This information has been around for a long time. It is surprising how often we forget these basics.
This is a book I’ve had in my own library for years. Shari and Judi Zucker – The Double Energy Twins wrote ‘How To Survive Snack Attacks – Naturally’ while they were in high school, and they are still teaching these sound concepts years later.
Their topic in this book was better health, and it also applies to building strong bones that resist fracture.
The message Judi and Shari Zucker had in their first book is still important, and the principles they teach are strongly supported by science, now more than ever before.
In fact I’ve put their latest book (below) on my ‘Recommended Reading’ list. You can find it at Amazon.com – “The Double Energy Diet: Improve Your Health and Vitality…Naturally!”
You say you want strong, healthy bones that resist fractures? Judi and Shari Zucker show us seven steps you can follow to slow, stop, and reverse the bone loss of osteoporosis and osteopenia.
1. Eat Only Natural Foods
Try to get foods grown on fertile soil under natural conditions, instead of chemically treated foods. Avoid synthetic, denatured, altered and devitalized foods.
2. Eat Only Whole Foods
Whole foods contain all the nutrients nature has put into them, no more and no less. Avoid white bread, instant potatoes, polished rice and white sugar. Whole foods not only contain complete nutrition and vitamins, but also all the enzymes and other factors necessary for proper, effective digestion and good assimilation of each particular food.
3. Eat Only Living Foods
Cooking totally destroys enzymes. Enzymes are essential for proper digestion and assimilation of food as well as for all functions in one’s body. Minerals are also lost in cooking food. Water-soluble vitamins B and C are particularly vulnerable to the effect of heat and cooking. Nuts and seeds should be eaten raw for better digestion, but grains can be cooked, as in breads and cereals. Sprouts are excellent, too. At least two-thirds of all foods should be eaten raw. If cooking is absolutely necessary, food should be cooked as little as possible.
4. Eat Only Poison-Free Foods
Fruits and vegetables commonly contain residues of dozens of poisonous pesticides, waxes, bleaches, preservatives and other artificial ingredients. Meat, milk, butter and poultry contain, in addition to DDT and other insecticides, residues of hormones, antibiotics and other drugs used to increase animal growth. Processed foods are loaded with thousands of different chemicals. Every effort, therefore, should be made to obtain poison-free organically grown foods. Most health food stores and some supermarkets provide quality produce. The produce should be washed carefully in either soap or salt water, or in a 3% solution of hydrochloric acid and then brushed clean with a vegetable brush.
5. Eat A High Natural Carbohydrate – Low Animal Protein DietThe most perfectly balanced diet is a diet rich in organically grown fruits and vegetables and raw or sprouted whole grains, seeds or nuts. Lactovegetarians can use certified raw unpasteurized milk, yogurt and homemade cottage cheese from organically fed animals. Fortified with cold-pressed vegetable oils, honey, wheat germ and bran, brewer’s yeast, kelp and dry fruits, this high natural carbohydrate, low animal protein diet will supply one with all the required nutrients: vitamins, minerals, trace elements, enzymes, proteins, fatty acids, carbohydrates and other vital substances in a natural, pure, and easily assimilated form.
6. Systematic Under-Eating and Periodic Fasting
Poor digestion and assimilation of nutrients caused by overeating causes nutritional deficiencies. Moderation is the key word in order for food to be efficiently digested and better utilized. “Moderation is a key word for eating as well as doing anything in life!”
7. Correct Eating Habits.
Food should be eaten slowly. It is far better to skip a meal than to eat in a hurry. Well-chewed and generously salivated food is practically half-digested before it enters the stomach. Eat in a relaxed atmosphere, also.
As far as food mixing is concerned, the entire food-mixing ‘science’ of the “Airola Optimum Diet” can be summed up in a few lines:
1. Never eat raw fruits and raw vegetables at the same meal.
2. Eat as few different foods as possible at one meal.
3. When protein-rich foods are eaten with other foods, eat the protein foods first.
Remember, this was all written more than 30 years ago, and it comes from the book “How To Survive Snack Attacks – Naturally”, a recipe book written by Judi and Shari Zucker, published in 1979. They were in high school at the time they wrote it, and it is out of print. Specifically, it is from the chapter called ‘We Salute Dr. Paavo Airola’s Optimum Diet’; Dr. Paavo Airola, PhD, ND has written several book about healthy nutrition.
The truth about real nutrition hasn’t changed much in the last 30 years.
How does this relate to an osteoporosis diet or osteopenia diet? Simply this: Bone loss is a naturally-occurring result of how our bodies respond to what we eat and drink.
Too much animal protein and too many soft drinks, especially colas and other beverages that contain ‘phosphoric acid’ as a ‘flavor enhancer’, have an effect on our bodies.
These beverages, and / or too much meat in our diet, creates a shift in our body chemistry – the pH of our blood and tissues become more acid than they should – and calcium is taken from the bones to restore a balance.
The price paid for restoring balance is the loss of calcium from our bones, eventually diagnosed as either osteopenia or osteoporosis.
By leaning away from meat and toward vegetables, our bodies no longer need to take calcium from the bones to compensate for an imbalanced diet.
The changes in these 7 steps are simple, and require just a few changes in how we shop for our food, and what and how we eat.
Making these changes for yourself can help you slow, stop, or reverse the bone loss of osteopenia and osteoporosis. Better than that, you’ll feel better and have more energy, as well.