ARE YOU READY TO COMMIT?
A Smooth Transition
to A Better Diet
Transition from Meat-based Diet
to Whole Plant-based Diet.
WEAR ONLY ONE HAT
By following a path of correct action, we accelerate through cycles of awareness. If we are to make progress, we must unravel all adverse situations stored in our bodies and minds by moment-to-moment choices of appropriate activity.
Your Health is Your Responsibility
The purpose of this article is to assist those wishing to make a smooth transition to a better diet, including those who have previously upgraded their diets and are still in need of further improvements. This article offers psychological insights to help ensure success; it also maps out the patterns that typically occur in such transitions and recommends dietary measures that reduce excesses and clear up old toxic patterns.
Changes involving diet, lifestyle, and attitude will take individual pathways that depend on the person’s resolve and commitment, inherent strengths and weaknesses, the difference between the previous diet and the new one, and the speed of change. Diet is an aspect of our personality. The relationship between food and personality is an inexact one since some people eat poorly and still maintain emotional integrity. A poor diet, however, will eventually undermine the strongest of minds and bodies.
Sometimes we hear that if unhealthy food is eaten, good thoughts about it will suffice to make it beneficial. There is some truth to this idea, but we have witnessed too many people with keen and sagacious minds succumb to cancer as a result of poor diet. On an ultimate level, the ability exists to alter food entirely by thought, but most of us have not developed this skill. Simply put, if you know that a portion of food is not good, don’t eat it.
WEAR ONLY ONE HAT
In Chinese philosophy, the practice of avoiding known evils is called “wearing one hat.” A “hat” represents an action in a chain of causation. Regarding unhealthy food, the first act, or hat, can be the decision not to eat those foods. In this case, we wear only one hat. However, if unhealthy food is eaten, then this action is the first hat, and the second, third, and successive hats are how we must overcome the effects of the poor food – by suffering, by trying to change the impacts with positive thoughts about the food, or by taking medicine. Then by overcoming the effects of the medication – in other words, there is a further reaction to each different response.
Suggested, that for maximum health we wear at most one hat. Each hat beyond this is an added weight, causing progressively heavier feelings and less freedom. Wearing no hat – the “zero hat” condition – is to experience the source of all change.
By following a path of correct action, we accelerate through cycles of awareness. If we are to make progress, we must unravel all negative situations stored in our bodies and minds by moment-to-moment choices of appropriate activity. The proper diet is highly individual, so the precise nature of this process will vary from person to person.
Those who choose a diet to impress others, to be fashionable, to gain higher power, or even to become “healthy” with no thought of sharing what was learned with others usually have a difficult transition. When one is guided by idealistic motives, such as choosing a diet because it is more humane – because it does not promote the killing of animals (vegetarian – vegan) or does not oppress Third World peoples (avoiding multinational-corporation products). Then there seem to be not only fewer problems with the transition but a healthier attitude, which in turn enables better judgment regarding future dietary choices.
When a new diet is adopted, one can expect some reactions as the biochemical processes within each cell change. If the new diet is also purer, then old toxins are released, sometimes with various forms of discomfort known as “healing reactions.” Such cellular changes also affect the mind and not only represent changes in the mental dimension, but are themselves the transformations of old emotional and psychological patterns embedded in the RNA/DNA of the body’s cells.
Healing reactions present an opportunity to go back through everything not previously resolved in one’s life. We carry our entire personal histories in our bodies. Every injury that did not heal full – whether physical, emotional, or mental – must be made right. All obstructions, toxins, aberrations, and pain must be cleared in a total healing.
The nature of a reaction indicates which phase of life is being healed. The responses feel similar to the original disease or emotional trauma but usually appear in a diminished form. If the reaction is an emotional discharge of anger, the feelings surrounding the discharge will remind one of anger earlier in one’s life, even though the present anger may be “caused” by different circumstances. Physical discharges are also reminders of old conditions. If chronic sore throats occurred during childhood, a healing reaction could involve one or two sore throats that would eliminate any residues that accumulated from the original infection(s).
Certainly, everyone wants healing reactions to be minimal or non-existent. According to traditional Japanese medicine, however, if there is no healing reaction, there is no cure. Most reactions involve the body’s purging itself of toxins. The outward manifestations of this elimination may be severe or moderate, depending on the skill involved in regulating the process.
- Tension or pain may occur in the upper back and neck, which may move upwards to the head, downward across the abdomen, arms, and legs, and eventually to the head top, toes, and fingers. Pain may occur in the internal organs, particularly in the liver area under the right side of the rib cage. A headache is common.
- Vomiting may occur. Bile or various types of mucus may come up.
- Digestive imbalances may develop: gas, cramps, diarrhea, etc.
- Weakness, weight loss, and sensations of cold and heat are signs that the body is first vigorously eliminating before the building and strengthening phase occurs.
- Typical emotional reactions include unreasonable impatience, anger, and depression.
- More sleep is needed during the transition, and dreams may be wild. Unusual visions, apparitions, or altered states occasionally occur.
- Menstruation sometimes ceases but will resume when the digestion calms, and the liver and kidney functions are renewed.
- Sexual desire usually diminishes, especially in men, but eventually becomes more balanced than previously, once the kidney-adrenal function is strengthened.
- Possible discharges include boils, pimples, rashes, body odors, carbuncles, nasal and vaginal discharges, a coating on tongue, and black feces. Silver amalgam (mercury) fillings may fall out.
Most healing reactions involving pain and discharges will last less than a week, although these symptoms sometimes continue longer. Since the body needs the sexual/reproductive function least at this time, the resurgence of sexual energy and menses may take the longest. It is not recommended that a woman dramatically change her diet during pregnancy, since the released toxins may harm the fetus; the shock to the system, in general, may also trigger a spontaneous abortion. She can safely abstain, of course, from such extreme items as intoxicants and highly refined, chemical-laden products.
Transition from Meat-based Diet to Whole Plant-based Diet
ADDING WHOLE GRAINS
If you use refined grains, begin by slowly adding whole grains to white rice or the other refined cereals that you are used to. The greater nutrient content of whole grain reduces the desire for meat. Also avoid products that cause demineralization and loss of nutrients, such as white sugar, white breads, pastas and pastries, and intoxicants. Begin to use seaweeds; these are rich in the complete spectrum of minerals.
Use more vegetables with smaller amounts of meat. Soups and broths add a beneficial dispersing quality to the concentrated nature of meat.
First reduce your intake of red meats (or meat from mammals generally), then fowl and fish.
REDUCE DAIRY AND EGGS
Also reduce dairy and eggs, particularly if they are of poor quality. Many people find that substantial amounts of dairy and eggs do not mix well with a grain-based diet. (Constipation and a heavy feeling can result.) When eaten in abundance, dairy and eggs are mucus forming, and grains are moderately so; thus the combination can cause excessive mucus accumulation.
SMALL AMOUNTS OF ANIMAL FOOD
To make the transition smoother and prevent binges, it is better to have small amounts of animal food regularly than large amounts occasionally.
Only small amounts of animal food (or in some cases, none at all) may be sufficient once a person is mentally and physically stable. Don’t rush – enjoy life’s changes at each stage. Changes normally come more easily with a more gradual transition. Even though notable benefits often occur within a few weeks, the full transition may take years. The process of renewal is a harmonious way of life.
Herbs* can aid significantly in every aspect of healing, including dietary transition. There are many ways to take herbs as well.
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