Dr. Lingam’s Laws of Happy and Healthy Eating.
1. Take charge of your life and eating habits.
No one knows better than you about what you like and what you don’t. A lot of your eating habits depend on what your mother has cooked and what you have been eating and were exposed to in your subconscious mind from your childhood, as well as food ads and trends. On top of that, you may be eating to fight stress and depression and to escape from painful situations in your daily life. Furthermore, once you gain weight after puberty, after pregnancy, or after 40 years (when the hormones are not helping to lose weight), it is hard to lose weight. You know what you want in your life now. It is left to you to choose a reward or face the consequence. The choice is between eating healthy to be happy and continuing with what you are eating to face diseases and pain which you bring upon yourself and your loved ones. By now, you know your eating habits and what is good for your health. If you are willing to change your eating routine and habit, you can live a long, happy and healthy life.
2. Make moderation your mantra
Eating in moderation means “you can have your cake and eat it too”. Do not go to extremes or starve and eat big meals. Eat 4 to 5 small meals or healthy snacks a day. Have protein shakes or smoothies to replace meals.
3. Count your calories
Keep in your mind how many calories you consume in a day, but do not get obsessed with it. Obsession creates stress and produces cortisol and you will end up eating more to satisfy your stress.
4. Treat yourself to the occasional indulgence
Eat at least once a week what made you happy when you were a child. It is okay to eat something you enjoyed even if it is considered bad or if it is a big meal like a buffet. Your liver will take care of any accumulated toxins once a week. Even if you eat a 15,000 calorie buffet meal, the body will lose the homeostasis (hormonal balance) temporarily but it will bring it back to normal within a day. What you eat daily is important.
5. Keep your food toxin-free
Try to eat organic produce and meat, egg, and milk to minimize pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics which produce toxins and become endocrine disruptors, which could lead to cancer. Don’t become obsessive about it. If you cannot buy organic food for a day or two, it is okay to eat non-organic food. Your liver can break down the toxins.
6. Expand your diet for greater balancea
Eat a balanced diet with complex carbohydrates such as whole grains. Vegetable and protein sources such as red meat (once or twice a week), chicken, turkey, fish, eggs and green salads and raw vegetables must also be included. Even if you haven’t eaten any quinoa when you were a child but you like it now, include in your diet of complex carbohydrates. Your mind has to accept in your heart what you like and love to eat.
7. Consume more fibers
Include more fibers in your meals and snacks, adding both soluble and insoluble fibers. If you like oatmeal in the morning, eat them daily in your routine. Oatmeal has not only soluble fibers that bind oil and fat but the beta-glucan in oats helps to minimize inflammation of the digestive canal. Eat celery, mango, and carrots as snacks when you feel hungry. Juicing is good but not all the time because you need fiber in your eating routine to facilitate bowel movement. Also, choose your fruit based on what you eat at that time.
a. Carbohydrates (Need Amylase to break down carbohydrates) – Apple
b. Fats (Need Lipase to break down oils and fats) – Avocado
c. Protein (Need protease to break down protein) – Pineapple, papaya
8. Include as many colored vegetables and fruits as possible in your meals or snacks. All colored vegetables and fruits have antioxidants that will combat free radicals produced in the body. The inflammation created by free radicals is the cause for aging, diseases, and even cancer.
9. Include probiotics for better digestion
Eat probiotics such as Kiefer bacteria drink or yogurt with your meals. Good bacteria are not only good for digestion and the immune system and the intestine but also help fight against bad bacteria and infection.
9. Heed the words of ancient Ayurveda
If you can incorporate some ancient Ayurvedic wisdom according to your body type and stir-fry vegetables instead of boiling them (lose the vitamins) and add spices like turmeric, Fennel, Ginger, coriander, cumin in your cooking, many diseases and potential cancer can be minimized from what you eat.
“Prevention and Happiness are the best Anti-Aging Medicine”
– Dr. Lingam
I hope now you understand the meaning of the saying “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT”. In the next part, I will write in detail to explain the essence of each of these laws.
My gratitude to everyone who took the time to learn how to improve their eating habits.