Well Being. Pt. (2)
Sharing the wisdom of Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha
Starting your day with fresh fruits alone jump starts the digestive system by allowing the enzymes to work without competition. It is also important to take into consideration food combining. For example melon and citrus should never be combined with each other or any other food. There has been a proliferation of information written on nutrition and food combining. For more information such books as ‘The Blood Type Diet’ by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, ‘The Fit for Life Program’ by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond or ‘Back to Eden’ by Jonathan Kloss are excellent references just to name a few and would be highly suggested.
Fresh raw fruits and vegetables in season provide us with a good source of vitamins and minerals that our body needs for normal functioning. A good diet consists of 70% raw fruits and vegetables. As a daily practice of menu planning Grandmother Pa’Ris’Ha often have us include serving raw celery, cauliflower, cabbage (both red and green), asparagus, cucumbers, broccoli as they are all great sources of fiber, which naturally help clean the colon.
Because of the extensive use of preservatives and pesticide, it is wise to consider using organically grown fruits and vegetables. Consuming preservatives in fruits can cause our organ to look like they are in formaldehyde.
Dried fruits e.g. raisins, figs, and apricots are good midday for minerals, but some are heavily sprayed and contain saltpeter (potassium nitrate) which desensitizes organs and can cause prostate cancer and cysts on the uterus. It is preferable to dehydrate your own organic fruits. Pick organic fruit and know if a worm cannot live in it, neither can you. While organically grown foods are usually more expensive, we have the choice of spending money on good food or to die early.
The amount of protein in our diets is a subject that has been highly discussed throughout the years. One of the most frequently asked questions is “Am I getting enough protein?” When in fact it should be “Am I getting to much protein?” One of the leading diseases in North America today is osteoporosis. Research has discovered that there is insufficient calcium in the metabolism to digest the large quantities of protein in the body. The body compensates by taking the calcium it needs from the bones to assimilate this overage. As a result this creates a weaker structure.
It takes four days to digest 1 OZ of red meat. So if meat is a mainstay in your diet chewing cannot be stressed enough. One of the teachings that Grandmother Pa’Ris’ha has taught us is to not eat meat after dark, when the metabolism is slower. Cold water is also recommended at the end of your meal to assist the body in burning calories.
In America the average diet is overloaded with processed and refined carbohydrates therefore it is important to choose the kinds of grains which not only provide us with the quick fuel we need but have a higher fiber, vitamin, and protein content for proper digestion and elimination such as brown rice, whole grain wheat, kamut, spelt, and millet.
Water is essential for life. Our bodies are comprised of 70 % water and a proper intake of water aids and maintains all bodily functions. Four to eight glasses of water daily lubricates the body and helps with our eliminatory functions. Drinking water at the end of meals has many benefits. Five to seven minutes after a meal take four to five mouth full’s of water and swish and swallow. This not only cleans the enzymes out of the mouth it helps to prevent gum and tooth decay and helps prevent indigestion. Also try to prevent sucking on mints until at least 1/2 hour after meals for this same reason. One of the key principles in healthy eating is in moderation.
“Remember we are in this world but not of it.” This body was given to us on loan from the Great Mother Earth, it is to her it will return. This body allows us to move and have our being here. If we treat our bodies kindly and with great respect we will surely reap the rewards.