The Live, Organic, Vegan, Energy Lifestyle
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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.
Member Comments About This Blog Post
My favorite sea vegetable is Nori. The Japanese roll rice, seafood, and/or vegetable in it or make hand rolls. I fold Nori into quarter size sheets and roll my salads or individual vegetable in it. I sliced an avocado yesterday, sprinkled cayenne pepper and and herb mixture on it and rolled it up with a sliced raw zucchini, bell pepper slice, an a sliver of onion. I love rolling vegetable in Nori. I also use Dulse that is ground into flakes as a seasoning. You can buy dried seaweed from Japanese markets and soak it and slice it into salads. I've seen and bought raw seaweed salad, which is delicious. Korean markets sell packaged seaweed in their coolers, but it is often packed in salt and needs to be soaked thoroughly before use. I don't buy much of this because it is such a bother. I also like Hijiki, a fine, black sea vegetable, that is soaked and often served with finely sliced carrots and Gobo root. Unfortunately, due to modern farming practice with chemically bases fertilizers, our farm soils are depleted of many minerals and we need to supplement them.
2492 days ago
What are the best sea vegetables and how do you prepare them?
2492 days ago
@SillyHP, My dh is not following me whole hearted, but you would be surprised at what we both like now that was not tempting in the beginning. We always loved beets but fresh was only when I grew them. Now I purchase all year long with green tops for my smoothies. He loves the bulb. Raw salads were carrot with raisins, now we do all kinds of raw with vinegar's
It is hard to believe people use to think I ate healthy. And compaired to their diets I did. But now I'm off my rocker..except some are following me into this side as they see how well I am getting.
Weight loss is still a issue. Keep that in prayer for me as I guess I can still find the calories.
@ Chantc...good information.
2552 days ago
I am looking, you have my attention!
God knows I need the help.
2554 days ago
The list is the optimum list of foods and includes the entire plant world. The best way to prepare and eat them is as close to nature as possible, but if you choose to cook them, then light cooking is best, such as steaming and stir fry, like the Chinese do with a minimum of oil and use mono-saturated or saturated oils for cooking such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil. Both of these cooking methods preserve the vitamins in the food and the fresh taste. If one chooses to eat bread, then simple is better than complex; whole grain is better than unbleached white flour; fewer ingredient are better than an alphabet soup of chemicals, sugars, enriched and bleached, with preservatives. Whole grains such as brown rice is better than white rice.
If you prefer to eat beyond vegan, than smaller fish, that are wild caught are better than larger fish or farm raised fish. Larger fish concentrate mercury by eating many smaller fish and farm raised fish have far fewer omega-3 oils than their wild counter parts and often have PCBs and other environmental pollutants.
Poultry is a healthier choice than mammals for one's health. Organic, Free Range Chickens and Eggs are a better choice than factory farmed poultry. If one chooses to eat mammals and their by products, the conditions that the animals live in, will determine their health and how much antibiotics and hormones are given to them to keep them alive and to bulk them up. Again, one can make choices here: Organic Free Range, Grass Fed is the best quality and the safest to eat.
I am still moving towards the optimum Live, Organic, Vegan, Energy Lifestyle myself and I started with incremental changes that I and my wife could live with. The important thing is to add more of the items from the healthier items when we shop and make conscious choices when we shop, prepare, and eat our food. One can be healthy with a variety of dietary choices and one can vary one's choices depending upon the seasons, our personal needs and preferences, and for resolving any health challenges that we are facing. Being diagnosed as Diabetic forced me to make more radical changes that I would like, but considering the alternatives, for me it was a better choice. I had been making incremental changes in this general healthier directions, but it was my diagnosis that encouraged me to educate myself and move to an even healthier lifestyle.
What we eat is very personal and related to how we were raised, our parent's preferences, our cultural choices, and where we live. It is almost like we are hardwired to eat one way or another, but within whatever dietary preferences that we have, we can make optimum and incremental choices to help us to become healthier and enjoy a longer and better quality of life.
The Live, Organic, Vegan, Energy Lifestyle may not be for everyone at this time, but it is a nutritional North Star that can help us navigate more safely the dangerous waters of the Standard American Diet type that is the cause of so much of the chronic suffering that the whole world is beginning to experience as it is exported through advertising and agricultural practices. Ultimately, it is what we don't eat that is more important: Avoid all highly processed foods, avoid most packaged convenience foods, avoid foods with preservatives, avoid foods with added sugars, and added chemicals such as MSG under its many disguises. If we truly ate like our great-grand parents, we would enjoy a better and longer quality of life, because most of the modern foods and agricultural practices that make us sick today were not around at that time, every dietary lifestyle was far healthier and we were all more physically active. too If we want to respect our cultural and ethnic origins, we should turn back the clock and truly find out what they really were and respect them and not the pale, packaged substitutes that are promoted to us today.
We can honor our family traditions and also make informed choices that will keep us and our family healthy and still allow us to eat the kinds of foods we enjoy.
2557 days ago
That list of foods was interesting, and I'm not surprised that our fruits are sweeter these days. I think I could eat like that if I lived alone, but fixing and planning more than one meal at a time is not what I want to do.
2558 days ago
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