Relishing The Play of Life w/ Integrity, An Open Heart & Curious Creativity | Pete Evans #056

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Pete Evans is an internationally renowned and household chef, restaurateur, author and television presenter.

Pete has recently been attacked, threatened, trolled and been an outlet for others to release their stress as he authentically shares content about natural health and civil freedoms that confronts mainstream narratives. 
Pete has been heavily censored and kicked off Facebook (he had 1.5 million followers) and instagram (300K followers), and is taking advantage of the destruction of various systems to increase creativity. 
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It is very clear from conversing  with him and hearing him speak that he has a very curious and open mind, and a big heart. 
Pete’s passion for food and living a healthy lifestyle inspires individuals and families around the world.

In this Episode we Discuss:

Pete's daily routine (dinacharya).

Getting in touch with nature as frequently as possible and learning from its vibrancy and constant change.

Pete's story (in regards to his passions)

Going from celebrity chef to activist, film maker, author and authentic spokesman for civil freedom and natural health. 

Working with Dr. Joseph Mercolla for various publications and a first glimpse into cancel culture. 

The ups and downs in life, and how to deal with them by welcoming change and staying mindful.

Pete Evans meditating on a beach

Mainstream Media and Systems of social norm enforcement

The media and government “pushing” the C-19 vaccine agenda

The inevitable crumbling of the systems that survive out of enforcing control and destroying the sense of collective wellbeing.

The emergence of new social platforms and systems of transformation in face of this unavoidable change. 

Cancel Culture, Tribalism, Threats and Trolls

Food and Nutrition:

Getting in touch with your inner being to make individual dietary choices vs. being run by the establishment's norms and tribalism

Organic in-house cattle farming and conscious meat eating

Experiencing first-hand the culinary practices of the native Bardi tribes in Western Australia and other native communities. 

Pete’s most recent culinary ventures into South-American-style smoking of foods.

Pete Evans Cooking

Resources

Pete Evan's personal website

Evolve network - invented to create the world's largest databases of mind, body, spirit content. (Subscription as of right now is 100 AUS per year, or 10 AUS a month)

Telegram app - social media alternative.

CoinSpot - The crypto wallet we recommend 

Amber app - crypto app

Pete's retreat centre, near Murwillumbah, Northern NSW

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3 Actual Attributes About Apples to Apprehend

1. Apples are a dirty fruit

Apples are one of the most pesticide-contaminated foods in the world.

Apples are ranked in the top 5 of the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) 2021 "Dirty Dozen" list along with strawberries, spinach, kale, silver-beet/collard greens and nectarines as produce with the highest amount of toxic chemicals.

2. Pervasive synthetic waxes

Apples, even if organic! are coated with multiple edible synthetic waxes to make them look shiny and to seal the moisture to extend shelf life.

Waxed apples may look glossy, shiny and firm, but they could be soggy & tasteless under their skin.
Although these waxes are classified “edible” by government authorities who hardly care about your health or science, they are very hard to digest and chances are they will turn into a toxic sticky substance (“ama”) that leads to disease.
Ironically, apples have their own natural wax which actually supports digestion, but this is scrubbed & washed off during the cleaning process of some farms.
Synthetic waxes on apples are hard to wash off, and essentially you got to peel them off to remove them. This is a shame as you miss out on beneficial antioxidants and fibre that was intended to keep the doctor away everyday.

3. Ayurvedic Properties of Apples

Apples in Ayurveda are known as Seva सेव

  • Rasa (taste): madura (sweet)
  • Virya (potency): sheeta (cooling)
  • Vipaka (post-digestive effect): madura (sweet)
  • Doshas: VP - K+
  • Gunas (qualities): guru (heavy)
  • Therapeutic affects: 
    • Apples help improve your taste capacity, hence digestion.
    • Apples provide aphrodisiac effects & increase semen.*

What apples to eat?

Of course organic, but unfortunately you will still get added waxes because national organic certification programs (like USDA) allows waxing of organic fruit if it is a non-synthetic, food grade substance (e.g beeswax, shellac), but these still cause ama.

Go explore and forage wild or feral apples.

The Snowy Mountains of NSW are absolutely flourishing at this time of year! We made apple pies, cakes, crumbles, charoset (a traditional Jewish recipe for passover, consisting of apples, wine and nuts) & apple scrap vinegar with cores & peels.
Wild apples are more common than you think.  If you harvest at the right time of the season before the birds do, you’ll have an abundance of days to keep the doctor away.

*Bhāvaprakāśa Pūrvakhanda

Cooked slices of Apple

Pass the Saltbush – Salt Grown on Land & In Gardens (Australian Bush Tucker)

Instead of importing salt from overseas or even from other states (salt from the Murray River or great lakes of Western Australia), Ayurveda advises to get your salt (and any other food item) from your local habitat (“desa”).

Last week, while spending time with a local indigenous family, one of the knowledgable fellas convinced me to stop buying salt, and rather, replace it with very salty wild leaves harvested from land.

This highly resonated with me and aligns with the principles Ayurvedic nutrition.

