In the last two parts of this series we covered the topics of how we build disease in the body, how the term ‘cure’ is misleading as if healing can only come from outside the body, ways to incorporate plant-based live-food nutrition into your daily routine of eating, some areas that we can easily cut out of our eating routine right away to see quick results, thought processes around change, and how it all relates to cancer.
In part three we will be discussing pro’s and con’s of supplements, add to ideas around creating a healthier routine, new languaging to continue our shift to holistic health, some science factoids that may be very motivational for you, some formula’s for creating your own smoothies, soups, and dressing and a couple new recipe for you to try.
I’ll start off with supplements. The idea of supplementing is a good one given the extremely poor conditions of the soil our food is grown in, the nutrient loss from picking before ripe, long distance transportation, heat damage from pasteurization, as well as sitting on the shelf for an extended amount of time (chemical preservation). The current statistics show that it would require eating more than 50 times the amount of food, an apricot for instance, to equal what one apricot would have given us 100 years ago. Even in a short 10 years span of conventional farming on a piece of land, that was once considered organic, shows a 50% decrease in nutrients.
Let’s switch gears for a moment and talk about hidden and concentrated ingredients. What is meant by “hidden ingredients”? We’ve all heard about MSG and its ill effects on our health. Well there are loopholes for ingredients like this that allow manufacturers to still include it in our food. The loophole for MSG is called ‘natural flavors’. It’s true that MSG can be found in nature but it’s found in a whole plant that contains many necessary components that work synergistically with MSG to make it work for the body instead of against it, as we see in many ingredients that have been separated out individually from whole food sources. We call these ‘supplements’. It’s important to understand that we were designed and have evolved to consume whole plant food to allow all of the components to work together so that our bodies can heal and function perfectly throughout our lifetime.
It may surprise you to learn that cocaine and sugar are made the same way. It is vital to our health, that we understand how we are over exposing our bodies to substances that were meant to work in conjunction with other components within a whole food source. The example of cocaine and sugar demonstrates taking out one component and concentrating it down into an extremely potent chemical that overloads the body producing an obvious effect. This effect causes pleasure and a spike in energy, whether it’s cocaine or sugar, that causes our body to want more or we “crash”. After a time of using these substances our cells want more and it takes more to get that good feeling again. Sugar…cocaine…cocaine…sugar…it doesn’t matter. They are addictive substances that cause behavioral changes in people as well as damaging the body by overload. The only difference is sugar is a legal drug and is found in almost every processed packaged food in America. The food providers KNOW that they have you HOOKED!
In the extreme conditions we are exposed to in our modern times, there are cases where we must take individual concentrated components. Cancer and it’s extreme side effects can be one of these times, especially of we have chosen conventional treatments. These deficiencies can be SO great in the body that a single isolated compound, Vitamin C for example, must be given in ultra high doses to reverse the damage caused by toxemic conditions experienced by anyone on a SAD diet and even on a cooked food diet. Hence, it is crucial for one to cull the right kind of diet, keeping in mind the possibly unfavourable effects the diet might result in. This much at least, sites like http://prodiets.org/ can vouch for.
When taking supplements, make sure that the ingredients are in the right form (B12 should be methylcobalamin for example) and the most important synergistic ingredients are added in to ensure proper absorption. We are designed to absorb certain forms of nutrients. The human body does not know what to do with components like rock or metallic minerals. An example would be calcium carbonate. Plants are helped at the rootlets by friendly bacteria to convert rock minerals into a colloidal form. Then we eat the plants and get the minerals in the form we were meant to absorb them in and all the synergistic components are present. Just as the plants have a symbiotic relationship with the friendly bacteria, we have a symbiotic relationship with plants and friendly bacteria in our own gut. These gut flora will also work to convert food components into vitamins, like Vitamin K, so that we get everything we need to function optimally. By supplying the body and friendly bacteria with the right stuff they will work for us in the right way.
We become weaker by not supplying the best food choices for our bodies. As a result, the aging process speeds up. Another way to say it is ‘nutritional deficiencies’. The aging process as we know it, in America, is really a result of nutrient deficient foods that result in the loss of homeostasis (keeping all systems balanced), thus resulting in dysfunctions in the body systems, leading to a breakdown in the immune system, and ultimately disease results.
The need for certain nutrients by all is a possibility and reality in America. The need for certain people to be taking certain supplements is a case by case decision based on health history, type of food predominantly eaten, environmental conditions, and level of toxemia. This would be a good discussion to have with a qualified practitioner or health educator.
Keeping on the vein of food intake, I want to encourage you on to more healthy choices. Remember the mantras from Parts 1 and 2? If you haven’t had the opportunity to read them please click through here and read them. If you have already, you may want a refresher to get you back on track.
Following the keys from parts 1 & 2, the third key to the Oasis Diet for Cancer Patients is to become more aware of what is passing through your lips each day, each time you eat, take a supplement, or take a drink. As you start to become more conscious of these things you will naturally start to read ingredients labels, wonder what those long words that are hard to pronounce mean, and develop a curiosity towards trying new things. The second key, from Part 2, is to shift your mental programming from “eating for pleasure” to “eating for Optimal Functioning”. The first key is the simple mantra, “What can I add to my diet today that’s healthy?” These simple keys make it a much more graceful process of transitioning unhealthy options out of view because you are focusing on adding health versus the negativity that got you in the unhealthy state to begin with. I challenge you to do the experiment yourself. Success lies in changing old patterns similar to a workout routine. Your body will adapt to a repeated workout and the results will plateau but if you change up the routine then once again you get the results you were after.
