What would it be like to live in a place where food doesn’t matter?
For one, I think it would be more peaceful and happy. No one would be dying of starvation. And, we wouldn’t have to stress about food labels and cancer-causing ingredients.
What a fantasy!
What real is this: our lives are ruled by food in one way or another. Having enough money to buy food for ourselves and others is the driving force behind the 40-hour work week.
Of course, there are other lifestyle goals but buying food to eat is never optional.
Yes, food is important.
It gives us energy to stay alive, and heal us. We have to have a relationship with it.
Now that we’ve established that food is important to everyone, all walks of life, let’s make a segue into the mindsets of all of these people who eat food.
We’re not all heathy, whether in our minds or bodies.
Even Easy Light Sources was bred out of the necessity to dissolve depression and anxiety.
Food is one of the original Light Sources because “when you eat better, you feel better.”
Food has the capacity to be medicine. The right foods, the healthy ones, can make our health discomforts much more tolerable, if not prevent them completely. Of course not everything but problems like constipation definitely can be cured by eating the right kind of Earth Foods.
Eating To Feel Better is best applied to physical problems solved by healthy foods.
MENTAL problems, on this other hand, can also be absolved by healthy eating. That’s actually a catalyst for this whole business, Easy Light Sources. I noticed that when I wasn’t eating the best, my mental health was also not the best. It takes work and self awareness to draw these conclusions.
What’s easier? Developing a relationship with foods where, when you feel bad, you eat things that make you feel better.
If you haven’t made the connection between healthy foods and a healthy mind then your decisions will be made for you by the food industry.
By falling into the trap of sugary foods and carbs that release “feel good” chemicals into your brain.
(Research it until I add a link in here. Thanks!)
Seriously, it does happen.
Something else that develops with Eating To Feel Better is possibly a disordered relationship with foods.
I don’t like to call it an eating disorder because that’s pretty clinical and too many people will become defensive at the suggestion that they have an eating disorder.
With the words reversed, disordered eating, we can recognize the unhealthy things that we do with food without making it a personality trait.
My disordered eating trend is very common – binge eating.
Not only do I eat too much sometimes, this tendency is usually sparked when I’m feeling sad or hopeless in some way.
And, you know, sometimes I’m just GREEDY.
That does not make it better.
In those cases, eating doesn’t even really make me feel better but I do it any way because maybe.. idk. I’m starting to feel like I’m talking about myself too much.
I guess what this article is attempting to do is spark awareness into the how and why of why you’re Eating To Feel Better:
Are you getting rid of hunger pangs?
Is your goal to give your body vitamins and minerals?
Are you sad and cookies make you feel better?
Have you given up on self control and stopped giving a damn?
Or, you know, did you just want a snack and you stopped at one serving size?
It is worth it to know ourselves and be aware of the “why.” Then, we will take it from there.
I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface but maybe it really is that simple?
If there is a part 2, it will be linked here.
As always, and I don’t say this enough: thank you for reading!
*There is a summary of self-care (ideas, tips, & more) at the end of this article*
In mainstream society, there is an emphasis on being a good citizen – giving without expectation of reciprocation, and being kind to people regardless of how they treat you.
All of that is fine, but have you noticed that there is more conversation on giving good to other people than there is a mention of giving good to yourself?
Yes, as humans we have to care and look out for each other with kindness and respect.
But what’s more important is to give yourself those same considerations.
Be extra nice to yourself. Go out of the way to make sure that you’re taken care of. Treat yourself good without needing a reason.
This, my dear, is the basis of proper self-care.
What Is The Definition Of Self-Care?
The Easy Light Sources Definition of self-care is protecting yourself from things that you don’t want to experience.
Simply put, self-care can be defined as taking care of yourself… Beyond the basic needs of food/shelter/clothing… We can assume that you have those things already. It’s not enough to cover the complexities that the human experience is comprised of.
The actual experiences that people feel in life are varied. So, self-care will also be varied according to what each person personally values.
