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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information!” (TM)

When Cathie, a Samoan, posted her comment last week, my heart went out to her and her family, for this ethnic group, as the most afflicted by obesity,  symbolizes all our struggles to attain Health. What can help, them and you?

___   Well, the first thing that I am going to say is read all the pertinent articles in the Titles Archive, which is on a tab on the upper navigation bar, as soon as you can! It has my thoughts for nearly 4 years of concerned activism and information to help.

Every family has to have people like Cathie who are sharing the information-gathering needed to help everyone stay healthy. It’s not going to happen without education, as most families have lost the skills and know-how to accomplish healthy eating. Brava Cathie, for starting to advocate for you and your whole family!

___   Meanwhile, be realistic about where you are starting from and realistic about setting goals.

Learn how to measure your body fat properly or get it done by a professional. There are several ways to get answers as to percentage body fat, percentage lean mass etc.

All calorie limits are based on your lean body mass NOT your weight.

My state university’s medical school has a weight research lab where I was measured in a water tank for % fat composition. The Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in my city also had the same bariatric equipment, for a little larger fee. Some gyms may offer this. Ask your doctor where to go in your area.

This is a clearer process than just a caliper skin pinch test, but even that is better than nothing.

The Biggest Loser website also mentions other options, possibly using the same software they do on the show.

___   The Biggest Loser this week showed the doctor telling a 26 year old woman that she was about 60% fat! Neither he or I had ever heard of such a high number for someone who weighed originally about 270 pounds max, after huge weight gain due to inactivity and then lack of concern, as she gave up.

She’d been bed ridden after a car accident 2 years before and her leg muscles had atrophied. Shame on the caregivers for not providing rehab and physical therapy to strengthen the musculature. After all, regardless of her personal health coverage, insurance should have been paying from the car accident policy.

Our leg and butt muscles are meant to be large, vigorous metabolic engines. With almost no leg muscles, she turned into a giant fat popsicle.

___   So, let’s talk about exercise. It should be moderate and consistent.

Use walking to get those leg muscles metabolically active and strong. Aim for a long session, at a conversation pace. Fat-burning does not kick-in until about 45 minutes after you start to exercise, so you need to have 60 – 90 minutes of a minimum exercise work-out, time-wise.

After that 45 minutes, fat-burning kicks in; then you will burn fat until you eat again. As a diabetic, no-one should wait any longer than 5 hours between meals or snacks. Some people will need to eat sooner, especially if you exercised for one long session.

If that’s the case, then maybe break up your exercise into 2 episodes:  walk 50 minutes at lunchtime and 50 minutes after your evening meal, or better – in the morning. Then you get 2 chances to start the fat-burning cycle.

Exercise in the morning is better than at night, if you have the time and (indoor) equipment or the weather and light co-operates for you to safely go outdoors. Otherwise, consider a gym membership where you can exercise, shower-and-dress and head off to work.

___   The simplest diet to accompany this is to be “true” to the needs of your blood type and know the needed proportions of food families.

In any blood group, as Dr. Barry Sears, PhD, founder of The Zone Diet Plan says, make sure that your plate is about 80% covered with low carb vegetables, one small portion (1/4 – 1/2 cup, max.) of a carb vegetable (like regular potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnip, corn, peas, beans or a combo [grains — not used here]), a dash (about 1 teaspoon) of mono-saturated oil (organic extra-virgin olive oil or macadamia or other nut oils [not peanut — which is really a legume]) (I include organic, extra-virgin coconut oil – a special vegetarian saturated fat that forms important medium-chain fatty acids) and a piece of lean protein* no larger or thicker than the palm of your hand (without the finger area) — or 2 eggs, or half a palm size for a light meal — and half again less, for a “snack” (i.e. 1/4 palm = snack) along with unlimited low-carb veggies.

*Lean protein: any fish (I recommend no shellfish), grass-fed beef, bison** or lamb (all the way through, NOT “finished” with feeding grain before slaughter) – look online for farmers who just grass-feed; goat; free-range poultry (if desired; I don’t eat poultry for good reasons) and no pork or fatty cuts of the other meats. ** bison (buffalo) is always only range fed, so if in doubt, use bison, but cook low and slow as it’s not fatty; I suggest ground bison rather than steaks or roasts.

