My name is Stan and this is my website. I've devoted much of my life learning about and using nutrition to improve my health. The information you'll find here is what I've been using for the past 35 years to maintain the excellent health I still enjoy, now into my 60's.
About 70 percent of Americans my age regularly take at least one medication for a chronic health problem. The average American adult now takes about 12 different prescription drugs every year, and the average senior typically fills over 30 prescriptions annually!
I don't think it has to be this way. Some people would call me lucky to have the kind of health I enjoy, but I prefer to think that my good fortune was due to something I did, and that anyone else could, too — including you. Almost all of the health problems people develop in their later years are self-inflicted, and can be avoided, if you feed and nourish the body you have optimally.
Many people with this passion have some inspiring story to tell. Often, they report about how their poor health miraculously improved after they changed their diet and increased the amount of nutrients they were consuming.
Gratefully, I have no miracle story to tell... I've had the good fortune to have always had excellent health. However, I came to a realization in my late twenties that there was no guarantee that I could count on that for the rest of my life. When my father began to develop circulatory problems at the age of 55, I saw the possibility of that happening to me as well.
It was at that point that I got interested in discovering ways of preventing degenerative diseases through diet and nutrition.
If you've done enough research yourself, you know that nutrition is full of contradictions, and it takes some effort to filter out the useful stuff from the garbage. Hopefully, I've managed to do a lot of that for you here.
How do you know which information to trust? I suggest that you not believe the first point of view that comes along — examine all sides of the issue (that includes anything you find on this website as well). And don't be swayed by "experts" just because they have a long list of credentials after their names. That's not necessarily a good indicator of how accurate their information is.
It's good to be skeptical, but keep an open mind. Many times, ideas that are considered absurd turn out to be anything but. This has been proven throughout history, and not just with nutritional science.
I'm going to give you a list of my own personal biases right here, so you can get a sense of where I'm coming from. I do try to stay objective most of the time, but I do get passionate sometimes. However, you certainly don't have to agree with any of my opinions in order for you to get value out of the information here.
1. Your long-term health is directly related to the quality of the food you eat, more than any other factor.
I believe that the rising frequency of degenerative diseases we're seeing is primarily due to the poor quality of the food most people eat.
Your body needs better nutrition more today than ever to defend itself against increased stress from the environment. You live in a world full of toxins, everywhere you turn, and more are being created every day. Recently, the CDC measured an average of 212 different chemicals in a person’s blood or urine, seventy-five of which had never been measured in the U.S. population before. There are over 75,000 man made chemicals, toxins and pesticides that have been released into our food, water and air over the last seventy years.
2. It's very unlikely that you get all the nutrients you need for optimal health from your diet alone.
Even if you routinely eat a varied diet composed mostly of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and the like, you can't rely on the nutritional content of your food to be as high as it was 50 years ago, due to factory-farming technology. Thus, you really don't know for sure if you're missing out on vital nutrients.
You also can't rely on the government RDA for nutritional requirements. These standards reflect the minimum amounts you need to avoid deficiencies — they won't give you optimal health. Countless studies have shown that nutritional intake far above these standards can provide profound benefits.
3. There's no one diet that's right for everyone.
We're all unique individuals and no two people respond to any particular diet the same way. Find the one that you feel best with from among the many worthwhile ideas out there, and stay away from gimmicks. What's most important about any diet, though, is to get an abundance of antioxidants from raw fruits and vegetables and other minimally-processed foods.
4. Nutritional studies don't "prove" anything.
Although these studies often reveal intriguing possibilities, you can't scientifically "prove" any of their conclusions. This is often used to discredit such studies, but to me, the conclusions are irrelevant.
Nutritional science is inherently complex and can't be broken down into separate bits — no one nutrient works in isolation. There are so many variables that can't be controlled in any kind of study, and so there's no way to establish a direct connection between a single nutrient and specific health benefits. That being said, just because you can't prove something doesn't mean it isn't true!
5. Many erroneous nutritional concepts are taught and promoted as "scientific fact."
You would think that the information taught at our universities is the best and most accurate around, but curriculums are under the influence of the giant food corporations who donate large sums of money to these schools. Many of the "certified nutritionists" that these schools produce go to work at these same corporations, where their job is to promote processed foods as healthy choices for consumers.
