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Food Quantities


Macronutrient Ratios & Quantities: Fat-Oils, Protein, Carbohydrate, Fiber

The East West Healing Arts Center clinic, located in Oakland, California, and in Talent, Oregon (between Medford and Ashland) provides you with excellent natural medical care and nutrition counseling & coaching. If you want to hear from your body to find out how much fat, protein or carbs you need to eat each meal--your personal Meal Template, right for your endocrine needs and metabolic system, right for promoting health and fitness, contact us by phone at 541-535-4325 or email us.

 

Food Quantity Page Table of Contents

1) Eating the Right Proportions Helps Maintain Digestive and Excretory Organ Health

2) Myths with a Grain of Truth: Diets, Weight Loss & Health

3) Myth 1: The War of the Fighting Fad Diets: May the Best Diet Win

4) Myth 2: When the studies are done all formulaic approaches can have a similar weight loss impact

5) Myth 3: The only thing that matters is the caloric intake not the form the calories come in. Fat people are lazy and weak-willed. Fat people don't exercise

 

Eating the Right Proportions Helps Maintain Digestive and Excretory Organ Health

Or Your Eating Zone Might Be Someone Else's Twilight Zone

We have a unique BioImaging® test to determine the exact amount of protein, carbohydrate-simple and complex, fiber, and oils--and there are several subtypes of oil--that you personally need at each meal.

We also test how well you are digesting--breaking down, absorbing and metabolizing-- each class of macronutrient chemical. Since our gut flora can digest fiber and we can't, the amount of fiber you well tolerate is a reflection on the health of your gut flora ecology. The composition of your gut flora-- your personal mix of thousands of different kinds of bacteria and archea along with fungi and possibly protozoa and viruses is a major determinant of your overall health. The quantity and quality of the food you eat, the presence or absence of new flora you consume, and the degree food has been properly digested, which depends on how well you chew to how calm you are feeling, along with the pH of the food you send to the colon are all major determinants of your gut flora-- thus your health.

Once digestion is optimized we need to find out how much food you need at each meal. We start with breakfast to find the template amounts for each class of food--the macronutrients. To test for what you need at lunch you need to hit the window of each food class described by your breakfast template. For dinner, both prior meals need to be according to your template.

This process does not prescribe the particular foods you have to eat, merely the absolute amounts, in grams, of classes of foods.

It takes a week or so to get used to estimating these amounts in terms of actual foods you are eating. After that you can eyeball it pretty close and your rebooted Intuitive Eating program will give you feedback when you hit it right.

When you are within the template ideal window for each class then you tend to feel alert and energetic after meals, with no cravings or need for snacks. We find that the people who used to need to do food combining or needed lots of small meals in order to digest well no longer need to follow these restrictive regimens.

Our approach is to test you now and find out what Food Quantities you need now. This will be an estimate that may work well for you for years. But what you need will change during major physiological stages in life as we grow and in pregnancy or during breastfeeding. Less obvious are effects of stress, infection, and shifting middle age hormonal patterns.

What you need may not match what someone else needs. The "One True Way" that fundamentalist diets claim to have cornered and made to confess their secrets, is very good for hyping a book and the marketing the "best" diet. We all want a simple answer. But the best eating for you individually today is in reality the "best" diet. One size does not fit all. It is not something that can be prescribed for everybody. If this subject is of interest to you and you wish to learn more, please contact us by phone at 541-535-4325 or email us.

 

Myths with a Grain of Truth: DIets, Weight Loss & Health

The following discussion looks at the emotionally loaded topic of "diets" but from a new perspective. When we think of diets we tend to think "weight loss". This frames the discussion in an unproductive way. Diets have become a catchword for something that is judgmental, difficult, or boring and often doesn't even work.

Or if it works, and you get a great "after" picture to contrast with a disgusting "before" picture, it may not "work" for long. You seldom see the "long after" picture because it tends to look a lot like the "before" picture all over again. This is because few people help you consider your metabolism, defined by your fitness, health and hormone gland function.