___   Everyone needs to drink at least 64 oz. of spring water — spread through the day. Or, drink an alkaline water, like Essentia or Evamore, unless you have kidney disease or are a high-risk diabetic having problems controlling it, in which case ask your doctor to assess the mineral content of your alkaline water and its impact on your (damaged?) kidneys.

Do NOT drink tap water, especially if it is fluoridated!

No other liquid counts as fluid except water! Everything other than just plain water dehydrates your body — some more, some less but all these other “drinks” leave you with less hydration. Use a pinch of Celtic sea salt to replace vital electrolytes lost in sweat. Do not use sports drinks.

___  Eating by your historical, genetic profile — that is, by Blood Type.

If you are Blood Type O, your diet plan is a moderate animal protein one (preferably cold-water fishes and organic, grass-fed meats) and lots of veggies diet – no dairy, no gluten grains (wheat, oats, barley and rye) approach. Wild rice and quinoa are OK to use, as are nuts and seeds. As a Samoan, Cathie, you are most likely Type O, but you must have a blood test to know for sure.

If you are Blood Type A, stay pretty much on veggies (especially the leafy ones), organic brown rice, wild rice, organic quinoa, organic free-range eggs (kept whole, not scrambled; medium boiled and poached are fine), almonds, almond milk, hemp seed, kiwi, other nuts and seeds — no dairy, no gluten grains if you are overweight — this already shows you are not handling one or more of these highly-sensitive food groups.

(A sub-group of A’s [like me] need a little cold-water fish, weekly.) Make sure you know the cleanliness of the ocean waters where the fish came from. In the USA the source of all fish must be labeled.

If Blood Type AB, then mostly stay with the vegetarian diet just shown, but add a little cold-water fish more regularly – salmon, cod, herring, sardines, mackerel are best.  Same for Blood Type B, although you can get extensive guidelines for these less frequent blood types in the following book.

Get Dr. Peter D’Adamo, ND series of books like Eat Right For Your Type.

___   For diabetics of all types,  de-emphasize fruit and have no juice (except 1 dose of pomegranate daily, explained below in heart health OR use lemon with stevia or agave to sweeten once in a while) (lemon is a natural diuretic, so make sure that you are drinking plain water, too).

___   Each day you need at least one Vitamin C source, whether that’s whole citrus fruit, kiwi, tomato or other decent source.

___   For heart health, kiwi has Omega-3 essential fatty acids, so that’s an important vegetarian source for your heart. Organic walnuts and almonds also have great heart-healthy fats (but buy European almonds, as all California almonds are irradiated!). Get the European nuts online.

Pomegranate is the only juice I allow – 2 oz. of pomegranate will start to clear out arterial blockages if taken daily. Do not take more — it’s expensive, and that’s the clinically effective dose.

Do have beets – they are a source of natural nitric oxide, which your body needs to dilate arteries and keep healthy blood flow. Dr. Louis Ignarro, PhD won the Nobel Prize for this work. Uncooked, raw beets do bot bleed all over the place, so use them but wash them well. If you bought their nutritious tops, then steam the beet greens lightly or stir fry them – eat only a bit of the greens if any of you take Coumadin or Warfarin.

The natural nitrates found in beets are VERY different from the ones used in hot dogs, sausage and other cured meats. Do not use those nitrates; they are a huge source for stomach cancer.

___   Try to take the pressure off your pancreas by eating and drinking in a pH neutral or pH alkaline way. I’ve written lots about how to do this, but this is key, as fat walls off toxins and you have to have tissue alkaline pH to be available to neutralize the toxic acids as they are released in weight loss.

Your pancreas is the source of these pH alkaline buffers, but your food choice can help by adding alkaline foods so the organ has less work.

___   Learn about 8 essential, healing sugars (saccharides)!

These are: mannose, glucose, galactose, xylose, fucose (NOT fructose – from fruit!), N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine and N-acetylneuraminic acid.  Only glucose and galactose are common in our diets. Fucose comes from seaweed, which is another reason it’s so healthy for us, apart from its minerals. Most of the rest are scarce in our diets, but we need them; that’s what “essential” means!

Not all of these saccharides are sweet-tasting. Some are tasteless; others are even bitter. Strange, huh?

The amount needed is 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of all of them, in total, daily. They won’t make you fat or raise insulin levels. In fact, you need them to help you lose weight, heal and boost your immune system! They help prevent cancer, help memory, sleep, prevent anxiety and depression, too.

