I see three stages that we go on as we make the journey of nutritional healing:
Stage 1 - "The Health Nut".
Stage 2 - "The Health Coach".
Stage 3 - "The Nutritional Doctor-Healer".
Stage 1 - The Health Nut
This is the average healthy eater who has some nutritional know-how. They watch their sugar intake, may not eat gluten, and might do almond milk instead of dairy. Basic nutritional know how. Maybe they take a multi-vitamin or some vitamin D. At this level, you might also be balancing your macro-nutrients in your meals (watching your protein, fat, and carb intake.) You might aim to have a salad everyday. At this level, you also tend to think that the diet that works great for you, will also work great for everyone else too - which how we get fanatical vegans, or fanatical meat-eaters - you think everyone should eat as you do. So at this level, we know some things, but we still believe some myths too.
At Stage 1 - you might have the salad pictured above, and say, "I'm having a spinach salad, that's healthy. Spinach has iron and strawberries are rich in anti-oxidants."
I battled candida for a long time. It would go away, then come back. So I eventually got creative and asked myself, "What the frick is going on here?? What can I do to end this?" Here's some of my answers...
1. Make Love, Not War
War is never wise. So instead of just attacking the candida with garlic, oregano oil or what not...instead focus on loving your body in all ways. So - do you need Vitamin D? Is your bedroom too dark? Have you been feeling down a lot? Everything that weakens you, makes you more susceptible to candida over-growth. Making war on Candida is very different than aiming to nourish and love your body and create health. Do everything you can to heal yourself, and start with what's obvious or what you're drawn to do. As you support your body, your body will handle the candida. You have an immune system, that's it's job.
They are A New Earth - Eckhart Tolle, Power vs Force - David Hawkins, Integrative Nutrition - Joshua Rosenthal, and anything by David Deida.
For a while I read so much that my body suffered. But what did come out of that is that I expanded my mind in numerous ways, enriched my vocab, and basically did brain-yoga pretty much daily. Brain-yoga is what I call it when a book is hard to understand, but you push through anyway, and it leaves you going, "WOW". Brain yoga, I've learned, is very good for us. So without further ado, here are some of the books that rocked my world:
Here's a snack I'm liking, it's easy:
1. take 2 walnut halves
2. Stick a date in the middle
I know, the pic has it backwards.
Gonna keep this one short...
I read a while ago something in a book by Dr. Mark Hyman, that brilliant health educator, about the diets of eskimos, vs the diets of sumo wrestlers.
Mark Hyman was explaining how sumo wrestlers put on fat: they eat a huge meal of a lot of rice or noodles, then they go to sleep.
Today more and more people are going vegan. More and more people are also going paleo.
The question becomes, "Should you go vegan?". I was vegan myself a decade ago and have been studying nutrition ever since, reading widely, experimenting with my own diet, and I have some important realizations to share.
The main message I have here is this: instead of going vegan, please consider just eating less meat, and buying organic or pastured meat instead of conventional.
You can make a healthy version of almost anything, from chocolate to potato chips!
Below are some healthy versions of popular snacks and meals. Which are you favourites?
Popcorn w Cheese - Organic popcorn (since most corn is GMO) + olive oil/flax seed oil + sea salt + nutritional yeast (naturally cheesy, and high in B12). Cooked in a hot air popper. Add cayenne, curry powder, dill, garlic, even sprinkle stevia or cinnamon for sweetness!
2200 calories: eat one column on the left, or....everything on the right.
The big myth that we have been told: "You just need to eat less, and exercise more". But the truth is, it's not about eating less. It's about *what* we eat.
One of the best articles I ever read on the brain was about the brain in Alzheimers. It discussed 4 'Brain types' that show up as Alzheimers. This blog contains excerpts on those 4 brain types (in blue), followed by my comments on each.
Arthritis: "I put CBD cream on my hands in the morning, and then I go can go all day. I don't feel the arthritis. It's wonderful." - an older gentleman I met at the hemp shop in Victoria.
Anxiety and Migraine: I also spoke recently to a woman who has had migraines for years, and was taking medications for anxiety. A month ago she started taking CBD oil, now she is totally off the anxiety medications, and in 30 days she's had only two migraines.
