The 21-Day Challenge

21 cd editMost of us can negotiate the idea of a 21-day challenge. Heck, it’s only 3 weeks, not even a whole month, but 21 days is enough time to break a habit and make a lifestyle change. Did you know that taste buds recycle every 21 days as well? Committing 21 days to health, leads to a lifetime of reform, as prior foods you ‘couldn’t do without’ become distant memories,

I have sat with thousands of people over the years, who behind the conciliatory nods as I promote the value of a healthy diet, cannot obscure what I know they are really thinking. Relieved to have the excuse of family, work commitment, children, and the big one – lack of time, they continue to grin nervously while scoping the nearest exit.

It is important to understand that your body does not crave foods out of its desire to look good or be healthy. Your body is simply designed to adapt and survive. If you have a nutritional gap you crave your habitual quickest fix. High fat, sugary foods are calorically dense but temporarily satiating, leading to the inevitable crash. They are the root cause of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other diseases.    

The problem is that if your daily routine consists of stopping by your local coffee shop to get your Triple Venti Caramel Macchiato Two Pump Extra Hot with Whip Cream and a Cheesecake Brownie, then when your energy level drops that is exactly what you will crave. Our bodies form habits quickly so when we fill the nutritional gaps during energy lapses with healthier foods, our bodies quickly crave those better choices. Poor diet is directly connected to energy levels; when lethargy kicks in we fill our faces in an attempt to alleviate symptoms, but what we really need is vitality only achievable through diet, exercise, and quality sleep.

I have not always eaten a healthy diet. In fact my diet was horrible. To justify it I would tell myself that I enjoy food way too much to limit myself the way those other people do. Since I changed my eating habits my diet has expanded greatly, and I can assure you that I enjoy my food infinitely more now than I ever did eating foods that were literally killing me.

Having said that, I understand that telling someone to just simply stop doing everything they are accustomed to, for the rest of their life is a lot to ask.

So let’s make it easy. Let’s focus on 21 days and don’t worry about the rest. As your energy increases, you lose weight, your mind clears, aches and pains disappear and you find yourself managing stress more easily. All you need is one small success to build on, and the rest will come naturally.


Were Roman Gladiators Vegetarian? The Protein Myth #2

Roman Gladiators Were Vegetarian!

The Protein Myth #2

One of the things I was surprised to learn was that ancient Romans, some of the greatest athletes and warriors in history were also vegetarian. Until recently we were led to believe that gladiators were fed the best meat in order to build their bodies and develop stamina that would help make them into fighting machines.

This theory was debunked by Austrian forensic anthropologists Dr. Fabian Kanz and Prof. Karl Grosschmidt, as a result of scientific research on the bones of gladiators. Results proved that the fighters were well fed, but not on the best red meat; but on vegetarian food that was rich in carbohydrates, Untitled-1such as barley, beans and dried fruits. In addition to this evidence it is also historically recorded that gladiators were nicknamed “hordearii”. This term literally means “barley eaters”. The Roman legions were aware of the power of barley to the point it could be said that its army marched on it. Our ancestors were aware that barley was good for them, although in those days it wasn’t called a super food. It was more of a case of knowing it was good but not knowing why. Today we know it as an incredible source of fiber, selenium, phosphorus, copper and manganese.

Seven Steps of Radiation Defense

By Nick Delgado on Mar 19, 2011 in FEATURED, Health Science, Uncategorized

In light of recent events in Japan and the resulting wave of radiation fear that gripped the American west coast, I’ve been asked to weigh in on the issue to tell people what I believe based on my own research and to try and respond to the question we’ve been hearing constantly since the panic began. What is Radiation poisoning? Am I in danger? If so, what can I do about it?

Officially the answer of whether or not you’re in danger is a simple one. NO. You are not. That’s what they’re saying. If you’re comfortable with that answer then you can stop reading right now. The authorities claim that, “The situation is under control, there’s no need to panic; no need to leave Japan!” They also say that radiation levels on the American west coast are at worst “about what you’d receive from an X-Ray” Again, if you’re comfortable with that answer. Than there is no need to read on any further.

