- Improve quality of what we eat
- Do regular Qigong meditations (see "Infusing a vessel with Qi")
- Do regular Qigong exercises (to purge stagnant keep, infuse with vibrant Qi, and keep Qi flowing)
- Acupuncture, Acupressure, Herbs
The chart below provides a type of gradation to help identify what may be best to what is worse as it relates to Qi quality. Why is this important? Because the quality of our Qi will impact our health and wellness.
I recognized my food choices were contributing to my own health and wellness problems, like headaches, low energy, and overall malaise. These are the steps I took to get on a path of improved health and wellness:
- Started to take a daily probiotic. Our digestive system is designed to "rotten and ripen" food. It is this process which helps make quality Qi in our body. If you consume food that never can rotten (aka processed & refined foods) your gut is missing the necessary microbes for good health. Taking a probiotic (or eating fermented food each day) is a quick way to start making a change in the positive direction. For me, after I started to take a probiotic, I felt better & could fight off colds and flu with much more ease. Good Qi helps fight illnesses.
- Organic only dairy - Dairy products in the USA often have hormones and antibiotics that over time, can cause lots of different health problems. Also, many allergies are often associated with milk, so from a health standpoint, this is where I began. This was an area that was easy to begin because it didn't require cooking or assembling.
- Local & organic fruits & vegies -There are some foods which are worse in their use of chemicals and pesticides than others. And because organic costs more, I needed to prioritize my spending. These are the foods with the most pesticides, so this is where I began to buy only organic: spinach, strawberries, apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, all leafy greens, all berries, sweet bell peppers, corn, soybeans, zucchini, yellow squash, papaya.
- Reduce use of packaged food - this one was tough for me. ALL packaged food are processed and filled with preservatives, so by the time you eat it, there is very little Qi left in the product. This means the outcome contributes to stagnating your Qi flow. Stagnant and non-flowing Qi causes pain, malaise, depression, sadness, worry, bad moods, poor memory, foggy mind, headaches, joint tenderness, etc. I started my change one meal at a time (I will not eat processed foods for breakfast). I then added snacks, and then only allowed processed foods on certain days of the week. Later, the restrictions went for the month.
- Grass fed/free range meat - Most meat is filled with hormones and antibiotics. This leads to the problem we are now seeing where we have super germs that no longer work on humans. Because these outside hormones can contribute to problems with immunity & cells growing with a new scripts (like cancer cells), they can become a factor in developing health problems. Animal products will carry their history of good or bad Qi in our bodies after we consume that meat, so it just makes sense to eat meat with good Qi. This usually means either wild meat, or 100% grass-fed, antibiotic & growth hormone free, fed organic & non-GMO (think happy cow).
- Pasture eggs - I don't use eggs or chicken very much, so sticking to pasture eggs & chickens fed an organic diet was not difficult. Switching to organic eggs also helped make me feel like I was really making headway in this change process.
- Refined Food (sugar, sugar substitutes, white flour, breads, etc). This one should be higher on the priority list, but since I am still re-training my taste buds and learning to cook, I lowered this on my priority of expectations. I set goals that were realistic for me. First I gave up on soda, then all sugar substitutes, then I worked on refined white sugar. Next I focused on corn syrup, and white bread. I made little steps I knew would be do-able.
Once you start making the changes in what you eat, take time to tune in and assess if you feel different. Sometimes you need that positive reinforcement that your new choices are paying off. Here are some questions to ask yourself along the way:
- Do you have more energy?
- Are your thoughts clearer? Do you have less "brain fog"?
- Are you remembering things better?
- Is your sleep improving?
- Is that pain or stiffness gone? Are you taking less pain pills?
- Are you no longer constipated?
- Are you fighting colds better or getting less sick than you used to?
- Are you in a better mood or nicer?
- Have people noticed a change in you but can't put a finger on what it is?
On this journey toward better health, you can change your diet to improve your Qi quality. You can also change your Qi quality and flow through meditation, Qigong, acupuncture, acupressure, massage, and/or herbs. But changing what you eat is probably one of the easiest places to begin because you typically have 3 or more different chances each day (via your meals) to make an impact an on your overall health.