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Cortisol Will Kill You

Even the healthiest eaters face daily life stresses, such as financial uncertainty and relationship issues.  But stress is public enemy #1, resulting in elevated cortisol levels.  Cortisol lowers immune system function, increases weight gain, reduces overall life expectancy, causes heart disease, and may increase the risk of cancer.  Keeping your stress levels to a minimum is absolutely essential for a ... Read More »

Why Raw Foods?

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Many myths and dubious claims surround raw foods, but the main reason to eat raw goes back to the principle of ‘first, do no harm.’  Raw foods contain few, if any, carcinogens because they are uncooked and therefore not subject to Maillard Reaction effects. Raw meals are made from a variety of healthy vegetables, seeds and nuts.  You can safely ... Read More »

But EVERYTHING Causes Cancer!

I often encounter the argument that ‘everything causes cancer,’ which somehow justifies eating almost anything, since you’re bound to get cancer from ‘something’ anyway.   By this line of reasoning, of course, you might as well shoot heroin or drink gasoline, if that’s your fancy, since cancer is just around the corner whether you’re sipping Jack Daniels or chugging wheatgrass.  Obviously, ... Read More »

Hey, You’re Not a Cow!

You are (hopefully) not a cow …  Your body must break down the protein in meat and dairy into building-block amino acids, then re-assemble it into protein you can actually use.  When you obtain amino acids in raw form from vegetable sources, you skip the step of having to break down anything; your body simply assembles proteins from the building ... Read More »

Avoid Processed Foods and Gluten

… like bread and pasta which dramatically spike blood sugar levels due to their high glycemic load. Gluten is a toxic protein found in wheat, barley, spelt, kamut and rye that causes your immune system to turn against your body. Breads, pastas, beer, soy sauce and veggie ‘substitutes’ like mock duck contain gluten. Insist on eating gluten-free foods. Read More »

Your Body Does NOT Know Best

How could it? Your body evolved millions of years ago, while your mind has access to modern scientific information. Cravings for sweets, cheese, and fatty meats should be viewed with deep suspicion. The mind and body are continually playing tug-of-war between convenience and taste versus nutrition Read More »

Sugar Is The New Crack

We evolved to love the taste of sugary, sweet foods because, during the ancestral environment, consuming sweet foods like fruit and honey was almost always safe, whereas people who chowed down on bitter green plants seldom lived long enough to pass on their genes (and thus their preference for bitterness). But sugar (including fructose from fruit) causes a range of ... Read More »

But We Evolved to Eat Meat …

Sort of. As opportunistic predators, we evolved to eat anything that doesn’t kill us so quickly that we die before passing on our genes. Unfortunately, this means we also evolved minds that don’t think too much about the longterm health hazards of our food. We eat whatever tastes good and doesn’t kill us in our sleep. The reason we didn’t ... Read More »

Our Natural Diet is Not Our OPTIMAL Diet …

During the Neolithic Era, men and women were lucky to see the ripe old age of thirty, eating whatever nature provided. We ‘evolved’ to eat anything that doesn’t kill us before reproductive age. Humans are opportunistic predators who will eat almost anything for a quick source of energy, especially if it tastes good – but opportunity does not equal nutrition. Read More »

What to Eat?

MEAT & DAIRY. Cooked meat is proven in laboratory studies to cause cancer. Meat becomes more dangerous when cooked at higher temperatures. Vegans can get most of the nutrients contained in meat (such as protein and iron) from a plant-based diet without the risks. Meats & dairy products contain a smorgasbord of toxic chemicals, including bovine growth hormones, which have ... Read More »