Appendix A Nutrition

M"udra experts, such as Keshav Dev and Kim da Silva, rec-r /i/l ommend paying attention to nutrition simultaneously v Y A. with practicing the mudras. The ancient yogis also knew this. The extent to which the body fluids (blood, lymph) are permeable for both the physical and the subtle energies is largely dependent upon how much waste material is in the body. Our waste material is created based on our choice of foods. For example, one of my acquaintances, who for years has required medication to treat high blood pressure (deposits in the blood vessels can be the cause of high blood pressure), suddenly could not tolerate the medication anymore. Despite great concern on the part of the physician, he reduced the dosage to a minimum; this made my friend feel much better and his blood pressure remained normal. How did this happen? His wife changed his diet and, after a few months of the new diet, he reacted in this way because the deposits in the blood vessels had been reduced.

For many years now, I have been intensely interested in nutrition. In the days when I worked assisting senior citizens, during house visits I made a little game of looking at the people at the door and guessing all the things that would be in their kitchens. I was rarely wrong.

If I were to start eating like most people, asthma and allergies would return within a short period of time. But the truth is that my allergies have been gone since 1985, and have never returned after I did a 9-day lemon juice treatment. This is my current diet:

Upon arising: I drink a glass of water.

Breakfast: Green tea or herb tea, wholegrain bread with butter or curd (kefir) cheese and sprouts and a piece of cheese.

Lunch: Salad or steamed vegetables, legumes, and a grain or potato dish.

Dinner: As little as possible. For example, vegetable soup, bread, cheese, flake muesli with a banana.

Snacks: In the morning, water, tea, and fruit; in the afternoon, a cup of coffee with a little piece of chocolate or a few sweet biscuits.

I only eat meat or fish occasionally on the weekends. Too much meat obstructs my breathing and makes me aggressive; but an even more important reason is that I love animals and don't want to eat them. I have also eliminated milk, tomatoes, hot peppers, and kiwis from my diet because they intensify mucous congestion in the lungs and digestive tract.

One thing is for certain—you must design your own diet plan and adapt it to the needs of your body. Don't ask too much of yourself. It is better to use a bit of cleverness. I reduced my consumption of meat (my father was a butcher and meat was therefore the main thing on the menu at home) by asking myself every day: "Does it have to be meat or could I also satisfy my hunger and cravings with something vegetarian?" When I had a genuine desire for meat, then I enjoyed the meat. But I increasingly noticed that I could just as well eat something else. With time, I reduced my meat consumption to a minimum. Keep the powerful and intelligent elephants in mind—they are vegetarians.

I was also able to reduce my excessive consumption of black tea (the only addiction that I ever had) with a trick. I mixed it with green tea and constantly increased the proportion of green tea—until the black tea was no longer necessary. My herbal advisor, Elisabeth Steudler, swears by green tea since, like no other tea, it can truly be enjoyed at any time. It has a purifying effect, is good for the kidneys, urinary tract, and bladder, and has a preventive effect against cancer. One more tip: Wait until the boiling water has cooled down slightly before pouring it over the tea.

I also recommend the tea mixtures based on the Chinese Five Element Theory, which are available in health food stores and some pharmacies. In spring there is a tea mixture for the liver and gallbladder; in summer for the heart and circulation; in autumn for the stomach and pancreas; in late autumn for the lungs and large intestine; and in winter for the kidneys and bladder. Perhaps the following tips will be helpful to you.

• Particularly when it comes to oil, vinegar, sea salt, whole grains, and milk products—buy only first-class goods; whenever possible, also buy organic fruits and vegetables.

• In the morning, eat a great deal of fruit and drink a lot of fluids.

• At noon, eat primarily salads and foods containing protein.

• In the evening, eat as little as possible and primarily cooked vegetable and grain dishes.

• Eat simply and never mix more than three different kinds of vegetables.

• Chew well, eat slowly, and be in a good mood. Enjoy your food.

With these few reference points, you can put together a high-quality, sensible diet of whole foods—a diet that doesn't unnecessarily strain your sys tem or fill it with waste materials, but builds it up, keeps your body healthy, refreshes your mind, and lifts your spirits.

There is no rule without an exception! If you don't have any physical complaints, you will certainly want to go out to eat occasionally. You certainly should do this and enjoy it!

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