Juicing

Best Carbohydrates to Eat for Great Health

Although there are different opinions on how many carbohydrates are needed per day and which types of foods contain the best carbohydrates, from my research over the years, here is a list of what I feel are the best carbohydrates to eat for great health. Before I mention the list, some folks do very well on a very low carbohydrate diet (ketosis) and some folks do not. A lot depends on the health of your endocrine system, especially your adrenal glands. Another interesting point is that if you engage in anaerobic exercise, such as sprinting, intense cross fit or other quick and high intensity movements, your body has to be able to access energy from carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates provide good energy for the body and mind and carbohydrates help with brain focus, digestive health and hormonal health. Once you are in touch with your body and mind, you will know how many carbohydrates and which ones to eat on a daily basis. 

What are the best carbohydrates to eat for great health.?

  1. Fresh vegetable juice: Use celery or cucumber as the base and add some carrots, beets, parsley, ginger root, etc. Fresh vegetable juice contains a lot of vitamins and minerals and it will provide for good energy levels and oxygen. Buy a good juicer and make your own juice.
  2. Fruit: Fruit is a fun food to eat and it contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals. Strive to eat fruit in season and buy fresh when possible. Frozen berries are acceptable. Eat fruit with some protein or fat to keep your blood sugar balanced.
  3. Raw Honey: Packed with enzymes and vitamins and minerals, raw honey is a super food, if eaten in small amounts. Eat anywhere from 1tsp to 2tbs a day. Raw honey aids in healthy digestion and a healthy immune system.
  4. Raw or lightly steamed or sautéed vegetables: salads, broccoli, kale, collards, etc. Drizzle with olive oil, pastured butter or coconut oil, add good sea or celtic salt and other spices. Vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals and other phytonutrients.
  5. Potatoes: for when you need a starch, potatoes are great. They are much easier to digest than grains, beans or bread. Eat russet, yukon gold, red, sweet, etc. Add plenty of pastured butter or coconut oil and enjoy. 

 

Super Foods for Super Health and Vitality

Super Foods seem to be the big rage these days. It seems that many nutritionists and other natural health practitioners are talking about super foods. The issue I see is that all these super foods being promoted are vegan. Some vegan foods are super healthy, but from the research I have done, the best diet for most people includes animal proteins and animal fats. 

These vegan super foods are healthy, but one can not live on them and they are lacking or are deficient in several vitamins and minerals found only in animal foods such as Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Vitamin B-6, Vitamin B-12, Iron and Zinc. 

The vegan super foods most talked about are spirulina, chlorella, turmeric, raw cocoa, wheat grass, beets, lemons, apple cider vinegar, moringa leaf, matcha green tea and maca. As I stated above, these foods are wonderful and healthy, but for most of us, we need a mixture of super foods from plants and animals. 

Chlorella is a top notch super food. Follow this link to read a wonderful article about Chlorella, written by Kate Forsyth. Super Chlorella! 

Some of my favorite super foods that will give your body and mind the key nutrients to be full of energy and vitality include the following: grass fed red meat, pastured eggs, wild fish, oysters, raw honey, avocados, cod liver oil, fresh vegetable juice, raw butter, raw olive oil, bone broth, and berries. All these foods need to be organic, hormone free, GMO free and pastured raised to ensure that you are obtaining the best and most nutritious foods available. 

Start off with eating more pastured eggs and making fresh vegetable juice. Later, incorporate some wild fish and grass fed red meat. Eat one tablespoon of local raw honey every day. Make some bone broth and find a source of raw butter. Make my favorite power smoothie/pudding: one avocado, a cup of berries and 2-3 raw eggs, all blended together in a blender. This smoothie/pudding is a power house of nutrition!

 

