90% of the foods in your standard grocery store are commercial, processed, refined or genetically engineered. Choose healthy alternatives Ė organic, non-processed, unrefined whole foods. You may think that this is inconvenient but it is not as inconvenient as going to the hospital. If you eat for life and not for convenience, you will never see the inside of a hospital unless you have sick friend or get into an accident. One out of two Americans dies of heart disease. One of every three men and one of every four women get cancer. Cancer kills more children than any other disease until the age of 14. These diseases were rare 100 years ago because commercial (processed, refined, synthetic) foods, pesticides, genetic engineering and man-made radiation were rare or non-existent. Here is a summary of foods to avoid and the healthy alternatives.
General Diet Rules
Eat adequate organic animal protein with every meal, except for pork and deli meats (toxic). Organic animal protein is essential for the production of the thyroid hormone and its conversion to the active form in the liver. Veganism leads to low thyroid function and low cholesterol which can lead to all of the major chronic degenerative diseases (take your pick): lung problems, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, gallbladder problems, depression, mental problems, and senility, etc. Women especially are vulnerable, because when they have low thyroid function, they become estrogen dominant and canít make adequate progesterone. So, women have five to six times more osteoporosis, gallbladder disease, diabetes, etc., than men. The exception is men who eat commercial (high pesticide) plants, fruits and vegetables. All pesticides are estrogen mimics (xenoestrogens) and are carcinogenic. By organic animal protein, I mean eggs, dairy, cheese, yogurt, chicken, turkey, lamb and beef. You canít get organic fish but you can get good fish, such as halibut, red snapper, orange roughy and shrimp. By a high protein diet, I mean up to 4 ounces of organic animal protein 3 times daily. I will list how much of one food is about 4 ounces but you should eat a varied protein diet:
- 2 qrts of milk or the equivalent in organic and preferably raw cheese, yogurt, etc.
- 4 oz of organic beef, chicken, turkey or fish 3x/d
- 4 oz of lean meat 3x/d
- 2-3 eggs 3x/d
The best vegan source of protein (as good as eggs) is the potato but you would have to eat eight cups to get your daily allotment of protein!
Do not live on cysteine-rich meats, which include steak, hamburger, pork chops, liver, etc., because the thyroid is turned off by cysteine as soon as you use up glycogen (stored sugar). This is why you should eat more than one type of animal protein. Lamb is more healthy than beef, especially commercial beef because cows are usually fed corn and soybeans so their fat is unsaturated. Most poultry (including organic free range) are raised on soy as well. For example, an egg from a vega-fed chicken contains 4.5 grams of fat of which 3.5 are unsaturated.
You would be very lucky to find chickens that are allowed to eat a natural diet of bugs and fruits. Low fat fish should be favored over high fat fish. Low fat fish includes: halibut, sole, and other white fish, red snapper, cod, haddock and shell fish. High fat fish includes: salmon, and herring. It is very important to eat some fruit or other carbohydrates, such as potatoes with the protein. Eating only protein without carbohydrates can cause low blood sugar attack (due to a surge in insulin) especially from high quality protein, such as eggs.
ALL products containing the very toxic unsaturated oils should be avoided. These include all oils that are liquid at room temperature except extra virgin olive oil (corn, soybean, safflower, fish, Borage, Evening Primrose, flaxseed, DHA and canola oils). These oils are in 99% of breads and pastries, 100% of commercial and health food store salad dressings and mayonnaises, and even pastries, cereals, chips, dips, etc. Fish is good but not salmon because itís so high in the toxic unsaturated oils. Seeds and nuts are not good sources of protein and they are very high in the toxic unsaturated fatty acids. Raw seeds and nuts contain protease inhibitors which are toxic so and must be destroyed by soaking or roasting.
ALL products containing soy (protein, beans, tofu, tempeh, soy milk, etc.) should be avoided except for tamari (soy sauce) as a condiment. Soy contains 3 potent phyto (plant) estrogens, a toxin that causes the blood to clot, protease inhibitors, and phytates which inhibit the absorption of important minerals such as magnesium, zinc and calcium. Soy milk has 100 times more aluminum than cow milk and giving an infant soy milk is equivalent to giving the infant five birth control pills daily.
