Eating "Living Foods", or frequently
referred to as "Raw Foods", describes the practice of subsisting
all, or in part upon non-animal foods prepared at lower temperatures. This
means that the foods are either prepared at room temperature, or
dehydrated with a calibrated dehydrator that will not ever over-heat the
food. The importance of this is that excess heat "kills" the
natural enzyme activity in the food after
a very short time above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. These natural
enzymes are key to our bodies being able to efficiently process and
absorb the maximum benefit from the food. There are many important
points to consider about the variety of foods we "should" and
"shouldn't", select to eat, how best to prepare them for
palatability, and maximum benefit to our body. This becomes more
and more important to anyone attempting to eat this way primarily.
Salads are GREAT!... but a little variety in everything makes life SO
much more enjoyable. Our goal is to share simple, fun, and
healthy ways for YOU to prepare God-given living foods for yourself and
your family. These are foods that taste great, AND can actually
make you feel GOOD about
EVERYTHING you eat!
Our emphasis is upon helping to
keep the JOY in eating,
that "Living Foods" remain truly "ALIVE"!
Regarding Macular Degeneration
The #1 Point > DON'T SMOKE! Carbon monoxide (found in ALL inhaled smoke)
ties up the red blood cell and reduces the oxygen
getting to every cell in the body, creates WRINKLES of the skin, and
INCREASES MACULAR DEGENERATION. In general, our bodies need WATER,
NUTRIENTS, and EXERCISE. These seem obvious, but are largely taken for
granted. It is said that if you FEEL thirsty, you are ALREADY
DEHYDRATED. Did you know that URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS KILL ELDERLY
PEOPLE nearly as much as PNEUMONIA? Spread the word, “Drink a small
amount (~1oz) of PURE CRANBERRY JUICE and large amounts of PURE WATER
DAILY!” ...it WILL make you urinate more, but it may SAVE YOUR LIFE! The
amount of exercise needed for any individual varies, but in general, the
less you move… the less you will be ABLE to move. We ALL often
RATIONALIZE that our daily activities are enough "exercise"… but, A
CONSTANT PROLONGED increased heart rate is recommended to be HEART
What about NUTRIENTS for good vision, good health? There are MANY claims
about what nutrients we should and should NOT utilize. Oxygen and
moderate sun exposure might be considered nutrients. It is often
proposed that the HEALTHIEST SOURCES of ingested nutrients are WHOLE,
ORGANIC, NON-PROCESSED, VEGETABLES, FRUITS, and NUTS, prepared either
raw, or at LOW-HEAT (<118 degrees) with LOW or NO animal protein or
cholesterol. Generally the more any food is heated in preparation, the
more nutrient value it loses. The less nutrient value of your food, the
more volume of food you must eat. It is universally agreed that ABSOLUTE
MINIMAL INTAKE OF PROCESSED HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP and OTHER SUCH
PROCESSED SUGARS IS CRITICAL! Did you know that ingested ALUMINUM is
considered to be linked to Alzheimer’s? And did you know that ALL baking
powders have aluminum content, as well of course aluminum cooking
Zinc, Beta Carotene (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B-2, and trace
minerals such as Selenium, Copper, Manganese, are considered by many,
due to the AREDS Study, as beneficial in slowing the normal age-related
deterioration of nerve cells in the eye. These, and many other
micronutrients such as CoQ10, B-Complex, B-12, etc. are recommended by
many for general health. There IS a difference between "synthetic" and
"natural" sources of each of these. Brightly colored VEGETABLES are
NATURALLY PACKED with these nutrients. Omega 3 Oil sources are
recommended to help our bodies in many ways, including DRY EYES. As an
adult, it is thought that you generally have ALL THE NERVE CELLS you
will have for the rest of life... RIGHT NOW. THOSE NERVE CELLS
DETERIORATE OVER TIME, but generally DO NOT REGENERATE. If you eat
primarily WHOLE, ORGANIC, NON-PROCESSED VEGETABLES, FRUITS and NUTS with
LOW or NO animal protein or cholesterol, you will have MORE NERVE
FUNCTION AT THE END OF YOUR LIFE… NO MATTER HOW LONG YOU LIVE. LESS
DESIRABLY, IF YOU DO NOT eat primarily a whole foods, plant based diet,
many suggest that some combination of supplements like Centrum, Centrum
Silver, One-a-Day, Unicap, Swanson's (Swanson.com), Dr. Whitaker's (DrWhitaker.com),
Barley Life, Blue-Green Algae, Omega 3 Oil, and/or Borage Oils etc. need
to be considered to be taken daily by both adults and children. The BEST
choice for YOU and YOUR LOVED ONES should be carefully considered. But
REMEMBER, MORE is NOT always better, and NATURAL WHOLE FOOD PLANT BASED
SOURCES ARE THE BEST.
IF YOU HAVE MACULAR DEGENERATION, OR A FAMILY HISTORY OF MACULAR
DEGENERATION, AREDS suggests:
1) FRESH WHOLE ORGANIC
VEGETABLES, FRUITS and NUTS, and/or a general MULTI-VITAMIN,
2) An Ocular Vitamin like
“Preservision w/ Lutein” by B&L, or “I-Caps w/Lutein" by Alcon, twice
3) OMEGA-3 OIL (such as TheraTears
and 4) Vitamin C
as the currently recommended daily routine.
