‘Experts’ and the public do share some opinions, but it seems to me that there are some gaping holes.
Look at this survey conducted by the New York Times.
The term was last updated in 1994, so frankly, an update is long overdue. At the same time, defining “healthy” has never been more complicated.
Countless new exotic foods have arrived on our tables over the past two decades and, (thanks to the Internet and social media), we’re now bombarded with more conflicting messages than ever about what’s ‘healthy’ and what’s not.
The New York Times chose a good time to conduct an interesting survey comparing the opinions of American citizens and hundreds of professional nutritionists on approximately 50 common foods. And of course, opinions vary greatly.
Foods that nutritionists consider much healthier than the general population does.
These include (of course!) tofu (89% of nutritionists vs. 58% of Americans), quinoa (89% vs. 58%), and hummus (90% vs. 66%).
Why such differing opinions? The NYT suggests it may be because these foods are relatively new to the mainstream American diet. Perhaps people have yet to accept them in their minds.
Foods that the American population thinks are much healthier than the experts do.
The widest gap occurred with granola bars, with 71% of the public saying they’re healthy, but only 28% of nutritionists agreeing. Similar differences exist with granola (47% of nutritionists vs. 80% of public), coconut oil (37% vs. 72%), and frozen yogurt (47% vs. 80%). Many of these foods contain added sugars, of which nutritionists may be aware, while the general population is not.
The Times reports that this will hopefully change soon:
“In May, the Food and Drug Administration announced a new template for nutrition labels, and one priority was to clearly distinguish between sugars that naturally occur in food and sugars that are added later to heighten flavors.”
Other foods about which both experts and the public disagree.
These include popcorn and a number of high-fat foods, such as steak, pork chops, whole milk, and Cheddar cheese. The split in opinions hovers between 50-60% for each group, which isn’t surprising.
“Years ago, the nutritional consensus was that fat, and particularly the saturated fat found in dairy and red meat, was bad for your heart. Newer studies are less clear, and many of the fights among nutritionists tend to be about the right amount of protein and fat in a healthy diet. The uncertainty about these foods, as expressed both by experts and ordinary Americans, reflects the haziness of the nutritional evidence about them.”
Until time and further studies reveal more information, it may be helpful to know what the nutritionists said when asked how they eat on a daily basis. When given a list of dietary descriptions, such as Atkins, Paleolithic, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Mediterranean, the majority (57%) said they follow “no special rules or restrictions.”
Rather than singling out and labeling certain foods as “good” or “bad,” it’s probably best to focus on eating healthily overall (and not feeling guilty for the occasional less-than-healthy treat).
Ian: What is ‘healthy’ food to you? And.. when will someone decide on what is ‘healthy’ water?
How do you set yourself up for the day? A natural alkaline ‘shot’.
I love to get up early, a bit of yoga, meditation without fail, a shower, a healthy paleo breakfast,and then out the door. Sound familiar?I think my morning routine is already exceptional. But I have a mighty elixir that compliments my regimen fabulously. Perhaps you’ve read that warm lemon water wets your mojo working in the morning and optimizes your health. You may even drink warm lemon water with Himalayan salt, or warm lemon water with honey in the morning. But… have you tried warm lemon water with cinnamon, and the most essential ingredient to this morning elixir, turmeric? (Yes, a bit of honey if you must!) If you haven’t it, this one, you may be missing out on an truly great way to start your day. Lemon and turmeric are very powerful tools that have a wealth of health beneficits. Lemons have that tasty, tart flavor with so many health-promoting properties. A study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), says lemons possess a treasure trove of natural metabolites. Listen to this: “Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.” But wait for it: Couple lemon with turmeric, and your health and wellness benefits increase almost exponentially! Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that is part of the ginger family. Native to tropical South Asia, turmeric is well known in traditional Asian medicine and cuisine. More recently, its health benefits have been recognized in Western medicine. According to a study published in theJournal of Nephropathology (2012), “Turmeric, a neglected Asian traditional drug might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease], which are steadily increasing globally, claiming many lives and tremendous amount of resources worldwide.” Just one of a number of active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been the focus of several academic studies. Curcumin may alleviate inflammation: According to research from the Department of Stomatology at the University of California, San Francisco, curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine(2004), found that curcumin, “may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.” Curcumin’s anticancer potential: Curcumin may play a vital role in cancer prevention, according to a study published in BioMed Research International (2014). Previous research has highlighted curcumin’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties, according to the study, which concluded, “Curcumin, a vital constituent of the spice turmeric, is an alternative approach in the prevention of cancer.” Therapeutic applications of curcumin: According to a review study published in the AAPS Journal (2013), “curcumin has shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,”including multiple types of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, H. pylori infection, Alzheimer’s disease, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections. So.. here’s my secret morning elixir. What you’ll need… 1/2 a lemon, squeezed for juice 1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/2 tsp honey if you can’t take it! 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder 1 cup warm water. How to make it… Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water. Stir well. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it (this will ensure that the turmeric doesn’t settle at the bottom of your cup. Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for. I enjoy this elixir nearly every morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist. And to all my alkalizing friends.. you are setting yourself up with the best alkalizing juice in the world. Just go easy on the honey, honey!
