Showing posts with label Weight Loss. Show all posts
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Friday, November 16, 2012

Eat only when your hungry " The golden tip for weight loss"

If we do this we eat only to supply the demands of the body. We cannot
repeat too often the admonition, do not eat if not hungry.
If this plan were followed the present three meals-a-day plan would end.
Also the practice of many of eating between meals and in the evening
before retiring would cease. For most people real hunger would call for
about one meal a day, with occasionally some small amounts of fruit during
the day.
Hunger is the "voice of nature" saying to us that food is required. There is
no other true guide as to when to eat. The time of day, the habitual meal
time, etc., are not true guides.
Although genuine hunger is a mouth and throat sensation and depends
upon an actual physiological need for food, muscular contractions of the
stomach accompany hunger and are thought by physiologists, to give rise
to the hunger sensation.
Carlson, of the Chicago University, found that in a man who had been
fasting two weeks, these gastric "hunger" contractions had not decreased,
although there was no desire for food. The same has been observed in
animals. Indeed these contractions are seen to increase and yet they do
not produce the sensation of hunger. I do not consider these so-called
"hunger-contractions" as the cause of hunger. Real hunger is a mouth and
throat sensation.
But there is a difference between hunger and what is called appetite.
Appetite is a counterfeit hunger, a creature of habit and cultivation, and
may be due to any one of a number of things; such as the arrival of the
habitual meal time, the sight, taste, or smell of food, condiments and
seasonings, or even the thought of food. In some diseased states there is
an almost constant and insatiable appetite. None of these things can
arouse true hunger; for, this comes only when there is an actual need for

One may have an appetite for tobacco, coffee, tea, opium, alcohol, etc., but
he can never be hungry for these, since they serve no real physiological
Appetite is often accompanied by a gnawing or "all gone" sensation in the
stomach, or a general sense of weakness; there may even be mental
depression. Such symptoms usually belong to the diseased stomach of a
glutton and will pass away if their owner will refrain from eating for a few
days. They are temporarily relieved by eating and this leads to the idea that
it was food that was needed. But such sensations and feelings do not
accompany true hunger. In true hunger one is not aware that he has a
stomach for this, like thirst, is a mouth and throat sensation. Real hunger
arises spontaneously, that is without the agency of some external factor,
and is accompanied by a "watering of the mouth" and usually by a
conscious desire for some particular food.
Dr. Gibson says that, "The condition known as appetite, … with its source
and center in nervous desire, and its motive in self-indulgence, is a mere
parasite on life, feeding on its host--the man himself--whose misdirected
imagination invites it into his own vital household; while hunger, on the
other hand, is the original, constitutional prompter for the cell-world calling
for means to supply the true need and necessities of man's physical nature.
… Appetite does not express our needs, but our wants; not what we really
need, but what we think we need. It is imagination running riot, fashioning
out of our gluttonous greed an insatiable vampire which grows with our
wants, and increases its power until finally it kills us unless we determine to
kill it. … As long as our attention is absorbed in the pleasures of the table,
in the gratification of eating for its own sake, and in the introduction of new
combinations to bring about stimulating effects, we are increasing the
power of our appetite at the expense of our hunger."
The hungry person is able to eat and relish a crust of dry bread; he who
has only an appetite must have his food seasoned and spiced before he
can enjoy it. Even a gourmand is able to enjoy a hearty meal if there is
sufficient seasoning to whip up his jaded appetite and arouse his palsied
taste. He would be far better off if he would await the arrival of hunger
before eating.