Diabetes/insulin: I have also read glowing testimonials by people who found that CBD allowed them to greatly reduce their use of insulin.
CBD also benefits the brain, creating greater mood stability, and benefits many other conditions including fibromyalgia, acne, psoriasis, and helping with sleep (links with studies are below). CBD is also particularly well suited to address symptoms of PTSD. The US government has even had a patent on CBD for over 30 years, for it's neuro-protective properties.
CBD is the main medicinal compound in hemp or cannabis. CBD stands for "Cannabidiol" and does not make you high.
The other main compound in cannabis is THC, "The high causer", which does make you high.
CBD can be purchased with or without THC.
CBD has the following properties:
1. Axiolytic - reduces anxiety
2. Anti-psychotic - effect on the brain
3. Cancer preventive - body wide effect
4. Anti-inflammatory - digestive system, brain and pain
5. Anti-oxidant (delays aging) - brain effect
6. Lower blood sugar - helps diabetics reduce insulin
When buying CBD, its wise to get it from a high quality source that has been tested for purity.
But HOW can CBD do all this?
The answer lies in the newly discovered "endo-cannabinoid system", or ECS for short.
Our endo-cannabinoid system has the ability to regulate many other body systems, normalizing their functioning. And it does this without side effects and without being addictive. The endo-cannabinoid system is a kind of master regulatory system in the human body, and CBD receptors have been found on several organs in the body, including the brain and heart. CBD seems to be a kind of master molecule that co-evolved with human beings. (and btw, THC also has benefits, but that's for another article).
Now why would I go and say a fool-thing like that?!?
Because I believe it. I've seen it. I've seen what people are like with a coach, and without one.
Coaching makes things clear. It helps people stay on track and get motivated. And here are two more very good reasons why everyone should have a coach:
1. YOU are the most complex thing in existence.
2. Life is hard.
What is a Whole Food Shake, you might ask?
As we are exploring different ways of improving health, sleep, weight, etc, one thing that many people find helpful is to add a protein shake to their day. It can result in almost effortless weight loss, softer skin, more energy... and for some very simple reasons: it's very digestible nutrition, and it can include only what you need, in a very clean form: protein (powder), healthy fats (like avocado, coconut mylk or almond mylk), and low glycemic carbs (like berries, or other low sugar fruit like cherries).
"I was trying to lose this stubborn weight for years. I also had sugar cravings that were impossible to stop. It wasn't until I took the right supplements that things changed."
Recently I heard these exact words, said by a naturopath. I've heard different versions of this said several times before. Usually we think that only drugs can create such a dramatic result. But the truth is, the right supplements can be equally as powerful, and have zero side effects.
So what supplements can help to end sugar cravings?
I was meditating the other day, and I intercepted this transmission. I think it was from an alien on earth, transmitting to their mother ship. It went like this...
"I see humans on earth in three kinds. There are conventional humans, free range humans, and organic humans..."
"Conventional humans are living very out of tune with their natural habitat. They usually work long hours, usually for someone else, or at least they do work that is someone else's idea and not their natural flow, not well suited to them, and definitely not in the habitat that they evolved in.
Ok, I confess. I actually made this list for myself, and here I am copy-pasting it into my blog. I feel like I'm cheating... Ok, here goes:
1. Eat more VEGGIES, especially GREEN VEGGIES, and less starches/flour and sugars. It's all about nourishing yourself with foods that are nutrient dense, and low-glycemic, so they won't spike your blood sugar and make you crash later. Starchy veggies and sugar are both very high glycemic, which means they raise blood sugar greatly. Green veggies and non-starchy veggies have less of an effect on blood sugar and have fiber that makes you feel full and gives you a more steady kind of energy.
2. Work-out and/or do Cardio. Weight-bearing exercise is especially great for boosting your metabolism - which means quickening your vitality. After an intense workout you will eat more that usually for a day or so, and you're going to sleep well too. I workout minimum once a week but twice a week I notice is better for keeping my energy higher. I've spoken to several competitive body-builders who told me when they were training they felt AMAZING, ie, they were exercising intensely often, and eating low glycemic meals along with enough protein.
Hi, I'm Donovan Giraud. I'm a health coach, meditator and visionary, and I'm on a mission to help people heal themselves and evolve our world.