BLOOD THINNERS: Anticoagulant drugs (blood thinners) inactivate vitamin K, so patients on these drugs need to increase intake of vitamin K (found in cruciferous vegetables and Wysong Salad) to maintain its benefit.
BREAST MILK: Women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant should eat organic foods to avoid toxins, such as dioxin and PCBs, which store in fatty tissues and can be passed on through breast milk.
What a wonderful thing food is. It's one of life's pure, simple pleasures. As children, we enjoyed food too, but we were usually too busy to give it any real concentrated, if not devoted, attention. Not so as adults. We savor it, make it an art form, design our days around it, and look with great anticipation to the next meal or snack. We indulge, overindulge and bulge.
Fat, indeed we are. Obesity is now an epidemic of epic proportions. This is a tragedy (not a benign lifestyle choice) because obesity robs people of vital active participation in much that life has to offer, and condemns us to a host of degenerative diseases.
I too love food. Although weight has not been a problem, for the past twenty years, my stomach has been. Fixing my diet, as described in The Optimal Health Program, has helped, and so has the use of WellSpring alkalinized water and Alkinate. (This is not meant to be an ad. I'm just telling you what has worked for me.)
Nevertheless, I still have periodic bouts of stomach distress. I'm not alone. Stomach problems, including acid reflux, pain, bloating, and gas, are probably the most common complaints adults have.
The problem is the sheer joy of eating and the fact that the cast iron stomach of youth rusts a little with age. You see, eating pleasure is not an accident of nature. We were designed to live in the wild, faced with abundance as well asfamine. Since our bodies genetically anticipate famine, attaching a lot of pleasure to eating is important. When food is found, it needs to be eaten. Hunter/gatherers wouldn't just take a couple of bites and then politely move on. They gorged in anticipation of the coming famine.
Once we start eating, there is an "eating on" switch that clicks. Once on, eating remains pleasurable until we verily stuff ourselves. Have you ever noticed that even if you are not hungry, and you start eating, that you can consume prodigious amounts of food anyway - and have fun doing it? Well, at least it's great going down, right?
So here is the problem. As my book The Synorgon Diet, How To Achieve Healthy Weight in a World of Excess describes, the sheer abundance and availability of food makes turning that switch on all too easy.
Additionally, as we become older, our digestive tract becomes more flaccid. With less tone, it is able to receive larger quantities of food before the "stuffed switch" goes on. Conversely, with age, our digestive capacity, our ability to secrete enzymes and break downfoods, dwindles. The result is a repeated assault on the digestive tract with wheelbarrows of food troughed in that cannot be properly broken down. The consequent fermentation results in the GI distress that is so common.
Here's the solution. And, I'm sorry, it's not that you can eat as much as you want anytime you want of anything you want. First off, convert the diet as described in The Optimal Health Program. Be sure to drink at least 6 - 8 glasses of WellSpring alkalinized pure water every day. Here's the hard part. Understand that you have an "eating on" switch that is totally unrelated to your NEED for food. Rather than eat according to any schedule or whim, and allow the switch to be turned on, eat when hungry. Then, stop eating before you feel full. (That's a tough one.)
Few of us need three meals a day. If you are not an athlete in training, a laborer doing manual work all day long, or the like, you probably need about half as much (or even less) food as you are presently eating. Knock it off! Listen to your hunger. (I'm talking real hunger, not food addictions or desire for gastronomic entertainment.) It will tell you when you need food. If you can listen to that simple message, realize that you are not going to be facing famine tomorrow, stop eating before your "eating on" switch turns off, and use judgement as to how much food you deserve based on your activity, you can solve your digestive and weight problems.
Well anyway, that's what you are supposed to do. I am not sure I can do it, but don't do what I do here, do what I say.
You don't have to experience my fate - an obituary one day that reads, "He tried, but could not control his eating on switch - exploded in misery after a most delightful feeding frenzy."
Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.
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