There is no doubt of the truth of Dr. Geo. S. Weger's thought that "appetite
contractions in the stomach are often excited by psychic states, as
influenced by the senses." Appetite contractions thus aroused, are of
distinct advantage in digesting a meal if they are super-added to preexisting
hunger contractions. We know that these psychic states increase
the flow of the digestive juices--make the stomach "water" as well as the
mouth--and enhance digestion.
Dr. Claunch says, "the difference between true hunger and false craving
may be determined as follows: when hungry and comfortable it is true
hunger. When hungry and uncomfortable it is false craving. When a sick
person misses a customary meal, he gets weak before he gets hungry.
When a healthy person misses a customary meal, he gets hungry before
he gets weak."
If we follow the rule to eat only when truly hungry, those people who are
"hungry" but weak and uncomfortable would fast until comfort and strength
returned. Fasting would become one of the most common practices in our
lives, at least, until we learn to live and eat to keep well and thus eliminate
the need for fasting.
There are individuals who are always eating and always "hungry." They
mistake a morbid irritation of the stomach for hunger. These people have
not learned to distinguish between a normal demand for food and a
symptom of disease. They mistake the evidences of chronic gastritis or of
gastric neurosis for hunger.
Hunger, as previously pointed out, is the insistent demand for food that
arises out of physiological need for nourishment. Appetite, on the other
hand, is a craving for food which may be the result of several different
outside factors operating through the mind and senses. Anything that will
arouse an appetite will encourage one to eat, whether or not there exists an
actual need for food.
Hunger may be satisfied and appetite still persist, a not unusual thing. Our
many course dinners, with everything especially prepared to appeal to the
taste and smell, are well designed to keep alive appetite, long after hunger
has been appeased. No man is ever hungry when he reaches the dessert,
so commonly served after a many course dinner. Few, though filled to
repletion and perhaps uncomfortable in the abdomen, ever refuse to eat

the dessert. It is especially prepared to appeal to appetite. This style of
eating necessarily and inevitably leads to overeating and disease. Too
many articles of food at a meal overstimulate and induce overeating.
Hunger and the sense of taste are the only guides as to the quantity and
character of food required. If we eat when we are not hungry, and if the
delicate sensibilities of taste have been dulled and deadened by gluttonous
indulgence and by condiments, spices, alcohol, etc., it ceases to be a
reliable guide.
The unperverted instinct of hunger craves most keenly the food that is most
needed by the body and the unperverted taste derives the most pleasure
and satisfaction out of the food or foods demanded, and will be satisfied
when we have consumed sufficient of such food or foods to supply the
body's needs. But, if we have been in the habit of crowding the stomach
when there is no demand for food, just because it is meal time, or because
the doctor ordered it, and we know no other indication that enough food
has been consumed, than that the stomach can hold no more, we are
headed for disaster. The existence of a natural demand for food indicates
that food is required by the body and that the organs of the body are ready
to receive and digest it. Eating when there is no time, or as a social duty, or
because one has been able to stimulate an appetite, is a wrong to the
body. Both the quality and quantity, and the frequency of meals should be
regulated by the rules of hygiene rather than by those of etiquette and

Raw food healing diet (cleansing diet)

Next in declining order of healing effectiveness is what I call a raw food
healing diet or cleansing diet. It consists of those very same watery fruits
and non-starchy vegetables one juices or makes into vegetable broths, but
eaten whole and raw. Heating food does two harmful things: it destroys
many vitamins, enzymes and other nutritional elements and it makes many
foods much harder to digest. So no cooked vegetables or fruits are allowed
because to maintain health on this limited regimen it is essential that every
possible vitamin and enzyme present in the food be available for digestion.
Even though still raw, no starchy or fatty vegetables or fruits are allowed
that contain concentrated calories like potatoes, winter squash, avocados,
sweet potatoes, fresh raw corn, dates, figs, raisins, or bananas. And
naturally, no salad dressings containing vegetable oils or (raw) ground
seeds are allowed. Nor are raw grains or other raw concentrated energy
When a person starts this diet they will at first experience considerable
weight loss because it is difficult to extract a large number of calories from
these foods (though I have seen people actually gain weight on a pure
melon diet, so much sugar do these fruits have, and well-chewed
watermelon seeds are very nourishing). Eating even large quantities of only
raw fruit and raw non-starchy vegetables results in a slow but steady
healing process about 10 to 20 percent as rapid as water fasting.
A raw food cleansing diet has several huge advantages. It is possible to
maintain this regimen and regularly do non-strenuous work for many
months, even a year or more without experiencing massive weight loss
and, more important to some people, without suffering the extremes of low
blood sugar, weakness and loss of ability to concentrate that happen when
water fasting. Someone on a raw food cleanse will have periods of lowered
energy and strong cravings for more concentrated foods, but if they have
the self-discipline to not break their cleansing process they can accomplish
a great deal of healing while still maintaining more or less normal (though
slower paced) life activities. However, almost no one on this diet is able to
sustain an extremely active life-style involving hard physical labor or
competitive sports. And from the very beginning someone on a raw food

