Healthy Tips : Beware of Bars

We don’t mean the type that serve beer. We mean the packaged kind. Don’t be fooled into
thinking that grabbing an energy bar while on the go (even from the health food store) is a
slimming or healthy practice. Nearly all of these so-called natural bars are extremely high in
carbs and rely heavily on dried fruits like date pastes, honey, and glucose syrups. “Raw” bars
are notorious for this. The occasional one for a growing child would be fine, but your blood
sugar will be less likely to handle it. They often have a high nut content, which may slow down
the insulin response a little, but combined with dried fruit and the amount of honey used,
balanced sugar levels will be highly unlikely. Any fat the bar contains will climb on the insulin
truck and you have a double whammy packaged as an innocent health bar.
The other alternative is a protein bar. Most of these are soy based, and we know from ear-
lier discussion that soy is high in phytates and phytoestrogens. Corn syrup (even worse than
sugar) is often used to sweeten the bars. Sometimes these bars may be advertised as “no sugar”
or “low-carb.” In that case, sugar alcohols, like maltitol, are used. Maltitol is the least healthy
sugar alcohol and has its list of side effects, especially digestive distress. If you are really in a
pinch and not a purist psycho like Serene, these types of protein bars would be the best of the
worst. Atkins’ company makes such bars and they are readily available at most grocery stores.
We urge you to keep them for emergencies. However, it would still be a much better decision
when you are starving to eat a maltitol sweetened protein bar than a packet of potato chips, or
a high glycemic energy bar.
In Snacks, Chapter 24, you will find many recipes for energy and protein bars that are super
quick and easy to take with you. These are excellent on-the-go choices, or even for at-home
snacks.

 

Sit Down Restaurants

We think sit down restaurants are best for S meals. It’s harder to do an E meal because most
restaurants do not have whole grains or sweet potatoes on the menu. Your starch would end up
being white potato, white rice, or white noodles. Those won’t work.
Here’s how to order a healthy S meal while dining at a nice restaurant:
1. Try to avoid arriving too hungry. Eating a light snack at home a little while before
leaving for the restaurant is a good idea—maybe an ounce of cheese and a few nuts, or
quarter of a cup of glucomannan pudding (Deserts, Chapter 23). This way, you will be
more in control of yourself when faced with so many options and won’t be as tempted
to eat any of those FATTENING white dinner rolls that suddenly appear on your
table.
2. Here comes the first test. Say no to the bread or rolls they offer you. If you are vulner-
able to those temptations, ask for them to be removed from the table so you can focus
on ordering healthy items.
3. Choose your protein. Most restaurants have salmon (our favorite choice), other fish
choices, chicken, or fine cuts of steak. Make sure your protein source does not come
with sugar sweetened sauces or glazes. Butter, lemon, or cream based sauces are usually
fine.
4. Check if your protein source automatically comes with a rice pilaf, potatoes, or a side
of pasta. If so, ask for a double serving of grilled or sautéed veggies instead of the
starchy carb. Sautéed mushrooms are a perfect choice. Your server will always be most
happy to oblige you.
5. Your meal will usually come with a house salad. Remember to choose a dressing that
is not sweet. Oil/vinegar, Ranch, or Caesar are usually the safest options. Don’t eat the
croutons

Pearl chats:
It may seem a little obsessive to worry about such little items as crou-
tons, but they can turn a wonderful S weight loss meal into a fat-promoting meal due
to their carb content from the white flour. If you are in a restaurant where the salad
is a buffet, you can put a small sprinkle of sunflower seeds on your salad or ask the
waiter for bacon bits to replace that crunch.

Serene chats: I never order a salad exactly as described on the menu. I ask if I can
create my own side salad. Or, if I want it to be a feature part of my meal, I ask them
to make it nice and large and skip one of my sides that comes with the meal. They are
always delighted to help and have never charged me extra.
At Carrabba’s Italian Grill, my favorite restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee, I ask for
the field greens and a generous medallion of goat’s cheese, plenty of kalamata olives,
pine nuts, and sun-dried tomatoes, but to leave out the croutons. I ask for the virgin
olive oil and balsamic vinegar on the side. This is my favorite salad in the world.
You can also order a very healthy meal at O’Charleys by ordering fresh wild caught
salmon or steak with non-starchy sides of asparagus and broccoli.

