Healing our Relationship with Food – Part one.
Has food become your enemy? Has your body become the enemy?
For many, food the most basic, life –sustaining sustenance has become the enemy. Our bodies have become the enemy. How did this happen?
Everything is energy vibrating from extremely low to extremely high and everything in between… including our food and our thoughts Many have heard me say, “If you judge your food it will judge you back”.
The energy of judgement is very low and the energy of unconditional love is extremely high.
Keeping this in mind, it is not hard to imagine what happens when we judge our food and what is possible when we bless it with love and gratitude and our undivided, loving attention. When we bless our food we give it every opportunity to bless our body no matter what it is.
I had a client about 6 years ago that challenged this premise to the extreme. (By the way, the more we ask for evidence and receive it, the stronger our faith grows). This client and I had been working together for about 6 months and during that time her God-given health had been restored and she had met her weight loss goal. Then it was time to go on a cruise….something she had been looking forward to for a long time. It was time to really put to the ultimate test what she now knew and believed.
Was it possible to go on a cruise where FOOD is the main attraction; bless it and enjoy it without sabotaging her good health? The proof is in the puddin’. She lost weight on the cruise. Who does that!
A client asked me the other day, “How do we stay out of judgement of our food when we are being poisoned by toxic GMO food. It is becoming almost impossible to avoid them and to even know what is in our food”. I understood exactly where she was coming from. I have been such a loud voice of resistance to these “so-called” man-made foods over the years. Even, as I am preaching, “Don’t judge your food!”
If you peruse my blogs you will find many filled with judgement around food. I have resisted the impulse to delete these…why? Because I realize that nothing changes until we change our mind. I think it is important to let people see my authentic, organic journey and how it has evolved over time; how what I believe changes as I stay open to divine guidance and revelation. What the ego-mind thinks and believes is always based in past experience. How can we grow if we stay stuck in the past – right?
I love how Divine Timing is always right on time. I had the answer to her question. It came in a divine download the day before….One of those that make me sit straight up in bed and grab pen and paper before I forget. Spirit knew I would need this the very next day…amazing!
You might have heard me talk about the message I received a few weeks ago that went something like this; “The Cause of all life and the Source Energy (God if you like) that created heaven and earth must be in all of life. It could not be any other way. So, it stands to reason that good is in everything if you believe that God is good and this good is Love.
We may call something “manmade”, but the reality? God Stuff or Good Stuff runs through all of it. Creative clay (divine inspiration) and physical clay (Mother Earth – God’s birthing place) births all of our creations.
With this in mind, how might we amplify the good that is the back of everything and bring it into the forefront? Love and gratitude does this…Not only in our food, but in everyone, every event, every creation. Judgement keeps the good (the love) buried. Jesus knew this and the power we have within to change our reality. He said do not judge and love everyone.
Being born of love we were born to see love. It is at the heart of everyone. When we look for the good in others we bring the good into the light. We bring out the very best of them. The Love…the Truth.
I love synergy. It is one of the ways Spirit provides guidance and confirmation. My eyes are open to it and it never ceases to flabbergast me. I just finished listening to “Peace Pilgrim” a few days ago and low and behold she had received pretty much the same message many, many years ago. What an amazing journey she walked for peace from 1953 – 1981. Many lives were changed with the message she brought. Her message:
“This is the way of peace: Overcome, evil with good, falsehood with truth and hatred with love.” Find out more about her pilgrimage here: https://www.peacepilgrim.org
I love the simple prayer she spoke every night before going to sleep: “Thank you for your guidance and protection and for using me”. I have made it mine.
If food has become the enemy in your experience, you might experiment with a love and gratitude blessing over your food (no matter what it is) and then give it your undivided, loving attention…turn off the TV, close the book. Pay attention to the flavors and textures. Pay attention to when you feel satisfied. Enjoy it.
Love and gratitude raises the vibration of the food. This is something that can be seen (ask me how). Your loving attention and enjoyment brings it into alignment with your body. There is a GOOD reason every culture has been blessing food for from the beginning of time in one form or another.
Feel free to use my food blessing:
While you are at it, extend the love and gratitude into the world’s food supply. Many, many people do not have a choice in what they eat. We have the power with our prayers and blessings to bring out the good collectively. As within, so without….
Up Next…More on “Healing the Relationship with Food”…When food has become the enemy.
Intuitive Chef Gail
PS: It is that time of year again – ALREADY! This healthful rendition of our family traditional turkey and dressing will blow your mind! Savor and enjoy all of the flavor of the holiday!
No Turkey & Dressing 8 Servings
2 1/2 cups prepared white quinoa (cooked with Imagine No Chicken Broth)
Heat large stainless pot or Dutch oven (iron is great) over medium high and melt butter. Add onions, celery and bell pepper in that order with a fat pinch of salt and sauté for 3 minutes. Add garlic and herbs, sautéing for another minute or until herbs are very fragrant.
