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WHAT to Eat and HOW to Eat

I spent most of my youth in the mountain (rest of the school time).

Especially in a mountain shelter as a voluntary keeper (小屋番)

—– in a hind sight, I was very lucky to have this kind of life as it has shaped my

life-style and its backbone = and made me physically and mentally indestructible.

(save some cuts and bruises. 🙂 )


Another aspect, what I’ve gained there was the opportunity to deal and observe

literally ten of the thousands of people, often in the condition of their limit.

When people face their limit, it expose the core of their disposition in harshest way.

Some are become utterly an animal of Ego and Self-preservation.   Some were

completely lost.    Still some can maintain the human spirit and the wit.


An interesting observation we made was the eating habit of the people,

and a kind of consensus among us was that the people who are not

eating enough good food in their daily life, tend to make a complaint. 🙂

The shelter situated 2300m high in the mountain where the water boils 85 degree

centigrade.  Naturally the boiled rice is far from ideal or might say only edible.

Hence, the person who complained about it never had own experience to cook the rice

in such high mountain.    And the others complained the poor ingredient such as not

much meat in the Cary-rice is rather poor looking, gray-skinned person.

In contrast, a person who just eat contented was always having good skin-tone and

well-fed, healthy looks type and often high in social scale.  🙂


Because of eating is the most fundamental element to form ourselves,

WHAT to Eat determine who you are.    And it reflects one’s back ground of

up-bringing (cultural and family, more than a personal preference).

But HOW to eat, reflect the personal disposition.   (In the same family,

same food still, each one eat their own way — one might eat rather messy and so on)

Therefore, to observe HOW the person eat, we can see what this person is,

and what sort of mind-set the person possess.

Eating messy with chewing noise is the worst.   Waste the food is a disrespect to the

food producer and the whole nature who provided the food for us, and the life itself.


What you can eat is also restricted by the situation.

To understand the situation and environment of the mountain shelter, where all

the materials were brought up by the shoulder of the volunteer keeper, no wonder

it is far from ideal hence easy to complain, yet still, some are just accept what

was offered, and eat contented. — This mind-set shapes the person’s whole life.

As eating is the basis of the life, it is parallel to the life, numerous phrase, metaphor

using the food, such as “Eat humble pie” “Cold turkey” “Scrape the life” etc etc. =

HOW you eat is synonym of HOW you live.


And what you were given on a dish has exactly the same meaning as what

you were given on your life.   You may complain, or you may eat it contented

= result is to end up grey-skinned frustrated man or positive man with nice shiny-skin.

—– A funny joke I heard before said “Have you ever seen healthy looking

staff in a [Health Food Shop] ?” the people fussing about the food too much,

such mind-set = a delusion makes the person even more unhealthy. 😀

(I wouldn’t imply junk-food obesity has nicer shiny-skin.

It’s need to be judged by seeing whole body. 😀 )

—– Don’t fooled by a buzz-word “Hungly-Spirit” —– Its meaning is not

just ASKING more.    Now the Millionaire Richard Branson had eaten a

poor meal yet in full in each moment, while building up his business.

That is where very energy came from.


A Buddhist’s term “Live in its moment” mean, when you were given even

meager meal, “The food on front” is the food you have to eat in full.

Take it and swallow it as there is nothing else, which could be the last food in the whole

planet.    You will not have any another choice, another Life.


So, all of us, the volunteers had witnessed and learned, a man who couldn’t eat even a

meager food contented, wouldn’t reach any better food all through the life, as the

self-centered Ego is just stacked in the mind.

Under one’s Ego and Greed, any food is not good enough.

Don’t waste the time for complaining.   The time is limited.


But if you cook, it is a totally different story.    Don’t cook bad meal.

Spend the same time and the cost, it could be a good meal but could be bad meal too.

Cook bad meal is the waste of the food material and the time.

Even worse, it may not give you enough energy and the health.

—– So, be mindful, when you eat, or cook. =

It lead you to have mindful, fulfilling LIFE.



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  1. jag said, on May 1, 2013 at 18:06


  2. bentehaarstad said, on May 1, 2013 at 23:08

    That was a lot of philosophy about food, mentality and eating. I think I need some time to digest this, Yoshi. 😉 And you know, I too have done voluntary work in mountain shelters. Not many years ago though, and not at that altitude. And not long enough to make that much study. I have just started my studies in this field. 😉

    • yoshizen said, on May 2, 2013 at 02:05

      Thank you Bente. It might be a matter of “How discontented grumbling person looks like” 🙂
      And “How Eating disorder person looks like and what sort of mind caused it” = quite obvious isn’t it.

      Situation was, the visitor has to pay for the meal, but the volunteer who cooked and serve was not paid.
      Hence, the visitor thinks he has a right to complain, but the volunteer who was receiving complaint
      didn’t think he could do any better. And, the volunteers were eating the same food = Don’t ask too much,
      this is not a restaurant but in the mountain. 😀

      —– I guess, your kind of mountain must be easier to carry up the supply though, very difficult to find
      a lost person. —– Have you encountered any accident or lost person while you were there ?

  3. Lemony (Gr)Egghead said, on May 2, 2013 at 00:49

    Agreed. As I get older, however, I find that I care less and less about what I eat. Let me clarify. I eat very healthy foods (organic, no sugars, vegetarian….etc.). I participate in my local CSA. I And I take my time with meals, and try to be mindful when I eat and savor every bite, etc. But at this stage of my life, I really don’t care to put time into thinking creatively about meals. I have eaten the same breakfast and lunch for the last, oh, probably 20 years, and actually still look forward to those meals. I know more variety would be better, but I just don’t want to put my very limited time into thinking about what to eat. I have a nice routine that works. And I never complain! 🙂

    • yoshizen said, on May 2, 2013 at 03:03

      It seems we are doing more or less the same but I’m not a vegetarian and eat anything.
      I’ve been eating more or less the same kind of food over 30 years, since the shopping is
      almost the same. —– still, rice, noodle, pasta x boil or fly x Japanese, Chinese, other x
      different approach of cooking = variation is endless. (same Miso can be used for Soup
      or for seasoning of flied vegetable or mixed with vinegar, sugar to make dipping source etc).
      But I’m not thinking what to cook —– everything is routine. (I don’t have cooking book)

      And eat all of them, down to the last single grain of rice = washing is very easy which needs
      very little washing liquid (one bottle last 2 years !)
      —– once the pattern and routine established, to give a whim (something fancy, such as
      pineapple into pork flied vegetable) is very easy and fun. 🙂

  4. elenacaravela said, on May 2, 2013 at 15:36

    Yes, grateful for every bite.

    • yoshizen said, on May 2, 2013 at 17:10

      Good girl, good girl !
      So, you can take your path quite successfully.

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