Diet is Everything: How to Eliminate and Prevent Illness and Disease by the Foods you Eat.

Note: All blogs, and all for-profit companies, are biased. My blog is biased because I have opinions. Companies are biased because they are trying to sell you something. Any websites I link to, unless they are Bible verses given in context, should not be taken as gospel. I ask that you read them with an open mind and a critical one, to make balanced decisions for yourself.

Millions of people have been cured of illnesses and diseases—yes, including cancer—by changing the way they eat food. If you are trying to cure yourself of disease, then I think by all means you should look to God and his natural medicine, using natural and organic, homeopathic methods than put your trust in man and “modern medicine.” Do we really think that we can do it better than God?

scroll down to avoid the rant.

If you know me, you’ll know that I am extremely skeptical of our nation’s Food and Drug Administration. Do I believe drugs are sometimes necessary? Maybe. But I believe wholeheartedly that modern medicine is a business, and that it not only pushes drugs because drugs make money, but it also focuses on alleviating symptoms rather than curing the person. I’ve already been up on a soapbox about why donating to cancer research is not a good use of your money. Think I’m heartless? I’ve lost loved ones to cancer. I know that money should be given to prevention and education, not screening (which yields false positives and can GENERATE cancer) and CEOs.

Okay, rant over.

Give all your money to cancer research if you want, but any research they actually end up doing all comes back down to this:

Eating healthy foods like vegetables and fruits and exercising is the way to stay healthy and AVOID sickness, illness, diseases, and cancer, and to CURE it.

There's a better way.

Millions of people have found relief and been cured of illnesses by going on the “Hallelujah diet”—but it isn’t a diet you just go on for a while and then stop. It’s a total lifestyle change.

Basically the Hallelujah diet is a strict vegan diet that depends on juicing vegetables. You can read about it here. It’s based on Genesis 1:29, when God directed Adam and Eve to eat fruit and vegetables before the Fall.

If you want something a bit less strict, like us, then you can still eat meat and dairy, but in limited quantities. Meat and dairy aren’t particularly good for our bodies because our digestive systems are made to be vegetarian (click to read Hallelujah Acre’s opinion). If we eat too much meat and dairy, it gets stuck in our digestive system and the acid from those foods creates the toxicity in our bodies that causes sickness.
But we’d still like to own a dairy cow some day.
Deuteronomy specifically allows the eating of meat, and Paul saw the vision that all foods were now clean. So the problem isn’t really what we eat as much as what and how much we eat. The most simplified answer is to eat more alkaline foods than acidic foods. 
Once I ate more alkaline foods than acidic, my asthma and heartburn disappeared, and now instead of wanting to run to the ER every week, I am off all of my prescriptions. The heartburn comes back on occasion, but only if I haven’t been eating vegetables and fruit.
Click the image below or go here for a guide that shows which foods are alkaline and which ones are acidic. Did you know that lemons are alkaline?? I add lemon juice to my water if I’m going to eat a big meal or have red meat so I don’t get bloated or have heartburn. Don’t forget a salad or smoothie at the beginning of the meal!

Note that all meats are acidic.

Some other tips:
  • Eat fruit and vegetables before the rest of your meal so it goes directly to your bloodstream. Otherwise it gets stuck in the stomach behind all the other foods and ferments while your stomach tries to digest everything else.
  • Don’t eat fiber before 10 am or after supper time, since your metabolism won’t be able to clear it out of your system as easily. Fiber itself is like a sponge—it has no nutritional value, it serves as a carrier for nutrients. It helps clear out your digestive system because it collects things that are hanging out in your intestines and pulls them out with it. Drinking 100%, pulp free juice (no sweeteners) gives you all the nutrition without the pulp. Smoothies have fiber and are the next best thing.
  • If you don’t have a juicer, Odwalla and Naked Juices are AMAZING but can be a bit expensive, so I buy them in bulk. For 100% fruit juices, Simply Apple juice is my favorite. Simple Orange With Pineapple is really, really good, as is Simply Raspberry Lemonade. Yum!
    (P.S. If you have a safety filter on your computer, you might not be able to access the Naked Juice site because it has the word “naked” in it… It’s safe, really!)
  • READ FOOD LABELS. Specifically the ingredients. I don’t really care how much fat is in something if it is 100% good for me. Avocados are much healthier for you than fat-free snacks that are full of artificial ingredients, sweeteners, and preservatives.
  • A good rule of thumb is to only buy things with 5 listed ingredients or fewer. You’ll be surprised how many foods have 20+ ingredients.
  • Frozen foods don’t have as much preservatives as shelved foods. LT and I bought a pie from the supermarket bakery once. Never again! That thing was chock full of preservatives, and tasted awful. We’ll make from scratch or buy frozen from now on.
  • Try to avoid buying foods that sneak in sweeteners or soy (people put High Fructose Corn Syrup and soy into everything these days). A very small amount is okay, but when everything you eat has these in them, you are asking for a heap of trouble.
My favorite foods are ice cream, cookies, steak, and potatoes. They are a standard part of the Standard American Diet (SAD)—and I know why, because they taste so good! But now, rather than eating red meat at every meal, we eat it once a week, tops. I have steak once a month—which I actually prefer, because it makes it special!—and we eat meat-free or lean meats for the other days. I have cookies and ice cream on occasion, but that’s okay because I eat lots of fruit and vegetables. I buy Breyer’s ice cream because it is all natural ingredients, and it’s not that expensive. I’ve heard frozen bananas taste just like ice cream when they are blended—I’m going to try that out when I get through my Breyer’s.

