Let food be your medicine


This is what touched me in Sri Vasudeva’s talk: Today we look at the influence of food on our well-being.  First, let us look at the effect of the quantity of food that we eat. Some of us, we consume right up to the top of the stomach, and then we take some appetizers to eat a little more. Is that eating to live or living to eat? When you do that, first of all you overload this wonderful organ within you that we call stomach, that tries to help you by digesting your food with its movement and the chemicals. Poor stomach! Now it is so overfilled, it gets sluggish, consumes a lot of prana, a lot of blood flow, just for digestion – living to eat. In the science of yoga we are told that it is best to eat three quarters of the stomach filled and leave a quarter as space. If you try that, you feel better. The food does not consume all of the energies that you have. You feel brighter, more energized.

If you eat heavily processed food and overcooked food and you fill the stomach, what is going to happen? What kind of nutrients are you giving the body there? The body is going to have a hard time to extract anything of value from what you have eaten. Of course, it tasted wonderfully, but what is the value to the body that is trying to extract nutrients for you, for the body’s survival and fitness? So, quality of food is important.

We should be observant as to how we prepare foods. What is the idea of preparing this food? Isn’t it to get the most out of the food? Shouldn’t we be using the best quality? Shouldn’t we be preparing in such a way that we do not destroy the essential nutrients in the food? We, who are so wise, gifted with this wonderful brain, we overcook the food, destroy nutrients and we fill the stomach and we expect the best. The body is supposed to transform this now into wonderful energies for our well-being. Simple wisdom, isn’t it?

The process of feeding your body, which carries the soul, should be a sacred process, because the body is a temple of your spiritual being. Feeding that body, so that the soul can enjoy its journey, should be a sacred process. It is like an offering; in the same way we make offerings to the Divine, whether it is a mental offering, physical offering, [or] emotional offering, we need to think of food as an offering. In the yogic teaching they say that: that food is God, food is Brahman. The process of eating needs to be a sacred process.

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