Your body is like a high performance machine: it needs fuel to operate, has filters to clean out the junk, and its pipes give off exhaust. Imagine what would happen if you gave a high performance racing machine cheap fuel. You would get cheap results from your race. Now imagine never changing the filters in your high performance machine. Once again, your machine would not run at its full potential. Some people are fine with a high performance machine that runs below its capacity. As long as it runs, they’re happy. Our bodies run the same way: what you put into it determines what you will get out of it. Nutrition is the single most important element to optimal health. A good exercise program alone can’t ensure excellent health. Without good nutrition you could even say that your exercise is somewhat in vain. Exercise itself depends on the fuel we give it. If you exercise to be healthy, then you better give your body the high-octane fuel it deserves—fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
As a nation, we tend to focus on weight loss when our real focus should be on optimal health. When our body operates optimally, the metabolism burns off excess calories, the body does not retain fat, the eliminative systems filter byproducts and toxins properly, the immune system is strengthened to effectively fight disease and illness, and our bodies produce energy levels that allow us to feel good and vibrant. How do we get our body to operate optimally? BY KEEPING IT CLEAN! How do we keep it clean? EAT THE PERFECT DIET. more
Increase the vibrancy and vitality of your body, through cleansing, eat living foods, drinking pure water, and create positive energy which will enable you to compete/live at your *individual elite level without having to use drugs and other “non-healthy” methods. The intention of this lifestyle is to show that an aging body, when properly nourished, will be able to sustain an elite peak performance. more
Commit yourself to eating right! An optimal healthy body metabolizes excessive calories, does not retain fat, eliminates byproduct and toxins properly, strengthens the immune system, and produces energy levels that help us feel alive and healthy. The Living Diet provides the foundation to optimal health. more
Because most diets are nutrient deficient, supplements help to guarantee that we receive the nutrients we need to operate optimally. These supplements provide the foundation for optimal health. Learn how to use them to fulfill your commitment to improving your health, starting now! more
Studies have shown that one reason we gain weight is that our bodies become toxic. According to a study by the National Geographic Society, toxins come from our food, the environment, household cleaning supplies, cosmetics, the air we breathe—even our bodies produce toxic byproducts. If toxins are not eliminated properly they can accumulate over time, weakening the immune system and overworking the liver and kidneys. The body does not want these harmful toxins in its systems, so when toxins cannot be eliminated they are stored. One way the body stores these toxins is to place them in fat cells, which increases fat mass and leads to weight gain.
The popular solution for weight gain is to begin a weight loss program. But there’s a problem: when a person loses weight, fat mass dissipates and the stored toxins are simply released back into the system. As before, the body does not want the toxins in its vital systems, so it increases fat mass to store the toxins … again….and we end up with the yo-yo affect. If a person experiences weight gain, the first course of action should be to clean the eliminative channels of the body: the bowels, kidneys, liver, and circulatory system. (For details on how to accomplish this cleansing, refer to the Detox Program). After the Detox Program, ensure optimal health by following good eating habits.
Confusion, Confusion, Confusion.
No one can agree: really, what are good eating habits? Which diet is the best for optimal health? Should we follow the Atkins, the South Beach, the Low-Fat, the Zone, the Vegan, or the Vegetarian diet? It seems like every month there is a new study out that proves that one of these diets is really “the best.” But is there really one perfect diet, one perfect way to eat, that fits everyone? Not necessarily. Each individual body has unique needs. A great book that explores this concept is Eat Right 4 Your Type by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo. The basic premise of the book is that, as we are all unique, we break down and absorb nutrients differently— and that difference can be generalized by blood type. Dr. D’Adamo recommends that we be aware of our blood type and eat accordingly. The suggestions are:
Type A should focus on consuming fruits and vegetables, balancing high carbs with low fat. They have thicker blood than other blood types, a sensitive immune system, and should avoid dairy products, animal fats, and meats. Type A blood carries a heightened risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Type B should consume a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, grains, fish, dairy, and meat, but avoid chicken. They have the best chance of avoiding or overcoming common diseases, including heart disease and cancer.
Type AB should concentrate on a mostly vegetarian diet, and only eat the following on rare occasions: fish, meat (not chicken), and dairy.
