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Yoga and Food

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मिताहारं विना यस्तु योगारम्भः तु कारयेत्।
नानारोगो भवेत्तस्य किञ्चिद्योगो न सिध्यति ॥१६॥

He who practices Yogic exercises without moderation of diet, incurs various diseases, and obtains no success of any kind.

Moderation of diet is very important in Yogic exercises, dhyana or in any type of sadhana. If this is missed, success of any kind is not possible.

When Yogic exercises are performed as just another way of aerobic exercise, we not only incur any benefit but also damage body severely.

Swadesi : Remain connected with the Producers

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First picture is about pesticides. Our consuming habits have turned farmers into greedy blind soil-exploiters. This is going on for last 45 years (since so called green revolution).
 
After 2-3 generations, farmer’s son land up in urban slum, working for construction work like a slave, spending evenings at bar and consuming poison.
 
First poison the land and then poison the inner land.
 
And the sin is upon us. Yes, upon us who are disconnected from the food producers.
 
Some trivial reasons why urban citizens deny original food sources: (I am farmer and a community helper so I come across many such silly denials)
 
1) Oh, why should I travel 25 kms to get food. I can get it in super market next to my office.
 
This very same breed go for 50 kms long drives without any purpose! 😀
 
2) Oh, it is very raw food. Not packaged in fancy covers! 😀 Unclean. I have to spend time in cleaning it!
 
The very same breed spend hopelessly insane time for personal entertainment which actually is anti-life! 😀
 
3) Oh, it is costly!
 
Well, it is cheaper than inflated over-hyped movie tickets! 😀
 
Think sincerely! Connect with farmer communities in near by villages. Inspire them to do gau-seva and Gau-based farming. Be part of the process. Expose your kids to nature and strengthen their immunity!
 
Take care!! (Y)
 
One more thread on same topic by Madhava Pashupati
 
“Yes, ur absolutely right…infact our network is aiming to do the same..decentralise… and direct link up with procurers. But, we do face hurdles to explain this to procurers the need of doing so. Urban mindset is still towards mono-culture. We have been hurdled with urban mindset that DESI GHEE must be of same standard…not possible..the Local Breed (Hallikar) from different places yeild different type of A2 milk according to the fodder intake..as most are FREEGRAZERS !… urban people do not understand about freegrazing much…so if milk is different according to fodder..like in Kadatur area we have same hallikar which seems to be more healthier than that of Chamarajanagar in Karnataka… as Cnagar is more dry on southern side !..how do we explain this ?… Urbanites google the cinema halls… or best at gopalan mall… but most fail to google the rural areas…except if they want to throw bottle at Kabini or Cauvery !… so, coming back to the point…ghee produced at Kadatur is little different than at Kanakapura !… and we have urban procurers with half ken about climatic zones asking for standardization procedures… ditto fruits and vegetables.. all grown with gau ka gobar !… stating one more example, as we are nearing MANGO season…and most of our farmers who supply A2 milk have small orchards…we tell then not to sell it to mango mafia..and we mostly give (supply not sell) a kg of mango free to our A2 milk procurers in urban areas… and our procurers (some of them) compare it with ALPHONSO or APPUs ! dang ! dang ! bang ! bang ! – now we have to explain… 100 years back… Mumadi Krishnarajaj Wodeyar – Royal Scion of Mysuru…who was science bent… got saplings of Ratnagiri (which has lots of iron ore beneath the soil) and planted it all over karnataka mango zones like Ajampur, Mysuru, Kanakpura…. and those mangos are called BADAM out here !….and have less IRON content..!…and by then our telephone bills will run so high…lolzapz !..so awareness is not enuf… AWAKENING…AWAKENING….for most of our info today comes in the FLATSCREEN samsung…oh no SONY…no ONIDA…no IDIOT BOX and well opiate substance creator…WWW.”

Organic food? First learn to cook!

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Can we transform into society that grows own food from a society who loves to eat processed food/chemical food?

No. It is difficult transition for majority.

Solution?

Introduce middle path. At least inspire them to cook for self. Cook healthy food for self. Let there be community food gatherings. Cook for self, cook for community. Envision community kitchens. Once we start cooking for self, it is not difficult to realize value of chemical free farming i.e. growing food for self.

Food chain correction is CRITICAL

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Apart from external environmental factors affecting mind space, it is our polluted food and water sources, that play major role in weakening our psyche and slip ourselves in the mode societal corruption.

When people talk about neurological disorders, they consider only those disorders which exhibit visible symptoms (Autism, Phobias etc). For me, lack of integrity or moral perversion is also a neurological disorder, albeit silent one. It is getting diagnosed, only during harvesting time of past deeds of individual. And in most cases, it is never diagnosed during life time. 

Corruption in society is resultant of polluted food origins. While working on correcting political system, it is equally important to see that majority of us, get nutritional food, both physical and mental. 

Mental food by disinfecting Education system, physical food by disinfecting agriculture.

If you think you are sane citizen, contribute, in your capacity possible, for politics, education and agriculture.