Stir in broth, “quinoa mixture”, salt and pepper. Add meat substitute if using (or, real turkey or chicken and broth if you are a meat-eater). Gently fold in boiled eggs or tofu. Pour dressing into prepared baking dish.
Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until dressing is set (doesn’t jiggle) and is starting to brown along the edges. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.
Don’t forget the cranberry sauce! There is a recipe on the back of every bag of fresh cranberries. Just use xylitol or powered stevia for no-sugar version.
Curious if a Food IS Talking Intuitive Food Compatibility
Gail Blair’s intuitive journey began as she began working her passion for food in 2009. In 2012 she birthed “Food Revelation” not having clue how relevant the name would prove to be. Shortly thereafter she experienced a “spiritual awakening” and her intuitive gifts were ignited.
As a plant-based chef turned Food & Medical Intuitive she has helped hundreds all over the U.S. and Canada remember their natural, God-given health through her “Food ISTalking” Intuitive Food Compatibility process.
Over the years, as her gifts have expanded, she has become a conduit for revelation (the name she gives to the Divine Wisdom she receives). The 7 most important revelations led her to create the Evolution of FREE Health books and video series. The “Evolution of FREE Health” is the remembrance of our natural, God-given health.
The first book released in 2016, “The Quinoa Cookbook Journey” is a super creative and tasty introduction into the series. The 2nd book in the Evolution of FREE Health series, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant & Sustainable Health” is the focus of her latest speaking tour and the video series she is releasing to the public as she goes through the publishing process.
Keep up with Gail at:
Jack Daniels Southern Pecan Pie
Gluten-Free & Vegeterian with Vegan Option
Low Glycemic – No Processed Sugar
This is a decadent, healthy spin on the best pecan pie I’ve very had! My twin brother’s. If you are up to the task, it will quite literally knock your socks off!
1 cup date syrup (see recipe below or buy prepared)
¼ cup pure maple syrup
¼ cup cocoa, unsweetened
¼ teaspoon instant coffee
1½ tablespoon arrowroot (or tapioca flour)
¼ cup Jack Daniels Tennessee Whisky (or other quality bourbon) – Optional
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
½ cup pecan pieces
1 cup pecan halves
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup agave syrup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, whisk together all ingredients (except pecans) until very smooth. Use a processor if you prefer. Fold in pecan pieces.
Pour mixture into 9” pie crust (see below) and spread evenly. Arrange pecans halves on top. Bake for 30 minutes.
Whisk together glaze ingredients. Remove pie from oven and lightly brush pecan tops. Return to oven and bake another 15 minutes or until pie is set. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
Note: if pecans start getting too brown, tent pie with foil.
This recipe rivals the best pecan pie I’ve ever had – My twin brother’s. It’s a healthu spin on his original recipe with NO processed sugar, or artificial ingredients. Top it off with delicious homemade coconut whipped cream or store bought So-Delicious CoCo Whip.
Oat Pecan Pie Crust
1¼ cup gluten free oat flour (sifted)
¼ cup pecan pieces
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ cup coconut palm sugar
¼ cup butter, cold (or Earth Balance for vegan version)
¼ cold water (more or less)
In food processor add flour, salt, sugar and pecan pieces. Pulse a few times to mix
Add butter and pulse until butter is roughly cut in (8-10 seconds). Note: This can be done by with a fork or your fingers).
Turn processor to on and add water slowly through feeder tube until dough begins to clump and cleans the edge of bowl. If too wet and sticking to sides add a little more flour (1 teaspoon at a time). If too dry add more water (1 teaspoon at a time). Dough should be very soft, but not sticky. Remove and pat into ball.
Roll out onto sifted oat floured surface. For ease, roll out on parchment paper, place a 9” pie plate upside down on top of dough and flip plate over. Peel off parchment and gently press dough into plate. Finish edges as you wish.
Bake at 425F degrees for 10 minutes. Move to cool spot while you make the filling.
Medjool Date Syrup: (makes 2 cups)
12 Medjool dates (chopped)
1¾ cups water
1 teaspoon Madagascar vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
Combine all ingredients in sauce pan and bring to low simmer for 30 minutes stirring frequently.
Pour syrup into processor and process until very smooth. Allow to cool before using. This can be stored in glass container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, so make plenty at one time for the holidays.
“The greatest challenge to health are the subconscious thoughts that oppose it.”
The other day someone on Facebook reached out for help. Her question was basically, “How can I change negative beliefs into positive ones; retrain the brain to accept positivity and to not reject the very gifts that one is asking for?”
