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Getting Started with Eating Healthy Food Styles

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog

5-Healthy-Eating-Habits-to-Avoid-Being-Fat-at-BestDesign your own diet with your own health in mind. Do the same for others who share your home. Be aware of what your body needs to maintain your great health and your ideal weight.

Most Americans are on the government’s suggested standard American diet (SAD), for example, a dinner consisting of a plate that is filled half with vegetables and fruit, and half with grain and protein. Also, the meal includes milk or other dairy if it retains its calcium content. This is an improvement over the previous food pyramid, but still is not what we call “healthy.” Great Health by Design classifies food into four styles.

You will choose the style of food that you like, based on your personal preferences. Start out simple. Then design your own style of food. Personalize your style of food, keeping in mind your overall foundational health needs.

Style 1 – Cooked. Most standard American diet food is cooked, unless it is a raw salad or fruit. Cooking robs food of some of its nutrients and associated enzymes that aid in digestion. It can even add toxins to your body. The meat and potatoes type of diet, which I grew up on, stayed in my colon longer than was healthy and contributed to clogging my arteries.

But if you prefer to eat cooked food as your regular diet, or supplement a raw food diet with occasional cooked food, then you can help optimize the nutrition in the cooked food, for instance, by buying or growing organic fruits and vegetables, organic eggs, and range-fed beef and chicken raised without added hormones and other “enhancers.”

Style 2 – Vegetarian. Vegetarians eat mostly a plant-based diet of vegetables and fruits, but no animal meat products. This can range from eating organic vegetables that have been sauteed in a pan, or steamed until they reach the desired crispness. Steamed vegetables retain more color, texture, flavor and nutritional content. Steaming is also an easy and quick method for preparing vegetables. Grilling is another option that is tasty. Organic fruits can be had nearly year-round. Also, vegetarians may choose to eat eggs and dairy products that are organic. There are many incredible tasting vegetarian recipes.

Style 3 – Vegan. Vegans eat like vegetarians, except most vegans eliminate eggs, dairy products, and honey from their diets.

Style 4 – Raw. Raw foodists eat only raw food: vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, and sprouted grains and legumes. The food is uncooked, unprocessed, and mostly organic. Uncooked means the food has not been brought to a temperature exceeding 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Some raw foodists will incorporate eggs, dairy, fish, and (less frequently) raw meat into their diets.

The food styles listed above range from least healthy, as in Cooked, to most healthy, as in Raw. Some people use a combination of types, for example, 80 percent raw and 20 percent cooked. But in preparing cooked food, choose organic food and healthier selections, for example, brown rice over white rice. Eat small portions of meat – mostly chicken and fish, but very little beef. Do I cheat on my diet? Not often, because if I eat junk food or much cooked food, I find I begin to crave unhealthy foods. Also, once I begin to eat healthier, I do not want to return to the less healthy way of eating because I feel and look so much better now. By feeling better, I mean that I have experienced:

  • More energy
  • Deeper and sounder sleep
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Improved digestion and elimination
  • Ability to release unwanted weight
  • Increased resistance to chronic health ailments
  • A stronger body
  • A better sex life
  • More satisfaction and gratification in life
  • A feeling of self empowerment
  • More happiness

Do I think that everyone should eat more raw food? Yes, but I think it is an individual choice and that nobody should give a person a bad time for eating cooked food. Through demonstrating the benefits you have experienced with raw food, you can educate and motivate people to eat healthier.

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Eleven Systems Run Your Body

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog

11 body systemsYour body runs on autopilot and does a remarkable job, providing you give it the proper energy (nutrients and oxygen) that it needs to keep going. When you do that, you improve your chances of living happily for 120 or more years. So how do the 11 systems work?

Nutrition and oxygen move throughout your body in the blood stream on the way to the brain and other vital organs. Food, water, vitamins, and minerals enter your blood stream by way of the digestive system.  Oxygen enters through the respiratory system (lungs). Waste is eliminated. The process continues for about 120 years, as long as we keep the body happy. The body is happy as long as we keep it nourished and maintained to do its job.

