Webinar with Judy Seeger ND
June 20, 2013 By Billy
Hello Everyone! I had a the pleasure of being on Judy Seeger’s health webinar yesterday. Judy is a health expert working on the leading edge of utilizing natural prognosis for fighting cancer. I was super excited to talk about various nutrition tips, emphasizing foods for detox, weight loss, and strengthening the body to become more resilient to disease. These are important points that I rarely have the opportunity to share. I feel certain you will find this information to have great benefit. Enjoy!Comments to this post
New Infinity Greens Homepage Video
June 5, 2013 By Billy
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New Infinity Greens Smoothie Recipe!
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So what’s the deal with Vitamin D?
May 21, 2013 By Billy
Everyone seems to be vitamin D deficient these days. Osteoporosis is more common than ever. And yet the way that vitamin D supplements are flying off drugstore shelves, you’d think we’re all getting plenty of vitamin D. Here’s the problem: as with most artificial supplements, all we end up doing by ingesting them is circumventing Mother Nature. People take calcium supplements to cover their lack of vitamin D, but did you know that most calcium supplements are made of coral? Unfortunately, the human body just hasn’t quite adapted to the ingestion of coral; or fake Vitamin D. You want vitamin D? The real stuff is right outside the door, nicely presented to us in a little something I like to call “sunshine.”
There’s no substitute for the sun. The sun’s rays interact with tannins in the skin to form vitamin D which is absorbed into the blood stream in just a matter of hours. Vitamin D then metabolizes with calcium in your diet to, among other things, help you maintain a sturdy frame. It’s essential. A key feature of your health.
But look at the way we’ve been conditioned to think of the sun’s rays as always being dangerous. We use exorbitant amounts of sunblock, spraying and rubbing man-made chemicals into our skin (which ultimately enter the bloodstream). AND HERE’S THE BIG ONE – Seemingly every “skin care/moisturizer” product on the market contains SPF. That’s not skin care. That’s ‘skin wear and tear’ aka Vitamin D block!
So am I recommending getting sunburned? Of course not. Sunblock has its place. If you’re on the beach for hours, use it. Please. But the fact is we need healthy amounts of sunshine. The key to getting it is the time of day!
The time of day to get your Vitamin D is actually mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Here’s why. There are 2 forms of UV radiation from the sun. UVB and UVA. It’s UVB that produces the Vitamin D. And the strength of UVB depends on the height of the sun in the sky. Middle of Day, more UVB. Early or late, less UVB. On the other hand UVA is strong all day. Long exposure to either is not good. High noon qualifies as extreme, however brief exposure of a few minutes will not be harmful. But again, the ideal time is mid-morning and mid-afternoon. And here’s the real key – more surface area of skin, shorter exposure time.
* Note – these times of day are general and do not apply to all regions of the world and at all times of the year. Also these principles do not apply in the exact same way to ALL body types. That’s getting into a more complex subject and is out of my level of expertise. Yes, you will get some Vitamin D early and late in the day but will be quite nominal compared to mid-day.
* Another Note – while good, you don’t need sunshine every day, of course. With northern winters, the human body has adapted to going months without it. But neither should you avoid it. And neither should you use sunblock and “skin care” products that contain sunblock any more than is absolutely necessary. If you’re out in the noonday sun, the best protection is wearing light cotton, long sleeves with a wide-brimmed hat.
If you need a moisturizer, look carefully at the ingredients and find one that doesn’t mention SPF. My recommendation? Olive or coconut oil. Greasy? Well, here’s the trick: when you’re in the shower, take a tablespoon of olive or coconut oil and rub it in all over your body. Then rinse well and towel dry. Your skin will soon radiate a natural glow. And olive oil is high in vitamin E, a natural antioxidant.
As for Vitamin D supplements – there is tremendous debate. But it’s not gonna hurt like many other supplements potentially could. I do have a friend who was taking exorbitant amounts of Vitamin D. She stopped taking it and got out in the sun and her Vitamin D levels increased impressively fast. But again, not all rules apply to everyone.
So, quick review – The right sunshine: good. Eating coral: bad. Vitamin D supplements: well, questionable. Save the sunblock for when you’re in the sun for a lengthy period. Remember that right outside your door is all the vitamin D you could ask for. It’s free and easily accessible. Ain’t Mother Nature grand?
ps…I say we meet up tomorrow for some 10am UVB and skip around the block in bikinis and speedos. You in?
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Sugar: the good news and the bad news
April 11, 2013 By Billy
Sugar: The Good News and the Bad News
Believe it or not, when it comes to sugar and health, it’s not all bad news. The fact is, sugar is nearly essential for our health. It’s brain fuel – glucose. And a big benefit is that it’s fast-acting. Whereas carbs and fats can take hours to break down into fuel for the body, glucose is put to use almost instantly.
The bad news? We’ve gone down the wrong track with it. The sugar most of us are likely to ingest today is highly processed refined sugar. This kind of sugar produces a scary amount of wear and tear on the body – energy and weight are big ones. And it’s in seemingly everything. You’ll even find it in all those “natural” snacks. It’s in cereal, granola, crackers, chips, baked goods of all kinds, many breads, and virtually every “low-fat” snack you come across – aisle after aisle of them, even at your natural food store! These can be the worst since they’re constantly trickling through our diet.
But let’s focus on the good news and find a way to reduce the effects of the bad news. Your body needs sugar, so let’s give it sugar. Let’s feed that sweet tooth of yours. We all have one. It’s a law of human biology. So let’s keep it happy. But let’s be smart about how we do it. We don’t need to give up sugar, we just need to use the right sugar – the elite sugar.
Where can we find the elite sugar that your body needs? Easy. The organic produce section of your local grocery store or fruit stand. Fruits are where the elite sugar hangs out. And the elite of the elites can be found in berries – blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries. Colorful berries. Remember that color is frequently reflective of nutrient density and quality.
And the great thing about berries is that they’re mostly low glycemic. This means they’re slower burning and therefore less likely to quickly raise and lower your blood sugar. Processed sugar, by contrast, is high glycemic, quickly burning and sending your blood sugar up and down and all over the place. There are some higher glycemic fruits, too. Tropical fruits like bananas or pineapple or papaya or mango are high glycemic. But they’re better for you than the processed stuff. In moderation, they serve a good role as sweeteners in a smoothie!
And then somewhere in the middle of the glycemic scale you have the other fruits you might think of – pears, apples, oranges, watermelon, etc. They’re all good for you. Having a piece of fruit in the morning and again in the afternoon will keep your sweet tooth happy. You’ll be a lot less likely to grab a donut from the break room or order a sugar-filled dessert at lunch.
Even though with berries it’s hard to overdo it, most fruits, like anything in life, require some moderation. What qualifies as ‘moderation’ is different for everyone, but I believe in our body’s instincts when it comes to healthy foods. Here’s the trick – combine them with protein fats. Fruits and protein fats work beautifully together. Sugar produces quick energy, protein fats help your body sustain the energy. The protein fats satiate your appetite to help prevent overdoing the sugar. Mix fruit with yogurt. Or with nuts and seeds.
Think up your own combinations. A banana split? Hmm…think a little harder. How about berries and yogurt? Much better. Raw sprouted almonds (a superfood!) and prunes? Perfect. Apples and almond butter? Now you’re talking. Of course fruits don’t have to be eaten with anything else, but the energy you’ll derive from them will last longer if you add something a little more energy-sustaining soon after.
Since your body needs fuel first thing in the morning, nothing beats a smoothie when you get out of bed. Here’s my favorite: put a banana in a blender with a heaping tablespoon of yogurt and a heaping tablespoon of raw almond butter and your Infinity Greens. The energy from the fruit and superfoods will be sustained with the protein fats for a slow burn that will last for hours. The perfect low-calorie, balanced, nutrient-dense breakfast! You’ll be ready to face the world all morning long.
Then need a snack in the afternoon? Try a piece of fruit and some almonds. Or how about a glass of fruit juice? But beware of pasteurized juices, especially those bottled “superfood” drinks with gross amounts of sugar. Yuck. Stick with raw and fresh-pressed juice. Again, with moderation. Though it’s nutritive, it is sugar, after all.
Okay, so let’s talk about those processed sugars. They ain’t all bad. But some are definitely better than others. Let’s look at the elites. The elite non-fruit sugars can be found in raw honey or maple syrup. These are my top picks. Real maple syrup – tree sap – not the Aunt Jemima kind. I’m sure she was a sweet lady, but her syrup is little more than high-fructose corn syrup. Real maple syrup is rich in minerals. And raw honey has nutritive medicinal value. It’s an immune booster. Once again, mix these sugars with protein fats. Honey, yogurt, and/or nuts n’ seeds are a great combination.
