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Eating little and fasting, power-tools for health and spirit

Fasting and periods of low food availability have been an essential part of more than 90% of our human history. Our ancestors, hunters and gatherers ate when they found food, depending on the season and the regions they were living in.

Everything evolved with agriculture and stockpiling. Humans became more independent from the search for food and agriculture produced for stocking grain and herbs as well as beverages.

 But periods of hunger and food scarcity are marked in our genes and our organisms can still handle temporary lack in a positive manner.

Research proves the Benefits of Fasting and Eating Less

“Under-nutrition is thus far the only method we know of that consistently retards the aging process and extends the maximum life span of warm blooded animals. These studies are undoubtedly applicable to human because it works in every species studied so far.” Dr. Ray Walford, UCLA researcher. 

An other finding of Dr. Walford’s studies were that restricting food to the body will improve the immune system and slow down the body’s physiological deterioration.

• Dr. Clive McCay at Cornell University, reported in 1935 that rodents fed on a 30% reduced calorie diet increased their life span by 40%—that would be almost 30 more years for a human! In addition, most age-related diseases, such as kidney degeneration or tumors, were reduced. A subsequent study published by the National Institutes of Health found monkeys on a 30% reduced calorie diet lived 15 years longer. And like the rodents, the monkeys avoided much of the typical age related diseases!

“One for the Ages: A Prescription That May Extend Life,” NY Times, October 31, 2006…=1&ref=science

Eating less means living longer, healthier and with more energy

Hot and Cold Food


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From ancient times humans distinguished foods for the results their intake had on them.
Some foods caused cold feelings, others heated the body, some caused dryness, other moistened and still others were neutral.
This knowledge gave origin to teachings about the use of different foods in certain circumstances of disequilibriums in human bodies.

In the Rambam’s Mishna Torah, Maimonides recommends the following for Jewish Health:

“In summer, one should eat cold foods without excessive amounts of spices, and one should also eat vinegar. In the winter, one should eat hot foods with lots of spices, and small quantities of mustard and asa-foetida as well. One should also follow this rule in hot or cold places, and in any place where it is suitable to do so.”

More details can be found:

The Chinese have a different way of looking at illness. It is all about equilibrium.

A cold for example is an disequilibrium in your body. To overcome the cold you have to re-establish the equilibrium and for this it depends what your constitution is and in what direction the disequilibrium tends. Acupuncture, acupressure and herbs are then used to restore the harmony in your body systems.

In “Acupuncture and chinese medicine com”  We can find some more explanation:

The Five Energies of Foods

The energies of foods refer to their capacity to generate sensations-either hot or cold in the human body.
As an example, eating foods with a hot energy will make us experience hot sensations in the body and foods with a cold energy, cold sensations.

In daily life, each of us knows that eating ice makes us feel cold and drinking hot water makes us feel warm. This is because ice has a cold energy and hot water, a hot energy. But ice or hot water produce only temporary effects. To produce long-lasting effects, herbs are used as substitutes for foods that provide only temporary relief In other words, to produce cold or hot sensations, herbs are more effective than foods and foods are more effective than ice or hot water.

What are the five energies of foods?

The five energies of foods are:




cool and


However, the adjectives “cold”, “hot”, “warm”, “cool” and “neutral” do not refer to the present state of foods.
For example, tea has a cold energy, so even though you may drink hot tea, you are actually drinking a cold beverage. Shortly after the tea enters your body, its heat (a temporary phenomenon) will be lost and as it begins to generate cold energy, your body begins to cool off.
Another example, red pepper, has a hot energy. Even though you may eat cold red pepper from the refrigerator, you still consume a hot food. Shortly after it enters your body, its temporary coldness is lost and your body begins to feel hot.

The energies of foods, therefore, refer to what the foods do in our bodies – whether they generate hot or cold, warm or cool, or neutral sensations.

Hot is opposed to cold; warm is opposed to cool; neutral is somewhere between warm and cool.

Cold and cool foods differ from each other, as do warm and hot foods.

Bamboo shoots have a cold energy, black pepper a hot energy; cucumber has a cool energy, chicken a warm and corn a neutral energy.

It is important for us to know the energies of foods, because different energies act upon the human body in different ways. This has important effects on good health.

As an example, when a person suffers from cold rheumatism and the pain is particularly severe on cold winter days, then it is good for him or her to eat foods with a warm or hot energy, which should considerably relieve the pain.

Or if you suffer from skin eruptions that worsen when exposed to heat, it is good to eat foods with a cold or cool energy to relieve your symptoms.

While the energies of foods play an important role in Chinese diet, the Chinese also classify the human body into cold and hot types.

One person may have a hot physical constitution, another a cold one. The person with a hot physical constitution should consume more foods with a cold or cool energy; the person with a cold physical constitution, more foods with a hot or warm energy-a plan the Chinese call “a balanced diet.” Such a diet is always related to each individual’s physical constitution and may differ from one person to another.