Think of it like a fine-tuned machine. Let’s take your car for example. Your car operates efficiently if you feed it good energy and maintain it regularly. However, if you use poor quality gasoline and oil, or if the fuel line becomes clogged, the engine may not run at full capacity, or may even die.

Similarly, your body operates efficiently if you feed it good energy and maintain it regularly. If you ingest poor quality food, water, and oxygen; or if your arteries get clogged, your body may not perform well, or may even die.

Of course, if your car dies, you can get another car. Not so with the body, at least not in this lifetime. So why cut your life short by neglecting proper nutrition, oxygen, and body maintenance?

What are proper nutrition, oxygen, and body maintenance?

Let’s go back to the car example. We take it for granted that the car needs gasoline to power it, oil to lubricate it, and servicing to keep it running efficiently. So we make sure to select the correct grade of gasoline, use the right type of oil, and find a reliable mechanic.

Cars seem complicated, but they are not nearly as complex as the human body. Also, the car’s brain is programmed to do certain things and does not make choices on its own. The car does not decide to select one grade of gasoline over another based on preferred taste. The car does not choose a certain oil because it smells good. The car pretty much does what it is told to do. Gas, oil, proper maintenance – the car life is simple.

The body is anything but simple.

Your body contains 11 miraculous systems that run it. Let’s take a brief look.

1. Circulatory System

Your circulatory system is your body’s internal transportation system. It is made up of a group of organs that send blood throughout your body. Your heart pumps your blood and your arteries and veins transport it. Oxygen-rich blood leaves the heart and enters the biggest artery, called the aorta, then travels though smaller arteries, which branch into even smaller vessels, called capillaries. This oxygen-rich blood gives nutrients and oxygen to your cells and takes back carbon dioxide, water, and waste. Your blood, which no longer contains oxygen and nutrients, then goes back to your heart through veins. Veins carry waste products away from cells and bring blood back to your heart, which pumps it to your lungs to pick up oxygen and eliminate waste carbon dioxide.

On average and at rest, blood will circulate to every cell in your body every 60 seconds before returning to your heart to begin the journey again. Your heart pumps about 100,000 times a day, pumping about 2,000 gallons of blood. Your heart is a real work horse. Treat it right.

2. Digestive System

Your digestive system is made up of organs that break down food into protein, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, and fats, which your body needs for energy, growth, and repair. After food is chewed and swallowed, it goes down your esophagus and enters your stomach, where it is further broken down by powerful stomach acids. From your stomach the food travels into the small intestine where it is broken down into nutrients that can enter your bloodstream. The excess food that the body doesn’t need, or can’t digest is turned into waste and is eliminated from your body.

3. Respiratory System

Your respiratory system brings oxygenated air into your body and removes carbon dioxide. When you breathe in, air enters your nose or mouth and goes down a long tube called the trachea. The trachea branches into two bronchial tubes that go to the lungs. These branch off into even smaller bronchial tubes that end in the air sacs. Oxygen follows this path and passes through the walls of the air sacs and blood vessels and enters the blood stream. At the same time, carbon dioxide passes into the lungs and is exhaled.

4. Endocrine System

Your endocrine system is made up of a group of glands that produce the body’s hormones, which are chemicals that control body functions, such as metabolism, growth, and sexual development. The glands, which include the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, thymus gland, pineal body, pancreas, ovaries, and testes, release hormones directly into the bloodstream, which transports the hormones to organs and tissues throughout your body.

5. Immune System

Your immune system is your body’s defense system against infections and diseases. Organs, tissues, and cells work together to respond to dangerous organisms (like viruses or bacteria) and substances that may enter your body from the environment. There are three types of response systems in your immune system that protect you: anatomic (skin and mucous membranes), inflammatory (sneezing, runny nose, and fever), and immune (white blood cells).