 

Downfall of Popular Diets

 

 

Not only do many popular diets have you throwing up the same ball over and over again, we
don’t like that they pull out complete macronutrients. Diets that center on an E meal premise
alone, like South Beach Diet or Weight Watchers, cannot offer the same superfood approach
as we propose. Nevertheless, we respect the work of Dr. Arthur Agatston, the founder of the
South Beach Diet. His books have brought paramount dietary information to the general

public.
But, healthy fats are one of the body’s number one superfoods. Diets that do not contain
certain fats that are essential for optimal health and longevity are not complete. Neither are
they nurturing. If you lived on our E meals alone, your hair and skin would not reach the same
luster, your hormones would decline earlier, and delaying the aging process would be harder
to achieve.

 

The Mediterranean Diet is another similar approach. While these diets use some olive oil
and small amounts of fish oils, they never bathe the body in the superpower of lubricating,
rejuvenating fats. They are fearful of Bible-based fats like butter and some fatty meats. They
dab a little oil here and there, but never really grease the wheel. They entirely exclude healthy
saturated fats which are now realized to be fantastic foods for the body. Any diet that does not
allow you to get your fill of healthy fats like butter will end up making you crave forbidden
food. We were designed to want fat because we need it. That makes sense.

Fat Keeps You on Track

It is more difficult to stay on these lean diets indefinitely, because diets without enough fat are
simply not as satisfying. Lean protein is not enough to fully curb hunger for very long. Fat is
the key for satiation. “Lean only” diets do not feed and nourish the endocrine, neurological,
and nervous systems of the body. Our hormones are made from cholesterol. Our nerves and
brains are protected by fat and we should not deny the body of its basic needs. Dr. Mariano,a renowned anti-aging MD and psychiatrist, says that interfering with cholesterol production
can impair brain function. On his website, he talks of how lack of cholesterol causes “memory
problems, mood problems, and even frank confusion.”
He goes on to say, “Cholesterol is the signal from astrocytes that tell neurons where to
make new connections (synapses). Cholesterol is a hormone/neurotransmitter in the central
nervous system. It is necessary to form memory. Cholesterol makes up half of the dry weight
of the brain.”
Also, it’s harder to treat yourself without fat. You can try to convince yourself it tastes like
the real deal, but it can’t compare to the genuine article.

 

Celebrate Food

Each food group is a gift to us to enjoy for life. S and E meals provide all the nutrients needed
for a long term sustainable way of eating. They also offer the pleasure of variety. This is crucial
for success as it easy to get sick of the same foods over and over again. Including all macro-
nutrients, all fuels, and a wide variety of caloric meals is the way to celebrate God’s abundant
gift of food to us. With this celebratory approach, we also keep in mind that we don’t have to
include everything in the same meal.

Winging it Versus Rigidity

 

Some people can take freestyling to the limit and completely “wing it.” Maybe you love living
on the edge and will decide to eat either E or S only when the time arrives to prepare your
next meal. We all have different personalities. That option may horrify some; others may love
the idea. There are those of us who like to be more spontaneous and not plan everything out.
Pearl is more like this with her meal ideas. She plans out some of them and goes by the seat of
her pants for others. Serene likes more structure and often allots certain days to one particular
meal style.
If you do decide to be more of a “wing it” person, make sure you don’t sabotage your
weight progress by leaving meal prep to the last minute. Don’t arrive in the kitchen at full
hunger without a clue what to make. You’re more likely to make poor decisions in that state
and sabotage yourself. Get into your kitchen and start preparing your meal before hunger
screams at you. Leaving things too late is a bad habit. If this is you, you may have to practice
predetermining into which meal or day you will group S or E. Winging things too much could
be your undoing. Jot down your choices and meal ideas for each day of the week. Magnet them
on the fridge and they will remind you when you open it to retrieve food for your meal preps.
We have a friend who designed a weekly meal schedule with our plan in mind. She printed
out charts with each meal and snack typed out for each day of the week, with either S or E
written above it. Now, that’s super organized. It was too rigid for us to implement, but some
have the gift of organization, and this worked for her.

