The Purpose of Food


“The purpose of food is to increase the duration of life, purify the mind and aid bodily strength.This is its only purpose.” — His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

You have the freedom to think, the freedom to choose,and the freedom to evaluate as many possibilities as you can!. Your mind can be your own best friend or worst enemy.The beauty of your life is that you can align with the blessings that are already in your life, honor them, and expand them with your good use of them.What blessings in your life are you aware of right now for which you can consciously be 100% grateful?

One such blessing you are offered is food.Now, the purpose of food, you should remember, is to give you energy.And, energy for what? For walking, for riding your bike, for going to work, for playing sports? Ultimately, the energy is for living your spiritual purpose.And, as a principle, everyone’s spiritual purpose is to love God (called Krishna in the yoga tradition).

Just as you want your car performing in optimal condition while you are driving, you want your body to be in optimal health while you are in it.There is no denying that your health is your wealth.To have the healthiest life you can have, you should know what to do to create this for yourself. Food enlightenment is about you knowing how to nourish yourself in the healthiest way possible such that you have more energy, longevity, and strength.And ultimately, the purpose of increasing these qualities is to help you awaken your inner qualities of spiritual love.

Intellectually, consider that you are part of something bigger than just yourself.You are a part of the whole of life.Everything and everyone is in relationship with one another.Inherently, everything you do has an effect on the whole.Therefore, you should endeavor to treat yourself in the best, most loving, and compassionate way possible, thus projecting this experience of enlightened love onto the world.In terms of Food Enlightenment, this means to consume only the highest energy foods that are most positive for your health.As you awaken greater energy in yourself, greater positivity in yourself, you awaken these qualities in everyone.The whole world becomes naturally uplifted by your choices and behavior.

Here is a high-energy recipe for a snack or dessert:

Bali Orange Bliss Balls –

2 cups of raw cashews, 2 tbsp coconut oil, 10 soaked dates, 1 tsp cardamom, 1 orange, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch of vanilla, 2″ piece orange peel, pinch of Himalayan salt. Mix all ingredients in Food processor.Stir in chopped almonds, roll into blissballs.

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