What is the Best Food?

By Jaap van Etten, PhD

Do you experience the same confusion that I do when you try to figure out what the best food and diet is? It seems that there are as many diets as there are specialists. They all have found the “right” way of eating. Most of them disagree with each other and do everything to prove their point. Also, most of the food gurus develop their own products and supplements that are superior to all others, according to their “research” and their experiences. There is enough information to confuse everyone, and it seems that even specialists are confused.

Whenever we research biological systems, we need to consider that there always is a certain variation within each system, even when it seems that all circumstances and the environment are more or less the same. For example, within the human system, our history, the circumstances under which we grew up, our genetics and our minds bring in a lot of variation. Therefore, from a biological perspective, we need to have differences in our diet. This need for different types of diets is recognized in many traditions, who give descriptions of different types of people, who need different food combinations. However, this is not what creates the major confusion. Everyone can research the different systems that describe different human types, needing different food.

The major problem, however, is that there is something in the way we live that creates problems. People summarize that under the term of lifestyle. There is an increasing amount of information coming from different angles that talk about the need for a healthy lifestyle versus an unhealthy lifestyle. Independent of the direction from which the different specialists come and whether they try to resolve problems like brain functions, with issues such as ADD, ADHD, autism, or Alzheimer, Leaky gut, overcoming obesity, or diabetes, it always comes back to the same basic advice:

  • Eat healthily
  • Exercise
  • Sleep enough
  • Be active and do new things
  • Breathe properly
  • Meditate

I put “eat healthy” at the top because that is where many people focus on. For most people that is easier than going to bed in time, for example. Nonetheless, good food is very important, and that is why it is the chosen topic of this short article.

If there is so much disagreement (other than that everybody agrees that junk food and the highly processed food is unhealthy), there may be something else we need to look at. To get at least some clarity, I like to look at the issue of food from a metaphysical ecological perspective. To do so, we need to look at two major aspects. The first aspect is a common one: “What do I need to be healthy?’ The second one is: “Where and how do I get the food that I need that truly supports me?” I like to share some aspects to consider, admitting that I do not know all the answers. However, it may help to go in a direction that ultimately may help us to get what is most optimal for us.

What is healthy for me?

The tendency for those who advise about food and supplements is to treat us as being all the same. Although there is some variation, basically we are told by those who claim to know that their diet is what we need to follow to be healthy. The way people describe what we need to eat is based on their personal experience, research, and beliefs. A lot of their advice is common sense. There is no doubt that when we eat a certain diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, added with whatever we believe we need to eat that we know is non-GMO, organic and does not hold heavy metals (as does a lot of species of fish), people will overall do quite well. However, only our body can tell us what we need. This need can change, depending on our activities and even the time of the year. The problem is that almost all people have forgotten how to listen to their bodies. We do not hear or understand the messages that our body gives us.

Our intestines host an army of bacteria that we call microbiota, or if we study their ecology, microbiome, which has recently become the focus of many studies. The microbiota forms a complex of species of bacteria that function as a support system for us. This system, based on beneficial mutual collaboration, is meant to keep us and our intestinal microbiome in an optimal condition. They give signals that help to keep this collaboration in an optimal state. However, we do not know anymore how to listen to these signals. Even when we get signals, we do not know how to interpret them or act upon them. To say it bluntly: we have lost the connection with our system to such a degree that we can mess up the system without realizing that we are doing so.

As a defense, we can say that our environment is so polluted that our system is overwhelmed in dealing with the toxins we take in. Consequently, a lot of the messages do not come into our awareness. There is undoubtedly truth in that. However, it is only part of the truth. The real truth is our disconnection from our system and the lack of training to understand its signals. It is difficult to decide on what to eat if we cannot communicate with our system and feel what it needs. Yes, we can learn a lot from the food and nutritional specialists. However, it is up to us to learn to feel what aspects of their advice apply to us. That is true for what to eat, what quality to eat, and what supplements to take. Only from a connection with our system will we be able to get the right answers.

We also need to be aware that what we eat will change, based on the messages our body gives us. We have forgotten that our bodies are biological systems that have evolved in connection with the environment in which we live. That means that we evolved by eating the food originally from our environment. That food changed throughout the seasons. Therefore, there was a variation in the food we ate throughout the year. That is no longer the case. We now go to the store and buy what we like or what we believe we need. We can eat our favorite food throughout the year.

Consequently, a lot of people do not have enough variation to keep their microbiome in an optimal state. For our microbiome to be in an optimal state, variation is important. I remember a comment from a medicine man I once heard. The best food is the food that grows in your area. That brings us to the second aspect.

Where and how do I get the food that I need to be in an optimal condition?

The medicine man who commented that the best food is the food that comes from the area in which we live, brought up a very important aspect. We can understand this aspect only from a metaphysical ecological point of view. Every area in which we live has unique energies. These energies are the result of the natural local electromagnetic fields (not to be confused with EMF’s), soil, and rocks. Also, each area has its unique combination of subtle natural energies that is the result of the existing energy grids and vortexes, and the level of activity of these energies. When we move into a certain area, our bodies change as a consequence of the energies that exist in that area. This change is for some people uncomfortable and gives them the feeling that they “do not belong here.”

