Val isn't playing life coach by sharing some useful ideas gathered over 7 decades of life experience and hundreds of books on human nature.
I have never taken supplements or steroids in my life and the only luxury I allow myself is tea.
-- Babu Antony
"Mental Diet" Priority
Ever since I switched from motto "You are what you eat", to "You are what you think", I designed my own philosophy about eating which basically goes like this:
Eat little, and when you do, let it be a minimum by quantity, and maximum by nutritional value.
So, for the first part of it, I am on intermittent fasting, not having almost anything but water for 18 to 20 hours, and then having my dinner, my smoothie and a small handful of nuts/seeds within the window of the rest of the allowed time.
When I say "almost" nothing for 18-20 hours, I mean that the first thing in the morning, without breaking my fast, I am having that tiny, but extremely nutritional pill of marine phyto-plankton. It's so loaded with goodies that I could afford to even eat junk for the rest of the day and still get much of what my body needs.
Then, in my smoothie I am having protein, a jam that's a mix of honey, lemon and ginger; also maca and moringa powders, black seed oil, and chyawanprash -- an Indian jam with 49 medicinal herbs.
Those nuts/seeds are primarily there to help with calories.
So, that's the minimum by quantity and my own chosen maximum by quality.
Now, an important due note pertaining to the title of this post: I am not suggesting that anybody follow my eating regimen -- remember, we are all different.
I am heavily into, what some are calling "vibrational medicine", so my choice of food vibrationally matches my energy-body. With practicing qigong, brainwave vibration technique, elevated emotions insistence, synchronization of brain hemispheres, kundalini, and bliss-at-will. (By the way, all that takes me about 90 minutes first thing early in the morning).
I feel great on that kind of eating routine.
You may not.
Half-jokingly, sometimes I am expressing the importance of mind-style with the following: There is a wizard-chemist in us, spying on our predominant emotions, attitudes, beliefs, and thoughts -- and according to what it sees, it may turn vitamin into crap, and crap into vitamin.
All joking aside, a predominantly pissed off dude's chemist may say something like:
"O.K., for maintaining this kind of crappy disposition you can't use these B-complex vitamins and omega-3, so I am turning them into crap". Body follows mind and heart, and there is much science to support this.
I still have to see in health food stores some vibrantly-healthy looking -- either customers or sales people. Not that I am frequenting there anymore as I used to, because, like I said -- my motto has switched from eating priorities to mind-style priorities.
And so far I have no reasons to regret it.
So, what prompted me to put so much weight on our mind-style over what we eat.
Few things, but to mention two most prominent among them -- in one of his books -- and I have read them all -- Dr. Joe Dispenza is mentioning many of spontaneous remission cases that he had studied. In all of them, those patients who beat their cancers without medical intervention did it without any changes in their diets. Some even continued to smoke. But they made a colossal change in their mindsets, now that "they had nothing more of life left but to enjoy it to its fullest". That produced the medical magic.
And the next medical oddity which radically changed my view on mind vs. diet -- was about those many well documented cases where individuals with multiple personality could eat some foods while "being one personality" -- but severely allergic to the same food while "being another person".
Different mindset changed physiology in the same body. That's amazing!
I take protein and amino acid supplements, but I honestly don't know if they do anything.
-- Rich Froning Jr.
A Science or a Guessing Game?
Those experts in nutrition are not only contradicting each other a lot, but some are downright embarrassing themselves on You tube.
Like this balding dude giving advice about "what to eat for a full head of hair". Or another one talking about the healthiest food on earth -- but looking pitifully undernourished, almost sick.
However, those to be watchful about are the ones with some attractive credentials, but in a total disagreement with each other. Their respective "lab results" are suggesting incredibly different conclusions.
So you have this popular Harvard authority on longevity who bluntly says how "antioxidants do nothing for you" -- whereas so many of others with similar credentials are swearing by the importance of antioxidants that are "scavenging free radicals" in the body.
Who is to believe?
Needless to say how many can be "smelled" to have been paid by either animal product giants or by the produce giants to give us theories about "what foods are killing us, and which ones will make us live up to our hundred". Talking here about the protagonists of keto or vegan dieting, of course.
Both sound incredibly convincing, and if you are reading the responses from readers, they are even making them more right -- but, merely because those are the ones whose bodies happened to respond well to this or that diet.
Before I go any further, let me insert this note: There are people with nutritional deficiencies, also those to whom a nutrient from a bottle may mobilize their slow immunity or other important function.
However, it's good to have a blood test before starting to self-medicate with supplements.
At the start of this post I was describing my own philosophy about nutritional needs, and I still want to re-emphasize now that many a symptom or syndrome may be psychogene by nature, and oftentimes correctable with a good stress management.
A holistic approach is always a good idea. If you ever visited one of those Ayurvedic therapists, he is likely to not ask you "where your body hurts" -- but "where your life hurts".
Now, getting back to those "experts", you would be amazed how many of them -- whether in their books or in You tube videos -- fish for audience by using the trick of "going against the grain".
Like, you may run into one that reads: "You are doing wrong by drinking 8 glasses of water each day". I am not kidding you. Once I found in my mail a booklet from an MD titled: "I haven't had any water in 20 years".
This is just an example, and I don't want to cram the space with those many more -- but you got an idea. They will make you read, maybe even convince you that you are doing something terribly wrong by doing what the most of the people are doing.
Just beware of those, will you.
One, I am skeptical of the effectiveness of nutritional supplements.
-- Michael Shermer
Let's Be Smart about Supplementing
Again, we all have our psycho-biological individuality, and what may work like an "elixir of life" for one, may intoxicate another's liver or kidneys. There is no "one-fit-all" rule to go by.
There was a time -- luckily many years ago -- when I collected a ridiculous number of those bottles, experimenting a lot and getting nowhere with that.
Now, whether you believe me or not, but so many times I regret to have accumulated all that junk-knowledge about nutrition. Especially as I am about to have my meal, I don't always succeed to remove those imposing thoughts about the food in front of me. like:
-- is it acidy or alkaline? Is it bad for cholesterol? What is its glycemic index? Is it fattening? What is its sodium content? Is it a right combination for stomach juices not to be confused? Am I crewing it enough?...Crap after crap after crap of smart-assing.
It was such a relief reading about those communities around the world called "Blue Zones, with a surprising number of very healthy, active, happy, even still horny centenarians.
They have no health food stores, they don't even eat what our experts would call a "balanced diet". And they hardly see any doctors. some smoke heavily. What all of them have in common seems to be a great natural stress management, they are happy, family oriented, connected with their community, and well -- not complicating their lives.
That last mentioned thing is particularly what we in modern cities are excelling at -- complicating our lives, including what we eat.
Hey, could we just use some "mental diet" instead, while following some ordinary and common sense eating routines.
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