It is a good thing to increase our food awareness that affects the environment, ecosystems and biodiversity as well as our well-being.
People in Japan customarily say “itadaki masu” before a meal and “gochiso sama” after it.
“Itadaki masu” means I reverently receive and appreciate this meal.
“Gochiso sama” means I am thankful for all the trouble people took in order to make this meal.
Giving thanks for food is a universal and primary spiritual daily practice. It is wonderful to dedicate a blessing, prayer or invocation before and after a meal.
We, humans, don’t devour food just to fill an empty stomach. We are to appreciate our meals with high respect and gratitude for the sacrifice of the lives of other beings, for we are aware of the truth that any being has to kill and eat other life in order to sustain its own life and survive.
Simply put: “Life lives on life”.
However, how we eat is as important as what what we eat.
A Japanese proverb says ‘Illness enters through a mouth’.
This means what we eat causes illness. Food is a door to health and/or illness. Whatever we put in our mouth either builds up our health or tears it down.
We are what we eat…
What are we human beings, designed to eat?
Basically, humans are omnivorous and we can find the answer in our mouths, our dental layout. In the human mouth, there are 32 teeth in all, 20 molars (62.5%), 8 incisors (25%) and 4 canine (12.5%) teeth. It signifies that we are designed to regularly eat a wholegrain, vegetables and fruits as a day-to-day meal and occasionally eat meat.
What about cats, dogs, lions and sharks? They have prominent canine teeth, for they are designed to be carnivorous. Human beings are omnivores but not carnivores.
“We must eat to live, not live to eat”
“Let food be your medicine, and medicine be the food”
It is advisable to be tempered and eat small amounts of food frequently rather than 2 or 3 big meals and to leave stomach 20% empty. A feeling of slight hunger goes a long way toward many health benefits, strengthens immune system.
“If you get up from the table with a feeling of slight hunger – you eat enough.
If you get up with the feeling that you are full – you overeat. But if you finished your meal with the feeling that you overeat — you got poisoned”.
It is recommended to eat more vegetables and fruits, nuts, beans, grains… together with commonly known “superfood” which contains as much nutrition and vitamins as possible.
Food should be:
~ always fresh, healthy, alive, better raw or cooked at a lowest temperature with slow mode (the higher temperature is, the more nutrients are gone).
~ easy to digest and to energize you, not to make you feel sleepy, tired or cause bloating
~ light (small portion) for dinner and eaten at least 3-4 hours before bedtime; during the nighttime body needs energy for rejuvenation processes, for recovery and rest rather than for working on digestion.
Gradually changing your diet, after some time it becomes your habitual skill — a new way of life, you will be more and more aware of your body needs, you will be able to hear what it really wants, fill it with love with the food which is good for your health and brings more benefits, so that your body could be constantly nurtured, energized, active and healthy to serve you gratefully for many decades of years.
Remember that every time you prepare, cook and/or eat food — it is also your spiritual practice.
Be thankful for the fact that Nature grants us so many gifts.
Appreciate Earth for fertility and abundance of its gifts, give thanks to all the people who were involved in all preparation stages until the moment when the food was on the table in front of you.
Eat consciously, with love, appreciation and respect to your body and soul!
Practice Reiki Ryoho with food,
ask Reiki energy (the energy of the Universe) to neutralize your food from toxins, pesticides, nitrates… to fill it up with longevity, vitality, grace, compassion, kindness, peace, love — qualities which you need and want for yourself and others.