This book found me when we watched an interview of director Vetrimaran. This is a small book of 250 pages but totally packed with nutrition to the mind, a mind that is ready to listen and take care of the body. Author Paul Chek is a holistic health practitioner and he has other titles too with respect to health.
Book is broadly categorized in to self assessment questionnaire, what you eat, exercise, stress/digestion and ends with food types. Our body needs are covered by protein, carb and fat. Author defines body types based on the food that each body accepts and categorizes in to three. Self assessment questionnaire is very helpful to understand who we are with respect to what we eat, when we eat, stress, sleep cycle, digestion and fungus/parasites.
Given our cultural background and amalgamation to metro/busy life, our food becomes more of carbs, fat and less of proteins. And the media, health care system with average values scares us enough that we dont listen to what body says. Adding to it, there is processed/refined products that are shelfed through out any departmental shop. Sad part is, people question, “Organic? are you fool enough to believe that it is organic and pay such a hefty amount for fruits/vegetables?”. Lastly, exercise. where do we have time for it! May be after 50 or 60!
We mostly dont take any effort to understand any of the above, but continue with our ‘busy’ routines for us and for our family. I watched a korean series (Hometown Cha Cha Cha) some time back and there was this beautiful dialogue, “..best thing a parent can do for their child is staying healthy..” It is a responsibility that one cannot take it for granted.
Coming back to the book, i skipped the exercise part as i have my routine that suites for me and was not interested to read through it. Rest of the book gave very good insights on the categories mentioned at the top and took some solid actions for self. Books like these make us take at the least a small step towards healthy life.
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.
Lao-tzu, The Way of Lao-tzu