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Nutrition and health
note: if you can read in spanish, the spanish page is more complete, so I recommend you better read this one. The english version is just a resume with the most important topics.
quick access in this page to: "how to eat healthy in Buenos Aires", "basics for eating healthy", "links explaining veganism", "the Gerson therapy cures cancer", "animal foods problems related", "vegetarian websites".
How to buy healthy food in Buenos Aires
If you already now how to eat healthy, you don't need to read all this page. But in case you want to visit Buenos Aires you would like to know where to buy organic products, which brands are organic also vegetarian restaurants choose. In this case, you would ne interested to see my mini guide of places for eating healthy in Buenos Aires. If you are interested to know more about eating healthy continue reading.
Basics for eating healthy in general
A bad diet, stress and bad thoughts are the main causes of diseases. A complete health implies body, mind and spirit aspects. That's why I recommend to start with a good and healthy diet and do also some yoga and meditation daily. In case of illness consult an ayurvedic or chinese or naturists doctors as they know how to cure with natural medicines and are experts in nutrition.
Here I give 15 habits to change for improving drastically and permanently your health and live longer:
1- Drink pure water. Could be filtered tap water (as pure as possible). Avoid all kind of additives (in drinks and foods). Do not have bought processed drinks: bottled or canned (as almost all of them has additives). Filtered is even better than mineral (as minerals are added mostly artificially). Avoid any kind of additives in general (in food or drinks). Additives are accumulated for years in the body generating all kind of health problems. List of some dangerous additives. If you are vegan, the best only source for the water are the fruits and vegetables instead of tap or caned water (watch video). Avoid fluoridated water, and fluoride in general because is toxic (read article).
2- Choose organic (BIO) and local products most as you can (vegetables and animals). It means without pesticides, hormones, genetically manipulated, treating well the animals and people in all the production process, etc. Read the labels of the products and support BIO (organic) industry by buying organic products from local farmers so do not polute the planet with long transportations of products. BIO now is more expensive and there is not always a big variety of products, but we can make it change. If we support it by buying only BIO we will support BIO farming and we will have more variety and prices will also be better.
To know where to buy organic (BIO) products in Buenos Aires, click here !!!
3-Leave red meat and diary products (cause of many diseases like cancer, osteoporosis, etc.). If it is possible also leave all animal products: follow the vegan diet (excluding any kind of meat, milk, butter, cheeses, eggs and derivated). Also animals will thank you. In buddhism says that "Health comes having a compassionate life style". See the supporting material about this topic, later in this page. See a vegan website.
4- Leave white sugar and refined salt. Use sugar cane or stevia instead of white sugar, and sea salt instead of refined salt.
5-Leave fritters. Raw oils are healthy but cooked are toxic.
6- Leave white flours. Eat whole-grains flours instead.
7-Fruits are very healthy. But do not mix them with other foods. After eating fruits wait at least 30 mins to eat other food. After eating other foods, wait 2 hours for eating fruits or drinking fruit juices. Also do not mix acid with sweet fruits (for example do not mix citrics with bananas). Eat (instead of juice) the fruits is better because the pulp has enzymes that helps the digestion.
8- Include a lot of fruits and vegetables raw (life food) in your diet as will keep you free of disease by giving nutrients and detoxifying you. Cooking over 41 Celsius degrees, burns the vitamins, proteins and enzymes. Even many of them when cooked are converted to toxics. Juice vegetables: Is very recommended to drink a green juice daily (with any mixture of dark green lettuces, escarole, watercress, red cabbage, green bell pepper, swiss chard and green apple). About the juicers machines, are recommended the masticating juicers and not the centrifugal ones (the second ones destroy enzymes and nutrients as the blenders do too). Here you have a video comparing the best juicers. Some of the bests used by raw-foodists are the Omega 8004/5 or /6, Green Star , Samson and the Norwalk.
9- Chew very good the food before swallow, until it gets liquid. If drink smoothies or even juices mix the liquids in the mouth with the saliva before swallow. The digestion starts in the mouth so do not drink fast.
10- Avoid bottled / canned foods and processed foods in general. Eat fresh food instead (that you can see is alive before eating it). Buy living food. If is processed by yourself, eat it immediately. Avoid any preparation with additives (preservatives, colorants, etc.).
11- Leave tobacco, alcohol and coffee. Are inhibitors of absorption of nutrients. Also causes many diseases.
12.A.- Avoid toxic in the kitchen:
Do not use at all: microwaves, teflon neither aluminum. Avoid when you can plastic in contact with food or liquids.(other link for plastics)
12.B.- Avoid toxics also in: dental amalgams because contains mercury that is highly toxic; and avoid fluoride from drinks and from tooth paste. If the current water in your city has fluoride added, drink bottled water and check in the label that has not fluoride inside. You can use an organic tooth paste without fluoride.
13-Expose your skin to the sun at least 30 minutes per day (between the first or last 3 hours of sun of the day).
14-Breath pure air in nature every day one hour.
15.a)-What I recommend is to be Vegan eating 75% raw (or alive) food !!! It means eat only vegetables and avoid eating any kind of animals or derivated. Is the most complete and healthy option supported by the science. Vegan diet gives you ALL the nutrientes you need if you do it balanced eating of every group: fruits, vegetables, cereals (whole seed flours), nuts, seeds, grains and oils. Just need to take in addition the vitamin B12 supplement (10 micrograms a day).
Here there is a video of a precise explanation of the Vegan Pyramid of food to eat balanced (in just 8 minutes). Here a vegan website explaining it very well.