Another definition of self care comes down to what you can do for yourself that creates feelings of self love. These are thing things that not only make you feel good, they also make you feel like an upgraded version of yourself.
Again, and I must emphasize, this will be different for everyone. And that’s okay, there is no judgment here. Stay true to yourself, that’s what’s important.
Why You Need A Self-Care Plan
A self-care plan will help to keep you protected as effortlessly as possible. Doing so will constantly keep you above the parts of life that you don’t want to be apart of.
In this world, there are millions of external programs, news, ideas, games, works, etcetera that can be focused on. All of these things can leave you neglected in many ways.
Most times, we can only do one thing at a time. Being consumed by other people’s created content is easy.
That’s not a bad thing, it just makes it easy for your own to-do list to fall by the wayside.
Having a self care plan allows your care to become a regular thing, on autopilot, so to speak. You’ll still have to put forth the effort to put yourself first but it’s easy when it’s something that you regularly do.
Remember: taking care of yourself is an expression of self-love!
People who regularly practice self-care are adding value to the world just by adding value to themselves.
Those who practice self-care:
Are more emotional balanced
Experience inner happiness
Display value without words
Are better able to help others, even if they’re not going out of their way to do so
Garner more respect from others because they outwardly respect themselves
Have peace as a constant experience
The only reason you need to practice self-care is the fact that you love yourself and you want to enhance your life experience for the better.
Self-Care Tips and Ideas
The typical tips and suggestions of expressing self care usually focused on leisurely grooming habits. Ie:
Take a long, hot bath with bubbles, bath bombs & essential oils,
Do a facial,
Paint your nails,
Get a massage,
Let a professional wash your hair,
These things are good because they make you feel special.
If taking a bubble bath raises your spirit considerably then you should do it as often as you can.
Self-care and self-love practices are more than just the physical practices. The best self-care is when you are protecting yourself from negative energy and experiences. That includes your own negative energy. You want to protect yourself from negative thoughts and detrimental habits.
Always thinking positive is an ideal trait. There is strength in having an optimistic outlook without delusion.
Self-care translates to self-respect when you outwardly protect yourself from other people’s negative energy and experiences. If there are negative words being directed to you or something that you love, you will need to use your words to protect yourself. Speak up and don’t let someone be a bully. It may feel uncomfortable at the time but being meek can make you feel uncomfortable a lot longer…
Being smart with your self-care will also tell you when to walk away from bad situations. You don’t have to enter every door that you’re invited to. Take care of yourself as a priority.
Here are some more self-care ideas:
Listen to uplifting music,
Do a happy dance when you’re happy,
Allow yourself to cry when you need to,
Don’t be sad for longer than a couple of hours,
Read more books on subjects that interest you,
Smell flowers that you see (literally smell them)
Smile and wave at children,
Celebrate when you see someone win,
Give out high fives when appropriate,
Create something that you believe in,
Practice patience daily,
Be proactive about what you want to accomplish in your life,
For more self-care ideas, you will have to look within yourself and recognize what you need. Not what you want, but what you need. Unhealthy desserts may fill a want but if you need to be healthy in your life then be honest about what energy you’re feeding.
Positive Songs With Self-Care Lyrics
Ideally, a person will create their own playlist of their favorite songs that have good energy and no hate-lyrics.
If you like songs with hate-lyrics, don’t play it on repeat. Listen to it once or twice and use that play time to release your own negative energy.
Speaking back on self-care and self-love lyrical songs, here are a few that I can think of immediately:
The Greatest Love Of All by Whitney Houston
All Songs by Cambatta, namely, The Shaman, No Fear & DMT
Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson
Say You, Say Me – Lionel Richie
Fire Away – Naill Horan
You Got A Friend – Roberta Flack
Diamonds – Rihanna
Amazing – Kanye West
And more, this is not a conclusive list! It’s more than lyrics that matter, the whole vibration has to speak to you positively, the instruments played, the tone of the singer…
Show Yourself Love And Care Through What You Consume
Consuming in a literal sense is wanting that stimulates the senses:
What you taste on your tongue,
What you hear,
What you smell,
What your see,
What you feel.
