How to Eat Healthy and Make the Best Diet Choices

How to Eat Healthy and Make the Best Diet Choices


Alright! This is John Kohler with okraw.com!
Today we have another exciting episode for you. I’m coming at you from my backyard
garden here. It’s spring time, things are shooting up pretty good. Things are growing
really well. But we’re not going to talk about gardening or anything like that today.
We’re going to talk about a very important topic, right. It’s about eating and the
food you eat and the choices that you guys get to make each and every day, you know.
One of the things that I want to teach you guys on this YouTube channel, besides maybe
the best foods to eat, is more about the mindset and how to move yourself into a better direction.
Because I know a lot of you guys are, you know, coming from a standard American diet
eating junk food, processed foods, burgers, fries, you know, prepared and packaged foods.
And I want to get you guys off all that stuff, right. But you need to, you need some kind
of techniques or system to help get you guys to where you want to go. So in this episode,
what I’m going to share with you guys is a talk I gave actually last year about possibility
eating or my continuum diet style and continuum way that I teach people to let them know that
they have choices each and every meal. And that some choices are definitely better than
other choices. For those of you guys that have watched me for a long time, you guys
know I use good, better, best. And not just narrow things down to 3 choices but I want
you guys to have an infinite amount of choices when you guys are deciding on what you’re
going to eat for that meal. So next let’s go ahead and get into that
presentation I gave last year, you know, to help people in the local area to change their
diet, and now you guys get to see it and learn from it as well. Hello! How’s it going? Is everybody here
for the talk tonight? Alright! Yeah, we’re here at Pressed for
juice. And if you guys are thirsty, get a juice. I got one right here. This is a carrot
top, carrot, orange, pineapple, ginger. It’s a really good combination, tastes good. And
I’ll be using that as a prop in just a little bit. Let’s see, so today’s talk is the
most important diet you were never taught. It’s called, what I call possibility eating.
And this is something that I never even heard of it before. I just made this term up. But
it’s something that I have actually been doing for the last 20 years. And now I’ve
put a name to it. And I’m going to explain it to you guys so that you guys can benefit
from what I have learned over the 20 years I’ve been on this lifestyle and diet journey. So how many of you guys have seen some of
my videos or anything on YouTube before? So a bunch of people, about maybe half. So I
want to just briefly get into why I got into this lifestyle that I’m living now. And,
you know, why you might want to do it as well. So about 20 years, about 25 years ago now,
I came down with what’s called spinal meningitis. And the spinal meningitis, it’s a life threatening
disease and many people don’t make it out of the hospital alive after having spinal
meningitis. It’s basically a bacterial or viral infection that gets into your spinal
cord that goes up into your brain and then your brain has no immune system to fight it
off. So luckily I made it through that situation, I could only say through higher powers, to
get me through that. But when I got out of the hospital I asked the doctors well why
did I get this in the first place? And they said John you have what’s called a complement
immune deficiency. And basically what that means is they said I had a chronically weak
immune system so I more susceptible to getting any disease. And so this wasn’t too surprising.
I mean because as a child I had things like asthma and allergies and dry skin condition
eczema, and these are all auto immune conditions. And as time goes on, we see more and more
people, friends and family, getting some of these auto immune conditions, be it allergies,
asthma or eczema or you know chronic fatigue syndrome. This is all our bodies attacking
itself because maybe we’re not doing the best stuff we can be doing. And so, once I knew that I had a chronically
weak immune system, all I knew is that I didn’t want to get put back in the hospital, because
the doctors said if you get a reoccurrence, even though I won this bout with the spinal
meningitis back then, the next time I may not be so lucky, and that I might get sick
and might not make it out of there, whether it’s spinal meningitis or whether it’s
you know a bad flu and I get pneumonia or who knows what. Because I was like I had a
bad genetics they said. You know, I was kind of just screwed basically is what they said. So at that point I left the hospital and all
I knew is that I needed to do something to build my immune system. Because let me tell
you, if you’re in the hospital and the doctors telling you that you might not make it out
alive, that’s not a fun place to be. Specially when you’re in your 20s like I was when
this happened to me. But at any age, because you think about like what could have I have
done differently so that I wouldn’t be here right now? And we all just live our lives
and, you know, don’t really think about the things we’re doing today and how it’s
going to affect us in the future. I mean, right now if I drink this juice, you know,
and I was in Chipotle in Washington state, I might be eating something and then, you
know, a couple five hours later I might have explosive diarrhea because I just got E coli.
I mean, it would come on the news, you know. Now I’m not going to get that in. That’s
like a couple hours later so you know like if you eat something and you don’t feel
good, you know that happened to you. But what if something doesn’t happen to you for 10
years later or 20 years later? And it’s traced back to 20 years ago when you had that,
you know, I don’t know, some kind of hamburger meat that was tainted with like mad cow disease
or something. I mean, it’s just virtually untraceable. So at that point, anyways, I learned that
my health is my greatest wealth and that I really don’t want to put myself in this
situation to lose or potentially lose my life again. If I can take any kind of actions to
make it basically put me on a different path. I mean, when an airline takes off from Las
Vegas to go to Hawaii, if it just gets off a couple degrees it could end up in, I don’t
know, Alaska or Antartica or somewhere else, you know, because it, it goes. But it could
change it’s course, you know, it’s computer controlled. So as it gets off course it goes
back and then it gets back on course and then it ends up in Hawaii. So that’s how our
lives are too. We’re on all these different roads. And every path we take could end you
up over here or could end you up over here, depending on what choices you make in your
life. And we all get to make choices every day. And that’s a big part of my talk today. And so, anyways, after I got out of the hospital,
I knew that I needed to do something to change my health so that I could build my immune
system and have a stronger immune system. And I didn’t know what to do so I learned
about juicing, from a Juiceman informercial JayKordich. He said juicing could build your
immune system, you could, you know, lose weight, have more energy. And so I ordered the juicer
and got juicing. And then I got into colon cleansing and then basically long story short,
I got into eating a plant based raw fruit and vegetable diet. You know that’s a raw
food diet. And, and that was the best diet I could find to build my immune system so
that I wouldn’t be put back into the hospital again. So that’s what I have been doing for the
last 20 years. And I didn’t just stop at doing a plant based raw food and vegetable
diet. I really researched these 20 years day in and day out, how could I improve my already
what I think should be the, you know, one of the best diets in the planet, you know,
how could I even make it better than just eating fruits and vegetables? Well John maybe
you could instead of eating conventional fruits and vegetables, maybe you could eat organic.
So, you know, I started eating organic. Maybe instead of just buying organic at the grocery
store or whole foods, whole paycheck, you could go to the farmer’s market and get
it fresh. Because they are growing fresh and, you know, and they pick it hopefully that
morning and they bring it to the market and you buy it. So it’s like not degraded as
much, the nutrients aren’t going down as much. And then I learned about well hey John,
well why buy at the farmer’s market when you just could grow in your front yard and
in your back yard? So then I started growing my own food. And now when I want to pick it,
I just go out to the back yard, pick it, bring it inside and eat it or juice it. And so that’s
like the best! And then also, you know, I learned a lot of other things about like the
way food is grown could impact the nutrition in there or the anti-nutrients in there and
putting special things into your soil, but that’s kind of getting off topic. But the
point of the matter is, I’ve tried to always improve what I’m doing each and every day.