Start with changing your language and mindset. The 3 keys given so far will spur this along. More ideas around this would be calling symptoms what they are instead of calling them diseases. There is only one Dis-Ease. Osteoporosis is not a bone disease. It’s a symptom of an imbalance in the homeostatic systems of the body, the pH system in particular. When we consume an acidic diet (any animals products and most cooked foods are acidic, acid forming, and mucous forming) the pH balance is disturbed causing the body to release minerals to reestablish the correct pH range, 7.35-7.45. When we continue this acidic lifestyle 3 meals a day plus snacks, we push our bodies to the limit and deplete the mineral stores in the liver. Once this depletion occurs then the body has to call on the bones thus weakening the bones. This can also be tied right back into improper supplementation!
Start putting these 3 keys into practice. Gain more knowledge by turning beliefs into truths. List the words you aren’t familiar with and find the facts for yourself. Sink it in. We aren’t just making this up and its certainly not a fad that will soon fade. This is a chance to recreate the Garden of Eden and thrive, to live the way we were meant to! We don’t even know what true optimal functioning looks like because we are all just surviving in these highly toxic modern times. List the Mantra along with your own that support change for yourself. Write them on sticky notes and have them around your house to encourage the shift in thinking. If you change the way you look at things the things you look at WILL change. Believe me! I am a living testimony to what the live plant-based lifestyle can do for a person. Call me and I will tell you!
We must support the homeostatic drive for life the body constantly works to achieve. If we were here 200 years ago we might not have to take it to the extreme we recommend today to achieve a healthy balance but in these modern times, with all of our industrial processing and chemical beliefs (the “Cooked Food World”), it is imperative that we cleanse to support normal functioning.
Love ourselves, our bodies, and what healthy food can do for us. Let’s find peace with ourselves, our bodies and with healthy food. The beautiful healthy plant based foods will love us back by allowing chemical signals to turn on the right genes (epigenetics) that cleanse and clear all the toxicity, old emotions and beliefs out, allowing new ones to firmly plant themselves in good, deep, rich soils of health. As the toxicity clears, our taste buds will delight in the flavors of healthy options which will motivate us to continue on this path and once again eating will become a joy but one that leads to health and longevity versus addiction and disease.
Formulas for Smoothies, Soups and Dressings
Low glycemic Fruit: green apple, blueberries, strawberries, grapefruit, kiwi
Greens/Veggies: Spinach, Chard, Kale, parsley, cabbage, kale, celery, cucumber, cilantro
Fat/protein: Hemp seeds, almonds, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, Chia seeds, sunflower seeds
Superfoods: Ashwaganda, Maca root, Mucuna, Bacopa, Baobob, Holy Basil, raw cacao powder
Savory Soup Formula
Vegetables: cabbage, zucchini, red bell pepper, broccoli
Herbs: cilantro, oregano, turmeric, parsley, dill, basil
Spices: black pepper, cayenne, cumin, coriander, garlic, caraway, clove
Oils: Hemp seed, Avocado, extra virgin Olive,
Fat/protein (optionally for creaminess): Cashews, Almonds, Macadamia, Pine nuts, hemp seeds
Sweet (optional): coconut nectar, stevia, Yucon syrup, Lacuma powder, honey
Herbs/Spices: garlic, fresh dill, Herbamare seasoning blends, onion
Acid: Raw apple cider vinegar, lemon, lime, Raw coconut vinegar, tomato
Oils: avocado oil, extra virgin olive oil, hemp or flax oil, Udo’s oil
Salt: Celtic, Himalayan, unbleached sea salt, coconut aminos (or other aminos), Tamari
Sweet: coconut nectar, stevia, Yucon syrup, Lacuma powder, honey
Fat (optional for creaminess): cashews, hemp seeds, macadamias, sunflower seeds, avocado
Italian Night Dressing
1 large tomato
1 clove garlic
¼ cup purified water
¼ cup extra virgin Olive oil
½ a lemon, peeled
1+tsp fresh basil
½ tsp oregano
½ tsp Celtic salt
1 tsp coconut nectar
In a blender, process all the ingredients until smooth and creamy.
At the Ranch Dressing
1 cup raw cashews, soak 2 hours (or use unsoaked hemp seeds)
¾ cup purified water
½ a lemon, peeled
1 Tbsp parsley, minced
1 Tbsp dill, minced (or 1 tsp dried dill)
1 tsp coconut nectar
½ tsp garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh)
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp Celtic salt
Place all ingredients, except dill and parsley, into a blender and process until smooth and creamy. Add dill and parsley and pulse mix a couple time.
Work with and don’t be afraid to experiment with creating your own taste variations. It’s really hard to screw up raw plant based recipes! We are all unique individuals that need to be aware of what we like so that we can be joyful with this lifestyle.
“The man who is not his own physician by 40 is a fool.” Paracelsus
We form a neural connection to the experiences we have with what passes our lips. For example, you decide to mix up a concoction of various juiced fruits, veggies, herbs, and lettuces that don’t go together because someone said you should have all those everyday. So you decide to juice them and drink them down in one shot and it tastes horrible making you almost vomit. This is an unsustainable practice that we do not recommend because it will affect you not just on a mental level but a physiological level as well. Each day it will become harder and harder to drink. Pretty soon you will find excuses to not make the juice that day, then the next, eventually the potentially good habit is forgotten about and a negative attitude towards it is left behind reminding you how bad it tasted and that it didn’t work. Now you have a strong negative neural connection in place. Simplify, start small, and be open to adjusting recipes to see if a different amount of red bell pepper or garlic, for example, might make it taste better.
In the next article, we will discuss more on the science behind food choices, additional keys to successful transitioning, some helpful tips on adjusting the taste of your recipes, as well as more recipes to help you continue shifting your diet to a healing one. Baby steps are the key! Love yourself! We do!
To Your Health!