Avoid illness as your teacher
“I met this guy who looked great! He showed me a wonderful book about food and exercise. Apparently it takes only 3 months for you to knock your body back into shape on this programme.” He was telling me about his new- found passion, coffee evident on his breath. I sat back a little, so as not to offend him, trying to avoid his breath. I can’t stand the smell of coffee on people’s breath!
“What do you think?” he asked eagerly, leaning forward to touch my arm.
“Oh, dear!” I thought silently, trying to get out of olfactory range, “This man enjoys sitting close. Start talking and explaining, and make the conversation one-sided while the coffee smells disappears ….”, or something like that went on in my mind, I think …..
“You see, even if you were to change just one aspect of what people do, or don’t do, on a daily basis, you will change their health. For example, suppose in an office environment the coffee machine, the tea pot and sugar was replaced by a water dispenser and the staff all drank between 2-3 litres of water per day. Just by doing that, you could help to reduce body acidity which leads to gout, headaches, bloated stomachs, water retention, etc.” I stopped to catch my breath. He sat very close, breathing through his nose now, with just the slightest whiff of a coffee breath drifting my way. “Then, supposing you were to offer the workers a place to sit and relax for, say 30 minutes in the middle of the day. A room full of sunlight, relaxing music playing, and you serve them a very simple lunch of baked potatoes, baked pumpkin, green salad and a little grilled fish or chicken.