natural nutrition

“It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” - Jesus

introduction

painting by Mary Cassatt

“(…) “Man is what he eats!”. Man can nourish himself in such fashion that he undermines his invisible independence. In so doing he makes himself an expression of what he eats. Yet he ought to nourish himself in such a manner that he becomes less the slave of his nutritional habits. Here spiritual science can direct him. The wrong food can easily transform us into what we eat, but by permeating ourselves with knowledge of the spiritual life, we can strive to become free and independent. Then the food we eat will not hinder us from achieving the full potential of what we, as men, ought to be.” - Rudolf Steiner

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body metabolism

“Consider the following idea. An Italian labourer can lift thirty to fifty tons of coal in one day, a shovel full at a time. That feat takes an enormous amount of energy. Where did the energy come from which performed that amount of work? Most certainly it did not come by conversion of the food consumed by the labourer into heat. The few pieces of bread, cheese and onions consumed as food would not generate heat enough by any known process to lift fifty pounds, much less fifty tons. The food consumed is used to repair the body and replace its ever dying corpuscles. Any residue is eliminated after normal replacements are completed.

Any machine that man may make which would lift fifty tons would need at least five hundred pounds of fuel. A man's body is a machine made for performing work just as a man-made machine is. Why is it that one machine needs five hundred pounds of fuel converted to heat to lift fifty tons, while the human machine lifts fifty tons without needing any fuel at all? The answer is that the human machine is centered by the Universal Consciousness which is the Source of all power, from which man expresses power through desire to express power, even though he is not aware of the Source of his power.

The man-made machine has no such motivating source of power so an electric current is extended to it from a generator which consumes a tremendous amount of fuel. The machine made by man needs the electric current while man IS the electric current. His heartbeat is connected with the universal heartbeat. (…) Consider, likewise, the fact that you can lift your own body ten thousand feet above the earth to the top of a mountain, and back again in one day, because YOU are the universal electric current, and YOUR power is limitless when you know it is limitless. If your power is limited it is because you, yourself, have set limitations to it. Again I say, man is Omnipotent when he knows his Omnipotence.

As a last example for your meditation I would like you to consider the tremendous energy expressed in the vegetable kingdom by the desire of the forest to lift its thousands of tons up above the earth. In the Soul-seed of the forest is the mighty desire to manifest its power. Every seed of the forest is centered by that Soul-desire to unfold the pattern of its idea. Desire in the seed is electric current in the seed expressing its desire by polarizing light to form its body. Those mighty tons of the forest are not lifted up by “heat energy” but by the alternating heat and cold of sunlight and cool earth. These are the two conditions which desire in the seed makes use of to polarize stillness of equilibrium into vibrating bodies. Desire makes its own electric current, for desire of Soul is the polarized thought-power which creates YOUR body and ALL BODIES.” - Walter Russel

At night the soul energy or consciousness is withdrawn from the brain and descends the spinal column into the sympathetic plexuses where this energy is needed to absorb and distribute food and nourishment taken in during the day, to repair the tissues. (…) In this respect, man is subject to the same law as all vegetation. During the day time, when the sun is in the horizon, all the plants' energies are in the stalks and green leaves, in order to absorb 'Prana' from the sun, carbon dioxide and nitrogen from the air, and convert these into its own substance called chlorophyll. The plant also draws energy from the earth, through its roots; for this purpose the sap flows upward. After sunset, the energy in the top, all goes to the roots and nourishes them with the energy gathered during the day.” - Randolph Stone

“Food and drink are the fuel for our bodily functions. Air and warmth are the combustion factors of our motor. There are four stages of this process: 1. Digestion, 2. Assimilation, 3. Elimination, and 4. Oxidation. When any one of these processes is incomplete, the body suffers. Therefore, it is essential for us to take only the foods and drinks which can be digested fully in the stomach, chemicalized by the liver, absorbed by the intestines, and eliminated by the colon. Then only will the oxidation be completed through the skin and the lungs in a normal way. The stomach is the digestive center on the left side of the body, and the liver is the big chemical organ on the right side. When these two function normally, then the digestive process in its lysis (or breaking down of the food into its component elements and the subsequent chemical reassembling of elements and their change into bodily materials) will be completed in harmony of function. But when there is a constant overload and too rich a fuel (too much and too rich a food), then these two polarity functions break down and the whole economy of the body suffers and goes wrong. So the first step in retracing is to clear these two functions and to give the body a chance to right itself in its own chemistry without drugs.” - Randolph Stone

diet types

“In this world there exist four main classifications of diet:

  • A lax diet conforming to habitual desires and taste preferences. People following this diet sway back and forth erratically in response to whims and fancies. This diet could be called self-indulgent, empty eating.
  • The standard nutritional diet of most people, proceeding from biological conclusions. Nutritious foods are eaten for the purpose of maintaining the life of the body. It could be called materialist, scientific eating.
  • The diet based on spiritual principles and idealistic philosophy. Limiting foods, aiming toward compression, most “natural” diets fall into this category. This could be called the diet of principle.
  • The natural diet, following the will of heaven. Discarding all human [intellectual] knowledge, this diet could be called the diet of non-discrimination.

People first draw away from the empty diet which is the source of countless diseases. Next, becoming disenchanted with the scientific diet, which merely attempts to maintain biological life, many proceed to a diet of principle. Finally, transcending this, one arrives at the non-discriminating diet of the natural person. (…) It is impossible to prescribe rules and proportions for a natural diet. This diet defines itself according to the local environment, and the various needs and the bodily constitution of each person. A definite code or system by which one can consciously decide these questions is impossible. Nature, or the body itself, serves as a capable guide. But this subtle guidance goes unheard by most people because of the clamor caused by desire and by the activity of the discriminating mind.” - Masanobu Fukuoka

“We must learn to live life and feed the body wholesome natural foods with all the life elements in it, in their finer forms as enzymes, hormones, vitamins, and minerals, besides the bulk of proteins, starches, sweets and fats to nourish the grosser parts and serve as combustive material in the digestive process.” - Randolph Stone

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