So that I can be at the best place now. I mean, some of my recent things are growing
my own foods, increasing the quality of the best foods that I’m eating. And then the other thing that is super important
that I just want to leave all you guys with is increasing the diversity of the foods you’re
eating. So even if you go into whole foods or Smiths or whatever, you can go to the produce
section and you’re like oh my god there’s like 200 things with different kind of produce
I could eat. I mean that’s just a fraction of the amount of edible foods that are available
on the planet. So I really try to grow, you know, foods that you actually can’t even
buy at the grocery store, in my back yard here in Las Vegas, you know, different kinds
of greens in the summer time. you know, the malabar spinach, ashitaba angelica keiskei
it’s also known as, also gynura procumbens, they’re like they’re anti cancer foods.
They’re like from Asia and they grow amazing here in the summer. So I really try to grow
a diversity of foods and then get those into me because every different food has a whole
spectrum of phytochemicals and phytonutrients. And it’s these phytochemicals and phytonutrients,
after these 20 years of being into raw foods is what’s the most important factor in my
opinion about raw foods. Some people might say it’s the enzymes, some people might
say it’s, you know, the vitamins and minerals, the life force, but I really think it’s
the phytonutrients. And phytonutrients are degraded, you know, after they’re heated
or after they’re, you know, heavily processed. So that’s basically my journey, and I’m
going to share more about this and get more to the possibility eating. So the first thing I want to talk about is
this juice right here. So this juice, is this bottle half full or half empty? Audience: Half full. John: So depending on your training and depending
on what you think, there may be only two options- half full or half empty or it might even not
even be either of those. It could be, you know, a little bit more than half full, a
little bit more than half empty, I don’t exactly know, I tried to do it the best I
could and it looked about half full, I mean. But, you know, we’re all taught like about
like to think positively. So people that think positively think oh that’s half full instead
of thinking half empty. And that’s definitely a good part of it, you know. You could always
like oh yeah I like to eat raw food vegan but then you go out and eat a hamburger sometime,
you know. You’re thinking positive but you just don’t actually follow through. So what I’m going to teach you guys today
is a way maybe to, to help you get to where you really want to go instead of just thinking
positively. It’s more about thinking about the alternatives, you know. In our society
one of the things that kind of irks me a lot is that we’re taught to be convergent thinkers.
So convergent is like if you ever see Star Wars, right, when they blow up the death star
this is like perfect convergent. How many people seen Star Wars and when they blew up
the death star? Or even when the death star would come on and just have a global planet,
that’s what it is. So the death star came on and had these beams that went in to this
way and al like five beams and one into one beam, it went into one beam and right there
that’s convergent and then it made that one beam shoot out of the planet and the planet
blew up. That’s convergence. So when you, convergent is kind of simplifying
things and make it into one or two or like few choices. So in our educational system,
you know, we’re really taught like this is right, this is wrong, this is good, this
is bad, you know, you’re vegan or you’re not vegan. And we’re talking only like,
we’re really taught few choices. Like people driving here today, either you’re speeding
or you’re not speeding, right. On the freeway you’re going to get a ticket or you’re
not. But hey what if you’re going on, you know, 215 over there and people are flying,
you’re going at the speed limit, or you’re going 66 in a 65 zone, but people are flying
by you at 75, right, are you really breaking the law? Who is the cop going to get, right?
So things aren’t always black and white. And that’s something that I really, that
I really want to really impart with you guys that there’s always like look beyond just
the given choices, you know. I think that kind of messed me up on tests because I think
there’s a different answer and it wasn’t on there, and then I wouldn’t get it right.
But yeah there’s always other options than just what we’re taught. And so, one of the techniques that I like
to share with people is a simple technique of giving you guys at least 3 options, which
is more than 2 options. And this is a really easy technique that you guys who are watching
my videos you’ve learned. It’s just simply known as good, better, best. So I can give the example of my brother, who
I spoke with on the phone two days ago. And it was kind of sad when I spoke to him on
the phone, I’ll tell you why. But I told my brother when he was living here in Vegas,
he’s since moved back to California, I told him okay Jim if you’re going to eat out
at McDonalds, right, and you know like eating a plant based diet would be like the best
and eating at McDonalds is like the worst, maybe if you ate at Chipotle and got like
a vegetarian, you know, burrito or whatever, it would be better than eating at, you know,
Jack in the Box or McDonalds or Burger King. Because at least like at Chipotle it’s supposed
to be non-GMO and hopefully it doesn’t have E. Coli and hopefully it’s you know more
real food instead of just processed stuff that they just reheat and serve you, right.
So I mean, and he was willing to do that. So a lot of times he would just go out to
Chipotle. You know, for him that’s a great improvement. I mean, I wish he would eat,
you know, more plants and juice and make smoothies and all this stuff and come by here and get
juices if he’s not going to do it himself. But he’s not willing to do that for whatever
reason and that’s cool. I mean, at least he knows a better alternative is Chipotle.
But then when I spoke to him on the phone the other day, he’s like yeah today I went
to Burger King, had a two for one coupon or something, and he had Burger King with a soda!
Like I’m like god this is so terrible, I guess I didn’t teach you anything. But anyways, it took for him to know that
he has a choice. And we all have choices. We make choices each and every day. And we
could choose to do one thing or the other, as long we we’re given choices. And the
choices are oh either I eat a healthy diet that just all raw foods or I eat a bad diet
which is all McDonalds. It’s never all McDonalds, or it could be like yeah okay so I eat a healthy
diet most of the week but Friday nights I like to enjoy myself and reward myself after
a hard day’s work after and eat Mc Donald’s or whatever. Whatever you’re vice is. You
know know just minimize it and do it less frequently, right. So that gives you at least three options..
good, better, best, right? You got, I’m not going to go into explaining what all those
are. But what I want to talk about to you is more than just a good, better, best model.
I want to talk to you about what is a new concept that I came up with. It’s called
possibility eating. And instead of just thinking like about, you know, positive thinking and
just thinking things that are positive, you know, it’s along those lines. It’s like
I’ve heard about this technique called possibility thinking, you know. Back in the 1980s, I think
it was Robert Schuller, he was like a self like self help like coach person that wrote
all these books. And he talked about possibility thinking, which actually just going, which
is going beyond just thinking positively but it’s thinking about the possibilities and
you know, what are the possibilities when you’re confronted with a situation, you
know. So for example, you know, I missed my flight
when I was going to California about a week ago because I had to drop my pets off at a
friend’s house and I had to get to the airport and park my car and then take the bus to the
airport and all this stuff. And I missed my flight. So like what are my options? Okay
most people would think okay either you, you know, get pissed off because you missed your
flight, you yell at the people behind the counter. Or maybe you could take responsibility
and know that you missed your flight because you didn’t leave your house early enough
to deal with traffic and get to your friend’s house, you know. And you could think about
it in different ways, you know. You could just take full responsibility. I’m like
okay I take full responsibility that I’ve missed my flight, now let’s work out a solution.
And, you know, just think of the possibilities now that once I’m in the situation how can
I get out of it and get out of it at the lowest possible cost. So I know that, you know, there’s
other airlines that flew to San Fransisco, so I checked online at the prices, and I saw
that Sphere had a cheap flight, it was $58 online. And I was already there at the airport.
