Basic Diet Guidelines
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Basic Diet Guidelines for Vitality *


“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”


Rule #1 Eat unprocessed, organically grown whole foods.

Emphasize seasonal, fresh, locally grown plant-based foods. Our diet should include a variety of colors to ensure a broad spectrum of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes & plant pigments. Examples include lycopene in tomatoes, mixed carotenoids in yellow squash, chlorophyll, lutein and vitamin K in the dark greens, resveratrol in red grape skins, procyanidins contained in blueberries, quercetin in apples, etc. According to the scientific literature, new compounds are ‘discovered’ every week in plant foods having beneficial properties, yet thousands more are still unidentified. Take advantage of Mother Nature’s pharmacy by eating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Aim for 5 or more servings of fresh fruit and 5 or more servings of veggies each day. Note: a serving is the size of your fist. Trouble eating this much? Supplement with 1 scoop of Nanogreens10® (virtual pharmacy code: NANOGREENS) each day in water, juice, or a smoothie.

The healthiest fruits are berries of all types (high antioxidants, low sugar).

Best preparation methods for veggies are raw, lightly steamed or sautéed. Fresh-squeezed veggie juicing or using a Vitamix blender is great too. No micro-waved, deep fried, canned or leftovers older than one day (mold count)!

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Rule #2 Reduce flour & sugar products

This includes pasta, breads, pizza, cookies, cakes, muffins, bagels, croissants and crackers. Eat whole grains instead; brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, oats, and millet. The advantage of whole grains is they are lower on the glycemic scale (break down to sugar slowly), higher in B-vitamins, fatty acids, fiber and other nutrients. It's best to soak them for at least 8 hours to improve digestion ability and enhance nutrient uptake. Flour products on occasion should be sprouted or stone-ground. Best pastas are those made from beans or legumes. Avoid refined sugar in all forms (candy, sodas, jams, some cereals, etc). For sweetening, try stevia, xylitol powder, Lo han guo, monkfruit, or small amounts of raw Manuka honey.

Rule #3 Eliminate bad fats.

This is a big deal, and includes anything deep fried (French fries, chips, donuts,corn dogs, tempura, poultry or fish), foods with ‘partially hydrogenated’ contained in it, all margarine regardless ofhow the food industry labels it (‘trans fat free’, etc), most commercial condiments like salad dressings, tartar sauce, and vegetable oils, conventionally raised red meat & poultry, farm-raised fish (especially salmon, which includes Atlantic variety), conventional nuts and seeds (especially roasted), pretzels, and other baked goods. Be a label reader! It’s all going into your cells!

Switch to organic, free-range meats & poultry. For red meats, grass fed and finished is best. For eggs, eat only organic, free-range & omega-3 variety. Wild caught fish are preferred to farm-raised (there are a few farm-raised that are OK, but it varies with type and supplier). Watch out for mercury-contaminated ones like swordfish, shark, ahi & albacore tuna. See, or for complete lists. Other healthy fats include organic, cold-pressed oils like extra virgin olive; use coconut, ghee, or avocado oils for cooking, Barlean’s® flaxseed oil (don’t cook with) for making salad dressings. Other good fats are found in olives, avocados, coconut, raw & organic almonds, walnuts, macademia, cashew, sesame, & chia seeds. Organic, grass fed dairy is OK if tolerated, with raw the best, including butter. Although if you have a current or past history of any form of cancer or autoimmune condition, avoid dairy and eggs at all cost, as they are known to be acid-forming, inflammatory, and feed most forms of chronic pathogens that many people carry. Some like the convenience of taking krill oil or a vegan, algae-based omega-3 in capsule form. In general, stay away from sunflower, safflower, corn, cottonseed, peanut, and canola oils, as they are too high in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAS) that are easily oxidized and can turn into inflammatory compounds in the body. These 'vegetable oils' are super common! Avoid them if you can.

NOTE: The healthiest diets in the world, based on independent, long-term evidence, is predominantly PLANT-BASED. So is a plant-based diet healthier than one that includes daily animal protein? The answer is yes. Read my web article 'Food For A healthy Life' for more information, or check out my web article 'Recommended Reading' for critical resources the are backed by decades of science.

For more information on fats & oils, read my free-Book, Supercharge Your Cell Vitality, available on my website. Also, consider:

  1. Go to for book order info, or simply go to
  2. Use either NOW Krill Oil caps or the plant-based Omega-3 Vegan DHA & EPA caps by SunWarrior (my personal favorite).

Rule #4 Don’t eat too much protein.

