Food And Emotions – Montse Bradford Bort Interview

Bio

Montse Bradford Bort, born in Barcelona and established in England from 1978 to 2006, has been developing her professional career as a pioneer in the energetic field of integral health all around Europe.

Her career combines teaching and writing about natural nutrition, life energetics and holistic health.

She works as a therapist in trans-personal psychology, vibrational healing, and natural nutrition, running training courses, conferences and lectures throughout Spain, Europe and South America.

Since an early age she developed an interest surrounding health and inner harmony. Her path progressed over many years of learning through life experiences whilst living in various countries and studying with distinguished professors from the fields of energetic nutrition and holistic healing.

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A true enthusiast in the fields of innovation and exploration, she is known to combine these disciplines to offer unique seminars that convey the power of self-transformation and integral health.

She was awarded the PREMIO VERDE 2008 (Green Award 2008) by the José Navarro Foundation©, in recognition of her dedication towards responsible food practices and sustainable development.

Interview Questions

1. Hello Montse to start, could you tell us abit about your background and how you developed an interest in food and nutrition?

I was very young when I started becoming interested in whole foods and a natural life style. I then studied around the world with many teachers in Europe, America and Japan and later lived in England for many years.

2. Your advice on food has a spiritual quality to it, why is this?

Because food has it’s particular energy, effect, and vibration.
People tend to use food on an unconscious level, especially foods with extreme effects and reactions. (such as alcohol, sugar, chocolate, drugs…) to alter their vibration and state of being.

All my work for many years has been to bring understanding about the effect of foods at all levels of our being (physical, emotional, and mental).

If we can slowly gain this awareness, we can start using food that contains a more moderate energetic effect, thus creating more vitality and health. As a result, we’ll be able to create in our lives more Peace and Harmony from within.

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3. Can you go into detail about what you mean by people having three bodies – physical, emotional and mental?

We have the physical body (that we can see and touch), we have an emotional body (that we can feel), and also we have a mental body. (that most of the time is controlling our lives with restless thoughts)

I find it’s a simpler way to help people understand that each part of us is different, and each have different needs to be cared for in a special way.

The only body that needs to eat food is the physical, as it’s the only one that has a digestive system. While the other two are more on a vibrational level, so they need to be cared for in a more vibrational and energetic way.

In society it seems that we try to soothe whatever happens to us with physical foods and drinks. While maybe for the emotional body it would be better nutrition to go for a walk in nature, a dance, to listen a beautiful music or to receive a hug.

Or maybe the mental body could be more peaceful with a time in quietness, or with peaceful relaxation….

4. How can a person use this knowledge to devise the most suitable diet for their body?

Of course, if you are asking me about the physical body, with the knowledge of energies and effects, we can choose what we need in any given moment according to how we want to feel.

There is no good or bad, just only the understanding of energetics.
We are the creators of our life at all levels of our being.

5. In your interview with Lilou Mace you mentioned that food has different temperatures – vibrationally not physically – can you give us more detail?

Individual foods have an impact, effect, vibration and reaction in our three bodies.
If I drink a glass of alcohol, I will feel a very different reaction to drinking a glass of water.

Alcohol will have the effect of dispersing, warming at the first reaction, and then cooling, leaching minerals, depleting the nervous system afterwards. While water is neutral.

If I drink a mint tea (cooling effect) I will feel a very different effect to that of a liquorice/ginger tea (warming).

We all know about and believe the healing power of herbs, also that what we eat has an impact on our health, creating different reactions.
And all these reactions have an influence on the physical, emotional, and mental level.

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6. What are your thoughts on people eating meat, is there a place for it in any diet?

Well, everyone is free to do whatever they want. My personal view is that human beings don’t need to eat meat in order to create a successful and healthy life.

The design of our body (more vegetarian orientated) tells us clearly which kind of foods we need:

• 28 molar and incisor teeth to cut and grind grains, beans, seeds…
• Only 4 canine teeth – (maybe we can have a small amount of unsaturated fats such as oily fish…if we want animal protein)
• Our intestines are long in comparison with short ones of carnivore animals…
• The acidic effect that meat creates in our pH blood, creating: poor quality intestinal flora, putrefaction, fat accumulations in our body, obesity, cholesterol, uric acid….
• If our blood becomes acidic our body needs to find minerals from somewhere to counteract this effect, in order to maintain the slightly alkaline pH level of the blood, as a result we become de-mineralised…

And can we should also think for a moment about the impact it has on our mother Earth:

– Is it feasible for everyone on Earth to eat meat?
– Is that sustainable? Or only just for a few? And for how long can this last?
– We can see that our green forests are disappearing in order to plant transgenic soya to give to cattle so a few can eat meat
– Do we know that in order for a family to eat one lunch of 1 kg of meat, it is necessary to use 15.000 litres of water?
– What about all these millions of people that don’t have water to drink?

Is that a responsible way to conduct our lives? Or would it be better to start thinking about humans as the big family that we are, and help our home, Planet Earth?

I believe that decreasing the amount of animal food we eat and starting to know the benefits of a more vegetarian way of eating is a more sustainable, healthy way of living.

