Archive for April, 2012


By Sitaji Devi

Most people do not have a good understanding about health.  I include my former self in that statement and admit that it took me quite a long time and many bouts with sickness before I learned how to eat right.  It has not been emphasized enough in our education system to leave any lasting impression on young people as they embark on their own into self-sufficient living.  Even the parents that are raising them probably don’t know enough about good eating habits to make informed decisions when food shopping and preparing the meals for their family.  These days many people eat fast-food out or buy prepared/packaged meals that deprive them of whole foods and nutrition.  Larger portions and eating a great amount of unhealthy foods like cookies and ice cream is destroying our society’s well-being. It tastes so good I know, but it is basically empty calories that deprive your body of the nourishment it needs.  Sugar has a multitude of negative effects on the body.

Enough about our bad eating habits we’ve grown so accustomed to, I’ll get right into the health challenges we create when we let the fast food establishments and the standard american diet (S.A.D.) dictate our nourishment requirements.  Due to an imbalance in our daily meals of too much meat, dairy, wheat and sugar, we are now one of the unhealthiest countries in the world with the most obesity, diabetes and heart disease.  Our bodies don’t stand a chance if we continue to eat foods that aren’t good for us.  Therefore we need to find a solution.  The Essenes, a religious group from the time of Jesus, stated the importance of detoxing the body and adopting a healthy lifestyle in order to be whole in mind, body & spirit.  One way to do this is by not eating before bed and giving your organs a chance to rest.  Also decreasing the amount we eat, never satiate yourself, it is good to stop eating at 80% fullness.

Most people’s bodies are overrun with unfriendly bacteria called Candida due to taking antibiotics combined with a stressful, sedentary unhealthy lifestyle.  While lacking live foods due to overcooking.  Once the body is compromised by an overgrowth of this fungus the internal organs begin to clog up and lose there ability to function properly.  We have discovered a solution to this problem and are excited to teach others how to be free of this epidemic–which wreaks havoc on your health, by lowering your energy level and libido and can cause many other emotional and physical illnesses.  Some examples are depression, moodiness, hormonal imbalances, thyroid disease, skin problems like eczema and acne.

It is essential to have a body that is alkaline in order to be free of diseases like cancer.  Scientists have discovered that cancer cannot grow in an alkaline environment.  You can use test strips to determine your ph level–if it turns blue/green  you are alkaline/healthy or if it stays yellow you are acidic/unhealthy.   For years my strip stayed yellow, Type A blood types like myself have a high acid level in their digestive system which requires a lot of alkaline foods (green leafy vegetables) in their diet, they also need to keep their stress levels very low.  My spiritual practice of yoga and meditation relaxes me and is something we like to teach at our center.  Another way I keep my body alkaline is through diet, by eliminating sugar and drinking lemon in water and kefir (probiotic) which we teach people how to make without sugar and is part of the The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates.  We have many wonderful recipes to share.  It doesn’t have to cost a fortune to eat healthy.  It’s affordable, easy-to-do and you don’t have to feel deprived on this new way of eating, there are many alternative ingredients that make the food taste great.  Xylitol is a natural sugar substitute that comes from birch trees and it’s not only sweet it is anti fungal and good for your teeth.  There are many other types of flours to replace wheat (a gluten allergy which affects many, weakens the immune system, and can cause many health issues).

At The Center for Health & Spirit in Farmington, Maine we offer a stress-free, relaxing environment in nature to help set you on the right path to wholeness and a better way of life.  We offer retreats that train you in healthy cooking, relaxation methods and spiritual guidance.  Our meals are organic, vegetarian-based with some fish and always delicious!  You will learn how to menu plan, set up a healthy pantry, receive food shopping guidance and learn easy recipes.  We have a hands-on approach and would be happy to come to your home and help you organize your kitchen, take you food shopping and assist in meal preparation.  We understand that it takes time to change such deeply ingrained “bad” habits and that assistance may be needed.  We feel confident that after a weekend detox retreat you will leave with a good understanding of how to live better and eat for life.

One dollar spent on preventive care saves you $16 in medical expenses in the future.  It’s worth eating healthy to stay out of the hospital–good for your body and good for your wallet.

If you would like to look and feel younger and have more energy to enjoy your life, lose weight effortlessly and keep it off naturally–give us a call for more information about our upcoming retreats or to schedule a private in-home detox/healthy diet training.

Contact information, The Center for Health & Spirit, (207) 491-2313(Disclaimer) This isn’t meant to treat, cure, prevent or diagnose any illness, we know that the body and nature heals itself when it has a strong immune system and a healthy environment.


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