Making changes in our lifestyle is a holistic activity. It is never just about diet and exercise, it also has to be about the way we look at the world and what our priorities are. If we have health challenges, we have to become the expert in those symptoms and make the changes necessary to restore our health. No one will ever be as interested in our health as we are, so it is our responsibility to take charge of our health. We can solicit the help of doctors, nutritionist, and personal trainers, but we have to retain the final decision making authority, but this requires us to educate ourselves to be the most qualified member of our health care team.
Why do we want to change is very important. If our why is big enough, then we will make the changes, it is is not them we may not make the effort required.
Instead of thinking short terms as in a "diet" we need to think in terms of a lifetime commitment to change. We don't have to change overnight, we can do it incrementally, so that the changes are lasting and we have enough time to adjust to each change and then set new incremental goals
I believe that the Live, Organic, Vegan, Energy Lifestyle is the optimum path to health and longevity. If you are in the middle of a health crisis then, you may wish to make immediate changes to recover from the crisis and then you can adjust your program to a less pure approach, if you decide to. It depends upon how serious your health crisis is and what your goals are.
For example, I was diagnosed with Diabetes 2 and I needed to make immediate changes because what I was doing did not prevent my progression from Pre-diabetes to Diabetes. I researched what the alternatives were to the medication, Metformin, that my doctor prescribed and eventually found the approach of the Hippocrates Health Institute which was the most effective in improving my blood sugar and bringing it down to a normal range. Dr. Gabriel Cousins uses a similar approach and has great success with his Diabetic patients. It is the same low carb Live, Organic, Vegan, Energy dietary approach that is most natural and optimum for most humans to eat.
This optimum diet consist of, in order of importance and quantity: Green Vegetables, Sprouts, Sea Vegetables, Seeded Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Root vegetables, and Fruits. The reason that fruits are low on the list is that the modern fruits have too much sugar. They are about 30-40 times sweeter today that our pre-agricultural ancestors ate, due to hybridization. Sea Vegetables are high on the list because they supply minerals that our modern depleted soils no longer have in abundance. We need to supplement with vegan sources of Vitamin B-12 and Vitamin D3. In the summer, at lower latitudes we can get plenty of Vitamin D3 from sun exposure, but in the winter, unless we live in the tropics, we need Vitamin D3 supplementation to keep our immune system strong.
Enjoy your journey in the world of live food and may you live long and thrive.