(First 30 pages of 160 in complete book)
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO WEIGHT LOSS By Marcus Antebi
ABOUT THIS BOOK
This short book is likely to be something quite different from what you are expecting. This is so for a number of good reasons.
The primary purpose of this writing is to help you fight your battle against unhealthy eating patterns. The book deals more with psychology than it does with things such as calorie counts and specific foods. The diet that you will eventually embrace will be one that is tailored to your own needs, practices and disciplines. It will be one that includes a great deal of vegetables, fruits, nuts, sprouts, and seeds, and little or no animal protein.
You might expect any book on nutrition to have an entire section that explains how cells cluster together and form the tissues of your body and how the tissues cluster together to form organs. A lot of books that talk about nutrition go very deep into molecular science.
This is not that kind of book, one reason being that I’m not an expert on those subjects. My friend Dr. Jeffrey Mechanick is; he wrote two books on molecular nutrition for the medical community. I’ve gone to him often over the years to get information. He is second to none in terms of being an authority and education in chemistry pertaining to nutrition. He states unequivocally that the most important thing that a person can do for their health is to study their own dietary patterns and make changes to them in order to correct mistakes.
Dr. Mechanick and I agree wholeheartedly that the human being is primarily a carbohydrate burning machine and that a person does not need animal flesh to sustain strength, body weight, and energy.
The Ultimate Guide to Weight Loss is much more about telling people what not to eat and what not to do rather than specifically what to do. For too long, the diet world has been focused on things such as calorie consumption and amounts of processed sugar in particular products.
This guide offers an entirely different model. It encourages you to determine how much nutritional value is in the products you are consuming, calorie for calorie.
This book’s intent is also to make you aware of the early days of eating, referring to smart human beings who lived close to the land and honored all aspects of its giving. These people weren’t tearing things out of packages, and they weren’t eating foods laden with harmful chemicals.
Throughout history, mankind’s circumstances have differed from continent to continent, from climate to climate. In much colder climates, people had to rely on animal protein because they didn’t have UPS and Federal Express to ship superfood powders from Colombia to New York. They didn’t have refrigerated trucks to drive cucumbers from Mexico to Washington, DC. So people ate in accordance with the seasons and what the soil would bear.
People ate what the forests or the jungles would put into their paths. Sometimes that would be the flesh of an animal or an insect. Those same people were always breathing clean air and pure water, both free from chemical compounds that would harm their bodies. They were extremely active as individuals, they collectively had a great sense of daily purpose, and they had rich spiritual and metaphysical world views.
These things generally resulted in positive attitudes and respect for the present moments being experienced by these early ancestors of ours. It’s very unfortunate that most of us in the modern world have lost those things to varying degrees. We have lost those things because of our bad habits and our belief in lifestyle misinformation that our modern society has given us.
For a number of reasons I will not prescribe a specific diet in this particular book. A bit later on in the book I will give some information on my particular practices and some items that I focus on in my diet—you will find some of that information to be very helpful.
It’s vitally important for anyone embarking on a journey to healthier dietary practices, including weight loss, to first understand quite a number of things. Those things are regarding psychological, sociological, spiritual, and intellectual reasons behind unhealthy eating patterns, plus some scientific principles that need to be considered. Such information will be the primary focus of this book.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT ME
My name is Marcus Antebi. I was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1969, and I am grateful because I’ve had a rich and full life. I have many, many more years to come, and I’m very excited to see what the future will bring.
I survived 13 years of skydiving and retired with over 2,300 jumps. I survived competitive amateur Muay Thai fighting. I started a juice company called Juice Press in 2010, and when I exited we had 85 stores. I feel as if I had five of my nine lives.
The thing that makes me qualified to write this book is the most noteworthy thing that I’ve done in my life: I’ve been clean and sober since 1985 when I overcame my addiction to marijuana.
I tried all kinds of drugs, and by the time I was 15 1/2 years old I was done. I went to an inpatient rehabilitation facility for 90 days.
Some may think that inpatient treatment seems a little bit dramatic for marijuana addiction, but I found it necessary. I’m glad that I requested that level of treatment, and it served to get me on a path of lifetime recovery.
At Juice Press I needed to be a prolific writer of many kinds of self-help and commerce-related documents for customers and employees. One of my projects entailed producing about 50 stylish postcards with humorous sayings on the front and important information about nutrition on the back. The postcards were my starting point for deep writing. Now I’m excited to move onto books.