Because our system adjusts itself to the energies of our environment, the food that grows in the same area will be most optimally because its energy is to a large degree determined by the same energies to which our bodies have adapted. Therefore, organic food (produce) produced in the area in which we live resonates most optimally with us. That is an important reason to buy at the local market besides the many other good reasons, such as energy efficient, cost efficient and the support of your local area. It also is energetically the best option. However, in many areas, it is not easy to get locally produced food, or only in a limited way. Therefore, in most situations, we will be able to eat only a limited amount of locally grown food.

While eating locally grown food as much as is possible is a wonderful improvement, the comment of the medicine man has to my opinion yet another aspect. We have imported and through selection created all kinds of plants and trees that are not natural for our environment. There is no way anymore to change that. In most areas, we cannot live on what the natural environment offers us; especially not with the continuously reducing diversity in the natural biomes. Nonetheless, the plants that naturally belong to the biome in we live are the best plants to use, even though they may not give the highest production. The species or strains of plants adapted to the area in which you live need for example less care and water. They also are less prone to fail as a crop. We can take corn as an example. The Indigenous people throughout the country have used different strains of corn, adapted optimally to the area in which they live.

Also, we could supplement our food with plants that you can harvest in the area in which you live. When I lived in The Netherlands, I liked to harvest Stinging Nettle (image 1) 

in the spring and make Stinging Nettle soup. The whole family loved it. Depending on the area in which you live, there are many plants that you can use, for example as an addition to your salad. We have learned that that flowers of the Soaptree Yucca in (images 2 and 3) are great in a salad and where we live in Arizona, there is no lack of them in the spring. Rhonda Pallas Downey calls the taste of the flowers of the Soaptree Yucca “Divine” (1). Eating some plants that grow in the environment in which we live will provide in many ways great support to our food.

Image 2 Soap Tree Yucca Flowers

Image 3 Yucca Elata (Soap Tree Yucca) with seeds

The optimal Food: collaboration with Devas and Nature Spirits

In the search for “optimal food,” I discovered something interesting. You only can discover this if you are willing to go beyond science and the standard ways of growing food. I believe that in the future this will be the determining factor for people in deciding what food to buy. That factor is not how the food looks (which is how most people select the food) but how it feels energetically. Anybody who develops their sensitivity (and we all can do that) will feel a difference between plants grown with love and attention on a small scale, or plants grown on a large scale in mass production in which only machines and chemicals are the connection that these plants and their products have with people. The way we grow our food determines the amount of life force and the overall energetics of the products we eat.

Another factor that co-determines the quality of the food we eat is the way we harvest the produce. That is even more important when you choose to eat meat and chicken. In addition to the way these animals lived (with or without love and attention), the way people kill these animals determines to a large degree the amount and quality of the energy of the meat you eat and how it affects your energy. Some people may believe this to be true, and even may be able to feel that energetically. However, it is more difficult to believe that this is also true for plants, be it to a lesser degree.

The lack of connection and love for the plants that produce the food we eat diminishes the energetic quality. In the small communities of the past, people celebrated the harvest, giving thanks for the abundance. Now we buy in a store, wondering why produce is so expensive and often prepare without paying attention and feeling gratitude.

We have mentioned two factors that will improve the quality of the food we eat: growing with love and attention and harvesting with love and attention. That will already greatly improve the quality of the food we eat. Those who buy from local farmers, especially biological or organic farmers, may already have experienced this. However, there is one more factor.  This factor is not new. This factor was mentioned for the first time by Findhorn, a community in Northern Scotland. This community became famous for their ability to grow crops in an area that according to many was unsuitable for growing produce. Not only did they grow successfully, but also the size and quality of the crops were astonishing. They claimed that their success came from the collaboration with the world of the Devas. One of the co-founders of Findhorn, Dorothy Maclean, wrote a book that described her work with the Devas (2). Another place where people work with Devas is Perelandra (3).

The work at Findhorn especially fascinated me. It induced an interest in Devas. However, I never developed a connection with Devas that helped in the growth of crops. Recently, that changed through an interesting experience. Jeanne came home with a paper bag and asked me to feel the energy of what was inside. I was surprised by the power of the energy I felt. When I finally looked what was in the bag, it was coffee that was grown in Colombia by the Tairona tribes. The Tairona is a group of four tribes that escaped from the Spanish invasion and consequently were able to maintain their unique culture and spirituality. The best known of these four tribes is the Kogi and the Arhuaco. These are the ones that grow the coffee. I could feel the life force and the connection with the Deva of the coffee. It was a unique experience. More importantly, it made me again aware that the only way we can get food that is optimal is through collaboration with the Devic world. The key is collaboration, not just making a connection. To be able to collaborate, we need to learn to communicate.

This experience deepened my belief in the importance of Metaphysical Ecology. Only through an ecology that includes the subtle world and beings can we create a world that is optimal for every being. It will create the circumstances that will provide us with food that is optimal for us. One day I see myself eating food of that high quality. Who would not want to contribute to the development of a world in which this is a reality?

  1. Rhonda PallasDowney, Voices of Flowers, Learning to use the Essence of Flowers to heal ourselves. San Franciso, CA: Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC, 2006.
  2. Dorothy Maclean, To Hear the Angels Sing, An Odyssey of Co-Creation with the Devic Kingdom. Hudson, NY: Lindisfarne Press, 1980.
  3. Machaelle Wright, Excerpt from Chapter 1 from The Perelandra Garden Workbook. http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/PDF/PP11_What_is_Nature_Intelligence.pdf


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