Mind/Body Nutrition by Marc David

Mind/Body Nutrition by Marc David will put the way you view food and diet in general in a completely new light. It provides information on the three levels of diet and informs you as to what your body needs at different times. It also discusses the one emotion that completely shuts down the metabolic process. It gives you the information you need right now to start losing weight today.

Another thing that Mind/Body Nutrition by Marc David discusses are the five nutritional lifestyles. Everyone eats a certain way. Some of us are getting all the nutrients needed while many of us are not. A lot of the food that you eat on an everyday basis may be exactly what is causing you to gain weight. The truth is that most of what you know about nutrition is probably very inaccurate.

Most individuals grew up eating a certain way – just like their parents. If you look at the health of your parents now, you can easily catch a quick glimpse into your health in the future. Unfortunately, most people have parents that are overweight, suffer from high blood pressure, and/or who also have diabetes.

Not only have most people been raised to eat a certain way, but also taught that they way they eat is bad. They’ve been taught that in order to lose weight, they must derive themselves of the foods they love. Deprivation is not the way. People should never have to miss out on eating the foods they find the most pleasure in. There are also fad diets. Fad diets focus on the elimination of certain food groups. There are literally so many diets out there that it is downright confusing.

It has come to no one knowing what to do. How exactly can you lose weight? Are you supposed to eat nothing but meat or veggies? Should you eliminate all bread products? Should you go vegan – is that the way? It’s no surprise that the majority of individuals have been left with their heads spinning in confusion. What’s even worse is that no one is losing any weight, even when they follow the advice of the “experts” and go on those so called “miracle” diets that everyone is talking about.

In the book, Mind/Body Nutrition by Marc David, all confusion is set aside. You’ll actually read about what is referred to as the two-week “Pleasure Diet” that you have to experience in order to find out exactly how fantastic it really is. You don’t have to eliminate all the tasty foods you love, but you must eat sensibly. Most people are eating the right things, but at the wrong times.

Wouldn’t it be such as relief to find out exactly what you need to be eating in order to lose weight? To get up everyday and not participate in hours of strenuous exercise is a would be a dream come true for many people. Knowing how to eat in order to get rid of the pounds you’ve been dying to rid yourself of would most likely be one of best experiences of your life. After reading Mind/Body Nutrition by Marc David, you’ll finally gain the understanding needed to lose the weight you’ve been struggling with for so long.

Mind Body Connection – Dealing With Vertigo

Several years ago I suffered with bouts of vertigo. This out of balance disturbance was like spending the day literally on the tilt a whirl at a carnival, except the ride never stopped. The first time this happened to me I got out of bed and ran into the wall, the room and the floor were both spinning. I spent the rest of the day laying flat on my back afraid to move my head for fear this inside turbulence would begin again.

It took several tests and two doctors to determine that I had vertigo. In medical terms this is a condition that poses no real health threat and is unexplained. Unfortunately the medication did little for me except to make me drowsy and dizzy. Like many things in life I learned to compensate when vertigo struck, I did not move my head quickly, did not look up or down, and kept my eyes straight ahead. When a coworker suggested that perhaps my vertigo did not have only a physical cause I began to explore other possibilities.

Her comment was well aimed, at the time I was like Cinderella living with the two wicked stepsisters. My two teenage daughters were a constant challenge. They were like a wrestling tag team, one would go in weakening my resolve and then just when I thought I had a game plan they would switch off. I was definitely out of balance, both literally and figuratively.

Medical science searches for the causes of cancer, autoimmune disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome and a host of other conditions, yet it often ignores one of the most pervasive factors leading to illness, the hidden stresses embedded in our daily lives. As I read through countless books about the mind body connection I began to see that what I might need more than a new drug was some insight and emotional self-awareness.

