In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported the results of a twenty year study on suicide incidence. The national average increased 25% during that period.
Please take a moment and let that statistic sink in.
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Your proactive response to this problem is greatly needed and may save the life of one or more of your loved ones.
Over the last forty-six years, I have worked with tens of thousands of people in crisis and suicide prevention centers, hospitals, pastoral counseling centers, mental health centers, and holistic private practice settings. My experience provides a ‘big picture’ view of life that some may not see yet. My training includes a pre-med degree, theology school with an emphasis on pastoral counseling, a master’s in clinical psychology, a doctorate in chiropractic health care, and extensive post-doctorate training in nutrition and spiritual awareness.
I am very concerned about the alarming increase in suicide. I am also very concerned with the rise in other brain-related conditions – autism, ADD / ADHD, anxiety, depression, bipolar, OCD, memory loss, and others – but will focus on suicide in this article. These conditions are affecting more sensitive people who can be seen as canaries in the coalmine. Will we wake up and address the underlying problems or wait until matters are even worse?
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Cindy came in as a new patient with the following symptoms: severe depression, frequent migraines, nervousness, insomnia, and chronic pain due to frequent falls secondary to vertigo / imbalance. She felt so unhappy and out of control that she had attempted suicide several times. Cindy’s family also suffered immensely because they were at a loss as to how to help her, as her life spun out of control.
During the initial consultation, I reassured her that I would do everything possible to help her to turn her life around, but she needed to do her part. A thorough history and evaluation revealed many sources of her imbalances since she:
- ate only one meal a day and that was junk food.
- drank many servings of soda and coffee each day.
- smoked two packs of cigarettes a day.
- had vertebral subluxations (misaligned spinal bones with slight but harmful pressure on
her spinal cord and nerves).
- hadn’t released emotional pain resulting from the passing on of several loved ones.
- was exhausted, worked excessively, never exercised and rarely had fun.
- felt little connection with God and religion and felt that life was hopeless and cruel.
Where to begin? We dived in and addressed each of the above factors. She was very motivated to change since rock bottom had been her home for so long. After just six weeks of holistic health care, we re-evaluated her symptoms. She already felt 85 percent better: her headaches were gone, she slept well at night, her energy was greatly improved and her imbalance was better.
In the comments section of her re-evaluation form, she wrote, “I want to live now!”
There are many people who are seriously imbalanced like Cindy was and don’t know what to do about it.
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As the CDC statistics clearly show, suicide is increasing at alarming rates. In my experience, the underlying causes often involve imbalances of the brain, hormonal, and gastrointestinal systems. Mark Hyman, M.D., uses the term ‘broken brain’ to describe the origins of many common symptoms and diseases. I agree but would also add ‘broken glands’ and ‘broken gut.’
In my opinion, and those of many holistic physicians, root causes of the above problems include:
- Deterioration of the topsoil so that even “healthy foods” no longer contain key nutrients.
- Control of much of the food supply by agri-business and the food industry that is a $5 trillion per year business in the U.S. alone.
- An overabundance of harmful junk and fast foods that are cheaper and more available.These can affect the brain and become addictive because of the sugar, artificial sugars, and chemicals that act as stimulants.
- Children being exposed to too many vaccinations containing harmful ingredients such as mercury, formaldehyde, and dead or weakened viruses.
- Polypharmacy issues as more people suffer from combinations of prescribed drugs that have not been researched.
- Routine prescribing of pharmaceutical drugs with potentially dangerous side-effects for common ailments that respond very well to natural methods.The current opioid pandemic and antibiotic resistant microorganisms are just two examples of what can go very wrong.
- Lack of basic self-care practices such as exercise, proper rest, good nutrition, moderate sunshine, relaxation and leisure activities.
- Less supervision in the raising of children due to single-parent families and breakdown of extended family support systems.(I know that some single working parents do a great job, but you can only be in one place at a time.)
- Excess exposure to violent, pornographic, and other mentally stimulating content on TV, online electronic devices and video games.