Even though Ayurveda says “the best salt is rock salt,” (usually Himalayan rock salt), the priority is to get salt from your local area (“desa”), since nature’s local harvest is providing the antidote to the biological influences you incur from your local habitat and climate.

Right on the low coastal rocky cliffs near where we were camping, scrambling among other shrubs, I found a native plant called “Sea Berry Saltbush” (Chenopodium candolleanum).

There are many other varieties of saltbush, and I was shown others and tasted them, (such as Ruby Saltbush / Enchylaena tomentosa, pictured right).

But it was the semi-succulent glossy leaves of Sea Berry Salt Bush that won my taste buds. Very salty leaves (hence a potential replacement for salt) but also herby in flavour. The slimy texture (picheela guna) is one component that I love. Plus, it has bunches of edible bright red berries.

Note, in Ayurveda it is recommended to use a variety of salts in your diet (rock, sea, lake, mineral, black, earth, alchemised etc.), even if you import some, that is beneficial (spice-trade routes), but I recommend your primary salt of choice should be as local as possible.

If you want to learn how to forage for food, attend a local workshop. In Sydney I recommend Diego Bonetto.

If you want to buy Salt Bush, you can get dried (not as juicy as fresh) from my favourite spice company (by far) Herbies.

Image credit for Ruby Salt Bush: Paten Park Native Nursery


Rock Salt: The Best Among Salts (Saindhava Lavana)

Amongst the fives types of salt (rock, sea, black, earth, alchemised), rock salt (Saindhava) is "the best" according to Ayurveda.

Rock Salt:

  1. Promotes agni (digestion)
  2. is aphrodisiac
  3. conducive for eye sight
  4. good for the heart
  5. alleviates all three doshas (bio-energies).(1)

Rock Salt is Uniquely NOT Heating

All varieties of salt are heating (usna virya), but rock salt is unique as it's not heating and doesn't cause burning sensation. Additionally, this type of salt carries a slightly sweet taste.

This is why rock salt does not aggravate pitta or the eyes.

More Benefits of Salt:

Like all salts, rock salt:

  • produces more moisture inside the body,
  • improves taste,
  • helps digestion,
  • can enter through minute pores (suksma), penetrates deep
  • promotes elimination of wastes.
  • Salt is helpful for vata.(1)

The Unsustainable Truth About Rock Salt

HOWEVER, if you live outside of Asia, I recommend you only use rock salt in small amounts.

Sure this trendy condiment looks good in pink on your kitchen table, but...

Eating Himalayan Rock Salt far from the Himalayas just doesn't make environmental sense, especially when there's locally produced mineral salts you can consume in its place.

Himalayan rock salt is a finite resource that is mined. This means once salt reserves are depleted, they will be gone. For good. Himalayan Rock Salt also has huge! food miles.

Eat Local Salts

In Australia, we have a wonderful range of mineral salts like the Murray River (you can get your flakes in pink to) and lake salt from Western Australia.

From Europe and USA you have lovely local sea salt available (although sea salt should be had in little quantities).

Diversify Your Salt Intake

Overall, consuming all gives types of salt (pancha lavana) is the best to ensure optimum mineral levels and maintain good health.

It is also wise to implement other salt vegetables like seaweed/kelp and saltbush.

What is your favourite type of salt? Comment below👇


References:

  1. Astanga Samgraha of Vaghbata, Sutra Sthana

Dehydration: A Main Cause of Excess Weight

Are those extra kilos just-not-shedding? Perhaps it is because you are chronically dehydrated.

Although majority of the population is dehydrated but not overweight, if you are overweight, drinking “tap liquid” or using water filters as an excuse to drink dead water ain’t going to help your metabolism burn fat.
You can even increase your metabolic rate 30% by drinking half a litre of water. (1)
The link between overweight and dehydration is partially because we tend to associate hunger and thirst as the same sensation.
In other words, increased hydration = reduced feeding.

But there’s a second part to it…

The first step to reach lipolysis (burning fat) is hydrolysis, which is when water molecules interact with triglycerides (fats) and an enzyme called lipase.

Lipase and water mediate the whole process of breaking down fat.

Plus, drinking more water = less water retention (laksmi/abundance consciousness = no hoarding).

Further more, when this hydrolysis reacts well, you produce fatty acids and glycerol.

The fatty acids can then be broken down directly to get energy, or can be used to make glucose (gluconeogenesis),

BIG TAKEAWAY:

Basically, water is key in the chemical equation of weight loss, and lack of water and dehydration (drinking more  “water” alone doesn’t solve it!) is a primary cause of weight gain.
AND Hydration gives you energy - The osmotic flow of water through cell membranes generates “hydroelectric“ energy, voltage that is converted and stored in the mitochondria in form of ATP and GTP.

So, How to get intra-cellularly hydrated and Loose Weight?

For more, check my posts and podcasts and stay tuned for my upcoming course on Ayurvedic Nutrition where hydration and nutritional water is foundational.