I began to track my episodes of vertigo and bingo they coincided with conflicts I had with my daughters. The first was a classic. My oldest daughter had just quit her summer job in order to go to the 1999 Woodstock concert. She would return in time to pack up for college. She seemed to have little concern about the missed income from more summer employment. That bothered me but what bothered more was the concert itself. Four days of what seemed to me total debauchery. I handed her a bucket and a roll of toilet paper and said have fun. The entire time she was gone I tormented myself by viewing the web cam at the concert, it seemed to be a reunion of the best of the wildest and I was miserable knowing my daughter was joining in this event.

It took me awhile to make the connections but I realized that emotionally I was tangling up my daughter’s decisions with my own self worth and I was left with a heavy knot. I felt the weight of judgment that I believed was coming. I deflected family conversations about her without realizing that putting so much energy into denying and hiding things was costing me my personal sense of balance, I was stumbling, I was twirling and could not even look up or down.

Thankfully time, self-reflection and a decision to let love be my guide have assisted in my personal evolution. I also found an excellent ear, nose and throat doctor and between the two vertigo is a thing of the past.

I recently recounted this story to my younger daughter who is now a medical student. She marvels at the mysterious mind body connections that have been revealed to her in gross anatomy lab. She said that proof of this could be found in studying the erection of the male penis. All it takes is a thought transmitted to the primitive brain for blood to rush and engorge the penis. How all this happens is really a medical mystery because the physical change begins with a thought.

Do we really need more proof to know that our emotions and thoughts have a powerful influence on the health of our body?

It’s not just what we do but what and how we think. I have encountered many women who have experienced vertigo. As I share my story I ask them to reflect on this; who or what is keeping you out of balance? I don’t know why this condition seems to afflict more females. Perhaps it’s because as mothers our self-image is mirrored through our children. It’s hard to find balance that way. Maybe what we need is a mirror that focuses on more than just a reflection of ourselves.

The Mind, Body and Soul Connection to Feng Shui

I. Introduction

In my previous article, “Making Decisions and Taking Actions with Feng Shui During Uncertain Times”, I explained how the lesser known temporal aspect of feng shui is a powerful element in helping people make decisions to obtain their desires. Coupled with the more familiar practice of physical feng shui – the movements of energies from and around objects and structures and the directional energies – temporal feng shui can be a truly powerful secret tool to maximize the positive results you want from your decisions and actions. As I mentioned in that article, to maximize these positive results from the temporal and physical practices of feng shui, a person must act with good intentions and do good deeds. The cosmic energies are most helpful to those who live a productive, useful and helpful life – both to ourselves and to others.

Living a useful, productive and helpful life can mean different things to different people. If it is based on a moral compass that espouses charity, generosity, no harm to others, and no harm to oneself, then it is most likely the correct way of living. However, there is more to correct living than these moral compass points, although they are by no means unimportant.

Just as feng shui is based on natural forces of cosmic energies that have their own logic, flow and progressions, so do peoples’ existence on this world. For us, the natural energies, whether positive or negative, flow in a circle from the mind, to the body, to the soul, and back to the mind. That is, the mind controls and feeds the body, the body feeds the soul, and the soul then feeds the mind. If the mind, body and soul are in harmony and balance, then there are sustained positive energy and happiness.

In these uncertain economic and political times, many peoples’ minds, bodies and souls are out of balance. The natural flow and order are disrupted because we have allowed our minds to lose focus, our bodies to take control and our souls to wither. The world’s current economic upheaval is in part due to this imbalance. Now is a good time to get back to the basics, to simplify our lives so that we can find our ways back to balance, harmony and the natural flow.

II. The Body

The body is feeling, pleasure and senses. Our desires are too often meant to satisfy our senses. Too many of us allow our senses of sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing to make decisions for us. This control has lead to excess consumption and spending. Too many of us spend on things that we don’t need, consume beyond our resources, and live beyond our means. How many of us have clothes in our closets that are fairly new or unused, yet we buy more clothes? How many of us don’t think that there is global warming and our natural resources are depleting at an unsustainable rate? How many of us are over-weight? How many of us have credit card balances due to spending on items that are not necessary for our existence? How many of us are going through foreclosure because we purchased a house that we know we could not afford? How many of us spend unnecessarily on gadgets and toys when all they do is allow us to pass time, which we know can be used on more productive endeavors? How many of us are still unhappy even if we have good jobs, a nice house, and a healthy bank account; yet we desire more? How many of us feel that there has to be something more?