- Government subsidies for chemical-laden, genetically engineered, and nutritionally deficient foods such as soy, corn, wheat and processed dairy that are cheaper and more available than healthy whole foods.
- Synthetic, fractionated, and high dose supplements that can cause nutritional imbalances and health problems.
- Public access to assault weapons, even to persons with a history of mental illness or criminal convictions.
- Excess negative media reports that increase fear and stress but ignore the great majority of people around the world who are kind, loving and peaceful.
- Lack of awareness about open-minded and service-oriented spiritual centers and, churches that don’t perpetuate divisive doctrines and beliefs.
- Readily available ultra-powerful pain killers that contribute to addictions.
- Insufficient use of centering practices such as prayer, meditation, time in nature, yoga, and other activities that quiet the mind.
- Lack of preventive and wellness natural health care.
- Cigarette smoking and smokeless tobacco.
- Excess alcohol and marijuana use
- Use of harmful ‘recreational’ and prescription drugs
- Blocked emotions, old emotional wounds and accumulated stress.
- Malaise and lack of meaning because of not serving others.
- Excess chemicals, heavy metals and other toxins inside our bodies.
- Overgrowth of internal microorganisms – virus, bacteria, parasites or yeast.
- A hypercritical trend accelerated by negative and disrespectful comments on social media and those in leadership positions.
These factors contribute to dysfunction of the brain, gut, and endocrine system as well as societal and psychological stress. The summation of all this creates feelings of anger, hopelessness, bitterness, anxiety, loneliness, disempowerment and other lower energy emotions. Over time, people who feel like this are understandably more prone to attempt suicide as a way to signal their distress. Others feel they just can’t take it any longer.
The good news is that all of these causes can be remedied with holistic measures.
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A great start in that direction is using the information in my books Radiant Wellness andGreater Reality Living(co-authored with Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D.). Further, you can help change the world by sharing this article with your family, friends and co-workers. Doing so is especially important for your children, grandchildren, and future generations.
As a human being, you possess a dual consciousness:
- Your transcendent source of consciousness (TSC) that existed before you were born and survives bodily death.
- Your brain-based consciousness (BBC) that is determined by your general health, self-care habits, brain chemistry, personal experiences, and genetics.
The quality of your life is directly affected by the degree to which your TSC and BBC are optimal and on the same wavelength. How much are they communicating and congruent? When your body and brain are strong, flexible and balanced, you can best remember and demonstrate your timeless essence as an infinite being of energy, spirit, and consciousness.
You are more likely to end this earth-experience if your TSC and BBC are out of balance.
The quality of your earthly experience is also greatly shaped by your degree of health. As you know, life on earth can feel like an uphill struggle at times. Being vibrantly well gives you the best chance to handle life’s changes and challenges with style.
The seven keys below describe how to feel happy, healthy, and energetic all or nearly all the time. Following these keys most of the time– you don’t have to obsessive about them – addresses the core causes of the suicide epidemic.
- Get enough sleep – about eight hours for most people – so you feel happy and rested throughout the day.
- Be asleep by 10:30 p.m. and even earlier when needing extra rest.Natural health experts say the hours of sleep before midnight are most beneficial.
- Avoid staying up late because it often leads to excess TV viewing, computer or video game use, and snacking.
- Listen to your inner wisdom when you don’t feel well.Lighten your schedule, go to bed earlier, sleep in, cancel social engagements and get a nap.
- Open your bedroom window for fresh air; just a crack during cold weather.
- Benefit from creative insights that can occur just before and after sleep or while dreaming.Keep a notepad and pen on your bedside table to capture valuable ideas and inspiring thoughts.
- Review your goals and read or listen to inspirational and motivational material just before going to sleep.This fills your heart and mind with positive themes instead of the latest tragedies on the 11 o’clock news.
- Even Jack Lalanne, D.C., didn’t enjoy exercising, but he liked the way he felt, looked and functioned – so he did it and so should we.
- Stretch once or twice a day for five minutes to promote health of your soft tissues (muscle, ligament, tendon and disc); prevent or slow arthritis; help maintain normal skeletal and spinal alignment and flexibility.
