Unless you are living in a climate where plants don’t grow which is most likely not somewhere you would want to live anyways, they should be the foundation of any healthy diet.

Of course there is seasonality to specific plants and their availability which is the beauty behind including variety and eating local. However, today we have too many labels and restrictions of how one may or may not eat and its easy to loose focus of the simplicity of food and the purpose of it.

If its not understood fully then take it in now, what we eat ultimately becomes us.

Low quality food means low functioning cells and higher quality food gives the cells the information needed to hopefully do what they are meant to do. In this divine relationship the nutrients we consume are the building blocks of our physical bodies and inform the cells to perform certain functions. I am not a scientist or doctor but to me this is what signifies the connection from our inner environment to our outer environment and our current health.

Polyphenols are probably the most interesting component to plants which supply us with a source of energy efficiency. The antioxidant properties of  polyphenols may influence many things from the efficiency of our metabolism and production of energy to the rate of which our cells age.

Besides the nutrients found in plants we have a dense accumulation of vibrant energy where in Ayurveda, we call it prana.

Prana is understood as the life force energy flowing in and all around us and everything alive needs prana for survival. Plants take in this energy from the sun along with nutrients from the earth and end up creating a more condensed form of prana which directly inform our cells. Just remember freshness still matters, the shriveled discolored veggies in the back of the refrigerator will not have the same intensity of prana as the fresh and vibrantly colored produce.

Fiber is definitely lacking in the standard American diet and is essential for the food to move through the digestive system efficiently as well as providing food for the bacteria in the gut. Without proper fiber intake comes a slow internal destruction and a whole list of health issues.

Its wild to see people filling their gas tanks with premium grade fuel and then eating low quality food.

I see it as a lack of value for our bodies along with the environment, after all, we are inherently part of this environment and there is no way around it. Its time we accept this relationship we have with our inner and outer environment and focus on this amazing influence plant foods may have on our body, when we focus on quality, diversity and freshness of the food we eat we start to upgrade our life.

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Published by Alec Hurley

Alec Hurley is a Yoga Health Coach, yoga teacher in the San Diego area and a life long surfer. He is the founder of Higher Self Wellness and an avid practitioner of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices which he infuses into his public yoga classes and group program “The Art of Connection”. He is professionally trained as a Chef and incorporates the ancient wisdom of “food as medicine” into his culinary creations. Alec infuses the practices of personal and planetary alignment into his modern healthy lifestyle toolkit to help shift the collective into deeper states of connection.

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