A. Food and Nutrition
- Can you expand a bit about macro nutrient separation?
- How would you define nutrition?
- Why do TurboChargers avoid most refined preserved and processed foods?
- Can you please explain the dietary requirements TurboChargers would use to determine our ideal foods?
- Why shouldn’t we eat refined or processed carbohydrates?
- Why do you say fruits are the ideal source of carbohydrates?
- What makes for an “optimum” diet?
- No milk? Where will I get my calcium requirements?
- No milk? What about mother’s milk for babies?
- No cereal? But I love a bowl of cereal in the morning!
- I’d like to try TurboCharged but I’m a vegetarian. Can I still get all the essential amino acids from fruits and vegetables?
- Condiments: Should I use them or not?
- TurboChargers seem to eat lots of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and sometimes raw cheese too. Why all the raw?
- Are you really opposed to drinking milk?
- What do TurboChargers consider when deciding to eat or not to eat any food?
- Why do TurboChargers feast on fresh fruits, vegetables and sprouts?
- No supplements? Are you sure?
- What makes a food “organically” grown? And can you classify methods of gardening?
- What do you classify as junk food?
- What criteria would you use to call a food “natural”?
- Please give me some economic facts about junk food.
- Can you elaborate on why you think grains are so harmful?
- Can you consume too much caffeine?
- Almost the entire health community advocates the use of food supplements, including minerals, because they realize that most people will not eat the diet you advocate. How can people who don’t eat the most healthful diet still get the vitamins and minerals they need?
B. The Body and Digestion
- Can you describe the fuel efficiency of fruits and vegetables compared to other sources of carbohydrates?
- Why don’t TurboChargers mega-dose on vitamins?
- Isn’t there sometimes a need for a mega-dose of a particular nutrient when there is a severe deficiency?
- How does starch digestion differ from protein digestion?
- Why do you recommend “Enlightened Fasting” for greater health and healing?
- Please explain your concept of “Enlightened Fasting”.
- When should someone consider Enlightened Fasting for better health?
- What happens to the body during longer periods of Enlightened Fasting?
- Garlic and onions give me serious indigestion. Why?
- I get indigestions from nuts. Any suggestions?
- I love melons–but they give me gas. Should I stop eating them?
- What factors contribute to ideal digestion?
- What do you mean when you talk about ease and efficiency of digestion?
- Do our emotional states affect the physiological process of digestion?
- How will TurboCharged affect a lean vs. fatter body?
C. Health and Disease
- Can you describe health and what it looks like?
- Will the TurboCharged program cure me of my high cholesterol and diabetes?
- Is it true certain foods can “cure”?
- From your perspective, what is the cause and purpose of disease?
- Why do I feel cold-like symptoms whenever I start eating healthier?
- Please define what TurboChargers mean when they say something is “toxic”?
- Is TurboCharged anti-exercise?
- What kind of rest do we need? What is sleep? What interferes with restful sleep?
- What is the role of water in our bodies?
- Why do you focus so much on body fat?
A. Food and Nutrition
1. Can you expand a bit about macro nutrient separation?
Digestion is a process of chemical changes breaking food down to the point that the body can utilize it. Different foods require different digestive tasks and vary in digestion time. It is important then, not to eat foods requiring different or incompatible processes of digestion at the same meal.
The digestion of starches requires an alkaline medium, while the digestion of proteins requires an acid medium. If both are put in the stomach at the same time, digestion is poor at best. Because of the neutralization effect, time in the stomach is greatly increased and neither food is fully digested and possibly not digested at all. In fact, this condition causes fermentation and putrefaction of the foods.
Eating fruit, which requires almost no digestion, with any other food is just as bad. Unable to leave the stomach until the other food is digested; the fruit ferments and becomes unusable.
Incorrect combining uses large amounts of nerve energy and is responsible for a large amount of toxins created as a result.
Further, TurboChargers draw from the plethora of research building by Paleo scientists. There is good reason to believe that early man was either living at very low calorie levels, although highly nutrient rich (what we call “Enlightened Fasting”), by consuming fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds or eating higher calorie animals or fish in their entirety—before they spoiled.
