Pulling your hair out? Don't know what to eat anymore!

Pulling your hair out? Don't know what to eat anymore!
Want to be healthy but not sure how? Don't want to comprosmise on taste and fed up with eating boring fruits and vegies...
- go paleo or go home
- only raw vegans will save the world
- soy is a highly beneficial health food
- soy is not for human connsumption
- (for those over 60) margarine is good for you
- saturated fats are bad for you
- carbs are bad
- we all need carbs
- drink 8 glasses of water per day / don't drink it all as water

You may decide:
Why do they sell junk food in hospitals and at the cancer clinic cafetaria - obviousy they know what there're doing - so I'll stick with what they serve.
You may wonder:
Why do health magazines contradict each other so VERY much?

Passionate arguments and rhetoric on both sides of the 'factoid spectrum' abound. Here's a 'one size fits all' answer to the “OMG isn’t anything okay to eat anymore?”

Here's a two pronged strategy. Start with everything as acceptable - and eliminate the worst offenders. After a while, when this has become second nature, tweek and fine-tune your knowledge further and learn lots of cooking tricks, shortcuts and health yummy recepies. Check back as the recipies at the bottom of this page change and continue rotate with the seasons.

SO! Start with the assumption that all foods are probably useful. Also start with the assumption that "research" and "advice" is biased and that research now means something different than in the olden days - it's new meaning is often "looking something up on the internet and picking what 'looks' right and regurgitating someone's notions that might sound okay or believable or stealthfuly contributing to the ka-ching factor".

To make food choices less daunting, let's start by including ALL foods - and then start to edit and tweek and weed out the undesireables... so that we'll have some wonderful nutritious food left over!
Why not start by eliminating the worst offenders in each basic food section:

Eat them all except all mass-produced baked goods and other foods that have soy flour in them (mainly all cheap baked goods, low-end pastas, mass produced breads, crackers, buns and bakery doo-dads) as soy flour is unfermented and definately not made for human consumption because we humans do not have the enzymes required to digest this protein source properly unless it is fermented!
Most mass produced baked goods have both wheat flour of some sort and lots of SOY flour - we just didn't know and it is often not listed in the ingredients profiles/labels. (Often bakers don't even know, who buy their base ingredients wholesale with an eye on the bottom line). A wonderful, long-established bakery here in my neighborhood was selling 11 out of 12 different breads with a major amount of soy flour in them! Juast ask and check.

People often react to wheat but often the culprit is the unfermented soy flour that stealthfully accompanies each bite (used because it is cheaper and weighs more) and is the culprit and causes the huge amounts of intolerances that exist.
At Starbucks I still enjoy the oat bars. At Cobs Bread I'm most grateful for their croissants and healthy Cape Seed Bread. Terra Breads are my favorite - also at Choices markets and elsewhere about my city, Vancouver... so you see - lots of choice - no suffering - no conundrums - just a quick check!

Proteins: eat them all - accept avoid all non-organic meats and eggs; steer around all farmed fish and obviously all soy protein(see above) - except fermented soy (such as natto, miso and tamari sauce). By the way, did you know that canned salmon is wild? It seems that farmed salmon turns to mush in the can!

Fats: avoid all nasty oils that have been tortured in the extraction process with high heat. Avoid margarines including Becel (follow the money for sure with this product!). A good read is The Oiling of America by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD - http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-oiling-of-america/#rise

Water: drink nothing that comes packaged in plastic. Don't store water in plastic during the day - always carry water around in glass or metal containers.
Look up the stats - most bottled water is of the same quality as Vancouver tap water. True fresh spring water is the best - and most of our springs have been shut down... esp sad and politically twisted was the closure of the very popular and free spring water well in Surrey. Not all spring water is worthy - some has unwanted heavy metals. But a rule of thumb is that a properly filtered tap water is much healthier than anything bottled.
And how much? Drinking amounts depends on so much on circumstances - weight and activity. A sedentary, petite, young lady eating lots of fruits and vegetables should drink less than half of the amount that a sweating, big brute of a construction worker would consume, esp if that person goes for a few beers afterwards.
- constipated - drink more and see if that helps
- feeling abandoned, disconnected and like a 'fish out of water' AND bloated - then drink less til the problem resolves
- feeling excessively toxic - drink more...
Certainly that ‘8 glasses a day’ rule will one day be looked upon as ludicrous.

The above is easy to put into action. Do this for a while till the above has become second nature.