Diets and weight loss seem to depend on people being virtuous. The opposite also holds. Somehow fat people are seen to be lacking the virtues of industry, thrift, and hard-work, and thus tend to laziness and sloth. But any approach that expects us to be permanently virtuous, while condemning us as embarrassing and unacceptable the way we are is a recipe for failure. We don't believe in either utopia or a cynical world-view. We take you from were you are, you just need to come in prepared to be coachable.

Food is a "hot button" issue for many people. Food brings us back to our childhood or infancy, issues with mom, comfort food, body image and shame.

Most diets have little to do with eating "well", either in a way that deeply satisfies the pallet or in a way that satisfies our cells and biochemistry. The methods that start from the outside "looking good" concerns never seem to get the inside "working good" right. Eating for Health & Pleasure, and its intermediate goals of having you reboot an intelligent Intuitive Eating program, is a fundamental leg of a three sided stool to Live Longer and Live Stronger. Once you get the change in your relationship to food "in your guts" there is no "falling off the wagon", you are already on comfortable ground and enjoying what you eat as food, not filling a psychological void and physiological missing.

There is no boredom or worry about the "long-after" picture repeating the before picture. Once you have made the shift to an inner guide to eating well for your unique biochemistry there will be little attraction for the empty calorie foods, they just don't taste that good when your palette is used to real food.

Just so you know, the other two legs of personal responsibility for health are

2) moving your body with grace for a complete physical incarnation and

3) healing mind, emotion, and spirit for psychological strength and flexibility in fulfilling your calling on the planet.

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Myth: The war of the fighting diets will determine which will emerge on top as the best: Atkins vs. high-carb diets vs. the Zone vs. Ornish vs. next weeks flavor of the month on the Talk Show circuit.

Answer: The reason why no one approach will ever be The Answer for everybody is straightforward. All of the mass marketed books or single answer program approaches to "The Diet" tend to assume that there is "One Way" for everyone. Such a program is simple. It is easily marketed. It is Industrial Medicine. Again. It assumes your body is a replaceable cog in the social machine like any other.

It's easy to find some True Believers who do well with a given formulaic nutritional approach. They can honestly give testimonials as to its efficacy.

For them.

Chances are it won't apply to your experience. It's a statistics game. Any program will find some people who will match up nicely to its formula and do well. For a while.

Some diets do match some people some of the time. But they are not long-term maintenance diets and are sometime dangerous if continued too long.

You can try 5 or 10 pop or medical doctor diets and see what works the best in the long haul over years. Or you can come in for food quantity testing that takes minutes. This will also address aspects and symptoms of poor digestion. Contact us by phone at 541-535-4325 or email us.

Myth 2: When the studies are done all formulaic approaches can have a similar weight loss impact. And all diets have a high number who "fall off the wagon". It doesn't really matter what diet you choose as long as you choose and stick to a diet.

When you try a group of people on a given approach chances are you will have successes and failures. This does not mean that the balance of macronutrient classes of food is irrelevant. The point to notice is who succeeded and why. We are not all 145 kilogram average adults. If you are looking at the subgroups of people that thrive and those that dive on a given approach then the logical next step would be that you need to try and match the right person to the right approach.

But this is not an easy book for mass marketers. Industrial food and Industrial medicine are mass marketed products, just as fad diets are. They do not invest in not labor intensive methods that find your personal best path--for this time in your life.

We advise everyone to eat local organic produce, buy grass fed meats, and shop for non-processed and non-chemically or genetically adulterated foods. But no big money has an interest in this old-fashioned traditional nutrition that hominids evolved with for 7 million years and modern homo sapiens for 130,000. So the conclusion that the media, that is, corporate industrial media, gets is that there is no winner in the diet horse race. That's part of why we don't bother watching TV anymore. They get it wrong too often.

If your approach to changing what you eat is "I'm being deprived on this diet", and I have to "hold my nose and suffer". Before long you will eventually say "I'm not gonna and you can't make me". True enough. That is the viscous cycle of starving on a diet you can only stand for a little while and then feasting on empty calories when you are off the diet.