Other middle of the road processed sugars include agave nectar and coconut sugar. Using a little in your tea, ok. How much exactly is a tough call because we’re all different, but use your best judgment bearing in mind it is in fact processed sugar. These don’t have nutritive value, but at least they don’t produce the same kind of wear and tear on the body as processed cane sugar. Do what you can to cut back on processed white sugar and keep it infrequent…a little dark chocolate, fine. Note – you can find raw chocolate sweetened with coconut. This one is my pick – Silvermoon Chocolate – nutritive in moderation.
So, the dilemma is solved. Your body needs sugar, and now you know the right places to find it. First thing tomorrow, make yourself a smoothie. Have something in the afternoon too. Throw the glazed donut away… and the ‘natural’ junk food too. At least read the ingredients before you munch on it!
Try this protocol for a week and see if you don’t have more energy and feel better!
And see if something else doesn’t start to happen. As with any healthy protocol, when you give your body what it really wants and you begin to feel the benefits, you’ll notice how easy it is to stick with it, how much you naturally will start to gravitate towards the things that make you feel great, and how easy it is to continue feeling great!
And that’s the best news of all.
As always, wishing you the best!~
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5 – 10 frozen organic strawberries
1 cup pure water
1-4 heaping teaspoons Infinity Greens, and/or C, and/or Protein – choose what you need.
1-2 heaping tablespoons whole Greek yogurt and/or raw almond butter
Optional – 1/2 organic banana or pear. or round tablespoon raw honey.
Blend it up and enjoy the healthiest and most delicious superfood smoothie there ever was!~
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Animal Protein. Good? Bad?
March 5, 2013 By Billy
This is a subject you don’t hear too much about within the natural health movement. A diet rich in healthy plant foods is always important, but health experts are reluctant to come right out and say you should become a vegetarian. At the same time, they’re reluctant to recommend that you fortify your diet with protein from animals. So nobody ever really goes there. But it’s an important topic that a lot of people have questions about. So let’s talk about it!
One of the difficulties in considering meat in one’s diet is that every body type is different with different needs. The reality is that animal protein has been in the human diet for hundreds of thousands of years. We’re descended from hunter-gatherers. Our bodies have adapted to animal protein. Our ancestors could only eat what they could find in their immediate surroundings – in colder climates, typically just meat and potatoes during the winter months. Some cultures had diets rich in seafood and chicken, while other cultures had diets rich in bison, beef, venison, elk or other wild animals. So there’s a genetic component to what our bodies need, and therefore a one-size-fits-all approach to diet isn’t realistic.
Now consider this – within the last hundred years of improvements in food distribution worldwide, we’ve had such an abundance of plant foods and grains available to us year round. These days we can get virtually any and every nutrient the body needs without having to include animal protein. There are, however, some simple nutritive properties in animal protein that can’t necessarily be identified with particular vitamins and minerals. But the main nutrients that stubbornly keep meat relevant in the talk about diet, are B vitamins, zinc, and iron – all of which can be acquired with a plant substitute. High iron plant foods include edamame, tempeh, lentils, cooked spinach, chick peas, and chard. Spirulina, the most nutritive food on the planet (which is why it’s the main ingredient in Infinity Greens!), has more iron in a teaspoon than a full serving of red meat. B vitamins aren’t as easy to find in plant food, but you can get them in brewer’s yeast, nori seaweed, and – again – spirulina. Zinc can be found in watermelon seeds, cooked spinach, avocado, asparagus, broccoli, chard, and collard greens. (Add some Vitamin C which helps the body metabolize zinc.) Omega-3s, a popular reason to eat fish, can be found in raw nuts and seeds, especially flax seeds. The best source of DHA in particular is algae oil, which you can find in your local natural food store.
If you want to try a vegetarian lifestyle, I would heartily endorse it. Some people do very well by dropping meat entirely from their diets. Others don’t. If you’re not sure what’s right for you, try it for a month or so and see what happens. Add a greater variety of plant foods into your diet, especially the leafy green kind. Add a protein powder. But make sure it’s one that’s plant-based, like Infinity Protein. Avoid whey and soy proteins – they’re comparable to eating glue for your gastrointestinal system. And be careful not to make the common mistake of replacing meats with pasta and bread and processed grains – too much starchy food! Do more plant foods! Eat soups and salads. Need some recipe ideas? Click here.
If you don’t want to cut out meat from your diet, that’s okay too. You might be relieved to know that I don’t think you necessarily need to become a vegetarian to be healthy. There are some considerations, though, that you might want to keep in mind.
A good rule of thumb to remember is that foods with more color often have more nutritive value. This is true for plant foods (leafy greens, for example, or strawberries or blueberries, as opposed to, say, white potatoes or bananas) but is true as well for meats. Darker meats – beef, venison, elk, bison – come with more nutritive value than white meats like chicken or turkey.
But watch the saturated fat (check out my recent discussion on fats). If you’re eating meat products high in saturated fats, you’re eating animal lard. Keep it lean for the most part.
Go for the elite stuff – organic, and free of hormones and antibiotics. Consistently eating meats that are not hormone-free can lead to serious health issues.
Where fish is concerned, go wild. That is to say, avoid farm-raised fish which are poorer in quality. Atlantic salmon is a good example. It sounds like it’s ocean-caught, but Atlantic salmon is farm-raised. Sometimes the quality is so poor they have to add food coloring to make it look healthy. Read your labels. Go instead with wild-caught. Avoid bottom feeders. Fresh water fish is preferable because it tends to be more pure than ocean fish, which can contain higher amounts of impurities like mercury. Overall, eat fish in moderation. There’s been a lot of wear and tear on our oceans and the purity isn’t what it was years ago. And remember that if you’re eating fish for the express purpose of getting omega-3s like DHA into your diet, try algae oil instead.
With beef, go with cows that have been grass-fed, not corn-fed. Most cows these days are corn-fed. It’s a lot cheaper. But it makes for fattier, less nutritious meat. Growing grass is better for the planet and grass-fed beef is better for the body.
Remember, too, that animal protein is dinner food. It’s not fuel. It’s restorative in nature. It takes more energy to digest it and so you’re tired afterwards. A chicken salad sandwich for lunch means you’re ready for a nap by mid-afternoon.
Okay, here’s the big picture. If you’re going to keep meat in your diet, simply go with the purest and less of it. Most of us eat too much animal protein and we could stand to replace it with more plant protein. Because of the variety and availability of plant food, it’s easy to do. Meat is harder on the gastrointestinal system. But there are no absolute laws of nature that fit all of us when it comes to something like the human diet. Everyone is different and everyone has different needs. Also your needs can change with seasons and age! Finding what works for you, is an ongoing process! Fortunately, our body’s instincts are built to do it! Just remember that whatever you do, you can’t go wrong by adding more greens!
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Understanding fat in your diet is essential for weight loss and longevity.
February 13, 2013 By Billy
Myth: We make ourselves fat by eating fat.
Every wonder why, as a nation, we’re getting fatter and fatter, and yet we all seem to be on “low-fat” diets. Something doesn’t seem to add up.
It turns out that there are healthy fats and unhealthy fats. But since “fat” is generally regarded as the cause of our obesity problem, we don’t differentiate the way we should. We see all fat as inherently bad for us. But fat is essential to health. First of all, healthy fats satiate. They make us feel satisfied and prevent overeating. We all know how we can sit down with a bag of potato chips and polish off the whole thing. Same with corn chips, crackers, popcorn, bread, cereal, pasta, and other starchy foods. Notice that these are mostly low-fat foods. It’s easy to overeat them, and what does your body do with the overflow of these starchy calories? It stores them as…fat!
Something else about fat. It’s a necessary catalyst for nutrients. Almost every vitamin and mineral is, to some degree, fat soluble. You can eat all the right nutrients, but if you don’t have the right amount of fat to act as the catalyst, you can actually become malnourished! Fats are also needed for healthy joints and connective tissues. And consider that the human brain is 80% fat! Not only have we become a nation of people getting fatter with our low-fat diets, we’re starving our brains. And so we’re getting crankier. And we’re tired all the time. Fat is fuel. It burns the exact same way as those carbs we’re overeating.
The secret is to eat more of healthy fats and avoid the unhealthy ones. Unhealthy fats are everywhere. A little history lesson: back in the 90s, food manufacturers came out with cheap ways to cook things. Suddenly we were all eating foods cooked in canola oil or safflower oil or soybean oil or really inexpensive hydrogenated vegetable oil. These unhealthy fats turned out to be one of the primary causes of putting on pounds. Why? Fats break down under high temperatures. Law of nature: when fats are heated or cooked, free radicals are produced that, when consumed, suppress the thyroid. You zap your thyroid and you zap your metabolism. Slow metabolism = weight gain!
