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Trinity's Top Twenty Tips for Conscious Eating

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The journey into conscious eating can transform your world into one of high vibrational living, health and evolution. As a long time conscious eating advocate, chef and (more recently and excitedly) a conscious recipe book author, I know it can be helpful to have a few reminders and hints along the way to keep us on the path of vibration raising cuisine. Here are my top twenty tips to help you infuse ever higher levels of conscious eating into your daily life...

  1. Watch your sugar intake: Refined sugar is one of the most undermining, harmful food substances in our world today, contributing in some way to virtually every illness in the modern era. It is found in most processed foods and often tempting to use in home made products. Use fresh fruits, dried fruits and healthier alternatives such as apple juice, coconut sugar or brown rice syrup. Less processed alternatives can really jazz up your cuisine, although they are still best used in moderation.
  2. Radically reduce or eliminate your intake of meat, diary and eggs: Or better still go vegan! Eating a healthy vegan diet has consistently proved itself to be optimal for a healthy mind, body and spirit. A diet without animal products frees up a lot of energy so that the body can get on with other important functions, such as repair, cleansing and rejuvenation. I know people who have totally regained their health during life threatening illness or crippling arthritis by eating consciously and going dairy-free, vegetarian or vegan. It’s good for you, it’s good for animals and good for the planet!
  3. Go wheat-free and reduce your gluten intake: Gluten is not exactly the most vibrational raising substance! It is a 'gluey' substance (‘GLU’ten) and to put it bluntly, can wreak havoc with our vibration. It is found in many grains, the worst culprit being wheat (which has been radically hybridised for the high yielding commercial market). Many people find less glutenous grains such as spelt, kamut, rye and barley easier to digest.
  4. Meditate or do something energetic as an alternative to comfort eating: Heavier foods often act like a kind of anaesthetic, lowering our vibration and de-sensitising us to the world around us. Whilst this is entirely understandable at times, if eating comfort food is a habit, then consider meditation, yoga, deep breathing or some sort of physical activity as an alternative as soon as you feel the cravings start to kick in. Summon up the energy, take yourself off for at least a few minutes and let go into a meditation focusing on the rhythmic rise and fall of your breath. You’ll soon find endorphins flooding in, reducing the emotional need to fill the space with heavy foods. Your vibration will rise and you’ll feel much better for it in the long run.
  5. Drink pure water: Water is essential for health, although it can be challenging to find a pure source of it. Avoid naked tap water. Ideally, you would put it through a reverse osmosis filter to remove impurities and chemicals before using it for drinking or cooking. If possible, find a local spring or purchase spring water from a reputable source harvesting from clean organic lands. It’s a tricky one to get the balance right on this, but do what you can. Pure water is vital for health and vitality.
  6. Eat organic: Local organic, fresh food is without a doubt brimming with a vibrational-raising life force not to be tampered with. Pesticides and chemical control is an unsustainable and disrespectful practice with a plethora of negative consequences for wildlife, mother earth and ourselves. Find your local organic markets and enjoy the high vibrational vegetables and fruits available from local producers. Buy in season to avoid high prices. If it does happen to be a little more expensive than its chemical laden equivalent, see it as an investment in your health and evolution.
  7. Grow your own food: There are few things more satisfying that gathering and eating your own fresh fruits and produce. If you have a garden, then the limit is your imagination. If you don’t have that luxury, then plant a few things such as herbs and leaves on your windowsill or balcony, or else consider joining a local gardening group and helping someone with their garden in return for some veggies. You’ll be saying ‘wow - I can’t believe how good this is’ with every mouthful! Perfect high energy food, honouring the whole cycle.
  8. Buy a good foraging book and become an wild foodist: Wild foods are exceedingly high in prana. Enjoy the high vibration of food as mother nature intended it to be. Once you start looking a little closer, you’ll find a vast array of edible wild foods on your doorstep (well, you might have to venture a little). Buy a good foraging book or better still, attend a local foraging workshop.
  9. Avoid GMOs at all costs: Genetically modified foods are the real ‘Frankenstein’ of the food world. Apart from the common sense factor of ‘not messing with nature’, there is a growing body of evidence showing how GMOs are radically denaturing ecosytems, harming wildlife and causing damage to our bodies. Certainly not designed for a natural healthy body.
  10. Embrace raw, loving, living foods: Incorporate fresh, living, vegan foods into your diet for an extra infusion of life force. A salad, fresh, ripe fruit on a daily basis will support higher vibrational living.
  11. Honour what really works for you as an individual: But be completely honest with yourself. It’s easy to slip into some sort of denial ‘my body is really craving that chocolate bar, so I’d better honour it’. Self honesty is key. Learn to tell the difference between an addictive craving for something and a genuine need. If you make a radical change in the way you eat, you are likely to go through an initial withdrawal period. Let it run its course first before lunging for those things that you know in your heart aren’t really that good for you.
  12. Compost your scraps: If you have a garden get a compost pile going, either home-made or bought. This really honours the whole cycle of life. Visit www.compostguide.com for tips, hints and advice.
  13. Compost your poop: This is a really ethical choice, honouring the complete cycle of life! Building your own composting loo opens up a whole new world of interconnectivity and respect for nature. It really is not as gross as it may sound at first and if done properly, generates awesome odorless compost to return to the land. Humans have become so sterile and removed from nature, but once you start reconnecting, it feels so rewarding to really embrace - what goes around comes around! This is real thanks giving.
  14. Buy local food: Whilst it is very difficult to avoid imported foods, it makes perfect sense to buy whatever you can locally as a first choice. It is usually fresh and doesn’t carry a karmic imprint of thousands of airmiles. Supporting local small-holdings, farms and independent shops is a vibrational raising act in itself. As more and more people shop locally, local communities will begin to flourish - something that capitalism and fast food has tried so hard to stamp out.
  15. Eat slowly and savour the taste: Sounds simple, yet its amazing how many people rush their food, chatting away. Switch off your phone and t.v. (if you have one) and really taste your food. Connect with the texture, flavours, vibrational life force and you will begin to embrace from a centred place of true experience. You will feel much more guided on how much to eat and what your body actually needs for optimal health.
  16. Get into food preparation/baking/cooking and share the fruits of your labour with friends: There is something innately satisfying about creating conscious meals for friends and family. It gets everyone excited about eating more consciously. Find a conscious kitchen recipe book that you resonate with or get creative and explore your own delicious inventions.
  17. Giving thanks: We are so blessed to be able to eat and savour food. Take a moment before you eat to close your eyes, connect with what you are about to eat and offer thanks (whether it is to Mother Earth, the Universe, God, Buddha or another deity)... the important thing is to connect with your food and allow a natural arising gratitude to permeate into the field around you.
  18. Minimise packaged bought products: At the moment, owing to the boom of capitalism and mass produced goods, it can be tricky to buy all of your food without packing, but do what you can. Food often comes package free at farmers markets and local independent health food stores. If bags are needed, then re-use them by bringing them back to fill up again each time you go to the store. Consider setting up a local food co-operative and buying stuff in bulk to weigh up in your own re-usable containers.
  19. Learn to listen to your body: The body really does 'talk', we just have to tune in to the right language. If we have aches, pains, illness or disease happen then the body is starting to scream. Learn to recognise denial, cravings and subtle addictions and move beyond them. If we learn to listen to our physical body by embracing as many of the above tips as possible, we start to hear subtle cues that will guide us... what to eat, how much to eat, where to buy it from etc. Our life becomes so much more flowing and satisfying once we start to flow with it in a way that serves our journey of optimal health and evolution.
  20. Learn to tune in to your soul: When we start to tune in to our soul, it’s amazing how powerful the guidance can be. It will guide us to make the most aligned choices, inviting change and evolution. It's not always the choices that we 'want' that it will show us, but always the choice in the best interest of our continued spiritual evolution. Profound self honesty is the key here. Tuning into the soul is perhaps the most important tenet to the success of eating consciously. Embrace it and honour the guidance it brings you.

