The Basic Ingredients for a Healthier Mind & Body – Deepak Chopra

Eating is one of the most natural processes in the world and it can be quite easy and enjoyable to follow a healthy diet. So why are so many people confused about what is good for them to eat?

As our world becomes ‘smaller’ we are given so many choices. We have access to grains, nuts and fruits from across the other side of the world, we can choose from full-cream, low-fat, no-fat, lite, skim, biodynamic, organic, high-calcium, low dairy and soy milks, and are bombarded with a wide range of dietary powders, pills and potions that promise instant weight reduction.

One day we are told by the ‘experts’ that chocolate and coffee are bad for us, the next day we’re told they are good for us. We are told to eat more protein and fewer carbohydrates, and then told this is not healthy. We’re told that low-fat diets are better for us, and then we are told by someone else that this is incorrect. For every diet, nutritional plan or exercise machine that is presented that ‘really works’ there is someone who will tell us why it doesn’t.

This situation has come about because over the years people have stopped paying attention to their own stomach; they’ve lost what is known as ‘the mind/body connection’ (being in tune with what the body really wants and needs). When we were children, many of us were taught to eat when it was ‘time’ to eat and to eat everything on our plate whether we were hungry or not. The current high levels of obesity around the world are not surprising considering how many children are encouraged to disregard the signals from their own body.

It’s time for us to re-engage this ‘mind/body connection’ and make healthier eating an easy and joyful experience.

Healthy eating = healthy weight.

The basic information and tips below will help you to get back to basics. If you understand just these four basic ingredients for healthy living you  will be well on your way to a healthier mind and body.

1. There is a genius inside you and me. Our bodies have an inner intelligence. In other words, our bodies know exactly what it is we need to eat (and when) for us to be healthy. Just as your brain takes in certain pieces of information and works out what to do with them, your digestive system takes in the food you eat and works out what it can use, what it will get rid of and what it will store.

2. Your cells recreate themselves over and over millions of times in your lifetime. We are being created anew each day. The skin, for example, replaces itself once each month, the stomach lining every five days, the liver every six weeks, and the skeleton every three months. In fact, each year around 98 per cent of each one of us is made up of brand new cells. So, even if you are feeling overweight or unhealthy today, there is no reason that you have to stay that way.

3. There is a mind/body connection. In recent times science is confirming more and more what some cultures have known for thousands of years: your thoughts and feelings can have a direct affect on your body’s organs and cells, so it makes sense to keep a positive attitude around eating and exercise.

4. Everything you eat has an effect on your body. There are many books and research papers to prove this, let’s just say that YOU BECOME WHAT  YOU EAT.

This is an extract taken from 4 Ingredients: Fast, Fresh and Healthy by Kim McCosker, Rachael Bermingham and Deepak Chopra,  available at all leading bookstores or purchased online HERE.

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3 Responses to “The Basic Ingredients for a Healthier Mind & Body – Deepak Chopra”
  1. I agree with you. I enjoyed this article, I’ve linked to it and bookmarked it too. We do all have an inner knowledge that holds many answers we may not be consciously aware of. We can become more mindful though and learn to interpret the signals and messages, discerning much more clearly what our instincts, intuition and higher self would have us know.

    • hayhouseoz says:

      Thanks for the fabulous feedback Davina! Love how tapping into our instincts, intuition and awareness can lead us to the best places for us, both spiritually, physically and emotionally. Thanks again for sharing x

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