The Energetics of Food
Diet is concerned with all energetic substances which are encountered and absorbed into the human being via the various bodies (physical, mental, emotional, etc). Food diets have been abused and misunderstood for thousands of years and especially today. Consider the process of eating to be, primarily, about deriving pure energies, and secondarily about nutrition. Wise eating practice considers the energetic characteristics and environmental history of each individual food from pre-conception, growth, harvesting, selling, culinary preparation and digestion. Pure foods are those that have been grown with love and respect, and are free from contamination by pollution, adulteration and selfishness.
Choose and prepare the purest foods with great love and respect. Eat your food in a clean and peaceful environment.
General Food Information
Below is some general information about choosing, preparing and combining foods. Take some time to familiarise yourself with it. It is not complete, and may not exactly suit you. However, you should be aware of where your own diet varies with it. Enlightenment-Potential students who need specific dietary information should see Oshana or find a good naturopath or doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine.Liquids
If your body is hydrated it will be able to wash out toxins, do work and will feel less hungry. If your body is dehydrated it will become toxic, over-tired and tend to get hungry - this tends to create stuck energy.
Water is the best liquid. Soups and fresh pressed fruit juices are an efficient way to absorb nutrition. Liquid diets are flushed out of the body faster.
1. You may drink certain organic herbal/spice teas. But do not have too much of one herb, and have some water from time to time.
The wise eat to derive and maintain certain energies.
Food diets need to take into account times of day, food combinations, climate and work.
Morning is the best time to eat raw fresh fruit and drink fruit juice.
When having fruit it is best to avoid any heavy or sticky foods (wheat products and bread) that clog up the digestive tract and cause the fruit to ferment. Milk products may curdle in the stomach.
It is probably best to avoid muesli when having fresh fruit.
Manual workers may require carbohydrates. Dried fruits and nuts are good.
Noon is a good time to have fresh raw vegetables, vegetable juices and cooked vegetables. In cold climates you may eat more cooked vegetables. Raw vegetables have more life-energy than cooked vegetables. Some vegetables have to be cooked, grated, marinaded, combined or spiced to be more digestible.
Hard vegetables that require cooking, like roots, are best for cold climates. Soft watery vegetables are best for hot climates.
Some grains may be added to vegetables to obtain carbohydrates, for manual workers, but it is preferable to use root vegetables, beans and nuts. Sprouted grains are full of life-energy and can be easier to digest than some cooked grains. They should be considered as fresh vegetables.
Soya-bean derivatives like tofu, tempeh, seitan and texturised vegetable protein (TVP) may be eaten, but these can block digestion if not chewed sufficiently, and are not appropriate for everyone.
Vegetable dishes should include green vegetables.
Grains may be cooked eat in the evening. Heavy fried foods, and fruit, should be avoided. If you are eating late then only light foods should be eaten. Certain foods that stimulate the body and mind should be avoided, e.g yoghurt.
Obtain organic foods.
Do not use aluminium products to cook or serve food. Non-stick (Teflon) and enamel surfaces can be toxic if scratched. Glass is easy to clean and non-reactive. Cast-iron and stainless-steel pots are easy to clean. Clay-pots sometimes have a chemical glaze (which should be avoided).
Avoid Heavy, sticky or fried foods should be avoided, e.g. breads, cakes, toffees and doughnuts. Milk, wheat, eggs and sugar. may people are allergic to these without knowing. Caffeine, coffee, black tea, green tea, cocoa, chocolate. These are stimulants. Fruit at night. It creates an acid stomach.
Any animal products where an animal has been killed, e.g. honey. Processed foods. Ready made-meals. Frozen and canned foods. Foods containing chemicals: pesticides, additives, preservatives, artificial taste enhancers or colourings. Avoid m.s.g (Mono-sodium glutamate, "a-ji-no-moto", "may-jing") and salt. Foods that were prepared or cooked the day before especially if not refrigerated. Avoid fermented products, e.g. vinegar (wheat-free tamari and miso are OK). Use lemon/lime juice instead.
Non-fruit meals should have the five (element) tastes if you need to feel satisfied. The five tastes are sweet, spicy/pungent, salty, bitter and sour. Do not use sugar or salt.
All diets should daily include green chlorophyll rich substances, raw foods, natural or cold pressed vegetable/nut fats.
When you feel satisfied you will not need to over-eat.
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