Breakfast is the name of a meal. It’s not a type of food.
Our confusion over this reality limits the potential of our morning meal. And, therefore, our experience of the day. And the next day. And the next.
The foods we eat for breakfast—if we eat one at all—are almost entirely defined by cultural habit. Bacon, eggs, and toast are routine on American menus. Japanese tend toward fish, rice, and vegetables. Brits insist on tomato with their eggs. The lists go on and on, from around the world. Each determined by very old habits.
Breakfast Like an Emperor
Lunch Like a Prince
Dinner Like a Pauper
This is a principle whose objective—and consequence—is plentiful, steady, reliable energy and focus. All. Day. Long. Without crashes or dips. Without cravings, binges, or emotional rollercoasters. It’s about having a calm, relaxed, and reflective evening, followed, appropriately, by a pleasant and rejuvenating night’s rest. And a healthy appetite in the morning to encourage repetition of the previous day’s success.
The principle has a long history, and it’s the subject of a simple book singing its praises and elaborating the opportunities for entirely different realities than the ones experienced by most readers. Why do we need a book? Well, let me respond with my own question: Does the preceding paragraph describe your day? Your week? Your life?
Congratulations, if it does. Keep up the good work! If not, there may be something here for you.
If this book is about our first meal of the day, why begin with a short discourse on its contents? Simply because those habits are the most formidable obstacle to making the move to an advantageous sequence of eating throughout the day. The mind is so unreasonably habituated to croissant and coffee—or maybe just coffee—that there is no room at the table for bargaining. Subject closed.
Mind’s addiction to established repetition is far more complex than just what to eat:
- Do we politely say ‘thank you, but no’ to food offered when we know it’s a poor choice? Unthinkable!
- Can we spend an evening with friends without a ‘dinner-sized’ meal? Dream on.
Inconveniently, the habits and expectations that rule our lives often don’t have in mind our best interests for good health, a predominance of success, or even logical choices.
Having spent a short two decades sharing the wealth of knowledge about food and eating that Chinese medicine embodies, has shown me the depth of our attachment to habit—clearly and undeniably. Let me assure you, the wisdom of Chinese medicine is firmly grounded in principles of how our bodies, living in this world, succeed or fail—and why. It is not the result of adherence to habit, opinion, or a politicized effort to prevail over other opinions or habits. It is a repeatably proven paradigm of the universe, which has for millennia, and continues today, to be accurate and precise.
The mind hates change—unless, of course, it’s relief from our drudgery. If it has started on the wrong foot, it would rather keep limping than stop and start over in a more focused and logical manner. I know we all think highly of our minds, and such a suggestion is repugnant, but the reality of its behavior is at the tip of our nose—if we dare look.
To assist someone in understanding and transcending this condition is the intent of this book. Not to mention providing an easy and richly satisfying alternative to current reality.
Like Oriental medicine itself, there is far more to understand around this subject than what’s just been discussed. No problem. That’s why I’ve written this book.
Coming soon to an iPad, laptop, or desktop near you,
Summer Solstice 2019!
In the meantime, samples and more to come.
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