Buddha taught four stages to reach Realization:
1. Stage of starting on the path
2. Stage of occasional return
3. Stage of no return
4. Stage of realization
When we start anything new, initially we face some hurdles or vacillation and stop that work temporarily! If we start again with determination, we won’t quit for any reason and will eventually reach our goal.There is a transition period for any new work we start or any new venture we jump into, or any new place we go, we face some initial problems until we get used to it. But we don’t give up on the new work, do we? No, we adjust ourselves and get ready mentally to face them. The tragedy is, the modern man is not often able to adjust accordingly in matters of his or her physical body and cultivate good habits. The reason behind this is that we want to eat foods that taste good and pleasure our taste buds rather than foods that we actually need for our body and good health. Our daily routine revolves around those habits. Such routine looks easy and gratifying temporarily, but inwardly it is harmful and destructive to the body. If we continue with such routine habits, our nature will be primarily concerned with materialistic comforts. It is only saintly habits that would give us happiness and good health, a much greater reward than the satisfaction of our desire for creature comforts.
Let’s take a look at some of the hurdles that we face when we try to change our habits food and water:
due to drinking large quantities of water, Nobody ever says that drinking coffee first thing in the morning is bad, but say that drinking water on an empty stomach is bad! You know why? Because majority of the people are in the habit of drinking coffee. It is strange to say that bottles filled with water of sugar and colored, like sodas, are not harmful to the body, but pure, crystal clear clean water causes nausea! It all depends on how you inculcate your body to your habits. We consume large amounts of water on an empty stomach for good health, not to fill our stomachs. Water may not excite our taste buds but if you learn not to question its importance and drink it wholeheartedly, it won’t question you (in the form of vomiting). Drinking water in the early morning keeps your body healthy. Our body is used to receiving water only when we require it. Suddenly we change the rules and send in water on an empty stomach. The result is a nauseated feeling. Nearly 60% of people feel experience it in the first week of changing their water regimen. Until you adjust yourself mentally to drinking large quantities of water, your body will resist.
If you feel nauseated, it is better to go ahead and vomit, and the nausea will go away.
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due to water A sudden consumption of a liter to liter and a half of water may result in vomiting. If you are prone to vomiting easily, initially it is better to drink two glasses of water, wait for ten minutes and drink another two glasses. If your vomit has a sour taste or a yellowish color, it means there is some waste material in your stomach or intestines. In such a case, you should slowly drink four glasses of lukewarm water (even if by force) immediately after you get up, and then by keeping fingers in your mouth vomit at once. Twenty minutes afterward drink more water slowly. Follow this procedure for four or five days if you have biliousness. Some people may not vomit for the first liter of water but they do so after the second or third time. If you still feel nausea even after vomiting, drink honey and lime juice with water instead of plain water. Some may not vomit at all! Forty percent of people vomit now and then within the first week. In any case there is nothing to worry about. It will not make you weak. You will realize that bad thing is coming out along with water.
3.Breathlessness due to water
Consumption of a liter to liter and a half of water at a time fills the stomach. The weight of the stomach presses on the diaphragm, and that makes breathing difficult. As a result some people feel heaviness or breathlessness. If it is only uneasiness it is better to vomit at once. Once you get used to it, you will happily drink plenty of water. If you have any breathing problems, you can increase the quantity slowly day by day.
4. Loose bowel movement for the second time
The motion that you have after drinking one liter of water is quite normal and easy. But the motion that you go for the second time will be watery and loose. This is nothing to worry about. The second dosage of water goes into the large intestines, clears it and brings out the waste matter there. With this we can take it for granted that our large intestine is thoroughly cleaned every day. Those who take enemas during fasting, and those who take proper food and abide by the rules of water, do get such motion for the second time.
