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Harmonized Food Selection:
Five Principles Of Body Building
First Week Of Body Building
Feeding The Glands
Secret Of Body Building
Body Building According To Type
Body Building Foods For The Body
More Diet Tips
( Originally Published 1930 )
If you could sit right down and talk this thing out with us, no doubt you would mention how difficult it is to live by hard and fast rules and regulations, even though they may bring to you your heart's desire.
You owe social obligations perhaps. And though you want above all else to build a strong, healthy body and are perfectly willing to eat and do everything toward that end, you would rather not be regarded as a food crank. You have to go right on living in your community, and you feel that if you start refusing dinner and luncheon invitations, or worse—accepting them and then refusing the food offered you, you will make a reputation for yourself that will be hard to live down.
Or perhaps you do not keep house, but depend on restaurants for your meals. In this modern life of ours it is rather difficult to obtain "live foods" when eating away from home. We dine out or attend a social function and invariably we are forced to eat what we do not want.
It will be a test of intelligence, if, in spite of circumstances, you can keep your body vital and clean within. Remember that it can be done—that it is being done everywhere by hundreds and thousands of our students.
As an instance of one way of doing it, there is the case of an internationally famous author and lecturer—an American who numbers among his friends a great many wealthy men and women fond of entertaining on a lavish scale. He goes to their dinner parties with a few oranges or lemons in his pocket, and often another pocketful of nuts and dried figs. He makes no show of eating from his own supply, and he eats heartily of the foods he really wants provided by his host. But his balanced meal, with its "live foods," is not interfered with for sociability's sake. No one ever considers him rude or cranky. They think that for some reason or other, his particular foods are necessary to his health, and they let it go at that. They cannot citicize him very well, for while many of his friends are over-weight and suffering from indigestion, he is well-built and in the best of health.
In the first week after Elimination, if two or three building foods are taken daily combined with fruits and vegetables, the muscular tone and energy will return quickly. Be careful not to eat denatured starches, sweets, canned fruits, heavy meats and gravies. These use up too much of the bodily energy.
The menus outlined here give the building principles to follow the first week. When Foods are not in season substitute others, but not dead foods. Do not use any canned fruits, except pineapple, nor any canned vegetables except tomatoes and spinach, and only use them when you cannot get them fresh.
Breakfast 2 egg yolks in glass orange juice Dried figs with cream
Breakfast Handful of pecans or English walnuts with one orange Dish berries with honey
Luncheon Lima bean soup with cream or butter
Breakfast Two soft boiled eggs with glass of orange juice
Dinner Hauser baked beans Spinach—beets
Breakfast Handful of nuts—one orange Baked apple
Luncheon Cream celery soup
Breakfast Scrambled eggs—orange juice Honeydew Melon
Luncheon Large raw salad with Philadelphia cream cheese Fruit gelatine with cream
Dinner Meat of any kind except pork (not a good food) One baked potato with skin
Breakfast Nuts—one orange
Luncheon Pea soup
Physical efficiency. For that reason, you constantly hear contrary opinions. One man may tell you that he has to have plenty of meat, or he has not the strength to do a good day's work. Another will tell you that meat makes his mind sluggish, that he only eats it occasionally and enjoys a keen mental alertness so necessary to the success of his business enter-prises.
There are bread addicts who would sooner starve to death than do without a slice of bread with everthing they eat. They will tell you that food does not seem to, agree with them unless accomplished by bread. Opposing this group are the individuals who never think of taking a piece of bread. "I never touch it," they say, "because it seems to take up so much room I can't finish my meal."
These people—the "ayes" and the "nays" on the subject of food—are both right to some extent. They happen to be different types, and their requirements differ. There are those who should eat meat, and those who should not. How can we decide the matter for ourselves? It seems to become more and more of an issue—so let us consider all facts.
We find that the mental types (see "Types and Temperaments") have better health and more energy without meats. Type analysis shows that these small mental types are usually mental workers and do not use their muscles; but they do use up a great deal of phosphorus and sulphur. They find an abundance of these elements in fruits, vegetables and olive oil. They should not eat heavy meats. Meats congest and clog them, and also inhibit them mentally. These are the intuitive people who tell you they are better without meat. Intellectually alert, they become aware of the slowing up of mental processes when the meat that they have eaten is not utilized by the muscular system.
The small mental types of people who through wrong eating have spoiled their stomachs, will especially thrive on finely ground nuts and fruits. Pecano is made of Nature's choicest pecans and so finely divided that it is one of the best building foods. Try taking three tablespoonsful a day. It tastes best when taken on fruits or as a pep cocktail in orange juice. Those who have very poor digestion thrive better by eating small quantities of food but more frequently. Do not for-get, however, to let your stomach rest at least two or three hours between meals.
Best Building Foods for Mental Workers
Now let us take the active types, who not only use their brains but also the physical body. These are the individuals who tell you they actually require meat in order to keep fit. We find that this great majority of people thrives best on a mixed fare but even they should not eat meat more than once a day. However much they feel the need of meat, the fact remains that meat is an acid-producing food, and when not strictly fresh, often contains undesirable elements. So we suggest to all those who are keenly interested in keeping the body machinery in first-class condition, to have one or two meatless days a week.
Everyone should know the value of sleep. Long hours of perfect mental relaxation and oblivion are healers in the most profound sense of the word. Prolonged fatigue is a poison which only sleep can counteract. Good digestion and assimilation do not take place under intense physical or mental activity. Nature gets in her best work of rebuilding the body and eliminating poisonous waste when the domination of the will is relaxed over the cells of the body.
Go to sleep with the idea in mind of a complete restoration of energy. Relax your mind, tense nerves and aching senses, and you learn the habit of simply shutting off conscious thought.
When the wastes and poisons are entirely removed by the Eliminative Feeding System, sleep will take on an added recuperative quality which will greatly increase the vitality and youthfulness of the body. This is why so many people look younger after Elimination. Remember that sleep refreshes and stimulates all bodily activities, and preserves the youthful exuberance of a clean, healthy system. Never let fatigue paralyze normal functions, and when you feel tired and under nervous strain, try the remedy of a short nap.
Another thing that interests everyone and is almost important as deep, satisfying sleep, is play, and the right kind of mental diversion. Play is a form of rest and relaxation everyone requires. The only trouble is, that many of us play too hard. We play until we are utterly exhausted. We become so immersed in trying to amuse ourselves that we wear ourselves out.
Each individual is unique. What is play and rest for one may not be for another. Each must find what is most restful and enjoyable, entering into it with a sense of abandon and freedom from care. You need play and plenty of it. The closer we get to nature, and the more energy we can draw from fresh air, sunshine, water and all growing things, the more our play will benefit us. Instead of robbing the body of strength and vitality, let us play so that there is no danger of fatigue, but a singing and rejoicing of all cell life instead.
So far we have concentrated on muscle toning, and the gradual building up of the body through cell activity. Glands, the organizers of the body, need the right nourishment and stimulation so that they may function for the good of the whole system. It is within their province to perpetuate youth; so next we will consider their requirements in order to effect natural rejuvenation. We are going slowly, but we are getting there. Step by step, we are approaching natural, permanent health, and a sound, virile physical structure.