I’d love to eat pineapple all the time, but my health guru says I can only eat it on Sundays… when it’s raining… and only if I have written permission from a certified instructor.
Confusion, candida and cancer. Three C’s.
These are the themes for today’s Q & A.
I’m not going to spend any time leading you up them, since there’s a lot to cover.
Let’s get going…
Totally Confused about What Expert’s Diet is Best
Patrica is flat out confused about who to listen to when it comes to diet.
Hi Kevin and AM
I have been on my health journey about a year now I have lost a lot of weight, and I weigh 120 lbs now. I have tried to educate myself, everything from your web site to Paul Nison to mercola.com, Hallelujah acres, Lorraine Day and most recently the Rave Diet and Dr John McDougalls work, among many others. And at this point I AM SO CONFUSED, they all say something different, no oils, and others say oils are good for you, no animal pro it will kill you to, its ok to eat some, stay away from even complex starches, only 15%, to eat a complex starch based diet. I am floundering, what is one to do. I share what I learn with my family, then the next day I read something different and feel guilty about what I told my family. Please if you have time HELP. Surely others have experienced this.
Patricia, thanks for writing in. I think we’ve all been where you are at one point or another.
At this point, I think the best diet for you is a health expert fast.
Yep, you read that right…
This is a very specific diet that removes all opinions about what foods we should and shouldn’t eat in our diet and brings focus back to what your body wants and needs the most.
The diet is very strict and you must not listen or absorb any information in regard to theories about eating, misrepresented science, dogmatic beliefs, or percentages of macronutrients.
It’s very difficult to do, but after you’ve completed this detox, you’ll find that you feel less guilty, are more energized to follow your own path and actually realize that most of the information being shared is just personal opinion or poorly gathered “science.”
That was kind of a joke, but kind of not. LOL!
On a more serious note, the best way to figure out what diet works for you is experiment with them, find out how your body reacts to certain foods, and use your blood tests to guide you through the process.
This takes the control out of the hands of the “experts” and puts it into yours.
Most experts are also short sighted. Many say don’t eat oils when in fact oils can bring your body out of deficiency in cases where an individual has low essential fatty acids. Others say don’t eat meat, but some people get healthier when they have some animal foods. Some even say you only need air…
These instances (minus the breatharian approach) all need to be considered when you’re putting together your own personal approach to diet.
Finally, the experts in many cases forget that some of the longest lived cultures of our modern times don’t even have nutritionists or health gurus. They just eat good, homegrown food, spend time with friends and family, work hard, and drink a little (sometimes moderately.)
I think the best lessons are learned from those who have already been there, not from those who are in the process.
Body Ecology and Kefir and Rice Dream and Goat’s Milk and Enzymes and…
Dani has a bunch of questions about kefir and Body Ecology…
I have been dealing with candida/digestion issues for about 15 years – I am curious as to why you decided to use the raw goat milk instead of the coconut water kefir as described on the Body Ecology website – and did you take the enzymes – in particular for the milk/protein assist when you were eating it. I am getting some help with wheat grass and taking probiotic pill but still hard to digest a lot of things – so wanted to try some kefir of some sort and did you eat the cultured veggies also? Did you take other products that she recommends on her site?
Another question, since I am not eating all raw – what do you think about using the rice dream – brown rice milk from the store to make kefir – do you think that would be effective?
I guess another part of the question would be – why did you choose raw goats milk-was there some major benefit to making the kefir out of that? I don’t know much about it so I appreciate your comments.
Hey Dani, thanks for writing in! Lot’s of questions here, so I’ll do my best to respond and also make it interesting to read, LOL!
First up, before I tried the goat’s kefir I was eating all types of fermented foods including coconut kefir and cultured vegetables. They didn’t give me the same benefit as the goat kefir. The addition of this food gave me noticeable and undeniable results that I’m now very grateful to have.
While I was eating the fermented goat milk, I did not take any particular enzyme. I didn’t need it. My stomach, while it does get massively upset when I eat non-fermented dairy, does not get affected when I eat fermented dairy. The reason, in my estimation is because the lactose in the milk is eaten by the bacteria and the proteins — or casein — is predigested as well. (Also the casein from goat milk is A-2 and easier to digest.)
As for using rice dream or other store bought milks to make kefir, I think that’s an OK approach — not the best — but OK. When you add bacteria to these substances, you can easily turn them into a superfood.
What I don’t like about these products is their packaged nature. Packaged foods just aren’t great, even if they’re healthy. The food is long dead. You’d be better off making your own nut milk and fermenting that, since it would be fresh.
