June 30, 2018
There is a longstanding debate about which is the best diet. The answer is the one that works for you.
I have been putting thousands of people on an individualized diet for decades.
First I had like 50 vials of foods and I would energetically test with a pulse test to see if they were compatible or not. Soon I realized I could quickly test from a written list of 300 foods. There are blood tests now that can test for food sensitivities and can tell which foods to totally avoid, which to rotate like every 4th day, which to have only a few times a month and which to eat as much as you like.
Food sensitivities: if I can’t test in person or do allergy testing on someone in person then it is good to eliminate the inflammatory foods first, or what is called the anti inflammatory diet, avoiding wheat, gluten, corn, soy, sugar, tomato, potato, red meat, milk products, canola oil. As well as some common allergens as peanuts and oranges. After a few weeks you can test one food at a time and notice if you get a reaction within a few hours like tiredness, brain fog or joint pain.
I find also that avoiding genetically modified foods is very important for most people.
this is most commercially grown wheat, corn, soy, canola oil and sugar.
Besides a custom diet, certain people showed they can thrive on one of the many diets that are already out there, different diets for different people, it is individual, you can’t say one is better than others for people in general.
For weight loss or blood sugar issues often a higher animal protein diet with non starchy vegetables are best, there are some variations like the zone diet (40%carbs, 30%fat, 30% protein) So for each meal think: am I getting some fat and protein with the meal?.
For some people even weight watchers shows up, where burn off more calories than take in.
There is a point system for different foods, but iit has improved lately where things like green leafy vegetables have no points and some fats are good for us.
For decades we were told by the government and scientists that a low fat diet was healthiest, so it was a grand experiment, but to fill the void people started eating a high grain and carb diet with empty sweeteners like corn syrup. Now we have the obesity and diabetes epidemic.
Paleolithic diet shows up for many trying to lose weight: mostly eating animal proteins, non starchy vegetable, nuts, seeds and fruits. Avoiding grains, beans, sweeteners and dairy products and salt. If something sweeter is needed then stevia is fine for most people.
Many people need to add more vegetables to their diets, even 30-40% of the diet. In oriental medical thinking we change our cooking with the seasons, so in the spring and summer more raw vegetables and in the colder weather more cooked vegetables.
The blood type diet shows up for some people and can be a key to people’s health. The idea is that there are lectins or molecules hanging off the red blood cells and if you eat the wrong foods for your type, which is dependent on your ancestry, then the blood can clump together causing distress. This is described in detail in books by Dr. Peter D’adamo: Eat Right for Your Type
A’s can be more vegetarian, as their ancestors were more agrarian, with some fish and poultry, not eggs or most dairy.
they should avoid bananas, oranges, cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes. Wheat should be avoided unless it is sprouted like Ezekiel bread. avoid all vinegar, ketchup, mayonnaise and pepper as well as corn, peanut, sesame and safflower oils. Olive and flax oil are best. Some beans , seeds and nuts are good for A’s others are not, more details can be found in the book or online.
type O’s often won’t thrive on a vegetarian diet, they are more the hunter gathers. they do better on a low carb, high protein diet which include lean beef, lamb, turkey, chicken and fish. Limit eggs, milk products, avoid pork and limit your intake of grains, such as bread and pasta, beans and other legumes. certain fruit and veggies are avoided such as avocados, oranges, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, eggplant, corn, melon, coconut as well as coffee, beer and black tea.
Types B was thought to descend from ancient nomads who traveled from eastern Africa to Asia. Eat goat, lamb, venison and plenty of fish. Lots of green vegetables include broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, collard greens, beet leaves and mustard greens. Beets, yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, red and white cabbage, eggplant, parsnips and all types of peppers. Eggs and low fat dairy is thought to be good. Wheat, barley, corn and rye are off-limits while cereal grains such as oats, spelt and millet are encouraged. Quinoa, rice and pasta are neutral.
Type AB’s have an issue with diet. They have the weak stomach acid of an A, but a tendency to need meat like a B. Chicken affects their blood and digestive tract negatively. Tofu is a good protein and small amounts of beans, seed and nuts. Dairy, especially is fermented is good, but be careful of excess mucous production. They do well on grains, even wheat. They tend to have weaker immune systems, so for fruits especially have those rich in vitamin C such as grapefruit, lemons and kiwis, but oranges are not so good. have alkaline fruits, such as grapes, berries and plums can help to balance the grains. Half a lemon in water in morning helps clear mucous from the body.
