100 Ways To Live A Better Life – 7. Start A New Diet

You are, in a vast proportion, what you eat. Trying a new diet would often be the only needed change for a dramatic boost of your health and energy. Don’t have to be raw food, or even vegetarian, whatever works for you.

I’ve been a raw vegan for 9 and a half months and I felt incredibly well. I’ve also been vegetarian for years, and I did intermittent fasting for a year. I’m not an evangelist of any diet, though. We’re all different and what works for me may not work identically for you. But what I’ve learned was that a simple diet can impact your life tremendously.

When you start a new diet you change the energy sources you are connected to. On the physical level, we, humans, acquire a vast part of our energy by eating. Changing the quality of your food, as simple and dumb as it may seem, can have a huge impact on your life.

Remember, you are, in a vast proportion, what you eat. 

How To Start A New Diet

Ever wondered why is so difficult to change your diet? Why there is such an enormous industry of dieting in the first place? Well, it’s because it’s hard. Really.

For hundreds of years we’ve been hardwiring our brains to get pleasure from food. And we did this to the point where the main function of the food – nutrition, that is – became the secondary function. In an almost unbelievable twist of perspective, we’re consciously choosing something that is bad for our health, (for our survival, eventually), only because it gives us pleasure.

There are two insertion points where you can intervene, though.

First, is what you consume visually, the information at which you’re exposed. And second, it’s the physical level, the one that you’re putting to work, so to speak, when you eat: taste, digestion, and so on.

The first insertion point is the most difficult. If you still live in a world where “news” is important for you, this would be tough. The mainstream media is a huge manipulation machine, well oiled, extremely effective and very toxic. It’s so powerful that there is only one way you can beat it: by not engaging with it. Simply stop watching TV. Or, as I often say: “I do watch a lot of TV, but I seldom turn it on”. Stop reading newspapers. The main point is not to be exposed to advertising.

I’m not saying you should go on a desert island, or that you should become one. We still need information, but we can change the sources. Crowdsourced information, like social networks, is better than mainstream media. The degree to which social networks can be controlled or manipulated is not (at least, until now) as high as for television, for instance. If you crave news, or information, get them from social networks.

And second, when it comes to physical level, you can do at least two things.

First, try to detach from pleasure. Just eat because it keeps you healthy, not because it tastes good. I know, it’s hard. We’re brainwashed for decades that food should be tasty. But at least try. Eat for your health, not for your pleasure.

And second, if you still need pleasure, experiment. Find your own style. Yeah, that’s right, I’m talking about cooking. Cook your own meals and find your own taste. It’s not spectacular, but it’s effective.

And what’s even more effective, is to cook for someone else.

further reading

Psychological Benefits And Drawbacks Of A Raw Food Diet

Lentil Soup Recipe – Morrocan Style With A Romanian Touch

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