Above all else, enjoy the journey! Get creative and explore new foods, new recipes. Make space in your life to give conscious eating the opportunity to flourish. Conscious eating will undoubtedly raise your vibration and invite an unfolding of your divine beingness that will help catalyse your spiritual evolution.

soul to soul
Trinity Bourne

Trinity is the author of 'Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen’, a recipe book designed to inspire soul through conscious cuisine; it's filled with simple, delicious, vegan, wheat-free recipes for spiritual evolution. Her journey into conscious eating began about twenty years ago during a profound spiritual awakening at which point, a white light surged though her whole being, dissolving everything it touched, radiating the entire field around her until there was nothing but the pure white light of unity consciousness. During this life-changing experience, Trinity experienced the soul of all other sentient beings, trees, creatures, people as one pulsating energy. Transcended into a higher realm of unity and oneness, the experience imparted a divine energy that she has been sharing through spiritual work ever since. Visit Trinity's new website www.trinityskitchen.com for conscious cuisine.

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Comments

Open's picture

It's great that you've summarised this for everyone Trinity. My path took me progressively through all of these just by following the pull. They make great sense and help wonderfully to raise vibration.

One thing I would perhaps add is the importance also of honouring where one is at. What do I mean by this? I can recall the challenge of breaking some addictions - eating processed chocolate after a high intensity event was one. But instead of overriding with pure discipline (which can create ego), better to deeply explore the feelings and even accept that this is where you are now. And neither must this become an excuse for lack of commitment.

It's a fine balance, attained by being totally honest with why we're doing what we're doing or not doing.

Open

Trinity's picture

Yes Open, thank you for sharing that.

When we really listen to the soul, it will guide us as how best to unravel and move forwards. As you so rightly say, that will often take us deep into the feeling, emotion or distortion. Often the first thing is to accept where we are at, not forcing change, but allowing it to unravel as a natural expression of our beingness. Profound self honesty required for this.

Richard W's picture

Thanks Trinity for posting this. I have felt the pull to change my diet for some time now, and I admit it's rather slow going but I'm getting there, one step at a time.

