"Find the Diet that is perfect specifically for You"
Just the thought of eating delicious foods can make one droll. Perhaps right now, one is thinking about a perfectly cooked steak, a piece of well-seasoned grilled fish, or a scoop of velvety ice cream. It's a wonderful world we live in, full of culinary possibilities for the stomach to indulge in.
Some of us eat to live, but most of us would prefer the lifestyle of living to eat: to eat more than one needs, to satiate the mind's desires rather than the stomach's need. That is why the idea of limiting oneself to a particular diet can sound like a means to torture oneself, much like strapping a chastity belt on one's gut.
Why limit one's potential to experience pleasure by confining oneself to a diet?
In this article, we will explore some reasons to follow particular diets!
Diet In Depth
Reason For Diet
Diet is the type of foods one eats on a habitual basis. So, naturally, you would have your own particular diet. For instance, if you only eat the food that your family eats, then that would be your particular diet. But if you eat random stuff all the time, your diet will be composed of random stuff.
However, these days, specific diets have been created for people to follow.
What is the purpose of this?
Are we running out of food?
Or are countries trying to stop people from enjoying delicious food?
Well, both are true, but not the reasons. The primary reasons for following a particular diet will always be about improving one's health or to sort out some health problems.
Because people keep putting junk into their systems!
Types of Diets
These days, there are many types of Diet that one can adopt.
For example, the vegetarian, vegan, fruitarian, raw food diet has been around for quite a while.
New diets have surfaced too, such as the Paleo, Macrobiotic, Atkins diet etc.
And each diet can claim that it's the healthiest one to follow. But like religions that claim that their Gods are the only true god, it can be pretty difficult to choose which one to follow!
"Which Diet is The Best?"
Well, it would really depend on the individual.
Everyone's gut has its own ecosystem, comprising of communities of microorganisms praying that the food raining down on them won't be junk food because they would be the ones cleaning it up!
Realize that what exists in one's gut flora will be unique, dependent on many things such as one's health, one's constitution, one's lineage, one's native diet, what one has been eating all their life, and so forth.
Thus, to balance what is needed in the gut, some may need to eat more fish whilst another person may need to eat less meat. One person may need to eat more vegetables; the other, more nuts.
So, to discover what diet will work best for one will require one to take the journey of trying them out! See which one works the best from actual experience!
To give a diet a try, it's better to stick to it for a period of time, say a year or two, to see how your body reacts. Sometimes when you try a new diet, your stomach may not react to it well and pains can happen as if your stomach is kicking you from the inside.
But like introducing new alien friends you've found in outer space to your family at home, it will take your gut a few months to the new combination of foods you introduce inside. It may be that your gut just needs more time to develop the enzymes to digest the new food that you are taking in. So, if you experience problems in the beginning, it may be normal.
But don't take my word for it! Always listen to your doctor so you can sue him instead if something goes wrong! I am just here sharing with you my experiences and would prefer to not go to jail for it!
But in all seriousness, from experience, it's best to graduate slowly bit by bit to a new diet, introducing new foods into your system so that your gut can get used to them.
Give the gut some time to acclimate itself to its new friends so that you can really know whether a diet is good for you.
Thus, to know which Diet is best for oneself, one has to try it than rely on testimonials written by people with bright white smiles.
Path Of Creator
Diet In Relation To The Path Of Creator
The journey to greater happiness is a journey of working against for the body rather than against it! When we feed the body with junk, it's like feeding a car with mud. Problems will eventually arise when we don't treat the body—our vehicle for experience in this life—well!
Once you find the right diet for yourself, you will feel more energetic, the mind less clouded and more focused, giving you greater motivation to tackle all the challenges that the Universe "dish" out at you in life. Excuse the pun!
You will also be much happier! A lot of health problems can arise from the gut. And I would say that 20-40% of the unhappiness that you are experiencing now are caused by the poor choice of foods that you are putting into your system!
Imagine the amount of happiness you can gain back just by switching some of the foods that you eat!
To find the right diet for yourself thus will be a journey of Self-Knowing, of knowing Yourself, of knowing your Gut—an enlightening journey indeed!.
Realize that when you eat, you don't eat alone. Inside your stomach are trillions of bacterias helping you to digest the food you need for greater health. Some types can exist in excess and some can exist in deficiency. And every food you put in your system will determine the balance.
But instead of trying to improve your stomach through a microscope, you can simply try different diets to see how they work for you!
Or even better, learn about nutrition and create your own diet! Try different foods from time to time and see how your body handles them.
See the different kinds of diets simply as a motivation tool for you to try something new! At the end of the day, you want to be creating the perfect diet specifically for yourself.
The practise of meditation will help you to accelerate this journey because through the practice, your awareness will be heightened, helping you to detect the physical sensations that is happening on the body every time you eat something.
This will help you to detect whether or not you are gaining or losing energy, whether your stomach is reacting well or unwell to the foods that you are putting in, how the foods are affecting you emotionally and mentally, helping you to make more informed choices next time.
Some tips for you because I'm kind:
Eating cooked and root vegetables can help one to ground their mind, especially useful for those who tend to think a lot.
If you eat meat, eat less of it and have more vegetables. The alkalinity of vegetables will help to balance the acidity caused by your meat diet. When the stomach is too acidic, problems can arise!
If you eat only vegetables, then remember to eat a variety of them and also incorporate protein into your diet as a vegetarian diet can lack much needed protein, especially if you exercise a lot!
But at the end of the day, tips are just tips. You need to assess your lifestyle, study nutrition, so that you can know what is best for you!
The journey won't be easy! It will be a long journey of Self-Discovery and Gut-Healing. Sometimes, it can take years, even a decade, for the stomach to fully heal from the junk we've put in.
The destination is towards greater health!
Develop Experienced Knowledge
Every day, learn something new about different foods. Also, try new foods and see how your body reacts!
With time, you'll become an expert in knowing what your stomach really needs!
The Creator's Meditation / VipassanaLink here
As you Meditate, you will begin to experience different kinds of Physical Sensations throughout the body.
These physical sensations can be classified into different kinds of sensations such as fiery, floaty, heavy, cold, big, small, and so forth.
The more you develop the awareness of the different kinds of physical sensations that can happen on the body, the more you will become aware of how your body is reacting to the food you put in, allowing you to better discern whether or not they are good for your body and mind.
Know and Transform The Self!
Use the 10 Day Self-Knowing Vipassana to develop awareness of the body and mind. This will help you to become aware of what food is good for you by becoming aware of how different types of food affect your body and mind.