Type O should essentially stick to a high protein diet that includes red meat, low carbs, and a balance of fruits and vegetables. They should limit their intake of wheat germ, whole wheat products, corn, and avoid dairy products and most nuts. Type Os are commonly affected with hypothyroidism, high stomach acid (which leads to ulcers), and thinner blood with a greater resistance to clotting.
While the scientific merit of this information remains open to debate, the basic principles underlying Dr. D’Adamo’s suggestions are valuable. We each need to learn for ourselves how our body responds to certain types of foods and build the foundation of our diet, no matter what your blood type is, on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. These foods are nutrient dense and high in fiber and should be eaten abundantly, aiming for a wide variety of consumption, and in their season.
The PERFECT DIET I recommend that fulfills these goals when implemented into your lifestyle is the Living Diet. The key to a healthy lifestyle is not to restrict yourself, but to implement healthy habits that replace bad habits and allow you to develop an optimal healthy body that metabolizes excessive calories, does not retain fat, eliminates byproduct and toxins properly, strengthens the immune system, and produces energy levels that help us feel alive and healthy. I suggest following the Living Diet 3 days a week as strictly as you are able. For example, commit Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays as your Living Diet days. This creates a structure to focus your commitment to a lifestyle change. Then eat reasonably healthy on the other 4 days. Ultimately, the goal is to eat the Living Diet 4–5 days a week. To achieve this life style is not an overnight excursion; it is a process that takes practice and commitment. Once you have this process in place you will not focus on weight loss but optimal health.
If you are really committed to your health (what are you going to be, a Chicken or a Pig?) then you will do what it takes to learn how to implement this diet into your lifestyle (remember that implementation takes time; this is not instant gratification). If you really want to be able to maintain your optimal health, weight, and fat and not experience the frustrating yo-yo affect then you MUST implement this diet into your lifestyle … PERIOD! Most diets are gimmicks or are generated to enrich an industry that actually disregards your health. This diet centers on your health: your body needs high fiber and nutrients to operate properly. If you cannot commit to eating this way at least 3 days a week, then you better learn to cleanse and cleanse often.
The Living Diet is the foundation to optimal health. I know that eating the Living Diet is difficult compared to eating the traditional American Processed Food Diet (which desensitizes your taste buds in my opinion). It can be difficult to keep to this diet 24/7. Life is never constant. Things change, and so will the way you eat. Optimal health means nothing without balance and enjoyment. Start implementing this diet and remember to create balance in your life while you learn to eat this diet. It is ok to celebrate and eat cake and ice cream. It is ok to go on a vacation and explore new foods. It is ok to have friends over for a summer BBQ. All these activities can add value to your life and won’t necessarily damage your health as long as you are balancing these types of foods with the high nutrient, high fiber foods that come from this diet. The Living Diet cleanses and nourishes the body to help you achieve optimal health, vibrant energy, minimal illness, and ultimately a balanced life. If at the end of this introduction to the Living Diet you don’t know where to start, consider the Be Committed Nutrition Program.
Items to Eliminate
The following food substances are to be eliminated from the individual's diet:
For those who are accustomed to large amounts of salt, removing salt may sound difficult, but if you will substitute coarsely ground pepper, savory herbs, and even powdered kelp, you will find that the craving for salt naturally begins to disappear. Black pepper is a good nutritional herb and helps rebuild the body when it is used in its natural state. Avoid cooking the pepper as the heat changes the molecular structure so that it becomes an inorganic irritant. (High heat changes cayenne, black pepper, and spices from an organic to an inorganic state.)(read about it) and this is the only time when damage results. The use of salts that are of a vegetable or potassium base, or sea salt is all right, providing it is not overdone.
No eggs should be eaten in any form as they are mucus forming. (There are certain foods that are mucus forming—they contribute to the build-up of catarrh [mucus] in the mucus membranes.)
Sugar and all sugar substitute products
You may use honey, real maple syrup, sorghum molasses, or blackstrap molasses, but no sugar of any type. This also includes the use of any artificial sweeteners.
