Eat to Evolve

When you look back on your life, you can see evolution happening. You can see how your ideas about what’s important have changed since you were in eighth grade. You may remember when it really did seem like a Coke and a Snickers bar would make you feel better.

You can perhaps recount how your ideas have evolved about politics since you met that person, or how your tastes in music have evolved since you attended that concert.

There is a kind of motion in maturing.

You can even know in your bones the value of some of the negative experiences you have had. You can see how they were formative, how they closed you down or how they cracked you open. You may even decide that you wouldn’t trade them, even if you could.

We are formed by our environment and our experiences.  We respond to the stimulus that comes at us.

It’s natural to close down to protect yourself after an insult to your body or your spirit. We might not even notice the closure.

At some point, however, your body might highlight the stuckness that exists by communicating pain. Long term closure results in an energetic stuckness that may eventually result in some form of illness.

Sometimes we NEED that stuckness. We cultivate it. We genuinely can’t handle the rawness and so we regulate the pace of our evolution by our lifestyle choices.

We might stay inside our comfort zone, solidify our routines till we are on “automatic pilot” and choose food that numbs us in order to achieve a feeling of safety. But…

“Security is mostly a superstition. Its does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.”

~ Helen Keller

Living as though life is a daring adventure means eating food that doesn’t make you numb.

Processed food is designed to make you high. It’s designed to be addictive and delicious. It’s designed to maximize shelf life and profit.

The food that makes you open up to your full potential isn’t designed by anyone. It doesn’t have a marketing budget and it doesn’t have eye-catching health claims on the front label.

That kind of food is vital, nutrient-dense and recognizable to your ancestors. It replenishes your life force, dissolves your stuckness and allows you to wake up to the raw, tender and daring experience of the present moment.

It cleans out your liver as you eat it, strengthens your intestinal flora, heals your skin and eliminates your cravings. After eating it for a few months, you sleep hard, wake up hungry and have daily bowel movements.

Soon you are using your clear eyes to look back on your life. You feel like you are at the top of a mountain looking at the wide horizon. You wonder  how many moments of numbness make up a whole life?

Of course, there are still moments when you would prefer not to be awake to the present moment. There are moments when you would like to take refuge in the numbness of something sweet or alcoholic to delay the experience of your suffering.

But once you have experienced the panoramic view from the top of your life,  you can then choose whether or not to let numbness and stuckness define your future.

You have to experience the clarity in order to have the choice. And believe it or not, you are about a week away from that clarity at any one time, no matter how polluted your diet was yesterday. It’s not THAT hard to find it.

Like anything, clarity is temporary. It fades. But it’s a game changer in that you cycle back to it over and over, because you remember it. It becomes your baseline.

Doing a cleanse has a transformative effect on your life, like any experience of living life as a daring adventure. If you’ve ever been skydiving or gone on a flying trapeze or taken a motorcycle tour around Japan, you may think “If I can do that, I can do anything.”

The comfort zone of food can be VERY compelling. You’re not alone if you don’t want to leave it.

But if you do leave it, if you take that adventure, it nourishes not just your body, but your evolution as a human being.

The planet is yearning for that: human evolution. The farmer’s markets, CSAs and your front garden are all conspiring to nourish you right into a new era.

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Holly Noonan writes about self-nourishment and food empowerment every month in her Mind Body Nutrition Newsletter.

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