Then you can pick out a few special targets - foods to avoid and others to add in - become your own specialist - tweek to taste. Here are some examples:

Carbs: avoid all high fructose corn products - go on line and see all the different names used to bamboozle the consumer. Start becoming more familar with organic vegetables and purchase those that can make a big health difference due to mineral content. Replace raw spinach  and kale in smoothies with raw parsley in smoothies (and cook the former in interesting ways - such as with lots of garlic and some butter). Make root vegetable chips in your own oven to replace commercial french fries).
Fermented foods - add these in - and better still - make them at home -  simpler than explaining how to do this, is by watching 7 minutes of a Dr Mercola video that gets serious at the 11 minute mark - https://www.youtube.com/embed/05lVOmj1Pqg?feature=oembed.
Treats for our hardworking flora!
Fermented vegetables add somewhat to our intestinal K2 requirements (inspite of Dr Mercola’s exagerated claims on the video, as well as that it keeps the existing gut flora happy and propagating! AND the vegetables that ferment easily are also very healthful!

Proteins: avoid shrimp from Asian countries (often grown in human excrement); no bacon; make your own yoghurt. Focus on eating  at least some gouda and brie cheeses - these are extremely helpful foods for providing the K2 (even better than fermented vegetables) that our gut needs to keep the bacteria in our bodies happy and keen. (K1 is related to blood coagulation; K2 not so much).
Include lots of yoghurts and nuts for diversity, variety and creativity.

Fats: avoid cheap peanut butter (the peanut oil is extracted as it fetches a higher price than it's replacement - replaced with cottonseed oil and this is not specificed on the labels);
assume you will never know how pure your olive oil is no matter what the  price... but it is still better to use quality oils and make your own salad dressings and mayo than any store-bought variety of these - as the latter are full of MSGs, sugars and unpronouncible stabilizers and chemicals for colour, flavour and preserving and are all called natural (because no one is stopping the corprations!).
Fast Mayo and fast dips:
Start your blender and with an egg yolk or even a whole egg, a dash of some proper salt, a squirt of real lemon juice and a clove of garlic or two and let it whirl for 30 seconds. Then verrrrry slowly dribble in a few drops of best quality olive oil, then a bit more and then a tiny stream till you have poured about 3/4 cups of the oil of choice and things start to thicken and the motor slows down and the tell-tale glub-glub-glub becomes duller (add fresh flax oil half way thru or in stead or substitute with healthy combinations of nut oils).
Then, for fun, you can add a handful of parsley for green mayo; extra garlic for aioli; chopped red pepper and dried tomatoes for a nice red colour... or other health items ...just as things start to thicken. In any case - this is so-oooo healthy - use as a dip, a salad dressing, a base for other kinds of sauces for over fish or vegetables - all things possible.

Water: buy a portable Berkefeld water filter for on the kitchen counter and through out the dinky little filter gizmos that became popular in the late '90s and that need filter changes very often.

Our physical world of food/diet/nutrition has become needlessly complicated. The moral dilemas of nutrition are complicated, too.
It's not honest enough to say that there is enough protein and all nutrients in vegetables and fruits and legumes to keep us very healthy because people might atually believe this type of conjured up and self-serving marketing advice. Our bodies' healing and  repair needs protein. Enzymes and even K2 are proteins - I want mine to be the best and abundant in my body! And I don't want my body to have to struggle to put it all together in the face of possibly more important jobs it has to do! Why create unnecessary dillemas?
Take spinach, for example, basking in the glory as the poster child of the arguent that vegetables have sufficient proteins for our needs - as per some devius vegan gurus... Well.. take a look... one cup of packed raw spinach contains 9 grams of protein and so it is believed that all you have to do is eat or juice 5 pounds of vegetables a day to get all the prteins you need... That simple logic may sell product and garner fans and customer loyality, BUT...
The proteins in most vegetables and fruits are far from complete ones - the NINE ESSENTIAL aminos acids (never mond the other ones for now) in most vegetable are just a few, or limited or in trace amounts. And a food, or a meal, is only as valuable or protein-potent as the smallest amount of the available essential amino acids.
The many more non-essential amino acids that we need will find their way into our bodies to get together and work hard by eating from many and varied sources...
It would actually take 25 pounds of vegetables per day if we really wanted to do it right and aim for taking in most minimal of the 9 ESSENTIAL AMINO acids; or 18 cups of coconut meat per day to achieve this; or 7 cups of sprounted lentils PLUS enough foods to make up for the complete lack of tryptophan in the lentils. Or one and one half cups of soaked almonds AND more foods high in methionine and tryptophan to make up the almonds' lack therefo!
Millions of dollars have been made by gurus of the vegan world. Follow the money before you follow their advice!
The renowned vegetarian - the health ranger of NaturalNews.com - Mike Adams -  has come forward, of late, about his dual take on all things vegetarian - and good for him - he raises animals in Texas - cute little video at - http://www.healthranger.com/Baby-Geese-Run-Exercise.html.

New Recipes for Winter and Xmas Coming in a Few Days:

...just testing and tasting...

Bon Appetit,
Merrie Bakker



Merrie Bakker


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