April 28, 2018

Your Food Becomes You

Low life force foods.                    High life force foods.

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” 

- Anthelme Brillat Savarin

Your food becomes you. And you become what you eat.

Since what you eat, you become, one should eat foods that are fresh and full of life force. In Ayurveda, this life force energy is referred to as prana. Traditional Chinese Medicine knows it as chi or qi.

A diet rich in high energy foods promotes both mental and physical well being. So how do various foods and food preparations differ when it comes to prana or chi

Examples of high life force foods are:

  • fresh fruits and vegetables 
  • whole grains 
  • olive oil 
  • ocean fish 
  • shellfish

Examples of medium life force foods are:

  • eggs
  • wine 
  • boiled vegetables 
  • cane sugar 
  • cooked fish

Examples of weak life force foods are:

  • cooked meats 
  • sausages 
  • coffee 
  • tea
  • chocolate
  • jams
  • processed cheeses 
  • white bread
  • old food

Examples of foods with little to no life force:

  • margarine 
  • conserves 
  • alcohol 
  • meat 
  • pasteurized milk
  • overcooked vegetables
  • highly processed products (bleached flour, refined sugar, items canned or frozen)
  • anything cooked in a microwave

When we eat with regard to the highest life force foods, most of out ailments and diseases go away. The way we eat goes a long way towards being at our best, and living harmoniously in the world.

As often as you can, choose high prana foods. That means eating fresh, local and organic. Imagine the strength of the life force in something freshly picked from your garden, or an apple plucked off the tree. 

Incorporate raw, whole food with each meal. 

Take the time to enjoy preparing meals so you can infuse everything you make with your own vital energies. Food made mindfully, with love and gratitude, tastes better, and is better for you and whoever is sharing it with you.

It is important that when you eat, just eat. No books, newspapers, devices, screens, or other distractions. Just you, vital wholesome food, and good company (whether you are alone or with someone). 

Ask yourself, "What will I become when I eat this food?" 

Your tongue and digestive system will give you the answers. Trust them.


  1. Anonymous4/29/2018

    I'll try to make this short. When I immigrated to the U.S, I adopted the Standard American Diet. My cholesterol went shot up & I developed heart burn that prevented me from getting a good nights' sleep. I asked my now former doctor if there was anything I could do to prevent hypertension & diabetics which plague my family & he said there was nothing I could do. Another doctor said that I shouldn't worry about my cholesterol because it might be genetics. I stopped caring & decided if I'm going to be sick why then should I bother taking care of myself. I continued to eat the typical American diet & gained 20lbs, I also got high blood pressure & my cholesterol was 205 at the age of 44. The turn around was when I saw Forks Over Knives & Dr Greger's Nutritional Facts Youtube posts. I listened to talks given by Dr Milton Mills & Dr Kapper. I also adopted a whole foods plant based diet My cholesterol has gone down & my doctor has cut my meds in half. I haven't had any heartburn & I'm losing weight. I hope that by my next doctors's visit, I'll be well enough to get off the medication.

    1. Anon,

      I would love to hear about your diet prior to your arrival in the U.S. Congratulations on your recovery. Whole food plant based diet is the way to go.

    2. Anonymous4/30/2018

      My diet was mostly green bananas, manioc, plantains, yams (not the American one) etc & lots of in-season fruits.

    3. Anon,

      Wow, that is a lot different from the standard North American offerings. Sounds yummy to me.

  2. Anonymous4/29/2018

    Great Gregg, and you have avoided the latest fads and dogma and cut straight to the basics, which have always held true. Eating whole, fresh local foods in season is best for us and best for the earth - its' a win-win!


    PS how is your garden going?

    1. Madeleine,

      The Indians and Chinese cultures are thousands of years old. You would think that we would be learning from them instead of pretending they have nothing to teach us. Their methods make sense to me, and eating a diet like they (and you) describe makes me feel better.

      I think we knew these things too, at one time, but we have been subverted by the industrial phood complex.

      Our garden is ready to go. Garlic is up. All I have to do is turn some compost into our soil and we can do some planting. Could be our earliest garden ever. We can't wait to get all those little seeds into the ground.

      This is a most exciting time of year - the life force is strong and all around.

  3. Anonymous5/02/2018

    The whole foods plant based diet is the best diet by far.
    PS eating dead animals and consuming dairy from abused animals is not good for spiritual practice.

    1. Alex,

      There was a time that Linda and I both ate meat. Traveling in India and S.E. Asia taught us that meat is unnecessary when there are so many beautiful vegetarian foods to enjoy. Better for us, better for the animals, better for the planet.

      When one eats animal products, you are getting more than just the flesh or milk. Also ingested are the impressions and habits of that creature. Since most industrial food animals live in dismal conditions, eating them is not good for body or soul.

      Hope you are well.


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