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Post  Banned Member 4/8/2017, 10:58 pm

I need to get my sweetheart involved in this part of the forum.  She is an expert with decades of experience in health and nutrition.  She is the smartest person I have ever met in my nearly 6 decades of life when it comes to health and nutrition, and she is the reason I am well today.

She is the drill sergeant in the family when it comes to choosing what goes into our mouths, and as a result, she motivates me to grow the food we eat, both in our own home garden and in the community garden, which unfortunately suffered more human-caused damage overnight last night.

We do some simple things.  Our diet is an easy one--lean, grass-fed meat and free-range organic poultry, wild-caught fish high in omega-3 and low in mercury and PCBs, beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.  Almost everything we eat is organic and a lot is biodynamic.

We agree with some of the cultures referred to in The Blue Zones that you should eat until you are about 80% full then stop.  Almost always, in 20 minutes, you will be full.

We grow wheatgrass indoors and have a wheatgrass press for our juicer, and we drink green juices.

My wife begins each day with Essentrics by Miranda Esmonde-White, and she does yoga and pilates as well.  We walk every day, and on many weekends we hike with friends.  Frequently, I am up around 5 AM working in the garden, especially once it gets really hot in the afternoons. 

What I believe is half the battle is having a reason to do what you do and having friends to socialize with in such a way that you feel part of an extended family.  We jokingly tell our friends that "your hug is our drug."  The reduction of stress and adrenal rest is what we believe is our not so magical elixir.  

Being a participating in this forum is another way to reduce stress and feel a sense of companionship.
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Post  CapeCoddess 4/9/2017, 5:58 am

Excellent, Geezer! My hat's off to Mrs. TNG.
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What kind of juicer do you have? Have you ever been to Hippocrates in FL?
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Post  sanderson 4/9/2017, 2:23 pm

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Post  Banned Member 4/11/2017, 6:40 am

We have an older Omega juicer, but I do not recommend this particular model.  If I had an extra $250 hanging around, I would get a newer Omega, like the 8004 model below.

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This will do all fruits and veggies plus Wheatgrass, and at the slow RPM, you don't get foam or heat-creation.

As for Hippocrates in Florida, my wife is very familiar with the original version of this started by Ann Wigmore and the institute in Massachusetts.  

Without getting too technical about their current existence in Florida, they are supposedly in a bit of trouble with the state over making claims.

My wife says that this program may be a decent detox regimen for a short amount of time, but to live this way, the body cannot sustain itself.  Raw food is great, but only if you can properly digest it.  Then, it should be just part of a healthy diet.  There are many people that raw food can cause more harm than good if they have gastrointestinal issues.

The human body cannot reach peak performance on just raw food.  This institute has been in trouble for making claims that has gotten it in legal trouble.

I am a natural health advocate, but I do not throw the baby out with the bath water.  Sometimes, integrative health is called for and necessary.  There are places where natural health is blended with the medical profession, and they have high rates of success.

If it is just the nutrition part, I would recommend another paradigm.  My personal opinion is that one should concentrate on eating a variety of healthy foods.

My wife reminds me that human brain development expanded once out ancestors began eating cooked meat.  Fruit consumption is beneficial and okay if on a 7-day juice fast, but you cannot sustain a healthy lifestyle drinking large volumes of juice high in sugars, low in fiber, and not nutritionally balanced.  

Personally, I believe in following some of the precepts from The Blue Zones. I have talked to many health specialists, and they tell me that the parts of the Blue Zones that stress living  as stress-free as possible, having a reason for living each day to its fullest, having a group of close social friends to commune with in the late afternoons, and getting plenty of exercise like walking, hiking, etc., and eating until one is 80% full is the healthiest way to live.  Combining it with healthy foods adds to the paradigm, but healthy foods means more than sprouts and carrot juice.  Healthy foods include ample healthy fats, quality protein, and sensible complex carbohydrates.

I hope this helps.
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Post  Kelejan 4/12/2017, 1:30 am

Geezer:  "Being a participating in this forum is another way to reduce stress and feel a sense of companionship."

I certainly agree with that statement. Very Happy 

Looking back on my childhood I realize that I was very lucky to have the diet that I did as my foster parents were not very well off so we had a plain diet with lots of homegrown vegetables..  Age six to fifteen I was in a residential boarding school where the diet was pretty plain and not very generous.  Nothing like the youngsters seem to get today, and very few of us were overweight and most of us were lean.

My later years were not so good with regard to eating, as we had little education about what to eat and I had no idea how to cook when I married my first husband.

It was only on the last twenty years that I started getting really educated about food so I reckon I am pretty good now.  This  SFG style of gardening has helped me very much with both diet and how to cook and how to make use of everything;  e.g. making full use of a turkey or chicken to make use of all of the bird only leaving a pile of bones to dispose of.
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Post  sanderson 4/12/2017, 3:47 am

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Post  Ginger Blue 4/12/2017, 5:34 am

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I am a natural health advocate, but I do not throw the baby out with the bath water.  Sometimes, integrative health is called for and necessary.  There are places where natural health is blended with the medical profession, and they have high rates of success.

If it is just the nutrition part, I would recommend another paradigm.  My personal opinion is that one should concentrate on eating a variety of healthy foods.

My wife reminds me that human brain development expanded once out ancestors began eating cooked meat.  Fruit consumption is beneficial and okay if on a 7-day juice fast, but you cannot sustain a healthy lifestyle drinking large volumes of juice high in sugars, low in fiber, and not nutritionally balanced.  

Personally, I believe in following some of the precepts from The Blue Zones. I have talked to many health specialists, and they tell me that the parts of the Blue Zones that stress living  as stress-free as possible, having a reason for living each day to its fullest, having a group of close social friends to commune with in the late afternoons, and getting plenty of exercise like walking, hiking, etc., and eating until one is 80% full is the healthiest way to live.  Combining it with healthy foods adds to the paradigm, but healthy foods means more than sprouts and carrot juice.  Healthy foods include ample healthy fats, quality protein, and sensible complex carbohydrates.
 
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I'm not familiar with The Blue Zones, but the stated logic rings true, to me.
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