If your child or family has an unhealthy diet (SAD), read on! If your child suffers from depression or a learning disorder, or has an ‘untreatable condition’, take note! This is a diet that works for fussy ‘carb’ eaters (like my children) and lays the foundation for good eating habits! It is also essential in treating illness. We go through our lives deliberating what to eat, dieting, taking supplements and zig-zagging our way through a maze of information, but miss key ingredients. In MEganize, the objective is to set up a structure that can be used for life. Avoid the common pitfalls that plague our society with illness. So many of us are caught in a ‘catch 22’ situation, being too exhausted or too busy to even consider a change in eating habits while it is the diet that induces fatigue, and so the insidious cycle continues.
Routine is as key in your diet as it is in work success. If you take some time to plan your meals, the probability of success will increase proportionately to your diligence. As explained in MEganize, it is better to work to a model that has good reason behind it, than none at all. Take this one as a basis to balance out your diet, then work to improve it. Bootstrap!
The Big Problem
MEganize offers clear outlines on this topic in Chapter 12, in the context of ‘structure’. This forms part of the ‘1st Quadrant’ which defines our overall performance. Society tends to fall into similar pitfalls, and likewise, our eating habits reveal themselves on a macro level. The United States has record highs on a number of health issues, however as these are not reviewed at a strategic level, the fundamental problems are not addressed. We are an unhealthy nation, suffering from our own select ‘diseases’ as a result of our collective dietary inclinations, many directed by government. Cancers, diabetes, obesity, depression, learning disorders, birth defects and bone disease are commonplace. Doctors are now accepting that most of our health issues are a result of our diet. (Gluten, eggs and dairy form most of our common diet, but represent the biggest class of allergens!) Most of these can be prevented, and some even quickly healed, like kidney stones and psoriasis.
Fundamental Keys to the Solution
It is my conviction that an acidic diet, resulting in an acidic system, creates a platform for cancers as well as arthritis, stones, and osteoporosis, and the mysterious ‘leaky gut’, opening the body to infections and abnormalities. In trying to accommodate a ‘best’ regimen to suit my ‘carb’ children, and cover key bases, my research has directed me towards this solution that solves common deficiencies, i.e: a lack of Alkali-based foods, B Complex, Omega 3’s and tryptophan, and iron. (See EDTA below)
MEganize Diet for life (Leverage items in bold)
|Breakfast||V8 alternating with OJ, Cereal with organic whole milk.
|Mid||Roasted almonds, multi-vits alternating with vit. B Complex, fruit|
|Snack||A marmite or honey sandwich (flax or oats)|
||Organic eggs, fish, chicken, potatoes, salad/other leafy veg, avocado, sweet potato|
|Drinks||Lemon (alkaline) and Electolyte water (1-3 bottles per week) , (if you take red meats, bread, coffee, pizza, etc)|
|Bed-time||Warm (not hot) milk/water and honey|
A lack of these common deficiencies will manifest itself in mental and physical ‘disease’, the symptoms totally syncing with depression, ADHD, and even Lupus.
This is a brief background behind the reasoning: (PLEASE read the links)
Metabolism and brain functioning requires a certain amount of sugar (glucose). The objective should be to avoid spikes, and focus on natural forms of sugar like fruit and honey. Vitamin B Complex is essential for the conversion of carbohydrates into energy. It also maintains the healthy functioning of organs. Caveat: There are situations where B Complex can induce a reaction if taken with certain medications. Check them here, and with your doctor.
Omega 3’s (mainly fish) are essential for the production of hormones necessary for brain functioning and overall health.
Iron plays a critical part of getting oxygen to the body. High iron foods include seafood, liver, sunflower seeds, nuts, red meats (acidic), beans, whole grains, dark leafy greens (spinach), dark chocolate, potatoes, black eyes peas and beets. An overdose in iron can damage the liver and heart, so beware of supplements. Moderation in everything.
Honey is used for weight-loss, energy, improving endurance, contains vitamin C, calcium and iron, and has antibacterial and anti-fungal qualities. It is also an antioxidant, effective in removing ‘free radicals’, thus offering immunity against conditions like cancer or heart disease.
Marmite is an excellent source of B Complex, essential for good liver and kidney function, the nervous system, anxiety and depression. It is high in folic acid and is gluten free. It includes benfotiamine, effective in protecting your heart. It is high in sodium.