These healing saccharides also help with levels of blood fats (triglycerides), cholesterol and raise HDL – the good kind. These needed sugars also protect bone and muscle mass. They are a foundation of Blood Type, too. I will write more about them next time.

Sugars are either monosaccharides (1 molecule), disaccharides (2 molecule structure – like lactose, found in milk or sucrose from sugarcane or sugar beets), or oligosaccharides which are 3 – 6 molecular structures (found in human breast milk and plants). Linking hundreds or thousands of monosaccharides together, produces polysaccharides (starch is one kind, as is your liver’s back-up energy source called glycogen).

These 8 essential saccharides are vital for cell communication, for cell structure and for cellular ability to work together as an organism.

But, fructose, from fruits, is NOT an essential saccharide and in its pure form, it is showing to be detrimental. Do NOT use fructose to substitute for table sugar.

As suitable, low-glycemic sweeteners, use stevia or agave nectar (in small portion, once or twice a day). Real, ORGANIC maple sugar (in a small portion, once a day max.) as maple sugar has been shown to be helpful to diabetics. Maple-flavored doesn’t count.

Learn more about these 8 essential healing sugars in “Sugars That Heal – The New Healing Science of Glyconutrients” by Dr. Emil Mondoa, MD.

___   Try to take the pressure off your liver, as it’s your main detox organ. When losing weight there’s lots of residue to be exposed to and have to neutralize (detoxification). Eating organic cuts down the “load”. There will always be metabolic waste and environmental toxins breathed in, but you can cut down food and drink sources by eating organic and not drinking tap water.

___   To have a chance at losing a substantial amount of weight in a reasonable time frame, you have to make healthy food choices (as described above),  with portion control (related to activity level and metabolic efficiency level – basal rate).  Also eat no artificial chemicals in your food!

___   Eat NO table salt. The only type of salt to use is Celtic sea salt or a regular whole sea salt from clean waters.  Regular “salt” is only sodium chloride; it has been stripped of the other 90 or so minerals originally in it.

Your cells mirror the exact waters of the ocean, therefore you DO need the trace minerals which were stripped off. You must not drink sea water, but you can use the minerals which were in it, in small quantities. Learn more from The Grain and Salt Society. Their founder, Dr. Jacques de Langre, PhD,  did copious research. Get these Celtic salts there, if you can’t find them near you.

The products known as “Real Salt” (from a dehydrated ocean in Utah) and “Himalayan Pink Salt” (from a similar source) are not as good in my opinion, as they have been diluted by mixture with other land sediments, possibly distorted by pressure etc.,  but still, even they are much better than regular table salt.

___   Exercise helps oxygenate your tissues which is important as your cellular mitochondrial furnaces need oxygen to “burn” food for energy. There is a product called CellFood from Lumina Health which is a specially-produced oxygen molecule, which is able to reach to the deepest levels.

The formula was made industrially by a Nobel Laureate scientist, Dr. Everett L. Storey, PhD (Albert Einstein called him a “genius”!) and you will be healthier for getting more oxygen into tissues, as long as you are also taking plenty of anti-oxidants: Vitamin C, Vitamin E, glutathione and alpha lipoic acid.

___   Be sure to be getting plenty of Vitamin D3. As a tropical people, now largely relegated to indoor work, this becomes even more important. But, it is true for everyone. I have written previously about this need for Vitamin D3 — be sure to get it only in that form. Read labels carefully. Look up the articles to learn more.

___   Learn about deep-breathing and stress reduction. The adrenaline “drip” from stress, alone, is enough to make you fat! Stress is very powerful chemistry and it is balanced by proper breathing (and/or a quieting yoga practice) which activates the parasympathetic nervous system and stops “flight or fight” tendencies from the autonomic nervous system. Learn about your physiology; it’s fundamental.

___   Get 8 hours of nourishing sleep. Do not underestimate the importance of sleep. If your sleep is interrupted or not of good quality, make sure to get 1 – 2 twenty-minute power naps during the day.

___   Cut-out caffeine sources except for green tea — no coffee, no sodas.

___  No table sugar, tobacco or alcohol if you want to lose weight and the least use possible of any drugs, certainly over-the-counter drugs.

