Byline: Patsie Smith
Prior to life with wholesome, fresh, organic, life-infused foods, I carried within my body traces of major imbalances from my history of depression which later built into alcohol dependency, chronic digestive inflammation and chronic fatigue. These issues were a cry for help from my body, that was crucially in need of a major overhaul.
I chose to heal myself to rectify these imbalances, this may or may not be the right choice for everyone. However, it was the only choice that felt right for me. Using pharmaceutical drugs to mask symptoms simply didn’t make any sense. So I embarked on a journey of self-healing like my Beagle Charlie, when he’s onto a scent, almost totally obsessed.
Self-healing meant harnessing my body’s innate healing power using all the tools and knowledge from natural and ancient health wisdom. Healing on all levels of my being i.e. mentally, emotionally, spiritually and hence physically also entailed a more challenging and confronting journey but the result was true healing and a transformed being at the other end.
What are healing and life energy foods?
We all know about the rich nutrients in fresh wholesome foods, but foods that aid in healing should also be full of life energy. The way you grow, obtain, cook, eat and digest your food all goes into determining the amount of life energy that helps you in your healing and health.
You are essentially energy and to be alive and thriving, the living energies in your body need to be balanced and replenished to optimum levels. This life energy or life force, also called chi, ki or prana in eastern medicine and energy arts, is the underlying basis for health and healing. Fresh plant foods contain life energies they absorbed from the natural elements of the earth, water, air and sunshine.
Foods grown yourself with love and care, then freshly harvested and prepared with love and mindfulness are infused with higher energetic vibrations, which you then put into your body. Foods that have been stored extensively (for transportation and on supermarket shelves), microwaved or highly processed and overcooked are depleted of their life energy (life force).
Ideally, grow your own patch of organic fruits and vegetables, or buy them fresh from your local farmers markets. Growing vegetables is extremely fun, grounds you with the earth and is most rewarding come harvest time. Going to the farmers markets supports your local farmers, encourages sustainability and develops wonderful friendships with other conscious eaters and the farmers themselves.
Preparing and cooking foods with a peaceful and happy demeanor and atmosphere, then eating them with mindfulness and gratitude further raises the vibrations of the food you consume. Being fully present when eating, you will savor and enjoy the tastes, textures and sensations of all the flavors while chewing slowly aids in optimum digestion. Food digestion begins in the mouth, not in the stomach.
After meals I can now feel every cell in my body buzzing with life. Real foods are one of my passions for I value them with a sacred respect as part of life’s great gifts for replenishing and restoring my being.
Here is one of my favorite recipes using the foods I grow or buy at the market. It’s easy and delicious and no cooking is required.
Vegetarian Asian Noodles
- 1 pkt of fresh or dried egg/rice/kelp noodles
- 2 stalks of fresh shallots/spring onions (finely sliced into strips)
- 1 large carrot (finely sliced into strips)
- 1 cup fresh home grown mung bean sprouts (or fresh bought sprouts)
- 4 leaves of perpetual spinach (or any other spinach) cut into segments
- 1 handful of chopped coriander (cilantro)
- 4-5 fresh or dried Shitake mushrooms (or any other preferred variety of mushroom)
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 clove finely chopped garlic
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh ginger
- Tamari soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sesame oil
- 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- Soak the noodles and shitake mushrooms in separate bowls of hot water to soften if using dried ones. Then drain and squeeze residual water out of mushrooms. If using fresh noodles, rinse and place them in a big mixing bowl. Rinse fresh shitake of all debris and cut their stems off. Slice the mushrooms into 3 segments. Add them to noodles in the bowl.
- Set aside half the amount of sprouts and seeds, place all other remaining ingredients into the bowl and mix them gently in with the noodles.
- In a separate bowl, mix all sauce ingredients and stir gently till honey dissolves. Add Tamari sauce to taste.
- Drizzle sauce over noodle mix, a little at a time, intermittently tossing to mix the sauce thoroughly and evenly throughout the noodles and vegetables.
- Serve onto plate and scatter remaining sprouts and seeds set aside in step 2 over the top.
Have you healed yourself too or are you ready to help your body to heal? Please share with us in the comments section, your experiences and wisdom and what special foods you’ve found to be amazingly life restoring? Blessings to you…namaste.
Patsie Smith is a spiritual author and guide, intuitive and energetic healer, meditation and yoga teacher. She helps facilitate healing on every level of one’s being. To connect with her weekly wisdom, meditation and guided healing journeys visit www.spiritpond.com