This week’s topic is: 6 Simple Food Principles for Increasing Your Vitality and Longevity
Food is one of our Four Cornerstones with the others being body, emotional wellbeing, and spiritual growth. And we wholeheartedly believe that we really need to pay attention to all of these different aspects of our wellness in order to really feel our best and in order to really create true health and vitality. You may say to yourself, well, what does vitality really mean?
I love this whole concept of vitality because it takes us beyond just the quantitative measurements that sometimes we equate with our health, like our weight or other ways we measure things. Vitality is more expansive. Vitality is our aliveness, our confidence, our overall life force. It’s the energy that we bring to each day, it’s our enthusiasm. And it truly is a big component in feeling truly joyful and successful in your life. And we know that as humans, we’re eating every day unless we’re cleansing or fasting. And that food has a tremendous impact on our energy and on our vitality.
Today I’m offering 6 key principles that you can apply to your life in terms of your diet and how to approach food in order to really elevate your vitality. And also not to block energy, deplete yourself unknowingly, which after working for many years with many different clients and readers, I find we all are here to feel our best, to feel good, to feel deeply connected. And so all this information that we share and pass around to each other is really important for our own wellbeing and our own knowledge, so we can apply that to our lives.
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Loves and welcome back to our Monday solo cast episode where our topic today is Food Principles for Vitality. So food is one of our four cornerstones here. The others are body, emotional, wellbeing, and spiritual growth, which you may very well know if you are a longer term listener. And we wholeheartedly believe that we really need to pay attention to all of these different aspects of our wellness in order to really feel our best and, and in order to really create true health and vitality. So you may say to yourself, well, what does vitality really mean? And I love this whole concept of vitality because it takes us beyond just the quantitative measurements that sometimes we equate with our health, like our weight or other ways we, we measure things. Vitality is more expansive. Vitality is our aliveness, our confidence, our overall life force. It’s the energy that we bring to each day, it’s our enthusiasm.
And it truly is a big component in feeling truly joyful and successful in your life. And we know that as humans, we’re eating every day unless we’re cleansing or fasting. And that food has a tremendous impact on our energy and on our vitality. So today I’m going to be, uh, offering, let’s see here, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 key principles that you can apply to your life in terms of your diet and how you approach food in order to really elevate your vitality. And also not to block energy, deplete yourself unknowingly, which after working for many years of many different clients and readers, I find, you know, we, we all are here to feel our best, to feel good, like the name of our podcast, to feel deeply connected. And so all this information that we share and pass around to each other is really important for our own wellbeing and our own knowledge, so we can apply that to our lives.
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All right, let’s get into our show today. I’m really excited about this one. It has been on my mind recently, and I wanna share this with you today. So six food principles for vitality. As we know, we live in a world where there is a lot of information available to us all the time, and this can feel overwhelming. It can feel confusing, it can feel like it’s doing the opposite of actually elevating our wellness, especially because of TikTok
And all the social media channels that are just coming into us all the time. So I wanna say right here, right now, you do not need to feel overwhelmed or confused. The principles that really work are really simple, and they’re tried and true. So whilst there may be, there will always be new information coming out in new studies, the truth is they pretty much reinforce what we already know from our intuition and also from the truth of our anatomy. And we see that reinforced through research, through, um, for, in, for instance, coming from Dan Butner, national Geographic fellow, who’s been on our podcast many times who discovered the Blue Zones. So truly, we study human populations and we see these through lines in these principles around simplicity and basic ways of eating that are true today in the modern world. They’ve been around for hundreds of years, and in the context of our veda thousands of years.
So yes, we can make adjustments or we may be excited to try a new, a new herb or new food that’s getting a lot of press are getting a lot of research at the moment, but we can also relax. I’ve been living by these principles now for well over a decade, and I continue to see my health and energy improve. And some of these principles you’ll see there’s, there’s there’s ways to adjust and to modify for your body and so on, but it never has to feel overly confusing.
#1. Simple Food Principles for Increasing Your Vitality and Longevity: See food as energy, not as numbers
So the first principle is to see food as energy, not numbers. So I’ve talked about this a lot in my books and here on the show, but I wanna revisit this because this is primary. If we really want to feel more vitality, we wanna feel more healthy, we wanna feel more alive and exuberant and have this youthful energy no matter what our chronological age.
