Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

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Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

Nutrition and Physical Degeneration

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An epic study demonstrating the importance of whole food nutrition, and the degeneration and destruction that comes from a diet of processed foods.

For nearly 10 years, Weston Price and his wife traveled around the world in search of the secret to health. Instead of looking at people afflicted with disease symptoms, this highly-respected dentist and dental researcher chose to focus on healthy individuals, and challenged himself

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Cooking Up A Healthy Life

Many people find that the most difficult part of making diet changes and following a healthy lifestyle is actually putting it all into practice and embracing it.

What do I actually eat? How do I make it?

Many times things may make sense in our minds or in theory, but when it comes to living it on a daily basis, things can get a little more difficult.

Today I have a video for you where Dr. Joel Fuhrman explains how to maneuver the initial potential obstacles that people face during changes in diet and lifestyle.

In it you’ll learn:

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• How your tastes for certain foods can dramatically change when switching diets.

• Why some people experience a “detox period” when changing their lifestyle and may feel slightly worse before they feel better.

• How you can balance getting the best from your diet by utilizing fresh, raw foods as well as consciously prepared cooked foods.

• Some of the healthiest ways of cooking food that balances preserving nutrients while making them easier to absorb.

• Why dishes like soup are such a healthy and easy way to get a wide variety of nutrients and flavors into your diet.

Knowing how to eat and live a healthy lifestyle and actually being able to put it into practice are two very different things. In today’s world, it is an uphill struggle to say no to the temptations of cheap, albeit tasty and readily available food.

But in my opinion, it’s worth every effort. The riches you get in return for investing into being a healthy person and taking the time to seek out and eat good quality food will be far, far greater than settling on any cheap commodity item that some people insist is okay to eat!

Being a healthy person need not be difficult. Just take the queues from people who’ve been through it before and you’ll be that much happier and healthier for it.

5 Ways to Stop Yourself from Eating When You’re not Hungry

5 Ways to Stop Yourself from Eating When You're not HungryThe fridge door is open and you’re peering inside, feeling bored, lonely or sad. But you’re not actually hungry.

You know that eating what’s in front of you isn’t the answer. You know you’re just going to feel awful, if you do. But what are some things you can think, say or do to stop eating when you’re not hungry?

  1. Find your real hunger. If you’re not physically hungry, but you’re still feeling drawn to that leftover cheesecake on the top shelf of your fridge, it may mean that you’re hungry for something else. You might be hungry for a hug, reassurance, or love. You might be hungry for a relationship, friendship, or praise. Make a list of what you’re hungry for at this moment. Recognize that you’re hungry for something that food can’t give you.
  2. Talk to the food. This may seem silly, but try speaking to the food that you’re craving. Ask that slice of cheesecake: “Will you hug me? Will you reassure me? Will you love me? Will you be my friend?”The answer, of course, is no. The best that the cheesecake can offer is a moment of temporary gratification, followed by remorse. You deserve better and you can offer yourself much more than that.
  3. Remind yourself what happens next. This isn’t the first time you’ve felt the urge to eat to satisfy emotional hunger, and it might not be the last.If that slice of cheesecake is still beckoning you, remind yourself of how awful you’ll feel after you indulge. You could tell yourself: “If I do this, afterwards I will probably feel disappointed. Bloated. Uncomfortable.”

    Remind yourself: “Eating that cheesecake might feel good in the moment, but that good feeling won’t last. The consequences are not worth it.”

  4. Feed your real hunger. This one is a must. If you’re looking to food for emotional nourishment, such as comfort when you’re sad, reassurance when you’re scared, and love when you’re lonely, stop right there. Food can’t take away your sadness or your fear, or make loneliness go away. You might feel some relief while you’re eating, but afterward, when you’re no longer savoring that dense, creamy cheesecake, you will be right back where you started — aware of your sadness, fear, and your hunger for company and love. Remember the list you made earlier of what you’re hungry for. You can satisfy those hungers for yourself in a way that food absolutely cannot.If you’re sad and want a hug, let yourself cry, so that you can feel some relief. If you’re scared and want reassurance, accept how you feel (“It’s all right to be scared”). Then reassure yourself that there is nothing you cannot handle. If you’re lonely and want friendship, remember that you can be alone physically but that doesn’t mean you need to be lonely. Enjoy your own company. Be your own best friend. Feed your hungry emotional heart with self-love, not empty calories.
  5. Buy some time. You may not always be able to address what you’re feeling at the moment. Sometimes, you may have to buy yourself some time and put your feelings aside until you can properly take care of them later. This isn’t the same as suppressing your feelings, or pretending they don’t exist. You’re going to take care of your feelings, just not right at this moment.You could say to yourself:

    “I really want to eat right now, but I know my hunger is emotional (I just ate a big lunch!). I don’t have time, right this moment, to give my full attention to my hungry feelings (because I’m at work, or driving my kids to school, or attending a friend’s graduation). I will tend to those feelings as soon as I can. But for now? I’m just going to breathe and accept how I feel, and let my feelings move through me.”

