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Healing with Foods >>> Food Habits

 

What is Food?

Every living thing on the face of the earth, irrespective of man, plants and animals, need nutrition to survive, grow and reproduce. Basically we eat food to live and not live to eat. It means that for the survival we can have simple food that nature is providing us: Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Nuts etc. Food not only sustains our physical being, but it also affects our mind. “We are what we eat”. Determination is directly related to what we eat. If we eat bad food, it will affect our mind in negative way and therefore we will face diseases. On other hand, if we eat food with good vibrations, then it will help achieve calm mind and physical health.

Food Habits to Develop

  • Simple food is healthy food; there should not be too much variety at one time.
  • Do not drink water after meals. But after 1 hour drink plenty of water.
  • Eat when hungry.
  • Stop eating when ¾ full.
  • Food should be well masticated; chew each bite 36 times before swallowing.
  • Do not sleep after meals. If you need rest, then lie on the left side only.

 

 

Selection of Food

The selection of food is according to each one’s temperament. The soul must be satisfied with the food and drink. Soul always tells if a particular food is good for us or not, but we tend to ignore it and eventually suffer. If we follow our soul then right food will be selected at the right time, and digested.

Kinesiology based: This method never fails you. Let your body chose the food which is best for it.

  • First stand straight.
  • Keep left hand fist closed on heart, and outstretch right hand parallel to ground.
  • Ask someone to pull down right hand. Resist as much as possible.
  • Keep the eatable in left hand and keep it on heart & right hand parallel to ground.
  • Ask someone to pull down right hand.
  • If the food is beneficial to you, your resistance power will increase; but if the food is not beneficial then the resistance of right hand will be decreased.
  • You can also test the drink and/or any other food by touching it with left hand instead of placing the food in left hand.

Raw vs Cooked: One should balance raw foods with cooked foods. Do NOT overcook foods.

  • Live/Raw food has the highest quality and quantity of pranic energy, nutrients, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, bioelectrical energy, biologically active water, pi-electrons, bio-photons.
  • Cooked food on the other hand would reduce certain amounts of vitamins, nutrients but at the same time it increases the bio-availability (more available for body to absorb) the remaining nutrients. They are easy on digestive system. BUT cooked food should NOT be saved and eaten for the next day or even the next meal.
  • Overcooking and charring can be a problem. Boiling the life out of greens will indeed reduce the nutrient load. And charring meats and vegetables creates cancer-causing chemicals. The solution, however, is not to stop all cooking, but rather to steam, lightly saute or stir-fry vegetables, and to make more soups.

Alkaline/Acid based: For maximum health and mental balance the blood should be slightly alkaline. A good balance of acid and alkaline-producing foods in your diet is about two-thirds alkaline and one-third acid. Make vegetables the heart of your diet, along with fruits, nuts, legumes, and simple dairy products. Cut down on sweets, starchy foods and protein, and be moderate in your use of fats and oils.

  • Alkaline foods: It rebuilds and tones organs, nerves and glands. It helps maintain good health, and keeps one balanced, calm and reflective. Sweet and sour fruits, green vegetables, legumes, milk, yogurt, paneer, cottage cheese and buttermilk are all excellent alkalinizers. Some of these foods, like citrus fruits, are acidic in their natural states but have an alkalizing effect on the blood.
  • Acid foods: Meat, fish, eggs and most starches (including sweets) acidify the blood.
  • Neutral foods: Fats like ghee, butter, and oil are neutral foods, but they are also highly concentrated, and therefore, hard to digest. Eating them in excess can also have an acidifying effect. Butter or any other oil during cooking is not good for health. But one can add cold-pressed oil or butter while serving as it will build up the health. 

Element based: One must select the foods as per their constitution and season.

  • Airy/Sattva foods: Fruits and nuts are in the highest level above the ground and contain more of the airy element in their atomic construction.
  • Warmth/Rajas foods:They are little higher above the ground. They contains more of the fiery electric charge in its makeup. e.g Papaya, Sesame seed, Sunflower seed, Grains, Pulses/Legumes etc.
  • Moisture foods: Foods which are grown above the ground but nearest to it. They are rick in filtered minerals. e.g Green vegetables, Cucumbers, Melons, Squash, Pumpkins. Mostly acid foods are found on this level. Sea foods also come this classification.
  • Earth/Tamas foods: Foods grown under the ground and nearest to the surface on the top of the ground. They have more mineral content on its composition. e.g all root vegetables, herb roots.