5. Heaviness in stomach due to water
The heaviness that you may feel is not due to the water you drank in the early morning. Stomach sends away the 1-1 ½ liter of water into the bloodstream in no more than 15 minutes. When we drink, water is absorbed little by little, causing no heaviness. If you feel that your stomach is heavy, it is the feeling of heaviness in the mind. First clear your mind before you fill your stomach. People assume that if we drink more water on an empty stomach it may get enlarged. This is untrue. In fact, drinking much water helps reduce the heaviness of the stomach and fat in the body. Actually, the stomach becomes enlarged if you drink water along with food, since as long as food remains in the stomach, so does the water. Wait until the feeling of heaviness is lessened then drink more water. Your abdomen size will decrease and you will lose weight as the days go on.
6.Urinating more frequently
You drink lots of water in the morning when temperature is cooler. Seventy-five percent of the water you drink comes out in the form of urine, so in the morning you will seem to urinate more than usual. This is not a problem. You see, all along you have been eating more salt. So a large quantity of salt, along with a large quantity of water, has accumulated in your body over the time. Now you have stopped eating salt. The salt stored in your body will be excreted through urination, and because of this, in the beginning you will urinate more (1 liter urine for 1 liter water). Overweight people and those who have edema may feel they are urinating more than the water they drank. This may last for10 to 20 days. It is proportionate to the water or salt stored in your body. Some people may fear that they are developing diabetes because their frequent urination. This is never a danger! Simply, if you take in more water, you will release more urine. If this happens, it only cleans your body, and that is a healthy sign. Remember that.
You generally use hot water while bathing. Suddenly you are told it is better to use cold water. What happens? You develop a cough, runny nose or congestion, headache and what not. It is because the blood circulation to the head is eased by cold water that in turn hastens excretory action. Consequently, the waste material in the head moves, causing these symptoms. When you feel them, keep your feet in hot water for fifteen minutes. If you feel congestion, apply a little honey in both the nostrils with your fingers. Or do steam inhalation! It is quite natural to face such problems the first few days. But don’t give up. If you don’t stick with it, you will be the loser and the wonderful habit of coldwater bathing and you will become total strangers! Ever since you started this new routine, what are you doing? You are drinking 5 liters of water, drinking fresh vegetable juice, not consuming salt and oil, eating more vegetables and fruits. To top it all you gave up artificial food. As a consequence, the waste material in your chest and head are churned and sent out in the form of a cold. But don’t think this routine or this type of food is not suitable for your health. Be reasonable. Understand that it is only driving out the bad in you.
8. Bowel movements due to raw vegetable juice
Most of us are used to eating cooked, hot food. Then, when you begin your new regimen, you drink raw vegetable juice. Your stomach may not be able to handle it and will release it in the form of motions. Don’t worry, even if you have four or five motions a day. If you have more, stop drinking raw vegetable juice for two days. When you resume it on the third day, you can add water to the juice and sip it slowly, as you would coffee. Once your body gets used to it, then you can have thick, strong juice later. If you don’t like the taste and drink it quickly, you may vomit it, so be sure to follow the recommendation here. First, you must tune your mind to your new life style! We want a sound mind in a sound body, elders say. But to get that sound body, I say you must have a sound mind first. Accept the reality that you drink the juice not for its taste, but for your sake, in the sense, to purify your blood and to keep you fit and healthy.
9. Stool color
When you use beetroot in vegetable juice or eat beetroot curry, its waste will be of the same color even after it is digested,. The digestive juices in the intestines cannot change it, so your urine and stool may come out with similar color. This point is worth mentioning, so that you don’t mistake it to blood. Likewise, if you eat leafy vegetables, your stool may appear green. This does not mean you haven’t digested the food and it has come out raw. Don’t be frightened and don’t worry about the color. An odorless motion is a sign of good health!
10. Gas in the stomach
The large quantity of water you drink slowly moves the dried fecal matter in your intestines. There will be no gas formation when your bowel movements are dry, but gas will be formed before this happens. For some, formation of gas begins on the third day of this new routine. Since you eat more fruit and unsalted curries, more of waste matter is produced. The earlier accumulated waste matter blocks it from moving forward. As a result gas is formed. Also, when you eat sprouted seeds for the first time, the proteins in them are not digested easily; so more gas is formed. Since it is formed out of half-digested food, it will not smell pleasant at all. Such gas will exit through the anus, if the large intestine is empty. If not, the gas will travel up and cause bloated ness in your abdomen and chest. The sprouts you eat should be sprouted properly. They should be chewed and eaten properly. Otherwise gas will be formed. If the gas is too unpleasant, you may stop eating seeds for few days. Wait until your stomach gets used to unsalted food. When you have free bowel movement two, three times a day, then you can resume this food. During that period you can eat fruits or unsalted food. You will minimize the gas if you chew the food well. The bloated ness of your stomach will decrease in proportion to the gas in it. If you feel very uneasy, you can have hot water fomentation.
