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D. S. McGerk | april/16

Topic: Why do we Eat?

, we are obsessed with the wrong kinds of foods. We need to understand "Why do we Eat"; and we need to use food to bring balance into our lives. Reviewing our eating habits is the goal.

It seems that we have gotten side tract by modern society and its reliance on processed foods to give flavor, and have forgotten our bodies' need for nutrition. We have succomed to "Palatability" and "Sweetness" as driver of eating. Humans have unlearned eating for Healthspan and Lifespan. We can get fresh foods year round; therefore; rethinking our eating habits and reliance on processed foods should change for the better.

Food supplies both nutrients and calories. Calories are a measurement of "energy", and come from only three sources - carbohydrates, fats, and proteins (Macronutrients). We use SELF Nutrition Data - know what you eat, (Data) as they always provide this calorie analysis of macronutrients, along with many micronutrients within each food.

Micronutrients are non-caloric food factors, such as vitamins, minerals, fibers, and phytochemicals. These non-caloric nutrients are vitally important for good health. The key to optimizing your health and achieving your ideal body weight is to eat predominantly those foods that have a relatively high proportion of nutrients (non-caloric food factors) to calories from macronutrients - fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

protein and living to 100

of the three macronutrients in our diet (protein, fat and carbohydrates), only carbohydrates are non-essential for human life. We do use carbohydrates for fuel energy but is not as efficient as ketone energy. We eat carbohydrates because they are building blocks of all living things and carry with them the micronutrients and minerals we need. There is no known human carbohydrate deficiency disease, but many "High Carbohydrate Diseases - HCDs", to include Cancer, Insulin Resistence, Metabolic Sysdrome, Cardio Vascular and Longevity, and Death by Sugar, just to mention a few. Professor Tim Noakes give a summary of the human condition Human History and Medical aspects of a Carbohydrate Lifestyle | september/2014.

is a very versatile food. It maximizes nutrients, antioxidants, replenishes electrolytes, by using coconut water, nuts, raw vegetables and fruits. Much better than energy drinks, (Note 1,2) as it is built with whole foods - added by you! (Note 3) Some of the best personal trainers use this as a snack at mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and evening. The idea is to always have some of these powerful antioxidants and micronutrients (Note 4) available to our body throughout the day. This smoothie can easily be split into 3 parts and replace snacks on a daily basis. Leftovers - add a Kefir or Lassi, making it a perfect breakfast drink.

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  • 16.9 oz, ½ liter of coconut water (only) read label. (Note 5)
  • 1 oz each, almonds (25), pumpkin seeds (85). (11g protein) (1,2)
  • Berries: 1 cup/4 oz berries, blue etc., frozen or fresh.
  • Greens: 1 cup/4 oz kale or spinach, or a blend. (Note 6)
  • Vitamin C source: ½ an orange or through in the whole orange with peel (3,4).
  • Spices: 1 tbsp blend of Spice Trilogy, about, 2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ginger, and ½ tsp turmeric.
  • Protein Powder: 1 scoop, or 2 if you are building up. (min 20g), check for B12.
  • (Super Smooth Smoothie Option) - add 1 avocado, or 1 banana.
  • (Optional) - 1 tbsp unsweetened cocao, like Ghirardelli, 1 tbsp flax seeds.
  • (Optional) - something from the sea, Iodine (Note 4), - add dulce flakes, seaweed.


  1. → Make your own nut milk, put coconut water in your blender container and store overnight in refrigerator, this softens nuts and seeds.
  2. Blend nuts to make nut milk, then add other ingredients. Blend chunky to smooth, your choice.
  3. Pour blender contents into travel bottle, if does not fit, then drink extra right then, complete filling bottle. With leftovers, we add Lassi (5) and make a perfect breakfast drink.

NOTES: and some needed items we like ...

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  • Blender:
  • Vitamix 5200 series We like use a Vitamix because we make hot sauces, hot soups, besides cold drinks. These are close to restaurant quality (or buy NSF standard), easy to clean with no place for bacteria to grow.
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  • Drink Container:
  • Blender Bottle The Blender Bottle is good for these smoothies, these can be thick, esp if you add extra protien powder. These seal tight and prevents unnecessary oxygen for entering.
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  • Recently Trader Joe's has introduced their own 100% coconut water (single ingredient) in ½ liter containers (16.9oz). Otherwise Zico is 100%.
  • Oranges, if you use the whole orange, with peel (mesocarp and exocarp), and pulp, then they need to be organic. Beware, some packers dip oranges in yellow die to die the blemishes.
  • Otherwise, follow the rules of The Dirty Dozen or The Clean Fifteen (3) .
  • The EWG (Environmental Working Group) (6,7) is by far the most proactive organization for the consumer, producing a lot of analysis that the consumer can use daily. Summary: EWG's 2016 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™,