For me, I'm feeling a definite pull to cut out certain things from my diet. However many of them are things that I'm rather addicted to. At the moment I eat lots of pasta with wheat and a lot of cheese (imported cheddar from England to Austria Smile ). I have developed a few problems with glucose intolerance and doing some research I've discovered that consumption of sugary foods is not the only cause of conditions such as diabetes, but actually that too many carbohydrates plays a very large part.

The other 'issue' I have is eating slowly and consciously. I often begin a meal with the intention of eating slowly but at some point find myself 'stuffing' a little bit. It seems to be a deep unconscious thing. Do you have any ideas as to what may cause such behaviour? I don't think I have any issues with lack of food when I was younger, far from it in fact, and I can't remember ever feeling pressurised to eat quickly. Perhaps from a past life?

Trinity's picture

That's great news Richard.

Most of us live in a fast and busy world, where we are rushing from one thing to the next.

Eating with presence starts with bringing your attention to it; making a conscious effort to really connect with your food. Rather than just eating, you can explore the taste, the texture, the flavourings (and how they mask the 'real' food) or the pureness of a simple piece of fruit or vegetable. Of course, you have to want to do that first. You might forget after a minute and resort to your pattern... when you realise, just bring yourself back to presence.

Food is such an emotive subject and our relationship with it often relates to karmic past lives Smile

There are lots of alternatives available for unhealthy foods these days... see it as an adventure.

Happy explorations.

Open's picture

Warm Greetings Richard,

Did you watch our "Healing the Wounded Dragon" video? It sounds like to me you're experiencing an influence - as all do - of the "Raptor Consciousness". It stems from the early times of the universe and what I call 'reveling in physicality'. It's where we've enjoyed the physical so much, we just want more and more without really taking time to fully enjoy it.

I've found the paradox with eating is that the more allow myself to enjoy the food, the more I'm able to regulate it - to eat less. It's something we go into in a big way on our level 2 course Walking the Path.

So it really boils down to being consciousness, as much as possible, and reminding ourselves of that. And also, there may be ways you can soften the challenge by 'placating the raptor' a degree. So the DNA needs are probably for the denser foods. If you could eat more beans, legumes, pulses, nuts, seeds, olive oil and the like, then this might help satisfy the requirement for 'filled comfort'.

At the end of the day though, over time, we will all need to master this aspect of consciousness by becoming intimately aware of it and working to find aligned behaviour without self judgment. Here's the video...
http://www.openhandweb.org/healing_divine_warrior_wounded_dragon_video

Best wishes

Open

Richard W's picture

Thank you both. I have experienced, as you say, the paradox of eating more slowly and enjoying the food and then wanting less. However, I feel that this is a deep conditioning for me and goes deep into my DNA, so I am wary of simply going straight into, for example, stopping when I'm full enough, as this in turn creates a kind of pain, almost like withdrawal, especially if I'm enjoying the food.

So, your suggestion of eating more beans etc is attractive to make the transition more bearable. What I don't want to do is create an ego about it and try to 'fight'. Such a delicate balance between allowing yourself your addictions to be non-judgmental and still working to pass through them!

I do feel a real pull to sort this out. Just balancing that masculine 'will power' with a feminine 'patience'.

SO the next time I feel these 'urges' which I know ultimately don't serve my highest good, I suppose I will just try to feel them without feeling the need to act upon them. 'Phew' I feel like I'm walking on a tightrope here Wink

Thank you both again for making this space available for all to express these things.

Richard

Horse's picture

Hi Richard,
I to have been making changes to how I eat and what I eat. For I ate like you and knew I needed to make a change. Hang in there,Richard, you can do this. And the messages share on Openhand are so helpful. I have been using some of Trinity's receipts and loving them. Thank you Trinity.

Thanks you Richard, Trinity and Open

StarHawk's picture

Thanks for your timely reminder on this important subject. I am making gradual progress in many of these areas, & have been noticing that my cravings for unhealthy food have been reducing, as are my portion sizes. My next challenge will be to become dairy free, having already given up meat & most recently fish. I stopped drinking milk several years ago, but still eat yoghurt & cheese often. Cheese may be particularly difficult for me to give up, & I will need to consider vitamin supplementation once I've become completely dairy free.

Blessings,

Alex

Open's picture

Good work Alex.

In giving up milk, you'll probably find less nutrients, vitamins and calcium get etched from your body.

B12 is an important supplement and Vitamin D (especially in the winter).
The other thing you'll have to work on, is rebuilding friendly biotics in the gut. Acidophilus will help but there are plenty of other things to consider aswell, like kombucha and sauer kraut for example.

Open Ok

Cynthia Sham Rang's picture

For me cheese was the hardest to give up - I thought I'd really miss it. However, once it was actually gone from my diet (thank you Trinity) I found that I didn't miss it at all - and I do feel better.

Wishing you all the best with this next dietary venture.....
Cynthia

Js's picture

Thank-you Trinity for the reminder, I was very pleased to read the list and find out i almost do all the things on yours list, i counted 16 tips that i do Smile yay! Smile