This is something I initially wrote for an online community, for friends/family who are not health nuts, do not study health or have a condition where they need to. Most of my friends have no idea they should be doing any of this so I wrote this to inspire them. It is a general guide of what has helped me in hopes it may help those who are not ready to make all the changes and who have never considered changing what they eat. It is very general for that purpose. It is meant to be a diving board into the pool of health not a mandate as to what is ideal health. I can tell my friend, ‘fish has mercury, don’t eat sushi’ but they are still going to go eat it. So at the very least maybe they will be motivated to get tested and at least find out their levels. Or maybe they’ll check their Vitamin D, etc.
This is all purely my opinion. I am not a doctor or a nutritionist. I am just a friend who has had such great success following these guidelines (having not been sick for a year now) that I wanted to pass it along. I have been studying nutrition for 3 years now and this is just what I have learned works for me and maybe it will help you. Do your own research and make up your own minds and be sure to talk to your doctor before making any health changes in your life.
190 of my 570 friends will get cancer. This is based on the most recent statistic that 1 in 3 people will get cancer.
5 of my 570 friends have cancer. 2 are in their 30′s and were diagnosed in the last 6 months and all have irreversible kinds they will live with for life. They have all learned to manage their condition mostly through the use of diet but also by using treatments from eastern and western medicine. They have all stopped it in it’s tracks (and those are just the ones I know of as there may be more of you I don’t know about). I myself have had a pre-cancerous condition that I reversed using the guideline below.
142 of my 570 friends will die from cancer (based on the most recent stats that 1 in 4 people will die from cancer). 142 of you!!! I’m sad to say, one dear old friend has already passed on. The picture below of us baking when we were young. You can read my post: A Tribute to a Childhood Friend. I was motivated to write this guide because I look at that picture and I think, these two little girls have no idea what is ahead of them. If they were my daughters what would I tell them now so they would never have to deal with this? Well this is what I would tell them.
Most of my friends will get colds and flus, sinus infections, sore throats, etc. once if not multiple times a year. I used to get them 6-7 times a year and always ended up on antibiotics.
So what do we do about all this? A lot!! We can do a lot and I’m going to break it down for you because all these studies are so confusing that nobody knows what to eat or do anymore. You may think you have no control over it. That getting sick is just part of being alive. That colds are normal and people get them. As far as cancer goes it is the norm to believe it happens because of genes (although that does play a role it is by no means a certainty you will get anything) or it’s just a bad luck of the draw. Well what you may not know is you are in control especially for the majority of my friends who are in their 30′s. This is the time to learn to take the reins to your health. To stop getting sick all the time and to be preventative, while you’re cute, fabulous and feel great! And if you’ve already had a diagnosis, NOW is the time to make sure you never get another one so you can remain cute, fabulous and cancer free forever!
Arm yourself with the truth and educate yourself so you don’t have to suffer through colds, sickness and sore throats. Arm yourself so you don’t have to be 1 in 3 or worse yet 1 in 4 and so I can have all my friends 10, 20 and 30 years from now.
Of course some of us will still get cancer, some of us will still get sick no matter what we do but your little army will be so strong it wont stand a chance, that is if we start training them now. So here it goes:
BUELLER’S HEALTHY BOOTY CAMP (click on a link, learn something new):
1.) CHECK VITAMIN D3 LEVELS (any doctor can do this or order the home kit below):
For my friends who think this doesn’t apply to them because they get enough sun or drink their milk? Take this into consideration:
“To date, not a single person (tested) has met the guidelines for optimum levels of vitamin D as advised by the Vitamin D Council.” – Vitamin D Council
“Researchers in this field are sufficiently concerned from the results of their studies to pronounce that we are in the midst of an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency of immense proportion.” ~ Duane Graveline MD MPH, former NASA Astronaut, former USAF flight surgeon, and retired family doctor.
“Because vitamin D is so cheap and so clearly reduces all-cause mortality, I can say this with great certainty: Vitamin D represents the single most cost-effective medical intervention in the United States.” ~ Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, Medical Director, Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
Order a home test here or have your doctor do one (just make sure it is for D3 and NOT D2)
It’s a simple test and simple supplement. Moreover, it may save a life. At the very least it will improve health dramatically.
2.) CHECK HEAVY METAL LEVELS (any doctor can do this)
For all my sushi and seafood loving friends, checking your heavy metal levels is crucial (especially mercury). High mercury levels suppress the immune system and robs the body of valuable minerals it needs because mercury acts as a mimic, binding to magnesium, calcium sites, etc. so your body can’t absorb the real thing. More here.
Know which fish are safe by using this chart – wild caught, small fish are best.
Many people are high in levels they don’t even know about like aluminum, thalium or in my case lead (and mercury).
Heavy metals and Vitamin D: the autism link
3.) DRINK YOUR GREENS (and stop getting colds):
Greens alkalize the body thus creating an inhospitable habitat for colds and flus that can only flourish in an acidic environment. Our diets (high in processed foods, sugar, sodas, pizza, etc.) have made us too acidic which causes sickness and disease. We need to counter balance that with greens.
Get one of these a day (either a green smoothie, a green juice or a green powder). This will dramatically improve health and keep you from getting colds and flus. Read more on this here.
