Thank you from Infinity Greens!
November 24, 2016 By Billy
The Infinity Team and I want to express our deepest gratitude to be serving you as a customer. You mean so much to us – truly! We look forward to serving you more of what we believe to be the best Superfoods on earth – all in the name of longevity and life-force!
Yours Very Truly,
Billy and the Infinity Team
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The New Protein Bars are here!
November 17, 2016 By Billy
Dear Health Enthusiast,
Exciting news!! The new Infinity Protein Bars are finally here and are better than ever!
Infinity formulas and bars are precision blends of nature’s most elite superfoods that have empowered the lives of many. Enhancing the health of people worldwide is my passion, and my wish is for you to be included.
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An ESSENTIAL yet underestimated food to be in our diets every day.
August 12, 2016 By Billy
Dear Health Enthusiast,
When I say ‘essential’, I consider this one to be among the few most important categories of food to be in our everyday diet.
And it’s green foods! We’re talking about foods like kale, arugula, chard, mustard greens, parsley, cilantro, spinach, basil, broccoli, and blue-green algae. (Algae? Yep. We’ll be talking about this subject shortly.) What makes these foods so important for a healthy diet? There are two reasons and one might surprise you. The first is obvious: green foods are rich in nutrients, especially the antioxidants that help the body to maintain its youth and vitality.
But the second reason often gets overlooked. Greens are vital for removing toxins from the body. And this is a bigger deal than you might realize. Think about it. Our bodies are bombarded with toxins every day, especially here in the twenty-first century. In the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, we’re exposed to impurities that people never had to worry about before. This is wear and tear enough. Add to it the normal everyday stresses from life itself, and you can readily see why the cleansing goodness of greens is so important to our diets and health. Quite simply, their impact is huge!
The Magic behind Greens
What specifically is it about greens that gives them the unmatched power to cleanse and restore our bodies from toxins? A little something you might remember from high school biology: chlorophyll. This is the magical element in green foods. (It’s also what makes them green.) It’s the chlorophyll itself that bonds to toxins in your body, enabling them to be eliminated via the gastrointestinal system. This is indeed a critical means of avoiding the build-up of toxins in your body. Consider that it’s the build-up of toxins that’s a primary instigator of disease, as well as aging.
The Weight-Loss Connection
Interestingly, bodily fat attempts to protect the body from toxins, too. This is a little-known reason that losing fat can be so difficult. Collectively, fat cells absorb toxins from the bloodstream for the sake of protecting vital organs. It’s a temporary form of self defense. The problem is that when the body needs to later burn this “toxic fat-fuel” for energy, it becomes reluctant to do so because that means toxins would go back into the bloodstream (which would then cause wear and tear on other things in the body). So let green foods fulfill their vital role of removing toxins, making way for fat to be burned as fuel.
Additionally, green foods are very low calorie, and this factor coupled with the nutrient density makes way for satisfying the appetite with fewer calories. Naturally, this enhances the potential for weight loss, which statistically should be a priority for more people than not. Fat reduction: just one more reason for adding more green foods to your diet!
Keep it Simple
So from a dietary standpoint, think “clean and green.” Introduce more dark green foods into your diet to get your chlorophyll. How about salads? Well, sure. But don’t make the common mistake of fooling yourself into thinking a packaged salad of iceberg lettuce with a couple of wedges of tomato covered with salad dressing is going to do the trick. We’re talking unadulterated dark greens. Keep it simple. Why not go hand to mouth? That’s what I do! Grab a few large leaves of kale or chard or a couple handfuls of spinach or arugula or any other leafy greens and chow down. You can eat greens just as they are.
Personally, I find greens to be tasty (most certainly don’t taste bad) and see little reason to add anything to them. But if you want to toss a little homemade healthy salad dressing into the mix, have at it. Olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and cayenne. Simple. A tried and true classic. (Please don’t even bother with the packaged salad dressings which are nothing more than unhealthy entertainment. What the heck is Ranch dressing? Ever read the ingredients of those? Junk food! Even the “natural” ones.) And then there’s green sauce! This is one of my favorite recipes we should all be making! The same salad dressing ingredients (olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and cayenne) into the blender with raw spinach or kale! This tastes amazing and is brilliant as a sauce over other cooked foods or as a dip! Click here for my green sauce and salad dressing recipes.
For getting your chlorophyll, slightly steamed greens can be okay, too, so long as the bright green color is still maintained. Greens more heavily cooked still provide minerals which can be excellent, but keep in mind that the chlorophyll becomes compromised. The point needs to be made, though, that when preparing greens, it’s good to mix it up with cooked versus raw every now and again. Raw greens are obviously good for you. And greens like kale, collard greens and chard, are especially nutritious. They contain chlorophyll as well as enzymes and antioxidants. However, in a raw state, these few greens do have a mildly suppressive effect on the thyroid, which controls our metabolism. A weak thyroid seems to be a common theme in our culture (although the main culprit is fried food). Then again, some people have an overactive thyroid, so foods that mildly suppress the thyroid’s metabolic function aren’t necessarily all bad. It’s a balance. The bottom line is that it is possible to go overboard with these particular green foods for some of us, when consumed raw. So it’s good from time to time to cook them. Steam them, boil them, put ‘em in soups. Again, you’ll lose some of the chlorophyll, but you’ll still get the minerals. In fact, when cooked, your body is actually more able to absorb the minerals.
As for how much green foods to have in your daily diet… definitely more than just a small handful of greens on your sandwich. What I feel is a simple and reliable gauge is ‘the massive handful’. This is something with which your instinctive wisdom can play an outstanding role. There is an ancient memory of green foods in our genes since these foods have been in the human diet for tens of thousands of years. So your body knows. Trust your instincts.
Even among the healthiest green foods, there’s one group worthy of extra mention. Based on my nutrition research and experience, I rank algae at the top of the ladder of the healthiest foods that have the greatest impact. Interestingly, algae were the very first life on earth—beginning three and a half billion years ago. Essentially, algae are the ancient foundation of our food chain. It’s fascinating that now we are turning back to the very first food on earth for our nutritional support.
There are thousands of different algae, most of which can’t be consumed; however, edible varieties of algae have been in the human diet as far back as recorded history will take us—and all over the world—except for the last few hundred years in the Western world. Only recently have we begun hearing a lot more about the nutritive attributes of algae. Why this recent interest? Because algae have the highest concentration of chlorophyll of any food you can name. This is what makes algae so green!
It’s also worth mentioning that algae produce over sixty percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere and are the most powerful photosynthesizers on our planet, capitalizing directly on the energy of the sun more than any other food. Sun plus water and minerals miraculously creates algae—then poof!—oxygen, which is among the more important elements of life, wouldn’t you say? This magical process happens in the body as well. Algae oxygenate the blood which naturally has a tremendous impact on our energy and overall health, especially in conjunction with the chlorophyll.
Among the thousands of different types of algae, it’s Klamath algae, Spirulina, and Chlorella that have the most remarkable health forming qualities. Numerous blind studies have proven the significant nutritive and restorative value of these algae. Here is a brief summary of what makes each of these three algae truly worthy of our attention.
Klamath Algae is recognized for its extraordinary support of the nervous system. Klamath Algae metabolizes nitrogen in the body which stimulates the production of more neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are the link, which carry messages from the brain to the body and then from the body back to the brain. The nervous system and brain communicate with everything in the body every second of every day, which defines the value of Klamath algae. In addition, anecdotal reports consistently attribute Klamath algae consumption to increase in mental alertness, short and long term memory retention, and enhanced mood. What’s not to like about that?
Spirulina is among the few richest sources of beta-carotene, which is known to be the most important anti-cancer antioxidant. An antioxidant is a substance that inhibits the oxidation (breaking down) of molecules, essentially protecting the body from wear and tear by free radicals. It’s the wear and tear in the body caused by free radicals that sets off a whole host of health problems, the inevitable one being aging. Another role of beta-carotene is to reverse inflammation. Natural anti-inflammatories are a vital part of disease prevention very simply because strong circulation throughout the body is how organs are nourished and detoxed. Spirulina is also notably high in iron, calcium, zinc, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and phosphorus, all of which play a tremendous role in our overall health and longevity.