cleanse must be willing and able to lie down and rest any time they feel
tired or unable to face their responsibilities. Otherwise they will inevitably
succumb to the mental certainty that their feelings of exhaustion or
overwhelm can be immediately solved by eating some concentrated food to
"give them energy." Such low-energy states will, however, pass quickly
after a brief nap or rest.
Something else gradually happens to a body when on such a diet. Do you
recall that I mentioned that after my own long fast I began to get more
"mileage" out of my food. A cleansed, healed body becomes far more
efficient at digestion and assimilation; a body that is kept on a raw food
cleansing diet will initially lose weight rapidly, but eventually weight loss
slows to virtually nothing and then stabilizes. However, long-term raw
fooders are usually thin as toothpicks.
Once starchy vegetables like potatoes or winter squash, raw or cooked, or
any cereals, raw or cooked, are added to a cleansing diet, the detoxification
and healing virtually ceases and it becomes very easy to maintain or even
gain weight, particularly if larger quantities of more concentrated foods like
seeds and nuts are eaten. Though this diet has ceased to be cleansing,
few if any toxins from misdigestion will be produced and health is easy to
"Raw fooders" are usually people who have healed themselves of a serious
diseases and ever after continue to maintain themselves on unfired food,
almost as a matter of religious belief. They have become convinced that
eating only raw, unfired food is the key to extraordinarily long life and
supreme good health. When raw fooders wish to perform hard physical
work or strenuous exercise, they"ll consume raw nuts and some raw grains
such as finely-ground oats soaked overnight in warm water or deliciously
sweet "Essene bread," made from slightly sprouted wheat that is then
ground wet, made into cakes, and sun baked at temperatures below about
115 degrees Fahrenheit. Essene bread can be purchased in some health
food stores. However, little or no healing or detoxification can happen once
concentrated energy sources are added to the diet, even raw ones.
During my days at Great Oaks School I was a raw fooder for some years,
though I found it very difficult to maintain body heat on raw food during
chilly, rainy Oregon winters and eventually struck a personal compromise
where I ate about half my diet raw and the rest fired.

Weight Loss by fasting


Loss of weight indicates, almost guarantees, that detoxification and healing
is occurring. I can"t stress this too much. Of all the things I find my patients
seem to misunderstand or forget after being told, it is that they can"t heal in
a rapid manner without getting smaller. This reality is especially hard for the
family and friends of someone who is fasting, who will say, "you"re looking
terrible dear, so thin. Your skin is hanging on your bones. You"re not eating
enough protein or nutrient food to be healthy and you must eat more or
you"re going to develop serious deficiencies. You don"t have any energy,
you must be getting sicker. You"re doing the wrong thing, obviously. You
have less energy and look worse every day. Go and see a doctor before it
is too late." To succeed with friends like this, a faster has to be a mighty
self-determined person with a powerful ability to disagree with others.
Medical personnel claim that rapid weight loss often causes dangerous
deficiencies; these deficiencies force the person to overeat and regain even
more weight afterward. This is largely untrue, though there is one true
aspect to it: a fasted, detoxified body becomes a much more efficient
digester and assimilator, extracting a lot more nutrition from the same
amount food is used to eat. If, after extended fasting a person returns to
eating the same number of calories as they did before; they will gain weight
even more rapidly than before they stated fasting.
When fasting for weight loss, the only way to keep the weight off is to
greatly reform the diet; to go on, and stay on, a diet made up largely of nonstarchy,
watery fruits and vegetables, limited quantities of cooked food, and
very limited amounts of highly concentrated food sources like cereals and
cooked legumes. Unless, of course, after fasting, one"s lifestyle involves
much very hard physical labor or exercise. I’ve had a few obese fasters
become quite angry with me for this reason; they hoped to get thin through
fasting and after the fast, to resume overeating with complete
irresponsibility as before, without weight gain.
People also fear weight loss during fasting because they fear becoming
anorexic or bulimic. They won’t! A person who abstains from eating for the
purpose of improving their health, in order to prevent or treat illness, or

even one who fasts for weight loss will not develop an eating disorder.
Eating disorders mean eating compulsively because of a distorted body
image. Anorexics and bulimics have obsessions with the thinner-is-better
school of thought. The anorexic looks at their emaciated frame in the mirror
and thinks they are fat! This is the distorted perception of a very insecure
person badly in need of therapy. A bulimic, on the other hand stuffs
themselves, usually with bad food, and then purges it by vomiting, or with
laxatives. Anorexics and bulimics are not accelerating the healing potential
of their bodies; these are life threatening conditions. Fasters are genuinely
trying to enhance their survival potential.
Occasionally a neurotic individual with a pre-existing eating disorder will
become obsessed with fasting and colon cleansing as a justification to
legitimize their compulsion. During my career while monitoring hundreds of
fasters, I"ve known two of these. I discourage them from fasting or colon
cleansing, and refuse to assist them, because they carry the practices to
absurd extremes, and contribute to bad press about natural medicine by
ending up in the emergency ward of a hospital with an intravenous feeding
tube in their arm.

