Eating and consuming the healthiest foods possible should be the primary goal of good nutrition and wellness. If you eat meat, poultry or fish choose meats and chickens that are grass-fed, free-range with no antibiotics, and harmful toxins. Choose organic as often and readily as possible.
When choosing vegetables and fruits choose 100% organic varieties from reputable stores and sources.
Nutrition is the most widely misunderstood science on the planet. There are many types of food pyramids that cause hours of conjecture and debate. The Standard American Diet coined SAD would never be consumed by a raw foodist or vegans. Some healers boast that the human body is not meant to consume animals or animal byproducts while other schools of thought claim the practice of flesh consumption is an age-old, first human practice and natural state of our existence. In fact, there are debates that blood type dictate whether one should become naturally vegetarian, vegan, or consume meat, poultry, and fish. Some people live long, healthy lives on a meat based diet while others are radiant, healthy and glowing eating only fruits and vegetables. Why is this the case? Is it genetics, geography, and lifestyle choices that dictate food choices? Big business, or pharmaceutical industries that dictate rules for health and healing? Or are we looking at Nutrition from the wrong lens?
Standard American diet shortens life span, depletes nutritional absorption, and conversion into fuel (energy), causes fatigue, impairs the immune system, causes obesity.
For the last 20 years, I’ve been conscious of my food choices. I read labels, I research the net and purchase books on nutrition, health and healing. I take classes and workshops and surround myself with people who share my passion for natural living.
Today, certified organic foods are not a luxury for hippies and hipsters, but a way of survival and longevity. Recent studies prove that food affects health and wellness. Toxic food (junk food, sodas, excessive caffeine, processed foods, foods treated with harmful antibiotics) cause obesity, high blood pressure, cancer and a host of other diseases and disorders. Unfortunately foods labeled “certified organic” or “100% organic” doesn’t always ensure the quality of food or food safety because there are so many loopholes companies can use to manufacture food and there are no official tests for so called “organic” ingredients leaving room for GMO contamination.
Did you know?
100% Organic foods must contain organic ingredients and products – 100% non -GMO free!
“Certified Organic”(USDA Organic) foods are usually 95-100% organic and Non-GMO free! 5% of the foods are USDA approved.
“Made with Organic” foods have a 70% organic food ratio and do not carry an approved “USDA organic” label.
Many foods are marketed in America as “natural” or “natural flavors” are NOT natural or nutritive, but produced from lab chemicals, flavors, preservatives, additives that are toxic chemicals. Some food manufacturers label foods for the purpose of marketing and profits. Unless a food is labeled ‘certified organic’ there are some serious risks to your health. Foods labeled 100% Organic and “certified organic” are far superior than foods labeled “Non-GMO” because of the many health risks “Non-GMO” foods carry including;
Detoxing herbs, juices, laxatives, and healthy water consumption should be added and consumed during these transition phases.
Transition diets can be used to phase out of an old diet or nutrition program. Stages or phases are dependent upon the person’s goals and ability to let go of old food habits and choices. Foods to transition from include: white sugar, white flour, alcohol, additives, candy, sodas, coffee, artificial sweeteners, processed foods, fast foods, junk foods, potato and corn chips. Replacing with: natural sugars, organic flour, organic grains, veggies, fruits, organic snacks including nuts, seeds, berries, kale chips, trail mixes, organic eggs, organic dairy, non GMO meats, poultry, fish.
Transition from poultry and meats. Increase fresh fruits and veggies. Include raw juicing. Eliminate bread.
Transitions from eggs and dairy. Eliminate cheese. Continue to add fresh, organic local varieties of fruits and vegetables.
What is Vegan?
Vegan is a form of vegetarianism that is restrictive of meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy (milk, butter, cheese, yogurt), honey, animal products, leather, wool, silk, animal oils, animal vitamin supplements. Vegans eat only plant-based, whole foods, including grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds.
Vegan protein includes lentils, *soy milk, tempeh, seitan, tofu, brown rice, wild rice, avocado, almonds, spinach (sauteed), broccoli, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), kale, quinoa, peas, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, red potato (baked), black beans, flax seeds.
B12 sources include Seaweed, tempeh, miso apart from eggs and dairy.
Calcium + Vit D sources include leafy greens (collards, kale, okra, cabbage, broccoli) , nuts and seeds, lentils, legumes, and dried fruits (apricots, figs, dates), *soy, hemp milk, tahini, amaranth, sesame seeds, blackberries, black currants. Sunlight!
Iron sources include pumpkin seeds (pepitas), quinoa, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), spinach (steamed or sauteed lightly), *soy, *beans, blackstrap molasses, lentils, prune juice, dried fruit, nuts and seeds, organic raw cocoa chocolate (include foods high in Vitamin C to better absorb iron), arugula, tahini, brown rice, sun dried tomatoes, peas, strawberries.