Chlorella truly shines in it’s ability to enhance detoxification. Of all algae, Chlorella is at the very top of the totem pole in terms of chlorophyll content. Along with detoxification, the high chlorophyll content supports oxygenation of our blood and consequent energy production in all cells (O2 equals life-force). So, naturally, Chlorella enhances physical stamina and energy. Studies have also proven Chlorella reduces blood pressure and lowers cholesterol. Chlorella has even been shown to help increase the intestinal bacteria that are the very foundation of healthy digestion. Interestingly, the causes behind these benefits of Chlorella have not yet been identified, and there are more benefits still being discovered today. Oh, the mysteries of nature!
I truly feel algae can play a significant role in our diet, and I’m confident the world will better understand why these foods are so important in the near future. Bottom line—gram for gram, algae have concentrations of nutrients unmatched by anything else in nature. Naturally, all of the reasons above are part of why I am so partial to the Infinity formulas, of which algae are a big part. Truly. I believe algae are literally the antidote for us overfed, yet undernourished, modern humans. It is worth noting that today, even plant foods that are certified organic do not have the same nutrient content they did just a few decades ago because of the soil depletion from mass agriculture. However, this is not the case for algae! It is the same extraordinary nutrition that it was three and a half billion years ago. I feel that before long, algae will be a much more understood and used food source on a global scale.
And how to introduce algae into your diet? Start by adding it to your smoothies. Already, smoothies should play a key role in your diet if they’re made with genuinely healthy ingredients. And you’ll find some truly extraordinary smoothie recipes here!
To sum it all up, introducing greens into your diet that are high in chlorophyll – whether kale, spinach, or algae – is about much more than just weight loss. You know, it’s interesting how our modern diets focus so heavily on getting the “right” calories and nutrients. But think about it: getting the calories and nutrients in is only half the picture. The other half is getting the toxic funk out! Removing the wear and tear from your internals makes it well worth the small effort of adding more chlorophyll-rich green foods to your diet. At the end of it all, we are honing a diet to enable our bodies to rejuvenate faster than they break down. That’s the ultimate key for longevity, life-force, and protection from disease. You in?
At your service always,
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** I receive many questions about why Algae is the primary ingredient in Infinity Greens. As you probably already know, Infinity Greens is a symphony of 33 different medicinal plant foods. Among these ingredients, I consider these three Algae – Klamath Algae, Spirulina and Chlorella – to be the most important. The nutritive data on these Algae is truly mind-blowing, and I’ve personally witnessed the health transforming benefits of algae during the eight years I worked as a trainer and nutritionist at The Ashram Health Retreat. Even today, algae is utilized as a big part of the program. Algae has dramatically enhanced the health and longevity of many people, and my wish is for you to be included!
Also a fresh batch of Infinity Green Bars just came in! Each Infinity Green Bar contains 4000mg of the Infinity Greens formula! Organic life-force never tasted so good!
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Vitamin D deficiency and the solution
June 27, 2016 By Billy
Dear Health Enthusiast,
As you may know, Vitamin D deficiency has become a serious health issue. This is a health topic that I have become very passionate about to which I have dedicated a tremendous amount of time to research both the problem and the solution.
The Importance of Vitamin D
So first, why is vitamin D important? For a whole host of reasons! For starters, its deficiency can be linked to today’s prevalence of osteoporosis. Vitamin D metabolizes with calcium in the body helping to maintain sturdy bones. And did you know that vitamin D deficiency can significantly increase your risk of heart disease? A growing number of studies have shown a correlation.
It’s also a vital part of the immune system: one of the lesser-known but critical attributes of vitamin D is that it provides essential support in helping the body to remove toxins from your cells, effectively enhancing the life cycles of them, strengthening your body’s defenses against autoimmune diseases and even cancer.
Now here’s the issue – Sunshine is, by far, the most generous source of vitamin D available. However in an attempt to avoid skin damage and potential cancer, we slather sunscreen containing toxic chemicals (that enter the bloodstream) all over our bodies which ultimately ends up preventing the intake of Vitamin D, a vitally detoxifying vitamin! We call it sun block, but let’s call it what it really is: vitamin D block! How’s that for irony? But it gets even worse. To make up for our lack of vitamin D from the sun, we take unnatural, chemically manufactured supplements (which have become linked to a host of other problems that we will discuss). Something is definitely wrong with this picture.
Moderation and the Right Protection
The keys are moderating your time under the sun as well as the timing of your exposure to it. The target scenario is a short time in the sunshine with broad skin exposure. To get your vitamin D, five minutes in the middle of the day in shorts and a tank top is more than adequate for fair-skinned people. Or up to twenty minutes if you’re darker-skinned.
The timing here is very important. Sunshine comes to us in both UVA and UVB rays. It’s the UVA radiation that causes wear and tear of the skin. It’s in the UVB radiation where we get our vitamin D. In the middle of the day when the sun is highest in the sky, UVB rays are plentiful. But when it’s lower on the horizon, in the morning or late-afternoon and evening hours, when the rays come in at an angle, the atmosphere filters out most of the Vitamin D forming UVB rays.
For that short period (5-20 minutes) in the middle of the day, it’s vital to take advantage of direct, unscreened, unadulterated, pure sunshine. Let the sun’s rays do their job, interacting with tannins in your skin to form vitamin D which will then be absorbed into your bloodstream. Important side note: Vitamin D is formed both within the skin cells as well as in the oils on the surface of the skin. It can take up to two days for vitamin D in the oils on the skin to be absorbed into the body. So stay away from using abrasive soaps on the arms and legs and shoulders which can literally wash the vitamin D away. Rinsing is okay. Use soap where you need it and don’t worry – you’re not going to stink if you don’t use it on your arms and legs and shoulders! By the way, younger people produce more vitamin D on their skin than older people, one reason that osteoporosis generally shows up later in life. Older or younger, the key is both timing and maximum surface area of skin exposed to the sun. Hence, my suggestion of shorts and a tank top. Or why not a little topless sunbathing in the backyard for five minutes? Seriously.
Ah, but what if you’re planning an activity that’s going to involve being out in the sun all day? On the beach, maybe, or out on a boat? Sunscreens are necessary then, aren’t they? Not necessarily. First, there are better options than chemically made sunscreens. Know what’s in those chemically made ones? How’s this for an ingredient list: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. What?? These chemicals have been linked to skin allergies and hormone imbalances. Yup. They’re toxins that seep into the skin and accumulate in the body. No thanks. Go mineral rather than chemical. Use zinc oxide sunscreens. Yes, this is the sunscreen that goes on leaving you a bit white, so maybe it’s not as fashionable. But it’s more natural, safer, and very effective. Hey, something else to keep in mind: most people don’t realize that the chemical sunscreen ingredients listed above are in a lot of everyday skin ‘care’ products. You may be using sunscreen without even knowing it!
Incidentally, did you know that when manufacturers of sunscreens rate their product by SPF (Sunscreen Protection Factor), they’re assuming you’re rubbing tons of it on you? Outside of the laboratory, nobody is putting on the amount of sunscreen necessary to reach the advertised SPF. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 (meaning it theoretically provides 30 times the protection that bare skin provides) might, in reality, only be about a 5 or 10 given the amount most people use.
Really your best sunscreen is shade, like a beach umbrella or a straw hat that shades your face and neck and even shoulders. When you’re at the beach and you want to take a dip in the water, jump in, get your sun exposure, then jump out and hit the shade again.
If you spend a lot of your time out in the sun, it may be worth considering investing in some SPF clothing, kind of a new thing. An average cotton t-shirt has an SPF factor of between only 5 and 10. Fine if you’re not out in the sun all day. But if you’re constantly exposed to long hours in the sun, it may be worth checking out the lines of “sun safe” clothing on the market these days, many made from cotton woven with zinc oxide. This clothing can provide all the SPF you would ever need.
