“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.” ― G.K. Chesterton
Known to be one of the richest country in the world the US has amassed its national debt to nearly $20 trillion. We live in a constant desire to accumulate more. Our hunting and gathering instincts are essential. How can we drop the overconsumption when what we consume do not nourish us? It's impossible to desire less when we are malnourished. Ayurveda teaches that there are three main nourishments in life -- food, sleep, and love. When we receive enough of them we feel emotionally satisfied and physically satiated. A life free of constant craving requires real nourishments. When we consume the right thing in the right quality and quantity at the right time what we consume turn into nutrients that energize us. Full of energy we can focus on fulfilling our heartfelt desires with the creative force instead of consuming more of what we don't need.
When the body is nourished the heart is calm and the mind is clear. For most of my life I've experienced just the opposite of calm and satisfaction after having meals. I often felt bloated, sleepy and foggy, heavy and irritable. When you eat the wrong thing in the wrong amount at the wrong time what you eat is poison. In the past few months my meals are dramatically different from the past. The food pyramid ingrained in my eating habit since childhood is now almost completely reversed. Each of us has a deep primal connection to the food we ingest. Ultimately, it's how great I feel that is the motivation to stick to what I eat. None of the experts know what you feel better than yourself. After a 3-month experiment I've personalized the ketogenic diet (https://www.outsideonline.com/2168616/definitive-guide-ketogenic-diet) to be more veggie-centric. My digestion has never functioned better.
"Nothing can cure the soul but the senses, just as nothing can cure the senses but the soul." -- Oscar Wilde
There are wonderfully nutritious foods, relationships, activities and rest if we are willing to explore. I've been drinking high quality matcha green tea and found it to be a superfood. It's alkaline and anti-oxidant properties get rid of body odor and heighten my energy. I no longer crave coffee, alcohol, junk food, or deserts after meals. When the body is satisfied it doesn't crave. Hunger and craving are not the same. Hunger is a slow burn while craving is sharp and reactive. Hunger leaves when the body is fed while craving continues even after the body is filled beyond the point of fullness. I still like looking at fine things and sometime buy them. But without cravings I can focus on all the things that truly feed the body and foster the heart. The sense of satisfaction manifests as mental clarity, emotional stability, and physical vitality. Anything less than these feelings begs us to continue the craving and desire. By all means, search and find what truly nurture your body and nourish your soul.