My mentor is a great man named Fred Bisci. At the time of this writing is 90 years young and has been 100% raw vegan for approximately 55 years. He had a nutritional practice for many, many years, and he has a remarkably deep level of understanding of the human body and diet.
I’ve been practicing yoga since 1997. More than any other type of physical exercise, practicing yoga has been the thing that has helped me learn how to concentrate and focus; that is something that was always very difficult for me.
That’s essentially my story. I don’t have university degrees or formal education; my college education took place on the streets and in the process of being wholeheartedly devoted to living and instructing others in healthy lifestyle practices over a 40 year period.
Writing books, web content, and information materials pertaining to health and wellness is something that I have become very passionate about. I stepped down from the chain restaurant business that I started (Juice Press) in order to primarily focus on that.
In addition to writing, I am in the process of building a new business centered around health and wellness. The business is part of the reason that I desperately want to produce good written materials. I’m not seeking to just sell products. Social and environmental responsibility is of paramount importance to me. I want to help people get on the right path to a lifestyle that incorporates good physical and mental health, respect for our planet, and service to others.
I sincerely hope that my writing will be encouraging and beneficial to you as you seek to make yourself a better person and our world a better place.
It can be scary to overcome an addiction or a habit that doesn’t serve you well. Approaching the concept of radical change may seem overwhelming because you know how deeply connected you are to that addiction or behavior pattern.
There are two types of addictions. One type is physical and the other is purely psychological. Physical addictions include drugs, alcohol, adrenaline, and even food. Psychological addictions include a wide variety of things, some as simple as obsessively looking at your phone.
I have a concept that I am asking you to believe because it will enable you to completely overcome your addiction. The concept is this: No matter what type of addiction you have, you can overcome it if you take the right steps.
You must break down the steps that you are going to take to fix the problem, and if you do not know what those are then you can use someone’s step-by-step system. Mine ‘looks like’ what I am about to describe, but yours may be different.
The first step is surrender. You must admit that you have a problem. You must verbalize it (say it out loud), write it down on paper in some detail, and share what you’ve written with someone you trust. I repeat: You must admit that you have a problem. If you don’t acknowledge that you have a problem, you will have no hope of ever overcoming it.
The next step, critical to complete but not necessarily in sequence with other steps, is moving ourselves into a state of quiet and stillness. Some consider talk along these lines to be in the category of esoteric hippie mumbo-jumbo, but it isn’t. Don’t ridicule the concept.
Following is an exercise to help you with that step. Sit quietly in nature and spend 45 minutes concentrating on your breathing. Visualize yourself unhooking yourself from your addiction or compulsive habit. See yourself in your thoughts free from the nightmare of an addiction of any kind. See yourself as being free.
But the more frequently you can practice sitting still and quiet, even if it’s in your closet, the more powerful and positive the impact will be. When I do so, I might be ridiculed by people saying, “Look, there’s Marcus sitting in the closet, visualizing himself giving up a habit.” But I don’t care about public opinion (or private opinion, for that matter). I care about improving myself by ridding myself of bad habits.
Some consider Yoga to be ridiculous. They make you do headstands and hold a posture for three minutes to effectuate change. But people need to think outside of the box, and if need be try techniques that seem ‘new agey’ and weird if they are serious about self improvement. Doing things differently that seem odd or uncomfortable is preferable to sitting at home suffering and wondering how to make yourself better.
If a great master comes to you and tells you to sit in a cave for two days to make your problems go away, perhaps you should try it out of respect for the teacher. I have liberated myself in many ways using various techniques that at first I didn’t fully understand and wasn’t comfortable with. I have put together a mixture of techniques from the various things that I’ve practiced and studied, ranging from yoga practice to kickboxing.
When you’ve become willing to surrender after you’ve sat and visualized yourself free from your addiction, the next step is to get out that damn journal and start writing. Write about how you quit, how you’re going to quit, how you may struggle, your connection to the addiction, just write, write, write (or type).
Most of us have addictions buried very deep in our subconscious minds that we don’t tap into. One of mine was movement. I needed to be constantly moving in order to feel at peace. I was terrible with stillness unless I was sleeping. I was also addicted to changes of scenery. I needed my visuals to change frequently. I got bored or frustrated if I saw or encountered the same things every day.
As I got older I learned how to create balance. I learned that the scenery did not need to change but I could change the state of my restless mind. I could bring my mind to wherever I wanted it to be. I learned that I could become happy looking at a brick wall every day if I had no other choice.