- Aerobically condition (walk, bike, jog, elliptical, etc.) three times per week for 20 minutes using interval training methods.
- Resistance train 3 times per week for 45 minutes using weights, thera-bands, or your body weight with yoga, Pilates or floor exercises.
- Develop an active lifestyle by enjoying time with dear ones while walking in nature, biking, kayaking or canoeing.Take dance, yoga or martial arts lessons.
- Climb stairs, park further away, and pick up the pace while cleaning the house and doing yard work.
- Note: See Appendix A:Real Food Nutritionfor additional information on optimal nutrition since this is such an important factor in getting well and staying well.
- To motivate yourself to eat more healthfully, go to a grocery where unhealthy foods are sold.Observe how people who are pushing a grocery cart loaded with poor quality foods look and move. This isn’t about being judgmental but, rather, awakening you to the link between diet and well-being.
- Avoid chemical-laden, GMO and radiated foods.
- Avoid processed foods, especially those containing white sugar and flour.
- Avoid artificial sweeteners that can act as neuroexcitins/toxins
- Use minimal amounts of natural sweeteners: honey, maple syrup, molasses, xylitol, agave
- Eat fresh organic or “beyond organic” food from healthy grocery stores and local farmers who use sustainable agriculture and pasture-raised methods.
- Eat mostly real food: vegetables, low glycemic fruit, raw nuts and seeds, lean meat and eggs.Include some legumes, grains and sprouted breads.
- Get sufficient healthy fats: butter, coconut butter and oil, olive oil, ghee, etc.
- In addition to eating fish, walnuts and seeds (flax, chia and hemp), you can obtain additional omega-3 essential fatty acids from unprocessed pristine sources of tuna oil or cod liver oil.
- If you are a vegetarian, obtain sufficient protein from grain and legume combinations, plant-based protein powders and bars, and raw foods.Get vitamin B-12 from whole food supplements from StandardProcess.comor a similar company.
- Avoid the most common offending foods: wheat, corn, soy, sugar and processed dairy.This is most critical in industrialized countries where agri-businesses use pesticides, herbicides and GMO seeds.
- Pure water with daily ounces equal to 1/3 to 1/2 of your body weight in pounds
- Avoid flimsy plastic containers for water since they can contain endocrine system disrupting plastic molecules.
- Limit tea or coffee to 2 or 3 servings per day and none after early afternoon.
- Avoid synthetic nutritional supplements that you find in most stores.These high dosage varieties are created in labs mostly from chemicals and are poorly recognized and absorbed by the body.
- Use cold processed whole food supplements from organic plant sources that are raised in rich topsoil from companies like Standard Process.
- Get a personalized nutritional evaluation from a licensed health care practitioner who uses Nutrition Response Testing(unsinc.info), Applied Kinesiology(icakusa.com), or a similar time-tested approach. See articles #32 and 33. (NOTE: articles cited are on the home page of SoulProof.com.)
- Use raw concentrated green powders in your smoothies or green drinks
- To learn more about the dangers of fast foods, watch videos such as Food, Inc., Knives Over Forks, Fast Food Nation, andFat, Sick and Nearly Dead.
- Read articles by: Mark R. Anderson at SeleneRiverPress.com; Weston Price DDS and
- Take this challenge: enjoy the real food way of eating for just 60 days.Then revisit your old fast food restaurants, conventional grocery store and vending machines. If you’re like most people, processed junk foods will now taste sickeningly sweet and artificial. You also may experience fatigue, brain fog, depression, intestinal symptoms, and muscle and joint aching.
- Inner Cleanse
- Remove bodily wastes and inner toxins by regular bowel movements, urination, sweating and deep breathing.
- Detoxify your body at least twice per year with a gentle but powerful program such as the 21-Day Purification Program from Standard Process.
- Minimize exposure to chemicals and heavy metals in your body care, home cleaning and laundry products.Hair dyes, antiperspirant deodorants, and skin lotions are examples of the source of toxins that especially impact the brain and hormonal organs. This explains the increase in suicide, mental symptoms, and neuromuscular disorders such as tremors, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, etc.