My flight actually cost $19 on Frontier, which is cheaper. But whatever, I missed that flight.
So, and oh, and I learned that Frontier doesn’t re-book you for free. That kind of upset me
a little bit. I won’t be booking them unless I’m going to make it. But even Sphere, they’re
a low cost airline, they’ll re-book you for free if you miss your flight. They’ve
done it for me at least twice. I kind of miss my flight sometimes. But, so I know that,
but Frontier, they’re a pain in the butt man. They were going to charge me a $100 to
re-book me. And I’m like I can fly for cheaper. So anyways, Sphere was $58 online and I went
to the Sphere counter. If you go to the Sphere counter at the airport, they’ll charge you
approximately $20 less than the online price. So then I got it for 40 bucks. And then the
good news is because that happened to me, I got to re-book my rental car which actually
went down by 10 bucks. So, oh in the end I paid $30 more and I got there a bit later. But, you know, it’s all how you look at
things. And I want you guys to think of all the possibilities. I could go home and just
suck it up and not go on the trip now because it didn’t work out. Or I could make it work,
right? So try to think of the possibilities. And we could also use this concept with our
diet. And that’s really what I want to get into tonight. So a lot of diets define a person
by what they eat or by what they don’t eat. So for example, somebody that was vegan, right,
that’s commonly known as vegans would have the intention or not eat, you know, anything
from a animal, any animal products, whether that’s meat, eggs, you know, cow excretions
including dairy or things like honey that’s from bees which are animals. Or vegetarians
wouldn’t eat meat but they would eat dairy and they might eat honey and people that are
into raw foods maybe wouldn’t eat things above a certain temperature. And then they
basically wouldn’t eat anything else, right. So, so that’s telling you what you eat or
what you don’t eat. And I just like want to, just like this style of thinking in my
opinion is more like if it’s right or wrong, if it’s good or bad, if you’re driving
65 on the highway or if you’re going over 65 and you’re breaking the law. And, and
if you eat, if you’re vegan and you eat meat once because you slip up, everybody slips
up once in a while, you’re what, are you no longer vegan even though it just happened
once? Or even try to not tell anybody so you could still claim your veganism or your vegan
title. I mean, I don’t know, I think that it gets kind of ridiculous. And, and everybody
slips up sometimes, you know, nobody is perfect. Am I a perfect 100% raw foodist? No, I like
to claim I’m 99.999% raw foods. Because I slipped up in the early years. I mean, on
a daily basis I eat all plants these days. I mean, you could ask my roommate, ask my
girlfriend, whatever, I mean, I don’t eat anything cooked. I don’t cook anything on
purpose. I mean, if I go to a potluck and somebody slips something in, you know. But
I’m pretty careful, like if like people put like canned chickpeas in a salad for potluck,
and a raw food potluck nonetheless, and I’m like I know those are cooked chickpeas so
I’ll put it aside and I won’t eat them. But who knows what else was in. I try to just
do the best you can, right. So and the other thing is that we create our
own reality, you know. We define who we are, whether we want to fit into a box or a label
or not. And, you know, as I get more mature and wise in my age, I try to not to fit in
to labels because it really can limit you, you know. If you live like by this whole natural
hygiene principle, which is, and for people that don’t know that is, it’s basically
trying to be like a fruitarian and living like you were, you know, hundreds of years
ago and maybe not eating a whole lot of vegetables. I mean, there’s a book now, natural hygiene
book that’s written and people follow to the letter. In my opinion it is a lot of dogma.
Because a lot of it is not going to leave you down to the optimal road of good health.
There’s a lot of principles in there that are definitely right on and you should follow,
but not everything in there is correct. So if you define yourself as a fruitarian or,
you know, doing natural hygiene I think that could get you down into trouble in the future.
And once again, it’s not like oh I’m eating fruit now, I feel great. Well what about you
know 10 or 20 years later when your teeth start falling out? You’re not getting remineralized
because the fruit today is not like the fruit 200 years ago when we were living in the jungle
where they had like really rich nutritious things, and not sprayed with pesticides. And
you don’t have all these environmental toxins of cell phones and who knows what else we’re
getting bombarded with. So yeah, so that’s what’s, so possibility
eating could help bridge the gap between, you know, trying to live in a box and trying
to be your own person and figure out the best course of action for you. So on possibility eating, I want to try to
encourage people and think about what they can eat instead of what they can’t eat.
But also be aware of , you know, the range of possibilities they have when choosing a
diet. So what I like to do is, I like to make a continuum, that’s what I’m going to
make on here. Like anyone know what a continuum is like in mathematics. It’s like you ever
seen one of those continuums that has like a, it has like arrows and like a line and
my pens out. Let’s see if this works. It has like a line and an arrow and then another
line and then it has like, you know, in 1878 columbus discovered America, in 2015 we elected
you know Obama as President or something. So that, it has like the date but it’s like
a, it’s like a continuous line of different things. And so the continuum that I want to
try to give you guys like, you know, a continuum is like I try to think about like this. So
the room goes from here to there and if my goal was to walk across the room all the way
to that wall, you know, I’m a constant journey from one end to the other end. And I could
get like halfway over and I could get like almost all the way over there or I could be
all the way back here. But I’m constantly working to get to that wall, which could be
one end of the continuum. And the other end is maybe the not so good end. So the continuum
we could kind of think is like, you know, a good better best, if you want to put terms
on it. But on the continuum there’s more than just 3 options. You know, there’s going
to be a lot of options. So I think it’s best if I kind of explain
it out by just doing it. And this is kind of an audience participation. Because I really
like to get the audience involved, so you guys are thinking about this stuff. Is everybody
following me on what I’m talking about so far tonight? Alright, cool. So, so this is the possibility eating continuum.
And so first we could do a continuum for a lot of different topics. I want to start off
at broad and then go more narrow, right. So when I get into like a continuum of categories
of food that you could eat. And then I’m going to put those categories of food on the
continuum being like, you know, over here like good or worse, and then better and then
best over on this side. And this, this is up to your determination because I’m putting
this continuum chart together. I’m going to use my filters and my judgements on the
food items that we’ll be putting up here. So why don’t you guys share some categories
of food? Audience: Herbs John: Herbs! Okay, so herbs in my opinion
would probably be near the end of the best continuum over here, so we put herbs. Audience: Seeds John: Seeds! So seeds that’s probably not
put quite down the best, but it’s still, you know, down here pretty good, seeds. Yeah,
what? Audience: Multi vitamins John: What? Audience: Multi vitamins John: Multi vitamins. So multi vitamins, I
don’t know, I’ll probably put it down here. Any other categories of food? Audience: Nuts John: Nuts. So I’d probably put nuts around,
you know, nuts and seeds, or maybe nuts a little bit below seeds. Audience: Fruits John: Fruits! Fruits and veggies I’d probably
put on here with herbs. I don’t know, I’m thinking on either side of it. I think some
herbs are better than fruits. But I need space but anyways I’ll just put it , I’ll probably
put it there. It probably should be veggies, herbs and then fruits actually in my opinion. Audience: Big Mac, fries and a shake John: Is that a category? I guess that we
could call it junk food. So we put fast foods down here, right Audience: Seafood
John: What? Audience: Seafood John: Sea foods. So sea foods is probably
better than fast food. Is it better than a multi vitamin? You guys might get mad at me
for this. I mean, I’m going to put it down under multi vitamins. I guess the multi vitamins
is good for you, you know, who knows what. But I’m not a big fan of any kind of animal
products. But I do think sea foods provided they’re not contaminated, are probably one
of the better meats that you could be eating. It’s better than chicken and fish in my
opinion. Audience: Seaweed John: Seaweed. Oh that’s a good one. Wow.