CANCER: THE PHYSICAL, SOCIAL AND SPIRITUAL DYNAMICS

Cancer strikes fear, dread, sadness, and anger in our lives. Cancer is “the disease” of these modern times. How did cancer become such an epidemic and what can we do about it?
As I look upon our society as a whole, I see a society that is ill: overrun with chemical toxins, materialism, competition, coldness, sadness and a sincere lack of community where we have a real sense of communion towards each other.
I peer through these observations with a heavy heart because I have experienced these feelings of life. Striving to see the positive, I know many folks are building community, peace, and heartfelt feelings towards one another.
However, cancer is not going away anytime soon, and why is that? I sense that isolation and loneliness, coupled with the lack of real communication and the over stimulation of our senses with materialism is a core factor. People, on the whole, are rather lost and isolated in the true sense of human connection. Anxiety, separation, and stress are prevalent in our communities and these feelings weaken our physical, mental and spiritual forces.
Our society is cancerous and it is deeply affecting everyone.
Looking to the physical world, we have to take into account, the “Toxic Load” of this world in which we live. The pollutants in the water and air, processed food, and chemical products, including pharmaceutical drugs, that are a part of our daily lives, is a major part of this cancer epidemic.
In regards to modern medicine, I respect all the doctors, nurses and patients who are battling this disease; however, the so-called “cure” that modern medicine has been searching for since the 1970’s has not and will never be found in chemical drugs. The real cure for cancer involves cleaning up the extensive damage we have done to our bodies and to the Earth through natural remedies. Modern medicine will disagree with me on this point, but look at the facts. Billions of dollars have been spent since President Nixon declared a war on cancer, and the death rate from cancer has gone down only around five percent and well over fifty percent of patients whose cancer goes into remission from the use of chemotherapy and radiation get cancer again in several years. It seems like every year modern medicine states that with more research and more money, a cure for cancer will be found. So, many of us keep donating time and money in hopes that a cure will be found. For those that give time and money, my heart goes out to you because I know you care. However, take into consideration what I am saying and start to question modern medicine’s approach to curing cancer. What makes more sense: drugs, surgery, radiation, etc. or investing your money in healthy foods and a healthy life? Granted, there are a percentage of people whose cancer goes into remission and it never returns. That’s great, but it’s not the true answer to curing cancer. People do not get cancer because they are deficient in chemotherapy and radiation; they get cancer because their bodies are severely deficient in nutrients and abundant in chemical toxins. Modern medicine’s approach to treating cancer is like our government’s approach to fighting terrorism. Kill the terrorists and kill a lot of innocent people at the same time, which in turn, creates more terrorists. Kill the cancer cells and kill billions of healthy cells at the same time, which in turn, creates more cancer cells. Plus, if you really look at our government, we created the terrorists from our arrogant and brutal foreign policy of starting wars and overthrowing leaders that did not hand over their country’s resources to us. And we created cancer from the chemical world that we live in. In addition, war and fighting terrorists generates lots of money for big business, as does the modern war on cancer.
Therapeutically, what can be done to decrease the risks of cancer and effectively nourish someone who has this disease, with a high possibility of transforming that person’s health so that the cancer is no more an issue and health and vitality are restored?
The total view of life must be taken into account. Aspects of nutrition, relationships, spirituality, emotions, and vocation have to be brought into balance and harmony.
Nutritionally, I have found that a predominately raw foods diet, including raw meat, raw eggs, and raw dairy, especially raw butter, gives the body the necessary nutrients to remove and dissolve toxins, dead cells and cancerous cells and to regenerate new cell growth that allows for rebuilding and revitalizing the effected areas of the body. Raw meat is the best source of food to generate new cellular growth and raw fat is the best source of food to dissolve and remove toxins, dead cells and cancerous cells. Raw fresh vegetable juices will alkalize and oxygenate the body and aid the raw fat in dissolving toxins. This diet can take some time to get used to, but in my professional opinion, it is the best diet to heal from cancer and bring forth health and vitality. All foods should be free of chemicals and the dairy, eggs, and meat should be from pastured chickens, wild fish, and cows that eat grass. Various herbs and supplements are also very important to facilitate healing and detoxification.
In addition to cleansing the body with organic whole foods and supplements, the home must be cleansed of all toxic cleaners, detergents, and body care products. The water for drinking and bathing must be filtered.
To a certain extent, those with cancer need to get back to nature as much as possible, including walking with and enjoying Mother Nature and all her healing and comforting attributes.
Furthermore, any negative relationships, vocations, and emotional states need to be addressed and guided back to harmony through diligent and courageous inner work.
Although cancer is normally seen as a tragedy in our society, a new prospective must be considered. Cancer must be looked upon as a calling to change our society and ourselves where we bring life back to a balanced and harmonious state, where we honor and nourish our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.
Cancer can take our society and us on the present currents of fear, isolation, toxicity and gross materialism, or we can alter the currents and change the direction of cancer with love, a real sense of community and the cleansing of our bodies and the environment.

The Power of Juicing!

juicing_for_energyIt seems that juicing has become a huge part of the natural health industry and I have mixed reviews on this trend for several reasons. Fresh juice made at home or at a juice bar or health food store can be very beneficial if the correct types of vegetables are being juiced. On the other hand, fresh juice can be harmful if certain vegetables and fruits are being juiced.

Starting with the healthy way to juice, the vegetables to be juiced need to be low in sugar content and high in vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The best vegetables are celery, cucumber and leafy greens such as kale, lettuce, parsley or cilantro. Herbs that can be added for a powerful effect consists of ginger root, turmeric root and burdock root. Until you can appreciate the taste of this low sugar juice, you can add 2-3 carrots or beets and some fresh lime or lemon juice. Low sugar fresh made juice will flood the cells with oxygen, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. This type of juice is the best way to get many vitamins and minerals and it’s far better than any supplement. Fresh juice will also increase your energy levels, have a mild cleansing effect and we all need some cleansing, aid in digestion, hydrate your cells and your overall body better than water or any other beverage and have a positive effect on the cardiovascular and circulatory system.

The unhealthy way to juice, consists of high sugar vegetables and fruits and sadly, most people juice this way because most people are addicted to sugar. Carrot juice, beet juice or fruit juice or any combination is way too high is sugar and will cause spikes in blood sugar, which in turn will cause high insulin levels and possibly high cortisol levels. When this two hormones are elevated, the body will store much of this sugar as fat. Too much sugar can also cause inflammation, digestion problems, yeast infections and a weak circulatory system and brain fog.

Fresh juice is very helpful in our polluted society, but the juice has to be low sugar and full of vitamins and minerals to obtain the healthy benefits that our body needs.