The Nine Essentials of Health #3: Proper Inner and Outer Environment
Add whole food supplements, digestive enzymes, amino acids, and probiotics daily. Eat food grown and raised locally. Know your farmer! Choose supplements carefully. Soap, lotion, beauty and cleaning products: If you would hesitate to eat it, don’t use it!
When is the last time you woke up at 5:00 a.m. in order to get out into the fields by 6:30 and begin bodily farming duties that would last non-stop until noon, then pick up again at 12:30 and last until sundown?
When is the last time you woke up at dawn and headed out to hunt for deer or with which to feed your family?
Can you remember the last time you woke up at dawn and gathered your fishing gear together so you could climb onto your boat and fish for that evening’s supper?
If you did any of those three activities in the last year, did you see a fast food restaurant or coffee shop in the forest or the fields or the ocean? Were you unable to order pizza or Chinese food delivery for lunch, or run out for a quick giant iced coffee and a chocolate pastry at 2 p.m.? Were you able to sit comfortably in your car or commuter train for an hour each way to work, or did you travel by foot, tractor, or boat to and from home?
Well, then, I can understand why you would eat a plate of bacon, eggs, potatoes, toast, coffee, juice, and pastry for breakfast. I can understand why you would try to replenish with a huge sandwich or a big platter of hot something-or-other for lunch, and why you would be hungry for a big slab of meat, pasta, stew, beer, wine, bread, greens, and pie for dinner. I can understand that you need all those calories for the physical energy that you expend all day, every day, before you pass out at 8:30 p.m. at the latest so you could wake up at the crack of dawn the next day and start your laboriously-filled day all over again.
At least, that’s been the Western model of eating for eons. We hid away in caves or whatever in the deep dark of night, rose with the sun, and made sure we got out and hunted down our meat and gathered our herbs, berries and veggies. There was no pizza delivery, no fast-food restaurants, and no coffee shops. We traveled with the seasonal growths and the migratory patterns of animals. Nothing was ever certain. So we loaded up on as many calories as we could in one sitting.
Our bodies have changed very little since our days as early Homo sapiens. Evolution takes time (that is Redundant Wisdom quote #s 1 and 2). Our bodies take in nourishment, use what they immediately need, and convert remaining nourishment for storage in our fatty tissue. During times of hunger, our bodies survive by reconverting the stored nourishment into usable fuel until we can eat again. We as a species evolved in a state of feast and famine, and our bodies have not caught up to our modern day lifestyle.
Today, when we are hungry, if we don’t know better, we load up on fatty, carbohydrate-laden foods until we are full. Because the food we eat is not in its pure, natural form as it once was, our bodies use what little utilizable nourishment is available almost immediately and stores the remainder in our fat. So, despite the fact that we have food all around us, we are malnourished. Because of this, and because our food is often specifically engineered to stimulate our appetite, we grow hungry very quickly – even after a large meal — and end up noshing throughout the day while still gorging ourselves at mealtime.
Simultaneously, we do not use our fuel as we once did. About 49% of us are completely sedentary. We sit in our cars, we sit at our jobs, we sit when we get home, we lie down and go to sleep. The 51% of us that do exercise take their exercise deliberately, because we have been educated to do so, not out of necessity.
We simply do not need to gorge ourselves, nor do we need to space our food out between only two to three meals a day. Indeed, if we do, our bodies believe we are in a very tenuous eating condition and acts as if we need to conserve our energy. Our metabolism slows; we have very little energy and are even tired after we eat. We cannot just stop eating to lose weight, because the same thing happens, only worse!
The answer is to tell our bodies that we are all right; that we have sufficient stores of good food so we can use energy in the food we do eat right away. We do this by eating five or six small meals every two to three hours – meals no bigger than the size of one fist – and making certain those meals consist of a good balance of whole food proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and soluble fiber.
We also drink a sufficient amount of filtered water a day – but we’ll cover that aspect in a future blog post.
What’s more, and what is not widely understood, is that we must consider the quality of life our food had before we eat it.
What do I mean by that? All right; let’s consider two cows.
One cow was conceived and born naturally in an open grassy prairie setting. It was able to run free and commune with other cows and bulls, and live a happy, natural life eating good grass and drinking pure water. Because it was happy, its muscles develop well and its blood did not have a bunch of stress hormones running through it. Instead, it had a bunch of happy, contented hormones in its blood. It was killed in a humane manner after living well, so even its death was easy and did not invoke a lot of free-flowing stress hormones when it died.
That cow brings forth our milk and eventually becomes our food. Because its milk, meat and juices contain health and happiness, it brings our bodies health and happiness.
Let’s consider the other cow.
The other cow is conceived and born in a small, crowded cage of another cow who is miserable; who was altered genetically to have fatty muscles, enlarged organs, and grossly enhanced mammary glands to bring forth as much milk as possible. It, therefore, is the same. It is sick and stressed its whole life. So it is fed antibiotics constantly in a swill consisting of genetically-altered grains, the remains of its fellow sickly stressed out cows, calves, and bulls, and whatever else is lying around. It is perpetually impregnated and never let loose to roam around, and dies miserable, without consideration to humane treatment, in a factory setting.
Therefore, its meat, milk, and juices are made of stress, sadness, confusion, and poisonous illness.
This analogy is not fantasy. “Conventionally” farmed animals create our illness. Free range, happy animals create our health. We are literally what we eat.
The same goes for our plants. Don’t think our plants do not suffer when we overfarm them in soil until there is no natural nutrients left, alter them genetically and feed them pesticides and artificial fertilizer. I won’t go too far into it in this post, but a sick, unnatural plant treated inconsiderately has little-to-no nourishment for us. Mostly, it gives us poison through the chemicals in its leaves, buds and roots. Energetically, a sad plant makes us sad and sick.
By contrast, a plant harvested in its natural environment, raised among other cooperative plants in healthy, nourishing soil, in proper sunlight, water, and season, yields happy, potent, nutritious food for us.
Along with a proper inner environment, we need to surround ourselves with a proper outer environment. Everything we wash with, adorn our face and bodies with, and clothe ourselves in affect our health and our perception of the world. If our bodies don’t recognize what is on them as natural, it cannot respond naturally. We can just as easily poison ourselves with skin crème and hair dye as we can with poison that we eat. Therefore, every toiletry and piece of clothing we use and wear should have the same criteria for our use as our food.
That means we live consciously, and treat our environment well. We know who our farmers are, what ingredients they use, how they raise their products, and whether or not they are honorable people. We live with awareness, without blindly going through a drug or grocery store and throw food in our carts without considering its constituents. We avoid fast food restaurants and opt to cook our foods ourselves, freezing what we do not immediately need in environmentally safe packing and containers.
It takes awareness, and consideration. It seems a waste of time, but in fact, it is a time saver that favors sustainable health and personal relationships that get easier over time.
Try it. You’ll like it!
Next time: #4: Meditation/Prayer
Truthtime question: What did you eat for breakfast?
Posted on 12/03/2012, in Uncategorized and tagged Archaic Homo sapiens, Chinese cuisine, Dietary supplement, Dining Guides, Eating, Fast food restaurant, Food, Genetically modified organism, Meal, Nutrition, Recreation, Wine tasting descriptors. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.