Healthy Eating

There is a lot of information available now of what to eat, but it’s also very important HOW to eat. Yogis who mastered the knowledge of physical health realize that the eating process is much more than just inserting food into the stomach. It is a physical, energetical, mental and spiritual process.

The food is made of tiny cells possessing consciousness of their own (even if very little, less than animals and plants), and their love and happiness depends a lot upon the relationship with you. It affects them as the relationship with your loved ones affects you. I am not saying they have emotions like us or even like the animals, but there have theirs in their own plane of existence. Maybe could be explained as something like between animals’ emotions and the love of a magnet for metals. The processes of mastication, insalivation and energetical one when chewing are also very important to optimize the absorption of energy and nutrition.

Below are a couple of quotes from a great authority that could change your health life. You can read more of their teachings in the book “Hatha Yoga or The Yogi Philosophy of Physical Wellbeing by Yogi Ramacharaka”.

 

“To the Yogi, food does not mean something to tickle the abnormal palate, but instead it means, first, Nourishment; second, NOURISHMENT, and third, NOURISHMENT. Nourishment first, last and always.

To the Yogi understanding Man should eat to live-not live to eat.

Hunger is the normal demand for food—Appetite the abnormal craving.

A man acquires an appetite for tobacco in any of its forms; or for liquor, or for chewing-gum, or for opium, morphine, cocaine, or similar drugs. And an appetite once acquired becomes, if anything, stronger than that natural demand for food or drink, for men have been known to die of starvation because they had spent all of their money for drink or narcotics.

The lower animal has a natural hunger until it is spoiled by contact with man (or woman) who tempts it with candies and similar articles, miscalled food. The young child has a natural hunger until it is spoiled in the same way.

Natural hunger-like natural Thirst expresses itself through the nerves of the mouth and throat… The stomach gives no symptoms whatever, and is not at all in evidence at such times. One feels that the “taste” of good wholesome food would be most pleasurable. There is none of those feelings of faintness, emptiness, gnawing, “all-goneness,” etc., in the region of the stomach. These last mentioned symptoms are all characteristic of the Appetite habit, which is insisting that the habit must be continued.

In the natural state of man, mastication was a most pleasant process, and so it is in the case of the lower animals, and the children of the human race to-day. The animal chews and munches his food with the greatest relish, and the child sucks, chews and holds in the mouth the food much longer than does the adult, until it begins to take lessons from its parents and acquires the custom of bolting its food… And this sensation is experienced from the plainest kinds of food, which do not appeal particularly to the taste, as well as to those foods which are special favorites of your particular taste. To describe this sensation is almost impossible, for we have no English words coined for it, as its existence has not been fully recognized by the Western races. The best we can do is to compare it by other sensations at the risk of being accused of presenting a ridiculous comparison or illustration. Here is what we mean: You know the sensation which one sometimes feels when in the presence of a highly “magnetic” person-that indescribable feeling of the absorption of strength or “vitality.” Some people have so much Prana in their system that they are continually “running over” and giving it out to others, the result being that other persons like to be in their company, and dislike to leave it, being almost unable to tear themselves away. This is one instance. Another is the sensation which one obtains from being close to another whom one loves. In this case there is an interchange of “magnetism” (thought charged with Prana), which is quite exhilarating. A kiss from the loved one is so filled with “magnetism” that it thrills one from head to toe. This gives an imperfect illustration of what we are trying to describe. The pleasure that one obtains from proper and normal eating, is not alone a matter of taste, but is largely derived from that peculiar sensation of the absorption of “magnetism” or Prana, which is very much akin to the examples above mentioned, although, until one realizes the similar character of the two manifestations of energy, the illustration may evoke a smile, or possibly ridicule.

“The Yogi eats his food slowly, masticating each mouthful so long as he “feels like it;” that is, so long as it yields him any satisfaction. In the majority of cases this sensation lasts so long as there remains any food in the mouth, as

Nature’s involuntary processes gradually causes the food to be slowly dissolved and swallowed. The Yogi moves his jaws slowly, and allows the tongue to caress the food, and the teeth to sink into it lovingly, knowing that he is extracting the food-prana from it, by means of the nerves of the mouth, tongue and teeth, and that he is being stimulated and strengthened, and that he is replenishing his reservoir of energy. At the same time he is conscious that he is preparing his food in the proper way for the digestive processes of the stomach and small intestines, and is giving his body good material needed for the building up of the physical body… The motion imparted to the food by the action of the jaws, tongue and cheeks in the act of mastication, causes it to present new atoms to the nerves ready to extract the food-prana.”

A maxim of Hatha Yoga is: “It is not what a man eats, but the amount that he assimilates, that nourishes him.” There is a world of wisdom in this old maxim, and it contains that which writers upon health subjects have taken volumes to express.

Yogi Ramacharaka, Hatha Yoga or The Yogi Philosophy of Physical Wellbeing

 

Those who follow the Yogi plan of eating will obtain a far greater amount of nourishment from their food than does the ordinary person, for every ounce is forced to yield up the maximum nourishment, while in the case of the man who bolts his food half-masticated and insufficiently insalivated, much goes to waste, and is passed from the system in the shape of a decaying, fermenting mass… The mastication breaks up the food into small particles, allowing the fluids of the saliva to interpenetrate it, the digestive juices of the saliva performing their necessary work, and the other juices (mentioned above) acting upon the atoms of food in such a way as to liberate the food-prana, thus allowing it to be taken up by the nervous system.”

 

Yogi Ramacharaka, Hatha Yoga or The Yogi Philosophy of Physical Wellbeing