There is nothing wrong with fulfilling our bodily desires so long as there is balance and harmony. This balance and harmony comes with the recognition that we must moderate the actions that are meant to satisfy our five senses. To get back into harmony and balance, start by consulting with our minds, asking whether a particular action is necessary and in balance with where we are in our lives. If we are honest and fair to ourselves in asking these questions, we are slowly allowing our minds to take control over our bodies (and our senses). With this approach, perhaps we can simplify our desires. Perhaps we can conclude that a new shirt is not really necessary, that another serving of food is not really necessary, that another hour on the video game is not really productive, that having a good job, a nice house, and a healthy bank account all satisfy our senses, but not our minds and our souls.

III. The Mind

If we can simplify our lives by reducing the desires of our senses, perhaps we can take a step back and allow our minds to be in control the way it is meant to be. Remember that the mind controls and feeds the body, the body feeds the soul, and the soul feeds the mind again. With the mind in control, it can moderate the actions meant to satisfy the body’s senses; so that the mind can direct the excess resources that we have (whether it’s time, energy or means) to efforts that feed the soul. Additionally, with less emphasis on the body’s desires, we consume less food, spend less money and deplete less natural resources, all things that in fact benefit our physical existence and enhance our security.

For the mind to regain control the way it should and find its purpose again, it must do things and take actions that truly nourish the body so that the body can nourish the soul. In allowing the body’s senses to dictate our actions, our minds have allowed us to become self-centered, greedy and negative. Self-centeredness and greediness have contributed to the world’s current economic crisis. In turn, negativity contributes to the prolonged detrimental impact of this crisis on our lives. This negativity manifests in different forms, such as hopelessness, loss of faith, confidence, and poise, and depression.

Our minds must overcome this negativity, work to reduce the self-centeredness and strive towards generosity. We must cultivate our minds in such a way that its energies are directed towards things and actions that we can do that will produce positive results. Feng shui enhances these results, but feng shui cannot create them. Positive results ignite in our minds, and feng shui fuels them.

The first step to cultivating our minds is to recognize what is within our control and what is not. We should be mindful of what is outside of our control, but we should not let those things weigh us down. For example, the world’s economy is near collapse. Many of us feel helpless and apprehensive of what lies ahead. Many of us have lost our jobs, our savings and our shelter. As a result, many of us grow depressed and have lost our faith, confidence, hope, and poise. But why should we feel this way when these events are now out of our control? Of course we may have done things (or more accurately, our bodily senses have caused us to do things) that have contributed to our current situations. But those are things in the past. What should we do now given our current situations that both reflect the lessons we have learned from our prior actions and at the same time achieve balance of mind, body and soul?

Of course, we should learn from our prior actions and not commit the same mistakes we made before. But we should also recognize that positive thoughts and attitudes go a long way to lighten the burdens in our minds, to help us recognize that we may be in a vulnerable position, and to help us do those things that are within our control to help ourselves. Of course, we know that positive thoughts will not put food on the table or pay the mortgage, but they should help us have a clear mind so that we can help ourselves. They should give us hope and faith that so long as our minds, bodies and souls are in balance, then we will make it through any ordeal.

As we strive to remove negativities in our minds, we are in a way nourishing our bodies by removing unnecessary bodily stress and depression. Many of these negativities can cause sleeplessness, depression, worry, anger, and other harmful thoughts and emotions that strain our bodies. Before we can address our greed and self-centeredness, we must ensure that our bodies are healthy and have what it needs (not necessarily what it desires).

