Don't know what to eat anymore!

* Paleo diet - it's the healthiest - just like our ancestors! Then what about vegetarianism?
* Ketogenic Diets - allows you to loose weigth without being hungry and cures cancer!
* Oils and fats cause cancer and diabetes?
* Vegans are going to save the world and this is THE diet that cures cancer.
* Low Carb Diets are what we all should be on
* Carbs are BAD! 
* We all need carbs for energy - follow the official American Food Ruless by dieticians - 6 to 11 daily servings of bread, cereal, rice, pasta - (1)
* High Fat Diets cure many diseases and are dissed due to nutritional conspiracies!
* Dairy-Free Diets are smart because dairy is bad and we are no longer needed to be weened from our mothers
* Gluten is really bad for everyone
* Gluten causes cancer and immune system failure and diseases.
* Egg-Free Diets are important because those chickens have been tortured 
* Corn-Free Diets are a must as the GMO's and glyphosates in corn are poisonous
* Soy-Free Diets are essential for the same reasons as corn.
* Soy is an Essential high-protein health food for vegetarians - my naturopath says so!
* Sugar-Free products are without a doubt essential, too, as sugar is a poison and destroys the immune system!
* Vegetarians can eat fish and dairy once in a while - even if it has a face and a mother ...
​How do I eat around all those nasty herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and glyphosates?
* Margarine is good for you
 (for those over 60)
* Saturated fats are bad for you - but considered central to health at the Western A Price foundation (very healthy people)
* Drink 8 glasses of water per day
* Don't drink 8 glasses per day
* Don't drink water at all unless it is alkaline
* Always drink water with lemon
... hmmm
(1) - at the 15:15 minute mark - shoddy science that is supposed to guide us all

What is left to choose from? 
How can anyone trust what they read? 
And why haven't we all dropped dead by now?
Where's Health Canada for guidance?... oh yes, Canadian food rules... borrowed from the Americans.

Want to be healthy but not sure how to navigate the poorly grown foods, toxins, disinformation and half-truths and assumptions and money-making advertorials parading as research?

You may think or decide:
Hmmm.... Why do they sell junk food in hospitals cafeterias and especially at the cancer clinic cafeteria in Vancouver - obviousy they know what they're doing - so I'll stick with what they serve.

You may wonder:
Why do health magazines contradict each other so VERY much and get away with it?

Here's a one-size-fits-all strategy to the “OMG isn’t anything okay to eat anymore?”

A simple four-pronged strategy:

1. Start with a clean slate of thinking - throw out all the 'shoulds'. Start by think of every food as being acceptable - the entire supermarket - all foods.

2. Then eliminate the disgusting, obviously-unfit-for-human-consumption-processed and packaged, denatured, manipulated foods first - your wise choices - your logic - your education - NOT government logic, dieticians' choices or advertorial non-sense.

3.  Elininate every food that has been sprayed / treated with glyphosates. (these are grown on land already saturated with glyphosates from previous crops - hyper unhealthy

4. Then, after a while, when this has become second nature to only trust your own thoughts, info sources and decisions, and feels as comfortable as an old sock, you can shop in a happy unfettered open-minded way, tweek and fine-tune your knowledge further and learn lots of cooking tricks, short-cuts and healthy-yummy recepies. This includes avoiding a lot of eating out and all of the poor quality but good-looking food that tends to come alomg with that - including poor oils and fats, all non-organic sources, food addictives, food additive, and disgusting stuff no one tells you about...
This tweeking and fine-tuning approach to eating and choosing should be gradual
and based on your own research - not someone else's say-so. Always follow the money in 'researched' articles. Avoid "follow the fad of the year / decade". Suss out whether there's virtue signalling in good sounding advice. Then embrace your new knowledge.

Start with the assumption that "scintific research" and "unbiased nutritional advice" is biased. Here are two examples: 1 - margarine is still 'pushed' or talked up as good for you and butter is bad for you at two Vancouver BC hospitals that I'm aware of (probably more); 2 - minimum daily dietary requirements - aften used to summarize the contents of supplements on a label - is based on either extremely outdated information used to justify meager rations for soldiers during WWII (till 1985) or research based on 'science' that leans in the direction of the food lobbie$ - the second most powerful lobby (Cargill, Pepsi, American soybean lobby, GM food lobby, dairy lobby, etc). 
The extra scepticism and time spent searching will be worth it. (You'll not want to end up regurgitating someone's notions that might sound okay or believable and stealthfully contributing to the 'ka-ching' factor.)