6. Lymphatic System

Your lymphatic system, another defense system for the body, filters out organisms that cause disease, produces white blood cells, and generates disease-fighting antibodies. It also distributes fluids and nutrients in the body and drains excess fluids and protein so that tissues do not swell. Your lymphatic system is made up of a network of vessels that help circulate body fluids and move excess fluid away from the spaces between tissues and organs and return it to your bloodstream.

7. Muscular System

Your muscular system is made up of tissues that work with your skeletal system to control movement of your body. Some muscles, like the ones in your arms and legs, are voluntary, meaning that you decide when to move them. Other muscles, like the ones in your stomach, heart, intestines and other organs, are involuntary. This means that they are controlled automatically by the nervous system and hormones—usually you do not realize they are working.

The body is made up of three types of muscle tissue: skeletal, smooth and cardiac. Each of these has the ability to contract and expand, which allows the body and organs to move and function.

8. Skeletal System

Your skeletal system is made up of bones, ligaments and tendons. It shapes the body and protects organs and your nervous system. Your skeletal system works with the muscular system to help the body move. Inside the bones, marrow, a soft fatty tissue, produces red and white blood cells and other immune system cells.

9. Nervous System

Your nervous system is made up of the brain, the spinal cord, and nerves. One of the most important systems in your body, the nervous system is your body’s information system. It sends, receives, and processes nerve impulses throughout your body. These nerve impulses tell your muscles and organs what to do and how to respond to the environment.

There are three parts of your nervous system that work together: the central nervous system, the peripheral nervous system, and the autonomic nervous system.

Your central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. It sends out nerve impulses and analyzes information from the five sensory organs, which tell your brain about things you see, hear, smell, taste and feel.

  •  Your peripheral nervous system includes the craniospinal nerves that branch off from the brain and the spinal cord. It carries the nerve impulses from the central nervous system to the muscles and glands.
  •  Your autonomic nervous system regulates involuntary action, such as heart beat and digestion.

10. Urinary System

Your urinary system eliminates waste from your body, in the form of urine. Your kidneys remove waste from your blood. The waste combines with water to form urine. From the kidneys, urine travels down two thin tubes called ureters to the bladder. When the bladder is full, urine is discharged through the urethra.

 11. Reproductive System

Your reproductive system allows humans to produce children. Sperm from the male fertilizes the female’s egg, or ovum, in the fallopian tube. The fertilized egg travels from the Fallopian tube to the uterus, where the fetus develops over a period of nine months.

There you have it – 11 miraculous systems that keep your body running. Your body’s systems do most of their work without you being very aware of their effort. They perform very difficult and important jobs. By comparison, your job is relatively simple: to provide the proper nutrition, oxygen, and maintenance that your body needs to keep going and going and going. Awesome! And Great Health by Design is here to help you do just that!

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Addictive Food

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog

addictive-foodThe trouble with addictive substances is that, while a small amount may not harm a person, a person is not satisfied for very long at a small dosage, so the person takes more and more, chasing the “good” feeling. After awhile, the person cannot stop without feeling bad, so continues to use the substance, eventually escalating usage to the point that the addiction takes over a good part of the person’s life and does harm to the body and mind.

We have heard about addiction to heroin or other drugs. But what if someone were addicted to something considered good? Would this “good” addiction also end up harming the body?

In most cases, the answer is yes. For example, celery is considered to be very healthy and good fiber for digestion. But if a person ate too much celery, the fiber could cause cramping, gas, constipation, or even intestinal blockage. Of course, I have not heard of anyone becoming addicted to celery, or spinach, or other vegetables. They do not normally have addictive properties like, say, caffeine, sugar, salt, or alcohol and other drugs.

So does the traditional warning hold true: eat most everything, but all in moderation? There is some truth to that, but eating a little of an addictive food could lead to overeating that food, which would be detrimental to good health.

So what is the correct answer? Education coupled with motivation is the answer.

You must educate yourself because who else is looking out for you? Certainly not most doctors, who received less than 24 hours of nutritional instruction in 7 years of medical school and who, instead of stabilizing your immune system through good nutrition, prescribe using a scalpel or “symtomthizers” from Big Pharma to solve many preventable problems.