The large quantity of water you consume in the first four, five days starts soaking the dry fecal matter. If the soaked waste matter comes out immediately, you will have no problem, but when it doesn’t, it causes immense pain in the lower abdomen due to the movements in the intestines. Constipated people are likely to experience such pain. If you have this problem, use an enema. Do this with lukewarm water only. You can use it even during the pain, and then you will feel better. Some people may get a stomachache on the very first day of this new routine. The food is not digested properly for them. In such a case, it is better to eat only rice with curd.
12. Sour belches
Some of you may face this problem on the very first day or second day. When you are eating new food, the digestive juices in the stomach may not be produced in the right proportion. Consequently, the food will not be digested properly and it becomes sour. The gas from this food is sour and gives a slightly burning sensation when you belch. You should slowly munch cardamom and you will feel better. You may want to drink one or two glasses of lukewarm water as well. Within three days the digestive juices will become tuned to new food, so you will never face this problem again. Many people got rid of it on the first day itself, as we observed.
A very common inconvenience for a majority of people is the headache. You have completely reversed your routine, so your body questions you in the form of a headache. Tea and coffee stimulate your nerves and cells, so when you stop drinking them, you face a stress. If you go back to drinking coffee or tea to alleviate this stress, you will never break the habit. So stay away from them if you truly want to change your health for the better. For the first few days when you have a headache, you may take a pain reliever such as aspirin. However, don’t do so for the first few days. Instead, bathe your head in cold water twice a day. You can also place a wet towel on your head and put your feet in hot water for fifteen minutes. If you try one of these remedies, your headache will improve. Drinking more water churns a greater amount of waste contents. Five liters of water soak and move the waste matter in your cells. At the beginning, you will naturally experience discomfort, whether due to water consumption or bathing your head in cold water. But do not deviate from the right path and do not think that it doesn’t suit you.
You have stopped overnight your age-old habit of consuming salt. The result? You feel a reeling sensation due to change in your blood circulation. If you compensate for the salt-free diet by drinking four or five liters of water a day, you are safe. But generally people cannot drink more than one or two liters. If you stop eating salt, the water content required for blood circulation will not be met, so you should ensure that you make the four or five liters of water your goal. Otherwise drink tender coconut water two or three times a day and rest for a while. Then everything will be normal and you will not face this reeling sensation again.
A few people get a cough after five or six days of doing this new routine. Those who have phlegm develop a stronger cough. That is because the new diet is driving out the phlegm that was stored inside. With our earlier salty-food diet, we could not rid ourselves of the phlegm, even if we coughed. Our new diet does not give rise to new phlegm and even helps the lungs to clear themselves. So a lot of phlegm comes out now. Your sleep may be disturbed due to coughing. This should make you glad because waste matter is going out. There is no need to worry because you had no cough before, and don’t rush to the doctor or start taking cough medicine. Drink some water, preferably lukewarm, on an empty stomach and make yourself vomit. Plenty of phlegm will be cleared. If you have phlegm, better you stop eating sprouted seeds. Drink honey mixed limewater before eating. If you do this, your lungs will become clear in few days. You should have an early dinner. You’ll cough less as the amount of phlegm decreases, and when you stop coughing at all, you will know that your lungs are clear. Cough medicines only block the windpipe, but don’t clear it. Your new routine, on the other hand, clears your lungs without the aid of medicine! You should realize that coughing at first is a good sign. It is the very first step to good thoughts and good health.
