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Nutrition for HyperLearning
Your mind – the interior space in which you HyperLearn – is supported by your physical (exterior) brain, which in turn is supported by your entire body. The entire structure – from body to brain to mind – is an incredibly complex and organized structure. Yes, complexity and organization, or organized complexity.
It takes a lot to cultivate and maintain organized complexity, such as your body, brain, and mind. When teaching about nutrition, I often equate this development to the creation of the Space Shuttle by NASA.
To engineer and develop the Space Shuttle required the best minds and technologies in physics, biology, engineering, architecture, computer systems, human resource management, astronomy, meteorology. The Space Shuttle required the best material components – metals, plastics, fluids, fuels – from all over the planet to make it work. It is a high technological achievement that is definitely organized complexity in action. Highly organized elements were brought together to make it.
Your body and mind are far more organized and complex than the Space Shuttle. What kind of materials are you accessing to provide the basis for continued launches?
Now let’s look at some foods which will help you maintain and cultivate your own organized complexity as a human being, becoming, evolving.
Water: Morning Water with ½ Lemon
Upon waking, once your feet hit the floor, the first thing you should be looking for (other than the toilet if you need to pee) is WATER.
Start every day with one quart of water with 1/2 lemon squeezed in.
Why water? We are 90% water when we are born, and by the time most of us die, we are about 50-60% water.
As we dehydrate, our tissues become toxic and stiffen. Nutrients are not properly assimilated, and toxic matter does not leave our cells and lymphatic fluid in a timely manner. Our blood thickens. Brain function is compromised.
Do you know what a hangover is? Dehydration. Most westerners are dehydrated every day of their lives, waking up agitated and groggy, and thinking that another dehydrating agent, coffee, is going to get them going. It will only kick you further down. Water is your best energizer in the morning, and that is why I am training you now to develop as a Life Practice drinking 1 quart of water each morning.
Drinking water will wake up your mind, hydrate your tissues (reducing chronic pain), and some water will go down to your bowel to help you eliminate the waste matter accumulated during the night, so that you do not carry it around during the day and re-assimilate old fecal material back into your system, giving you more problems… This is something you can learn much more about on Days 33 and 34 of the Juice Feasting Program.
Now, in that quart of water you are adding another hydrator, lemon juice. Citrus is a hydrogen concentrator, and the element hydrogen hydrates. Lemon is also fairly high in Vitamin C, which is beneficial to your immune system.
This is a Life Practice that you are developing: 1 Quart of water, 1/2 Lemon, every morning when you wake up. This is foundational for HyperLearning.
Eat Whole Foods
Remember: you are leagues of organized complexity beyond the Space Shuttle.
That means out with the tricycle-level foods: trade in your processed foods for whole foods from the supermarket or a local Farmer’s Market.
Despite the myths we have been told and sold, we are not Mars-bar eaters, Super Big Gulp drinkers, or Big Mac snackers, and do not suffer from a deficiency of these nutrient-poor junk foods. None of us is suffering from a deficiency of Red Dye #40, Blue Lake #5, disodium inosinate, MSG, aspartame, or any of the other excitotoxins that have been deliberately placed in our foods to seduce and addict us for profit.
For millions of years we have been physiologically, biochemically, and genetically designed to eat a diet of organic living plant foods. The overwhelming medical, sociological, and historical data corroborate this.
Food is a fundamental way that we interface with our home the living planet and with our cultural ancestry (that existed predominantly without heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases of overconsumption). It is the most important and subtle way that we acknowledge an association or dissociation with who we truly are, and the stuff of which our greatest capacities are developed. When we are at a lack for the most basic nutritional elements, this affects every other level of our being profoundly.
Our processed, pre-packaged foods have little cultural or mythological density, further alienating us from our cultural heritage and ancestry. We find ourselves lost wanderers in a plastic-wrapped wasteland of Shallow Foods with no authentic orienting identities or significant mythologies, save those provided by the food industry: Ronald McDonald, the Trix Rabbit, Twinkie the Kid, songs about wieners – not the stuff of enduring nations. Westernized cultures have developed a pathological cultural orientation to food that is increasingly regressing down the Spectrum of Diet™ towards narcissistic, me-generation faddish fast food. “I’m Lovin’ It” – never mind what “It” is: pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, algaecides, larvicides, pasteurized, homogenized, subsidized, advertised, televised, modified, fortified, bleached, branded, irradiated, flavored, toxic, synthetic… pathetic.