IV. The Soul

The mind’s ability to provide for our body and to direct its actions towards balance and natural harmony must necessarily focus on the health and nourishment of our souls. My reference to the soul in this article is to the positive emotions and feelings people get from performing a good deed. The good deed, along with hope, faith, and good intentions, are what fuel the powers of feng shui.

Once it regains control of our bodies, our minds should direct our bodies not to focus so much on ourselves, but on what we can do for others. Helping others, whether with our time, our money or our energies, is helping ourselves rid of greediness and self-centeredness. When we help others, we are helping to feed our souls because of the innate sense of pleasure and happiness we feel in our hearts when do perform a good, selfless deed. Thus, we should have positive thoughts and hopeful attitudes about helping others and giving of ourselves. We do not necessarily have to give a lot of money, time or energy. The important thing is to feed the soul by giving. The more we give, the more feng shui will work for us. The more pure the giving, that is to give for the sake of giving without the expectation of receiving in return, the more powerful the effects of feng shui.

V. Final Thoughts

Don’t approach these harsh economic times as something that is forcing us to reduce consumption and spending, but as an opportunity to permanently change our perspective and behavior. Don’t spend and consume less because the economy is bad and you may lose your income so you must conserve. Do these things because of a recognition that spending less and consuming less are ways to get back into balance with the natural order of mind, body and soul for sustained happiness and prosperity. Work to put the mind back in control so that the soul can be nourished. The soul’s nourishment is the key to enhance the powers of feng shui.

Mind/Body Nutrition by Marc David

The mind-body connection implies that chronic back, neck, shoulder and hip pain can sometimes be the result of long term stress. Stress triggers the fight or flight response, or activation of the sympathetic nervous system. Under normal circumstances, the fight or flight response kicks into gear for a short period of time, helping us find the energy to defend ourselves and solve an immediate problem. Then the body returns to homeostasis. But if we are under daily stress caused by financial and job pressures, family concerns, conflicts, and attending worry, fear, or anger, then the resulting over-activation of the sympathetic nervous system can result in chronic pain.

How Stress Creates Pain

Here is how stress creates pain. When stress triggers the fight or flight response, and the sympathetic nervous system gets activated, this leads to a number of physiological and biochemical changes. Among other things, the breath becomes shallow, and muscles throughout the body–and especially in the upper back, diaphragm, pelvis and leg–contract in preparation for fight or flight. Blood vessels also contract and blood shifts away from the digestive centers of the body.

Endocrine changes accompany changes caused by sympathetic nervous system activity. Adrenalin is released into the body, along with other hormones that are triggered through actions of the hypothalamus and pituitary. Over the short term, hormonal and sympathetic nervous system reactions provide a healthy defense mechanism. But over the long term, they wear down the body. If we feel continual stress, our muscles stay contracted and our breathing remains shallow; our adrenal system becomes exhausted; our digestive tract no longer receives adequate support; and excessive hormone production becomes a source of tissue inflammation. Long-term stress means illness and pain.

Stress Can Be a Habit

Many people suffer from the internal and external over-stimulation that leads to stress. Stress can also be so chronic that it becomes a habit. We no longer even realize we are under stress. We just know that we do not feel well. Often, we suffer from free-floating anxiety. Our life no longer seems to belong to us. Instead, we feel driven by a million tasks that we never have time to complete. It may not occur to us that our own feelings of anxiety, nervousness and pressure play as much of a role in driving us onward as does the mountain of demands by which we feel consumed. We suffer from the Type A personality pattern, a pattern that now represents the dominant lifestyle in the United States.

You Can Reduce Stress by Proper Breathing

Because stress almost invariably reflects itself in shallow breathing, the clearest indication of stress is the habit of chest breathing. By working with shifting from chest breathing to diaphragmatic breathing, you can reverse the sympathetic nervous system tendency toward hyper-arousal, along with the Type A compulsive qualities that support it, the physiological and biochemical events that it triggers, and the pain in which it results.