Sea weed. So I’d probably put seaweed, you know, up over in this whole general area,
I’m just going to put it over here because of room. Audience: Grains John: Grains. I mean, grains, like I’d probably
put grains over here personally. But once again, this is the chart that you guys are
giving me the input and then I’m putting up, with my filters of course, when you guys
go home you could make your own continuum chart based on your research and what you
believe is to be good, better, best. Audience: Noodles John: Noodles. So like pasta noodles, I’d
probably put pasta noodles, you know, probably above whole grain pasta noodles or like white
pasta noodles, you know. The white ones would probably be above sea foods, whole grains,
I’ll put whole grain noodles. And then I’ll just interject with a few,
like maybe like meats, you know like chicken, cow or whatever, I’d probably put you know
below the sea foods, the meats. And then like dairy I’d actually put dairy below meats,
right. I don’t think really dairy is so good. Audience: Water John: Water! That’s a good one. Is that
a food? Is that a food category? I suppose liquid is juice. Audience: Vegas Water John: Oh yeah, see now Vegas water is different
than regular water, right. Vegas water I’d put it lets see, if it’s probably contaminated
I’d probably put it in this corner right here, above sea foods. But anyways, you guys get the point. We could
fill it in with like candy bars, you know, which would be down this side. We could fill
it in with cookies, we could fill it in with, you know, legumes, which I’d probably put
between nuts and grains. We could put in, we could fill it in with eggs, bread, you
know, bread I’d probably put, i don’t know, below multi vitamins maybe. I mean,
anyways you guys can see what we’re trying to get at here. We’re basically just putting
categories of food. And then now you have a range. And what I want you guys to do is
have you own set point, right. So your set point is like what you commit to not eating
below. Unless you mess up or something, right. So like for me, my set point, I mean, it might
be, my set point, I mean there’s always exceptions but my set point would be probably
like my cut off line would be right here, you know. I don’t like to eat things from
like legumes, I rarely eat any kind of grains. But I pretty much eat on this side only. But
you might not be where I’m at and that’s alright. You might still do sea foods. And
if you’re on this side, you could do sea foods on and off. And you know, that’s great
because now you have defined what you’re doing and it’s not necessarily by any kind
of raw food term or vegan term or vegetarian term. It’s just what you determine are the
things that are healthiest and the things that aren’t the healthiest. And your goal
is to eat things on this side on the continuum. And then once you do that then you could like
okay well now I’m going to just like if I’m walking to the wall, my goal is that
wall, you could move your way and change your line. Okay well I’ve done this, you know,
the sea food thing. And you know my line is here but now it’s been like 6 months, so
now I’m going to move my line up a little bit. And we’re going to move it to here.
And we’re going to have sea foods either less or just exclude them , because in my
opinion there’s no nutrition in dairy, meats or sea foods that’s required that we can’t
get from some other kind of food on the planet. And actually a food that actually has more
benefits than those foods. So let’s see I need to get a towel to wipe down this. Okay.
So now lets erase this continuum and we’re going to make another one. So that was a pretty general continuum just
with food categories. Now I want to get into like processed food categories, right. That’s
a question that always comes up is you know. So for example, you know, some of the things
I had down here were things like okay so where would like juices on a food continuum go compared
to other foods, right? Other processed foods or other whole foods. Where would smoothies
go? Where would, you know, just whole fruits and vegetables go? Where would sugar and oil
and salt go? And, yeah, fermented foods, where do they go, right? Because one of my goals
is to eat whole foods that are minimally processed. I mean, I could go to my back yard and pick
my own kale. And I know that’s a whole food. Once you start extracting out the oil or the
sugar from different things, you know, that gets them to be a processed food. And people
would say that this, the juice here, as natural as it is, it’s processed because you removed
part of the fiber, not all the fiber. Because there is soluble and insoluble fiber. And
the soluble fiber is soluble in water so it’s still in there. And even I see some particulate
floating around even though it is pressed and it is pretty fine, there’s still small
bits of fiber but it’s mostly been removed. And people in natural hygiene would say oh
whole foods it’s always the best. Well, I mean, there’s always examples where it’s
not always that way. So for example, whole foods if you lived 200 years ago in my opinion
would probably be the best because it wouldn’t have arid digestive systems from years and
years of eating processed foods that are messing up our digestive systems and we don’t have
the beneficial micro flora that will help break down some of the fibers in our guts
because they play a role in our digestive system because everybody seemed to have antibodies
at some point of their life these days. So you know, as much as I like to have whole
foods as my meal, I do also like to process my food whether that’s juicing and blending. So, you know, I could definitely put like,
you know, fruits and whole foods and veggies, like you know, veggies over on this side.
And would I put juices above that? Well I’d probably put it right below, you know. Unless
your digestive system is compromised, I mean, I really like juices. So once again, with
juice and once you basically break open the cell walls, the juice start to oxidize and
the nutrition starts to lower. Now when the food is it’s whole form like the carrot,
it’s not oxidizing because all the nutrients are packed within the fiber cells. Then when
you starts chewing it, it breaks them open, it releases them. The problem is that most
people don’t chew their food well enough. They take two chews and swallow whole chunks
of stuff and then we don’t get the nutrition out of it. So that’s why it’s very important
to chew your food to a mush. Like if you’re not chewing your food into a mush like it
comes out of the juicer, and like, you know, they’re using a press juicer here, it’s
sawdust dry, you know. If you’re not making it into a fine mush, you’re not going to
get the optimal digestion. I mean, that’s why we feed babies baby food because they
don’t have teeth to break it down to a mush. Because we have teeth we should be doing that
to get the optimal digestion. So then I put juice here. Then for me personally,
I put smoothies here. And even if you’re like, well wait a second John, smoothies they
have all of the fibre where juices don’t have them, you’re putting that below the
juice? Right? Because the juice is missing fiber so we need to have the fiber. Well,
in my opinion, the way that smoothies are traditionally made in this day and age, it’s
with a high speed blender. So just the Blendtec or the Vitamix, it’s spinning depending
on the test you see 20,000 rpms, it spins massively fast. And with every rotation you’ll
see a vortex. The blenders create a vortex. It’s vortexing and it’s cycling the liquid
around in there, and as it’s creating a vortex, it’s pulling down air in. So when
it’s pulling down the air, the air is oxidizing all the fiber cell walls that are being blown
open and then the oxygen is basically oxygenating some of the phytochemicals and phytonutrients. So a recent study they did that was a published
study last year came out and showed when you use a high speed juicer like one that runs
at 10,000 + rpms or high speed blender, you have 50% less cancer fighting ability in the
produce you process. So for example they process broccoli in a high speed juicer, a high speed
blender and a slow speed juicer. And they took the broccoli juicer mixture, they put
it in petri dishes or whatever, test tube, with live cancer cells and they showed that
the juices made with the slow juicer had a 50% better kill rate. So that’s why I would
put the smoothie below, not because of the fiber but because I’m eating for my health,
I want to have the highest level of cancer fighting ability. And to me it’s really
important to you know maximize the nutrition in my foods that I’m eating. Because I don’t
want to waste mouthfuls on things that aren’t going to serve me. So we could get into other
things, you know. These are, you know, minimal processed foods. I mean, this is like the
least processed. It’s just whole and you know we can go further down the line, I’ll
probably put, you know, extracted salts down here. Let’s see and probably sugars down
here. Oh wait actually I’ll put sugars and salts. And then oils down there. Then we could
fill it in with like other things, you know. I mean something like whole grain pasta, you
know. I definitely would put that above these guys. And then maybe I’ll put like oatmeal
up here. Any other processed foods that you guys think I should put up here that you’re
curious about? Audience: Dehydrated food, dried food John: Oh good, good point. Dehydrated foods.