Western culture has been uprooted, having jettisoned – not included – the importance of being involved in our food as an agricultural enterprise from farm to table. In school, we used to joke that out-of-touch kids thought food came from a supermarket; the Me Generation (of all ages) increasingly thinks food comes from a drive-thru window when called for through a nickel-plated speaker. However, we can through a Deep Food awareness, reorient ourselves to an abundant variety of organic nutrient-dense plant foods, and re-learn the significance of real food in our lives with these cultural and mythological practices: Human Community; and Personal and Cultural Mythology and Meaning.
For a continuation of this theme on Deep Foods, please see a longer exposition on this perspective in “Deep Food from the Ground, Up” by David and Katrina Rainoshek. It is a tour de force on the wisdom of moving beyond processed foods.
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, launched a national conversation about the American way of eating; now In Defense of Food shows us how to change it, one meal at a time. Pollan proposes a new answer to the question of what we should eat that comes down to seven simple but liberating words: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Pollan provides another shocking yet essential treatise on the industrialized Western diet and its detrimental effects on our bodies and culture. Here he lays siege to the food industry and scientists’ attempts to reduce food and the cultural practices of eating into bite-size concepts known as nutrients, and contemplates the follies of doing so. As an increasing number of Americans are overfed and undernourished, Pollan makes a strong argument for serious reconsideration of our eating habits and casts a suspicious eye on the food industry and its more pernicious and misleading practices.
Pollan’s bracing and eloquent manifesto shows us how we can start making thoughtful food choices that will enrich our lives, enlarge our sense of what it means to be healthy, and bring pleasure back to eating.
Food Rules by Michael Pollan
Michael Pollan and illustrator Maira Kalman come together to create an enhanced Food Rules for hardcover, now beautifully illustrated and with even more food wisdom.
Food Rules is a pocket compendium of food wisdom-from the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food.
Michael Pollan, our nation’s most trusted resource for food-related issues, offers this indispensible guide for anyone concerned about health and food. Simple, sensible, and easy to use, Food Rules is a set of memorable rules for eating wisely, many drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat-buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is the perfect guide for anyone who would like to become more mindful of the food we eat.
This brilliant pairing is rooted in Pollan’s and Kalman’s shared appreciation for eating’s pleasures, and their understanding that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. Written with the clarity, concision, and wit that is Michael Pollan’s trademark, this indispensable handbook lays out a set of straightforward, memorable rules for eating wisely. Kalman’s paintings remind us that there is delight in learning to eat well.
And watch these DVDs:
For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles, talking to authors, advocates, farmers, and CEOs, like co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms), and Barbara Kowalcyk, who’s been lobbying for more rigorous standards since E. coli claimed the life of her two-year-old son. The filmmaker takes his camera into slaughterhouses and factory farms where chickens grow too fast to walk properly, cows eat feed pumped with toxic chemicals, and illegal immigrants risk life and limb to bring these products to market at an affordable cost. If eco-docs tends to preach to the converted, Kenner presents his findings in such an engaging fashion that Food, Inc. may well reach the very viewers who could benefit from it the most: harried workers who don’t have the time or income to read every book and eat non-genetically modified produce every day. Though he covers some of the same ground as Super-Size Me and King Corn, Food Inc. presents a broader picture of the problem, and if Kenner takes an understandably tough stance on particular politicians and corporations, he’s just as quick to praise those who are trying to be responsible–even Wal-Mart, which now carries organic products. That development may have more to do with economics than empathy, but the consumer still benefits, and every little bit counts. – Kathleen C. Fennessy, Amazon
“Let thy Food be thy Medicine and thy Medicine be thy Food.”
That is the message from the founding father of modern medicine echoed in the controversial new documentary film Food Matters from Producer-Directors James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch. With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what s wrong with our malnourished bodies, its no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide sickness industry and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for curing disease naturally. In what promises to be the most contentious idea put forward, the filmmakers have interviewed several world leaders in nutrition and natural healing who claim that not only are we harming our bodies with improper nutrition, but that the right kind of foods, supplements and detoxification can be used to treat chronic illnesses as fatal as terminally diagnosed cancer. The focus of the film is in helping us rethink the belief systems fed to us by our modern medical and health care establishments. The interviewees point out that not every problem requires costly, major medical attention and reveal many alternative therapies that can be more effective, more economical, less harmful and less invasive than conventional medical treatments..