When you have health challenges that you wish to solve with the subtlety of a good diet - then a thorough in-depth live blood analysis (not one set up to sell you supplements or a quickie in a health food store) will serve you well. When people complain about indigestion - there can literally be a dozen different reasons for this.


Why not start by eliminating the worst offenders in each basic food category:


Eat them all - simple carbs (eg. some sugars such as coconut sugar, small amounts of baked goods made from organic flour) and complex carbs (all fruit and veggies, roots, legumes and beans) except:
* all mass-produced baked goods (as of these contain un-listed(!) unfermented inexpensive GMO'd, tortured soy flour as well as horribly heavily glyphosated wheat, esp all cheap baked goods and breads, low-end pastas, mass produced breads, cheap crackers, etc, that keep for months)
* all unfermented soy products (such as tofu, soy desserts, soy milk, etc and spend a bit of time checking labels and reading up on these) as these are definately not made for human consumption because we humans do not have ANY of the enzymes required to digest soy protein properly unless it is fermented! (SOY: Cinderella's Darkside... )

Most mass produced baked goods have both wheat flour of some sort and lots of SOY flour - often not listed in the ingredients - many profiles/labels are honest - who checks?.
(Often bakers don't even know, who buy their base ingredients wholesale and pre-mixed with an eye on the bottom line). A wonderful, long-established bakery here in my neighborhood was selling 10 out of 11 breads with a major amount of soy flour in them - AND THEY DIDN'T KNOW!!
Ask and check - some stores are getting better - the Cobs Bread chain of bakeries in BC has made improvements to their ingredient lists!
You'd be surprised how much is still hiding in the baked goodies at StarBucks where I still enjoy the soy-free oat bars. Terra Breads are my favorite. These are examples in Vancouver... so you see - lots of choice - no suffering - no conundrums - just a quick check - and stick to your guns.
Create new shopping habits!

People often react to wheat but often the culprit is the unfermented soy flour that is stealthfully added in or the devestating amounts of glyphosates and therefore accompanies each bite (used because it is cheaper and weighs more and binds and is now integral in the growing business) and that is the culprit and causes the huge amounts of 'wheat' intolerances. 
That's a simple start with the simple carbs. Our complex carbs - the fruits and veggies - are all great and the tweeking here is easier. If you have systemic inflammation and / or sore joints, then you'll want to read more articles at this website and eat / choose away from these complex carbs:

AVOID all high fructose corn products - go on line and see all the different names used for this type of sugar to bamboozle us, the consumer. Start becoming more familar with organic vegetables - which ones have which trace minerals and purchase those that can make a big health difference due to mineral and fibre content. (for example insoluable fibre in root veggies feeds your precious gut bacteria). Replace raw spinach (oxalates) and kale (lectins) in smoothies with raw organic parsley (and cook the spinach and kale  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 and have lots on hand for snacking - and then enjoy all the root vegetables but potatoes - a nightshade).
Fermented foods - add these in - and better still - make them at home -  simpler than explaining how to do this, is by watching 8 minutes of a Dr Mercola video that gets serious at the 7 minute mark -
Treats for our hardworking flora!

Fermented vegetables add somewhat to our intestinal K2 requirements, too (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!)


Start by eating them all - accept avoid all non-organic proteins - be it fish or chicken or eggs; steer around all farmed fish (except salmon - usually sold at Thrifty's and better restaurants in Vancouver) and obviously all unfermented soy flour (see above) - except fermented soy (such as natto, miso, Asian stinky-soy and tamari sauce). By the way, did you know that canned salmon is wild? It seems that farmed salmon is so toxic that it turns to mush in the can!

AVOID all nasty oils that have been tortured in the extraction process with high heat. Cold-pressed oils and preserved without too many stabalizers is what you want. If you need to apply heat for cooking purposes, then think of butter - a nice short chain molecule that is easier to digest once it is heat treated (and contains the good butyric acid - great for the intestinal tract).