So dehydrated food, you know, one of the things that’s really important to me is that we
are water rich creatures, and if you think about it we are nothing more or less than
water recyclers. We’re nothing more or less than water recyclers. We take liquids in whether
it’s this carrot juice, whether it’s coconut water, whether it’s hopefully filtered Las
Vegas water, it goes through us, we filter up what we need and hopefully it comes out
clear on the other end, right. Because we take in everything out and then some of the
stuff, the solids come out the back of us. And so we’re just cycling nutrients in us
and then we recycle it. So we are 60 to 70% water, and so I believe that water rich foods
are the best foods that we should be eating. So that’s why smoothies, juices, whole fruits
and vegetables are all water rich. And then the things on this side are not. So I mean
I would put dehydrated foods above the oatmeal. Audience: Where would you put chestnuts? John: Chestnuts, so chestnuts. So chestnuts
I would probably put because it’s not a crop well it depends, I’d probably put it
like, oh that’s tough, I’d probably put it here. It has some, it doesn’t have a
lot of fat content. But oatmeal is just, you know, oats. And I’d probably put the chestnuts
here personally because they do not have fat content in there. And that’s just my personal,
you know, I mean. Of course I’m just showing you this technique so that you guys could
make your own continuum with your own foods if you don’t want to you know follow exactly
my ideals or what I believe, you know, to be accurate. And it’s tough , I’m doing
this so just for the moment. So like you guys eat many things and I’m like oh where the
hell would I put that because I don’t often eat chestnuts. Any other foods we should put
up on here before we go to the next one? Audience: Flour or whole grain pasta John: Yeah, so I mean, I’d probably put
it above whole grain pasta. And better yet, like, for me it’s like even differentiating
like all flours are not created equal so you know I mean, I’d much rather buy or actually
grow my own grains and grind them up myself. And that would be actually even further a
little bit over than just, you know, store bought flour that’s been oxidized and sitting
there for who knows how long, right. Because once things are processed, once they’re
blown open number one, a lot of, a lot of flour who knows what they’re milling with
it or milling without it. They could be taking off the hulls first and then milling it. You
could mill it with the hulls, you’re actually going to get higher fiber in there. Or you
know who knows what kinds of other nutrients are in there. I haven’t really researched
all the grains because I don’t normally do grains, so. Alright! So you guys could see this continuum
for processed foods. Next I’m going to create another continuum. How many people in here
tonight consider themselves vegan? A couple. You guys are outnumbered! I would consider
myself vegan because I don’t eat any animal products. But I do eat honey so some people
would not consider me vegan. But I do have compassion for animals and I
don’t want people to, you know, eat animals. I think the big thing about veganism is that
we need to focus on the animals and not necessarily bees because animals are losing their lives
everyday needlessly in my opinion. But, so, why don’t we do the vegan food continuum?
So any vegan food? Shout it out, I’ll put it up here whatever it is. Audience: Veggie burgers John: Veggie burgers! Are veggie burgers good?
Depends on the veggie burger. I’d probably put veggie burgers somewhere here. Audience: Live bread John: Oh live bread. So like an ezekiel bread? Audience: Yeah John: Can you think of another? Audience: Chickpeas John: Chickpeas, alright. Chickpeas I’d
probably put over here next to whole foods How about coke or soda? Soda is vegan Audience: Yeah
Audience: How about kale? John: Kale I’ll put kale over here. Definitely
a better vegan food Audience: Margarine John: Margarine. Yeah that’s like they whip
that stuff up and it’s oil that’s whipped up and who knows what kind of stuff they’re
putting in there. Vegan margarine. Audience: whole tofu John: Whole tofu, that’s actually on whole
foods whole products. I’d probably put it right here. Anything else? Audience: Oreos John: What? Audience: Oreos John: Oreos. Yeah alright, oreos. We’ll
put down here with the soda. It will have more fiber than soda so I’ll put it a little
bit higher Audience: Clif bars John: Clif bars. I haven’t really looked
cliff bars lately. But I’d probably put it, I’d probably put it above the vegan
margarine. Depending, they actually have some good clif bars that are mostly nut and seed
based. But I think I forget what version, but anyways most of them they just have a
lot of stuff in there, brown rice and who knows what. Any other things we should put on our Audience: beans John: Beans. So beans I’d put them, I think
beans, you know, in a vegan diet are actually great. They’re probably one of the better
cooked kind of grain like things you could eat. I’d rather eat beans than grain. So
if you asked where are grains John, I’d probably put it here Audience: What about seeds? John: Seeds. So seeds on this chart, I think
seeds are better than beans. But that’s debatable. I’ll put up over in this area,
you know. So that’s towards the good end. Audience: Tempeh John: Tempeh, So tempeh is like a fermented
whole soybean. I like that better than tofu. But it’s still more processed than like
cooked chickpeas. Audience: Kombucha John: Kombucha, oh man, I drink kombucha sometimes.
Actually I had some last night. I’d probably put it, oh man, it depends on like how the
kombucha is made. Like I think if they fermented all the sugar out of it or not, and if they
pasteurized it or not. Let me see, where would I put kombucha. Man,
I’d probably the kombucha maybe here. Audience: What about quinoa? John: Quinoa is not a grain. I like that better.
I like that better so I’m going to probably, it’s all, I mean, it would be in this general
area here. I’m really trying to think about this. I’d probably put, I’d probably put
it over here. Quinoa, it’s not a true grain. It’s a
lot of , a lot of the grains these days people have celiac disease or even just sensitivity
to gluten. And quinoa is a non glutenous grain, it’s more of a seed. So I like that more.
And the other thing is that it actually hasn’t been as hybridized. So I mean that’s a whole
another spectrum we could get into. The food is the natural food that we would go out into
nature and actually find plants, you know, just out of the wild. Like I could find some
of the plants that I grow in my garden, and I could find them out in the wild. I mean
I just grow wild dandelions that just blow in from the wind. Not the ones that you buy
at whole foods when you buy dandelions there you’re actually buying chicory which is
a little bit different. Audience: What about cranberries? John: Cranberries, oh I love those. Yeah not
canned cranberries but fresh cranberries. I mean I’d put that right next to kale on
this chart. Berries are like one of the best, you know,
fruits you should be eating in my opinion. Audience: What about Goji berries John: Fresh or dried? Fresh goji berries,
if I’m growing in my back yard, I’d probably put those right after cranberries.