Engrossing and eye-opening, KING CORN is a fun and crusading journey into the digestive tract of our fast food nation where one ultra-industrial, pesticide-laden, heavily-subsidized commodity dominates the food pyramid from top to bottom – corn. Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naivet‚, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa to figure out how a modest kernel conquered America. With the help of some real farmers, oodles of fertilizer and government aid, and some genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hilarious absurdities and scary but hidden truths about America’s modern food system.
Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, rejected five times by the USC film school, won the best director award at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival for this alarmingly personal investigation into the health hazards wreaked by our fast food nation. Under extensive medical supervision, Spurlock subjects himself to a steady diet of McDonald’s cuisine for 30 days just to see what happens. In less than a week, his ordinarily fit body and equilibrium undergo dark and ugly changes: Spurlock grows fat, his cholesterol rockets north, his organs take a beating, and he becomes subject to headaches, mood swings, symptoms of addiction, and lessened sexual energy. The gimmick is too obvious to sustain a feature documentary; Spurlock actually spends most of the film probing insidious ways that fast food companies worm their way into school lunchrooms and the hearts of young children who spend hours in McDonald’s playrooms. French fries never looked more nauseating. –Tom Keogh, Amazon Reviewer
If you’re still eating that fast-food burger after watching Super Size Me, you might not feel too hungry after watching Fast Food Nation, a fictionalized feature based on Eric Schlosser’s bestselling nonfiction expose. Director Richard Linklater, who cowrote the screenplay with Schlosser, guides a topnotch ensemble cast through a peek behind the veil of how that Big Mac is born. Much of the film focuses on the illegal immigrants who work in the loosely regulated meat-packing industry, and actors including the luminous Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), who plays a desperate but outraged laborer. Greg Kinnear also delivers a spot-on performance as a fast-food chain marketing manager, trying frantically to discover the source of stomach-turning contamination in the company’s meat. Stories are woven in unexpected ways, and cameos by the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Arquette, and especially Bruce Willis keep the narrative fresh. The film has a point of view, but thanks to Linklater’s deft touch, is never didactic. As Willis’s character slyly says, “Most people don’t like to be told what’s best for them.” Agreed, yet Fast Food Nation likely will help the viewer be more conscious of what’s on the end of that fork. – A.T. Hurley, Amazon Reviewer
What you are going to learn about in this section are the most potent, ancient, primal Superfoods on the planet, which appeared in oceans and lakes about 3.5 billion years ago.
These Superfoods contain Essential Fatty Acids and neurochemicals that are clinically proven to reduce depression, and greatly enhance creativity and joy.
They are a “Brain Food” for oxygenation of the body/brain at the cellular level, due to their high levels of chlorophyll, which increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of your blood. They are also LOADED with phytonutrients that directly feed and enhance brain activity.
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Let’s look more in depth at these three potent Superfoods. Their noted benefits are:
- Mental Clarity: “Brain Food” for oxygenation of the body/brain at the cellular level
- Sports Recovery: Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) enhances tissue repair, promotes normal growth, preserves cellular integrity, allows for faster recoup from strenuous exercise
- Detoxification: Rids the body of toxic bowel, liver, kidney, tissue and bloodstream build-up
- Weight Loss: Works to suppress appetite; reduces body weight; improves the way the body metabolizes fat
- Microalgae is the #1 Superfood in Japan, used by over 10 million people in a country renowned for the longevity of its people
- Significant Source of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
- Vitamins: A (5-30 times more Vitamin A than Carrots), B, C, D, E, K
- Minerals: Magnesium, Zinc, Calcium, Iron (40-60 times more Iron than Spinach)
- Loaded with the nucleic factors RNA and DNA, which help repair and regenerate tissues throughout your body. This makes algae a tremendous food for muscle building and maintenance and slowing the aging process
- Immune System Builders: Stimulates T-cell activity/macrophages by increasing interferon levels to combat virus, bacteria, and cancer
- Lower Cholesterol: Fatty acids like Omega-3 and Alpha-linolenic Acid (ALA) cleans the arteries
- Balances Blood Sugar: Highly digestible proteins balance blood sugar fluctuations
- A nutrient in Chlorella can rebuild nerve damage in the brain, and is being used in recovery for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease
- Algae Superfoods are an excellent support for the healing of hypoglycemia, diabetes, chronic fatigue, anemia, ulcers & boosting the immune system.
