It seems simple enough. If you want to lose weight, eat less. Or eat fewer calories. Or, eat weight-busting, health-enhancing foods. The internet is full of suggestions of healthy foods including these “super” foods. Of course, the suggestions and the experts seem to change weekly leaving you feeling guilty for eating something that new research now says is bad for you.
But beyond this, few people actually sustain any diet plan and the whole dieting approach is problematic. See Part I of this series.
Is there a better way to think about food?
I think there is.
Let’s start with some basics. What is food? Food gives us the energy needed for life. It’s this energy part that is the most important. By energy, I mean Qi, the life force that makes life possible and provides the on-going instructions for your body’s proper functioning. Eating is the way most of us get more Qi. The other is Qigong, but that’s for another post.
Keep this in mind: At the deep level, everything is energy.
Even though invisible, everything has Qi. So, when a food, like walnuts, is said to be healthy because they have Vitamin E and other phytonutrients, this highlights only their physical properties. The real power of walnuts is in their invisible Qi. It’s the walnuts’ Qi that makes them a healing food from a Chinese Medicine perspective.
Are you able to process and get the benefit of the food you eat? Unfortunately, the answer is probably no. Even if you eat a healthy diet, your body’s functions may not be robust enough to absorb and use all of the Qi from these nutritious foods. When you chronically don’t absorb the Qi you need, you push your body to have to find other ways to manage everyday functions. Without adequate Qi, your digestion and metabolism functions deteriorate.
Are you bloated after you eat? Have acid reflux? Are you gassy? Are you constipated? Do you have food sensitivities? These are all digestive signs that your body is not processing food well. It means that you’re not getting the energy you need from the food you eat. This is a downward cycle that creates conditions for disease.
If your body cannot get the Qi it needs and your digestion and metabolism becomes compromised as a result, fixing things by adjusting what you eat or how you eat isn’t going to correct the underlying problem. This is a key reason why diets are not the answer.
I teach the Dragon’s Way® program because it is based on building your Qi and repairing your body’s digestion and metabolism. And this happens without dieting and without guilt. Most people notice significant improvements in their health and in their attitudes towards food and eating in just 6 weeks.
This is a natural healing process based on working in cooperation with your body’s astounding healing wisdom.
Larry Stoler, PhD