We’ve had quite a long association with Pete Evans.
He actually uses our products every day in the form of our UltraStream So I have learned a few things about him. He’s certainly a guy who leads with his jaw.
I do wonder what all the social media storm against Pete Evans is for.
One thing I have learned is that people are very protective over their knowledge and health and diet is a particularly sensitive issue. I remember another ‘lead with your chin’ lady who wrote a book about veganism, suggesting that broad acre farming was responsible for the ‘ethnic cleansing of many thousands of small animals whose home was naturally in open prarie or paddock. At a press conference a (I assume) vegan jumped out from behind her and hit her in the face with an acid-laced cream pie. Horrible.. but evidence of how aggressive people can be over food choices. So what were the big objections to Pete Evans’ 2 week trial with Mike Willesee? The comments I bothered to look at came from either Vegans or established dieticians.. and I have to say that the Paleo diet is indeed a challenge to anyone attempting to adhere to the old and now disproven theories of diet we were brought up on.
Experts are Speaking up on Paleo diet
Never mind that very qualified medical professionals like David Perlmutter and cardiologist Dr William Davis (and an increasing number of others) agree with the basics of a no-grain diet. Never mind that Mike Willesee, a man steeped in bad diet and lifestyle emerged from the test wanting to continue. Never mind that Pete Evans may be a bit of a wild card, as I said, leading with his chin. I see the Paleo Diet situation as akin to the Climate Change Debate. It took time for the established order to understand and respond to the fact that they just could not keep on polluting in the name of progress. The evidence for the Paleo diet is clear, whether you, like the climate denialists, want to nit pick about what he eats on his TV show, or whether fermented nuts are good for you. Big changes are always accompanied by big resistance. It’s true ona grand scale as it is on a small personal scale: we are all inherently scared of change. But if the science is right, there’s a much bigger and (up until now) hidden factor at work here. Our power to think clearly about diet is affected by our addictions – as strong, we are reliably informed – as cocaine. These addictions cause our mood swings, many of our unexplained health problems, and our mental fuzz. They are, simply, sugar and wheat. I have no issue with anyone expressing themselves. But if I see someone under the influence of drugs I always think I should relate to the person behind the addiction because the addiction is presenting a false face to the world. The real and perfect person lives somewhere in there, smothered emotionally and mentally as well as physically by a ‘habit’ that has true power over them. It remains to be seen and accepted that people with these addictions cannot help but protest because their ‘reality’ is totally in opposition to removing the sources of their addiction.
A ‘Pete Evans Challenge’
I’d like to lay down a challenge to the people with the most heat with Pete Evans. Go here, and I’ll hold our online Alkaline Paleo Course open and free for now (normally $95). Put yourself through our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program. Expose yourself to some theories you may disagree with. Argue with us; we have a forum for that purpose. But try us out. I can only say that like Pete Evans I have come to a clearer mind, better daylong energy, and a greater than ever appreciation of food without bread/sugar driven eating rampages. That old saying ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’ seems apt here. Pete Evans, I admit, isn’t the ideal messenger. But the message is what it’s all about, is it not?
We are SO lucky living in the country.
Uniformity may be something we’ve been programmed to accept as ‘good’ or ‘safe’, but the joy of an oversize googy egg is still with me 65 years after my first experience.
It’s not a lot of fun making it. The smell can be a bit much, but a generous addition of herbs will help. I’m talking bone broth, and I’m advising you to get in quick because while you can get big bones from the butcher cheaply today, the butchers are catching on to our demand and the prices are rising.
Few remember the American athlete Gertrude Ederle, who was cheered with confetti by an estimated two million New Yorkers in 1926. At the age of 19, she swam across the English Channel. Because conditions were rough, Gertrude did not swim in the 21-mile straight line she had anticipated. Instead, she navigated a 35-mile course from Cap Gris-Nez, France, to Kingsdown, on the English coast. Nevertheless, she set a record of 14 hours and 31 minutes, breaking the previous record of 16 hours 23 minutes set in 1923 by Italian Sebastian Tirabocchi.
What gave her the strength to make the arduous crossing? Bone broth, supplied by her companion boat.