Since early man didn’t have the luxury we do today to sit and eat big relaxing meals—the likelihood of eating one or the other is probable.
2. How would you define nutrition?
Nutrition is the term used to describe all processes of the body needed for growth and function. It is not only the eating of food, but also air, water and sunshine. It is how the body breaks down the respective foods and uses them to support life. We believe much of what people are eating may keep people alive—but certainly will not support healthful, energetic, lean long lives.
Why do you recommend lots of raw, fresh fruits and vegetables?
Cooking may alter or destroy vitamins and nutrients, rendering them unusable by the body. Raw foods are certainly best as they retain their vitamins and nutrients in an organic state which is the optimal way the body can use them.
Eating cooked foods can result in the condition known as leucocytosis or a proliferation of white blood cells in the bloodstream that is double or triple the normal amount. This is regarded as a danger signal as it’s purpose is to attack and destroy unwanted and toxic substances. This condition does not occur when raw fruits and vegetables are eaten.
Vast amounts of energy are used in the process of trying to digest cooked foods and subsequently remove the toxins. Raw foods require little energy to process and the by-products are easily eliminated.
Certainly if someone was dealing with a disease state, we would recommend eating as many whole raw fruits and vegetables as possible.
3. Why do TurboChargers avoid most refined preserved and processed foods?
Food processing is when food is changed from its original natural state. Food refining is when a whole food is processed in order to separate parts of it, the end result being a finer component of the original food. Food preservation is the treatment of food to make it last longer than it normally would in nature. NOTE: This benefits MANUFACTURERS—NOT YOUR HEALTH!
Assuming the food was suitable for consumption in the first place; all methods of processing are destructive to the nutritive and/or digestive value of the original food to a greater or lesser extent depending on the method. Some processing like the addition of preservatives adds toxins and poisons to the food. Preservatives by nature are poisonous. Cooking is another form of processing that destroys or changes the food sometimes making it mostly unusable.
4. Can you please explain the dietary requirements TurboChargers would use to determine our ideal foods?
- Foods must be nontoxic. Anything the body cannot use as food or digest properly is toxic and will interfere with body function.
- Foods should be edible in the raw state when possible—even meat, fish and eggs can be eaten raw, although you may choose not to. Anything that can’t be eaten raw must be processed in some way which usually destroys some of its value to us. (Notice how grains and even beans don’t fit these criteria.)
- Foods must have sensory appeal. It must smell, taste and look so good that we want to eat it.
- Foods must be digested easily and efficiently. Digestive problems are counterproductive to body function as they result in toxins and unnecessary use of energy.
- Foods must have adequate protein to replenish our pool of amino acids but not so much as to create a problem of elimination of by-products.
- Foods must possess adequate vitamins and minerals in their organic state to be used in the body.
- Foods must supply adequate essential fatty acids that the body needs but cannot produce.
- Foods must meet our caloric needs. We need to derive energy from our foods for body function and activities.
- Foods should be of sufficient water content to meet our need for pure water with little or no extra drinking.
5. Why shouldn’t we eat refined or processed carbohydrates?
Refined or processed carbohydrates should not be eaten because they are fragmented. Many of the vitamins, minerals and fiber originally present in the whole food have been removed. Lack of fiber may lead to constipation and to disease of the bowel and colon. Vitamins and minerals needed for the metabolism of the refined carbohydrates must be taken from body reserves. A regular diet of refined foods results in a depletion of calcium from bones and teeth as well as other problems. See “History of Grains” on this site or refer to TurboCharged for more information on this topic.
6. Why do you say fruits are the ideal source of carbohydrates?
Fruits are the ideal source of carbohydrates because:
- Humans are biovores; that is they are biologically adapted to eat fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, eggs and other animal derived items.
- Fruits are already in the form of simple sugars or monosaccharides so they require little or no digestion. The energy saved can be used for other functions.
- Fruits contain adequate amounts of water in their natural state. This water is best because it is most pure.
- Fruits are relished in their raw state and do not require cooking.
- Fruits contain mostly carbohydrates and adequate amounts of proteins, fats and other nutrients. This combination best meets our nutritional requirements.
- Adequate fiber in fruits.
