Monday, July 20, 2009

got gas??? Food Combining... one of these thing does not go with the other.

Food Combining...
does not mean a sectioned plate.
What is does mean is the following...

Over time combining the improper foods can lead to serious disorders later in life. Just because some people eat what ever they want with out feeling or noticing the negative effects doesn't mean their aren't any. The Human Physiology is amazing. It changes and adapts as your environment or circumstances change. An interesting thing to contemplate is... just because we CAN do something... doesn't me we should. Digestion is one area that you can apply that statement to.

Poor food combining has been seen to lead to degeneration. Different enzymes are needed to digest different foods, and the enzymes are only active when the pH is just right. When you eat the proper food combination your digestive conditions will be ideal. Food combining is a science... based on the knowledge of body chemistry. Consuming the right foods to make the best of our digestive system with the least effort and energy from the body. The cleaner and more pure your food choices are; the more sensitive you become to the effects of poor food combinations.

Many people experience adverse reactions when eating certain foods and this is often due to how they are combining those foods. When undigested proteins remain in our systems, from either not chewing you food enough or the lack of enzymes active, you body can have an allergic reaction to this food. Not being able to digest it properly. Do you have a lot of gas??? Perhaps it could be from your choice of food combining. ex: nut butter on grain bread. When combining food that have different digestive requirements, such as nut and grains, this can cause gas from the fermentation or lack of complete or proper digestion.

Proper food combining is not only easier on the digestion process but it will boost your immune system. Did you know that 70% of your immune system is in you digestive tract? or... that 90% if the nutrients you get from you food takes place in your digestive tract. And that 30% or more of your body's precious energy is used up just to digest the food you eat.

The effects won't stop in your digestive tract either.. When foods are combined properly not only you will use less energy to digest and you will then have more energy for other activities and more important.. healing. In turn, this will effect you whole body, you blood will be cleaner, your cells will receive more oxygen, and you will be on your way to optimum wellness. Healthier, stronger and more disease-resistant. Try it and just watch how great you feel... your whole body will thank you.


1- Avoid drinking with your meals. Drink 15 min before or 1 1/2 HOURS AFTER.Drinking with your meals dilutes the important enzymes and acids needed for proper digestion.

2- Eat and drink food and beverages at room temperature. Tempatures(hot and cold) alter enzyme activity and will burden the digestion process.

3- Avoid combining starch and protein.

4- Avoid eating more than one type of protein at one meal. The same goes for fat.(this does not mean you can not combine more than one variety of seeds or nuts at one time) Just Keep It Simple.

5- Avoid combining more than one fat/protein. Such as, do not use avocado, nuts and oil in a dressing. better to pick just one.

6- Only eat fruit occasionally ( especially when facing health challenges) When consuming fruits, only eat fruits with similar fruits. You may combine sub acid fruit with acid fruit and you may combine sweet fruit with sub acid fruit but AVOID combining sweet fruit with acid fruits. (see food term below)

7- Eat melon alone or only with other melons.

8- Avocados combine well with either fruit or vegetables. same with garlic onions, flowers and some herbs.

9- Eat veggies and greens with either avocado, nuts & seeds or starchy foods.

10- It is ALWAYS ideal to combine as few ingredients as possible for optimal digestion. In nature, would you expect to find a apple tree next to a banana tree next to an onion plant, or nut tree next to a head of lettuce? Wild animals usually have a MONO DIET, meaning they only eat one food at a time, as did humans for many thousands of years prior to today's processed food technologies.


Although not all-inclusive this is a representative list. In terms of food combining all foods are categorized by their strongest traits, although they may be composed of several of the other groups listed here

Protein - digestion time average 4 hours
Includes all nuts, flax, sunflower, pumpkin, and my favorite hemp.

Fat - digestion time average 4 hours

Vegetable - digestion time average 2 1/2 hours
all greens, lettuces, celery, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumber, celery root, asparagus, kohlrabi, yellow summer squash, zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, sea vegetables, radish, parsnip, turnip, beet, all herbs, garlic, scallion onion, all sprouts, sprouted lentils, sprouted mung beans, sprouted adzuki beans, sprouted funugreek including small sprouts too, clover, radish, broccoli, onion and alfalfa.

Starch - digestion time average 2 1/2 hours
all cooked and sprouted grains; all hard winter cooked or raw squash such as acorn, pumpkin, butternut, etc., Jerusalem artichokes (sunchokes); all cooked root vegetables ( beet, carrot, rutabaga, sweet potato, turnip etc.); sprouted chick peas (garbanzo), sprouted peas and most sprouted beans.