So to offset that, we started reducing our intake of all fats. We started looking for low-fat alternatives and starving ourselves of (necessary) fats and buying into the calorie-counting protocol as a way to discipline ourselves. And that’s a recipe tailor-made for failure.
The trick is not to eliminate fat from your diet. The trick is to add the right fats. One-hundred calories of the right fat (what you might find in an avocado, for instance), is way more satisfying than one-hundred calories of chips, crackers, or other starchy foods. Same amount of calories, much different level of satiation.
The right fats – the elite fats – come in two categories: saturated and unsaturated. Easy to tell the difference. Saturated is solid at room temperature, unsaturated is liquid at room temperature. You need both. Yes, contrary to what you might have heard, you need even the saturated kind.
Unsaturated fats can be found in avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and oils like olive oil. Olive oil is the elite of the elites. Law of nature: cold-pressed olive oil is satisfying and you’ll never get fat on it. Impossible! Exception: when it’s heated, for the same reason as described above. Fats break down at high temps. (This, by the way, is why fried foods aren’t good for us even if they’re cooked in olive oil. Fried foods are the worst!)
Want to cook with oil? Then it’s essential to use saturated fats which don’t break down in heat. Butter or ghee (pure butter oil that is less likely to burn) or coconut oil. What? Butter?? Sure, I know I’m raising eyebrows but trust me on this. The key, of course, is moderation with the saturated fats. Too much saturated fat will raise your cholesterol (even cholesterol-free oil like coconut oil). But is one to three tablespoons going to raise your cholesterol? No, especially if you have a moderately active lifestyle. Want proof? Eskimos. Lots of fat, very little plant foods, active lifestyles. And almost non-existent heart disease.
Okay, some specific foods that I always get questioned about:
Eggs. Bad for you, right? Wrong. Eggs just might be the perfect food. Sure, they might be high in cholesterol, but they don’t raise your cholesterol. There’s saturated fat in eggs, but only to the tune of less than 1%. That’s why our ancestors (who never heard of heart disease) were able to eat them for thousands of years.
Animal products. Careful with meat. Beef, pork, chicken – these all require a substantial degree of moderation. These saturated fats can increase cholesterol and set a chain reaction towards weight gain. The leaner (and more seldom) the better. Animal protein in our diet is a debatable subject and is a separate topic entirely. This is a topic I will cover next month.
Dairy. It’s best to go with skim milk, right? Wrong again. The whole low fat dairy thing has been nothing less than a disaster. Two-percent and skim milk should just be called what it is: lactose concentrate. Or milk sugar. That’s all it is. And it’s harder to digest. This is why we’re all becoming lactose sensitive. Our bodies are rebelling. Drink whole milk – just drink less of it. And you’ll drink less of it because it’ll satisfy much quicker than the milk sugar stuff.
Processed carbs and sugars. Disasters. This is what we’re eating to try to get back that sense of satiation that we’ve lost to our low-fat diets. This stuff is weight gaining with zero nutrition.
Okay, so now the myth has been busted. Big picture: integrate healthy fats into your diet, preferably by integrating them with more plant foods. Soups and salads! Add olive oil to your salad. Butter or ghee or coconut oil to soup. Eat more raw nuts and seeds and avocados. Every body type is different. Experiment. You have way more flexibility with proportions between fat, carbs, and protein than you think.
I challenge you to go with this protocol for one month! If weight-loss is a priority for you, I am confident it will have some degree of impact. Not to mention the substantial impact on your overall health and longevity!
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2 essentials for health and vitality in 2013
January 15, 2013 By Billy
…two weeks into 2013! How are those New Year’s resolutions going? If ya don’t mind, I want to share a thought!…… When we formulate resolutions for our health, they tend to be the to-do’s (i.e. exercise more, eat better, play more badminton, etc.),… awesome of course. Only thing is, the drive to maintain these resolutions often fades a bit shortly after the new year. It does for me anyway. Not because I don’t care, but rather because it’s easy to forget the resolutions amidst the busy lifestyle.
So, here is what has been helpful for me! Rather than my resolutions being the ‘to-dos’, my resolutions are the ‘what’! “WHAT am I going for in 2013?” “Greater health! Being nicer. Self-improvement of all kinds!” The thought I am offering here: make the goal your resolution. This is a way to keep an eye on the prize! For me, ‘prizes’ are easier to remember than the discipline required to get there. Ok, here’s your easy mantra to remember: “MY RESOLUTION IS EVOLUTION; MY RESOLVE IS TO EVOLVE!” Cheesy but effective. Question is, what do you wish to see evolve in your life?
Part 2 of this thought…
Is it safe to assume that every year you wish to become an even healthier person? Is there ever a point where we become too healthy? Not likely. So what do you say we team up and all add to our tick-list of New Year’s resolutions to become healthier people…to evolve into a healthier species. It’s never too late.
Now that we have our eye on the prize, here’s a short list of the how-to’s that I feel give the most bang for the buck. Yes it may take a teaspoon of discipline to get started. The good news: this is high-impact stuff and the quick reward turns discipline to desire. You’ll see what I mean.
Tick-list of the quick and easy to-do’s (stick this to your refrigerator) ~
First thing – Eat better. Don’t over think it. It simply means eating more plant food and less junk food. It’s all about more fruit, superfoods, and veggies. We gotta phase out counting calories as we integrate more plants foods. Counting calories is a dying model. It’s hard to overdo plant foods because for the most part they are low calorie density, high nutrient density. And the U.S. Daily Recommended Allowances? That’s on the way out too. These ‘measurements’ are for a diet of processed food. As far as nutrients and calories, everyone’s needs are different. The key is to simplify. Eat less processed grains – less cereal, chips, bread, pasta, and crackers. Quinoa, brown rice, oats, and other whole grains in moderation are ok! Eat less fried food. Add more healthy fats… raw olive oil, nuts and seeds, avocados. Small amounts of saturated fats like coconut oil and dairy are OK! Trust me! Listen to my audio recording and I’ll explain. Cut back on other animal protein…. especially the fatty stuff. You don’t need to become a vegetarian if your not already; just cut back. Less processed sugar for crying out loud! Keep your sweet tooth happy with fruit. Small amounts of maple syrup and raw honey – OK! Have a smoothie first thing in the morning. Go organic. Say no to GMO (genetically modified organisms).
As for plant food, it couldn’t be simpler: greens, greens, greens. Kale, arugula, chard, spinach, parsley, cilantro, basil – it’s all good. Good news, I’m not talking about eating a bunch of salad. Quite frankly I think that would be depressing. Delicious plant food recipes? Click here. Try my new winter veggie soup for sure! My protocol is my recipes have to be easy…and tasty of course… but always easy. Remember that chlorophyll from green foods is number one for pulling toxic funk out of the body. And a good diet is all about ridding the body of toxic funk and replacing it with restorative nutrients. Your best source of chlorophyll? Blue-green algae. Yo, that’s what Infinity Greens is all about. Am I bragging? Yes, because it’s true.
How about multivitamins? Flush them down the toilet – seriously. I can’t think of a more toxic ‘supplement’. Bottom line – do they come from real food? Nope, they come from mines. Why is everybody getting kidney stones? You might as well be swallowing plastic. Get your nutrients from real food! And speaking of plastic, stop drinking water from store-bought plastic bottles. Drink good quality water. If you don’t live in the distant regions of Montana, install a reverse osmosis water filter on your kitchen sink. Call a plumber. He’ll know what to do.
Exercise more. This is just as important as eating better. And what is the number one exercise? Hiking hills! This is unquestionably the best exercise for weight loss, lean muscle, and longevity! It’s that gene from our hunter-gatherer ancestors who were hiking 5 to 10 miles every day for 200,000 years. Hiking is cardio and load-bearing exercise all in one. When you’re walking up and down hills, you’re essentially lifting your own body weight! Live in a flat area? Walk stairs. Wanna take it up a level? Carry weights. Start with five pound dumbbells and build up from there. Gentlemen, carry more weight. How about 5 gallon water jugs? Fill to a quarter full. Do sets on a steep hill. Also hire a trainer! That’s the best way I have ever spent my money! Notice the euphoric buzz you’ll get from the exercise. That’s your body and mind telling you you’re doing things right.