Back in the early part of the 20th century, athletes recognized the strengthening powers of broth. They knew they needed to eat meat, not candy bars—or energy bars, as they’re known today. While the marketplace is infused with a weekly rotation of super food staples you supposedly should be adding to your diet, bone broth has stood the test of time. Made by simply roasting and simmering the bones of pastured animals in water for a very long time, bone broth is nature’s most nutrient-dense, easily-digestible liquid, filled with micronutrients, minerals, amino acids and collagen. As an athlete, the daily addition of bone broth to your diet could be the cure for what ails you, including the tendons in your wrist that hurt or the ligaments in your knee that swell. Cate Shanahan, the head doctor for the LA Lakers, recently said bone broth was “the number one miracle food for your joints and connective tissue (including bone) is bone broth because it contains compounds that act like growth hormones in these tissues.” This principle doesn’t apply to just pro athletes. Any level of athlete will benefit from the healing liquid of broth. When it comes to nutrition, eating a well balanced, anti-inflammatory diet isn’t enough; the amino acid chains that are available from making bone broth aren’t going to be found in the meat we eat everyday. Bone broth introduced into your diet will kill inflammation and swelling. It will make you feel younger at the gym, on the bike or on a run. As athletes, we make a daily habit of beating up our body to grow stronger. Bone broth as a daily supplement intake is one of the best sources of fuel for your body to heal and grow. In addition, bone broth heals leaky gut syndrome (bloating, gas, cramps or any other digestive issue) by reducing inflammation and increasing absorption rates of nutrients. Why does this matter to the athlete? You process food more efficiently, which aids muscle recovery quicker and enhances your performance faster. Bone broth is one of the best things you to add into your daily diet. It’s easy to make, loaded with flavor, and provides tons of nutrients. Like Dr. Shanahan says, “What it really boils down to is this: In the context of real food, flavor equals nutrition.”
Postprandial oxidative stress is increased after a phytonutrient-poor food but not after a kilojoule-matched phytonutrient-rich food
Research indicates that energy-dense foods increase inflammation and oxidative activity, thereby contributing to the development of vascular disease. However, it is not clear whether the high kilojoule load alone, irrespective of the nutritional content of the ingested food, produces the postprandial oxidative and inflammatory activity. This study investigated the hypothesis that ingestion of a high-fat, high-sugar, phytonutrient-reduced food (ice cream) would increase oxidative and inflammatory activity greater than a kilojoule-equivalent meal of a phytonutrient-rich whole food (avocado). The individual contributions of the fat/protein and sugar components of the ice cream meal to postprandial inflammation and oxidative stress were also quantified. Using a randomized, crossover design, 11 healthy participants ingested 4 test meals:
- Ice cream,
- The fat/protein component in ice cream,
- and the sugar equivalent component in ice cream.
Plasma glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, and inflammatory and oxidative stress markers were measured at baseline and 1, 2, and 4 hours (t1, t2, t4) after ingestion. Lipid peroxidation was increased at 2 hours after eating fat/protein (t0-t2, P < .05) and sugar (t1-t2, P < .05; t1-t4, P < .05). Antioxidant capacity was decreased at 4 hours after eating ice cream (t0-t4, P < .01) and sugar (t0-t4, P < .01). Ingestion of a kilojoule-equivalent avocado meal did not produce any changes in either inflammatory or oxidative stress markers. These data indicate that the ingestion of a phytonutrient-poor food and its individual fat/protein or sugar components increase plasma oxidative activity. This is not observed after ingestion of a kilojoule-equivalent phytonutrient-rich food.
“This is anecdotal, n=1 family, but in my extremely insulin-resistant family, eliminating most carbohydrates has resulted in reversal from a plethora health issues including ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, depression, eating disorders (bulimia and anorexia), chronic fatigue, obesity, and pre-diabetes (reactive hypo/hyper-glycemia). In my case, a ketogenic diet has proven to be nearly miraculous in improving my health and giving me phenomenal strength and energy along with keeping my weight at an optimal level while eating to satiety at every meal. I am nearly 61 and feel better than I did at 40 when I was eating “heathy whole grains” and restricting fat.
Keegan Smith, son of veteran NRL coach Brian, has revolutionised dieting and strength training at the Roosters this season.Smith is so highly rated as a conditioning expert he was on the shortlist to become a trainer at Liverpool FC before following long-term mentor Trent Robinson to Bondi. A life coach more than a traditional strength trainer, those who have worked with Smith praise his ability to “better people”. His unique NRL training program combining Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics and strongman drills has helped Roosters players reach personal bests in the gym. Keegan includes AlkaWay water in his recommendations and there is an AlkaWay hydrogen water system in the Roosters’ clubrooms. Here’s what Keegan says about his choice of water.
Dr Leigh Erin Connealy, MD posted this in the Townsend Letter Letter. A link to the full article is below the quote.