Also, hospitals have a very high accidental death rate. It is estimated that 98,000 people die from preventable medical errors each year, based on record keeping; but records are not always kept, so the number likely is much higher. What about your grocery stores? Do you think that they will sacrifice profit to ensure you have nutritious food?

This website is dedicated to educate and motivate people to achieve great health – to take charge of their lives by making the choices that are right for them.

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Good Vibrations: The Law of Attraction

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in Blog

Good Vibrations: The Law of Attraction

Happy, successful people vibrate at a higher level than sad people. What does this mean and why is it a good thing?

Albert Einstein was recognized as a genius and is known by his famous equation: E= mc2. The equation means that energy and matter is the same thing; in effect, everything is energy. The earth and universe are energy and people are energy. Energy is recognizable because it vibrates at various frequencies. A person’s energy vibrates at different levels based on what the person experiences. For example, if a person is happy, the vibration is higher; if sad, lower. Because our happiness or sadness is determined by how we think, our thoughts control the frequency of our vibrational energy.

Why is this important? Controlling our vibrational energy is important to attracting the people who vibrate at the same frequency as we do. What do I mean? Have you been in a group of people and been attracted to someone speaking who is happy, positive, friendly, and confident and appears successful? If we are aspiring to be that type of person, we are naturally drawn to those type people. Conversely, have you been repulsed by someone who habitually complains of poor health and is negative and bitter about life? Unless we are seeking that type of person, we usually try to avoid these people. Ask yourself, what level is my vibrational frequency? What kind of people do I attract? If you choose to attract more of the higher frequency people into your life, you can do so by increasing the frequency of the energy that you project toward others. Then people will be drawn toward you and will listen to what you have to say. When you increase your vibrational level, you will become more positive and less negative – happier and less sad – and more successful and less worried about failing. Your entire life will improve!

How do you measure improvement? On a vibrational frequency scale of zero to infinity, zero is death and anything higher is life. The higher the frequency, the better. A one or two would probably be very sick; at death’s door. Moving up the scale, we go on toward healthy, wealthy, and wise. That is not just a trite saying because it exemplifies Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Simply stated, our needs evolve upward from the lowest level, Physiological (food, water, sleep), to Safety (security, money, place to live), to Love (friends and family), to Esteem (achievement, confidence, respect), to the highest, Self-Actualization (creativity, morality, spirituality). The needs are in order of what we need at the time we are placed in life. For example, our ancestors were not so concerned about achievement (Esteem) when they were running for their lives from a saber-toothed tiger (Safety).

Most people who are in business for themselves have met the physiological needs and are transitioning between various aspects of the safety and esteem needs. To move up the scale to the esteem needs, we need to maintain a level of control over our thoughts that is sufficient to reach the associated vibrational level. If we choose to call this plateau “success,” then we can create success by choosing a higher vibrational mindset.

Makes sense, you say, but can I do this? The good news is yes, yes, and yes! This has been proven scientifically. The bad news is that it will take a bit of work. But along with that bad news is more good news – you can create a way of life that positively impacts all areas of your life, all along the hierarchy of needs!

A course titled The Invisible Truth provides a means to create the life you choose to have. I refer to it because I have taken the course and found it to deliver everything it says it can – and more! While the following description paraphrases parts of what the course does, I can say that it has improved my life so much that I once again feel optimistic about my future! I appreciate that the course’s keystones are based on things that are true, honest, just, pure, beautiful, and praiseworthy. It helps me stay on a healthy life path. Also, it has enabled me to start an incredible journey on the path to success. I have become passionate about healthy eating and taking care of myself, becoming financially secure, and reclaiming more time to do what I choose. But before The Invisible Truth program, I did not possess the mental tools needed to inspire me into action. Now, I begin each day with a new zest for life and a desire to bring value to other people who wish to reach greater heights!