References:

  1. Isabel Friend, Water is Life
  2. Increased Hydration Can Be Associated with Weight Loss

The Great Cholesterol Myth | Dietary Fat Overview | Dr. Jonny Bowden Podcast #052

Despite the science, the dogma remains pervasive. Thinking that cholesterol or fat causes heart diseases is dangerously falling into The Biggest myth in medical history.

Armed with hundreds of scientific references, Dr Bowden shows why the medical establishment’s embarrassing, and outdated theory that fat and cholesterol causes heart disease is completely wrong.
You’ll learn the real promoters of heart disease and what you can do about them

This podcast is intended for anyone who is cautiously refraining from eating dietary fats because of belief or instructions from their doctor that fats causes heart disease and that cholesterol is bad.

This podcast episode reveals the cold hard science and cuts through the crap to show you the definitive truth all about cholesterol, dietary fats and heart disease.

Share this episode with your friend, relative, client or medical practitioner who is hesitating, even slightly, to consume dietary fats due to a dogmatic belief.

About Our Guest: Dr. Jonny Bowden

Jonny Bowden, PHD, CNS, is a board-certified nutritionist, the author of 15 books including The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Living Low Carb, and the recently revised and expanded, The Great Cholesterol Myth. He is the creator of the best-selling internet weight loss program, Metabolic Factor and also appeared in the documentary, Fat Fiction, (narrated by Dr. Mark Hyman).

His no-nonsense, myth-busting approach has made him a popular guest on television, and a sought after speaker all over the world.


In this Episode we Discuss:

How Vitamin C was Discovered

The Biggest Myth in Medical History

Saturated Fat Causes Heart Disease = Non-Scientific

The low-fat teaching is based on the medical establishment’s embarrassing, outdated theory that saturated fat causes heart disease.

A landmark 2016 article in the Journal of the Americas Medical Association found that the true science was actually being suppressed by the food industry.

People seem to be blind to the new science of nutrition and deaf to its leaders, like Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition - the leading nutrition school in USA. He recently wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association,

“We really need sing it from the rooftops that the low-fat diet concept is dead, there are no health benefits to it.”

The low-fat bandwagon has damaged public health. It was driven by an unscientific agenda advanced by the American Heart Association and the food industry, which sponsored the misleading food pyramid.

The 40-year trend of promoting high-carbohydrate processed foods perfectly parallels the obesity epidemic in USA.

Despite the science, the dogma remains pervasive.

Despite science showing that natural fats pose no increased risk of heart disease, hospitals still hand every patient a pamphlet recommending the “low-fat diet” when they’re discharged from the cardiac surgery unit, just as they have been doing for nearly a half century.

The evidence suggesting cholesterol causes heart disease is poor and non-existence.

It was based on flawed science.

While many studies have linked the intake of saturated fats to increased cholesterol, very few, if any, have actually linked saturated fats directly to heart disease.

This dogma has literally killed hundreds of millions of people pre-maturely.

Saturated fats, like those in butter, ghee, meat, cheese, eggs and coconut oil do not actually contribute to any increased danger for cardiovascular risk.

Sugar Industry Conspiracy

In a powerful exposè published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researches from the University of California dug up old sugar industry documents that revealed payments from the sugar industry to scientists to minimise the role sugar had in disease.(1)

In 1967, the Sugar Research Foundation (known today as the Sugar Association) paid Harvard scientists the equivalent of $50,000 to publish a manipulated review of the research of sugar, fat and their connection to heart disease.

The review was published in the prestigious New Englands Journal of Medicine, where studies cherry-picked by the sugar industry to downplay the role of sugar in heart disease…while blaming saturated fat.

For over 5 decades the public was misled to fear cholesterol and embrace sugar as harmless empty calories.

The low-fat, high-sugar, refined carb diets are now linked to both heart disease and obesity.(6)

These flawed studies continue…

Coca-Cola provided millions of dollars in funding to researches to play down the link between sugar and obesity and blamed lack of exercise.(7)

The Actual Studies

One meta-analysis by Harvard researcher Dr. Frank Hu, reviewed 21 studies that included more than 347,747 subjects which measured the associated between saturated fats and cardiovascular issues.

The people who consumed the highest amount of saturated fat had the exact same incidence of any cardiovascular issues as those who consumed the least amount of saturated fat.

The result: saturated fat was not a cardiovascular risk.

And there are plenty more studies…

A meta-analysis review, more than 150,000 people were evaluated for over 5 years.

They found that risk of dying from any cause was significantly greater in the group with the lowest levels of cholesterol (below 160mg/dL).

The group with borderline high levels had a significant decreased risk of dying from any cause, but it was the group with the highest cholesterol (above 240mg/dL) that had the most decreased risk of dying from any cause.

Saturated Fat Was Taken Off the Nutrient Concern List, Yet the Dogma Remains Pervasive

In 2016, cholesterol was officially taken off the nutrient concern list, but after almost 60 years of brainwashing, most westerns and doctors alike still consider cholesterol bad.

Saturated fat warnings still are invading the FDA’s guidelines, even though they took it off the nutrient concern list.

Precaution is still being advised by the American Heart Association.

Testing: Cholesterol and Heart Health

You can now ignore the cholesterol numbers on your standard blood test.

