Food for Thought – A New Look of Food and Behavior, written by Dr.’s of Psychology, Saul and Joanne Miller, published in 1979 by Prentice-Hall, New Jersey.
How the right foods can help you reduce stress, increase strength, prevent disease, achieve sexual satisfaction and feel centered in your mind and body.
The food we eat affects what we think, say and do.
FOOD = ENERGY = BEHAVIOR
4 main factors influencing behavior: (1-3 affect 4)
1. constitution – inherited
2. conditioning – learned
3. external environment – comparing the situation and the requests
4. internal environment – electrochemical impulses
Nothing has greater control over our food biochemistry.
The authors, a team of husband and wife, a clinical psychologist, the other a social psychologist, start by defining the foods in the following continuum:
FOODS OF PLANTS DERIVED ANIMAL FOODS
drugs, alcohol, sugar, cheese, eggs, fish
coffee, tea, syrups, honey and fruit juices of fruits and vegetables
wheat, seeds and legumes salt, butter and meat
size: bigger smaller
position: above ground
growth rate: fast slow
texture: soft hard
moisture: liquid, Juuicy solid, dry
taste: sweet, sour salty, bitter
nature: vegetable animal
climate: moderate, extreme cold heat, desert
preparation: less cooking, more raw cooking
chemical substance: potassium sodium
Ph: forming acid forming alkaline
behavior: contractive expansive
Breast milk is made from 8-10% protein, 26-29% fat and 65% carbohydrates. Concentrated, balanced and whole foods have a protein-carbohydrate ratio similar to that of human milk; this is 1.7. Extreme expansive foods have a 0.01 ratio of proteins to carbohydrates; while extreme contract foods have a ratio of 25.0 proteins to carbohydrates. Whole grains are considered the most balanced of foods; the most similar to breast milk. The Japanese word for peace and harmony is Wa; It is composed of 2 characters that symbolize the wheat and the mouth.
Biologists have observed that all living things are motivated by a need for homeostasis, the continuous balancing of life systems.
Extreme expansion balances extreme contraction; or sweet meat salami. This is the law of opposites. Meat also attracts alcohol and tobacco. The way most people eat today in the United States and Europe, balancing the extremes, consuming more energy than a balancing near the center, is expensive, stressful and tiring. A balanced diet is part of a balanced lifestyle. An unbalanced diet is related to disordered behavior. A heavy diet in contractive foods leads to a craving for sweets.
Expansive behavior is defined as open, loose, flexible, spontaneous, generous, expressive, widespread, spiritual, light, bright, outward, holistic, verbal and extrovert. Contractual behavior is closed, tight, inflexible, controlling, accepted, possessive, concentrated, material, heavy, obscure, interior, analytical, written and introverted.
These 10 principles of Sane Eating leave one satisfied and attractive:
1. Expansive food leads to expansive behavior.
2. Contractual food leads to contractile behavior.
3. Expansive food leads to contractile food. (The law of opposites).
4. Extreme food leads to extreme behavior.
5. A centered diet leads to a centered and balanced disposition.
6. Natural food leads to natural behavior.
7. Disintegrated food leads to disintegrated behavior.
8. Alien food leads to alienation.
9. Fatty food blocks the flow of energy and reduces sensitivity and vitality.
10. Excess food reduces sensitivity, vitality and attractiveness.
Recently I had a woman who works for me to go completely out of favor; she tried to burn our house; he burned our books, our mail and Christmas gifts to our grandchildren. He crashed into his truck and left it in a ditch; then he went to our neighbors and broke into their porcelain cabinet. He would not sleep, eat, or dress. He smoked cigarettes constantly and drank all the alcohol at home. He requested attention and containment for 24 hours. The sheriff arrived and took her away. She was taken to a psychiatric institution from prison. His blood was found full of methamphetamine.
(Stay away from that stuff unless you want a really deformed personality!)
I struggled to understand what had happened to the woman I liked and trusted. All I know for sure is that she did not take care of herself; she did not eat well. She did not eat vegetables. The goddess blesses Drs. Joanne and Saul Miller, wherever they are right now to share this precious information that I transmit to you with all due respect for you! It helped me understand that diet is directly related to personality. After presenting and explaining their continuum; Miller focuses on the principles of healthy eating in great detail: what we eat determines the way we think, feel and act.
