By Charlie G ❘ 2007

The answer to that should be something like “your problem is that you live in a society that has lost its contact with its creator and provider: Mother Nature.

Today I want to write about the importance of diets to help the body heal itself from any illness.
I’m experiencing the benefits of a healthy nutrition more and more everyday. Just to mention some of these improvements that I’m experiencing:
-50% insulin intake reduction
-weight reduction (in my case I did not need it, from my point of view)
-digestive improvement (no more constipations or diarrheas)
-halitosis (bad breath) has become neutral, that is, it doesn’t smell badly anymore
-cold sore (herpes) that lasted between 1 and 2 months before until it disappeared, now they are gone in two or even one week
-clearer thinking and a more positive attitude.

And all that happened in just one month after having started eating this diet!

Now, this is an interesting point: the cultures where people live the longest (80,90 or 100 years), being physically and mentally well during their life are the Vilcabambas (in Ecuador), the Abjazians (Central Asia), the inhabitants of Okinawa (in Japan) and the Hunza (in Pakistan). The question to ask here should be, what do these cultures have in common? They form agricultural communities, where their diets consist of their harvests (rye to prepare bread, legums, fresh vegetables -often raw-, fruits…) Some of them, like the Hunzas from Himalaya, also eat dairy and once a week meat, but their diet is generally based on vegetables. Furthermore, they eat twice a day, and if they eat something between meals, it is usually fruit or chápati (bread).
Their foods are not treated with quimical products and they eat neither sugar nor refined products (so normal in our western society).

Scientific studies showed that there are hardly any heart attacks, nor cancer or hypertension and their inmune system is almost unshakeable. They don’t suffer stomach ulcers, appendicities or collities and they keep a perfect balance between body and mind (they are quiet and optimistic).

As you can see, there is a huge difference to “our” eating habits, and maybe as a consequence we suffer all these “diseases of civilization”, as some call them.

Hunza Valley

In order to emulate the results achieved by the Hunza population, experts suggest: eat little and just when we are really hungry, chew enough, don’t eat snacks and eat food relaxed, sleep 8 hours, walk two hours a day, don’t allow negative thoughts to stay in our heads, don’t sunbath in excess, breath deeply and regularly fresh air, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds and nuts and eat little meat. (This information has been taken from the book “Vivir bien sin comer carne. Alternativas prácticas al mito de las proteínas de origen animal” – in english would be something like “Live well without eating meat. Practical alternatives to the myth of animal proteins”)

I know this sounds like lots of do’s and don’ts, but if we keep this information in mind, as an ideal towards which we want to strive, and try to do some small steps, once at a time, we will already improve our body’s abilities to heal itself a lot, be it diabetes, overweight, hypertension or whatever we might have.

I have some very interesting anecdotes about why we take some eating habits in the Western world for granted but which are based on “errors” or “missinterpretations”. I will talk about them in later posts.

 

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