One thing I have noticed in many spiritual communities is guilt around the topic of food and eating. Some of that guilt is from dietary habits, other parts of it is from long-standing spiritual tradition. So, inevitably when working with someone, there is a time when they ask, “What type of diet should I follow?”
My answer: listen to YOUR body! Our bodies are uniquely beautiful and different, not one body needs the same nutrients and sustenance as another. This is because we have different blood types, genetics, exercise levels, metabolism, and so forth.
Listen to YOUR body; give your body what it needs. Sounds simple, right?
However, we have to learn to develop our ability to tune into the body, not because it is craving a whole tub of ice cream, but because it has a need for beets. So in effect, we have to learn to distinguish emotional eating from intuitive eating. As, once we do learn to take the emotion out of the equation, we are better able to listen to that inner need for a grapefruit.
One other piece that I add to this answer is, when shopping learn to feel how your body reacts to the food around you. Hold an item in your hands, how does the energy feel to you? Does it feel light, airy, sunny, energetic and otherwise good, or does it feel heavy, yucky, lifeless, angry and otherwise bad? Your body, and even more specifically, your solar plexus chakra at the stomach, will give you some response. After a while you won’t have to pick up every brand of peanut butter to see what one is best, soon you will know your go-to brands for all of the food items your normally consume.
Now, I hear one more lingering question. What about vegan/vegetarianism? Well, my answer is the same: listen to YOUR body. I have gone through times of being vegetarian and times of eating meat; both have benefited me in different ways. Vegetarianism helps you to raise your vibration very quickly. However, at the times when you plateau in order to assimilate this vibrational growth, then animal protein can assist you to be more grounded. There are certain times for certain individuals when this is needed. But (and this is where the guilt part I mentioned earlier comes in), do not be upset with yourself if you feel a need to eat meat. Conversely, do not be upset with others if they do so. Acceptance of yourself, your body and acceptance of others is far more important for your spiritual development than whether or not to eat meat.