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Learn How To Eat Right & Sleep Less – Sadhguru

if you eat right and do a certain things with your body you see very effortlessly within three to four weeks you can drop your sleep quota anywhere between two to three hours food is not a religion food is not a culture food is just a fuel for this machine yes there may be cultural aspects to the taste there may be even religious tinge to the food over a period of time but essentially food is fuel for this body so with what kind of food will it function with minimum struggle within itself and maximum impact so suppose you buy a petrol car and pump diesel into it it may still roll around but not at its optimum similarly various foods you can eat and still somehow it functions but those communities which have eaten with care you can clearly see a distinct difference in the way they function the levels of intelligence and whatever so in india we prescribed food differ different people in different way if you're doing menial jobs you eat one way because you need physical muscle if you are doing other kinds of trading and other kinds of activities you eat another way if you are a fighting class you eat differently and now if you are into education spiritual process and subtler aspects of life then you eat differently if you are in education one of the greatest challenges is to stay focused on something the goddamn textbook is written for an average intelligence it's a common prescription it's not written for the brilliant student it is written in a way that it's a common prescription everybody gets it but that textbook how much effort it is taking for a whole lot of people how they have to read it 10 times to get it but you lie down in your bed and read a love story you remember every word so you don't lack memory you don't lack focus it is just that textbook and you chemistry is not working so what you need is a higher level of focus a higher level of involvement and another great enemy for a student is because this textbook is such a tranquilizer the moment you open it go to cinema till 2 am you're up open the textbook at 9 o'clock right there you smash into it so sleep is another big enemy so what kind of food do you eat so there is no inertia in the body in yogic way of seeing things we are looking at thomas rajas and sattva thomas means inertia rajas means activity but no balance sattva means absolutely balanced kind of energy when you're in education you need a very balanced kind of energy because you have to focus on something which doesn't naturally interest you it's not something that with which your chemistry is gelling if your chemistry is gelling you are always focused on that one isn't it here there's no chemistry but you have to focus on that for this you need a balance and a steady mind for this you need to eat in a certain way to put it very simply food goes through your body through the elementary canal from your mouth to your anal outlet there is a pipe through this it runs going through various stages of digestive process many of your biology people right so it goes through the elementary canal now it begins with the the lip here if you look at this all the herbivores and carnivores if you look at the animal kingdom there are herbivores and carnivores are two main segments of animals in the world one is vegetable matter another eats meat if you look at the elementary canal the way it is built between herbivores and carnivores is a distinct difference everything in the human being suggests that you are naturally a herbivore but for the sake of survival we became carnivores if you look at the moment jaw moment all the carnivorous animals have only cutting action herbivores have cutting and grinding action there are molars but carnivores don't have widespread molars they have just incisors canines everything looks like cutting teeth so they do only this all the herbivores do grinding what do you have both so you are supposed to chew your food why you are supposed to chew your food is that you have enzymes in your saliva where if you take a little bit of raw rice and put it in your mouth just for a minute you will see turn sweet right here because right here carbohydrate is being converted into sugar right here so if you eat properly then we say about 30 to 50 percent of your digestion should happen in your mouth so this part of the digestive system is expecting half digested food or partially digested food but right now the way we're eating is mostly we're putting not only undigested food but partially destroyed food so the amount of food that you need to get the same amount of energy has increased you're eating much more food than what you should eat to generate that much of energy because of that there is inertia in the body because it has to process so much more food than what it should there is inertia once there is inertia your sleep quota increases but if you eat right and do a certain things with your body you see very effortlessly within three to four weeks you can drop your sleep quota anywhere between two to three hours one and a half to three hours very easily you can drop if you just eat consciously and just learn to sit properly you know just the posture your geometry of the body and what goes into the system if you just manage these two things you will see sleep quarter will just come down like that just to tell you for over 25 years i have largely managed with an average of two and a half hours of sleep now i'm getting lazy and i'm sleeping averaging somewhere around four and a half hours now but seven days of the week okay 365 days non-stop on on almost every day so it's a non-stop activity and today many people around me have learned to do this over 150 people around me are doing this kind of activity averaging four hours sleep and seven days of the week they're on on on all the time and they are not irritated they are not frustrated they are joyful and they're wonderful why this is these there are many aspects to this but one important aspect is food how you eat not only what you eat how you eat is also very important because food is a live thing [Music] just bring 40 to 50 percent of the food in its raw form that means it's alive it must be a live cell it can be a vegetable it can be a fruit it can be a nut it can be sprouted gram at least 40 to 50 percent the food that you eat must be alive you eat dead food and you want to live this is a little difficult thing to do because you have to raise the dead now but if you eat live food one thing you will see is the state of your mind your focus and your sleep quotas and above all staying awake is not good enough you have to stay alert isn't it how alert you are how focused you are only to that extent everything yields to you in this world isn't it so what is the level of focus will determine whether the world yields to you or not isn't it and one more aspect of life one more aspect of food is when you consume something it must be of a simple genetic code in the sense it must be a very simple 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