Coming to such a state is not easy. But I am at the point now where I can do things I need to do, such as shop and go to work, and enjoy the changes of scenery rather than be addicted to them. My practices of meditation helped me a great deal with that particular struggle. And I want to stress that meditation will help you a lot in your journey to overcome whatever addiction or obsession you may be struggling with.
As meditation is crucial, I’d like to conclude this short section by describing a simple meditation practice exercise appropriate for beginners. Sit quietly for 10 minutes, three days a week. Visualize yourself in a better place. Visualize yourself being free from whatever unpleasantness your obsession or addiction may have brought into your life.
It is my fervent desire that some of the things that I will suggest in this book, in addition to the crucial entities of admission, surrender, and calming of the mind, will help you get to a state of great physical and mental health and happiness with your improved circumstances.
There are many other steps that must be taken in addition to the things that I’ve written about in this section. You must do them to ensure that your new promise to control your weight and discontinue your unhealthy eating patterns will be absorbed into your subconscious mind.
Those steps need not be followed in a precise sequence as long as you do them all and review them all frequently. These other steps will be described in the remainder of this book.
Please continue reading.
YOU ARE A PIG
Did you know that humans are omnivorous creatures, more similar to pigs than any other animal?
Humans and pigs consume the largest variety of bioavailable matter, both natural and unnatural. This may allow us to exist symptom-free for long periods, even with poor nutrition.
But we differ from pigs in a certain way: Unlike humans, pigs will always instinctually make better food choices when given the option.
No other animals make the food mistakes we make! Humans make lifestyle choices (dietary and otherwise) based on emotions and the need to feel good, not always based on what’s best.
We are also misinformed. The food industry and our society support ridiculous ideas about nutrition and medicine. Medicine prevents us from suffering many of the horrible consequences of our poor eating habits.
Additionally, most people are depleted of their vital energy force because of poor food choices. Vital force, an enhancement to the immune system, is the energy supply that is left over after all your daily activities, including digesting food.
When you have more energy than needed to carry out daily activities and when you are a biologically cleaner organism, which occurs as a result of correct lifestyle choices, you acquire this energy reserve.
So what is the ideal diet for humans? Should we be eating bananas all day like our ape cousins? Should we be ravenous meat eaters like the big cats? Or are we designed to graze like cattle?
None of the above.
We are actually similar to pigs, bears, and piranhas. We are omnivores. However, we have longer digestive transit times than most other animals. That’s why flesh foods are not ideal for us. Flesh foods easily ferment or rot in our system.
Eating anything and everything is acceptable, but not optimal for longevity. Indigenous tribes and rural Japanese fishermen are healthier than most other people because they eat smaller portions of food obtained from pristine environments. (Their intensely rich spiritual world views also play a major role in their success (dietary and otherwise) and long life spans.) But we do not live in the same conditions that they do.
We live with pollution, stress, and tainted food supplies. What's worse, nearly everything we eat is processed. Our digestive systems are burdened with foods that require enormous force to digest.
That's why we need to assist our natural bodily cleansing and detoxing processes with juice fasts, colonics, and other measures. There are many ways to cleanse. A fast way of doing so is to leave processed foods out of your diet, do a juice cleanse, and incorporate more raw foods and juices into our everyday diet.
Some experts may disagree. I contend that many of them may not have mastered their own diets. Many experts also base their diets on traditional nutritional science, which I believe has not been updated sufficiently over the years. Keep in mind the example of scientists and others who believed that smoking was not particularly unhealthy back in the 1950’s.
TYPES OF EATERS, TIPS, AND TENACITY
There are two types of eaters that I have observed. The first type is madly, madly in love with the process of eating: They love to excite their taste buds, they love to sit at the dinner table, hey love a good conversation, they love being full, they love what their eyes see when they look at food.
The second type of eater does not see food is anything that special. They eat when they get hungry, perhaps they overeat, perhaps they eat when they’re in a rush or when they’re anxious.
The first type of eater might have very deep emotional connections to the process of eating. They might have been really connected on holidays with the family during meals. They must have really embraced and enjoyed the love of their family and being surrounded with food in all directions.
For many of us there was just too much food. There was too much food in every closet and there was a lot of junk food, and there were a lot of foods that were just simply toxic.
Some of us grew up in families that on holidays (sometimes as often as once a week) members of the family would sit down and gluttonize. This is what I experienced growing up, and I had to learn a different way.
I won’t teach people how to coast through unhealthy diets with all kinds of “biohacks” and strange diet techniques such as eating while doing a headstand and staring at the sun.