Other Sources of Vitamin D
In the winter months, depending on where you are, it’s often not as easy to get the vitamin D we need from the sun. Even on a sunny day, the sun is going to be lower in the sky, comparable to where it is in the mornings and evenings during the summer. Don’t despair. Vitamin D is fat soluble, meaning that it can be stored for months in your fat cells. Plus, there are other ways to get vitamin D. Eggs and salmon (and other oily fish) are good sources of vitamin D. But note that farm-raised salmon only has about a fourth of the vitamin D that wild-caught has.
Winter, by the way, reveals another important attribute of the sun’s rays. When the eyes interact with sunshine, the body produces serotonin, improving mood. Yup, the “winter blues” is a real thing. But you can get the winter blues at any time of year if you’re indoors all the time and your eyes are not exposed to sunshine. The rays of the sun necessary to produce serotonin don’t pass through glass. So even sitting next to a sunny window won’t help. (Plastic, however, is conducive to the production of serotonin. This is one reason glass lenses have been replaced by plastic lenses in eyeglass wear.)
To compensate for whatever vitamin D you may not be getting in the winter, I don’t recommend resorting to supplements. Did you know that vitamin D3 supplements are made from a waxy substance called lanolin that’s taken from sheep’s wool and skin? Doesn’t sound like anything I’m very keen on ingesting, how about you? And like with other supplements, it’s easy to take too much vitamin D. An excess of manufactured vitamin D in the bloodstream has proven to be harmful for the heart and kidneys. You don’t have to worry about vitamin D toxicity if you’re getting your vitamin D naturally – from the sun or from foods. Overdosing on vitamin D can only happen through man-made supplements. Just another reason to stick with that which Mother Nature has already provided.
Back to Nature
So take that brief midday walk in the sun. Interact with nature. It’s a nice break in the day anyway, helping you manage your stress levels. And that’s a good thing where vitamin D is concerned because cortisol, the “stress hormone,” actually blocks the absorption of vitamin D. A nice little nature walk is a twofer. It reduces your stress and it allows the intake of a very valuable vitamin.
If you’re vitamin D deficient, then take it seriously by dedicating some time in your day for sunshine. Make it a solid and defined part of your lifestyle. Do it for a couple of months. Vitamin D can be tested with a blood test. Why not get tested before and after and see if you don’t get some definitive results showing the benefits of sunshine.
Of course you don’t want to get sunburned, but remember this: when you consider the way we’re blocking the health-essential powers of vitamin D with the toxic chemicals of sunscreen, together with the way we’re compensating for our vitamin D deficiencies with man-made chemical supplements, it’s a safe bet that life force and longevity are compromised more by lack of sunlight than by too much. However the key to getting it right, as always, is striking the right balance.
Yours Truly, Billy MerrittComments to this post
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10 Year Anniversary for Infinity Greens
May 13, 2016 By Billy
I am very excited to annouce that today is the 10 Year Anniversary for Infinity Greens, the flagship formula of the Infinity Superfoods!..10 years! Can you believe it?! The health enhancing properties of Infinity Greens have proven to be extraordinary, and I am more dedicated than ever to continue serving you the very finest superfoods on earth! Thank you for believing in me and the Infinity Superfoods! As many of you know, Infinity Greens originally came from the Ashram Health Retreat in Malibu, California. So big thank you to the Ashram too!!
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The impact that diet, exercise and other elements of a healthy lifestyle have on our wellbeing (both physical and mental) is very underestimated and have rather proven to be awesome. My wish is to be a positive influence and provide the powerful tools and information to help you along your way.
Yours Truly, Billy Merritt
A newly innovated recipe!
March 31, 2016 By Billy
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Drum roll for the new recipe called ‘Infinity Peeps’ –
…Behold, a deviled egg with extra mayonaise, garnished with an Easter marshmallow.
This genius recipe was created by myself and my siblings over the Easter Holidays!!
Note – to negate the toxicity of some of these ingredients, it is recommended to follow up with with an extra serving Infinity Greens. This new recipe was never actually sampled so we can not offer an accurate taste review.
PS…April fools!! Haha!! You knew I was joking, right? I hope this inspired at least a chuckle, making the small sacrifice of sounding like a goof-ball worth it. If so, then pass the ‘peeps’ to the peeps who would do well to smile 😉
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March 30, 2016 By Billy
There’s a lot of confusion about carbohydrates. We hear about simple and complex carbs, but what’s the difference? What do these terms even mean? In its most basic sense, a carbohydrate is a compound of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. They’re present in the foods we eat and our body breaks them down into glucose that then can be used as energy.
Simple Versus Complex
Simple carbohydrates are, essentially, just sugar. They’re found in our diets predominately as processed sugar, such as cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Most of the simple carbohydrates in the modern diet are unhealthy, although there are exceptions, including honey and pure maple syrup (in moderation, as always). Fresh-pressed (non-pasteurized) fruit juice is essentially fructose or fruit sugar, thus making it a simple carbohydrate, but can be relatively healthy, too. A better alternative to juice is often the whole fruit itself, which contains the original fiber and nutrients. Whole fruit can be made into a smoothie, which is why I prefer a smoothie over juice.
Generally, complex carbohydrates are a combination of starch (chains of sugar) and fiber (non-caloric plant matter). This is why whole fruit, because of its fiber, is actually a complex carbohydrate, although it’s often thought of as simple carb because of the sugar. Besides whole fruit, complex carbs include vegetables, rice, beans, bread, pasta, and all grains such as oats, rye, quinoa, millet and wheat. However, some complex carbohydrates are healthier than others. Essentially, the healthy complex carbohydrates are unprocessed plant foods and whole grains. As we’ll discuss later, these unprocessed complex carbohydrates give you the most fiber and nutrients.
The Perils of Processed Foods
Okay, so let’s first talk about the unhealthy complex carbs: processed complex carbohydrates. These are among the greatest culprits of weight gain (and many other health problems) today. Most of the processed complex carbohydrates are essentially grains that have been robbed of their fiber and nutrients, becoming concentrates of starch. Examples of foods high in processed carbs include most cereal, most bread, pasta, white rice, bagels, crackers, chips, most baked foods (among the worst of the worst of processed foods are the “low-fat” snack foods), and basically anything with flour, including wheat and other grain flours. When flour is made, the grain is stripped of the fiber husk and pulverized into a fine powder, leaving nothing but the caloric starch element. These foods are quite abundant, even at your natural food store – and I dare say, make up the majority of products sold.
And here’s the problem – what happens with these “starch concentrates” is that they behave similarly to processed sugars – because of their processed nature, they are digested too quickly, causing an overdose of glucose that the body has no choice but to store as energy for later, which, you guessed it, is stored as fat. Yup, that’s how it works. This is why processed foods, even in smaller amounts, are such major weight gain foods. What’s worse is that they’re extremely easy to overdo since, without the original fiber and nutrients, they don’t satisfy the appetite. So, it’s a double whammy. They’re fattening in and of themselves, and you eat more of them to boot. Doh! Additionally, you gotta keep in mind, even a small amount of processed food goes a long way – directly around the waist line.
Distressingly, these foods are a predominant part of the modern diet. It’s hard to get away from them. For most people, their intake begins first thing in the morning with a seemingly innocent bowl of cereal. Some of the cereals in your grocery store appear to be healthy, but do you always remember to check the ingredients? The front of the box may say “natural,” “organic” and “whole grain,” but look at the side of the box. Most cereals, despite what they say on the front, have flour in them. Furthermore, “evaporated cane juice” which, as you’ll recall from earlier, is just straight-up processed sugar disguised by the natural sounding name. Not good.