The Cancer Cascade
The cancer cascade is a 12-year-long process during which time cells develop into a tumor. First, the cancer cells cloak themselves with fibrin, a substance that makes them invisible to the immune system. Next, the cells stick to one another, forming a cluster that attaches to a muscle wall where it has access to a blood supply. This is the beginning of a tumor. Since sugar – including simple carbohydrates, like those found in white flour and most prepared and processed foods – is a tumor’s favorite food, one of the keys to preventing or eliminating cancer is to stop feeding it. Giving up sugar, in all its many forms, is part of the one-two punch that can kill cancer cells. Removing sugar and simple carbs from your life is a good way to discourage cancer from establishing (or re-establishing) itself in your body. The second part of that punch involves reducing your body’s acidity. Acidic environments are a cancer favorite. If you’ve been eating the standard American diet (SAD) of processed, packaged, and fast foods, there’s a good chance that you are acidic. It’s easy to check. Simply purchase a packet of pH strips at any pharmacy and test your urine. Ideally, your test score should be slightly alkaline, between 7.2 and 7.4. Anything below that is considered acidic, while test results above 7.4 indicates alkalinity. If your test shows that you are too acidic, add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Nearly all vegetables are alkaline, so eating more fresh, organic produce is an easy, nutritious way to stop the cancer cascade from continuing. Otherwise, without intervention on your part, the tumor keeps growing. As a general rule, it takes 8 years for the cascade process to create a tumor, then another 4 for the tumor to grow large enough to show up on medical tests or create symptoms. During those 12 years, there is a great deal that you can do to interfere with a tumor’s growth. Full article: HERE
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“I just ordered your UltraStream. Can’t wait till it arrives. I also wanted to let you know I watched your videos and read your Alkaline Paleo Diet blog. I also have dealt with IBS (45 years). Mine started at a very young age and in my early 20’s I began the search for the proper diet to control the effects of IBS. I’ve gone through the gambit – vegetarian, vegan, raw and then about 8 months ago switched to Paleo. I make my own Kefir from grass fed cows and just recently started making Kombucha. After all my experiences and research I also believe Paleo is the best route to go. I’m still not cured but feel so much better. With your website you have the ability to pass this great information along to so many people and it’s so wonderful to see you doing so. I applaud you for taking the time and caring enough about others health to do this. I do it on a personal level but you have the means to reach so many more people. That says a lot about you as an individual. I’m glad to be one of the first in the USA. I’m sure it won’t take long for your product to pickup here. Word of mouth spreads quickly. Good luck on your sales and if all goes well with the UltraStream, I will be back to order more products.”
There are many, many good reasons for eating home made red cabbage sauerkraut!
- Sauerkraut is a natural probiotic which helps the gut bacteria to become healthy.
- Sauerkraut aids the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach to increase digestion
- Sauerkraut is easy to digest as the cellulose has been broken down so bad bacteria in the gut don’t get to use it as food
- Sauerkraut naturally contains vitamin K2 from the natural bacteria created in the process of making sauerkraut.
- Red cabbage sauerkraut reduces homocysteine levels. Low homocysteine levels are a good sign for heart and arterial health
- Red cabbage sauerkraut contains phytonutrients, nutrients such as vitamins.
- Red cabbage sauerkraut contains polyphenols, these are antioxidants.
- Red cabbage sauerkraut contains anthocyanins – red and blue pigments – that protect the brain and aid digestion.
- Red cabbage sauerkraut contains contain sulforaphane glucosinolate a highly reactive antioxidant. In extensive studies, sulforaphane has been demonstrated to be a potent inducer of detoxifying enzymes and protector of our DNA.
My logical mind leaves the room Some people are just not ready to heal yet, I know, in some moments, I’m still one of these people. When tempted by foods I shouldn’t eat I still occasionally become unconscious (the “me” that has logic and reasoning has left the room!) and I tell myself I can eat those foods and when I do, I sabotage my healing. In the last 15 or so years I became aware to some extent that I was holding onto some pattern to remain sick, but I just couldn’t, for the life of me, connect to or feel what that pattern was. How could I understand something I couldn’t feel or sense at all? How can anyone? This pattern was coming from my unconscious mind. I looked at how I would feel if I was truly well and could do the things I thought I wanted to do. Mostly my goal for getting well was to be able to eat all the food I used to eat again and this was my strongest motivating force for years! Am I passionless or just plain scared? I asked myself if I was using my sickness so I didn’t have to find out if I really could create and be passionate about something in my life. The answer I got was a probable yes, I wasn’t really prepared to confront my lack of passion to do anything. I really thought I didn’t have any passion for any worldly projects, I have since found I was completely wrong about this. One thing I was and still am passionate about is self awareness, which is just as well as it has slowly led me to understand the mechanisms inside myself that have kept me where I have been – sick. A victim of my own anger This unrevealed pattern has taken a fair bit of time to reveal itself. Over this time of unravelling I have gradually dropped being a victim of my sickness. I stopped getting angry and depressed and started coming to terms with the fact I was indeed sick. I realised I had become a victim of my own persecution of myself and I was angry and depressed that I couldn’t get well. Dealing with guilt Another thing I had to deal with was guilt. My partner Ian had to (in my words) put up with me and my complaining and my lack of contribution. It was hard because he worried about me when I complained but if I didn’t he would want me to do lots of things I just wasn’t capable of. I tried to find a way to tell him I wasn’t feeling well enough without him becoming concerned but this turned out to be impossible. I realised I just had to deal with his worry about me but this has not been at all easy. Depression was really anger What I started to realise is that when I was depressed I would become aware that in fact I was angry, and with this awareness I sat in and allowed my anger. This shift in the way I handled my depression caused me to begin to be a lot more gentle with myself. The fact was, I was sick and there were times when I had no energy and I wasn’t capable of doing all the things I believed I should be doing. This gentleness that arose from my acceptance has been I believe the beginning of the unravelling of my pattern. The gentleness allowed more space within me to clearly and gently look at myself. Oh my goodness am I good at sabotage! Next came something I would have never believed I could do at the time but never underestimate