What is a WHOLE FOOD?

May 19th, 2011

We hear it all the time, “you need to eat whole foods.”  But what in the world is a “whole” food.  In order for there to be “whole foods, ” there must also be half foods or  quarter foods. So what do you normally eat?  Are you eating a substance that is only made of food substance or are you eating part food substance, part genetically engineered  food matter, and part laboratory derived juju?  Well, lets find out.

What is a WHOLE FOOD?

A whole food can be picked, plucked, dug up, or killed.

Examples of whole foods: fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, unrefined grains, raw milk, eggs, chicken, turkey, beef, seafood etc.

Can you imagine what you are about to put in your mouth growing in the wild?

For most of us it is easy to imagine marshmallow shrubs and rows of crackers being harvested on a sunny day.  However, it is a lot more difficult to dream up an apple tree or a vine of raspberries.  Pardon my sarcasm….

Outside of your local Coca Cola plant, I know of no streams where one can scoop up a bucket of diet soda.  Anybody notice any trees where one can pick Fruit Loops?

How many ingredients are in a whole food?

Exactly ONE ingredient – itself. No label of ingredients is necessary on simple foods like apples, salmon and wild rice.

Many so called foods start out as whole foods and end up something entirely different.

These days, it seems the more we strip, refine, bleach, inject, hydrogenate, chemically treat, irradiate, and gas the more likely its going to end up in your kitchen cabinet.  Instead of having warning labels on prescription medications saying keep out of reach of children, we may want to start putting them on the food coloring blasted items taking up all your cabinet space.

Your so called modern food has literally had the life extracted from them.

In order to make up for the extracted life of the food, long five plus syllable words are added to the ingredient list to make up for the loss. When was the last time you heard someone was able to make cocoa puffs at home in their kitchen? Ya, me either.

I know, this crazy talk!  Who is really going to eat food, when they can eat:

“Carbonated water, caffeine, carmel color, sucrose, phosphoric acid, and natural flavors.”


“Water, chicken stock, enriched pasta, cream, chicken, pasteurized cow’s milk, salt, lactic acid, disodium phosphate, butter, modified corn starch, garlic, spice, xanthan gum, cheese flavor, partially hydrogenated soy bean oil, mustard flour, isolated soy protein and sodium phosphate.”

Yes, that would be a can of Coke and your proverbial hotdog.

I’m Tired, Why?

April 25th, 2011

So, you are feeling tired?  Well then, lets get that coffee, Rock Star and 5-hour energy going.  That would be the usual.  And of course, if three coffees didn’t get you what you needed, there is always #4 to take you through the rest of the day!  This is a free country, so you are more than welcome to continue down the every intensifying coffee roller coaster or you may want to check into the following.

If you are having difficulty getting out of bed, you might want to get your thyroid checked out.

If you are the one who goes drowsy between 2-4pm most days then you may be interested in getting you adrenals checked.

If after exercising you find the tired bug hits you “BIG TIME” then you may want to check those adrenals again.

If you find sitting in church, class or standing for lengthy periods to be especially tiring, you may want to check your aldosterone levels.

If you are tired all day long and overall feeling unmotivated for life, you may want to get your estradiol and testosterone checked.

If you work out hard or put in a long day at work and find it takes you days or maybe even weeks to recover, you had better start thinking about  getting your growth hormone levels checked.

Of course, there are a multitude of reasons for low energy.  The majority of people, have low energy because they aren’t doing anything to stimulate energy production in their body.  There is also the little part about fueling the body instead of stuffing the body with food.  And of course, there is the bit about not watching TV into the wee hours of the night or being a worry wart but who does that anymore.

What does your tired look like?

My kid has ADD/ADHD

April 2nd, 2011

No doubt, genetic susceptibility plays into the whole ADHD paradigm but that goes for everything. Whatever your state of being, good or bad has to do with how you bathe your genes.

I find it to be a modern day miracle that more people aren’t suffering from ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar, schizophrenia, and the like considering the laboratory derived concoctions we douse our bodies with daily.

Before you put your child on Ritalin, a compound that has marked similarities to amphetamines and actions consistent with cocaine, just dampened somewhat, let us consider our options.

Let us Consider

Consider the Red No. 40, Yellow No. 5, MSG, aspartame, Splenda, partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil (Is there anything in a box it is not in?), caffeine (Monster drinks, Red Bull, Soda, coffee), phosphorus (soda pop) and refined sugars.

Consider the refined foods and naked grains they are consuming.

