We are redoing this page about food
based on the latest available research but have opted to leave the page intact while that happens.
The one rule, the top of the hill rule, the overlying guiding principle is:
DON’T USE FOOD MORE PROCESSED THAN HEATED, FERMENTED, DRIED, OR BLENDED TOGETHER.
By food we mean FOOD, not packages of foodstuffs with multiple ingredients, some of which are hard to pronounce.
- nothing made in a plant or a lab
- nothing with added sugar
- no flour
- no baked goods
- no wheat pasta
- nothing fake, modified, synthetic
- No GMO
- No Aspartame and crap like that
- No Diet anything
- Nothing from the chemical corporations
- Organic everything
- Free-range, grass-fed, chemical-free meat & dairy (Protein)
- Whatever the percentage of your carb intake, make sure they are low-sugar and WHOLE (Carbohydrate)
- Whole raw fats (Fat)
That’s it. Totally simple.
Now you probably need to go clean out your kitchen cupboards.
The Definition of Food:
1. a material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also such food together with supplementary substances (as minerals, vitamins, and condiments) b inorganic substances absorbed by plants in gaseous form or in water solution
2. nutriment in solid form
3. something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies
This definition means that all the crap in those packages on the grocery store shelves – the ones containing processed “food stuff” that has been “preserved” with chemicals, and denatured to such an extent that nutrients actually have to be added back into it in order to give it any nutritional value at all – is not food!
Food nourishes and replenishes. It does not deplete. It is generally produced by the earth, naturally and organically, not in a factory or a lab.
Just because you can eat it does not mean it is food!
Smarties or these…what’s the difference?
NOURISHING FOODS: Fresh, organic, naturally grown, whole, unprocessed foods eaten raw or lightly cooked. They are nutritious and easy to digest; they help us keep our bodies in exceptional health. These are the only foods we should be eating.
DEPLETING FOODS: Fast food and packaged foods are highly processed, devitalized foods, high in chemical additives and low on enzymes. These foods are hard to digest, they strain the body’s metabolic processes and lead to inflammation, illness and low vitality. Let’s not mistake our debilitating pleasures, AKA vices, for food or nourishment.
Here are a few food rules for a lifetime of health & happiness.
“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” –Antione de Saint-Exubery
a) NO drugs: both medications and over-the-counter remedies
b) NO chemicals: additives, flavorings, colorings, or preservatives
c) NO artificial sweeteners: No PINK, no BLUE, No YELLOW …Splenda is NOT splendid!
NO MARGARINE, OR HYDROGENATED OILS
Most margarine is 80% hydrogenated soy oil. (see rule #3) It was produced as a cheap butter substitute, then marketed as “healthy” in the 60’s. Hydrogenated oils do not occur in nature and have Trans-Fatty Acids (TFA’s) that create free-radicals and cause human DNA to mutate. Adding hydrogen atoms to liquid oils to make them solid ensures a good shelf-life, but your body can’t break them down. TFAs block the cell receptor sites required for proper essential fatty acid metabolism.
Cook with raw Coconut Oil (it has a high TFA point), flavor with Cold-Pressed Olive Oil, butter your toast with RAW, un-pasturized Butter.
NO SOY PRODUCTS OF ANY KIND
Contrary to popular belief and slick advertising, soy is neither a good bean nor a good protein alternative to meat, fish and other legumes. Even in its natural state it has several anti-nutritive properties, and has never been a staple of Asian diets. Soy Isolates, Soy Lecithin, Soy Proteins are dead, devitalized by-products of the soy oil industry and are the most over-processed, devitalized and toxic products sold as food. To add insult to injury, the genetically modified (GM) versions have all but eliminated the natural bean.
You must read labels; this stuff is now in over 70% of all foods on grocery shelves. For a detailed explanation of the detriments and politics of soy, read Dr. Tim O’Shea’s chapter online.
NO HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP
This artificial sweetener is particularly dangerous because it destroys your insulin-producing cells and causes adult onset diabetes and morbid obesity, even in very young children. Unfortunately, it is in almost all packaged and prepared foods and drinks. You will have to diligently read every label to eliminate this from your diet.
Read labels. Stop drinking soda. If you must drink sweet drinks, add pure fruit concentrate to water. Cherry
NO FAST FOODS
The fast food industry is simply an unethical money-making delivery system for cheap, artificially colored, artificially flavored, non-food that is full of high-fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, and salt. So much so that America’s obesity problem and it’s related diseases could change almost overnight if we eliminated these little shops of horrors.
