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Review of the tests for maintaining health


The last seven posts presented the tests that should be performed regularly to improve and sustain health. These tests require thought and desire to live purposefully. These tests monitor all aspects of health: physical health and sustenance of the body, emotional health, intellectual input, and connectedness to the world beyond our personal territory. These tests prevent a life lived partially, if we are careful to live with the understanding of our impact on the world.

“Knowing what to do to keep healthy is basic required knowledge. Knowing what to eat or how much to drink to stay hydrated are the most obvious keys to good health. Understanding the need and frequency of sleep is required as well. Health is not the villain to be battled or feared; health is the means to meaningful living and ultimate satisfaction with one’s life.” …from Pond a Connected Existence

The better the health, the more we can focus on life outside ourselves. Letting go of overemphasis on food or self or possessions or appearance can free us to be focused on real issues. Eating too much or too little or improperly are wasteful endeavors. Trying to do everything alone or holding back from taking part in society are against our design. Coveting or buying too many possessions hurt us emotionally and hurt the environment. Caring more for how we look than how we treat others is simply mistaken behavior.

If you haven’t yet looked at the tests, take a look now and consider the questions thoughtfully. Each of us impacts our society and beyond our society so much more than we realize. And our impact comes back around and affects our health—for better or worse.

Wishing you amazing test results!



The basic tests for maintaining health, Test #6


The post “Monitoring Health” (https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/08/24/monitoring-health/) brings awareness of the seven tests that should be performed in order to evaluate health.

Focusing on foods that are bereft of nutritional value or are lacking in the aspects that naturally gratify (for example, fat-free foods) undermine physical, emotional, and intellectual health. Choosing to eat based on criteria not related to sustenance of the body has evolved. As stated in Vitality!— How to Create a Life That Is Healthy:

“Eating for the sake of keeping the body alive is not a part of life for most people living in modern society. Eating for the sake of the enjoyment of the food is modern society’s take on food. The enjoyment, not the life-giving aspect, is the focus.”

Here is Test #6.

Test #6: Consumption of nutritious and satisfying foods

Here are questions for the basic test:

  1. Potato vs. french fries
    The potato, baked or mashed (not from instant mashed potatoes and not with an overabundance of butter and milk), is the healthier choice.
    Which one do you choose more often? Which one is better for your body?
    (This question does not apply to people who have a medical allergy to potatoes.)
  2. Seasonal fruit platter vs. fruit cocktail dessert
    Seasonal applies to fruits that are in season in your location. Fruit cocktail applies to fruit in a can. Seasonal also applies to fresh fruit, preferably not waxed.
    Which one do you choose more often? Which one is better for your body?
  3. Roasted chicken vs. chicken smothered in a creamy sauce
    The non-meat version: pasta with a vegetable-rich sauce vs. macaroni and cheese
    Which one do you choose more often? Which one is better for your body?
  4. Tilapia vs. salmon
    Tilapia is an abundant fish; salmon is over-eaten and is endangered in some areas. In general, seafood such as tilapia, catfish, herring, oysters, sole, shrimp, and trout can be eaten up to three times a week total. Seafood that should be eaten less are salmon, Chilean sea bass, clams, cod, crab, crayfish, flounder, haddock, halibut, lobster, mackerel, mullet, mussels, octopus, perch, prawns, sea urchin, skate, snapper, squid, and tuna. Sardines aren’t in either grouping and can be eaten up to twice a week (in place of another fish serving). These groupings are based on environmental issues. At this point in time, consumption of mahi-mahi and whale should be limited to almost none. The debate over farmed or wild salmon is discussed here: https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2014/03/06/to-eat-farmed-salmon-or-not/
    Which fish do you choose more often? Can you do with less? Can you consider the environment when making choices about nourishing your body?
  5. Carbonated beverages, decaffeinated beverages, beverages that are referred to as energy drinks
    These beverages have been presented to us as better than water for quenching our thirst and giving us energy and vitality. Do you believe that is true?
    Which would you rather have to drink—a drink that fits into one of these three categories or water? Which drink do you think your body would rather have?

    There are many more questions; however, these five are a good beginning. Consider your answers and then consider the significance of each question.

    Eating wisely is good for your health!

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The Eating Recommendation

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The Eating Recommendation is a more accurate presentation than the food pyramid for how people should eat. The non-food requirement in the center was explained in the previous blog post.

