Food awareness can be very confusing. We are confronted with complex choices and bombarded with sometimes conflicting information, while being enticed by temptation and put off by alarming health studies.We have had little education in nutrition, and what information we have received about what we "should" be eating may be biased by underlying vested business interests. While our average weight is going up, the range of diets being recommended is expanding faster than people's waistlines, and the food choices continue to multiply.Health enhancement is about awareness of the food we put into the body and, through this awareness, making decisions that will be conducive to our health. This approach will not make the decisions for you.It will provide you with information that will help you to become more aware of your food choices, and assist you in ways to monitor the effects of these choices on your well-being. Unless you take the responsibility to tune into the needs of your body and the effect that certain foods have on your health, the confusion will continue unabated.Even if you understand the principles and theories behind food choices, if you are not attuned to the effects of various foods on your body, mind, and spirit, you will be a victim of your food environment rather than a master of it.For a long time health professionals have directed their energies to repairing the body, rather than explaining what to put into it. Nutrition was not believed to be an appropriate subject for most medical schools.It is only recently with the compelling evidence of the importance of food awareness that things are beginning to change. These changes willlead to more information for the general public, as well as for health-care providers.Making the wrong food choices can be hazardous to our health. Health practitioners are now developing dietary guidelines to respond to a series of health problems including heart disease, high blood pressure, tooth decay, liver disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, gallstones, and cancers of the colon, prostate, and breast.But at the same time as being therapeutic, proper nutrition can be a tool of prevention. Educate yourself on both your individual body and mind, and the types of food that will allow you to strengthen your body and mind given their properties and your needs.It is a simple process if you take the time to do it. Given the wide choice of foods available to us from all over the world, nature's pharmacy is at our doorstep.Take a moment to visit our website www.virtualhealthresort.com to discover more about health enhancement and not only being more aware of our food choice but a wide array of resources for you to feel good.This approach is presented by Neal Hoptman who has been sharing the teachings of health enhancemt for over 25 years all over the world in hospitals and spas, health resorts and universities, ahsrams and medical schools, government agencies and non profit organizations, corporations and youth groups. The major influences in developing this talk have been the teachings of Integral Yoga from Swami Sivananda and Swami Satchidananda complemented by wisdom passed on from Shunryu Suzuki, Swami Satyananda, Thich Nhat Hanh, Swami Rama,The research and work of such pioneers as Dr. Candace Pert, Dr. Herbert Benson, Dr. Dean Ornish, Ann Wigmore, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Dr. Bruce Lipton, Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn, Dr George Solomon, Dr. David Spiegel, Dr. John Sarno, Joseph Campbell, Robert Jervis, Dr. Patch Adams, Rob Brezsny, Ram Dass, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Norman Cousins, Dr, Larry Dossey,Bill Mollison, Hans Selye, Victor Frankl, A. Doak Barnett, Dr. Bernie Siegel and Daniel Goleman among others has been very significant as well.Sincere thanks and appreciation to Martin Amada of www.sitca.com who produced and edited this podcast. which was shot at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa (www.kamalaya.com) on Samui Island in the Gulf of Thailand.