Please read Part 1 of this article, if you haven't already (and you may like to reread it if you read it awhile ago).
Okay. Ready? So, what do we do, once we realize that "health care" and "health insurance" as commonly defined are really nothing of the sort? How can we actually care for and ensure our health?
As you've probably noticed, there are thousands of people trying to sell you their particular secrets to health: what to eat, what not to eat; what kind of exercise you need, and how much; nutritional supplements, probiotics, antibiotics, vitamins, minerals, oils; magnets, electrical gizmos, infrared and ultraviolet devices, audio technologies, and on and on.... It all becomes so confusing, you're likely to do nothing at all.
I can only offer suggestions based on my own experience, of course. Two practices that have been most beneficial to me are Macrobiotics and Reiki.
Even though a good understanding of Macrobiotics requires deep and continuing study (and personal observation), and though Macrobiotics is about much more than food ... we can mention here some basic elements that will lead toward healthier eating:
- Include whole cereal grains (rice, barley, oats, wheat, millet, etc.), eaten in their whole form (not as products made from flour — though you can eat some of those, too) in your diet every day or almost every day (and white rice is not a whole grain!).
- As much as possible, eat vegetables and fruits grown locally and naturally (without chemicals) in their natural seasons (no bananas in the winter, for example, unless you live in the tropics! : ^ ).
- During the course of a meal, proceed generally from denser, more contractive foods to lighter, more expansive ones.
- Take very small bites, and chew the food as long as you can keep it in your mouth (the first step in the digestive process is pulverizing the food and thoroughly mixing it with saliva).
- Stop eating before you are completely full — when you would still like to have a few more bites!
- Minimize the amount of commercially processed food you eat (it's loaded with low-quality sugars, oils, and salts, genetically modified organisms, irradiated substances, artificial and chemical additives — lots of toxic stuff that our bodies are not designed to handle).
- Cook your food the old-fashioned way — not with microwaves!
- Use high-quality sea salt (small amounts!) in your cooking; not supermarket salt, which is just highly-processed sodium chloride (plus toxic additives usually). Get sea salt that has only been dried in the sun (and not the gray varieties; their energy is too constrictive). Sea salt is much more than sodium chloride; it contains also the trace minerals that are crucial to our health (and in the proper proportions).