"Through what we consume, we change the quality of our body, mind, and spirit. Each of us is responsible for his or her own life and destiny. We are our own masters, and no one can chew for us." --- Michio Kushi
If we grind and break down the morsels of food with our teeth, we are beginning essential digestion of food in our mouths, producing many essential enzymes. Saliva, called “Nectar of the Gods” by the ancient Chinese, along with vital enzymes, mixes with our food, alkalinizing each mouthful before we swallow it into our stomach, where it is more efficiently digested and “burned.” According to Yogic teachings, this creates prana (life-force energy) and with each bite, valuable anti-aging parotin hormones are interjected. Good chewers heal faster, live longer, and look younger!
Dr. Ogata, professor at the School of Medicine at Tokyo University, discovered that chewing stimulates the production of parotin hormones. These strengthen all the cells in the body, promote rejuvenation, slow aging, and stimulate the thymus glands to produce T-cells that fight all diseases.
Change is often quite challenging. To change a lifetime of eating habits takes courage... and relearning. That is why we call it a macrobiotic practice. You did not learn how to drive a car in one lesson. Therefore it would take several trials to eat, chew and breathe property.
I liken chewing well to chopping kindling to stoke a fire and ignite the wood. Imagine trying to light a large log with a small match. This is what ordinary eating is. Gulping large “logs” of food produces the epidemic of modern digestive problems. Chewing-breathing is like chopping the log into kindling - chopping breaks down the wood, just as chewing breaks down the food. Consequently, with thorough chewing, we burn our food, quite literally, producing more powerful energy.
Eating is a sacred act of creating your very life and is both a physical and spiritual act that profoundly influences us each day. Eating well is a powerful way to love and care for ourselves. Eat well and be well.
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Conscious Eating, A System for Maximum Energy and Healing By Lino Stanchich
vegan chef for the healing cuisine based on traditional chinese medicine & macrobiotic philosophy