Today, we’ll look at some of the food groups. In Vitality!  How to Create a Life That Is Healthy, food groups are subdivided depending on their nutritional value and on environmental issues. As an example, the section about meat and fish is divided into three subgroups. Notice that from these three subgroups, a person is nourishing the body properly when a total of six portions of meat and/or fish are eaten a week:

  • Sardines and lamb.
    These foods can be eaten twice a week.
  • Catfish, chicken, goat, goose, herring, oysters, pork, salmon (not more than once a week) sole, shrimp, tilapia, turkey, trout.
    These foods can be eaten three times a week.
  • Anchovies, beef, carp, Chilean sea bass, clams, cod, crab, crayfish, duck, eel, flounder, haddock, halibut, lobster, mackerel, mullet, mussels, octopus, perch, prawns, rabbit, sea urchin, skate, snapper, squid, tuna, venison.
    These foods can be eaten once a week.

A portion size depends on age, gender, health, activity level, and physical build. These recommendations apply to people who regularly eat meat and not to non-meat eaters whose needs are considered elsewhere in the chapter.

Notice that nuts & seeds appear twice. The reason for this double appearance is to emphasize the importance of eating nuts and seeds. As stated in the book,

 “The more active a person is, the more nuts can be eaten. The less meat, fish, and dairy eaten, the more nuts can be eaten. In general, nuts and seeds are very nutritious and people should alter their diets to accommodate more nuts and seeds.”

The recommendation for water and liquids is added to the Eating Recommendation to emphasize their importance. As stated in the book,

“Water is necessary to sustain life. That’s a fact that must be accepted. Coffee is not necessary to sustain life, nor are carbonated beverages. Water, unless it is tainted, maintains life; carbonated beverages make life sluggish. Water quenches thirst; coffee creates thirst. Water is the only drink that the body truly desires. A body that is confused desires other drinks. Water helps the body perform its wondrous functioning. The other drinks make the body work harder….”

Just like with food, the amount of water needed depends on age, gender, health, activity level, and physical build, plus climate and location. The various liquids are divided into six subgroups.

More to come…

Rethink the food pyramid

Eating structure

The shape that appears here is not symmetrical like the food pyramid, but it is a more accurate presentation of how people should eat. This shape is useful for studied understanding of food consumption and connections.

In the center, a non-food requirement is presented. The ingestion of food is not the only requirement for nourishing the body; the eating environment and appreciation for the food contribute to optimal digestion and to nourishment of the body, emotions, and processing abilities (processing abilities refer to processing of thoughts, opinions, and creative reasoning).

When food is consumed on the go, in secret, or standing near the fridge, nourishment is lessened. When the food is appreciated and eaten with a sense of gratitude, nourishment is enhanced.

Not present in this structure is the requirement of choice. As stated in Vitality!  How to Create a Life That Is Healthy:

Eating for the sake of keeping the body alive is not a part of life for most people living in modern society. Eating for the sake of the enjoyment of the food is modern society’s take on food. The enjoyment, not the life-giving aspect, is the focus.

Choosing to eat foods that bring healthful existence, choosing to avoid foods that limit, and choosing to consider the needs of the Earth when making food choices are aspects of interactive and heightened living.

The categories in this interesting construction will be explored in the next blog post. They have subcategories according to nutritional impact and environmental impact. Detailed information is presented in Vitality! How to Create a Life That Is Healthy.

Notes: The picture is not beautifully drawn because I have not developed good drawing skills. I drew the shape and structure as I understand it to be from Spiritual Presence. The explanation for the repetition of nuts & seeds will appear in the next blog post.

Book #4 is done! Vitality!


Six months ago, I was inspired to feel the vitality that exists in my body. This happened at my dance class (a women’s free movement dance class) and I have been dancing that way ever since. I was also inspired to explore vitality in words, which led to the blog post: “The grandest energy with ever-changing possibilities”  https://energy-guidance-complete.com/2013/12/31/the-grandest-energy-with-ever-changing-possibilities/

At the same time, I understood that I would be writing a how-to book about living vitally. This book, Vitality! How to Create a Life That Is Healthy, is out and can be purchased on amazon.com.

As it says in the introductory chapter:

“This book is titled Vitality! because vitality is necessary to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. By living energetically, we are living as designed. People are not meant to be sluggish-crawlers. We are meant to be vibrant creators and observers.

Living energetically does not mean living at a frenetic pace all the time. It means living fully and filling life with moments of full attention and engagement. Being ready to attempt and to strive, being ready to attempt again and strive more.”

Attempting and striving are necessary for normal living. No life is meant to be carefree and worriless. Learning to invest time and effort into every day leads to life lived fully. Invest time into one’s time? Yes, time that passes without being used purposefully is time that is mourned. Perhaps not at that moment, but later in life.

