Food for thought

In previous post I look at what we eat and asked if it’s any wonder that we feel rubbish? I’ve also looked at how what we eat affects where we all live and the impact of the agribusiness and food industries on both our own personal health and well-being as well as the impact they are having on Gaia (the living planet earth).

So if we’ve all got it so wrong, what should we be doing instead?

If you are suffering from any kind of physical or mental ailment, anything what so ever, I strongly advise and highly recommend that you to take you’re own health and well-being into your own hands and start to take a long hard look at your diet.

Please remember that the pharmaceutical industry, just like the food industry, has a primary purpose to make as much profit as possible. This is their highest priority and this will always come before your health interests. They have no real interest in curing you at all. If they did, they would put themselves out of business and hundreds of thousands of jobs would be lost. I’ll be covering the pharmaceutical industry in a subsequent post, but just remember, no one will care more about your health and well-being than you and no one can do more to help you get better and to keep you fit and healthy than you can.

If you’re not suffering from any illness already congratulations. You’re either doing things right or you are very lucky or perhaps just don’t know that you are ill yet?

My philosophy is that now that I have the awareness about the impact that food has on my body and on my mind, why should I wait to change things until after I get ill?

After all isn’t prevention the best cure of all?

Keep in mind that evolution and nature has spent 3.5 billions years getting you this far all on its own, eating mainly a raw food diet for many 100’s of thousands of years. The reason a lot of us are fat, sick and half dead is because they (the elite) want us that way because they can make money out of us. They do this through manipulation and misinformation of the facts and trick us into thinking that everything is alright. And then when it isn’t, well then they can cure us with new and ever more powerful and expensive drugs and medicine.

Why not just cut out all the middle men, man-made rubbish and stop yourself from getting ill in the first place by eating as much organic, fresh fruit and vegetables as possible?

I’ve added some links to some useful online content at the end of this post to help get you started but here are some easy and basic things that I do that you can do to get and stay healthy:

  1. Drink at least 1 (preferably 2) pints of water as soon as you wake up. – Your liver and your kidneys are your friend and they are there to purify you body through the extraction of waste by products and toxins. You want to get them working the minute you wake up so that everything your body has processed overnight gets flushed out as soon as possible. You also want you internal organs awake and functioning because they will help you feel vibrant and alive and reduce your dependency on other stimulants. It’s worth nothing that our bodies aren’t particularly good at telling us that we are dehydrated, so make sure you keep drinking plenty of water throughout the day. A simple way to tell is if you’re not going to the toilet every few hours or if your urine is starting to look like a well-known sports energy drink.
  2. Eat breakfast within an hour of waking up every single day. – It’s called breakfast because you are breaking your fast from your nights sleep. If you’ve been asleep for 7-8 hours you bodies blood sugar levels will have naturally lowered. This is normal, but you are now awake and if you don’t replenish your bodies blood sugar levels then you are going to start to get tired. “Ah yes”, I hear you cry, “but I feel more alert and alive if I don’t eat breakfast”. This is because if you wait too long before you eat then your body begins to release feel good hormones to counteract the starvation effect. This is normal, but if you continually deny your body fuel it will start to store sugars as fats when it next receives food. Remember, coffee and sugar may wake you up momentarily but you will feel more tired and put on more weight when you do finally eat.
  3. Eat three meals with protein every day (approximately 1/3 of you body weight, in grams, should be protein – so if you weigh 90kg you should be eating 30g of protein at each meal. Try not to exceed more than 45g per meal). Protein and amino acids are the fundamental building blocks of your bodies cells. You need a sensible amount of protein to sustain a healthy physical and mental condition. As your cells continually replace themselves you need a continuous supply of protein to support your bodies natural reproductive system. Also note that I have used the word protein here and not the word meat. Whilst meat may be a good source of protein, it is by no means the only source of protein and by no means the highest natural source of protein. Tip: If you really can’t stomach the thought of breakfast to begin with then try a protein shake for a couple of weeks and see how you feel. You can get protein powers from Spirulina, Whey, Soy and other sources. So there are plenty out there to try. See which one works best for you. You can even try adding them to smoothies, porridge or cereals.
  4. Eat 51% raw food at every meal (such as fruit, vegetables, nuts etc.) – It their natural states, foods contains enzymes which help us digest the food and extract as much nutrients from it as possible. When we cook and eat food three things happen. Firstly we destroy some of these natural enzymes. The longer and harder we cook the food, the more of these enzymes we destroy. Secondly, simply cooking foods reduce the nutritional content of the food. Again, the more we cook the food the more nutritional goodness we remove. Thirdly when we digest cooked food our body, which was not originally designed to eat cooked food, reacts as if it is being poisoned and produces anti-bodies. As shocking as this sounds, it’s true. Our body identify the cooked food as potentially harmful and begin preparing to counterbalance the effect of the poison. This poisoning effect does not occur if you eat 51% raw, uncooked food as part of your meal. So you can eat your cooked chicken or nut roast of whatever floats your boat, but it’s always sensible to eat just that little bit more raw food, like salad or lightly steamed vegetables than it is to eat cooked food.

Notice that in the four steps above I’m not telling you what you can’t eat. Do what you like. If you still feel the urge to eat high fat, high sugar foods then keep doing it, but over time this will change and you will not crave these types of food as much. If you are serious about changing your lifestyle then check out Dr. Kathline DesMaisons book Potatoes not Prozac, which I have linked to below.

The cold, hard fact of it is that this type of healthier diet is going to cost you more money than a low nutritional diet, which in itself is worrying.

Why is a diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, more expensive than its processed equivalent?

We can at least now answer this question, because we know that increasing the shelf life of a product increases the profitability of the product and thus reduces potential wastage through more accurate supply and demand over a greater period of time, this helps to reduce the total cost of production. Essentially though you are receiving less nutritional value for your money. You are being tricked into thinking these cheaper foods are better value than fresh fruit and vegetables. They are not.

If you are willing to spend 100’s of thousands of pounds on a house and 10’s of thousands of pounds on a car and thousands of pounds on clothes and toys and the latest gadgets, don’t you think you should rebalance your priorities and invest in your own health and well-being through good food?

After all, in every single culture, in every single country, in every single part of the world, everybody knows that “You are what you eat”.

Don’t just take my word for it. Here are some links to some great resources to get you started:

  • If you are addicted to sugar (including alcohol) or think you may be sugar sensitive then Potatoes not Prozac by Dr. Kathleen DesMaisons is a must at RadiantRecovery.com
  • Her story will no doubt resonate with many of you and inspire many more. Read Ella’s food journey and get the app at DeliciouslyElla.com.
  • If you want to give raw food a try then Going Raw by Judita Wignall is a great place to start. Her blog can be found here.
  • If you’ve got Netflix then watch the documentary Food Matters and if you don’t have Netflix then sign up free for a month and watch it anyway. You can find out more about this documentary at FoodMatter.tv
  • To hear the independent scientific research about how the agribusiness industry has affected our planet I beg you, no I implore you to read The Vanishing Face of Gaia. A Final Warning by James Lovelock. Also available as an audio book from Audible.
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