Your normal weight depends on three factors: height, age and skeletal structure. Naturally, the individual’s weight should change through the different stages of life. And, just as naturally, the amount and type of food needed to maintain the appropriate weight will also vary depending on the person’s occupation and general activity.
To say that being overweight is the result of overeating is like saying that a fire is the result of a game. Who struck the match? What caused the overeating? Overeating is not a cause but rather a result. Have you noticed how your eating habits vary when you’re busy and when you’re not: when you’re alone and when you’re not; when you’re tense and when you’re relaxed? Busy, content and relaxed people in the world are rarely overweight. Idle, lonely, and nervous people frequently are.
When you are not busy and you feel you should be, you eat to excuse your idleness. (“I’ll do it after supper – after I eat a sandwich – as soon as I’m done eating – you have to eat, you know.”)
When you are alone, you eat to replace the satisfaction of friendship. When you are nervous, you eat to forget the cause of that tension or despair. Again, proof of the inseparability of mind and body.
The unfortunate result of misfortune is not only overeating, but also consuming worthless fatty foods. Substituting a craving of the mind or soul with bodily food is a form of blackmail. You “buy” the mind by ransoming the body. Naturally, this ransom must be luxurious. That’s why unhappy people in the world love chocolates, ice cream, rich cakes and the like. And here a ridiculous contradiction often takes place. The unhappy soul fills up with murderous appetites and frequently neglects the foods essential to health. So, as contradictory as it may sound, many people are one and a half stone and two stone overweight and yet anemic, malnourished, suffering the ravages of malnutrition!
I have long since realized the truth in the words “Happiness is medicine”. You must come to realize this too, for it is an undeniable law of nature.
The world’s underweight people are also "often the products of a mental state rather than a physical one. You have seen the “drivers” of our world, those who throw themselves into their work without worrying about their well-being. They are often the victims of the “philosophy of success”, believing that only wealth and power bring happiness. They drive themselves and their colleagues to the peak of production and creativity, but usually have to be driven to the table to eat. What they eat does them little good, flowing through their bodies like mercury as they return to their dedicated work. The man who thinks life is just a job and the man who thinks everything is a game usually both end up in the scrap heap years before their time.
I wouldn’t be crazy enough to claim that being underweight and overweight is purely the result of a mind without peace; but I will argue that anxiety, nervousness, despair and disdain for other humans, any or all of these, are either the cause or a major contributing factor to the conditions of underweight and overweight as well as most physical ailments in the world.
In diets to gain or lose weight, two dangers must be avoided. The underweight person must avoid increasing his caloric intake by ignoring basic food needs and the overweight must be careful not to reduce his food intake at will, thus depriving the body of a minimum of energy nutrients, bone, blood and nervous. The basic diet for everyone should contain organically grown foods and a full share of all the vitamins and minerals needed to maintain a healthy body and mind. Above all, beware of fad diets that are guaranteed to build you up or tear you down in twenty-four hours. These “Seven Days to Health” and “Ten Days to Beauty” programs are at best a fraud and at worst a danger to your life.
There is no overnight diet for total health. Specifically, there is no diet for total health. The food you eat is only one part of the pattern of your life. The road to health doesn’t just start with your stomach, or your skin, or your feet, or your mind, but with all of that and more. The path to health is the one paved with a life lived in perfect harmony with nature.
"A Complete Guide to Healthy Eating,” an article in my online wellness journal features several dietary programs that, added to living in total harmony with nature, will help give you the sparkling health you should be. Here you will find dietary programs designed for people who are underweight, overweight and others. These have been carefully prepared with the aim of providing the healthiest, tastiest and most natural food program for everyone’s needs. As you read these wisely chosen diets, remember the words of Socrates, "Some men live to eat. I eat to live.”