I had an interesting discussion with our doctor onboard of our vessel.
He is 74 years old and has a Professor and 3 MD degrees and is actually retired.
His job on the ship he only does as a hobby and being under people as he said by himself after his wife died in a accident 3 years ago.
Every meal he was sitting in the mess room and watching the people and so he also was watching me.
It caught his eye that I am not a denier of meats of all kind and have for breakfast every morning 3 fried eggs and bacon on toast.
I eat some things from the salad bar and veggies. I not like rice. pasts and occasionally a potato if we have gravy available.
He asked me to come into the ships hospital where he did a cholesterol test on me.
Starting with a "I knew it before" he said that my result is in the lower range.
Then he asked what I feel when I see the buffet every mealtime and how I approach it.
Furthermore he wanted to know if I feel guilty when I take more meat and skip some healthy things.
I responded that I go along the trays and if I feel that I really like it I will have a grab. If I not feel that I would enjoy it I not take it.
Then I told him that I never was seriously sick and also a flu has always had hard times coming on me.
Also that I had dengue fever 3 times I mentioned.
To not looking like I brag too much I told him that I agree with him and should look a little more to boost my immune system by eating the right things.
He replied with the words:
"Will Lad, that is what you are doing every day without paying attention. You take what your body ask you to take and leave what your body not wants.
The moment where you are purposely stuffing into yourself what your instinctive mind didn't ask you for, things will go wrong.
Your immune system is designed to be at 100%, which means it can counteract with diseases and also will live with them, which means it will allow them to be into your body up to a certain number."
The moment you purposely overdose yourself with goodies and try to boost your immune system to 110% you will starting to kill yourself.
The only thing beside the immune system is your guts, they like it colorful as much possible so a fruit will not do bad.
I agreed on this one but told him that I am living since 2002 in Thailand and that my father in law has almost every fruit tree growing where I always have a pick.
1st of all do the fruits taste complete different than the store bought here on board and I am used to eat fruits with spots, damages and marks as I can be sure that there are things on (good or bad) that keep me actually strong and resistant.
And father never will touch any pesticides...
He ended the chat with. Just go on and do what you always did.
No animal in the world bothers when his appetite says I have to eat this because I have fever or my guts doing not right. The nature tells us if we are able to let her drift us her way.
That's what its all about using instinct which that we humans are calling common sense.
I have the feeling this man go the point..
If I think of my Granddad and Father, they were living 93 and 89 years of age and never bothered their food.
Fat or not fat, fruits or no fruits, they just grabbed what they wanted to bite into. Beside this both were smoking upto 40 fags a day and loved a good beer to it.
I don't know if this topic will bring the people on the barricades who were reading 100's of books about putting health control into a clockwork, which I didn't and never bother.
The words of this old Doctor made just so much sense to me..