"Foods are like Puzzles to the Stomach"
We all need food to survive.
Thus it is inevitable that we will all grab something to eat in order to fill the hunger.
But how much are we aware of the ways in which different kind of foods can affect our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being?
Food In Depth
Food has to be absorbed for it to work its magic
One can eat the most nutritious food in the world. But realize this, if the body does not get absorbed in the stomach then what is the point? For instance, dead wood could be the most nutritious food for the white ant but to us we would not be able to digest it. For instance, milk could be nutritious to someone who could digest it, but not necessarily for a lactose-intolerant person. A piece of wheat bread could be nutritious and filling for one person, but someone with celiac disease would react to it negatively and so forth.
Thus when it comes to choosing food, it is important to choose the food that you can properly digest. And how do we develop such Knowing? You can simply start out by eating food simply by having one type of food at a time and see how well you digest i.e. if you experience gas or pain in the stomach or if you feel tired or any negative sensations then obviously the food is not digesting well.
To the body, digesting a piece of food is like solving a piece of puzzle. And a general rule of thumb, the less processed the food is, the easier it will for the stomach to solve that puzzle
Naturally, the body can easily solve the puzzle if the food is natural because natural foods are the ones that the stomach will find the easiest to understand, i.e. a piece of Banana, an apple, an orange.
These foods are familiar to the body because they are all from Mother Earth and poetically we are all from the same place i.e. one can see the Sea as the water in the body, the Fire as the heat in the body, the Soil as the Skin of the Body, the Air which is the breath of the body and so forth.
Thus digesting raw fruits and vegetables will be a more straight forward process than digesting processed food.
However, the more the food becomes processed the more layers there will be to that puzzle.
Processed foods here is defined as food that do not occur naturally in nature, i.e. food that is chemically altered, cooked, or mixed with other things.
As processed foods do not occur in nature it will take a longer processing time for the stomach to figure out what it actually is and how to process them.
It is true that some Natural Foods require dicing and cooking before one can actually swallow it into their mouth, i.e. grains, potatoes and so forth. But again, these food will still take longer to process than food that can be eaten without it being processed.
Here the article is not saying that all processed foods are bad, rather it is to bring to one’s awareness of how the “stomach thinks and digests” food so that one can better use this knowledge to choose the right food for them.
Cooking often simply adds one more layer to the difficulty of the puzzle and the stomach usually will have no problem in digesting the foods which are processed in this way.
However, when foods are overly-processed that is when the real problem will come. And generally it will require a young and healthy stomach to get through these kind of foods without suffering some kind of negative repercussion. An old or sick stomach simply will find it incredibly hard to take in processed foods.
What are overly-processed foods?
Think of a piece of bread. It is made of many ingredients, flour, water, yeast, salt, and most often with eggs, sugar and other chemicals to make it white, fluffy, pretty and storable.
Now when we take them into our body, think of the processes that the stomach wil have to go through to understand and break everything down for the body to understand and assimilate it into our system.
Although the stomach can be intelligent and unravel even the most intricate puzzles, another problem will arise when the energy expended in the process of solving the puzzle becomes greater than the energy gained from it.
Thus become aware of what you are eating.
Are you becoming tired after a meal?
Or are you gaining energy after a meal?
Naturally we want to be in a state of feeling happier and feeling more energetic after a meal but now it has become common to experience great fatigue after having a meal because of the work we force our stomach to go through digesting the complicated foods we put in our system – fried chips, doughnuts, cereals, candy bars, soda, smoking, beer and so forth.
Help the stomach with the puzzles by eating more simple foods.
Importance Of Addressing Food
It is important to address the unsuitable food that we are taking in because we may be eating food that is depleting our energy and not knowing it.
Having an unsuitable diet can create fatigue and slow down the healing process of the body. It can also affect the mood in the negative way. When one has a lack of energy one will see all activities as "tiring" and "undesirable."
Path Of Creator
Food In Relation To The Path Of Creator
The Path towards Happiness is a journey, and that journey can be accelerated if we feed ourselves the right food to provide us the energy and mentality to get there.
"What foods are best for us?"
As we turn our attention to Nature, what we will find is that all animals and even insects know instinctively what to eat and what not to eat. The cows and sheep know to eat the grass, the tigers know to eat meat, the birds even know what berries not to eat to avoid being poisoned.
