JUST FOR TODAY … Go Through A Check-up From The Neck Up

praying at mosqueAlan Watts had a singular way of dispersing our illusory convictions about infinitely important dualities, such as belief vs. faith … or, money vs. wealth … or, productivity vs. presence … or, ego vs. true self … selfishness vs. gratitude … or, stimulation vs. wisdom … or, profit vs. purpose … or, the notions of hurrying and timing. In his essay “Does It Matter? Essays on Man’s Relation to Materiality (1970)”, Watts said:

“Just exactly what is the “good” to which we aspire through doing and eating things that are supposed to be good for us? This question is strictly taboo, for if it were seriously investigated the whole economy and social order would fall apart and have to be reorganized. It would be like the donkey finding out that the carrot dangled before him, to make him run, is hitched by a stick to his own collar. For the good to which we aspire exists only and always in the future. Because we cannot relate to the sensuous and material present we are most happy when good things are expected to happen, not when they are happening. We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can’t slow down enough to enjoy them when they come. We are therefore a civilization which suffers from chronic disappointment — a formidable swarm of spoiled children smashing their toys.”

He later addressed the last duality related to Timing thus: “there is indeed such a thing as “timing” — the art of mastering rhythm — but timing and hurrying are … mutually exclusive.”

Check in to yourself, BE PRESENT with what’s going on inside as you go into your day or relate to others …

“The prevalent sensation of oneself as a separate ego enclosed in a bag of skin is a hallucination which accords neither with Western science nor with the experimental philosophy-religions of the East.” ~ Alan Watts


How To Maximize the Experience of Eating Fruit

Most people think that eating fruit along with their main meals is a good way to stay healthy.  However, without properly understanding the body’s digestive cycle over a 24 hour period, many people consume fruit in a manner that will bring them little nutritional benefit.  Let’s examine this notion more closely.

Having lots of fruit with your main meals, or eating it as a desert after meals, is not the ideal way fruit should be eaten.

Below are good guidelines for giving your body the maximum nutritional benefit from eating fruit.

Always eat fruit on an empty stomach. You can do this at any time during the day, as long as it is on an empty stomach.

After eating fruit, wait at least 30 minutes before consuming other foods besides fruit.

After you have had a proper meal, leave at least three hours before you eat any fruit. This will ensure that the previous meal has left the stomach and putrefaction and fermentation of that meal in the stomach can be avoided.

For maximum benefit, consume mainly fruit before noon.

Never eat fruit along with other foods. Fruit should only be eaten on its own.

Never eat fruit as a dessert, after a meal.  Your meal is often composed of dense, complex carbohydrates and proteins.  Fruits are lighter and digested faster than denser foods, consequently, they do not get digested well after your stomach is already working on pasta, rice, meats and the like.  Therefore, you waste much of the opportunity for the body’s maximum absorption of the fruit’s nutritional benefits when making fruit your dessert.

Avoid fruits like bananas and avocados in the morning because they are heavy foods and tax the digestive system in the morning. These can be eaten after noon, when the body is in the appropriate digestive cycle for such foods to be eaten.

If you feel hunger during the morning, eat fruit and keep eating portions of fruit until your blood sugar level goes back to normal and your hunger disappears.

Eat only organic fruit … to the best of your ability to find authentically organic.

Avoid processed, cooked, or canned fruit. These contain large amounts of sugars, additives and other undesirables.

Fruit is digested in the intestine and not in the stomach.  Fruits are rapidly digested and go through the digestive system in approximately 30 minutes.

The brain runs on glucose.  Fruit is the most efficient source of blood sugar.  With sufficient fruit consumption your blood sugar levels normalize, allowing your body’s hunger mechanism to be properly regulated, thus circumventing  over-eating and obesity.