Spring into Cycles With Food


Spring into Cycles With Food

Welcome to Spring!

The orange groves here are bursting with blossoms and our house awash in their sweet perfume.

orange blossoms

We are filling our rooms with lilies from Ecuador for Easter.

ecuador-lilies

See details on Ecuador Lilies for Easter here.

When the seasons change, it is time to think about John Douillard’s book on nutrition, “Three Season Diet”.  John is one of the physicians who has made more difference in Merri’s and my lives than any other. I have enjoyed three of his courses, one on pulse therapy, one on quantum exercise and one on quantum nutrition.

What we learned from John has helped us sustain a high level of energy.   Merri and I are well past retirement age yet we just started our biggest business expansion yet.

Why would we do this if we don’t need the money and don’t need the work?  Simply put we are so filled with energy and ideas and creativity that we don’t even think about being in our seventies.  Age does not even seem to mean anything to us.

Part of our energy comes from our nutritional habits so this message is about how to change our nutrition in the Spring.

“Three Season Diet” shows how to lose weight, increase health and vitality by eating different foods at different times of the year. The concept is based partly on Ayurved, the Indian science of life and well being, which views the body as having three essences; vata (essence of motion), pitta (essence of transformation-digestion) and kapha (essence of solidity). These essences are also described as vata-air, pitta, fire and kapha, earth/water.  A key in Ayurved is to keep the three in balance.

Ayurved also recognizes differences in seasons. Spring, being a moist, fertile time of growth of course is a kapha period. Summer, naturally is a time of heat or pitta when the seeds transform into food. Finally, autumn and winter turn windy and cold. Things become brittle and dried, the time of vata. So the tendency in summer is for the fire in us (pitta) to grow excessively, spring brings kapha problems and winter hosts vata imbalances.

This book is an excellent health generator on how to lose weight, beat food cravings and get fit. John has worked on me and I have attended several of his courses including one based around his first book, “Body, Mind and Sport”.  A former professional athlete, John helped train Billy Jean King,  was a consultant to the New Jersey Nets and runs an Ayurvedic and chiropractic sports medicine practice in Boulder, Colorado.

The theme to “Three Season Diet” is that there is a surprising resolution to all the diet gurus with their conflicting nutritional research.  They are all right, but each for only about four months of the year.  The 3 season diet points out that there are three growing seasons, spring, summer and fall. We should have three diets we vary through the year, low calorie-low fat in spring, high carbohydrate in summer and high protein in winter. This creates a food supply that fits the body’s requirements as it shifts to adapt to each of these seasons.

The 3-Season Diet aligns our desires with the foods that nature has provided in season for thousands of years.

In the winter we naturally crave soups, nuts, warm grains, and other high fat and protein foods such as meat and fish.

In the spring we want salads, berries, and leafy greens — a naturally low-fat diet.

And in the summer, when the days are long and hot, we require cooling and high-energy foods such as fruits and vegetables, which are a naturally available high carbohydrate diet.

You can get more information about this book from John Douillard’s website www.lifespa.com.

There are many similarities between the Ayurvedic and Andean nutritional sciences.

The cornerstones of Andean nutrition are:

#1: Eating a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

#2: Eating a combination of food for ideal digestion.

#3: Eating clean organic food prepared and served by happy, joyful people.

#4: Eating in good spirits at the right times.

#5: Chewing in the correct way.

#6: Eating purifying and satisfying meals.

#7: Balancing nutrition with correct sleep and exercise.

Here is what we will review about nutrition:

#1: Eating a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

Our diet keeps protein balance without excessive amounts of meat using quinoa, eggs, goat and natural cheese and yoghurt instead. A great deal of poor health and stress is tied in to the underlying hormonal disturbance caused by the excess production of insulin. This imbalance normally comes from too much food and incorrect protein, carbohydrate, fat balances in the diet. Every time we eat, hormones in our body will change, either good or bad. Delicious food with a balance of 3 parts carbohydrates, two parts protein and one part fat has the power to orchestrate beneficial hormonal changes in our body.

#2: Eating the correct combinations of food for ideal digestion.