So, what can you use as a breakfast cereal instead? How about oatmeal? No, not instant oatmeal and granola. Instead, use whole rolled oats! (The ‘how-to’ – simply cook in water. If you add oil, remember to use a healthy, heat-stable option such as ghee, butter or coconut oil. Add raw nuts, seeds, and unsweetened yogurt. You can even get some of your healthy sugar with sliced berries and a drizzle of honey. Now, that’s a balanced breakfast!). If you want to stick with cereal, look for the brands that don’t contain sugar or flour. There are a few out there. Ezekiel brand is approved, since it is only the whole-wheat berry. For bread, same thing – simply stay away from flour. Unfortunately, that’s 95% of the breads out there. Ezekiel brand also makes a good option for bread. (You owe me one, Ezekiel). Manna Bread is also a decent brand. All of these options are flourless and Billy-approved.
The key is to remember: more unprocessed foods. Simple, yes, but not necessarily easy. Like we talked about earlier, the processed grains without the original fiber and nutrients are merely unsatisfying, fast-digesting calories. Bottom line: enhance your diet to include more unprocessed complex carbohydrates (plant foods, whole fruit, whole grains). This will dramatically improve anyone’s health on all levels, especially long-term. An added bonus is that your days of calorie-counting are almost over. This is because it’s pretty hard to overeat foods such as broccoli. Incorporating more of these foods in our diet enables us to much more easily reduce our calories, if need be (which applies to most of us). What’s more is that fibrous foods are good for the digestive tract and have countless other health benefits. It’s also worth mentioning, that when making choices, green foods are generally the best: broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, and green beans, to mention a few. These have the most fiber and nutrients, relative to the starch content. These are the foods that satiate the appetite the most per calorie. I would also like to comment that among the complex carbs, white potatoes are less than ideal since they have loads of starch and very little fiber and nutrition (not to mention that they are often dressed up with loads of sour cream and bacon bits. Ha!)
Coming full circle, I understand that a complete dietary overhaul for some of us may be a bit overwhelming. Cereals and breads and snacks have become dietary staples for us. But if you make a conscious effort to start substituting healthier, unprocessed foods, you’ll notice a funny thing start to happen. The processed junk will actually begin to feel unappetizing to you. Very truthfully, the processed foods including bread, crackers, chips and other snack foods are totally and completely repulsive to me. Why? Because of something we’ve discussed earlier: the body recognizes nutrient-rich foods, and if given a steady supply, will naturally gravitate towards the good stuff and away from all the junk. It’s true. Believe me. I saw it countless times during the 8 years of teaching nutrition at the Ashram. During the course of their time there, guests would develop an improved taste for good, healthy, nutritious, lower-calorie, natural, unprocessed food. They’d come back a year later looking and feeling like different people. The difference? They successfully incorporated the Ashram dietary principles into their lives. Furthermore, they reported that it was less-than-difficult for them to do, and that they had no interest in going back to their old dietary ways. Try it yourself and see if the same thing doesn’t happen to you. I have a hunch your body’s instinctual wisdom may just tip the scale in your favor.
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How diet has become a primary cause of Autoimmune disease and what we need to do about it.
February 18, 2016 By Billy
We’ve got an important one here. Recently I’ve been getting many questions about Autoimmune Disease, which is very definitely a critical health topic. This is so very important and deserves everyone’s understanding. Here is the shortest and clearest explanation of the disease, and what I feel are the most essential factors to know in order to protect your health.
First, let’s define Autoimmune Disease. The reality is, many people don’t know what it is. It’s often confused with AIDS, when Autoimmune Disease and AIDS are completely different. AIDS, of course, is a transmitted virus that attacks the immune system. Autoimmune Disease is when the immune system turns on and attacks the body itself. Essentially, the immune system gets a mind of its own and goes after its own organs. This is something that is brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle and is not transmittable between individuals.
Where all of this is happening in the world is a very noteworthy point – Autoimmune Disease exists almost exclusively in developed countries. In 3rd-World Countries, it is virtually non-existent. Such a fact makes this topic very deserving of our attention. While we don’t need to fear Autoimmune Disease, we do need to educate ourselves on it. Essentially, we need to pay attention to the basic facts and adjust our lifestyle accordingly – the simplicity of it all may surprise you. However, the bottom line is that it is so very important. You’ll understand why, below.
Autoimmune Disease affects at least 25 million people in the United States. That’s 8 percent of our population. And it’s rapidly increasing. In comparison, cancer affects 9 million, and heart disease affects 22 million. While this is one of the more common nation-wide diseases, it is one that Americans are least aware of. Just 40 years ago, Autoimmune Disease was virtually non-existent, so what the heck is going on?!
Next, let’s address that there are many types of Autoimmune Disease. There are 80-100 known strains of the Autoimmune Disease, and more are coming out all the time. In all of these strains, the immune is system attacking its own body. The specific Autoimmune Diseases are better known than the general class (the name ‘Autoimmune Disease’) itself. These include some well-known diseases including Type-1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroid Disease, Asthma, Eczema, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Psoriasis, Celiac Disease, Thyroid Disease, and more. Some examples – Psoriasis is the immune system attacking the skin, Rheumatoid Arthritis is the immune system attacking the joints, and Multiple Sclerosis is the immune system attacking the brain. The most common side effect on the attacked area of the body is inflammation, the swelling of tissues, making it unreachable for nutrient rich blood that is trying to come to the rescue.
It’s worth mentioning – the most commonly used medical “solution” is medication. Medication may not always be bad, and more often than not Autoimmune Disease medicines relieve the symptoms, but unfortunately Autoimmune Disease medication is among the worst in terms of their side effects. Therefore, medication should, at best, be considered a very short-term solution, especially since the ultimate solution to curing the disease is changing your lifestyle. Unfortunately, Autoimmune Disease medication focuses on the symptom rather than the cause. These medications are intended to suppress the immune system and weaken it’s attack on the body. It’s like trying to clear the smoke out of your house rather than just putting out the fire – it’s a temporary solution that allows you to catch your breath at best. Medication eases the symptoms at best until the cause is discovered and the lifestyle is modified.
The reason the disease-treatment relationship with Autoimmune Diseases deserves our attention is because it is greatly correlated with diet and lifestyle – much more so than most other diseases. If you wish to cool the inflammation, it boils down to finding the source. Some Autoimmune Diseases are genetic, but still, they are most often propagated by one thing – your lifestyle! What is it in the victims’ diet or lifestyle that is wreaking the havoc?! That can be difficult to identify, but the good news is, that’s one of the specialties of natural medicine. There are very many cases of Autoimmune Disease being healed in the realm of functional, holistic, and alternative medicine.
The very next (and actually easy) step is taking the reins of the out-of-control immune system. The immune system is wreaking havoc, but it doesn’t need to be laid to rest forever. Essentially, it’s like an untrained Mustang bucking and kicking. We don’t want to abandon the horse altogether, but rather take back the control we know we should have over it. It’s the same with Autoimmune Disease. We don’t want to annihilate our immune system completely, bur rather take control of it once again. Believe it or not, adding a few things to your diet and removing a few other things is what most often saves the day. It’s all about adding vital nutrients that heal the immune system. Fortunately, there are two that are the most important. Want to take a guess? Vitamin C and Vitamin D!! Yep. Let’s touch on that. Some might think “boosting the immune system” would be bad if it’s already attacking itself, but that’s not right. Instead, you’re putting a head back on its shoulders and restoring your body’s instinctive healing wisdom.
High Vitamin-C foods: I feel making a list here of Vitamin C foods would be preaching to the choir. You know where to get your Vitamin-C!
Vitamin Sunshine (D): Now here is something interesting – over-exposure to UV radiation is sometimes known to exacerbate symptoms of Autoimmune Disease. So it’s a matter of timing to get your vitamin D without it costing any harm! Nutshell solution: get your unprotected sun exposure (no sunblock) for 10 minutes in the middle of the day, at least a couple days a week! This is often a misunderstood concept. It’s the middle of the day when you get the important Vitamin-D generating UVB radiation. And the 10 minutes of UV radiation that you’ll receive at the same time isn’t going to hurt you (a couple hours, different story)! Here is an article I wrote about it. It’s a critical subject – Vitamin D, the problem and the solution. It has been discovered that Vitamin-D is very involved in the recovery of all Autoimmune Diseases. There are actually many functions of the immune system, one of which is the removal of debris from cells in the body, which is Vitamin D’s most critical job.