Audience: Genetically modified corn John: Genetically modified corn, that’s
vegan. I’d probably put it down here. Audience: sauerkraut John: What is it? Audience: sauerkraut John: Sauerkraut, oh that’s a good one.
I eat sauerkraut regularly. I’d probably put it above seeds actually, because sauerkraut
is basically fermented vegetables. Audience: Nutmilk John: Nutmilk. Nutmilk, so yeah nutmilk we
would probably put a little bit right below or right above the seeds, because it’s like
less fatty than eating the whole seeds and it’s water rich. And once again, it’s
just me coming up with this on the spur of the moment. If I had time to think and plan
I might put things a little bit differently, but it’s pretty close I think. Audience: How about corn bread? John: Corn breads! Oh they’re excellent!
I mean, once again I’d probably put, I like corn bread and would put them with the cranberries.
Corn bread has ellagic acid or something, it’s anti-cancerous. People don’t know
that. Audience: coconut John: Like a whole food or the coconut water?
And is it a young coconut or an old mature coconut? Audience: A mexican mature coconut John: Well, the young coconuts, in my opinion,
are better like they have less fat content and the water is sweeter depending on whether
they’re from Thailand or Mexico. Mexican ones aren’t as sweet. So I prefer those.
And also the Thai ones are dipped in Thiamindazole which is a fungicide and sulfites which are
not too good for us. Audience: So where would they be put John: They are pretty close. I would probably
put the coconuts above the nutmilk, above the fermented foods. Audience: But which one would be the best
one? John: I mean, if I could have like coconut
water, I’d probably put coconut water alone. But see once you start out in the back, that’s
when I would degrade points because we want to get good healthy whole food sources of
fats that is in the coconut, but we don’t want to get too much of that. I prefer and
believe that coconut fat is healthier than like a nut fat for example. Unless it’s
a fermented nut fat because nuts are pretty hard to digest. Coconut and things like avocado
are much easier to digest for me personally. Now it may be different for other people.
And also when I eat coconut I’m not just sitting there and eating the coconut meat.
What I usually do is I blend up the coconut meat with the water and then I extract it.
Actually that’s the number 15, the take the young Thai coconut water and a mature
coconut meat and they blend it up and then they press it out. So it’s , that’s like
true coconut milk, the coco cracker. So I basically make that at home. Instead of using
coconut water I usually use like a cactus fruit juice. So that’s totally insane. Audience: But healthwise what about the young
vs mature coconut water? John: Well they each have their pros and cons.
I personally like the Mexican coconuts better than the Thai coconuts overall for the water.
Because they’re less sweet. And, you know, I mean sugar is a good thing but it’s also
a it could be a bad thing, which actually we’re going to talk about just in a little
bit Audience: What about honey? John: That’s a good question. So this is
a vegan chart we’re doing right now. So honey is not on the vegan chart. We could
do that on the next chart. Audience: Alcohol John: Alcohol. That could be vegan. So put
it uo here. Alcohol. As long as I’d probably, is it from a gmo one? Well it depends on the
alcohol. See I’l put wine, like organic sulfite free wine. Sulphites are super bad
for us. They leach the trace minerals out of us. But organic sulphite free wine, I’m
not a big fan of alcohol but the wine has benefits just because it’s high in resveratrol,
because that’s what’s in the grapes. But it would be better to eat grapes or juice
grapes with the seeds than drink wine for your resveratrol Alright, so , did you say anything? Audience: What about Cannabis? John: Cannabis. So I’m talking cannabis
green leaf. Leaf that is juiced or eaten raw, not heated and not smoked. I’d put that
actually above kale. Audience: (laughing) John: The US government , I mean you guys
laugh about this, the US government in I believe 2004 has a patent the government has a US
patent on the beneficial effects on cannabis for protecting your brain from inflammation.
And I mean, many people don’t know this. At the same time it’s also, it’s a class
of one drugs, schedule one drug that has no medicinal benefits supposedly. So I mean,
and I don’t necessarily advocate the use of cycloactive the use of cannabis. I’m
not talking about that. I’m talking about the beneficial use like juicing kale or juicing
any kind of burs. And there’s a lot of research on, you know, it helps people with seizures
and all this stuff. Audience: How do extract juice without getting
all the other effects John: Yeah. So the question is can you extract
a juice without getting the negative effects or not negative but for some people it’s
desired effects, for me it’s a negative effect. And the answer is yes. So you have
to do it properly. So I do recommend if you want to do it properly and are legal to do
it in the state where you are, is to watch my video How I got high for 10 hours on raw
cannabis. You guys, I successfully learned how to get high on raw cannabis leaves if
you want to, but knowing what I did I would never do that again. Because it was not a
fun trip at all. Now on the other hand I had my friend duplicate the same juice the next
day, who, he doesn’t live without getting high like every minute of the day, he’s
always high. And I gave him the same juice, he got high for 10 hours and he’s like John
if I had this every day I would give up smoking. And hallelujah, because I want everybody to
drink green juice and get high from cannabis if they want, but also get the beneficial
anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory effect that they’re getting in the green juice, that
they’re not getting when they’re smoking it and messing up their lungs. And that’s
the truth. Alright! So enough with the vegan continuum.
But you guys are getting the point and the idea of how this works, right. And you’re
going to do your set point. Alright, my set point, I love wine, I love sulfite free wine
so my set point’s here. How can you just put anything on that because I’m vegan,
right? And that’s cool, man. Whatever you guys want to do, I’m not going to tell you
where your set point is. I mean on this chart I’d be up over, I’d be right over here
somewhere, maybe right over here. From there on. I do kombucha sometimes. I don’t really
do chickpeas, I’ll do sprouted quinoa, I’ll do some beans like carob is a bean I’ll
do raw carob. Peanuts are beans, I’ll do peanuts, I’ll actually do Nattō which is
actually a live food because they cook the soybeans and they ferment them and it has
Vitamin K2 which is very challenging to get on a plant based vegan diet. And then I’ll
do all the other ones on there on the vegan list. So let’s go ahead and erase this. And now
let’s have some fun. Let’s get into the raw foods continuum. This should be fun. And
I will definitely know where to place things hopefully on this chart. Vegan foods I haven’t
researched all those, but raw foods I’m pretty good. Alright! So what are some raw foods that we
should put on the continuum? Audience: Chocolate John: Chocolate. Oh my god, so there’s always
pros and cons with every food. And, you know, I’m going to put it down over here.
There’s definitely some good parts to it but there’s a lot of bad parts. And I have
had friends that eat chocolate too much, too often and they burn up their adrenals. Now
used in moderation, it may be a good thing. Like I like to eat chocolate personally like
if I’m falling asleep and I’m driving somewhere and I want to get a pick me up of
energy. Like when I was in college I think I used to like I’d drink Mountain Dew or
like caffeine. I like chocolate for it’s known drug effects to keep me up so I don’t
crash my car when I’m driving late at night. And on the rare occasion I like to have some
chocolate just because I want to have some chocolate. And it is rich in anti-oxidants
but the thing is, you know, there’s foods we should eat sometimes, always or never.
