Our "NO FAD" Diet is logical, simple & is based on the principle of "complete nutrition matters".

Our 1 dietary rule:  Eat nothing today you will regret tomorrow.

Sub Titled: Extreme Diets Are Stupid!

Can it be a mistake that "STRESSED" is "DESSERTS" spelled backwards?

"It's so beautifully arranged on the plate - you know someone's fingers have been all over it." - Julia Childs

Our Dietary Concept:  Eat more fruit and vegetables, boost protein and fiber intake .. reduce high glycemic index carbs.

All food pyramids are not created equal.

 

 

"Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar, and fat." - Alex Levine.

  • The nutrients necessary for cellular replication / hormonal secretion / neural function are not random & unspecific.

  • Balanced & Proper Nutrition is one of our greatest weapons against infirmity and disease.

The great tragedy of Science - the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact. ~ Thomas Henry Huxley

  • The late 70's saw the liquid high protein diets.  

  • Beginning in the '80s the aversion to any kind of fat began.

  • Then the high carbohydrate ( =  high sugar diet ) diet became the thing.

  • Now evolving into a no carb, Adkins, diet!

Eating a "Mediterranean-style" healthy diet significantly reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer's.

  • The so called Mediterranean diet consisting of fruits, veggies, nuts, beans and whole grains, fish and olive oil / canola oil is generally recognized to help defend against heart disease including cardio vascular disease / strokes, cancer, sinus, and asthma. Current statistical evidence suggests that it can also help protect against Alzheimer's.

A Pop Dietary Program must be something new, fast & easy to get on afternoon TV shows.

" I don't care if it's on the salad bar, Jell-O is not a salad& mixing colors of Jell-O is not the same as mixing vegetables by color."

 

 

High protein diets result in the release of a hormone, PYY, that curbs hunger in both obese and normal weight people.  PYY levels are lowest amongst obese people.  Dr Batterham reported the dietary changes required in average person's diet would be small - 2-3%, no where near the protein levels advocated by the Adkins diet, small increases in protein intake and small reductions in carbohydrate intake are effective
  • Nov. 23, 2004 CHICAGO (AP) - A diet favoring "good" over "bad" carbohydrates is better for the heart and less likely to slow down metabolism than a conventional low-fat diet, a small, preliminary study suggests.

    • The "glycemic index" diet recommends carbohydrates that do not cause a sharp rise in blood sugar levels after meals, such as old-fashioned oatmeal rather than highly processed sugared breakfast cereal.  It is not as anti-carb as Atkins-style regimens, nor as fat-restrictive as standard low-fat diets

NutriSystem is spending more millions $$s than I can count pushing their low glycemic diet.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating meals that include all ingredients known to improve cardiovascular health could add years to your life, according to a new study.

After my dog ate the loaf of garlic toast his breath was worse than his bite

& low glycemic carbs is what we have advised since 1998.

The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later you're hungry again." - George Miller.

The Department of Health says five or more daily portions of fruit & veggies cuts risk of heart disease, cancer and other problems. The researchers pooled data from eight studies from Europe, Japan and the US.

The period of the last 30 years has seen more 'pop fad diets' then I can count without using binary equipment.  :-)

  1. The purpose of food / nutrition is to fuel the millions of internal cellular chemical reactions taking place in your body at this instant .. & simultaneously at all instants throughout your day.. 

  2. These are the chemical reactions that determine your energy, your healing, your cognition, your mood, your immune response ..  your health

  3. Food choice DEFINITELY effects the day to day function of your human machine.

  4. Food choice DEFINITELY  effects how your feel.

    1. The proper nutrients present simultaneously are necessary for optimal function of YOUR human machine.

    2. The human machine operates best when ALL the proper materials for function and repair are provided by proper nutrition.

    3. Pop diets often restrict certain necessary nutrients.

    4. & ultimately nutrition directly effects the longevity of the human machine in which you reside

Make your own nutritional stack .. directions click here

The most likely people to eat proper amounts of fruits and vegetables are college grads, people who made over $50k per year, and people of a healthy weight.  Unfortunately tobacco addiction & poor diet are most prevalent in the lower socio-economic classes.

In the course of your work, you will from time to time encounter the situation where the facts and the theory do not coincide. In such circumstances, young gentlemen, it is my earnest advice to respect the facts. ~ Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) , in a lecture to junior engineers

Harvard's Dr. Mary Zanarini's research has shown a link between personality disorders & EPA, a component of omega-3 fats.

Scientific studies have clearly linked attention deficit disorder, depression, Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia to junk food and the absence of essential fats, vitamins and minerals in industrialized diets.

The nutrients necessary for cellular replication, hormonal secretions, and neural function are not random & unspecific.

Muscle contraction, thought, emotional feeling, thirst .. all possible because of chemical reactions at the cellular level.  The nutrients that are necessary for successful bodily function are provided only by food & nutrition.

All the nutrients necessary for a bodily function / chemical reaction must be present for that required chemical reaction / function to take place.

We recommend complete nutrition .. a multivitamin is an obvious place to start

From a genetic metabolic standpoint, most humans have yet adapt to a stage where excessive amounts of high density carbohydrates, such as processed grains & sugar, can be consumed without adverse biochemical consequences.