But keep in mind, just because it’s white and fermented doesn’t mean that is has the same nutrient profiles as other white fermented drinks like milk or coconut kefir. So it’s up to you to decide what you need for your situation.
I think for me, I needed the amino acids and proteins in the milk that I wasn’t finding in the plant based ferments. So again, up to you to decide how to go about it.
One last thing about packaged foods — I believe many of them likely have preservatives in them that aren’t on the label. We’ve seen this in the skin care industry and were shocked, and I’m pretty sure it happens in the food industry — though somewhat better regulated — as well.
Finally, why I chose goat’s milk is chronicled here:
I think you’ll find these articles helpful!
How Do I Get Rid of My Hives?
Elizabeth gets hives and wants to know how to get rid of them…
First off, i want to tell you how grateful i am to your openness for questions. A brief background: i’m vegan, mostly raw (simply because i live in a hot, humid environment and it keeps me in balance), no refined sugars, wheat or processed foods, yoga (asana, pranayama,and meditation) practitioner of 20 years…daily.
I also have a healthy dose of supplements and herbs in my diet. all in all this works for me and i feel great; my problem though is that for the past two years or so (actually, ever since i was on three months of strict BED) i’ve been suffering from hives. Therefore, i can’t eat any of the ‘trigger’ foods…i.e. fermented :(. I was listening to your interview with Dr. Gonzales where he said that people who are too alkaline tend to suffer from hives because their cells are more permeable? My question to you is do you know of any protocol, short of going back to eating meat, that will help with my problem. Would the occasional organic free range egg you think do the trick? I’m currently taking Quercetin + C, as well as bee pollen. My protein sources also include spirulina, hemp, chia, and cooked lentils, beans, and quinoa on occasion. The hives appear without rhyme or reason…even just being cold can bring on a flare up. Needless to say, not only are they miserable, but i’m emotionally spent. I know you understand that because of what you went through trying to get rid of your candida. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this. All the best to you and Anne Marie. Most sincerely and with much gratitude,
Hi Elizabeth, I totally know how you feel.
Trying to identify what’s happening can be very, very stressful.
First off, one of the ways that helped me get out of my funk was seeing a really good practitioner. There’s no quicker way to success when you can bounce ideas off of someone who’s seen cases like (or related) to what you’re experiencing.
Second, usually the best way to find out what is causing a reaction in the body like hives is to streamline and simplify your diet for two weeks.
Basically, I’d remove all the supplements, oils, superfoods, etc and just eat very simple meals for two weeks. (Don’t worry, you’ll survive without them!) If the hives go away, you can gradually — one by one — re-introduce what you took out, to see what causes them. If it is one of the substances, you should be able to pinpoint it.
If they hives don’t go away, it’s likely not an external issue, but an internal one and you can start addressing that specifically as well.
If it is an internal issue, then I’d suggest finding out if you have any inflammation in the gut or aren’t digesting your food properly — but I’d only do this after doing the two week elimination diet I mentioned above.
As for meat and eggs, I have no idea if these will work for you or not. For some people eggs and animal protein just seem to work and help get rid of issue — for others they don’t and actually make issues worse. So introduction of these foods to see if they help or not is a personal decision that should be based simply on your health. But, like I said above, I wouldn’t introduce a new variable to your experiment before you do the elimination diet. Otherwise, you may get better but have no idea what happened or what the real factor was that caused the improvement.
(Which, for you personally is OK, but if you wanted to share your story, it would be hard to do so with the best accuracy.)
Help, My Son Has Cancer
Desperate Mom needs help…
I have an 11-month-old son who has an inoperable brain tumor. We originally started a chemotherapy regimen, but it was so horrible and he went downhill so fast that we have recently stopped. We are having to fight with his doctors about this and it is tearing us apart. We need some help with alternative therapies. I have done much research, including listening to as much of the cancer summit broadcast as I could, but have had a hard time as none of your doctors/participants that I checked (for example, Dr. Gonzalez) will treat or even have any experience treating children/babies. Please help! I am desperate to treat my baby’s cancer WITHOUT chemotherapy! I need a plan! Thank you.
Signed, a desperate mom
Hi Kara, sorry to hear that you’re in this situation. We’re all sending you love from our family and extended family here at Renegade Health.
I would look into the Burzynski Clinic if you haven’t already. I believe they do work with children.
Here’s that site: www.BurzynskiClinic.com
Please let us know how this goes.
Your Question of the Day: What do you feel is the most confusing conflicting diet information out there? (Also, if you have resources for Desperate Mom, please share!)