A Day in your Life

Starting out, a general day freestyling S and E could look a little like this:
For breakfast you could have a bowl of oatmeal, berries, and low-fat Greek yogurt – E.

For lunch, how about sautéed salmon in butter and a dash of red wine over a heavily
dressed bed of greens, with balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, and crumbled goats’ cheese.
Follow with a decadent Vienna coffee, topped with pure whipped cream. – S
In the afternoon, don’t forget your snack—perhaps a green apple with 1 tsp. peanut butter
or almond butter – E. If you are still hungry (who isn’t?), try a glass of low-fat kefir, or a glass of
almond milk whipped into a shake with NuStevia Pure White Stevia Extract Powder or Truvia,
vanilla, and raspberries. Throw in a scoop of undenatured, chocolate whey protein powder for
a further protein and metabolic boost, or add some glucomannan powder to thicken it up into
a pudding consistency—yum! You’re still in E mode for this snack. Dangerous four o’clock
munchies are cured and your body loves you.
Who doesn’t like comfort food for supper? Meat loaf topped with a tomato glaze sounds
good. Have a side of decadent creamed spinach or creamy mashed cauliflower with it. Don’t
forget your side salad with creamy dressing and a few toasted pecans – S.
There’s no insulin delivery truck tonight, so we won’t feel guilty about having dessert.
Chocolate Dipped Cream Pops – S, or Tummy Tucking Ice Cream – Fuel Pull, whichever you
desire. Check Desserts, Chapter 23.
Can you believe you can reach your ideal weight eating like this? It doesn’t have to be as
fancy as we described. We got rather carried away with the red wine and the goat’s cheese.
That’s what happens when we sit next to each other and talk about food. It’s an exciting subject
for us and we tend to get overly enthusiastic. But, you get the picture. Decadent food need not
be fattening.
You can make your meals as simple as you prefer as long as you stick to the principles.

That salmon based S style lunch we were talking about could have been ready in less than ten
minutes and simplified to the basics. Don’t feel intimidated or overwhelmed if you are more of
a practical person in your approach to food. It’s as simple as one, two, three.
1. Sauté a thawed salmon fillet in butter and seasonings.
2. Rip up some organic lettuce, dump it on your plate, and pour on healthy, low glycemic
dressing.
3. Eat and enjoy, then savor some healthfully sweetened coffee with a spot of cream.
Is that too hard?
We, and the many people we’ve helped, are living proof this way of eating works. People
often ask how we stay so slim. What is our secret? The example day we just described is our
very hard to follow diet! Honestly, we feel sorry for every person who doesn’t eat like us! Now
you know our delightful secret, you can spread the word to others. It’s hard to suppress such
good news.
Want to see another day of “diet doldrums and deprivation?” Here goes another day of
freestyling:

In the morning, wake early and sip on your green tea or coffee while you quickly prepare
two or three fried eggs in butter over caramelized onions and tomatoes seasoned with Spike
and a little cayenne pepper – S.
Mid morning munchies are satisfied with a large cup of our amazing glucomannan pud-
ding – Fuel Pull.
Lunch will only take a few minutes to whip up. You’ll dine on leftover sliced chicken,
sautéed in a non-stick pan with 1 tsp. coconut oil, a dash or two of Bragg Liquid Aminos or
tamari, and black pepper. Throw into that pan 3⁄4 cup of pre-cooked brown rice or a full cup of
quinoa. Rip up some organic lettuce, add a few baby tomatoes, drizzle with a light vinaigrette,
top with your seasoned chicken and rice or quinoa, and you have a great lunch – E.
For an afternoon pick me up, rev your metabolism with a delicious and refreshing cucum-
ber boat. Scoop the seeds out of a cucumber and spoon low-fat cottage cheese into each half.
Sprinkle with a small amount of finely chopped toasted pecans seasoned with Bragg Liquid
Aminos and cayenne pepper. This is a Fuel Pull—a neutral snack as it’s not going too far in
either the fat or carbs direction. If you are still hungry, try our Fat Stripping Frappa (Morning
Meals, Chapter 18) made with 1⁄2 scoop of whey protein. Trust us, you couldn’t possibly be
hungry after that.
The whole family will enjoy salmon burgers and cheesy broccoli tonight, starting with crisp
celery stuffed with peanut butter. The children can have their burgers inside whole wheat pitas
with mayo, but you’ll have yours with an extra serving of that decadent broccoli – S.
You may want to end this meal with a creamy, sensibly sweetened decaf coffee or chai tea
and a couple of pieces of plan-approved chocolate for dessert like our Skinny Chocolate

