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Bringing Body and Spirit in Balance Through Optimal Health
Some advice to ponder, especially if you are a vegetarian!
I have seen people who are committed to spiritually evolving make serious mistakes when it comes to their understanding of the importance of their body. Misunderstandings of their spiritual literature can create the impression that the body is merely an illusion to be tolerated for some time. Giving up the body and returning to God is the goal and being concerned with the body is an obstacle and therefore not required. Such persons neglect their bodies and even their minds while they are young and capable of sustaining such neglect, but they always pay the price when their bodies deteriorate. This is especially apparent amongst vegetarians.
I do not insist that anyone follow any particular dietary regime, but as I am personally a vegetarian, I feel there are multiple benefits to such a lifestyle. Vegetarians face a unique challenge in their diets and require to carefully monitor their intake of food.
I was recently asked to give some tips on how to be healthy as a vegetarian. Here are some suggestions from my personal experience that really worked for me:
Vegetarians have been found to be deficient in their Vitamin B12, protein levels, and even iron levels when they are anemic. They almost always have a lack of the essential omega 3, 6 and 9 oils. Many are against vaccinations, reject antibiotics as essential, and often lead a stressed lifestyle. Some think soya is the answer to all their problems. Some find they have no physical or mental energy.
Not all of these problems refer to everyone. I shall explain how I deal with them.
- *To resolve the deficiency of Vitamin B12 I take a B12 supplement. I have read British research where they found that B12 in pill form is just as effective as injecting it. It is very hard to get the proper amount of B12 in a vegetarian diet. I use the form of B12 called methylcobalamin which is easier to assimilate.
- *Protein deficiency can really weaken the body. When the body is weakened, the effort required to work or accomplish anything increases which further depletes the available energy resources. I take protein powder everyday. There are various forms of protein powder and not all are equal. I have tried a variety of them, but have settled on Hemp protein powders which seem to work well and taste good. There are also products made with rice protein, whey protein, soya protein and maybe others. I do not do well with them. You have to experiment to find out which one's are good for you. Some researchers have determined one needs around 80g of protein a day, but it was not clear if that is for those who work hard or for everyone. I take around 60g in the form of these powders. It makes an enormous difference in my life.
- *Iron is best absorbed through food sources. I have a had a hard time with iron pills. Women especially require more iron during those times of the month.
- *Omega oil is such a boost to health that I cannot recommend it enough to all vegetarians. Previously, it was almost impossible to find these oils in any other form than fish oil, which is often unacceptable to vegetarians, or through flax oil which tastes so bad one would rather be sick than drink it. I have found a super alternative that tastes ok, and gives all the omega oil one needs. It comes from Country Life and it is called Vegetarian Omega 3-6-9 oil. It enhances brain, blood, and many other essential metabolic functions. Taking this every day is life changing when one has lived without these oils for 20-30 years.
- *Lack of mental energy along with an inability to concentrate have for years been dealt with by a strong cup of black tea or coffee. There is little doubt that caffeine enhances mental capacity for the short period it is effective before the subsequent caffeine crash, but there are other effects which create their own problems. I find coffee to be more of a drug than anything else and I take it to assist in dealing with my migraines where it has a great effect. Green tea has a very good effect on the blood circulation and the active ingredients are very helpful in a variety of ways. It gives clarity of mind. I can drink it every day without any difficulty. Organic green tea is much better for the health, I think. For those who want to avoid caffeine, yerba mata can give great results.
- *Dark chocolate is rapidly being discovered to have wonderful qualities. When researchers in Sweden announced its healthy qualities, one of which was to be anti-carcinogenic, I started devouring as much as I could tolerate. After all, what better news could there be? But, after I discovered Raw Organic Cacoa Nibs, I dumped all the commercial chocolate, dark as it might be, and will never look back. These raw nibs are the pure bean in its natural state. The shell is removed and these are uncooked. It is the cooking which creates the distortion in the cacoa and adds unwanted stimulants. The raw bean tastes fine to me (but then again I do not eat salt or sugar) and it gives a really good effect. Seems to be a natural anti-depressant and mood adjuster. Jashmuheen recommends yogic chocolate. She says take your tongue and bend it backwards to the roof of the mouth and leave it there. Creates a calming effect.
- *Soya seems to have its own problems. I cannot tolerate soya (or soja as it is sometimes spelled). A friend of mine once advised me to do an internet search for 'soya bad' and read what appeared. It was enlightening and also according to my personal experience. I feel good about tempeh, and since I do not eat salt about Bragg Liquid Aminos since they are also compatible with me. I avoid all other soya products, but that is just me. Come to your own conclusions.
