Swami Rama, a famous Yogi from India — one of the first teachers of yoga whose abilities were measured by science — used to tell his Western students: “I don’t care what you eat. I only care what you think about when you eat.”
I think Jesus said something similar…
Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man “unclean.” For out of the heart come evil thoughts… (Matthew 15: 17-19)
Now, of course, keep in mind they didn’t have potato chips into the time of Christ.
And remember, what you eat can greatly affect how you think. If you suffer low energy from too many doughnuts your thoughts are often not the most uplifting.
But, I think the key point to take away is…. “Food” is only one piece of the total health puzzle. For whatever reason it has taken centeR stage in the health movement.
But healthy thoughts will always be more beneficial than a healthy diet.
One of the best ways I know to keep the thoughts focused and positive while eating is by chewing. Yes, chewing. Pick an affirmation. A short one. Something positive and uplifting. Repeat each syllable in synch with your chewing – as if to the beat of a drum. Chewing is critical for deriving nutrients from your food (see Module 8 of Future Health Now!). Chewing is also very harmonizing for the mind.
You can practice it during your Thanksgiving feast.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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