Today’s post is an eye-opening perspective on fast food.
I personally don’t care for “fast food” – and that’s a good thing because right across the street from my house you can find:
- Burger King
- Del Taco
…and dozens of other sit-down fast food like Chili’s, various sandwich places, Chinese take-out etc.
Obviously, most of these places serve prepared, processed fast “food” – and I use the word “food” with caution because it’s not really food at all. In fact, here’s a BIG thread on Reddit with fast food employees themselves telling you what you should avoid at their joints!
But as you are already on the way to lose fat, you already know that.
I want to go a bit deeper into why fast food can NEVER truly nourish – even if you select the “healthy salads” or “reduced calorie” plates or “heart healthy” menus or “point system” or what have you.
And here’s why: food is not just made up of carbs, fat, protein, vitamins and calories.
Food contains something far more important – and far more difficult to detect – than merely nutrients.
According to the ancient science of yoga, food contains (or lacks) prana, a powerful life-force element. (more here)
Certain things contain a high level of prana: think of fresh flowers…or fresh fruit!
Other things have little to no prana: think of dried flowers…not much prana there…or store-bought Oreo cookies. Pretty much prana-free.
Now before you think this is going off the deep end, hang with me for a moment and I’ll bring it back down to earth.
Imagine for a moment a perfectly-ripe piece of your favorite fruit.
Conjure up its appearance, color, shape, texture, aroma.
Now imagine you are biting into that luscious fruit.
(Better yet, do this experiment live! I had the most amazing D’Anjour pear the other day and I was savoring every delicious bite!)
Now, if you happen to be like my sister, who does not really care for fruit, imagine a favorite veggie or home-cooked meal.
These foods – that are grown pure in nature or made with love – are brimming with prana! They are alive, vibrant and in turn, when you eat them, they increase your own pranic energy!
Yoga teaches that when you eat a certain food, you absorb its prana and it becomes a part of you!
Here’s what’s cool: it works in reverse too! We can turn up the prana of certain foods by infusing them with our own prana!
- When you prepare food, direct some gratitude toward the food.
- Take the time to focus on what it is you’re doing: creating a meal that is going to infuse you with prana, life-force energy!
- Best way to infuse your food with more prana? (I know this sounds a little weird): talk to it! When I’m chopping carrots, I’ll say “Thank you carrots for nourishing me! Your bright orange color is so beautiful!”
- Okay – I know that’s a little weird, so how about this: Sing while you’re cooking and preparing food. Play some uplifting music! This immediately infuses the food with more prana.
- At the very least, smile and feel blessed for actually having healthy food to eat.
Now, here’s why fast food can never truly nourish: because it lacks prana .
Let’s put the calorie count aside for now.
Even if you order a “healthy” salad at a drive-thru restaurant, think about that food for a moment.
Who prepared it?
Did they breathe a prayer of gratitude as they prepared it?
Was the food prepared in a loving setting, with uplifting music, good thoughts, smiles and happiness?
Well – when it comes to a fast-food restaurant, probably not.
Those “meals” are produced in huge factories, packaged up and sent to the restaurants.
Now compare this to a mom-and-pop restaurant (or your own home) where food is prepared with pride.
You know how in certain restaurants or with certain cooks, the food just tastes better?
The cliche is that it’s made with love.
Guess what? It works!
But let’s say you don’t have enough time to prepare your meals from scratch.
You find it “easier” to just grab something on the run.
Here’s how to prepare your OWN “fast food” so you’ll never have an excuse to eat at one of those drive-thrus again!
1. Buy an insulated cooler bag . There are really great ones at Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, online etc. (At my live events, I sell my signature insulated lunch bags with my “Radiate Peace” logo. Email me if you’d like to order one!)
The cooler bag will allow to you “grab and go” when you fill it with meal and snack makings.
2. Plan for one day a week to do your shopping and food prep. You could split that between two days: for example, I like to shop on Saturday and cook on Sunday. Then I’m good to go for the entire week!
I also prepare hubby David’s daily lunches he takes to work, so this makes it super easy for me to get everything done in advance.
At the end of the email, I’ve got a sample of my own personal weekly shopping list.
