The mind is so fucking powerful. Seriously. We can bend spoons with it. Solve world hunger. Think critically. Be self-aware.
Kitten-sized utensil pls
Unfortunately, the majority of us are walking around nutrient-deficient, and some of us are even calorie-deficient. These are both experiences of which I am painfully aware. I have “lived” both, and have observed many friends do the same. Most dieters attempt calorie restriction at one point or another. Beyond the obvious likelihood of rebound binge-urges exists the longer-term and perhaps more critical impact on the brain and mood.
Maybe you have heard of “spiritual fasting,” a practice during which an individual purposely restricts his or her food/caloric intake in order to experience an altered-consciousness, which will bring him or her nearer to god. First of all, I do believe that there is a place for this sort of thing, when done appropriately, thoughtfully, and with preparation. Why do I sanction this practice? Because it works. Have you ever skipped a meal and felt woozy? Imagine that sensation, exponentially increased. Can you see how that light-headedness might correspond with a (holy) person’s desire to be in, essentially, an altered state of mind, which brings him or her closer to his spirituality? It’s very similar to taking a mind-altering substance to the same end, and yes, I do believe there is also a time and place for that practice, when, again, done appropriately, thoughtfully, and with preparation. My point is, an altered state of mind or consciousness can be a powerful and appropriate part of the human spiritual experience… but not a healthy part of everyday living, thinking, feeling, and functioning.
Double Rainbow guy demonstrates the effect illicit substances can have on appreciating
the natural world double and triple rainbows..
That leads us to the inappropriate path of caloric restriction that most people have attempted at one point or another, most especially the longer-term road eating disordered individuals take. Because dieters and general lay-people are not trained in the area of spiritual fasting, and, in fact, have only selfish reasons for restricting their intake (and by “selfish,” I only mean that this sort of calorie restriction is generally for the “benefit” of the individual, i.e. [temporary] weight loss), and as such, are on an unfamiliar mental and emotional path which can be a little frightening. The initial fatigue gives way to depression, anxiety, aches, and confusion. If not addressed at this point, the mental haze will settle, and the individual may find himself being prescribed, in time, anti-depressants or other psychiatric drugs to treat the symptoms of what is truly basic malnutrition. And let me be clear, one not need to be emaciated to be malnourished to experience these symptoms. In fact, there is a large percentage of overweight and obese individuals who are also currently malnourished! They overeat because while they’re physically full, their cells are craving nutrients…they’re eating the wrong foods. These psychiatrics do nothing to address the fundamental problem, treating symptoms instead. They compound the problem. It’s kind of like taking drugs to control your blood pressure or cholesterol and continuing to eat fast food, meat, and dairy.
Malnourishment leads to all sorts of complications, as you can see. Mental, emotional, and physical. It affects the brain and its function in a really serious way (ketosis). Emaciated, thin, average, overweight, obese frames are all affected. When we begin learning about what really nourishes the body and mind (EAT A LOT OF FRUIT AND GREENS!!), you really can have it all. You can maintain a stable weight, and be genuinely happy and vibrant. This, of course, requires eating a diet which deviates from the mainstream Standard American Diet (SAD), which can be difficult at first. But you know what? You’ll be able to significantly minimize, if not totally eliminate, your use of both pharmaceuticals and OTC drugs. How do I know? Because since seriously adjusting my meals and shifting to a high-carb raw vegan diet (I eat mostly fruit, a lot of greens, and minimal concentrated fats; 2500-3000 kcal/day), I have completely discontinued all drug use and have come to a much more balanced state of mind. My concentration and energy have improved, my depression has lifted, and I haven’t had one anxiety attack. These were the mental and emotional symptoms of malnutrition from which I was suffering, the mental fog in which I existed for many years, and for which I ended up taking inappropriate and harmful pharmas.
The brain is powerful, and you can choose to have yours run at an optimum level, yielding you positivity and happiness. You can choose to emerge from your own mental and emotional haze. Who would turn that down? Consider your ailments. Is it possible that these ills are a symptom of fundamental malnutrition? Green smoothies can be the first easy step you take toward ultimate health. And for god’s sake, eat more fruit. Carbs are your friend. Why not give it a shot, and maybe change your quality of mind, body, spirit, and life in the process?