The Invisible Truth explains that your conscious mind contains the beliefs that your subconscious mind uses to create both your inner and outer worlds. For example, imagine having two hoses that represent your conscious mind, which is the part of your mind that you control. Through one hose flows pristine water (positive energy), through the other flows dirty water (negative energy). Further imagine that the water flows into a five gallon bucket, which represents your subconscious mind, the part of your mind you do not control. The outside of the bucket represents your inner and outer world (your life and how you view it).

The type of water that flows into the bucket is chosen by you. When you cause the pristine water to flow, your bucket fills with good things and the bucket overflows with good things into your life – your energy vibrates at a higher level. When you cause the dirty water to flow, your bucket fills with bad things and the bucket overflows with bad things into your life – your energy vibrates at a lower level. The subconscious works on autopilot and will give you the result of that energy with which you fill your bucket. Because the two hoses represent your conscious mind, something that you do control, you choose what comes into your life. So be careful which hose you put into your bucket.

Look at your life. How does the water in your bucket look, pristine or dirty? The Invisible Truth course is an eight CD set that contains all of the information that you need to create the life you choose to have. With your higher vibrational level, you will be empowered to act confidently in finances, nutrition, weight release, and all other areas of your life. For more information on the Invisible Truth, go to http://www.invisibletruth.com/products-services/invisible-truth/?id=derald. (Sorry if this sounds like an ad, but I highly recommend it as it has worked for me.)

Remember, you can alter your energy vibration at any time. Stop experiencing failure and illness; begin to experience success and take charge to design great health now! Decide you are going to retrain your brain by filling your bucket with positive thoughts (pristine water). Each time you do so, you choose to raise your energy vibration. Keep doing this and nothing can prevent you from reaching your goals!

Seek nothing but good vibrations!

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Why Raw Food?

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Blog

RawfoodpyramidWhy is raw food considered to be so very healthy?

Not too long ago, I was feeling unhealthy – overweight, lethargic, and depressed. I had tried diets that helped me lose weight temporarily, but none that made me feel like I could continue with them and be healthy. So, I finally declared “enough is enough” and decided to embark on an adventure to become healthy!

I researched the healthiest types of foods to learn about optimal nutrition and found that the most nutritious food I could eat fell into the category called greens.

Greens are vegetables like kale, collards, spinach, chard, dandelion leaves, and other dark green leafy vegetables. Ounce for ounce, they have the most nutrition to offer, but with one drawback. Greens, like top-rated kale, are tough and much chewing will not unlock all of their nutrition. Cooking can make greens easier to chew, but cooking degrades the enzymes and vitamins in greens. So what to do?

Enter Victoria Boutenko, with her book called Green for Life. Ms. Boutenko found that the answer is to unlock the nutrition in greens by blending them in a high-speed blender to rupture their cell walls. By blending the greens, she makes what she calls green smoothies. The blender that I use is the Vitamix blender, another good brand is Blendtec. Both are very high speed to get the job done.

Once the nutrition is unlocked from the greens, the next hurdle is to make the taste palatable, as some raw greens can taster very bitter. I mix my typical green smoothie recipe in a 2-quart blender and I share the green smoothie with my wife. I add 2 cups of water, a bunch of kale leaves (if it is a small bunch of kale, I will add some baby spinach leaves), 1 cup red grapes, a banana, a handful of berries, the juice from a half lemon, and a heaping tablespoon full of ground flax seed.

The ingredients may be varied to suit your taste. In the beginning, I used more bananas to make it sweeter, until I became used to the taste of the greens. There are many additional choices available to make green smoothies even healthier, like adding wheatgrass, sea vegetables, maca root, chlorella, and spirulina. Most all come in powder form. You can also add a scoop of Emerald Essential’s RawBurst which contains 9 organic berries and an organic apple.

How did I feel after drinking green smoothies (mostly daily) that substituted for some of my other food? Within a month I noticed that I had more energy and I started to lose weight without exercising. Within two months, I noticed that I did not require as much sleep; instead of my normal 8 hours nightly, I could feel good with only 7-1/2 (and later with only 7).

