Kitchen Essentials for Eating Healthier

If a goal of yours is to eat healthier, eating at home is the way to do it.  Most restaurant food is of unknown origin (to you, anyway) and probably has many unsavory, not to mention unhealthy qualities (GMOs, MSG, hydrogenated oils, added and unnecessary sugars, etc.). Cooking healthy food at home is really the only way to ensure you’re getting the best quality food. Some myths about cooking at home are that it has to be expensive time-consuming difficult taste bad Quite the contrary!  Once you learn some go-to recipes and have the right tools for the job, you’ll be doing fine in no time. I’m going to assume you already have a kitchen equipped with a stovetop, oven, and a refrigerator.  If not, those should be a priority!  Or at least a nice campfire cooking kit and cooler. First, you need a set of nice knives.  This is a must.  I’ve bought cheap knives in the past, and similar to buying cheap shoes, you may as well save up your money to get the good ones.  You know what they say, “Buy cheap – buy twice (or 3 or 4 times…).”   Cheap knives dull fast, and trying to cut a tomato with a dull knife is not only frustrating but dangerous as well.  I use Cutco knives because they are a great quality, plus they have a lifetime guarantee.  They’ll even sharpen your knives for life for free!  Yes, they’re a little pricey, but just like a nice pair of shoes, well worth the extra effort. Next, you need a couple of nice pots and pans....

The Acid / Alkaline Myth

  You may have heard that your ph (pronounced “P. H.” not “fff”), is a balance between acid (1 on a scale of 14) and alkaline (14 on the same scale).  Your blood is almost perfectly neutral at 7.2.  For years, the thought on ph in natural-health circles was that you want your body to be as alkaline as possible.  “Cancer only exists in an alkaline body,” which I embarrassingly admit I once said.   What most people (myself included) don’t realize is that your ph is different in different parts of your body; your saliva is closest to blood ph, but your digestive system ph is extremely acid (between 1 – 3) to be able to digest your food and kill bacteria and other immune system invaders.     your body’s ph doesn’t change much from food or drinks.  Changes in ph mostly occur in your digestive and endocrine (hormone) systems’ health.  You can check your saliva ph with test strips that are available at most drug stores.  If you do this, don’t eat or drink anything, including water, for at least 1 hour before testing.     What we find is that some people need to alkalize and some people need to acidify.   Sign of acidity, or acidosis (lower than 6 on the saliva ph scale)  insomnia and unable to relax lump in the throat (feeling, not an actual bump) cold sweats dry skin dry stool irritability Signs of alkalinity, or alkalosis (over 7.2 on the ph scale)  calcium deposits, but with paradoxically low blood calcium levels (calcium deficiency) allergies arthritic pains stiffness especially in the morning...

When to Use Ice or Heat

For years, the go-to medical treatment for bumps, bruises, sprains, strains, and pains was ice.  And for all these years, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine do our best to convince people otherwise. One of the 1800-year-old books we study in Chinese medicine school is called the “Shang Han Lun,” which is roughly translated as “On Cold Damage.”  The theory is that from our environment or from organ weaknesses, coldness is the root cause of several chronic illnesses:  arthritis being chief among them, but also including chronic allergy problems, digestive weakness, and skin problems.   A body that succumbs to cold damage is fatigued, retains water, and becomes ill easily.  There is usually pain, and the pain increases with cold weather. Most arthritis pain is diagnosed as “wind-cold-damp Qi” by acupuncturists.  Most arthritic joints are areas that have old injuries:  repetitive movements or sprains, stitches or surgical sites can be weakened areas that are more susceptible to chronic pain.  By introducing unnaturally cold temperatures to these weakened areas, you invite “Evil Qi” into your joints. Don’t laugh:  “Evil Qi” is not something I made up!  It’s a long-standing theory in Chinese medicine. Cold is one of the elements that you don’t want to introduce on a regular basis into your joints. You can think about it like this:  cold causes things to contract, right?  Contraction of your blood vessels causes pain, right?  So…cold causes pain. The argument in Western medicine has been the opposite.  A hurt joint has inflammation (heat injury) and the ice counteracts inflammation. As with most Western medical solutions, the problems are this: Short-term thinking, not long-term...

Flu Vaccine: we’ve been duped

Do you ever wonder:  Why is it that some people get sick and others don’t?  Is it nutrition?  Is it positive thinking?  Is it genetics?  Is it the environment?  Is it exposure to germs? Or is it something that’s a combination of things; something that’s not totally “black or white?” INNATE IMMUNITY VS ACQUIRED IMMUNITY Your immune system is a network of cells, organs, and glands in your body that fight invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other foreign matters (chemicals and pollens, etc.).  98-99% of disease-prevention is based on your innate, cellular, immune system.  This includes epithelial barriers, mucous membranes, phagocytes, and natural killer cells.  It also includes the functioning of your thymus, spleen, and bone marrow.  You can think of this part of your immune system as your police force, your military, and your justice system all rolled into one. Acquired immunity is a cellular memory.  These cells, or antibodies, remember how to effectively fight off certain diseases.  Antibodies are only about 2% of your immune response.  This is what vaccine-producers and many physicians want you to focus on.  This 2% of your immune system.  Whereas the innate immune system is like your body’s military/police, the acquired immune system is like someone who sees something happening and calls the police to tell them.  It’s your immune system narc.  Which is good, but, you know, it’s not the whole picture.   Even Rudolph Virchow, the “Father of Modern Medicine” said “If I could live my life over again, I would devote it to proving that germs seek their natural habitat – diseased tissue – rather than being the...

The number always corresponds with excess weight

Hydration. I have a scale (a cheap one, probably $20 from Bed Bath & Beyond years ago) that measures your hydration levels and I used to check all my clients regularly for that.  Ideal hydration levels are between 50-60% of your total body mass.   One thing that all good scientists have in common:  noticing patterns.   The pattern I noticed is this:  the heavier people always (ALWAYS) are dehydrated.   In a great book that I highly recommend, French Women Don’t Get Fat, by Mireille Giuliano, the author states that French women hardly ever snack between meals, they drink water. According to this 2016 study, it seems to be true.  Increased hydration leads to decreased body weight.   Many studies have also shown that dehydration produces similar body sensations as hunger.    If you’re wanting to slim down, I would try increasing your water intake.  If you hate the taste of water, well, learn to like it.  Sorry, there’s just no other way around it!  Here are some tips for enjoying more water:   Add some fresh squeezed lemon or lime to it.   Get a good filter for your home.  Filtered water tastes so much better!   Use carbonated water with or without natural flavors.   Use herbal tea:  green tea often gets me through a hungry afternoon. Get a fun water bottle (non-plastic) that you take with you everywhere and fill up when you’re out running errands, exercising, and at work.   Once you’re hydrated properly, you’ll be able to better discern signs of true hunger vs. your body’s sign for water.   And, of course, you’ll...