The study looked at the heart function of 25 members of the Calorie Restriction Society, aged 41 to 64, who consume 1,400 to 2,000 nutritionally-balanced calories per day. They were compared with 25 people who eat a typical western diet, consuming 2,000 to 3,000 daily calories on average.

The scientists found those limiting calorie intake had the heart functions of younger people - typically about 15 years lower than their age.

All functions of the human body are based in chemical reactions ..

Try limiting yourself to 4 breaths per minute for several minutes to simulate the effect poor nutrition has on your body.  You may be able to survive on 4 breaths per minute but only with great physical stress.

If you do not consume proper nutrients your system will be less than 100% efficient.

Eliminate all carbs( Atkins ):  the micro nutrients & fiber from fruits / veggies are no longer provided.

The Atkins diet may result in weight loss, but at what cost to overall health?

Eliminate all nutritional fat: body systems / metabolic processes are compromised.

Essential fatty acids are important from every thing from hormonal production to the structure of the cell membrane. 

These chemical reactions are fed solely by our nutrition intake.  If you do not consume a nutrient, & thus it is not present when required by the chemical reaction / system function, the system function calling for that nutrient will fail or be compromised.

None of the 'evolving pop diets' ever made any sense to me.  But marketing and pop media has convinced millions of people that proper nutrition was unimportant and that fad diets are the way to go.

Our bodies are complex machines, machines comprised of millions of cellular chemical plants. 

  1. The purpose of food / nutrition is to fuel the millions of internal cellular chemical reactions taking place in your body at this instant .. & simultaneously at all instants throughout your day.. 

  2. These are the chemical reactions that determine your energy, your healing, your cognition, your mood, your immune response ..  your health

  3. Food choice DEFINITELY effects the day to day function of your human machine.

  4. Food choice DEFINITELY  effects how your feel.

    1. The proper nutrients present simultaneously are necessary for optimal function of YOUR human machine.

    2. The human machine operates best when ALL the proper materials for function and repair are provided by proper nutrition.

    3. Pop diets often restrict certain necessary nutrients.

    4. & ultimately nutrition directly effects the longevity of the human machine in which you reside.

What's good for the heart is good for the brain.

People can delay and perhaps even prevent Alzheimer's disease by taking steps like eating low-fat diets rich in antioxidants, maintaining normal weight, exercising regularly and avoiding self destructive drug addictions, including smoking and excessive drinking.

An underlying premise of this program is that humans require at least as much 'input attention' as a car.

We 'understand' that our cars need special fluids and inputs for proper operation.

unleaded gas & 30 weight oil & water  & clear brake fluid & red transmission fluid & thick axle lubricant & green antifreeze & dangerous battery water & tire pressure, front - rear, alignment, front - rear  & head lights, low beam -high beam & cruise control & tail lights-turn lights-brake lights

& proper CD ( cassette?  satellite? ) music w/ 4 ( 8? )speakers for optimization .. 

et al in our beloved cars ..

But often we do not consider the proper ingredients necessary for our own cellular chemical reactions / bodily functions.

The Healthy & Hormone Friendly diet we recommend has plentiful protein, sufficient GOOD fat & moderate carbohydrates.

Especially low on processed  (= high glycemic index) grains & sugars.

In Registered Nursing School, (seems like 19th century, when 3x5 index cards = computer database. LOL) while we were taking classes in nutrition we were also taking microbiology, organic chemistry + anatomy & physiology. 

We studied the complex nature of the human body & the many nutritional ingredients required for proper metabolism and effective cellular replication. 

The Krebs cycle, ATP, ADP, the mitochondria, the permeability of the cell membrane and countless other details that seemed like busy work at the time.  However this knowledge of how the body actually functions has allowed me to look at nutrition as a real science not an abstract concept.

The fact that the classes on nutrition were mixed with courses on microbiology + anatomy & physiology provided credence to the principles of science in nutrition.   

A nutritional philosophy focusing on nutrient dense unprocessed food with vitamin supplementation has been the basis of a proper diet for most of this author's life. 

As we enter for the 21st century, science at the cellular level has complicated much of previous nutritional philosophy.

August, 2004: High-carb diets may increase more than just waistlines. New research suggests they might raise the risk of breast cancer. Women in Mexico who ate a lot of carbohydrates were more than twice as likely to get breast cancer than those who ate less starch and sugar, scientists found.

November, 2004  WASHINGTON (AP) - A multiyear study involving more than 100,000 participants provides added support that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is good for the heart.  The research team studied 71,910 females in the Nurse's Health study and 37,725 males in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. The research began in the mid-1980s and the report followed the participants until 1998.

We recommend stacking nutrients & FOOD! & Physiologically Optimized Exercise

  Healthy food combos ward off disease & infirmity.

This diet is simple.  Eat sufficient protein, lots of vegetables & fruits and minimal processed carbohydrates.  No magic, just intelligent, planned & scheduled nutrient consumption.