Bottom line

If you are trying to prevent sickness, then eat lots of vegetables (make at LEAST half of your diet alkaline). If you are trying to cure your body of an infection or disease, then avoid acidic foods, meat, dairy, soy, and other foods listed here.
What are your thoughts on eating healthy? Are you a radical? Have you considered becoming vegetarian or vegan? What are your favorite healthy recipes? I’ll start posting healthy (easy!) recipes more frequently on my blog as I come to them. To see recipes I’ve already posted, go here.

Toddler Nutrition

He didn't even eat his miniature Thanksgiving dinner.

I was worried that Little Champ wasn’t eating enough because, well, he hasn’t been eating what I give him.

But once again, Dr. Sears saves the day. Here’s his article talking about toddlers (ages 1-3) and their fits of not eating, and how to get them to eat, and what to feed them.

Bottom lines: Let them snack throughout the day. They don’t need to eat as much as you think. Shoot for a nutritionally balanced week.

Now, I’m the type of person that needs things spelled out to me. I need to plan meals ahead of time and know what I am cooking and what my options are, otherwise I end up snacking on granola bars or making Spaghettios.

I found a guide on Babycenter.com about Toddler Nutrition, but felt it was somewhat lacking. (You can go here to read it.) So I decided to make a list of options I can choose from when feeding my baby. Basically I took a serving size list for adults and proportioned it so that it would be correct for a toddler’s tiny tummy. Here it is! Hope that it is helpful to someone else.

Nutrition for Toddlers (12-24 months)

Dairy: 4 half-servings*

– 1/2 cup whole milk

– 1 oz cheese (1 slice of sandwich cheese, one string cheese, or 6 dice of cheese)

– 1/2 cup yogurt

*I split it into half servings because the majority of dairy servings should be in milk or yogurt, not cheese.

Grains: 3 servings (adult serving is the same)

– 1/3 cup cold cereal

– 1/4 cup pasta or rice (egg size)

– 1 slice bread

– 1/2 bagel or English muffin

– 1 6″ tortilla

– 1/2 cup oatmeal

– 3T wheat germ

Fruit: 3-5, 1-oz (2Tbsp) servings (adult serving is 1/2 cup—quadruple this)

– quarter of a small apple- quarter of a banana- 1/4 cup berries- 3 cherries- 4 grapes

– 1/2 plum

– 1 prune

– 1/2 Tbsp raisins

Vegetables: 3-5, 1-oz (2Tbsp) servings (adult serving is 1/2 cup—quadruple this)

– 2T or 1/8 cup cooked peas or corn

– 1/4 cup raw veggies (before chopping)

– 2T or 1/8 cup chopped raw veggies

Protein: 2, 1-ounce servings (adult serving is 3 oz)

– one slice of sandwich meat

– 1 oz chicken (one third of a deck of cards, 6 dice)

– 1 oz fish (one third of a checkbook)

– 1/4 can tuna

– 1/4 cup cooked dry beans (egg size)
– 1 oz cheese (6 dice)- 1 egg or 2 egg whites

– half hot dog

– 3 slices bacon

Healthy Snacks

– 2 graham crackers

– 8 animal crackers

– 3 cups popcorn

– 1/2 Tbsp raisins or small dried fruit

Ideas for Toppings

cream cheese, cottage cheese, organic fruit preserves, guacamole, peanut butter, pureed fruits/veggies, yogurt, sunflower seeds, applesauce