Every day I hear from my clients that the more wholesome they eat the more sensitive they become. This is especially true about raw food diets. Personally, I know that I become extremely emotionally sensitive and completely intolerant of anything industrial when I'm eating completely unprocessed foods from the Earth. The Earth speaks to those who are listening. Native Americans have this idea that the pain of the Earth is channelled through its people. This, they say, explains why so many people are depressed, sick, and have unwanted hate in their hearts.
Considering all of this, it is not too far fetched to believe that the more Earth you put inside of you, the more Earth you invoke. Living in New York City is very challenging for someone like me that finds a deep connection to the ancient roots of the Earth, as well as for someone who is eating a whole-Earth diet. Now, I am aware that everything is Earth-based but I'm also aware that we, mankind, are learning new ways every day to separate ourselves from our planet. This is, of course, only a temporary way of living - for you cannot live too long without a heart.
I am, however, intrigued with the idea of geography versus diet. Globalization of media and food has, undoubtedly, unified many people around the world but it has also homogenized our cultures into one world culture. I'm not particularly fond of that idea. If it wouldn't have been for Peruvian Indians we wouldn't have ever understood the need to gelatinize the maca root for better absorption, the Native Americans taught us the Three Sisters garden in which squash, corn, and beans grow together in an almost miraculous synergy (not to mention the mixing of certain vegetal foods to create complete amino acids), and the Mexican Indians taught us how to transform corn into masa so that we could better digest the precious B vitamins in the kernel.
These culinary breakthroughs may have taken thousands of years to learn. They learned this all by listening to the land. This was their land. They knew these plants and they studied them well - with very primitive technology might I add. When you take in foods from the Earth, the Earth speaks to you. There is spirit in every living thing. Can one really hear the brazil nut spirit in New York City? Superfoods may have super health benefits, but how much does their production affect the health of the small village where that food is grown?
I may have strayed from my original point, but I believe this fact is vital in understanding the importance of the initial theory I was discussing: the more Earth we eat the more Earth we feel. It is important to understand this. When you switch to a diet that is full of whole, individual fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and seaweeds you may feel a new, intense connection to our Earth. Science has proven that the food we eat affects everything from our DNA to our thought patterns. This literally translates into: you are what you eat.
Eating fast food means your body is now made of fast food. It holds the spirit of that food. It's no wonder why it causes heart disease, hypertension, anxiety, and obesity. For each hamburger we eat, we lose 55 acres of rainforest*. The destruction of the forest, indigenous communities, the Earth, and the wild animals of that forest live in karmic spirit within these corporate foods. We aren't just dying from heart attacks because of the malnutrition of these foods - we're dying from broken hearts because of what was sacrificed, even unbeknownst to us, for these foods!
Now, if you eat a burger from a farm that came from your town, from a small, organic farmer you may know, or better yet from a grass-fed cow you have met, you are changing your spirit by changing your connection to the food you eat. The same goes for commercially grown vegetables. If the crop is from Monsanto, your body will deal with the emotional repercussions that come with the bad business practices of Monsanto. It's like building a church with stolen money. It doesn't make much sense.
If you live in a city, make it a point to only shop at farmer's markets and small independently owned health food stores and shops that sell locally made foods, clothing, and other necessities. You will be strengthening the community around you and you will most likely feel less anxious and depressed than if you were eating foods that were unjustly produced from all around the world without your control.
Globalization unifies us on one level, but it divides us because we cannot begin to feel the affects that mass production has on other cultures and societies. We can, however, feel the affects of our own communities and be responsible for them by supporting farmers and small businesses in our own towns. This is, I believe, the only way we can keep our Earth healthy and continue living into the future of a fast-growing society.
*Smithsonian Institution, "Smithsonian Researchers Show Amazonian Deforestation Accelerating," Science Daily Online, 15 Jan. 2002. (2)Earth Talk, "The Environmental Beef With Meat," The Bay Weekly, 6 Jan. 2005.