What Do Labels Like “Natural” Mean?

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Hi Friends,
sharing another very interesting article about nutrition. The labeling on processed food is more and more a jungle, more likely created to confuse the buyer – than to inform. By now, the consumer has to be very aware of where to buy and whom to trust, if you don’t want to end up poisoned, by our lovely food companies. Best to stay informed and be aware of as many details as possible!
Happy read and Bon appétit!

Edith

by TheAlternativeDaily,

With all the confusing labels on supermarket food, it is no wonder so many people find it hard to eat healthily. Here are the real meanings of the tricky terminology.

Organic
While you might assume organic is pretty straightforward, it actually is not. For example, you see many organic labels in the aisles of meat and dairy. As a general rule, organic foods are supposed to be from animals that have grazed in open areas and have not been treated with antibiotics or hormones. When it comes to produce, it is expected that it was not treated with pesticides or fertilizers.
That being said, you should realize that not all organic labels are created equal. When a product has a label that states “USDA organic,” it means the food is expected to be at least 95 percent organic. This is supposed to be certified by the USDA for foods bearing these labels.
Please note, foods that are instead labeled as “made with organic ingredients” only need to be at least 70 percent organically grown.

Natural
Natural is a vague description that the FDA allows to be used on pretty much any food product as long as it does not have added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic ingredients.
Various policy groups have approached the FDA about providing a specific definition for the term “natural” to detail if it includes GMO foods or not, but so far this has not been done.

images (1)GMO-Free/Non-GMO
GMO refers to genetically modified organisms. There has been a great deal of debate over the safety of GMOs, and many people choose non-GMO or GMO-free foods because they feel they are safer. Many studies have shown enough evidence of potential hazards from GMOs to warrant avoiding them whenever possible.
It is getting harder and harder to find foods that are not genetically modified or containing genetically-modified ingredients. For example, almost all corn and soybeans grown in the U.S. are GMO.
Currently, the FDA does not require labels to indicate if food is GMO or not. So the food companies can make that decision on their own according to federal law. However, some regulations are beginning to come about at the state government level. Vermont recently passed a law requiring GMO foods to be labeled as such beginning July 2016.

Gluten-Free
Gluten-free foods do not contain the proteins in barley, rye, or wheat. These foods are often sought after because gluten has been linked to many health issues including headaches, joint pain, stomach discomfort, and more.
Not to mention, one percent of the population in the U.S. has celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that causes illness from consuming gluten. It is also believed that 10 percent of the population may have a non-celiac version of gluten intolerance.
Fortunately, the FDA does regulate this particular labeling term and ensures that foods labeled as manufactured or naturally gluten-free really are true to their claim.

Whole Grains
Whole-grain foods are supposed to come in a form that delivers the most antioxidants and fiber. Foods that boast they are whole grain might only contain a small amount of whole grain. The best way to know for sure is to choose foods that list “whole grain” or “whole rye” as the first ingredient in the list.
Source: http://www.bodymindsoulspirit.com/what-do-labels-like-natural-mean/

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Food and the Illusion of Separation

fhsdjIn Mastering the Grand Illusions Part 7 we learn about the illusion of separation. Ekara tells us that there really are only two states the mind knows: fear or desire. Fear or Desire. Same energy, one supposedly negative and the other positive. They show up in different frequencies and vibrations according to what suits the mind in that moment.
Contemplate this for a moment… Only two states. You’re either pulled towards it or you want to run away from it as fast as you can. You either want something or you don’t. It’s quite staggering that those two poles of that same energy basically determine how we perceive reality.

As ascension students we are expected to drop our habits and our patterns. Some are so deeply imprinted on our DNA – after all we have come in with the same personality construct in place for many, many, many incarnations – that they will show up time and time again.

orange-dna-strandMany of those deeply engrained patterns and habits congregate around food. Food is part of the illusions of form and separation, the belief system of a physical body needing sustenance from an external source in order to survive.

To help us go beyond our patterning, we have changed our eating habits with the guidance of our teachers. Ascended Life has found that when that is left up to the individual, it occupies our minds too much and distracts from what this path is really about: ascension.

When you start observing your habits around food, you can see how patterned up you truly are, how you’re driven by desires, cravings, likes and dislikes. Processed food is aimed at feeding those cravings and creating addictions to certain substances to keep you dumbed down. It’s just one of the ways the system firmly pushes the lid on expanding consciousness.

I am one of these ascension students who has a “food thing”. I love everything connected with food and the preparation thereof. There is nothing about food that the personality doesn’t like – and that is what I have to let go of because there just is too much focus on something that will eventually go anyway.

There are a few things I recently learned that I’m sure not many people know, which gave me a much deeper understanding of just how much we are programmed when it comes to our eating habits. One thing that really floored me is the fact that archetypes live in fat cells. The chubbier you are, the more archetype infested you are, and the more difficult it becomes to stay or even become conscious. Obviously, when you eat more, your cravings and addictions increase, making it even more difficult to step away from that.

And so a vicious cycle ensues.

4296843Human bodies are not designed to be fat; they’re supposed to be lean with supple muscles tissue and flexible joints. Look at indigenous people in South America for example that still live close to Gaia. They eat little but what they eat is healthy and gives them all the energy they need. No fat people among them.

I feel very blessed to live in the southernmost part of Europe. If you ask me, it’s the perfect place to be able to buy the freshest fruit and produce grown locally in this beautifully sunny and warm climate of the Algarve. And you won’t find fresher fish anywhere on the planet. Everything here is geared to making it easy for us to switch to a much healthier lifestyle. No processed food enters our kitchen.

