Pillar 3 

God's Building Blocks and Fuel for the Body

Nutrition

I am gonna say something that may not be very popular. Many of our health problems are self-induced, and in direct violation God's natural laws. We can't cheat God's design of the body and expect to live in health. What falls under direct violation?
- Processed and non-foods products loaded with sugar, chemicals, preservatives, glyphosate, and synthetic additives
- Excessive drama and stress in one's life.
- Negative thoughts.
- Many prescription meds, harmful vaccinations.
- Sedentary lifestyles, and list goes on and on.

Eating a diet of refined, processed and nutrient depleted fast foods comes with a heavy price. Diabetes, many cancers, obesity, heart disease, etc. can be traced to compromised cellular energy caused by poor nutrition, toxic burden, poor gut health, and being too acidic. Eating healthy is a key aspect of a prescribed personal health plan.

(And as a reminder, assess the information in these various pillars through the filter of life-producing or death-producing. In this pillar the filter would be: am I consuming foods that are living, unrefined, natural, nutrient-rich versus processed, dead, or with little nutritional value).

A high nutrient diet rich in organic vegetables slows the aging process, reduces inflammation, enables cellular repair, and supports energetic life.

Whole plant foods should comprise the majority of your diet. Look for organic ... and fresher the better!

What is considered a nutrient rich diet?

A diet rich with plant-derived micronutrients, including antioxidants, phytochemicals, amino acids, fatty acids, and enzyme and mineral-rich food. So, what does that look like, read on ...

Recommendations

- Eat a large, colorful, organic salad as the main dish for at least one meal.

- Steamed greens (kale, brussels sprouts, broccoli, Bok choy, spinach, cabbage, zucchini. Cruciferous foods have powerful anti-cancer properties.
PS … don’t over steam your veggies! Steaming them until they are very soft, will cause you to lose many water-soluble nutrients.

- Incorporate a morning smoothie. We call them our morning green drink, and are a great way to add more greens and veggies to your daily diet. Recipes are all over the internet, but here is an example:
Using a Vitamix, here is a sample combination of ingredients: celery, green apple, slice of fresh ginger root, frozen blueberries, strawberries, and half a banana. Pack it with greens: kale, chard, some parsley, etc. Include half of avocado for fat, and some cinnamon powder and blend. Be creative, throw in cucumber, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
Boost your nutrients by adding to your smoothie Daily BioBasics and Solis Purple Flash. In Pillar 4 I discuss more on these two products.

The key to smoothies is loads of organic greens, avocado for fat, and low sugar fruit or berries for taste. If you need it a tad sweeter, throw in an organic date.

- Juicing is another great method to add concentrated nutrients ... the more green you can make it the better. You can juice a lemon, fresh ginger, and apple to help with taste.

- Sprouts: if you have access to fresh grown sprouts, they are living food loaded with nutrition. Sprouts are wonderful additions to your daily salad. We sprout lentil and mung beans. Super easy, and ready in 2-3 days. It's something to consider.

- Salad dressings: avoid store bought, as they are often contain undesirable ingredients. Be creative and make your own from fresh, healthy ingredients.

- Beans provide protein and fiber.

- Eating fresh or frozen fruit/berries (blue berries, raspberries, strawberries, etc) provides a variety of super food nutrients to salads, smoothies, or as a snack.

- Eat a couple ounces of organic raw nuts/seeds (walnuts, hemp seeds, chia/flax seeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin, almonds, etc) as part of a meal or as a snack. Organic nuts and seeds are rich in fiber, protein, minerals, lignans, and sterols – all health-promoting nutrients and compounds.

- Eat few, if any, animal products, and limit them to 2-3 small serving per week. I would avoid, red meat, barbecued, processed, or cured meats. Higher amounts of animal protein is linked to higher levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), and higher rates of cancer. Diets rich in greens, nuts, seeds, and beans (plant proteins), do not raise IGF-1 to unfavorable levels.

Grains

Grains – for some people removing grains has greatly improved their well being. Obviously, removing grains that contain gluten is a good idea, and for some a must. If you consume grains, consume them in small portions, and limit servings to 1-2 per week.

Refined grains should be avoided altogether – white pasta, white rice, bread products, pastries, etc, are not your friends, and will raise and spike blood sugar levels. Many of today’s refined grains are hybridized, which produces higher gluten levels.

Note: advertising is deceptive, the terms multi-grain or whole wheat does NOT mean the product is made with 100% whole grain.

Bread products made with organic sprouted grains are a better option.

Opt for organic quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, and oats, just to name a few.

“The whiter the bread, the sooner you’re dead!” … anonymous

Oils and Fat

Refined oils are so prevalent in food products and in the way we cook. More often than not, they add calories with little or no nutritional value. They are often rancid, and not good for the health of your cellular structures.

Best way to consume healthy oils and fats are the food themselves – nuts, seeds, avocados, nut butters, olives, etc.

And another tip, try sautéing with water rather than oil.

Healthy vs Unhealthy Fats,
and which Fats Don't Make You Fat video:

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Drinks / Sweeteners

Let’s be honest, we consume too many calories and often in the form of sugary drinks, baked goods, salty snacks, cookies, fried and fast foods. When it comes to nutritional value, these are often empty calorie food, make us fat, and cause us to age and break down faster.

When it comes to fruit drinks – just say no. These are loaded with sugar, though often they are advertised as health drinks. This includes orange juice, and absolutely say no to all those energy drinks high in sugar and caffeine.

And lastly, avoid products like a plague that contain artificial coloring, flavoring, and sweeteners. Nasty, nasty, and wicked stuff for the health of your cellular structures. Quit giving them to your kids!!!

Coffee: I'm not a fan of coffee. I never learned to like it. As a young child I recall dunking Oreo cookies in my mom's cup of coffee. I also remember it being bitter. Yuck.

The only cup I've ever had was back in high school. It was at a Friday night football game. It was cold, so a bunch of us went to the snack bar to get hot chocolate. They were sold out, and hot coffee was the only option - double yuck, but I drank it.

Knowing what I know now I am sooooo glad I never acquired a taste or addiction to it!

I encourage and challenge you to take 7 mins and learn the truth about coffee:

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The above recommendations should give you plenty of ideas and areas where you may personally choose to make changes. I hope you found them helpful.
If you have any concerns, consult with your health professional before beginning any dietary, exercise, or supplemental changes to your routine.

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The Most Asked Question for the Past 38 Years - How do you David, Get Your PROTEIN?

Around 38 years ago I walked away from the standard America diet and my addiction to sugar. I walked away from dairy, meat, and all those sugary deserts! I thank You Lord, for re-directing my life!

Being plant-based, the number #1 question asked is, how do you get enough protein? All I'm gonna say is plant based protein is more easily absorbed, it doesn't come with the higher risk of colon cancer as meat does, and most people don't realize all the protein that exists in plant foods. I also take an amino acid product, which gives me 99% utilization.

Plant Protein Education 101 - learn about some of the most powerful protein foods available, plus all the other nutrients that come with them - you don't get these nutrients with ribs, steak, or chicken. Just saying ... the following two videos might just surprise you:

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Does you protein powder measure up to this one?
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