- *Vaccinations are a hot topic amongst the alternative community and have been avoided by the Amish altogether. The Amish have an extremely low autism rate in their children. Read this article to find out more about this controversial subject: http://www.mercola.com/2001/aug/18/vaccine_myths.htm. This website has much valuable information from a real doctor and real scientists. I think autism could also be related to the increased EMF’s in the world today along with the heavy metal contamination of the food and air.
- *If you have an infection, not treating it is pure stupidity. Antibiotics are required in case of infection, unless you have found a viable alternative that really works. One can refer to the many alternative health books that are published to get an alternative program. Many researchers are sounding alarms about the diminishing affect of antibiotics as the strains of bacteria become more and more resistant. In some hospitals, one can develop a worsening of health due to the bacteria that is rampant there that defies cleansing. Although I have and will continue to take antibiotics when they are absolutely required, since I take them so rarely I don't have a problem. I even take antibiotics from the older days as they are milder and still work for me. But when there is no screaming urgency, I start with Colloidal Silver and Grape Seed Extract. I find these two in combination, along with supporting supplements, give me the help I need.
- *There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that stress is a sure-fire way to sickness. Considering that the process of realization I teach depends on complete relaxation, stress is it antithesis. When we are energetically wrapped up in stress, the cell's normal functioning is distorted and we fall into dis-ease. Not at all good. One has to arrange life so that stress is minimized.
- *Unresolved internal conflict is a marvelous pathway to abnormal bodily reactions. Those who cannot deal with unresolved conflicts often choose to exit from this life by creating fatal diseases. The power of our will and emotion is extremely great and can create effects that mirror or deepest desires for death or, as some see it, the great reliever from the pains of life. Dealing with these conflicts is an urgent necessity if one wishes to maintain health throughout life. Even if one does not believe this totally, everyone knows that we can more or less influence our bodily conditions through our will.
- *I am often asked, "What diet is best, what should I do, how should I live [and so on] to be more healthy and relaxed?" Although I have attempted to answer these questions, and will probably still suggest some ways in which one can specifically resolve these questions on one's own, I have come to the conclusion that one who is energetically aware of the self will be in harmony with the physical body and will develop awareness of how the food we eat affects us, how the music or media we accept creates our moods, how the vibrations of the environment around us distort our natural frequencies, and in general, how anything from the exterior world affects our being. Therefore, I recommend coming in contact with one's self, one's body and mind, and learning to feel what is compatible with our own personal energy and what is not. We will automatically adjust our habits accordingly and will have the best chance to solidify our health through our own efforts.
- *Interestingly enough, have you ever noticed how truly happy people are rarely ill? I even know someone, and I attempt to practice this myself, who refuses to ever accept that he is sick. One continues with life as if there is no sickness and soon whatever discomfort was there is gone. His theory is that when we embrace sickness, sickness embraces us, and when we do not embrace it, it finds somewhere else to go. This works in its own marvelous way, but when I am really finished, I admit defeat and do something to deal with the ailment. But again, happiness causes illness to stay at a distance for one when is satisfied in one's situation, has nothing to gain by being sick. When one finds sickness to serve one's needs, a break from stress, a required isolation from the madness around us, the ability to not do what we must, or any number of a million other reasons why we find disease suitable, one creates it or attracts it. Louise Hay's books address this issue, but there are most likely more elements that work together to create the profile of our physical being. Don't disrespect the role your genes play in your health. Your environment, your diet, the amount of toxins you ingest and your overall mood or opinion of yourself are all factors. Accidents or congenital defects are certainly important factors. Don’t forget laughter therapy. It is a real winner.
- *There are some great therapies out there, but some are hard to find outside the USA. NAET is a good method to relieve allergies; NET is a very promising field to relieve emotionally fueled distortions in one's body which are the foundation for many problems; or other forms of therapy that deals with the effect of energy on the cellular level (which are mainly derivatives of the pioneering Core Energetics field). If you can find a good energy healer, you are blessed. If you cannot find any of this, at least get a good massage now and then and relax. Hypnosis helps some. Psycho-therapy helps in its own way. The list of what is out there is endless, but one has to find one's own way through the myriad of techniques to accept those which are relevant to your present health needs.
- *Exercise regularly. Get out in nature and fresh air. Meditate regularly. Try yoga, Tai-Chi, Qi Gong, do something nice for yourself! If you cannot do anything else, go for long walks. Use it or lose it.
- *Much more can be said, but I don't think it useful for me to say more at this time. At least this is a start. These hints are simply my own way of dealing with the problems I have faced and I am sharing them because I am often asked to recommend something. There would be nothing better than finding a good doctor, whether they be of the modern allopathic school, a homeopath, an ayurvedic physician, a Unani physician, a herbal doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist or Chinese doctor, or anyone who can solve your problems.