Thursday, July 22, 2010
I had been writing and reading about the social aspect of being on a Living Food Diet. I attend a potluck Thanksgiving with dear friends every year for some 20 years. There are many dietary approaches within this group as well as restricted diets for health problems. I was thinking about making a Living Food Cranberries and Orange dish as well as a salad. I experimented with uncooked sweet potatoes last night, which I enjoyed but my wife felt need some work, too heavy with the garlic, she said.
With all of this and the sweet potatoes digesting as I fell asleep, I had this dream that I was invited to a friend's home and had eaten a completely cooked turkey dinner. I later awoke and was so happy to realize that this was just a "nightmare" about a Thanksgiving yet to come, and that, if I "changed my ways" like Ebenezer, I could avoid the lapse of personal protocol and find a socially acceptable way to enjoy the company of my friends and share a Living Food meal too. (I'll have to work on the Sweet Potato Recipe-Brian Clement has one in one of his books, but I love to experiment and some are successes like my Living Food Corn Salad and some are works in process.
I'm going to tackle that Sweet Potato challenge for lunch today by cutting them into matchsticks, marinating them with a milder dressing and adding it to a bed of baby spinach. Yummy! I can't wait to stop writing and start preparing lunch!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
In 1967, I met a Yogi (Prince Natan) in a coffee shop in Hawthorne, California. I used to go there on my way home from working the night shift at Douglas Aircraft Company while I attended school in the day at USC. He started a conversation with me and after a short while convinced me of the superiority of the Frugivarian way of life. I immediately changed my eating habits, lost about 60 pounds from 225 to 165 and felt great. I gave up coffee, the reason that I originally went to the coffee shop, and started a diet of all raw foods: nuts, fruits, and root vegetables. This lifestyle change made my busy life easier, but was not as easy to follow in restaurants in 1967 as it is now. I would order a side of tomatoes or a slice of cantaloupe for my meal. It was a little bit awkward socially and so I slowly changed back to a normal pattern of eating. In 1974, I was thinking of going back to this way of life, bought books by Ann Wigmore and Viktoras Kulvinskas,the founders of the Hippocrates Health Institute, but moved to New Orleans instead and adapted to a new diet of French and Creole food.
A few weeks ago, (2010) I met Frank at the laundry mat who I had talked to in the past, the last time my washing machine needed servicing, and he started talking about live foods and recommend that I check out the books by Brian Clement, the Director of the Hippocrates Health Institute today.
I ordered the books from Amazon and while I waiting for them to arrive, I went through my library and found the books that I had purchased in 1974, but had never read, including Survival into the 21st Century by Viktoras Kulvinskas, with a cover by Peter Max, very 70's. After reading several books by Wigmore, Kulvinskas, Bernard Jensen, Dr. Kirchner (The Healing Grasses), etc and three books by Brian Clement, I changed my diet completely again. This time, I ate more sprouts and greens than fruit, but made sure that everything that I ate was living and not cooked. I'm buying my sprouts from a couple of health food stores in my area and from a Korean and a Vietnamese-Chinese market. I'm buying mostly organic vegetables, some sea vegetables and a Super Green Drink with Spirulina, Chorella, buckwheat greens, etc. from Trader Joe's.
My energy level is up, my exercise routine of rowing 10,000+ meters a day is easier to do and I'm doing it faster increasing the load on my muscles so that I'm getting a great aerobic and strength building exercise at the same time. The hardest thing to do is to do slow days to let my muscles recover, so I force myself to rest in motion as Dr. Mirkin at DrMirkin.com recommends. My weight is dropping steadily. I've lost 12.25 pounds since the first of July (2010) and I'm still losing.
I haven't started sprouting regularly at home, I still have to find my sprouting jars from 1974 (I used to sprout in my car, when I was camping and backpacking back then. I'm chewing my wheat grass as I haven't invested in a special juicer (my juicers are too fast and would oxidize the juice and reduce its benefits). My wife joined me on this program and is having the same great weight loss and energy benefits as me. We are enjoying our salads, learning how delicious many foods are raw, and exploring a new (again) way of life, but one that Brian Clement's books and the 36 years since I first started practicing eating live food have made more accessible in the markets, restaurants, and the body of information collected over that time. There was no Souplantation around back in those days for me to be able to enjoy. Today, super markets carry both sprouts and organic produce, restaurants carry salads with something more than iceberg lettuce and sugary dressings, so it is much easier socially. It is still an adventure, but not one that is as daunting as it seemed before. There are even Live
Food Restaurants you can find on the internet, all over the country.
