The Healthy Diet
A subtle and refined enjoyment comes with balanced, integrated health. A healthy body will crave nutrients that are needed for continued or improved health, but lacking in the diet. This is a natural life-preserving and health-promoting property of the body, and such healthy cravings should be heeded. As with the rest of the animal kingdom, our bodies have a natural, instinctive knowledge of what is good for health and survival. In times of illness and pregnancy, these cravings can be more intensive, and can overwhelm our learned bad habits.
People who embrace a natural, wholesome diet quickly find themselves leaving complex, exotic, incurable diseases behind, and that any illness that they do sometime contract is a far more simple, uncomplicated and curable illness, usually contracted to promote elimination to speed the body’s return to higher level health.
The entire basis of good health is hygienic surroundings and practices, and a wholesome, nutritious diet. Hygiene is basically a matter of cleanliness, and is a very important base standard that must not be neglected. Its purpose is to provide a clean environment, free of disease, which will allow healing to take place without chemical or bacterial contamination.
Nourishing the Body
A person who understands food, and is sensitive to their dietary intake will know what part of their body each item of food will heal and nourish. This knowledge might seem to place a stupendous demand on people today, but traditional Aboriginal people knew this as a matter of course. In the modern, refined diet, such an understanding is impossible, as the nourishing parts of the food have already been removed or destroyed, and have been replaced by sugar, salt and other additives that disguise the natural taste.
Nourishing Properties of Natural Foods
Nowadays, more and more people possess an understanding of the nutrifying and medicinal properties of good food, and by knowing what item of food treats which part of the organ or bodily process, have little need of the medical system. A recent survey found that most people in Australia are supplementing conventional medicine with natural modalities, whilst over 20% were not using the conventional medical system at all because they were being treated by other, more natural forms of medicine.
The closer a food is to its natural state, the more nourishing it is, the easier it is digested and assimilated, and the better it works at promoting health. The human body is part of nature, and is attuned to using foods in their whole, natural state. Most people living on a healthy, wholesome diet, and practicing natural healing modalities, begin to develop a feeling sensitivity to their body, and can feel what it needs at anytime, whether food or medicine.
Healthy Bodies Prefer Nourishing Foods
A healthy body will naturally choose appropriate nourishing, wholesome, health-promoting foods. These are experienced as far more tasty and interesting to the palate. To a body that enjoys a health-promoting diet, refined, devitalised, spiced, junk ‘food’ is found to be quite distasteful and uninteresting.
Basis of Preventative Medicine
A wholesome, nutritious diet is the basis of preventative medicine, and the foundation of all preventative medicine. The best, most nutritious foods are those grown organically or biodynamically (which takes organics to a more subtle level), on properly prepared soils. Today, only foods grown organically or biodynamically are likely to contain the same level of nutrients found in naturally grown foods.
Medicinal Properties of Natural Foods
Natural foods and medicines have powerful healing properties, and assist the body in many ways to heal a disorder. For example, beetroot is particularly detoxifying of the liver; roughage in whole grains tones up the digestive system. Anybody suffering a head or chest cold can stop feeding the disorder by refraining from consuming wheat and dairy products, as they are highly mucous forming. Lemon is an expectorant and assists in the elimination of mucous, and at the same time soothes inflamed throat tissues. Nature has also provided us with many effective, natural antibiotics. Garlic and tea tree oil have excellent antibiotic properties that do not produce resistant strains of bacteria. According to Medical Journal of Australia, live commercial yoghurt cultures containing LGG probiotic bacteria can cure certain antibiotic vancomycin resistant bacteria in the bowel.
Traditional Diet is Health-Promoting
The traditional Aboriginal diet has always been highly health promoting. For example, kangaroo and emu meat does not promote the build up of cholesterol, unlike mutton and beef. Several years ago, a group of Aboriginal volunteers, with diabetes, were taken into the desert to live off traditional foods. When given medical checkups upon their return some six weeks later, no traces of diabetes were found in any of them, even though the medical profession continues to insist that diabetes has no cure. Many diseases will remain incurable for as long as a person’s food intake is denourished, devitalised, and contains toxins. Vitamin supplements are almost mandatory for anybody consuming commercially grown foods, even if they are relatively unprocessed.
Healthy Alternatives to Junk
For every form of “junk” ‘food’, healthy alternatives exists, that to a healthy person always tastes far more delicious, anyway. For example, yogurt is a healthy replacement for ice cream, and contains the same acidophilus and bifidus bacteria that the intestines use. Yogurt should be taken during and after a course of antibiotics. Carob is a healthy replacement for chocolate, and is particularly healing of the digestive system. Dried fruit is a delicious and nutritious replacement for lollies. Appropriate, wholesome food should always be regarded as our first level of curative medicine, as well as the primary base of preventative medicine.