- Published: November 17, 2017
When Dr. Buteyko was asked about a diet favorable to optimal breathing, he often replied with a Russian proverb, Cabbage soup and kasha is our food. What did he mean by this?
As with any wise saying, this one has several meanings. First, it names two types of food prevalent in Slavic cultures: cabbage soup, which here acts as a symbol for vegetables, and kasha, which represents grains. In old Russia and the Ukraine, where Konstantin grew up, a combination of vegetables and grains was common and inexpensive food typical among peasants, monastics and military – the groups known as the healthiest and strongest.
Similar diets consisting mostly of local plant-based food, often vegetables and grains, have been prevalent all over the globe. For example, this was a conventional way of eating in India and Mexico; in Japan, a macrobiotic diet was developed, which has become well known for its powerful healing qualities. This type of food is traditional and has been proven to be healthful over time.