- Educate yourself about electro-magnetic fields and how to minimize exposure to sources of ‘dirty electricity’
- Avoid cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and excess alcohol and marijuana
- No matter what is going on around you, you can always choose to focus on higher energy thoughts of peace, joy, love, gratitude and enthusiasm.
- Use centering practices – prayer, meditation, time in nature, yoga, soaking in a hot tub, etc.– to become calmer and access your inner wisdom.
- Realize that your thoughts, words and deeds have a ripple effect – for good or bad – on you and others.
- Give thanks for the good parts of your life and work to improve the bad ones
- Remember that golden opportunities for growth and service always accompany difficulty and suffering.(Article #10 and 29)
- To release old emotional baggage, use Holistic Breathing; hold a pillow over your mouth and scream; hit a cushion with your hands or whiffle ball bat; write out your concerns and then burn or tear up the paper.
- Shield yourself from emotional sappers and zappers, especially if you are sensitive or an empath (Article #23)
- Limit negative input from sensationalistic news sources
- Avoid pornography for many reasons.(Article #30)
- Enjoy uplifting TV, movies, plays, music, art and literature that increase, refine and balance your awareness.
- Nourish loving relationships with significant others, family, friends and pets
- Respect, appreciate, and enjoy the richness of diversity
in skin color, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, gender and other outward differences
- Follow your heart-felt callings, even if just part time.(Article #21)
- Natural Care
- Avoid invasive drug and surgical approaches whenever possible.Why? The New England Journal of Medicinerecently reported that over 750,000 Americans physically die each year from prescription drug reactions, hospital-borne infections, outright mistakes, and complications from unnecessary surgeries. In addition, the underlying imbalances are not addressed by drug and surgical interventions. The risk of these disease-care treatments may be warranted for emergency conditions, but not for most common maladies.
- To learn more about the dangers of medical care, read What Doctors Don’t Tell Youby Lynne McTaggart and Death by Medicineby Gary Null Ph.D., Martin Feldman M.D., Debora Rasio M.D. and Carolyn Dean M.D.
- Assemble a natural health care team to provide specific chiropractic and cranial adjusting, acupuncture, deep-massage and aromatherapy.
- Again, I highly recommend a personalized nutritional evaluation to help your body heal itself by balancing weak and stressed organs.This usually improves or reverses physical and mental symptoms, even those involving named diseases. The two best methods I
- Have an integrative medicine physician who will prescribe potentially dangerous drugs only when absolutely necessary on your health care team.To learn more about this new breed of medical doctor, read articles by Julian Whitaker M.D.; Joseph Mercola D.O.; Mark Hyman M.D.; John McDougall M.D. and Andrew Weil M.D.
- If you are depressed or suicidal, please seek help from a crisis support team, psychological and/or pastoral counseling, and both orthodox and natural health care providers.(Articles #5 and 26)
- Remember the 3 L’s for babies: Leboyer (optimal care just after birth), La Leche (breast-feeding) and Lamaze (natural childbirth).Also provide a real food diet for infants. These optimal starts early in life set the stage for a healthy teen and adult.
- Educate yourself about the potential short and long-term dangers as well as questionable effectiveness of vaccinations.Visit the National Vaccine Information Center at nvic.org.Recommended reading: Childhood Vaccinationby Tedd Koren D.C.; A Shot in the Darkby Harris L. Coulter Ph.D. and Barbara Loe Fisher; How to Raise a Healthy Child in Spite of Your Doctorby Robert S. Mendelsohn M.D.; Vaccines: Are They Really Safe and Effective?by Neil Z. Miller; Vaccinesby Sherri Tenpenny DO; The Sanctity of Human Bloodby Tim O’Shea D.C.
- Contact your lawmakers to pass laws that level the playing field by requiring health insurance companies to cover care by licensed natural health care providers.This will make safe, affordable, natural, and effective (SANE) care available to more people.
