What Do You Know About Selecting A Proper Diet?

How much do you know about nutrition?  What do you know about protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber and calories?  What do you know about their functions in your body and how much your body requires?
Most people think they are eating healthfully. They have no idea their nutrient-poor and toxin-rich foods, are setting them up for future health problems; deteriorating their bodies with every bite. Many think they know how to eat, because they have been eating for as long as they can remember. It isn’t difficult to put food in the mouth, chew it and swallow it, but this doesn’t mean you have all the information you need in regard to good nutrition. Do you know which specific foods are good for you? Do you go by what tastes good? Are you aware many touted “good” foods create illness? Are you aware everyone has different food needs and requires specific bio-chemically perfect foods in order to stay well? Many don’t know, when they ingest the wrong foods, they damage their bodies and overwork their immune systems. Eventually their immune systems fail and can’t clean out the toxins in the blood stream and sickness occurs. 95% of peoples’ health problems occur, because of eating wrong. For excellent health discover your specific foods.

I think the time is right to do a mini-course in nutrition, so you will be able to make intelligent choices that will keep you and your loved ones healthy I wish that I had known this information years ago.
When I was pregnant with my fourth child in 1976, I asked my obstetrician if he could recommend any nutrition books. I was shocked, when he told me to read Ladies Home Journal. I had been reading nutrition books for 15 years. His suggestion was poor. This doctor wound up with prostate cancer. This is connected to eating foods; which putrefy by remaining in the warm colon too long; propagating massive amounts of deadly bacteria. These bacteria are carried by the bloodstream to the person’s weakest and most vulnerable areas of their body.

Let’s start out with PROTEIN. People believe only animal products have protein in them. This is erroneous. Every food has protein in it. If you eat enough food, you will obtain sufficient protein. For many years people were told – only animal protein had all the essential amino acids; and it was necessary to eat animal protein or combine certain bean and grain dishes to make a complete protein. This was later found not to be valid. All we have to do is examine the diets of many other species and note that vegetarian animals get sick, when they are fed animal protein. Their bodies were not designed to handle it. What is Protein for? It is for Growth and Repair. How much growth do humans want to achieve? How much repair do their bodies need? Information regarding protein has been totally skewered!

The human body has a 32 foot long intestinal tract, in order to extract nutrients through osmosis from fruit and vegetables. These foods are rich in bulk, and fiber; and slowly move through the intestines and colon.
Carnivorous animals have a very short intestinal tract in order to rapidly expel animal protein; before it putrifies in their intestines. Carnivores have strong stomach acid to break down animal protein. They also have sharp fangs to tear flesh and strong claws to hold and catch prey. Humans are not similar to carnivores, as they were primarily designed to eat fruit and vegetables. People need to learn about the foods they should be eating for vibrant health…and know exactly how much protein their bodies require. Sad to say the food industries have set protein standards ultra high in order for people to buy more food products. This has caused major health problems in the human species. Animal proteins are highly acidic and cause the bloodstream to become more acidic…and diseases thrive in an acid medium.

People have been provided with the wrong information in regard to protein. People don’t require the recommended daily amount sset by the USDA. There are problems connected to eating too much protein.
People’s protein needs vary. Some nutritionists say it’s based on a percentage of daily calories. Previously, I wrote about the 2000 Calorie Diet being highly questionable. I believe it has set people up for obesity. So if we tried to determined our need for protein and fat based on a percentage of calories in this 2000 calorie diet; it would not be valid. Excess protein  and fat comes at a high price. First it is costly; secondly it breaks down the body; and thirdly it costs a fortune to pay for the illnesses it creates. If one is serious about getting ultra healthy, it’s important to know one’s maximum and minimum protein requirements. Too much protein is far more dangerous, than too little. Too much can contribute to obesity, cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and many other diseases. In my consultations, I noted that the maximum amount was 35 and the minimum amount was 22 grams. Some sick people who had broken down their bodies and couldn’t handle their natural foods required more. Some up to 60 grams of protein. Their bodies and organs were in such bad condition they had to rely on protein to survive, but they usually had serious health problems.