But just to feel this, this true aliveness, we have to really recognize that we are energetic beings and all these different forms of nourishment, relationships, our work, our fulfillment, um, through ways in which we, um, use our time, food, sunlight, oxygen. These are all forms of energy that impact our vitality and energy. So we wanna move away from just this very reductionist approach of adding up our calories or seeing how many carbs we eat or how many grams of protein, and using that as the primary guideline so that we end up eating more processed foods or denatured foods or for instance, overeating, um, the packaged protein bars, for instance. Because, you know, we’re just trying to, to get the numbers to work for following a really strict diet or whatever it is. Instead, we value more the qualitative energy. So this is freshness color. This is going to the market, the farmer’s market, and seeing what is seasonal and what really looks alive.
Chances are it’s really colorful and fresh and just beautiful looking. It’s going to create that energy in your body. So we really want to, to tune into our intuition here and just transcend the, the, the onslaught of quantitative thinking. Very linear, very heady, right? Just so, um, complicated sometimes and all these, these diets. Sometimes it almost feels like you need a calculator to figure things out. I stepped away from that, you know, I wanna say 13 years ago, 14 years ago, whenever it was, I, I really started on this path again, I, I’m not so great with numbers and, and dates myself because I really just shed that across my life. But it’s been a while. We’ll just say that it’s been well over a decade and I have never gone back. First of all, it was really stressful for me. And number two, it just works. When you start to see things in terms of energy, it, there’s this flow and it really steers us in the right direction.
#2. Simple Food Principles for Increasing Your Vitality and Longevity: Eat simply
The second principle is to eat simply. So we recently published a podcast, a q and a. You can go back and check it out if you’d like, on food combining. And Nile also write about this in my first book, the Beauty Detox Solution. But the basic principle of flu combining is to eat simply. And that’s it. When we eat sim more simply, we digest better, which means our energy’s freed up from digestion to our aliveness. This is that juicy. You know, when someone walks in the room and you don’t know what it is, but they’re very magnetic energy. So we do not wanna weigh ourselves down with heavy foods and digestion, and everybody’s body’s different. But whether we’re eating at home or we’re eating at a restaurant, when we choose to eat more simply, we are gonna have more life force in our lives, period.
That’s just a, a truth because we know that digestion takes a lot. We’re chewing it, there’s a physicality to it. Our stomachs are churning, our bodies are secreting digestive enzymes. We have to move the food through our GI tract. There’s the villa absorbing the nutrition. There is the, uh, there’s the energy of the peristalsis and our colons expelling. I mean, the whole thing just takes a lot. So we wanna make it easier for our bodies. And this is something no matter how, what specific foods you eat, whatever diet you’re specifically following, the more simple you make your actual meals, the better it is for your body. So choosing a few components for each meal. Ideally, if you’re eating a snack, it is mono eating. You choose the power protein smoothie, or a bowl of grapes or cherries or a handful of almonds. You just find ways to, when you’re sitting down, you’re putting less different foods in your system at once.
The glowing green smoothie is very simple. It’s water, green vegetables and fruit, including lemon, right? We’re not adding in a bunch of different stuff. We’re not, you know, using almond milk sometimes, or, um, you know, adding in 50 different herbs. We like to keep things very simple. And when we are simple, we are simply more radiant. And so just, I invite you to take a survey across your diets, the way you set up meals. It also takes the pressure off of food and meal planning. When I’m cooking for my kids and my family, there’s usually a salad. There’s always cooked veggies, and then there’s, you know, something else, whether it’s a lentil soup or, um, my kids love rice in some way. We eat a lot of rice and mushrooms and chickpeas, like very, very simple foods. And it’s easier for them to digest, I have to say.
And of course, they’re children, but my kids have great digestion, and my digestion has gotten so much better. And when I notice a slowdown, there’s a lot of different factors at play. There’s emotional stress that I can recognize now as having a really profound impact on my gut health and my digestion. But there’s also times where I overcomplicate things or I eat out a lot, and, you know, the oils, whatever throws my body off. So just in general, I like to keep it really simple and I feel the best and I have the most energy when I do that.
#3. Simple Food Principles for Increasing Your Vitality and Longevity: Find the right combination of raw and cooked foods that work for your body
The third principle is to find the combination of raw and cooked foods that works for your body. So what’s interesting about my personal journey is that I started off at the beginning, I was studying a lot about raw food, and I was a raw foodist for a couple of years. I studied at the Anne Wigmore Institute. I read all the books by Herbert Benson and Norman Walker and, you know, Robert Morse. And just got really excited about, oh, this makes sense. There’s vitamins, we don’t wanna denature them.
