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Andean Diet for Spring

Spring into cycles with Andean nutrition.

This week we welcome in Spring!

The orange groves here are bursting with blossoms and our house awash in their sweet perfume.

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Sunset over our orange grove.

We are filling our rooms with lilies from Ecuador for Easter.

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See details on Ecuador Lilies for Easter here.

When the seasons change, it is time to think about John Douillard’s book on nutrition, “Three Season Diet”.  John is one of the physicians who has made more difference in Merri’s and my lives than any other. I have enjoyed three of his courses, one on pulse therapy, one on quantum exercise and one on quantum nutrition.

What we learned from John has helped us sustain a high level of energy.   Merri and I are well past retirement age yet we just started our biggest business expansion yet.

Why would we do this if we don’t need the money and don’t need the work?  Simply put we are so filled with energy and ideas and creativity that we don’t even think about being in our seventies.  Age does not even seem to mean anything to us.

Part of our energy comes from our nutritional habits so this message is about how to change our nutrition in the Spring.

“Three Season Diet” shows how to lose weight, increase health and vitality by eating different foods at different times of the year. The concept is based partly on Ayurved, the Indian science of life and well being, which views the body as having three essences; vata (essence of motion), pitta (essence of transformation-digestion) and kapha (essence of solidity). These essences are also described as vata-air, pitta, fire and kapha, earth/water.  A key in Ayurved is to keep the three in balance.

Ayurved also recognizes differences in seasons. Spring, being a moist, fertile time of growth of course is a kapha period. Summer, naturally is a time of heat or pitta when the seeds transform into food. Finally, autumn and winter turn windy and cold. Things become brittle and dried, the time of vata. So the tendency in summer is for the fire in us (pitta) to grow excessively, spring brings kapha problems and winter hosts vata imbalances.

This book is an excellent health generator on how to lose weight, beat food cravings and get fit. John has worked on me and I have attended several of his courses including one based around his first book, “Body, Mind and Sport”.  A former professional athlete, John helped train Billy Jean King,  was a consultant to the New Jersey Nets and runs an Ayurvedic and chiropractic sports medicine practice in Boulder, Colorado.

The theme to “Three Season Diet” is that there is a surprising resolution to all the diet gurus with their conflicting nutritional research.  They are all right, but each for only about four months of the year.  The 3 season diet points out that there are three growing seasons, spring, summer and fall. We should have three diets we vary through the year, low calorie-low fat in spring, high carbohydrate in summer and high protein in winter. This creates a food supply that fits the body’s requirements as it shifts to adapt to each of these seasons.

The 3-Season Diet aligns our desires with the foods that nature has provided in season for thousands of years.

In the winter we naturally crave soups, nuts, warm grains, and other high fat and protein foods such as meat and fish.

In the spring we want salads, berries, and leafy greens — a naturally low-fat diet.

And in the summer, when the days are long and hot, we require cooling and high-energy foods such as fruits and vegetables, which are a naturally available high carbohydrate diet.

You can get more information about this book from John Douillard’s website www.lifespa.com.

There are many similarities between the Ayurvedic and Andean nutritional sciences.

The cornerstones of Andean nutrition are:

#1: Eating a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

#2: Eating a combination of food for ideal digestion.

#3: Eating clean organic food prepared and served by happy, joyful people.

#4: Eating in good spirits at the right times.

#5: Chewing in the correct way.

#6: Eating purifying and satisfying meals.

#7: Balancing nutrition with correct sleep and exercise.

Here is what we will review about nutrition:

#1: Eating a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

Our diet keeps protein balance without excessive amounts of meat using quinoa, eggs, goat and natural cheese and yoghurt instead. A great deal of poor health and stress is tied in to the underlying hormonal disturbance caused by the excess production of insulin. This imbalance normally comes from too much food and incorrect protein, carbohydrate, fat balances in the diet. Every time we eat, hormones in our body will change, either good or bad. Delicious food with a balance of 3 parts carbohydrates, two parts protein and one part fat has the power to orchestrate beneficial hormonal changes in our body.

#2: Eating the correct combinations of food for ideal digestion.

Andean nutritional ideals also focus on combining foods in a way that avoid fermentation in the stomach. Foods and spices are divided into three types neutral, savory and sweet. Neutral can be mixed with savory or sweet, but no savory and sweet foods are mixed. The main neutral foods are grains, cereals, nuts and seeds. Meat and most vegetables are savory. Fruits are sweet. Cereals are ground and soaked to improve their digestibility. Sweet spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, mint. Savory spices include sale, pepper, chiles, oregano, coriander, bay leaf, cumin, saffron, fennel. No two fats are mixed nor are fruit types.

#3 & 4: Eating clean organic food prepared and served by happy, joyful people and eat in good spirits at the right times. Food should be beautiful as well…like this quinoa-feta salad we often enjoy.