So these days, we eat what the body needs rather than what it wants. Oatmeal or fruit for breakfast, a little snack, and vegetables or rice and chicken or fish for dinner. No gravies so we learn to appreciate the food in its purity again, as all the extras are only feeding the cravings coming from our program. Also, we don’t determine when we eat.

That’s when you really start seeing your patterning. In the first few weeks, the body signaled to me an almost 24/7 feeling of hunger. It’s interesting that when you’re not in charge of when you eat, your brain will create the feeling of being hungry much earlier and on a much more sustained level, as opposed to when you determine your meal times yourself. It’s all illusion. I’ve also noticed in the beginning that whatever the body got fed, it was never enough. This alone should have rung alarm bells as it is being given all the energy and nutrients it needs. However, it was not being used to eating a lot less and there was a constant “lack alert”.

This, fortunately, has started to subside a little, especially because I know that all of that is coming from programming – mental attacks to pull me out of consciousness. The lack alert is still there. It’s a craving to eat more, telling me that the portions I eat are not big enough to sustain me even when the stomach is full! It’s crazy. I’ve learned to dismiss these thoughts a lot quicker now. Still they try to come in.

downloadThe lack program also kicked in in the form of an almost compulsive need to compare my portion to the ones around me. I mean, really? I’m almost ashamed to admit this, but especially at the start of our new food scheme it really tried to feed me the thought of pulling at the shortest end. I put that one in Amber’s dumpster! Nasty program, that one, and as ridiculous and illusory as all the others.

Then there are the cravings. They’ve also started to subside but still come in from time to time. The silly thing is, they’re about nothing in particular, just food. Anything really. This tells me again how deeply these patterns have nestled themselves in the mind.

And this is exactly why we had to change our eating habits. Now that these addictions, habits, cravings, and belief systems are finally all drifting up to the surface, they can be seen and let go of. They have nowhere to hide anymore. Rather than perceiving lack, I’m opting for seeing their surfacing as a relief.

Admittedly, there is quite some awareness and focus involved to ditch these thoughts as soon as they come in. It’s worth the effort and it gets easier and easier and the thoughts are weaker now every time.

I’ve come to appreciate food in a very different way. As the tastebuds have become accustomed to “plain” food, they’ve learned to pull out subtle flavors long forgotten. We eat much more consciously. It has become a mediation for me, savoring every bite, sending my gratitude to Gaia for nourishing my body in such a delicious way. Life force food.

Our teachers know what they’re doing. As long as we’re still caught up in the illusions, this new way of dealing with the personality’s eating habits feels like a blessing in many ways. We’re not deprived of anything. Instead, we’re getting the best nutrients the body needs to stay healthy and in good shape. As I said in the beginning, we eat what our physical vessel needs rather than what it wants.

maxresdefaultKuthumi once gave us a food exercise in the Divinity Manifest (which is part of the Imzaia Archives) in the teaching Return to Innocence, in which he explains a way to deal with the illusion of separation and food in a very different way:

You wake up and your let’s call it “external stomach” — because you think it is something that is just happening in the body — growls and you think, “I’m hungry and I need to put something external inside of me to make the external feeling of hunger stop”. Did you ever consider that the apple that you are eating as breakfast for instance is pouring out of you as well? And did you ever consider how ridiculous it looks to us when we see you creating the feeling of hunger and then going hunting for an apple or whatever it is that is already pouring out of you as well and then put that back inside of you on a physical level so that you could be satisfied? I know, I like the nonsensical field, but you people have made the Earth more nonsensical than the nonsensical field. Really!

Going back to the apple and the stomach and the feeling of hunger: It might be difficult for humanity, even for you at this stage, to just acknowledge that the feeling of hunger is an illusion. But how about you do a little experiment with the apple before you eat it? How about you find a quiet space next time you are hungry and you take your favorite food? It doesn’t matter what you take. It could be an apple. It could also be a snack. It could be chocolate. Actually I’m giving you the world’s best diet ever: You can eat anything without eating it! Let’s say an apple, and you put the apple in front of you and you sit down and you got the feeling of hunger and you don’t try to fight it. You just accept it. And you see that what the external mind is basically telling you is that there is a lack within you.

So the external mind creates the separation, the lack that you feel, and then the creation that you have created to take that feeling away again, namely the apple, is also separated from you so that you have to go through the trouble and through the negative experience basically of eating it. (I will explain in a minute why it is a negative experience). Instead of doing that, why don’t you put the apple in front of you and connect it to the feeling of hunger that you have and then you just let the energy flow back and forth?

You will see after a while of trying this that the feeling of hunger will go away. The apple will still be there. It will not vanish all of a sudden, but it will again come pouring out of you, you see? So the only thing to take the feeling of hunger away is to acknowledge that what you are about to eat is already within you – and I call it the world’s best diet, because you can do it with anything. You can actually do it with all these foods that you like but that would be bad for your body. They’re all the same energy anyway. Do it with the things you like most, but do not desire them. Just accept that they are already a part of you. In that way you can actually stop eating after a while.“

That’s an exercise worth practicing. Until we’ve got that under our thumb, we still eat – healthy, nutritious and delicious home cooked meals with lots of fresh, locally grown produce and fruit. What a grand way let go of a lot of patterns that don’t serve us anymore.

When I look at the rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables stored in our garage, I feel abundance. When I cook oatmeal for everyone, I feel abundance. When we enjoy our meals together, I feel abundance. We are blessed indeed. All that patterning is just that, illusory figments of the mind. What counts is the burning desire of letting go of them all to allow the emergence of a new being, a conscious one.

And that is worth having to bat off anything that tries to pull us off our chosen vector of ascension.

Namaste,
Jasmine