Andean nutritional ideals also focus on combining foods in a way that avoid fermentation in the stomach. Foods and spices are divided into three types neutral, savory and sweet. Neutral can be mixed with savory or sweet, but no savory and sweet foods are mixed. The main neutral foods are grains, cereals, nuts and seeds. Meat and most vegetables are savory. Fruits are sweet. Cereals are ground and soaked to improve their digestibility. Sweet spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, mint. Savory spices include sale, pepper, chiles, oregano, coriander, bay leaf, cumin, saffron, fennel. No two fats are mixed nor are fruit types.

#3 & 4: Eating clean organic food prepared and served by happy, joyful people and eat in good spirits at the right times. Food should be beautiful as well…like this quinoa-feta salad we often enjoy.

feta-cheese-salad

Candace Pert, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist well known for her groundbreaking work that shows the mind is not just in the brain but in the entire body. The mind and body communicate using the chemistry of emotion. Short chains of amino acids called peptides and receptors are found in the brain, stomach, muscles, glands and all major organs. They send messages back and forth linking mind and body. When we are happy our entire body is happy and reverse and this chemistry has a dramatic impact on our food and digestion.

Andean beliefs view the body composed of three elements earth (Pacha Mama), fire (Taita Inti) and air, Pacha Kuti.

There are times of the day when each of these elements are most active. The digestive fires are highest at 12 noon, so a savory meal is normally eaten at this time.

A sweet breakfast accommodates a more sluggish digestive time and the evening is set aside for a purifying fruit meal so the body can use the midnight fire energy to cleanse rather than digest.

Three herbal teas are served. In the morning cinnamon tea is served. Before lunch ginger tea lights the digestive fires and before sleep chamomile tea enhances a good night’s rest.

Part of good nutrition comes from eating, sleeping and exercising at the correct times.

The yatchaks also suggest we eat only when hungry and the stomach is empty so we recommend eating only every four hours. For cravings between herbal tea is best and juices can be added if it is uncomfortable to wait for the next meal.

#5: Chewing in the correct way.

Correct chewing releases nutrient molecules so energy from food is more quickly released and assimilated. This allows the brain to recognize flavors and release the correct digestive juices for that food. Proper chewing does even more because it stimulates the bodies sphincter (or ring) muscles that surround the various orifices of the body.

Ring muscles include the muscles around the eyes, the nostrils, anus, urethra, genitals and the mouth. In a healthy body, all sphincters work together, contracting and relaxing simultaneously. They also activate the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the musculoskeletal system and the urogenital system. Ring muscles are ultimately responsible for putting all the other muscles and all the organs of the body to work.

Chewing correctly stimulates the ring muscles and consequently helps exercise all our muscles.

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#6: Eating purifying and satisfying meals.

Fruit types also exist and are never mixed. Citrus stands together, but is not mixed with other foods. Watery fruits (apples pears, plums and grapes) can be mixed. Bananas are eaten alone only or with dairy only..never with any grains. Pineapple and melons are also eaten alone.

There are three purifying meals we will learn about during the course. The first most gentle purifier is a water combination of apples and grapes. The second meal is an entire pineapple and the third, an entire watermelon.

Organic coffee, tea and cocoa are great purifiers rich in antioxidants. Coffee and some tea is avoided by those who do not want caffeine. We recommend moderation and serve only organic, fair trade coffee and tea Coffee and tea (without milk) are neutral and can be consumed before or with any meal.

#7: Balancing nutrition with exercise and sleep.

Each day you can learn a gentle but profound exercise that will enhance your stress release. We do not have television at the farm and recommend going to bed before the evening fore cycle begins at 10 PM. The farm is totally quiet and dark for more restful sleep.

Welcome to the new season…Spring,  a time of growth and rejuvenation and a time to alter your diet. Bring on the salads, berries, leafy greens and have a naturally low-fat diet that will put a spring in your step this Spring!

Gary

Learn about how to use nutrition to help enhance your intelligence at our June Quantum Thinking + Investing and Business seminar.

Visit John Douillard’s website www.lifespa.com


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