However, most of the people asking me about radiation fall into a different camp. These are people who are suspicious of official sources and always want to get at what they see as “the real story” They’re leery of the official statements and are hoping that I will tell them something more than what they hear on television. Therefore, with some trepidation I will share with those people some of what I have learned through my own research and through my correspondence with experts around the world. OK here goes…

The first thing I notice that seems largely missing in news media is the risk associated with long term low dose radiation exposure of cancers (caused by even trace amounts of radiation). This kind of exposure often triggers deadly cancer that develops after 5 to 10 years. One reason people observing events in Japan believe that the radiation will disperse before it results in exposure. Others think where radiation has been detected the levels resulting from the uranium particles are too low doses to cause any related health issues.

But there is another factor. Radiation emanating from plutonium rather than uranium changes things for the worse. “Plutonium” is reported to be far more toxic than the uranium that escaped from the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. The tiny radioactive dust particles last years in the soil and water and birth defects in children as well as cancer rates may reach an all time high. If the radiation that has now reached the west coast via the jet stream from Japan (detected in Sacramento) is from plutonium that complicates things. In either case, low doses like these won’t take their toll until 10 years from now. I should reassert here that no official has confirmed the presence of Plutonium in California. (Based on what I’ve been told it may be difficult for them to tell the difference anyway… and that’s the worst case scenario as I now see it.)

Moving right along:
“What do I do about radiation exposure?” That’s the question. Whether you have reason to believe you’ve been exposed due to a Geiger counter reading or local report or even if you just want to be “safe rather than sorry” There are some established ways to mitigate the risks of low dose exposure to radiation.

The low amounts of radiation currently reported to be reaching the California coast are not likely to cause radiation poisoning symptoms associated with short exposure to very high doses such as those that may be experienced by Japanese working near the actual reactor. Large dose radiation sickness presents an immediate risk such as;
1. Infections due to low white blood cells, bleeding due to low platelets, and anemia due to low red blood cells. A hematologist or a health professional trained to use a microscope looking at blood samples can see the appearance of Leukemia.
2. Gastrointestinal symptoms, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain are usually seen within one to two hours of exposure.
3. Neurological symptoms such as dizziness, headache, or decreased level of consciousness with an absence of vomiting.

The medical literature suggests there are effective intervention methods that can detoxify the body even after exposure according to Current Medicinal Chemistry, Volume 12, Number 23, November 2005.
I present the following as a general guideline to dealing with low dose radiation. I make no claims to their efficacy to cure or treat a disease without your doctor’s advice. That said, here it is.
The following 7 steps below are designed to protect from long term damage associated with radiation exposure (including from cell phones, nuclear reactors or fallout). We trust RAD Defense (aka, Slim-Blend) will also prolong your life expectancy.

1) Potassium Iodine & Iodide should be taken as a daily dose of one 12 mg. tablet of Iodoral (Rad-Iodine)to protect the thyroid gland from thyroid cancer. This amount of Iodine is equal to the same quantities of seaweed commonly consumed by people in Okinawa, one of the longest lived cultures in the world. We have Iodoral (Rad-Iodine) which is very hard to keep in stock since the Japan nuclear disaster. We also have a rich supply of seaweed in Delgado Slim Blend.

2) Melatonin is protective from radiation poisoning resulting from a large “quick kill dose” as opposed to small doses of particles absorbed into the body over time that create cancer.

3) Gluthonine is generally administered via IV; however we have developed a liposomal delivery that actually breaches the blood brain barrier for anti oxidant protection.

4) Green sprouts rich in chlorophyll help protect our DNA from radiation poisoning. Consumed in salads or added to a blended drink as found in Delgado Slim Blend will add health benefits for the rest of your life.