- Urge your lawmakers to require multi-disciplinary screening for all non-crisis patients so the most appropriate treatment can be delivered.This will greatly improve health care and eliminate excessive costs.
- Know thyself.You are an eternal and indestructible being of energy and consciousness. Scientific research by Gary E. Schwartz, Ph.D. – former Harvard and Yale professor now at the University of Arizona – strongly indicates that consciousness is eternal. See our book Greater Reality Livingand my book Soul Proofto learn this evidence.To learn more about the SoulPhone™ — emerging spirit communication technology that will allow interacting with dear ones and luminaries who have passed on – visit SoulPhone.org.
- You are on earth for L-SAGE: loving service, adventure, growth and enjoyment.
- You and your loved ones continue living after the physical body dies.
- Much evidence indicates that you will see your ‘departed’ loved ones again and likely can sense them now.(Articles #9, 28 and 35)
- Realize that change is a good thing for growth and development.
- Life Source / God is evolving creativity, power, love, and intelligence.(Article #13)
- Humans experience life from a unique time and space perspective, then relay that information to All That Is.It’s an immensely worthwhile adventure that is way beyond the level of heroism in Star Wars and other inspiring stories.
- When pondering “Why is there so much suffering?” be aware of what you are focusing on.Are you mainly thinking and talking about your old wounds, losses and disappointments? Or are you more focused on the magnificence, richness and wonder of life, and how you can serve others? (Article #29)
- Optimally caring for your body and mind allows you to realize, as William Blake stated: “If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”
- Develop a circle of kindred spirits who are also realizing the great news that we are forever beings living in a totally supportive universe.
- Understand that you are a special and beloved being who came here with special gifts to share and lessons to learn.(Article #21)
- Join an online or local Greater Reality Living group.
- Reconsider fear-based teachings about sin, hell, guilt, etc.(Article #16)
- Join a heart and service-oriented church or spiritual center.
- Nurture your relationship with your Higher Power: start by asking, converse with daily prayer, sense responses via meditation, time in nature, serving others and other centering practices that quiet the brain.
The first letter of each key above spells the word RADIANT. That’s what you really are: a radiant being of light and awareness who is temporarily visiting this planet for meaningful reasons. I hope that you will take action in two ways:
1. love yourself enough to spend some time, energy and money to tune up yourself.
2. Share this information with everyone you know
Doing these two things is a powerful way to let others know about the root causes and holistic solutions of suicide and many other common but needless problems.
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Appendix A: Real Food Nutrition
Real Food Way of Eating: Healing Phase
This is not a diet, but an introduction to a lifestyle way of eating for those who want to be improve or cure health imbalances and stay vibrantly healthy. Strictly follow these guidelines for just 90 days. Most people can then graduate to a maintenance program of eating healthfully 90 percent of the time. Eat fresh unprocessed foods that are healthfully raised, chemical-free and non-GMO.
I recommend green powders, protein powders, and protein bars from Standard Process, Garden of Life or Vibrant Living. The whole food supplements are from Standard Process and MediHerb. Visit StandardProcess.comto learn more about the content and quality of these products. That will allow you to evaluate other brands that may be good but I don’t yet know about. Standard Process products are only available from a licensed health care provider. If needed, I can make recommendations for you and my office can ship these to you. International shipping laws may not allow sending some products.
Read labels and avoid the most common allergy producing or offending foods: sugar, wheat, soy, corn. Also, on this list is meat, eggs, and dairy from factory-raised animals. Also avoid high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils and artificial sweeteners. Bottom line: if it’s not on the list below, don’t eat it for 90 days.
Protein(2 servings per day)
- Meat: wild caught fish; pasture-raised chicken, turkey, beef or buffalo; wild game.Serving size is the size and thickness of your palm. No cured meats.