And speaking of nutrients, while you’re hiking, appreciate the sunshine and fresh air – vitamin D and O2! There’s no better way to get vitamin D (another key to longevity and a sturdy skeletal system) than good old-fashioned sunshine. Ain’t nothing better. Don’t make the mistake of blocking it out with toxic skin care products with SPF. All ‘skin care’ products have SPF now. Your skin is sensitive. Rub something on it and that something is going to be absorbed into the blood stream. You wouldn’t eat sunblock would you? My preferred SPF? A long-sleeve cotton t-shirt and a wide-brimmed hat. Fine, use sunblock when you’re at the beach, but not every day. The safe time of day to roll up your sleeves or go topless to get your vitamin D – 90 minutes within sunrise or sunset. In both cases the sun’s rays are traveling through the atmosphere at an angle, filtering harmful rays. Boom, vitamin D deficiency dilemma dissolved. Need a skin moisturizer? Rub a teaspoon of olive oil head to toe in the shower. Rinse and towel dry. Try it, you’ll see. As for O2…
Breathe dammit! It’s easy and it’s free. Oxygen is the most important ‘nutrient’ you can put into your body. First thing in the morning, concentrate on your breathing for at least five minutes. Here’s how. Do sets of 10 breaths. The reason I recommend ‘sets’ is otherwise it’s easy to forget what you’re doing. At least it is for me. Yes, I know I’ve talked about this before, but it really is the highest impact thing you can do for your health! You are training your brain! Your brain is like a muscle. Sit or stand up straight and breathe deeply. Five minutes! Do it, I challenge you. Modern-day humans don’t get nearly enough oxygen. Why? We have much to think about (call it stress if you will), and when the mind is overactive, the brain waves that control your diaphragm become weak. Law of human physiology: when under stress we breathe approximately half as much. This is why stress is the number one killer. Taking the time to breathe deeply and to breathe in sets does two things. First, it has the physiological effect of training your brain to instruct your body to breathe correctly, even in times of stress. Secondly, it requires concentration, concentration that makes you forget all the minor troubles you may have on your mind. It’s calming. It’s meditative. And amazing things might happen when you’re in a meditative state. Being still creates ‘another level of availability beyond the 5 senses’, if you will. Is it possible that you might be able to somehow tune into all the energy that’s around you? Science tells us it’s there, even the seemingly empty space in which your body rests. You can’t see it, but, like oxygen, it’s there. I like to ponder that it’s feeding our mind the same way O2 feeds the body. That’s my two cents anyway.
Get more sleep…and relax. We’re a sleep-deprived nation. Our bodies need it. We need to be unplugged more. And while you’re adding more sleep into your life, look at your computer screen less. Cut back on TV. Less staring at your phone. Yo, stay away from other people’s drama, while you’re at it… That includes drama- laden media. Can I pose that we do a Drama Detox together? More vitamin humor? Wish I could bottle it. Hard feelings towards someone? Forgive them. Do it for yourself. We are built with the software in our head and heart to do it. No other stress has more wear and tear on our health than hard feelings toward another… even fried Twinkies. I don’t claim to be great at it, but I get to exercise this ability dozens of times a day. And the good news is it gets stronger. Make it a point to cut back on all the things that cause you stress. You’ll find that you’ll be a nicer person – inevitable when you’re nicer to yourself. And when you’ve done all that, cap it all off with a good night’s sleep.
Just a couple other small bits…
Hey, you don’t have to do all of the above at once. Pick one or two to focus on each day. Integrate something new every day. Make up your own! (e.g., play team sports, ponder the universe, dance on hilltops, etc.) BUT WARNING: Adding the above protocol into your daily life will result in more energy, more vitality, better health, more happiness, clearer thinking, a kinder, less cranky you, and a longer life… and will likely spread to those around you. Evolution, inevitable. So you’ll want to think hard about it before you resolve to evolve. If some of these results sound attractive to you, then by all means, climb aboard and away we go! Just keep your eye on this prize…helps us to remember to remember 😉
* I’ll be sending a newsletter about fat in your diet in a few weeks.
Last thing. I sent out Christmas cards to everyone including the new Infinity~C Bar as a gift. Pretty rad bars, hey? Only thing is, they got totally smooshed via USPS. Sorry about that. But the Christmas card included a coupon for 25% off your first order in 2013 as a way to help you get the ball rolling. And in case you didn’t get a card, here’s the code: transformhealth2013
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SPICY HARVEST ORGANIC VEGETABLE SOUP – Serves 4-6
January 11, 2013 By Billy
- 1 Carrot
- 1 Sweet Potato
- 1/2 Head Cabbage
- 1/2 lb Green Beans
- 1 Bunch of Kale
- 1 Zucchini
- 2 Heads Broccoli
- 3 round Tablespoons GHEE
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder Blend
- Salt to Taste – Use Celtic Sea salt!
Simmer water just at bottom of Big Pot. Chop Vegetables into small bite size pieces. As you add Vegetables keep adding water – just enough to be below the vegetables. Keep simmering as you add Vegetables and Water. Use less water than you would think! Simmer till veggies are medium soft. Scoop approximately 1/3 of boiled vegetables to blender. Add Desired amount of chili powder and blend it up into a hearty broth. Add back to the pot and simmer to desired consistency. Salt to Taste.Comments to this post
Ashram nutrition class
January 10, 2013 By Billy
Here’s the voice recording of our nutrition class – Just press play!!
Great Class! WE COVERED EVERYTHING! It will be a while until more classes are posted;)
sorry, the recording didn’t work this week! The recording above is really comprehensive.
I hope these things are going well for you since your amazing week at the Ashram!!!!!!!!
Here are the recipes I promised. Do them! —
1) The Perfect Breakfast Smoothie – how you start your day is a big one!
…This is My New Favorite Infinity Superfood Smoothie!
5 – 10 frozen organic strawberries
1 cup pure water
1-4 heaping teaspoons Infinity Greens, and/or C, and/or Protein – choose what you need.
1-2 heaping tablespoons whole Greek yogurt and/or raw almond butter
Optional – 1/2 organic banana or pear. or round tablespoon raw honey.
Blend it up and enjoy the healthiest and most delicious superfood smoothie there ever was!~
2) The Ultimate Salad ~
– a couple handfuls of arugula into the bowl, a few leaves of basil, and optional handful of sprouts. I prefer to crush them up a little bit with my fingers. This makes it absorb the dressing better…best for flavor.
– Sliced avocado, cucumber, pickle, a few sun-cured olives and handful of raw saurkraut
– A sprinkle of Billy’s Sprouted Almonds(for healthy fats with a crunch), macadamia nuts, celtic sea salt and cayenne.
– Pour on the olive oil and juice of one lemon…add a dash of balsamic v.
– Give it a little stir and voila!
3)SPICY HARVEST ORGANIC VEGETABLE SOUP – Serves 4-6
1 Carrot 1 Sweet Potato
1/2 Head Cabbage 1/2 lb Green Beans
1 Bunch of Kale 1 Zucchini
2 Heads Broccoli 3 round Tablespoons GHEE
1 1/2 Tablespoon Chili Powder Blend salt to Taste – Use Celtic Sea salt!
Simmer water just at bottom of Big Pot. Chop Vegetables into small bite size pieces. As you add Vegetables keep adding water – just enough to be below the vegetables. Keep simmering as you add Vegetables and Water. Use less water than you would think! Simmer till veggies are medium soft. Scoop approximately 1/3 of boiled vegetables to blender. Add Desired amount of chili powder and blend it up into a hearty broth. Add back to the pot and simmer to desired consistency. Salt to Taste.
Also we talked a bit about gluten, and here is a link to the blog that gives the details about that ~ The Truth about Gluten
Also we talked about O2. This is the most important part of our health! Check out this article!!!!!!! Click here – O2
* read the middle part of article.
Wishing you truly awesome health, as always!~Billy
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Health Perspective on December 21st, 2012 and the 10 Day New Year’s Countdown
December 21, 2012 By Billy
Well, we’re all aware of the buzz surrounding tomorrow, aren’t we?….the long-awaited winter solstice of 2012 that many people believe the Mayans predicted would signal the end of days! And yet, the ‘prediction’ is controversial to say the least. Many scholars reject it and argue the Mayans weren’t saying this at all; rather they were perhaps hinting at the end of one era and the beginning of another. Are we at the threshold of a new era? We could be.
My belief is that we have the ability – and that it’s in our destiny – to make the world into what we wish it to be. Whether it’s the winter solstice or ten-day countdown to a new year, we know it’s worth contemplating how we want to move our lives forward from here!
I believe that changing the world is something each of us can begin to do from within. As unlikely as it might seem, how we think unquestionably affects the world around us. I like to consider it from a physiological standpoint: our brains are powerful sources of energy, producing electrical energy in the form of brain waves. Scientific experiments have actually revealed a magnetic field and have measured electricity several feet outside of the human head! And all energy travels. The energy produced by your brain inevitably influences the space around you and, to some degree, the rest of the world. Ever start thinking of somebody you hadn’t heard from in a while and suddenly you get a phone call from them? It’s happened to all of us and it might just be more than coincidence.