___   Set a reasonable goal of 2lb. a week of weight loss. Your skin can keep up with this pace. If you have lots of water weight, you may lose more than that in the beginning, but it is essential to eat 1,200 – 1,400 calories per day for women and 1,600 – 2,000 calories a day for men — all dependent on height, lean-body weight, basal metabolic rate and activity level. It’s best to keep good amounts of balanced healthy food and up your activity in order to lose weight. You need food to fuel your weight loss. Do NOT starve. It’s unhealthy and sets you up for failure!

At this pace, it’s about 35 pounds of weight loss before mid-June, if all goes well. Let us know how it goes, Cathie, and anyone else who joins you!

These are the biggies that I suggest, that I can put in one post. If I think of something really necessary, I’ll add it during the week.

But this is a good start off plan – beginning by just the plate proportions of the various food families and the correct ones for your blood type and to start consistent, gentle exercise, drink your daily water quota and get quality rest.

Best to Cathie and family. Best to all — Em


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“Everyone Knows Someone Who Needs This Information”

This week and next, we’ll help you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday and include a couple of recipes which will help diabetics enjoy the festivities, as long as they eat reasonably. I also want to discuss some of what Thanksgiving may mean to us in 2008, and also acknowledge that yesterday would have been the 94th birthday of my father, Arthur. This blog has always been dedicated to my Dad, who was an inspiration to everyone he met, long before he became a Type-2 diabetic, and definitely after that, too. I am Thankful to have had such a wonderful father. I miss you so much.

And, for more ponderings of the Past – Europe was a Mess when the Pilgrims and others left it, first chance they could. I’ve always wondered how these good Christians could come to the “New” World and wreke so much damage and carnage to the Native peoples whom they found here. Their actions mystify me, especially as they had been persecuted themselves in Europe.

There were a few newcomers who made friends and acted well, when the local people offered welcome, but most Europeans automatically set themselves apart, and / or thought themselves superior. At least, the English Pilgrims did better than the Spanish Conquistadors, whose only view was subjugation, but in the end, the results were not much different for the Native Peoples (First Nations), especially as more militant English and other Europeans arrived later.

The legacy of all this is often lost or at least glossed-over in the “Anglo” world and in Spanish echelons of the countries in Latin America, but the memory of the American Native Peoples is long, and they have not forgotten. Today’s world is still not treating them well.

Yet, we have made progress in this current world which we should be Thankful for, and our awakening, increased Awareness is mostly positive. We still have huge new problems to deal with, globally, nationally, locally and personally, but that should never deter us from finding the Positive in Life, in fact, doing so is even more necessary.

So, as you gather with your family to shop and cook and eat and talk, please spend some time reflecting on today’s world: what are you grateful for; what are you worried about; what should you be doing to help yourselves and others in need; how can others help you; what are the things we need to Change most in the way our world is run; can you help make that good Change happen?

Each person is responsible for how they live each moment of their Life. Never forget that.

Don’t let your Life be a mindless succession of unthinking moments. Instead, let each moment have Purpose. Promise that to yourself.

My family wishes your family Joyous times.  Even if far away from each other, you can still share your Love.

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Now, for an interesting first recipe. Before you start the holidays, use the following for at least 4 days before your Big Meals. It will help cleanse your system, get rid of bloat and concurrently use meals that have more fresh, raw, simple choices, with smaller portions, about 6 times a day. Sassy Water was originally a recipe from Prevention Magazine’s resident dietician, Ms. Sass. I have merged that recipe with aspects of the Master Cleanser recipe, and my own suggestions.

Em’s Sassy Water

8. 5 cups spring water ( 2 liters)   (filtered tap water, only as a last resort) OR
6.5 cups of spring water AND 2 cups Amy and Brian’s clear Coconut Water, canned or clear coconut water from fresh, young green coconut (NB: this is NOT coconut “milk”!) *

1 t fresh grated ginger (put a 1/2″ piece in the freezer; it grates easier) **
1 med. English cucumber – skin on, halve longitudinally, slice extremely thin ***
1 medium organic lemon – squeeze juice in and cut the lemon in thin slices ****
12 fresh spearmint or mint leaves – crush gently *****
1/16t or tiny sprinkle cayenne pepper ******
pinch – 1/8t  Celtic Sea Salt *******

OPTIONAL: You can add 1t -3t of Grade B Organic Maple Syrup (no other kind!), only if you need to “balance” the flavor from the sea salt. Or, for less glycemic implications, try the same amount of agave nectar.