From the chapter “Vitality! The Foods We Eat”:

“…Unless you live in an isolated area where little processed food reaches you, you will probably have trouble removing processed foods from your diet. Also, people might confront you for changing your attachment to processed foods. When confronted, remember to breathe with your entire being and know that you are nourishing your body the way it was meant to be nourished….

… The information about the foods to eat might seem complicated, but it is not once you have examined it thoroughly. The following steps are one way of digesting the information and using it:

  1. Review the food categories and portion guidelines so that the divisions seem clear and the portions are understand-able.

  2. From each category, select the foods you eat. Notice categories where you consume many of the options and categories where you consume few of the options.

  3. In the categories where you consume few of the options, review all the options and think about ways of incorporating more of those items into your meals.

  4. Think about the categories from which you consume more than the suggested portion. Eating this amount does not bring balanced health. Consider how to alter the amounts you eat from those categories.

  5. Besides planning your food, plan your eating experiences. Think about timing, location, table settings, variations according to mealtimes (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack), and company (people, music, non-person company such as an interesting book if you are alone, etc.)

 Food is meant to be a pleasure and not a battle. We are meant to eat so that we can live. We are meant to eat nutritious foods so that we can live healthily. We are meant to desire nourishing foods, and so we can, if we reject processed and non-nutritious foods that suppress the desire for proper foods….”

Treatment for Hunger

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When you feel hungry—hungry for affection, hungry for purpose, hungry for notice—the treatment is involvement—involvement in the lives of family and friends, involvement in community, involvement in activities in nature, involvement in active pursuits.

When you feel “hungry” for foods that have taste appeal, but little nourishment, the treatment is also involvement—involvement in activities that nourish the desire for an interesting life. These activities also include being with family and friends, taking part in communal activities, bringing nature closer, and being physically active.

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When you feel hungry for purposeful living, the treatment is all the things mentioned above and also exploration of spiritual connection.

Hunger is a good thing when it leads to satiation that is appropriate for the hunger type. Nourishment through foods that are meant to be eaten, activities that are meant to uplift, and connections that are meant to bring security and well-being.


Personal resistance: resisting manipulation through personal choices

Post 60-finding ones way2I am currently visiting in the States. I am happy to be here and I am viewing all with a sense of newness and interest. There may be too many cars, but I focus on the trees. There may be too many sales, but I focus on the interesting designs of buildings and clever business presentations. I have been in several large supermarkets and department stores with food sections, and in them, I have lost my vitality. (Where I live, I shop in supermarkets and stores that aren’t so overwhelming.)

Too much to take in, too much to choose from.

As I walked down aisle after aisle of prepared foods and other products, I felt a rush of sadness for the bombardment on people by too many products, too many packages to read, too many eye-catching colors and names, too many decisions to be made. Too much time to be spent on relatively routine purchases. Too much pull to buy unnecessary things. Too much effort spent on trying to resist the call of the quick, the cheap, the treat, and the packaging. Manipulation through promises of happiness through tastiness, assuredness of nutritional needs met through ease of preparation.

The thing is—our bodies don’t want the easy stuff. They want the wholesome stuff. They want the foods that nourish, and if these foods are tasty, all the better. Wholesome, nutritious foods are so delicious when we savor them and let them weave their subtle magic on our palates.

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The assignment: aim to exercise personal resistance by refusing to be swayed by the call of the pretty packages. Choose more fresh fruits and veggies. Try not to be drawn to the quick, cut-up fruits and veggies—buy the whole ones and wash and peel and cut them yourself. Take the extra few minutes needed to touch the whole fruits and veggies before you eat them. You might not have picked them, but at least you can prepare them for their good work nourishing your body. Aim to use whole products in a soup that you make or a casserole or a main dish.  Making from scratch does not take much time if you don’t use too many ingredients and fancy techniques.

Personal resistance is not as small as it may seem. As it says in The Gift of Intuitive, Dedicated Comfort:

“It may seem that individual people have little effect on a large society, and many people believe that their actions are inconsequential. They are mistaken. Each act of kindness, each measure of understanding for one’s fellow, each occupational task performed with enthusiasm, each show of warmth, and each display of affection influences and continues the positive actions of others. The importance of the chain of connectedness must be realized. One link in the chain can create infinite effects. People must always remember that their actions matter.”

Try limits—when eating or drinking nutritionally bereft foods

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Food is meant to be a pleasure and not a battle. We are meant to eat so that we can live. We are meant to eat nutritious foods so that we can live healthily.

