Fear of Food
The scenario I’m about to describe has happened to me numerous times in the past several years. It contains feelings that are experienced among a growing percentage of our society, as people gain more awareness of how food is produced. Here’s the scenario: a person (most often a young mother, but not always) approaches me with a question that sounds something like, “Do you sell meat?” The question is followed by a description of the documentary she (or he) just viewed, which had something to do with animals being raised for food within factory farms. Which documentary they are referring to isn’t really important, because they all seem to have a common agenda: scaring the poop out of the viewer.
Because I have an incredible desire to live a happy life, and taking into account my extreme level of sensitivity, I make it a point to avoid documentaries such as these. My decade working as an agronomist and environmental regulator of factory farms has given me enough valuable (first-hand) information on this subject. So, even though I have never watched any of the documentaries that have been referenced to me, I have complete awareness of how food is produced from animals within the large-scale, conventional agriculture industry (factory farms). My real-life experience inside these mega farms was the reason I quit working in that world and instead began promoting my preferred method of food production: small-scale systems that raise animals in alignment with Nature.
There is a real fear about food these days. People are beginning to see the importance of food in our lives, and forming a desire to become connected to food once again. In the past several generations, society has moved off the farm. Society began putting a tremendous importance on making money, and in the process, created quite a significant disconnection from Nature. The factory farm food production system was created within this disconnection from Nature.
Fear is a negative thing, but it serves a real purpose. The fear that is generated in a person’s body (from watching one of those food documentaries) is alerting this person that something is terribly wrong, and it needs to be fixed. If you get upset after becoming aware of how animals are raised in this type of food production system, that’s your inner voice telling you that you are not in alignment with that type of system. That’s Spirit talking. That’s Nature rising up from deep inside of you. That’s a signal that it’s time to change.
The first thing I tell people is to acknowledge that intense fear that has been ignited, but don’t let it cause you to become overwhelmed and terrified. Fear can quickly get out of control. At one time in my life, I had an incredible fear of food myself. It was around the time when everyone without a gluten-intolerance was excluding gluten from their diet, just out of fear of what it could do to the body. I was convinced gluten, and many other foods, were the cause of my longtime battle with urticaria (skin rashes). I became so obsessed with my fear of food that I drove myself into severe panic attacks. It was a very dark time of my life, but I came out of it. I began to awaken to truth. Nature began to tell me Her secrets.
Your body is a filter. Each living organism in this beautiful world is a filter. Your body is constantly taking things in by breathing, contact with the skin, or consumption through the mouth. You don’t even know half of what your body is taking in at any given moment, because you can’t see it. Your body is also in a constant state of release. Besides your obvious bowel movements, gases are moving through you by diffusion, and cells on your body are dying and sloughing off. All of this activity is happening with little control by you. Nature is in control. When aligning your life with Nature, you do what you are being guided to do (through your intuition) and you trust in the body’s ability to filter out all the crap you don’t have control over.
Besides the realization that the body can filter out a lot of the ugly stuff that’s pushed through it (like pesticides), another realization is that life is a process. It takes time to reach a desired outcome. One day you become aware that you don’t like how that beef in the store is produced. You decide you don’t want to eat beef from the grocery store anymore, but you still want to eat beef. You live in the city, and you have no desire to raise your own cattle in the country. What do you do? Phase out of it. Move towards your desired food products. There are a lot of great websites out there that connect people with food produced in ways that benefit the environment (www.EatWild.com is one). Offer your problem to Mother Nature, and ask to be shown the next action to take. Begin to align your life with Nature. It doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a process with many beneficial experiences to be gained along the way. This is what happened to me, and I still haven’t reached the finish line. I have so much more to experience. Nature has so much more to show me.