Don’t think of diet as a method to lose weight. A diet is a healthy and balanced way of eating and drinking. we always need to adapt recommended diets to our personal needs. Some of us have allergies, others can eat lots of carbs without gaining weight, others need to stay away from sugar.
‘A healthy mind in a healthy body.’ That’s an ancient Roman saying. What is true for the body is true for our mentality: we also need to maintain a balanced, intellectual and emotional diet.
Emotions – Mental Carbs
Carbs fuel bodily energies. In our mentality, ‘energies’ are emotions. Without emotions we turn into couch potatoes. As there are good and bad carbs, there are good and bad feelings. That’s common sense psychology: stay away from negative emotions, they even sicken the body. Too many negative feelings cause mental flatulence. 😉
Our memories are charged with emotions. It is advisable to do a mental detox diet once in a while. Recapitulate your memories and free them from negative feelings, regrets embarrassments, resentment, hate, etc.
Stay away from TV commercials. Since psychology discovered the law of suggestion, politics and economy have bombarded us with ads. Subconsciously, ads hook our desires and emotions and raise our stress level.
Bad carbs are refined sugars. Sugars are drugs, since they enter the blood stream directly. Stay away from emotions and desires that make you addicted. But once in a while treat yourself with a sweet feeling, an inspiring desire, and a lovely daydream.
Thoughts and Ideas – Mental Proteins
The body needs proteins to build body tissue and boost our immune system. Analogue, we build our body of thought with ideas – the skeleton of our philosophy/religion.
Knowledge is like body tissue that fleshes out our skeleton of thoughts. Too much knowledge makes out body of thought fat and lazy. Reading too much causes mental constipation. That’s why Epicurus said, “Literacy, my blessed friend, escape under full sail! Of course, the other way round is bad too: illiteracy causes mental starvation.
Understanding creates a context into which we integrate thoughts and knowledge. Understanding keeps things in proper perspective and compares to our hormone system that balances bodily activities.
Good Advices – Mental Vitamins
Vitamins are essential for growth and regeneration and keep bodily activities efficient – from muscle movement to the storage of memories. Vitamins are catalysts and mental catalysts are good advices. Advices can be based on wisdom (principles) or experience. Make sure you always have access to good advices, but never base a decision on someone’s recommendation. A decision is always yours to make. Instead, balance advice with your desires and know-how.
Spirituality and Religion – Mental Fats and Oils
The Ukrainians like to eat a bit of fat as appetizer. They believe that this is healthy. Indeed, research has shown that diets with a small portion of fat is more helps losing weight more efficiently than those without. Also, fats are sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which keeps the body young. And a spoon of virgin coconut oil a day keeps the doctor away.
The Old Testament uses ‘oil’ as a symbol for Christ and evolution. Christ means literally ‘the anointed’ or the ‘oiled-one’. That’s why you should add fat and oil to your mental diet, like meditation, prayers, Yoga, chanting, rituals, or cultivating a Zen garden.
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