Food Combinations

Do not eat

With

Fruit

Any other food. Eat half-an-hour before meal or 2 hours after the meal. There are exceptions, such as certain cooked combinations, as well as dates and milk.

Melons

Anything. Melons should be eaten alone or left alone.

Milk

Bananas, Cherries, Sour fruits, Bread containing yeast, Fish/Meat, Kitchari, Yogurt.

Hot drinks

Yogurt, Mangos, Cheese, Fish/Meat, Starch.

Yogurt

Fruit, Cheese, Eggs, Fish/Meat, Hot drinks, Milk, Nightshades.

Legumes/Pulses

Cheese, Fish/Meat, Eggs, Yogurt.

Nightshades

Dairy, Cucumbers, 

Radish

Bananas, Raisins, Milk

Lemons

Cucumbers, Milk, Tomato, Yogurt.

Acid/Sour foods

Starches (bread, cake, cereals, grains), Potatoes, Rice. Starch foods should be chewed dry and not washed down with liquids such as milk, coffee, tea, soups, or water.

Protein foods

Starches

 

 

How to determine one’s Constitution

From ¼ glass of water (at room temperature) take one sip; pause; take another sip. And think about the taste. Once we determine our constitution, then we can easily avoid the foods that aggravate that condition.

  • If it tastes bitter, it denotes Vata Prakruti (Air + Space dominate)
  • If it tastes sweet, it denotes Kapha Prakruti (Earth+ Water dominate)
  • If it tastes salty, it denotes Pitta Prakruti (Fire + Water dominate).

Problems with Modern Food

  • Chemical foods: Most of the foods in market are GMO and sprayed with chemical fertilizers, pesticides. Is this natural?
  • Processed foods: Most of the time we eat processed food which are stripped of their main nutrients and laden with synthetic ingredients, preservatives etc.
  • Over-eat or Under-eat: We either overeat with wrong food or under-eat. In either body is not provided the nutrients it requires for healthy body.
  • Working in wrong direction: These days the people who thinks of themselves as educated in health related matters (including most of the nutritionists) are not aware of the real-facts of food; they are so concerned with the protein, calories, vitamins, and minerals in food that they totally forget that every food once inside body is bound to have bio-reactions. And foods also contain other subtle and phytonutrients.

How to adjust with Modern Processed Food

In this modern world, it is not possible for everyone can grow its own food and very hard to get non-GMO food. So, the next best option is to adjust with whatever we have. The nutrients of any fruit and/or vegetable slowly reduce once it is picked from its source; then again it losses more while storing, transportation, and cooking. On top of it, it also acquires some negative energy from fertilizers, pesticides, and pollution. Therefore, it is very important to charge the food before eating as follows:

  1. Pray to God before having your food
    • Thank God for providing us food as food is His grace or not our work.
    • Pray to God: As we do not know if the food contains good or bad vibrations, please take care as we are eating what he has provided.
  2. Charge your Food
    • Touch food with all of 10 fingers. Finger tips emit electromagnetic forces.
    • Place your hands at the sides of your bowl, as near the food as possible. Then visualize the energy flowing through you, into the food, making the food radiant with light. This can be done mentally without the hands, but it is best that you learn to walk before attempting to run, so it’s best to do it with the hands at first, and at least until it’s mentally automatic.
  3. Eat/Drink Consciously
    • Be silent and pay attention to the type of food it is, its color, how it tastes, and how you are enjoying it. This is the conscious way of eating food.
    • Do not watch TV etc. while eating food.
    • Don't eat if you are not calm. It’s unhealthy to fight at the dining table and before going to bed.

Further Reading:
  • Holistic Health By Swami Rama
  • Some Esoteric Views On Food Cooking By Master Beinsa Douno
  • Everybody Guide To Nature Cure By Harry Benjamin
  • Foods For Healing and Health By Yogi Harbhajan Singh
  • Nutrition and Stimulants By Rudolf Steiner
  • Health Via Food By William Howard