Worrying about Pain Only Increases it

It is also important to recognize how and why our mental attitudes can play a big role in increasing stress, and therefore in triggering pain. This can be challenging, because if we have pain, we tend to worry about it. If we have low back pain, we may worry about whether our back is going to bother us when we get out of a chair, stand waiting for the bus, or go out for the evening. If our knees bother us, we may worry about whether we can walk down a flight of stairs. If we suffer from headaches, we may cancel a dinner date because we do not feel one hundred percent and we think a headache just might hit. Such worries seem rational. After all, they are based on experience! Unfortunately, however, worry contributes to increasing pain, and can cause needless pain.

As soon as we worry, we put ourselves under stress and activate the sympathetic nervous system. The more we worry, the more we trigger the fight or flight response, and the more our muscles and joints ache. As you work with reducing your chronic pain, it will be important to recognize when you go into worry, and to learn how to distance yourself from that pattern.

Commit Yourself to Reducing Stress

If you want to reduce your pain levels, commit yourself to using mind-body holistic health tools to reverse the stress response. Train yourself in the use of breath awareness and in other mind-body tools for self-healing.

The Mind Body Connection – What Is It Really?

A war has been silently raging on now for hundreds of years. Do you know the one I mean? Rene Descartes inadvertently started it, early in the Seventeenth Century, when he proclaimed that the body and mind are separate. Even today then, this war continues, as knighted warriors dressed in alphabet soup armor and traditional deference do all they can to ruin the careers and lives of the unknighted, less deferential warriors all the while claiming they are doing this to protect the lives of innocent people.

Doesn’t sound familiar to you yet? Not sure who is fighting? It’s simple really. Main stream science is out to discredit anyone they pejoratively designate, “new agers.” And while these designations; the main streamers and the new agers, are not really official, the war itself is beyond official. It’s been going on for almost four hundred years.

What have these two factions been arguing about? Main stream science believes it is imperative to stop anyone who makes helping people more important than explaining how they help people. Incredible really. Central to this belief is the idea that if you cannot see something, it does not exist. Granted, science has finally progressed past the point wherein it limits this proof to what we can see with the naked eye. Still, if you cannot prove what you claim is happening with repeatable reliable data, then science sees your ideas as nonsense and you as a charlatan or worse; as a madman or a thief.

What amazes me here is that even when the methods in question help people, science still does not consider this to be proof. No numbers. No proof.

Where does Rene Descartes come in?

Rene Descartes spent much of his adult life doing all he could to learn about what to him was his most amazing discovery; that the experiences of the body and the experiences of the mind are two totally separate yet interactive experiences. And he was right. They are. The thing is, these two separate experiences are at the same time also the experiences of one individual. Which makes them also two parts of a single experience. The experience of being alive.

That both of these experiences (the two separate and the one whole) are equally valid and true is easily tested. Unfortunately what Descartes inadvertently did is he logically dissected the experiences of the mind and body but never got around to holistically reassembling them. At least in science’s eyes. And when I say inadvertently, I say this because I am sure he never intended to destroy the credibility of everything other than physically logical, visible evidence. Unfortunately, other than the numerous philosophical arguments ongoing since then, for the most part, this is exactly what his ideas have accomplished. Until the late twentieth century that is, at which point a few of the less deferential scientists and M.D.s began to openly challenge Descartes and his love of this separateness. Some of them even going so far as to say that the mind body connection is the whole key to understanding heath, healing, and human nature.

So is it?

Before I answer, I want to make it clear to you that I can see the value in science’s point of view here; that if you cannot understand a device then you should not trust what it is doing. At the same time I can also see the value in the so called New Age mind set wherein helping people matters more than measurements and math. In effect, if it works, then who cares how? Right? After all, isn’t helping people the main point?

Who is right then? And why bring up this war in a book about talk therapy?

