If you are tired and
you are tired of being tired...
Everyone is born
with a limited amount of vital chi or shakti (physical energy).
When the vital chi is completely depleted, the body dies. From
birth until the age of 20-25, the body is running mainly off of
this vital chi; that’s why kids have so much energy; they are
overflowing with vital chi.
I think of it as new
car smell – around 25 this new car smell is gone, the vital chi
is no longer overflowing and the body
begins to run off of chi gathered from the environment; air,
food, exercise, etc. At this stage, if the person is not eating
chi filled foods, breathing correctly, or exercising the vital
chi will be used instead. The body will feel tired, (not burnt
out yet) but stimulants will fix this; coffee, tea, cigarettes,
and sugar are commonly used to get the body and mind working up
to a point.
If a healthy life
style is not adopted, the vital chi is almost depleted by the
time the body reaches its 40s and then the body will be “burnt
out”, spent. The body begins to fall apart at this point.
Stimulants stop working like they did once, and the body wants
to rest more, especially after meals when the chi is being used
to digest food it desperately needs to replace the vital chi.
Instead of rest and proper foods, most times the body is given
bigger doses of stimulants.
Around the age of
40, most people who have lived unhealthy lives will crash. Even
though they are bone tired, they do not rest! They have spent
too much of their life fighting sleep with stimulants – they do
not know how to rest. In fact, they see resting as something
bad and the tired feeling as a disease.
Vital chi can be
replenished with the right foods, some light exercise like
walking, and rest. Stimulants will only make the body more
tired once the vital chi is low so stimulants should be taken in
Food that is high in
chi, high in shatki, or sattva, should be eaten for breakfast and lunch. These
foods include uncooked, fresh, whole fruit and cooked, whole vegetables.
Uncooked, fresh, whole fruit has the highest chi of all foods and it is
very sattvic and high energy.
Raw vegetables take
more chi to digest so even though eating salad is a healthy
thing, it will make a body that is already low on chi feel tired
– the chi will be used to digest the food. Fresh juice from
vegetables is a high chi food because the body does not waste
chi to digest the juice. (Fresh Juice is not processed at all;
not the stuff you buy at a grocery store, but juice you juice
your self or get fresh from a health food store right from a
Meat and high carb
foods like sugary treats, breads, and pasta will make the body
crash also. Save these foods for when you do not need energy
–supper time or after work.
A diet that is half
fresh and half cooked is preferable to a diet of all cooked
foods, because fresh uncooked foods are very high in chi.
If you are falling
asleep after lunch, try a simple high chi diet for a few days to
see how you feel. Usually around day 3 you will begin to feel
energy in the afternoon. After a week or so the tiredness will
go away. If it doesn’t, you may need a brisk walk after lunch
to combat it – if you are inactive at this time this is
especially true (computer, desk work, TV watching, etc.) There
are a few activities that gather chi that help also, such as tai
chi, breathing exercises, and cultivating sleep! Stop staying
up late – instead crawl in bed an hour early with a book. Make
this a positive habit and you will be glad you did. Your mind
and body will thank you.
If you want to test
this theory, as I did – do a 2-3 fruit feast; eat nothing but
fresh whole fruit and eat as much of it as you possibly can! Do
not hold back, eat a lot! And buy a ton of it because you will
need to eat it every 2-3 hours. And sleep! You will be AMAZED
at the energy you feel; it is like being a kid again. Not only
does your energy come back, but so does your motivation, joy,
and the feeling that you could conquer the world!
Everyone is uniquely
different – so each person should experiment and find which
foods work the best for them. I am still adapting my diet; I
have found I can now tolerate whole wheat pastas and breads at
lunch – in small quantities. But, I have been eating a diet
high in fruit for over 2 years now and I do practice other chi
I highly recommend
the book FORKS OVER KNIVES. I recommend a champion juicer for
those who do not have the time to cook – green juices will help
greatly if they are made a regular part of the diet.
If you are in
menopause, add fennel (the plant, not the herb/seeds) to your green juice daily and walk
a mile 3 -5 times a week – this helps with most menopause
symptoms. I've tried this myself and I continue to do it,
it does work!