But then I started studying Ayurveda <laugh>. And Ayurveda is very much about cooked foods and warming foods and, um, supporting Agni Digest fire through the cooked, making it easier to digest. So there’s that, hmm, what’s right here. There’s these polar opposites, even within the vegan, the plant-based world, which again, you don’t have to be, it’s not all or nothing. You can eat largely plant forward, which I highly recommend, but you don’t have to be fully. So where I’ve come to today is the recognition that we need both, and it’s gonna be different for your body, and it’s also gonna be different as your body progresses through its own journey. So for me, in the beginning, I had a ton of waste and constipation, and so I really needed all that rawness to just clean me out.
And now where I am today is I have a combination where I have my glowing green smoothie in the morning, and I always have a raw component to my meals, but I do eat cooked food, and it’s often in the evening at dinner. So I’m not fully raw. I’ve also tried periods of eating all cooked. You know, Aveda will say, eat the prade, the porridge in the morning. You need all this cooked stuff. And that didn’t work for me either, because I started to feel really heavy and I started to gain weight and I just didn’t feel good. So everybody’s body is different, and if you’re having digestive issues and raw food is really difficult for you, you know, it could be just a couple microgreens that you sprinkle on top of your, your soups and your stews. Um, I definitely recommend taking our sa luna feelgood digestive enzymes before your meals, whether they’re raw or they’re cooked.
If you’re eating all raw food, your body can use the support in breaking down the fiber. And we have enzymes specifics, um, in our formula, in our feel good digestive enzyme formula to help break down that fiber because it needs some support sometimes to pass through. And if you’re eating cooked foods, you definitely want the digestive enzymes to help better metabolize and assimilate the foods, because the natural digestive enzymes that are in the foods from heat are cooked out. So either way, that’s a really good practice. But you wanna just see what works best for your body and you can adjust, and this will shift over time. And there may be a period where you just feel like you need a really great cleanse, a great cleanout, you eat all raw. Then there’s times where you need more nurturing and more nourishment and support. And so you eat lots of cooked foods, comforting foods.
#4. Simple Food Principles for Increasing Your Vitality and Longevity: Eat seasonally
So just pay attention and be intuitive and be aware. And now this is linked to our fourth principle, which is to eat seasonally. So this includes seasonal foods that are in season at different times. Of course, what you see at the market, of course, there’s different fruits and vegetables which are going to be, um, available and local and growing at different times. So it puts us in, in great sync with our local environment when we’re eating what’s around and we can feel the earth and we can feel really connected to nature. Remember, feeling good is about feeling connected. So we’re not these isolated beings, right? We wanna feel really connected to our true self, to the energy inside of us. And then we also wanna feel connected to the collective, to the community, and also to the environment. So seasonal eating is a wonderful way to elevate this energy.
So it’s, it is very much part of vitality, but also varying this percentage of raw and cooked from season to season. So when we’re in summer, we’re gonna eat more raw foods in general. Naturally, if we listen to our bodies, right? There’s strawberries and berries and peaches and watermelon and juiciness. And we may be drawn to just having more smoothies through the day. Besides our morning glowing green smoothie, I know I certainly am. And then we have the dharma kale salad and just a lot of, you know, salads and freshness and lightness. And then when we’re in the middle of winter, like we are right now, we like the warm and we like the vegetable soups and the kitcher trees and the stir fries, and there’s more of that. And this the natural rhythm of nature. And this is the natural part of self care that Ayurveda teaches that I think is really powerful, is that we’re not rigid. We stick to one thing all the time. We crack, we become weaker, we break down. So rather it’s not this all or nothing right or wrong, which applies to our diet, it also applies throughout our life. We wanna be open to what, um, David H. Hawkins, Dr. David Hawkins, one of my favorite authors calls calm plurality. Meaning there isn’t just one right way.
That is the rigidity that of the ego, which again, resonate. It just permeates our bodies and our minds, and it creates weakness versus let me be open to what my body’s really needing right now. And it may change month to month, season to season, but this is where real vitality comes in from really recognizing this and honoring this in our bodies and in our lives.
#5. Simple Food Principles for Increasing Your Vitality and Longevity: Slow down and have an attitude of gratitude and reverence
So the fifth principle is to slow down and bring in this powerful energy of gratitude. When we eat always around, when we eat, and when we’re just thinking and planning and working with food in general, many of us have an antagonistic relationship with food, or we have in the past, and that was my relationship with food. It was stressful. I would beat myself up, I’d be hungry, I’d eat a lot, and then I’d be like, ah, I hate this. It’s so hard. Why does food have to be this ban in my life? And I had eating disorders and it was just this very, um, you know, just this, I’ll say it again, like antagonistic, conflicted, contracted energy. So back to the first principle, when we seafood as energy, it is not the enemy. We can learn to work with that energy. And part of it is just being so grateful about the fact that, you know, if you’re listening to this, we have access to food in general.
