November 3, 2015 By Billy
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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!!
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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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Cut back on these two foods to lose weight this spring.
April 15, 2014 By BillyThese two categories of foods seem to find a way into everyone’s diet, and they definitely put on the weight! Here’s the info to beat it!~1) Sweet drinks, including juice!
Here’s a brief reminder why – Sugar is fuel that is available instantaneously. Assuming you are not exercising at that very moment, sugar is converted to fat to be used as fuel later. These days, such a huge portion of daily calories come from drinks! The obvious are sodas, but what about all of these other ‘natural’ drinks?Examples – flavored water beverages, sweetened tea and coffee, packaged smoothies, bottled fruit juice. These are so common! And at the end of the day these calories really add up! Yes, some of these drinks are a natural sugar, but when it comes to weight loss, many kinds of sugar are in the same category.One source of sugar that may be of surprise is fruit juice. I am referring to juice in packaged containers. Of course, fresh pressed juices are in an entirely different category. Remember beneficial properties of fruit are heat sensitive. For fruit juice to be bottled and stored at room temperature it must be pasteurized. This is the heating process to essentially sterilize it. Popular examples would be orange and apple juice. In their fresh raw state they’re awesome and loaded with nutrients and enzymes! But once cooked, beneficial properties are gone.
I’m not saying to eliminate sugar from your diet all together! Sugar is important. It’s instant fuel for the brain! Let’s just stick to the good stuff! Examples – a fresh fruit smoothie with superfoods, a small amount of fresh pressed fruit juices, a little coconut sugar or honey in your tea. The big picture is to keep your sweet tooth happy with foods and drinks that have nutritive value and are less sugar concentrated.* Note – I do not consider zero calorie sweeteners to be a solution. We know many of them to be toxic. And there are increasingly more that are marketed as ‘natural’. Really? This is another newsletter altogether. The exception is Stevia which is simply a plant food.
2) Processed Starchy Foods!
Why? It’s a similar biological reason as sugar. Processed starchy foods burn quickly, only to then be stored in the body to be used as fuel later. And remember how it’s stored? Fat… quite inconvenient.
For most people the biggest one is Cereal! Cereal is in almost everyone’s diet! At the grocery store there is a whole isle dedicated to just cereal. Why is it a weight gaining food? It’s all in the ingredients!!!! The front of the box markets the cereal as ‘natural, whole grain, low fat’. But look at what its made of! Notice the tiny ingredient list hiding on the side of box in a 8sq inch rectangle. Most common processed grains you can look for are wheat, corn, oats. The other common ingredient is ‘evaporated cane juice’. Are you serious?…”’Evaporated cane juice”’?!!?! This is nothing other than straight-up processed sugar, disguised with a natural sounding name. Naming ‘evaporated cane juice’ on labels is now under review by the FDA and will likely become illegal.
Further down the list of ingredients we typically find canola or safflower oil. Remember from reading my previous articles, these oils are rancid and irritate the thyroid. Not good for weight loss.
Possible replacements? How about oatmeal (NOT instant oatmeal or granola). Add a healthy, heat stable oil like ghee or coconut. Add raw nuts, seeds, unsweetened yogurt. And get some of your healthy sugar with sliced berries. Now this is sounding more like a balanced meal!The other big culprit is Bread! It’s a mystery how we have become convinced that we are doing something good for ourselves when eating whole wheat bread. It’s a heavily processed food that is devoid of any nutritional value other than the added artificial ‘nutrients’.
A possible solution for wheat bread is Rye bread. But wait!!!! If you look in the bread section at the store you will see numerous options that are labeled ‘whole rye’. Remember to read the ingredients!!! Most often wheat will be the first ingredient and rye will be way down the list of the 30 other ingredients. Proper rye bread is heavy like a brick and is made almost entirely of rye. I consider it a better alternative because it is more satisfying per calorie and it does not burn so quickly. Another possible solution is to simply put the foods that would normally be in your sandwich into a salad instead. And then enjoy it with flax seed crackers! Note about the gluten free products – I do not consider most of these gluten-free bread alternatives to be superior. Again, just look at the ingredients – potato starch, rice flour, buckwheat flour – just more of those starchy lifeless foods.