Consider the hormone buffed and corn stuffed meats they are putting on their sandwiches.

Consider the hours of reckless television and video games that are being sprayed across their eyes and mind.

If you or your child is consuming items such as JELL-O, Lucky Charms, Pop-Tarts, Butterfinger bars, Skittles, Hostess Twinkies or Frito-Lay Doritos, to name a few, you should fully expect marked neurological dysfunction.  It is only natural!!!

Nutritionally based therapies for ADHD can be EXTREMELY beneficial!!!  Understand that 8-10% of school age children are considered to be in this spectrum.  So, there are plenty of children who are suffering and in most cases, I would suggest needlessly.

Available therapies


Avoidance of possible food sensitivities (start with gluten, refined sugars, dairy, chocolate, citrus, peanuts, eggs, soy) –an elimination and reintroduction diet may be in order.

Elimination of synthetic sweeteners, colors and whatever isn’t FOOD from the diet.

Evening Primrose oil coupled with Fish Oil

Flaxseed oil with Vitamin C

Nutrient optimization ( Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, B vitamins)


Amino acid combination’s (as monitored by your health provider)

Lifestyle is High Style

You have to realize that getting ADHD under control isn’t an overnight affair.  Just like any other chronic condition, you must set forth and live out a lifestyle conducive to the sustaining of life.  I know it is not easy.  Our current available knowledge state has given everyone the opportunity for abundant health.  However, the societal pace rarely allows us to utilize and practice that knowledge.

You simply have to choose what lane you want to live in.

Bacteria to the Rescue

March 28th, 2011

Your intestinal tract is home to approximately 100,000,000,000,000 (100 trillion) microorganism.  Your gut actually has 10x more bacteria than all the cells that make you a human combined.  Perhaps they have some therapeutic function!

This massive array of bacteria is responsible for synthesizing B vitamins, vitamin K , producing digestive enzymes, metabolizing proteins and carbohydrates, breaking down bile salts, enhancing short term and long term immunity, and inhibiting pro inflammatory mediators.  They also breakdown nondigestable carbohydrates like fiber creating short-chain fatty acids, which lower the pH of the intestines creating an environment that is inhospitable to pathogenic bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella.  Sounds delicious…

Symptoms and diseases associated with mutant gut flora:

Inflammatory bowel disease

Yeast infections

Skin problems (acne, eczema, psoriasis, fungal)



Malabsorption syndrome

Depression and anxiety

Autoimmune disease (SLE, scleroderma, RA, Sjogrens, etc.)


Intestinal cancers (treatment and prevention)

Immune deficient conditions

Build on the Bacteria

If you were going to add one foundational element to your dietary supplement regimen, I would add some living microbes.  Many people think of yogurt as a great way to increase their good bacteria.  It is true many yogurts have bacteria in them that are beneficial to your health.  However, the levels in yogurt or kefir are not enough to overcome disease and dysfunction.  You will need millions of little bacteria to enable the development of a healing environment.

Probiotics are best consumed with a moderate amount of food no warmer than room temperature.

If you are taking antibiotics, probiotics should be taken 1 hour before or 2 hours after the antibiotics.  It is vital if you are taking or have taken antibiotics that you make a concerted effort to reestablished optimal gut flora.

Dietary Supplement Safety

March 15th, 2011

Are your supplements safe? Are your supplements effective?

Great question!  It is exceedingly common for people (probably even you) to buy supplements online or at their local grocery or natural health store.  People think they are buying a blend of nutrients that will supplement their diet and lifestyle, enabling them to overcome disease or just be healthier.  However, I would suggest you are putting a lot of trust in a completely unproven system.  Make sure you talk to your doctor or dietitian before grabbing a supplement off the grocery shelf.

Dietary Supplements and the FDA

Dietary supplements, in general, are not FDA-approved. Under the law (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994), dietary supplement firms do not need FDA approval prior to marketing their products. It is the company’s responsibility to make sure its products are safe and that any claims are true.

Just because you see a supplement product on a store shelf does NOT mean it is safe or effective.  It is much easier for a company to get a product on the market shelf than it is for FDA to take a product off the market.

The FDA has issued warning letters, seized products, and criminally prosecuted people but as soon as one company folds, another 10 rise up.

FDA cannot test all products on the market to identify those that contain potentially harmful hidden ingredients.

Distorted Eating

February 24th, 2011

There is a dark and destructive secret that is being held under baggy clothing.  It is a frail, thin frame ravished by self inflicted malnourishment.

