1. Effects of Food
2. Stay Bright
5. Finding Good Teachers
Vegetarian food is good for your
Sentient food is good for your body and
Food not only has an effect on
your body, it has an effect on your mind, too. Fruit makes you feel
light and helps concentration. Meat makes you more irritable and
coffee causes restlessness. If you want to have a sharp and peaceful
mind, sentient food is the best food there is.
(rice, bulgur, wheat, oats, bread, pastry, porridge, muesli,
corn flakes, macaroni etc.)
vegetables and beans
beans, soya flakes, soya milk, Tofu, Tempeh etc.
amounts of most herbs and spices
The opposite of sentient food* is food that has a unpleasant effect
on the body and/or makes the mind dull, restless or irritable:
and poultry, fish and shellfish
and garlic (except sometimes as a medicine)
and other fungi
drugs and other intoxicants
"What's wrong with eggs?!"
"I thought onions
"Mushrooms are full of protein...!"
Mushrooms grow in dark places on dead and rotting matter. The
result is that they have a dulling effect on your mind. You can
use many other kinds of food to get protein (see the article about
vegetarianism) and mushrooms don't have so much protein anyway.
Good food gets digested in only 24 hours. Food that stays
longer in the body than 24 hours, tends to spoil and produce poisonous
gases that harm the body. Meat and eggs cause constipation -that
means the food stays in your body for a long time. There are doctors
who say that 80% of our diseases are caused by constipation.
Meat, onions and garlic make the body very acidic. This makes
your muscles and joints stiff, and in the longer run it can cause
arthritis and rheumatism. An acidic body also gets sick more easily.
"Alkaline" food is the opposite of acidity-forming
food. Eating more alkaline food is an excellent way of cleansing
the body and curing it from boils, acne, flue and many other diseases.
Nearly all fruits and vegetables are alkaline and very good for
You don't need to eat only fruits and vegetables,
of course. For a healthy body and sharp mind you can add any other
sentient food. Do you find it hard to give up meat, onions and garlic?
Find replacements for them in your local Asian shop. There are many.
Try for instance the spice hing . You can also have a look at the article
on vegetarian food for tasty ideas, or read the books mentioned
books for those who want to know more about (sentient) vegetarian
Food for thought
Avadhutika Anandamitra Acaraya
Ananda Marga Publications, Manila, Philippines. 3rd edition
A very legible book about reasons to be vegetarian.
A great source of information if you want to know in which
food you can find the protein, vitamins, iron etc. that you need.
Cooking for Consciousness
Joy McLure and Layne Kendall
Nucleus Publications, USA. 2nd
Many clear recipes from hors d'oevre
to dessert and a wealth of information about grains, vegetables,
fruits and how to have a smoothly running kitchen.
the recipes are easy and require little time, but you can also find
more sophisticated dishes for special occasions.