There are “authorities” on the Internet telling people that 100 plus grams of protein daily is the way to go. It sure is the way to go, if you want to set your body up for many future health problems. Speaking from experience, I learned first hand back in the sixties about the problems connected to eating a high protein diet. Adele Davis was one of the first nutritionists I came across and her information sounded great, She advised her readers to get up to 125 grams daily. I followed her to the T.  In two years I was fat and lethargic…and both my little son and I had to have our tonsils out at the same time. We were frequently ill with colds and sore throats. Today, I have done extensive reading and know that high protein creates disease. I would not advise anyone to eat over 35 grams of protein daily; unless this was the only type of food his or her body could handle.

There is a phenomenon, which I must mention. Some people go on a high protein diet and have a beneficial short term response. However, long term this high protein will create a future health disaster.
Many people who have eliminated grains and other low quality foods, will feel better temporarily on a high protein diet.  However, be aware that this honeymoon will not last and poor health will occur eventually.

Foods high in protein, usually contain an equal amount of fat. There is also a limit to the amount of fat the body can handle The liver can’t produce enough bile to emulsify them, if one eats too many fatty foods.  It took 30 years to discover my migraines were caused, because of this excess fat factor. In 1993, I had my last migraine headache, when I gave up all fatty foods. I did this for a number of years to remove stress from my liver. I had a problem with dry skin for a few years, until I added some fatty foods back into my dietary program. However, I never went back to eating the way I did before. No more salad oils, mayonnaise, seeds, cashews and most other nuts, or fatty foods. I don’t have eggs on a daily basis, because they contain too much fat and protein. I am careful to only have salmon occasionally, because it is too high in protein.  It also contains fat. I keep a food journal to make sure that I am staying on the right track. If people don’t learn how to eat right, they’ll never acquire the fit bodies they want or the wonderful state of health they desire. Keeping a food journal is important, such as Diet minder : Personal Food and Fitness Journal at www.amazon.com

It is almost impossible to stay within one’s maximum protein and fat allowances, when eating animal products. It’s easy to get sufficient protein, fat and all other nutrients on a totally vegetarian regime. My daily FAT requirement: 20 to 22 grams.Here are foods with fat: One avocado (3-½ oz) has 15.6 grams of fat. One oz salad oil is 15 grams of fat. One Tablespoon butter is 12 grams of fat. One oz of nuts 15 -21 grams of fat. One oz of seeds contains 9.4 to 14 grams of fat. 4 oz of salmon is 7 gr.- One egg contains 4.5 grams of fat. One Pound of fruit ranges from 1 to 1.37 grams of fat. One pound of vegetables ranges from 1 to 1.828 grams of fat. Every food has fat in it. It’s far too easy to find fat in the diet.

My daily PROTEIN requirement: 22 to 26 grams. Here are some Protein foods: Spinach 12 oz 8 grams of protein. .Avocado 3-½ oz 2 Gm., Banana 24 oz 8.22 gm., Hemp milk 3 oz 2-gm., Egg 2 oz 6 gm., Salmon 4 oz 22 gm., Moringa Powder 1 tsp. 1 gm. ALL foods contain protein. Learn to count protein.

If I ate like the USDA recommends, I would be among one of the 65% obese in this country. I can’t eat anywhere near the 44 – 55 grams recommended. What does this additional protein and fat do in the body?
It deteriorates the body, over-works the organs, and adds to the fat cells. Do you like paying twice? First for the wrong food and then for the sickness it creates. Most people are totally in the dark about their food and nutrient needs. This is why America is way down on the totem pole in regard to health,

The fat in our food plays an important role in nutrition. It serves as the sole carrier and source of fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K; and other essential fatty acids. Fat helps regulate a variety of body functions.
It is essential in the production of hormones; in the uptake of nutrients; and in the excretion of waste products from every cell. It is important in preventing people from feeling too cold. It helps people have a feeling of fullness, after eating. It has many good functions, but on the down side…too much fat can provide fuel for cancerous tumor growth. And if it comes from cooked animal protein, it further damages the body. It’s acidic; a protein/fat food with atoms altered by cooking; is difficult to digest. For example salmon,  I don’t cook it. I eat it raw for maximum nutrient value.  It tastes fine with a little natural seasoning.