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    And then? Breathe, breathe, breathe. If you take big, cleansing breaths, even just for one minute, you might be surprised to find that the desire to eat passes for a little while.

    Not enough? Then distract yourself. Drink a glass of water. Engage in a conversation with a colleague. Catch up on your emails. Do whatever it takes to buy a little more time, until the urge to eat settles.

Above all, believe in yourself. Believe in your inner strength. Believe in your ability to handle anything in your life, without turning to food. As you’re looking inside the fridge, tell that food: “I am stronger than you.” Because you know what? It’s true.

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

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In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

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Food. There’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it?

Because in the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion–most of what we’re consuming today is longer the product of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American Paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we see to become. With In Defens

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Paleo Slow Cooker: 75 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Gluten-Free Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes for a Paleo Diet

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Paleo Slow Cooker: 75 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Gluten-Free Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes for a Paleo Diet

Paleo Slow Cooker: 75 Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Gluten-Free Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes for a Paleo Diet

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Living the Paleo lifestyle just got easier with Paleo Slow Cooker. Now you can enjoy the superior health benefits of the Paleo diet with the convenience of your slow cooker.

The Paleo diet consists of all-natural, unprocessed, and gluten-free foods. It’s the way humans were meant to eat. The slow cooker and the Paleo diet are a perfect pairing for modern, busy people who want to eat right.  

Paleo Slow Cooker is your guide to preparing easy

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Why Being A Health Guru Is Bad For Your Health

It’s a bit of a shocking realization when you notice that health gurus, who write diet books and give advice on how to live long, tend to live shorter lives than the average person.

They seem to be beaten only by rock stars (who have an average life expectancy of 42 years old for American rock stars, and 35 for Europeans!)

Here are just a handful of examples of people who made a living teaching others how to extend their lives yet died younger than the average person:

Michel Montignac: A very famous Frenchman who promoted a healthy diet based on the concept of the glycemic index, died at 66 of cancer. He was the inspiration behind the “South Beach Diet.”

Dr. Atkins: Probably the most famous diet guru in the world (who weighed 258 lbs at 6 feet tall), died after spending 9 days in a coma at the age of 72 from a slip on the ice. The medical examiner noted that in his health files that he had previously had suffered a heart attack, congestive heart failure, and hypertension. There was never any autopsy performed on Dr. Atkins, so it can’t be confirmed whether or not his other health ailments prevented him from recovering.

Paavo Airola: Author of “How to Get Well”. Led the juice fasting and natural health movement in the 70s and 80s, yet died of a stroke at the age of 64.

Roy Waldorf: Said that he was a longevity expert and wrote the book “The 120-Year Diet”, died in 2004 at the age of 79. That’s still a fairly long life, but nowhere near the projected marker.

Dr. Nathan Pritikin: One of the most prolific authors on the low fat diet, he took his own life as his body was overtaken by leukemia at age 69.

Ross Horne: A student of Dr. Pritikin, claimed that he would have lived longer if he had embraced the fruitarian diet that Ross promoted, but he himself died of cancer, albeit well into his 80’s at the time.

T.C. Fry: Leader of the Natural Hygiene and fruitarian movement, died of a pulmonary embolism at the age of 70.

Robert E. Kwalski: Author of the famous book “The 8-Week Cholesterol Cure,” died at the age of 65 of a pulmonary aneurysm.

George Oshawa: Literally invented the macrobiotic diet (which actually translates to “the way of long life”) passed of lung cancer at the age of 73.

Adele Davis: Pioneered the concept of healthy eating and was known for her somewhat “radical” recommendations, died at the age of 70 from cancer.

Of course it wouldn’t be fair to say that all health and diet gurus died young, because they didn’t. Some of them lived to be at least a little longer than the average folk:

Paul Bragg: died at 81. Although it was widely claimed by his family that he died from a surfing accident, apparently cause of death was a heart attack, a fact which has since been removed from his Wikipedia page.