Pearl chats: A practical way to have quick and easy access to rice or quinoa for E
meals or S Helpers is to freeze single servings in Ziploc bags. I steam up a big bag of
rice or quinoa and separate it into 3 ⁄ 4 E cup portions. To tell the truth, I have seldom
used rice for myself in the last year as I think quinoa is nutritionally superior and
have come to love the taste better. I also do S Helper portions of 1⁄2 cups for quinoa
(you would use 1⁄4 cups for rice). I put these in the freezer to pull out whenever I need
them. The rice or quinoa will thaw quickly in the pan along with your other food, or let
it defrost in a bowl of warm water while you prepare your other food. You don’t have to
think about measuring or staying under your E 45 gram limit or your S Helper 15 gram
limit that way. O

Serene chats: About that coffee we mentioned. The Swiss water process of decaffein-
ating coffee uses no chemicals and is the purest way to have a caffeine free cuppa. The
only reason we suggested decaf is that we were describing an evening coffee used as
a night cap, where the more stimulating effects of caffeinated coffee are not appreci-
ated. You don’t want to go to sleep wired up.

About Eat Snacks and Desserts and Make Your Day

 

Fuel Pull snacks and desserts can be handy, even from the start of the plan. They’re like Switz­
erland. They’re neutral in fuel source, so even when eaten in close proximity to another meal,
they do not care whether your upcoming or last meal was either S or E. In the next chapter,
we’ll show you how to naturally switch between S and E meals, but for now, we’ll give you a
little scenario on how Fuel Pull snacks can come to the rescue.
You arrive home late in the afternoon from the grocery store. You didn’t get to eat your
usual mid-afternoon snack that would naturally be about three hours away from your evening
meal—the spacing we recommend when switching fuel styles. You are famished, but dinner is
still a good hour away. You grab a piece of 85% dark chocolate and wolf it down while you put
away the groceries, then gobble some nuts without even thinking. Then you remember, your
lentil soup has been simmering in the crockpot all afternoon. You were planning to have an E
supper, but now you’ve just S’d yourself. What to do?

Don’t waste your lentil soup; it will be a Crossover night for you. Weight loss will not
likely happen, but that’s okay for one night. Remember, this is not a race to get skinny. You’ll
remember this lesson on what not to do for the future and probably won’t repeat the mistake.
Fuel Pull snacks can help avoid the collision that just occurred. Grabbing a quick neutral
snack, such as a half to full cup of 0% Greek yogurt topped with some berries or a teaspoon
of Polaner All-Fruit Jam with Fiber, or munching on a stalk or two of celery smeared with a
wedge of Laughing Cow cheese can keep you safely on track with whatever meal style you
may have coming up. Our extra large Fat Stripping Frappa smoothie (Morning Meals, Chapter
18) is a wonderful, neutral fueled bridge between meals when hunger hits. Snacks that consist
only of these neutral foods like lean proteins, non-starchy veggies, and berries are perfect non-
committal foods.


