The concept of food has been distorted by associating it, probably for economic gains, with emotions, feelings and even displays of wealth and luxury, yet we must remember that food is the equivalent of the fuel you pour into your car or the battery you charge every night in your mobile phone.
Nonsense? Not really, but for most people this simple concept threatens their belief system and gets them to react in very emotional ways. Imagine though, how crazy it would be if you drove your car to the gas station only to find your car refusing the gasoline because “it’s not very tasty”, or a plant refusing to “eat” sunshine because it ate sunshine yesterday!
In our “sophistication” we refuse what is necessary for our bodies and overall well-being in favour of foods that contain little or no nutrients, but make us feel good (comfort food). We value flavours, presentation and innovation over simple, natural foods that nurture every system in our bodies. We only have one body. We ARE our bodies. Why not take care of it?
“We have a “me” and we have a “my body”. I eat what I want, not what is good for my body, clearly forgetting that “me” and “my body” are the same thing”.
I guess a part of the answer has been years of the strange duality we have created. We have a “me” and we have a “my body”. I eat what I want, not what is good for my body, clearly forgetting that “me” and “my body” are the same thing. People satisfy their mind with tasty or convenient food at the expense of the body that “the me” is inhabiting.
Does it make sense? At a logical level it doesn’t, but as individuals in a deeply flawed society, food has become an escape. We simply don’t want to realize we are unhappy with our jobs, with commuting for long hours, with not having time for our children, with our lack of achievements, so instead we turn to food and we fantasize on what we will eat for our next meal, tomorrow, Friday evening, for Sunday brunch, etc., to avoid facing our present situation.
So when people approach me for advice on how to be healthy, slim, active and fit, their curiosity and interest quickly turn into resistance of some manner when I talk about food. The usual responses are either disbelief (That is not what doctors say is good for you), anger (I am not a machine!) or cynicism (I do -unlike YOU- enjoy food).
Why such reactions from people who approached ME? Because the answers are so simple they are confronted with the reality that they could do it too, if they truly wanted.
Probably a complex answer, that sounds almost unattainable would give them the comforting feeling that they couldn’t do it. Instead, they must face the fact that it is so unbelievably easy, they are void of valid excuses (although they do try and find one!).
Eat natural, unprocessed food. Eat to sustain activity in your body. Eat to feed and maintain healthy processes in your body. Eat foods that nourish and complements your organism and the plethora of life-forms that inhabit your body, so you thrive and dramatically reduce risk of disease. That doesn’t really sound like something only a superhuman can do.
“An unhappy marriage, an unsatisfactory job, a life that hasn’t happened as you dreamed, won’t be resolved by food, but can definitely be aggravated by it”.
Yes, you read right, eat for health and balance. No snacks when you are bored, no ice-cream when you are heart-broken, no chocolate when you are lonely, no lavish dinner after getting promoted at the office, no drinking after a stressful week. Food to fuel your life, not to make you feel less miserable or more complete as a person.
An unhappy marriage, an unsatisfactory job, a life that hasn’t happened as you dreamed, won’t be resolved by food, but can definitely be aggravated by it (unhappy and sick may be much worse than only unhappy I guess).
Instead, proper food, food treated as fuel to the body, can change your life. Imagine that when you wake up tomorrow, you physically feel 15 years younger than the day before. Imagine that you wake up energized and willing to get out of bed and have a great day. Imagine that there is no mental fog, that there is not negative emotion clouding your heart, imagine that you suddenly feel the sex drive of a teenager, imagine that you are anxious to go for a walk. That is what proper food can do for you. But how?
Proper food will be a great start to re-balance your body at every level; at a cellular level, at a hormonal level, at a nervous level, at a muscular and skeletal level. That is you, without dualities. All those systems are YOU. Your mind is only a reflection of those systems working optimally or suboptimally.
This means real, significant change in your life. Once you are not in a cloud of instant need for gratification; once your poor brain, attacked by all these hormones out of balance won’t be bombarding you with negative ideas and statements; once your heart pumps oxygen and life to your organs, you have in fact impacted your life for the better.
True, the circumstances of your life haven’t changed, but YOU have changed. Imagine yourself being a warrior about to go into battle. How would you feel wearing full armour, sat on a horse, bearing the best of weapons available? You would be more positive about the outlook of the battle, right? Now imagine going to battle with nothing but a stick. Obviously, you would be defeated mentally before seeing the enemy. The circumstance of the battle is the same; it is you who has changed. That is what food, health at its core, can do for you.
“Take control by choosing the route of most tension and difficulty.”
All I can tell you, and what I will be hammering into your mind is this: take control of your life. Stop listening to the “latest” study, stop listening to doctors that are as obese and unhealthy as the people they consult. Stop listening to those that give you a quick fix in the form of a gadget or a new pill, stop listening to the media that only want to sell you stuff, edible or otherwise.
Take control by choosing the route of most tension and difficulty. Nothing of value comes easily, and that is not because those valuable things are hard to get, but because we have mental resistance to the effort required to get them. If you could drop the emotions over food, eating a balanced diet would take no effort at all. It is the feeling that you “deserve” more, that you are “missing out” that makes eating food with nutritious value difficult. The food itself is neither easy nor difficult to eat.
And let’s be clear on one point, nutritious food can be delicious, and it is delicious. One doesn’t exclude the other. Many of us, for practical purposes end up eating high quality food without bothering to make it into fancy, delicious dishes; just because you don’t have the time or the skills to cook amazing meals, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Make your food as yummy as possible if you have the time and need. In time, you may notice that wholesome foods don’t need much preparation, since you will start appreciating their flavours without adding too much in the cooking process.
From now on, I will be writing about different ways to eat – different approaches. I will be writing about how to eat for health, to control or reduce pain, to lose weight, to have mental clarity, even how to control or reduce things such as epilepsy and other illnesses and conditions.
No, I am not a doctor, and I am happy not to be so; otherwise I would be reciting whatever I got taught in school, outdated data that hasn’t got anyone healthy.
I will also write about exercising to get to baseline (I will explain that in a later post) since I disagree with the current paradigm of exercise in our society.
What I write is based on people leaving the mainstream ideas and experimenting in their own bodies. I will write sometimes about studies and findings that are considered outdated, but that had clinical value until the day that medicine became a business and lost its higher purpose.
Most importantly, I will write about things I have tried personally. Ideas and methods I have developed over 10 years of looking for ways to live a healthy, fulfilling, pain-free life that once I thought, and I was told by doctors, would never be attainable.
So here are some takeaway points:
So this is it. If you have any questions about how to eat, how to exercise, how to live pain-free, life-hacks, send your questions. That way I will be able to create content that is relevant to you.