If you think it’s not me, guess again.  Instead of denying it, take a moment and look at your daily habits.  Does your life allow for any wiggle room or do you have to have control of every situation?  Are surprises a huge problem?  Can you eat a meal cooked by a friend and not know how many calories are in the meal?  Must you bring your own meals to every event?  Have trusting friends or family confronted you about your eating habits?

There is a HUGE difference between eating to nourish the body and being conscious of what we put in our mouths, as compared to imprisoned controlling behaviors.  If ever there was a word western society needed to bring back, I believe it is the word “balance!”

Food is not your enemy.  It is to be enjoyed and celebrated with.  It is the physical sustenance the Almighty God has given us to create energy and nourish our bodies.

Signs You Are Starving Your Body

  • Are you of menstruating age and not menstruating?
  • Do you obsess about food, weight or appearance?
  • Do you have strange eating habits, such as cutting food a certain way or only eating specific foods?
  • Do experience anxiety or become very irritable if your rituals are interrupted?
  • Are you preoccupied with food?
  • Are you to tired to exercise?
  • Are you chronically cold?
  • Do you have spells of dizziness, weakness or lethargy?
  • Do you think you are fat even though you are underweight?

There is no shame.  Just ask for help!  There have been many beautiful people who destroyed their bodies and their future by succumbing to an unrealistic image set forth by family members or friends.

If you are currently thinking this doesn’t apply to me, you are wrong!

Food and Cancer

February 8th, 2011

Do not underestimate the food going in your mouth every day?  You are literally promoting life or death!  Enjoy…


Food Allergy and Disease

January 25th, 2011

Food allergies are no doubt becoming a bigger and bigger part of our lives.  Unfortunate indeed for food lovers everywhere.  But  to be fair to our body, it can only be dragged through so much before its ability to continue in pristine rhythm gets interrupted.

How do we get allergies to food?

Allergies to foods are generated by an over-reactive immune system coupled with a porous digestive tract.  What happens is that small undigested protein particles, namely polypeptides and peptides of food pass through the intestinal wall into the blood stream and are recognized by the immune system as an invading factor.  This occurs because the genetic make up of the food proteins doesn’t belong to you.

The immune system is actually doing precisely what it was engineered to do.  However, this overactive arm of the immune system against food proteins actually makes us more susceptible to cancer.   The immunoglobulins that cause the allergic symptoms, actually depress the production of  your bodies own immune cancer killers.  Most notably, natural killer cells and tumor necrosis factor.   What you end up with is an imbalance in the immune system.

Imbalances in the immune system not only create opportunity for cancer but also a host autoimmune and inflammatory conditions.

There are many ways to check for food sensitivities.  The gold standard is to limit a food category (i.e. dairy products) for a certain period of time.   After that time has elapsed you then reintroduce that food category in its purest form (i.e. glass of milk) to your diet.


Cut out dairy for 4 weeks and then at 4 weeks drink 8 ounces of milk at breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If you had any symptoms previous to cutting out the dairy write them down and notice if any symptoms disappeared and then notice if any symptoms reappeared upon adding dairy back in.

Something to note is that allergic reactions to food are not always instant and can show up days later.  This makes it all the more important to take note of your symptoms during this time period.

You may also get blood tests to check for food sensitivities.  These tests also allow you to see your allergic intensity to specific foods.

Most Common Food Allergies

The most common allergenic foods are milk, wheat, eggs, corn, peanuts, non-organic soybeans, chicken,and shellfish.

Food Allergies

January 24th, 2011

This is interesting to say the least with regards to food allergies.

Two male long distance runners experienced abdominal pain with occasional  bloody diarrhea every time they ran competitive long-distance races.  They didn’t have these symptoms at any other time.  One runner cured himself by eliminating gluten from his diet.  The other runner cured himself by eliminating dairy products from his diet.

Yet another reason to check your diet before jumping to medications.

Powerful = Your Life

January 6th, 2011

Today is the day to start thinking about why you are doing what you are doing. Your life is not an island that has no effect on anyone else’s life.

Study after study has demonstrated that an overweight person is likely to have overweight friends and pessimistic people are more likely to surround themselves with other negative people. This is why you are going to have to purposefully make decisions concerning your environment, relationships and daily habits if you want to live optimally.

This is the amazing part. People everywhere are looking for someone to follow to a higher place of living.  I must say you are definitely the person others are looking to whether you like it or not.

Create an outrageous life for yourself today; in doing so you will awaken the giant in others.