5) Beta Glucan like the following; medicinal mushrooms, activated Barley & seaweed.
Slim Blend has seaweed & Activated Barley. Stem Cell Strong has 5 mushrooms – Maitake, Reishi, lion’s mane, Cordceps, Mushrooms. Together the combination of Slim Blend & Stem Cell Strong contains an effective dose of beta glucans. The use of Beta Glucans against radiation has been documented well. Breast Cancer survivors of radiation treatments were given injections of Beta 1, 3 Glucan and healed their radiation sores. In 1985 the US Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute experimented and gave mice lethal doses of radiation. They then consumed oral dose Beta 1, 3 Glucan.70% of the mice were completely protected from damage.

6) Consume 40 to 60 oz of Blended Drink with other detoxifiers added in the blend such as cilantro herb, Holy Basil, Kale, Napa cabbage. Eat salads with raw broccoli all of which serve as effective whole food anti-oxidants, rich in Vitamins A E, B vitamins.

To protect the skin from immediate high exposure of radiation:
7)Bath for 20 minutes in chlorine free water with 1 pound of sea salt and one pound of baking soda. Also use the infra red spa 2 times a week and exercise on vibration plates or trampolines to stimulate the lymphatics at least three times a week. We have these Delgado Protocol approved devices to demonstrate at our Costa Mesa office and equipment for sale to assist your health endeavors.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Delayed Food Allergies

Delayed food allergies are a complicated problem, and contribute to a long list of problems including; headaches, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, ADD, asthma and obesity. Delayed food allergies are difficult to identify simply because we don’t tend to link a headache or the appearance of a skin rash to some small thing we ate up to three days ago. Food sensitivities are among the most common forms of allergic reactions, and yet they don’t receive nearly the amount of the attention they deserve as the root cause of chronic illness.

In the case of food allergies and how they relate to asthma, there is a consistent finding in individuals who have what is called a non-allergic allergy. This means is that the individual has negative IgE skin test or RAST but still appears to be an allergic individual. This individual almost always has delayed food sensitivities as a complicating factor in their chronic asthma and bronchitis condition.


The RAST (radioallergosorbent test) is an allergy blood test used to detect immediate reactions or acute allergies for Type I allergic response (IgE) antibodies. It is best used for obvious reactions to molds, pollens, dust and food. Many other allergy tests such as skin scratch tests or prick tests are less reliable or reproducible and unable to detect delayed reactions. IgE acute reactions to foods generally don’t need to be tested for by blood or skin test, because they reveal themselves clearly immediately following the absorption of the food in question.

The ALCAT Test or Antigen Leukocyte Cellular Antibody Test, measures leukocyte cellular reactivity in whole blood, the common pathway of all mechanisms. The test utilizes hematological instrumentation and is ideal for detecting delayed reactions to foods and chemicals of which standard tests are not equipped for. The ALCAT Test also reproducibly measures the final common pathway of all pathogenic mechanism, whether immune, non-immune or toxic. It is the only test shown to correlate with clinical symptoms by double blind oral challenges. The ALCAT Test also measures food sensitivity and food intolerance. It is a very common test for individuals that struggle with a variety of problems suspected to originate from food intolerance and allergy complications.

The PRIME Test for delayed food allergies reveals several different types of delayed allergic reactions, including IgG, immune complexes and white blood cell destruction. The Prime Test examines up to 220 foods and chemicals from a small blood sample. This test enables doctors to help their patients improve their health by removing the underlying cause of their symptoms. Special slides with microscopic amounts of different foods and chemicals are examined under the microscope after a person’s white blood cells are added to the slides. If the white blood cells break down and die, a food or chemical has been discovered that needs to be avoided.