Sweet Fruit - digestion time average 4 hours
Banana, all dried fruit, fresh persimmon, and fresh date.

Sub-Acid Fruits - digestion time 2 hours
Fresh apple, pear, grape, cherries, berries, apricot, nectarine, mango, papaya, cherimoya, litchis and tomato

Acid Fruit - digestion time average 1 hour
oranges,tangerines, grapefruit, sour apple, strawberry, pineapple, pomegranate, kumquats, kiwi, loquat, starfruit, loganberry, cranberry, loganberry, lime and sour fruit.

Melon - digestion time average 15-30 minutes
Includes all melons


Breathe... deep diaphragmatic breathing

Chew... eat bite 30-60 times. try to liquefy in the mouth before swallowing. there are no teeth in your stomach

Savor and Be Thankful... it will help you digestion and your spirit.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

hemp... eat it don't smoke it.

Eating hemp is amazing for you...
and... it tastes GREAT!
3 tsp = 11 grams of protein and...
the omegas are off the chart!

Shelled hemp seed has a similar taste to pine nuts with a sesame seed size & texture.
I put it on everything... ! For example, I put it on my cereal, in a shake, in soup, on a salad, in my raw or cooked version of a stir fry. and even in your vegan baking!

Hempseed is considered to be one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet by leading researchers and medical doctors. Shelled hempseed is packed with 33 percent pure digestible protein and is rich in omega-3 and GLA as well as vitamin E and iron. The Canadian government funded a recent report the states, "hemp protein is comprised of 66 percent high-quality edistin protein, and that hempseed contains the highest percentage of this of any plant source. Hemp also contains three times the vitamin E contained in flax. Unlike soy, hemp is not genetically modified, and it doesn't contain the anti-nutritional qualities commonly found in soy."

Did You Get Your "Good Fats" today?

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)are the "good fats" that doctors recommend as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Since the human body does not produce EFAs, it is important that you consume EFAs on a regular basis. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of Americans take in too little of one of the most important EFAs--omega-3--which is found in flax, walnuts, deep-water fish, and hempseeds. The quality of omega-3 is vital, since it can be diminished by oxygen, heat, and light. Consume the freshest seeds possible and to ensure that store them in a dark, cold environment such as a refrigerator.

I buy my organic hemp from Nutiva. My favorite Nutiva products are:

The Protein                                                                                                                                      

I have this superior protein powder shake everyday, even when I travel. It is the best shake I have ever had. I blend it with any and all of the below ingredients as long as I have them all at the same time. First I put unsweetened almond milk in a blender, 1/2  frozen banana, 2tbs, hemp protein powder, 1tsp of raw cacao, 1tsp of dandy blend, a squeeze of agave and sometimes a dash of organic vanilla or chocolate extract (if I have it)  Sometimes I add a big scoop or coconut milk chocolate ice cream if I want a milk shake type of shake. ( this way is a treat)

Nutiva now has two healthy, cold-milled, organic Hemp Protein offerings. Their original award-winning Hemp Protein + Fiber contains 37% protein, 43% fiber and 10% fat. The Hemp Protein + Fiber is ideal for people looking to increase their overall fiber consumption. The latest offering — Hemp Protein 50% contains 50% protein, 20% fiber and 11% fat. The Hemp Protein 50% is fantastic for athletes and smoothie-lovers who want higher protein and superior flavor.

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The world's most nutritious seeds, either plain or added as a delicious condiment. Shelled hempseeds are 33% protein and rich Omega-3 and GLA as well as vitamin E. While other companies heat their hempseeds, Nutiva simply removes the seeds' hard shells, yielding a 100% raw gourmet product that tastes like pine nuts. Enjoy daily by adding them to smoothies, cereal, yogurt, scrambles, stir frys, soups, salads, veggies and anything else. I usually carry then in my bag so I can add to food when I eat out.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

the china study

For all of you naysayers, commenters, and people out there who like to pass judgement on my lifestyle choices... you know who you are.
For the record, I base my choices on facts.
What do you base your criticism on?

I would like to challenge you to read this book. Scientific shocking hardcore FACTS that will hopefully open you eyes to the REAL truth on nutrition, especially for all of you meat-eaters and dairy-asses out there.