7. What makes for an “optimum” diet?
The ideal or optimum diet must meet specific requirements. These are as follows: The foods must be non-toxic, be edible in their raw state, be appealing to our senses, be digested easily and efficiently, contain adequate amounts of proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, contain sufficient carbohydrates to meet our metabolic needs, be able to meet our need for water with little or no drinking and be properly balanced in acid/alkaline metabolic reaction.
The group of foods that most closely fits this description is fruits, vegetables, nuts. All these can be eaten in their raw uncooked state as delivered to us in nature. Fruits contain small amounts of protein in the predigested form of amino acids which are easily absorbed and used, producing no toxic by-products. The percentage of protein in most fruits is similar to mother’s milk. Fruits and vegetables eaten in quantities sufficient to maintain ideal body weight also supply all vitamins, known and unknown in amounts and combinations suited for optimum health. This same is true for minerals. Raw fruits and vegetables provide them in their organic state which is the only form they are utilized by the body. Again they are also supplied in quantities and combinations as delivered from nature.
Meats, fish, cheeses and eggs can also be consumed in their raw state. They are best when not over-cooked or cooked using lower temperature methods. They also supply excellent nutrition in the form of complete proteins along with essential fatty acids and are a great compliment to the vitamins and minerals packed in fruits and vegetables.
8. No milk? Where will I get my calcium requirements?
Calcium requirements decrease when grains and milk are eliminated from the diet. Both are highly acidic in nature and require greater alkaline balancing. Consequently, to balance an acidic bodily environment, the body will leach calcium (an alkaline mineral) from bones.
This said, if you want to make sure you are getting plenty of calcium, be sure to include sunflower seeds, dried figs, brazil nuts, butterhead lettuce, filberts and broccoli in your diet.
9. No milk? What about mother’s milk for babies?
Human mother’s milk is far superior to cow’s milk or formula for infants. Cow’s milk was meant for baby cows, its composition is different. The fats in human milk are more easily absorbed. The cholesterol of mother’s milk is needed for proper development. Iron absorption of infants fed mother’s milk is much greater than infants fed cow’s milk. Milk provides substances that protect the infant from different types of bacteria. Studies have shown that the infant death rate drops when they are fed predominantly on mother’s milk. Baby “formulas” cannot contain these and all unknown factors required for healthy growth. Creating health starts from day one. We advocate breastfeeding and encourage moms to eat unrestricted amounts of foods from the nutritionally replete TurboCharged guidelines.
10. No cereal? But I love a bowl of cereal in the morning!
People reach for cereal in the morning typically for three reasons:
- Because they think they are hungry. Yet, hunger is not a natural occurrence in the morning as the body is still on its elimination cycle. In the morning we are dehydrated and need water, first and foremost.
- For strength and energy. Most breakfast cereals are poorly combined and take a long time to digest and therefore would not give energy for hours if at all. The body is already “charged” foods eaten the previous day during sleep.
- You need three meals a day from the various food groups. This leads to overeating and the eating of foods that we are not biologically adapted to and is detrimental to health.
Note the reasons and why they don’t justify the poor choice of cereal for breakfast, lunch, snacks or dinner.
11. I’d like to try TurboCharged but I’m a vegetarian. Can I still get all the essential amino acids from fruits and vegetables?
Yes. Especially if your diet contains plenty of carrots, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, fresh corn, cucumbers, eggplant, sweet potatoes, tomatoes along with some nuts and seeds.
Remember, your body works like a bank: It deposits proteins for future use when there are more eaten than required, and will take withdrawals as necessary.
12. Condiments: Should I use them or not?
Condiments contain little or no nutritional value and are not required by the body. In fact, some condiments may actually be toxic in nature causing irritation when ingested. The “mouthful” test of almost all condiments would result in serious consequences. Due to their toxic nature, condiments have a stimulation effect, caused by the body to trying to eliminate them quickly. This effect is often mistaken as beneficial by the user. Often the food eaten with condiments is not completely utilized as the body tries to eliminate the irritant.
Season your foods with condiments if you enjoy their flavor. However, be aware, it is often a taste of a condiment that will trigger overeating.
13. TurboChargers seem to eat lots of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and sometimes raw cheese too. Why all the raw?
