Part of the secret to a long and healthy life is in the food that we eat. As you well know, all foods are not created equal. Choosing and eating the right foods may help increase your life expectancy, as well as the quality of your life.
The Chinese and Ayurvedic approaches pay great attention to food therapy. They basically consider the stomach as being the place where all disease originates.
There is no single diet which is best for everyone. Diet essentially needs to be attuned to each person and their individual needs.
Emotions also play a significant part in our health. Emotions affect the way we eat and this in turn affects our health.
One food that is revered in Ayurveda is Kicharee. Kicharee is regarded in India as the perfect balanced, healing food. It is said that if Kicharee is eaten as the sole food for three weeks, it will cure all diseases.
There are many benefits to a three week diet of Kicharee. The blood chemistry, along with organic physiological processes is balanced, creating harmony. The dish consists of varying proportions of mung beans, brown or basmati rice, sea salt, ghee, coriander, cumin and turmeric powders. Want the recipe?
Generally speaking, foods can be broken down into three classes:
First class- Grains
Whole grains are the most valuable foods because they are primary energy foods. besides the creation of sugar from starch they also provide significant protein and some minerals. Legumes and other beans or seeds increase the protein value to the combination. Whole grains and beans are the most economical class of foods and are the primary foods of most peoples of the world. Unfortunately advanced economies such as the US and others, have resulted in this class of foods being abandoned for consumption on a daily basis.
It is said that the lack of sufficient whole grains in the diet is a major factor in the growth of degenerative diseases. A daily intake of whole grains and legumes in the region of 40 – 60% of the entire diet would be ideal.
Second class – Vegetables
Vegetables represent the secondary – but important – foods of a balanced diet (about 30 to 40% of the diet) Veges supply important nutrients and assist in the elimination of wastes. Try and use organically grown veges. It is critically important that vegetables are not over cooked and should still be crisp.
Third class – Meat, Nuts, Dairy and Fruits
This class of foods should really only consist of about 10 to 20% of the daily diet. Their nutritional value is highly concentrated which makes it very easy to “overdo” it!
Cooking meat with a spice such as ginger or garlic will help neutralize any toxic effects. Again try and eat organically produced meat.
Milk is not the “bad” food that many people label it as. Again it is not suitable in some instances. For instance if you are prone to mucus, lung congestion, tumors and skin lumps – avoid it. The only negative thing here as well is that cows generally – over their lifetime – have their fair share of antibiotics and other drugs injected into them and this must affect their milk.
Like every thing else there is an appropriate and inappropriate use for this food. It is not not generally recommended among the macrobiotic exponents. I believe that fruit eaten in season in moderation should not be harmful.
Building a better healthier body begins with what you eat!
On a final note – we all (or pretty much all) have had to undergo a course of antibiotics at some time in our lives. Some of us have had to undergo major surgery.
Every time this happens the “friendly bacteria” in our digestive system take a knock. Without these bacteria our digestive system – and ultimately our health can be compromised.
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