Healthy Food and a Proper Diet — How Does One Decide?

Sadhguru reminds us that food is about the body, and the best way to decide what to eat is to ask the body. He explains that rather than developing eating habits which only make us function repetitively, it is better to decide on our food consciously through our intelligence.

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Questioner: So my question is should we believe in that like the qualities of vegetarianism, non-alcoholism, celibacy, practice them so that we make our body fit. So that that kriya of eleven minutes will be more effective?

Sadhguru: Oh, see, this is what I have been saying right through – why even eating is a moral value? Food is about the body. We must eat what is suitable for this body but right now you are talking about making food into a habit. I want to tell you there is no such thing as good habit or bad habit. Habit means you’re functioning unconsciously. If you are functioning unconsciously that’s the bad thing because the whole thing about being human is we are capable of doing things consciously. That is the beauty of being human that we can do everything consciously. What an animal does unconsciously we can do the same thing consciously. We can eat unconsciously or we can eat consciously. We can breathe unconsciously or we can breathe consciously.

Everything that we can do, we can do it consciously. The moment we do something consciously suddenly that human being looks very refined and wonderful. Just because somebody walks and speaks consciously, doesn’t he become a beautiful human being? Yes or no?

Participants: Yes

Sadhguru: That’s all. So why is it that we are trying to develop habits as if this is a good thing? Habit means fixed realities where you don’t have to think. You get up in the morning and it’ll happen to you. No, don’t try to automize your life. That is not efficiency. That is the efficiency of the machine. This one is supposed to function intelligently and consciously. Nobody is expecting it to function like a machine.

So about food and stuff – food must be suitable for the body that we eat for – it is for the body. This is the building material for this body the food that you’re eating. What is the appropriate food unfortunately is all messed up right now. Traditionally we ate very sensibly in this country but these thousand years of invasions has brought other kinds of food cultures and today the national diet is pizza or pasta. What is it…which is one, I don’t know, both are competing. So we are losing our sense about food. It’s definitely time to look at what is the most suitable thing. If I go into that food, it’s a very long process but you must experiment with food, not just by the tongue, but by the body. You eat something today and see…just learn to observe how agile and how active your body feels after eating this food. If it feels like it wants to go to the grave that’s not good food. if it feels like it wants to be alive after eating this – except coffee because that’s a stimulant – if you eat food and your body feels very agile and alive that means it’s good food, body is liking it. If you eat something, it feels dull that means it’s not liking it. It’s having difficulty with it that’s why it feels dull. So just on this basis. There’s a much, I mean this is the very simplistic way of putting it.

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29 thoughts on “Healthy Food and a Proper Diet — How Does One Decide?

  1. everything becomes to be easy with this guy! i love it! conscious and experimental attitude to life) only you know what is better for you) confusing, but so true! thanks a lot!!!

  2. one thing i am sure of :any thing man make or interfere with become somehow poison.our food should come from up or from down..from a tree or from the ground… washing it should be the only process going trough…about meats and animal product..I dont know…too much man interference.
    We still are the only living being not to know which is his own food.

  3. always see how the food makes your heart feel, thats what i do, and i also need to practice not eating foods which make me tired, as ive been aware of that recently and i dont like it. raw foods are much better for the heart id say

  4. Okay, those are also mask to pull people. But still, also Sadhguru makes mistakes, and whoever has the personal demands to be completely honest with oneself and the audience in every situation? Sure, go for it !! If you want to take your right to see the mistakes of even great great people, go for it ! Everything in order to become evenmore honest with yourself. I know what tylermolander ment by saying "arrogant", and it´s just in some little parts of some of his speeches.

  5. Everything in the world is natural and has many possibilitys of how one can see the same object diffrently, for example when im unhappy and I see happy faces my disturtion vision can persive it like they are happy that I final get it paid back of things I did to somebody, just see how many possibility you can create with a grim face our loud voice in a hall like that, that way you can become more ignorant of your thougths and be more at ease with yourself and take responsibilty of your thougths.

  6. I have always enjoyed hearing you, I admire what you are doing. I do my best to listen and hear your messages and teachings, which are always so relevant to me whether are cultures are the same. I am grateful to be able to benifit and hear you in this medium. Thank you Sadhguru (Many Thanks)

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