(Note: LUTEIN is now being studied for it's value in preventing macular
degeneration, and indications seem that it IS
useful, but the long-term study has not been completed. Bilberry, an
English blueberry, is also being studied, but has
not been conclusively shown to be of benefit to help macular
degeneration. FRESH or FROZEN unprocessed whole
vegetables and fruit are likely be of more value.)
Please see THE CHINA STUDY, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M.
Campbell, II. (www.thechinastudy.com)
This book will amaze you, and is a MUST to read or now listen to on CD.)
Also, Dr. Lester Morrison (1946), Dr. Caldwll B. Esselstyn, Jr. (1985),
and Dr. Dean Ornish’s (1990) works, show scientifically proven ways to
REVERSE heart disease without drugs or surgery... their works also are
musts to read. Dr. Ornish has published many wonderful recipes to help
keep things fun.
DON'T COMPROMISE GOOD HEALTH BY BEING FOOLED WITH MARKETING PLOYS!
IT IS HAZARDOUS TO YOUR GENERAL HEALTH AND TO VISION!
THERE WILL BE A TIME when products containing it will have
WARNING LABELS LIKE CIGARETTE PACKS,
"CAUTION, the Surgeon General has determined
Caffeine to be HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH!"
But, what are the REAL reasons to NOT use caffeine? Most people know
that there is caffeine in coffee, tea, and sodas.
did you know that there is caffeine in ENERGY DRINKS, CHOCOLATE, COCOA,
EXCEDRINE… The list goes on…
It is a CRIME that young people today are becoming ADDICTED to ENERGY
(It can be compared to a time when Coca Cola had REAL COCAINE IN IT.)
PLEASE realize that the vascular affects of chronic caffeine use do MORE
HARM than good for our bodies.
It is true that Caffeine can keep you awake... if you rarely use it.
Caffeine can help stop a migraine headache... if you rarely use it.
1) Caffeine constricts the blood vessels, which REDUCES CIRCULATION
AND THEREFORE INCREASES YOUR RISK
OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE! (If you take a blood thinner such as aspirin
to reduce this risk, and you use caffeine, you are wasting money on the
2) Reduced circulation REDUCES THE OXYGEN TO ALL CELLS, but
ESPECIALLY NERVE CELLS IN YOUR BODY, WHICH ACCELERATES MACULAR
DEGENERATION AND AGING!
3) CAFFEINE INCREASES YOUR RESTING HEART RATE (as opposed to an
aerobic exercising heart rate), which means that IT WILL CAUSE YOUR
HEART TO WEAR OUT FASTER… thus more quickly reaching its LAST BEAT!
4) “Excessive” CAFFEINE has been proven to CAUSE BREAST TENDERNESS
and AGGRAVATE RESTLESS LEG
SYNDROME... how much is “excessive”???
5) STARTING TO USE CAFFEINE CAUSES MOST NON-USERS TO BE HYPER or have
an ANXIOUS SHAKEY TREMOR, “acid” stomach, and to feel a “tightening
sensation” around their head or temples.
Many people consider that caffeine is not a “dangerously addicting”
drug because they
“can stop it any time they want to.”
Right. I challenge ANYONE who uses caffeine and
thinks they are not “dependent” on caffeine to
STOP ALL OF YOUR CAFFEINE FOR TWO WEEKS.
You won’t be able to do it.
... or if you can, you WILL have “withdrawal” symptoms as you quit.
And then, if you start again, you WILL be aware of the points listed
DON'T BE FOOLED! ANTIOXIDANT VALUE OF COFFEE IS A TOTAL MARKETING
That is like saying, "Cigarettes RELAX you." …but there are MUCH
better ways to relax!
CAFFEINE IS A LEGAL ADDICTING DRUG LIKE NICOTINE and is also HARMING
Thank you for considering these suggestions, and Radiant Good Health
Timothy H. Seidlitz, O.D.
Did you know?
Dairy products like milk & cheese)
shown to be directly related to
was documented as long ago as 1920!)
Also Did you know
it's CALCIUM Danger?
(Reprinted from the Living Light Culinary Art
Institute's July 14, 2005 newsletter):
Parsley is a great herb and useful
in many ways. We know it is high in
vitamin C and that it freshens breath. However, in large quantities,
such as juice, parsley actually reduces the amount of calcium
available for absorption! It contains an extremely concentrated
source of oxalates which bind with calcium greatly reducing its
bioavailability. Parsley contains about 1700 mg oxalic acid per 100 gms
- almost double the concentration of oxalic acid in spinach (around 900
mg per 100 gms). If, for example, you add a
bunch of parsley to your green juice, along with kale, which is an
excellent source of highly bioavailable calcium, it could negatively
impact the usability of it's calcium. This would not be a huge issue if
total calcium content of the diet is high, but if we are hoping to boost
calcium intake with a green juice, we would defeat our purpose. The same
is true of Swiss chard and beet greens and to a lesser extent, spinach.
Here is a great recipe for green juice that is high in calcium and
Green Power Juice
Yield: 3 - 4 cups (2 servings)
1 bunch kale (8 to 12 ounces)
1/2 head Romaine lettuce (8 to 12 ounces)
1 cucumber, halved lengthwise
4 ribs celery
1 lemon, peeled
1. Juice all of the ingredients.
2. Serve immediately.