What Are You Feeding?

We eat to fuel our energies and activities. We eat because we have to. We eat for pleasure. There are many reasons for eating! Sometimes people feel like they eat too much or for the wrong reasons. We often think of the PHYSICAL reasons as to this. Here are some things to remember.

You will attempt to FUEL your activities and feelings. This means that you will consume things so that you can spend that energy on things you need to do as well as things you want to do. In Perfect Health, we eat appropriately to fuel our healthy activities and positive emotions. There is not a lack of, neither an abundance of FUEL. Most of us, however have some emotional issues. We may also struggle to keep up with things that we feel like we NEED to do. Things are challenging! So what if we have anxiety or depression? These emotions create the need to consume more fuel. We refer to this as “emotional eating.” Sometimes we crave food as a way to cope with these issues. Maybe we are working too much in certain areas. There are many reasons our eating may be out of balance. Try to remember the different levels.

  • PHYSICAL – What energies and how much are you spending doing physical activities?
  • EMOTIONAL – Are you emotionally stressed causing you to extra consume?
  • MENTAL – Sometimes things are mentally draining and suck up large amounts of fuel.
  • RELATIONAL – If our relationships are unhealthy or conflicting, we may need more to deal.
  • SPIRITUAL – Sometimes we have upset or conflicts on the Spiritual Level that drain People.

In healthy systems, you will be RESOLVED about the tasks you are doing, and feel emotionally CONTENT about doing them.

How do we work on this?

We try to bring our activities to Healthy Places, be more attentive to eating styles, and resolve emotional upset we may have. We be mindful of how consuming things fuels us on different levels; and often we need to resolve the activities before we stop consuming things we don’t want to! Another good tip is to not eat when stressed. Try to not rush, eat in a healthy environment, and appreciate the meal. Sometimes, just realizing the relationships between our activities and what we choose to eat is enough to start developing Healthier ways of doing things!

-JOE


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Some Notes on Food Processing

Often times, we can get confused as to what are “NATURAL” foods. With so much mislabeling and marketing, foods are led to be sold as “NATURAL,” when they may not be. There is a chain here, and we will go over the basics.

WILD FOODS – These are truly natural foods. They grow in the wild, roam around, or swim. Wild plants and animals. Many of these are not sold in stores or are very expensive to obtain. The nutritional benefits of these are often much higher than that of other foods.

NATURALLY FARMED FOODS – These are non genetically modified foods that have been grown from wild foods. Depending how far down the chain we go may determine many of the health benefits. We want to be using natural substances that grow healthy plants and animals. These are WHOLE FOODS like radishes, spinach, and chickens. These types of foods can still be considered natural because farming is a natural Human activity.

ISOLATED OR REFINED NATURAL FOODS – These are natural foods that have been processed in some way to obtain certain substances. Examples of this would be healthy food oils or butter. Olive oil is not a whole food. This does not mean it is unhealthy. It just means that it has undergone SOME FORM OF PROCESSING. People can argue that this actually promotes health by providing beneficial components that would be hard to get otherwise. This can also be when people remove parts of things such as grains.

“PROCESSED FOODS” – This can have so many meanings. Basically what we are talking about here is when Food has either been “Premade,” or had something done to it that extends it’s shelf stability. This is where we get into things such as PRESERVATIVES. The degree of processing may indicate or give clues as to the Health of a given item. Processing also may degrade a lot of the value of food. If a food goes through many hands and processes before it gets eaten, it can be greatly reduced.

JUNK FOODS – People may have their opinions on what is classified as junk. According to the definition here, we will classify junk food as “Overly processed foods that are complexly mixed together, and are usually laden with chemicals and preservatives.” Here, we get into substances or foods that are very far removed from “WHOLE FOODS.” These “FOODS” often have a dozen or more ingredients and food value may be low. These are usually laced with refined salts, flavorings, sugars, and other things that are probably not great. The substances can be highly addicting with ingredients like bread, cheese, modified corn, etc.

So that is the Scale! In general, some goals may be to INCREASE the intake of NATURAL FOODS. Our bodies expect us to be eating primarily whole foods. These mostly include wild foods and naturally farmed foods. The farmed food scene is getting increasingly complex due to technology. Some of these may help, while others create foods that are hard to process or recognize. Increasing the RATIO of whole foods is a great strategy. Sometimes, we feel that processed foods are easier to prepare, and sometimes they are! Here is a short list of some healthy choices that are also FAST.

  • Fresh Greens
  • Olive Oil
  • Dried Fruit
  • Avocados
  • Raw Nuts
  • Raw veggies
  • Fresh Fruit

Here are some things that take only a SHORT duration to make.

  • Lightly cooked meats
  • Lightly cooked veggies
  • Salads
  • Omelets
  • Some whole grain cereals

Some foods like dried beans and rice just will take more time to prepare. Often, we need to prioritize to figure out what boundaries we want to set on choices. Food prepping can be helpful, such as making a bulk amount of rice for the week. It doesn’t need to be about PERFECTION. Processing does not necessarily make a food unhealthy. Just be smart about choosing what to eat. Try to avoid junk foods, and consume more natural processed versions of things like Oatmeal.

