Tips and Tricks
- EAT FOOD FRESH AND RAW AS OFTEN AS
- If you are unsure of what category (protein, fat or carb) a food is placed under, read the food label and look for the category that has the highest number of grams per serving. Beans for example have significant amounts of protein, but are highest in carbohydrates even when fiber is subtracted as a means of determining "effective carbohydrate content." Thus beans belong in the carbohydrate category. If you are vegetarian this means you need to be especially careful about getting adequate amounts of protein, and you may want to consider adding at least some animal sourced protein and fats.
- In addition to an unfavorably alterred fatty acid profile, commercial animal fats contain more than 14 times the amount of toxins (dairy fats 5 times) found in fruit and vegetables, making them “damaged” fats. Choose hormone and antibiotic-free lean animal proteins and purchase pasture-fed whole fat animal products as often as you can. Vary protein sources to get the benefits of each protein food. Choose fresh whenever you can. And if you choose lean animal products, BE SURE TO ADD IN ENOUGH EXTRA GOOD FAT.
- Learn to pay attention to NUMBER OF GRAMS supplied by your macronutrient (fat, protein, carb) selection. FORGET serving sizes or calories. This will help ensure that you get enough protein and fat, and don't overdue carbs, especially unfavorable.
- The only category that needs to be limited is carbs, which should be consumed according to your digestive/energy needs and body fat. The general range is 15 to 80 grams carbs PER MEAL for each of three meals. If you eat (or juice) mostly “Most Favorable” carbs, you will be eating high volume meals and thus be getting the highest amount of nutrients with the least amount of calories.
- For critical acid/alkaline balance you need to consume an adequate amount of “Most Favorable” and to a lesser extent “Favorable” carbs (or at least supplement accordingly). This means that the VOLUME of food you eat should increase (along with your vitamin/mineral intake). Juicing with green veggies is an easy way to ensure adequate amounts of “Most Favorable” carbs, or at least add in a high quality green drink. Good fats, probiotics and naturally fermented foods may also be critical elements in the long term maintenance of acid/alkaline balance.
- Know that nearly all packaged, processed foods have damaged fats or "bad" fats. Learn to select foods with the best fats possible - or no fats and add your own. And choose fresh and raw foods as much as possible.
- Know that sugar in various forms is added to nearly every packaged or canned food including canned clams, sauces, bread crumbs and more. The worst amoung these is high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. (The body recognizes flour as sugar.) Avoid these whenever possible and remember to count hidden carbs from ALL FOOD AND DRINK SOURCES. The easiest way to avoid hidden sugars and additives is to choose fresh and raw foods from sustainably grown farms. Unheated, unfilterred, untreated raw honey and evaporated organic cane juice are the best sweeteners for most people, although diabetics may benefit from using stevia or even zyloitol at least until they rebalance their metabolism.
- Choose foods with the least additives possible, especially those with unspecified “flavor enhancers”, unspecified flavorings or spices, msg, artificial sweeteners, and so on. Again choose fresh and raw whenever possible.
2. How you feel and are able to function TODAY and how fully you will be able to enjoy all the days that follow are directly affected by what you put in and on your body, how many chemicals and toxins you are forced to deal with, how little or how much exercise you do, how much other stress you are forced to deal with. In our modern world perfection is not possible, if it ever was. What we’re after is bringing ourselves back into BALANCE. The length and intensity of the process depends on your needs - and to a lesser extent your genetic make-up.
3. Contrary to popular media assertions, the supplement industry is heavily regulated. Nutritional supplements are treated as a subcategory of foods, and so the same regulations that apply to foods also apply to supplements. However, any quick review of the food industry will show that with increasing frequency and regularity there are serious health-affecting problems with our food supply - and the same is unfortunately also true of the supplement industry. Laws are simply being skirted or ignored, and layers of new laws will not solve the problem. Understand therefore:
- If you want to make a REAL difference in your health (and life) you need to understand that QUALITY AND REASONABLE BALANCE COUNTS - for both the food you eat and the supplements you take!
- If you want to make a REAL difference in your health (and life) a PERSONALLY ADEQUATE, PERSONALLY APPROPRIATE supplement program is one of the three easiest and most important things you can do.
- The biggest mistakes people make when it comes to supplements, whether food-based or not: Sub-optimal quality, and inadequate quantity for individual needs. Also: too much or too little of specific nutrients, poor balance of nutrients, poor forms of specific nutrients.