We are not interested in this kind of ping-pong diet discussion. We are interested in a real transformation to your relationship with food. Nourishing Traditions, a book by Sally Fallon, is one we use extensively. The title tells it all. Food is about being nourished. The traditional tried and true approaches, in the main, not only taste best but show the best science to Live Longer and Live Stronger. Add that to our customized program of classes of food right for you and you can find a nourishing tradition for you.

However, traditional cuisines are seldom served unadulterated to Americans. Cookbooks usually leave out critical parts because the author was ignorant about it or that some editor felt should be deleted because it wouldn't "sell well". Also the "wedding celebration" food is not distinguished from daily robust fare.

When I lived in China to study medicine I never saw a fat person. I eyeballed tens of thousands of people. Since junk food has invaded fat Chinese children are becoming commonplace, just like here. The same story could be repeated for many indigenous people who were healthy on their traditional nourishing diet but are obese and sick on our Oil dependent Green Revolution fast and packaged pseudo-food. When you eat for better health then weight is not the focus, it is a byproduct of a metabolism being well met by your food habits.

Not surprisingly nourishing food tastes better than dead empty food. In order to fool your body into thinking junk food is good for you the fast food industry has spent millions of dollars to come up with patented cocktail of chemicals they add to the tasteless processed anti-food gunk they "serve". These chemicals mimic the markers your sensory detectors in your mouth, nose, gut and brain are trained to look for. They fool you into thinking you are getting the real stuff. This unethical trillion dollar food fraud is Industrial Fraud and Industrial Food: Good for their shelf life, bad for your life. Contact us by phone at 541-535-4325 or email us.

Myth 3: The only thing that matters is the caloric intake not the form the calories come in. Fat people are lazy and weak-willed. Fat people don't exercise.

The thermodynamic approach to understanding weight loss is about as useful as the thermodynamic criteria for calculating what level of electromagnetic pollution is safe. If it doesn't microwave you till you fry it must be safe. Right? Wrong. And the corollary, if you eat 2000 calories of sugar and pop it is the same as 2000 calories from a well balanced mix of fresh fruit, veggies, and meat. Right? Wrong.

This simplistic approach, the "common sense "thermodynamic" approach advocated by mainstream Industrial doctors" has been a source of great confusion and shame, and virtually no long-term success in weight loss.

Of course, there is some relationship between the caloric value of food and fat you put on your body. But the relationship is complex and there are many examples of a lower calorie diet that can add pounds of fat on a person whereas a higher calorie, but more nutritious approach to food will normalize weight. Without going into details here the problem with the thermodynamic approach is that it ignores that the body has lots of choices about its own level of metabolism and how many calories gets converted or diverted to movement, metabolism, heat, structure building or fat storage.

The number of hormones and neurotransmitters that regulate our body's weight is mind-boggling. It is becoming clearer as the role of leptins and other messenger substances released by fat cells is better understood, that fat is not a passive storage depot but an active player in the complex choices made by the body that may result in less or more fat storage.

One example suffices. If you eat 500 calories in the form of processed grains or sugar then the blood soon is flooded with glucose. The pancreas responds by a flood of insulin. This sends the sugar rushing all at once into the cells for burning or storage. Too much too fast and lots gets stored--read fat. But the plot gets thicker. Insulin can suppress the thyroid and reduce the active T3 form of thyroxin thus slowing metabolism and thus burning less fat. The plot, and your belly, gets thicker still. Processed sugars, as stressful toxins, and the hypoglycemic condition that occurs after a high insulin spike, causes corticosteroids to circulate, including glucocorticoids, from your adrenal cortex. These shift the balance from energy burning to energy saving and fat storage since "ironically", stress is always interpreted by your body as "starvation". The thermodynamic view, though not ultimately incorrect, is in practice so oversimplified as to be useless as an approach to food and weight loss.

If this subject is of interest to you and you wish to learn more, please contact us by phone at 541-535-4325 or email us.