YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!
Clearly, what we put in our mouths has a tremendous effect
on what goes on in our body and in our brain.
DIET WHAT IS IT?
Typically “diet” is a change in eating habits that we monitor over a period of time to obtain a desired effect, such as weight loss. Also most of the time, when we achieve the desired result, we revert to old ways of eating. When we return to our old ways of eating is when the previous physical problems usually return, and most of the time, we re-gaining the weight and more often even add to it.
If however we change our LIFESTYLE and do it for the rest of our lives we experience healthy body weight and healthy brain function.
THE FORMULA IS SIMPLE
We need to feed our bodies every day with the correct kind of foods, so that we truly get the nutrients necessary for achieving great health. This is a lifestyle change that requires commitment and consistent practice.
If having healthy eating habits and having great health is our goal, let’s learn how we can achieve this.
WHAT WE NEED TO LEARN
First we need to learn that we need to eat 80-85% raw foods and 20-15% cooked foods.
We need to eat natural foods that are uncooked and unprocessed. The dense living nutrients found in raw foods and their juices are the things that meet and satisfy your cells’ nutritional needs. When you eat these living foods, you will find that you no longer have to deal with hunger pangs or cravings, because your body is being fed properly.
Live foods are what produce abundant energy and energetic health. The following are some items from each food category that fit into the 80-85% portion of each day’s raw food intake:
- Beans and Legumes – Green beans, peas, edamame beans, garbanzo beans, mung beans adzuki beans, lentils. Most all or these can be eaten in a sprouted form.
- Beverages – Freshly extracted vegetable juices, distilled or purified water and herbal teas (without caffeine).
- Dairy Alternatives – Fresh almond milk, creamy banana milk, rice milk, soymilk (sparingly).
- Desserts and Fruits – Fruit smoothies, raw fruit pies with nut/date crusts, date-nut squares, etc. as well as frozen banana, strawberry or blueberry “fruit creams”. All fresh, as well as un-sulphured, organic dried fruit. Limit consumption to no more than 10-15% of daily food intake. (Fruit juice is included in this 10-15%, and is not recommended in large quantities.)
- Fats and Oils – Avocados, extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil, flax seed oil, (remember never to heat up oils they change their composition during the heating process and become carcinogenic). If you like oils with your cooked food drizzle some on after the food has been cooked.
- Grains – Soaked oats, millet, kamut, quinoa, raw muesli, dehydrated granola, dehydrated rackers, and raw ground flax seed. (You can dehydrate your own crackers and make your own granola. This can also be obtained from a good natural heal food store).
- Nuts – Raw almonds, raw macadamia nuts, raw walnuts, raw almond butter or tahini. Eat sparingly. (Note only eat raw nuts NOT roasted or salted).
- Seasonings – Fresh or dehydrated herbs, garlic, sweet onions, parsley and salt-free seasonings (SALT is used very sparingly and you should use only Celtic Sea Salt).
- Seeds – Raw sunflower seeds, raw pumpkin seeds. Eat sparingly.
- Soups – Raw soups
- Sweets – Raw unfiltered honey, molasses and pure maple syrup (use these sparingly), also Stevia, which has no calories.
- Vegetables – All raw vegetables
BASIC FUNDEMENTALS TO HEALTHY EATING
- Drink water 30 minutes before eating and wait at least 1.5 to 2 hours after eating. This will allow the saliva to do its function and will allow the stomach acids to do theirs.
- Do not drink ice water, it shocks the system and hinders digestion.
- Eat slowly – chew your food (it takes 15 to 20 minutes for your stomach to tell your brain that it is full).
- Remember eating too much of a good thing even if it is healthy, also adds on weight.
BAD FOODS – vs. – GOOD FOODS
When it comes to foods that are bad for the brain, the Standard American Diet, or SAD, rules the day. SAD reflects the average American eating habits: a diet relatively high in saturated fat, trans fat, chemical additives, and refined sugar. Don’t be surprised if the following “bad food” list contains some of your favorites.
Sugar can lead to glucose spikes and crashes, resulting in wildly fluctuating brain energy levels. Don’t reach for the artificial sweeteners too quickly, though – some have been linked to behavioral problems in children and may even be toxic to brain neurons.
Fatty meats, cream and whole milk, lard, shortening, and butter contain artery-clogging saturated fats that can impede blood flow to the brain and lead to the poor cardiovascular health that is associated with cognitive decline.
Cookies, potato chips, doughnuts, fried chicken, candy bars, muffins, and French fries are typically notoriously high in hydrogenated fats, or trans fats. These bad fats can interfere with the absorption of good omega-e fats, while further hurting cardiovascular health.
Junk foods and processed foods, which could include dozens of preservatives, colorings, and other additives, are believed to interfere with healthy brain function. A study of children with ADHD found that 73% of those placed on a diet that restricted such additives showed an improvement in behavior, cognitive function, and learning abilities.
Carbonated beverages can be high in phosphorus, which can interfere with absorption of the neurotransmitter-boosting mineral calcium.
Alcohol and caffeine also interfere with absorption of critical neuronutrients like the B vitamins, zinc, potassium, and iron.
The following list of good foods can have a remarkable impact on restoring crystal-clear mental function and overall physical health:
Fish is brain food, especially cold-water varieties like wild salmon. Studies suggest that the omega-3 fatty acids contained in the fish – such as DHA – may help to support brain health. (Eat sparingly)
Colorful fruits and vegetables, especially spinach, blueberries, and strawberries are loaded with phytochemical antioxidants and other essential vitamins that help to support peak cognition while cooling systemic inflammation and protecting the brain against free radical damage.
Fiber-rich whole grains such as oats, millet, and brown rice, quinoa, kamut help to protect the brain by supporting healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels – high levels of blood pressure are associated with cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease.
Nuts and seeds such as walnuts, flaxseed, and almonds are rich with brain-supporting omega-3 fatty acids, along with proteins, vitamin E, and calcium.
Egg yolks are a great source of the critical neuronutrients choline. The B vitamins contained in beans are also needed to synthesize choline. (Eat only free range , vegetarian fed hens, and organic if possible eggs)
THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR:
Now, here is the caveat . . . in our modern world, many “good foods” present challenges.
Conventionally farmed fruit and vegetables are treated with chemicals and pesticides that have been linked to poor cognitive development and performance. For peak brain performance, buy organic produce only – it is worth the expense.
Fish, while loaded with essential fatty acids that are outstanding for cognitive function, has been linked to high levels of mercury – which is the second most toxic metal know to man (behind plutonium). Moreover the global fish supply is in trouble: a report published in the October 2006 issue of Science projected that, if environmental pollution and modern-day fishing practices continue at their current rate, the world’s fish supply will be gone by 2048.
AVOID: Meat, chicken, turkey and pork, they are loaded with fat, hormones and antibiotics.
IN ADDITION TO HEALTHY FOODS, WE ALSO NEED
Time with God
The Bible tells us in Hose 4:8
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.”