How many of you have been told that it is important to eat a good breakfast? Well, would you believe that it is better to make it the lightest meal of the day and in some instances to skip it altogether? Since we have disagreed with many established concepts about what is healthy, let’s attack the big-breakfast concept and introduce a more logical one,
Are Waerland writes in Health Is Your Birthright: “The morning hours between 4 a.m. and noon normally constitute that period of the day when the bloodstream is carrying the greatest burden of impurities, residues and waste products of metabolism, i.e., the period of elimination following the period when the digestive organs have been doing their work of selecting, discarding, distributing and storing up nutriment for the coming day. The bloodstream is heavily charged with waste products which would create toxicity if allowed to remain in the body. People who drink coffee or alcohol and smoke tobacco suffer most from these accumulations which normally find their way out of the cells and lymphatic system, where they’re stored, during the morning hours. So at breakfast time it is essential for health seekers to see that they cooperate fully with Nature, assisting not hindering the work of the body, especially that of the eliminative organs. A large breakfast interrupts elimination which goes on until eleven or twelve noon, and it is therefore essential to choose a brealcfast which requires the minimum of digestive effort and may even assist elimination.”
Dr. Bernard Jensen concurs in an article entitled “Organize Your Food Habits.” He writes, “In many countries, breakfast is considered the main meal because most people believe a good breakfast is necessary to get them going in the morning. They believe they have to have something in their bodies to get ‘every organ stimulated and working … and in that stimulated condition they are ready for work. However, the strength we have in the morning aitries from our meal at noon the day before … and What we eat for breakfast will be reacting tonight when we go to bed. This is not the time when we should be stimulated …We don’t want to be ready to go to work at night when it is bedtime.”
He continues, “Breakfast comes from the root ‘break fast.’ Whenever we fast, or go without food for instance, all night long digestive juices flow more slowly. Therefore, when we wake, we should break the fast with a fruit juice or a light nourishing drink of some kind. Then we should have a fruit breakfast. Fruit is the proper thing to break a fast with. A little protein with the fruit is a good combination. We can also have dried fruits and carbohydrates together for the breakfast.”
Breakfast Based on the Waerland System
As a young man, Dr. Are Waerland (18761955) had a health problem which was considered incurable. He set out to find ways of restoring his health by visiting physicians who were not restricted to the established medical practice. The information he acquired saved his life, so he set up a clinic in Sweden, where he lived, to help others. Ultimately, there were about 40 clinics in various parts of Europe. Many Europeans would use them not only to restore their health but for periodic rejuvenation to escape from their hectic lifestyle.
This is what is served at the clinic in the morning:
On arising: Vegetable broth made from cooking potatoes, carrots, beets, celery, onions etc. One tablespoon each of linseed and wheat bran, which have been soaked for several hours can be taken with the broth. This was called Excelsior. The reason for the broth is that it is alkaline. When the body is alkaline it does not suppress the healing action that is established during the night when the body is at rest.
Breakfast: Sour milk with fresh fruit (dry linseed and bran can be sprinlded over this, if desired.) Whole grain cereal that was cooked during the night in a hay box is also served. An easy version of the Waerland hay box system is Thermoscooked cereal (3 tbsp. whole grains in a widemouth thermos, add 1 cup hot water, let “cook” overnight).