The rules of the food combination:
The foods that combine well are digestive compatible; in the sense that they are processed by similar parts of the digestive system at similar velocity speeds.
Eating simply means limiting the number of foods consumed at any time.
Sugar interferes with the digestion of most of the food.
Eat wheat with vegetables, especially vegetables!
Eat vegetables with cereals, fatty foods (nuts, oil, dairy products and eggs) and meat or fish!
Always eat fruit alone! (For example, 20 minutes before a meal.)
Refined food is a cause of mental and physical disorder. If your diet is not centered and extreme, you are more inclined to extreme desires, extreme thoughts and extreme actions. Eating an extreme diet makes self-control harder and increases tension, frustration, stress and disease.
Less protein leads to greater sensitivity and pleasure. With a centered diet, people are more inclined to be healthy, sensitive and self-controlled. Eating meat and sugar in the quantities that most Americans bring to marked increases in high blood pressure that correlates with psychological hypertension, feelings of tension and anxiety.
Too much of the two extremes affects behavior and limits performance.
Too much tension (excessive contraction) and insufficient tension (excessive expansion) reduces effectiveness and pleasure.
The extreme expansive food leads to an excessive expansion that is: being too open, spaced, vague and impractical; thoughts are separated from action and plans, daydreams unrealized; lack of direction and order; too permissive, too expressive, too emotional; distorted discriminatory sense, anxiety; project thoughts and feelings on others; disorganized, lazy and confused.
The extreme contracted food leads to an excessive contraction that is: too closed, too tense or tense; fear of losing control; continually trying to control; repress and deny feelings; too discriminating, too extroverted and too exclusive; inflexible, reduced capacity for empathy; materialistic, possessive and hoarding.
It is possible, of course, to be something of both, especially by eating both extremes. The final result of both is the same: loss of effectiveness, power and pleasure. Anxiety is an emotional illness, an irrational fear, an underlying neurotic behavior and an intuitive sense of imbalance. Being overly contracted or excessively expanded leads one to think that something is not right.
Arthritis is a joint disease. The joints become too contracted, hardened, tense and inflexible; or more expanded, inflamed, swollen and inflexible. Anxiety and arthritis interact. The same applies to heart disease and emotional diseases! Extreme food intake makes deep relaxation much more difficult.
The exercise generally has a contractual effect; attracting one to expansive food. Extreme exercise is NOT the ideal remedy for an acidic condition. The richest source of natural minerals is seaweed. Prolonged and excessive use of salt leads to excessive contraction, hypertension and rigidity.
The most common way to treat ALL mental problems today is to remove symptoms with drugs (NOT FOOD) that have an extreme expansive effect on behavior.
Fast when you feel disoriented, confused or dissatisfied with a greater sense of clarity, lightness and awareness! Fasting can be an effective short-term remedy for behavioral, emotional and physical imbalances. See my article on cell detoxification for what we mean by fasting!
A refined carbohydrate diet does not support life. A refined carbohydrate diet and animal feed is a wellness diet and is associated with physical and mental disorders. (Someone thinks about who I am thinking,) It is said that a variety of human disorders dramatically improves when refined foods are eliminated from the diet, including: ulcers, tumors, tumors (especially colon), gallstones, appendicitis, hemorrhoids, heart and vascular diseases, diabetes, hypoglycemia, obesity, dental and gingival diseases; as well as psychotic behaviors, anxiety, apathy, depression and uncontrollable, violent and antisocial behavior.
FIBER AND BEHAVIOR!
Because of the intimate connection between the gastrointestinal system and the mechanisms of coordination and integration of the nervous system!
Now, I had the image of the colon that is connected to all other parts of the body through the nervous system, but I did not understand this detail as important as before. Non-specific nerve fibers (“C” fibers) are dispersed throughout the intestine and conduct impulses at the center of “excitation” of the brain (the reticular activation system). This energy input triggers the central nervous system (CNS) and facilitates the effective conduction of all incoming and outgoing messages. Eating foods rich in high fibers leads to a rapid and continuous passage of food through the intestine; which leads to the normal continuous fire of non-specific nerve fibers in the excitation system and a more effective neural conduction; which translates into more integrated and coordinated behavior. And even the simplest and most refined foods promote incomplete and inefficient DIGESTION with slow transit times and the accumulation of Toxins. Anxiety, aggression and depression are all fueled by a diet based on meat, eggs, cheese and refined carbohydrates; with slow transit times, animal foods rot in the intestine producing toxic by-products; and if not eliminated quickly, it causes biochemical and behavioral disorders. BRAN is not a complete food; nor is it a substitute for whole food.