sabotage! I had been doing really well on this program. I had been on it for a year and was starting to get great signs of healing and then I travelled to Italy. I ate some Italian sour dough bread and felt well and lost my ability to think. My diet went to hell in a hand basket! After six months of eating and drinking in Italy my health packed up and left! I have had some serious work to do to get healthy again and it hasn’t been fast or easy! You see I had really not come to terms with the fact I could never eat like I used to again. The dawning of self kindness After this sojourn, it slowly, slowly dawned on me that if indeed I wanted health, and indeed great health, I would need be being really kind to myself and not eat these high carb foods at all. I’m maybe carbohydrate intolerant?Dr Jay Wortman (who did a study on the Canadian Eskimos and made a movie of it using the LCHF diet called My Big Fat Diet) told me that I was probably carbohydrate intolerant. What this meant was that I would never be one of the ‘normal’ food eaters again. I don’t think I truly let this understanding in all at once. It came little my little, by studying more of what it meant for the health of ‘normal’ people to eat the ‘normal’ foods. ‘Normal’ people don’t do well either on the same foods I could no longer eat and understanding this was like turning up the lights in a very dim room. With the understanding that I would probably never be able to eat all the foods I used to eat came a grieving process with lots of bargaining and denial, just like when you have lost someone you love! Denial and bargaining – the grieving process I see this denial and bargaining happening to so many people with ill health. My friend Gerry, who is a MD, says most people will not give up the habits which are making them sick and this frustrates him so much. In a strange way because I was so obviously sick and because I badly wanted to be well I was lucky. Ian, my husband, believed he was healthy like so many other people do, until the day it all fell apart when he found out he had bad osteoporosis. People say to me now as they are getting a bit older “I found out I have cancer!” or “I have been diagnosed with arthritis!,” and add indignantly, “I cannot understand it, I have been so healthy my whole life!” Is it true that these people have been healthy their whole life till now? Certainly outwardly they seem to have been fortunate, then why has this sickness “all of a sudden” happened? The truth is that for Ian there were always signs of something that was not quite right in his body but these signs were ignored, they couldn’t be possibly be real because of his conviction he was healthy and there was nothing that his body could tell him that could help him to understand all wasn’t quite as it seemed. Passion for life replaces passion for eating bread My motivating force for getting well has now truly changed, in fact getting healthy has been really only a sideline of the great event of discovering what my subconscious mind was trying to hide from me. I truly now see myself as empowered towards something far greater than just being able to eat what everyone else can eat. I have found my passion, even though it still at times it runs away and hides for a bit when I get scared. I want to help people, I adore helping and this is what this blog is for. Is ‘normal’ what I want? So a ‘normal’ diet is not for me and in truth most of us do not want to hear that it’s not good for any of us. Eating high carbohydrate along with high acidity foods will lead to ill health even in the most ‘healthy’ people. I have done enough research and observation of people around the world to see that the ‘normal’ diet will lead all people to ill health. Unpacking the box of the unconscious mind Join me in this great adventure of discovering the wonders and passion that are here within us when we start to unpack the box of our subconscious mind.
Jeepers have I been having some adventures here in Italy and now the UK. I now really know how hard it is to eat travelling if you can’t afford to eat at a restaurant and can’t cook for yourself. I have just visited my nephew in London and his girlfriend, Lili. They live what is probably a typical London life in the sense they don’t cook. They eat only organic foods but the organic foods they tend to mostly eat are organic snack foods. They aren’t vegetarian but I guess for them meat is not really an ethical substance to eat, so there is little meat eating going on.As a result I noticed Lili needed to snack very frequently as her blood sugar levels started to drop. Her breakfast of porridge or muesli with oat milk sustained her for, at most, 2 hours then she needed another carbohydrate food fix. Jonathan, my nephew commented that when they were on holiday away from home, Lili’s main priority was where her next two meals were coming from. My nephew did, bless his cotton socks, try to do the diet last year, but he had friends who stayed who were ‘great cooks’ so he ate what they cooked. Who wouldn’t at age 32 or even 52? Except of course for someone who is rather health challenged and absolutely sick of being sick. Everywhere I looked in London cafes there was only (except for a salad which only the hardy would choose on a cold summers day!) bread based snacks to eat. What hope has the average Londoner out and about have? On the flight to London I looked at the menu offerings interested to see if there was anything that wasn’t bread based and that wasn’t just junk food (like chips). Not a thing. Ian and I had bought some pistachios with us and our own water filter bottle so the airline didn’t get any more revenue from us. When Lilli mentioned to me very quietly that she needed to snack a lot, I said it was because she wasn’t getting much protein or fats from the foods she eats so she will become hungry often. She also mentioned she had a chronic sore throat and I suggested to try eliminating some foods to see if they might be the culprit, as in my experience it usually is. She told me a friend did a weeks fast and that had fixed her so maybe that’s is all she needed to do. Maybe it might work short term, but I doubt it very much. I watched Jonathan opening and closing the fridge often to see if there is something in there to tempt him. This is exactly what I used to do, looking in the fridge for something to satisfy a craving, but what is the craving? I think it was probably for protein and fats. I offered to cook Jonathan the same breakfast that Ian and I had every morning and I noticed after he had eaten this meal he did not snack or indeed didn’t eat till dinnertime. Back here in Italy,with my friend Heidi and her partner Mark, there is a continuous snacking also on carbohydrate foods. Mark is a diabetic as is eating a high carbohydrate diet so of course he needs to frequently snack on these foods. Diabetics (also now referred to a carbohydrate intolerance) are diabetics BECAUSE of the high carb food they eat, with the end result of insulin resistance, being from your bodies attempts to manage carbs. Heidi looks at our lunch when we dine together, and says there is no way she would be full enough eating what we eat. I understand the addiction so well and this is why it becomes so hard to even try to change people’s mind. Only when the pain is enough, and for some this never eventuates, even with the verdict of cancer in fact. Just like someone with lung cancer who continues to smoke we couldn’t dream of life without our our high carbohydrate foods.