You may have heard of the Keto Diet or Ketogenic diet. It may seem new, but it is actually almost a century old. It was found that for children with epilepsy, if they mostly ate a low carb, high fat diet the wouldn’t get seizures. More recently people are leveraging this diet for weight loss. In this diet calories are as low as 20 calories a day or less. The diet is mostly meat, fish, eggs, most vegetables, avocados, nuts and seeds, no grains and no white potatoes. Medium chain triglycerides such as those found in coconut oil is used liberally. Typically the body uses glucose from carbs for fuel, but when carbohydrates are drastically reduced the body switches to breaking down fat and produces what are called ketone bodies or ketones which is used as fuel, called ketosis. Besides weight people find they have more energy, less hunger, better levels of triglycerides and cholesterol as well as improved cognitive function. So it can improve Alzheimers and may be good for cancer, as cancer tumors feed on glucose. It is not an easy diet, it is a lifestyle not just a temporary fix.
Mediterranean diet: This diet has been shown in numerous studies to lead to good health and long life. It is a common ancient way of eating that is the traditional way in countries like Greece and Italy. There is a base of whole grains with lots of vegetables and fruit. Seeds,nuts and beans are eaten as well as seafood. There is poultry and a small portion of red meats. Sweets are used sparingly and in small amounts. There is a lot of extra virgin olive oil and wine is often enjoyed in moderation as well.
Body ecology diet: we are finding out how important is the micro biome, the beneficial bacteria that live in our guts. there are 10 times more of the organisms in our gut than our own body cells. They are the key to our digestion, immune system, even our brain function. I used to sell a lot of different flora combinations, now I try to have people eat fermented foods on a more regular basis.
Some are: sauerkraut and fermented vegetables or kim chee, kombucha which is fermented tea and sugar which is transformed by the SCOBY, symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast into a sour probiotic drink. If you can handle some dairy then the best is kefir, especially goat kefir and for some yogurt is tolerated, also sour cream or cottage cheese. Miso soup is one of the most balancing foods to have and is yang and alkalizing and good for our gut flora. If you eat bread, better than leavening it with yeast is to have one that is made with a sourdough starter.
Vegan diets: I myself was vegan for 7 years, it is the most compassionate diet and spiritually ideal in theory as it causes no pain to animals, I didn’t even wear leather. But after time I found I would cut myself and it wouldn’t heal well, I got tired even going up stairs. Then I went in to a restaurant and smelled rotisserie chicken and my body craved it like a carnivorous animal, I ate it and felt stronger. I have seldom seen people thrive on this type of diet long term, although type A’s have a greater chance at success than O’s. I think with some goat or sheep dairy, some eggs and some fish there is a chance on thriving on this diet long term. Often they must supplement with vitamin B12.
I was doing the Japanese based diet called macrobiotics. There was an emphasis on whole grains like brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, and barley, lots of mostly cooked vegetables except for potato and tomato, mostly northern fruit and not so much tropical fruit. Seeds, nuts, beans and soy products like tofu and tempeh were the protein source. Sea vegetables were used for minerals and detoxification. Some natural sweeteners were used sparingly like brown rice syrup, barley malt or maple syrup. Miso soup was considered yang and alkalizing, other condiments were used as well such as soy sauce, tamari and umeboshi plum and brown rice vinegar.
Intermittent fasting: Fasting is a great way to cleanse the body, and some say it could reduce the risk of breast cancer, improve brain and immune functions, or extend lifespan but I won’t get into long fasting here, but there is a modern modification that makes it easier to function in day to day life
- Whole-day fasting involves regular one-day fasts. The 5:2 diet allows the consumption of 500–600 calories on fasting days, which are 2 days a week.
- Time-restricted feeding (TRF) involves eating only during a certain number of hours each day. A common form of TRF involves fasting for 16 hours each day and only eating during the remaining 8 hours, typically on the same schedule each day. A more liberal practice would be twelve hours of fasting and a twelve-hour eating window, or a stricter form would be to eat one meal per day, which would involve around 23 hours of fasting per day.
It is good to eat mindfully, eat slowly, chew to liquid, enjoy taste, breathe, relax, don’t read or watch media, know when 70% full and stop. I prefer not to drink right with meal so not dilute enzymes. If you tend to gobble your food quickly , practice counting your chews to 30 to 50 times per bite, you want the food to be liquid, and keep using you tongue to push the food forward to the teeth for proper mastication.
Restaurant food just has too much low quality salt, bad oils, hidden sugars, and doesn’t have the life force like home made organic foods. It is an alchemy to put your own energy and love into the food.
Make quantities so you have left overs. Tastebuds change, so over time squash and sweet potato tastes sweet and sugar and candy become overly sweet and not attractive.
So don’t fall for the latest fad diet. Experiment with what works well for you. You shouldn’t be bloated or have brain fog or feel fatigued when you are on the right diet for your body.