Health And Happiness Secret #1: You Are What You Eat

If hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution.  ~Author Unknown

You Are What You Eat at Back In PlaceWhat does it mean to eat healthy?  How do we figure this out for ourselves in the face of the variety of options here in the California Central Coast and the diverse opinions nutrition experts have, such as:

  • eat for your body type
  • eat for your blood type
  • eat no fat
  • low fat
  • become vegetarian
  • become vegan
  • combine your food properly
  • eat high protein
  • low protein
  • low carb
  • high carb
  • Eat raw
  • Eat organic

The list goes on and many of these dietary plans are valid, but how do you know which one is right for you.

Let’s start off by just reducing all the processed food.  The best way to do that is shop around the perimeter of the supermarket.  All the processed foods are in the aisles.  In the words of the late Jack LaLanne (lived to a healthy 96),”If man made it, don’t eat it.”

 

You can keep to an approximate balance of 25 % of your diet animal protein, dairy, legumes (beans etc.) and grains and 75% fruits and vegetables.  If you’re a vegetarian, you can eliminate the animal protein.  Eat at least 50% organic or hydroponically grown, if you can. Also, try to eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible.  Limit fruits if you are diabetic.

Moreover, eliminate anything that’s white – in other words, anything that is bleached. i.e.

  • White flour
  • White sugar
  • White rice

Bleach is bad for the pancreas and other body tissues.

Very important: if you can’t pronounce the words on the package, think at least twice before eating it.  If people in white lab coats are producing your food, why would you want to eat it?

Don’t, I repeat, do not OVEREAT.  It has been scientifically discovered that the ONLY proven way to increase your life span is eating less.  When you start feeling full, STOP!  We live in America; there will be more food later.  Perform a little exercise I call “push aways”.  When you start feeling a little full, push yourself away from the table. Better yet, eat about 4 or 5 small meals throughout the day.  This keeps your blood sugar up and less stress on the digestion.

Finally, how you eat is very important.  “What’s that you say?”  “There’s a certain way to eat?”

Eating in a peaceful, grateful and relaxed state of mind is important.  Don’t “wolf” your food down.  Unless you’re a wolf, then it’s ok.  But since you are reading this, I’ll assume you’re human.  Humans need to eat slowly and calmly.   Remember when your grandmother said “chew your food twenty five times before swallowing”?  What she meant to say is “chew thoroughly”.  If you are eating when you are stressed, digestion slows down. You may experience, bloating, fatigue, abdominal pain, belching, hiatal hernia and other associated diseases and disorders.

Stay tuned for the #2 secret to health and happiness.

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