Fat: Part II- Addicted to Fat?

27 06 2009

When switching to a raw foodist diet, some people have problems because they add too many nuts and seeds to their diet. These foods take the place of the important fruits needed to meet the energy requirements.

It is necessary to take a careful look at the fat content consumed in any diet, including a raw food regimen, to ensure that fat does not sneak its way into the diet in large amount.

For example, if someone eats a lot of avocados in a single day, let’s say five avocados of about 300 grams of fruit each, at 18% fat you are consuming 270 grams of fat which is the same as just over one cup of oil. Who would sit down and consume a cup of oil?

So, How Much Fat Is Best?

Most progressive health experts with years of experience promote the same fat requirements year and year, recommending a fat intake of about 15% OR LESS. The primates all eat diets that consist of very low-fat diets.

Practical Guidelines

Unless you are allergic to them, do not completely avoid avocados and nuts, just limit yourself to small amount. This will depend on everybody, but if you’re not very active, it shouldn’t be more than one-half an avocado per day or two ounces (60 grams) of nuts and seeds but not both on the same day.

Eat enough fruit to meet your calorie needs – which means eating a LOT of fruit by most people’s standards. Avoid oils including olive, flax seed, coconut butter, canola, peanut and others.

If you do not choose to obtain fat through avocados, nuts and seeds, you can consume two tablespoons of raw nut butter per day.

Eat fat only once each day and do not eat fatty foods every day of the week. During hot weather, avoid fatty foods entirely and eat water-rich foods to keep you hydrated. These include tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, peaches and other juicy fruits.

Avoid eating sweet fruit with fat. Fruit normally digests rapidly but when combined with fat it takes time to digest. This can result in acidity. Mixing nuts and dried fruit can have the same result.

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27 06 2009

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

(Albert Einstein)





Fat: Part I – Our Fat Needs.

27 06 2009

You probably know that humans store body fat and that some body fat is necessary for proper functioning. However, you may think that eating fat is required in order to store body fat. This is a misconception.

Everything a person eats contains some amount of fat. In fact, a natural diet of fruits and vegetables, along with some seeds and nuts or avocado, provides the body all the essential fatty acids it needs!

Oil does not have to be included in the diet. It is simply an incomplete, over-concentrated form of fat!

Fatty foods are complex foods which are hard to digest. A single drop of oil can slow down digestion for two hours. Eating excessive amount of fat, whether from plant or animal sources, can result in serious health problems such as diabetes, candida, chronic fatigue, low energy levels, hypoglycemia and many others.

It does not matter where the fat comes from; too much fat, even from natural raw foods, will cause health problems.

Some people that attempt to adjust to a raw food diet fail because they think they are eating only “good fat” but are really eating a very high-fat diet. There are some simple reasons for this:

  1. The average American diet consists of over 45% fat by calories but most health organizations suggest a fat intake of less than 25%. Even vegans and vegetarians frequently fall into this trap.
  2. Fat is a concentrated way to obtain calories and therefore energy. We have been accustomed to eating concentrated foods such as pasta, oil, butter, bread, and other. On a raw food diet, there are no concentrated foods except fatty foods. People often compensate for lack of calories by eating highly concentrated fatty foods.
  3. The only alternative to fat is fruit. When eating a raw diet, there are two main types of food that provide the energy, in calories, that we need: fruit or fat. Vegetables simply have so few calories that a person would never be able to eat enough to survive.
  4. We just do not eat enough fruit. Eating fruit as the basis of our diet is new and often people fail to realize how much fruit it takes to provide energy for an entire day.

The human body requires fuel to operate and you must get that fuel, via calories, from somewhere. Fat has a lot of calories but requires a lot of energy to digest. Plus the health risks associated with a high fat diet simply are not worth it when you can feel better when eating the right foods.

Fruit, on the other hand, is very easy to digest. It provides fast energy and is alkaline-forming. Fruit is a way to obtain simple carbohydrates which match our physiological needs.

Usually, when a person wants to become a raw foodist but fails, they will find themselves eating complex carbohydrates that have been cooked. They simply haven’t learned yet to consume high quantities of sweet fruits to meet their body’s carbohydrate needs.

In other words, a diet that is high in fat is certain to fail! A diet with enough fruit (and green vegetables) will, however, succeed.





Fast Food Calorie Chart.

27 06 2009

It seems as though fast food restaurants have become a way of life for many of us. With the hectic schedules and fast-paced lives we lead, it can be hard to find time to squeeze in cooking and preparing healthy meals. Many of us rely on the fast food industry to feed us when we are running errands on our lunch breaks, or feed our hungry children after a long day, so how good or bad is this fast food for our health?