And I like to have a list of foods, so I mean, that’s even getting beyond the continuum
here. But there’s foods that I’ll eat always. So I’ll always eat fresh fruits,
fresh vegetables, you know and things like that. I’ll sometimes eat nuts and seeds.
And, you know, I’ll rarely eat chocolate or I’ll never eat. Unless somebody slips
to me something like sea tangle raw noodles. Yeah. Audience: cacao John: Yeah, so chocolate or cacao, same thing.
Cacao is unprocessed chocolate. So that’s what it would actually be, because chocolate
is when it’s more refined. Audience: What about kelp noodles? John: Kelp noodles. So kelp noodles are considered
raw. Now for me I’d actually put them down here. This is my personal view. I’d put
them down here because kelp meal is they basically it’s, I mean I sat in the ocean, I have
a video of me pulling kelp out of the ocean and getting my ass wet, and taking kelp noodles
out of the package and showing the difference. These are kelp noodles, this is kelp out of
the ocean, how does this remotely look like what’s coming out of the ocean? Audience: Yeah, I wouldn’t think either John: So they basically get this, I think
it’s sodium alginate I forget the exact, but I made a video on it. But basically they
get this white powder stuff that they then rehydrate with water and then they extrude
it out into the noodles. So I mean, yeah okay that food is vegan, it’s a low calorie food
and it’s probably better than, you know, potentially better than eating like, you know,
specially if you’re celiac or something, eating a grain based pasta. But it’s not
as good as like making your own zucchini noodles spiralized. So, you know, and then if you
want you get these things called sea spaghetti. So sea spaghetti is from France, and they’re
little spaghetti like noodles that are 100% seaweed. And they are really, they’re kind
of expensive and they’re kind of hard to find these days, they’re not usually available,
you got to order them online. But those are like, those are like the best noodles aside
from zucchini, sea spaghetti. Audience: Where would put animals in raw foods
or no raw foods John: So now this is the, this is, okay so,
I didn’t specifiy this is a vegan raw food, you know. Well, I didn’t test if like this
was raw or vegan. I said raw, I didn’t say vegan. So I mean, if I, because a lot of people
may do raw milks on a raw food diet. I’m happy to be raw vegan. And I try, I’m going
to say I’ve tried raw dairy before to see how it would agree with me, even though I
consider myself vegan. I was at my friend’s place in Hawaii. His goats ran free. We milked
the goats ourselves and I drank the milk right after. And the goats didn’t like didn’t
seem like angry or they weren’t trying to get away. They were like wanting to give milk.
So it’s pretty, pretty healthy. But then still for me, like it caused me to have a
mucous reaction. Like almost instantly. So I’m like okay John that’s not good for
you. This is your body is telling you something. And most people don’t listen to their bodies.
So I mean, I’d say, you know, raw milks, not human’s, raw animal milks are down over
here, you know, worse than kelp noodles personally. Because I mean, any animal product, whether
that’s a raw milk, a raw meat, you know, there’s foreign proteins that our bodies
do not recognize, our bodies do not handle. So for example, I mean this is one of the
reasons why I went on raw and I was so into raw foods in the beginning. Because when I
was, when I started this 20 years ago in 1995, I was taught this. I was taught that there’s
something leukocytosis. Everybody knows what that means? Leukocytosis? Leukocytosis is
when your white blood cell count increases. And this is when there’s a foreign invader
in your body , the while blood cells that are your first line of defense for your immune
system. So I learned 20 years ago that when you eat cooked foods your white blood cell
count increases and it’s a auto immune response. And for me I almost lost my life due to an
auto immune condition, I absolutely did not want to get the auto immune response to my
body every time i opened my mouth and ate some cooked food. So that’s why John you
have to eat raw because otherwise if you don’t, it’s like the boy who cried wolf. The boy
who cried wolf, you know, you activate your immune system every time you eat cooked foods.
And then the time you need it, the time it’s the real wolf the people don’t come, and
your body can’t fight off that disease. So that’s what really motivated me to keep
me sticking to my raw foods diet successfully. Just sheer I want to live and I don’t want
to activate my immune system. Now that sounds pretty scary that everybody is eating this
cooked food every day and it’s activating your immune system. But that’s what I learned
back then. Now there’s new research that people have done in this day and age. I think
the original research was done by this guy named Paul Kouchakoff something like that.
And it was in a book so everybody believed it. Because that was like the gospel and stuff.
But later people tried to duplicate that. And, you know, they take the worst vegan cookies,
you know, full of just you know vegan crap food. And the vegan crap cookies they do a
live cell blood analysis, they look at their blood under a microscope before and after.
Then they also take actually the blood in the parking out of the lab and send their
blood off to the lab to get it analyzed before and after. And so the , in the white, in the
white blood cell you could immediately see whats going on at the lab, you know, when
you get a lab report , basic cvc panel , they’ll you you your white blood cell count. So even
eating the worst toxic not healthy vegan cookies, it didn’t cause the leukocytosis. So this
kind of like I heard that and I was like oh my god I’ve been eating raw foods for all
these years for nothing. But there’s other reasons you can eat raw foods besides leukocytosis.
But basically more of the story is they found the researcher found out that leukocytosis
was caused by any animal product, whether raw or cooked, not vegan cooked products.
So that gave me a valid reason to be vegan but not necessarily to be raw. There’s other
reasons to be raw that’s beneficial though. But I thought that was an important point
to let you guys know. And so yeah when we eat foreign proteins,
it’s foreign proteins and it’s like if Alright! So sorry guys, that video cut off,
my batter went out in my camera and I should have probably plugged it in but I didn’t.
So anyways I was talking about foreign proteins. And what I was going to get into saying was
that basically if you get like a liver transplant, so say like my liver went out, I had to get
a liver transplant from my brother who we have similar blood types or whatever, you
put his liver in me and then for the rest of my life I’d have to be taking immuno-suppressive
drugs so that my body wouldn’t attack my brother’s liver, which is not me it’s
a foreign protein. And that happens each and every time you eat any kind of animal product.
Anything that’s not you, unless you’re eating yourself, it’s a foreign protein.
And, you know, your body does not recognize it. Now this does not happen when we eat plants.
Any kind of plant food, right, it’s recognized as oh this is a protein I could eat. I mean,
we are not carnivores. We don’t have teeth like a dog or a cat, although we can. And
people do, you know, eat meat all the time. And , you know, my goal is to not necessarily
get you to be a vegan or anything like that. But my goal is to get you to drastically reduce
the amount of meat you’re eating if you guys are still eating meat. Like I don’t
eat meat or any dairy products, right. And I don’t want you guys to do it either because
it is, in my opinion and based on my research, it’s not healthy for us. But that being
said like if you guys do want to eat it, I don’t really care, but I will tell you this,
right. I want everybody I know that eats meats still to reduce the consumption to less than
10% of their calories. In that proportion ratio and provided you eat enough plant foods
including fresh fruits and fresh vegetables predominantly, you know, I don’t think it’s
going to have that much of a negative effect on your health. Because you’re getting,
you’re flooding your body with good stuff. Even though you’re eating things that may
not be so good for you. And, you know, each person is at their point, at their own place,
right. So after I talked about that I probably, we
probably put some more things on the continuum which was a raw food continuum at that point.