Vitamin deficiencies are caused by a massive refinement of food; the processing of food destroys the dynamic vitality of food. Vitamin deficiency is linked to mental disorders such as anxiety, hyperactivity, delusions, psychotic episodes, depression and mental retardation.
Miller believes that vitamin supplements are not needed when eating concentrated, balanced, natural and whole foods. Refined foods such as alcohol and sugar are unbalanced and disintegrated; as their metabolism depletes the body’s reserves of vitamins and minerals. The absence of simple and whole food on our supermarket shelves is proof of social and economic disintegration. We must learn to eat adequate sources of nourishment.
Wholemeal bread requires more chews per bite and reinforces this behavior by becoming more flavorful as chewing increases. The way people chew their food, an important part of digestion and one that we have maximum conscious control of, indicates how their lives live; the tendency to respond has repercussions in everyday life. So, the sentence, biting more than you can chew! Notes on Gestalt Therapy: Adults who swallow gulp food without chewing are impotent; they demand immediate gratification, they are not able to reach satisfaction and indiscriminately accept what they are told.
Chewing is a multifunctional process that:
1. mechanically increases the surface allowing the beginning of starch digestion;
2. stimulates the flow of gastric juices;
3. it is psychologically relaxing and complete;
4. stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to stimulate digestion;
5. provides a normal healthy outlet for aggression;
6. It is a meditation that harmonizes the body and prepares it to receive food.
Slow-eye eaters are more sensual in bed. Chewing well all food is relaxing and integrates and improves health and digestion.
These negative effects of sugar have been documented for over 100 years:
* replaces nutrients
* depletes vitamins and minerals
* affects the behavior
* destructive influence (heart and vascular diseases), digestion (from caries to hemorrhoids), locomotion (arthritis) and nervous system (disordered behavior)
* distorts discriminating taste and desensitizes your food, e
* leads to hypoglycaemia and then to diabetes.
Low blood sugar and blood sugar imbalance are linked to extreme and sudden changes in mood, mania, depression, anxiety, indecision, distorted body image, confusion, apathy, indifference, blues, uncontrollable emotional outbursts and violence .
Why does sugar affect so dramatically on human behavior,
A very simple process is intimately linked to what we eat. The nervous system uses glucose as fuel. Special brain cells called hypothalamic glucoceptors continuously monitor and regulate glucose in the blood. When the sugar is deficient, the stored sugar is released and inverted into glucose. When the sugar is in excess, the insulin is released to metabolize the excess. All the most expansive drugs have a marked effect on blood sugar and behavior. Caffeine lowers blood sugar by stimulating the adrenal glands to produce the adrenaline that stimulates the pancreas to produce insulin. Also the tobacco! Alcoholic beverages influence blood sugar by altering carbohydrate metabolism. “The Munchies” are proof of the devastating effect of marijuana on blood sugar. Large amounts of fruit juice can cause mood swings and emotional instability. Whole grains and vegetables slowly degrade into absorbed glucose and metabolized into stable behavior. The carbohydrate that most upsets the nervous system, the endocrine system and the behavior with a disruptive effect on the whole organism is sugar, white or brown. Sugar causes extreme and unstable behavior; usually a period of hyperactivity and agitation followed by a period of hypoactivity and depression.
Blood sugar imbalance is related to:
Depression – drowsiness, fatigue, lethargy, listlessness, whimper, crying and blues;
Agitation – anxiety, excitability, impatience, insomnia, irritability, nervousness and outbursts of anger;
Irregular behavior – irrational behavior, black out, confusion, indecision, disappointment, disorientation, inability to concentrate, memory lapse and violent outbursts.
Sugar leads to disintegrated behavior because it reduces the availability of substances that the brain uses to produce neurotransmitters, the chemical compounds that carry information from the neuron to the neuron in the brain.
“HOW CAN I REDUCE MY NECESSITY OF DESSERTS”,
Eat a centered diet and avoid excess meat and sugar! Eat more fresh fruit, vegetables and salads! Eat less meat, candy, pop and pastry!
