The first prominent modern vegetarian was the Greek philosopher Pythagoras who lived towards the end of the 6th century BC. The Pythagorean diet came to mean an avoidance of the flesh of slaughtered animals. Pythagorean ethics first became a philosophical morality between 490-430 BC with a desire to create a universal and absolute law including injunctions not to kill “living creatures,” to abstain from “harsh-sounding bloodshed,” in particular animal sacrifice, and “never to eat meat.”
The diet followed Pythagoras was lacto vegetarian, ie eat: Fruits, vegetables, cereals, nuts, legumes and dairy minimally, in order from the largest to the smallest amount. Said that one should not eat the factors together with the output (eg chicken and egg) and avoid almost all generally seafood. Cereals were the basis of the diet of the Golden Age of people like Hesiod tells us in his “Works and Days” and the staple food of the Pythagoreans. “For lunch the Pythagoreans used only bread (with yeast) and honey” (Iamblichus, “On Long Pythagoras”, par 97).
Hippocrates was talking about balance: “The thing that maintains health within the body is equitable distribution and precise mixing of the forces (= fairness) of dry, liquid, cold, sweet, bitter, sour and salty.
The illness is caused by the prevalence of one (= monarch). Treatment is achieved by restoring the disturbed balance, using the opposite of excess force”. The exact mixing, equality, symmetry, harmony are the basis of the dogmas of the Pythagoreans and of Hippocrates.
Hippocrates writes: “Within the man there are bitter, salty, sweet, and sour, and the astringent… and when these ingredients are blended and bonded together, neither is shown, nor is affecting humans. But when one of them separates itself and left alone the damage appears”.
the 4th century BC, Hippocrates taught through the famous aphorism that “your medications Let it be your food and let your food be your medicine. ” After 2500 years, many modern scientific bodies following studies and experimentations begin to recognize that physician-philosopher from Kos was right.
Hippocrates had it right so many years ago! Food, especially locally grown and sourced produce, is such amazing healing properties! Every fruit and vegetable has a certain pattern that resembles a body organ, this pattern acts as a signal or sign as to that fruit or vegetable’s benefit to us.
1. Nuts: Brain
The folds and wrinkles of a walnut bring to mind the brain. The shape of the nut even approximates the body part, looking like it has left and right hemispheres. Wanuts have a very high content of omega-3 fatty acids, which help support brain function and vitamin E which help prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
2. Carrot: Eye
Slice a carrot in half crosswise and it’s easy to see that the veggie resembles an eye—look closely and you’ll even notice a pattern of radiating lines that mimic the pupil and iris. And the old wives’ tale is true: Munching on carrots will actually promote healthy eyes. “Carrots are filled with vitamins and antioxidants, like beta-carotene, that decrease the chance of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older people,” says Sasson Moulavi, MD, medical director of Smart for Life Weight Management Centers in Boca Raton, Florida.
The oblong sweet potato bears a strong resemblance to the pancreas, and also promotes healthy function in the organ. “Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene, which is a potent antioxidant that protects all tissues of the body, including the pancreas, from damage associated with cancer or aging,” says Somer.