What else? I started to crave fruits and vegetables and ate more salads than I ever had before. I automatically began eliminating added sugar and salt and avoiding pastries. I minimized meat in my diet, while adding nuts and seeds. But the funny thing is, the more nutritious I ate, the more I craved the nutritious food and the less I wanted the bad-for-me snacks. I also noticed that my digestion improved when I ate less acidic food and my system became more “regular.”

After I lost 10 pounds in 2 months, I started moderate exercising and with my new diet, I lost 20 more pounds. Now my regular diet consists of about 80 percent raw food: green smoothies and other tasty fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. I use avocados and nuts to provide dietary oil. My weight has stabilized.

I also vary the fruits and vegetables that I use in my smoothies. For example, I make a salad-like smoothie with cucumbers, carrots, celery, parsley, and other vegetables. The combinations are plentiful, only limited by the growing season – even then, fruits and vegetables from the southern hemisphere can take up the slack during the winter months.

Of course, I do not blend everything. I enjoy a variety of salads and like to munch on carrots, apples, bananas, and nuts for snacks.

When eating raw food, there are certain food combinations that digest easier, such as eating fruit separately. But this rule does not apply when I make a green smoothie and blend both fruits and vegetables together. We will present expert opinion on food combining and many related subjects.

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Who is Responsible for Your Health?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Blog

  • Is your doctor responsible for your health?healthy-people
  • Your dentist?
  • The drug companies?
  • The food producers?
  • The government?
  • Or is it your partner, who plans and prepares your meals, who is responsible for your health?

And how do you know if they are doing the right thing by you, even if they mean well? The bottom line is this: do you entrust your own health to someone besides yourself?

Most people believe that they themselves are responsible for their own health, but they do not have enough information, or seem too busy to learn what they need to know and do. And most people do not want to believe that their health would be disregarded in favor of profit to agribusiness, big pharma, and big medicine, or to believe that this could be condoned by our government. But it is difficult to disregard the news stories about sawdust, pink slime, and Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in food; poison chemicals in mothers’ milk; or the suppression of medical cures that could compete with the status quo.

Why do we fall prey to bad food? Simply put, bad food is addictive. And the trouble with addictive substances is that, while a small amount may not harm a person, a person is not satisfied for very long at a small dosage, so the person takes more and more, chasing the “good” feeling. After awhile, the person cannot stop without feeling bad, so continues to use the substance, eventually escalating usage to the point that the addiction takes over a good part of the person’s life and does harm to the body and mind.

We have heard about addiction to heroin or other drugs. But what if someone were addicted to something considered good; would it also end up harming the body?

In most cases, the answer is yes. For example, celery is considered to be very healthy and good fiber for digestion. But if a person ate too much celery, the fiber could cause cramping, gas, constipation, or even intestinal blockage. Of course, I have not heard of anyone becoming addicted to celery, or spinach, or other vegetables. They do not normally have addictive properties like, say, caffeine, sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, salt, fat, nicotine, or alcohol and other drugs.

So does the traditional warning hold true: eat most anything, but all in moderation? There is some truth to that, but eating a little of an addictive food likely will lead to overeating that food, which would be detrimental to good health.

How about exercising to make up for consuming fattening food? Exercise is not a substitute for good nutrition. Exercise is what every body must do to remain in good shape. Good nutrition, on the other hand, is about eating healthy food to fuel your body. Good nutrition and exercise work together to optimize body performance and drastically improve your chances of living a longer, happier and healthier life!

So what is the answer to healthier eating? The answer is educating yourself about the types of food that are the building blocks of good nutrition and becoming motivated to take action to put that new-found knowledge into practice.

You must educate yourself because who else is looking out for you? Certainly not many doctors, who received less than 24 hours of nutrition instruction in 7 years of medical school and who, instead of strengthening your immune system through good nutrition, prescribe using a scalpel or symptom-thizers from Big Pharma to solve many preventable problems. What about your grocery stores? Do you think that they will sacrifice profit to ensure you have nutritious food? And what about fast food, the fast track to poor health? Learn to think for yourself and take action!

 

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