Also it’s interesting to observe that many wise important people in history were also vegetarian such as: Hippocrates, Pitagoras, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Tolstoy, Gandhi, Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein, Frank Kafka, and many others….

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7. Alot of people are choosing to eat only organic produce, do you think there is a real difference in the quality of nutrition that one gets?

Of course! Organic products are chemical free, and it is important to start caring about our health and our Planet.

If people really knew the amount of chemicals, additives, colourants…. that are included in what they eat… the real truth… I think they would think twice about what they eat or give to their family.

8. What do you say to the argument that eating organic is expensive?

Simple, organic, local and seasonal foods are not expensive at all. Whole grains, beans, local vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, and natural seasoning are not expensive.

It’s better to see the bigger picture which is with a more natural lifestyle we don’t use or buy expensive things such as: alcohol, pastries, meat produces, soft drinks, sugary and salty snacks, pre-cooked and packed conveniences foods etc, etc… these can also be expensive.

9. Would you say that organically reared meats are better for the body?

I don’t recommend meat in any form.

Maybe the organic meat won’t have as many chemicals, etc… however, it’s still not a sustainable food for everybody living on Planet earth, and it’s a very expensive bill to pay for our health.

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10. We live in a busy society, if a busy office worker wanted to keep their energy up during the day, what should they snack on? Usually nuts, seeds, and dried fruits are advised but is there something more appealing that you would also recommend?

If that busy office worker has a balanced way of eating, he/she will have a stable level of energy during the whole day, and it will not be needed to snack in order to keep up their energy.

This is the problem, when people eat very poor quality foods, they then are slaves of food during the whole day. Of course we can have a snack one day, but it is not a need in order to keep our energy up.

The variety of snacks that we can eat, will vary according how we feel, time of the day, constitution, sex, age, season…

There is no perfect snack, it depends on how the person feels, and what type of energetic effect they wish to generate.

This is the beauty of understanding the effects and energy of foods.

11. Many people work in stressful office situations what can they add to their diet to keep the stress levels down, and what should they avoid?

Start changing to a more balanced way of eating, including a daily dose of: whole grains, pulses, vegetarian proteins, a variety of vegetables, sea vegetables, seeds, nuts, seasonal fruits, natural seasoning and sweeteners and a small amount of fish weekly.

With these simple and humble foods that your body needs, you can prepare delicious dishes that are enjoyable.

If you have this approach, you will enjoy a stable level of energy, and also your nervous system will be healthy, and cope more easily with modern life and stress.

If your diet consists of: meat products, refined carbohydrates, bread, pastries, sugar, alcohol, vinegars, dairy foods, soft drinks, stimulants, an excess of tropical fruits, spices and convenience foods your nervous system, all your body systems will be in a very stressful situation.

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12. I’d like to ask you about your courses. You also run workshops, can you tell us about the ‘English Intensive Seminar’?

All my courses in Barcelona are mainly taught in Spanish, however each year I offer a few free English talks as there are many English speaking people in our city.

Along with this I offer an INTENSIVE SEMINAR in ENGLISH once a year consisting of two full days, (JUNE 28TH and 29th) in which we study the basics of the energetics of food and a healthy way of eating and living.

13. What will people get out of doing this course?

For people that are looking for a healthy course to help transform their cooking skills and revitalise their body & mind, they will:

• Learn how to cook simple & healthy food
• How to create health, vitality & wellbeing
• How to balance their condition naturally

It will be a fully experiential course with 100% hands-on practical cooking. Theory, discussions, individual and group processes involving different techniques, to learn how to create health and well-being for the mind & body, as well as experiencing the dynamic flow of energy within us and in life.

The course, not only presents delicious recipes to try, but also unfolds a comprehensive study of the energetic of food, the healing power of cooking and the transformative qualities of a natural life style.

It’s a real opportunity for people to come and learn! To find out more go to montsebradford.es/en/montse-bradford-b/summer-school-seminar

14. How did you put the course together, for example deciding the modules and the length of the course?

I have been teaching a natural way of life and energetic of foods for almost 40 years around the world, so that is a lot of experience! With that experience I have gained the knowledge of what people need to help transform their life.

15. How do you promote your courses? Do you have a marketing strategy?

People come, do the course and often recommend to friends and family. It’s the best marketing strategy I think. Caring about people is the best way!

Lindi says: Thank you for this fantastic interview!

Montse says: Thank you very much. Love and Light

Summary

It was such fun to catch up with Montse. It’s interesting how she combines spirituality with food and emotions.

In today’s busy society, it’s always good to educate yourself on healthy, happy eating. I enjoyed hearing Montse’s views on why we should omit meat and how to avoid having to snack throughout the day.

I think it’s best to remember that it’s no use starting a ‘diet’ that you can’t keep up long-term, that’s so difficult for you to follow, that you end up miserable and defeated.

Take bits that you like, discard what you really, I mean really will never, ever keep up even if your life depended on it – because in a way it does – and find a way to eat that suits your individual build and lifestyle.

And remember, moderation is your friend.

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