With corrupted and weak psyche and body of majority in us, it is difficult to penetrate sane reformative ideas in our minds.

You go and explain, ideal democracy but if the other person is devoid of pure food and water, it is difficult for him being receptive and understand sane ideas necessary to change the Nation’s destiny from current shoddy state. Even if he/she understands, he/she won’t do much in action due to weak body and mind. For survival, compromises happen and saga of personal involvement in corruption continues.

Food -> Education -> Political awareness -> Critical Mass for change -> Revolution

Any upheaval, out of reaction, would remain temporary since roots are corrupt and in hibernation. With favorable environment to flourish, weakness will sprout again and reforms will topple again towards nadir.

If roots are replaces by food and education, it is difficult for any external force to break strong National fabric.

Political awareness minus Food and Education -> Revolution minus prolonged stability.

Strive for prolonged happiness.

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Missing Education On Diet, Fire and Prana

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पवन पुत्र i.e अग्नि i.e हनुमान i.e. बल & बुध्धि emerges in your universe (Body complex) based on richness and stability of पवन / वायु / प्राण.

प्राण’s stability depends upon three things

1) Intake efficiency
2) Controlled consumption of Prana
3) Stable mind स्थिर मन

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आहार मात्रा control is fundamental preventive cure for remaining healthy. It changes for each individual. Age, sex, prakriti, season, place play critical role in determining it.

But the most important factor that affects the optimum आहार मात्रा is अग्निबल (Individual digestive and assimilation capacity.). Your metabolic status.

True secular education equips students to check own self every morning and decide daily आहार मात्रा.

Any school teaching this? Parents?

Hint: In gross and deep Kaliyuga, Hanuman worship is essential as he blesses and enables our mind to keep the optimum bodily fire! Think about it!

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Human Body and Food

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Most of us eat food for taste and not to satisfy needs of the body. Instead of strict division of food eating habits, one must develop synergy with the local face of the mother nature. Food has to be local. In extreme terrains like desert or jungle, there can be variation. But for most of mankind, body physiology is more inclined to suggest vegetarian food.

This image shows resemblance of human physiology with vegetarians from animal kingdoms. Received in email. If there is scope of correction, please comment.
It is tomfoolery to eat for tongue-lust.

 

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Food Cannot Be Global

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Can your neighboring village farmer grow Apples?
No.
Can he grow bananas?
Yes.
Pappaya?
Yes.
Cherry?
No.

So for you, “An apple a day keeps doctor away” is actually “A banana a day keeps doctor away” or “A Pappaya a day keeps doctor away”

Nature grows all your needs in your surroundings. Eat locally grown food. Our demand for Apples force farmers in Himachal and Kashmir to use deadly chemicals to increase production. This vicious cycle ruins their local environment and your stomach too. Since Apples travel thousand kms before they arrive at home, more chemicals are used to keep them fresh.

When nature grows everything for you in your surroundings, why strive for something foreign? When you visit Himachal, have as much apples you can. Even in Punjab and Haryana, it is fine. But having apples in Kerala is insult to coconut and banana. 🙂

Use common sense. Search your food from local soil.Reduce transportation burden, chemical burden and save environment and your health

Desi Cow Ghee, Omega 3, Smoking Addiction, Bipolar Disorder

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It is vicious cycle. You abandon mother and her prasad and the vacuum will be filled by vices.

Smoking leads to mental disorders.

Omega-3 intake reduces smoking addiction.

We also notes on this forum that Omega-3 intake also reduces Bipolar disorder symptoms.

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गौ माता cures smoking addiction
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Omega 3 = Desi Cow Ghee is full of it.
Lack of Omega-3 = Striving for addictions?

“it was found that taking omega-3 capsules significantly reduces nicotine craving and the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day”


Research


A New Study Conducted at the University of Haifa Has Found Omega-3 Reduces Smoking

http://www.newswise.com/articles/a-new-study-conducted-at-the-university-of-haifa-has-found-omega-3-reduces-smoking

In a study performed by Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, head of the school of criminology department’s addiction program, it was found that taking omega-3 capsules significantly reduces nicotine craving and the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day

Taking omega-3 supplements reduces craving for nicotine and even reduces the number of cigarettes that people smoke a day, according to a new study conducted at the University of Haifa. “The substances and medications used currently to help people reduce and quit smoking are not very effective and cause adverse effects that are not easy to cope with. The findings of this study indicated that omega-3, an inexpensive and easily available dietary supplement with almost no side effects, reduces smoking significantly,” said Dr. Sharon Rabinovitz Shenkar, head of the addictions program at the University of Haifa’s school of criminology department and of the psychopharmacology laboratory at Bar-Ilan, who conducted this study.

