In the beginning of creation, we were given plant life as one of our main resources. At that time everything we actually needed to survive was supplied, we just needed to learn how to use it. Water was collected from safe sources or made safe to drink. Animals were cooked to kill pathogens that could harm us. And plants were experimented with for nourishment, medicine and spirituality. Incredible knowledge was gained due solely to experimentation, to the extent that you know there had to be great successes as well as horrific failures. Fortunately for us, our ancestors done that daunting task for us and left us with some great knowledge of what they found. However, at some point, like always, man got greedy and wanted to make more, better, and make money off it. Fast forward to today and we have evolved farther and farther away from what nature provided and are now arrogant enough to think we can duplicate and make ourselves something that only the universe is really capable of. It’s no wonder that we are as unhealthy as a collective whole. Our food, our nourishment, our medicine, etc. has been tampered with so much that it no longer resembles what was intended to be.
Although, we cannot do much to combat the effects that time and man has had on the environment in which our resources thrive, we can still do our best to return to the source when we feel our body needing healing. I am talking about healing of all kinds: physically, mentally and spiritually.
Now I do not have a PhD, but I can tell you that many physically troubling issues can be solved with diet. I am not talking about counting calories, or going on some crazy cave man diet of raw meat. I am referring to just going back to the source and eating what Mother Earth provides us before man interferes with her creation. Fruit straight of the trees or vines, vegetables straight out of the ground or plant, and meats from animals that have been allowed to graze and live naturally. I, myself, lost over 70 lbs. last year doing this alone. I didn’t count calories or go to the gym. I simply made myself aware of what I was putting into my body and stopped putting in things that were processed into nothing but junk. Sure, some convenience is lost but I believe we make time for things that we value and we should value our own health over all else. We all know that obesity is a leading cause in many other health problems and many of these just create domino effects of problems of their own.
My husband is a prime example of what I am referring to here. At 40 years old his cholesterol is super high, triglyceride levels are so bad they have doubled his medication, and may be referring him to a lipid specialist soon. He has been incredibly skeptical and critical of any advice up until now. He’s always been the type who could quickly drop 20-40 lbs. if the doctor told him he needed to just by starving himself and then quickly put it back on later after his next checkup. He has an addiction for nicotine and food and claims he will “die a happy man”.
I feel that the years of abuse he has done to his body are now, at this age, finally catching up to him. I think this happens to lots of people who think they are bullet proof while they are young until some major health crisis leaves them reeling and wondering where their youthful body went. When in all actuality, it was declining the whole time. Sure, we all get old but we can do so feeling good and do it gracefully. We can do so knowing that we done all we could to care for this sacred vessel we were allowed to borrow for a short time. It always makes me go back and question: “why must we always abuse the wonderful things that we are given?”
And don’t think that the damage is already done and so it’s hopeless to try now. Our bodies are absolutely amazing in their ability to heal themselves. As a previous smoker with asthma (yeah, I know….pretty stupid), I can tell you that I haven’t used an inhaler since I stopped smoking. I can feel a huge difference in my breathing on a daily basis. When I smoked, every time I got sick, it would turn into a long drawn out chest cold or pneumonia. These types of reoccurring illnesses are gone now along with those cigarettes.
After losing those 70 lbs., I have more energy than I ever had. My feet and joints don’t ache like they did carrying around all that extra weight. My complexion is better now that I am not sweating grease and artificial ingredients out of my pores. Granted, I am not saying you have to be perfect. For all I have done to improve my health, I still have my vices. Personally, I am still struggling to give up my Splenda and Diet Coke but we are all a work in progress, right?
So, in eating right for a healthier body, we can look further than just the obvious fruits, veggies, etc. that we discussed here. We can harvest, or buy (responsibly) herbs that have incredible healing properties for specific purposes, as well. I want you all to look at the images here and see how each of these plants has the ability to heal us. I’ll leave you to ponder on that today and we will pick up here tomorrow……Love and Light )O(