In general, try to balance intake among whole foods with a small amount of refined items. It may take some time to increase ratios; but you will feel better as more of what is consumed comes from truly natural foods!

-JOE


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Immune Boosting Strategies and Supplements

There are many things we can do to keep ourselves Healthy in various ways and the immune system working great. Just a short post on some easy and helpful strategies that can help.

  1. Fresh Air. It amazes me how many people choose to sit inside stuffy locations. Understandably, it gets Cold in the Winter; but Fresh air is the NUMBER ONE thing that we need to be healthy. Open windows for twenty minutes Daily to grab the benefits. Being outside also is great!
  2. Movement. You need to circulate things. Walking is the #1 exercise. After that, add in things like cardio and resistance training.
  3. Quality Rest. This would include not overworking and also sleep.

SUPPLEMENTS

  1. As a general rule; things that are intense to the tongue will be good bug fighters. RAW GARLIC, HOT PEPPERS, Kitchen herbs like OREGANO, THYME, ROSEMARY, etc. There are many essential oils that can be helpful.
  2. The second category are substances that boost the immune system. These are things like RAW HONEY, Fresh Fruits and Veggies, High quality proteins, etc. There are various other herbs that may help.

A note on STRESS

Besides trying to PROTECT ourselves and wipe out bugs with herbs and superfoods; a lot of the game involves successfully dealing with STRESS. The more undealt with stress that gets by, the easier it is for micro invaders to take hold.

Overall, there are many strategies to help us not get run down by sickness. Most of them involve self-care to high degrees. The other part is consuming medicinal substances to either wipe out bacteria-like invaders or boost the immune system so that it can effectively fight these away. We also want to take basic cautionary measures like washing hands and not entering into circumstances that lead to transmission of disease.

-JOE


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DAIRY: A Unique Fuel.

What is it about DAIRY that captivates? For some, it may be a refreshing beverage, or something added to cereal. Others may find butter comforting or cheese tasty. Whatever way that people enjoy it; DAIRY is one of those fuel sources that many crave. So there must be some good things right? However, many groups of people are finding DAIRY to be harmful or allergenic. In this post, we check out the positives and negatives of DAIRY as well as how to maintain a healthy relationship to it.

Dairy in it’s most basic form is MILK. Cows milk would appear to be the most popular, but there are many other kinds as well. Milk is created inside the animal and is designed to help the growing calves to get Big and Strong right? That may be the case with WILD ANIMALS. However, since we have been domesticating the animals we milk for a very long time; we can’t be certain that they haven’t developed aspects of milk for HUMANS ENJOYMENT. In other words, are they designing products to please us as to help them stay around? Like the other foods we enjoy; this could possibly include raising the sugar and fat contents as well as calories.

  • Milk probably contains many GROWTH HORMONE and HORMONAL BOOSTING FACTORS. It can aid in reducing stress and have a calming effect.
  • Milk contains proteins, fats, carbs; and has a good amount of calories.
  • RAW MILK contains enzymes and probiotics.
  • Because of these factors Milk (and it’s by-products) are HIGHLY ADDICTIVE.

Unfortunately, I may as well shift into some of the problems we will run into with DAIRY. Many people are finding that they have issues with dairy. Some are feeling that they have food allergies, sensitivities, or that it affects their digestion. Some people find that they do much better cutting dairy out of their eating choices. So what is going on? DAIRY has some good things and some bad things; so what are we to do? Here are some tips for a healthy relationship with DAIRY.

  1. Understand that DAIRY eating or drinking is consuming products created inside the body of another animal. This was primarily intended for their young; but may have adapted over time to “Tempt” Humans. We are the only animal to regularly consume milk of another animal in such ways.

2. We have only recently begin to “Pasteurize” Milk. The real problems begin here. When we Pasteurize milk, we kill the probiotics and the enzymes; which leads to very different products. RAW MILK contains the full spectrum of beneficial ingredients. Many have been Mindwashed into thinking we need to kill the bad bacteria in the milk. The problem is that if a person continuously drinks pasteurized milk and products; the body does not have the correct ingredients for digestion and it can deplete people of digestive enzymes. It is also important to note that Health problems from dairy are not always apparent for many years.

3. “Milk Products,” such as butter and cheese are another step away from the Natural. These are rendered products Humans create; usually to make highly concentrated forms of Fats (Butter or cheese). I suppose there are also some that remove the Fat to keep the protein and the sugar.

Of course there will be many opinions on how to healthfully consume Dairy; but here is my take. If you cannot find a source of RAW DAIRY from properly raised animals that you trust; you may want to consider not consuming much PASTEURIZED DAIRY. For many reasons. It WILL create digestive strain eventually because the enzymes have been destroyed. Also, many Big Name commercialized Dairy suppliers may be using milk from who knows where and each time you drink or consume products; it may be from a different source. These cows may be fed all sorts of different things; often GMO grains. IF you can find RAW DAIRY, try to focus on the MILK! I am well aware that butter, cheese, etc can taste great; but these products are farther down the chain of natural foods. They are also separating elements of the milk rendering it not as much of a whole food. RAW GOATS MILK is an excellent alternative to cows milk. It doesn’t taste much different and comes from a smaller animal.