Both of my favorite nutrition experts, Dr. Sears and Dr. DiPasquali, recommend a lower carbohydrate diet than recommended in the FDA food pyramid dietary model! 

Both experts recommend a higher protein, higher fat and lower carb diet than is currently being exposed by many of the government / FDA / Department of Agriculture "experts".

The Barry Sears, Zone Diet is the first pop diet that has made any sense to me.  The Zone diet recognizes that protein, essential fatty acids, and essential nutrients are necessary for a healthy existence.  This concept has been ignored by most previous pop diets.  The Zone diet recognizes that consumption of nutrient dense, unprocessed food is an intelligent diet.  

The 'author nutritionist' must present something new for dieting or there is little reason for their books to sell.

A complete & intelligent diet is the best recommendation.

Consensus HGH Friendly Dietary Recommendations

Protein

Good Oils.  More good OIL not just more fat.  20% - 30% of total calories.

  • Specific Essential Fatty Acids are needed for most of the bodies hormonal functions. 

  • The oil must have the proper fatty acid composition & molecular bonding. 

  • Good oil is good.

Lower Carbohydrates.  Low Carbohydrate Diet Science

Back Ground The rest is blah, blah, blah .. the Dietary Recommendations are above!

  A little knowledge is necessary to eat properly.  However, knowing that broccoli is good for you and potato chips and doughnuts are not as good does not seem to be that confusing.

  • Meat and eggs are generally complete proteins, they have all the essential amino acids but tend to have more fat, and less healthy fat, than vegetables.  But again the current recommendations are for more dietary fat, however there are friendlier fats than beef tallow.  

  • Fish is always a good choice, especially cold water fish with their Omega 3 fatty acids

  • Beans have protein but are not complete proteins because they do not have all of the essential amino acids, but when combined with rice or corn beans become a complete protein. 

    • However both beans and grains are carbohydrates & in order to consume enough of these carbs to meet daily protein requirements would require a considerable volume of carbohydrates.

  • Include fats in your diet.  Some fats are better for you than other fats. Fats are necessary for proper metabolism and cellular replication.  Olive Oil, Sunflower Oil or Canola Oil are good choices.

  • Again be careful with your carbohydrates.  White bread, and pastas, are sugar's second cousin.  I cannot teach glycemic index principles here,  how fast the glucose enter the blood stream.  But back to the process vs. unprocessed, brown rice is better than instant white rice and whole wheat is better than processed grains (white bread or white, processed pasta). (Remember that in ancient times there were no donuts or pasta. From a genetic standpoint, most humans have yet adapt to a stage where excessive amounts of high density carbohydrates, such as grains & sugar, can be consumed without adverse biochemical consequences.)

    Follow a diet heavy on dark colored vegetables, unprocessed whole grains and lean meats and you can't go wrong.  The biggest health problem facing Americans today is obesity. More than half of us are over our ideal weight and more than one-third are obese enough to significantly raise the risk of disease and premature death. Nutrition is one of the greatest weapons against disease. Keeping fats at about 20% - 30% of caloric intake. 

    Eating five or more servings a day of fruit and vegetables lowers your chances of getting cancer. 

    The advocates of the low carbohydrate, ketogenic,  ( Low Carbohydrate Diet Science ) diet cringe at the thought of multi servings of fruit.  How ever, moderation is a key to a stable life.  Professional body builders have different goals than a person eating for health.  Persons with extreme weight loss requirements ( more than 50 pounds ) obviously have different needs than the average weight conscious person.  Persons striving for a 5% body fat and rippled abs probably also have different goals than simply enjoying a healthy life.

    Recognizing that food is a sensual thing and to enjoy eating is certainly a simple pleasure.  However being intelligent in sensual pleasures is certainly not an unheard of concept today.  Fast food is a luxury.  I eat fast food. I enjoy hamburgers. I enjoy ice cream. Thank God I don't particularly like doughnuts.  

    Dr. DiPasquali's diet allows you to low carb for 5 or 6 days per week & "binge" on what ever you want for one or two days.  This will make sticking to a "diet" easier & will eliminate the over whelming cravings that can dominate your sub conscious hunger center.

The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. ~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) 

Cooking for Good Nutrition and Weight Control

  • Choose methods of cooking that will retain flavor, color and nutrients. Steam instead of boiling vegetables. Avoid cooking at high temperatures (except for quick stir-frying) and long cooking times. Both extended heat and liquid can destroy or leach out valuable nutrients.

  • Add vegetables whenever possible to ensure your five-a-day intake. Experiment with more veggie variety in salads, try new vegetable mixes, include some shredded vegetables in casseroles, and add different vegetables to soups and stews. Use chopped red or yellow peppers to “pep” up the flavor. Try vegetable salsas and fruit chutneys as accompaniments to meat or poultry in place of heavy gravies or sauces.

  • When you use oil, select olive, sunflower or canola oil. Drain off visible fat while cooking, blot pan-fried foods on paper towels to absorb extra grease.

     

The 'Good News'

After decades of dire warnings to slim down if we want to survive to a ripe old age, it now turns out that a modest amount of "excess" weight may actually be good for you, while being too thin can be dangerous.