There are a number of super-foods that are easy to incorporate into your diet, or even a berry smoothie. Spirulina, beet power, tumeric, and hemp seed are some to look into.
Super bad foods
Processed and refined foods, fructose and artificial sweeteners should be avoided anyway, but if overweight, also stop all breads, pizza, pasta, sugars, sodas, and dairy. Also avoid these five additives that starve your body and bones of essential nutrients:
- Calcium disodium EDTA is a chelating agent
- Phosphoric acid
- Guar gum
- Sulfites (Sodium sulfites, sulfur dioxide, calcium sulfites, sodium disulfites)
- Nitrates and nitrites (Sodium nitrate and sodium nitrite)
Cows are given amongst other things (GMO foods), a growth hormone (rBST) to increase milk production. With our high dairy intake (pizza, shakes, ice-cream, etc), my conclusion is that this hormone is one of the causes of hormonal imbalances, resulting in obesity, mental health and even gender identity issues. rBST has not been allowed on the market in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel, or the European Union since 2000. Argentina also banned the use of rBST. That should be evidence enough, and is just another reason to minimize dairy! The issue appears to be with endocrine disruptors that result from ‘production‘ being pushed to its limits by what ever means.
See this for further dietary guidelines on what to eat.
So remember: “Artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose (Splenda) may have zero calories, but your body isn’t fooled. When hit with a “sweet” taste, your body expects calories to follow, and when this doesn’t happen, it causes biochemical distortions that can result in weight gain, metabolic dysfunction and other health problems.”
This MEganize diet will help address some of the serious ailments that plague our country. As always, there is a corollary in that it is not only things that we do (and shouldn’t) that create a problem or solution, but things we don’t do (and should).
Preventative Solutions to common ailments
|Disorders||Commission (Do)||Omission (Don’t)|
|Kidney stones*, arthritis, stomach ulcers (cancer, fungal infections?)||Drink some alkaline water (or add lemon) or apple-cider vinegar (2tblsp/day). Eat ‘balanced’ meals.||Avoid coffee and soda (acidic), tomato paste and more. Limit dairy!|
|Dehydration (Brain activity)||Drink electrolyte water after exercise.||Do not get dehydrated. Coffee & alcohol are diuretics!|
|Depression, anxiety, stress
Omega 3’s (Melatonin, serotonin, tryptophan)
|MEganize diet. See below. Sunlight/Vit D, B Complex, Omega 3’s, etc.||Minimize caffeine. Processed foods, pizza.|
|Heart disease, hypertension, (Plaque)||MEganize diet. Try chromium picolinate. Brush, floss, etc.||No fructose, HFCS additives. Minimize caffeine to lower BP.|
|Skin disorders (Psoriasis)||Eat natural foods, cleanse diets (Dr Pagano), B7||Avoid rich food, possible gluten or dairy allergy, B deficiency.|
|Obesity, Diabetes (T2) and cancer prevention||Follow the MEganize diet, with exercise. Eat leafy vegetables. Try chromium picolinate. (T2)||No sodas, especially diet! Minimise dairy. Fructose is a poison (in excess of 15g/day!)|
These are a few common ailments in the USA. These can mostly be related to, and avoided, through diet. Our affinity for pain killers has many implications, but the most serious is that they can burn holes in your digestive system, giving rise to leaky gut and a life of misery. Medical science does not have a diagnosis for this, so if you have symptoms that include insomnia, depression, headaches, skin issues, aching joints, fatigue, food allergies, lack of appetite with no weight loss, then look to diet remedies for leaky gut.
A prevalent problem amongst our children is anxiety, linked to depression, sleeplessness and learning disorders. A poor diet can be a key contributor. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, broken down by bacteria to produce the hormones serotonin and melatonin, neurotransmitters essential to brain functioning. It is also used in the biosynthesis of proteins. Vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids control the synthesis of serotonin and improves cognitive function and behavior in certain brain disorders, ADHD, bipolar, schizophrenia and impulsive behavior. (Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience)
- Positive thinking, meditation
“The idea that alterations in thought, either self-induced or due to psychotherapy, can alter brain metabolism is not new. Numerous studies have demonstrated changes in blood flow in such circumstances. However, reports related to specific transmitters are much less common. In one recent study, meditation was reported to increase release of dopamine. The study by Perreau-Linck and colleagues is the first to report that self-induced changes in mood can influence serotonin synthesis. This raises the possibility that the interaction between serotonin synthesis and mood may be 2-way, with serotonin influencing mood and mood influencing serotonin…” (Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience)
- Sunlight (Vit D)
“Exposure to bright light is a second possible approach to increasing serotonin without drugs. Bright light is, of course, a standard treatment for seasonal depression… In humans, there is certainly an interaction between bright light and the serotonin system. The mood-lowering effect of acute tryptophan depletion in healthy women is completely blocked by carrying out the study in bright light (3000 lux) instead of dim light.”(Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience). Add Vit D to daily supplements in winter.