- Eggs: 2 – 3 whole eggs plus 1 – 2 egg whites for more protein
- Dairy: from certified raw or organic, flash pasteurized pasture-raised sources
- Protein powder from plant or whey for smoothies
- Protein bars with plant or whey-sourced protein and low carbs
- Vitality Drink (see below) for plant and seed sources of protein
- Grain and legume combination for complementary amino acids
Note: Use rice, almond, or coconut milk but not soy
Vegetables(unlimited amounts allowed, but at least 4 – 6 servings per day)
- eat vegetables raw, juiced, steamed, lightly sautéed or in soups
- avoid the starchy (high sugar) varieties: white potatoes, corn, yams, peas
- eat at least one raw vegetable salad per day and green powder with a variety of grasses, vegetables and sprouts
For dressing: use cold pressed oil with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice; home- made with organic ingredients; or good brands such as Haines, Annie’s, Newman’s
Nuts & Seeds(1 – 2 servings per day) RAW almonds, pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts; chia, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and flax seeds. These are best eaten after soaking for 20 minutes. Visit TheRawtarian.com for additional information about sprouting.
Healthy Fats and Oils: (2 servings per day) Pasture-raised butter, ghee, coconut butter, avocado, eggs; olive, grape seed, walnut, sesame, safflower and coconut oils
Legumes: (0 – 1 servings of grains or legumesper day depending on your health status and weight loss goals) Adzuki, pinto, black, garbanzo, fava, edamame, soy, red kidney and lima beans; black eyed peas, lentils. Dried organic legumes soaked overnight before cooking are better than canned. Legumes are also great sprouted.
Grains:Organic sprouted grain bread and cereal. Wheat-free grains, crackers and pasta from brown rice, quinoa, amaranth or millet.
Fruit: 1 serving per day of low glycemic varieties: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and Granny Smith apples
Sweeteners: 0 – 1 serving per day of stevia, xylitol or agave; no artificial sweeteners
Condiments: natural herbs and spices; Borsari and Celtic Sea Salt; no or low sugar brands of mustard, ketchup and meat sauces
Beverages: pure water with lemon and lime added if desired; herbal teas; 1 – 2 cups of organic coffee or tea per day
Two blended drinks that I highly recommend are described below. These require a VitaMix or similar high-powered blender that pulverizes the foods into a drink. Keep refrigerated or in an insulated thermos bottle to maintain optimal vitality of nutrients. Depending on your weight, health status, and activity levels, you may want to modify these recipes.
Vitality Drink: a nutrient-dense combination with extraordinary energy and satiety. Here’s my current recipe: 42 ounces pure water, 1 scoop of raw green powder, ½ small lemon, 1 stalk celery, ½ TB pomegranate powder, 4-inch section cucumber, ½ tsp. Sea or Himalayan salt, 3 Hawaiian spirulina tablets, 5 chlorella tablets, handful of spinach leaves, 1 TB pumpkin seeds, 1 TB sunflower seeds, 1 TB hemp seeds, 1 TB chia seeds, 1 TB black sesame seeds, 1 large carrot, 1/4 medium beet, one small apple, few sprigs of parsley,
2-inch piece of turmeric and ginger, handful of sunflower or kale sprouts, dash or two of black pepper. Makes 64 ounces.
Protein Smoothie: 32 ounces of water, 6 – 8 ounces of berries (blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, or raspberries), 40 grams of protein powder, 1 TB flax seeds, 1 TB Calcifood Powder, 1 tsp. Calcium Lactate powder, handful of raw nuts, 1 TB. of Great Lakes Gelatin collagen powder, and ice. Makes 64 ounces.
To lose weight, increase energy and mental clarity, and heal your endocrine system:
- Breakfast Butter Tea / Coffee: 16 ounces hot water, serving tea or coffee, ½ TB pasture-raised butter, and 1 TB MCT oil OR ½ TB raw organic coconut butter. This helps your body burn fat as its primary fuel source instead of glucose. That, in turn, can help your pancreas and liver heal and stabilize blood sugar levels throughout the day.
- Bedtime Butter Tea: If you crave sweets at bedtime or have insomnia due to hunger, sip before bedtime: 10 ounces pure water, relaxing herbal tea, cinnamon or other spice, ½ tsp. raw honey, and 1 TB. butter or coconut butter.
