There’s nothing better than crashing on the couch after a hard day at work to watch our favorite show on Netflix while treating ourselves to some comfort food. It’s what many of us look forward to the whole day, but seldom do we realize that the food we eat could one day end up eating you!
Doing things in moderation isn’t easy for most of us. If we like something, we find it hard not to indulge ourselves again and again. But it’s time to limit our consumption of sugars and unhealthy fat, so we can avoid the clutches of obesity, diabetes, chronic illnesses, and in extreme cases, cancer.
We all know that what we eat has a direct impact on our health and well-being. Some foods are known to be beneficial, while others tend to cause more harm than good. So how do you differentiate — especially when it’s challenging to stay away from all that mouth-watering processed food?
To satisfy your curiosity and help you stake a claim over your personal health and wellness, we have today’s guest, Dr. Alan Goldhamer.
Dr. Alan Goldhamer is known as one of the pioneers in measuring and establishing the benefits of medically-supervised, water-only fasting. He completed his chiropractic education from the Western States Chiropractic College in Portland, Oregon, after which Dr. Alan went to Australia and became a licensed osteopathic physician.
In 1984, he founded The TrueNorth Health Center. Located in Santa Rosa, California, this fully-equipped medical facility provides chiropractic services, physiotherapy, counseling, massage, and bodywork. Through their groundbreaking techniques, Dr. Alan and his team have consulted and helped hundreds of thousands of people adopt a health-promoting lifestyle.
To help you in your journey towards healthy living, you must check out Dr. Alan’s book, The Health-Promoting Cookbook, for some simple, delicious, feel-good cooking. To learn about mastering the hidden force that undermines health and happiness, you also have to check out the hugely popular book The Pleasure Trap, written by Dr. Alan and his friend and colleague Douglas J. Lisle.
This episode of The School of Greatness was so informative and complete with practical tips that I had to split it into two parts. Make sure to listen to Episode 1124, where Dr. Alan talks in length about the benefits of water-only fasting and its potential to transform your health.
Now, it’s time to learn how to supercharge your health just by taking a few easy, practical steps with Dr. Alan Goldhamer. Let’s dive in!
Many of you may not like what Dr. Alan is about to tell you. Choosing between lifelong health and the momentary pleasure some of our favorite processed, high-sugar foods can deliver is going to be tricky, but know this: Your health is in your hands and no one else’s. It’s never too late to face reality and undo the damages of the past.
So what are some of Dr. Goldhamer’s top foods to avoid? Animal products — especially milk and cheese.
“I would argue milk, probably number one, as far as foods that cause the most problems, and where you notice the biggest [health] changes just by stopping them. … If you look at one calorie of animal food compared to one calorie of plant food, you could have between two and a thousand times the concentration [of toxins] in animal foods compared to plant foods. So, animal foods in general, and dairy products in particular. I would also say cheese, just because it’s hyper-concentrated. It’s too processed.” – Dr. Alan Goldhamer
Dr. Alan goes on to explain how the main protein found in milk has been linked to the onset of type-one diabetes in children. Likewise, people with eczema, psoriasis, or autoimmune diseases may find that these proteins can actually aggravate their condition.
What else does Dr. Goldhamer suggest we walk away from? You guessed it: Refined carbohydrates like sugars and starches, and even oils — including olive oil.
But there’s one more food he suggests we avoid:
“We have also got to get rid of added salt. Sodium is an essential nutrient, without which you would die, … but the amount of sodium you need is actually less than what people eat on average. We get too much salt, which contributes to high blood pressure.” – Dr. Alam Goldhamer
Dr. Alan is a huge advocate of plant-based diets because he believes that plants have everything we need to live a healthy and content life. Thankfully, the thought of transitioning to a plant-based diet is not as challenging as you might think. That’s because once you develop a habit, your palate starts changing. Over time, you’ll find yourself craving plant-based meals.
“On the fruit side, I particularly like watermelon. One of the reasons is that it is … a high mineral content fruit, so we use it a lot to terminate fasting. … Then it’s berries … particularly blueberry, blackberry, and raspberry are nutritious. … On the vegetable side, some … are super nutritious like broccoli, kale, chard, … the whole calls of stem greens. Two cups of steamed broccoli have as much calcium as a cup of milk. … Starchy vegetables like kabocha squash are certainly one of my favorite. … These have low caloric density, are easily processed, [organic, and] readily available … all year round.” – Dr. Alan Goldhamer
Dr. Alan strictly recommends against hyper-processed food of any kind, including protein powders. Too much protein causes kidney and heart diseases, especially animal protein. And if it’s just protein you are worried about, then Dr. Alan has the perfect fix.
“If you eat nothing but brown rice and broccoli, you’d get the quantity and quality of the protein you need. … The question is always [about] avoiding excess protein intake. Now people say that if they increase their animal food intake, they gain muscle faster. And the answer is yes, they probably will. … But just because they become bigger and faster doesn’t necessarily mean that they are getting healthier.” – Dr. Alan Goldhamer
That’s what Dr. Alan suggests to his patients at TrueNorth Health Center. He puts them on a fasting course and then follows it up with a rotational, whole-food diet. The idea is not to rob you of your culinary experiences; you can choose to indulge every once in a while. But in the current world, indulgence has become an everyday habit, and it’s time you detach yourself from it. Unless you don’t mind spending a lifetime on prescribed medication, which again, may not be ideal.
Medication has undoubtedly been a boon for humanity. For some of us, medication may have saved us from life-threatening illnesses, but too much of certain medications could be harmful.
“We published a paper recently on a gentleman in his eighties who they thought was going through cognitive decline and dementia. He also had hypertension and diabetes. And all we did was unwind his medication and clean up his diet. And … it turned out that he didn’t have dementia, he had poly-pharmacy, and the excessive drugs were causing cognitive decline. … So just getting off their medication appropriately can sometimes make a huge difference.” – Dr. Alan Goldhamer
Most people are on medication because of poor dietary and lifestyle choices, so if you are willing to correct your nutritional choices, the need for medication can be mitigated.
“We treat people with high blood pressure, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and lymphoma, and most of these people can achieve a healthier lifestyle without the use of medication. Even those people that might require some pharmaceutical medication will function better on a healthy diet and lifestyle. A lot of the side effects from medicines are complicated by poor lifestyle choices. … The negative effects of medication outweigh the positive effects for everybody, except those with the highest level of hypertension.” – Dr. Alan Goldhamer
Health results from healthful living, which involves a clean diet, a good sleep cycle, ample exercise, and fasting. It can be really good at undoing the consequences of dietary excess. The sooner you pick up the proper habits, the easier it will be to fulfill your desire to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.
I don’t know about you guys, but this episode with Dr. Alan Goldhamer has seriously opened up my eyes. Too often, we become the victims of our bad habits and life choices, but doing something different is always an option. And with people like Dr. Alan to guide the way, all you have to do is listen and utilize what you learn to improve your life.
There are still bits of important information and tips shared by Dr. Alan, which I couldn’t fit in this post, but you can always check out the full episode here. If you missed the first part of this episode, I would highly recommend that you go and check it out right now using this link.
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Before I end this podcast, I want to share this quote by Caroline Myss, who said, “What drains your spirit drains your body. What fuels your spirit, fuels your body.” Make sure you are taking moments every day to make the right choices, bring energy, give things to your mind and body, and start eliminating some of the things that are holding you back. Decisions can be hard to make at times, but you are worth it.