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Transition Diet Basics

If you just want to feel geat or are having issues with weight, low energy, difficulty focusing, emotional imbalance or you just think you could feel better than you do and want to know how you can do that, then this is for you!  The following info is a beginning set of items to look out for and put into practice for people interested in getting away from the Standard American Diet (SAD) with its obvious connections to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, ADD etc..  Learning how your body works and how to take responsibility for your health starts with knowing how to feed yourself as well as developing an awareness of the environment around you. This is a good set of basic transition guidelines to move toward a livelier and more balanced life including foods that support you in a more complete way.   Use the following standards when choosing all foods,  this will start a detox and restorative process in the body.  Set your sites on getting used to a diet that works for you and accomplishes these.  I am here to help you figure the best solutions for you,  your tastes and your schedule. 

A thought which I've found most helpful when I am deciding what I should eat or drink is this;    I ask myself,  "How would I like to feel?"  This clears a lot of noise and makes my decisions easier.  It can help you cut a direct path beyond many of the foods that might seem tasty at first but then leave you feeling less than your best.   I think that once you've read through this and considered it,  you'll see how simple and obvious the logic is... leaving only the desire for working solutions. 

Be aware of the chemicals in your environment!

  • NO CHLORINE   (or Fluoride)   IN ANY FOOD OR DRINK
  • Use only non-fluoride toothpaste.  IT IS HIGHLY ADVISABLE to get filters for your showers, sinks and/or your whole house which not only filters chlorine and heavy metals but also flouride.

This is very important:

The microwave should not be used to heat ANYTHING that you put in your body. 

WHY, you ask?  I've been microwaving foods for years and haven't noticed any negative effects, you say.

There are two main reasons:
  1. IT DESTROYS THE NUTRIENTS IN YOUR FOOD
    • The radiation (and yes, it is radiation) changes your food at the molecular level.  It radomly destroys the bonds between the atoms and molecules that form vitamins and nutrients in your food, making them unrecognizable (and thus unusable) to your body.  Those free-floating atoms are now free to bond with each other and to create other substances, many of which are actively unhealthy and potentially cancer causing.
  2. IT DESTROYS THE NON-NUTRIENTS IN YOUR FOOD
    • 'Chemical nutrients' are not the only things that we derive from eating which support our basic functioning and health.   While western medical science may not support this notion, all organisms and plants (and much of the universe in general) contains bioenergy.  There have been many different words for bioenergy over the years: OD, ORGONE, CHI, etc...(I'll post some links soon...but you could easily google 'chi energy' or 'Wilhelm Reich' if you want more information.)  Microwave energy both destroys the natural healthy bioenergy in foods...makeing the food inert at best and actively unhealthy at worst.  Think about it:  Many major food distributors radiate their vegetable to kill off bacteria (in a short-sighted attempt to preserve the life of the food).  YOUR BODY IS MOSTLY COMPOSED OF BACTERIA.  Once you remove all other toxins from your diet, you will begin to notice differences in the way you feel after eating microwaved and non-microwaved food and beverages.

Sweeteners

Avoid processed sugar and corn syrup completely.  Besides the obvious correlation between the introduction of corn syrup to US commercial food products in the 70's and obesity, there is also lots of evidence connecting it to many disorders and disfunctions of the human biology.

Stevia is a good sweetener which doesn't impact one's insulin levels.  Some people don't like stevia's "after taste", however used in moderation this is a very good sweetener . Raw organic honey and agave nectar work well also.

EAT ORGANIC WHENEVER POSSIBLE

(when eating non-organic, remove skins where applicable:  apple, squash)
  • Eat as much raw food as possible.  (carrots, beets, squash, cucumber,  lettuces, spinach, leek, etc..)
  • salads
  • brown rice
  • seeds   raw/unsalted
  • nuts   raw/unsalted
  • fresh fruit  (limit intake of bananas as they are a lot of sugar and inorganic fruit skins)
  • superfoods (kelp,  spirulina, cacao, goji berries, maca, acai)
  • raw honey
  • Tons of raw garlic, cilantro, herbs in general.
  • figs, dates
  • avocados
  • coconut oil   extra virgin,  cold press.
  • fermented foods (Unpasturized sauerkraut, kimchee ect...  Look at the labeling and figure whether it has been cooked, if so don't buy it and don't cook these when you eat them,  fermented foods supply all kinds of nutrients and live flora for your body, much of which is destroyed by cooking)
  • APPLE CIDER VINEGAR  --  RAW AND UNFILTERED
    • (this stuff is awesome for salad dressings and the like)

Eat Some:

  • eggs  (Eggs from abused animals carry a debt that we do not want, even many "organic" eggs do not come from acceptable conditions,  worth checking into)
  • fish  (if farmed consider hormones, dyes etc. also consider mercury levels in wildcaught)   Mercury in Fish
  • meats (if you eat meat, organic only and from trusted producer.  The condition most feed animals are raised in are unappetizing in the least, dangerous as a standard and unethical generally.  Eating from this stock brings those things into your life, into your body.)

Do not eat any:   (no amount of these is good)

  • Sugar (Raw, evaporated is better than processed, but it's best to avoid it altogether;  don't be fooled by turbinado,  much of that is worse than the regular stuff,  read up)
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • corn syrup
  • processed wheat products (most breads, pastas)
  • white flour
  • prepackage juices (orange, pineapple etc...)
  • prepackage foods
  • MSG
  • Artifical sweeteners
  • GMO  (Genetically modified or inorganic  corn, wheat, soy;  if these products are not certified organic, assume they are GMO)
  • lunchmeats

Avoid:

  • Dairy (no milk, cheese; dairy products in US are highly suspect in general due to high levels of growth hormone, antibiotics and mistreatment of animals,  some dairy could be included if the source of it is of high quality) 
  • yogurt (especially flavored or pasturized and never with prepacked fruit)
  • white rice
  • deep fried foods
  • white potatoes
  • premade salad dressing 
  • red wine vinegar
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil that is not extra virgin and does not detail extraction method (often chemical extraction)
  • salted/roasted nuts

Drinks:

  • Drink lots of FRESH WATER!!!  NO CHLORINE/FLUORIDE IN ANY FOOD OR DRINK!!!
  • minimal coffee
  • minimal black teas
  • some green tea
  • herbal teas
  • Raw unsweetened cranberry
  • aloe vera

Note on Dairy, Calcium and Weight Gain/Loss:


Humans are the only animal that eats dairy after weaning.  Mother's milk is formulated by nature to help the young build the body quickly and efficiently. Dairy treated with growth hormones adds to that tendency to create bulk,  but even organic milk contains natural growth factors that will effect our bodies by causing increase in size.  It's simpler than that,  just look at what milk is used for by nature;  do you want to achieve that in your body?

Milk contains calcium but is not a good source of calcium for our bodies.  You wouldn't eat iron filings to get that mineral either.  Dairy products consumed regularly may actually reduce bone density according to much current research,  but the numbers speak for themselves,  we here in the USA drink the most milk and have highest rates of osteoporosis..  hmm...  I encourage you to check on this yourself.   For best calcium look to dark leafy green vegetables eaten raw.  They have a very ready supply of calcium that we can absorb well.  Don't be confused by product labeling,  it doesn't matter if a pill has 150% of the minerals you need if you can only absorb 25%.




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