As we continue to learn more and more about the massive ability of the brain and human consciousness, the new era we launch into might well be based more on psychological ‘technology’ than physical technology. I feel it’s inevitable that we’re going to learn things about how our minds influence the world that are currently unimaginable, as unimaginable perhaps as space travel or smart phones would have been to someone just a hundred years ago. It might just lead to a higher way of thinking capable of producing a far more evolved reality that we live in.
For me, the really exciting thing is that we can begin transforming and strengthening our brains right now, creating a more powerful energy around us, not to mention increasing our health, longevity, and happiness. The neurological system is, in fact, the core of our health and all it needs is to be fed the right stuff; namely, oxygen, nutrient rich blood. And this you create with your lifestyle. This can happen through proper diet (more plant foods) and outdoor exercise, two things we should all commit to in the new year. But there’s even a quicker, more effective way. Breathe! This is unquestionably the most influential thing for your health. Oxygen is the most nutritive thing we can put in our bodies.
In contrast, we can see what happens when the body is deprived of oxygen. And when is it most deprived? During times of stress. It’s a law of nature: under stress, we breathe less. And anyone in the scientific or medical field will agree that there is nothing more health degrading than stress. A challenge in today’s modern world is that there’s always at least some level of underlying stress – subtle, but it’s there simply because of how many ‘irons we have in the fire’ from busy lifestyles. We’re always thinking! Good news…breathing is the balancing remedy. It makes our thinking more clear, efficient, and productive. Those scientific experiments I mentioned above have shown measurable improvement in our neurological electricity producing happy, healthy brains.
Breathe more in 2013! I challenge you. Try it right now! Stand up (tall!). Look away from your computer screen and take ten DEEP breaths. Well, go on! I’ll wait. ………………………………………………..
Notice anything? You just sent a substantial ripple effect through your body. Done daily? – ripple effects. Weekly?…tidal wave. Monthly?…boom, transformation of health, happiness, longevity, relationships (even with in-laws).
Remember, the core of your health is the nervous system – the spinal cord, the brain. Feed it the most powerful ‘nutritive’ – O2!
Your brain is like a muscle. By taking this time to deliberately breathe deeply, you’re training your brain to serve your neurological system and every organ in your body. You don’t have to call it meditation, you don’t have to sit in the lotus position and stare at a candle, though that might be great. But sit (or stand) tall and take five minutes to breathe. Believe it or not, it takes more concentration than we would imagine. Say to yourself, ‘ok, 10 breaths!’ Counting makes it far easier to maintain concentration. Otherwise, if you’re like me, you’ll go a few seconds before forgetting. You’ll discover in time this practice will become a habit– a lifesaving habit. During moments of stress, with the brain being burdened by the tons of thinking we all do, you’ll find yourself automatically reverting to this balanced state that you have practiced; you’ll notice yourself breathing deeper on a consistent basis. The more you practice this state, the more it becomes a permanent trait! As mentioned, you will notice your thinking becoming clearer. It’ll make you healthier, it’ll make you happier. And you might be pleasantly surprised at how it can affect those around you – those that are near you…and maybe even those that are far away.
We brilliant humans are akin to do the ‘impossible’, ya know….a destiny written in the stars. The Mayans might have been onto something after all. So take a deep breath and pass it on.
All the Best!~
Billy MerrittComments to this post
The All New Infinity~C Bars Are Here!… Immune Boosting Superfood Bars!
December 11, 2012 By Billy
Introducing The First and Only Vitamin C Bar on Earth.
Apx.1000mg (1411%) OF REAL VITAMIN C FROM SUPERFOODS
100% ORGANIC – WILD CRAFTED – IMMUNE BOOSTING!
THE ELITE INGREDIENTS: Organic Almond Butter, Organic Raw Honey, Organic Dates, Organic Cranberries, Organic Sprouted Flax-seeds, Infinity~C* (acerola berry*, camu camu*, ginger root*, astragalus root*, alma berry*, shilajit*), Organic Sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Organic Sesame Seeds and Lots of Love!
* = wild-crafted…which is even better than organic!
FREE of Gluten, Dairy, Soy, Sugar, Ascorbic Acid and GMO.
Now there is a way to get your dose of immune boosting Infinity~C Superfoods! … made with raw, organic, vegan, gluten-free ingredients – elite nutrition ready to eat anywhere, any time! Doesn’t get better than that.
Let’s talk about why it’s essential to, especially this time of year, to get as much Vitamin C as possible. And, what makes the Infinity~C formula such an elite form of Vitamin C?
Benefits of Vitamin C
In the same way that we brush our teeth to prevent tooth decay, we take Vitamin C to prevent our immune systems from becoming susceptible to the daily inundation of viruses being passed around. The stronger the immune system, the less likely you are to catching every little bug being passed around.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant, the definition of which means to “prevent or delay the breakdown of cells”. These disease-fighting properties fight the damage done to our organs (internal and external) by free radicals. “Free radicals” are by-products of cellular reproduction that are unstable in their current form and try to steal what they need from the organs of the body.
Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins to maintaining and strengthening your health. It’s simple: you are protecting yourself from bacteria, infection, and viruses by optimizing your immune system!
The Infinity~C formula
Here is what makes Infinity~C unlike anything else: This is a blend of 100% Raw Superfoods: Acerola Berry, Camu Camu, Ginger Root, Astragalus Root, Stevia Leaf, Amla Berry, and Shilajit.
No ascorbic acid BS! Ascorbic Acid is NOT Vitamin C; it is only one component of the Vitamin C complex. Where does Ascorbic Acid come from? It comes from a large pharmaceutical company that synthesizes it from corn glucose– synthetic isolates = FAKE! Calling Ascorbic Acid “Vitamin C” is like calling an orange peel the whole orange. Ascorbic Acid is only a protective component similar to the orange peel . . . it’s what’s on the inside that counts! Check the ingredients of your current Vitamin C supplements and go for the real stuff!
Not only that, but our bodies are able to immediately recognize raw foods as a source of fuel, which means easy digestion and faster absorption into the blood stream. Have you ever noticed the color of your urine when you take supplements? That ain’t natural! Now your kidneys are working overtime to process these synthetic ingredients, only to excrete most of them.
Now, with the advent of the Infinity~C bar, we are getting a healthy snack made from REAL food, quality ingredients that are easily digestible and quickly absorbed- AND, you are getting 1411% of your daily RDA of Vitamin C!
Raw, organic, gluten-free, vegan, 1411% Vitamin C, less 200 calories. BOOM.
Billy Merritt Speaks at the Los Angeles Women’s Health Conference – 3 Lifestyle Essentials For Your Health
November 28, 2012 By Billy
Free viewing of Billy’s Health Lecture –
3 Lifestyle Essentials For Your Health
The taboo health topic we MUST address
October 16, 2012 By Billy
The American Dental Association conducted a study confirming that 65% of our population has some degree of Halitosis – bad breath! None of us know because no one tells each other! The is IMPORTANT, and below are the 2 keys to fix it!!!
While we know this isn’t one of the more popular subjects that people gather around cocktail parties to eagerly discuss, it is, nonetheless, a major issue to be aware of…especially considering friends, business, and love life. Ask a near and dear friend to be truthful with you! Who wouldn’t want to know if they had bad breath? I sure would!
So, let’s just get right in to it. Half the time bad breath a temporary issue that originates in the mouth and is caused by eating raw onions or garlic, coffee, not brushing your teeth for a few hours, dehydration, etc. Halitosis is the chronic condition of bad breath and may be more than just a deep tooth-brushing session can remedy. There are different types and severities of halitosis- intra-oral (inside the mouth- usually tooth and food-related) and extra-oral (outside the mouth- caused somewhere along the digestive tract).
Let’s talk about how to fix it. There are 2 major components that both need to be addressed in order to knock it out: dental hygiene and diet.
Dental Hygiene- brush, floss, scrape, repeat
Does this one really come as a surprise to anyone? If you eat food, then you have to brush your teeth- pure and simple. When we eat, food gets caught in our teeth, and yep, it then begins to rot. So, not only should we be brushing after every meal, but flossing that food out of your teeth will only help keep that breath stink-free.
Fluoride – I know, I know… there is great debate about it. The good thing is it hardens the enamel on our teeth – thus our teeth last longer!…an essential to our longevity! Here’s the thing, fluoride is really only bad for you when you ingest it (yes, city water companies, we are talking to you). I compare drinking fluoride for your teeth to eating soap for cleaning your skin- doesn’t make sense to me. Fluoride can be toxic, however fluoride in toothpaste is A-OK,…assuming your not eating it. (And get yourself a home water purifier that uses reverse osmosis technology to remove unnecessary (and harmful) things like fluoride, chlorine and heavy metals from your drinking water.) It won’t completely eliminate it, but it will at least remove it to some degree – your liver will take care of the rest.
