April 2007 Newsletter
April 1, 2007 By Billy
The Key Principle for a Healthy Diet:
For weight loss, a fit body, strong immune system, elevated moods, and even a satisfied palate! Yes, it’s all possible!
The theory in a nutshell is to add natural foods to the diet that are of exceptional nutrient density and have a health creating reaction with the body. These are foods that are grown organically and remain in a natural, unprocessed, raw state and are primarily fruits and vegetables. And at present, adequate consumption of these foods has fallen short in the average diet. Instead a large percentage of the modern diet is processed food like breads, pastas, sugar, etc. These foods are depleted of any significant nutritional quality, thus depriving the body of what it really needs . . . nutrients! Vitamins, minerals, and enzymes are what our bodies are really starving for, and there is no replacement for the optimum source, natural organic foods!
Dieting has fast become common practice in the world due to an all time high of obesity and related health problems. Most dieting is based on restraining the overall intake of calories to a specific amount based on body type, and pounds needing to be lost. And some diets even delve into percentages of calories in fat, protein, and carbohydrates. However this technique falls short in achieving better overall health because it is basically restraining a diet that is already nutrient deficient. The primary goal being weight loss may of course be achieved, but often at the expense of other qualities of overall health including simply feeling good. And dieting is only a temporary solution at best because the body’s metabolism slows down to compensate for reduced available energy. When regular eating continues the weight comes back due to a slowed metabolic rate, sometimes with a vengeance. Lastly, this kind of self-restraint is a strain for the psyche and is not healthy for the mind-spirit.
The recent trends in obesity and other health problems are due primarily to overeating and living a sedentary lifestyle. Overeating has become so common because processed foods that are nutrient depleted have become our mainstay. A diet of processed foods does not deliver what the body needs so the appetite remains unsatisfied. Our bodies are incredibly intelligent organisms that are aspiring toward survival at the level of optimal health. When we take in nutrient dense foods thus getting what we really need, our bodies know it. And because our appetite works in sync with getting the sustenance we need, once we get sufficient nutrients, our appetite is appeased.
As an experiment, when hungry eat several large leaves of raw, organic kale (a super nutrient dense food). This is only an experiment, so don’t despair . . . there are many palatable and tasty ways to prepare kale which I will mention later. Notice how your appetite is drastically reduced and you have no further craving despite being a light meal. Your body knows that it is getting exceptional health creating sustenance and reduces your appetite to protect you from unnecessary overeating. Now for the second part of the experiment: Have a plate of pasta with marinara sauce from a jar (a processed and nutrient depleted food). Notice that despite feeling full, you’re still craving something and maybe even feeling a bit tired. Generally we then have dessert . . . more nutrient depleted food that brings our energy down more. With or without the dessert the body isn’t getting the nutrition it really needs . . . thus the continued craving.
So the win, win solution to any diet, be it weight loss, increased energy, or healing from a health condition is to add the natural nutrient dense foods to your diet . . . eat your organic veggies! There is no substitute! Often clients ask, “What if I don’t have time to prepare my own food?” or “if I don’t like vegetables, can I take a multivitamin instead?” The human body has evolved over many thousands of years sustained all along with these natural foods. Only in recent years have we seen a departure from this vital relationship. There have been many attempts at devising substitutes be it a multivitamin, a supplement, or whatever. Most multivitamins are synthetically processed and are unrecognizable by the body thus offering no benefit. Furthermore, various minerals in such a concentrated form put a toxic load on the body. Better quality multivitamins do exist. The best are made from pure vegetable juices that are dried into a powder and then pressed into a pill. These are simply a food and can be complimentary to any diet. It is important to be discerning however with the brand you are choosing. Read the list of ingredients to make sure you are actually getting foods instead of cheap filler ingredients that dilute the better ones. “Supplements” is a broad term. Again it’s simply a matter of being discerning with what it is you’re actually getting. Is it something natural, like a food or herb?
As for “superfoods”: these are foods that are exceptional in nutrient quality or are extremely health creating in some way. Examples that are fast becoming more common foods are raw chocolate, maca root, spirulina, Klamath Algae, goji berries, and coconut oil. In the May newsletter these superfoods will be explained further. These are foods that have exceptional nutrient quality beyond the more common natural foods. Other more well known foods that also qualify as superfoods are kale, parsley, broccoli, ginger, pomegranate, strawberries, and blueberries…to mention a few. Superfoods have an incredibly energizing and health creating reaction with the body and deserve to be a regular part of anyone’s diet. These foods tend to be more expensive, but the superior health creating effects make them well worth it.
