In the beginning of this 3-part series on lifestyle changes I related that, in my opinion, lifestyle changes are the most important of the Four Pillars of Optimal Health. Over the next few blogs we will be discussing the next three Pillars:
Diet and Nutrition
The fact that I placed Diet and Nutrition second on the list does not minimize its importance! The fact is that these are the “Four Pillars of Optimal Health,” and so all are important to achieving the goal. So, here is my take on Diet and Nutrition, based on a vast amount of research and my own experience.
The ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates (460-370 BC) was the “Father of Medicine,” and he said, “Let Your Food Be Your Medicine, And Your Medicine Be Your Food.” All those years ago human scientists knew this, and it is still true. In 1951 the Iconic Nutritionist Royal Lee said “One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation (lack of getting proper nutrients).” And lastly, remember what our Grandmothers said, “You are what you eat!”
Everyone is different, and everyone needs to identify the specific foods and food combinations that are best for their own unique body chemistry. My Mentor, Dr. Harold Kristal developed an Individualized Nutritional Approach to diet known as Personalized Metabolic Typing (PMT) which is a scientific method of providing you with all the tools and information you need to identify a diet that’s precisely right for you. You will experience plenty of long-term benefits as well, including the ability to lose weight and keep it off, strengthened immunity and stamina, and the ability to prevent, reverse, or greatly alleviate common health disorders such as degenerative diseases, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes! (See our button on our Web Site http://www.wholebodyhealth.us for info on PMT.)
The body is constantly trying to compensate for the various metabolic stressors that it encounters. It is we who make the mistakes, by eating the wrong foods, not getting enough exercise and rest, and not properly managing stress and toxicity. Adjusting the diet to optimize blood pH (as well as making other intelligent lifestyle choices) will go a long way towards cleaning up the body’s internal environment, so that it becomes much harder for disease conditions to flourish. Then our brain will function better, our endocrine system will be able to handle stress more effectively, the intestinal tract will digest our food better and become less hospitable to Candida and other parasites, and the joints and muscles will be less susceptible to stiffness and pain. The bloodstream has been universally revered as the “river of life;” but if it is not properly nourished, it can also become the river of death.
The entire concept of PMT is that some people stay slim, energized, and feel great on various kinds of high protein, high fat diets while other people feel sluggish, gain weight and are unhealthy by eating the same way. Conversely, some people are able to stay fit and healthy on low-protein, low fat, high complex carbohydrate diets while these same diets cause others to pack on pounds and be chronically fatigued and unhealthy.
Everyone is different, and everyone needs to identify the specific foods, food combinations, and even nutritional supplements that are best for their own unique body chemistry.
So, the very best way to reach an Optimal Diet is to be Metabolically Typed. I can do this for you, but I have to see you individually (or two people at a time) for a 2 1/2 hour appointment. If you give me a call, we can set that up!
In the meantime, there are certain things that are rather universal:
Eat 7 servings of organically grown highly colored vegetables and 3 servings of organically grown low glycemic fruits every day
Eat only grass fed and hormone and antibiotic free red meat, free range poultry and eggs, and wild caught fish
Buy produce, meats and eggs from local farmers when possible. You have a better chance of knowing what you are getting this way.
Throw out all vegetable oils and canola oil
Do not drink sodas (diet or regular)
Eliminate the use of artificial sweeteners and refined sugar
Shop the outer aisles of the store (eat like a prehistoric human)
• Onions and Garlic
• Seeds and nuts
I am not a supporter of vegetarianism. In fact, a vegetarian diet makes it almost impossible to get enough protein to build cells and to support our immune system. The very fact that our Creator gave us a dentition that is omnivorous (we eat plants and meats) tells us that we need a varied diet, unlike many other animals. PMT will tell you which types of protein are best for your body. It will tell you which foods are the best fuel for your body’s engine. It tells you which plants are best for you, which meats are best for you, and which supplements are best for you.
Next blog we look at exercise, and then at supplements as we build our health on the Four Pillars of Optimal Health.
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