Here we are in Italy. After some setbacks due to my complete ineptitude ( not getting a visa for India and getting tossed out) we made it and as we inadvertently ended up in Bangkok for a few days, we ate Thai food, which even though it was savoury still had some sugar in it. And… Ian and I lost our minds (put it down the stress of of all that went wrong) and had 2 beers each (gluten). Ian and I have had to put up with the consequences of that mistake… I shan’t go into that, not pleasant! And now here we are in Italia and I can’t say that it had been easy ignoring the Italian sour dough breads and cornetti’s (Italian Croissants). In a supermarket in Australia I can sail past the aisles full of nutritionally empty foods, so easy, given that for me most of it’s not at all yummy but here…. Last year we went a quite crazy and ate a fair bit of Italian and French bread, cornetti’s, croissants and northern Italian cakes and so maybe my poor brain now equates Italy with that morphine like response it got hooked on last year! We so badly paid for that indiscretion, it took 6 months for us to heal and get back to where we were before our visit . But my mind is being inundated with images of all sorts of neolithic rubbish foods. Ian had a dream last night that he had managed to find an enormous cream cornetto and was trying to eat it before I saw him. As he tried to eat the cream cornetto it went everywhere making a huge mess! I guess that means that he can’t get away with anything with me. Is he a victim or is he lucky? Time I guess will tell. Is Italy only about high carbohydrate food for us? We are probably in a country which esteems food in the highest possible way. For Italians, love and family and friends sharing, is all about a wonderful meal which most of the time consists of bread and pasta. This high esteem for food is probably true here more than anywhere else in the world. Will our obsessive cravings stop? Will we get through this difficult moment? We are lucky so far, staying on our friends farm, as we can cook the organic meats that we bought after being picked up from the airport. We bought 35 Euros worth as a mixed package and ended up with a lot of good meat. We even got a beautiful thinly sliced bit of pork which goes wonderfully crispy just like bacon without the chemicals. Breakfast is this sort of bacon, mushrooms, little tasty tomatoes and organic eggs. It’s a really yummy breakfast! Lunch so far has been a large beef stock I cooked up, with lots of added dark leafy green and other veges. It’s great because its nice and warming and the weather is quite chilly here at the moment. Twice for dinner has been a medley of beef mince, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, onion, garlic and dark leafy greens. Last night we had dinner with our friend Heidi which was a pork chop grilled on a wood fire , salad and fried home grown zucchinis. It’s all been really yummy and filling. Then why these amazingly strong craving, here, in Italy? Is it a memory? Is it Italy? Is it mass Italian consciousness? Only time will tell!
