Think ice cream is unhealthy? Consider this (the final statement in this article): “So if it is your desire, then get the ice cream and enjoy it fully, from a place of happiness and alignment. Food is never your enemy, it is your friend, and you can make peace with it and thrive.”
It goes without saying that for most of us, the goal of optimal health is high on our priority list in life. We want to feel healthy, look healthy, and of course, be healthy. In the quest for ideal health, food is a huge factor, we are told. The foods we should and should not consume are the glaring topic of the overwhelming majority of articles, books, websites, blog posts and other media devoted to health.
The diets, detoxes, cleanses and food “do’s and don’ts” are blasted at us from all sides, especially now in the age of the internet, and it can be overwhelming to choose a plan. The contradictions between various “experts” are astounding!
The distinction between good vs. bad foods
You have the best of intentions, so you carefully choose the one that feels right for you, and you jump in with gusto. Or, you could a long-time believer in a certain “food lifestyle” – where diet is part of your entire philosophy of life.
Regardless of which camp you fit into, it is highly likely that you have at least once – if not many times – faced down a certain food or food group and felt like you were in some kind of battle. You see, you had been taught that this certain food, let’s just say it is ice cream for the sake of example – was bad. This is a “bad food,” and you should never eat it, you have been told, because (fill in the reasons – they could be health-related or even philosophical, depending on how you approach food as a whole).
However, one day, you find yourself at the grocery store. You are filling your cart with all of these wonderful, fresh nutritious foods, and you are feeling pretty proud of your choices.
Then, you reach the freezer aisle, and suddenly you realize you are getting a bit hungry. And then, there it is – the ice cream. That cold creamy treat that you have such fond memories of. You really, really want this ice cream. In fact, you are overwhelmed with the craving, and thus begins the battle between your mind and the innocent looking container staring back at you in the freezer aisle.
New school of thought: it’s not necessary to feel bad about any of your food choices
Here’s some fantastic news: this does not have to be a battle. There is no food in the world worth making yourself feel bad about.
Inspirational speaker and author Esther Hicks, who is famous for sharing about what many of us know as the “Law of Attraction” way before the runaway bestseller book “The Secret” debuted, has a lot to say about the topic of food and diet.
Her thoughts on life are inspired by an entity she calls “Abraham,” (who exactly is Abraham?) a symbol for our life source or energy (1).
For now, we will focus on what she has to say about food, and it is quite enlightening. She does not promote a certain diet or eating regimen. In fact, quite the opposite. According to Hicks (Abraham), “it’s not about what you eat, it’s about how you feel while you are eating it.”
If your desire is to have a healthy body, the most important factor is not what you eat – it is whether or not you are in alignment when you are eating, no matter what the food is. And being in alignment means being in what Abraham calls “the vortex.”
While in the vortex, you are aligned vibrationally
The vortex is simply a term used to mean your source energy – whatever you want to call it (God, Universe, Higher Power, etc.). (2)
If you are “in the vortex” then you are in vibrational alignment, for we are all vibrational beings. When you are in your vortex, you feel things like: joy, inspiration, passion, and gratitude.
When you are out of the vortex, you can tell because you don’t feel good – you feel down, helpless, frustrated, or – as in the case with the ice cream – like you are in a battle of wills.
Let’s get back to the topic of food and diet and how it relates to the vortex. So you are standing there in the freezer aisle, fretting over your desire for the ice cream. In the video from “Think and Get Slim,” (displayed below) discussing the topic of diet and exercise, here is what Hicks (or Abraham) has to say about this kind of situation: (3)
“If you deprive yourself of something that you want to eat or punish yourself…you are out of alignment. You are also out of alignment when you eat something and feel guilty. So you can’t get to where you want to be by eating something and feeling guilty or by depriving yourself of something you want.”
In other words, if your goal is ideal health, you can’t get there from a place of guilt or feelings of deprivation. You CAN get there from a place of peace and acceptance of where you are right now.
In another video (below), Hicks explains that you can – and indeed, should – ignore others’ rules for what constitutes “good” and “bad” foods. (4)
“When well-meaning people try to teach you about the perils of this or that, what you need to do is get yourself into a place of alignment; thank them for their consideration and concern about you, and assure them you are working things out in your own way,” Hicks explains.
If your goal is to have a healthy body, you can certainly have that wish. You do not need to make any specific food your “enemy” or something to fear. If you get yourself into alignment, that is, in the vortex, you are putting yourself in the ideal state to get you wherever you wish to be, physically.
In another video (embedded below) about our health regarding the foods we eat and our beliefs about them, Hicks explains that we can thrive no matter what diet we choose (or not choose, if that is the case). (5)
“It is possible in alignment to thrive under a myriad of dietary conditions. Someone in alignment with source can eat darn near anything and thrive,” Hicks explains. “Someone not in alignment with source – no matter what you try to do to compensate with your action and your diet – will not thrive.”
None of this means that trying to make healthy food choices isn’t a good thing – of course it is! It is a worthy endeavor, and researching healthy foods and practicing a healthy diet can be very beneficial to one’s overall health.
The point is to not become anxious about what you eat, and to not beat yourself up when you wish to indulge in something that someone else might label as “bad.”
So if it is your desire, then get the ice cream and enjoy it fully, from a place of happiness and alignment. Food is never your enemy, it is your friend, and you can make peace with it and thrive.
Antonia is a science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition. She has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well. Read more by Antonia here, and SUBSCRIBE!