HDLs can be good or bad. LDLs can be good or bad. Those numbers don’t matter, it is actually about the size of the cholesterol particle.

  1. If it is big and fluffy, it is safe and cannot do damage. (LDL Pattern A).
  2. If it is small, dense and hard it can penetrate the arterial wall and cause inflammation and damage. (LDL Pattern B).
  3. HDL-2 are beneficial particles.
  4. HDL-3 are the undesirable ones - they are atherogenic (promoting build-up of fatty plaque in the arteries) and inflammatory.

Testing size of cholesterol particles

  1. VAP (Vertical Auto Profile) - size of the cholesterol particle.
  2. VPA (Particle analysis) shows the size of the cholesterol particles.
  3. NMR Lipo-Profile Test
  4. Lipoprotein Test
  5. Berkeley Lipid Particle Test
  6. LPP (Lipoprotein Particle Profile)

Now you can get these tests from the two biggest commercial labs in USA.

Test You Can Do Yourself with Your Old Blood Tests

To measure your tendency to have oxidised cholesterol:

Take your Triglyceride number and divide it by HDL.

If that is less than 2 than you are safe, and at little to no risk of insulin resistance (associated with blood sugar).

This has to do with diet, particularly sugar and high insulin. This raises triglycerides, increases blood sugar and damages cholesterol particles.

Other Blood Tests that screen for Cardiovascular Health:

  • C-Reactive Protein (CRP) - an inflammatory marker and predictor of heart disease.
  • Homocysteine - an inflammatory marker and direct risk for cardiovascular health.
  • HbA1c - 3 month average of blood sugar that measures glycation levels.

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs)

  • Excess sugar in the blood will also glycate - the sugar and proteins in the bloodstream will stick together and clump.
  • These clumpy protein-sugar compounds are really bad, as damaging as free radicals.
  • They damage LDL and HDL cholesterol; get stuck in small arteries; and are directly linked to heart, brain, joint and circulatory issues.(5)

Another Test To Analyse if Cholesterol Particles are Oxidised or Damaged

Blood test: OxLDL - available to measure

  1. Oxidised LDL
  2. Myeloperoxidase (MPO) the enzyme released by WBCs which oxidises LDL.

Are Doctors Adopting Effective Diagnostic Methods Actually Based on Science?

Thankfully, it is increasing.

What Is Cholesterol

  • Primarily manufactured in the liver.
  • 80% of cholesterol is converted into cholic acid, which forms bile. Bile is the Pac-Man that gobbles up toxic fats in the liver and intestines, while helping break down and deliver good fats into the blood and lymph.
  • Healthy diet with whole food and high fibre will support bile to escort toxins to the toilet, but if the diet is low in fibre and loaded with processed fats, up to 94% of bliss (with toxins in tow) can be reabsorbed by the liver.(2)
  • The reaming cholesterol (20%) is used to form the more famous cholesterol lipoprotein particles known as HDL and LDL. These lipoproteins escort fats to and from the cells throughout the body.

Triglycerides are fats that are made from any extra calories you don’t use as energy right away.

Cholesterol Essential for Life

  • Cholesterol is the organic molecule that is most common in your brain (by weight) and a major component in nerve tissue.
  • It is the precursor for many hormones.
  • It is the primary component of all your hormones.
  • It helps your skin repel water.
  • It helps the skin on the inside and outside of the body ward off toxic chemicals as well as hold precious water and moisture in.
  • In fact it is so important that every single cell in the body makes it - it is in every single cell wall.

To think you can radically pull this out of the body (through statins for example) and not have consequences is ridiculous and is such bad science.

The Importance of Fat (Medo Dhatu)

The importance of fat:

  • Your brain is composed primarily of fat. One third of the dry weight of your brain if pure DHA. Low DHA in the brain and CNS = baby brain and post natal anxiety for mums.
  • You need fats for energy production and hormones production.
  • Your skin needs a cushion of fat so you look good.
  • In fact, every cell in our body is lined by a double layer of fat, which supports the cell’s membranes.
  • Fat is vital for life.

The way the authorities responded to this: “thus, the MRFIT study failed to provide an adequate test of the hypothesis because of poor adherence.” - But it doesn’t mean the hypothesis is that dietary fat causes heart disease.

A major study done by a Harvard Researcher, conducted by Dr. Frank Hue, took over 350,000 people and evaluated in over 21 studies and found that:

  • Whether you have the highest or lowest cholesterol, your cardiovascular incidents are exactly the same. Cholesterol numbers don’t matter!
  • People with higher cholesterol live longer - greater cognitive function, greater intelligence and greater memory as they age. People would die sooner with lower cholesterol numbers.

A study at the prestigious journal of the Lancet measured people on a high cholesterol mediterranean diet vs. a supervised low cholesterol diet and found that people on the mediterranean had a 77% reduction in deaths and a 76% reduction in cardiovascular death.

Butter Is Back

Relationship Between the Cholesterol You Eat and In Your Body

The cholesterol you eat does not have a big influence on the cholesterol in your blood.

Statins

One of the most widely prescribed drugs in the history of medicine.