Eliminate all meats. A little FRESH (no color added, not farmed) fish once a week, or a bit of chicken that has not been fed commercial food or inoculated with formaldehyde and other antispoilage serums are all right in moderation (these are the higher forms of edible flesh.)
Avoid all dairy products: butter, cheese, cottage cheese, milk, yogurt, etc. These are all mucus-forming substances and, in most cases, are extremely high in cholesterol (especially butter). As a substitute for butter (or margarine) you may enjoy a quality, fresh olive oil on vegetables, salads, and basic meals.
Flour and flour products
Flour is restricted because the high temperatures used for baking change it from its original organic form into an unwholesome inorganic state. Meaning it has lost its nutrient and fiber value. As such, it is also a mucus-forming substance.
Foods to Eat
Consume fresh foods in their organic state whenever possible. Focus on eating fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains. hese foods nourish and revitalize the body.
These are high in fiber, enzyme packed, and nutrient rich.
Living Diet Supplements
Our supplemental recommendations will build up strength in the body as they revitalize and aid healing. Utilize these supplements to eliminate mucus from the tissues and remove catarrh from the system. For more information on the benefits derived from the use of each supplement, see the Benefits section.
Take 1 teaspoon (or 2-4 capsules) of cayenne 1–3 times a day. The following information refers to the usage of cayenne powder. However, capsules may also be used in place of powder. (3-4 "0" capsules equal approximately one teaspoon. Exact amount may vary depending upon the powder and capsules used.) Start gradually with 1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder mixed into a little cold water; drink and then follow with a glass of cold water. Add 1/4 teaspoon to this dosage every 3 days until you are taking 1 teaspoon 3 times a day (the gradual increase in dosage allows your system to become accustomed to the pungency of the herb). If using capsules, start with 1 capsule a day and build up to 3+ a day.
Honey and Apple-Cider Vinegar
Place 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 tablespoon of vinegar into a cup of warm water, allowing the honey to liquefy. Sip this amount 1–3 times a day; in the end, a total of 3 tablespoons per day should be consumed. The vinegar must be raw apple cider vinegar—do not use malts or other types of vinegars as these are damaging to the body. (Braggs Brand is a popular brand.)
2 capsules of kelp a day (more may be used if desired) will keep the body in good condition as preventative nutrition. If there is any indication of a thyroid problem, the amount should be increased to 10–15 capsules daily. Kelp can take the place of salt in many instances. For example, kelp powder can be sprinkled on salads to enhance their flavor.
Take 1 tablespoon 1–3 times a day of either sorghum or blackstrap molasses. This amount may be added to fruit smoothies or other foods where one would normally add in sugar.
Wheat Germ or Flaxseed Oil
Take 1 tablespoon of a good, fresh wheat germ of flaxseed oil 1-3 times per day. Back to top
Supplements are just that: they supplement nutrients you might be missing. These supplements can be used both long term and sporadically, but if you are not getting the nutrients from the supplements then they need to come from diet. Supplements should come from an organic source, meaning nature made and not man made. When you take a supplement that is naturally made, you are ensuring optimal absorption of the nutrients because they are packed with the enzyme to allow optimal absorption. And yes, this means a multivitamin. Inorganic nutrients are “dead” nutrients, primarily made by pharmaceutical companies, and are harder for the body to absorb. The Living Diet is able to provide all the nutrients you need, but because it takes practice to follow, it’s highly suggested that you use these supplements every day until you can follow the Living Diet on a regular basis at least 3 days a week, then take them 3–4 days a week.
This herb is a great food for the circulatory system: it feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of the arteries, veins, and capillaries so that they regain elasticity and the blood pressure is able to return to a normal range. Cayenne also rebuilds stomach tissue and heals stomach and intestinal ulcers. In equalizing the blood circulation, cayenne produces natural warmth and in stimulating the peristaltic motion of the intestines, it aids in assimilation and elimination.
When the venous structure becomes loaded with sticky mucus, blood circulation becomes more difficult and a higher pressure is required to force the liquid through. Cayenne regulates blood flow from the head to the feet, equalizing blood pressure through the removal of mucus. It influences the heart immediately and then gradually extends its effects to the arteries, capillaries, and nerves (the frequency of the pulse is not increased, but is given more power).