What I can do is just tell you the obvious things humans need to be doing for their bodies. I intend to write the truth about dietary issues. I didn’t invent it. I was taught it by my mentor and food teacher. This book may have one self-help item that leads you to a small or large revelation, or it may have 20 such items. With just one small revelation, though, you can change and begin evolving to where you want to be.
When you are helping yourself with any problem that you have in your life, it’s usually a slow process with many setbacks along the way. However, if you have had those setbacks already, you may be ready to try the suggestions in this book. They can liberate you from an eating problem, but getting the energy and courage to start doing them is your challenge. You can do it!
One of the great secrets of weight loss is to teach yourself to not eat after dark. Eating after sunset is a bad idea because your body is resting and you are in an emotional state such that eating is for comfort rather than nourishment.
There’s nothing wrong with taking some comfort in food. Food is a blessing. It feels great, it keeps us alive, and we should celebrate it. But we have to keep everything in our lives in perspective. We can’t allow the comfort of food to completely overwhelm us. We can’t get to the point where we cannot find comfort unless we are in the rapture and passion of food and eating.
We will talk later in the book about the sources of eating problems. These include difficulties that we experienced in our childhoods, trapped emotions, and character problems.
Another rapid fix is to eliminate processed food completely. Processed food is the cause of a myriad of weight control issues, illnesses, and immune system problems. This book will present many suggestions for weight control and overall health, and the two just mentioned (not eating at night and eliminating processed food) are among those at the top of the list.
I will cover a number of dietary mistakes and processes one needs to be engaged in to control weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You will note that many processes incorporate steps that one would take to eliminate problems that are not in the category of weight control and healthy living. This book will speak of science, of psychology, of personal motivation, and of logic. It will deal extensively with emotional issues and how they are related to overall health.
A roadblock or trap for some is that their weight control problem seems overwhelming. It’s clear that weight problems won’t disappear overnight. This comes down to the fact that we lack patience. One of the golden rules of mastering addictions and problem behaviors is the need to learn how to live day by day. This book will offer some guidance regarding that.
This principle is well-known and is a cornerstone of programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous. But it’s difficult to put into place, in large part due to a general state of anxiety that many people have. As children most of us had to plan for the future in order to protect ourselves. Later as adults we had many losses that were difficult to handle. This created hidden emotions that made it more difficult to live in the present moment or on a day-to-day basis.
Young people generally take days for granted. But people should wake up and tell themselves that today is the only day in their lives. They should do so each and every day. It’s certainly important to plan for necessities such as having enough food, water and resources to exist, and to have plans to get away from unexpected trouble of various kinds. But thinking too much of the future makes the present unpleasant and unfruitful.
So, I advise you to repeat the following phrase (or words to the effect of the phrase) to yourself over and over again: “Today is my only day. I will work to make my day exactly as I want it to be. I’m doing that so that I can appreciate today and be in it. I want my day to go exactly as I dream it. This is within my control.”
If your dream is to wake up tomorrow morning with a pot of gold, that’s not going to happen. If you have a plan regarding how to get a pot of gold, it’s likely to take some time and planning, and a lot of struggle, attachments, difficulty, and pain. If you work at it, though, you’ll probably get that pot of gold. It will take more than one day, though.
A more important thing to desire and work towards is the improvement of our character and a healthy state of mind. That’s worth more than a pot of gold. You could pay your bills and put food on the table, but you’d still have worries and a lack of inner peace.
As we endeavor to free ourselves from our obsessions with food or weight problems, we have to set our intentions every day to gently win over our lower impulses. We have to be forgiving of ourselves because we struggle sometimes.
We feel inadequate at some things. But we just need more time, better mentors, more encouragement, and determination to get to the bottom of a problem in order to work ourselves back to the top.
You can do this food thing right. You can be victorious if you believe in yourself, starting now.
Say to yourself over and over and over:
“I believe I can do this. I can master any area of life. I want to be happy. I want to feel and be healthy. I want to feel joy (or more joy). I want to share joy. I want to help others.”
These are the best things in life. Better than Range Rovers, Rolexes, and pots of gold.
BEGINNING YOUR JOURNEY
I think that whenever a person has resolved to embrace self-improvement of any kind, he or she has begun a new and exciting journey. And the journey should not just be a ‘head trip.’ That journey should be a time of action, from the very start.
If you have taken the decisive step of resolving to address your weight control issues, I ask that you take two actions beginning right now—even before you begin reading the bulk of this book.