- Professional and Olympic Athletes have used MicroAlgaes as a secret ally in their training protocols for centuries
- Algaes contain phytochemicals that can prevent and even reverse cancer
- MicroAlgaes contain up to 65% protein, making them the highest protein-content foods on Earth
- These Superfoods contain Essential Fatty Acids and neurochemicals that are clinically proven to reduce depression, and greatly enhance creativity and joy
- MicroAlgaes are one of the most potent anti-radiation foods known
- Superfood Algaes are invaluable in promoting health and balancing any diet or lifestyle.
- Microalgaes can only be seen under a microscope, and are at the base of the food chain supporting all higher life forms. There are a few varieties of microalgae that contain such miraculous nutritional properties as to be qualified as Superfoods: Spirulina, Chlorella, and Klamath Lake Blue/Green Algae
This saltwater microalgae has been used by humans for thousands of years, being first cultivated in Mesoamerica by the Aztecs, and earlier in Africa around Lake Chad.
Spirulina is 65% protein, making it one of the highest protein foods on the planet. It excels at harvesting the trace minerals chromium (a potent blood sugar balance mineral), zinc (an anti-infammatory par excellence), iron (for blood/brain oxygenation), magnesium (heart health), and selenium (an anti-inflammatory and precursor for your body’s best immune chemical, glutathione, produced in the liver).
Research has shown that Spirulina dramatically improves the immune system: Bone Marrow Stem Cells, T-Cells, and Natural Killer (NK) Cells.
Spirulina is great on salads, in dressings, smoothies made with coconut water and coconut meat, and is an incredible food for helping build the blood and supporting muscle growth due to its high iron, magnesium, and protein (65%) content.
This is a freshwater microalgae. PubMed lists over 3,300 studies on Chlorella, and it is no wonder. Chlorella contains 10x as much healing green chlorophyll as previously mentioned Spirulina – and this translates into amazing benefits for your blood and for detoxifying your body of heavy metals and industrial chemicals, most notably, Mercury, DDT, Cadmium, Lead, and PCBs.
Chlorella aids digestion, stimulates production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells, and significantly accelerates tissue repair with a compound called Chlorella Growth Factor.
Chlorella also supports the growth of healthy bacteria – probiotics – in your gut, which is where the majority of neurochemicals for your body are actually produced, which can make or break a HyperLearning mind.
Chlorella is used for: fatigue, cardiovascular challenges, memory loss, digestive problems, obesity, infections, aged skin, toxemia, joint stiffness and pain, sleep disorders, allergies, injuries, and general building of the body and brain.
Chlorella is great in smoothies, in tablet form to eat straight (it tastes like popcorn this way), and is the superfood of choice for cleansing and healing protocols. This is an excellent first MicroAlgae Superfood to integrate into your diet.
Pure Klamath Lake Crystals
Klamath Lake in Oregon, USA rests in a 7,000 year-old mineral-rich volcanic caldera, endowing the algae growth there with a dense mineral profile.
Klamath Lake Microalgae contain three rare phytonutrients:
1. Peptide Molecules. These are precursors for two important brain foods: glycogen and neuropeptides, which heighten mental clarity.
2. Phycocyanin. This blue pigment strongly reduces bodily inflammation. Studies show Phycocyanin also affects blood marrow stem cells, which are the “grandmother” cells to your White Blood Cells that power your immune system. In fact, Phycocyanin is so powerful, it will regulate white blood cell production even if bone marrow stem cells are damaged by toxic chemicals or radiation, such as was found in studies on the Children of Chernobyl. Phycocyanin accounts for a staggering 15% of the total weight of Klamath Lake Algae.
3. Phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA is a naturally-occurring chemical in the brain, responsible for the feeling of experiences associated with pleasure and mental awareness. For example, when one is absorbed in an activity like painting, sculpting, or reading a fascinating book, when the world around us seems suspended and nothing can disturb us, when worries vanish and hunger goes away, in such moments PEA is being produced by the brain. You can significantly upregulate PEA – and thus a state of flow – by using Klamath Lake Microalgae. PEA is also released in the brain when one experiences feelings of love and joy, hence PEA has been called “The Molecule of Joy.” When taken orally, PEA is known to readily cross the blood-brain barrier to become immediately available to the brain.
Individuals have reported discontinuing their use of antidepressant medications after a few months of Klamath Lake microalgae consumption. People also report an elevation in mood, mental energy, and clarity.
