Food plays a bigger role in your existence as a human being than you might think. It affects not only your body and your health, but also your spiritual growth and well-being. Conversely, the spiritual growth you go through also influences which foods you naturally resonate with. In many spiritual circles you see that specific food is eaten. Just think of vegetarian food and alcohol-free life. As a holistic health coach I am increasingly asked: is there a spiritual diet that supports your development? You can read all about it in this article.
Eating from habit versus eating from your soul
You might not think so at first, but spirituality and health go hand in hand. You can also see them as a vibrating match. Many people have an obsession with food and are used to focusing on counting calories and amounts of fat. And that’s not surprising when you look at the amounts of (unhealthy) food that are available and the way we were raised with food. It’s a challenge to work your way through all the food choices out there and choose what’s best for your body after years of learning to eat what’s next.
Experience shows that most people only really make a conscious choice when they start to experience complaints. A swollen stomach, fatigue, complaints about your period, gloominess, obesity, difficulty losing weight, you name it. We eat massive amounts of food that is actually not the best for our bodies, simply because we are used to doing it and eat out of habit. Problems and complaints with food come your way the moment you are ready to become more in alignment with your soul. You feel at that moment that what you do and the way you take care of yourself no longer feels right.
Working with your body
Your soul indicates by the occurrence of complaints on a physical level that you eat certain things that do not make it happy and that it is time to change that. After all, your body is your most precious possession. It supports you to be able to live your purpose. You can also see it as the vehicle in which you can experience life. A product of nature, a great miracle. Every cell in your body contains the wealth of pure consciousness. If you want to live your full potential, it is important to work with your body and give it what it needs to experience life to the fullest.
Nutrition can be the entrance to spiritual growth
Many people do not know that food is an entrance to spiritual growth. They come for a consultation because they don’t feel comfortable with the situation as it is. Through blood tests, for example, we find out that certain foods do not fit well with the body. Often there is initially resistance or stress at the idea that the eating pattern needs to be changed. “If I am not allowed any more bread and no milk, what is there left to eat and how am I supposed to do that? †
It is not surprising that stress or resistance arises when you want to change something that you have been doing the same way for years. But it is, as it were, an invitation to look deeper into yourself. An opportunity to examine your behavior and see whether you eat with the right intention or “use” food as a protective layer or escape to, for example, not have to feel uncomfortable emotions. It asks you to be honest about what you are doing and see if the habits you have still fit and serve you.
Change your perspective
You make it easy for yourself to change the thoughts you have about food. Make sure you have a clear idea of what you want, for example a healthy and well-functioning body. Once that is clear, you can gradually make more and more choices that go with it. If you start to see food as something that supports you to live your full potential instead of something that is tasty or something you do out of habit, you will see that your perspective changes and you approach your food in a different way.
When you start to do this and develop more spiritually, you will resonate physically on a different level. This means that certain types of food will not naturally appeal to you more or less. Because of the complaints, your body already indicated that certain types of food no longer fit where you are now. But if you are “stuck” in certain habits and, for example, you have been using food all your life so as not to have to feel certain emotions, it is sometimes difficult to say goodbye to them.
This is a process and you will see that your diet will go through a big change in years as you continue to develop spiritually. We see this happening on a large scale in people who become vegetarian, eat gluten-free and low-carbohydrate, stop drinking alcohol or become vegan. At some point you can no longer sell yourself eating euro pops or pouring yourself with alcohol, simply because it contributes nothing and causes damage to your body.
Do we have to go on a spiritual diet en masse?
Should we all go vegan, stop drinking alcohol and eat a spiritual diet? Certainly not! A spiritual diet also sounds a bit crazy to me and like a new age hype, so I wouldn’t like to call it that. It is not necessary to force all kinds of changes. All you have to do is reconnect with your body and learn to listen again to the signals it gives.
Consciously discovering what it needs to function optimally instead of eating on autopilot. Your body tells you a lot and shows you what you can do to listen even better to what your soul really wants. If you start listening to your body again, your complaints will decrease. If you are overweight, you will lose weight. Just at the right pace.
The right nutrition ensures that processes in your body function optimally, so that you are able to live more in flow. An optimally functioning metabolism ensures that you experience more clarity and focus, you feel lighter, are better able to take responsibility and are more empowered. In general, the following nutritional guidelines will support your spiritual growth:
- Eat as natural and unprocessed as possible
- Vary and eat many different types of vegetables
- Avoid sugar, red meat, dairy and alcohol as much as possible
- Include fermented foods such as tempeh, sauerkraut, pickle, kefir, kombucha, miso and kimchi in your diet
- Leave out fast carbohydrates as much as possible and opt for full-fat products with slow carbohydrates such as oats, quinoa, amaranth, whole grain rice, millet, buckwheat and sweet potatoes
- Drink plenty of water and herbal tea
- Make intermittent fasting a part of your diet