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  • Writer's pictureKennon McArthur

The Food Mirror

Throughout time, societies and the cultures within have used food for many important reasons. These range from medicinal and healing purposes to offerings of thanks to the spirit world, and so much more. Regardless of the purpose, these foods were useful and full of vitality. As societal “progress” has taken place in the food and grocery industry, most foods we are offered today are devoid of nutrients and lack vitality; they’re essentially dead.

While we are fortunate to live a life of freedom and choice, that doesn’t mean that making a healthy and vital choice is always easy. Creative packaging and tricky marketing phrases have become the norm thus forcing us to become more patient and resilient as we shop. As I’ve had to make some drastic changes in my nutrition habits over the last several years, I’ve realized that I’m an outlier when it comes to using food to heal and manage a health condition. Many people are simply overwhelmed by the level of deception on the packaging to even consider it a viable option.

But those of us who have been forced to decipher the code, or who have been blessed to learn it another way, clearly understand that food is a mirror. As a kid growing up in the eighties and nineties, I was already living with psoriatic arthritis but no one knew it. And these were the prime years for artificial foods and chemically based products. Years later, as I began to train less and became less diligent with my other lifestyle choices, the food showed up in the mirror.

In reality, it had always been there but I was young enough, my body was resilient, my stress levels were low, and my training activity was so high that it counteracted the food. But once those things began to slow down, my symptoms became a direct reflection of the food choices that I had been making for years. My body was simply reflecting the life force that I was putting in it.

So while it’s so easy to use food today as a means of pleasure, try and remember that it will reflect back on you in one way or another. Now that I know how to look in the food mirror I choose to eat to live, instead of my old mindset of living to eat.

In Health and Happiness,

Kennon McArthur – CHEK IMS, HLC

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