Or how about a easier challenge... for those of you who prefer to live in denial. Just read these 16 quotes posted below from doctors and experts in nutrition and I am sure you will want to read this book. Hands down it will be the BEST thing you could ever do for yourself and your family

The most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted…


Startling implications for diet, weight loss and long term health.

By T. Colin Campbell, PH.D.
And Thomas M. Campbell II

By any measure, America’s health is failing. We spend more, per ca pita, on health care than any other society in the world, and yet two-thirds of Americans are overweight, and more than 15 million Americans have diabetes. We fall prey to heart disease as often as we did thirty years ago. The War on Cancer, launched in the 1970’s has been a miserable failure. Half of all Americans have a health problem that requires a prescription drug every week, and more than 100 million Americans have high cholesterol.

To make matters worse, we are leading our youth down a path of disease earlier and earlier in their lives. One-third of the children in this country are overweight or at a risk of becoming overweight. Our kids are increasingly falling prey to a form of diabetes that used to be seen only in adults, and children now take more prescription drugs than ever before.

These issues come down to three things…
breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you are like most Americans today, you are surrounded by fast food chain restaurants. You are barraged by ads for junk food. You see other ads, for weight-loss programs, that say you can eat whatever you want, not exercise, and still lose weight. It’s easier to find a snickers bar, a Big Mac, or a Coke than it is to find an apple. And your kids eat at a school cafeteria whose idea of a vegetable is the ketchup on the burgers.

You go to your doctor for health tips. In the waiting room, you find a glossy 243-page magazine titled Family Doctor; Your Essential Guide to Health and Well-being. Published by the American Academy of family Physicians and sent free to the offices of all 50,000 family doctors in the United States in 2004, it’s full of glossy full-page ads for McDonald’s, Dr Pepper, chocolate pudding and Oreo cookies.

You pick up an issue of National Geographic Kids, a magazine published by the National Geographic Society “for ages six and up,” expecting to find wholesome reading for youngsters. The pages, however, are filled with ads for Twinkies, M&Ms, Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Hostess Cup Cakes, and Extreem Jell-O pudding Sticks.

This is what scientists and food activists at Yale University call a toxic food environment. It is that certain people are making an awful lot of money today selling foods that are unhealthy. They want you to keep eating the foods they sell, even though doing so makes you fat, depletes your vitality and shortens and degrades your life. They want you docile, compliant, and ignorant. They do not want you informed, active, and passionately alive, and they are quite willing to spend billions of dollars annually to accomplish their goals.

You can acquiesce to all of this, you can succumb to the junk food sellers, or you can find a healthier and more affirming relationship with your body and the food you eat.

The China Study presents a clear and concise message of hope as it dispels a multitude of health myths and misinformation; if you want to be healthy, change your diet.


National Best Seller

“The China Study gives critical, life-saving nutritional information for every health seeker in America. But it is much more; Dr. Campbell’s expose of the research and medical establishment makes this book a fascinating read and one that could change the future for all of us. Every health care provider and researcher in the world must read it.”
- Joel Fuhrman, MD, Author of the Best-Selling Book, Eat To Live

“Everyone in the field of nutrition science stands on the shoulders of Dr. Campbell, who is one of the giants in the field. This is one of the most important books about nutrition ever written – reading it may safe your life.”
- Dean Ornish, M.D., Founder & President Preventive Medicine research Institute Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Author, Dr, Dean Ornish's Program for Reversing Hearth Disease and Love and Survival

“Backed by well-documented, peer-reviewed studies and overwhelming statistics the case for a vegetarian diet as a foundation for a healthy life-style has never been stronger.”
- Bradly Saul,

“The China Study is the most important book on nutrition and health to come out in the last seventy-five years. Everyone should read it, and it should be the model for all nutritional programs taught at universities. The reading is engrossing if not astounding. The science is conclusive. Dr. Campbell’s integrity and commitment to truthful nutrition education shine through.”
- David Klein, Publisher/Editor, Living Nutrition Magazine

“The China Study describes a monumental survey of diet and death rates from cancer in more than 2,400 Chinese countries and the equally monumental efforts to explore its significance and implications for nutrition and health. Dr. Campbell and his son, Thomas, have written a lively, provocative and important book that deserves widespread attention”
- Frank Rhodes, PH.D., President (1978-1995) Emeritus, Cornell University