- Modified 24 hour Fast: once per week, consume only pure water, green powder, and juiced vegetables for breakfast and lunch.
(NOTE: Consult your integrative medical doctor and natural care practitioners before using #1 – 3 if there is any concern about your blood sugar or other health condition.)
Real Food Way of Eating: Wellness Phase
This lifetime way of eating follows the Healing Phase approach 90 – 95 percent of the time but allows you to enjoy an occasional sweet or junk food. Your body will let you know if you are eating too much junk too often. Once you feel great and happy nearly all the time, you can use that yardstick to monitor whether you are sufficiently following dietary and other laws of health.
If your health status – blood sugar, blood pressure, lab results, weight, and vitality – allow, you can now have:
- Occasional starchy carbohydrates: white potatoes, corn, yams, peas
- Two servings of grains or legumes per day
- Two servings of fruit per day, primarily low and moderate with occasional high glycemic varieties
- Dairy products occasionally if your weight and health status tolerate them
- Healthier snacks two or three times a week: fruit sweetened cookies; dark chocolate with 70 percent or higher cocoa content; popcorn; muffins or fruit cobbler made with gluten-free grains, nuts, fruit and natural sweeteners; potato or sweet potato chips; cold processed whole food bars with about 18 grams of plant or whey protein and 5 net grams of carbs.
- Junk food rarely: pizza, ice cream, decadent dessert, etc.You’ll feel worse, gain weight, and go backward in your well-being if you eat too much too often.
What Do I Eat?
I am often asked what I eat. At age 65, I feel happy, healthy, and energetic almost all the time. When I don’t, I can usually evaluate the cause and correct it. I weigh only 7 pounds more than when I graduated from high school. My diet is an integral part of all that.
The way of eating I’ll described may seem boring or difficult to you. I love great tasting foods, but many years of eating healthfully have altered my definition of what tastes good. Almonds taste sweet, fresh berries are heavenly, and I love my health drinks. Most importantly, feeling great all the time is much more important than eating unhealthy foods that are sweet, fatty, processed and convenient.
Except for occasional small servings, I avoid wheat, soy, sugar, and dairy products since those cause a day or two of depression, fatigue, brain fog, sinus drainage and intestinal upset. I also avoid foods that aren’t organic since those are chemically laden with pesticides and herbicides.
For over 40 years I’ve refined my diet and enjoyed daily prayer, yoga, meditation and regular time in nature. I have eaten a nutrient-dense semi-vegetarian diet for most of that time. Every aspect of my life is working wonderfully: great health, loving relationships, prosperity, meaningful lifework, inner peace, happiness, and a deep knowing that I am a forever being. All of those factors increase, balance and upgrade my energy. As a result, I don’t need the quantity of heavy foods, especially animal products that I once did.
My whole food maintenance supplements from Standard Process include Catalyn, Trace Minerals B-12 and Cod Liver Oil. I take Cardio-Plus and Cyruta Plus for my cardio-vascular system, Symplex M for endocrine support, and Cataplex B and Cataplex B12 because of my ovo-vegetarian diet. I feel satiated after less food because my body isn’t “hungry for something else” and searching for key nutrients that can’t be found in devitalized foods.
I don’t recommend completely switching to my way of eating overnight since it is such a big change for most people. However, I strongly encourage doing so if you desire to lose a significant amount of weight, heal yourself of serious symptoms or a named disease, or enjoy more vibrant living. Otherwise, consider incrementally moving in this direction.
Needless to say, the foods are healthfully raised with sustainable agriculture methods whenever possible. The foods are organic or beyond organic, fresh, GMO-free, chemical-free and mostly raw. The term ‘raw’ means that the foods were not exposed to temperatures over 115 degrees Fahrenheit so nutrients, enzymes, and co-factors aren’t devitalized or destroyed.
If I don’t feel like having the vitality and protein drinks on a certain day, I eat meals from the Light Evening Meal list, but that rarely happens. I usually travel with my VitaMix so I can enjoy the drinks while away from home.