There are a number of other very helpful things to put in your body such as high Zinc foods and foods that help your intestinal flora. The healthy bacteria in your gut is a pillar of your immune system and this is often the hole in the fortress through which harm can work its way in. Because the average appetite is composed primarily of processed junk food (It’s true, the average American has a primarily processed-food diet, and the tough thing is they don’t even know it), many people think they are eating healthily, when in reality, they are not. Over time, the unhealthy foods in one’s diet are slowly but surely chipping away at his or her health. And again, it’s tough to watch the grass grow – and it’s also hard to watch it die. So, eat your fruit and veggies yo! And cut out the junk!! You know the drill. The gains will be worth it, I can promise you that.
The food culprits: processed salt (sodium chloride), sugar and other heavily processed food create a toxic atmosphere in your body, especially your digestive system. Salt in most food is a heavily processed form of sodium chloride, which is a completely different thing from Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, which in moderation, are totally brilliant, for most of us (there are health cases that low salt is important regardless of its from – another newsletter down the road). Low-fat snack foods are the worst because most are GMO and add this toxic salt to make up for lack of flavor. GMO foods are linked to causing food-allergies and food allergies are another known causative factor for Autoimmune Disease. Artificial sweeteners are just as bad as sugar (and maybe worse), just in a different way and they deserve their own article. Fast food is pretty much the very worst, the end.
Another huge factor? Toxic chemicals. Air-fresheners, heavy metals, and other toxic household items are proven to exacerbate autoimmune disease. Unquestionably, these are original causatives, at least to some degree, and over time they cause more wear and tear, thus increasing the immune system’s vulnerability.
Another big red flag: antibacterial soap and hand sanitizers are taking on the role of your immune system and doing a much worse job. In December of 2013, the FDA proposed questioning soap companies to address the potential risks of using such products daily. Well, guess what? It has been over two years and nothing has been answered. The active antibacterial ingredient has already been proven to be toxic and on top of this, there is currently no evidence that antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. This is nuts! For your reference, here’s the article on the FDA website that confirms this: FDA Questions Antibacterial Soap Companies. Such products pave the way for Autoimmune Disease development down the road. It’s scientifically proven. Rubbing toxic liquids that kill everything under the sun all over your hands (or even worse, your body) is both nuts and counterintuitive. The scary thing is that no one knows this!! Now is the time to detox your house of such dreadful products. Playing in the dirt, being a little dirty, and being exposed to bugs and minor infections train your immune system to be stronger. Please, let the immune system continue to do its job.
Big note: Antibiotics and Vaccines are now linked as great causes for Autoimmune Disease. Google it! The data is real. These culprits kill the bad bacteria while also killing the good bacteria we need to survive. Antibiotics are to be used when the situation is desperate and life threatening. Once utilized, there needs to be some follow up damage control with a healing diet. Most important is replacing intestinal flora, which are killed with the use of antibiotics. Again, digestive health is a pillar!
Alright friends, please know that diet and lifestyle has a greater impact than most are aware of. Everything you feed into and put on your body creates a change in the internal atmosphere, sometimes irrevocably. It’s so very true. Nutrients make our body function how its built to. Conversely, the processed foods that compose the majority of Americans’ diets have a severely weakening effect on your natural immune system. Essentially, they are paving the way for a precarious – not to mention inconvenient and very expensive. Beating this takes awareness that we are inundated with unhealthy choices surrounding us every day. The curative is discipline to keep these toxic ingredients away – both in your diet AND your lifestyle. Discipline comes naturally when the substantial nature of what we’re dealing with is realized, and it quickly turns from “discipline” to a genuine desire for self-improvement. We simply need to remember to spend our time and resources on enhancing our wellbeing rather than providing it with unhealthy entertainment. You’ll be saving yourself from the misery of the latter. These bodies we are given are far too precious to waste.
If someone reading this has already battled Autoimmune Disease, let me say to you that the only true curative is your lifestyle. Is does seem that for some, 100% healing may not happen, BUT at the very, very least, the symptoms will be reduced and may eventually go away entirely. There have been many cases where toxic foods were identified and removed, ultimately healing the body of Autoimmune Disease. These stories point us in a very clear direction, right?! For those of you who have beaten Autoimmune Disease, you may very well have some stories to share! If yes, then congratulations, let’s keep it up and please, spread the word with those you care about while you’re at it!
It’s the potential good in all of this that has my attention. I say we use this information to make better decisions for our bodies while holding the vision that it is not impossible to enhance the quality of our health and even discover new layers excellence. Are you in?
Last thing! Was this helpful? If yes, please pass it on!! Thanks!!Yours Truly,BillyComments to this post
January 16, 2016 By Billy
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A greater degree of health and happiness is to be yours this year!! It boils down to just including more health enhancing elements in our lifestyle – healthy diet, exercise, nature, postive thinking, healing arts, friends…you know the drill! It’s doesn’t have to be hard! Rather I say we make it fun! The level of reward may just be beyond the expected. You in?
PS!!… I very much consider the outdoor dance events I have been producing here in Taos to be among the most health enhancing things we can do for ourselves! Truly, I do!! Come and you’ll see why!!
Well good news!….February 14 a StarTribe event is on the radar!! Ott is coming!…a musician loved by hundreds of thousands!! This will be a classic StarTribe outdoor bonfire dance event! I promise this will be very much worth the drive or flight to be here! And anyone visiting Taos for the first time…prepare to blown away!! The natural beauty of the Northern New Mexico landscape is truly extraordinary – a vital part of what makes a StarTribe event so amazing and unlike anything else! This event also lands on a holiday weekend making the journey all the more worth it!
Visit www.StarTribe.org for details! If you’re coming then get your presale early because tickets are limited to 500, and this StarTribe event will very likely sell out!Comments to this post
Boosting your immune system.
November 25, 2015 By Billy
In this video I talk about a few keys to boosting your immune system this winter!! It’s just a matter of a few adjustments to your lifestyle. It’s not hard and it’s so very worth it!
And because VitaminC is scientifically proven to significantly enhance the body’s immune system we’re doing a special of including a free large bottle of InfinityC and a C-Bar with your purchase of a 12 ounce bottle of Infinity Greens (a $33 value for free)! No need to add InfinityC to your cart. Just enter this code on the checkout page and the free 8oz InfinityC and C-Bar will automatically be included! This is how much I believe in the importance of high Vitamin C plant foods. It boils down to the simple fact that it’s health enhancing, and I want everyone to have some!!
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I this video I also talk about another potentially powerful element to be added to our lifestyle for enhancing our well-being (and life-force!) that I very much want you to know about!
I say we go for it this holiday season to live the healthy life between diet, exercise, spending time in the outdoors with friends and family and not over-working&stressing. It’s no doubt a part of raising bars and discovering our potential.
Wishing you excellent health and happiness this special season – to be yours by nature. It’s just a matter of life-style. We are all capable of living great. What is to be revealed I suspect may be extraordinary.
Yours Truly and at your service always,
November 3, 2015 By Billy
Thanks for watching!!
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Have an excellent day!!Comments to this post
Smoothie Video and Event Invitation
June 30, 2015 By Billy
Happy June! Just got a few words to share….
June 1, 2015 By Billy
Wishing you an excellent week!!
Billy MerrittComments to this post
9 year anniversary
May 14, 2015 By Billy
Checking Back In
February 9, 2015 By Billy
Four days into February, one month down and eleven to go!!
How’s the ‘2015 journey’ going so far?
For 2015, many of us resolved to live even better lives than we did before. And now we’re formulating the lifestyles to achieve it. Let’s make those healthy choices and resolutions happen! Achievement (even the little stuff) makes us happy. (Did you ever make it to the gym and work with a trainer?)
