The Livingness and Food
The Livingness and Food
Anyone who has half an eye on nutrition will know that the food industry is substantially irresponsible. In truth, an industry cannot be irresponsible – it is the shareholders, directors and officers who carry the ultimate responsibility – real people who hide behind all those prettied-up brands.
In the end it is we, the public, who create the demand. The ultimate power is with the people.
On this site, we uniquely use the phrase The Livingness as grounded by Serge Benhayon. Perhaps one day The Livingness will be synonymous with words and phrases that get used to describe a function like ‘to Hoover the floor’, ‘to Google a search’ and ‘to Xerox copies’. What is The Livingness? It is beautifully explained here.
Food is a subset of The Livingness – one of many moving parts. To get The Livingness right one cannot just focus on food and ignore, for example, behaviour, sleep, exercise, relationships, communities, expression, responsibility, awareness, self-care, love, multidimensionality and much else. But then, one cannot ‘get’ The Livingness if we get most of those other characteristics right and then live on nutrition that does not serve our bodies with evolutionary food.
All food influences our behaviour. Our journey with food is an ever-unfolding experience, a brick building process of trial and error, quite specific and different for each person, until one day we can jettison all that harms and only ingest that which serves.
Each person is at a different place when it comes to food (and beverage) and their respective journeys move at varying paces.
The further one moves back in time, the closer one will find the kind of diet that will support The Livingness. The Ageless Wisdom shows the way, whereas the contemporary deception shows a lost and lesser path.
But one thing is for sure – humanity today is largely a long, long way from understanding the food cycle and from feeding ourselves in a way that will support living in our true way, living how we have been created to be or, as a catch-all – being in The Livingness. In most cases food is a dysfunctional part of our way of being, rather than a supportive part of our being.
When we have emerging and increasingly respected leaders of functional and integrative medicine, Chris Kresser and Dr Mark Hyman, discussing the crisis of health, food and medicine, then heads should turn and take notice of what they say. As Kresser puts it: “Chronic diseases (cancers, diabetes, dementia, heart disease and so on) are killing us… a slow motion plague… a crisis that is an existential threat to our existence and (a threat to) our ability to function as a species . . . the survival of our species is at stake.”
Or as Dr Mark Hyman puts it “Food related diseases that are driving chronic diseases are a bigger killer than each of smoking, obesity, car accidents, alcohol . . . the scale of it is enormous. It [food dysfunctionality] kills millions and millions of people.”
Hyman continues: “There is a growing tide of chronic disease that is crippling our population and bankrupting our economy . . . the cause of it is our food system and the things we eat. It is mind boggling… no one is really fixing it . . . a quarter of the children in the USA are diabetic or pre-diabetic!”
Or as Dr Harvey Karp (American Paediatrician and Environmental Health Advocate) said in the movie ‘Fed Up’ (a film that examines how the food industry carries so much [ir]responsibility for sickness and diseases): “If a foreign nation was causing our children to become obese, that’s going to affect their health and hurt their happiness, cause them to be depressed, have poor self-esteem — if a foreign nation were doing that to our children, we’d probably go to war. We would defend our families. So why do we accept this from our own country [USA]?”
Many may claim it is difficult to eat healthily and it is even more expensive to do so (than to exist on processed foods).
It is possible that processed foods are sometimes less expensive in the short term. But in the long term, with 500 million people currently living with Type 2 Diabetes (and no end of the growth of that epidemic in sight) and each diabetic (in the USA for example) costing $14,000 per annum to be treated for diabetes, then the food equation becomes a lot more expensive in the medium and longer terms. These are only the financials – the burden of these diseases makes for a very uncomfortable life.
Cheap processed food + chronic disease costs are much more expensive than true and healthy foods. It is the short-term view versus long-term view. It is the small picture versus the big picture view. The Food Pyramid has a lot to be accounted for.
And that is just Type 2 Diabetes – Diabesity (the hybrid of obesity and diabetes) has led to a new expression – Type 3 Diabetes (also known as Alzheimer’s) – that brings in all sorts of cognitive disease complications with a further massive cost layer. Chris Kresser reckons that for the USA (which leads most of these adverse statistics), that country is not far away from the day when the costs of chronic health conditions from poor diet alone will soar past the entire US Budget (for everything), unless massive changes to the food chain and behaviour are introduced.
A paradigm shift in The Livingness is needed by most of the seven billion citizens of this world.
One of the key initiatives needed to break the food-led chronic health epidemic is to support each other. Not much help is coming from timid Governments, and the Food Industry is largely driven by a misguided purpose of wealth, without responsibility. We need each other to share the stories and experiences coming from those who are standing up to the rotten legacy of the past two generations.
When the likes of David Perlmutter, Daniel Amen, Mark Hyman, Dale Bredesen, Serge Benhayon, Chris Kresser, Robert Lustig and a few others provide leadership, whether it be by way of providing an understanding of the biochemistry, psychotherapy or The Livingness, then we need to share those experiences and support our communities in this overdue food revolution.
The bleak alternative, which is the current way, is to play dumb and accept the bluff of these industries, in the knowing that food either serves or harms at every food occasion.
Upton Sinclair, renowned author and winner of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize said: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” This applies today as the Pharmaceutical Industry, in the USA alone, spends almost $250m per annum lobbying Congress to get its way. By comparison, the crazy gun lobby spends a mere $10m per annum.
As Dr Daniel Amen (leading Psychiatrist and one of the most influential figures in mental health) said – it is about Love – about doing the right things . . . which become acts of self-love.
That is what The Livingness is about, or as Serge Benhayon puts it:
"The Livingness is simply you living the real you in a world that has yet to allow this to be. It all begins with you choosing to be the real you and not what life has made you."Serge Benhayon Esoteric Teachings & Revelations, Volume I, ed 1, p 396
In this context, it is about choosing foods and beverages that are Soul-impressed, that do not pander to the Spirit. In this way we can live our true selves and not bounce along the bottom in Struggle Street, heading towards bankruptcy and joylessness. Food is an integral part of The Livingness.