15.B)- To eat balanced you should eat from all the following groups: nuts, beans, cereals, vegetables, green leaves, and fruits. In case you do not eat balanced or if you wish, you can use natural supplements (known also as super foods for the incredible amount of properties for the health). The most powerful are: goji berries, spirulina, pollen, brewer's yeast, açaí, maca, wheat germ, hemp seed, among, cacao (raw chocolate), wheat grass, (find them in internet to see the properties of each, are all raw and natural vegetables). Here a video explaining some super foods.
One tip: But eat nutritionally complete could be very easy if we know some tricks. In an ayurvedic consult the doctor told me if you do not eat balanced, just eat a Dahl 3 times a week. Dahl is an Indian plate that have all the nutrients you need (proteins, amino acids included) with a simple combination of rice and lentils or mung. The rice has all the amino acids that mixed with the proteins of the lentils give us all the complete proteins we need. See the recipe here.
I would resume in my opinion the best diet: Vegan, organic (BIO) products, at least 70% raw (not cooked). Three reasons to do it: 1) for your health, 2) to stop supporting suffering and killing animals, 3) for the environment.
I give you in the next link some more detailed of a healthy and balanced diet for raw-vegans.
Alkalizing raw food is the key to the health (read the next articles):
- Alkaline / acid foods table for print
If you meditate and seek for spirituality, yogic traditions recommend to follow the sattvic diet.
Nutrition facts of vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, oils
Some external articles and online free videos (in youtube) supporting all this:
Watch the video documentary online: "La comida importa (The food matters)"
Watch the video documentary online: Miths and truths about vegetarianism/veganism
Watch video online of: Paul Mccartney speaking about veganism
Vegan Website: www.vegansociety.com
(video) The Raw Food Diet by William Harris M.D.
(video) conference about why go vegan (1h 10mins)
Vegan Recipes: website 1, website 2, Website 3 (with videos)
Vegan Guide (eating vegan in the world)
Websites about Vegainsm: Veganhealth.org, Raw Vegan website I, Raw Vegan website II
Veganism in Sports:
Famous Vegan Sport Athlets. The top 10 vegan athlets.
Vegan Diet for Peak Athletic Performance
In Shaolin Temple are vegetarians (see the 5.50 mins)
Raw-vegan 80/10/10 diet. For high performance athlets. Enterview a Michael Arnstein (marathon runner and champion in USA). Dr Doug Graham the creator of the diet, explaining it.
(video) Raw Food Vegan Bodybuilder
(video) 72 years old Raw Food Vegan Bodybuilder
(Article) Veganism, wikipedia
(video) Vegan Pyramid of food: how to eat balanced explained in 8 minutes! Excellent and precise.
(video) Medics speaking about veganism
(Video) Explaining some super foods: (natural supplements)
Raw Vegan Food - Interview to a Dr.: Video part 1, video Part 2, video part 3
(Video) explaining how starting being Raw-Vegan is a detox process itself.
(video) vegan conference in 2011
The Diet of Edgar Cayce: P1, P2, P3.
Spiritual Gurus and Diet:
Buddhism and vegetarianism, (Video)
(vid) Yogui Guru Sadhguru explaining a healthy diet
(vid) Yogui Guru Acharya Shree Yogeesh about diet.
Yogananda´s approach for a diet.
Vbrations: Meditation and Veganism
The Gerson therapy cures cancer:
Max Gerson (from Germany, Munich) discovered in 1928 how to cure the cancer by just eating raw vegan organic food. Without any medicine, operations, machines, etc. Is just a very strict diet (of mainly green juices, carrots and apples) to follow and coffee enemas. He founded the Gerson Institute (with non profit objectives) in 1977 where they have cured successfully hundreds of cases. They share all their knowledge in videos published by themselves in youtube. Also you have info in their web page and also you can go to the institute to stay there for some months while they give you the food. Here you can see all the information in the next videos and then go to their web page:
- Interview to Charlotte Gerson (Max´s daughter): is a very good video to have an overview of the therapy in just 50 minutes. She is so clear in her words...
There are 3 complete videos documentaries about Gerson. All of them you could watch in youtube clicking the next links:
1) "Dying to have known" (Chapters: 1 to 3, 4 to 6, 7 to 8, 9 to 11, 12 to 14, 15 to 16)
2) "the Gerson Miracle": cap1, cap2, cap3, cap4, cap5, cap6, cap7, cap8, cap9, cap10
3) "The beautiful truth"(see it here) .
- And here complete and detailed explained the therapy by Charlotte Gerson herself (check that each tape is a list of many clips that you have to scroll when finished):
TAPE1, TAPE2, TAPE3, TAPE4
- Interview to Howard Strauss from the Gerson Institute
- Here an article of the resumed description of the complete diet
- And from Gerson´s website www.gerson.org the following direct links:
Gerson Diet to cure from cancer
Allowed and prohibited foods (in PDF),
Juice Recipe(in PDF),
sample menu(in PDF).
Blood test sugested for Vegans.
Animal food problems related:
(Video) Animal proteins causes cancer
(Video) agriculture is the cause #1 of global warming
(video) What Are Chicken Nuggets Made Of?
(video) MTV commercial pro vegan
(Video) From farm to fridge
Dairy products - suffering behind
Vegetarian web sites:
with a lot of info and also recipes and vegetarian restaurant guides in all the planet: http://www.happycow.net/health.html
Watch the Simpsons episode 7x5 where Lisa goes Vegan!
Forums for vegan people
Other 10 vegan web sites
Free Diet & Weight Loss Journal: http://fitday.com/. Combine your products to have all the nutrients you need per day. It has a very big database with nutrients per food. Another website is http://www.cronometer.com/
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