bal•ance [bal-uhns] - a state of equilibrium or equipoise; equal distribution of weight, amount, etc.
In the world today we have to ask ourselves how we "balance" our lives. From play, work, emotions, to what we eat. Advertisements pushing "more is better," whether it is better for you or not. This is definitely a true statement in the diet world.
From Chinese Medicines point of view food is medicine. It is the only medicine that we take in large doses more than once a day and we do it every day. The effects of this food on the body's biochemistry literally makes it the most powerful medicine that we consume in our lifetime. In the book, The Way of Qigong, Kenneth S. Cohen says "If unhealthy food can cause disease, then healthy food may cure it." But he also talks about balancing these healthy foods.
So, if a person is sick with a bronchitis they go to there physician who prescribes a cough syrup and possibly an antibiotic. The pharmacy will give you instructions on just how much to take and when. Would we take large quantities of this medication because it is good for us? No, we would follow the instructions and take it in smaller quantities and eventually we would feel better and get better. Why do we not do that with the foods we eat? Why is food treated any differently than medicine is?
How many magazines have we all seen with statements like this?
How many times have we grabbed these magazines and tried these diets. (I know I have!) Overdosing on one type of food because someone spent a lot of money to convince us it works! But we end up not losing weight, losing and gaining it back, unable to maintain it, or just plain sick. Why do we consistently believe that overeating one type of food will cure our obesity? What happened to following the instructions about healthy eating? Like the instructions on taking your medications from the doctor? What happened to balance? Somehow over the years we have lost those instructions to be replaced with magazines and commercials that push "more is better." Balance was trampled and pushed out of the way for the new modern way of eating. Balance sits on the side lines rejected, all for "more is better, super size me and more for you money."
So a person has to remember the rule of BALANCE. You can enjoy your food and flavors without overdoing any particular one. My friend and mentor Roberto Masferrer made a statement in his blog that sums it up. "when you are eating a well-balanced, whole foods, plant-based diet you don’t need any one food to give you everything the body needs because the combination of fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and occasional animal products will." ( kumoacupuncture.wordpres
Socrates once said, "Thou Shouldst eat to live; not live to eat." In the Buddhist religion they say Budha had once said, "Eat to live, not live to eat." In the Poor Richard's Almanack, Benjamin Franklin quotes: "Eat to live, and not live to eat." (Google it...you would be surprised what you find!) Regardless who says it, I have seen and understood the message. I enjoy the food that I eat...if I didn't I most assuredly wouldn't eat it (I'm still trying to find a way to eat Sea Vegetables!!) However, I have learned the trick to balancing my selections, not in excess but in moderation! And the results have been amazing!
I am currently down 22lbs (2 dress sizes!) since starting this lifestyle change and the scale is continuing to go down with out jumping back up to only work twice as hard to get it back down like I had before. I'm still learning about this lifestyle but as I do my health has increased and I look forward to the new me in the new future that I'm creating. If you are interested in this program you can check out Kumo Acupuncture's website at: kumoacupuncture.com/inde
In the list of services you will find a bevy of information. (They offer Skype consultations for those that are out of the area.) And in the resources link under educational printouts you will find the nutritional guide which is the general guide they start with and adjust to each individuals special needs.
What ever program you decide to pursue...remember that BALANCE is a word to live by!