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar [ACV] has long been used as an aid for weight loss and improving health. It is a very safe supplement, even for children. ACV is obtained from the fermentation of apple juice: the fermentation provides alcoholic apple cider that is combined with oxygen to produce acetic acid. The pH of ACV is very beneficial for the body. (ACV must be taken raw, a popular brand is Braggs.)
ACV is quite rich in minerals, vitamins, and other nutritive substances. It contains vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin, A, vitamin P, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and vitamin B6 as well as the minerals manganese, iron, calcium, sodium, magnesium, sulpher, copper, phosphorus, silicon, chlorine, and fluorine. ACV also provides enzymes, amino acids, aldehydes, potash, alcoholic acids, propionic acid, and apple pectin. As a dietary fiber, apple pectin provides an essential component to a healthy diet. With over ninety total substances, ACV can be considered one of the most important ingredients in a healthy diet.
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ oil has many health benefits: it can lower cholesterol, fight colon cancer, prevent constipation, and improve digestion. In addition, it can provide protection from heart disease and help stop strokes. The word germ may sound a bit odd, but it isn't what you think. Wheat germ actually refers to the heart of the wheat kernel and is packed in protein, fiber, polyunsaturated fat, vitamins, and minerals. Wheat germ is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin D, and vitamin E, as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Its use as an anti-oxidant makes it particularly healthful and nutritive. (recommend taking in capsules)
Kelp contains the complete spectrum of minerals needed by man, as they are part of the ocean itself. Aside from the fact that sea water itself is a veritable treasure trove of minerals, land minerals are constantly washing into the sea, enriching it even more. Consider this: plants are tested for mineral content by burning the plant and analyzing the ash. Dr. Black reports that the ash of burnt kelp may be as high as 10 to 50 percent. In other words, if you burn kelp, you may have half the original volume left over as minerals! Carrots, in contrast, leave a mineral ash of only 1 percent. Apples have a mineral ash of .3 percent and beets just 1.1 percent. Even more important than the minerals needed in relatively large amounts, such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and so forth, are the trace minerals—iodine, copper, manganese, boron, zinc, etc. These minerals traditionally have appeared in minute quantities in our food. Our bodies only need microscopically small amounts of them, yet if that tiny amount is not there, we can die from the lack. Floods and poor farming practices are causing our soil to be washed away, carrying with it these trace minerals. Applying commercial fertilizer to the soil does not improve the situation as it does not contain these trace minerals. What happens to the trace minerals that wash away with the farmlands? They are carried into the ocean and ultimately taken up into seaweeds.
One of the most important trace minerals found in kelp is iodine. This mineral is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid, which manufactures the hormone thyroxin. If an adequate amount of iodine is not provided in the diet, the thyroid gland is forced to work overtime and may become enlarged. This enlargement is known as a goiter. In ancient times, the burnt ashes of a sea sponge were administered to drive out the “evil spirit” causing the swelling of the neck—the sponge itself contained iodine, as does kelp. Kelp is a much better source of iodine than the well-known iodized salt, which is only chemically isolated sodium chloride to which potassium chloride has been added. In other words, table salt is a drug, according to the Rodale researchers, to which another drug is added. Such a product has no relation to nature and most of us should not consume the amount of salt needed to supply the necessary iodine. Generally, we should consume less salt! Luckily, kelp provides an ideal source of iodine. Sufficient and compact. Consider the following: to reach the daily requirement of 100 micrograms of iodine you would need to eat either 10 pounds of fresh vegetables and fruits, 8 pounds of cereals, grains, and nuts, 6 pounds of meat, fish, and fowl, 2 pounds of eggs, 3 pounds of marine fish, or .2 pounds of shellfish. Used as a condiment, kelp powder could easily satisfy this daily requirement—it contains 10 times as much iodine as American iodized salt.
Sorghum or Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that is actually good for you. Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, or artificial sweeteners like saccharine or aspartame, which not only fail to provide any useful nutrients but also have been shown to cause health problems in sensitive individuals, blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote optimal health.
