AND … DETERMINE,
AT LEAST IN PART, HOW WELL YOUR BODY WILL HEAL
We provide the most complete “medicinal cabinet” and an easy-to-use format on GWSWatHome.com, but true health and wellness is not just about the medicine you use. Long term, we desire to see you happy and healthy, and that means you are not dependent on any medicine, not even ours. Yes, you will need remedies from time to time simply because we live in a world that exposes us to harmful toxins, poisons and germs every day, but you will need us less often if you live your day-to-day in a healthy way.
The fundamental principles of wellness AND healing are things YOU will be responsible for in your daily life. It is best if you do not think of the following changes as a diet, but as a way of life, your inner conviction and simply who you are (at least from now on). Will I be taking all the fun out of life? Nope. Are you ever allowed to cheat, or do things that are not the best choice? Sure! Above all, I want you to feel alive! .. not restricted. I have always said, a doughnut won’t kill you, but a salad won’t heal you. It is what you do most of the time that will dictate how you feel tomorrow and the next day. And let’s face it, you cannot feel truly alive and happy if you are not healthy.
Whether you are new to the natural / healthy ways, or you feel like you are a healthy veteran of the natural healing arts, the following fundamentals remain the same. 20 years of clinical experience have taught me that it does not matter what your blood type, metabolic type, allergy, belief system or religion, fundamental wellness, or the foundation of your health, is an equation that fits every human being. These are simple laws of nature. This is not a diet, for there is no single diet that fits every person. But the principles below are for everyone. It’s not even hard to remember! If you break it down, you are being asked to eat foods the way nature produced them, before they are processed, fortified or otherwise poisoned.
- Make water your primary beverage (half of your body weight in ounces-daily). Do NOT drink city water as it is full of toxins like Fluoride. Well or spring water with 2-5 drops of Liquid Detox per gallon provides the best cellular charge of H20. Nature intended us to gain alkalinity from the breakdown of healthy foods, not water, so proceed with caution with some of the Alkaline water filters.
- Place 2 – 5 drops of Liquid Detox in every beverage you drink and allow it to breath for three minutes before you drink it. This will assure there are no harmful toxins in your drink. Treat all beverages to assure toxins are neutralized.
- Try to avoid cow’s milk. Rice milk, almond milk, cashew milk and coconut milk are the best (all organic sources if possible), but raw, fresh goat milk is also good to drink, put in hot beverages, cooking or for your cereal.
- Avoid carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages and drinks with caffeine or sugar added to them –these all disrupt the normal pH of the intestines, and pH is critical to regaining or maintaining health. That said, many people enjoy a glass of wine here and there, and there are many studies showing that RED wine has many health benefits. Of course, if you can get organic wine, you avoid the pesticides sprayed on the grapes.
- Need something other than water to drink, apple juice is the best alkaline juice. Of course, get it organic! If you are not worried about glycemic and calories, any juice that is 100% juice with nothing added is a good choice. And that morning coffee .. the sugar and the cream are generally worst than the coffee! So black is best. If you must have it, it is easy to find organic coffee, and sweeten it with Stevia or organic sugar, honey or maple syrup (with added almond or coconut milk?). But even better than coffee is herbal teas. These are wonderful when you need a hot drink.
- Fresh vegetables (organic if possible) should make up at least 80% of your diet; the more varieties you use, the better. Eat your vegetables raw or lightly steamed. The longer you cook them, the more nutrients you lose.
- Dark green vegetables, beans, legumes, non-GMO tofu, whey, kefir and organic yogurt should be the primary source of protein in your diet, not meat and certainly not dairy products. Raw, unsalted nuts are good, as well as eggs. Free range eggs are best because it means the chickens were not fed GMO grains. PS..chickens eat worms and bugs in nature, so vegetarian eggs are not the better choice.
- If you are going to eat meat, get the lean version of the Biblically “clean” meats (list here). As a rule, try to eat no more than 4 ounces of meat per meal, 3-4 times/week. Try to find range-fed animals for your meat to avoid the harmful hormones, steroids and GMO grains in commercial meat. When selecting fish, look for wild caught, not farm raised (which use hormones, dyes, and even plastics in the feed).
- It is better to eat many small meals during the day rather than one or two large meals; your largest meal should be lunch so that you don’t go to bed on a full stomach. If your large meal is dinner, give yourself a few hours before sleeping on a full stomach.
- Avoid processed or manufactured foods filled with chemicals, additives or preservatives (junk food). As a rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce something in the ingredient list or it has numbers or hyphens in it, the item is a toxic additive or preservative.
- Be sure to eat slowly, concentrate on your food (not a tv show or magazine) and chew each bite 20 – 40 times before you swallow, especially meats and proteins.
- Don’t eat unless you are hungry because it means digestive juices are not present, and never overeat (get stuffed). Eating should be fun; don’t eat if you are upset.
- Look for organic. The words “All Natural” mean good marketing skills, not healthy. If an item is not certified organic, assume it has chemicals and poisons in it. More on organic here.
- Snacks and deserts tend to be our unhealthiest foods. This is generally the case either out of habit, craving or just need something fast. Find healthy snacks at your local health food store and keep them around so you don’t eat junk. Yes, you can have chocolate, but get it without the chemicals and additives. Organic chocolate, yogurt, raw nuts and seeds, organic-baked chips (non-GMO), fresh fruits, dried fruits, carrot sticks, etc. On the go all the time? What happened to taking lunch and snacks to work or on the road with you (instead of drive-thru).