Whether food should be eaten raw or cooked is a hotly debated topic. As food is heated, changes start taking place. Nutrients are altered and some may be rendered unusable in the body. The degree of damage is dependent on the temperature and time involved. The higher the temperature and longer the time heated the greater the damage. Cooking can destroy vitamins, convert minerals from organic to inorganic and change the nature of proteins, which results in them having a toxic rather than beneficial effect in the body. These effects are evidenced by the condition of leucocytosis which occurs shortly after ingesting a cooked meal.
Anyone would benefit from a diet that consisted largely of fresh raw fruits and vegetables. The nutrient value cannot be argued. However, if you can’t imagine eating your vegetables raw, or your meat for that matter, feel free to cook them to your liking. Either way they are still better and more nutrient or water filled than any packaged good or grain product.
14. Are you really opposed to drinking milk?
Milk digestion requires two enzymes, rennin and lactose. Most humans normally cease to secrete these enzymes around age three. In the absence of these enzymes, milk is indigestible and is treated as a toxic substance by the body. The only “milk” TurboChargers consume is no more than two tablespoons of half and half, not more than twice daily. Half and Half is higher in fat than sugar and more readily digested IF consumed as a meal with no other foods.
15. What do TurboChargers consider when deciding to eat or not to eat any food?
First they pick up their copy of TurboCharged and review the recommended food lists and combos which are pretty simple as they only consist of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat, chicken, fish, eggs and a little cheese.
All of these foods have the following characteristics:
- They are not toxic.
- They are edible in a raw state.
- The have plenty of taste appeal.
- They are easy to digest.
- They digest efficiently.
- They have adequate protein.
- They are loaded with vitamins.
- Minerals are ample.
The same criteria used to rate food values should be used to judge the foods in our diet. For optimum health, a food should be non-toxic, be edible in a raw state, taste good, be easily and efficiently digested, have adequate protein, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids and be caloric sufficient to meet energy requirements.
Conclusion: Raw fruits and vegetables followed by nuts, fresh fish, chicken, meats are ideal foods.
16. Why do TurboChargers feast on fresh fruits, vegetables and sprouts?
- They have the least toxic effect when compared to other foods (fruits are non-toxic).
- They are edible and enjoyable in their raw state so all their nutrients are usable by our bodies.
- They are predominantly alkaline in metabolic reaction and do not drain the body of its nutrient reserves.
17. No supplements? Are you sure?
I regret to say that you’ve been captivated by commercial propaganda that, no matter how persuasive, will not enable your body to use synthetic and inorganic substances called vitamins and minerals.
Minerals are poisonous out of organic context (as in sea, soil, rock, etc.) and that is the source of mineral supplements. The vitamins sold as natural are really synthetic and only about 3% to 5% are derived from natural sources. If you don’t believe it, read the labels. The body is drugged, not nurtured, by synthetic vitamins. And even if vitamins were extracted from natural sources and delivered to you intact, something impossible by all current technology, they’d still not be usable! Ninety percent of our nutrient need is for a single nutrient – glucose, for energy. About 4% is for amino acids (Note: this is not the same as protein in the digestive system), about 3% is for mineral complement, about 2% for fatty acids, and 1% for vitamins and all other nutrients combines, i.e., except for water and fiber, which are neutral factors. If you could add up all our RDA’s for vitamins for a whole year, they would not fill a thimble. You get several times all our needs from just a simple fruit diet! Add a little meat, fish, chicken, eggs or cheese and the supply is compounded. The same holds true for minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. Health comes from a proper diet healthful living, not supplements.
18. What makes a food “organically” grown? And can you classify methods of gardening?
Food grown without pesticides; without artificial fertilizers; in soil whose humus is increased with applications of natural mineral fertilizers; and has not been treated with preservatives, hormones, antibiotics, etc.
Natural – Does not poison the soil, but depletes it of nitrogen and productivity gradually decreases.
Chemical – Increases production the first and second years, at the cost of flavor and nutritional value and destruction of the environment. Plants rely on artificial chemicals to stimulate their growth.
Organic – Replenishes soil to produce better-quality crops without poisoning the food, the environment, or the gardener.