Why a Diet At All? Why Not Just a Pill or a Super food to Fix My Particular Ailment? When I took a pharmaceutical drug, a vitamin pill, natural remedy or a super food I became aware that these remedies might give me some relief from my particular ailment temporarily…. but that any remedy, be it natural or chemical, couldn’t address the fundamental problem for why that ailment occurred in the first place. I can’t say that the latest super food will fix our bodies up just like that because it won’t. Our bodies are an amazing and intricately connected thing and when you treat it right it will perform beautifully. Food is a Powerful Medicine I have taken so many pills and potions – some worked temporarily, but after a short time I would find another problem would just pop up somewhere else in my body or the original one would just return. Does this ring a bell for you? By finally addressing the food that I ate and the water I drank, my body was able to start really repairing itself I never really understood before how food could be such a powerful healer until I found the Alkaline Paleo diet. Since using this diet health problems that I believed were the result of ageing or a genetic inheritance have disappeared Why the Alkaline Diet? The Alkaline diet and water have been amazing at maintaining my own and my family’s immunity. We just don’t get the usual colds and flu every year. Alkalizing our bodies has also really helped to reduce our bodies’ tendency towards inflammation. In our world there are many, many acidifiers, which causes inflammation. Stress, high carb food, shallow breathing, pollution, toxins. Adding an alkaline buffer – be it by water and/or food allows our bodies to mediate these acids created by our modern lifestyle. This lifestyle has never been seen before in the history of man. With our world full of pesticides, chemicals and drugs, simply consuming a daily glass of Green organic vegetable juice is the ongoing strategy for detoxifying the body. When we drink green vegetable juices we give the liver a huge helping hand to get rid of some not so good chemicals and heavy metals that we might be storing . The blood pH is a crucial component of our ability to survive and the body does absolutely everything to keep the blood pH at a certain level. This pH level can not go outside a very small range or we die. Doctors tell us that this is not something to concern ourselves with as the body is able to keep this balance all by itself. The body can and does rebalance almost continuously but when it can’t find the raw materials it needs to rebalance – alkaline minerals, it strip mines our bones for the alkaline components it needs to bring the pH back to the right balance. An extreme example of this is end stage cancer . Cancer patients can have a strong alkaline ammonia smell as the body goes overboard trying to right a very acidic imbalance and actually starts to break down our organs to obtain alkaline minerals. We are a constant rebalancing mechanism.. but you can’t rebalance from imbalance unless you bring more of what is missing to the process. If we are living the acidic life, I believe we support the body’s balance process by making sure we get enough alkaline minerals. In his book, Alkalize or Die, Dr. Theodore Baroody explains the alkaline reserve, “The great alkaline reserve is the body’s bank account. The body can call upon it any time to release alkaline elements for the neutralization of acid.” When the body uses minerals from its alkaline reserve, it’s important to replenish that supply through the food we eat and the water we drink. Why? Because if the alkaline reserve isn’t stocked with what it needs, your body will begin to find the alkaline minerals it needs elsewhere-in places like your your bones and teeth. To help keep your alkaline reserve well stocked it’s essential that you eat and drink foods that are alkaline. Here’s a partial list of some alkaline vegetables you can include in your everyday diet. Eat them raw in a salad if possible. If you choose to cook your vegetables try steaming them instead of boiling. Silverbeet, Spinach, Broccoli, Kale, Coriander(great for detoxing mercury from the brain), Parsley, Cucumber, Celery. Eating what is in season is best and of course where possible eat organic. Why Not Just Do the Alkaline Diet Then? The Alkaline Diet is fantastic up to a certain point and that point came for me a few years ago and with my beloved this year. You see my beloved discovered some pretty scary things about his body which had not evidenced itself up until recently. In fact my beloved thought he was incredibly healthy as everything seemed to be working fine, no outward signs at all, but then I noticed his memory was getting increasingly bad and when he broke his leg and found out he had osteoporosis, I realised he needed something more needed to be done. As for myself I started getting some not so nice menopausal symptoms along with my usual IBS symptoms which was still giving me problems. What’s wrong with the Alkaline Diet? The Alkaline diet exponents as you see on the net have claimed for years that all you need do is eat 80% Alkaline and 20% Acidic foods. One of the major food groups that has been and still is allowable in the Alkaline 80% side of the diet is fruit. I have now found out that fruit is not the alkalizer that we thought it was. The high sugar content of fruit actually acidifies the body. Sure it has some alkaline minerals but they are far outweighed by the sugar content. It appears that the alkaline diet exponents were looking for alkaline minerals and ignoring the acidifying ones! Fruit was a favourite of mine and I would eat it throughout the day believing it to be a healthy snack. I often added fruit to my juices to make them taste nice, but using fruit especially as a juice meant that I was getting concentrated acidity in the form of a sugar. Our livers can’t even see it coming! Not only that… the acidic foods I was eating included foods that just could not pack the nutrient punch that my body needed. I ate grains, nuts, pulses and lentils.. I always ate whole foods but the truth is you may not like to hear is that these foods are missing many of the essential Amino Acids that are needed for ultimate health. These foods are not nutrient dense. Now here’s the big secret; Good Fats – lipids – acids – are the most natural thing you can eat! The brain is 70% fat, the heart get it’s sole energy from fats. Another thing these ‘whole’ foods are missing are good fats. We need good fats to create cholesterol, the body’s natural food source for all of our hormone cascade. Yes we do need