Weight Loss: The benefits of FRUIT JUICES AND SMOOTHIES!


A FUN and EASY way to get more vitamins & minerals into your diet is by
drinking freshly made fruit juices, vegetable juices, and by blending thick
and frothy smoothies and shakes from frozen fruit.
A friend of mine describes drinking freshly made fruit juices like this:
"If you have never taken a mouthful of cantaloupe juice or strawberry
juice mixed with apple, you simply have not lived. Blueberry juice is a
taste of liquid heaven."
Freshly made juices are a tremendous source of bio-available vitamins and
minerals which are the partners of enzymes and co-enzymes. Vitamins
activate enzymes and without vitamins, enzymes could not carry out their
work, and we could not live.
Enzymes act as catalysts in hundreds of thousands of chemical reactions
that take place throughout your body, and are essential for digesting,
absorbing and converting food into body tissue. Enzymes produce energy
at the cellular level and are critical for most of the metabolic activities taking
place in your body every second of every day.
Another benefit of drinking fresh juices and smoothies is that your body can
absorb MORE of the vitamins and minerals than if you were to eat the fruits
and vegetables whole! Many of the nutrients are TRAPPED in the fiber and
by blending fruits and vegetables, you break down the fiber and release the
vital nutrients.
When you eat a raw carrot, you are only able to assimilate a small
percentage of the available beta carotene. When a carrot is juiced,
removing the fiber, a LARGE percentage of the beta carotene can be
assimilated by your body.

Of course, you still need to eat whole produce because fiber is also an
important part of your daily diet.
Meeting you or your children's need for energy and nutrients is essential for
good health. Children who do not meet their needs for energy may stop
growing and gaining weight. In severe situations, they can develop a
condition which is life threatening called protein energy malnutrition.
Vitamins and minerals are only required in very small amounts, but a diet
insufficient in these can cause SEVERE deficiency diseases.
You may be showing signs of malnutrition if you ...
• feel tired and weak.
• feel like you never have the energy to clean your home,
make meals or even do the dishes.
• have difficulty losing or gaining weight.
• can't easily get to sleep.
• feel stressed and/or nervous.
• feel drowsy during the day.
• sometimes can't concentrate, you're mind feels numb, or you get
confused easily.
• have problems with your digestion.
• have constipation and/or hard dry stools.
• have mood swings, or get easily upset.
• don't have patience for anything.
• sometimes feel depressed.
• have overly dry or oily skin.
• sometimes have nausea and/or abdominal pain.
• have annoying eye twitches.
• bruise easily.
• have muscle cramps and/or low back pain.
• sometimes get cracks and sores in the corners of your mouth.
• notice that your nails have become thin and/or brittle.
• are losing your hair.
• have water retention.
• have uncontrollable temper outbursts.
• don't eat a well-balanced nutritious diet EVERY DAY

Natural vitamins are found only in living things, that is, plants and animals.
Your body, with a few exceptions, can't manufacture vitamins. They must
be supplied in your food or in dietary supplements but supplements can't
replace food, especially fruits and vegetables which provide thousands of
substances, some of which have well-known functions, and some whose
roles in the human body are not yet understood or recognized.
Vitamins and minerals … ...
◊ reduce your risk of getting a stroke or heart attack!
◊ strengthen your nails!
◊ improve your hair condition, strength and growth by providing certain
essential nutrients to the hair follicle!
◊ beautify your skin by keeping it smooth, soft and disease-free!
◊ provide essential compounds that are necessary for growth, health,
normal metabolism and physical well-being! Without them, you would
◊ promote normal growth and development!
◊ maintain bone density and strength!
◊ regulate blood clotting!
◊ help in the function of nerves and muscles, including regulating a
normal heart beat!
When it comes to choosing a healthy diet for their children, many parents
don't realize the important role that beverages play. For example, fruit
flavored drinks and soft drinks are not a substitute for real fruit. Many of
these drinks only contain 10% real fruit juice. The very best drinks are
made from whole fruit and you can make great fruity healthy drinks at

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