Remember that Dairy is somewhat of a strange food. It can have it’s benefits; namely in the hormone and growth boosting properties. It can also aid in stress-relief. I recommend using it more as a SUPPLEMENT and not as a large part of the Food Intake Program.

Some may not tolerate Dairy at all. Each person needs to evaluate His or Her own reactions and adjust accordingly.

To summarize; DAIRY is a food that many Humans obviously have a love for. Don’t let them kid you. There ARE REASONS for this. We just need to make sure that we are controlling that feel good stuff with Common Sense.

-JOE



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Cautions for Ketogenic Diets

It would appear that the “Ketogenic” Diet approach is trending recently. I do not follow the trends enough to understand WHY this is occurring. Of course, there are usually many different diets that are trending. This post is designed not to steer people away from these approaches; but to help in understanding the principles behind them.

Just a quick overview of the Ketogenic Approach and theories. I do not claim to be an expert on this field but these are the basics as I understand them. Ketogenic diets are based around promoting the intake of FAT as the primary fuel source. They are limiting on sugars, fruits, and carbohydrates. This often cuts down on grains and beans as well. The theories behind this are very similar to the “PALEO” style of eating. Humans evolved subsisting primarily from Proteins and Fats. The major differences between Paleo and Ketogenic styles seem to be that Paleo’s are not as leery of fruits and some root vegetables. Basically, they allow a small amount more carbohydrates.

So, to be fair, there is a lot of wisdom in removing “modernized grains, processed foods, etc” and focusing more on whole foods. This is shared with many dietary theories. There are many HEALTHY FATS that people can eat.

The PROBLEMS come when people do not understand well what HEALTHY FATS are VS UNHEALTHY FATS. Problems also can come if people’s genetics and BODY CHEMISTRY need fruits, grains, or beans to function optimally. You can literally be starving yourself of vital nutrition if you are fixated on eliminating carbohydrates. So, I’m sure many people lose weight, feel better, etc on these plans; but I would wager that most haven’t been eating that way for very long.

Here is the reasoning for these cautions. In reality based nature, Humans have not actually had access to FATTY foods as much as some claim for that long. Most WILD MEATS are very high in PROTEIN and actually have much less FAT than modern meats. Add to this that we have been FATTENING our herds with processed, GMO laced, modern feeds. The DAIRY is also different than it was even 100 years ago. NATURAL FOODS that are high in FAT would include Raw nuts, olives (and cold-pressed olive oil), Coconuts (and cold-pressed Coconut oil), Avocados, etc. There are SOME wild meats that contain fat; such as Buffalo, and some Ocean Fish.

What I am getting at is that you have to be careful. Eating loads of pasteurized butter, cheese, foods fried in oils, and fatty modern farm animals is going to eventually be harmful for most people. There are many health problems and conditions that can be created if you eat too much of these types of foods. We know that these foods may taste great sometimes, but that does not make them healthful. I will also add that Coconut oil, which is sometimes a large component of Ketogenic approaches is a NEW FOOD for many people. Coconut oil is imported usually from Southeast Asian countries and is newly adopted.

So what do we do?

Always start with a natural, whole-foods based approach. What were your ancestors eating? What region do you Reside in?

Personally, I do not ascribe to the Ketogenic Theories. I usually recommend a more balanced approach similar to the Paleo systems. IF HOWEVER, you feel drawn to the Ketogenic approach; here would be some tips.

HEALTHY FATS may include Raw nuts, Cold-pressed oils, Avocados, Eggs, Grass-Fed animals (Wild is preferable). Small amounts of RAW DAIRY may be acceptable. Fatty wild fish such as salmon.

UNHEALTHY FATS may include PASTEURIZED butters and cheeses, Foods fried in oils, non grass-fed animals, overly cooked eggs, too much pork or bacon, or just overeating heavily cooked meats in general.

Your body will help guide you as to which foods are best, but you cannot just use TASTE as a guide! Of course fatty, fried meats with lots of salt are going to taste great. Look for signs of Feeling sluggish, low energy, cravings for sugar or carbs, etc. Cravings doesn’t just mean you are in withdrawal from carbs or have bugs craving sugar. Your body may literally want the carbs.

Overall, YOU are the best guide. Let us remember that there are MANY DIETARY SYSTEMS and lots of them CLAIM to be the BEST! Most have their own “SCIENCE” to back up the theories but it’s not true science much of the time. There are all kinds of eaters in nature. Some love fruit, others veggies, and still others meat. Just remember to keep an open mind when choosing to follow any dietary theory and be ready to change things if your systems stop working or you start feeling worse. This post is not meant to discourage anyone to not follow a Ketogenic approach, but to advise a few cautions if that is the system you choose to follow!

-JOE


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