The Right Food

In the last 100 years peoples’ eating habits have changed radically, much more than it did in a thousand years before!

Food is literally everywhere these days in the advanced countries,  aggressively promoted on all possible channels, from TV and online advertising to printed leaflets and papers, looking tasty, tempting and affordable.

 

Besides, people are told that it is really, really healthy! When reading the labels on the packaged food you see that it is saturated with colors, artificial flavors, preservatives, pesticides, insecticides and other chemicals indigestible which overload the kidneys, intestines, lungs, liver and have a negative effect on skin tissue.

Medical community shows that we eat too much unhealthy food, most often in a hurry, so our body cells get more stress than nutrients. Compared to 100 years ago the food quality declined in both, structure and nutrient ratio.

"While the mankind has increased its level of knowledge and culture, people fight an increased number of new diseases... The number of people dying of old age is declining while the number of people dying after prolonged, serious diseases is in full growth. Eating too much sugar and fat at the expense of cereals, vegetables and fruits is continuously increasing. These dietary changes occurred in a relatively short period slowing down the body's effort to adapt its biochemical and physiological processes". (Dr. H. Balter)  

During the Second World War people were consuming 2-7 kg of sugar per year and the pancreas managed to secrete the insulin as needed while the diabetes incidence was of 0.5 %. Today, people consume 8-10 times more sugar (about 54 kg per year), the pancreas must secrete 8-10 times more insulin while the incidence of diabetes increased to 4-6 %.

 

WHAT "HEALTHY EATING" REALLY MEANS?

 

World Health Organization (WHO) gave one of the most widely known and generally accepted definitions:  ”Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals.  Healthy eating should help to maintain or improve your overall health.”

WHO makes 5 general recommendations:

  • We should aim for an energy balance and a healthy body weight.
  • We should limit our energy consumption from total fats. We should also aim for more unsaturated fats and less saturated fats.
  • We should up our consumption of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts.
  • We should consume as little simple sugars are possible.
  • As well as making sure our salt is iodized, we should also limit our consumption of salt/sodium.
  • WHO also recommends that we:
  • Consume essential quantities of vitamins and certain minerals.
  • Avoid directly poisonous and carcinogenic substances.
  • Avoid consuming foods that may be contaminated with human pathogens (such as E.Coli and tapeworm eggs).
  • Consume enough vital amino acids to provide "cellular replenishment and transport proteins". These can be found in animal-sourced proteins and some selected plant sourced proteins. A combination of other plants, with the exception of rice and beans, may also provide essential amino acids.

THE RIGHT FOOD

In order to optimally contribute with nutrients to your body’s needs, food interacts with water, air, sun, rest and sleep, exercise and activity, cleanliness, mental and moral attitude... These are all indispensable and must cooperate to provide your body with all it needs.

"Feeding yourself every day with a theoretically established number of calories does not mean that your body will get those calories from the food … if it ferments in the intestinal tract the body will not get any calorie of it! Eating plenty of protein concentrates that rot in the digestive tract does not mean that the body will get the necessary amino acids to build its proteins. If you feed someone according to his theoretical needs and not according to his real capacity truly is a bad mistake... It is not an unusual experience in the natural nutrition practice to see patients gaining in strength with less food or by complete rest until their digestive functions fully recover”.  ("Principles of biological nutrition”; Ermil C Gheorghiu)

Almost every day we see skinny people eating plenty of rich food without gaining weight or sick people eating plenty of rich in vitamins food unable to benefit of them. We see people eating iron-rich food without anemia improvement or calcium-rich foods without any benefit of ingested calcium. To get the desired results the body must have the required nervous and digestive ability first. If they are damaged, then the food will not be assimilated and so there will be no use of it at all! 

AYURVEDA GOOD PRACTICE

 

A certain food may be very good, but if you eat more than your body is able to process then the effect will be negative.

Ayurveda, for instance, recommends a number of rules based on the natural intelligence of the body in order to maintain a proper nutrition and to strengthen digestion:

  • Have lunch within a calm and quiet atmosphere.
  • Chose only food cooked with fresh ingredients.
  • Sit in a comfortable position while eating.
  • Eat at a moderate pace... until you are about 75% full.
  • Start eating only after your previous meal was digested.
  • Avoid talking while chewing your food.
  • Avoid cold food and iced drinks.
  • Do not eat at all when you are upset!
  • Avoid overeating!
  • Rest quietly few minutes after lunch.

Ayurveda also recommends the "conscious eating” technique! 

This technique helps you eat just as much as you need, getting satisfied more quickly and thus maintaining your weight within normal limits. The physiological explanation resides in the fact that the brain receives the signal of fullness from the stomach only after 20 minutes from the moment it is actually full. Thus, eating compulsively, the brain will not be able to send the “stop eating” signal.

Knowing how to improve digestion and assimilation is just as important as knowing what kind of food should be eaten (a principle widely applied in Ayurveda and  Hata Yoga, for example). Therefore, the eating patterns that stand on general rules do not take into account the particularities of each body and are not able to give a specific response to a specific nutrients need determined by the physical constitution, current condition, effort lodge, living environment ... 

 

The new principles of healthy eating converge with the ancient medicine principles which keep the focus on aspects relating to nature elements, integration of the individual into the environment, mental and spiritual balance and self-knowledge.

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