For more information about these tests contact;

Sage Medical Laboratory
1400 Hand Avenue, Suite L
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
(Mon.- Fri., 9am-6pm EST)

The Protein Myth

I went to the LA Fitness Expo last weekend.  As I was walking around the show, I passed buy an area that was sectioned off in the middle of the expo for a lifting competition. There was a speaker on center stage who said something that caught my attention. He was talking about nutrition, specifically protein requirements. He said; “To build muscle I have consumed as much as 3 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day.” (Which is absolutely crazy!) He went on to say that he thought you could get the same results with only 1.5 grams per pound of body weight. (Still a bad idea)  This is a great formula for loosing bone density, stressing both liver and kidneys, and creating a long list of inflammatory issues.   Most people are surprised to discover that what personal trainers and other health care professionals have been taught in regard to protein consumption is simply wrong.    Personal trainers are commonly taught that a person needs to consume as much as 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. You can check this with any of the top certification boards, fitness magazines, or your local gym. However, there is a fallacy regarding the amount and type of protein you need.  In 1914, the dairy industry commissioned Drs. Osborne and Mendel to do a study on rats.  This study was called the protein efficiency ratio, or PER.  In this study they gave different groups of rats single foods of eggs only, meat only, rice only and potatoes only.  These rats were weighed, and their size and growth rates were measured.  When the data was published, the meat and dairy industry used this data to support the contention that the amino acid pattern that is needed for a rat that grows to full size at 9 weeks is the same as a human that grows to full size in 20 years.

This same thinking has lead the meat and dairy industries to assert that you had to combine meat with another food, or rice with beans to get a complete protein.   The implication is, of course, there was something inferior about consuming rice only, or potatoes only. Somehow, you had to combine foods to get the complete protein. To this day the textbooks being used in our major medical universities where registered dietitians are trained still contain that original published data, which is used to tell you how much protein you need. This research was included in Francis Moore Lepay’s book, Diet for a Small Planet.  However, in her 10th year revised edition she stated, “I was quite wrong.”  She stated that increased study and research had led her to conclude it was much easier to get all your protein from rice only or beans only, etc.  It wasn’t necessary to combine the foods and that you only need about 35 to 55 grams of protein to build up the body.  She went on to state that basing our protein needs on eggs, cheese or meat is responsible for our current trends of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. This wave of avoidable illness stems from our having been told we must get our protein from eggs, fish, chicken or meat. At the same time, it has been known for decades that populations consuming high-protein, meat-based diets have higher cancer rates and lower life-spans (averaging as low as 30 to 40 years), compared to cultures subsisting on low-protein vegetarian diets (with average life-spans as high as 90 to 100 years).

Know your pH Level!

Knowing your pH (potential of hydrogen) levels is critically important to your over all health.  pH is the measure of the acidity and alkaline levels in the body. (You can pick up pH test strips at your local drug store.) Pure water has a pH level of 7.0 and is considered neutral neither acid or alkaline. Anything with a pH below 7.0 is considered acid, anything with a pH above 7.0 is considered alkaline.  For optimal health, your body’s pH level should be at 7.0 or higher or in an alkaline state.

The American diet is largely responsible for making our bodies highly acidic.  Eating a diet consisting of high acid producing foods like eggs, dairy products, white flour, sugar and meat, while consuming very few alkaline producing foods such as fresh vegetables raises our acidic levels. Many of us also consume large amounts of acid-producing beverages like coffee, soft drinks and use artificial sweeteners like NutraSweet, Equal, or aspartame.  Even some pharmaceutical drugs can be extremely acid forming.

An acid producing, imbalanced diet can result in a buildup of acid in the body and lead to “acidosis” which stimulates the predetermined genetic response to starvation and famine.  When this happens, the body begins to hoard every calorie consumed and stores it as fat, fearing that it is being starved and does not know when or where its next meal will come from.  It does this as a survival strategy.  Acidosis generally disrupts lipid and fatty acids, which are involved in nerve and brain function.  This disruption causes neurological problems as well as problems with hormonal balance within the endocrine system. This can affect the liver, kidney, heart, insulin regulation and cellular health and lead to a stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, obesity, joint pain, chronic fatigue, and high blood pressure.

To counteract this, many nutritionists and athletes recommend eating numerous small, healthy meals throughout the day in order to keep the body happy and confident that it will continue to be fed.  When the body finds itself in this comfortable, worry-free state, it will gladly burn those calories (an increase in metabolism), helping to slim the waistline, create lean muscle and avoid many of the problems that are associated with acidosis, obesity and insulin regulation.

pH and Cancer

Two main factors leading to cancer are an acidic pH and a lack of oxygen, however, we can manipulate these two factors so as to prevent and control cancer.