That’s my sign! This question prompted it was time to go more in depth with the Evolution of Free Health’s “2nd Missing Link to Abundant Health” –
Our body is a reflection of what we eat and “think”.
In my work over the years, it has been made very clear, when it comes to abundant health, what we think is way more important than what we eat. It doesn’t matter how healthy the food is if our thoughts are toxic.
This explains why some people seem to do everything wrong (according to the experts) and never get sick and some do everything right and end up with chronic disease. Some people will say to this, “See! It doesn’t matter what you eat”. And, they would be right in a sense.
The most important factor in health is happiness. When the energy of what we eat and think is in alignment with the energy of happiness and health – health is the natural result. Chronic dis-ease is not natural.
Why is what we think so important? All bodies in nature thrive in perfect balance (the topic of The 3rd Missing Link to Abundant Health). BTW, you can keep up with this evolving book on my Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/evolutionoffreehealth/ .
Stress creates excess acid in the body. This creates a toxic condition. The body cannot release toxins, hydrant effectively or absorb nutrients when in an acidic state. The body becomes malnourished. The belly becomes fat from all the stored toxins it cannot safely release.
Science is now proving stress plays huge role in creating disease and our ability to heal. Don’t just take my word for it. I am so elated to finally see more and more mainstream conversation about what I know intuitively.
Read here what the former Surgeon General said about stress in the September 2017 issue of National Geographic: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/09/three-questions-vivek-murthy/
Okay, you get the picture. So how do you change your negative thoughts into positive ones? Let me tell you a story…
Early in 2011, I was pushed to a breaking point. I lost my job 3 months after buying a house. I was depressed. My blood pressure was out of control. I was tired of the fungus I had been battling for 5 years. I was tired of being alone. I was tired of being broke. I was tired of being unhappy. I was tired ya’ll! Instead of giving up, I began to seriously search for the root of my unhappiness. I intuitively knew somehow it was locked inside me and so was the key.
My rock bottom (and I hear this all the time), ended up being the best thing that ever happened to me. It was the beginning of a magical journey and I am so grateful!
In late 2011, I started to become aware I was receiving divine guidance. I experienced an “awakening” (a higher awareness). I started receiving regular but random “pops” in my left ear. It took me little bit to figure out what this was. It was Spirit telling me to pay attention to my thoughts. I was often not aware of what I was thinking. Can you relate?
Let me just mention here, I’ve come to realize these miraculous bodies we have been given not only let us experience life they are also our “conduit” to Source. Spirit talks to me in many ways. I am especially fond of the pop in my ear. Pay attention to your body! Dis-ease is one way we receive messages (Louise Hayes who just passed brought this revelation to us many years ago with her book “You can Heal Your Life”.
Not too long ago I received another understanding of the message “pay attention to my thoughts” Guidance had sent. It was just a subtle shift, but a huge aha! I was being told to “give my thoughts attention”. I assumed guidance was just making me aware of my negative thinking so I could consciously discard it and replace it with what I wanted. NO! The thought wanted my full attention. It had something to say. It was bringing something to my awareness I was not aware of.
I’m getting this message as I write this. The best I could do at the time was just become of aware of my thinking. I was not ready yet to receive the messages my thoughts were sending. One step at a time…
Habits are created and broken in as little as 3 weeks. If replacing my negative thoughts with positive ones was all there was to creating a happy, abundant life I would be blissed out already!
My chronic negative thinking was not just a bad habit. It was bringing into focus what was running in the background of my subconscious mind.
It takes chronic knocking sometimes to get our attention. Many of us learned a long time ago not to pay attention to our thoughts or emotions. We were told to “pay attention” to the teacher. “Stop day dreaming”. “Thinking will get you in trouble”. “WHAT were you thinking?” We learned that thinking is BAD!
Many have also learned that “feeling” is bad. How many grew up with, “I’ll give you something to cry about”. Or, “Big boys don’t cry.” In a nutshell we’ve learned not to give our thoughts or emotions the time of day.
By the way, 2 of the greatest books and easiest reads I’ve run across on undoing our old programming are written by Don Miguel Ruiz – The Four Agreements and The Voice of Knowledge.
Just changing your thoughts will not create the change in your life you want if you still have thoughts and beliefs running in the background opposing your best intentions. These thoughts want a voice. They want your attention. Until you oblige, they will continue to knock on your door and control your journey like a backseat driver. If they don’t get your mental attention, they will knock on your physical body and create chronic dis-ease. Nothing gets our attention faster than physical pain.
The following are the steps I now take whenever I’m personally triggered or tweaked and my thoughts around the triggering event are constant and unrelenting. THAT’S MY SIGN something is happening “FOR ME”. It’s time to pay attention and receive the message.