You know, we, we are so grateful that this bounty from spirit is here to nurture us. And when we approach it with reverence and with gratitude, which can include seeing a gratitude practice before you eat, which I always like to do, sometimes I forget, but it makes me feel connected to my food. I slow down to do that practice. Usually I eat lunch with Mossie and then I put him down for his nap. And he always says, now mama say grace. Say grace. Like he really, children love the ritual. And then we say grace, always at dinner. But just even in your way, whatever feels good to you, it can just be a pause, it can be a moment, it can be a formal thing, it can be an informal thing. But just approaching food again with reverence and gratitude changes our relationship to food.
This also segues into this slowing down where we honor that food is an energy and we are energetic of beings. So we don’t need to overstuff, we don’t need to eat so fast, we don’t need to choose what to eat so fast. And part of this is just looking at our overall day and our schedule. So if we are packing things in, what my friend Dr. Will Cole calls toxic pro productivity, we’re just go, go, go. And then we get to this point where we’re starving. There’s the imbalance there. It’s not the seed of it, but then we end up just eating a whole bag of chips. Chips because it takes, we’re just so hungry, we can’t even wait to cook a healthy dinner, right? So it’s this slowing down across our lifestyle in general, starting the day with meditation, getting in tune with our bodies’, hunger, this actual pulse, what’s going on with our hormones, the grelin and the leptin.
There’s just this really unique, um, flow in our bodies. And the more we tune into that and become aware, which means we’re slowing down, right? We’re just not in the, oh my gosh, the monkey mind, all the thoughts going, we just become more bodily aware. So we slow down our schedule and then we slow down. We become awake and aware of, oh, okay, I’m gonna make sure I have my glowing green smoothie here. I’m going to, um, slow down while I’m eating my lunch and actually honor myself and take this time away from my desk and my computer to eat, wanna sit outside in the sunshine. We slow down and we actually have much better digestion. We chew better. We’re in a better emotional state when we eat, which definitely has an effect. We know that stress hormones have a huge impact on our gut health and our microbiome and on our digestion.
This gut brain access is a very powerful, um, part. This is a knowledge that is very useful to us. So we wanna slow down, we wanna be grateful. And this, again, we’re so used to hearing about numbers and this food, and this is a way to cut calories or eat more protein and less carbs. And this will help you slow down, or this will help you slim down <laugh> when we slow down. I promise you this alone will have a huge impact on your health and wellness goals, on your vitality, on your weight, on your peace, on your joy on everything.
#6. Simple Food Principles for Increasing Your Vitality and Longevity: 80/20 Rule
Which then leads me into the sixth principle, which is follow the 80 20 rule. So this is in, I’m thinking of it now in three ways. Number one, we do not have to eat perfectly all the time, but we strive for most of the time 80%. We’re following a consistent rhythm. We’re eating fresh food, we’re following the Solluna Beauty Detox principles, we’re eating plant forward and so on and so forth. And then 20% of the time, if we’re at a birthday party and we wanna eat the cake and maybe the cake has dairy or or at a restaurant and we wanna eat the tempura, the the fried food, it’s okay, or we have some wine or alcohol, it’s okay because most of the time our body’s on this rhythm. So again, we don’t wanna be so rigid that the orthorexia is fed. This unhealthy obsession with healthy eating is fed by this idea that we have to be perfect and we do not have to be perfect. We just need to be around about 80% of the time
Beyond. I meant <laugh>. So the second way that 80 20 applies is to our meals, 80% of our foods should be more alkaline, meaning from the fruit, the vegetable family. Now when we’re eating meals, we don’t wanna eat sweet fruit. Um, I don’t wanna go too deep into this, but um, please reference, and we’ll link to this in the show notes, the food combining podcast, but the non sweet fruit, so the lemon and the cucumber and so forth, which sometimes we think are veggies, right? We wanna eat 80% of these very abundant foods, which is why veggies and salads are the majority of the meal. And then 20% could be the heavier foods, whether you’re eating ba beans or um, Tempe or quinoa or lentils. There’s the balance with the niche meal. And this is the natural form of calorie and portion control. And just so that we continue to not have to weigh everything, but it’s visual.