We know that cancer needs an acidic and low oxygen environment to survive and flourish.  Research has shown that terminal cancer patients have an acidity level of 1,000 times more than normal healthy people.  The vast majority of terminal cancer patients have a very acidic pH.  Why is this?

The reason is simple.  Without oxygen, glucose undergoing fermentation becomes lactic acid.  This causes the pH of the cell to drop to 7.0.  In more advanced cancer cases, the pH level falls further to 6.5 and can even fall to 6.0, 5.7 or lower.  The basic truth is that our bodies simply cannot fight diseases if our pH is not properly balanced.  Controlling your pH levels will greatly improve your body’s ability to fight toxins and allow healthy cells to thrive, preventing the low-oxygen environments where cancer and other diseases thrive.

Maintaining healthy pH levels is one of the simplest ways to improve your overall health. The first step is to make new lifestyle choices, avoid acid producing foods as well as pharmaceuticals, cigarettes and too much coffee or alcohol.  Next, include plenty of green vegetables and fresh fruits into your diet.

One of my favorite tools for maintaining healthy pH levels is Delgado Slim Blend, packed with 52 different vegetables, seeds, sea plants, exotic fruits and over 17 grams of dietary fiber per scoop, which is the highest amount of fiber offered in any whole food supplement!  Simply add one scoop to any juice or your blended drink.

Are Energy Supplements Safe?

Everywhere we go from the gym to the local convenience store we are bombarded with countless energy drinks all promising to give us unlimited energy and stamina. It is actually impressive how many different ways supplement companies have found to package a massive dose of Guarana or other forms of caffeine.

Studies have shown that caffeine, as well as being addictive, can pose numerous health risks and in large doses can even be toxic.  One of the things people fail to understand is that caffeine is a vasoconstrictor. That means it constricts the blood vessels and causes the heart work harder to pump the blood into already narrowed blood vessels, which restricts blood flow and elevates blood pressure. However, in spite of potential risks, caffeine based energy supplements continue to be used by many athletes as well as being sold in every gym in the country to people simply trying to find the energy to get through their workouts.

Recognizing there was a serious problem with the way athletes were trying to get that extra energy they need for their training, Nick Delgado made developing a safe and effective energy supplement for the competitive athlete a priority at his research facility in Southern California. The design focus for this supplement was to create something that would give the body more energy as a by-product of making it work more efficiently, rather than using stimulants that stress the entire system and are potentially dangerous. This design philosophy ultimately resulted in the development of supplement now known as Power & Speed.

A major influence in the design process of Power & Speed comes from the asking the question, why are gorillas so strong?  We share 97.5% of the same DNA and yet we only have 1/6th their strength.  We know one of the reasons for the gorilla’s incredible strength is due to its extremely high levels of testosterone. High levels of testosterone make the body extremely efficient at utilizing nitrogen, which is used for extracting energy, or ATP from the cell.

Searching for a way to make humans have that same level of efficient energy extraction ultimately lead to the discovery, that an extract from a specific part of the kudzu plant in conjunction with an effective com­bination of whole natural herbs, and a unique nucleotide classified as a nitrogenous base, acceler­ates the metabolism and speeds up the KREBS TCA cycle. This actu­ally increases the production of ATP in the mitochondria of the cells and allows the body to more efficiently utilize nitrogen for energy extraction with out the elevated testosterone levels.

This combination of natural herbs in Power & Speed also has a vasodilatation effect. That means that your entire vascular system relaxes slightly lowering blood pressure. This makes it easier for your heart to work and more efficiently transports oxygen throughout your body.

Delgado Medical Research conducted a study with 200 MMA fighters measuring punching speed and reaction time.  The results showed that 100% of the fighters using Power & Speed demonstrated a measurable increase in speed and reaction time, with an average increase in speed of 30%.

