Sunday, March 3, 2013

Food As Medzen

"Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food" Hippocrates 460 - 359 BC

By Madrina Angelique

This series of Food As Medzen in Hoodoo and Conjure is to help us as magical practitioners become the healthiest and best spiritual elders we can be. Food as medicine has been around since the beginning of time. Chinese and Indian medical practitioners have combined spiritual awareness and food as healing for thousands of years with spectacular results. In our modern society, with all of our scientific break throughs and time saving devices, we have forgotten the simple act of eating. When we have to read mysterious ingredients that are hard to pronounce and have no idea what they are on a package, that should be a red flag. An apple doesn't have an ingredient list.

Have you ever gotten up in the morning feeling hung over when you consumed no alcohol the night before? Do you get up in the morning feeling just as tired as when you went to bed? That began to happen to me several years ago in my mid forties. My focus was gone, I was tired all the time. I began to do some research on food as medicine. What I found out was amazing. As I did more and more research, I began to wonder how the toxins I had been eating effected my magical practice. It dawned on me that the negative energies, chemicals and poisons I had been consuming had a direct link to the energies I put forth in my workings. As a society, we have become obsessed with finding the "magic" pill, the quick fix to whatever ails us, both in the mundane and magical world. It seems that the "faster" our food gets, the "faster" we want a magical fix to all of our problems.

The first thing I did was remove all canned, boxed and processed foods from my diet and begin eating natural real foods and practicing what is called conscientious eating. Conscientious eating is the practice of asking yourself where does this food come from, what is in it that I need and how does this food effect the environment.

One of the things I began doing was comparing the magical properties of herbs and foods to healing properties. Lemons were the first foods I used. Lemons are often used for cleansing in workings. Lemon also cleanses the liver when squeezed in warm water and consumed every morning. I found out margarine is 3 chemicals away from being plastic and shares over 25 ingredients with wall paint, so I went back to real butter and just eat less. The sodium, chemicals, toxins, poisons and nitrates in these types of foods are a direct link to many of the illness's over 80% of the US population suffer from. As I began to make small changes in my eating habits, I found the body has an amazing ability to heal it's self. And when the body is healed, the soul is empowered. When the soul is empowered, the workings become more focused and stronger. As magical practitioners, we are more susceptible to the energies around us and the energies of the food we consume. Food for us should be a power source, not an energy vampire. Eating a vegetable that has been cooked beyond recognition, a piece of fruit laden with pesticide or a piece of meat processed inhumanely brings those energies and toxins into our bodies and our souls. And it is my belief that these negative energies compromise our spiritual workings. Be well !

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