We say, okay, I’m eating a lot of veggies here. And then here, you know, if you eat, um, if you happen to eat animal protein, it’s not this enormous piece of fish because you’re hungry, you’re absolutely loading up with a fiber. And then there’s some of that heavier food, which by the way, looking to the blue zones, they are 90%, these five areas, these five geographic regions in the world, which are, um, the people are the healthiest and they live the longest. They are 90 to 100% plant-based. So for the ones that eat meat, they’re just much smaller portion sizes. And it’s not every meal, it’s a couple times a a month, really. I think it, you know, Dan was saying generally five times a month, which is, you know, maybe one to two times a week or you know where you are at. It may be more times, but just note the portion sizes.
This is something I’m working on with my hubby right now who is a omnivore, but the biggest thing that we’re working on is portion size regulation, because that can get really wonky. And if we listen to some of the, the information out there or the opinions of people, it’s saying we need all this dense protein. Density is the very thing that weighs down our vitality in our life force. There’s so much innate intelligence in our body, it’s the lightness we need. So we give our body some nourishment, but we don’t weigh it down. Okay? So think 80 20 in general in your meals. And then the third way that I wanted to point out is fullness. So you don’t want to eat to the point of absolute stuffiness, cuz this also
Depletes the body and, and weighs us down tremendously. This is actually a principle in this is one of the power, nine of the blue zones is not eating to full capacity. So this is part of longevity. We slow down, you see there’s related, we slow down and then we feel full, but we don’t keep eating until we’re stuffed. So there should just be this general feeling of, okay, I’m feeling satisfied, tiny bit hungry, I could still eat more, but I’m gonna stop here. So this is a retraining for many of us. My mother was an immigrant from the Philippines and there was, you know, there’s different ways that, um, intergenerational trauma plays out in micro and macro ways. And one thing I reflect on now as an adult is that my mother had this real, um, I’ll say like lack feeling or just this scarcity mindset where if we were at a restaurant, it was like, you know, and I was like, okay, I’m full, I’m done.
She was like, well, no, I’m gonna eat all this food. It was, it was so painful to her to see waste, like she would just clean up everything even if she was stuffed. And so I observed that growing up and in different ways I sort of took some of that on. And now as a conscious adult, I can say, well that isn’t what I wanna hold onto. Like, I do not wanna live that way, right? So sometimes we have to reframe our patterns and really see ourselves clearly and see where we’re at. And so now I have a very different mentality about it. I am consciously aware of, I don’t wanna overstuff. Sometimes that means giving the food away or taking a doggy bag home or having some leftovers or whatever it is. But it is a commitment to not overstaffing ourselves. That does greatly nurture and amplify our own vitality, our life force.
So it’s not one meal that’s gonna impact it. Sometimes we’re just so excited for our favorite food or holiday or whatever it is. So we don’t wanna induce any guilt here, but just remember, it’s a lot of the time, right? 80%. So just be aware of it in general. And then you can just again, take stock, bring some awareness to your own eating patterns in the flow of your day and see where we can build that.
So the six principles again, are seeing food as energy, not just numbers. Number two, eating simply for better digestion and more vitality, more life force that gets freed up from digestion. Number three, find the combination of raw and cooked foods that work for your body, which can shift and change over time. Number four, change your diet seasonally in terms of the actual foods, what’s available, What’s, what’s fresh, and also in that percentage of rotten cooked. Number five, slow down and have an attitude of gratitude and reverence towards food and eating in general. And number six, follow the 80 20 rule across being across your general diet, being on or off. And in each meal, 80, 80% alkaline, plant-based foods, at least 20% heavier foods. And also in fullness, eating only to about 80% capacity and not over stuffing.
So I hope that these inspire you as we head deeper into 2023 to really elevate your vitality and your incredible potential in your life, in your relationships, in your work, wherever you wanna use your energy. I am here as always to support you. I am listening, so please check out the show notes. This show in particular will have other great podcasts we will link to, to support if you wanna keep going deeper into this cornerstone, you’re working in this area right now.
I will also mention that the cornerstones work synergistically. So for those of you out there listening, and I was very much in this category that tend to become food obsessed, I encourage you to look more to the emotional wellbeing in the spiritual cornerstones because that is where we can actually have the real hunger, right? And when we self connect, when we get really in touch with who we are, we’re not in this fight or flight comparison always on the surface mode. And we actually really heal our relationship with food. So there’s actually a podcast about this as well, which we’ll link to. So check it firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit questions there for our q and a shows, which are Thursdays. Take great care. I’ll be back here Monday for our, sorry, Thursday for our next show. Sending you so much love and so much gratitude. [inaudible].