Never go here. Period. Watch the movies “Supersize Me”! and “Fast Food Nation.”
NO WHITE FOODS; REDUCE SUGAR INTAKE
(Except for marshmellow fluff. No, just kidding. Ask me later about it.) White Sugar, White Flour, and White Rice are DEPLETION foods that have been stripped of all nutritive value. The husk or ‘germ’ of the food has been removed because it contains all the living, enzyme-rich components that will go bad. They are now essentially sugar, which you need to cut down. You will know these by the label, ‘Enriched’ which means stripped of their true nutrients, then painted on with synthetic ones to meet FDA requirements.
Eat: sprouted grain breads, brown rice & quinoa; honey, grade B pure maple syrup, and molasses in small amounts.
When you skip breakfast, you immediately go into dietary debt, and that means your body mobilizes enzymes to break down your own muscle for protein. Since your body thinks you’re starving, it craves the nearest edible thing ..like that sugar-filled muffin staring at you from behind the coffee shop counter.
Sprouted whole grain cereals; spouted, cooked grains; organic eggs, toasted sprouted whole grain breads, and fresh fruits are all good morning fare although we have friends who thrive on steak and vegetables for breakfast! Ezekial 4:9 Cereal
EAT MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
An exception to lab-free food is some of the whole, raw, organic super green food powders which can make it a bit easier to get all your servings in. EAT YOUR VEGGIES! but if you can’t, green powders are better than skipping the nutrition. Greens First, Deeper Greens, Perfect Food.
Drink 1-2 liters of water per day. Avoid municipal tap water, it’s full of Chlorine and Fluorine, two toxic chemicals you don’t need. Many bottled waters, especially ‘house’ brands and those owned by soft-drink companies, are just filtered tap water, so don’t drink them unless you have to. Reverse osmosis removes everything from the water, including the minerals your body needs, so stay away from that, too.
Bottled natural spring waters are pure and have good mineral content. If you can, do an under-the-sink NSF-certified (not just ‘tested’) or whole house, high-carbon filter.
EAT AT HOME
In addition to controlling which ingredients you use, you have the opportunity to add the vibration of love and consideration to those who will partake of your efforts. And that, my friends, makes food not merely something that fills your belly, but something that creates, sustains, and transmits LIFE.
Truly, most restaurants don’t use organic, local ingredients and are best skipped. When you do eat out, here are a few guidelines: Eat at a local place that serves fresh food; stay away from chains as they tend to use more pre-packaged sauces and dressings high in HFCS and hydrogenated oils. If you order a sandwich or salad that comes with a dressing, ask for it on the side. That way you will know they didn’t put it on the food, and you can throw it out. Don’t eat the bread. Ask to have veggies or fruit instead of French fries and bread.
The best foods to eat:
NOURISHING FOODS 1-2 Litres of Good Water
Organic, Raw Fruits
Organic, Raw Vegetables (or lightly steamed)
Fresh fruit and vegetable juices
Whole Grains/ Whole Grain Cereals
Sprouted Whole-Grain Bread (not “whole wheat”)
Organic, Free-Range Eggs
Clean Red Meats, Cooked Rare (grass-fed, organic, free-range, no hormones or antibiotics)
Grilled/Roasted Fish (wild, not farm-raised)
Clean Chicken, Turkey (free-range, organic, etc.)
Raw, i.e. unpasteurized, Dairy Products
Raw Nuts and Seeds
Honey, Pure Maple Syrup, Raw, Unprocessed Sugar
Recommendations on fats and oils:
Cook with organic, raw coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature. Then season your food with Raw Butter or Extra Virgin Olive Oil just before plating your food. Keep your EVOO in an opaque container away from heat, air, and sunlight. It should always smell like fresh olives… if not, it’s rancid and should be thrown out. Don’t use any other vegetable oils for anything. Flax seed oil and supplements are good… but not for cooking. If you need to put mayonnaise in your tuna, buy one with non-hydrogenated oils (not soy!), use ½ the amount you are used to, and add a tbsp of EVOO.
A NOTE ON SWEETS
If you crave sweets everyday assess your protein intake. People who don’t eat enough protein crave sweets. People with candida overgrowth crave sweets. Sweets are one of the delights in life but cravings are not, and no good comes from chowing down the sweets when we need to add protein or eliminate candida.
My friend and colleague, Dr. Lou Fabale, gets much of the credit for this post. When I asked him if could plunder his list he said,
“Truth is truth, and I want EVERYONE to stop eating shit so they [the manufacturers] won’t make it anymore!!”