I bring it up because talk therapists fall squarely in the midst of this battlefield. Partly because insurance companies demand that therapists prove their progress; efficiently and with nice neat numbers no less. Partly because science has a point about how some new age folks can be way off base. And partly because the main stream, good old deferential science boys continue to punish and berate anyone who does not kneel in deference to the god of linearity.

Where do I stand?

I am a talk therapist. Thus I too stand smack in the midst of this battlefield. Fortunately for me though I am also a personality theorist, and during my searches, I made a discovery which for me at least puts this conflict to rest. I discovered what Rene Descartes somehow missed seeing, and what his fellow philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz later hinted at. I discovered the actual mechanism which connects our separate experiences of the body and the mind.

Not sure what I am saying? I am saying that despite the preponderance of people who believe a mind body connection exists, no one ever says what this connection is. The actual mechanism. They argue only that this connection does or does not exist, along with what it does and does not affect. In fact, if you do an online search for the mind body connection, while you will find hundreds of references to that it exists, I doubt you will find a single person, scientist or new ager, who even mentions the existence of such a mechanism let alone how it works. They argue only whether a mind body connection does or does not exist. This includes even the fascinating new work of the social neuroscientists who claim that neurology and social science is the connection. Yes. Of course. Neurology and social science are connected. But how? What is the mechanism?

Ironically, the one person who did mention this mechanism is the one who started the whole thing; Descartes himself. Thus, in addition to his theories on the causal nature of mind body interactionism, he also hypothesized that these interactions occurred within the only organ in the brain that does not exist bilaterally; the pineal gland.

My point? It seems that while many folks believe a mind body connection exists, no one seems to say what it is, scientifically or otherwise. And while helping people is and should be the talk therapist’s first concern, helping people should not have to rely solely on something as nebulous as intuition. Granted, no therapist can or should ignore his or her intuition. But therapists should also want to know what happens in the moments wherein they help someone. What was it your gut sensed that your mind could not see?

How then are the mind and body connected? It’s simple really. It turns out that the body and the mind each have their own sense of time. Their own sort of internal clocks so to speak. Moreover, when these two internal clocks are not running in sync, problems occur. Things like the troubles folks with ADD have with mentally focusing on the topic at hand. Or the troubles folks who over eat have with being aware their stomachs are full.

What is going on in these conditions? The best clue we have lies in how these conditions are being treated. And in what affects the symptoms the most. How are they being treated? With medications which either speed up or slow down the body or mind’s sense of how fast life is going. To wit, folks who have trouble focusing mentally get medications which speed up their minds. Ritalin. Strattera. Adderall and such. And folks who have trouble sensing their bodies get medicines which speed up their bodies. Ephedrasil. Myoffeine. And the now banned prescription drug Phen-Fen.

Know that when I say, “speed up” their minds or bodies, I am not saying this happens separately, as in just the mind speeds up or just the body. What I am saying is that, whenever you take a medication which speeds up your sense of time, you will sense the change more in whichever of the two clocks is slower.

In effect what happens is, people perceive a larger change in whichever of the two clocks was slower. Why? Because this change is actually bigger when measured percentage wise. Which makes the previously less noticed clock the more noticed clock and visa versa. In effect, the bigger we perceive the change in a clock’s speed, the larger we perceive the effect.

At this point, most folks would want to know what I am basing all this on. What am I basing it on? For one thing, on the easily observed and measured differences between these two clocks, reliably and empirically obtained. You can in fact test for these differences in people within minutes. Moreover, once people learn to see and monitor these differences in an ongoing way, their need for medication can decrease markedly, perhaps even to the point wherein they may no longer need it.

Does all this sound crazy? Well consider this. What I have just said about the meds we use to treat ADD and over eating is a fact. Nothing to argue about here. And yes, how these drugs alter peoples’ perceptions of mind and body time differs. But that they both do this does not. This implies that the key to understanding at least a significant portion of the problem underlying ADD, and the key to understanding at least a sizable portion of the problem underlying over eating, lies in exploring how we perceive time. Descartes style. More on this to come.