Achieving Daily Dietary Perfection, Superior Health, and Enlightenment

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The First 18 Years of Your Life Are a Complete Rollercoaster

My mom is an Ohio native and grew up in a small town there. She was raised during a period when most women knew very little about sexuality, pregnancy, or giving birth. My mother was not an outlier in this regard.

Since I was her first child, she had difficulty getting pregnant. She became depressed and anxious about giving birth since she could not control the hormonal shifts occurring within her body.

She had such a difficult time giving birth to me that the physicians considered a C-section, which was not a standard procedure back then.

After being born with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, I became jaundiced and nearly died within the first six weeks of life because I could not digest my mother’s milk, baby food, or water. The stools I created had to be manually flushed away.

I had pneumonia when I was just six weeks old and had to be hospitalized again. The doctors’ efforts to preserve my life were now urgent. I was admitted to the hospital for the second time with pneumonia when I was just six months old. My baby’s life was saved twice by the physicians.

My entire childhood was spent in and out of the hospital. I was constantly sick; I caught a cold, the flu, and another cold.

My Irish father compounded this difficulty by being a big and burly meat-and-potatoes eater. He made me eat many meat and potatoes because I was his firstborn and frail.

The meat made me sick, and the potatoes gave me hives. This ongoing stress put a severe damper on my physical well-being.

It was as if I had an allergy to living. Tears constantly rolled down my cheeks. Everything I took in, both literally and figuratively, made me sick.

My dad was a heavy smoker and smoked in the house, so I had no idea that he was further endangering my health throughout my formative years. Secondhand smoke from him was also making me feel terrible.

Combating Substance Abuse for Nine Years

I spent the following nine years of my life addicted to cigarettes, booze, and other substances, and I did it more subconsciously than deliberately.

I spent most of this decade convinced that the worst things that could happen to someone were happening to me. Overcoming the addictions and starting down the road to optimal health and eventual spiritual clarity would take another three years.

Before turning 32, I spent two years learning hypnotic self-programming, during which I visualized myself going about my usual activities without smoking, drinking, or using drugs.

At 32, in the spring of that year, I reduced my cigarette consumption from six packs a day to four. I decided one day to rid my body of all remaining nicotine and other poisons by quitting cold turkey, switching to filtered water, and embarking on a seven-day organic juice fast.

I was successful and have maintained my sobriety ever since. I fought the mental compulsion to smoke for another eighteen months.

Here and Now

Over the following 30 years, I trained myself to become a careful observer by keeping track of how different foods made me feel after eating them. And I saw a trend in my fatigue, listlessness, lack of vitality, and allergy symptoms.

So I set out on a mission to wean myself off meat altogether. Beef and pork were never my favorites. I soon consumed meat again, specifically beef, pork, and lamb.

After researching the many water purification systems available, I settled on one scientifically proven to successfully eliminate all traces of fluoride, chlorine, mercury, and other potentially dangerous contaminants from the water supply while leaving the healthy, naturally occurring minerals intact.

Since 1982, I have devoted my life to learning about and perfecting the use of herbs in various forms, including cooking, cold meal preparation, and internal consumption (capsules/liquid).

Here are the most crucial pieces of advice I can provide you:

1. 34 Years Illness-free: Since 1982, I have not experienced a single bout of illness. What this formerly unwell (as a kid, teen, and young adult) and easily addicted type personality has experienced is, in my opinion, a miraculous demonstration of the healing power of the human body and mind.

Constant Dietary Improvement: At the present period in my life, I have not eaten any processed foods for several years. I no longer eat any processed meals. That’s just the way I am. In what would be a drastic shift toward a total focus on vibrational harmony between the physical, mental, and spiritual for most people, I have recently made another vast and dramatic modification to my daily diet.

Third, Filtered Water: Filtered water is the cornerstone of my regular diet. I drink three quarts of water filtered by my in-home water filtration system daily, eliminating all traces of fluoride, chlorine, mercury, lead, and other hazardous chemicals and gases.

Fourth, I’ve been a vegan for almost twenty years. There is no kind of meat that I will consume. In particular, I try to stick to a vegan diet high in alkaline, low-acid foods like cruciferous vegetables and fruits. Garlic is a staple in my diet.

5. Organic Juices: I’ve been trying to increase my consumption of fresh, organic juices produced from a wide range of fruits and vegetables by drinking just one or two ounces of each juice twice a day. The following is a partial list of what you might find in my liquids. For my juices, I use ingredients like spirulina, green tea, spinach, broccoli, barley grass, wheat grass, garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, and Nova Scotia dulse, in addition to the usual suspects like carrots, oranges, blueberries, mangoes, bananas, apples, grapes, pears, kiwis, and pineapple.

Herbs: I take turmeric (curcumin), ginger (ginger), fenugreek (fenugreek), ginkgo biloba (ginkgo), and astralagus (astralagus) every day.

Dandelion root, a blend of herbs for detoxing the body, a combination of herbs for the lungs, and chamomile tea help me wind down at the end of the day.

Eighth, I supplement my diet with raw apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons), natural bee pollen (1 dime’s worth), black seed oil (1 teaspoon), and organic baking soda (1 teaspoon) every day. In addition, I take at least three 15- to 20-minute walks per day.

9. Philosophy: I decided to base my life on 28 guiding philosophical principles in my early twenties. Never once have I deviated from this way of life. All these things boil down to treating others how I want to be treated while accepting that most people will fall short. Never assume. Do not offer guidance unless you are specifically asked for it. Provide advice, but do so sparingly and with consideration. I prefer to hear than to be heard.

10. Spirituality: I believe religion is primarily an interior experience rather than an external one. Everyone I have meaningful interactions with helps me grow spiritually. No coercion, even the threat of death, could bring about religious, intellectual, philosophical, and scientific unanimity. The calm, minor, and whispering voice inside is the direct link to the indwelling divine presence of God and the ultimate source of lasting self-discipline, self-mastery, and contentment.

My Normal, Healthy Routine

I feel it is essential to specify that this is my diet plan. It’s unique to me since I’ve spent nearly four decades honing my approach to maintaining health and wellness. Always check with your doctor before starting a new diet to make sure there won’t be any harmful interactions with any medications you’re already on.

First, I usually jump out of bed between 4:00 and 5:00 in the morning, but this can vary slightly depending on the day of the week.

Second, every day I sit down to write or publish something, I drink a 12-ounce cup of dandelion or detox tea. When I drink a cup of tea, I immediately follow it with 32 ounces of filtered water. Only then do I allow myself to eat?

Third, I drink two ounces of four combination juices plus one ounce of Alive Daily Liquid Vitamin. Following this, I drink 32 ounces of distilled water, take my herbs, organic cider vinegar, black seed oil, and organic baking soda (aluminum free), and then go for a vigorous 15 to 20-minute walk.

I drink 12 ounces of another herbal tea in the late afternoon, then eat a small supper of cruciferous and green vegetables with a generous helping of turmeric and garlic.

5. After an hour of digestion, have another 32 ounces of clean water. I like to have another 12 oz. cups of chamomile or combo chamomile tea right before bed at 8:00 p.m.

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