Not only is 0% Greek yogurt a perfect Fuel Pull snack, our puddings made with glucoman-
nan are another. If you came home from the grocery store knowing there was a glucomannan
pudding in the fridge and all you had to do was spoon that deliciousness into your mouth, the
nuts and chocolate gobbling would not likely have happened. Check out the glucomannan
puddings and mousse recipes in Desserts, Chapter 23. Keep some made up in the fridge. Fast
pudding hits can deter many an erroneous snack decision.
Low-fat cottage cheese is another great form of lean protein and can be yummied up with
our plan approved sweetener and berries. Or, how about lean turkey deli slices wrapped around
red pepper sticks? Or, a few Joseph’s Crackers (Snacks, Chapter 24) with some tuna, and/or low-
fat cottage cheese for an afternoon snack? Or scoop out the seeds from a cucumber and stuff it
with low-fat cottage cheese or ricotta. A stevia-sweetened whey protein smoothie with water,
ice, and quarter of a cup Greek yogurt or unsweetened almond milk is always good and fills the
belly nicely. All these snack options are no brainers and won’t interfere with the fuel burning
of your next meal, whether S or E.
We don’t recommend making all your snacks this neutral way. That could get very boring.

It’s a lot more fun to sometimes indulge yourself. What about an S snack of Basic Cheesecake
(Desserts, Chapter 23) and coffee in the afternoon? Although, this works better when you have
a little time to sit, savor, and enjoy.
Fuel Pull snacks are good when life gets very busy and you can’t put a lot of thought into
planning. They are also extremely weight-loss promoting, which can be either good or bad,
depending upon your body type and ability to shed weight. Just because we are paring these
neutral snacks with the words “extreme” and “weight loss,” do not think they are always supe-
rior to our other S and E snacks. Remember, we eat to nourish our bodies, and although the
foods in Fuel Pulls are healthy, they are not offering your body a primary fuel source, so they
should not be your only constants at snack time.

Time for a Sandwich

 

See how blessed you are now? You can eat sandwiches with both S and E meals! We’re not
depriving you of anything on this plan, except excess body fat. Your S style bread options
always have less carbs, so you can have more fat in your sandwich and enjoy fillings like egg
salad with real mayo. E bread fillings need to be leaner since your body will now be dealing
with actual grains that are going to push your blood sugar a bit higher. If you have weight to
lose, don’t double load your insulin truck by piling fat like butter and cheddar cheese on your
grain-based sandwich.


But, E sandwiches can still be delicious. You can fill them with lean meats, spicy mustard,
horseradish spread or reduced fat mayo, lettuce, tomato, and a small amount of reduced-fat
mozzarella. If you’d rather, you can make your own E suitable mayonnaise by mixing 0% Greek
yogurt with a little lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper. That goes great with lean deli meats. We mentioned you can eat our Trim Healthy Pan Bread recipe as sandwich casings, but
there are plenty of other options as well. One of the best grain-based breads for you to eat is
Serene’s sourdough recipe found in Cultured Recipes, Chapter 26. If you’re not the bread baking
type, you can purchase wonderful sprouted breads. If you’re lucky enough to have a Trader Joe’s
store in your area, they have some great sprouted breads under their own brand name that are
perfect for E meals. Make use of their Sprouted Seven Grain and Sprouted Rye versions. They
are the best store-bought sprouted breads, in our opinion, as they have lots of fiber and fewer
carbs than most grain breads. Ezekiel Bread is another good sprouted bread option and can be found in the Health Food sections of some regular grocery stores.


We prefer you to eat the breads we have mentioned because any bread that is sprouted or
“sour-doughed” from whole grain is much easier on your blood sugar levels. Dark rye breads
are another good option since rye does not have the same negative effect on blood sugar as
wheat flour often does. Studies from Europe, where rye is a more common bread flour, have
shown it keeps people feeling full for longer amounts of time than wheat. The grocery chain
store, Aldi, has some wonderful dark rye breads from Germany that come in seasonally and are
very inexpensive. The brand name is Deutsche Küche.
Stock up while they have them to last you all year.


Please, never eat more than two pieces of grain-based bread at an E meal. Any amount
above that pushes grains above their safe limit. The exception to that is our Trim Healthy Pan
Bread recipe which is high in protein and lower in starchy carbs than even most sprouted or
sourdough whole grain breads. This means you can eat up to four bread-sized pieces of this
recipe at an E meal. That’s two whole sandwiches if you can handle that much food! Of course,
you can save half a sandwich for a snack later if you get too full.
Cut each sandwich in half and you get to hold and eat four yummy sammies. It feels great,
like you’re a guilt-free little piggy with a lot of hand-to-mouth satisfaction. This is part of the
reason we urge you to make fast and frequent friends with this recipe. It enables you to really
fill up and that helps the psychological aspect of being able to stay on plan long term.