Thus it is strange to wonder why that out of all the species, we being the most intelligent don't have the awareness of what is healthy and what is unhealthy for our bodies?
Naturally, our bodies are always communicating to the Self what it needs. The Self, when living in tune with Nature much like the animals will be able to Know intuitively what to eat to survive and be healthy.
However, when we are bombarded, enticed, and become distracted by so many "delicious" choices of food that the world has to offer: mixed foods, processed foods and so forth we can end up eating out of our Desires rather eating out of Necessity.
The body is intelligent and in every moment it is always communicating with us through body sensations what we need to be healthy. But when we let our desirous thoughts drive our life we can lose that communication.
It is by developing the Knowing of The Self that one can re-connect with our senses and become aware of one's sensations in every moment so that one may know when one is truly thirsty, when one is truly hungry, and come to know the subtle sensations of what kind of food one truly needs.
The subtle sensations will be missed when one is too focused on what one "Desires."
Stilling The Mind Through Food
It is thus important to develop the awareness of what our body is trying to communicate to us. A Catalyst can be used to allow us to not let our desires get in the way of the communication is to eat less and less flavourful foods in graduating steps. Because as we continue to bombard our palettes with intense flavours it will only end up with our mind craving for more once that intense experience is over. See Catalyst – Stimulation.
One can simply practise this by eating less processed foods and eating more natural food i.e. fruits and salads bit by bit to alleviate the desire to crave for delicious food. And over-time the old habits will be released.
This process can help to shift away from one's desires to eat out of deliciousness and towards what one needs to eat out to survive and be healthy. And then as the intention to re-establish that communication grows, one will become more and more aware of what food is harming the body and what food is beneficial to the body through observing the negative and positive sensations on the body created through eating different types of foods.
The Path begins with developing the understanding of how different kinds of food can impact our well-being. Although one can read from books to know all sorts foods that can provide nutritious benefits to the body - and this can be extremely helpful, one has to become aware that these nutritious benefits can only be beneficial if one can actually absorb and digest them. Thus one also has to take steps to become aware which kind of food is best suited for Oneself - i.e. realizing that some food can work for some but not for others.
And on the journey, one will realize that once one begins to choose the healthier foods for the body to digest, not only one’s physical well-being but also one’s emotional / mental wellbeing will begin to improve. Much of us are unaware of just how much damage we have been inflicting on the stomach with Negative Foods and Negative Thoughts thus the more work we do on ourselves the more opportunity we will be able to give stomach the opportunity to heal.
And what one will realize is that over-time the stomach will be able to become more efficient in digesting food and even able to solve the more intricate puzzles that it once had problems with - but this is not an excuse to begin eating more processed foods!
"Knowing The Self Through Food"
We can use food to develop the Knowing of The Self.
For instance, we may have an affinity towards spicy food.
And in looking deeper for the cause of this, we may find that this is because Spicy Food embodies the Idea of "Excitement," “Strong Emotions” - Ideas which are resonating with our deeper desires.
Likewise, we may like flavourless foods because we prefer to have a more mundane life.
Everyone will always have a different Idea towards the same food. Thus the cause for everyone' s affinities to the same food will always be different. Thus through observing the foods that we like we can find clues as to why we like it, and then developing that knowing we may find the cause of it.
Likewise, by developing the knowing of why we "hate" i.e. "Have a Negative Reaction" towards a particular type of food, we can then find clues as to the nature of our own sufferings.
Develop Experienced Knowledge
Ask yourselves the questions
"Did I gain energy from eating this food?"
"Did I lose energy from eating this food?"
Answering these questions will help you find which food is best for you.
And remember, everyone's body is different.
The Creator's MeditationLink here
When eating food it is best to be in a state of observation as one would be in The Creator’s Meditation because in this state one is not expending as much energy as a thinking / analyzing state.
It is important to be in this state because to digest food requires a great amount of energy. Thus when one is in a Negative state such as Anger, Impatience, or in a Stimulating State and so forth there will be not enough energy / focus for the stomach to solve the puzzles that are happening in the stomach thus indigestion and poor absorption of the food will occur and over time this can lead to a lot of health problems.
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