Statins work by disabling a critical step early in the formation of cholesterol.

There’s a pathway that produces cholesterol in the body, along with a bunch of other essentials.

It is like a tree, the pathways feeds different biological functions in their individual branches.

We have decided that one of the branches is bad, that being cholesterol.

So we have decided the best way to get rid of that branch is to cut the tree at the root.

Statins inhibit the HMG CoA Reductase enzyme, which is also required for essential molecules like CO Enzyme Q10 (essential for optimal heart muscle and brain function).

Anti cholesterol drugs disturbs medas dhatu which creates asthi dusya.

To think you can radically pull cholesterol out of the body (through statins for example) and not have consequences is ridiculous and is such bad science.

Giving a child a statin is medical malpractice.

Measures to Potentially to Wean Off Statins & Medications

How to wean off medications such as statins?

Work on overall health, including insulin resistance.

Work with a quality health practitioner and then go back to the doctor who prescribe the medication and under their supervision, reassess your medications.

Insulin Resistance

Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Disease - More important imbalances that require our attention.

Insulin resistance is highly influential on cardiovascular disease and CV-19.

Testing and Measuring Insulin Resistance

An at home, free method you can do to test if you are insulin resistance. (approx. 95% accuracy rate)

What Oils and Fats to Eat and Use in Diet

Saturated Fats

Saturated fats are those that are basically solid at room temperature.

  • They are solid because they are more stable - no weak double-bonds that you find in mono-saturated (one double-bond) and poly-unsaturated fats (many double-bonds).
  • As a result, these fats can stand up to cooking at high heat much better than unsaturated fats, because there are no weak double-bonds to break.
  • Once the bonds break, the oil has a greater risk of going rancid and becoming the toxic substance known as free radicals.
  • Saturated fats don’t break down in your body like other fats may.

Cheap polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs)

  1. PUFAs are made from pressing oil out of seeds, grains and beans like sunflower, safflower, corn, or soybeans, which is only possible with extremely high pressure, heat and a multimillion dollar seed oil press.
  2. The oil in these seeds, grains and beans are very volatile. They quickly and easily turn rancid from sunlight or heat.
  3. These bottles of cooking oil have been heated to high temperatures, degummed, refined, bleached, boiled and deodorised (because they smell so bad after processing), leaving them indigestive with no nutritional value.
  4. RBD is a term (refined, bleached, deodorised) which leaves the oil colourless, odourless and tasteless.
  5. In addition, valuable beneficial ingredients (antioxidants, phytosterols, chlorophyll, lecithin) are removed during processing. The oil is now dead.
  6. Light sensitive - Now they can be sold 24/7 in clear plastic bottles in fully lit grocery stores, where they should be cold-pressed in dark warehouses and delivered in dark brown bottles in the early hours of the morning, just like they used to, and just like milkmen do.
  7. Liquid regardless of the temperature and much more susceptible to damage due to their weak bonds.
  • These vegetable oils are so highly processed and stable, they use them to preserve food and extend shelf life.
  • You will find them in your organic gluten free bars, cereals, corn chips, corn thins, gluten free organic bread (it can stay soft for weeks).
  • Linoleic acids are so fully oxidised that not only are they toxic and damaging to the arterial wall, but intestinal microbes that typically feed on essential fatty acids and fibber won’t even touch them.

Corn Thins may seem healthy, but they contain rancid and toxic sunflower oil.

Fats and Oils in India

These PUFAs have replaced traditional use of ghee in India and contributed to a rise in cardiovascular disease (CAD).

A couple generations ago, India was known for having low levels of CAD-related concerns.(4)

Today, Indians use a highly processed vegetable ghee called vanaspati, which is 40 trans fats, well known fo the increase risk of CAD.(4) This is fully or partially hydrogenated vegetable oil.

Processed Sugar vs Rancid Oils

Processed sugars will stay in your body for a few hours, cause an insulin spike.

Rancid fats and oils can stay lodged in places like your liver and fat cells for years!

If you have belly fat, fat in your hips or cellulite, you got to avoid these vegetable oils if you want to loose that, not to mention the risks of arterial health issues!

Smoke Point - Crucial Consideration

  • When the oil is heated and begins to oxidise and release toxic compounds.
  • A smoke point chart can be misleading because the more refined and processed the oil, the higher the smoke point.
  • Using the oil with the highest smoke point like almond, sunflower or avocado does not take into consideration how highly refined these oils may be.
  • Unsaturated fats or vegetables oils will generally have a higher smoke or flash point because they are the most refined compared to the more stable saturated fats.
  • Ghee has the highest smoke point of all oils, thus is a very stable oil.

Bad Fats: Processed vegetable oils that are toxic

  • canola
  • soybean oil - introduced heavily in the early 1900s
  • cotton seed
  • sunflower oil
  • peanut oil
  • corn
  • grapeseed
  • safflower
  • rice bran
  • fake butter spreads like margarine.

Good Fats:

  • Ghee.
  • coconut oil.
  • Malaysian palm oil.
  • palm kernel oil.
  • cacao oil.
  • shea nut oil.
  • butter.
  • avocado oil.
  • macadamia nut oil.

