Own What You Eat
By Isabella Stoloff~Shaman
I have always had a love for
nature. I grew up in the Hollywood Hills and would hike for hours along the
hillside. We had beautiful avocado, walnut, and kumquat trees in our yard. My
mother would give me whole tomatoes with salt and I would bite into the juicy
red ball and taste the yummy goodness. We could pick the fruit off neighbors’
trees and eat our fill. Even in our relatively urban Beachwood Canyon we had
many varieties of healthy fruit trees. Today, those trees are long gone.
I can remember the first KFC
to enter my world. Oh how my mother loved those mashed potatoes and gravy. In
those days everything was still made fresh. Then came McDonalds and Jack in the
Box. Healthy natural food was being replaced by “convenience food.” No one was
truly aware of what was to come.
In the 1960’s, our mothers
began working. Family dinners at the table became a thing of the past. We
plopped down in front of the television set with our TV dinners or fast food
and were told to be quiet until the commercial. The avocado tree was cut down
and all the others in our yard got diseased and soon disappeared from sight.
Thank goodness my mother saw
the destruction of our diet in these so-called healthy fast foods and TV. She
began limiting my use of television saying it would rot my brain. In the 70’s
most of my family went vegan and talked about organic food and holistic
approaches to wellness. My mother lived to be 85. She made her own Kumbacha tea before anyone knew what it was and drank Dr.
Schultz super food. But this was not the case for most Americans.
Now, our land and our food
are being poisoned and we are slowly dying. Recently on TED.com, Chef Jamie
Oliver gave a passionate speech on how kids in the U.S. today will have a
shorter life span by ten years due to poor nutrition. This is sad indeed.
The solution? Grow your own
food or if you cannot, buy local organic. Now, many of you will say “but it’s
so expensive.” The truth is the money you’ll save on doctor and hospital bills
in the long run, will far outweigh the cost of organic produce. Think of all
the prescription medications that have become supplements to our unhealthy
diet. As we know, many Americans are suffering from type 2 diabetes and
obesity. Pay attention to your food and where it comes from; own what you are
We have not only lost touch
with our food but also with our connection to the Mother, our planet earth.
In the old days people had a
stronger connection with the planet. Farmers would roll seeds under their
tongue so the seed would know how to feed their DNA. This may sound strange but
think about it. Seeds grow into living organisms. They nourish our bodies and
feed our families. It is important to know what the seed is made up of before
ingesting it. If it has been genetically modified or injected with poison how
can it be beneficial?
will destroy us. GMO‘s have diminished nutritional value and the danger of
eating GMO seeds has not even begun to be discovered. A marvelous example to
follow is Vandana Shiva. She has been working since
1987 saving seeds from colonization. She says that community farms should be a
part of city planning. Vandana works tirelessly for
future generations to have clean seeds.
My little girl self who once
sat in the walnut tree and swung on the branches of the avocado tree has come
back to remind me of my connection to the Mother. As a Shaman, I connect to the
spirit of the land, Pacha-mama. I listen to her
heartbeat. Pachamama has been asking me to assist
others in reconnecting their spirit to her as well. She is our Mother and wants
to take care of us but we have forgotten how to honor her.
There are many ways to honor
and reconnect with Pachamama. Start by listening.
Trust your intuition. Educate yourself and your children about seeds. Shop
local organic and tell others who do not know about the problem with GMO seeds
to do the same.
I spend time visualizing the
world in which I wish to live. Spend a few moments everyday in silence.
Remember your inner child, the one who knows how to listen to Pachamama. Breathe in beauty and breathe out all that no
longer serves you. Visualize what you would like for future generations. Expand
your heart with each breath and connect to our Mother. During your
visualization meditation imagine you have an “idea seed.” Plant the seed and
watch it grow. Create your own reality with this “idea seed.” Spend a few
moments every day tending to the garden of your mind. Send loving vibrations
around the planet and eat as healthily as you can. We are the stewards of this
beautiful land. This is our home and together we really can make a difference.
is a Shaman of the Light & the Golden Condor Healer. She founded the Orange
County Healing Center in 2009 and guides people on spiritual journeys to Peru
and the Amazon Jungle. Her innovative healing style is like nothing you have
ever experienced. Sessions with Isabella are life changing. This year she will
be holding a workshop, “A Journey to our
Soul,” at Sedona Mago Retreat Center in Sedona, AZ on
April 26-28. For more information, visit: www.ochealingcenter.com or call (855)