Check alkalinity using pH strips:
Here are three easy ways to Alkalize the body (Green Smoothie, Green Juice, Green Powder):
GREEN SMOOTHIE: (1 handful spinach or romaine, 1/2 bag frozen peaches, 2 cups water, some green powder (optional) blend and drink): more on this here
don’t want to drink a smoothie try GREEN JUICE: (using a juicer: romaine or spinach, 1 apple, celery, chard, cucumber, lemon): more here
Don’t want to drink green juice try GREEN POWDER DRINK MIX:
Don’t want to drink powder mixes try GREEN POWDER PILLS (just a sampling of 2 kinds I like):
And of course eat your greens as well!
4.) EAT ORGANIC, LOCALLY GROWN, NATURAL, WHOLE FOODS.
This means grass fed hormone free beef, chicken, lamb, pork, RAW MILK , grass fed butter, free range hormone free eggs (preferably not fed on grain), etc. Think of it this way. Anything the animal eats or is shot with, you are eating and being shot with. This means unwanted hormones, antibiotics, corn, etc. For example, if you are gluten intolerant and you drink milk from a cow that has eaten foods with gluten (grain fed instead of grass fed) your milk will have gluten even though milk is considered a gluten free food. Trace your food back to the source, see what your food is eating and make sure it’s what it should be eating. People always complain that Whole Foods is so expensive. Food should be expensive. Food is medicine. If you eat the right stuff you will never need the pharmaceutical kind or at least not very often. Also, farmer’s markets are not expensive so know your farmer and buy it straight from the source. Local, pesticide free, is best.
5.) LIMIT AND ELIMINATE (IF POSSIBLE) REFINED SUGAR AND FLOURS.
Sugar and refined flours have been stripped of their minerals and vitamins. This means they are missing what the body knows they need. Our bodies are not stupid. Nature is not stupid. You can’t pull one over on it. If you eat foods that have been altered the body is like a stubborn robot and will search until it finds what it has been told it needs. This means when you eat sugar your body knows it is missing the minerals it is supposed to come with and it will search your body to find them since it didn’t come with the sugar itself. First it will tell your brain, hey wait? you need to eat more sugar because we didn’t get “all” of it. This causes cravings. Kind of like crack! Seriously, it’s not your fault. It’s a chemical addiction. Then when it realizes the minerals are never coming it will go to your bones and your organs and it will pull it out of there and strip your body of what it needs to function. This is the real cause of osteoporosis.
Not to mention what it does to your insulin levels and thus your pancreas.
Give your body whole, complete foods that have not been processed. Try and leave the refined sugars and refined flours to the least possible consumption. Try!
Sugar also depresses the immune system and ‘feeds cancer’:
Instead of sugar, whenever possible use, stevia, maple syrup (B grade is best as it’s been less filtered than A and has more minerals), blackstrap unsulphured molasses, date sugar, raw organic cane juice (in freezer at WF in Pasadena), raw honey, xylotol or as a last resort evaporated cane juice.
Also, cut out all ‘diet’ anything and artificial sweeteners, they just make you sick and fat:
Instead of refined grains, eat whole grains (sprouted grain and sourdough breads are best because they break down the phytic acid in grains that inhibit nutrient absorption and improves digestibility)
6.) TAKE SOME PROBIOTICS
80% of your immune system is in your gut. 80% !!! This is caused by good bacteria. Most of us have not cultivated this bacteria and don’t have the levels we need to be healthy. So make sure you are repopulating your gut with the good guys so the bad guys don’t take over. More on this here.
Ortho Biotic (doesn’t require refrigeration)
7.) EXERCISE FOR 30 MINUTES EVERYDAY:
“New cancer prevention guidelines from the American Cancer Society say at least 30 minutes a day of dedicated exercise above and beyond the usual activities of daily life on five or more days a week is needed to really reduce your cancer risk.”
8.) CULTIVATE JOY AND GRATEFULNESS:
“In healing any imbalance, whether energetic or physical, you must always involve both your mind and your heart.” – Carolyn Myss
Read my dad’s blog post called: A wish for more happiness and joy
9.) ENJOY LIFE AND SURROUND YOURSELF WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Don’t expect perfection, don’t beat yourself when you eat something less than ideal. Life is all about balance. Be good most of the time. Perhaps allow yourself to splurge on a favorite food on Sundays or the weekend. Balance your meat and potatoes with a green smoothie in the morning or the afternoon. Enjoy it all! Especially your friends and family. Laugh often. Laughter and joy improves your immune system.
10.) LASTLY, WATCH THIS:
(so relaxing and inspirational)
If you are hungry for more here are some great sources:
My dear friend Kris Carr is full of wisdom:
Crazy Sexy Life - a great health blog by health guru Kris Carr who is a dear friend and who I learned most everything from:
Crazy Sexy Cancer DVD Documentary (an amazing documentary everyone should watch, I highly recommend this!!!!!)
Also, her books are great, she is a pro at stopping and controlling cancer:
Anticancer by Dr. Servan-Schreiber - survivor of brain cancer and discusses foods and things to do to help reverse disease
Spent by Dr. Lipman (an amazing doctor with a very easy to follow diet plan)
Regenerative Nutrition: A Diet for Health and Healing
The Acid /Alkaline Diet for Optimal Health by Christopher Vasey