August 03, 2010

Food for Thought

Food nourishes our bodies.  It gives us energy.  If we eat too much, our bodies cannot manage all the effort which goes into breaking down the food into nutrients and energy, so we become tired instead of energized.

All whole foods from Mother Earth are nutritious.  The more we eat of them, the healthiest we can be.  Once we start processing them and overcooking them, the less we nourish our bodies and the more our bodies become diseased, or not in balance with the nutrients needed in our blood to nourish all the organs and parts of our bodies.

For thousands of years humanity evolved as it discovered the science of agriculture, the medicinal properties of the plant kingdom, and the amazing diversity of spices and seasonings.  Food was primarily a means by which we grew strong, and whenever we were sick, we created medicine from the plant kingdom to heal us.

This is a new Day.  Humanity entered the industrial revolution and discovered innumerable ways to develop the food industry....but without a spiritual balance with regard to food, we are likely to become gluttens for punishment.  Both our health and our illness is directly connected to food.  Abdu'l-Baha explains, "...the incursion of disease is due to a disturbance in the relative amounts of the body's component substances, and that treatment consisteth in adjusting these relative amounts, and that this can be apprehended and made possible by means of foods."  (Selections from the Writings of Abdu'l-Baha, p. 15)
 
As a whole, the food industry has succeeded in destroying all that is sacred in terms of the spirit or energy that food brings to our well-being.  It is only in recent decades that the industry is responding with a sense of concern and is adopting a more healthy approach to fast foods, processed foods, and all that is decadent and convenient.
"The food of the future will be fruit and grains. The time will come when meat is no longer eaten. Medical science is yet only in its infancy, but it has shown that our natural diet is that which grows out of the ground. The people will gradually develop up to the condition of taking only this natural food. " (Baha'i Scriptures, p. 453)

Since our bodies are like thrones for our inner temple -- the soul -- we should strive to consume food that is beneficial to our bodies, as our bodies affect our soul.  We should remember that the purpose of food is to give life, not to deteriorate it.  If we remember the key to most things in life is moderation, we will find ourselves with a lot of energy & good health for both our bodies and our souls.

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