Every month, Spiritual Guidance and Plant Based Wellness Coach Jenna Davila answers your questions on physical and emotional health and wellbeing. If you have a question for Jenna’s next advice column, send it here.
I am inspired by your blog and when I look at your recipes and photos I am drawn to eat 100% raw but never seem able to maintain eating raw foods full time. Can you give any some tips or advice on how someone can eat a high raw diet all of the time?
Thank you so much for your kind words and I’m thankful to be an inspiration in your life! Some of the most helpful tips I can give about maintaining a high raw diet is to fill your home with an abundance of whole, fresh fruits and vegetables (organic, if possible) along with nuts and seeds. Try to start becoming mindful of the things you buy and the kind of food you are choosing to bring into your home. It is so important to take charge, be responsible and have control over the food you bring into your life.
When it comes to travelling or going to someone’s home, try to bring your own food and don’t rely on others. This lifestyle isn’t very mainstream so it’s not very likely the people around you will know what you eat and what you don’t eat. By having your food and snacks with you, you are guaranteed to be full and satisfied with health and nutrition. If you aren’t prepared, you may grab something that is the most convenient when you’re hungry, even if it’s processed. Carrying around a backpack is very helpful. It’s also a great way to bring extra food with you to share with others. That way they can experience how delicious this lifestyle is. For safe travel, try putting everything in jars with screw on lids or containers that have sides that snap to prevent spillage.
Another tip is to have fun in the kitchen! Start to explore your creative side. You can experiment with new gadgets, ingredients, different flavour combinations and find unique recipes that excite you. The more innovative the recipes are, the less likely it is that you will become bored with your food. Which brings me to my last suggestion, take the time to reiterate to yourself why you are choosing this lifestyle and what your intentions are. When we have a solid foundation in our beliefs, it is much easier to stay on a path we are focused on. Also remember that no one is perfect and slip ups are totally okay. Be kind, gentle and loving to yourself. Try not to beat yourself up over not being 100% anything. The most important thing is that you are consciously doing your best and when the time comes and you’re ready, it will happen the way it needs to. Everything is always in Divine alignment.
What conditions do the body and soul need for awakening? Do we need to work on the physical body and spiritual health to become awakened in both areas or does one follow the other if we work on either the body or the soul separately?
Thank you for your wonderful questions! Everyone has their own unique journey when it comes to their spiritual path. There is no right or wrong way. All that matters is that you are open to it. There are countless catalysts that allows one to awaken to their soul’s light. For some people, the awakening process can happen relatively quickly and they will gain glimpses of insight in these miraculous ‘Aha!’ moments and find which path they need to follow. For others, it can take years depending on how conscious and focused they have been throughout their lifetime and their level of willingness to go within and evolve. It is all about how you choose to navigate your life. It takes a lot of hard work, dedication, practice and consistency; it is truly about mastering oneself. If you are ready and open to finding your soul’s purpose here on Earth, make the commitment to yourself to go into your inner world and clean up lower frequencies to allow pure clarity to fill you. This process to witness and transmute is a daily task, performed multiple times a day.
When it comes to your question about working on one area or another, everything is interconnected. Starting in one area will effect you in another. It is a butterfly effect that will gradually shift your world based on your commitment to your Divinity. The key to spiritual practice is to give it your attention and your presence, allowing it to bear fruit. There are some people who change their diet, work on their physical body, give focus to their spiritual health, etc. but the downfall is when one gets rigid in one ideology or area and don’t see the connection between the collective as a whole. We have to look at it from an energetic perspective. Our light body intertwines everything together and if we want to reach self-mastery, we have to take into account all aspects of our essence.
From what I have personally seen, people who practice soul nourishment on the body with a healthy, whole food plant based diet tend to accelerate quicker. The cleaner your diet becomes, the more your body is able to cleanse itself which allows more of your luminescence to shine through you naturally. I like to give the example of a dirty glass. Imagine a glass that is coated with grime, if you hold it to the light, the light has a hard time passing through to the other side. The cleaner the glass, the more luminous the light becomes. This is how it works for your body as well. Your body is a gift to you. It is a vessel for you to nourish and take care of. When you consume foods such as fruits and vegetables that naturally detoxify and cleanse your body, it allows you to release more, have a better sense of clarity, deeper connection with nature and overall helps you feel lighter and better. Spiritually speaking, we are a light body. What better way then to feed it with the seeds of life grown from the Earth and nurtured by the sacred rains and sun. A plant based diet is also karma free food. It helps to put us in alignment with ourselves and one of the highest principles of life: nonviolence.
I don’t have access to organic fruits and vegetables in the quantities it takes to eat a high raw diet but if this is the best way to health I worry about eating mostly cooked food that is all I can afford. Can I change the effect of the foods I eat with intention? How can I experience my best health if I’m unable to follow a programme that leads me there?
These are excellent questions, thank you! There are several ways to help you when it comes to not having access to organics. There is are two great consumer guides I will share called 15 Clean and Dirty Dozen. 15 Clean is a list of fruits and vegetables that have a low amount of pesticides on them so they are the safest to eat non organic in large quantities. The list consists of the following: Non-GMO sweet corn, avocados, pineapples, cabbage, onions, frozen sweet peas, Non-GMO papayas, asparagus, mangoes, eggplant, honeydew melon, kiwi, cantaloupe, cauliflower and grapefruit. Dirty Dozen is a list of non organic fruits and vegetables with the most pesticides, recommended to avoiding eating in large quantities. The list consists of the following: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers and potatoes.
In terms of affordability, you can research places around your home that sell in bulk. Most of these spots are like warehouses that sell to people in the restaurant business. Therefore, it is more cost efficient. Sometimes they sell to every day consumers like you and I! You can also ask local farmers or markets if they sell “seconds.” Seconds are produce that are cheaper because they might not look perfect or are a little older but are still good to consume. In addition, I would try to stick to loading up on produce that is on sale and in season to get better value. You could also buy frozen fruits and vegetables which tend to be cheaper to keep you within your budget.
To answer your question about eating with intention, it can definitely benefit you, to an extent. Prayers over your food, sending love, eating in peace and visualising the food you are consuming nourishing your body with belief. If you are stressed out or worried when you are eating, it will negatively impact the harmony your mind and body is thriving for. Everything is energy so the food you eat, the thoughts you think and the actions you take all affect your being as a whole. In terms of eating cooked food, try to be conscious of sticking to as much whole, plant based foods as possible and stay away from processed, dead food. Eating as close to nature as possible is best. If you do eat processed foods, remember that they are of a lower frequency. When you are transmuting that energy, it will take a longer period of time and use more of your energy as well. For more detailed information, I recommend researching ‘Mind-Body Medicine’ and the ‘Power of Human Thought’.
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