These steps have led me to the realization that everything and I mean everything is serving a Good purpose no matter what it looks like on the surface. Each event contains a message and a gift. Often times it is bringing multiple gifts. The biggest gift – “The peace that surpasses all human understanding”.
Here is how it works for me. I invite you to give it a shot. What do you have to lose?
#1 – As soon as I recognize I am “feeling” anxious, upset, mad, frustrated or my body feels constricted in any way I STOP, BREATHE and check my “thinking”
#2 – Once I locate the thought that caused the feeling…
- I acknowledge the thought. “I see you”, “I hear you”. This creates space for the thought. My “attention” respects and honors the thought. I allow the feeling that comes with the thought.
- Then I ask of the thought the magical question. “I wonder what you are for?” “Tell me a story”.
- I empty my mind and wait a few breaths for the response. Sometimes I get it right away. Sometimes it arrives later and when I least expect it. Sometimes I wake up with it or it arrives during meditation. I know I will get it. These days it’s happening sooner than later.
Often the answer leads me back to an experience in my life I misinterpreted with my level of understanding at the time. From my new perspective, I’m able to see the error in my judgment. And, often I will be shown the “back story” of the one I am judging with my thoughts according to my old understanding. This allows me compassionate understanding of that one’s actions.
#3 – Once I’ve given the thought and the associated feeling my undivided attention, I let it go. If the message doesn’t arrive spontaneously, I wait patiently. I am then and only then free to replace that thought. It’s important to replace the negative thought with a high vibrational one. Our positive thinking has the power to raise the vibration of our body, our health and the planet.
#4 – Creating a high vibrational thought can sometimes be tricky. Avoid using words that in anyway are related to what you don’t want. For instance: I want to be thin, implies you are unhappy with your weight. It puts the focus on what you don’t want. Avoid using sentences that include “n’t” words like can’t and don’t. They also put the focus on what you don’t want.
Instead try this – “I am so grateful for this miraculous body that knows how to regulate every system”. Notice this is an affirmation (affirming what already is). And, I always start every affirmation with “I am so grateful”. Gratitude is one of the most powerful actions for change available to us.
Sometimes, none of the above works for me. I just want to jump in the boat with my churning thoughts and go on a turbulent ride. It doesn’t take me long to tire of it though. Even while going down the river I’m aware I will have to get out of the boat if I want to receive the message and uncover the highest solution.
Experience with this process has grown my faith. I know I will receive the answer as I have asked and it will be a beautiful thing.
I highly recommended getting into the mindset that life is always happening FOR YOU – Not to you. This alone puts you in the driver’s seat. If life is happening to you, you are just a hapless victim of circumstance with no control over outcomes. In this state of mind you are helpless to change anything.
When you know life is happening for you, you are looking for the “What fors”. Your eyes are wide open to messages, synergy and guidance. You let life lead you and teach you. Life is our best teacher.
So how do you know when you have received the message or solution?
- When chronic thinking around an event stops. How many times have you not been able to stop thinking about something? It keeps you up at night. It interrupts your peace? Spirit is sending you the strong message – “You do not have the message yet” or “This situation is not resolved”. From my experience, the solution often requires forgiveness; forgiveness for my judgment.
- You are filled with an expansive sense of peace. You can breathe freely and deeply even when you “think” of the person, place, or thing that led to your unrest.
I know some of this you have heard before. I hope you got something new for yourself or to share. I am always here for you. Let me know if you have any questions about this topic or if I can help in any way. The next blog will be on “Making a Date with Emotions” – Stay Tuned….
Here’s to your Joy, Peace, LOVE & Health!
Gail Blair/The Intuitive Chef
Curious if a Food IS Talking Intuitive Food Compatibility
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Gail’s “Intuitive Chef” journey began unfolding in 2009 as a plant-based chef. foodRevelation.com, birthed in 2011 was the natural result of following her creative passion – recipe creation and cooking.
Shortly thereafter, she experienced a “spiritual awakening” and discovered her intuitive and spiritual gifts. As a food and medical intuitive, she has helped hundreds all over the U.S. and Canada remember their God-given health and in-born intuition through private sessions, private and public cooking classes and workshops.
Many revelations have been revealed along the way. Her latest book, “Quinoa Cookbook Journey” (see link below) is the first book in a series entitled “Evolution of FREE Health”. It provides a gentle and tasty glimpse into these revelations and the resulting experiences. Being revealed next in this series is, “The 7 Missing Links to Abundant Health”.
Gail currently lives in a small town in North Texas with her furry friends Molly and Mo. In addition to the joy of cooking and recipe creation, she finds great pleasure in long leisurely meals with family and friends, reading, writing; quiet walks in nature and sleeping under the stars.
For more about Intuitive Chef Gail – https://www.foodrevelation.com/about/