What about spending more time outdoors? Days are shorter (assuming you’re in the northern hemisphere), and we often spend more time indoors. But we need that ‘oh so precious’ sunshine! Try to get outside and bask in the sun for least 10 minutes every day! (Did you ever read my updated Vitamin D article?)
Side note – I think it’s helpful to remember that days are shorter and less sunshine may affect how we feel (not necessarily bad). Naturally, we may feel less energetic – maybe even lethargic, tired, and just a little down (aka winter blues). Rest assured that there’s nothing wrong with you! This is just a short physiological response to your surrounding environment. Conversely, there are known benefits of shorter days worth mentioning. You can even use these shorter days to your advantage!
When days are shorter, we typically spend more time in the dark. There is a mystical, magical and romantic ‘flavor’ during the darker hours. We may be inclined to spend more time taking it easy. Hey, those resolutions don’t always have to be about ‘doing more’! A resolution can even be made to ‘do less’! Overall, I think many of us are too busy! Let’s take more time to not be busy! What about spending more time just relaxing with family, loved ones and friends that make you happy (with the television turned off).
You may even create a little more ‘alone-time’ for yourself. Solitude in moderation can be good! Why not spend this time sitting outside on the patio for a slice of nature, preferably with a hot cup of tea. I find this to be a great opportunity to count the good things going on life, and consciously choose to think positively. Additionally, I also use these times to just practice ‘not thinking’ and being quiet in my thought. There is in fact a physiological shift in the brain when you consciously still your mind, which sets off a number of other positive physiological responses (to be elaborated on soon). And while you’re ‘there’, remember the simple fact that we sustain on invisible O2! It’s the most immediate life source and it’s right here around us! So why not absorb it to the max? Law of nature – when breathing deeply, everything works better. Quite simply, it’s good for your body, which is good for the brain, which is good for the mind! Give this some of your time. Healthier thinking happens. Go ahead and take 10 deep breaths! Next step – carry on with your day, a little more empowered.
An extra bonus – I like having positive daily sayings to serve as reminders. I often frame them to then be placed by my bathroom sink or by my bed! …a few examples – ‘discover your awesome-ness’, ‘take 10 deep breaths’, ‘keep an eye out for the beautiful things around you’, ‘laugh more, dammit’, etc.. Give it a shot.
It’s nice to remember how much control we have over our mind, mood and energy. Your awareness of your natural ability to manage stress and challenges is substantially enhanced, as well as your innate sense of the good things going on around you. Not to mention your ability to laugh more during the times when things seem ‘not so good’.
We are trying to live healthier, individually and globally. The collective desire to succeed is tremendously strong, and will get stronger. We are stunningly capable. We are currently innovating what previously would have been miracles. We can (and will) innovate flawless sustainability, widespread health and global peace…happiness too. Why? Because we have to! And we were built to!
So ‘hooray’ for revealing our awesomeness in 2015!
PS. The Power Pack Special last month went really well! I’m glad so many of you took me up on the offer! Hopefully you have been taking all three formulas and feeling the benefits. Well, keep it up! And keep up a healthy diet! We are fortunate to understand diet to be one of the keys to pulling back the curtain for our natural health to really shine! Yup, there is in fact a ‘silver bullet’ for our health – let’s call it life-force. And it’s up to you to create it with your lifestyle.
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PSSS. One last thing – spend more time in nature! There are many things in the world that are perfect exactly the way they are. Mountain tops, waterfalls, and forests, for example. Scenery and plant life rub off something great.Comments to this post
December 10, 2014 By Billy
I felt this is the perfect time to offer two high-impact health tips that will be especially beneficial during the winter months!
1) Diet – Your body will naturally crave more calories now that temperatures are cooler, assuming that your regular physical activity is maintained. I will explain why weight gain will not be a problem with naturally increasing your calories.
Remember that most importantly, when you increase your portion size, stick the foods in your diet that you already know to be healthy. This will offset the craving and potential overindulgence of the disease-causing foods high in processed calories like sugar, flour, and cheap oils that are especially common over the holidays. An over-abundance of these foods seem to be the norm this time of year. And now that your body is craving more calories, it can sometimes be hard not to give in.
Also, remember that per calorie, these processed foods have far more weight gaining effects, yet conversely do not satisfy your appetite like nutrient-rich foods. The calories in those sweet baked goods can add up quickly! Is occasionally having pie and ice-cream when you’re at a friend’s dinner party going to make you fat? Probably not. But it sure can get away from you because processed sugar is addictive! Be sure to keep these foods from sneaking their way into your home! Stock your pantry with more of the foods that you already know to be good for you. Note – holiday treats and desserts don’t always have to be unhealthy! How about a little dark chocolate (70% cacao or more)? Dark chocolate is an appetite suppressant, so just a few squares and you’re good. Many of you know from my recipes that I’m quite a fan of raw chocolate, especially my green power nuggets!
And remember hot drinks! Chai is classic and often a favorite this time of year. A little caffeine from black or green tea never hurts. But remember that we need to be conscious of the ingredients! The best way is to simply make your own! Have you ever tried my home-made chai recipe? As many of you know, chai is one of my favorites! Also, remember to take advantage of my chai recipe as another appetite suppressant – a satisfying alternative to other sugary drinks.
Again, the big picture is to keep your appetite satisfied with more of the nutrient dense and unprocessed foods! We want to make the extra calories primarily healthy. An excellent choice is hearty soup – something the body naturally craves when temperatures are cooler. Try my curried kale soup. I’ve been loving this one! Because of the nutrient density and high water content, this one will satisfy your appetite with fewer calories.
Lastly, consuming more calories this time of year will not necessarily make you gain unhealthy weight. But it requires integration with tip #2!!!
2) Now is THE time to visit the gym for strength training! This does not entail riding a stationary bike or treadmill (of course a spin-class is in a different category). It pains me to watch people do this as their only form of exercise, while reading a magazine! Sure, you’re burning some calories, but remember that becoming physically fit is more than just burning calories. Plus, this kind of activity actually burns fewer calories than you would think, making this a relatively inefficient way to spend your time and energy.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the strength training with free weights that has the long-term impact of burning substantially more calories! Big picture is we’re building a stronger body. Ultimately, building muscle is the most effective method for keeping your metabolism high. Plain and simple, a stronger machine burns more fuel. Of course it’s a balance of doing both cardio and weight training. The cardio will have a more immediate effect on burning calories, but the impact is shorter term. But build muscle, and your metabolism will increase substantially and is more long term.
In the long term you will burn far more calories by dedicating some of your visits to the gym to exercises like squats and dead-lifts rather than the treadmill and machines. When I share this information with others I often receive a blank stare. The reality is most of us don’t know how to do strength training like squats and dead-lifts. It’s seldom done because it’s challenging and requires some knowledge to do it right. This is where I strongly recommend working with a trainer! Hiring a professional trainer is one of the best things you can do for yourself! It certainly has been for me. They are using specific strength training protocols that will make the energy you put into this yield far more benefits. It also makes working out more fun! You will notice when people are working with trainers, they are typically using free weights, not machines. Free weights are overall far more strengthening. But again, it takes some knowledge to do it right and prevent injury. So hire a trainer!
If this will be new for you, I suggest strength training at the gym twice a week. Personally, I do Mondays and Fridays at the gym with my trainer, and Wednesday I do a solid outdoor workout, generally involving a hike. Even if it’s cold, still try to get at least one outdoor workout per week. Go for that power-walk and pump those arms like you mean it!
