Is watching what you eat duality? Would that (watching what you eat) be taking the body to be a body of matter, which it is not?
The Many Diets
Years ago, we touched on the answer to this question, but let’s look at it again with fresh eyes.
Right now there are a gazillion diets promising optimal health. The most popular are the Mediterranean and Paleo diets. Plus there are many others. There’s the DASH diet for optimal heart health and the MIND diet for optimal brain function. Peeking over the horizon of popularity is the Breatharian diet. With this diet, you don’t have to watch what you eat. You don’t eat – or drink.
All of these diets have one thing in common: they omit foods allowed on the other diets. For this one reason alone, you have to watch what you eat. Yet this kind of “watching” is not what the questioner is asking about.
In all of the aforementioned diets, some foods are believed to be healthy for the body while others are deemed to be unhealthy. Those watching what they eat are making sure they eat health-inducing foods. Watch them at the buffet table as they skirt around the deep-fried foods and reach for the steamed broccoli florets. They pass over the cupcakes with mile-high frosting and fill their bowls with strawberry quarters drizzled with a touch of honey. Is this duality?
Health Is God
If you believe that Health is separate from you and can be attained and maintained by the foods you eat, how many concerns do you have? I counted three (you, health and food). It’s more than a duality: it’s a triality (made up word). In matters of the Spirit, which is all that matters, more than one is too many.
Here’s the Absolute Truth. God is All; God is Health; All is Health. As one writer put it, “Health is the one Power and Presence in the universe.” You can’t get out of Health and you can’t get into Health. Health is your very being – no matter what you eat.
Considering This, What Foods Are Bad Foods?
Nutritional therapy argues against this and states that some foods are good for you and others not so good. Drinking a green smoothie every morning is better than drinking a Dr. Pepper. But is this true? To answer this question, I turn your attention to the words of Christ Jesus: “And these signs shall follow them that believe: In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them.”
In these words (Mark 16:17-18), Christ Jesus taught an important spiritual lesson: There is only one Substance – God. The so-called deadly thing would have no effect because its Substance is God. God is the Substance of all Form. Everything you eat is constituted of the Substance that is the Presence of God.
When all food is understood to be God-Substance, there will be no more ill effects from eating food. One particular statement of Truth was hard for me to grasp until Revelation clarified it. It sounded wonderful, and I understood it to be the key to so-called instantaneous demonstration, but I just couldn’t grasp the concept. Here it is: All of God is equally present at every point of Existence at the same time.
This being true and understood, no food is more beneficial than another. Reader, consider what you have just read in the three preceding paragraphs and answer for yourself if some foods are better for you than others.
Rather than follow the advice to watch what you eat, it’s better to be mindful when you eat. Do you remember when your parents made you say grace before you ate? Do you also remember when you wanted to skip grace and dig into those sauce-smothered meatballs? For many people saying grace, if it’s said at all, is a mindless prelude to filling the belly. Let’s revive and revise the “prayer” before each meal.
Before you put the first forkful in your mouth, take a moment to be mindful that God is the Substance of the food you are about to eat. Be mindful that the Substance of your food is the very same Substance of your Body. By doing so, you eliminate the false sense of materiality associated with the Body and eating. And if you are about to eat a vanilla-glazed donut topped with sprinkles, remember you cannot get into or out of Health. Health is your Being.
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