Restaurant oils are all pretty vile / rancid / and re-used - so that's a good reason to enjoy your own cooking.
Avoid all margarines including Becel (follow the money for sure with this product's recommendations in hospitals!). A good read is The Oiling of America by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD -


Drink nothing that comes packaged in plastic. Don't store water in plastic during the day even if it came out of the tap - always carry water around in glass or metal bottles.
Look up the stats - most bottled water is of the same quality as Vancouver BC  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 in BC is much healthier than anything bottled. Personally I use Berkefeld filters - sometimes called Big Berkies.
Ozone does not keep in water for more than 4 hours - so please do not be fooled about consuming high-priced bottled ozonated water. If the ozone is held in the water, it would be due to uneanted added salts).

And how much?
Drinking amounts depends so much on circumstances - weight and activity. A sedentary, petite, young lady eating lots of fruits and vegetables living in a moderate climate, would 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 after work and sweats all day in heat.
- constipated - drink more and see if that helps
- feeling abandoned, disconnected and like a 'fish out of water' AND bloated - then drink less till the problems resolve
- feeling excessively toxic - drink more...
Certainly that ‘8 glasses a day’ rule will one day be looked upon as ludicrous.


Avoid cheap peanut butter (the peanut oil is extracted as it fetches a higher price than it's replacement - cottonseed oil - and this is not specified on the labels because the FDA and Health Canada just doesn't care). Unorganic legumes such as peanuts are over-sprayed for fungicides because they grow undergorund. Organic peanuts get much less anti-fungal action but may then have the fungus which might be killed off in high heat (denaturalizing) processes... best left as a very occasional treat.
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 colouring, flavourings and preserving and are all called natural (because no oversight is stopping the corprations!).
Olive oil understanding:

Fast Mayo and fast dips - one minute health foods:
Start your blender and with an egg yolk or even a whole egg, a dash of some proper salt (see article on salt), a squirt or two 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, instead, substitute with healthy combinations of nut or seed oils).
Then, for fun, you can add a handful of parsley for green mayo at the very end; extra garlic for aioli; well- chopped red pepper and dried tomatoes for a nice red colour... or other health items such as seeds ...just as things start to thicken in the blender.
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 - and quick and NO fillers and NO othe non-negotiable disgusting items.

The above bits and bobs are easy to put into action. Do this for a while till the choosing 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 and need. Here are some examples of fine super tuning:

Why create un-necessary dillemas?
Take spinach, for example, basking in the glory as the poster child for the stealthful argument that vegetables have sufficient proteins for all of our needs - as per some devious vegan gurus...
Well.. take a look at this belief... 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 proteins you need... That simple logic may sell product, books and garner fans and customer loyality,
The proteins in most vegetables and fruits are far from complete ones - the NINE ESSENTIAL aminos acids in most vegetables are just a few - two or three - or very limited in number - or in trace amounts if at all. And a food, or even a complex meal, is only as valuable or protein-potent as the smallest amount of the available essential amino acids.

If you are depressed you'll want to embrace these minerals - best found in vegetables

Mining for Excellent Mental Health - eating your MOLYBDENUM, LITHIUM, MANGANESE - and with a grocery list at the end of the article.

It would actually take about 22 pounds of vegetables per day if we really wanted to be proactive and aim for taking in a daily minimum 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 (an essential amino acid, too) in these lentils.
Or one and one half cups of soaked almonds AND more foods high in methionine and tryptophan to make up the almonds' lack there of!
Millions upon millions of dollars have been made by gurus supplying the vegan world with 'wisdom' and product. Follow the money before you follow their advice! 

And have a look here:

The renowned ex-vegetarian - the health ranger of - Mike Adams - used to have a huge vegan food supply company (in California) while he lived in Ecuador. He sold his popular California company to another American vegan expat now in Ecuador living on Mike Adam's old property). Mr Adams has come forward, of late, about his dual take on all things vegetarian - and good for him - he raises animals on a ranch in Texas now. The billion dollar vegan industry leaders are not about to forgive him any time soon!
The person he sold the California vegan product business to promotes a complex carb diet almost devoid of proteins and fats (they are bad! bad! bad! and only weaklings eat them...) and a few of his clients are my clients, devouted and quite ill!

Sometimes we, the consumer, are lambs (maybe leeks) to the slaughter...
Bon Appetit,


Best qi,
Merrie Bakker B.Sc, M.Arch, CN


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