Other common foods that fall in the starchy category are chips, crackers, cookies, muffins, and bagels. What makes them difficult to avoid is they are labeled ‘natural’, ‘low-fat’, ‘gluten free’, ‘whole grain’. As for what’s truly healthy, there’s more to it than that. Remember all of these foods are comprised primarily of processed grains. Starchy snack foods are so easy to overdo simply because processed grains do not satisfy our appetite like plant foods, good protein and healthy fats.*Note – If you have some of these processed foods occasionally when traveling or out with friends, then no big deal. It’s not going to make much of a difference. Plus being too stringent has social compromises.
I understand a complete dietary overhaul for some of us may be out of the question. Ok, Fine. Let’s make it practical. What do you say we cut back 50% on these processed grain foods and sugary drinks. And why not try it for just a month. Let’s call this STEP 1. In a month let’s re-evaluate. Does that sound possible? Or if you’re determined enough, just cut the majority of these foods out of your diet and give it a few months. If weight loss is in fact a priority for you, I’m quite confident you will be impressed. Not to mention it will have other health benefits as well.
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Article – Spirulina nutrition details and testing for radiation
February 19, 2014 By Billy
Recently I have noticed a growing interest in health information about blue-green algae. Given that this is the primary ingredient in Infinity Greens I would like to offer you a few short articles expounding on blue-green algae in the human diet, the safety of it, and why it is so important.
Article #1 –
Here is a brief refresher of what blue-green algae is. Is the miraculous compilation of fresh water, sunlight and minerals. Algae was in fact the first and only life on earth 2 billion years ago. And it was essentially a gateway for all life since it absorbed toxic material from acid rain, volcanoes and meteors and then soon after produced 60% of our atmosphere, thus making planet earth a fit environment for other life to spawn. And yes, even today algae produces 60% of the oxygen in our atmosphere. This process is essentially a model for how it operates within the human body. We instinctively know all green plant foods to be number one for removing toxins in the body because of chlorophyll. Blue-green algae is far and away the highest Chlorophyll density food, thus why it is so dark green. So, like for the planet, the right blue-green algae can absorb toxins in the body and recycle it into oxygen – a miracle of nature we can’t thoroughly explain.
There are literally millions of different kinds of algae on planet earth. Several of these are known to be edible. In this first article I would like to talk about Spirulina since it is the most well-known. Spirulina among other blue-green algaes have been a part of our diet for 200,000 years, since our hunter gatherer days. Like many other plant foods it is something that the human body has become keenly adapted to. And because of the nutritive value, for many cultures it has become a food that is sorely needed. Why?
Remember the big picture with our diet. There are two primary objectives – remove toxins and restore with nutrients. And remember blue-green algae to be number one for removing toxins. And I do consider it to also be among the most important for supplying nutrients. For many of you health seekers, you know the facts about Spirulina, but a short recap can always be helpful.
To keep this article short, here is the nutshell version –
– of all plant foods Spirulina is number one for iron and Vitamin B12.
– of any food on earth it is the most protein dense, even more so than animal protein.
– Spirulina is a primary source of niacin, copper, manganese and riboflavin.
This kind of nutrition is what makes multivitamins completely outdated. Another noteworthy perk of Spirulina is it’s secured level of purity. Again, the ingredients are simply water, sunlight, and minerals. And for many of you I think it is worth mentioning that the Spirulina in Infinity Greens is always thoroughly tested to assure this level of purity. Every batch we use is required to have a Certificate Of Analysis, authorized only by thorough lab testing for any potential contaminants or radiation. While contamination would be near impossible, it is always a good idea to be extra redundant in making sure. I know this will be a comfort for many of you since there is increased worry about potential radiation with freshwater and saltwater foods. Radiation is in fact an issue for many foods and I plan to send more articles about it shortly, via newsletter.
So please standby!
If you have any further questions this topic it’s up for discussion!
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Just wanted to share a couple things!
January 4, 2014 By Billy
Just wanted to share a couple things!
First, Happy Belated New Year!!!!!!!
Second, Thank You! If you’re reading this you probably have read my other newsletters and maybe use the Infinity Superfoods. I wouldn’t be doing all of this without your faith and I just want to say that I am grateful.