Vegetarians were described as people who did not consume meat, but today this includes several types of diets that include eggs, dairy or animal milk:
Three main types of Vegetarians:
- Vegans: No animal meats, or animal products.
- Lacto-Vegetarians: eat milk products, but no eggs, meat, poultry, fish or seafood.
- Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarian: eat milk products (eggs, cheese, yogurt, milk), but no meats, poultry, fish, or seafood.
Additional types of Vegetarians:
- Ovo Vegetarian: Ovo-vegetarians do not eat red or white meat, fish, fowl or dairy products. However, ovo-vegetarians do consume egg products.
- Pollotarian: Much like the pescatarian, this “semi-vegetarian” diet restricts meat consumption to poultry and fowl only. Pollotarians do not consume red meat or fish and seafood
- Pescatarian (Pescetarian): While technically not a type of vegetarian, these individuals do restrict their meat consumption to fish and seafood only. Pescatarians do not consume red meat, white meat or fowl. This is considered a “semi-vegetarian” or “flexitarian” diet.
- Flexitarian – A plant-based diet with the occasional meat item on the menu. These folks do their best to limit meat intake as much as possible and they have an almost entirely plant-based diet. This is not technically considered a “vegetarian” diet, but we commend the effort! (source: VegetarianNation)
Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
- increased energy
- glowing skin, hair, nails
- lowered obesity
- weight loss
- cardiovascular health
- lowered risk of cancer
- improved kidney health
- reduced risk hypertension
- decreases risk of diabetes
- relieves constipation
What is Raw?
Raw foodist consume 75-100% raw food that are ‘live’ in nutrients and enzymes. These uncooked foods are high in nutrients, and alkaline producing for pH health. Foods consists of uncooked vegetable, fruits, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains. Blender and juicers are used as well as dehydrators, and food processors. But food is not cooked over 118 degrees.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or “transgenic”organisms cause allergies, kidney live disease, cancer, ADHD, immune disorders, impotence and infertility,
GMOs are unnatural and toxic to the body. GMOs are produced in a laboratory where genes of DNA are manipulated and artificially forced into genes of an unrelated plant or animal species that is not organic to nature. Foreign genes include genes from humans, animals, bacteria, insects and viruses.
“While profitable to the few companies producing them, GMO seeds reinforce a model of farming that undermines sustainability of cash-poor farmers, who make up most of the world’s hungry. GMO seeds continue farmers’ dependency on purchases, seed and chemical inputs. The most dramatic impact of such dependency is in India, where 270,000 farmers, many trapped in debt for buying seeds and chemicals, committed suicide between 1995 and 2012.” (World Future Council)
The irony is that companies like Monsanto (Robert Fraley, Executive Vice President/Chief Technology Officer) was awarded the 2013 World Food Prize and 1995 The Progressive Farmers Award, National Medal of Technology (1999) from Bill Clinton, for founding, applying and developing crop chemical biotechnology agribusiness. The Monsanto company includes mergers with Pharmacia and Upjohn companies and the commercialization of Roundup ready crops (Roundup chemicals). They lobby government to influence and control policy, pubic opinion, agriculture, pharmaceutical and health organizations including the FDA.
When I visited France (Paris) in the early 90s, the French were VERY vocal about NOT eating or importing what they called American “Franken-food” at that time I had no idea what was happening to our food and seed supply nor the toxic effects that are still being investigated today.
Many countries have already banned American GMOs from their food supply. GMO crops wreck havoc on the natural environment and often create baron land and lowered crop yields. Genetically engineered foods are against natural law. They create superbugs, destroy bees and butterfly (larvae), other aspects of our ecosystem and contaminate other crops via pollination. Seeds are monopolized by companies such as Monsanto, which force farmers to purchase GMO seeds and produce toxic crops for consumer markets.
Common Ingredients Derived from GMO Risk Crops
Amino Acids, Aspartame, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Ascorbate, Vitamin C, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Ethanol, Flavorings (“natural” and “artificial”), High-Fructose Corn Syrup, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lactic Acid, Maltodextrins, Molasses, Monosodium Glutamate, Sucrose, Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Xanthan Gum, Vitamins, Yeast Products. (source: Non-GMO Project.org)
Top GMO Foods to Avoid
- Corn – Cornstarch, High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Sugar Beets
- Flax seeds
- Vegetable Oil
- Canola Oil
- Beef (grazed on GMO grains)
- Ice cream
- Seedless Watermelon
Foods to watch out for
- GE Salmon
- Beta vulgaris (e.g., chard, table beets)
- Brassica napa (e.g., rutabaga, Siberian kale)
- Brassica rapa (e.g., bok choy, mizuna, Chinese cabbage, turnip, rapini, tatsoi)
- Cucurbita (acorn squash, delicata squash, patty pan)
Countries that Ban American GMO foods (total and partial) GE Free Zones: