SPRING HAS SPRUNG! Today, at 3:37 AM Mountain Daylight Time, we celebrate the Spring Equinox in Aries (Autumn in the southern hemisphere). Aren't we all more than ready to usher in the new? Well, now is our time. And in order for something to arise, something must die. This is the continuous play of paradox in our lives. The pregnant woman transforms into a mother with the birth of her child. The college student becomes the graduate when studies are completed. The fianceé becomes spouse after marriage vows are exchanged. When it comes to our relationship with food, I invite you to explore those parts of yourself that need to die in order for you to grow into something new. Of course, we looks towards growing in positive directions, toward greater and greater levels of physical, mental, financial, and spiritual wholeness. Following are some questions to consider during this spring equinox. You just have to choose one area of focus to create a positive change. And then, of course, is the time to take action.
1. What is ready, or getting ready, to die in your relationship with food:
· The habit of adding salt to your food before tasting it?
· Rewarding your children with unhealthy snacks?
· Reliance on caffeine to sustain your energy levels?
· Eating meat on a daily basis?
· Eating while driving, working, and/or talking on the phone?
· Eating to avoid doing other things?
· Eating to fill an emotional void?
· Carrying home your groceries in paper or plastic?
· Purchasing packaged foods when alternatives are available?
· Something else?
2. What is ready, or getting ready, to be born or to spring forth with regard to your relationship with food:
· Tasting a new fruit or vegetable?
· Starting to make regular visits to your local farmers’ market?
· Planting a fruit tree in your backyard?
· Using a TowerGarden to grow produce in an environmentally sustainable manner?
· Exploring your artistic side by learning, creating, or teaching a few new dishes?
· Considering the planet when deciding what foods to eat?
· Considering alternatives to traditional fast food while traveling?
· Taking your first step to being Imperfectly Vegan?
· Eating a meatless meal for the sake of the planet, if not for yourself?
· Taking a moment to give gratitude for your food before eating it?
· Something else?
Please share how you are releasing the old to become something new!
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with degrees in nutrition and spirituality, Lisa is uniquely qualified to help us understand our dynamic relationship with food. Her passion about the unbreakable links between food and spirituality is the result of over twenty years of academic, professional, and personal exploration. In 1987, she graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Clinical Dietetics and received the Nutrition Sciences Departmental Citation Award. In 1990, she earned a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from UC Berkeley with High Honors. In 1996, she obtained a Master’s Degree in Culture and Creation Spirituality from Holy Names College, and is a Shamanic Soul Coach with certification from the Integrative Arts Institute. She is the Founder of the Imperfectly Vegan movement and author of The Sacred Art of Eating.
A sustainable lifestyle for ourselves and the planet.