Biodynamic – Uses organic methods including composting but also uses herbal preparations to spray plants and trees.
Take your pick. But even if organic is not available—eat all of the TurboCharged approved foods anyway!
19. What do you classify as junk food?
By junk foods, we mean foods that have been so altered and impaired in the process of manufacturing, bleaching, canning, cooking, preserving, pickling, etc., that they are no longer as well suited to meet the needs of the body as they were in the state nature prepared them.
20. What criteria would you use to call a food “natural”?
To be considered natural, a food:
- Must be nontoxic.
- Must have aesthetic or sensory appeal.
- Must be relished in its natural raw state as taken from nature.
- Must be digested easily.
- Must be digested efficiently.
- Must have protein adequacy.
- Must have vitamin adequacy.
- Must supply ample mineral salts.
- Must supply our needs for essential fatty acids.
- Must supply our needs for caloric values.
21. Please give me some economic facts about junk food.
- Junk foods are very expensive to eat in terms of the actual nutrition provide. Most junk foods have only about 10% of the food you are paying for. The rest is for pretty packaging, promotion, advertising and profits.
- Junk foods cost you twice. Once when you pay the over-inflated prices for them and again when you pay the costs of ill-health that they produce.
- A typically overfed American family can save anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 a year if they eliminate all fast foods, junk foods and convenience foods from their diets. This saving results from the actual costs of the junk foods, the sick time lost because of them, and the incidental expenses of eating such foods.
22. Can you elaborate on why you think grains are so harmful?
It is funny how this question is a constant…Goes to show us all how “in-grained” grains are in our thinking.
So, let’s try answering it again a different way:
- Grains are hard to digest and high in phytic acid which tends to bind calcium, iron and zinc, making them unavailable to the body.
- Grains are unbalanced in potassium and sodium.
- Grains are acid forming.
- Grains cannot be eaten raw to any meaningful extent.
- Grains contain large amounts of starches which are difficult to digest and utilize.
There is no nutrient supplied by grains that cannot be obtained from other, healthier sources
23. Can you consume too much caffeine?
Symptoms of too much caffeine include irritability; insomnia; a slight fever; tachycardia (rapid heart action); arrhythmias (disturbance in heartbeat rhythm); release of catecholamines from the adrenal medulla, which affects the central nervous system of the addict as well as the metabolic rate, the smooth muscle and the temperature. Caffeine is very stimulating and results in impaired motor function. Children are affected by caffeine the most as their body weights are lower and their bodies are generally less toxic (“tolerant”) than adults’ and more vital. (They obtain caffeine generally from colas and chocolate rather than coffee).
As we discuss in TurboCharged, the jury is out as to whether we should consume any caffeine or not. If you enjoy a tea or coffee, go for it. But keep it to no more than two normal cups daily. AND, if you notice any of the ill effects listed above, we’d recommend you go decaf ASAP!
24. Almost the entire health community advocates the use of food supplements, including minerals, because they realize that most people will not eat the diet you advocate. How can people who don’t eat the most healthful diet still get the vitamins and minerals they need?
We sadly accept that not everyone will believe that they can TurboCharge their body. They will embrace sugar in its assorted forms over a life of health, great spirits and a greater likelihood of disease free longevity.
Yet, we believe that even people on a typical “junk food” diet can be convinced to eat one or two pieces of fruit a day or a small raw salad or a handful of raisins. There are more usable vitamins and minerals in a single apple than in a whole bottle of supplements. You simply cannot get the vitamins and minerals you need from a bottle or a drugstore. Only the diet can supply needed nutrients. If a person is unwilling to adopt a healthy diet, then at least eat a small amount of “real” food each day. The body will work hard to make do with any nutrients in their natural food form, no matter how small the amount.
B. The Body and Digestion
1. Can you describe the fuel efficiency of fruits and vegetables compared to other sources of carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates found in fresh fruits and vegetables are the most efficient source of energy when compared to grains and other processed and refined foods. This is due to the fact that they are already in the form required to be used as fuel in the body. They both have a naturally high moisture content which aides in the digestion process and a more moderated release of sugar into the bloodstream along with helping keep the body hydrated. The processing of grains and other refined processed foods is very dehydrating and overly acidic in metabolic waste.
