Tuesday, December 15, 2009

More on diet ...

3.5 The Optimum Diet

Let's review the physiology of digestion so that we may determine the optimum human diet. First, it is obvious that man is built to be a gardener and harvester of fruits, vegetables and nuts. He does not possess the physical apparatus that the carnivorous animals have. Second, the teeth, saliva and digestive enzymes of man point to a diet consisting mainly of fruits and non-starchy, vegetables.

Third, the length of the small intestine is too long to handle putrefying meat and is too short for grasses and grains. Humans should eat a high fiber, high-moisture diet to insure health of the small and large intestines.

From these observations, it is evident that the optimum articles of diet for man are fresh fruits and succulent vegetables. Strictly speaking, based upon man's digestive physiology, the following raw foodstuffs make up the optimum diet, listed in order of preference:

  1. Fresh fruits;
  2. Succulent fruit-like vegetables;
  3. Leafy greens and sprouts;
  4. Non-starchy vegetables; and
  5. Nuts and seeds.

The following foods, while not optimum, can be handled by man's digestive physiology in small amounts when properly combined:

  1. Starchy vegetables;
  2. Grains and
  3. Legumes.

The next foods, while sometimes eaten on a vegetarian, diet, are not well adopted to man's physiology and place an undue strain on the organism:

  1. Free oils; and
  2. Dairy products.

These foods are definitely disruptive of man's health and are not compatible with his physiology:

  1. Meat;
  2. Eggs;
  3. Refined starches and sugars;
  4. Salt, herbs, spices, etc.;
  5. All processed, preserved and artificial foods; and
  6. Cooked foods.

The person desiring optimum health should eat exclusively from the first list of foods. These foods are most compatible with human physiology. Within this category, foods should be eaten in moderate amounts and in proper combinations.

The ultimate diet that is most conducive to human physiology and that promotes the highest level of health is the mono-fruit diet; that is, the eating of a single variety of fruit for each meal.

Saturday, December 12, 2009


People have made food tastier by adding and/or increasing things such as MSG, fats, sugars, and salt. As a result, nerves have adapted to this higher level of stimulation so that natural food often seems bland and offer little pleasure. Readaptation to natural foods can take up to 3 months. It can also be accomplished by a week-long water fast.

Natural Hygiene diet guidelines from Gerald Benesh, D.C:
  • Eat only when hungry.
  • It is best not to eat between meals or at bedtime.
  • Do not drink water with meals. Drink water 15 minutes before meals or two hours after a meal.
  • Eat moderately and chew your food well. Use no condiments, salt or spices or alcoholic drinks. That includes coffee and tea.
  • Do not eat when tired or emotionally upset. REST and wait until you have recovered from either state.
  • Do not eat immediately before or after intense physical or mental exertion.
  • Eat only natural, live, unprocessed foods.
  • Fresh air and exercise are part of a nutritional program. Get your daily quota. Positively NO SMOKING.
  • Try to rest after each meal, if at all possible.
  • Strive for physical, mental and emotional balance.

General dietary instructions from Dr. Benesh:

  • With fresh fruit salad (a lunch or dinner) have dark green leafy lettuce, celery, and sprouts.
  • A little olive oil or sunflower seed oil may be used as a dressing. A few drops of lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit juice may be added. [Use no other salad dressing.]
  • Use sweet butter or sunflower oil on the steamed vegetables, sparingly.
  • All nuts and nut butters should be unroasted, RAW and unsalted.

Information picked from Dr. Benesh's recommendations and specific diets.

  • Jump on a trampoline once or twice daily to help lymph flow.
  • Breakfast is fruit, preferably apples.
  • Have lots of salad and include plenty of lettuce (not iceberg) and sprouts.
  • All vegetables are fresh or steamed.
  • No starches except brown rice, corn, potato, and sweet potato; and only one per day.
  • "Fast" one day per week on juice or watermelon. (Watermelon is a better cleanser.)
  • Have 8oz. juice before every meal, if possible; otherwise, have about 10oz. at breakfast and dinner. "Juice" varies with the diet, but it is always fresh. Common are carrot-celery and apple-celery. Wait about 10-15 minutes before eating meal.
  • Nuts are eaten at the end of a smaller meal (breakfast or salad). Wait 10-15 minutes after meal. Recommended amount varies from 3 to 5 oz.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

diet ideas

DR. HAAS'S THREE BASIC RULES: Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas wrote the first comprehensive text on celiac disease. He did not use a gluten-free diet. He used the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which he taught to me and I wrote about it in my book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
1. You can have all the fruits and vegetables you like with the exception of potatoes, corn, rice and grain. The sugars in fruits and vegetables are in predigested form, monosaccharides. Bananas must be ripe. An unripe banana contains starch. You can have meat, fish and eggs.
2. You cannot have table sugar, maple syrup or molasses which are primarily sucrose (a double sugar, a disaccharide), that the small intestine must split into simple sugars, which people with gastrointestinal problems cannot effectively do. You may have honey, because honey is a pre-digested sugar.
3. You cannot have fluid milk because it contains milk sugar. But you can make yogurt and ferment it for 24 hours, which will get rid of the lactose. You can have certain types of cultured cheeses because the good natural cheeses like havarti, brick and cheddar do not contain lactose.

GRAINS You cannot have grains. Grains contain starch. How do you bake without grains? In Austria, they bake beautiful nut tortes. You grind the nuts in the blender, almonds, pecans or filberts, and add honey, eggs and spices and bake them. It's delicious.