We were locked and loaded, and our van was bursting with anticipation for the long-awaited summer road-trip. One quick top-up for the tank and we would be on our way. We had places to go, and people to see. But our van would not go. It choked and spluttered and would not move an inch. We had put diesel in our petrol tank! Our vehicle was now just a useless scrap of metal.
It became apparent that every machine needs to be fuelled with the right substance for it to be able to fulfill its purpose. We had decked out our van with a groovy paint job and bumper stickers, but that was redundant now; the journey was over before it even started. There are specific substances for every kind of machine, and species. So what about human beings?
At university, there is no doubt that we need proper fuel to keep us not just chugging along, but, able to accelerate toward our human potential. Our material body is our vehicle, and what goes in affects how we can use it. It is essential that we understand how to properly fuel ourselves, to help us achieve our goals. Through knowledge we can become more conscious of our well-being, and thus feel more productive, balanced, and happy.
The purpose of food is to increase the duration of life, purify the mind, and aid bodily strength. The fuel options are endless: we should consider what kind of food will be the most helpful in making our vehicle run efficiently. Student life is stacked with deadlines, like an over-burdened roof-rack, so efficiency and balance is key.
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What and how we eat affects our life, and although most people have no criterion for choosing food other than price and sensual desire, it is vital to consider a bit beyond this. By knowing how to really nourish ourselves—through a balanced lifestyle of eating, sleeping, working, and recreation—our mind, body, and spirit can be in harmony.
Just as you would not find a tiger trying to eat from an orange tree, we should eat according to our prescription. Eating the correct foods, like fruits (from “The Bubble”), vegetables, and grains, will help our bodies. These will give us strength, health, happiness, and satisfaction.
So, to avoid having a diesel-ridden, burnt out vehicle, try and be kind to your body.