Farm Fresh Tess Whole About Foods and Plenty of ‘Em

Meet Tess.
Tess feels blessed to live on 30 very usable acres. She and her husband always
dreamed of being self-sufficient. That dream came true when they sold their house in the sub-
urbs, bought their fixer upper farm, and got out of debt.
Tess receives great fulfillment gathering fresh eggs in the morning and overseeing her older
children as they milk their goats. She makes homemade cheese, yogurt, and kefir from the
milk. Most of their meat is farm-raised and Tess enjoys knowing that the aroma of her evening
meal comes without mysterious antibiotics or hormones.
The family also tends a large garden. They reap enough to sell any extra produce at their local
Farmers Market on the weekends. Tess believes in wholesome eating. She puts up food season-
ally. Her children are robust and well nourished. As a whole, Tess and her family do not suffer
from common colds and viruses as frequently as others do. Tess is strong and can work hard.
Whole Foods and Plenty of ‘Em
They are a meat and potatoes sort of family. They eat a lot of pure protein like their home raised
meat, eggs, and dairy, but always accompany the meal with hearty servings of starches. Items
like potatoes, noodles, breads, and rice are staples at mealtimes.

Tess’s husband loves to boast about his wife’s wholesome cooking. She makes a mean lasa-
gna (a potluck favorite), and you would die for her cinnamon rolls and fruit pies. Home fixed
sweet tea with honey accompanies most meals.
Since Tess knows there are many nutrients in her diet and she is not missing out on any-
thing, she doesn’t mind treating herself. She doesn’t relate to food Nazis. Life is to be enjoyed.
She and her daughter both love to get in the kitchen and bake cookies for the whole family’s
pleasure. Homemade ice cream from grass fed cows . . . what could be better?

Strong and Sturdy

Tess has never been tiny. She stopped caring about her extra padding in her thirties, thinking
it’s better to be happy and healthy than forever trying to be skinny. Her husband has no com-
plaints about her well padded body and loves her just the way she is. His slow accumulation of
weight over the years has never bothered Tess either. She chooses not to dwell on her weight,
which if she had to guess, is close to 40 pounds heavier than her wedding day, and she was no
Skinny Minny then. There is so much else in her life to keep her busy, why focus on all that?
She says every now and then that she wasn’t born with “skinny genes.”

A New Problem

Now that Tess and her husband are in their mid-forties, new concerns have recently arisen.
Her husband has developed high blood pressure. It was first noticed at a recent doctor’s check
up. Rather than have him go on meds, they have tried many alternative therapies for blood
pressure, but without too much success. Tess does not want her husband to have to go on
medication for the rest of his life, but that will be the reality unless he follows doctor’s orders
and loses weight.
Along with the blood pressure issue, Tess’s husband has also just been diagnosed with sleep
apnea. Tess had noticed his loud snoring becoming progressively worse, but was still surprised
at the doctor’s prognosis after he ordered a sleep study. Their doctor suggested, as most doc-
tors do, that her husband restrict salt intake and implement a lower fat diet. He prescribed her
husband a CPAP machine to wear while he sleeps. It’s uncomfortable, and both Tess and her
husband are bothered by the fact that he must wear it every night. It’s not very romantic and
really interferes with spooning and cuddle time!
To support her husband, Tess is considering losing weight alongside him. She can’t, in good
conscience, feed him tofu and rice cakes while she chows down on the good stuff. The thought
of counting calories or fixing fat free anything is abhorrent to her. Second helpings of good food
are as much a part of their life as the sun rising. She also doesn’t like the idea of having to give up
the rich nourishing foods their farm provides when they have worked so hard to achieve them.