(Note: see above for drink recipes.)
First, Breakfast Butter Tea. (I don’t feel hungry for three hours afterward)
Then Vitality Drink(I drink these over a four to five hour period)
Next, Protein Smoothies(I drink these over a 4 hour period)
Other Fluid Intake: pure water; one serving green tea with a little honey; water with fresh lime or lemon squeezed into it
Light Evening Meal
(I also eat the following for lunch and breakfast on the rare days when I can’t make the vitality drinks and smoothies, or want a break from them.)
- Egg omelet, deviled eggs, or quiche 2 – 3 times per week with 4 eggs and sautéed vegetables—onion, tomato, spinach—cooked in olive or grapeseed oil.I add sea salt and ½ avocado for additional good fats.
- Gluten-free Middle Eastern, Asian, Indian, Greek or other ethnic foods
- Yogurt from almond or coconut milk with fresh berries and nuts
- Steamed or sautéed vegetables with brown rice, rice noodles or quinoa
- Soup with vegetables, grains and/or legumes
- Large mixed vegetable salad with nuts and fresh fruit
- Hummus or guacamole with gluten-free crackers or chips and sliced vegetables
- Trail mix with raw nuts, seeds, and a little dried fruit with no sugar added
- Healthy protein bar with a handful of raw nuts
- Rice cakes or toasted Ezekiel bread with raw almond butter
- Gluten-free cereal with chopped nuts, berries, and almond or coconut milk
- Two times per week: healthier snacks listed under the Maintenance Way of Eating, usually dark chocolate or popcorn with butter and brewer’s yeast.The popcorn
is part of my dinner after a small salad.
- Rarely, a decadent dessert.I thoroughly savor several bites and usually that is enough. Just being able to have it helps me to usually not want it.
Bedtime: if I’m hungry or want something sweet, a cup of Bedtime Butter Tea
Recommended booksfor healthy eating include: Eating on the Wild Sideby Jo Robinson; The Longevity Kitchenby Rebecca Katz; Real Foodby Nina Planck; Good Calories, Bad Caloriesby Gary Taubes; The Protein Power Life Planby Michael Eades M.D. and Mary Eades M.D.; The Schwarzbein Principleby Diane Schwarzbein M.D.; Good Foods / Bad Foodsby Judith DeCava; The Zoneby Barry Sears Ph.D.; In Fitness and in Healthby Philip MAffetone D.C. and The Blue Zonesbooks by Dan Buettner.
Recommended cookbooksinclude: The Schwarzbein Principle Cookbookand The Schwarzbein Principle Vegetarian Cookbookby Diana Schwarzbein M.D.; Nourishing Traditionsby Sally Fallon and Mary Enig Ph.D.; The Healthy Kitchenby Andrew Weil M.D.; Vegetarian Times Complete Cookbookby Vegetarian Times Magazine; The Real Food Cookbookand The Farmer’s Market Cookbookby Nina Planck.
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Thank you again for sharing this article with others. I hope that this article – and taking the action steps discussed – help you feel more happy, healthy, peaceful, clear, and energetic. You deserve to feel that way and the world needs your greatest gifts.
Life and love are forever. Shall we live accordingly?
Mark Pitstick, MA, DC is an author, master’s clinical psychologist, holistic chiropractic physician, frequent media guest, and workshop facilitator. He is director of The Soul Phone Foundation, co–founder of Greater Reality Living Groups,and board member of Helping Parents Heal. Dr. Pitstick can help you know and show– no matter what is going on around you – that your earthly experience is a totally safe, meaningful, and magnificent adventure amidst forever. Visit About Dr. Mark Pitstickfor his full bio.
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Disclaimer:This information is not designed to replace medical or psychological care. My remarks are based on over forty-five years of study, training, personal experience, and professional service. Extensive clinical, scientific, and empirical evidence supports much, but not all, of what I say. My current best understandings may change over time. I do not claim to have all the answers or the only answers. My hope is that this information assists you to consider what makes the most sense to you.