- If you eat nuts and seeds, try to find them raw -unsalted and unroasted; and chew them thoroughly! If you have low stomach acid or stomach problems, or if you see the seeds coming out in the stool (bowel movement), soak them in apple cider vinegar over night before you eat them.
White sugar is as harmful to the body as most drugs. White sugar (often listed as high fructose corn syrup) is in just about every food there is, even ketchup, so check labels and try to avoid it. NOTE: The best sweeteners are not the low glycemic ones, unless you are diabetic. The sweeteners that nature makes, like molasses, dark maple syrup, local honey or real cane sugar are good options. If you are looking for lower calorie options, use Stevia or Xylitol. Artificial sweeteners of all kinds (such as these) are very, very toxic for the body, particularly the neurological system, so it would be best to avoid them always. Matter of fact if you have used them much in the past you might consider using the detox remedy listed on the Aspertame page.
COOKING & BAKING
- The best ways to cook healthy are to bake, roast, steam, boil, broil, poach, stew and simmer.
- If you need to fry something, use coconut oil. No other oil should be heated above 150 degrees.
- Do not use a microwave—ever! Use toaster ovens or the stove to heat up foods, boil water, etc.
- Avoid frying and grilling with charcoal. Propane (gas) or real wood is best for grilling. The free radicals generated in one 8 ounce steak grilled over charcoal brickets is equal to smoking two full packs of cigarettes!
- If eating meat, cook Well-Done! Ok, at least Medium-Well, please?
- Use organic, whole grain flours for baking (preferably milled at the time of use) and the suggested sweeteners to make your breads and pastries, not refined flours and white sugar.
- Real, organic butter and organic jams and jellies are great on toast.
- Cold pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil and some form of vinegar (like balsamic) makes the best salad dressings.
- Season with herbs, spices, lemon, garlic, onions (nature’s herbs and foods). Try Bragg’s Liquid Aminos as a soy sauce and for stir fry.
- Table salt is very harmful to the body. The body does not like sodium, but it does need salt. I recommend Celtic Sea Salt, with pink Himalayan salt being second choice. Just Sea Salt has no minerals in it to balance the sodium ratios.
- Mayonnaise (yuck), but ketchup and mustard can be found in organic form so they do not have fake colors and added sugar. Go to your local health food store and look for other condiment choices. As a rule, if it is organic, it is probably fine.
- As you can see, the healthy choices are not a diet, it is simply stopping to think about what you are getting .. and using real food every day. The NO-NO’s are the junk foods, the items that had to get processed or were genetically altered (GMO) .. items with added chemical flavorings, colors and preservatives. Cheese for example, is made from milk. Have you ever seen yellow milk? So why would you eat yellow cheese?
- If you have chronic health issues, or lots of digestive and intestinal issues, or a lot of inflammation and pain, it is very likely that your body does not process some of the foods you eat. The number one food allergy in the modern world is now gluten. Wheat is a real food, it’s true, but the wheat kernel has become so genetically modified that it contains as much as 19% gluten rather than the 2% that nature intended before man decided to “improve” on it. So if you have health issues that are not responding, go gluten free for 31 days and see how you feel then. If that does not make a big difference, the next thing to consider eliminating would be dairy and corn. Again, 31 days and you will have a good idea if that food group is interfering with your health and wellness.
EXERCISE, FUN & REST
- Increase your heart rate and sweat in some type of aerobic exercise for at least 20 minutes 3-4 times each week.
- If you cannot exercise from injury or disability, consider the real Chi Machine or a mini-trampoline at least 10-20 minutes each day.
- Fun is essential to health. Have fun at least one day each week. The more stressful your week is, the more imperative this fun day is. Make sure you are enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. Don’t stay in airtight buildings all the time.
- The body needs one day of rest each week, that means no stress and no work, make that your fun, family day. Yes, I am being redundant because it is that important.
- The body regenerates when asleep–every minute of sleep before midnight is worth 4 minutes of sleep after midnight.
- How you treat those around you will either feed or deplete your emotional heart. At the end of the day, what you did, or how you reacted is much more important that what they did or didn’t do…so do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- If you are mistreated by those around you, get new friends, but part with the old ones gently.
- Take time to notice and help other people, it will come back to you.
- Remember that people are and act as they do only as the expression of the unresolved pain in their hearts. Being angry at someone only hurts you, so take time to forgive each night before going to sleep.
Your specific religion is not important, but the expression of your heart is critical. Take time to be thankful every day. No matter what your situation, it can always be worse. Show thankfulness for what you have and see new, good things come to you. Also be generous with Forgiveness. The two strongest emotions on the planet are Love & Gratitude.
- Consider using organic cleaning products around the house and for your laundry. Straight, cheap, hydrogen peroxide kills more germs than the leading “antimicrobial” name brands.
- Use natural deodorant (with no aluminum or crude oil byproducts), fluoride-free toothpaste, organic make-up and other cosmetics to reduce your exposure to toxins—the skin absorbs everything it comes into contact with. Get fully educated on these pages.
- If you have city water, consider a filter on your shower because your skin will absorb more poison in a hot shower than you would if you drank that nasty water.
- Most people believe that healthy must include some supplements. That topic has been addressed here.
At the end of the day, it is very difficult to change dietary patterns and habits that have been ingrained for years and decades. If you try to change everything at once you will probably fail, so consider adding in a new principle each week until you find you are following most of the outline above. Also, pH is a major contributor to the health or disease process. I highly suggest you use the pH monitoring. This will tell you how far you are from being on the road to health and motivate you to make more changes if your pH range is not on the alkaline side.