You may be alarmed to see the calorie content of some of the most popular fast food items that are available.

  • Regular Cheeseburger – 320 calories
  • Large Cheeseburger – 610 calories
  • Regular Hamburger – 275 calories
  • Large Hamburger – 520 calories
  • Fish, fried or battered – 210 calories
  • Chicken, fried, dark meat – 430 calories for two pieces
  • Chicken, fried, wing/breast – 495 calories for two pieces
  • Chicken Nuggets – 300 calories for 6 pieces
  • Onion Rings – 175 calories for 8 rings
  • Regular French Fries – 240 calories
  • Large French Fries – 360 calories
  • Hot Dog – 240 calories
  • Chili Dog – 325 calories
  • Dressing – Caesar – 160 calories for one packet
  • Regular Chocolate Shake – 360 calories
  • Regular Strawberry Shake – 360 calories
  • Hot Fudge Sundae – 290 calories
  • Pancakes, Butter and Syrup – 520 calories for three pancakes
  • Apple pie – 260 calories for one piece

Keep in mind, that this is only the calorie content for some of the most popular choices in fast food. This does not depict the fat grams and other nutrient content. It is also important to remember that people often have more than one item from this list, which can lead to a large amount of calories for one meal from a fast food restaurant. Eating fast food in moderation can be fine, just make sure to watch your calories and try not to make it mainstay in your diet.





Raw Milk vs. Pasteurized Milk

27 06 2009

When it comes to raw milk, most people are a little squeamish and are not sure what to expect. True, raw milk is in its truest form, being straight from the cow and in its pure sense, but maybe knowing just how powerful and healthy raw milk is, could change a few minds. Raw milk has been used for years as a way to sustain life and even fight diseases.

Raw milk consists of important enzymes that aid in assimilating the nutrients present in milk. Raw milk serves as one of the best sources for calcium consumption. One of the major raw milk drinking advantages is that it contains the beneficial bacteria, which otherwise get destroyed, when the milk undergoes pasteurization process.

How beneficial is raw milk can be understood by analyzing the loss that occurs, when the milk is pasteurized. Pasteurization destroys enzymes, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 and also it kills the beneficial bacteria. Raw milk does not rot, rather it sours naturally. Pasteurized milk is often associated with health problems like diarrhea, cramps, iron-deficiency anemia, cancer, skin rashes, osteoporosis and allergies etc. On the contrary, raw milk keeps you away from these health ailments.

Raw milk is highly nutritious and thus acts as one of the healthiest foods. Raw milk tastes better, when compared to pasteurized milk, as it is creamier and fresh. People who do not relish the taste of milk are likely to find the taste of raw milk pleasant. There can be digestion problem with the consumption of processed milk, but that won’t be the case with raw milk.





Himalayan Salt vs. Sea Salt and Rock Salt

27 06 2009

Many people believe sea salt is a healthy alternative to table salt, but this is no longer the case. The oceans are being used as dumping grounds for harmful toxic poisons like mercury, PCBs and dioxin. Reports of oil spills polluting the sea are becoming more frequent. With some 89% of all the sea salt producers now refining their salt, today’s sea salt simply isn’t as healthy as it used to be.

If you were to look into a microscope at sea salt you would see it has irregular and isolated crystalline structures disconnected from the natural elements surrounding them. Thus, however many vital minerals it may contain, they cannot be absorbed by your body unless the body expends tremendous energy to vitalize them. Your body’s net gain is small compared to the great loss of energy.

Because the crystalline structure of himalayan crystal salt is balanced, it is not isolated from the 84 inherent mineral elements, but is connected to them in a harmonious state. This means the energy content in the form of minerals can be easily metabolized by your body. When you use this salt it has a vital energetic effect, your body gets an ample net gain with little energy loss.

Mined salt, or rock salt, is also a poor substitute for Himalayan Crystal Salt. While natural rock salt comes close to being intact and is more valuable than industrial table salt, from a biophysical as well as bio-chemical perspective, it holds little value.

The elements contained in rock salt lack sufficient compression to be included in the crystal web, but are only attached to the surface and in the gaps of the crystalline structure. It is the considerable pressure that brings the elements to a colloidal state – where your cells can readily absorb them. The valuable elements found in rock salt are useless because your body cannot absorb and metabolize them.





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27 06 2009

“The cardiologist’s diet:  If it tastes good, spit it out. ”

(Author Unknown)