About Food and Tooth Decay

Science also proves that Colleen’s children’s teeth issues are also caused by inadequate protein.
Dr. Weston Price found that those whose diets consisted largely of grains and legumes had
far more dental problems than those living primarily on meats and fish. A more recent study
by Dr. Emmanuel Cheraskin backs this up. This doctor devoted 50 years of his life to natural
health practice and research. His study, which surveyed 1040 dentists and their wives, revealed
that those with the fewest problems and diseases had the most protein in their diets.
The myth that Colleen, and many of us have believed, that high protein diets will lead to
calcium loss and consequently bone and teeth loss, is not backed up by science or anthropo-
logical surveys. The only studies that showed any evidence of that being a problem involved
test tubes where proteins were isolated as amino acids, rather than in whole form. Meat and
other dairy products in their whole food state are naturally enriched with high vitamin D and
A levels. They do not leach nutrients from the body, but rather, add a layer of protection to
bones and teeth.

Mops and Brooms or Bricks and Mortar?

Colleen’s raw diet made her feel great for a while because she dropped the white processed food
she’d been formerly eating and added a lot more vegetables. This helped to cleanse her body
from the toxins she had consumed during her life. Yet, it wasn’t long before her body became
depleted of the protein it needed to build and sustain her against the daily wear and tear of life.
Raw juices and foods sweep out debris, but they are not the building blocks that our bodies
require for long term battle against the elements.
Colleen’s distended stomach and constant bloat is due to living on an herbivore diet with-
out the four stomachs needed to digest this constant barrage of roughage. She keeps brooming
out her intestines when they actually need a break from all this spring cleaning. Meat eating
mammals (humans included), all contain hydrochloric acid in their stomachs. Herbivore
mammals do not have this acid. There is no need for it since its purpose is to digest animal
foods. We need this acid, we are actually born with a small amount of it in our stomachs. It
increases quickly as we grow and we are usually able to maintain healthy levels of it all our lives.
However, it can be completely depleted after years of trying to live like an herbivore. The body
stops making it if it no longer has to digest animal foods. This causes major digestive problems
since it’s a natural component of the human digestive process.

Splat!

Constant roughage and a decline of hydrochloric acid can be a setup for strange bowel habits.
Colleen is under the impression from reading material by her raw gurus that she should be
able to evacuate her bowels after each meal. This is happening to her, but there is now no form
to her bowel movements. Instead, they splat several times a day. Colleen has been persuaded
by her reading that this is great. It keeps her body clean she’s told. Sometimes, at night, she
even takes this a step further and gives herself coffee or salt water enemas. Purge, purify—then
purge, purge, and purify some more. This is the raw food mantra. Vegetable matter is thought
to keep the body clean; meat is thought to dirty it up. In reality, it is a more natural and healthy
occurrence to have one or two well formed bowel movements per day than this constant drop-
ping of waste products.
In a paper titled The Myths and Truths about Beef, the authors, Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
write: “Meat does not putrefy in the gut. Humans are admirably equipped to digest meat. That
is the main job of the human stomach, which unlike the stomach of the cow or rabbit, contains
millions of cells that secrete hydrochloric acid. Our intestinal tract is much shorter than that
of the vegetarian animals, but somewhat longer that of purely carnivorous animals. Man is an
omnivore with teeth, stomach, intestines, and bowel all designed to handle both animal and
plant foods.”
Colleen’s body is now becoming mineral deficient, as a largely vegetarian diet lacks the fat
soluble catalyst need for mineral absorption. A teaspoon or two of butter or two would help
her absorb more minerals from the vegetables she eats, but how to convince her of that?

Living Enzymes

Colleen sticks to eating as “high raw” as she can to get all the living enzymes that raw food
offers. If she could only let go of her “no animal product” idealism, she could add even more
enzymes to her diet in the form of cultured dairy. Fermented dairy products like yogurt and
kefir have more enzymes than even a raw salad. A raw salad has enough enzymes to help digest
one meal. Fermented dairy has an abundance of enzymes that not only facilitate digestion, but
are utilized for other non-digestive metabolic purposes such as detoxification and proper func-
tioning of the endocrine glands and other vital organs. Colleen is correct in her thinking that
life-giving enzymes are the catalyst for robust health, but she needs to become aware of better
options that are more powerful enzyme boosters.