Norman Walker: known for his prolific works promoting raw foods and vegetable juices, died at 99 (and not at 118 years old as was previously claimed).

Jack Lalanne: More a fitness than a diet guru, died at the age of 96 from pneumonia.

What Does It All Mean?

The fact that a good majority of health gurus don’t live significantly longer than the average person, and in many cases actually live shorter lives, doesn’t in itself mean anything revolutionary.

People are fallible. Health gurus can be mistaken. More importantly… health gurus are human just like you and me!

Some health gurus promoted a low fat diet; others just as passionately promoted a high fat diet.

Some health gurus practiced what they preached most of the time; some did part of the time, And some, like always is the case, didn’t practice their teachings at all.

In some cases these inconsistencies didn’t prevent them from living a long life, like Paul Bragg who used to enjoy an occasional burger in his favorite Honolulu restaurant.

Others, like T.C. Fry, struggled to apply their strict teachings in their own lives 100% of the time, yet still lived far longer than what their doctors had predicted (T.C. was predicted to die in his forties, before he changed his lifestyle).

Some gurus have even tried to give immortality a go, like Roy Waldorf, and practiced calorie restriction. Yet as a result he only to lived slightly longer than the average male life expectancy.

Some diet gurus pretended to have the solution to weight loss, but were themselves overweight when they passed away. No need to name names or point fingers here!

Who knows? Maybe it’s too much pressure to be a high-profile health guru and knowing that people expect you to be perfect all of the time.

Maybe some health gurus would have changed their minds about a few things they got wrong, but to maintain their image they refused to admit to others and themselves that their program did not work and that they needed to try something else.

Or it could be that many diet gurus start with poor health in the first place and then get motivated to find a solution and write a book about it.

The fact that some diet gurus die young should not lead us to the conclusion that all diet advice is bad. But it should lead one to question the quality of the advice they are getting from anybody who is claiming to have answers.

I find that most diet books on the market are mostly just for maintaining the status quo and trying to encourage people to keep up their bad habits that they’ve become comfortable with.

Bad Health Advice Like:

  • Eating a ton of cholesterol is actually good for you, so start the day with organic bacon and eggs
  • Eating a lot of meat is man’s natural design (the last guy who tried to live on an all-meat diet is Vihjalmur Stephanson, and he died of a serious cardiovascular disease at 81).
  • Eating a lot of fat is good as long as it’s “good” fat, so douse your salad and everything else with buckets of olive oil
  • Carbohydrates are “bad” but lots of meat protein is good
  • Fruit is “bad,” but factory-made protein drinks are great for carbohydrates

It can be difficult to see through all of the confusion surrounding most health doctrines, but it doesn’t need to be.

Essentially, I think every diet claim falls in one of three categories:

  • Some things are good for everybody, and there’s science to support it
  • Some things are downright bad for everybody, and there’s science to support it
  • Some things are more complicated, and depend on individual situations.

Some Examples Of Good Health Advice:

  • Fruits and vegetables are GOOD for everybody, yet most diet books don’t promote a diet based on fruits and vegetables.
  • All science out there supports a diet based on fruits and vegetables, yet very few people actually do it.
  • A comprised of more plants is GOOD for everybody, and so is taking proven steps to improve your health such as exercising, and eating fresh instead of packaged food.
  • The Standard American Diet (SAD) without exception isn’t doing anybody any favors, nutritionally speaking. Any diet book is generally going to be at least a step above that!
  • Other things are not black and white. For example, there’s a debate as to whether a completely vegan diet is better than one that contains a small percentage of animal products. I prefer to eat a mostly plant-based diet, but others think they can get certain nutrients by eating some quantities of animal products.
  • Some people feel best on an all-raw diet, although there’s no definite science to say that it’s absolutely the best diet for everybody.
  • Some people just can’t eat certain foods due to allergies or sensitivities, likely because of past health experiences.

Ultimately, it’s up to YOU to become your own diet guru.

You’re the one who knows what’s right for you, and you know that better than absolutely anybody else.

It doesn’t really matter how much fat person A eats in a day or how bad pancakes are for you person B says, none it is really relevant to you, as you need to base your opinions and conclusions off your own thoughts and experiences. It’s always great to hear other people share their experiences, but at the end of the day: have your own!