I was raised in Alberta which is sort of the Texas of Canada, surrounded by cattle farms, raised on a meat-centric diet in a community of blue collar, hard working conservatives. About a year before seeing that billboard I had switched to an entirely plant-based diet in an effort to gain control of my health. The change worked, and my health improved. None of these changes were made however with an ethical intent. I was still an Albertan at heart with no feelings of identity toward “vegans.” It wasn’t until that day with the billboard where I became aware of any feelings of compassion for animal welfare.
It’s been 3 years now since that day with the billboard at the traffic light and my thoughts around food have changed dramatically. I initially struggled with an internal quarrel about animal agriculture as my Alberta identity was firmly within me. A chance podcast by a yogic teacher helped me to frame the discussion and begin understanding nutrition in a new spiritual way. A concept was born for me around the vibration of the food we eat. In the context of animal agriculture I’ve come to feel that food born out of misery, suffering and death creates a vibration within us that seeds illness. When an animal is killed it will experience fear, pain, adrenaline, and trauma and that in turn is captured in the end product of meat sold to us on a styrofoam platter. This vibrational pattern manifests as disease whether it be cancer, diabetes or heart disease. In the case of meat production there are certainly variations to animal suffering whereas mass production slaughterhouses would produce maximal suffering, wild game would still experience fear and pain but to a lesser degree. In this context the meat consumed from industrial animal agriculture would be more harmful than the deer meat taken by a single hunter. I say all this without judgement both as someone that consumed meat for 39 years of my life and as someone that respects individual choice. But for me spiritually, the vibration of our food carries with it a manifestation of disease in our body.
This goes much further than the type of food we eat and is accounting for in food preparation. When, for example, a meal is cooked at home with love and care versus prepared in a fast food restaurant by a worker that has no interest in their job, the food carries a more loving vibration into our body. The worker at Wendy’s frying potatoes in a deep fryer isn’t instilling care or attention into their food, they pass along no well wishes to the end consumer. A parent preparing food at home for their child would cook with the intention of love. A chef that is passionate about their food and goes to great length to perfect their craft brings more love and care into their food which I believe in turn is passed onto the customer. The intent created when we prepare food matters.
Our environment when we eat also plays into this feeling around food and vibration. When we eat in the car while driving, without creating space for our meal we don’t bring positive vibration into our experience. Though if we were to sit quietly and eat with awareness, or eat with loved ones without electronic distractions our food would have a higher vibration of health and healing in our body.
Similarly where we source our food carries with it greater or lessor vibrational healing properties. Food transported from far away by someone that is not our neighbour is not as healthful as that farmed by a local in our community. Food purchased in a local famers market or from a small local restaurant has a higher vibration than that found in a giant supermarket or chain restaurant.
Food is a very personal, sticky subject that carries with it tradition and culture. My personal journey into feeling a vibration of food and how it affects our health was born resistantly. I’ve never felt like a spiritual person until recently, and religion is something I was brought up with but never internalized. However I can feel the spiritual result of eating with intent. I very much believe that the vibrations of our food carry disease or health into our body. Food born out of misery, death, stress or even a lack of genuine caring bring a low vibration in through our digestive system and ultimately to every cell of our body. When we consume food from plants, prepared with love and sourced ethically a higher vibration enters us that is healthful and restorative. It might seem like a far fetched theory and it’s certainly one I would be reluctant to share with my Alberta family. I can’t fully imagine how I’ve found myself onto a path of believing in a vibrational frequency of food and health. However if you consider the effect stress has on the body, it isn’t too far of a leap of faith to believe the stress infused into our food whether through animal slaughter or lack of caring preparation can cause illness.
I believe there is a direct connection between our spiritual state and our health. A high vibrational diet created with love and kindness carries health and well being into our body. While there is no one right or perfect diet, when it comes to spiritual feelings around food intent matters.