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The Knack of Keeping Vitality

1. Don’t Overeat, Don’t Starve too Long

Modern people have very unhealthy eating habits — either they stay hungry too long or they overeat. When the body stays hungry too long, it cannot maintain balance. When the body takes in too much food, it has to digest a lot of food in a short period. This creates extra burden for the digestive system, and some rapid changes of speed in the body’s metabolic function.

Surely, the body has the ability to face these changes, but we should not deliberately torture it because it has these abilities. We should keep a love and trust attitude toward our diet, and also try our best to allow a balanced diet intake in a 24-hour period. Some people feel they must eat until full or they feel cheated or that they had wasted food. This is only torture to oneself, what good is it?

2. Don’t Stay Awake too Long, and Don’t Sleep too Long

Some byproducts of metabolic waste can only be cleaned away from the body during sleep. That is why when a person stays awake too long, the body will accumulate too many byproducts of metabolic waste, which will take more time to clean away. If in a long period of wakefulness one can have short sleep times, then the body can clean up the metabolic waste during this time, return to its vitality state fater, and recover easier from the illness related to metabolism.

Don’t sleep too long means sleeping more than ten hours. At this point the muscle lacks movement, and consciousness becomes dull. In this way, the body not only has no real rest, but also becomes less lively.

—Reborn At the End of the Road, P.127

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