Is your food stressing you out?


Whats your relationship to stress?

This is the second in a series on stress where I want to break down food as nourishment to build vitality.


The thing is it can be easy to be very rigid about what you eat, trying really hard to not have too much of this or that. This can be stressful if you are too rigid and always thinking about it. Which is why you need to make sure you are in a state of receptivity when you go to put that food in your mouth no matter what it is.


The quality of energy and attention in which you eat your food is as important as your food itself. Plain and dimple you will not receive the nutrition if you body is in a sympathetic state of stress. Simple solution…

Take ten deep breaths when you sit down to eat and appreciate all that it took to bring that food to you. And better yet you can do the meditation practice I shared in the last episode for building heart centered presence.


We know that when you are in an activated/stressful state, certain biological functions are shut down so energy is redirected for you to be able to get out of a potentially harmful situation. This means the digestive system is also shut down, and in severe instances your bowels can release. Where the phrase I just shit my pants came from. But this also affects your ability to feel good and nourished from your food because in your gut is where neurotransmitters are made. If your gut is in a state of stress the only job is to not die. Not necessarily to feel great. And feeling great comes from being nourished on a cellular level.


When this goes on for too long you deplete your vitality known as Ojas. And you don’t want that. You want to be building your vitality so you have healthy skin and bodily tissue, so you can express yourself in a clear way. This is all connected to digestion and your ability to break down the food properly and receive the nutrition. Which is governed by your ability to enter into a truly receptive state.


But what about the food itself as a stressor?

Lets shift to look at food as information and intelligence.

There is a lot of good information out there, and we also know there is a lot of bad information.

Intelligence in your body is built on receiving good information, and intelligence in the food itself is based on the environment it was grown in.


When the information is bad, it dumbs down your body, and when that is persistent it begins to degenerate your body. This bad information signals your cells to do certain things you might not want if vitality is your aim, and begins to degenerate your cells. On the genetic level, we know that genes are expressed in various ways that is influenced by their environment and information present. In this case food is that information. Good information coming into a peaceful receptive environment means healthy cells, healthy genes. The process of regeneration and rejuvenation.


So lets organize food into these three categories.

Alive food – Not necessarily raw, but contains prana, life-force that is highly intelligent.

Dead food – shelf stable empty calories, no life-force, crackers, chips, supplemental stuff.

Dumb food – highly processed and refined junk. Bad information that stresses your body. Blocks the communication between your cells,

Also remember that your immune system is directly connected to your gut, when your gut is stressed, immune function goes down……Incomplete digestion, no replenishment of vitality.

Now is a good time to take a look at what you are feeding yourself and How you are feeding yourself on a regular basis. Both of these are just as important. This is what I am doing beginning Tuesday 9/24. A seasonal rejuvenation detox to remove the things that might be degenerating my body. You can join the group for free to lean more about this and ask any questions you might have in the group discussion.

You can sign up for free here and receive access to the  live workshop and an ebook.

I hope to see you there!

Connect with me for a complementary Wellness Strategy Session. https://higherselfwellness.lpages.co/wellness-workshop-form/

Soundtrack by DTO “Sacred Connection” DTOmusic.com

Stay healthy & much love,


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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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