The Power of Plants + You

Article and Photos by Candice Paschal

T​he beach boys in the ‘60s just may have been on to something, as they hit the top charts with the well known song, Good Vibrations…Or for those of you more in tune with the ‘90s, Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch had us singing along to, ‘It’s such a good vibration!’. Both of these classic tunes were sure to get listeners dancing, moving and singing about vibrations.

More people are tuning into the idea that everything is vibration. We’re collectively taking notice that this vibration or energy we put out into the world comes back to us and meets us at the same frequency wherever we are. We see the phrase “GOOD VIBES ONLY” more often. But where do these good vibes originate and how can we get more of them?

We know from the first law of thermodynamics that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transferred. There’s been a rhythmic and perpetual transfer of energy that has been making the world go ‘round since the beginning of time. The sun, our faithful source of energy, shines steadfast and gives life to all living things. From the smallest plankton to the tallest sequoia, from a sugar-ant to a one-hundred-and-eighty ton blue whale, we are all surviving off of the energy emitted by our celestial source, the sun. The biggest question when it comes to our health is; Why is it that some foods transfer this thriving energy to individuals while other foods contribute in creating an environment for disease and inflict a poorer quality of life? In my experience, the answer comes from asking a simple question. Did the sun shine on the food that you are about to eat?

Consuming plants in their natural state is the quickest and most efficient way to get the sun’s energy into our bodies, period. A piece of fresh, ripe, whole fruit that you bite into has everything in it to digest completely and effectively. This is why when you look at cultures around the world that eat a more primitive diet, they don’t appear to have the same chronic diseases that have plagued the westernized world. Furthermore, as we consume cooked and processed plant foods, they move further away from the original state in which they met the sun. Many times cooking our plants destroys enzymes that aid digestion as well as destroy crucial vitamins such as vitamin C. Many people eating a westernized diet struggle with fiber and vitamin deficiencies, and as a result, consume much lesser quality vitamin and mineral supplements to replace that which was originally available in a whole plant food. We wouldn’t need fiber and vitamin supplements if we didn’t remove them from our plate in the first place.

Another common misconception is that by isolating a certain single thing from a plant, we can still consume it and consider it a healthy part of our diet. I’ve found this to not be true. Take for instance oils. Nowhere in nature is a species ongoingly consuming large amounts of processed and extracted fats(oils) from olives, seeds, or any other vegetables and continues to thrive.

So what can we do? The first action in giving your body the energy it needs to thrive and become its best version is give it the sun.

Begin your day with raw, fresh, ripe fruit or blend fruit with dark leafy greens and have as much of it as you want throughout the day. Many people attribute fruit’s high sugar and carbohydrate content to diabetes and consider it bad. Research now shows* that the high fat content of food is what has been found to be detrimental to human health, not the natural sugars and carbohydrates ingested while eating whole natural foods.

Overt fat, which is any fat found outside of a whole food, causes the body’s blood to literally become sludge-like, making it difficult to move quickly and oxygenate your body. I recommend viewing a recent video found on youtube that shows blood flowing before and after consuming fat**. The blood vessels go from looking like the speedy Indy 500 to a sluggish Los Angeles traffic jam. This is why we see diets high in fat resulting in some serious chronic fatigue. Have you ever noticed that you become overly tired after you eat a high fat cooked meal? Yep…blood sludge, baby.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine and plant based eater, knew this to be true when he famously stated, “Let thy food be thy medicine”. This is why large fresh plant based smoothies daily are the simplest energy powerhouses that can give us immediate satisfaction and lasting results. Include as many fresh plants as possible in your daily caloric intake and you will notice a more harmonious balance with benefits of clarity, tranquility, a highly sought after trim body, and with that much happiness you won’t be able to help but radiate GOOD VIBES ONLY.

*US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health Tuso PJ, Ismail MH, Ha BP, Bartolotto C. Nutritional Update for Physicians: Plant-Based Diets. The Permanente Journal. 2013;17(2):61-66. doi:10.7812/TPP/12-085. **John McDougall, Blood Sludge: Blood Flow, Before & After Eating a Fatty Meal, Online Video Clip. YouTube, March 1st 2016, December 3 2017.
Photos by Candice Paschal, “Dress Fitting Smoothie Break” Photos taken at Brides for a Cause, Brides for a Cause is a nonprofit organization that collects and resells wedding dresses to raise funds for a variety of women-focused charities. Interested in donating your wedding dress? They are always accepting wedding dresses from within the last five years and newer, any style or size. –