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products are simply riding on the coat-tails of the buzz about the low-fat diet in the 90’s, which of course now is outdated.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
Welcome to Infinty Greens!~
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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
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1-2 heaping tablespoons whole Greek yogurt and/or raw almond butter
Optional – 1/2 organic banana or pear. or round tablespoon raw honey.
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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!
All the best!~
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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