These are the most heat tolerant oils.

  • Ghee - 47.8 saturated fat.
  • Good fats lower triglyceride levels.
  • Plant-based omega-3 fatty acids - chia, flax and walnuts.

Omega 6 : Omega 3 Ratio

Today, the average American has an omega-6-to-omega-3 ratio of 20:1.

This increased ratio has been linked to a host of chronic health concerns, including obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular issues.

We cannot just increase out omega 3s, ie. it’s not just about the ratio, we need to reduce our omega 6s.

How Much Fats / Oils Can I Eat?

What If I Don't Have Gallbladder?

Optimal Diet

  • Macro nutrient ratios - transcend them, stop focusing too much on amounts.
  • Cyclical ketosis.
  • Simplify diet: eat real food (whole foods), seasonal food, etc.
  • See Vital Veda's online course on Ayurvedic Nutrition for a holistic, simple and effective nutrition protocol.

References:

(1) http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2548255

2. Guyton and Hall. Textbook of Medical Physiology. 12th edition. Saudners Press. 2011. p Ch 64 p785

(3) Hamazaki et al. Blood Cholesterol: A good Market for Health in Japan. Wolrd Review on Nutrition and Dietics 100. 2009: 63-70.

(4)https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215354/

(5) https://diabetes.diabetesjournals.org/content/54/7/2198.full

(6) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2869506/

(7) http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/08/09/coca-cola-funds-scientists-who-shift-blame-for-obesity-away-from-bad-diets/

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Are You Actually Hungry or Just Dehydrated?

Are you reaching for that organic cocoa, nuts, dried fruit or sweet pastry with slight guilt and intuition knowing that maybe, inaccurate hunger is causing you to delicately drool?

Although delectably comforting, is my snacking habit really what my body is craving?

Well, it could just be that you are dehydrated, and you have mistaken thirst for hunger.

Snacking (even healthy) foods throughout the day can cause metabolic disruptions, which are key causes of many diseases

Now, the question is, why do we associate hunger and thirst as the same sensation? Why is my brain unable to distinguish between hunger and thirst?
For that answer, we got to consider the lamina terminalis, a thin membrane that lives just below the third ventricle of your brain, that is responsible for sensing whether you’re thirsty or quenched.

The truth is... it is very easily tricked.

The human brain evolved to equate drinking to quenching your thirst, but in today's reality that is not so much the case anymore

Throughout history, earthlings had access to one primary source of liquid: water.

So the lamina terminalis in the brain developed a recognition that if you drink liquid, you then must be satisfying your thirst.

That’s why when you drink coffee, processed sports drinks, gatorade, soda, sugar laden juices, energy drinks or a cold beer, you experience a temporary relief from the thirst sensation.
But the reality is, these beverages proactively dehydrate the human body.
These drinks drive water out of their cells because it takes more water for the body to process these beverages, than they give back to the body in liquid

You need to get Properly hydrated.

You need to improve ability to move water from your Gastro Intestinal tract into your cells. This is what we cal Intra-cellular hydration.

I expand on proper hydration in my upcoming Ayurvedic Nutrition Online Course (sign up to our newsletter to be in the loop), but for now here are a couple things you can do:
Drink Spring Water - How can you expect to fully heal any imbalance when you are drinking tap water or filtered water (thanks for removing the poison, but the water is still dead).
In Sydney, contact Annie +61 412 858 585 for 😋 spring water (mention Vital Veda for free delivery).
For spring water in other areas in the world, check out our “Friends of Vital Veda” webpage.

Spring water is the difference between water that just satisfies thirst versus water that actively imparts life.

Collecting natural spring water in plastic containers

Assess the dehydrating factors in your life:

+ many more actions you can take.

This post is inspired by the online course I am doing on the Internal Waters of the body with Jen Isabel Friend. Listen to the popular podcast we did together on the Magic, Mystery and Science of Water.

Pumpkin: Benefits, Uses & Properties in Ayurveda

We feel well grounded and nourished from a hot pumpkin soup.

The sweet soft sludge gracefully travels down our oesophagus to nourish our nervous system that is ever so prevalent in our gut, while the bright orange phytonutrient slush delivers antioxidants and microbial balancing effects to our digestion and it’s inhabitants (the microbiome).

Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo and it’s close relatives) when cooked has a sweet taste, sweet post-digestive effect and slightly heavy quality, which can balance Vata (bio-energy associated with movement) and ground the nervous system.

Ayurvedic Properties

Rasa (taste) - madhura (sweet taste)
Virya
(energy) - sheeta (cooling)
Vipaka (post-digestive effect) - madhura
Gunas -
 guru (heavy), ruksa (dry)

But beware, pumpkin is also drying so it can aggravate vata if you do not use spices (e.g. cumin, tamarind, pepper) and ghee (or a good quality oil).

Pumpkin also tends to cause constipation (vishtambhi) and contribute to rheumatoid arthritis (ama vat). I recommend to minimise pumpkin when Vata is out of balance.

