“Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.”
(Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.)
~ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Physiologie du Goût”(1825)
When we are little we are careless, we run around and play merrily. Sooner or later we experience a flash of insight — one day we realize that we are not our bodies. Separation takes place. We cannot put it into words yet but we start to feel that we actually exist as some kind of amorphous being inside the body — a “ghost in the shell”. The moment we stop associating ourselves with our bodies we reach a new level of consciousness — we make the first step toward the spiritual awakening. However, here lies one pitfall. In order to be an effective wholesome human being, there is something very important everyone should understand.
Before fixating yourself to the idea that you are not your body you have to realize that you are your body in the first place.
Everything that occurs to your body becomes an experience of a spirit. Your body is a biochemical machine with millions of processes that govern the way you feel. The biochemistry of the body determines your thought content and emotions and vice versa your thoughts can alter the biochemistry of your body. It’s a feedback loop. The body and the mind are tightly interconnected. Oftentimes, the reason behind mood swings is simply a disbalanced hormone system.
Even though most people realize that the framework of the physical body is the only home for their consciousness they will ever have, many of them treat their bodies irresponsibly.
“Your body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in.”
~ B.K.S. Iyengar
The body is the fortress of the spirit, its sanctuary. Think of your body as a car that gives a ride through life to your soul. In this section, I want to talk about the most important aspect of car maintenance — the fuel. If you want to have a long and pleasant ride you have to pump appropriate gas.
Eating is the closest possible interaction between you and the external media. Neglecting of what goes inside your body is not only an irresponsible way of living your life, it is a dangerous one.
I hate being sick. Absolutely. If you are at least a tad bit like me I am sure you hate it too. Who should be taking responsibility for your health? Both the medical and food industries are not interested in it. Healthy people are bad for business. The whole economic system is interested in keeping you ill.
“Healthy person is a disaster for the economy. They do not buy drugs. They do not go to private doctors. They do not increase the private GDP. On the contrary, every new McDonalds outlet creates 30 jobs: 10 dentists, 10 cardiologists, and 10 weight loss experts.”
If your health is in your own hands, how do you stay healthy? The truth is that you can prevent a significant number of diseases from happening by simply being mindful of what goes into your stomach. Modern medicine claims that one of the major reasons why many of our body systems collapse prematurely is inadequate nutrition. The development of a balanced diet, the right attitude, and intelligent eating habits are essential if you want to be a healthy and energetic human being.
Nutrition is a sensitive topic and adding up oil to the flames of war between existing parties in this arena is the last thing I pursue. On the following pages, I will share with you my personal experience, my results, and insights. As an experimentalist myself, I encourage you to do your own research and set your own experiments. Be your own guinea pig. Find what works best for you yet stay open to trying new things. The method of trial-and-error is a trailblazer to wonderful discoveries — superb physical performance, enhancement of cognitive functions, and a feeling of comfort inside your body that all together lead to a happy life.
“Let your food become your medicine.”
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