Trinity of Health

There are a few factors on which the foundations of good health are built and if even one element is missing, true health becomes elusive. For instance, we know a well balanced diet is a pre requisite for good health. Yet, people who are particular about exercise and food suffer from heart problems. Why does this happen?

The answer lies in the fact that the body must be seen as a complete unit. When the heart has problems, it isn’t that the heart is ill. The whole person is ill. The illness is just manifestation in the heart.

Good health rests on three factors:
- Correct nutrition
- Exercise
- Emotional well being
When one element is missing, good health will elude us. So, we find the people who meditate may suffer from health problems because they eat immoderately or don’t exercise.

Correct nutrition is about eating in moderation. You can break the rules, but only occasionally. You must learn to recognize the compatibility of various foods with your body, and eat a variety of foods in terms of types and colors.

Exercise is also about individual body requirements. It is important to find your own balance in exercise. Then there is spiritual balance or emotional well being. Some people confuse spirituality with religion and so miss an important aspect of their lives. Stress management is the new mantra of well-being. Some people find it in yoga or meditation, others in music, chanting or welfare activities.


Food and Personality- Relationship

Eating healthy foods is good for your personality. Your personality affects your relationship with food, your eating behavior and your dieting behavior. This is probably something we may all have experienced at a subconscious level. The persons with good personality like to eat healthy foods. We should learn how to eat healthy and nutritional food.

In my personal experience, it is interesting to note the patterns that emerge with regard to eating behavior. People with type ‘A’ personalities tend to be ambitious, hardworking and less tolerant of their own or other’s mistakes. They plan a healthy diet that work as metabolism booster. They are acutely conscious of body image and will not allow their weight to spiral out of control. However, such people tend to be very fond of food, and will also overeat on occasion. This type of personality has a fondness for spicy and crispy food, perhaps non-vegetarian dishes. They may dislike sweet or mushy foods. Such people are also active and may enjoy exercise.

The slight problem is they are given to flashes of anger and may indulge in binge eating. Such people can follow a simple plan with a drive that is unique to them. They are also at the highest risks of following fad diets.

Then there is the creative personality. Such people crave variety. They crave new menu plans-even if the suggested plan is very difficult, they do it, but only once. Such people tend to enjoy travelling and trying healthy food dishes. They love small portions, and are fond of sweets. They also try numerous diet plans and consultants as they are always looking for change. The good news is that if they follow the plans that increase metabolism, their bodies respond quickly.

The third type of people I see are very calm and patient. Such people lose weight slowly, but do not get worried or angry. They are not big eaters but are fond of rich foods and feel deprived if they do not get to eat their favorite foods every now and then.

They are most vulnerable to temptation and the sight of good food spells doom for their diets. They tend to be emotional and also tend to eat when they are upset. Such people also tend to think that being healthy is more important than being a particular size.