This can cause a pH imbalance, namely an overly acid environment. Systemic acidity depletes minerals and oxygen delivery to cells, contributes to kidney stress and other chronic issues if not corrected. Ideal protein intake varies from person, condition and constitution types. I like most people to eat at least 45-60 grams of protein a day, from a variety of sources. Any of the sources listed are fine, but vegetarian options include 'sprouted' organic tofu in moderation (2-4 times a month), or tempeh and miso more often. The latter two are best because they’re fermented and pose no risk that some soy bashers claim. Consider beans like adzuki, mung, navy, pinto, black, kidney, pea, lentil, and split pea for quality protein, soaked overnight. Also raw, organic nuts and seeds. Add spices to aid digestion if needed. These sources are higher in fiber and lower in acids than heavy animal proteins. The point is to listen to your body and see what feels best to you. If in doubt, check your first AM urine pH which gives a general idea about your tissue mineral status. Ideal range is from 6.4-7.0. Many times a low pH indicates excess protein intake (or other issues). See my article called pH: Why You Need To Know, in my website article section of the Learning Center.

Rule #5 Maintain proper hydration

Aim for at least five 8oz glasses a day. This includes quality water such as filtered (see my web articel Helpful Hints For Health for sources), or bottled brands (Volvic, Essentia, Fiji, Aqua Panna, or others) without soft plastic containers (#1 or #2 are OK; found under bottom of bottle within the small triangle). Ideally, drink from glass or meatl containers so there is no leaching of any plastic compounds. Plus our ocean and planet will love you more! Don’t drink tap water, which contains numerous compounds that municipal agencies don’t test for such as hormones, antibiotics and solvents. Avoid sodas, alcohol or coffee which are dehydrating and stress the liver & pancreas. Green or chai tea is OK, but don’t count toward your daily pure water intake.

Rule #6 Use proper care when eating.

According to Ayurveda, how and when we eat is nearly as important to what we eat. Here are some healthy guidelines:

  1. Don’t over eat. Try to finish when you’re slightly full - NOT stuffed!
  2. Chew your food well, eat in a relaxed environment without distractions (driving in the car, watching the news, working on the computer).
  3. Largest meals should be breakfast and/or lunch, not dinner.
  4. Avoid eating too late at night. Ideal is no later than 7:00pm, with at least 2 hours or more before going tobed.

Transgressions on any of the above often lead to a build-up of toxins in the GI tract, liver and blood, contributing to chronic health problems. Additional support may be found by taking a high-potency, hypoallergenic, broad-spectrum digestive enzyme. The most effective we've used is Digestive Enzymes Ultra, or try pure Betaine HCL w/Pepsin caps with larger cooked meals. Also try food combining (avoiding fruit with meals, avoiding starch & proteincombination meals), or taking digestion-enhancing spices such as ginger, cardamom, clove, coriander or dried orange peel. Gas, belching, bloating, fatigue after meals, coated tongue, or undigested food in the stool all point to a digestive weakness.

Healthy Diet Tips: Spice your foods more.

Spices are loaded with antioxidants and healthy compounds. Consider the following as a good basic starter list of spices that you can pick and choose from,depending on your taste and how you feel: Allspice, basil, black pepper, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, clove, coriander, ginger, lemon grass, marjoram, nutmeg, orange & lemon peel, oregano, paprika, rosemary, sage, turmeric and thyme. Try to use fresh herbs whenever possible.

Use healthy salt.

Most commercial salt, including ‘sea salt’, is highly heated junk with added chemicals to bleach it and keep it from clumping. Nearly all sea salts are contaminated with microplastics now. This is toxic to the body. On the other hand, Himalayan Pink Salt is healthy in moderation, has a balanced mineral profile similar to the blood, and is untreated, raw food. If you’re sodium sensitive or have hypertension, use only small amounts, such as 1/8 teaspoon a day. Located at health food stores or online.

Important Note: If you want more detailed food and nutrition information, complete with recipes, daily snack and meal suggestions, ideal diets, statistics, and more, read my free eBook: Supercharge Your Cell Vitality available for free through my website. A quick note: I no longer recommend the Foundation Diet as listed in my book anymore. As I've learned more over the years, along with working with thousands of patients, I see the Cell Vitality Diet as more of a health-promoting way of eating. For a bottom line summary on the best foods for health and longevity, read my website article Food For a Healthy Life.

Diet & Nutrition Resource Section:

  1. Supercharge Your Cell Vitality, by Dr. Greg Barsten (available at Amazon or my website)
  3. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, by Murray & Pizzorno.
  4. Healing with Whole Foods: Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition, by Paul Pitchford.
  5. Juicing For Life, by Cherie Calbom
  6. Ayurveda - The Science of Self-Healing, by Vasant Lad
  7. Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, by Weston A. Price
  8. Fats That’s Heal, Fats That Kill, by UdoErasmus
  9. The pH Miracle, by Robert O. Young & Shelley Redford Young
  10. Herbal Medicine, Healing and Cancer, by Donnie Yance
  11. Whole, by T. Colin Campbell
  12. The Truth About Food, by David Katz
  13. The Plant Based Solution, by Joel Kahn
  14. How Not To Age, by Michael Gregor

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.