We are increasingly interested not only in what we eat and drink, but in how our diet might be affecting our general health and well-being. It has long been recognized that dietary deficiencies and imbalances can cause serious medical conditions. Remember the stories from your school days about sailors getting scurvy on long voyages, until an early nutritionist worked out that adding limes and lemons to their diet would eliminate the problem? That was nutritional therapy in action. Life span, health, immunity, energy, metabolism, complexion, strength, enthusiasm, luster, and mental and emotional clarity are all adversely affected by food.
Actually, you are what you digest and assimilate, and you become diseased by the foods that your body does not digest. People are plagued with many illnesses, primarily due to unhealthy dietary choices. Even those who have an interest in eating well are overwhelmed by the myriad of temporary popular views; these must be juggled with eating habits deeply ingrained in us from childhood. Here are some basic eating guidelines which have been tested and proved over thousands of years which we should try to cultivate in our eating habits
- Do not confuse thirst with hunger. Drink instead of eat when hungry in between meals. It dilutes digestive gastric enzymes.
- Try to eat at almost the same and approximate times every day.
- Don’t eat after 8 p.m. or two hour before going to sleep.
- Sit down when eating and eat in a peaceful environment (that means no TV, reading, heated discussions, etc.).
- Don’t eat when emotionally upset.
- Don’t over eat. Overeating stretches the stomach so you’ll need more to feel satisfied and creates toxins in the digestive tract.
- Fill one-third of your stomach with food, one-third with water and one-third empty.
- As much as possible, eat fresh foods, the best quality you can afford. Prepare the food with love on your mind and peace in your heart.
These dietary changes may feel like sacrifices in the beginning, but your optimum health and longevity is worth it. In understanding why diet is such a factor in optimum health, we can stay inspired to make these lifelong changes and reap the many benefits, at all levels