The salt-free food you are eating at first is not sufficient to meet your physical needs. You may feel weak for a week or two. There may be many other reasons for this weakness, but lack of salt is the main cause. You know something? Nothing can beat salt at exhilarating the body–not even coffee, tea, cigarettes, pan, liquor, hashish, etc. Can you believe that salt stimulates the nerves and cells a hundred times more than any of these intoxicants? Know that salt is more harmful than any of these harmful things. The way our cells work requires salt. Earlier, we had been providing this salt to the cells through our food. The excess salt was stored outside our cells. We have been consuming much more salt than our bodies could use. Ever since you started your new routine, you have deprived your body of salt. The new food that you began to eat now have inborn salt provided to them by God. However, the body doesn’t realize this initially, so its work slackens and we feel weak. Let us say, suddenly the light goes off and we light a candle. Initially we feel this light is very dim compared to electric light. But once we become acclimated to the darkness, that candlelight is more than enough. The same rule applies here. Our body takes time to adjust to the natural salts. Just as we probed in the darkness in the beginning, in the same way our body struggles with the salt deficiency. You should accept this as a law of the body, but still should not resume salt to your food. On the day you give up salt, weakness will set in. Drink a lot of water to compensate.
Otherwise your blood circulation will be slowed down. There is yet another reason for your weakness. Once you stop using salt, the food isn’t tasty, so you consume reduced quantity of food. Eat salt-free foods heartily, and you will not have any problems whatsoever. You can’t eat curries without salt? Then compensate for them with curd rice, fruits and dates. Drink coconut water two or three times a day. Drink vegetable juice and fruit juice. You get quick relief if you add honey to anything you drink because it acts like saline. In addition, relax for a while in the afternoon or sleep a little if you can. Doing so will help ease your weakness considerably. Above all, don’t get upset and run to the doctor. If you do, the doctor will first blame me for advising you to stop consuming salt and then blame you for taking my advice. But do you know something? Most of these doctors don’t know that salt is nothing but poison. So it is in your hands to take preventive measures for your own good health. You need to be able to brave any situation. If you take two steps forward but four steps backward, you will never reach your goal of having a healthier life.
It’s a chain reaction: you eat salt-free food, so you can’t eat properly, and if you can’t eat properly, you are not happy! If you are not happy, your mind becomes restless and you cannot sleep properly! But these are rare cases. Ninety percent of people have told me they now sleep very soundly, thanks to their new diet. Not only that, but never before had they had such sound sleep. Yet another reason for your sleeplessness could be that you ate before 7p.m. If your food is digested early, you will feel hungry and unable to sleep. If that is your problem, eat fruits or ten dates. If you are still not able to sleep, soak your feet in hot water for fifteen minutes or put two drops of honey in both eyes. Then you will fall fast asleep. Another reason for your sleeplessness may be that you have to get up two or three times in the night to urinate, since you drank five, six liters of water before 7 p.m. People older than 50 will face this problem the most. The excess water in your body has to come out in the form of urine, but you will overcome this problem in 15 to 20 days. If the problem does not resolve, stop drinking water after 6 p.m., Have only a glass or two after your dinner. If you can’t sleep properly, you feel weak the next day and you are likely to blame it on your food habits. So change your water habits.
18. Lack of appetite
Those who have digestive problems feel uneasy in the beginning. They don’t feel like eating. They feel their stomach is bulging. Normally people feel very hungry, beginning from the first day of this new routine. Natural food they are eating now is digested in two hours, so they feel hungry soon. Your hunger is related to your thoughts. If you can’t relish the salt-free food and the very thought of it frightens you. Then the digestive juices will not be secreted and you won’t feel hungry. On the contrary, if you catch a whiff of a favorite food, you will become very hungry, even if you had not been so before. Some people just can’t control their desires, though they suffer from many ailments. They can’t relish salt-free food. If you don’t feel hungry, it is better to eat salads, curries, fruits and curd rice for few days. If you feel queasy, drink honey in lukewarm water. It rouses hunger. Don’t eat sprouted seeds until you develop real hunger. You can eat just fruits in the evening. You will begin to notice that your food is becoming tasty and appealing. Because, now you are eating when you are really hungry only. Food eaten by force or by habit even when you are not hungry is nothing but poison. You will become healthier if you eat only to meet body’s needs when you are hungry.
