Our daily most usual act requiring our conscious attention is eating - we are literally what we eat. Think about how many times a day you eat or drink. You do it, and you will do it every single day forever. If the amount or quality of what you eat is unsuitable, sooner or later you will feel its effect. Though, every one of us is different and it is almost impossible to write one proper recipe that would serve everybody. But to my belief there are some general principles that followed would serve great every single person.
Food not only fills the stomach, but also refers to strong mental and emotional needs. If you feel internally empty, threatened, or not loved, you can try to please yourself with food, with its strong symbolic references. You can try to fill the empty blankness or use, like a weapon, with your fleshy body to keep your emotions in check or protect yourself from the outside world. Food can temporarily alleviate suffering and the effects of conflict, but also can often cause new problems.
The only way to solve this dilemma (as well as any other) is not the efforts and theories, but the increased space and vigilance. Since the main task of eating is to nourish the body - listen to your body. It sends you information and is not as deceptive as the mind. It can actually tell you what is healthy and right for you and what is not.
Rule one - listen to your body
The basic mistake we make in nutrition is to ignore the needs of the body and focus only on what we have assumed. If you have an irresistible urge to eat something, especially if it does not go away for several days and makes you feel the bliss for just eating / drinking - do it. The organism is most likely telling you what it lacks. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you should eat half the cake and explain yourself that it was body’s call. This rule also works the other way around - watch your body after eating a particular dish or ingredient that is new in your diet. If you feel bad, uncomfortable – your body is clearly refusing it and telling you that this is not good for you and you shouldn’t continue eating that. It’s also important not to radically change the diet. By going on any diet, if it is a short diet or new way of eating like ex. Veganism, we should be convinced that it is suitable for us. Watch your body every time you’re eating something new or changing habits, if the food you eat is good for you, you’ll feel light, full of strength and vital energy. However, if you are feeling sluggish - consider which ingredients of the meal is not appropriate and eliminate it from the diet.
Rule two – distinguish signs send by your body
Be alert at the first signs of hunger or the first thought of hunger. Think about whether the body demands food or whether the mind is seeking comfort and alleviation. Are you going to eat, driven by the power of habit? If you feel that it makes you compulsive, watch how it affects your body and mind. If you notice that you are trying to fight the temptation, also observe this process closely. If you look closely and carefully, you will see that both submissiveness and strong will do not last long because they operate within bipolarity. Effective can only be - rejection of action.
Rule three – balance your diet
Remember that the most important rule in life is to maintain balance in all its spheres. The difference is in the diet - a balanced diet provides the body with all the nutrients in the right proportions. Note if what you eat does not contain more chemistry and preservatives than valuable ingredients. If this is the case, you will not only notice no positive effects, and even the opposite: your health and appearance may deteriorate, and you will be overwhelmed by its impact.
Rule four – hydrate your body properly
The human body consists largely of water that evaporates every day. For the proper function of all organs, it is necessary to maintain an optimal level of hydration. Consume at least 1.5 litres of water every day - not only will you ensure that your body is properly hydrated, but you’ll also help to cleanse it. Drinking a glass of water after awakening - awakens the digestive system, especially if it is warm. You can also add lemon to awaken your digestive system and build vital strength.
Rule five - avoid acidifying your body
Do not forget to keep the acid-alkaline economy of the body normal. If it is acidified, the you will feel a drastic drop of your vital energy. There is also a feeling of well-being - both physical and mental. Plenty of daily diet ingredients have acidifying effects - such as mandarin, apple and banana, as well as cereals and rice or sweets. Meat also has acidifying effects, so it is good to reduce it or even eliminate specially if your bad cholesterol is high. It is worth knowing fact you may consider especially if you suffer from high cholesterol - vegetarian meals are typically low in saturated fat and usually contain little or no cholesterol. Since cholesterol is found only in animal products such as meat, dairy, and eggs, vegans consume a cholesterol-free diet.
Rule six – observe your food choices
The next step is observing food choices, whether you're cooking at home or eating out. What criteria are essential for you when choosing the type of food? Do they serve you? Do you really make the choice or is it your compulsion or pattern? If you cook yourself, use this exercise for a separate body-focused vigilance exercise, to understand your choices and conclude whether they serve you or not.
Rule seven – experience the food you eat
Eat slowly and carefully. Slowly raise the food to your mouth; feel its smell and taste; Bite carefully and without haste; swallow and feel as it passes through your body. In general, the slower you eat, the less you eat (remember, we usually eat much more than we need and can accommodate).
Rule eight – appreciate and salud your body as it is your temple!
Shortly - love, appreciate, feed and serve your body as well as possible! It will respond you with kindness and health. Your body is your temple so worship and feed it as something unique and wonderful 😊
"Joyous Health: Eat & Live Well Without Dieting" Joy McCarthy
"Eat Pretty: Nutrition for Beauty, Inside and Out" Jolene Hart