How to Eat and Prevent Diseases with just Food(s) Part II
“You are what you eat!”
I believe you must have begun to comprehend , in details, the meaning of this bold and blunt quotation above. G.I.G.A. (garbage in… that’s what you get) right? then lets discourse a little on how to eat and Prevent Diseases with what we eat.
WHAT IS NUTRITION?
Let us define nutrition again. This time, we will use a simple quote, for an introduction, to get the ball rolling.
According to the World Health Organization = “Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition (they quickly added) – an adequate well-balanced diet combined with regular physical activity- is a cornerstone of good health”. – WHO www.who.int/topics/nutrition/en/
From the first part of this article on the principles of health which is; NUTRITION I, we made it abundantly clear that our body’s need for energy and nutrients are best met or sourced from the plant kingdom. With fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts we have more than enough of all our body’s nutritional needs, and in abundance too. Plant based diet is the best source of nutrients fore the human system.
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As we had stated before, that this article is a continuation of the first on NUTRITION I, which buttressed the fact that health could be archived and maintained by eating properly and of the right things too. Lack of food is not the major issue about diet and nutrition today: Choice is! because, these days, there is the abundance of cheap rubbishes as food articles, thereby making proper choice of food more difficult, especially, when one is uninformed, carefree and financial challenged.
The more we depend upon the fresh fruit, just as it is plucked from the tree, the greater will be the benefits, blessing and savor. *
Should Everyone eat the same things: how much is good?
“Gluttony”(- akpiri ogologo) or excess, not lack “is the prevailing sin of this age”*
Our diet or choices of food should be suited to the season, to the climate in which we live, and to the demands of our occupation.* This means that we must pay attention to what we do and what our body needs, especially, in the area of food and our eating habits. It will not be a waste of time or resources to have a professional to aid you in the arrangement and placement of your personalized menus and recipes. another way is to purchase a good vegetarian cookbook, her is one wonderful vegan cookbook; best in shelves with proper illustrative images and simple creative menu- the: Ten Talents. see price on amazon (This is an affiliate link from Amazon.com)
Eat and Prevent Diseases
We eat to live and not the other way round. Even when you intend to eat for the sustenance of life, it should be done with knowledge, because, there are a lot of age-long eating habits and practices that are serious health hazards; most people do not know these thing, so suffer for their actions, though performed in ignorance . That you do not know what feeding habits are wrong does not prevent the action from disturbing the system and causing problems even when your real intention is only good, sand good for your self.
Here are some of the habits many overlook which effect the body adversely.
The Dangers of eating too much
Overeating has a worse effect on the system than overworking. That excess food cannot be made into either flesh or blood, and its presence burdens the liver and produces a morbid condition on the system.* This condition hurt the entire systems, and over time may yields to certain disease conditions are chronic in nature and a threat to life.
Many people are suffering major diseases today, and many more are going into the grave, because of what they chose to eat; their indulgence of appetite. This (common act of over-eating) brings on acute disease, and too often death usually follow. in constant repetition of this ill habit, the result is that the delicate organism of the body is worn out by the suicidal practices, of improper eating and drinking, by those who ought to know better*
No civilization is as information-furnished as the 21st century, and what do we do with all the plethora of researched recommendations?
Appetite and licentious cravings of foods make slaves of men and women, and such indulgence beclouds the intellects and stupefies the moral sensibilities to such a degree that the sacred things, and the elevated truths of God’s word are not appreciated.
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How best to eat the good food you have.
Do Not eat your food Very hot or cold
Food should not be eaten very hot or very cold. If your food is cold, the vital force of the stomach is drawn and made to work upon it in order to warm it before digestion can take place.* And when it is too hot the digestive system also suffer a great deal in handling the substance, not to mention the minor burns of cells and tissues in the digestive track, starting with the tongue. very hot food will affect proper mastication, if food is very hot you cannot chew it properly, thereby throwing substances into the next line of digestion when the bolus is not adequately ready for the next stage of digestion.
In order to secure healthy digestion, food should be eaten slowly, to allow the saliva mix properly with the food. Eat your food slowly and masticate well, so that you do not skip a process in food ingestion- of cause you know that the digestion of carbohydrates, which is almost a common content of food articles, begins in the mouth.
To eat horridly of several kinds of food at a meal is a serious mistake. It is very injurious to the system. It should be avoided. Instead of eating hurriedly, you may drink a cup water and leave the food till when you have time to relax.
Do not Read or exercise immediately after eaten
Neither study nor violent exercise should be engaged in immediately after a full meal; this would be a violation of the laws of the system.* Blood drawn to the task of digestion are easily redirected and dispersed upon the commencement of either exercise or reading.
Eat at regular times
Regularity in eating should be carefully observed and maintained.
Diligent study is not the principal cause of the breaking down of the mental powers. The main cause is improper diet, irregular meals, and a lack of physical exercise. Irregular hours for eating and sleeping sap the brain force of vigor and mental health
Be less Frequent in Eating
After disposing of a meal, the digestive organs need to rest. At least five or six hours should intervene between meals. Most persons who give the plan, of eating less frequently, a try have always found that two meals a day are better than three.*
If a third meal is to be eaten at all, it should be a light meal, and it should be eaten several hours before going to bed, at least you should not eat later than 6:30 pm.
Do not Drink at Meals
Many people make a serious mistake in drinking cold water with their meal. The most harmful of this practice is to take a very cold or chilled water or drinks while eating or immediately after eating.
Ice water or ice lemonade ( coke, Pepsi or any soft-drink), taken with meals, will arrest digestion until the system has imparted sufficient warmth to the stomach to enable it take up its work of digestion again
The more liquid taken into the stomach with meals, the more difficult it is for the food to digest; for the liquid must first be absorbed and the digestive enzymes, as most nutritionist and chemists believe, are diluted in the process.