2. Why don’t TurboChargers mega-dose on vitamins?
Vitamins are used by the body as co-enzymes, working with other substances to assist in chemical reactions within the body. They are best supplied by food as found in nature. In nature they are present in the exact quantities needed for this purpose. Providing a larger amount will not help the process. In fact, all excesses must then be eliminated. This elimination process puts an additional strain on the body. Large doses of vitamins taken out of context of the original food act in the body like drugs and have a detrimental effect on body functions.
3. Isn’t there sometimes a need for a mega-dose of a particular nutrient when there is a severe deficiency?
A deficiency of an individual nutrient rarely exists in isolation. If a person has a “calcium deficiency,” it may be because there is not enough phosphorous in the diet, which is used by the body together with calcium, or a vitamin D deficiency may be responsible for the exhibited calcium deficiency. By supplying a large amount of a specific nutrient, you ignore the other accompanying needs of the body.
Finally, along with this idea is the concept of the “law of minimum.” This states that the body is able to use a certain nutrient only to the extent that other necessary nutrients are available. If, for example, you had only enough copper in the body to aid in assimilation of 10 milligrams of iron, taking 30 extra milligrams of iron would do the body no good. Nature provides the minerals and other nutrients we need in a perfectly balanced combination within foods. When we introduce large amounts of minerals, vitamins, etc. in a fragmented form, we throw the body out of balance.
4. How does starch digestion differ from protein digestion?
Starch digestion begins in the mouth with the enzyme ptyalin. This enzyme enters the stomach with the starch and digestion continues. Starch digestion requires an alkaline or neutral medium. Further digestion can take place in the duodenum where more starch splitting enzymes are secreted. Protein digestion starts in the stomach where acid enzymes are secreted. Proteins require an acid medium for digestion.
5. Why do you recommend “Enlightened Fasting” for greater health and healing?
An “Enlightened Fast” is one that is low in total calories and it forces the cells to use stored reserves (mainly excess body fat) to meet energy requirements. Enlightened fasting days should only be used by people who are either not feeling well or those who need to reduce body fat. On these days, the calorie range should be no less than 300 calories and no more than 800. Primarily these calories should be fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, meats, chicken, fish and cheese. On this diet the body can eliminate toxic wastes built up through improper diet and living habits along with excess fat that is never healthy.
6. Please explain your concept of “Enlightened Fasting”.
Fasting offers the body a complete rest. It eliminates almost all causes of problems and gives the body a chance to normalize all systems. After this “normalization” the body is more receptive to dietary changes.
TurboChargers don’t skip food altogether. We fill our tanks with lots of water and when practicing Enlightened Fasting we eat 300-800 calories per day of TurboChargedfoods like fresh raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seed, meats, fish, chicken, cheese or eggs. The end effect is the elimination of excess body fat and waste that might have been in storage mode. As soon as ideal body fat levels are reached, TurboChargers resume eating all TurboCharged foods in unlimited quantities.
7. When should someone consider Enlightened Fasting for better health?
Some of the signs that an Enlightened Fast is needed are excess body fat, absence or excessive hunger, coated tongue, foul breath, pain, desire to lose weight or improve one’s health, inflammation, fever, ulcer, abdominal distress, constipation, enlarged tonsils, vomiting, excretion of mucus, diarrhea, or other acute signs that toxins are being eliminated.
During Enlightened Fasting the TurboCharged way the body will be consuming accumulated waste material and fat reserves within the body. Nutritional reserves and nonessential reserves are being used along with the 300 calorie minimum to 800 calorie maximum we recommend.
Remember: TurboChargers DO NOT skip food. We drink plenty of water and eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, chicken, eggs and cheese. But during Enlightened we limit our calories of these foods to the 300 minimum to 800 calorie range.
8. What happens to the body during longer periods of Enlightened Fasting?
- Breakdown of body fat. Weight and body mass reduces but if TurboCharged Steps are followed, only body fat is lost.
- Diversion of energy from digestive processes to tissues for repair and rejuvenation. Blood that normally flows to digestive organs can now flow to other tissues, bringing oxygen and other nutrients and carrying wastes away.