These things can be positive or negative. They can make you feel good, or they can make you feel bad. Usually it is easy to tell the difference between the two.
Gulity Pleasures make it hard to tell if you’re harming yourself long-term for a short-term pleasure.
Once in a while, go ahead and indulge. The keywords there are once in a while. The goal is to be healthy as much as you can be – healthy inside and out. That way, it wont cause too much damage to go into a guilty pleasure.
Unhealthy guilty pleasures on a daily basis are just bad decisions and low self control…
This article is nearing the end so I want to go back over how we consume things with our senses and how we can consciously protect ourselves with our senses in mind:
Taste– Consuming foods that will protect your body from illness instead of eating things that contributing to illness.
Sight – Looking at things that make you feel good and inspired instead of seeing things that disturb you.
Touch – Physically giving your skin an experience that is luxurious or pleasant instead of causing uncomfortable feelings or scars.
Hear – Listening to positive messages or uplifting content versus content that makes you feel down or negative.
Smell – There are some scents that make people feel high, these also can harm your lungs, brain, and other organs. No high is worth that.
If the things that you like are detrimental then you really need to consider how much you value yourself and how much damage you’re actually doing. Every once in a while it’s not so bad, especially if you make healthy decisions most of the time.
What If Nothing In This Article Helps You?
If you find these tips to be unhelpful to your self-care journey and you do not feel increased self-love, you may need to go deeper within yourself to find out what you need to feel cared for and protected.
A professional therapist has the training that you need. Please get help, everyone deserves to feel loved.
If you can’t afford a therapist then you owe it to yourself to try to take care of yourself the best that you can. See the good in everything and you’re already halfway there!
Self-Care is showing yourself love and protecting yourself from negative experiences.
People who practice self-care are happier, and garner more respect by displaying value onto themselves.
Creating a self-care plan will protect you in everyday life.
Good Ideas for Self-Care stem from what brings you good feelings.Choose the practices that will bring you short-term pleasure and long-term value.
Consume content that inspires you, teaches you, and makes you dance.
Eating well is self-care.
People who value themselves are more valued by others.
If you’re in need of further assistance, seek therapy. If you cannot afford a therapist, work harder to seek the good in life.
Around Easy Light Sources, we say this a lot : The Earth has everything we need to be healthy and healed.
As human beings, we talk about ourselves a lot… And a majority of us see things from our perspective pretty much exclusively.
However, from the Earth’s perspective, the same quote applies to the health of Planet Earth.
Planet Earth has everything that it/she needs to be healthy and healed. But the practices and industries that human beings have created make it harder for the Earth to heal itself.
Things like factory farming and cutting down trees are violent energies that a lot of people have become desensitized to.
But those are the things that are destroying the Planet.
We all have a choice: help to heal the World OR stay on the same track that you’ve been on, eating the same unhealthy things that you’ve been eating forever and continuing to be addicted to it.
Whateverattachments people have to meat, sugar, and dairy – it doesn’t matter. The Earth is having a harder time to sustain itself as the violence to the Earth, ocean, and the atmosphere continues.
The word violence here is very appropriate. Anyone who thinks it’s too drastic to say that only perpetuates that desensitization is embedded in Earth culture.
Not meaning to get too fussy but it’s important to highlight the importance of giving caring energy to the Earth.
If you care at all about:
The Health of Future Generations – (Not just the Earth that our children will inherit but the dietary habits as well. Childhood addiction to sugar is how you start your child down a path that is hard to break. And yes, meaty products are “tasty” but they’re also addicting. Teach babies that strawberries (and other fruits) taste good and they’ll be on a healthierpathfor life. Learn how to cook and season vegetables and it won’t be hard to eat them.)
The Oceans – ( they are getting to hot and acidic and nautical habitats are dying. And over harvesting creating dead zones all over the natural world under the sea.)
The Trees (Amazon Rainforests continue to be cut down for mass farming. And seriously, IS THERE ANY RAINFOREST LEFT AT THIS POINT?? Somebody go and take a picture because I need to see something.)