And continuing to serve you ‘awesomeness’ is what makes me happiest!
And third, I would also like to share a few thoughts that I have been reflecting on for this year. Lets call them resolutions….a tried and tested philosophy that we all know to yield some benefit. I am really taking it seriously this year. I find that if I keep my goals in mind and then rotate a healthy life around it, these tend to work out to at least some degree of success, if not magnificent. This idea of doing real New Year’s resolutions, and then tracking it, was recommended to me by my Dad. Thank you!
So I typed and printed a list of my visions for this year and put it in a picture frame. It’s in a place where I see it often. It helps me to live accordingly because I simply think about it more. And of course we know our thought influences our actions. Assuming your thoughts are healthy, you are set to go!
Here are a few of mine –
Spend more time with family
More social life
Grow Infinity Greens
And one of my more personal goals is spiritual growth and I just wanted to humbly offer a few words….I’m definitely not trying to play a guru. It’s just something that is of most value to me and so I wish to share it with you.
One Leader and Mystic we all know says ‘prayer is not asking but is rather receiving’. God already knows what we want before we ask. I have found my main responsibility is to simply ‘be still’ to make myself fit to receive good inspiration so I can then go and do likewise.
And here is one thing I do to help me better do this. I’ve talked with you about this before, but shoot, I just want to share it again because it really works! Well, here it is – I go outside and stand tall, or sit tall! And then I concentrate on my breathing. Call it what you want. For me it takes tons of concentration. I can typically go 3 breaths before I forget and start dreaming about my day. But I’m working at it and have come quite a long ways! But dang, still got a ways to go.
Right, so here’s why I do this and what it then does for me. Why not look at this from the physiological standpoint.
Nutshell version – Simply the brain is the core of our physiological health. We know oxygen to be the most important thing…can’t go a few minutes without it, in most cases. If it’s really so important, why not do everything we can to optimize it?
I say cut to the chase and make this a part of your morning routine!
Step 1. Stand or sit tall in a quiet environment and concentrate on breathing deeper. Maintain your body’s ideal posture. You’re essentially using your body’s core strength to hold your spine straight so the body can more efficiently serve the brain with oxygen nutrient rich blood.
Step 2. Repeat.
Step 3. Yup, do it again.
A healthy brain we know to be one of the most important parts of our health. It’s good for everything! Consider that it simply does a better job of telling the whole body what to do. AND it greatly determines our emotions and how we think! So again why not do whatever you can to strengthen this foundation of your health. ….why not do it every morning for 10 minutes before you check your email or go to work.
Note – kinda cool how interaction with the invisible (O2) is what most nurtures us most. I like how the physiological body serves as a model for interaction with the Invisible on the spiritual level. I do believe that this breathing practice better enables us to better receive divine messages as a lovely side effect. One more thing I try to do at the same time is say ‘Hi God’, and then I listen. We are built to receive these kinds of messages.
I have a hunch this can feed us more than we can imagine.
So big picture.
Breathe. Send the ripple effect though your body that makes everything work substantially better. Especially our quality of thinking, and mood!
This of course has the horrendously magnificent effect of making us nicer…everyone nicer. Whoa. Health resolutions of all kinds, whether diet, exercise and even the most basic that we have been talking about, will at some point in the not too distant future make us even better people. Will that journey ever really stop? I hope not. I have a feeling this year will yield more good than much of the world thinks is possible.…. We are inevitably fit to receive from the Divine in order to make things always go better….not to mention that ‘things going better’ is just one of things we receive. Witnessing this fact by good luck in our daily lives is why faith is evolving into absolute certainty that the world is perfect as it is, and yet will still become even better. And we inevitably become peaceful mystics making us fit to then share this, yielding sustenance of global miracles. ‘Miniscule Evil avenged, Unlimited Good manifested’.
And those that come in contact with you….lucky them.
…gotta get back to my day….. lots to do! And I’m super grateful it’s mostly taking care of YOU!
Ps….one of my 2014 visions – serve you even better. If you ever have thoughts or feedback of how my products are working for you or if anything could ever be better, please let me know. I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and get right to work any time you need it. And the whole Infinity team is here for you too.