Much of the nutritional information you get comes in the way of advertising and public relations, and the messages almost always have some hidden agenda — profit. Always keep in mind that the food business is a for-profit industry — and there's a lot more money to be made by selling processed foods, rather than broccoli!
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I don't intend for the dietary information on my website to be a prescription for anyone. Trust your body to tell you what works best, and enjoy what you eat! Although some extreme diets have been shown to extend longevity, living longer isn't worth it if you have to make yourself miserable to accomplish that goal.
For those of you who are are curious about what my diet looks like, here's a typical day for me:
Breakfast is almost always a big green smoothie and/or fresh vegetable juice. For my smoothie, I start with freshly-made coconut milk. A frozen banana adds the right amount of sweetness to it and thickens it up; I'll add a second fruit sometimes just for variety and extra taste. To this base, I'll add chlorella or spirulina, two raw organic eggs, whey protein powder, maca powder, and a handful of cilantro. A heaping teaspoon of my special spice mix — cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice — makes my smoothie an even more potent antioxidant blend. I usually make enough to sip at it throughout the morning. It's easy to put it into a thermos jar and take it with you to work.
I also mix up a quart of fresh vegetable juice using cucumber, celery, carrots, kale, bok choy, pineapple, apple, a chunk of ginger, fresh lemon juice, Himalayan salt, and stevia.
Between my smoothie and the fresh juice, I get the antioxidant equivalent of 15-20 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, separate from the amount of whole vegetables I actually eat!
Lunch is usually a large chopped salad, with as many different vegetables as possible mixed together, including some sprouted and fermented ones, topped off with a piece of wild Alaskan salmon, raw nuts and seeds, and a homemade olive oil & apple cider vinegar dressing spiced with ginger, horseradish and garlic and other spices.
I don't usually eat dinner. When I do, it can include some naturally-raised chicken, wild Alaskan salmon, or some cooked vegetable. Although I like to eat as much raw food as possible, there are times when cooked food feels really good, especially in the winter months.
I like to snack throughout the day on raw nuts, berries and dark chocolate.
Foods I generally avoid: non-organic meat and most fish (too many toxins), milk or cheese, any type of processed food (for sure), grains and sugar.
I believe in supplementing my already abundant diet with superfoods and supplements; I've been doing this for over 30 years now, and I give them much of the credit for my good health.
There are several good reasons why I think this way. First, anyone's diet is going to have gaps in it that will result in their not getting certain nutrients, regardless of how healthy you eat.
For example, I don't care too much for dark green leafy vegetables, maybe the most important part of any healthy diet for me. Instead, I simply use a green superfood powder like spirulina or chlorella that will give me the equivalent of several servings of these vegetables in just one tablespoon. I can add this to my smoothies and easily disguise the taste.
In addition to the omissions in your diet, some valuable antioxidants can't be gotten in significant amounts from any food. Astaxanthin, CoQ-10, gingko, milk thistle, resveratrol and several others fall into this category. Supplements are the only way to get the benefits that these antioxidants offer.
Once you learn about all the different nutrients there are, and what foods have them, you'll be able to analyze your own diet for potential gaps like these. You can then can modify it so that you cover as many bases as possible — then supplement for the nutrients you aren't getting enough of from your food.
On any given day, I take most of the following nutritional supplements: B complex, vitamin C with bioflavonoids, vitamin E complex, vitamin D, Co-Q10, alpha-lipoic acid, krill oil, astaxanthin, turmeric, lycopene, ginkgo, green tea extract, milk thistle and a few more.
Some pages on my website feature recommended superfoods and supplements relevant to the content here. I take care to choose only the finest quality products — and offer them to you at the lowest prices available. Whenever possible, I recommend companies that support sustainable, organic agriculture and manufacturing processes.
I don't recommend any product here
that I wouldn't purchase and use myself,
and I don't get paid for recommending one product
or company over another.
As you can see, I'm very passionate about the subject of nutrition. To me, great health is the greatest gift you can give yourself — it will stay with you for a lifetime! Whatever your age, I invite you to use the information on my website to start improving your health — now. Not only will you feel better immediately, but you'll also be taking effective steps to prevent the onset of degenerative diseases.
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