Why do not you focus on the diet in the hospital’s psychiatric wards or with the crazy criminals, Low blood sugar related to aggression, arson, murder, robbery, vandalism, domestic violence, self-destructive acts, suicide, car accidents and hunting.
WHAT IS ALIEN FOOD, Food that is not part of our natural environment! What kind of alienation leads to alien food, The disintegration between man and his environment! Unnatural rhythms with increasing dependence on technology to keep trim determines his feelings and state of health. The most alienating foods are those that are NOT part of our natural environment TO ALL, or the 6-12 kilos of chemicals that the average person swallows each year. (And this is a figure of 30 years.) Foods refined and processed with minerals and vitamins lost are linked to allergic reactions and behavioral disorders.
IS IT MADE, Do not eat it without resulting messy and unnatural behavior! The absence of some vitamins and minerals has a marked effect on behavior. Psychological disorders that accompany vitamin B deficiencies: (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, present in whole wheat and beans and cobalomin, found in naturally fermented foods) loss of memory, appetite, nervousness, apprehension, hallucinations, insomnia, agitation and paranoid behavior . The mineral deficiencies of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc have all been associated with abnormal physical and emotional states including apathy, lethargy, all of the above and emotional outbursts. The data are clear; nutrition directly influences behavior. The normal psychological function depends on the presence of all the nutrients (present in a diet centered with natural foods) IN PROPER PROPERATION.
Eating seasonally and regionally maintains harmony and reduces disease. People in the cold regions eating tropical fruit become dependent on overheating, excessive fuel and reduced health and vitality. In tropical regions with a centered eating diet, less artificial cooling is needed.
Dairy products, used excessively, have become an important part of the diet. It stimulates a rapid expansion in the very young; and it can be too fast, too fast. There are a variety of physical disorders related to the dairy, such as: allergic reactions, arteriosclerosis (present in 2 year old American children!), Arthritis, sinusitis and respiratory problems including discharge, deposits and blockages and degenerative disorders. Psychologically, artificial feeding increases feelings of separation, fear and anxiety with repercussions in later life. The excess milk feeds and reinforces tendencies towards attachment, sentimentality, dependent thinking and depression. For different reasons, depression and dependent thinking can result from prolonged periods of protein deficiency and a diet rich in sugars. Today, most dairy products are very unnatural, chemically treated and processed. And not necessary; there are many other vital sources of calcium, such as vegetables, seeds, nuts and algae. Tahini, miso and tofu are excellent substitutes for the dairy.
Quantity destroys quality and beauty. Overeating is an unnatural way of eating, a stress that the body can not handle and that deeply affects mental well-being. Metabolic disturbance is the result not the cause of fat people eating too much. Oxidation rates are influenced by eating habits.
Weight control formula:
1. A centered diet;
2. Avoid extreme and unnatural foods!
3. Chew good!
5. Do not eat too much!
6. Reduce dairy products and sugar!
7. Distinguish between whole and refined carbohydrates! (The latter puts the weight.)
8. I appreciate the balance! (The meat attracts softly).
How to eat:
1. A hot drink 20 minutes before each meal (not coffee and not dessert!)
3. Eat slowly!
4. Increase food awareness! (Write everything you eat!)
5. Eat when you are hungry (not before sleeping!)
Indigestion leads to irritability, impatience, nervousness, fatigue, insomnia and depression. The causes of indigestion include extreme foods and eating too much, too late, too quickly, when the combinations are emotionally upset and improper.
Sexually stimulating foods do not lead to satisfying relationships. Eating to increase sexual satisfaction means eating to be more natural and balanced and not to eat sexually stimulating foods. Diet models like eating too much and too rich lead to sexual dissatisfaction. Extreme foods lead to strong impulses and strange, unpleasant ideas. Every extreme is burdensome, unbalanced and unsatisfactory. If a decrease in sexuality occurs, alter the diet at CENTRO. Animal and synthetic hormones are transmitted to the meat-eater from meat. The effect of these steroids on sexuality and weight has been ignored. Eating too much and too rich suppresses social and sexual relations.
