Nutritional therapy does not cure any disease directly, but helps to prevent illness, and to a great extent root out the cause so that the patient attains health and harmony.
Proper nutrition does not mean absenting from everything that is appealing or appetising. It is the developing of habits sensibly and maintaining the balance between eating for joy and eating for health.
Just as food is needed, so are good eating habits to maintain a healthy body. Although food is consumed to satisfy hunger, it actually forms our personalities.
Nutritional therapy does not claim to heal by itself but it is a cleansing process that the body adopts to achieve a cure. Nature does the healing. Nutrition removes the cause of the disease and thus removes the disease itself. The answer lies in eating food the way nature meant it to be eaten.
People fail to understand the actual requirements of the body and the fact that the body's needs can be best catered for by natural foods. For good health, it is important to have, apart from a balanced nutritious diet, good thoughts, healthy surroundings and proper exercises.
It is equally important and necessary to know which foods are beneficial and which is harmful:
“ All food is medicine and all medicine is food”.
We are no longer concerned about starvation and gross malnutrition. We are concerned about the quality of life that might be correlated with our choice of a diet. We ought to be looking more carefully at the total spectrum of biological effects produced by chemicals added to our food supply, and, as a society, make a decision about whether or not the risks are worth the benefits.
Nutrition works gradually and cumulatively over time.
There is a good deal of nutrition used in medicine. Unfortunately, Nutrition is not identified as the frontline treatment, the way that Hippocrates thought of nutrition.
One of the most glaring errors in health care today, is the lack of attention to the concept of “prevention”. It seems that part of human nature is to deny the possibility of illness until it occurs. Once it occurs we will do and pay just about anything to regain what we lost. If our families, schools and media would focus on a few of these areas we would reduce pain and suffering and also reduce billions of dollars spent on health care.
Combination of food and eating habits are equally important.
Many substances in the wrong combination block mineral absorption including calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Care should be taken while eating such foods. These are bran, whole grain wheat as in pastry, biscuits, chapatis, tea, coffee and liquorice. Phytates in the grains bind the minerals and make them unavailable. Thinking that you are adding extra fibre for the breakfast cereals is one way of losing minerals.
When you cook for your friends or family, it's important to be in a happy frame of mind. Since ancient times, the ayurvedic texts have pointed out that the vibration of the cook's feelings affects the quality of the food.
This is why it's ideal to serve home-cooked meals whenever possible, because food cooked in a restaurant by strangers will never have the positive energy of a meal cooked by someone who loves you. It's especially important to cook often for your children. There is nothing to replace a mother's (or father's) love — a key ingredient in your child's food.
And when you're cooking, focus on the food and make it a settled, conscious event rather than something you're throwing together under pressure and give yourself time to enjoy the simple act of smelling the spices, feeling the textures of the foods, playing with the colors, and having fun.
If your kids, friends or spouse like to help, get them involved, too. However it works for you, make meal preparation a happy time. Your positive thoughts and feelings will make the meal a true feast.
Finally, it's important to eat your food in a settled, happy, and saatvic environment. Make your food and table arrangements attractive to the eye, and make sure your dining area is clean, pleasant, sunny and well-ventilated.
It is ideal to eat with your family or good friends, and enjoy light, quiet conversation. You don't want to get involved in intense discussions or arguments at the table, as this will certainly make it impossible to digest your food.
Taking a few minutes to give thanks for your food before eating is a traditional practice all around the world. It is a chance to remember that food is a living part of creation, and when you eat you are absorbing the infinite energy and intelligence of nature.
Finally, after you're done, don't rush off right away. Linger a few minutes at the table to help your digestion begin properly. And give yourself a chance to savor the satisfaction of sharing a delicious meal with those you love.