In addition to providing quickly assimilated carbohydrates, blackstrap molasses can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores. Blackstrap molasses is a great source of iron, particularly for menstruating women who are more at risk for iron deficiency. Boosting iron stores with blackstrap molasses as opposed to red meat (a well-known source of iron) is a good idea because, in comparison to red meat, blackstrap molasses provides more iron for fewer calories and is completely fat-free. Iron is an integral component of the hemoglobin that transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells. Iron also is part of the key enzyme systems that produce energy and regulate metabolism.If you're pregnant or lactating, your need for iron increases. Growing children and adolescents also have increased needs for iron. Just 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will sweetly provide you with 13.3 percent of the daily recommended value of iron.
Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of calcium, one of the most important minerals in the body. Calcium is involved in a variety of physiological activities essential to life, including the ability of the heart and other muscles to contract, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses to and from the brain, regulation of enzyme activity, and cell membrane function. Calcium is needed to form and maintain strong bones and teeth during youth and adolescence, and to help prevent the loss of bone mass that can occur during menopause in rheumatoid arthritis. Calcium binds to and removes toxins from the colon, reducing the risk of colon cancer, and because it is involved in nerve conduction, calcium may help prevent migraine attacks. 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will meet 11.8 percent of the daily requirement of calcium.
Molasses is also an excellent source of copper and manganese and a very good source of potassium and magnesium.
Copper, an essential component of many enzymes, plays a role in a wide range of physiological processes including iron utilization, elimination of free radicals, development of bone and connective tissue, and the production of the skin and hair pigment called melanin. Numerous health problems can develop when copper intake is inadequate, including iron deficiency anemia, ruptured blood vessels, osteoporosis, joint problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, brain disturbances, elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduced HDL (good) cholesterol levels, irregular heartbeat, and increased susceptibility to infections. Using 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to sweeten your morning cereal or the coffee or tea you drink during the day will supply you with 14 percent of the daily recommended value for copper.
That same amount of blackstrap molasses will also provide you with 18 percent of your daily need for manganese. This trace mineral helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids that are important for a healthy nervous system as well as the production of the cholesterol that is used by the body to manufacture sex hormones. Manganese is also a critical component of an important antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is found exclusively inside the body's mitochondria (the oxygen-based energy factories inside most our cells) where it provides protection against damage from the free radicals created during energy production.
Like calcium, potassium plays an important role in muscle contraction and nerve transmission. When a diet is deficient in potassium, activity of both the muscles and nerves can become compromised. Potassium is an especially important mineral for athletes since it is involved in carbohydrate storage for later use by the muscles as fuel. It is also important in maintaining the body’s proper electrolyte and acid-base (pH) balance. When potassium levels drop too low the muscles weaken and athletes tire more easily during exercise, as potassium deficiency causes a decrease in glycogen storage (glycogen is the fuel used in exercising muscles). Simply by adding 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to your morning smoothie you can ensure you get 9.7 percent of your potassium needs for the day along with a healthy dose of carbohydrates to burn.
Magnesium, calcium's major balancing mineral, is also necessary for healthy bones and energy production. About two-thirds of the magnesium in the human body is found in our bones. Some of it helps tp give bones their physical structure, while the rest is found on the surface of the bone where it is stored for the body to draw upon as needed. Magnesium, by balancing calcium, helps regulate nerve and muscle tone. In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as Nature's own calcium channel blocker, preventing calcium from rushing into the nerve cell and activating the nerve. By blocking calcium entry, magnesium keeps our nerves (and the blood vessels and muscles they enervate) relaxed. If our diet provides us with too little magnesium, however, calcium gains free entry and the nerve cell can become over activated, sending too many messages and causing excessive contraction. Insufficient magnesium can thus contribute to high blood pressure, muscle spasms (including spasms of the heart muscle or the spasms of the airways symptomatic of asthma), and migraine headaches, as well as muscle cramps, tension, soreness, and fatigue. In 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses, you will receive 7.3 percent of the daily value for magnesium.
Switching from nutrient-poor sweeteners like white sugar or corn syrup, or from potentially harmful fake sweeteners like aspartame or saccharin, to nutrient-dense blackstrap molasses is one simple way that healthy eating can sweeten your life. Back to top