3. I crank up the oven to 400 degrees. I put in one whole chicken to roast.
Alongside it, I put 3 or 4 medium sweet potatoes and 2 or 3 big russet potatoes. Those will cook for about 40 minutes; the chicken about an hour or more, depending on size.
(Note: roast chicken is the easiest thing in the world to cook. I don’t even use any spices or marinades. When you purchase a whole, organic, free-range chicken – or better yet – one directly from a farmer – it doesn’t need a thing. The chicken is mainly for hubby, as I’m about 80% vegetarian. Once in a while I have a bowl of my famous chicken soup – see a previous tip for the recipe – just when I feel I need an infusion of protein.)
4. While the chicken and potatoes are roasting, I make up a big batch of brown basmati rice. I use a rice cooker, so it’s even faster.
5. While all this is going on, I put about a dozen eggs to boil . My secret? Cover the eggs with just enough water so that the tops are peeking through a bit. Add a teaspoon of salt. This helps the eggshells release more easily. When the water comes to a boil, let it boil for one minute. Then turn off the heat and let the eggs sit for 10 minutes. Then rinse in cold water, drain and jiggle the pot around so the eggshells get cracked. Peel and you’re done!)
6. Normally while all this is going on, I take the time to clean out the fridge , including the veggie drawer. I rinse it, dry it and lie it with a paper towel. Any veggies that didn’t get used up during the previous week get set aside to go into my famous chicken soup. (Remember,you can always make it a vegetarian version with beans instead.)
6.A – Option: you could also make up a pot of oatmeal to reheat during the week. Some of my clients like to do this, but I prefer to make mine fresh.
7. All this takes about 2 hours start to finish.
8. When the chicken cools, I remove and refrigerate all the meat and start making the chicken broth.
9. I chop up some veggies to have on hand like bell pepper slices and celery sticks.
10. Now you have the basics to mix and match your meals , supplementing with fresh fruits and veggies!
And Here’s This Week’s Recipe for *Slimming “Fast Food”
Some ideas to just “grab and go”:
Hard boiled egg + baby carrots + apple + walnuts
Cold chicken with celery sticks and snow peas + pear + string cheese
Sweet potato + chopped chicken + pecans over mixed greens
Rice + beans + avocado + salsa
Chicken wrapped in organic corn tortilla + avocado + grapes
Cubed cold cooked potato with chopped chicken, celery, mustard
….the options are endless!
All of these meals/snacks can be placed in your lunch bag the night before so you can take it on the run!
Now you have no excuse to grab sugary fast foods that wreck havoc with your insulin, when you can make your own – infused with live-giving prana, of course!
Later this week, I’m going to send you a bonus tip/recipe with my signature “nutrition bar” – MUCH better than anything you can buy at the store …and again, rich in prana!
For now, here’s my sample weekly shopping list (organic when possible):
- fresh, organic, free-range chicken
- organic eggs
- organic butter
- fat-free greek-style yogurt
- natural peanut butter and/or almond butter
- rice cakes
- brown basmati rice
- roasted, dried seaweed snacks
- sweet potatoes
- russet potatoes
- bell peppers
- sugar snap peas
- snow peas
- baby carrots
- kale, mixed greens, spinach, etc.
- hummus (I prefer to make my own, but this is good “fast food”!)
- string cheese
- assorted nuts like pecans, almonds, walnuts
- dried frigs, raisins, dates
- assorted fresh fruit like bananas, apples, pears, watermelon,
- grapefruit, etc.
I mainly shop at CostCo and Trader Joes. They both have a good selection of organic food. Of course, for the most prana-filled foods, I try to shop at the local farmers market as often as possible.
Sigh…one of my dreams is to have my own organic garden!
Speaking of dreams, how is it going for you?! I’m curious to find out if you were inspired by my message last week about “All dreams are valid”. What is YOURS?!
Please write and let me know.
For now, your mantra for this week is one of my favorites:
Breathe ~ relax ~ focus, and enjoy
!! You deserve it!
All my best
P.S. Keep your eye out for a special bonus post coming later this week! It’s a sort of part 2 of the famous cravings post I did a couple of months ago…
Thank YOU again for your loyalty and consistency! Remember, “You don’t have to be perfect to be a weight loss success story!”