The Planetary Water Supply (Harvesting animals uses sooo much fresh water. After all this time (70+ years), the Earth is having a hard time maintaining the balance. Especially with trees being torn down. Trees help to maintain balance on the surface of the Earth and below. Is the meat and dairy industry so dumb that they don’t understand the importance of trees, or do they just not care? The answer: they don’t care.)
The Animals – (Everyone agrees that murder, rape, manipulation, and separating a mom and baby are terrible acts for someone to go through. But that happens to thousands of animals every day. Why is it okay to rape animals? That’s not fair. It happens all the time. Desensitization.)
Okay, this is EasyLight Sources so let’s lighten it up!
The good news? It’s EASY to help the environment!!!
You probably think I’m going to say GO VEGAN because of the mass amount of vegan propaganda but I’m not going there. I don’t even call myself a vegan.
Want to help PlanetEarth? Stop eating so many animals and animal products. Stop consuming so much sugar, too! THAT’S IT.
In the case of sugar, make a choice to eat smaller amounts of it. Sugar is in almost everything and in high amounts. It takes effort to be healthy. But laziness has never been very rewarding anyway.
For meat, eat less of it. Make a conscious effort to take a day or a few days and just not eat animals. It’s really not that hard, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL THE VEGETARIAN MEAT AND CHEESE SUBSTITUTES OUT THERE.
Technically, cheese is already vegetarian but you know what I mean. Mother cows are raped for that extra sharp cheddar cheese, too.
It all comes down to better choices. Let’s do it for the Planet!
Herbalism is one of the oldest sources of healing in the world.
A wide variety of healing plants grow naturally on Planet Earth and we should all take advantage!
Herbalism is a healing practice, no doubt about it.
Here are 3 timeless principles to this ancient art:
1. Herbalism promotes self-care.
The approachable vibe of Herbs are very welcoming to those who have personal health issues that they are interested in treating.
Herbalism encourages people to look into their situations and find out which herbs will be best for them to take. Physical issues can be treated with herbs but also things like anxiety can be alleviated with certain herbs.
2. Herbalism believes in the natural law.
We are all from the Earth. Herbal practitioners understand that the Earth has everything that we need to be healed and thrive on this planet.
When we say One Love, we’re not just talking about people. We are all one with the planet as well.
Accepting the gifts of the Earth allow us to reap health benefits.
3. Herbalism is interested in the root cause.
Modern prescription medicine is often criticized for treating symptoms instead of the root cause of a health issue.
Herbs are also used for alleviating uncomfortable symptoms. However, it goes deeper than that.
Seeking to heal the root cause of an issue is the view that will allow your body to get the most benefits from an herbal supplement.
Quality of Herbs is important. Research natural brands and remember, you do get what you pay for.
Always do your research so you know what you’re putting into your body! And, drink lots of water 🙂
Beets are definitely on this list. After all, they are the same color as our blood. Don’t think about it too hard!
Other honorable culinary mentions: sesame seeds, molasses, pecans, pumpkin seeds.
Keep this in mind:
To get the most benefits from the above iron sources, consume them with some vitamin C rich foods.
Why Vitamin C?
Vitamin C and Iron are like friends who want to see each other succeed. When a vitamin C molecule senses that an Iron mineral molecule is nearby, it is attracted to it like a magnet. And then once they’re together, the iron is amplified, in a good way.
The body accepts this amplified iron much easier, it’s like the vitamin C reduces any barrier that is up. It’s all good.
Something else about the iron mineral… although it is a mineral that strengthens, also really needs to be protected. Very easily, it seems, iron can be leeched from the body.
The sure way to ensure that iron stays where it’s supposed to be – in Red Blood Cells – is to fortify the cells against free radical attacks. We can do this with vitamin C & also vitamin E.
Free radicals enter the body in various ways, including some cooking techniques and through environmental pollutions.
Antioxidants are good for protecting iron and all of the other minerals that our bodies thrive on.