If someone had suggested four years ago, when I began my new dedication to improving my health that I would become a live food vegetarian today, I would have told them that they were crazy, yet here I am. My blood sugar is in the normal range, my blood pressure is down, and my cholesterol is approaching normal too. I have lost 60+ pounds since I started and now it is easier than ever. I am happy with all of the changes and enjoy eating my meals as much as ever, only they are much healthier now. I'm overcoming each of the symptoms of what is referred to as Metabolic Syndrome and doing it all without medications or side effects, except more energy and zest for life. www.hippocratesinst.org
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Living Foods for Optimum Health by Brian R. Clement
"In Phase 1, you rebuild and revitalize your physical being by nurturing the cells of your body with electrically charged, living foods and exercise. You come to understand the answer to the question, 'What am I made of?' Although complete physical wellness takes a full seven years to attain, within a few weeks you'll see physical changes that clearly show improvement in your health. You'll notice:
• a stronger physique
• a more flexible body
• greater mobility and agility
• improved functioning of the digestive system
• weight regulation
• reduced cholesterol levels
• greater awareness, perception, and sensitivity
"These physical changes are the result of certain biochemical reactions within and among the trillions of cells in the body. The regeneration of the cells, the restructuring of bone, reestablishment of proper circulation, and the renewal of every bodily functions virtually changes the physical makeup of the body. That's why even terminal diseased can be turned around.
But complete renewal takes time. Although the cells are constantly regenerating (giving us completely new lungs in seventy days and a new heart in thirty days, for example), the cell mutation and degeneration that bring on disease and ill health have their own rhythm and won't totally disappear from the cell structure when it renews itself. but on a living-foods diet, the mutant, weak, and/or oxygen-starved cells slowly return to normal as each regenerative cycle passes, over the course of seven years. While the affected cells themselves are renewing, the disorder can not spread or exacerbate further because the tissues around them are no longer weak or vulnerable; they have become strong and resistant. So the cancer, or the fibroid, or the calcium deposit, or the virus, can't progress or maintain its hold in the body."
In rereading this quote from the "Living Foods for Optimum Health", I understand that the regenerating process takes seven years, but it is seven years of slow but steady healing. The alternative is, perhaps, seven years of slow but steady dying. From reading all three of Brian R. Cement’s books and now going back to study them to better apply them to my own diseased states: high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. I'm taking a blood test this week to find out about my cholesterol, blood pressure, but my home measurements of my blood sugar has seen it drop from diabetic, to pre-diabetic, to (almost) normal at 97 today. I have also lost 11 pounds since July first as I am learning to apply the "living food vegetarian" program to my diet.
Monday, July 19, 2010
Einstein gave this as his definition of insanity. So many times I have gotten trapped into this, following one diet or program or another. Each of us is different and need to find the program or diet that works for us. If it doesn't we don't give up, we get frustrated and keep doing the same thing. We may finally become frustrated by our lack of success and go back to old habits. What is required is a commitment to a complete lifestyle change: diet, exercise, having a positive attitude, and making meaningful social connections to others. There is no one magic bullet to weight loss and health. It is the quality of all of the things that we do and the willingness to change when what we are doing is not working.
Fortunately, after a long period of time of being frustrated, I was introduced to a program from the Hippocrates Health Institute through the books by Brian R. Clement and I am now following the "Platinum Level" program and experiencing success every day with weight loss and a higher energy level. By changing what I was doing and finding an appropriate diet to accompany my exercise program, I'm steadily losing weight and feeling great on the "Live Food Vegetarian" program plus the other recommendations.
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
"At your own pace, in your own time, you should aspire to achieve the greatest possibility. Many of us undertake the journey of life in darkness, seeing nothing, and acting accordingly. This haphazard voyage hurts not only the traveler but also those against he collides in the darkness. At this vulnerable level it is e...asy to be manipulated because, in the dark, one has no direction—but while making a lifetime’s journey without vision is difficult, a life without conscious awareness is infinitely worse. Everyone needs to advance toward the light, and the vehicle for doing so is self-respect, because self-respect is the foundation of maturity and the cornerstone of longevity." Hippocrates Healthy Institute's Six Level Standard of Optimum Health
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