Food For Thought, Inedia

In the spring, many people like to diet and shape up for the warm weather months ahead, to feel good is to look good. We try all sorts of fade diets, exercise rˇgimes and self help programs to help us get healthier body, mind and soul. It's as long a journey as you make it. Along the way, each diet and program, brings you into another chapter of your life - new people, places and learning experiences.

I have always dreamed of healthy nourishment coming from one or more pills taken daily - no shopping, cooking, cleaning, etc. - and best of all maintaining a healthy weight. When one wants real food, that would be an alternative, as many love to cook and most people love to eat.

Weight issues, especially for depressives (food, especially sugar, goes to self-medication) and for those with hunger management issues, pills as food would be the best solution, resulting in reduced illnesses and better health all around.

We are programmed for eating disorders. Is reality ready to let us be free of these and other addictive habits? Not happening. Water should always be the preferred drink.

Food pills and Viagra ... most men would be good to go!

Recently a reader sent me a suggestion for a topic called Inedia a practice that does not sit well with me. It makes me wonder how someone can maintain consciousness attachment to their physical body without food or supplements after a prolonged period of time. It makes no sense, but then again we are all here to explore all kind of crazy things, so why not living off the energy of the sun ... Could somebody please pass the prana.

Inedia is the alleged ability to live without food. Breatharianism is a related concept, in which believers claim food and possibly water are not necessary, and that humans can be sustained solely by prana (the vital life force in Hinduism), or according to some, by the energy in sunlight. The terms breatharianism or inedia may also refer to this philosophy practiced as a lifestyle in place of the usual diet. While it is often seen as an esoteric practice performed by eastern ascetics, recently some groups such as the Breatharian Institute of America have promoted the practice as an option for anybody, once the proper techniques for accessing it are made known.

Current scientific theories about nutrition and generally accepted common sense both indicate that a person who follows this practice in the long term would die of starvation or dehydration. Breatharians have seldom submitted themselves to medical testing and currently there is no evidence to support their claims.