The essential tongue brush and scraper – My friends, this is a handy tool. Our tongues act sort of like a sponge- food gets caught, and without constant cleaning and rinsing out, it ain’t pretty. The white and yellow build-up that you can see on top is a lovely concoction of mucus, plaque and toxins. I like the G.U.M. brand – a brush on one side, scraper on the other. A tooth brush just doesn’t cut it – the bristles are too soft and the post scraping is essential!
Of course go see your dentist every so often. Brushing, flossing and scraping will keep decay at bay, but having that deep clean is a little like what a steam cleaning does for your carpet- you won’t believe the conditions you have been living in when you see what gets pulled out.
Diet- Garlic, Onions and Cheese- oh my!…and a bunch of other things too…This will unquestionably make a significant difference.
1. Hey, some foods just stink- certain foods will make your breath bad no matter how you spin it: raw onions and garlic, coffee, pungent cheeses.
2. Digestibility- foods that are naturally harder on the digestive tract or are slow to digest can have adverse affects on the breath.
• High-lactose products- low-fat milk! Dairy products that are lower in fat, tend to be higher in lactose (essentially, sugar) to enhance taste. They tend to be harder to digest and create more stomach acids (a very unpleasant odor, no matter where they are emitted).
• Processed sugar and artificial sweeteners cause a major overstimulation of stomach acids. It also promotes an overstimulation of salivary glands, which ultimately leads to dehydration (cotton mouth anyone?)
• Alcohol is a diuretic and major source of dehydration- and we’re not just talking about booze. Think of all the things we ingest for our breath that contain alcohols….sugar alcohols count- gum, mints, breath strips, and/or mouthwash? If you need a quick 2 minute fix, sure- but all those alcohols and processed sugars do more damage by over stimulating your salivary glands than anything. Afterwards it will unquestionably be worse than before! Do yourself a favor- rinse your mouth out and drink a glass of water (with lemon if possible), if you’re in dire straits.
• Dense proteins- This can mean meat or cheeses. Not only do they easily get stuck in our teeth (and when they start to putrefy a few hours later- whoa…steer clear), they are hard to digest, creating stomach acids that seep out of the esophagus. No need to be hard core and eliminate all of these things from your diet…it’s a matter of balance.
• High fiber- We love fiber! However, just some things to take into consideration if you plan on watching a movie at someone else’s house… high fiber foods can take longer to digest. Beans, legumes, and raw cruciferous vegetables (e.g. broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) all run in this High Fiber circle. You know the old saying, “Beans, beans good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you…”- well, you know the rest. High fiber = slow digestibility = gassy stomach acids = bad breath (amongst other things). Just sayin’. But again, just balance. Of course fiber is a health essential!
Helpful hints in preventing halitosis
1. Water- Considering our bodies are 70% water, it’s always a safe bet. Pure water is detoxifying, hydrating and helps keep that breath neutral.
2. Greens- The greener, the better. Chlorophyll (the green color in food) acts as a strong negative ion-charged particle that bonds to heavy metals, acids and residual toxins, and then flushes them from your bloodstream, alkalinizing your blood and balancing your body’s chemistry. The food with the highest content of chlorophyll? … Blue-green algae! – it’s only the number one ingredient in the Infinity Greens formula. Not to brag or anything…it’s just the facts. More greens of all kinds is the key! In addition to your Infinity Greens smoothie, pile up on kale, spinich, arugula, chard, collards, sprouts, ect!
So, a big sigh of neutral breath relief- halitosis and bad breath don’t have to ruin your life (or your game) anymore! As in all areas of life and health, being aware and understanding how our actions (or non-actions) affect us, is the first step towards enlightenment. Create good dental hygiene habits, be aware of what you are ingesting = staying on top of your health!
As always, I wish you the best!~ Good luck with your health!!!Comments to this post
Essential Health Tip Aside From Diet and Exercise
August 22, 2012 By Billy
Yup, it’s simple which is all the more reason to do it. It has certainly had a significant influence on my well-being, especially with the health challenge that many of you are aware of. So go on and give it a try! I hope you feel the benefits too! It’s fun…promise!Comments to this post
All the Best!~ Billy Merritt
What does Spirulina do for you?
August 6, 2012 By Billy
I’ve chosen 3 types of blue-green algae to comprise the foundation of the Infinity Greens formula ((50 percent!)): Spirulina, Klamath Algae, and Chlorella. Today, we highlight one of those team members: Spirulina.
Millions of years ago, when life first began to form on earth, it was in the form of algae. Sunlight, water, and the right mineral balance mix together….and pooof, Blue-Green Algae is formed!…quite a miracle I must say. And primitive as it may appear, algae are the most efficient photosynthesizers out there, capitalizing directly on the energy of the sun more than any other food. It utilizes light energy from the sun, carbon dioxide from the air and hydrogen from the water to synthesize its bio-nutruients. What happened from there? More life! As the algae multiplied, it gave the earth the raw materials it needed for its vast proliferation of more complex life forms.
Humans (as far back as recorded history goes) have incorporated it into their diet. So why are we just now hearing about it? Well, because it tends to grow in remote, tropical climates, the Western world really only discovered its value from other cultures. But for thousands of years, it’s been a staple in many diets all over the world: Asia, Africa, South America, and other remote tropical climates.
Primary Benefits –
1. Clean and green- you’ve heard us say it before, “Eat yo’ greens!” Why?? The green in chlorophyll acts as a strong negative ion-charged particle that bonds to heavy metals, acids and residual toxins, and then flushes them from your bloodstream. It is alkalinizing your blood and balancing your body’s chemistry! Chlorophyll and B12 working together increases the number of red blood cells and, therefore, increases oxygen utilization by the body.
2. Brain power- in addition to boosting your body’s ability to utilize oxygen more efficiently, it’s also a huge source of B-12 vitamins. Go into any convenience store and take your pick of energy drinks hawking their B-12-packed properties. Here’s the problem: adding an artificial supplement does NOT mean that the body will absorb it (and P.S. it doesn’t). Animal products (dairy, meat, etc.) provide a source of B-12 that the body can utilize, but is also a source of saturated fat, which must be consumed in careful moderation to prevent heart disease.
3. Protein- Spirulina is a complete protein source and contains all nine essential amino acids (the building blocks of protein). Spirulina is more than 60% protein- gram for gram; By weight, Spirulina has more protein than any other food source. And just for the sake of comparison, beef is only 22% protein by weight.
4. Immune System Booster and Disease Fighter- Spirulina also has the highest concentration of beta carotene, iron and trace minerals and the rare essential fatty acid GLA. Both scientific research and the experience of thousands of consumers indicate that Spirulina is an immune regulating food. Studies have shown that the unique phytonutrients that Spirulina is packed with, not only enhance the immune system, but also reduce the risks of infection, cancer and auto immune diseases. Spirulina is rich in natural carotenoid antioxidants that promote cellular health and lessen the risk of cancer. Small amounts can help balance and stabilize the immune system, freeing up more of our metabolic energy for vitality, healing and assimilation of nutrients.
5. Fat Attack!- Spirulina has one more superpower up its sleeve – its ability to aid in and promote weight loss. Here’s how it goes … Taking in Spirulina initiates a sequence of events, creating a sort of ripple effect throughout the body, that ultimately results in weight loss. As aforementioned, due to the negative ion charge Spirulina bonds to toxins, free-readicals, acids, heavy metals, pulling them from the bloodstream so that the body may excrete them. What happens when those toxins AREN’T pulled from the body? The body creates fat cells to absorb these toxins, essentially padding and protecting your vital organs and immune system. So get the funk out, and then your body has no need the excessive fat cells which are now available to be burned as fuel.
Elite players only!
Alright, so what makes Infinity Greens the elite formula? It’s the players! I ‘ve chosen only the ‘elite’ ingredients – the highest quality, the most potent, and the most pure. We’ve been asked before- Why no grasses? The buzz about wheat grass ‘sprouted’ from the western health culture 30 years ago. Yes, you can grow wheat grass for pennies, but the cost is your digestive balance. Grasses have a tendency to irritate the gastro-intestinal system. Back when Infinity Greens was in its inception phase, I formulated hundreds of batches at the Ashram Health Retreat where they served my formula every day – and they still do! 7 years ago I removed grasses and added more Spirulina in place of it, and I haven’t looked back! Thus, the only blue-green algae-based superfood was born. And I would like to mention purity – standard spirulina is fertilized with bat guano – ew. Good news – my source grows Spirulina with pure organic plant minerals. Nice, hey?
Now that you know the truth about Spirulina, admit it, you’re in love – or at least diggin’ it. Drink up, and may it transform your health as it has for millions!
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What’s the Truth behind Gluten?
