This is part two in our series oh the role of health in prosperity. In part one, we looked at mental health. A great place to go next is the role of food and your diet for health.
We can begin with how much you eat. Probably too much and not often enough. That may sound contradictory, but it’s not. If you want to achieve optimal wellness, eat smaller portions four or five times a day instead of three large ones. It will give your digestive track a break, and regulate your blood sugar and metabolism better.
Parents, please don’t make your kids finish all the food on their plate before they can leave the table. If they tell you they’re full, honor that. Otherwise you build unhealthy overeating habits they can carry into adulthood. You know, like the ones you have!
Almost all of us overeat. A lot. Here’s a rule of thumb: If you finish the serving you get at a restaurant, for certain you’re overeating, because those portions are three to five times what they should be.
Next we need to look at what you eat. Because chances are good that 80 or 90 percent if it is not actually food.
We’ve been brainwashed by advertising agencies to believe that things like cake, cookies, candy, breakfast cereal, and chips are real food. They’re not. They are manufactured food substitutes, with little or no vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, or micronutrients. Real food is raw fruits, vegetables and nuts.
Note I said raw. There is a growing school of thought to show that cooked and processed foods lose the vast majority of their nutrients and can actually be harmful to you. And common sense would tell you that carrot cake is not the same as eating carrots, and apple pie won’t give you the benefits of eating a fresh apple.
The growing group of people who eat only a raw food diet (who are the healthiest people you will ever meet in your life) contend that as soon as you cook a vegetable or fruit, you have destroyed it and made it rancid.
I can tell you that when I do cleansing and only eat raw food diet, I experienced five or six days of intense cravings and feel horrible as the bad bacteria in my digestive track dies off and throws off toxins. But after that, you experience so much energy, lose excess weight, and have the clearest complexion you can imagine.
Even healthy natural foods today are usually grown in depleted soil or lacking some nutrients. Supplement with vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes.
Now food has turned into a social thing and we often make decisions on convenience. I don’t try to pretend I’m the perfect role model on this. Pizza is my favorite food and my car develops alignment problems when I see that “fresh donuts now” light flashing at Krispy Kreme! But using some moderation, and making sure you have a salad or some other fresh vegetables with every meal will make a big difference.
BTW, eat only fresh fruit before noon each day, and you’ll give your digestive track a rest and help you detox. And don’t think it’s healthy to eat fruit for dessert at lunch or dinner. It digests much faster and get rancid in your intestines behind the other stuff you eat. Fruit should always be eaten by itself and give it ten or 15 minutes to digest before you eat anything else.
There’s lots more I could write on food combining, but then this would be a book instead of a blog. And the best book ever written on food and nutrition is already available. It’s titled Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. Get it now.
Elimination is vital to good health and will tell you if your diet is giving you health – or disease. If you eat well, you eliminate well. Ever walk into a public restroom and the stench is so overpowering you want to run out? That is a sure sigh of poor elimination and auto-toxicity. Instead of the getting the nutrients from food and then having peristaltic action move it through intestines, people have the last thing they eat pushing through all the rancid, decaying food in their system. The toxins leak through the intestine wall and cause fatigue, lethargy, or worse. You should have two or three bowel movements a day, with no straining or excessive odor.
Your urine should look like water, not beer. Although your urine is darker in the morning, because your body has been detoxing all night, it will get clearer as the day progresses if you’re eating a healthy diet. If it’s dark yellow or worse, almost coffee color, that means you are severely toxic.
Finally, think twice before you ask food and nutrition questions to your doctor. Most medical doctors are clueless with nutrition, since their training is on sickness, not health. And process any health guidelines you receive from your government with a healthy dose of skepticism (since these are usually created by doctors). Get nutritional advice from healthy people that know what they’re talking about.
Want to be prosperous? Get healthy. And the food you eat is a huge part of that. What you consume is what your cells regenerate from. It’s where your energy and vitality come from. The rules are pretty simple: If you want to live, eat living foods. If you want to die, eat dead foods.