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Candace Pert, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist well known for her groundbreaking work that shows the mind is not just in the brain but in the entire body. The mind and body communicate using the chemistry of emotion. Short chains of amino acids called peptides and receptors are found in the brain, stomach, muscles, glands and all major organs. They send messages back and forth linking mind and body. When we are happy our entire body is happy and reverse and this chemistry has a dramatic impact on our food and digestion.

Andean beliefs view the body composed of three elements earth (Pacha Mama), fire (Taita Inti) and air, Pacha Kuti.

There are times of the day when each of these elements are most active. The digestive fires are highest at 12 noon, so a savory meal is normally eaten at this time.

A sweet breakfast accommodates a more sluggish digestive time and the evening is set aside for a purifying fruit meal so the body can use the midnight fire energy to cleanse rather than digest.

Three herbal teas are served. In the morning cinnamon tea is served. Before lunch ginger tea lights the digestive fires and before sleep chamomile tea enhances a good night’s rest.

Part of good nutrition comes from eating, sleeping and exercising at the correct times.

The yatchaks also suggest we eat only when hungry and the stomach is empty so we recommend eating only every four hours. For cravings between herbal tea is best and juices can be added if it is uncomfortable to wait for the next meal.

#5: Chewing in the correct way.

Correct chewing releases nutrient molecules so energy from food is more quickly released and assimilated. This allows the brain to recognize flavors and release the correct digestive juices for that food. Proper chewing does even more because it stimulates the bodies sphincter (or ring) muscles that surround the various orifices of the body.

Ring muscles include the muscles around the eyes, the nostrils, anus, urethra, genitals and the mouth. In a healthy body, all sphincters work together, contracting and relaxing simultaneously. They also activate the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the musculoskeletal system and the urogenital system. Ring muscles are ultimately responsible for putting all the other muscles and all the organs of the body to work.

Chewing correctly stimulates the ring muscles and consequently helps exercise all our muscles.

Read our report “The Power in the Key Muscles”

#6: Eating purifying and satisfying meals.

Fruit types also exist and are never mixed. Citrus stands together, but is not mixed with other foods. Watery fruits (apples pears, plums and grapes) can be mixed. Bananas are eaten alone only or with dairy only..never with any grains. Pineapple and melons are also eaten alone.

There are three purifying meals we will learn about during the course. The first most gentle purifier is a water combination of apples and grapes. The second meal is an entire pineapple and the third, an entire watermelon.

Organic coffee, tea and cocoa are great purifiers rich in antioxidants. Coffee and some tea is avoided by those who do not want caffeine. We recommend moderation and serve only organic, fair trade coffee and tea Coffee and tea (without milk) are neutral and can be consumed before or with any meal.

#7: Balancing nutrition with exercise and sleep.

Each day you can learn a gentle but profound exercise that will enhance your stress release. We do not have television at the farm and recommend going to bed before the evening fore cycle begins at 10 PM. The farm is totally quiet and dark for more restful sleep.

Welcome to the new season…Spring,  a time of growth and rejuvenation and a time to alter your diet. Bring on the salads, berries, leafy greens and have a naturally low-fat diet that will put a spring in your step this Spring!

Gary

There you have it… this is the time to start cutting back on your fats.   However make sure you still get enough healthy fats and Omega 3.

About Omega 3

Jim Vigue spoke at our last Super Thinking seminar.  He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is board certified in alternative medicine and has a Ph.D. in holistic health.

Jim is also a former USA Baseball/Major League Players Association Coach of the Year as well as an award winning author on such diverse subjects as baseball, finance and menopause.  He works with many professional  and non professional athletes and his baseball book spoke out against steroids long before the condemnation  was popular.  Jim’s most successful book has been his book on menopause (and other mid life issues women and their partners face).

Dr. Jim told us:  Our research shows that people who have the highest Omega-3 Index values appear to have the slowest rates of “cellular aging.”

OMG Omega 3

Dr. Jim then outlined how Omega 3s may be doing more than just helping longevity.

He wrote: If I could only take one supplement it would be a good omega 3 product.

When we designed our product we included vitamin D, the super anti oxidant astaxanthin  and a proprietary anti oxidant blend along with the krill oil and calamarine oil.

This is a very powerful combination. When you compare a solid level of omega 3s in the blood to other interventions that delay the diseases of aging omega 3s come out first all the time.

The key is getting the blood level of omega 3s at a level that helps offset many of the diseases of aging including heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s, arthritis and even some cancers.

The fact is that if you can get your omega 3 index around 8% you will age at less than half the rate as those with an index of around 3%. The Japanese are the longest lived people in the industrialized world because they have one of the highest omega 3 index values in the world.

 “No nutrient is more important for decreasing cardiovascular death – and more lacking – than omega-3.”