“A third strategy that may raise brain serotonin is exercise. As reviewed by Jacobs & Fornal, motor activity increases the firing rates of serotonin neurons, and this results in increased release and synthesis of serotonin. In addition, there is an increase in the brain of the serotonin precursor tryptophan that persists after exercise.” (Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience)
“The fourth factor that could play a role in raising brain serotonin is diet. According to some evidence, tryptophan, which increases brain serotonin in humans as in experimental animals, is an effective antidepressant in mild-to-moderate depression… Pellagra (skin disorder and dementia) is a disorder caused by niacin (B3) deficiency, usually owing to poverty and a diet relying heavily on corn (maize), which has a low level of niacin and its precursor tryptophan.” (Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience)
High tryptophan foods include nuts, seeds, tofu, cheese, red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, oats, beans, lentils, and eggs. Pumpkin and squash seeds are best, but also flax, sesame and almonds/other nuts. Roasted soy beans are also a rich source.
All B vitamins help the body convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which the body uses to produce energy. These B vitamins, often referred to as B-complex vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. B-complex vitamins are needed for a healthy liver, skin, hair, and eyes. They also help the nervous system function properly and are needed for good brain functioning. All B vitamins are water soluble, meaning that the body does not store them.
Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, gout, and cancer et al.
This is commonly known to be brought on by poor diet and a lack of exercise. Self-restraint (self-discipline) is a critical life skill that minimizes overindulgence. (These are covered under the heavenly virtues). One of the big pitfalls is soda, specifically diet soda. Artificial sugars are unhealthy as they are chemical based, and while tasting sweet, do not get treated as ‘sugar’ by your body. Aspartame is toxic over 86F! “The structure of aspartame is simple: two isolated amino acids in aspartame are fused together by its third component, deadly methanol, a known carcinogen. In this structure, methanol bonds the two amino acids together, but when released at a mere 86 degrees Fahrenheit, the methanol becomes a poisonous free radical. ” It amazes me how our government ever allowed this, and even more so that nothing is done about it. While the FDA refuses to ban it, Europe has done so. Read more on this here. There is nothing healthy in these ‘diet’ drinks, and they certainly will not help you lose weight!
As far as sugar goes, we now average 141 lbs a year per person! (and 30 lbs of cheese). This is the demon’s other horn! Sugar and ethanol (alcohol) are similar in design and result. Compliments from Richard Nixon (WIC) et al, our eating habits have become unhealthy since 1970. We have to challenge our paradigms. Here are two questions to challenge your thinking: Why is a calorie (in) is not a calorie (out)? When is natural fructose not a problem?
Kidney stones, arthritis and osteoporosis
These are a result of an acidic diet over time, and excessive dairy. Prescriptive treatment is the addition of a form of alkaline drink (or food) into your daily diet, and minimize the most acidic drinks like coffee and soda. Alkaline water is now available as is apple-cider vinegar. Lemon juice is also digested as an alkali. Sadly bone depletion cannot be reversed so prevention is essential.
Kidney stones, by personal experience, are most unpleasant but can be treated quickly and efficiently without expensive medical care. Chanca Piedra medication dissolved my kidney stones in a few days, accompanied by lemon water. The medical profession (in my experience) will recommend all sorts of expensive symptomatic treatment options, even saying that there is no ‘cure’. What nonsense! Anyway, the cat is out of the bag on this one.
So, while this diet may not provide the complete solution to all of our health issues, it will eliminate some of the ‘disabling conditions’ (extrinsic demotivators), without which true healing cannot occur. It is simple to do and only requires your commitment and dedication. Read MEganize – It will change your life! Based on proven principles, supported by experience, independent expertise and best practices. Simplicity, sustainability, success. Be aware and make good choices!