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|Integral Yoga of Princeton
by Prahaladan Mandelkorn
Good health and happiness are our birthright. Dont trade
According to yoga sages, the three main causes of disease are
stress, toxins, and bad eating habits.
|Here are some good eating habits advised by the
1. TOTALLY DIGEST THE LAST MEAL before eating again. If
people only waited long enough for everyone to digest there wouldnt be
any hospitals. How do you know when everythings digested: When
theres a raging appetitethen its time for dinner.
ONLY WHEN YOURE REALLY HUNGRY. That means eat for your stomach, not
for your tongue, not for the clock, not out of habit, nor for social reasons
only. No matter how recently or how much was eaten before, people often feel
false hunger at habitual mealtimes. Sometimes too, you see or smell
something nice and immediately you feel hungry, or look at the clock and think,
time to eat. Instead have a glass of water, wait ten minutes. False
hunger will disappear. If it returns in force, its authentic. Eat and
3. STOP PUTTING TOXINS IN YOUR BODY. Some very useful
things in this world are strictly poison for the human body. Despite
conventions of the day, caffeine, nicotine, purine, alcohol, dope, drugs,
uppers, downers and most chemical preservatives in packaged foods are toxic.
All flesh foods have purine, red meats most of all. Lungs were not designed for
nicotine otherwise youd find it in the air free of charge.
Psychedelics and marijuana weaken the nervous system; caffeine burns out the
adrenal glands. Some people can cut out toxins all at once. Most people find it
easier to ease into a healthier diet over a period of weeks.
CHOOSE VITALITY FOODS. Rather than always worrying about what to avoid,
focus on putting healthy food: fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, seeds, nuts,
tofu, beans, dairy products, honey and fruit and vegetable juices. Little by
little move toward clean, plain food. Choose easily digestible foods, not too
spicy, nor full of stimulants. Eat for energy, not for your tongue. Your taste
will change quickly.
5. TAKE SIMPLE MEALS not mixing too many
foods in one meal. Its easier for the body to digest and assimilate one
food instead of two, two rather than three, and so on. When you use less energy
for digestion, theres more for you during the rest of the day.
Youll need less sleep too. Its not always necessary to balance this
and that in one meal. More important is taking healthy easy-to-assimilate food.
For most efficient digestion, its advised to eat either all cooked or all
raw in one meal, all fruits or all vegetables. For example, raw food requires
more time to digest. When you mix raw and cooked in the stomach, only a small
portion of the raw food digests.
6. DRINK WATER WITH YOUR MEALS,
not milk, not soda, not juices just water. And that water should only be
sipped occasionally. Its best not to drink much until 20 minutes after
youve finished eating. When you wash down your food with liquids, the
digestive juices are diluted. Only part of the meal is digested. The rest
remains in the stomach fermenting, turning to gas and mucous. That clogs you up
and lowers your resistance to colds, flues, etc.
7. WHEN YOU EAT,
JUST EAT dont read, or watch TV, or even talk much. Chew the
food well, enjoy the taste. In fact, meditate on what youre doing. If you
think about anything else, be sure to think positive thoughts. Food you eat
affects your mind as well as your body. Thoughts during eating go into the food
and affect you later.
8. DONT EAT WHEN YOURE ANGRY,
DEPRESSED OR IN A HURRY. Food taken at such times is poisonous. It
doesnt digest, and leaves you feeling worse. Better to wait awhile to
eat, even if that means missing the meal. Its good to skip a meal now and
then anyway build a great appetite, digest everything.
DONT EAT BEFORE YOU GO TO BED even for several hours. If
youre really hungry at night, have a warm beverage, or perhaps a piece of
fruit. If you can train your mind to let you sleep like a baby, awaken hours
earlier, refreshed and raring to go. If you eat at night, your dreams are
fitful, you need additional hours sleep and you wake tired.
CONSECRATE THE FOOD before offering it in your living temple. Consider
where it all comes from originally, and how its energy might be used most
nobly. Lord, thanks for giving me of yourself as this food. Kindly grant
me discriminating wisdom, non-attachment and peace of mind to be of service to
your creation. Or say your own prayer. Be sincere. Then eat with this
thought in mind.
11. NO FANATICISM, no extremes. Even with all
these guidelines, keep your life flexible, and be willing sometimes to bend the
rules a little. Dont batter your friends with your opinions. Instead,
inspire them with your radiant health and good cheer.