By simply adding natural organic foods to your diet, and especially the super-nutrient-dense foods, your health and well-being will literally be transformed. If weight loss is your goal, you will be able to sustain on fewer calories, thus loose pounds without the torture of self-denial. You will naturally gravitate toward these healthier foods over time (and faster than you think), because your taste buds are in fact nutrient preceptors. Again your body is an incredibly intelligent living organism that is aspiring toward survival at the optimal level of well-being. And your taste bud-nutrient perceptors are conspiring on your behalf in getting there . . . that is, in the realm of natural foods. With processed foods, it’s harder because in this realm our taste buds are only taste buds. With these foods that have only recently become “familiar” our bodies are confused with how much to eat . . . thus why we need count our calories and percentages of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. With the natural foods, mother nature has that one taken care of for us, making counting calories quite unnecessary.
I often get the question “how do I get enough protein?” Truthfully, with natural foods it is quite difficult to not get enough protein. Protein is made up of different amino acids. Amino acids exist in any and every food . . . even fruit. Even though there may not be all the amino acids for a complete protein, a healthy body sustained on health creating food can in fact produce the missing amino acids to create complete protein. Although we have been educated to believe our protein needs to be otherwise, modern nutrition and science have proven this to be true. A high protein diet has in fact been shown to be a leading cause of osteoporosis. This is because dense proteins tend to be extremely acid forming thus requiring the body’s mineral reserves to rebalance the body. And again our super-nutrient-dense foods are vital here, for they are primarily alkaline forming, thus help keep the body young, strong, disease free, and happy. Yippee!
So what to do, but add more of the aforementioned natural foods to your diet! Your diet is a powerful avenue for quality of life enhancement . . . it is also an ongoing life-journey . . . one that you never really get “there”. Its a matter of starting where you are and adding a few of these foods to your daily routine. We are not looking for a complete diet overhaul. Nice idea, however the body generally rejects this kind of rapid change. A few natural food additions to the diet will displace other less health forming ones. Your tastes will gradually change in the favor of health, and so your choices will snowball in the direction of your health. Remember that your intelligent taste bud-nutrient perceptors are in fact conspiring on your behalf for well-being when you give them a chance.
If this is new territory for you, then congratulations! Start simple. Even two mornings and evenings per week to give yourself time to prepare something easy is enough to begin with. Turning your quality of diet up a degree will immediately reward you with improved mood and increased energy. Breakfast can just be fruit and superfoods thrown in the blender. Starting your morning with such health creating foods sets the tone for the rest of the day. For dinner try cooking plain quinoa (a wonderful grain fast becoming popular) in water. While the quinoa is cooking you can throw your favorite raw veggies in the blender with lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt . . . to be used as a raw topping for the quinoa . . . no chopping required and super easy, yes? See the recipes below. You will quickly develop new favorites that will become your staples, thus familiar, easy, and even enjoyable to prepare. And you will see how life just makes way for the extra time and energy required for this basic path to quality of life enhancement. You will also experience how preparing food at home can in fact be more of a delightful ritual than a discipline.
Billy’s Green Smoothie:
1 fresh pear (cored and cut into quarters – frozen for ultimate smoothie-ness)
1.5 cups pure water
2 round tablespoons hemp seeds
1 round tablespoon Billy’s Infinity Greens
1 teaspoon raw unfiltered honey or agave nectar
Optional: 2 round tablespoons raw chocolate nibs
***Amazing! A super-potent alkalizer and body energizer!
Billy’s Green Power Nuggets
Mix in a bowl:
1 cup raw cacao nibs
1 cup hemp seeds
2 heaping tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons agave nectar
1 round tablespoon Billy’s Infinity Greens
**Makes 5 servings.
***Billy’s Green Power Nugget Variation: Form into balls 1″ diameter. Roll in hemp seeds and refrigerate… Yum! An easy to prepare super health creating treat!
Raw Kale Pesto:
1 full bunch of fresh black kale
2 whole Roma tomatoes
1 round tablespoon Billy’s Infinity Greens
Juice of 4 lemons
5 tablespoons olive oil and/or coconut oil
Sea salt to taste
A little water as needed to blend into sauce . . . approx. 1/2 cup
Sprinkle of cayenne pepper
Optional: fresh basil
**Serve over warm cooked quionoa.
***Quionoa for 2: add 1 cup quinoa, 3 cups water. Low boil until water absorbed.
***This is amazing as a dressing, dip, soup, or topping for any cooked whole grain. This is wonderfully easy and requires no chopping; just everything in the blender and hit go! Please try it . . . it tastes more amazing than you would ever imagine! Let this simple recipe be a staple that you put on every thing! And watch this amazing food transform your body!
Wishing your dietary journey into well being to be one of tremendous success!