Note – Tip #1 addressed our natural tendency to eat more this time of year and what to do about it. And here is the reason Tips 1 and 2 form a perfect integration – you can build strength faster when you’re eating more. You’re building a stronger body and more calories speeds up the process. And so this is the perfect time of year for strength training! But just like we talked about, keep the extra calories healthy! Rather than increasing animal protein in your diet, add a post-workout smoothie to your day. Be sure to include a serving of Infinity Protein! You will essentially be taking advantage of your natural tendency of eating more this winter to build strength that ultimately will make you leaner in the long run. In the spring when you instinctively cut back on your calories, you will actually lose fat much faster and easier because of the substantial increase in your metabolism. Make sense? This is essentially the protocol used by body builders. We’re just doing the less extreme version.
Let’s do this! Life is good and we can make it even better. But no waiting. If you feel any enthusiasm from reading this letter, then now is the time to go for it. All of this takes relatively little discipline when you know how good the results will be.
PS…one more health tip – Dance!!! Dance is like tea. There are many flavors. Break dancing to barn dancing – all of it. Just pick the one you love and do it! I truly believe dance to be one of the very best things you can do for yourself. There is a huge amount of scientific data that dancing has a profoundly substantial effect on numerous elements of our health, especially the brain. I read an impressive article on how dance can stimulate a part of the brain that regularly is inactive. This has shown to affect memory, general happiness and more. And it can be serious exercise. So get out on the dance floor and wave your arms like you mean it.
….and last thing – I just want to let you all know how grateful I am for your loyalty to Infinity Greens. Some of you have been solid customers since the very beginning, 9 years ago. It makes me happy so many of you believe in what I’m doing, and I will do whatever it takes to always serve you the very finest health forming products on earth!Comments to this post
Response to questions from the Animal Protein Newsletter
July 1, 2014 By Billy
This newsletter is a response to questions from the Animal Protein Newsletter you received a few weeks ago. This is massive subject and so cramming it all into one newsletter that everyone has the time to read isn’t really possible. I’m glad many of you are asking these questions so I can address some of the in-between details. There were however too many questions to answer in one newsletter, and so I have extracted the 3 most common ones to focus on.
1) There were questions about B12 in relation to eggs and dairy. There are some of you who have an allergy to eggs. The concern was where to get B12 if your diet does not include eggs or animal protein. Dairy is a fair solution. Yogurt, cheese, and milk all have a small amount of B12. Butter only has trace amounts. However, there are some of you that have an allergy to dairy as well. Or you may be totally vegan for personal reasons. Respectable. (I understand if some of you are unhappy I don’t endorse vegan-ism. I understand your own ethical reasoning, but my role is nutrition, and so I will remain within those boundaries. I’m just glad no one showed up on my doorstep to smack me with a cucumber after reading my previous message.) So naturally there were many inquiries about fortified foods with B12 as a possible solution, like nutritional yeast, cereal, bread and soy products. The B12 in all of these foods is lab formulated cyanocobalamin. And remember my emphasis in the previous article that cyanocobalamin B12 is toxic. Mildly so, but definite….and on a long-term basis will have some degree of wear and tear. Bottom line – avoid fortified bread and cereal. If you’re a huge fan of nutritional yeast for the flavor then you can find some brands that do not have added B12. So you’re probably wondering, ‘for B12 what the heck do we do’? There is a middle road solution. Methylcobalamin B12 is available by injection, sub-lingual liquid and patches. It’s hard for me to propose this as a solution since I’m not a fan of ingesting things formulated in a laboratory and do not come from food, but it’s better than nothing. A diet lacking B12 poses risk on neurological health. Not good. Note – if taking any form of Vitamin B supplements, this is not something you need on a daily basis. Exactly how often, I can not say, but I have read articles from well reputed doctors suggesting that once a week is more than adequate. B vitamins are stored in the body for years. Vegans, I hope this helps.
2) There were also some inquiries about fats. I talked about why with animal protein it’s important to most of the time choose the leaner options (Not the case with dairy. Remember whole dairy, only the finest, and less of it). I’m definitely not talking about going on a low-fat diet! Low fat diets are not good for a number of reasons, one of which includes unhealthy weight gain! It’s all a matter of the right fats. Animal lard, not great. Plant-based fats are pretty hard to overdo, if they are the elite – raw oils, like olive oil, raw nuts, seeds, and avocados. We covered this topic on fats a year ago and I’m writing a newsletter to expound more on this very important information! But nutshell version – remember that fats fuel the body the exact same way as carbs. And per calorie, fats satisfy your appetite more than carbs. Example – 100 calories of almonds will satisfy your appetite far more than 100 calories of crackers. So adding more of the healthy fats to your diet will help you cut back on your overall daily calories.
3) There were also questions of concern about getting enough protein. This article is definitely not intended to endorse my own products, but this is exactly what the Infinity Protein Blend and Bars are for. Infinity Protein is a blend of the highest grade plant foods, combined with herbs and enzymes for maximum absorption. And I’m a huge fan of protein smoothies! I typically have a smoothie morning and afternoon. Make it right and this can be a supremely healthy meal that keeps you totally satisfied for hours with relatively few calories. I know for many of you this is a real priority. Blend a pear and/or half banana with a handful of strawberries, a heaping tablespoon of raw almond butter or yogurt, Infinity Protein and purified water. Now you’ve created a well rounded meal. And afterward tell me you don’t feel totally amazing….and satisfied. Also remember there are other plant sources like edemame, tempe, quinoa, broccoli, avocado, nuts, seeds and legumes. As far as how much protein to include in your daily diet is getting into an entirely new subject. The protocol that is generally accepted as standard is .8grams protein per kilogram of body weight. This is for a relatively sedentary person. But who the heck is sedentary? Not you! And so I feel most of the time this should be a minimum. For athletes the most commonly proposed maximum is 1.6grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. But of course there are many more factors other than just your level of physical activity, like body mass, gender, and age, just to name a few. Now for the good news – it’s pretty hard to under-do or overdo protein if you have a variety of the mentioned plant proteins and fewer processed starches. Exactly how many grams of protein to have per day gets a little more attention than it deserves. Trust your instincts and select the plant protein foods that your body naturally craves.
Any more questions? Keep em’ coming, and as always I’ll do my best to provide answers!
Lastly, did you improve upon your diet per my recommendations from the previous newsletter? Notice any difference in how you feel? If you didn’t already integrate some of these principles, will you? Now is the time. The immense benefits to be experienced when using this information will continue pulling you in the right direction – the ‘snow ball effect’ made great.
Animal Protein – the pluses, minuses and most critical factors.
June 9, 2014 By Billy
I know this is one of my longer articles, but I consider this to be some of the most important information ever included in my newsletters. So it will be worth the time!
Animal Protein –
There is no universal answer for this one. But let’s weigh the factors.
Animal protein has been in the human diet all over the world for 200,000 years, since the hunter gatherer days. It was essential for many cultures since climate would potentially limit their food resources. Consider the Eskimos as an extreme example! Even in the northern regions of United States food supply was potentially limited to just meat and potatoes in the winter because of short growing seasons. This was before the advent of the food distribution that we have today. The majority of the western world now has access to virtually any food year round.
Nutritive Considerations –
First let’s talk about protein since this tends to be the primary subject of dispute. I do not consider this to be much of an issue because of the modern day availability of other high protein foods. Examples – quinoa, legumes, nuts, seeds, avocados, broccoli, eggs, dairy, and plant-based protein supplements, just to name a few. And when done right these options prove to be more than adequate for most.
But here is where vegetarians can run into trouble – animal protein is often replaced with processed starches – bread and pasta being the big ones! And remember what happens? Did you read the April newsletter? Yup, with too many starchy foods you’re likely to put on the not-so-healthy kind of pounds. So replace animal proteins with other high protein foods – not processed grains!
Eggs – I consider eggs to be a perfect food. Worry not about about cholesterol! Eggs raising your cholesterol would be comparable to olive oil making you fat. Not possible. The egg white thing is a disaster!!! These egg white products are simply riding on the coat-tails of the buzz about the low-fat diet in the 90’s, which of course now is outdated. Remember it’s the saturated fats that affect the body’s cholesterol. And eggs have less than one gram. Plus the yolk is what has the nutrients! Just go with the finest – ie organic….or even better, visit your local farmer’s market.