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Billy’s Backdoor Secret to Weight Loss Before The Fall Equinox… And no, I ain’t just bragging about my greens!
September 5, 2013 By Billy
THIS IS A MUST READ!
Like carbs, fat gets burned by our bodies as fuel to keep us going. The problem is, that which doesn’t get burned has a tendency to accumulate. And I probably don’t need to tell you in which places of your body that happens.
There is a little known reason fat cells accumulate and it has to do with a simple fact of human biology: fat cells are essential protection. Collectively, they help insulate the body. Of course everyone knows that fat helps insulate the body from the elements. It helps keep us warm in the winter, for instance. But did you know that fat also protects the body from toxins?
Our bodies are bombarded with toxins every day, especially here in the 21st century. We have toxins invading our system that our ancestors never had to worry about. Our water comes to us through miles of metal pipelines that are decades old, we eat processed grains that are produced by metal blenders, we eat too many animal products and metabolic food waste slowly accumulates in our gastrointestinal systems. Not to mention the stuff that’s in our air that we breathe in every day.
As a response to this, our fat cells go into action and absorb these toxins as a way to keep them from our vital organs. It’s a form of self defense. It’s amazing, really. The problem, however, is that, when the body needs to burn the fat for energy, it becomes reluctant because doing so means releasing the toxins, dumping them back into the bloodstream.
So the fat continues to accumulate. Of course a common response by most people is to diet. The fat gets burned, the toxins are released, and we feel awful. Tired and lethargic. It’s not the loss of energy, so much as the increase in toxins coursing through our veins. At the end of the diet this cycle only repeats itself.
A healthy person’s everyday diet, therefore, requires foods that not only deliver good things for the body, but foods that take the bad stuff out. If the bad stuff is out, the body will become willing to burn the fat which is now available as clean fuel. The best foods for both parts of the equation? Green foods. And no, I don’t mean green icing and mint ice cream and green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. I mean plant foods. Foods with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has a strong negative charge that makes it bond to toxins, thus allowing them to be excreted through our gastrointestinal system.
Green plant foods are high in nutritive value – good in and of itself – but also essential for eliminating the toxins. And here they are: kale, arugula, chard, mustard greens, parsley, cilantro, spinach, basil, broccoli. These are all weight loss essentials. But maybe the best of all? Blue-green algae: Spirulina and Chlorella. Why? It’s the highest in chlorophyll. And it’s been in the human diet for a hundred thousand years, though not very much in the past one hundred, sad to say. Our ancestors all over the world used it as a staple in their diets. And why not? It’s nearly everywhere you’ll find fresh water. They’d harvest it, dry it out, grind it up into a powder, and put it in their foods. Not to brag, but this is why blue-green algae is the foundation of Infinity Greens. Of course everyone wants to endorse their own products, but I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t certain this is true. So take my word, and let’s do this! Use Infinity Greens in a smoothie every morning. And some of you should do the same in the afternoon!
But don’t stop there. With a diet that’s now taking the toxins out of your body, it’s time to start burning the fat. The best weight-burning exercise for this? Hiking. Power walking, preferably up and down hills. If you live in a flat area, do sets of stairs. Exercising in this way is both cardio and weightlifting in one – essentially lugging your body weight up and down hills – this makes you work the fattest part of your body and your biggest muscles – your quads, your glutes, your abs. You’ll build lean muscle which is essential for burning fat because it keeps your metabolism higher than just simple cardio by itself. And why not go full-court press and work with the trainer too.
So here’s the challenge: For three weeks, go green! Increase your intake of foods high in chlorophyll. Find a way to add more of them into your diet. Large salads! Or why not cut to the finish line and just have a massive handful of arugula. Have at least one low calorie smoothie every day with Infinity Greens (preferred recipes here). Then, get out at least four days a week and go for a good hike. Can’t hike? All the more reason to work with the trainer. This is the perfect time of year. The heat will make you sweat – another way for the body to excrete toxins.
This is the last few weeks until the fall equinox – so do it! …just see how much weight you lose and how much better you feel. And then do me a favor, will you? Let me know. I’d love to hear from you. I’m confident you will have a success story and I can’t wait to hear about it! So here we go. Woohoo!
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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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