Power & Speed if perfect for performance athletes demanding high-energy results, mental focus and vigor, without any of the common side effects associated with other energy supplements.

Get Tested, Information Is Power

Did you know taking nutritional supplements without doing your homework could actually be harmful to your health!  Supplement companies, fitness magazines, and the local vitamin salesman tell us we need their latest miracle supplement to achieve optimum health.  While most of us definitely benefit from nutritional supplements, there is only one way to know for sure….testing!   These simple tests can give you the Information you need to make the right selections.   We have all heard the phrase “knowledge is power” and when it comes to your health this statement has never been truer. That’s why I encourage all my clients to have theses done.

These two tests are done with a simple saliva test strip.

Nitric Oxide (NO): NO is very important to your circulation, proper sleep, and very powerful free radical scavenger.

pH -Potential of Hydrogen (PH):  PH is the measure of the acidity and alkaline levels in your body and is critically important to your over all health.  It greatly improves your body’s ability to fight toxins and allows healthy cells to thrive, preventing the low-oxygen environments where cancer and other diseases thrive.

 These following tests are usually done with a simple blood spot test, or 24 hour urine collection for more complete results.

DHEA and Pregnenlone:  These are key factors for a healthy immune system. When levels are compromised, you will be more prone to frequent illness, colds, and flu.

Testosterone:  What most people don’t realize is that Testosterone is critical to a healthy cardiovascular system.  Signs of low Testosterone include poor muscle tone, finding that it’s difficult to see gains from your workouts, decreased libido, and pale appearance of skin.

Estrogen: Knowing estrogen levels is important for both men and women as we have both good and bad estrogens in our body. An excess of 16 alphahydroxyestrone is a metabolite of estriol and has been has been directly linked to breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men.

Cortisol: There is a myth being circulated by some supplement companies that cortosol is bad and is the cause of belly fat. This is simply not true! The fact is low cortosol levels are a common cause of over eating. When you eat your body releases cortosol, giving you that satisfied feeling.  People with low cortosol don’t get that satisfied feeling, so they continue to eat, taking far more calories than they need.  Cortosol is also very powerful anti-inflammatory and plays an important role in a healthy immune system.

SHBG (Sex hormone binding globulin):  SHBG is a binding protein produced mostly by the liver and is released into the bloodstream. This protein binds hormones such as testosterone and estradiol in the bloodstream. Only a small fraction of these hormones are unbound, or made biologically available.

PSA (men):  Prostate-specific antigen or PSA is a protein produced in the prostate gland. Measuring levels is important because PSA can be used to detect disease.

Progesterone (women):  Produced by the ovaries during the release of a mature egg from an ovary, Progesterone is a non-estrogen female hormone that regulates mood, weight control, stamina, and many other processes.

Free T-3:  If you experience cold hands and feet, fatigue, and/or a thinning of the outer edge of the eyebrow, a thyroid panel including Free T-3 is also recommended.

These simple tests are your first step in making knowledgeable choices in nutritional supplements that will best benefit your body!  Disease prevention, sports performance and anti aging are critical needs that will improve your quality of life at any age.  If you would like to have any of these tests done please feel free to contact me. We have simple collection kits we can send you, or we will be glad to set up a time for you to come by the office.

The Blended Drink Recipe

Food is medicine. We have addressed the importance of supplements rich in herbs, glucosamine and MSM intake. I’ve also stressed hydration and given testimony to the wisdom of a vegetable and fruit diet. Another tier to this program includes blended drinks. It is essential that we nourish ourselves aplenty with the appropriate ingredients for optimizing our bodies for successful anti-aging and injury engagement.

The blended drink is designed to compliment a healthy diet by providing those components that are often left out of regular intake. Whole foods are best because supplements composed of individual vitamins such as A, B, C or E are not what nature intended, therefore pills may not exert a complete beneficial affect. On the following page is the my famous shake that is known by medical doctors and scientists around the word. And for the first time will be introduced to the general public.