We are meant to desire nourishing foods, and we can, if we reject processed and non-nutritious foods that suppress the desire for proper foods.

Moving beyond survival, the eating experience can be sad and disappointing or can be full of joy and laughter. Much depends on our attitude and on our desire to be well.

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There are nutritionally bereft foods that people should not eat or drink. They include carbonated beverages, sugar, white flour, and hydrogenated oils. These foods should be limited to never, but unfortunately, they permeate the processed food industry. They should be limited as much as possible, and people who are addicted to them should try to cut back and realize that they are hurting their bodies.

Eating for the sake of keeping the body alive is not a part of life for most people living in modern society. Eating for the sake of the enjoyment of the food is modern society’s take on food. The enjoyment, not the life-giving aspect, is the focus. Food is for nourishment and for enjoyment and we should attempt to remember that, and not worship nor despise the thing that gives us life.

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Vegetable support: the foods that sustain

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Many foods nourish us, but vegetables nourish, ground, and calm us. They provide the nutrients that enable us to move forward.

The importance of vegetables cannot be overstated. Our bodies need them and function less well without them. They are sources of happiness, creativity, expressiveness, achievement, satisfaction, and vitality. Eating vegetables doesn’t guarantee that a person will be satisfied with his or her life, but eating vegetables enables being capable of being satisfied. The more vegetables we eat, the more our bodies can handle.

Vegetables are usually viewed as members of one entire food group or are grouped by type of plant part eaten (leaves, roots, etc.) or by color. Actually, vegetables belong in three groups that are determined by the amounts that should be eaten. Here are the groups:

  1. Beets, broccoli, cabbage (all types), cauliflower, purple bell peppers, romaine lettuce and other leafy greens, spinach, zucchini.
  2. Butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin, watercress, yams, yellow summer squash.
  3. Asparagus, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, celery, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fennel, green beans, kohlrabi, mushrooms, okra, onions, peas, potatoes, radishes, tomatoes, turnips, water chestnuts.

In this post, the amounts to be eaten are not being presented. Just know that the more, the merrier!

Liquid relief

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According to my post “How important is water?” (see January archive): “Water is the most important life-sustaining substance that we put in our bodies.” That post gives information about the timing of water drinking.

There are other liquids that nourish us, and we should drink them too. They are soup (thin soups that can be drunk), tea (green, red, black, oolong, white, jasmine, chai, and cardamom), beer (in non-addictive amounts), and drinks made from soybeans and brown rice. These liquids add nutrients and they add sensations that are different from water and different from solid food. These liquids do not replace water; they are in addition to.

These liquids, together with the influence from listening to music that is uplifting, are elements that nourish the body and the soul.

Inventive body stuffers—processed foods

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Processed foods challenge body processes (not all processed foods are challenging to the body, but the ones that are good for the body are in the minority). The foods being discussed here are the ones that contain the ingredients that are known to be harmful, but people eat them anyway.

These foods should be limited to never. Really!

Food is not the only damaging thing to people; emotional damage can be more harmful than eating toaster pastries. Nonetheless, the better the food we put into our bodies, the more chance of physical and emotional balance.

Eating Common and Less Common Creatures

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People eat a variety of fish and animals. What is accepted to eat depends on religious, regional, and appetite influences. A common fish that is eaten is halibut. A less common animal is rabbit. Both are eaten, but one is more accepted than the other.

The guideline for eating these two creatures is the same. They can be eaten once every three weeks. Both have nutritional value and both have responsibilities. Nutritional value for all who eat them (not just people) and responsibilities in nature.

We need to remember that life on earth is not just for our enjoyment and for our sustenance. All creatures have a place, and one small place is nourishing humans.

To eat farmed salmon or not?

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Recently an article was posted about eating farmed salmon vs. eating wild salmon. The author gave numerous reasons why not to eat the farmed salmon, but gave no reasons why not to eat the wild salmon.

I’m not going to cite all the reasons for eating this one vs. that one. What I am going to post is the wisdom from Spiritual Presence about eating salmon.

Salmon—to eat or not to eat

Salmon is a nutritious food and can be eaten no more than once a week. There is no difference between eating the wild salmon or the farmed salmon. The impact on nature from eating salmon more than once a week is too great. Remember—no more than once a week.

Food issues

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There are so many things to know about foods. From this point on, I’ll be writing information about foods and beverages.

If there is a particular food or beverage you have questions about, add a comment to this post or send me an email through the Contact page.

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