Junk food is the food of the generation of the learning problem. Learning problems affect 1/3 of all school children in the United States. Diet is one of the factors that explain the increase in educational problems today. Typically ignored, the unnatural diet, junk food contributes to emotional, disciplinary and learning problems. Most experts recommend treatment based on chemotherapy and usually stimulants. Miller suggests a marked reduction of all extreme and unnatural food. No magic diet can eliminate brain damage or serious delays; but food changes can increase performance and socialization. Eliminate all refined carbohydrates and chemical additives and reduce dairy products!
For all types of behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adults, change of diet is the first step towards mental health. From conception to age 5 is the most critical. Only a few days when a pregnant mother’s chaotic consumption, drinking and taking drugs can have a profound effect on the fetus and behavior of adults.
The emotional reactions induced by food (brain food allergies) clearly demonstrate the link between food and behavior. The most reactive foods are extreme, disintegrated or unnatural. People become hypersensitive to chemically treated and refined foods or foods that have been abused in the past. Whole foods gradually eliminate the problem even with young people. There are some cases of people reacting to natural foods, especially wheat, corn, nuts and seeds. Some allergists suggest that sensitivity to cereals could be a major cause of mental illness. Tests are necessary to confirm the emotional reactions induced by food; then there are these 3 basic approaches to treatment:
The restrictive approach to the diet avoids allergic foods. Temporarily or as a lifestyle only meat, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables, without cereals, are eaten.
The desensitization approach uses steroids to remove the symptoms. Bad eating habits are reinforced because no change in diet is made.
The metabolic approach as in hypoglycemia reduces sensitivity by eating correctly to improve metabolic function.
The Miller believe that the primary causes of indigestion associated with wheat are eating too much, not chewing well, combining inappropriate food and not buying organic. Be sensitive and aware of yourself enough to appreciate what foods contribute to your well-being and avoid those that affect you negatively!
RAW OR COOKED,
The kitchen is contracted. Balance is part of both. Extreme is one or the other. People who eat only raw foods are expansive. It is good to eat more raw in summer and more cooked in winter, with 35-50% of whole grains in winter. The upper part of the plants, the fruit and the flowers can be eaten raw; cooking destroys vitamins C and A. The central part, the stem and the leaves, are less digestible and may require a little cooking. The lower part of the plants, the underground parts, should be cooked; and cooking is not so destructive for the vitamin content of roots and tubers. Always avoid cooking too much!
Excessive and insensitive food preparation reduces the energy of food and reduces vitality. Alchemy in everyday life profoundly affects health and consciousness. The home cooking with love has been proven through Kirlian photography to get more energy. A good cooking takes into account taste, appearance and health.
Diet is fundamental for family integration and communication; part of this is eating together, too. The current trend, most meals consumed outside the home, is reflected in family relationships. The cohesion of the community and the family is influenced by the diet. Eating simply together promotes harmony. The rise and fall of nations and the waves of political influence have been directly linked to food.
The magic diet depends on knowing who you are and what you want from your life. Everyone is unique and everything is changing. Being too restrictive is not balanced and leads to disorder. Eat a balanced and appropriate diet, you like your food and feel good.
Basically, eat a centered and natural diet and avoid extreme, disintegrating and alienating foods!
1. Eat centered foods!
2. Avoid excesses! This means low meat, low fat, low fat, low salt, no coffee and no alcohol.
3. Remember the law of opposites! The contraction of the expansion balances.
4. Eat naturally!
5. Avoid overeating!
Once again, centered means a low meat, low fat, low fat (less than 10%), low salt content, no sugar and a caffeine free diet. Natural means an unrefined, unadulterated diet, for whole foods and high in fiber. Centered foods are whole grains, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds. Fatty foods are eggs, cheese, butter, margarine and fatty meats. Extremely contracted foods are salt, meat and eggs. Extreme foods include chemical and chemically treated additives. Extremely expansive foods are stimulants, sugar and alcohol.
Along with a healthy diet these other basic factors affect mental health:
* Be mentally and physically active!
* Relax effectively!
* Have a positive attitude or direction!
* Be able to enjoy and learn from life!
I found everything very interesting and I hope you do it too. If you can find a copy of the book, Food for Thought, you’ll see that Drs. Joanne and Saul Miller have 100 years of documented research to support their claims about the important relationship between nutrition and mental health.
Food for Thought – A New Look of Food and Behavior, written by Dr.’s of Psychology, Saul and Joanne Miller, published in 1979 by Prentice-Hall, New Jersey.