Ingredients Required:

Note: For a quick solution to obtain 52 vegetables, fruit, tubers and fiber, mix one or two scoops of the “Super Blend” in a glass of water, pure coconut water or rice milk in place of the following recipe. In half of blender place raw and/or frozen vegetables, tubers and roots.

Choose one, two or more different vegetables.

A: Napa cabbage, baby bok choy, kale, carrots, vine ripened tomatoes, sugar beets, sugar snap peas, cucumbers, squash, celery, green pepper, parsley and spinach.

B: Yams or sweet potatoes.

C: Optional – Handful of sprouts which include sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, sprouted beans, rice grains, barley. Add some soaked almonds.

D: Add one scoop of each; “Super Blend” & “Rejuvenate”

In the final half of blender add one, two or more of assorted fruit.

E. Fresh and/or frozen blueberries, kiwi, pear, bananas, strawberries, cherries and peaches, apple, watermelon, cantaloupe.

Blend with coconut water, almond milk, rice milk, carrot juice or ice water. Blend until liquified. *Makes about a 48 to 64 ounce shake.

TIPS: If it comes out too thick, add more liquid. After your tastes adjust, increase vegetables, tubers and roots to 3/4 portions in blender and 1/4 portion of fruit. Prepared sprout mixes or sprouting jars are available at most markets.

Fast Food: And The Convenience Myth!

Fast Food: And The Convenience  Myth!

Most Americans are used to getting their calories from food sources that barely qualify as a food source. You can go to You Tube and find countless videos from people who have done an experiment which shows how long it takes for fast food to break down. These videos show that when fast food burgers and fries are left out, they don’t break down. Even after several months go by, they look about the same as the day they were handed to somebody at the drive through window. (Bacteria doesn’t even want to eat this crap!) There is one video showing a burger that was put underwater for two weeks: absolutely no change, and the water it was submerged in was still clear.

I truly believe we need to take a serous look at what we define as food. If it can’t be properly broken down so that nutrients can be extracted from it, I don’t see how we can call it food.  The simple fact is, people don’t truly realize the damage they are doing to their body in the name of convenience.

Very powerful marketing companies have done an excellent job convincing people to make very unhealthy choices. They have successfully conned us into believing that fast food is food, and that it’s more convenient. It’s not! The amount of time it takes for you to pull in to the local fast food restaurant, wait in line, order your food, and wait to get it is not faster than simply throwing something quick together in the morning (or the evening before) and bringing it with you. I have had many of my clients report back to me that after they had developed some new habits, they had more time because they did not have to stop and get food (plus they had more energy from eating food that is actually good for them).

The fast food problem is compounded by the fact that we are still following nutritional guidelines that were based on studies commissioned by the National Dairy Council. This means the current Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) allowance for cholesterol is 300mg, which is 200 more mg than your body can remove on its own per day. The level set by the nutritional guidelines is, it seems, more about the need to sell dairy products than to  acknowledge current scientific thought about nutrition.

Little things like this make it easy for people to justify unhealthy choices. What makes matters worse is when they do try and seek out information about how to change their diet, they are bombarded with conflicting information. The conflicting information just makes the whole subject confusing. In my workbook, by comparison, there are food group sections, shopping lists, and recipes that make your dietary choices simple, and easy to follow.

We all need to learn to think a little differently. I see people all the time that have been conditioned into going through their day in a way that leaves them completely blindsided by the discovery they need to eat lunch. This sudden realization happens everyday, and yet every day they are totally unprepared. As a result, they end up falling victim to whatever unhealthy food choice is readily available.

Creating new habits is not easy, and dietary habits are, by far, the toughest to change. So what I like to do with my clients is start with one thing. This way, the client is able to create some success, and we can then build on that. With this approach, what you will find is that, once you start feeling the benefits of better nutrition—more energy for example—you’ll tend to want more, and then some of those better choices begin to get a little easier. The quickest success I know of is beginning your day with a blended drink.

I will be posting more information about the “Blended Drink” in my next post.