It is also important to add spices and consume minimally for kapha (bio-energy associated with coherence, structure and stability), as pumpkin can be a little tamasic (dulling), create heaviness and ama (sticky toxic material).

Pumpkin is Actually a Fruit

Pumpkin (Kūshmāndi or Karkāru in Ayurveda) is actually a fruit according to Ayurveda and modern botany.  This is because it’s a product of the seed-bearing structure of flowering plants. 

This is also why there are some disputes about the actions of pumpkin in Ayurveda, because it’s therapeutic properties change whether it is raw or cooked and what part of the plant is used - fruit, flower, seeds, sap, stem or leaves (whole pumpkin plant is used medicinally).  Also, the fact that there are many varieties of pumpkin makes it more challenging to agree on it’s properties.

The Auspiciousness of Pumpkin

Pumpkin in Ayurveda is considered auspicious. It is one of the fruits offered during ceremony (puja) to activate specific divine forces of consciousness.

The pumpkin fruit is used to remove subtle negative influences called “dristi dosha.” This is why you’ll find pumpkins hanging from the ceilings of doorway entrances in India, to keep the subtle negative energies out of the house. If the pumpkin goes rotten unusually quickly, it is doing its job of absorbing these doshas. It is then replaced with a new demon protecting fruit for the next security shift.

Other Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Other benefits of the cooling fruit is the presence the phytonutrient carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body for a tremendous punch of antioxidants (molecules that inhibit the damaging effects of free radicals).

This also provides the capacity to help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, as well slowing down the signs of ageing, such as the formation of wrinkles.

It helps cure bleeding diseases.

It causes moistness and discharges from the channels (Syandi). (This is not always good).

It can help with tape and intestinal worms (krimi).

Skin Health — Health.com says carotenoids in pumpkins contain wrinkle-fighting pigments, which help hydrate and zap free radicals in your skin and help prevent them from causing damage. The vitamins as well as powerful enzymes help clean your skin.

Pumpkin Seeds

A special bonus in pumpkin seeds is the amino acid tryptophan, which, once in the brain, converts into serotonin, a nutrient that helps regulate brain function.

The seeds contain a concentrated source of minerals and vitamins, with 30 grams of protein, 8.82 milligrams of iron and 559 calories in every 100-gram serving, but no cholesterol.

The dietary fibre helps maintain regular waste elimination and helps keep the colon safe from diseases.

Have essential fatty acids that have been shown to support good prostate health and should be a health pitta-reducing and prostate pleasing diet.

The seeds are high in iron. They also contain good amounts of zinc and magnesium.

How to Eat Pumpkin

 The older the better, leave them on the vine for as long as possible, wait for the pumpkin to harden. Use spices and don’t eat too much.

If you can get white pumpkins (such as Ash Gourd) these are much better medicinally and they don't aggravate the conditions mentioned earlier.

References:
mercola.com and hyperlinked is scientific references.


Phytic Acid, The Anti-Nutrient in Beans We Should Attend To

Phytic acid, a compound present in beans and even some nuts, is called an anti-nutrient because it interferes with the absorption of minerals.

When you ingest beans in your GI Tract, the phytic acid in them latches onto mainly iron but also zinc and calcium, and removes these minerals from the body.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Foods high in phytates are soy, pinto, kidney beans and peanuts. They have double the amount of phytate found in peas, lentils, chickpeas, white beans, walnuts and mung beans.

Solution: Soak The Beans

The phytic acid is released and removed from the bean when you soak for a minimum of 12 hours.

Whole mung (my favourite legume, the most sattvic/pure and an anti-flatulence bean/lentil) - soak for 2 -12 hours.
Split yellow mung - Soak for 1-5 hours.
Do not cook with the soaking water.

Soaking not only makes the food easier to digest and more nourishing, it makes the cooking time WAY quicker!

You can literally cook Kitchari in 10-15mins. (Kitchari is an essential Ayurvedic dish with mung and rice, recipe on my website). What more is that adding heat and cooking beans also helps eliminate phytic acid.

Again, the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, which has always said soak beans, lentils and nuts and cook them for optimal digestion, has now been proved by modern science. I mean it’s obvious right. You can feel it the difference.
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Note phytic acid also has health benefits, so nature organised the soaking to remove only a percentage of the phytic acid from foods.

So don’t just avoid these foods, you must learn how to TRANSFORM every food/substance/plant/herb. This is the science of Agni. This is the science of Ayurveda.

What’s your favourite legume, nut or bean? Got any tasty tricks to share? Comment below

Tattoos, Eating Disorders, Supplements, Breast Implants, Melatonin, Carnivore Diet & More | Coach Jake Carter {Podcast #044)

Get to know the dynamism of your human body, and many of the various relationships that it has with other people, the environment and various activities in the creation that is life.

About Jake Carter

Jake has taken the world by storm educating the masses in functional medicine and nutrition for a decade, marrying both traditional medicines with conventional advances.

Jake has taught in over 10 different countries, up the point of taking 54 flights in 2019 alone, teaching 20 different seminars.