Bernadine Healy, MD  Cardiologist and  Past President of American Heart Association  – Past Director of the NIH – Past Director of the Red Cross
She concludes:   “Before long, your personal Omega-3 Index just could he the new cholesterol – the number you want to brag about.”   Omega-3 content in red blood cells is a strong predictor cardiovascular disease.

Low levels of Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with higher rates of:

* Heart Disease, including:

* Sudden Cardiac Death (Primary Cardiac Arrest)

* Mortality from Congestive Heart Failure

* Mortality after heart attack

*2nd Heart Attack

* 1 st Heart Attack in those with High Triglycerides/Low HDL 2nd Stroke Cellular Aging

* Depression (Major Depressive Disorder) Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease, Inflammation ,Chronic Joint Swelling, Headaches, Prostate cancer.

In the USA and European Union, the average Omega-3 Index is 4-5%.

In Japan, the average diet is high in Omega-3 and the average Omega-3 Index is 9.5%.

In the USA, sudden cardiac death rates are about 20 times HIGHER than they are in Japan.

The importance of measuring your Omega-3 Index:

Omega Chart

In one study, the Omega-3 index was measured in 704 individuals, some were taking fish oil supplementation and some were not. Only 1% of the group not taking fish oil had an Omega-3 Index  8%.

However, in the group that was taking fish oil, only 17% had an Omega-3 Index above 8%.

83% of people in the study taking fish oil were NOT getting to goal!!!

Dr. Jim said this simple fact that many common fish oils weren’t doing the job led him to develop his own high quality product. Initially designed for athletes but really for any active person.

Dr. Jim introduced a new word at the seminar……Supertarian

A Supertarian is someone who:

1. Has a vitamin D level over 50
2. Has an omega index over 8.
3. Has a glucose level under 90
4. Has balanced hormones

He believes that anyone who can achieved this status will have a good chance of avoiding or at the bare minimum postponing the major diseases of aging.

Dr. Jim designs natural products for his own companies and others. He has one 15 year old line of supplements that he markets exclusively to doctors and clinics. He also designs and develops products for other companies. He has just introduced his new Athlete’s Best line.

He markets his omega product (which lowers PSA scores and the risk of prostate cancer) along with the strongest non prescription prostate formula on the market-which deals with all the other issues of prostate health.

He feels his omega plus formula is the number one supplement that people should be taking before anything else. It is a proprietary formula designed to offer the optimal amount of ingredients for maximum benefit. For instance, as he mentioned at our last seminar a Korean study pointed out that 2 mg of astaxanthin is more beneficial than 8 mg.(he has over 2 in his formula which he feels is the optimal amount). It is the same thing with krill oil..more is not necessarily better. Dr. Jim’s formula contains the most effective amount of krill oil.

People need to get their omega index into the 8%+ range. Regular fish oil doesn’t do it and regular fish oil has more contaminants and oxidizes quicker than what he has in his formula. Basically fish oil is obsolete and much better lipid results are achieved with Dr. Jim’s formulation according to Dr. Jim.

If someone wants to get an omega index score they can order a finger prick test to send to a lab for around $140.00 or they can order it with their regular blood work. The US average score is around 4 while the longest lived people in the industrialized world(the Japanese) have scores over 8.

If you look at the Bernadine Healy quote that sort of sums up the way we see this:

“Before long, your personal Omega-3 Index just could be the new cholesterol-the number you want to brag about.”

And more research has come out on this since her quote that shows cholesterol isn’t the culprit it has been made out to be.

The fact is that there really is nothing else better for overall health than a healthy omega index. Heart disease is one area of course where omega-3s are known to benefit. But there is also the fact that a healthy omega score slows down telomere reduction and cellular aging, limits cognitive decline and helps hold off Alzheimer’s and reduces overall inflammation levels in the body(thereby improving joint pain).

Inflammation is considered a major factor in all the diseases of aging and this product does a great job at reducing CRP (C-Reactive Protein)which is the major inflammation marker. Users of the Athlete’s Best formula have also shown increased levels of HDL (good cholesterol) and lower readings of both triglycerides and PSA scores.

You can go on the Athlete’s Best website and pick up more information on the product. A link is below.

This identical formula is being sold in gyms all over the country at much higher prices.

Dr. Jim has provided Gary Scott readers a $5 code which puts this price below even the normal price at athletesbest.com’s website.

Plus this price includes free shipping in the USA.

This brings the per bottle cost down to below $1.00 a day at $44.95 for this premium product with premium ingredients. Each bottle offers a 45 day supply of product.

A 90 day supply is $79.90 with free shipping which brings the cost per day even lower. Since it takes roughly 90 days for red blood cells to go through a complete cycle users really need to take the product(or any supplement for that matter) for at least 90 days to get the maximum benefit.

A 90 day supply is less than $.95 a day for a product that  provides a superior and proprietary omega 3 formula, the Astaxanthin, the vitamin D and the anti oxidant blend.

Omega 3

Order here

omega 3

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Visit John Douillard’s website www.lifespa.com