Dairy – many of us are developing sensitivities from overdoing it. The problem is the low fat products. Think about it – take the fat out and milk essentially becomes a lactose concentrate. Lactose is the part of dairy that does not digest so well. Low fat yogurt is disaster. You have a serving and you feel like u didn’t even eat anything. Essentially you had a bunch of sugar from the fruit sweetener laced with processed sugar. Yes whole dairy requires moderation for adults. Again, too much saturated fat raises our cholesterol (not an issue for kids). The key is to go with whole dairy and just less of it.
Fish – Present day, in most cases fish is not so good because of the situation with our oceans. Seafood same. Farm raised fish is worse. Bummer. Of course this is an entirely new subject so we can talk about this one soon. Need essential fatty acids? Flax and chia seeds are an excellent source. Also substantial amounts of fatty acids aren’t really necessary for everyone. Consider many cultures adapted to diets with out fish. Yes, essential fatty acids lower cholesterol but so does cutting back on saturated fats. Exercise too!
So what kind of meat is best? Tough question. At least the lean stuff. Lower fat meats are better. Animal lard can raise cholesterol substantially. Is it going to hurt having a burger once in while – probably not. But compare low quality meat to processed sugar – these foods are simply wear and tear on your health if they are a regular part of your diet. Beef and pork I consider to be the least ideal. While nutritive, they are seriously acid forming. Not to mention they can accumulate in the gastro-intestinal system. The only reasons the human body intensely craves it is because of the immense protein, iron and B12. I have solutions! Protein and fats are what truly satisfy our appetite. But another compromise is animal protein takes a lot of work for the body to break it down. The popular chicken salad for lunch only makes you tired. Animal protein is a dinner food. Protein is NOT fuel. It’s a ‘restorative’. And sleeping at night is when the body is doing the majority of it’s restoration. Now replace your chicken salad with a plant-protein fruit smoothie (Not with Whey! It’s constipating!). And then enjoy a bowl of quinoa and edemame with coconut oil and leafy greens. Tell me you don’t feel the same satisfaction – minus the lethargy. Easily digestible proteins simply do not make you tired. Next day take inventory on how you feel after a steak dinner. Energized or Tired? I bet on the later.
As many of you know I did an animal protein experiment on myself. For two years I integrated a respectable amount of bison into my diet. I did in fact put on more body mass, but I became lethargic! I had to take a couple naps daily! Boo. Since removing it from my diet for the last year I have actually found a way to maintain the same body mass even on a vegetarian diet. And I have WAY more energy.
A tangent consideration about this topic – it is only fair to consider the beef and pork industry’s and wear and tear on the planet. I know this is opening a new can of worms, but please consider our own health’s interrelationship with the health of the planet. When on an airplane flying across the country, notice all the circles and squares? This is simply hay for cattle. Could food production be any less efficient? I’m not suggesting we all go vegetarian tomorrow. It would likely bring destruction down upon our economy. But if we continue with our current rate of consumption the same will happen. So the solution for both yourself and the planet – cut back. And only go with the finest.
The B12 situation – first and foremost, supplements aren’t the long-term solution. There has recently been a surge of respectable scientific data confirming the potential toxicity of cyanocobalamin B12. This artificial B12 is produced by fermentation of GMO bacteria. It has now been tested to leave behind toxic cyanide in the bloodstream. Not good. There are other supplemental B12 solutions including patches and injections that are debated to have little harm if any. But remember the most reliable source of vegetarian B12 is eggs! They’re the winner. I know this may surprise some of you vegans, but facts are facts. And if we do it right this can be awesomely sustainable. I suspect most of us will have chickens running around in our backyard before long (apartments in New York may not be ideal). The efficiency is mind blowing. Feed them your food scraps and they recycle it into perfect protein and B12! I’m working on it here in Taos, New Mexico!
But wait – here is the ultimate solution to prevent B12 deficiency – avoid a lifestyle that depletes it! The two easy ones to eliminate that have substantial impact are processed sugar and flour. Google it for some impressive data. Also avoid over-consumption of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco. Over-consumption is relative, so it would be unfair to make a claim as to what is appropriate. Have confidence in your instincts and exercise your discipline. And of course avoid narcotic drugs.
Iron – the solution is a piece of cake, metaphorically. Eat figs, pumpkin seeds, and cook with a cast-iron pan. Problem solved. (note – google ‘season iron pan’ and food will never stick to it again. And chuck your other non-stick pan. Or better yet, recycle it.)
While on this subject of nutrients it feels appropriate to remind ourselves the severe toxicity of multivitamins. I’m not a chemist, but I’ve read the current literature. There has been a surge of respectable testing and legitimate data on this entire subject, similar to the B12. Artificial ‘nutrients’ come from mines and hydrolyzed GMO corn. 100% of all your daily nutrients pressed into a pill the size of a peanut. Really?… Really?! While doing your online research evaluate the claims companies make that such ‘nutrients’ are genuinely healthy. The data is hilariously pathetic. Don’t take multi-vitamins. And please note – watch out for the supplements that claim to be made of raw foods. Be sure to read the list of ingredients before you buy any supplement. On the front of the label it may say ‘superfoods’. If on the back of the label the ingredients are listed in a box titled ‘supplement facts’, this is a red flag. If the label says ‘Nutrition Facts’ then you know the product includes plant foods only.
So that’s all folks. Bottom line – I’m not saying you need to be vegetarian to be healthy. Would vegetarian be the healthiest? If you do it right, then probably. At the very least let’s all cut WAY back on our animal protein consumption. Animal protein is not a food to have every day. Maybe every few days or once a week. Or less. And just go with the finest – ie organic/hormone free.
Now go make yourself a protein smoothie. And then after have steamed quinoa with olive oil, raw leafy greens and a soft boiled egg. Of course the potential variety is endless.
Let me know how it goes after a couple weeks! I suspect you’re going to feel a substantial difference, and it’ll be good. If so, pass this to a friend.
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How to make Almond Milk – this is hilariously easy!
April 30, 2014 By Billy
REFRESHER – THE KEY TO HANDLING SUGAR IN YOUR DIET!!!!!
April 29, 2014 By Billy
Remember reading my weight-loss article last month? We did a refresher a few days ago about cutting back on the processed grains and starches.
Did you do it? How did it go?
NOW it’s time to do a short refresher with how to manage sugar! Remember that sweet foods and drinks metabolize into fat almost instantaneously!
It’s those darn bottled drinks! Even in the ‘natural’ stuff. (remember that for fruit juice to be sitting for months in a container it has to be pasteurized, heated! Really any benefit is compromised).
So what do you say for just three days let’s cut WAY back on bottled drinks that have any sweetener! note – artificial sweeteners are not an option! Stevia okay!
* Of course the BIG exception is a fresh smoothie that you make at home!!
We all have a sweet tooth and why not keep it happy with the premium!
Just a few days! Let’s do this!
Let’s minimize –
sweetened non-dairy milks (ie. almond, rice, soy)
bottled fruit juice
* Why not a little honey or coconut nectar in your morning tea be an exception! But use less. Just a little does the trick!
This is just the first step, and we’re making it easy! No need to be hard-core and go 100% sugar-free, unless you want to. But let’s start with something manageable!
Having a few pieces of fruit throughout the day will make this much easier!
Do superfood smoothie in the morning, sweetened only with fruit! Why not a banana? Mix it in a blender with water, InfinityGreens and some fresh almond butter – amazing, and easy.
Why not have a pear, watermelon, peach, OR berries with lunch? So many options!
Something for dessert? How about yogurt, blueberries and almonds?
So what do you say? You in? You’ll be glad you did this!!!
Why? Because you’ll have more stable energy and experience how your body simply operates better without processed sweeteners and packaged juice products. Tried and tested by many of us. Note – day one you may experience a hint of withdraw. No big deal. Hang in there. Just remember, this is a massive step towards losing some serious weight if you want it!
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