Jake is notorious for breaking down global self-limiting beliefs and paradigms around health and fitness, to innervate individuals to prioritise all aspects of health; ranging from hormonal, lymphatic, gastrointestinal, psychological, environmental and metaphysical factors.

Jake has had the beautiful experience of working with chronically-ill, mothers struggling to conceive, businessmen-women through to professional athletes. 


In this Episode we Discuss:

Jake escaping Victorian borders during lockdown.

Skin Cancer

Pale white skin people increasing their ability to absorb the sun and get a tan. Sun and skin calluses to build resilience burning and harmony with the sun.

Causes of skin cancer

Using viruses to treat cancer and anti-biotic resistant bacteria.

The epidemic of depression and suicide.

The importance of bacteria and viruses for holistic health.

Candida supporting the health of Alezeimers

Bacteria to offset breast cancer.

Jake’s Story

Transitioning from a personal trainer focusing on hot abs, muscles and looks, to a holistic functional health practitioner.

The Potential Dangers of High Amounts of Exercise & Training

Don’t train within 40 hours of getting blood work done - as the inflammatory markers are higher + other changes in the body.

The balance of Working Out and Working In.

“You can only train as hard as you can recover.”

Eating Disorders

Orthorexia

An eating disorder where there is an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthy.

Anorexia, Eating Bulimia, Binge eating, and more.

Intuitive Eating.

The Epidemic of Body Dissatisfaction

Healing Eating Disorders

Zinc and it’s important role in taste, digestion, eating disorders, anorexia and rehabilitating from eating disorders.

Breaking down the rigidity of counting and eating food.

Sources of eating disorders - past abuse and a loss of elements of control.

Breast Implants

Significantly restoration of health and reduction of a variety of symptoms after getting breast implants removed.

Saline implants more associated with mould toxicology.

Silicon implants more associated with immune dis-regulation.

DNA snips - consider genetics when considering breast implants.

Applications post-surgery

  • Implement binders like Shodana Vati, Chlorella.
  • Glutathione post treatment.
  • Possible stimulating NRF2 pathways.
  • Low dose of EDTA, Vit C.

The deeper yearning and root cause - self-love, comfortable.

Tattoos

  • Used in ancient times and tribes.
  • Now increasing in popularity.
  • Huge element of heavy metals that we can acquire from tattoos.
  • Colour tattoos are more prone to health impacts.
  • Chemicals from tattoos leeching into the lymphatic tissue.
  • Metal - 5G conduction.
  • Those with tattoos are going to have to take binders and detox support for life. Chlorella periodosa and Shodana Vati to therapeutically chelate them.

Clothing to protect from nnEMF

Endometriosis

  • An inflammatory condition and immune dysfunction condition that can be debilitating.
  • Diagnosis is missed in 1 in 5 doctors.
  • Takes on average 7-12 years to get diagnosed.
  • Significantly correlated with sexual and physical abuse.
  • Good news is there is a lot you can do to help combat this.
  • Treatment to help with Endometriosis

Melatonin

  • Jake’s extreme dosage of melatonin.
  • Free radical scavenger.
  • Dramatically reduce the rate of proliferation of some cancer cells.
  • Protects neuronal damage from heavy metals like aluminium and mercury. - Chelates heavy metals.
  • Supports respiration.
  • Mitochondrial supporting agent.
  • Supports mucosa in the gut.
  • Chelating fluoride from the pineal gland.
  • Heightening the senses.
  • 3 different scientific papers showing melatonin helps C19.
  • Enterochromaffin cells in the intestinal mucosa secrete 400% more melatonin than the pineal gland.
  • Helps with mercury toxicity
  • Helps with breast cancer
  • The best anti-oxidant in the body.

Read more about Melatonin in this article: Melatonin: The Critical Hormone & How to Optimise It

Supplements

The problem with probiotics

Plant Medicines

Jakes experience with plant medicines to download information of medicine, learn and evolve.

The Carnivore Diet

Oxalates

  • An anti-nutrient - plant compounds that reduce the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients.
  • Absolutely correlated with kidney stones.
  • Related with autism. - Fungal aspects produced in oxalates.
  • Fibromyalgia and CFS - oxalates can bind onto heavy metals.

Foods very high in oxalates: almonds, spinach, okra, peanuts, chocolate, soy, beetroot, swisschard, rhubarb, cashews, sesame seeds.

Foods high in oxalates - eggplant, Jerusalem artichoke, potato, sweet  potato, yam, blackberry, citrus peel, pomegrate, start fruit, brazil seeds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachio, hemps, figs, guava, black tea, green tea, cinnamon, cumin, ginger, turmeric.

Vit B6 is dependant vitamin for oxalates.

Steven Gundry, M.D., says that consuming the lectin in beans and grains is

"like swallowing razor blades that literally cut the lining in our intestines."

Jakes meticulous research into medicine and Covid-19.

Jake’s content getting censored.

Integrity Facing Extinction

  • Due to emotionally fragility in the world.
  • Honouring your calling with courage to continue despite the consequence.
  • Choosing your actions on values, rather than personal gain.
  • The world has never needed integrity as much as it does right now.

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