I have learnt first hand in the last couple of weeks that you can have a considerable degree of knowledge in regards to life or spiritual matters, but if your health is poor and you have pain, that is what your attention will be on to a large degree, and all the knowledge in the world and all the money in the world won’t hep you.
I have had an infected wisdom tooth and thought it was a simple matter of going to the dentist and getting it taken out. This was not the case as a lot of people who need a wisdom tooth extracted have to see a dental surgeon and get it cut out and this is the case with mine as I was told by the dentist I saw.
I look at all the times in my life when I ate too much crappy ”food” like chocolate bars, sweets, soft drinks, ice cream, cake, cookies, biscuits, chips etc. and am not surprised I am now having a tooth problem and in hindsight I would not have indulged so much in these junk foods and respected myself more.
But for the last ten or so years I have stuck with a relatively healthy diet and have not had ice cream, soft drinks, sweets, cookies etc. virtually at all. The simplistic fact is they are not foods but processed garbage and by putting them in your body it is just the same as putting anything but petroleum in your petrol tank in your car. It’s not going to run too well and the car won’t have great longevity.
So there are two detrimental factors in regards to eating garbage and that is it screws your health and vitality up, and it cuts the length of your life. If you are a smoker, more than moderate drinker or a drug taker as well as a big consumer of processed food, you aren’t going to have a long, healthy and good life, either.
Of course, the odd packet of chips, a chocolate bar here and there and an ice cream or milkshake on a summer’s day etc., are not going to be much of a problem to your health unless you have a pre-existing disease like diabetes or food allergies etc.
But if you just look at what most people put on the checkout counter at your local supermarket you will see the garbage they are putting in their bodies. No wonder the hospitals are full and there are line ups in the pharmacies of people waiting to get their prescriptions filled. And it has been proven over and over again a lot of people who have mental problems really are just nutrient deficient because of their processed food diets.
Also, now there is a lot of genetically modified foods sold and tests on rats have proven GMO’s can cause cancerous tumours. Another thing is, most of the fruit and vegetables sold are not organic and are covered in poison such as pesticides, although they are now selling more and more organic foods in supermarkets if you look on the labels.
So we have a choice to eat well and have greater health, vitality, happiness and longevity or eat poorly and have less health, less energy, be depressed or cranky and die much younger than we should, and potentially from a nasty disease like cancer.
So what should we be eating that will give us optimum health? That is a broad question because there are many different foods in the diverse cultures of the world. What is good for someone who lives in the Congo in Africa would not necessarily be good for someone who lives in Iceland.
I have been studying about healthy nutrition for more than thirty years and that is not to say I have anywhere near the best advice but from what I have learned the following is going to lead to a much more healthier, happier and longer life for the average Westerner if applied:
Grains – Some people are allergic to some grains but grain is the staple in most people’s diet because it is full of nutrients and fibre. Generally speaking the Asians have rice, Westerners have wheat and oats, South Americans maize, Africans millet etc. For people with gluten allergies there are many gluten free grain products such as breads and cereals.
Vegetables and Fruit – They are important as they are full of vitamins and minerals. Fresh, in season, organic and non GMO veges and fruit are vital for optimum health and many more supermarkets are selling these but you may have to go to organic fruit n veg shops to get a full range. Tinned fruit and veges are something to be avoided as they are usually full of sugar, chemicals and preservatives. If you have a sweet tooth, dried fruits are a healthy alternative to sugary junk.
Nuts and Seeds – Almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts etc. are chocker block full of minerals and very healthy (unless you have an allergy to any of them) and likewise seeds such as sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Cooking Oils – From my research coconut oil is the healthiest oil followed by olive oil and oils like canola should be avoided.
Dairy – Personally I do not eat any animal dairy foods as from my research milk is for babies only, plus ingesting another animal’s milk is not natural and not good for one’s health, and we are the only species that does it. Many people don’t ingest dairy for ethical reasons either, as they consider it animal abuse. There are many healthy alternatives such as coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk, rice milk, olive oil butter, coconut yogurt, almond yogurt, cashew cheese, soy ice cream etc.
Meat – One of the fastest growing practises in the world is veganism and massive numbers of vegan restaurants, cafes and food shops are opening up in many countries. Too much meat is not good for you and especially the meat you buy in supermarkets and butcher shops because those animals were pumped full of steroids and antibiotics. Even worse is smallgoods such as metwurst or bratwurst that are full of chemicals, preservatives, salt etc. I personally rarely eat meat except for fish which has very little fat in it.
There are other healthy foods such as sprouts and a wide range of ”superfoods” that are currently in vogue such as spirulina etc. and in health food stores there are no shortage of health bars and the like.
It is not only what you eat that determines your health but also what you drink , too. Tap water is full of the poisons fluoride and chlorine and should be avoided at all costs and replaced with natural spring water. Fresh organic fruit or vegetable juice is another good thing to drink but not the sugar and preservative filled fruit juices in supermarkets. These can be bought in health food stores or a good investment is a juicer or blender or both.
Also, there are many healthy food/cooking websites and You Tube channels on the internet and no shortage of healthy eating/cooking books in bookstores or on sites like amazon.
So, health and longevity are largely a choice and if you want optimum physical freedom, following a good diet is imperative. Two great quotes are ”You are what you eat” and ”Health is your greatest wealth”.
All The Best,