19.Inability to work
We have a deep-seated belief that if we don’t consume salt, we won’t have energy. This idea is completely false. We require good food to get energy and to work, not salt. How are animals like horses or cows able to carry their heavy weight and are able to slog away the whole day? In spite of heavy work, they are able to gain weight? Think about it! First attune your mind to new lifestyle before you attune your stomach to it. Most physical problems prove to be psychological problems. If we believe we can’t work while eating salt-free food, we can’t work! Some people wanted to experiment with salt-free food–even some doctors have tried it. But the problem is, when you eat salt-free food, it becomes so tasteless you lose your appetite. You don’t have any energy and, as a consequence, can’t work! So logically they conclude that if you want to work, you must eat salt. Many people have said this, and others have accepted it quite willingly. You can substitute salt with something else! Salt is not a staple food; it is a medicine, which you don’t require.
Try eating plenty of salt-free food while drinking plenty of water for few days and see for yourself. You can do double the work with half the stress and strain. For the person who consumes salt, the small amount of water he drinks is stored in his body and helps in perspiration when he is straining himself. With someone who has stopped eating salt, the water that he has consumed is used up in urination. So he doesn’t have sufficient water to bear the heat produced in his body. Consequently he feels weak and automatically he attributes it to his missing salt but does not consider his not increased water intake. You should strike at the root cause of any problem. I have gained this knowledge from my own experience! I personally know many people who have contentedly worked 18 hours a day while following this lifestyle. So eat, drink (I mean water) and work merrily! Experience is the best teacher. The happiness of this lifestyle should be experienced and not explained. When eating a salt-free diet, you can’t expect happiness in just five or ten days.
The happiness of it takes at least four months to enjoy. If you want to achieve something, you have to forego something. If you want to advance in life, you give up some minor pleasures for a while. Same way, if you want to have very good health for the rest of your life, you have to struggle for just four months. Why delay? You should do tomorrow’s work today, and today’s work now. Come on–start at once! When you first stop eating salt, your body will not cooperate with you, so you can’t expect to work as contentedly as you had been. But this is no big problem. It is only the first hurdle. Cut down on your work for a short period while your body becomes attuned to natural salt instead of through artificial salt in our food. Until your body becomes accustomed to your new diet, it protests and causes hurdles. Once your body adjusts, it will allow you to accomplish your work very smoothly. Now it is your turn to wonder at your immense capacity. When you drive a fine sports car, you can’t see its full potential driving in traffic. You’ve got to get on the highway to see how it can fly!
It takes time for a bad boy to become good. Similarly, it takes some time for our body to get used to new food habits in place of the old ones. This clash between old and new routine results in fever for some people. You started some many good things at one time that it’s difficult for the body to receive them. Nobody can change overnight, and the same is true for the body! Don’t worry and take it easy. If necessary, drink plenty of water and skip solid food for a day. Give rest to your stomach. If you don’t have free bowel movement, use an enema. Every two or three hours, drink honey mixed water. After the fever subsides and when you feel hungry again, eat solid food, slowly increasing the quantity day by day. By the fifth day you will be able to eat everything in the new diet (including sprouted seeds). If your temperature is high, you can place a wet cloth on your forehead or below your navel three times a day or do an enema with cold water. The fever is there only to cleanse your body, and once you get over it, you can easily follow this lifestyle. Remember, all’s well that ends well!
The inevitable solution offered for muscle cramps by doctors and other experienced people is to increase your salt content. But what about people who already eat more than enough salt? No, that is obviously not the answer. One will have to increase water content in his body to cure muscle cramps. Those who are quite active may initially experience muscle cramps on a salt-free diet, because enough salt for the muscles to work is not provided. The salt already stored in the body sometimes takes five or six days to become available for use by the muscles. You are uncomfortable not because salt is necessary, but because the body longs for it. The body has been given all along. If you are wise enough not to yield to its temptation, your body will get better soon. You can compensate for salt cravings by drinking more water, by drinking tender coconut water two, three times a day, or even by soaking your feet in warm water. It is better to reduce your level of activity like walking, jogging for few days after you begin this new diet.