July 9, 2012 By Billy
Gluten seems to be a topic that has everyone abuzz, and yet, no one seems to know what the issue really is. Is gluten bad for us? What does it do? And seriously, what the heck is gluten anyway?!
To put it simply, gluten is the protein component in grains such as wheat, barley, spelt, oats and a few others. It gives elasticity to dough, helping it to rise and to keep its shape when baked, and it gives the final product a chewy texture. What’s so bad about that? The problem with gluten is, that it’s in almost everything we eat, the main culprit being wheat. Think about the popular foods most Americans eat throughout the day: cereal (cold or hot), toast, pastries, tortillas, pizza, crackers, cookies, energy bars, breaded meats, sandwiches, pastas, soy sauce, salad dressing, thick sauces, soups and soup bases, beer, desserts…and more bread – holy wheat, Batman!… that’s light years from moderation!
Bottom line – there’s nothing wrong with having some wheat, some sugar, some dairy, and some animal protein for most of us, right? Unless you have sensitivity to any of these foods, there should be no reason why you can’t enjoy them from time to time, in moderation. Grains have been part of our diet for thousands of years. It’s only in today’s culture that we are seeing developments of sensitivities and allergies. The body can handle a sprinkling of just about anything you throw its way, until it becomes a constant – that’s where we start seeing some pushback. For many of us, wheat creates a bit of havoc on one of the major building blocks of our health- the digestive system. The hard-to-digest elements of gluten make it extremely difficult to metabolize, are acid-forming, and also makes us feel tired. Shoot, who wants that?
Everyone has their own individual biological makeup, and the body’s rebellion rears its head in varying forms. Common retaliation to overdoing wheat ranges from poor digestion, to sensitivity/allergies, to Celiac Disease (inability of the small intestine to absorb nutrients). We are not meant to subsist off of a diet of any one thing, and, as it stands, wheat is a heavy hitter in the American Diet. Wheat flour products, like sugar, and similar ‘junk food’ are better to be more of an occasional thing. What’s ‘occasional’ is up to you….at the very least, make it so it’s not all day every day.
The Solutions ~
1. As always, be aware of what you’re eating – we have SO much going on in this faster paced world, but your diet shouldn’t be in autopilot just eating whatever comes your way!! Read the list of ingredients in products before stocking them in your pantry! Some alternatives to wheat are listed below.
2. Listen to your body- if you are finding that you have some reactions to wheat products, try switching to foods that are gluten-free, or that are at least lower gluten. Instead of having buns n’ rolls with dinner, just steam up a bit of quinoa or brown rice – easy! And, these satisfy the body’s craving for carbs far better than bread because they have some valuable nutrition!
3. Strengthen your digestive system- you two should be working together, not against each other! Drink your greens! A few ingredients in my formula that are specifically for boosting your digestive system : probiotics (good bacteria that aids digestion), enzymes (metabolism), aloe (aids digestion/elimination), sprouted flax seeds (fiber), ginger (spleen activation) and B12 vitamins (metabolism).
4. Better Alternatives – Now that we have a good idea of just how much wheat (gluten) has infiltrated our diet and how it affects our health and digestion, let’s change tracks and focus on the good stuff! For those looking to make a change and cut back on wheat or go gluten-free, you have options!!
Instead of Wheat, Try…
gluten free grains: High gluten grains to cut back on:
…. rye and oats are a couple options that aren’t gluten free but are lower in gluten and more digestible.
It’s a Wrap
So now when you hear someone bring up “gluten”, you know- it’s not your mortal enemy…. it’s just something to be more aware of when you are planning your meals. If you have wheat products in your diet, just enjoy more sparingly and reap the benefits of a much happier, healthier digestive system!
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Optimum Meal Sequencing ~ Part 3, Dinner
June 13, 2012 By Billy
Well, here we are- we’ve gone over breakfast, lunch, and snacks…and we’ve make good nutritional choices throughout the day….how bout’ a healthy and satisfying DINNER!
The Big Question: “What satisfies and is truly healthy?”
Dinner tends to be an afterthought for everyone- it’s the end of the day, we’re tired, we’re hungry, and, oh look, there’s a drive through,… don’t mind if I do. Eek!..hang on. Before you pull into that fast food joint or restaurant, here are 2 important factors to consider first :
• Timing- be aware of the last time you ate and when you plan on going to sleep
• Quality and Content- what types of food does my body need at this time of day?
Timing – making good nutritional choices requires some forethought
This is when the late afternoon snack becomes crucial to prevent the feeding frenzy that tends to occur about 8 seconds after walking in the door. I have found it really helpful to keep some snack foods on me like we talked about in the ‘lunch’ newsletter – maybe a handful of nuts/seeds, fresh fruit, Infinity Bar, etc. – to stave off the hunger that strikes right around this time of day. We tend to think “Oh, I’ll just wait until dinner to eat anything…”, and then we walk into the restaurant and inhale the bread basket. Oops. So, eat the dang handful of nuts now! With a clear head, you’ll be able to make a smarter decision about what to order or what to make at home later on.
Next, what’s better than eating a gigantic meal of starchy food on the couch? Nothing- if your plan is to store fat on your backside. At night, we all come home and crave food that tends to be warmer and is easier on the digestive system- comfort foods, right? Of course! So we’ve got to pick the foods that satiate this desire and deliver the ideal end of the day nutrients. But hang on – once you lay down and the body goes into sleep mode, food that you are digesting is naturally stored as fat to be used as fuel later, since you need less fuel during the night. It’s essential that most of the time we eat a few hours before going to bed so that our food is digested and used properly (and not stored as fat).
Quality versus Quantity ~
Think of your body like a car– pumping whatever you want into the gas tank won’t get you very far. Sure, it might drive, but will it drive well?…and for how long?…and what are the resounding long-term effects? We don’t question what gas or oil to put in our cars, so why should it be any different with our bodies?
When we fuel our bodies with quality nutrition, the result is nothing less than…..we have more energy, we think clearly, we don’t have those cravings for foods that aren’t nutritionally beneficial…and, all in all, we just feel better.
We spent the day fueling our body with nutrition that would propel us through the day’s activities: work, working out, chasing kids, skipping through fields- whatever your day demands- dinner is a time to refuel with nutrition that is restorative.
In our last newsletters on ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Lunch’ we discussed how meals should be a combination of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and easy to digest proteins….naturally we alter this calorie trifecta based on when you are eating and what your activities require. Daytime activities require quick-release fuel- more complex carbs and healthy fats, less protein. At night, we replenish our bodies with slow-burning fuel, more protein, and the right nutrients. Focus on healing and restorative foods high in: protein, omega-3 essential fatty acids, iodine, calcium. Giving your body the right nutrients and calories will naturally satiate your appetite with fewer calories because you’re giving yourself the right elements that we are starving for! This definitely staves off the desire of late night junk foods! The 10:30 ice cream mission happens to the best of us, but for real, these desires go away. If those cravings persist, I’ve got some ideas below.
So, what types of food should be in my dinner? Here are some ideas (recipes below):
• More Protein – lentils, tempeh, edamame, seeds, rice n’ beans, plain yogurt, cottage cheese. If you have animal protein in your diet, this is the time of day to have it. Protein in general is harder for the body to digest (esp. animal protein). This is another subject, but for meats, go for the leaner options. Large portions of protein tend to make us tired – not so bad at the end of the day. It’s unlikely that you will overdo protein with plant foods….but animal protein, go for the smaller/leaner portions. In general, protein is not fuel. Carbs and fats are fuel. Protein is restorative and is most fitting at the end of the day.
• Lighter on the Complex carbohydrates – go for leafy greens, seaweeds, quinoa, brown rice, green veggies. Cut back on starchy foods – wheat products, potatoes, corn, pasta.
• Healthy fats – avocado (my favorite!), extra virgin olive oil, ground flax meal on soups/salads, nuts and seeds fish oils. Cut back on fried foods, foods baked with oils, and ground animal protein (i.e. ground beef ‘cuz it has lots of saturated fat – yeah, some saturated fat is good, but go for plant saturated fats)
….as for the correct ratio between protein, carbs, fats – it’s an individual thing. Also this margin is actually far more flexible for each of us than we realize!…and it likely will change with the seasons and even daily. I’m a believer in the body’s instinctive nutritional wisdom. When you are choosing from the realm of natural, unprocessed and truly healthy foods, it’s not really possible to make ‘mistakes’…(obviously I’m not talking about burgers and chips)…AND over time we hone in on our body’s instinctive wisdom to choose the right foods at the right time. You’ll see.
Now, the good stuff – recipes!
