The air diet huh?
What could he possibly mean by that?
Our bodies are highly complex, organic machines. They perform their own maintenance (assuming we provide proper materials). They also can gather energy from multiple sources. These include food, water, clean air, sunshine, grounding, and positive emotions. Which of these is the most important? It would appear to be clean air. So why all the fuss?
I remember taking an economics class a few years back that left me with an interesting principle. I can’t remember the name of this principle but it stated that the more valuable something is for basic life; the cheaper it was. The reverse was also true. So air and water are relatively cheap and diamonds and flat screen TV’s are expensive.
We live in a FOOD CULTURE. Even healthy food. We spend so much of our time and energy stressing about which “diet” to be on. What food should be eaten, when we should eat it, how we should make it, etc. This is just a basic human pleasure and I get it, I really do. But how about the BASICS? Water and Air. We are specifically focused on air here.
We can’t live for more than a few minutes without air. Having said this, a lot of us choose living in smoggy cities, never open our windows, breathe shallowly, and don’t think anything of it. What makes air so inconspicuous? Is it because it is invisible? I’m not really sure of the cause here. However, I can tell you that all longevity cultures have an element of practice that deals specifically with breathing or cultivation of this amazing resource. Both Indian and Chinese medicine use breathing practice as a way to improve health and calm the body. If you think of the benefits of deep breathing high-quality oxygen all day every day; it is insane what this stuff does for us. So what is an air diet?
I don’t mean living solely off of air (although some claim to do this). I simply mean setting our intention to utilize our bodies natural energy collection mode. Start viewing your body as more than just a food processor. It is an oxygen processor. It is a solar panel. It runs on water. As far as food goes, there are some simple guidelines.
QUALITY: Focus on fresh, local, organic food whenever possible. Favor lots of fruits and vegetables, good quality eggs and meats, and high quality fats. Eat super-foods such as liver, sardines, and cod liver oil. These will load up your “vitamin and mineral reserves” over time and your appetite will naturally decrease a lot.
QUANTITY: Look at WHY you are eating so much? Is it because it is socially the thing to do? Is it to stuff some emotions from a bad day? Are you overeating because your body wants something? For instance, if I am craving meat; a lightly cooked piece of liver or sardines or some raw/rare eggs go a lot farther as far as satisfying that craving than a giant steak or hamburger.
VARIETY: Rotate your foods. Switch it up. Eat what’s in season. Ate apples today? Eat berries tomorrow. Eat cherries the next day. Eating a wide variety means a wide variety of nutrients. And we only eat because our body needs something.
It’s amazing seeing the change that happens when we focus on nutrition instead of on caloric intake. Calories will take care of themselves. If you are worried about losing weight, this is the way to go. You will naturally find your natural weight without really trying. After that, focus on the air. Learn how to sit up straight. Learn how to breathe from the diaphragm. Take up a breathing practice or a “working in” practice involving the breath. These may include meditation, qigong or tai chi, yoga, or just plain deep breathing. It is amazing the difference you will notice in how you feel and how hungry you are when you focus on getting a bulk of your nourishment through the air. We are designed to live FIRST on AIR, second on water, and third on food. Air is very humble. It doesn’t require much recognition. It isn’t colorful and fancy. It will save us on our health and food bill though. So how can we make sure we are breathing in high-quality air?
LIVING: If you live in a rural area it is ok to open the windows most of the time. Especially if you live somewhere with lots of trees. Plants filter the air and produce quality oxygen. Houseplants are amazing to keep inside the home. These filter our homes from toxins and help produce clean air for us. They also are just nice to have around. If you live in a city, invest in a high-quality air filter. Are they expensive? Probably, I haven’t looked into them too much. But again, what is the price you are willing to pay for the most basic of necessities? It is a personal choice. Houseplants will also greatly help city-dwellers.
EXERCISE: Exercise outdoors if in a rural setting. Pumping the body while sucking up high-quality air is extremely good for oxygen levels. Focus more on the breathing than the exercising.
BREATHE DEEP: Really set your intention daily on breathing fully and deeply most of the day. When you’re sitting in class, when you’re at the movies, when you are studying, when you are working, etc. It takes some practice but eventually becomes a very good habit. This step alone will radically change your life.
So that is the air diet. More of a lifestyle than a diet. It is simple a call to rely more on oxygen as fuel than food. We have been taught that we NEED so much food. This just simply isn’t true. We NEED nourishment. So let’s honor this invisible thing we call air and start using the vast supplies of it to power our lives more effectively.