Chronic exposure to smoke-derived toxicants is the primary cause of progressive pulmonary and immune dysfunctions, as well as carcinogenesis Cigarette smoking is connected not only to cardiovascular dysfunction, immune system dysfunction and cancer, it also reduces the levels of essential fatty acids in the brain, especially that of omega-3. A deficiency in omega-3 damages the cellular structure of nerve cells and interrupts neurotransmission in areas of the brain involved with feeling pleasure and satisfaction. These areas are essential in reward and decision-making, and are very important in the process of the development, maintenance and relapseof the addiction and to the inability to stop smoking. In simpler terms, omega-3 deficiency makes it harder for the smoker’s body to deal with its craving for another cigarette. “Earlier studies have proven that an imbalance in omega-3 is also related to mental health, depression and the ability to cope with pressure and stress. Pressure and stress, in turn, are associated with the urge to smoke. It is also known that stress and tension levels rise among people who quit smoking. Despite all this, the connection between all these factors had not been studied until now,” Dr. Rabinovitz Shenkar said.

Desi Ghee (Fatty Acids) : Prevent Bipolar Disorder

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Omega-3 fatty acid = Desi cow ghee = Disorders free mind and brain.

This is how गौ माता keeps her children sane and healthy.

The Moment her prasad is out of regular food, disorders are expected to arrive at door-step. If not you, your next generation.

For other terrains, there are alternatives like nuts and fish but for us, living on grassland plains, ghee plays critical role as it is the only and critical source of fatty acids.


Research


Lower availability of omega-3 fatty acids associated with bipolar disorder

http://news.psu.edu/story/382628/2015/11/25/research/lower-availability-omega-3-fatty-acids-associated-bipolar-disorder

People with bipolar disorder have lower levels of certain omega-3 fatty acids that cross the blood-brain barrier than people who do not, according to researchers from Penn State College of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. The finding could have implications for dietary interventions for the disorder.

Fatty acids are a major area of interest in bipolar disorder and depression because of their biological importance in the brain. Studies have shown that fatty acid supplementation may be useful for unipolar depression, but the data has been more mixed for bipolar disorder.

The researchers, led by Erika Saunders, associate professor and chair of psychiatry, Penn State College of Medicine, compared fatty acids in 27 people with symptomatic bipolar disorder and 31 healthy control subjects. The group measured levels of different forms of the polyunsaturated fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. They also collected self-reported information on fatty acid consumption and bipolar medication use. Their results were published in the journal Bipolar Disorders.

Free fatty acids are able to cross the blood-brain barrier, while fatty acids bound to proteins are not. In study subjects with bipolar disorder, the ratio of a free-circulating omega-3 fatty acid called EPA to bound EPA was lower than in other people.

“This means that the availability of omega-3 in the body is lower in bipolar subjects,” Saunders said.

Omega-3 fatty acids are a large component of brain-cell membranes and are important for cell-to-cell communication in the brain. In the study, the ratio of free to bound EPA correlated with clinical bipolar symptoms, specifically mania and tendency towards suicide.

Fatty acids also play an important role in the immune system and the inflammatory system.

“Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids can shift the balance of inflammation, which we think is important in bipolar disorder,” Saunders said.

 

FDI and Quality Improvement Myth

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There is a myth propagated that if you buy anything from Wal-mart like super store, you will always save yourself from adulteration that you face at local Bania.
 
This is not true always. Two examples:
 
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Not All Organic Foods are Created Equal when Walmart ordered it :
 
The organic milk that Wal-Mart sells under their own “Great Value” brand is a perfect example of how their influence can negatively effect the quality of organic food. This milk is supplied by Aurora Organic Dairy which is a large company that supplies other retailers such as Safeway, Costco, and Target as well. Aurora Organic has been accused on multiple occasions of selling organic milk that is in fact not organic. Horizon Organic is another large distributor of organic milk that also supplies Wal-Mart and has been accused of the same thing.
 
In 2007, USDA investigators found Aurora Organic to be in violation of 14 organic dairy requirements[1] and threatened to revoke their certification. Legal complaints have also been filed against Horizon Organic. Unfortunately, no further action was taken and both Aurora Organic and Horizon Organic continue to flood the market with low quality “organic” milk. For more information on this issue, visit the Cornucopia Institute’s page on Aurora Organic Factory Dairy.
 
[1] : http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELPRDC5063457
 
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More than two-thirds of common brands of extra-virgin olive oil found in California grocery stores aren’t what they claim to be, according to a University of California at Davis study. [2]
 
Instead, the oils were spoiled or made from lower quality olives unfit to be labeled “extra virgin.” Worse, some were outright counterfeits, made from soy, hazelnut, and even fish oils mixed with low grade olive-pomace oil.
 
[2] http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/files/report%20041211%20final%20reduced.pdf
 
“Our laboratory tests found that the top-selling imported brands of “extra virgin” olive oil sold in the United States and purchased at retail locations throughout California often failed the IOC’s sensory standards for extra virgin olive oil.
 
Our testing indicated that the samples failed extra virgin olive oil standards for reasons that include one or more of the
following: (a) oxidation by exposure to elevated temperatures, light, and/or aging; (b) adulteration with cheaper
refined olive oil; and (c) poor quality oil made from damaged and overripe olives, processing flaws, and/or improper
oil storage.”
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Be ready for International Food Adulteration Gangs (IFAG), they are certainly better than local bania as they sell in glossy wrapper :).

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