Soup is a great meal idea for a lot of reasons, but mostly because of it’s willingness to be whatever you want. Hot? Sure. Cold? Yup. Veggies? Toss in whatever you see in the fridge. Grains? You bet. Have a vegetarian and meat-eater in the family? Let them add their own protein sources. TA DA!! And- oh yeah- it can be made a few days in advance and is waiting patiently at home for you. Ahhh….soup.
Here are 2 favs, one for the summer (raw foods = cooling) and one for those wanting that warmer, comfort food meal (cooked foods = warming):
Blend in Blender:
- 4 Roma tomatoes 1 red bell pepper, seeds removed
- 1/2 onion, peeled
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup carrot juice
- 1 tablespoon dill
- 1 tablespoon oregano
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tablespoon dry chives
- 1/2 tablespoon sea salt
Add extra water for desired consistency, or a serving of Infinity Protein for a powerful protein boost. This is incredibly refreshing on a summer day!
Curried Kale Soup
Blend in blender:
3 tomatoes and 2 cloves garlic
Add to pot with:
- 1 cubed sweet potato
- 1 head broccoli, chopped
- 3 green kale leaves finely chopped (first remove stems)
- 1 round tablespoon Indian curry powder
- 1 round tablespoon cold-pressed coconut oil
- 1 slightly round teaspoon Celtic sea salt or salt to taste
Optional: Add a serving of Infinity C for a quick immune booster. For protein, add lentils or quinoa. Water, desired amount . . . you can add more later if needed.
Cook at low boil for 10 minutes Add juice of 1 lemon. Scoop 1.5 cups of soup into blender and blend until smooth
*Important! Hold dish towel over top of lid on blender. The steam from soup can potentially pop the lid off when you hit blend. Also helps to start on low speed.
Add blended soup back to pot and stir. Add water if needed. Serves 2.
Even after a good dinner, sometimes you just gotta satisfy that sweet tooth. Live a little and say “yes!”. Just remember that, even with dessert, you should be able to include a little fat and a little protein, otherwise, you’ll find that that sweet tooth will still be whispering sweet nothings into your ear later on.
Try this :
• ½ cup greek yogurt – yeah, I know it’s dairy, but dairy isn’t all bad! Small amounts work for most of us. We’ll talk more about this soon.
• Dash of cinnamon
• 1 spoonful of raw honey
• a sprinkle walnuts or my sprouted almonds
Have you tried my Green Power Nuggets?!
Mix in a bowl:
1 cup hemp seeds
1 cup cold pressed coconut oil (you may need to warm slightly to soften)
1/2 cup raw unfiltered honey
1 round tablespoon Infinity Greens, or more if you prefer
Optional: 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
Optional: Add 15 drops peppermint extract, “herb-pharm” brand
Refrigerate mix for 20 minutes to firm up.
Form into round nuggets with fingers, 1″ diameter. Roll nugget in loose hemp seeds, add a goji berry on top and refrigerate to fully set . . . Yum! An easy to prepare super health-creating treat!
One more super simple one ~ mash up an avocado and mix in chopped up dates. Trust me – it’s better than you would think.
Yo!..a healthy breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner achieved! Round out your day with lots of filtered water, a stress-free “chillax period” (hey, 15 minutes counts!), name 5 things you’re grateful for as you get in bed, followed by 8 hours of sleep, and you’ll be unstoppable!..for real.
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Optimum Meal Sequencing ~ Part 2, Lunch
May 15, 2012 By Billy
Hi! So, as promised, we are continuing our conversation about “optimum meal sequencing”. We covered ‘breakfast’ (a hefty part of the conversation) in our last newsletter. As aforementioned, breakfast is most important because it sets the tone for your day. However, as the day moves on, we want to continue the trend of making good nutritional decisions. Raise your hand if you have (more than once) thought “Eh, I’ll just work through lunch” or “I had a huuuuge breakfast, I’ll just eat a big dinner and snack now”- this is where lunch becomes equally as important.
Our ultimate goal is to maintain a steady stream of healthy energy , balanced blood sugar level, ect throughout the day (equate “blood sugar level” to “energy level”)- that means averting from becoming hypoglycemic (“hypo” = low; “gylcemic” = sugar), low energy, cranky from snacking on junk food to get through the afternoon – until we can pig out at dinner.
We don’t need a giant meal. As we discussed over “Breakfast”, eating smaller, more frequent meals is optimal in regulating those blood sugar levels. Plus, meals that are larger and calorie dense mean longer digestion time, which is code for “food coma”. Eat a smaller lunch and then look forward to a healthy snack later in the day – yes!
Lunch is an ideal time for raw foods, now that your digestive system has had time to rev up. Most of us don’t wake up thinking “mmm…salad”, as our spleen and digestive system are still warming up . Vegetables get their structure from the cellulose fibers that keep them from being limp, and this digests best when your digestion is running strong, middle of the day.
Also, raw foods are cooling for the body (minus ginger) ~ that’s why you may be craving more of these healthy raw foods as we are getting into the warmer season.
So we’ve made two points here:
1. Lunch can be smaller and shouldn’t be calorie dense, and
2. it’s a great time to give your body raw foods.
Two ‘easy to-do’ things in your diet that are high impact ~ especially when they’re organic foods. Yo, just do it.
The question now is, What should you pack into that retro Super Mario Brothers lunch box that you’re getting excited about dusting off?
How ‘bout salad?
One of the more popular options is a ‘quick’ salad that can be purchased while at work that includes chicken and iceberg lettuce – NO! Not only would is be nearly devoid of nutrition, but animal protein (esp. chicken) makes you tired! It’s important to save animal products if they are in your diet until the end of the day ~ I will explain why when we talk about dinner. Mixing a salad at home can be easy, raw, AND portable – a real salad can run the gamut on nutritional content. So, here are a few ideas of what to toss in your salad that won’t cost you 1,000’s of calories and will definitely keep you feeling energized and raring to go:
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- Dark leafy greens: spinach, arugula, kale
- raw veggies – sliced cucumber, carrots, ect
- cherry tomatoes
- live sauerkraut
- a sprinkling of macadamia nuts and hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon brewers yeast sprinkled on top
- sun-cured olives
- Toss with real dressing ~ juice of 1 lemon, 1-4 TBSP olive oil, a little sea salt, dash of cayenne pepper. Most dressing (even the ‘natural’ stuff) is junk food with soybean oil, sugar, ect. I actually have a bunch of dressing recipes, so check em’ out!
Tip: Grains like quinoa or brown rice go great in a salad, and will satiate you longer. Add lemon juice to prevent fermentation- especially if you aren’t able to refrigerate your lunch.
More Small Lunch/Snack Ideas
Fruit is a great way to lift your energy if that afternoon slump starts to hit- natural sugars and fiber will lift your blood sugar levels, rather than create a spike followed by a crash. One thing to keep in mind ~ eat your fruit first, since fruit digests quickly…combining fruit or vegetables tends to cause fermentation (yup, gas). Just a few minutes after you eat your fruit is sufficient. Also pick the lower glycemic options like a pear, apple, berries – these are also high water content fruits that are especially good for you in the hotter season. Simple to digest protein fats can go well with fruit if you wish to round out the snack into a small meal. Examples are sprouted nuts and seeds. And yo, the Infinity Greens bar is a brilliant choice for the small afternoon meal for lifting your energy with natural sugars, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, raw protein, and loads of nutrients!
As we mentioned in the last newsletter, it’s important to remember that we satiate the appetite best with maitaining balance with nutrient dense foods. Avoid those starchy, high calorie wheat flour products ~ bread, crackers, snacks, ect. And fats ~ go for raw, healthy fats like cold-pressed oils, raw nuts and seeds, avocado, ect. ~ avoid fried foods and animal products – especially in the middle of the day.
Yo, please check out my recipes page ~ I have some great lunch recipes ~ all easy, healthy, delicious. For real.
For later in the afternoon, here are some small meal/snack ideas for achieving this trifecta of satiation (and also satisfy that afternoon sweet tooth or salty craving):
- Infinity Green Bar and sprouted nuts (for the ultimate combo, try with my celtic sea-salt, sprouted almonds)
- Piece of fruit and sprouted nuts
- Organic yogurt and fruit
- Celery sticks and raw almond butter
- Raw almond butter and a couple of prunes (non-sorbate)
- Chopped veggies and hummus
- Flaxseed crackers and guacomole
- Billy’s Green Power Nuggets (recipe here!) *Keep these bad boys in cooler temps*
- A piece of toasted sprouted grain bread (spread a TB of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil on for extra deliciousness and satiation)
So, there you have it – truly healthy lunch and snacks that are quick, easy to make, portable and, most important of all, give you smooth long-lasting energy …an easy way to live the healthier life!
Next up: dinner! I’m super excited to share some new knowledge about end of the day foods – and I’ll make it easy for you!
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