Basic Health Food Attitude. Let's think about diet in general. The most basic attitudes are
those expressed by the well-known statement, 'Some people eat to live, and some live to
eat.' Eating is seen either as a means of self survival and a process that must be fulfilled
in order to keep body and soul together, or eating is an exceptionally satisfying
experience of the senses which must be indulged in at least 3 times a day and more often
if possible, or eating is a necessary function of nature which is both pleasurable and
functional and is therefore to be considered as part of our daily life and culture.
Depending upon your particular personal attitude, you will either follow the inclination to
pay more mental attention to diet or you will prefer to remain in the present, but
temporary, comfort of familiar tastes and habits, unconcerned as to your choice of food,
its quality, good or bad, and its affect upon your health or your family's. If the sensory
aspect of food is predominant then you will continue to eat and enjoy it with as little
thought and consideration of the subject as possible. In fact you will find you will be
more comfortable if you stop reading this article and resume what you were doing. But
ten to one you have found an interest in food has become focused because you realize it
is not just sensory, but there are repercussions resulting from the type and quantity of
food you eat. And in our affluent society the problem is more usually over indulgence
rather than not enough food. In fact many people are so fat, yet instead of limiting their
intake of food, are paying professionals to lose their weight for them! When there are
people who are starving in other countries of the world we should never abuse our good
fortune to replace our need with such greed. If you can accept that in order to apply the
natural rules for good health one must begin to consider that cutting down quantity is the
first consideration, there is a chance that you will continue to read on. Some Helpful
Rules of Nutrition
1. The first discipline is to stop the habit in mid-stream. Cease reacting to habitual
activity regarding your shopping for food and your preparation of food at mealtimes.
This will bring about an opportunity for new interest in introducing new foods, re-
thinking old habits, re-assessing what are necessities. Think about what you are
purchasing and what you are eating. Decide to choose quality, not quantity.
2. We all know that our bodies require many vitamins, minerals, and natural substances
to provide fuel for our physical and mental vitality; to build and maintain our body
structure; and to sustain all the wonderful complexity of physiological function. We
need lots of ingredients in the sense of a lot of variety in our food in order that our
bodies have opportunity to select the ingredient they require.
3. Regarding balancing your selection of food, it is an interesting and reasonable premise
that we must reduce the quantity of the foods we indulge in and eat most, because we
like their tastes. Most nutritionists hear the common response to their advice to cut
down on a particular food, for example, cheese - "Oh but I just love cheese!" The
other part of the discipline is to begin introducing the natural foods that we in the past
have chosen to avoid. It is possible to apply this guideline to our advantage not only to
increase our health and energy but in addition to extends our potential to enjoy a
greater variety of food.
4. Quantity of food is often a problem in discipline. In developed countries, most of us
eat far too much, so for some time we can reduce the quantity of our meals without
losing any weight at all. The rule of one main meal a day may be different from our
old habits, but will seem to be a luxury to those living in impoverished countries and
circumstances. Try reducing your quantity as you improve the quality of your food.
5. Quality of food improves to the extent you stop and consider each purchase at the
markets and to the extent that you can grow your own food organically, to
complement the commercial supplies. What is the origin of the lettuce that your select,
the fish, the fruits and nuts, the loin chops, the milk? There is nothing better than a
variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and produce as nature offers.
Manufacturing and processing foods is always to the detriment of their food value. In
other words, we are not buying the best quality unless we remember that rule.
6. Fresh food contains the vital nutrients. Cooking of any kind will affect these elements
so cooking should be reduced to a minimum and salads, fruit and fresh food increased.
One should not use aluminum cookware. Stainless steel is best. Once anyone begins to
think before eating, one is halfway towards solving the problem of diet - that is, by
becoming discriminating. We have to intelligently choose to build our bodies of the
chosen material. We know that whatever we eat today, to a large extent determines
our health tomorrow. This is surely the simplest and best health insurance we could
have. It does not rely upon chance but upon natural laws, which we can learn to live
by. To undertake responsibility for your health and others demands skill and serious
recognition of the importance of your role. It is likely that your work will continue for
many years so it is best to seek ways to enjoy food and its preparation as an art form.
It requires skill and ability from the purchasing of good quality fruit and vegetables to
the presentation of food at mealtimes. And it does not stop here, without a reminder of
the need for good digestion and to take the traditional health advice of 32 chews to
every mouthful of food. Not only will this improve your digestion but increase your
enjoyment through happier taste buds. So, improve your own health and that of the
whole family by taking a serious interest in food that will lead to many benefits, not
only in better health for all, but it may help you to conserve your dollars also. Michael
Russell Your Independent guide to Nutrition