By Daniel Lucas

In past articles, I’ve talked a little bit about the importance of our relationship with the food we eat. Our relationship with food includes a lot of different factors, including what we eat, when we eat and how we eat. Today, I would like to talk specifically about what you are eating. Every single one of our cells utilizes the life-giving enzymes provided by the food we consume. That food literally gives us life—and food choices are critical to health and longevity. Really!

Here’s a secret key to what you eat: If it wasn’t on this earth 10,000 years ago, don’t eat it! And the more we cook our food with sophisticated kitchen equipment, the more we take that food away from its original, raw state. Raw equals more enzymes, which means more life and nutrients your body can use. Burned or over-cooked equals less enzymes and nutrition.

Then there’s the quality of what you eat—which ranges on the food continuum from organic/grass fed/free range to mass produced/full-of-preservatives/synthetic food product. Raise the quality of your food by getting local. Visit your local farmers market and meet the growers; find out where your food comes from.

To round out this quick food tip, set your intention to eat quality food that nurtures your mind, body and soul. Witness how having this clear intention will naturally attract higher quality food into your life. Beautiful food creates a more beautiful you!