“Colin Campbell’s The China Study is an important book, and a highly readable one. With his son, Tom, Colin studies the relationship between diet and disease, and his conclusions are startling. The China Study is a story that needs to be heard.”
- Robert C. Richardson, PH.D., Nobel Prize Winner, Professor of Physics and Vice President of Research, Cornell University

“The China Study is the account of a ground breaking research study that provides the answers to long sought by physicians, scientists and health-conscious readers. Based on painstaking investigations over many years, it unearths surprising answers to the most important nutritional questions of our time: what really causes cancer? How can we extend our lives? What will turn around the obesity epidemic? The China Study quickly and easily dispenses with fad diets, relying on solid and convincing evidence. Clearly and beautifully written by one of the world’s most respected nutrition authorities, The China Study represents a major turning point in our understanding of health.”
- Neal Barnard, M.D., President Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine

“The China Study is the most convincing evidence yet on preventing heart disease, cancer and other Western diseases by dietary means. It is the book of choice for both economically developed countries and for countries undergoing rapid economical transition and lifestyle change.”
- Junshi Chen, M.D., PH.D., Senior Research Professor Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“All concerned with the obesity epidemic, their own health, and the staggering environmental and social impacts of the Western diet will find wise and practical solutions in Dr. Campbell’s The China Study”
- Robert Goodland, Lead Advisor on the Environment The World Bank Group (1978-2001)

“Dr. Campbell’s book The China Study is a moving and insightful history of the struggle – still ongoing- to understand and explain the vital connection between our health and what we eat. Dr. Campbell knows this subject from the inside: he has pioneered the investigation of the diet-cancer link since the days of the seminal China Study, the NAS report, Diet, Nutrition and Cancer and AICR’s expert panel report, Food, Nutrition and the Prevention of Cancer: A Global Perspective. Consequently, he is able to illuminate every aspect of this question. Today, AICR advocated a predominantly plant based diet for lower cancer risks because of the great work Dr. Campbell and just a few other visionaries began twenty-five years ago.”
- Marlilyn Gentry, President American Cancer Institute Research

“The China Study is a well-documented analysis of the fallacies of the modern diet, lifestyle and medicine and the quick fix approach that often fails. The lessons from China provide compelling rational for a plant- based diet to promote health and reduce the risk of the disease of affluence.”
- Sushma Palmer, PH.D., Former Executive director Food and Nutrition Board, U.S. National Academy of Science

“The China Study is a rare treat. Finally, a world-renowned nutritional scholar has explained the truth about diet and health in a way that everyone can easily understand – a starting truth that everyone needs to know. In this superb volume, Dr. Campbell has distilled, with his son, Tom, for us the wisdom of his brilliant career. If you feel any confusion about how to find the healthiest path for yourself and your family, you will find precious answers in The China Study, Don’t miss it!”
- Douglas J. Lisle, PH.D., & Alan Goldhammer, D.C., Authors of The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force That Undermines Health and Happiness

"The China Study is extraordinarily helpful, suburbly written and profoundly important. Dr. Campbell's work is revolutionary in its implications and spectacular in its clarity. I learned an immense amount from this brave and wise book. If you want to eat bacon and eggs for breakfast and then take cholesterol-lowering medication, that's your right. But if you want to truly take charge of your health, read The China Study and do it soon! If you heed the conceal of this outstanding guide, your body will thank you every day for the rest of your life."
- John Robbins, Author of the Best-selling Books diet for a New America and The Food Revolution

“So many diet and health books contain conflicting advice, but most have one thing in common – an agenda to sell something. Dr. Campbell’s only agenda is the truth. As a distinguished professor at\ Cornell University, Dr. Campbell is the Einstein of nutrition. The China Study is based on hardcore scientific research, not the rank speculations of a Zone, Atkins, SugarBusters or any other current fad. Dr. Campbell lays out his lifetime of research in an accessible, entertaining way. Read this book and you will know why.”
- Jeff Nelson, President, (the most visited food Web site in the world)

“If you’re looking to enhance your health, performance and your success read The China Study immediately. Finally, scientifically valid guidance on how much protein we need and where we should get it. The impact of these findings is enormous.”
- John Allen Mollenhauer, Founder and

"The study can be considered the Grand Prix of Epidemiology"
-The New York Times

If after reading all of that praise for The China Study doesn’t motivate you to get informed... then you are hopeless. ...sorry.

For those of you who want to evolve and live a long healthy life…
Don’t wait another second. Your life will never be that same.