cholesterol. Cholesterol creates hormones in the body, so if we are deprived of cholesterol we are unable to make the hormones necessary for hormonal balance. If I am only going to have only 20% acidic foods then they need to be the best nutrient dense foods I can get. So if we reduce or remove fruit, what do we eat? Greens! Lots of greens! Remember: Vegetables are great detoxifiers but they are not nutrient dense. The Paleo Diet- A Nutrient Dense Diet. A diet where you’ll naturally eat less! The Paleo Diet is based on what mankind has evolved to eat over the course of our evolution. Our Palaeolithic ancestors ate some fruits and vegetables – only in season – and when they could, some honey but the bulk of their food was meat, with fish and eggs in certain areas. This is a very nutrient dense diet . I’m not making this up. You’ll find an excellent link to Dr Loren Cordain’s research on this page. Our ancestors had clean food, clean air and clean water so they had very little need for detoxifying. They had little need for vegetables and would eat them in small amounts when game was scarce. It’s now clear to many Paleo Anthropologists that we could not possibly be sufficiently evolved enough to live healthily on the high carbohydrate food that we are giving to ourselves today. An evolution of that degree will take thousands of years. In fact our bodies are still ‘paleo’ – they still have a blueprint that survives best on what they evolved to eat; meat and fat. You may disagree but the research is clear. Never before in our history have we consumed the amount of sugar we have consumed today. Grains – especially wheat – have been around for a relatively miniscule part of mankind’s history. Our paleo gut just isn’t able to deal with these high levels of carbohydrates , so opportunistic bacteria abounds in the bowel consuming what our normal digestion can’t deal with- carbohydrates. Why the Alkaline Paleo Diet? The Alkaline Paleo diet is a diet using the best of the Paleo concepts and the best of the Alkaline concepts. We live in a very different world than our Paleo ancestors. Never before have we had such a sedentary life, so much more chronic stress, so many toxins and so much more acid creating food and drink. Our ancestors could just run away from danger. We can’t – and danger comes in different forms, and manifests as long term chronic supressed stress and it is highly acidifying to the body. But we still need the highly nutrient rich foods that our ancestors naturally ate. They didn’t have a pill to take, they just ate good food and remained healthy and went on to dominate a whole world as a species! Hence the Alkaline Paleo Diet- 80% green and coloured vegetables, alkaline water and 20% meat, eggs, fish and good fats. Good fats are incredible important to creating hormones.
All the Amino Acids are Necessary for An Easy Going Mood I just listened to a doctor explain another reason why I am so happy and clearing minded on the Alkaline Paleo diet! Apart from the fact that I am just healthy and getting all the nutrition my brain and body needs there’s even more benefits on being on the diet. Dr Daniel Kalish treats people who have depression with natural foods. From what I heard from him, I am finally getting all the Amino acids including L-Cysteine from good quality protein (eggs, fish and pasture fed meats), plenty of organic greenvegetables which supplies another important ingredient, 5HTP, and I’m getting plenty of Vitamin B6 which is necessary for amino acid and neurotransmitter synthesis (Serotonin & Dopamine). There is evidence that shows that vegetarians are more depressed than meat eaters. I can vouch for that! Not only was I not getting the amino acids I needed but the high carbs were feeding the bad bacteria in my gut making me sick in mind and body. Alkaline Water: A Great Detoxifier and Antioxidant Booster I’m drinking good water which is a great detoxifier and I’ve taken out coffee and alcohol to give the liver a chance to get healthy so it can do its job of detoxifying. After my last binge in Italy my liver actually hurt to touch! Eating Gluten Has A Big Effect on Mental Health Another important thing is I am not eating any gluten. Gluten has a huge effect on the brain, not only does it have an opioid like effect but it also increases Serotonin which I would have thought was a good thing, but it’s not. The reason being is if we make too much Serotonin then our Dopamine is not being balanced and we are back in trouble again brain balance wise. We need a balance of Serotonin (the calming neurotransmitter) and Dopomine (the exiting neurotransmitter) to have the best happiness opportunity! Balanced Blood Sugar Levels Of course my blood sugar levels are balanced without the up and down of a high carb diet. This means that I don’t get mean if I don’t get something to eat on time! Not Feeding the Little Critters! Also I am not feeding those bad bacteria whose excretions go into my blood stream through my gut wall from leaky gut. This phenomena leads to foggy thinking. Healthy Fats Feeds the Hormonal System and the Brain Add to this that I am getting plenty of healthy fats (coconut oil, meat fats) which are giving me plenty of good cholesterol to create a good hormonal balance. Also coconut oils medium chain fatty acids creates Ketones which is a great source of energy for the brain. All these factors are balancing my thinking so I am able to distinguish between the important things in my life that I need to address (like my present food choices) and the things that really aren’t important at all (like whether home is a bit of a mess!). No wonder I am just so darned happy my body and mind are finally getting the chance to function as they should! I sure hope I’m not going to get caught again like I did with my Italian experience. Cross fingers!
A friend said she had tried the low carb diet years ago and it didn’t work for her. She told me it made her feel unwell and that she needed carbs because that was her Metabolic Typing. I wondered at the time whether this would be something that would come up for a lot of people who have learned about the Metabolic Typing diet, as they are not warned of the healing symptoms that do occur on the Alkaline Paleo diet.
One thing I did notice about my friends eating habits was that she ate quite a bit of sugar. Sugar is not necessary and is indeed damaging in any ones diet even if you are a Carbohydrate Type. The Metabolic Typing Diet does have some credibility. In this type of diet we are supposed to identify which type we are: The Carbohydrate Type, The Protein Type or The Mixed Type from where our ancestors came from.