Eat fresh fruits and drink fresh fruit juices daily - whichever kind are tolerated. The best are orange juice and the tropical juices. Avoid grapefruit and its juice. It raises estrogen. Get pasteurized juices if raw juices arenít available. The best ones say ďnot from concentrateĒ which means no possibility of fluoridated water being added. Remember that fruit juices are much healthier than vegetable juices because they donít contain the toxic unsaturated fatty acids listed above. When you juice a vegetable, it concentrates these toxic unsaturated oils and you lose the protection from the fiber.
The only healthy fats are organic coconut oil, a thyroid stimulant, extra virgin olive oil and organic butter. Make sure you read all labels to avoid the toxic unsaturated oils and margarine (partially hydrogenated oils).
Avoid raw cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower). They contain a thyroid inhibitor which must be destroyed by cooking. Raw carrots are excellent and are especially good for detoxifying the colon.
Avoid refined carbohydrates (white flour, white rice, white pasta) and refined or artificial sugars (white sugar, commercial syrups, corn syrup, NutraSweet, Saccharin, Splenda), soda pop, candy bars, commercial desserts, etc. Make your own natural desserts with organic fruits, whole sugar cane or raw honey, whole wheat flour, butter and so on.
Eat salt to taste. Salt needs will vary with oneís hormones. Organic non-iodized sea salt is a natural diuretic and is essential for mobilizing blood sugar, thus lowering adrenalin and preventing hypertension and hardening of the arteries. Other common symptoms of mineral deficiency include motion sickness and tingling or numbness in the arms or legs. A hypothyroid person cannot hold sodium, which is why they get edema. For these people, adequate salt is very necessary. Instead of eating salt, many patients are told to avoid salt and take a diuretic plus potassium. Note that sea salt contains 48 minerals. Table salt contains only sodium chloride. The most common causes of a salt deficiency are: not eating salt, hypothyroidism (canít retain sodium), and eating soy products, which inhibit mineral absorption.
Buy organic produce and organic meat and poultry and raw or organic dairy products as much as possible. In particular, commercial animals are raised inhumanely and are given toxic hormones, pesticides, antibiotics and other drugs and are feed unhealthy foods. Agribusiness foods (all produce - vegetables and fruits) are full of pesticides (estrogenic) and very little nutrients, having been grown in dead soil containing no nutrition. Not to mention that 25% of commercial foods are genetically engineered and 10% of cows are given genetically engineered bovine growth hormone. There is a vast nutritional difference between commercial and organic foods. Organic foods contain 200-400% MORE minerals than commercial foods. Same for other nutrients, such as vitamins and enzymes. Commercial foods contain very little nutrition but lots of toxic pesticides which are exogenous estrogens (xenoestrogens).
Even if you buy organic, if you use a microwave oven to defrost, reheat leftovers, or even to heat water, you will destroy all of the nutritional value of the food. Microwaving converts the proteins into carcinogens, neurotoxins and kidney toxins and destroys all of the vitamins and minerals in less than 30 seconds.
Avoid tap water. It contains over 500 toxins. If your water is fluoridated, you must use a Reverse Osmosis unit, a distiller or an ion exchange unit because a carbon filter doesnít remove fluoride, which is a very toxic substance. It poisons over 100 enzymes in your body, causes hypothyroidism, bone disease, cancer, seizures and premature aging. If your water is fluoridated, there is no shower filter that will remove fluoride and when you take a shower or a bath, your body will absorb 100 times more fluoride than drinking tap water. About the best you can do is to take short, cool showers until cities are forced legally to stop fluoridating the water supply. Read labels and donít buy juices that are ďfrom the concentrateĒ because these are likely to be reconstituted with fluoridated water. Buy beer from non-fluoridated cities. Dump your fluoridated toothpaste. Use your imagination!
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