And I want to encourage you guys to make up your own continuum based on, you know, your
beliefs, your thoughts and your research. I have my own continuum, you know, based on
my beliefs and what I have learned. And that’s what I strive to do and eat on the far side
of the best side of the continuum. And after we made that raw food continuum, we made a
few more continuums that I’ll go over really quickly. We made a salt continuum for, you
know, good better best or you know, worst and best kind of salts. Also we made a sugar
continuum for the worst and best sugars in my opinion. And we have an oil and fat continuum
where we have the best and the worst oils. So I want to go over that really quick for
you guys here. On the salt continuum, right, we want to strive to get whole food sources
of salt as it would be found in nature. So the best kinds of salt would be things like
celery and swiss chard, the stems, they’re quite salty, right. Really good, because they
are fresh. They have the water content but they also have that sodium content that we
crave and desire and is an essential nutrient. The problem with sodium is that most Americans
get way too much. But I’ve also had friends who are raw foodists that also that don’t
get enough. So we want to get just the right amount, right. Aside from the fresh, next
best after fresh is dehydrated. So dehydrated celery, you know, chopped up, dehydrated.
You could use that as a salt you know substitute. You could also dehydrate swiss chard stalks
as a salt substitute. After that then maybe down on the list I’d say like seaweed. So
I like to eat seaweeds, they are a bit salty. And then way down further I would do sauerkrauts
because it’s a fermented vegetable and most sauerkrauts you know have some level of salt
in there but it’s not entire 100% salt, you’re getting other nutrients along with,
you know, the salty flavor. Then going further down the list, things like meso, coconut aminos,
nama shoyu, sea 90 which is probably one of the better salts to eat or it’s also known
as seasons 90. It’s actually 70% sodium instead of like 99 or 98% like some kind of
Himalayan or Celtic sea salts. Then going down from there, maybe like sea salt, lava
salt, Himalayan salt. Then like white table salt, that’s down on like the end where
like I don’t even eat. So normally, my set point is like right here, you know. I’ll
eat some sea salt rarely if I’m like out somewhere and it’s actually if they put
it in the food. But I don’t salt my stuff with that stuff. I’ll use the seasons 90
salt which is 70% sodium. So there’s 30% of the other trace minerals and that’s why
I like it. There’s more of the other essential trace minerals. You know it’s a big sham
when Celtic sea salt and Himalayan salt says oh I’m eating this for the trace minerals.
No, you’re eating it for the salt man. It’s majority salt with small amounts of other
trace minerals. And the best place of the trace minerals you know is getting them from
the food you’re eating, like the seaweeds which I would rank as a better sodium source
as well as other mineral source. And also, you know, my garden, that’s where get my
trace minerals from. On to the sugar continuum right, there’s
good better best sources of sugar in my opinion and based on my research. The worst of course
is like white refined sugar. They process all the good stuff out of it. Then we got
like a raw sugar. And then over here maybe like not quite in the center would be something
like agave. That’s a highly processed food, even if it is raw or not, it’s very high
in fructose and this is not natural. And, you know, it can, it does negatively impact
your body from the studies I’ve seen. Going up from there, maybe like coconut nectar would
be better, than maybe even a maple syrup. I mean, that has lots of minerals in it. So
next on the sugar continuum would be something like the honey. And the honey is not vegan.
And I do encourage you guys if you guys get honey to get some good honey. And most of
it is crap, I do not recommend it, they’re enslaving bees, really terrible. But if you
have a friend that has a hive or have your own hive, I’ll post a link down below to
a video that I did with my friend Susan Lerner, you’ll learn more about that topic. Yeah,
honey has a plethora of, you know, beneficial enzymes and nutrients in there from the plants.
And also, you know, it has medicinal effects that they’ve done a lot of studies on, and
anti-bacterial. Then I’d say something like the SugaVida, which may contain B12 which
is from a fruit. After that I’d say something like dried fruits. Then dates, sugar beets.
I’m growing some sugar beets in my garden over there. Fresh fruits, and then sugar cane,
you know, whole sugar cane is probably one of the best sweeteners in my opinion. It’s
as nature put it. Oh another thing I would put in here too, besides just whole dates,
I’d put date powder, dried date powder is probably one of the best dried powdered substitutes
you can use for your sugars. Alright, last continuum I want to go over
real quick for you guys is the oil and fat continuum. This is a big one, you know. And
I know some of you guys might not agree with this. But this once again my continuum. Olive
oil I’d say I’d put it down at the side that’s maybe not so good. Along with the
coconut oil, you know. I’m not a big fan of extracted oils. They are a 100% fat with
very little nutrients otherwise. I maybe rank flax oil a little bit higher because it is,
you know, rich in essential fatty acids, omega 3s particularly, which can be deficient in
many people’s diets, specially a standard diet or even a raw food diet if you’re eating,
you know, a lot of almonds and sesame seeds, like you’re really eating way too many omega
6s, right. That’s why I limit my nuts and seeds consumption and fat consumption for
that matter. You know, for oil and fat, other things that are really good, you know, closer
to the end of the best are nuts and seeds. So nuts, then seeds. Then something like coconut
butter. Coconut butter is basically just ground up dried coconut flesh with the fiber intact,
not removed as in the coconut oil. Then something like raw olives, right. I love raw olives.
It’s not olive oil, it’s olives that have been, you know, dried or preserved through
like a brine solution without additives. And you get the oil, you get the fiber, you get
all the phytochemicals and phytonutrients as nature would have you eat it. Let’s see,
and then I would put things like avocados and coconuts, which are, you know, water rich
sources of fats. Also with water and other nutrients, you know. Much like, you know,
nuts and seeds but they don’t have their water content, right. They have them removed.
So if you’re going to eat those things, I do recommend soaking them first, that would
definitely be better to raise the water content, also make them easier to digest. And then
at the top, you know, maybe one of the best sources of fat is durian. It has some fat
in there but it also is quite delicious. And you know, basically what my continuum process
is going to show you guys, and this is based on, you know, my what I’ve learned over
all these years. We want to concentrate on whole plant foods, right. Once we get the
processed foods, in my opinion they’re on the bad side, you know, of the continuum.
But I don’t know where you guys are starting, right. If you guys are starting in canola
oil, I didn’t even put that on here. That would be below olive oil because that could
be GMO, right. I want all you guys to have a set point. Like my set point for fats are,
you know, maybe over here, you know. Rarely even eat coconut oil once it’s in something
that I go to a raw food restaurant, you know, I rarely even eat flax oil in my house. Maybe
like another one I’ve put right here would be like, you know, DHA oil extracted from
algae like with water. Actually that I do that, it would probably be my lowest set point
on actually me eating oil on rare occasion. Other than that it’s all the way up, you
know, for my set point for the sugar continuum maybe would be right here with the honey on
up. I rarely eat maple syrup, if it’s in some kind of raw desert that labeled raw,
even though maple syrup is not raw in itself. And I might eat some coconut nectar if it’s
in a processed food product. But I don’t have that in my house nor do I use it. But yeah the whole message of this is to,
you know, move your diet in the right direction and create a set point and then move it to
where you want to be right. So that you guys knows the best foods. The best foods are whole
fruits and vegetables. And try to get your diet mostly fruits and vegetables. And there
are way to do this. I’ve been doing this now for the past 21 years. And this is just
one of my many lectures you could learn from on this YouTube channel to get to in the direction
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