Foods Really RULE!

Seems to me that as long as we eat biologically correct foods, we could live for many years without getting sick or experiencing pain…and with greater happiness and well-being.

Possible? Deepak Chopka says we are biologically designed to live to age 150. Why stop there? Why not age 200, 250, or even 300? Can I do it…maybe yes…maybe no…but at least I’m thinking. I have learned since 1977 that eating biologically correct food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks provides the ultimate path toward living a truly healthy, happy, and long life.

Michael Pollan’s book, FOOD RULES, presents some 64 rules, or personal policies, as he calls them, pertaining to his seven word answer to what foods we should eat: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” “RULES” in FOOD RULES can also be used as a verb, as in controls or reigns! Food CONTROLS our everyday lives. It rules our health…it rules our sickness. Food rules our blood pressure, high or low; our heart beat, slow or fast; our cancer cells, either accumulating or discharging; our weight, normal or abnormal; our temperature, running hot or cold; our energy, energized or sleepy; our feelings, either loving or hateful; our experiences of pain or pleasure; our sex drive, strong or impotent; our thinking, clear or confused; our dreams, wild or peaceful; our conversations, hyper or relaxed… EVERYTHING! Including the quality of our breath, our teeth, and our arteries, (open or clogged), and the size and shape of our bodies, small, large, skinny or fat.

The condition of our bodies and minds and our spiritual awareness are all influenced by the food we eat. Everything we do, say or think is related or connected to the food we eat. Every cell, every stem cell, every gene, every DNA instruction, every beneficial or damaging microorganism, and every good or bad nutrient in our bodies are made from the food we ingest and assimilate. Even the choices we make about the food we eat today are largely determined by the food we ate yesterday!

All the food we eat, chew, swallow, and digest changes into our blood, stem cells, and bones via the stomach, intestines and other organs of our body. The food we eat becomes US. We are the “perfect” manifestation of ALL that we have eaten.

This understanding alone could help many individuals with their approach to sickness. Currently many individuals look at sickness as an enemy, an imperfection, something that must be concealed, covered-up, surgically removed, or chemically attacked. We need to look at our sickness as a phenomenon we have created and a messenger to address what is causing the problem, which likely includes a change in diet!

If we are eating biologically correct food, why or how could we become sick or be in pain? To me, we become sick or experience pain because we are NOT eating biologically correct foods! Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, would not only ask his clients what they ate, but also who cooked for them, based on his understanding “Let food be thy medicine and thy medicine be food”.

In summary, an important rule to remember for optimal health and well- being is to eat biologically correct food because food actually RULES! I think this is the most critical rule any one of us can examine or study! After all, your life depends on it!

Etiquette for Different Kinds of Food

When we go out to eat, there is usually a set of rules that are in place to determine what is the right and wrong way to eat. These rules are called etiquette. Different foods have different types of etiquette associated with them; this article will examine sushi, barbeque and fondue food rules

Sushi is a popular food in North America and it often comes with its own set of rules. Depending on what you are eating, then different rules will apply. If you order soup it is OK for you to use your chopsticks to take out pieces of meat and other solid products. It is also OK to drink from the soup bowl and even slurp. This is not considered rude. Sushi is known as finer food and you should use your chopsticks to pick it up, however at times you can use your hands. If you plan to dip the sushi in the soy sauce, you need to ensure not to soak it in the sauce. This is because you will kill the subtle flavors that are associated with the product. If you bite your sushi in half, then you should not dip it back if it is a communal bowl.

Everyone loves a good barbeque (BBQ); it is like an American tradition. The rules associated with BBQ are more relaxed as it is a very messy finger food. In eating the food, there is no rigid etiquette to follow and it is almost like a free for all. However certain procedures need to be followed. Beer goes well with BBQ and as a host it is known that your beer has to be ice cold. This means that you should not have any type of hot beer going with your meals, this is a definite negative. This type of meal is usually associated with red meat and hamburgers. However it is good to ensure that everyone is not left out. This means that food for vegetarians should be an option. It could be vegetables or seafood, but you would not want you’re your guests who do not eat meat to go hungry.

Another food, fondue, has its own set of rules. Fondue is a communal meal and this means strict etiquette needs to be followed. The most common type of fondue is cheese and what happens is people usually dip a piece of bread or meat into the fondue pots [] to coat what they are going to eat. One procedure in doing this is once the bread is dipped, it should be twirled to coat the bread, then the person needs to ensure that it is drained properly before it is placed in the mouth. Once you are going to place it into your mouth, you need to ensure that your mouth does not touch the fondue fork or spear. The reason for this is that it will be going back into the pot that other people will be eating from. If you have eaten the bread, it should not go back into the pot. If the bread falls into the pot, you should not go looking for it, you should just leave it and get a new piece.

8 New Food Rules and 2 Health Strategies For a Healthier Life

There have been some new changes to come about recently to the rules of the types of foods we should eat everyday to keep us healthy. In addition to these rules there are a couple of strategies that we each should follow everyday that would enhance these rule changes as well. Lets’ review these new rules and strategies now.

1. You need to eat fewer calories. I know that you have heard this before, so you are going to hear it again. Try to stay around 2000 calories per day. This will help you maintain a healthy weight.

2. You need to get more of your food from a plant source. Try to eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and cooked dried beans and peas. We got to be more like vegetarians if we want to live a long life.

3. You need to eat more fish as part of your diet. Instead of just 2 servings per week as it was recommended in 2005, you need 4 to 5 servings per week. Fish is good for your heart as it has omega-3-fats that can reduce the risk of heart disease.

4. Turn to low-fat dairy products which are lower in saturated fat and is also link to heart disease. Also new research has found that when you replace high fat dairy products with low or nonfat you can lower your blood pressure too. I will say that you can use dairy products to get the calcium your body needs as a bone-strengthening mineral that your body loses as you get older. However, for those of you who do not believe in drinking milk, you can get the calcium your body needs from beans, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, collards, and kale. One note, spinach does not like to give you it calcium very easily like other plants, so do not rely on it too much.

5. Lower your consumption of added sugars and solid fats. Too much sugar has been a main cause of diabetes and solid fats like butter have added calories to your mid-section with few if any nutrients that your body needs.

6. Also you need to reduce your sodium intake and refined grains such as pasta and white bread. If you want to eat these foods as many people do, substitute them with whole wheat as they are widely available in many products now.

7. Cut back on eating lean meats, eggs and poultry. You can still eat these items but try to have them once a week for lean meats and poultry and twice a week for eggs. Also, keep the portion sizes small as well.

8. Cut out drinking sodas and non-100 percent fruit juices and drink 8 cups of water per day instead. On average our bodies are made up of 70 percent of water. Water is instant energy and all your body is doing is going through all the other liquids to get to the water, so why not cut out the middleman.

9. Getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night is another part of your healthier life style that needs to be highlighted too. This is a concept that has not been talked about a lot, but needs to be added to your overall health plan.

10. Last but not least, Exercise, Exercise, Exercise. We need to get 2 1/2 hours per week of moderate-intensity or 1 1/4 hours per week of vigorous-intense aerobic physical activity or a combination of both. You also need to add muscle-strengthening exercise that is moderate to high intensity 2 or more days per week.

Add all these things up and you will be well on your way to a longer and healthier life.