One reason for cramps is your lack of appetite and reduced food intake. The second, of course, is suddenly stopping salt. To add insult to injury, if you continue to exercise every day, the body cannot bear the strain. So the best medicine is rest. After a week or ten days, you will be delighted to find that you can double your activity and you will feel more energetic. 22. Inability to eat more quantity of curries In this case as in those previous, attitude is everything. It demands self-control of your sense organs. Initially you may find it difficult to eat salt-free curries, particularly if your aim is only for 40-50% good health. If you don’t have 100% good health as your goal and continue to eat 30-40% of the same old food besides 60-70% of natural food, you will never succeed in your new life style because new food will not be tasty to you. If you truly understand the fact that you have changed your diet for better health, then you will learn to love your new food. Earlier, your importance was on taste, irrespective of its use for body. Attune yourself to relatively bland food before you start eating. Then it will seem appealing. Otherwise, you won’t be able to eat it whole-heartedly. If you accept things as they are, you will be blessed with sound health and happiness. Then you can worry about material comforts. You can achieve anything you set your sights on. Nothing will worry you or hurt you or will have any kind of hold over you. You win a man’s stomach through his heart! Gain detachment towards food, and you can accomplish detachment towards troubles and torments of day to day life. Initially taste buds may rebel when you begin the new diet. First of all concentrate and win your heart. Visualize good health and happiness. Then start eating. Your old taste buds will die, giving birth to new ones! These new taste buds are new to the old habit.
For example, patient has not eaten food for ten days. On the eleventh day do you think he can relish the normal food eaten by everybody or even the same kind of food that he used to eat ten days before? No! By then his taste buds will have changed, and his old food becomes distasteful to him. If you give the new diet for 10-15 days, Mr. Tongue will adjust accordingly and yield to the taste of what you give him. If you do not let your tongue act as master, soon you will be the master of your tongue. Your taste will change. You will soon look forward to eating salt-free food, although you may have disliked it in the early stages. Patience and perseverance is what is required here! As we all know, easy money doesn’t stick around. It steals your happiness and your peace of mind. The name and fame you achieve without any difficulty will also never linger. Misery teaches us what happiness is. Happiness attained after sacrifice is the only kind that lasts. The daily routine we are going to follow may cause some hurdles initially. Let us look beyond them! There is a steady, perfect good health waiting for you there. All along you have been consuming food that created much waste. There was no proper outlet for that material! Our routine was framed to suit our greedy tongue and heart. Now the tongue and heart must consider the body. It will take time, but it will happen.
Even bad habits like smoking and drinking cannot be acquired at once.
The first time a man smokes a cigarette, he chokes and coughs, but does he give up that bad habit right then? No, because he wants the pleasure of it! So he patiently bears with the discomfort he faces in the first few days. Once he starts smoking happily, he forgets the suffering! The same is the case with alcohol. The first time a man drinks, he will become nauseous, dizzy and possibly even vomits. But still he bears with it to have the fun of drinking. So think it over! If you can doggedly pursue a bad habit that will ruin your health, why can’t you have the same patience to acquire good habits that will save it? Health is wealth. This body of yours is your mode of transport to enable you to fulfill your duty as a person. So devote yourself to the process that will help you to live happily for 100 years without throwing away money on illness! Come on, follow it and learn to live in peace. There is no hard and fast rule that everybody will suffer initially with new food. Twenty-five to 30% of people encounter no problems at all. This is directly proportionate to their mental stability and to their food habits and lifestyle! One last word! If you sit at the seashore gazing at the ocean, you see its crashing waves and hear its roar. You assume the whole sea is filled with roars and waves. But if you go beyond the shore into the water, you learn the secret! You see how calm and peaceful the sea is. The same way, people with determination, who can get over the trivial obstacles they face in the first few days of this naturopathy, will acquire pure hearts and healthy bodies. If you run away cowering from the first breaking wave, you will never have the chance to see what lies beyond. It is all in your hands!