The first is to draw up a task list of actions that you will take today, and then do the same thing at the beginning of every day from this day forward.
The second is to understand a few things about self-improvement measures, and I will briefly write about those things in the second part of this “Beginning...” section of this book. Let’s get started!
KEEP A DAILY TASK LIST IN YOUR CALENDAR OR SCHEDULE
You should begin every day with a written list of the things that you need to accomplish. Perhaps later in life you’ll have a monastic lifestyle and will have your required tasks for every day committed to memory.
But for now, you should first pray, then do some breathing exercises, wash your hands, drink some water, and then write out the things that you want to accomplish today.
It’s best to start a new list fresh every day. This is because every day that you wake up you are a new person. You need not be chained to your old ways.
You may add things not yet done from previous days, but your current day’s list must be based on your emotions and your physical condition. Doing this is an integral part of what’s known as “living in the present moment.”
Every day’s list must include the tasks that you will hold yourself accountable to later.
You must have certain messages associated with your tasks. They must encompass being kind to yourself at certain times, being kind to others at all times, steps to take to lead yourself well, and steps to take should you be in a position of leading other people. Perhaps you are now or will someday be a teacher to others—so you must teach yourself well. Always remember that if you don’t lead and teach yourself well, you cannot lead and teach others well.
People do not like to do tasks that are not fun because they’re not creative and they do not stimulate pleasure. So in your task list it is important that you include at least a couple of hours per day of difficult tasks. If you focus on tasks that you commit yourself to, which is the primary purpose of your task scheduling list, you will find the process of getting them done to be less unpleasant, more fruitful, and more satisfying.
Reflections on Self-Improvement
The discipline of taking care of the tedious tasks of life can be applied to all other aspects of life—this is the nature of self-improvement. I define self-improvement as taking on the difficult tasks that we need to manage by ourselves for ourselves every day of our lives until they become habits.
Self-improvement is also a measurement of personal success. Personal success has nothing to do with things such as how much money you’ve acquired, how many books you’ve published, and the like. Personal success is measured by how well a person can improve themselves and address their own specific challenges. For example, an alcoholic who stops drinking is a success in a crucial area of life.
Another measure of success is progress. The alcoholic who goes from being tethered and broken to a sober, highly functioning person who helps others and makes a lasting impression on them is a success, regardless of money and possessions he or she has or doesn’t have.
Cleaning up behavior patterns that pertain to healthy lifestyle choices and diet is extremely difficult. That wouldn’t be as much the case if we came from a lineage of people who understood the land, its fertility, how to cultivate healthy foods, and who didn’t have the types of traumas and anxieties that we have in our society today.
Yet that is not the case now, and today’s traumas and anxieties make us susceptible to addictions. We now need to address our problems individually and collectively.
A typical alcoholic is an example—he or she must take strong action. That action has to be broken into small pieces, or small steps, so that the steps can be taken one moment, hour, or day at a time so that positive progress will occur.
There are a number of requirements for successful self-improvement. The first is to recognize that life improvement is needed and to have a desire to make that improvement. The second is to realize that much damage has occurred and that it needs repair.
The repair begins with your thoughts. The thoughts lead to speaking. Then, action must occur. Such action includes development of skills to improve thinking—practices such as mindful meditation and exercise.
This action must also include cognizance about what we say in the world. Things that we say become either spells that keep us locked in suffering or magic that frees us.
But an even more critical thing is our own monitoring of our own behavior—making sure that we are doing positive things in the world each and every day.
We must see ourselves honestly. If we can’t do that, we can’t fix what is broken inside of us. A person might be a horrible racist but be unable to look honestly enough at himself or herself to realize it. Such a person would need to fix that character defect and discontinue associating with all other racists. Another example would be a recovering alcoholic who would need to discontinue associating with heavy drinkers.
Happiness is another crucial factor. A person whose behavior harms others becomes unhappy. Their coming to the realization that their behavior was and is self-destructive (as well as being destructive to others) constitutes a huge step forward.
If you want to change you must do a number of things daily. Be aware of your self-destructive behavior and strongly resolve to discontinue it. Think about overcoming it, talk about overcoming it, and do good things each and every day that will make the process of overcoming it a reality.
Changing your negative, problematic thinking patterns may not happen overnight. But if you are fiercely committed to the process, it can begin happening soon. You can find a degree of relief as soon as tomorrow.