Taken togther, Microalgaes are among my rock-solid, almost daily HyperLearning Superfoods.
By the way, the webinar – in addition to these MicroAlgae Superfoods themselves – offers The MicroAlgae Recipe Book by Katrina and me, which includes the best MicroAlgae Superfood recipes we have discovered in the last ten years. Tried and true.
Try Green Smoothies
Greens. Who wants to eat them? Not many people. They are bitter, low in calories (macronutrients), and they take forever to chew. Yet, leafy greens are loaded in micronutrients (such as trace minerals your immune system desperately needs) and chlorophyll, which we discussed above. They are also high in fiber – which keeps you regular.
We like to say that leafy greens are like Liquid Plumber for your intestinal tract and colon – they keep the environment in your digestive system healthy, and moving.
Straight to the punch, Green for Life by my colleague Victoria Boutenko is your best bet here to HyperLearn about Leafy Greens, and Green Smoothies. From the book:
Everyone knows they need to eat more fruits and vegetables, but consuming even the minimum FDA-recommended five servings a day can be challenging. In Green for Life, raw foods pioneer Victoria Boutenko presents an overlooked powerhouse of nutrition in this equation: greens. For their bounty of minerals and nutrients, greens exceed other vegetables in value. Green for Life details the immense health benefits of greens and suggests an easy way to consume them in sufficient quantities: the green smoothie. This quick, simple drink benefits everyone, regardless of lifestyle, diet, or environment. Green smoothies eliminate toxins, correct nutritional deficiencies, and are delicious as well.
Green for Life includes the latest information on the abundance of protein in greens, the benefits of fiber, the role of greens in homeostasis, the significance of stomach acid, how greens make the body more alkaline, the healing power of chlorophyll, and more. Also included are the results of a pilot study demonstrating the effectiveness of adding just one quart of green smoothies a day to one’s diet, without changing anything else in dietary intake. Green smoothie testimonials and recipes give readers confidence and motivation in exploring green smoothies for themselves.
In the interest of making Green Smoothies and other smoothies, Fresh Juices, Superfood Elixirs, Sorbets, and delicious soups, I highly encourage you to get a high-speed Vitamix blender. I know, it’s a just a blender… but its not. This appliance has been in daily use – I mean every day – for the last 8 years since I got one. For the writing, coaching, speaking, and creative work I do – this machine has been a huge time-saver in making nutrient-dense drinks quickly that are ready on-the-go for wherever I need to be. To the right is the Vitamix Vita-Prep 3, a 3 Horsepower Blender that will make anything.
Coming up next time: Vitamin B-12, and much more!
David Rainoshek, M.A.
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Organized Complexity
Morning Water With Lemon
Eat Whole Foods
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Nutrition for HyperLearning – Organized Complexity
Morning Water With Lemon
Eat Whole Foods
- HyperLearning Course Welcome
- Cover Art Commentary
- Acceleration Begins NOW:
- Benefits Preview of HyperLearning
- Chapter 1:
Introduction to HyperLearning: How to Revive Your Natural Ability/Drive to HyperLearn
- Chapter 2:
Five-Minute University: The Elements for HyperLearning
- Chapter 3:
A Magnificent Obsession
- Chapter 4:
Multidimensional Goals and Ways of Being
- Chapter 5.1:
A Map for HyperLearning Better: Integral Thinking – Part 1
- Chapter 5.2:
A Map for HyperLearning Better: Integral Thinking – Part 2
- Chapter 5.3:
- Chapter 6:
FLOW: The HyperLearning State of Optimal Experience
- Chapter 7:
Print: Read Better than Anyone with PhotoReading and SpeedReading
- Chapter 8:
Accelerate your Media Speed Like Neo in The Matrix
- Chapter 9.1:
Reduction and Organization
- Chapter 9.2:
Cultivating Transformative Relationships
- Chapter 10:
HyperOrganize Your Interests and Passions
- Chapter 11.1:
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Part 1
- Chapter 11.2:
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Part 2
- Chapter 11.3:
Nutrition for HyperLearning – Part 3
- Chapter 12.1:
Complementary Life Practices
- Chapter 12.2:
- Chapter 12.3:
Meditation and More
- Chapter 13:
Bonus Inspiration: The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris
- Chapter 14.1:
Materials to Keep You Inspired
- Chapter 14.2:
More Materials to Keep You Inspired
HyperLearning: A Mystic’s Perspective
- About the Author:
David Rainoshek, M.A.