How much Fat do people need?  Minimum 20 grams – Maximum 30 gramsThe USDA sets a requirement of 25-35% of calories.  If a person ate a 2000 calorie daily diet, 30% of calories would be 60 grams of fat.
The liver would have a hard time trying to make enough bile on a daily basis, to emulsify this amount of fat. If a person were eating 2500 calories daily with 30% coming from fat…it would be 75 grams of fat. Human beings were never supposed to eat in this manner. Only a very misguided USDA would set standards like this.

Carbohydrate foods are extremely important, because these are the best foods for providing ENERGY. Many people think protein and fat help provide energy, but their primary functions are vastly different.
I did cover how protein and fat are utilized in the human body.  Protein: : growth and repair.  Fat: regulates a variety of functions in the body and provides insulation from the cold. Carbohydrates: provide energy for the human body and brain. We could not function without them. Our carbohydrate need:  70% of calories.  Our protein requirement: 15% of calories.  Our fat requirement: 15% of calories.  NO MORE. There are nutritional authorities who say the requirement is 10% protein and 10% fat, but I got a higher figure, when I asked for guidance. However, the ultra high protein and fat levels set by the USDA are not correct and have been established by the government; working in conjunction with the food industries. They help to create big bucks for the food industry, the medical industry and diet industry. etc.

Fruits are the richest source of carbohydrates. They are easily digested, fairly rapidly and create energy. They provide the energy the brain requires in order to think…as well as the energy the body needs to move. Raw fruits have many nutrients in them, which are not found in processed foods. Everybody has specific fruits which are perfect. My best fruit is bananas. I eat a pound and a half daily. Lime juice, mangoes and strawberries are among my perfect foods,too. If you eat enough fruit you will have plenty of energy. Some vegetables have carbs, too. However, vegetables usually contain more protein. If you eat enough vegetables, you will have sufficient protein. Some root vegetables, beets and carrots, contain more carbohydrates. However, it is best if they are juiced to obtain maximum nutrient value; and used in one’s specific quanitity. Each person has a different requirement. Speaking of carbs creating energy…during my first marathon, I ran 4 hours and 25 minutes non-stop on 2 pounds of fruit. I felt like I was flying!!!

Fiber is another necessary element in the human diet. The best source comes from unprocessed fruits and vegetables. The various fibers that come from grains are very irritating to the sensitive intestinal tract. Human beings need fiber in order for their eliminative system to work right. If we don’t get enough bulk and fiber, we become constipated. Mankind came up with a processing method to strip a harsh insoluble fiber from wheat and oats…and it along with the other foods derived from grains produce poor health in human beings. We need natural unprocessed foods, if we aim to be healthy.How much fiber do we need? Min. 28 grams – Max.40 grams. More than 40 would not be beneficial. The USDA says 25 grams daily, for adults on their Standard American Diet.

What about calories? The USDA 2000 calorie diet is responsible for millions of obese people. The obesity epidemic has been created by eating processed foods; containing far too many calories with little nutrition.
Two of the four food groups are entirely wrong. Dairy isn’t for human consumption and neither are grains. Both throw the human body out of balance. Processed grains cause illness; and dairy was meant to aid a baby calf grow 500 pounds in its first nine months of life. It’s totally unbalanced for human beings. Cow’s milk is the first food only for an entirely different species with a slow brain and massive growth need. When people eat foods not designed for humans, it destroys their bodies. How many calories do adults need? Min. 1200 – Max. 1500 Calories in food are used for energy expenditures.  Excess  calories store in the fat cells. Athletes who train daily or people who do hard physical labor require: 1800 – 2500 calories daily.  My personal requirement is 1100calories daily. Another friend told me that he can’t eat more than 1000 calories daily. He maintains on 1000 calories. When people cram higher amounts of calories into their mouths, they destroy their bodies. Human beings were not designed to eat like hogs.

Hopefully this will give you more insight into protein, fat, carbohydrates, and fiber. People already know about calories and how they pack on pounds. Now it’s time to stop the obesity epidemic by learning how to eat right.

Healthfully Yours,

Barbara Charis

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