A sheaf of wheat blowing in the wind.

Around the time I turned 40 and began remembering my dreams, a health scare — an abnormal, Class 3, pre-cancerous Pap test result — frightened me. As I relate in Dreams and the Wisdom Within dreams guided my well-being and normal test results ensued.

More aware of old habits and patterns, I looked for a healthy way to eat. Obviously, binging on M&M’s and eating ice cream were harmful ways to solve problems.        

I vacillated between making an appointment with a naturopathic doctor or registering for a vegetarian cooking class. I had noticed a brightly-colored flyer decorated with a sketch of a sheaf of wheat tacked to a community bulletin board promoting the course.                    

The dream of the grain blowing in the wind guided my decision. This simple dream image pointed toward the appropriate course for me.         

The class revolutionized my unconscious eating habits. The instructor, a lifelong vegetarian, evoked a plant-based diet as a time-tested mode of healthful eating. Its features: a food regimen of grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits; protein from plants not from meat, fowl, fish, or dairy; water and herbal tea instead of wine or gin and tonic; an aversion to vitamin supplements; a weight-loss program with the premise calories are what count, and a spiritually-oriented procedure for stemming food addictions and overeating.        

A cookbook with food staples, simple but nutritious recipes, and basic tips, tools, and lists helped ease into a life-changing way of thinking about food.       

Statistics show vegetarians live longer and experience lower incidences of heart disease and cancer than meat-eaters. The World Health Organization noted increased risks of colorectal cancer from eating red meat and processed meat.       

Vegetarianism means better health for the planet, too. It has a more positive environmental impact than driving a Prius. Global Citizen reported at least two-thirds of the food grown in the world goes to feed livestock and animals we eventually consume in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In fact, 70% of the grain grown in the U.S. feeds livestock, and, globally, 83% of farmland is set aside to raise animals.       

Put another way, an estimated 700 million tons of food annually goes to feed livestock rather than growing protein-rich plants.       The bottom line: If more farmlands were used to grow crops for humans, then more people could be fed less expensively.        

The dream of the wheat sheaf guided me to a way of eating aligned with my growing reverence for all beings.        

I still occasionally grab a bag of M&M’s and indulge in organic dark chocolate, but the nutritional guidance dream led me to a more healthy lifestyle.       

The dream helped me realize the difference between fad weight loss diets and a  life altering eating plan affecting my entire way of being.       

For all these reasons,  I believe vegetarian/veganism is the way to go — for me and the planet. But I also know dreams, our inner GPS, guide us to what is best for each of us individually. Dreams are our personal inner guru. The field of grains dream answered my personal.dilemma around food. Listen to your dreams — and health care professionals — for what is best for you.

Dream tip: Remember to record your dreams in a journal. The act of writing your dreams helps remember more of the dream and garner insights into its significance.

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