Health and Healing


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“Now let us speak of material healing. The science of medicine is still in a condition of infancy; it has not reached maturity. But when it has reached this point, cures will be performed by things which are not repulsive to the smell and taste of man — that is to say, by aliments, fruits and vegetables which are agreeable to the taste and have an agreeable smell. For the provoking cause of disease — that is to say, the cause of the entrance of disease into the human body — is either a physical one or is the effect of excitement of the nerves.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 257

“… It is certain that in this wonderful new age the development of medical science will lead to the doctors’ healing their patients with foods. …At whatever time highly-skilled physicians shall have developed the healing of illnesses by means of foods, and shall make provision for simple foods, and shall prohibit humankind from living as slaves to their lustful appetites, it is certain that the incidence of chronic and diversified illnesses will abate, and the general health of all mankind will be much improved. This is destined to come about. In the same way, in the character, the conduct and the manners of men, universal modifications will be made.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, p. 153

“It is, therefore, evident that it is possible to cure by foods, aliments and fruits; but as today the science of medicine is imperfect, this fact is not yet fully grasped. When the science of medicine reaches perfection, treatment will be given by foods, aliments, fragrant fruits and vegetables, and by various waters, hot and cold in temperature.” – ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Some Answered Questions, p. 258

Kindness to Animals: Warwick Leaflet


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by Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Warwick, 1989

The Bahá’í Faith teaches that animals should be treated with kindness, and that this is a matter of great importance. Bahá’u’lláh listed kindness to animals as one of the qualities which must be acquired by anyone searching for God. In other words spiritual development requires that we love and respect all of our fellow-creatures human or otherwise.

All of creation is inter-related, and the realisation of the oneness of all life is fundamental to the Bahá’í view. ‘Abdu’l-Bahá the son of Bahá’u’lláh, said:

“Unless ye must,
Bruise not the serpent in the dust,
How much less wound a man,
And if ye can,
No ant should ye alarm,
Much less a brother harm.”

The need for mankind to change its attitudes towards animals could hardly be put more strongly than it is in the Bahá’í writings:

“To blessed animals the utmost kindness must be shown, the more the better. Tenderness and loving-kindness are basic principles of God’s heavenly Kingdom. Ye should most carefully bear this matter in mind.”

Measure against this standard the way live animals are transported in inhumane conditions on their way to be killed, or in crates from tropical countries to our pet shops; caught or hunted for pleasure; used in laboratories to test drugs or cosmetics; or bred to be used for status symbol items of clothing.

Abdu’l-Bahá on Eating Animals


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Question: What will be the food of the united people?

Answer: As humanity progresses, meat will be used less and less, for the teeth of man are not carnivorous. For example, the lion is endowed with carnivorous teeth, which are intended for meat, and if meat be not found, the lion starves. The lion cannot graze; its teeth are of different shape. The digestive system of the lion is such that it cannot receive nourishment save through meat. The eagle has a crooked beak, the lower part shorter than the upper. It cannot pick up grain; it cannot graze; therefore, it is compelled to partake of  meat. The domestic animals have herbivorous teeth formed to cut grass, which is their fodder. The human teeth, the molars, are formed to grind grain. The front teeth, the incisors, are for fruits, etc. It is, therefore, quite apparent according to the implements for eating that man’s food is intended to be grain and not meat. When mankind is more fully developed, the eating of meat will gradually cease.

8 June 1912

(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 170)


People are talking about food


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It’s our nature to talk about everything important in our lives: men, women, sex, cars, houses, money, kids, … and food.
Food matters, it gives us flavors and emotions and it is almost omnipresent, at home, at work, in shoppings, city centers and suburbs, villages and rural areas.
Before the industrialization era, food was even the most important occupation for the entire human race. People were collectors, hunters and later farmers, very few had special tasks in spiritual, health and defense issues.
Today we have still very profound emotions concerning food, but we are delegating its production and preparation more and more to the industry and service enterprises. That’s why we have lost our natural discernment over whether a certain food is good or bad for us.
Emotions are especially strong, when our doctor tels us that our health is in serious danger and when we don’t change our diet we will die from diabetes, a heart attack, break all our bones, …
The sweet, salty and sour dictated by the greatest industries and promoted through all the mass media determines what goes to our caddies and where we go to eat.

It is much better for us to change to: 

  • Food production is fun and involves most of us
  • Foods must be organically grown, livestock naturally kept
  • We eat more vegetables, fruit, cereals, nuts and seeds, less meat and chicken
  • Most of what we eat comes from the region where we live in
  • Small and medium size industry transforms food close to us
  • We talk about food and invent new healthier foods in function of the human body and not of the industrial profit maximization
  • We eat more quality less quantity
  • We fast regularly …

And we become healthier and healthier.



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The German “Lebensmittel” commonly translated as “food” stands for “means of life”.  I love this expression because it implies that food is “what makes us live”.

For hundreds of thousands of years our ancestors were searching, later cultivating food that guarantied them a palatable existence.

In recent history and following the tendencies of a fierce industrialization, mankind has created imbalances in nature and in the way it nourishes itself.

Soils disappear through erosion; agricultural products are disequilibrated as a consequence of imbalanced mineral fertilization and full of synthetic components from the use of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides.
Animals are filled with antibiotics, hormones and beta blockers.

… and the health systems are in financial crisis globally because of the lamentable decline in human health.

I write about “Life Food Design”, share recipes for healthy, energetic food & living and open up some less accessible knowledge to contribute to more equilibrium and quality in animal and human nutrition.