The foods we eat determine what kind of house (or body) that we build. Good
food makes for healthy bodies and junk food makes a poor body.Minerals
are the materials for building our bodies. They are like boards, nails, paint
and plaster that are used to make a house. Each body part requires minerals,
some parts require more of one kind of mineral than another. Vitamins are the
tools we need. They are like the hammers, drills and saws that help us make
everything fit just right.
Now, we need more than just materials and tools to build a house. They’d
just lay there unless someone starts using them. Enzymes and co-enzymes are
the construction workers and their helpers. They put everything into action. Good sources of
enzymes are fresh fruits and vegetables particularly papaya, apples, pears,
melons and pineapple.
Once we have the materials, tools and construction crews, we need energy to
run everything. Our body makes energy from three sources; carbohydrates,
proteins and fats. There are good fats and bad fats. Simple carbohydrates and
complex carbohydrates. Protein can come from meat or proper combinations of
fruits, vegetables and/or grains.
Fats take longest to breakdown and make us feel full longer, generate body
heat, soothe nerves and help make a protective coating for them. The right
kind of fat is essential for good health. Good fats come from sources like
nuts, seeds, avocados, sea foods and olives. Bad fats come from hydrogenated oils, fatty
meats, palm oils, processed cheeses and foods. You can usually (but not
always) identify a bad fat by seeing if it is solid at room temperature. The
bad fats clog our blood vessels, heart and brain.
Proteins breakdown faster than fats, but still slower than carbohydrates
and help stabilize blood sugar. They are made up of smaller parts call amino
acids which are vital to our muscles, tendons, nails, hair and bones. Our
brain needs these amino acids to send and receive messages.Good
sources of protein are lean meats (particularly fish, lamb, buffalo and
turkey), beans with rice, grains with nuts or seeds.
Complex carbs come mostly from whole grains and some fresh fruits and
vegetables. They break down the fastest and give us quick usable energy.
Simple carbs come from sugar and refined foods like candy, sodas and
cookies. They breakdown extremely fast, causing rapid blood sugar spikes and
dips. Refined sugar is Public Enemy #1.
gland in the brain, called the hypothalamus, is constantly monitoring blood
sugar levels and sends messages to other body parts to secrete hormones to
keep the blood sugar balanced. When we eat sugar, it goes quickly into the
blood stream causing a big spike in our blood sugar. This causes the
hypothalamus to panic and trigger the pancreas to release too much insulin.
Then our blood sugar drops too low causing a condition called hypoglycemia.
This condition causes damage to the brain. So, the hypothalamus then calls for
the release of emergency stores of a type of sugar called glucagon. This yo-yo
effect also causes the central nervous system to malfunction. Your central
nervous system is like the internet and telecommunications center for the
body. If it malfunctions, no one can send or receive their messages causing
serious problems for the entire body. Just over 100 years ago, people consumed
less than 30 pounds of sugar per year. Currently, the average American consumes
138 pounds of sugar a year! Forensic anthropologists have noted that as
our sugar consumption has increased, so have complaints of brain issues like
ADD/ADHD, senility, memory loss, and so forth.
Want to know just how much all this sugar can affect you? Consider this:
takes 32 glasses of mineral water (that's 2 full gallons) to repair and
replace what 1 twenty-ounce bottle of soda did to your body!
For optimum energy and a well functioning
body we need a balanced diet. Assuming no sugar processing issues like Metabolic Syndrome or Diabetes, ideally in the following amounts:
These ratios change when diabetes or metabolic syndrome is involved. In these cases, the diet MUST be tailored to the individual. A HIGHLY complext process that takes a number of variables into account such as activity level, age, weight, and all the many hormones involved like the thyroid, adrenals and liver, as well as the pancreas. Our staff has invested years in learning how to guide our cliets through this complicated process. (And our school devotes multiple classes toward learning how to do this well.)
- Complex carbohydrate foods (Grains, fresh fruit and vegetables)
- 70 - 75%
- Protein containing foods (Lean meat, beans, eggs, etc) - 10
- Good fat containing foods (Nuts, seeds, olives, etc)
- 10 - 15 %
Many foods provide us with a balance of nutrients. Salmon, for example, is a
good source of protein and good fat. Almonds are high in vitamins A, C and E;
the minerals potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and Selenium; and they provide
complex carbohydrates, good fats and protein.
One of the easiest ways to insure you are eating properly is to divide your
plate into quarters. Three quarters needs to be fruits and vegetables (fresh,
steamed, or frozen are best) and the last quarter can be everything
else: meats, nuts, seeds, egg, grains, pasta, yogurt,
etc., If you have blood sugar issues, limit fruits and sweet
vegetables like carrots, to one quarter daily. Focus more on leafy or green
vegetables like kale, romaine, celery, cucumbers, zucchini and broccoli . Many
people with blood sugar issues also find they do best if they start the day
with a little protein and continue to get small amounts throughout the day. A
few nuts or seeds here and there, a little yogurt (make sure it's an organic kind like Stoneyfield Farms or Brown
Cow with no added sugar), or a protein drink are all quick
and easy options for getting in a little protein throughout the day.