Eating For Health™ (E4H) is a comprehensive approach to educating people about how to eat and enjoy a diverse, plant-predominant diet that provides a full range of the nutrients known to promote health and support recovery from illness and injury. It integrates the very best of ancient and modern nutritional approaches to form a flexible mandala of wholeness, based on the earth’s generous support of life on our planet in the form of healthy foods, water, air, within an ecosystem of support and sustainability.
E4H principles are based on the premise that our cellular health is determined by the foods we eat. Damaged foods damage our cells. Fresh, healthy foods send the right messages to our cells’ DNA, encouraging healthy gene expression as well as efficient growth and repair – a process we call healing. The tragedy of losing one’s health can be traced, in large part, to a history of poor-quality food, insufficient nutrients, and exposure to dietary and environmental toxins.
Eat for Health, not Convenience
The healthiest diet comes from S.O.U.L. foods that are seasonal, organic, unprocessed and local, that are suited to a person’s individual taste, temperament, needs, access to ingredients, and metabolic tendency. One of the great strengths of the Eating For Health™ system is that it can be vegan or omnivorous, raw or cooked, and it can and naturally will evolve over time and with changing circumstances.
For example, some of us digest meat better than we do beans. For others, it’s the opposite. Despite our differences though, some dietary strategies make sense for everyone. A healthy, balanced individual will be able to comfortably digest and live well on a plant-predominant diet that contains animal foods in moderate portions as complements to a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, herbs, spices and beverages.
Healing Illness and Injury
For optimal health, disease prevention, and quick healing from illness or injury, it is best to eat about six servings a day of fresh or fermented vegetables and three servings a day of fresh or dried fruits or juice. We have our work cut out for us to get to this level. It means snacking on fruits, veggies, nuts, and seeds rather than chips, cookies, candy, and crackers.
Another universal key to vibrant health is for the vast majority of foods we consume to be from whole and natural sources, rather than out of a box or package. This is where E4H can help, teaching you how to make delicious and life-enhancing foods from scratch.
Shop Local, Seasonal
We place a high value on people going to their local markets and selecting the foods themselves, even getting to know their local growers and vendors, when possible. In this stress-filled world, where hurry and worry limit our opportunities for relationship and pleasure, it is an important step outside the box to learn where your food comes from.
In teaching and sharing the E4H approach, we encourage friends and families to cook together, to collaborate in planning meals that include foods each individual can help prepare and then enjoy eating. We embrace diversity of food choices and personal diet systems.
Confused? Take Stock of What Nourishes You and Eat That
The overload of diet and nutrition information, along with the fast pace of life and age-related health issues, has overwhelmed a lot of people. Many don’t know where to begin or whom to trust. If that sounds like you, then take a deep breath, relax your shoulders, and feel supported, and return to the basics of selecting as much S.O.U.L. food as you can. Aim for progress, not perfection.
Our objective is to help you down-shift from the fast lane if you are zooming around, or up-shift from being out of commission due to low energy or a disease condition. This begins with learning how to set up a simple and functional kitchen where you can easily create delicious and healthy meals. Knowing what to stock in your pantry and how to use these ingredients to cook consciously for yourself and your loved ones will bring you greater self-awareness, self-esteem, self-love, and self-healing.
Joy of Cooking Revisited
Back when I was growing up, The Joy of Cooking was everyone’s food bible. When I started a natural food restaurant 37 years ago, we consulted The Joy of Cooking for basic recipes and then adapted those using unprocessed foods. As you begin to cook more often for yourself, you regain a sense of control, confidence and in time, creativity. Ask yourself, what do I like to eat that is good for me? From there, source out a whole food recipe, ingredients, and try making it yourself.
How to Switch on your Self-Healing Pilot Light
- Slow down and allow yourself to find joy in the cooking experience.
- Good cooking is an art form. Each of us can be artist once we receive instruction, support, practice, and feedback.
- Decide on days and times when you can allow some relaxed time in the morning, afternoon, or evening to prepare, eat, and enjoy a home-cooked meal.
- Get inspired to stock your E4H pantry. Discard products that are not healthy and have likely past their point of freshness.
- Having fresh produce, salsa, mustard, vinegars, lemon, garlic, oils, plus dry goods such as spices, seeds, nuts, and condiments on hand saves time and adds options to your meal.
- Cooking alone is great, if you are in the mood. Cooking with others can be even better when you can collaborate and share the workload, and enjoy the fruits of your labor, together.
- Start by following recipes and then improvise as you gain confidence.
- Open your senses to new foods, new tastes, and new cultural influences, while not abandoning what you love to eat and what you enjoy making.
- Pay a bit more to get the best ingredients; they will make your dishes shine. Shop for value, not cost.
- Eat in peace and only to 90% fullness. This practice ensures you will have plenty of light, clear energy for all variety of creative expression.
The Proof is in the Produce
Grow it, share it, juice it, eat it, and feed it to livestock and humans.
Heirloom seeds are the family jewels. Gather them, grow produce with them.
Grow out and save heirloom seeds to share next year and for generations to come.
It’s not the single super food, supplement or special diet that heals. They help, but are pieces of a restorative pattern of individual health that has been damaged by exposure to poor quality food, chemicals displacing nutrients in the soil and in medicine. Un-natural medicine has failed to address the cause of chronic disease, that being a widening toxic web of depleted food, contaminated water, electro-magnetic stress, mutated microbes within an infected media biome of lies, fear, stress and scarcity. Food and supplements have become commodities, not life enhancing aspects of nature. Spiritual and constructive community action news is not widely reported, other than on friend’s Facebook posts.
Now is the time to reclaim our health by eating well, and creating a lifestyle and support system that will enable us to reverse illness and achieve well being. It starts with sourcing our food, supporting local small farmers, growing produce and herbs in our own backyard. Let’s focus on flipping the system of global greed to local connectivity, S.O.U.L. food for all our relations, and consultation on the safest and most effective ways for personal and community detoxification and rejuvenation.