Alright, it’s time to talk about dieting and health. This subject has always been so fascinating to me because there are so many people who not only want to know how to be healthy and lose weight for example, but many believe there is some ‘secret’ that the universe is hiding from people. So many people want to know, just exactly what is the best diet for healthy living.
But if you were asked to give your opinion on what we as human beings are supposed to be eating for optimum health, what would be the first thing to pop into your mind? Maybe…..to stop eating junk and start eating healthy food choices, right? Well, of course, you might say, that’s just common sense. Yeah. It is. And healthy eating should be.
Didn’t Your Mother Tell You to Eat Your Veggies?
Greens and veggies. Is that not the first thing that pops into your head when you think about eating healthy? Doesn’t a big bowl of salad filled with all kinds of different vegetables in it slide right across the table of your imagination when pondering the subject?
Well, it’s true. And I know you probably don’t like to hear that. I mean, sure there are plenty of people who love to eat vegetables and be healthy. I like to be healthy but between you and me, if I had a choice I wouldn’t have anything to do with vegetables.
I eat them and get my greens because I know I need to for my health, but that’s about as far as it goes. I wish I could eat cake and be perfectly healthy.
The truth is, the healthiest things that human beings can eat, and what we need more of than anything, is fruits and vegetables. One of the coolest things I ever read in relation to diet and what the ‘best’ diet was for people is from the book Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond.
They say in the book that if our bodies are made up of something around 70% water, wouldn’t it make sense that we require foods that are 70% water? And the foods that contain that much water are of course, fruits and vegetables.
I just thought the idea was so brilliant and yet made so much common sense to me that I never forgot it. Interestingly, health gurus and even real gurus speak of the importance of eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables for all around health. I’m sure it’s not a coincidence.
It Really is All About Alkalinity
I’m sure there’s a good chance that you’ve heard of this concept before, but the optimum state of our blood stream and physical system is to be mostly alkaline rather than acidic. Once again, those foods that are going to bring us the most alkalinity are plant based foods like fruits and vegetables.
However, a good many of us are acidic and so we create an acid/alkaline imbalance in our system which leads to all kinds of health issues, including being overweight. The ideal is to keep a pH balance in our blood stream and system that is mostly alkaline, and the easiest way to do this is with lots of greens and fruits.
What Foods are Alkaline?
You might be getting a little sick and tired of hearing about fruits and vegetables so much, but truly that should be the bulk and core of what we as human beings are eating on a regular basis. They are not only chock-full of essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need, but they are filled to the brim with water.
Not only is there plenty of water within fruits and vegetable that serve to hydrate us, but the unique blend of water with the minerals and vitamins present in the fruit or vegetable you’re eating is something that can’t quite be duplicated by simply drinking a glass of water.
Not that drinking glasses of water isn’t a good thing to do, but I’m just saying that the hydration and water that one gets from eating fruits and vegetables is unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else. Hmm, maybe mother nature knew what she was doing all along!
Of course, drinking green drinks such as wheat grass or any other green supplement can work wonders as well for your health and help to keep you in a state of alkalinity. I’ll generally have a liter of wheat grass powder mixed in with some water daily, or another green supplement to keep me alkaline and vibrant.
On top of eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water to cleanse your system, it is important to keep the acid producing foods out of your diet as well. The biggest culprits of acid forming foods are as I’m sure you might be guessing, things like meat, sugar, alcohol, coffee, tobacco products and improperly combined foods.
Avoiding or keeping in check the foods mentioned here might seem like common sense to you once again, but what’s this business about proper food combining?
The Science of Natural Hygiene
The science of natural hygiene is essentially the optimum science for what we need to be eating as human beings. Of course, this comes from the book Fit for Life that I mentioned earlier, and if you are not familiar with it I highly recommend checking it out for yourself and adding it to your library.
Fit for Life goes all into the science of natural hygiene and a bit more in depth of what we’ve been touching on here as it relates to alkalinity and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables to keep our bodies hydrated. But another big aspect of natural hygiene has to do with what’s known as proper food combining.
Proper food combining is pretty simple too, which is nice, I love simplicity. Basically it says that ideally at a meal you should only be eating one concentrated food at a time. A concentrated food is anything that is not a fruit or a vegetable.
So, for example, you should only have a piece of meat with some salad for dinner let’s say, rather than meat, potatoes, and everything else people generally throw together and dump in their systems. Alkaline is used to break down starches like potatoes for example, while acid is used to break down things like meat in the stomach.
When both are present in the stomach acid and alkaline both come in and end up canceling each other out, creating all kinds of problems with the digestive process.
Start Listening to Your Body’s Needs
Of course you can read all the various books on health and dieting that you want, but at the end of the day you’ve got to listen to what your body is telling you. That is the way to know what you should be eating and what you should be avoiding.
Experiment with some things mentioned here such as increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables, drinking more water, cutting back on those things which are acid producing, and properly combining your meals. See how you feel with a little experimentation.
I can tell you I felt so amazing when trying these kinds of things, my body was getting the proper hydration, vitamins, minerals and was able to cleanse itself and process energy far better. It’s more of a restructuring of the way you eat and think about food while being more practical in your approach to your health.
This will allow you to be healthy, make sure your body is getting the nutrients it needs, while still being able to enjoy the foods that you like in moderation. Whatever you decide to do, getting proper hydration and nutrition will allow you to get AND give so much more from and to life.
Maybe your mama was onto something after all when telling you to eat your peas……