Intellectual and Motivational Issues
I understand how the intellectual mind works. The intellectual mind will say, “Well, yeah, these things are really obvious but if I could just do them I wouldn’t need this book.” But you need to look at the words, drop your resistance. and just take the words. Then feed them in your mind and say, “Yes, this is something that I must do to get better.”
In order to get to the next level with your problem you’ve got to take action of some kind. You can’t wait until you figure out all your childhood problems, free your emotions, and then take action. It’s an unrealistic expectation because it’s not just the liberation from your childhood trauma that’s going to get you to the next level. You also have to overcome your ingrained habits.
If you’re at the stage of reading a book on the subject matter, then you’re changing your habits; you’re doing something before you completely healed. And so you have to keep the momentum going.
Write out the steps that you think that you need to take to get yourself better. Keep that writing close to your bedside and keep reading it. You know what to do. So in many ways it’s just a question of getting focused and being able to get yourself back on the wagon, and take those actions regardless of how you’re feeling. If you’re overwhelmed by that, then you have to break down the steps that you need to take even further.
I use such a process when I’m writing something for my work. First, I write a general outline of the steps I need to take to accomplish something in the business. For example, I may need to find a bottling consultant. And if I have no idea how to find a bottling consultant, then I write down the step before that. In this example it would be to call up 10 people who might know a bottling consultant and ask them if they have any contacts.
If I don’t solve my work-related problems in this way, I will never get the solutions I need and subsequently will never progress and move forward in my business.
Applying this process to a self-help program might look something like this: You write down “Step one: lose weight.” That step is likely too far ahead. You probably have to put a number of steps before it. A more realistic step might be “Step one: read that guy’s book on weight loss.”
Before you continue on with this book I want to acknowledge how difficult this subject is. It doesn’t make a difference how old you are, how large you might be, or what medical problems you may or may not have, weight control can be difficult.
I know that if you’re reading this book you want nothing more than to reach your goal of controlling your weight and engage in healthy lifestyle practices.
To me, weight loss is secondary. But for most people it is the primary driver, and I know that nothing I say will change that. So, let’s leave the primary driver as weight loss if that is what it is for you.
But at least put it in your mind that your secondary driver is that you want to be physically healthy. And the third driver should be that you want to master yourself—your emotions, your consciousness, etc. And in that self mastery you want to feel good in your body—you want to feel good about your time on earth.
Train yourself from the very beginning to not have your measure of success be completely based on whether or not you lose weight.
Here is something that will help you do so. Write the following phrase down 600 times: “It doesn’t matter if I’m skinny or overweight—what matters is that I have my addiction under control.” Then, say it 1,000 times.
The weight loss will follow.
I hope that our paths will cross as you move along on your journey toward self-improvement!
ABOUT POSITIVE DIETARY CHANGES
I believe that the most effective, profound and lasting approach to weight loss is to deepen one's relationship with food and create new lifestyle patterns pertaining to eating and consuming.
I don’t believe in parroting any health guru’s lifestyle recommendations, or in jumping on a personal trainer’s bandwagon regarding efforts to ensure muscle growth and flattening of the tummy. Such things are short term solutions, and they are completely ineffective for most of us.
Parroting someone else’s ideas on diet and consumption leads to mass confusion and a society of people who do/will do the following things:
- Struggle with food and food-related health issues,
- Suffer from a host of self-esteem issues related to struggles with food,
- Become disconnected from food sources, causing massive global food problems (resulting in animal cruelty and devastation of the planet), and
- Fight wars over clean water and nourishing food supplies. (Today we fight wars over oil and ideological differences; this is evidence of the likelihood of wars over food and water.)
What does this way of thinking have to do with your reducing the occurrence of cellulite on the back of your thighs? What does this have to do with slimming down the waistline, or maintaining a “six pack” of abdominal muscles?
It has everything to do with those things, because it addresses food, diet, weight loss, and healthy eating from a more holistic approach. We are not just saying things such as “stop eating potato chips and your problems will subside.”
Although things like that are likely to be part of the truth, they won’t empower someone in a food addiction to stop something that may be powerfully satisfying to them. It’s necessary to replace food addictions with knowledge and emotional healing.
Notice that I do not use the term spiritual healing. I think the word “spiritual” can be a misnomer that can cause confusion, because everything we do is both a spiritual and a physical occurrence. Spirituality is mastery of one’s self—all of our habits, our character, our actions, and other things. When we work to improve these aspects of self, we are making spiritual events happen.
So let's embark on this exciting journey with the understanding that focusing on a 360-degree view of food and eating patterns is both a physical and a spiritual effort.
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