  1. Energy drink: energy simply means calories, usually 250 to 375 calories per bottle (or can). Not enough calories for a true meal, but a lot for a snack. One-quarter to one-half of the calories in most drinks come from various sugars (not lactose), though some brands have reduced their sugar content somewhat.
  2. High-protein drinks: contain 10 to 20 grams of protein (compared to 8 grams in a cup of milk, 10 grams in a cup of plain yogurt, or 7 grams in an extra-large egg). Protein by itself won't build muscle, a whole food approach is needed as it brings along the antioxidants, nutrients, and probably another 1000 things we do not yet understand. This recipe starts with 11 grams of protein just from Nuts, no better whole food and Mother Plant has packed everything in and around the nut to give its' off-spring its best chance to survive and grow.
  3. Complete nutrition: is a misnomer and these drinks typically supplies 15 to 50 percent of most vitamins and minerals, but contains few if any of the other potentially beneficial substances in foods, such as the carotenoids in fruits and vegetables. In addition, most brands contain no fiber.
  4. Micronutrients: called micronutrients because they are needed only in minuscule amounts, these substances are the magic wands that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. As tiny as the amounts are, however, the consequences of their absence are severe. Iodine, vitamin A and iron are most important in global public health terms; their lack represents a major threat to the health and development of populations the world over, particularly children and pregnant women in low-income countries. (WHO) (8)
  5. We are after cancer fighters like isothiocyanates which turn on phases I, II metabolism and detoxification enzymes for cell protection, and vitamin K for blood clotting and calcium control. (9,10)
  6. We need K (potassium) at 2 X that of Na, but, it is very hard to get in modern diet. The Heart relies on this balance, and our bodies work hard at balancing these ions. The kidneys workd to balance the K/Na and flush out with excess Na sodium, but we can end up with electrical system impalances. (9,10) The Na+/K+ ATPase ion transporter (Wiki), which is a critical functioning part of every animal cell, plays a major role in cellular malnutrition and dysfunction.

    Potassium [K+] is a critical element. We get plenty of sodium [Na+] and the body can balance the calcium [Ca++], as it stores that in our bones. Chloride [Cl −] comes along with Na and the Chlorine in our water. The Na+/K+ pump is responsible for transporting nutrients and maintaining cell volume. Potassium aids in muscle contraction, nerve impulse, and heart function. Potassium is hard to get, USDA DV is 4700mg. This is hard to get without the proper diet. This must be tracked we need to work overtime to get 4700mg potassium [K+] to get it in our diet. Supplemented as Potassium Citrate there is a sustained improvement in calcium balance in older men and women. (21,22,22a)
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[ + ] Sources and References:

  1. Data SelfNutritionData - know what you eat, On Nutrition Data, you'll find detailed nutrition information, plus unique analysis tools that tell you more about how foods affect your health and make it easier to choose healthy foods.
  2. 1 The Lung Cleansing Benefits of Orange Peel, by Dr. Edward Group, Sep 2012.
  3. 2 Now at Whole Foods is a 100% grass fed Lassi, Dahlicious Lassi, an Indian style smoothie.
  4. 3 A maverick doctor, and a trusted source is Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D.
  5. 4 The Dangers of Supplements, without the Whole Fruit or Vegetable, Citrus Peels and Cancer: Zest for Life?
  6. 5 Now at Whole Foods is a 100% grass fed Lassi, Dahlicious Lassi, an Indian style smoothie.
  7. 6 EWG, Environmental Working Group EWG helps protect your family from pesticides! ... Free Guide
  8. 7 EWG Know your Environment, Protect your health News, Key Issues, Research, Consumer Guides.
  9. 8 WHO - World Health Organization, Micronutrient deficiencies, Iodine deficiency disorders
  10. 9 American Physiological Society, Gene expression profiling reveals a regulatory role for RORĪ± and RORĪ³ in phase I and phase II metabolism
  11. 10 Dr. Mercola, article from web site, Vitamin K: The Missing Nutrient to Blame for Heart Attacks and Osteoporosis
  12. 21 NCBI PMC, Potassium citrate supplementation results in sustained improvement in calcium balance in older men and women, Kendall Moseley MD, Connie Weaver PhD, Lawrence Appel MD, Anthony Sebastian MD, and Deborah E. Sellmeyer MD.
  13. 22 Journal of Neuroscience February 2015, 35 (8) 3346-3359; DOI:, Peripheral Nerve Injury Induces Persistent Vascular Dysfunction and Endoneurial Hypoxia, Contributing to the Genesis of Neuropathic Pain, Tony K.Y. Lim, Xiang Q. Shi, Julia M. Johnson, Malena B. Rone, Jack P. Antel, Samuel David and Ji Zhang
  14. 22a NCBI PubMed, Peripheral Nerve Injury Induces Persistent Vascular Dysfunction and Endoneurial Hypoxia, Contributing to the Genesis of Neuropathic Pain, Tony K.Y. Lim, Xiang Q. Shi, Julia M. Johnson, Malena B. Rone, Jack P. Antel, Samuel David and Ji Zhang

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