Vital Essence Foods

“When I say vegetables, I’m talking about real, vital, hardy vegetables that inspire life, vigor, and a sense of well-being that you can feel radiate from your stomach to the crown of your head, fingertips, and toes.”
— from If the Buddha Came to Dinner

Food comes directly from the source of all life. Because our food comes from the source of life, it gives us an opportunity to connect to the divine each and every time we place something in our mouths. To support our spiritual development, along with our physical and emotional well-being, we need to feed ourselves foods that are closest to the source as possible. These are vital essence foods, foods that are available in their appropriate season and have undergone little to no processing or chemical treatment.

Feed yourself local, seasonal produce so that you establish a connection to the earth’s rhythms and feed yourself in harmony with the seasons. When possible, purchase organic produce, grains, and free-range or hormone- and antibiotic-free animal products. Establish a relationship with the source of your food by knowing the geographical area where it was grown and who prepared or cooked it before it ends up on your kitchen table.

Gentle Suggestions
Changing a lifetime’s food patterns doesn’t happen overnight. I always suggest people start gradually, like substituting one food for a more beneficial item. When you feel the benefits of one positive change, it naturally will lead you to take another step. You can learn more gentle suggestions and tips for putting nourishment into daily practice in my book If the Buddha Came to Dinner: How to Nourish Your Body to Awaken Your Spirit.