Do not Drink cold liquids, water, juice or beverages
Take Drinks only at room temperature
The colder the water or other drinks you take into your system, the greater the injury to the stomach. Therefore never take chilled drinks or liquids colder than the ambiance temperature`
Do not Skip Breakfast
It is the custom and order of society today to take a slight breakfast, but this is not the best way to treat the stomach. At breakfast time the stomach is in a better condition to take care of more food than at the second or third meal of the day.
The habit of eating a sparing breakfast and a large dinner is wrong. Make your breakfast correspond more nearly to the heartiest meal of the day.
- Do not use spoiled food items. Many die by eating decayed fruit and decayed vegetables, stale foods, rancid oils and margarine/butters-these should never be consumed. Many of such spoiled food articles do not nourish the body at all but harm it instead- many food poison cases are as a result of this practice.
For students and office workers
- A fruit diet for a few days has often brought great relief to brain workers (i.e. students and office workers)
- Many times a short period of entire abstinence from food (fasting), followed by a simple, moderate eating, has led to recovery through nature’s own recuperative effort.
- Be careful with the use of Sugar. The free use of milk and sugar taken together should be keenly avoided. Sugar clogs the system. Sugar, when largely used, is more injurious than flesh of dead animal.
- Do not ingest Baking powder/ soda. Baking powder/soda in any form should not be introduced into the stomach; for the effect is fearful. It eats the coatings of the stomach, causes inflammation, and frequently poisons the entire system. no wonder this generation is replete with men and women, old and young who are suffering from stomach ulcers.
- Do not use half-baked bread. Bread should be thoroughly baked, inside and out. The health of the stomach demands that it be light and dry. women are not to eat bread leavened with yeast without allowing the agent to die down between 6 to 10 hours are sufficient before consumption.
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- The oil in the olives (olive oil) relieves-
- heals consumptives / tuberculosis(coughs)
- And medicinal for inflamed and irritated stomachs, it is better than any drug.
What Food is best for children?
“A 2001 study by German pediatrician professor Berthold Koletzko found that breastfeeding children for at least six months gave them a 40% lower risk of becoming obese in later life.” And that “Infants fed formula are more likely to become obese” Time, July 7, 2003
Don’t use any junk food for your child(ren), if for any reason they are to eat else other than breast milk; find healthy children formulas on Amazon and add avocados, peach etc.
The best food for the infant is the Mother’s breast milk
The best food for the infant is the food that nature provides (mother’s breast milk). Of this, it should not be needlessly deprived. It is a heartless thing for a mother, for the sake of convenience or social enjoyment, to seek to free herself, so early, from the tender office of nursing her little one.4
Start the Training early
The training or temperance, regularity and contentment, should begin with the infant in the mother’s arms. Children should be given food only at regular intervals, and less frequently as they grow older. Children should not be given candies (sweets)gums, etc. it is not the best for children or anyone at all.*
- Children have rights, they have preferences, and when these preferences are reasonable, they should be respected.
- Teach your children Self-control. The greatest danger of the young is a lack of self-control. Indulgent parents do not teach their children self-denial in things that ultimately shape their health and life
- Regularity should be the rule in all the habits of children.
- Live for your family and less for the entire universe. Parents should live more for their children, and less for the society. Study health subjects, and put your knowledge to practical use. Do not be moved by popular adverts and societal trends. Make sure to provide for the family only that which is needful and healthful.
- Teach your children to abhor stimulants- alcohol colas, nicotine, tobaccos and products loaded with caffeine.
- Teach your children to reason from cause to effect. Teach them that if they desire health and happiness, they must obey the laws of nature…patiently continue your work with much perseverance.
Note: “…people who are obese as children have a high risk of becoming obese adults- meaning they will have much higher risk than their slender counterparts of contracting a broad range of debilitating diseases, including heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes and cancer.5 Time, July 7, 2003,/ Vol. 162 No 1
Godliness and Appetite
It is impossible for those who give the reins (control or will) to appetite to attain to Christian perfection6 [no wonder there is a marked shift in the moral standards of people and nations that were stern believers in God, and did trust Him greatly, year ago].
The preponderance of the American and European population indulge themselves to excess in eating and drinking, -with less physical work too- and they are fast losing the perfection they once had.(this quote was Written over a hundred and twenty years ago and they remain valid today than ever before)
The prevalence of cancer and tumors is largely due to gross living on dead flesh [the consumption of animal flesh and products].7 These and other lifestyle diseases will diminish if we will only use the original diet as approved for man by his Maker.
Nutrition or diet is of great importance in the prevention of diseases. Please, learn to prepare healthy meals and eat your food with intelligence, again, feel free to enjoy your food, but with caution.
There easy things do with your dishes and make it wonderful, though it could be prepared with simple things. however, to allow taste and savor to be the determinant for your food choice is to encumber your body gradually dig your own grave with a little spoon- it could take some while to do that but you will complete the digging so diffidently. `
*Note: the quotations from some popular magazines e.g. Time Magazine and Newsweek- are explicit reports on scientific researches made by universities, laboratories, nutritionists and scientists, and are not just an effort by journalists to fill –up columns on issues. Rather, they are facts brought to the public domain through the mass media –of print- because of the prevalence of these ravaging diseases and the need to help proffer correct information to the populace.
1*-*# Culled from Counsel Diet and Foods. By Ellen G. White
2 Time, July 7, 2003
3 “Counsels on Diet and Foods”. By Ellen G. White
4 Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 81.82.
5 Time, July 7, 2003,/ Vol. 162 No 1
6 “Counsel on Diet and Foods”. By Ellen G. White
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