addictions. With Work, I feel the most acceptable of addictions, as long as you are busy that is all that matters. Busy is often equated with success.
So, how does Food Combining, Juice Feasting, Food Addictions and Workaholism relate to one another? I found that any change is a major one and they all impact one another. What almost always needs to happen is to have a healthier replacement for the type of food that was relinquished.Working is the one addiction that is almost an untouchable subject and one I won’t really delve into here. It is equated with success and is highly respected by many.
Juice Feasting showed me how I depended on food in ways that I did not really understand. The juicing made it apparent how I use food to soothe and placate myself. So, what is wrong with that? That depends. It is a situation that you can only understand when you are on a juice fast or feast and the foods that you turn to for comfort are not there. Why am I eating? What other ways can I nurture myself? Using food in this way is not helping me. The kicker is that, in my experience, most people don’t see what the problem is with using food as a daily distraction. This is especially true if a person is not fat or obese.
One important learned from Juice Feasting is to observe my judgements about others. To respect how hard it can be for people to move onto the next level of growth. From eating at McDonald’s to joining Weight Watchers to becoming a Lactovegetarian, etc. The idea of detoxing from drug addiction is a whole other level of discipline that makes food addiction seem relatively harmless. Food compulsion is not viewed as an addiction when compared to drug addiction unless one is obese, bulimic or anorexic.
I have first hand experience, for over 30 years, that the simpler I eat the clearer my intuition is and the more compassionate I am toward others. My recent experiences with Juice Feasting helped me recognize how I use food to celebrate and reward myself. There are other ways.
Since writing this post I have discovered Unique Healing Program Donna Pessin. Take a look at this website and the 70 videos that are available on youtube. This program has changed my perception of health, cleansing and food. Have an open mind.