Combine everything and let it stand in refrigerator overnight. Let the vegetables, herbs and spices infuse the water, then remove the solids. Prepare another 2 liters (approx 64 oz.) on the day you drink the first bottles, so you always have some being processed. Drink the 64 oz. of Em’s Sassy Water throughout next day, after the overnight infusion process.

You can try to reuse the solids once, but I think you always must add some fresh material.

Drink for 4 days straight and then drink as a portion of your daily 2 liters / 8 cups of fluids, or if you feel bloated. Use no tea or coffee, period.


IMPORTANT: ask your physician if you have good enough kidney function that you could take a magnesium supplement along with this. Magnesium helps your body in many ways, but in this case, it increases bowel motility. As written, without using the magnesium pills, this drink will still help you “eliminate” the stagnant stuff already in your intestinal system, just more slowly. Once you have cleared things, and become more alkaline, you’ll be able to cope with a “bigger” meal, better.  You will also be hydrating yourself with an alkaline drink. That’s significant progress.

* The coconut water is clear, not coconut “milk”. It comes from the liquids that flow from the cavity of young coconuts (the dehusked ones look white and are wrapped in plastic and refrigerated; find them in good health stores) or still husked green ones or in cans. It is in the recipe to insure you have the same electrolytes as your blood needs and that helps you have proper minerals. Coconut is also very alkalinizing, which will help take pressure of your pancreas to produce the alkaline buffers you need to “combat” metabolic and dietary acids.

You could also substitute some highly alkaline spring water like Evamor or Essentia for some of the regular spring water. Do not use Trinity alkaline water.

** The ginger is there to help “settle” your digestion.

*** The cucumber is there to soothe and alkalinize. If you use a regular cucumber, make sure you remove the applied vegetable wax with a veggie wash product, and then keep the skin on. I would only use regular cucumbers if the English cucumbers are too expensive, as regular cucumbers upset some people’s stomachs.

**** The lemon is a potent alkalinizer in your body even though it is a citric “acid” fruit, it’s metabolic “ash” is alkaline (and that’s the definition of an alkaline food). If you cannot afford fresh lemons, then use Minute Maid’s yellow bottle of just-juice; it’s in the freezer case. This is NOT the same as “lemonade”, and it contains NO sweetening. 

***** Mint is an herb which soothes and settles your gastro-intestinal tract and which provides a spark of fresh flavor.

****** The cayenne pepper should not be overused. It is a balancing act between its benefits of providing a metabolic revving-up and irritation of tissues that you may have already caused, if your tract has not been working optimally. If you cannot use the cayenne, use some pureed red bell pepper to provide some vitamin C and leave it at that, even though it doesn’t do the same thing. As you heal your G-I tract, you may want to incorporate a little cayenne then.

******* The Celtic sea salt will help you start this “elimination” bowel process, and you can add more, as long as you are near a bathroom, and that you also don’t mind the drink being a bit more salty (up to 1/2t) (although 1t will cause “fast results!”). Go slow.

DO NOT USE REGULAR TABLE “SALT”. Do NOT use an iodized salt. If you can’t find the unrefined Celtic Sea salt in a good health store or at Trader Joe’s, then get it online from The Grain and Salt Society.

This is a very alkalizing drink, that will speed-up transit, and help detox your system somewhat. You could also have a thicker drink, by using a blender to thoroughly incorporate the cucumber, mint and flesh of the lemon (after you manually remove the rinds). Your choice.

But in any case, as this is a slightly detoxifying process, take it easy on yourself and start the process well ahead of Thanksgiving. You may find you get some headaches in the beginning, if you have lots to detoxify, or you may get some skin flare-ups, if you are extra toxic, but it all will settle down in a few days (that’s another reason to start ahead of time like maybe Thursday or Friday this week or begin on the week-end and into Tuesday). Be sure to keep up fresh, small meals with lots of raw veggies and some healthy oils. By Thanksgiving, you may find you have lots of extra energy and a brighter outlook, and that will be another reason to give Thanks!


I’ll add more recipes for meal suggestions for the Holiday, as I can. Now, go check out the Artists Collective and the contest, too!


Best to all — Em

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