- Physiological rest is secured. Greater rest is possible during Enlightened Fasting that lets internal organs rebuild their strength.
- Wastes are eliminated, and the body begins housecleaning.
- The body moves into TurboCharged status, meaning it will begin to process future meals more efficiently and efficiently switch to fat burning status as necessary.
9. Garlic and onions give me serious indigestion. Why?
Garlic and onions are interesting studies. Literature claims both benefits and detriments. The pro-voices believe that both help digestion. The con-voices say garlic and onions should be avoided because they contain toxic compounds (mustard oil and allicin). Neither garlic nor onions will pass the “mouthful test”—which is a good way to test whether a food is good for you or not. With the mouthful test, if you put a food into your mouth directly, start to chew and find the experience unpleasant—this is a good indicator that maybe it is not an ideal food. For example, a mouthful of either, eaten in it’s raw state would result in obvious discomfort and possibly serious injury.
PS: Obvious chocolate, ice cream and other sugar laden treats trick the “mouth test initially. However, spend a few months eating TurboCharged foods and you will be quite surprised to see how unpleasant sugar and sugar/fat/carbohydrate combos become. (Yes, take that as a dare!)
10. I get indigestions from nuts. Any suggestions?
Nuts and seeds are best combined with green leafy and other non-starchy vegetables for best digestion. PLUS— the benefit of small mouthfuls that are chewed very thoroughly cannot be overlooked. Remember, in your digestive tract that goes from your mouth to your anus—it is only your teeth that are truly capable of pummeling and chopping down textures like nuts—or even a fruit, vegetable or chunk of meat. Lesson: Eat slowly, take your time to chew every bite completely before swallowing and will experience the positive effects.
11. I love melons–but they give me gas. Should I stop eating them?
Melons do not combine well with any food and should be eaten alone. They should also not be combined with other melons. Melon is a nutritious food. So whether you choose watermelon, honeydews, cantaloupe or any other melon, just eat it alone. It makes a filling and satiating meal that delivers vitamins with plenty of naturally occurring water. And, as Lorain Cordain, Ph.D. and his research team have proven—it is virtually impossible to overeat.
12. What factors contribute to ideal digestion?
Aside from the type of food and combinations of foods eaten, good digestion depends on the overall health of the body. The more toxin free the body, the better the whole system works. In addition, positive emotions also contribute to good digestion. Digestion is at its optimum in a healthy, happy person.
13. What do you mean when you talk about ease and efficiency of digestion?
Ease and efficiency of digestion concerns both how well the body uses or handles a food and how well caloric needs are met after digestion. A good food should have no pathogenic effects and should yield sufficient calories without expending too many calories for digestion.
14. Do our emotional states affect the physiological process of digestion?
We are not psychologists. However, from a physical perspective, when we are happy and relaxed, digestion is efficient. When we are in a state of worry or fear, certain physiological changes take place in the body that stop or inhibit the process of digestion. Any intense emotions will cause these changes.
Foods may upset our mental and emotional equilibrium when they have nutrient deficiencies or are poorly utilized. Also toxins in unsuitable foods can contribute to mental and emotional problems.
Most people eat destructive foods to satisfy emotional needs or associations. Eating these foods can in turn, cause emotional and mental disturbances, and contribute to poor health. Also emotions can cause us to over or under eat. Either of these is detrimental to our health and TurboChargers.
15. How will TurboCharged affect a lean vs. fatter body?
People who have excess fat reserves can handle the lower-calorie version of more vegetables and less fruits better than the very lean people. For optimum health and well-being, however, it is advisable as soon as possible commence Enlightened Fasting and consume a diet of primarily fruits. Not only will the body begin to function much more efficiently on this low calorie fruit-based diet, but it will assist in the elimination of accumulated toxic wastes. Another important benefit of the very low calorie fruit-based diet is that it provides a sufficient amount of nutrients to meet our needs while allowing the body to access fat reserves for energy. Add some fresh nuts, seeds, meats, chicken, eggs and fish and you’ll be well on your way to feeling fabulous.
C. Health and Disease
1. Can you describe health and what it looks like?
True health is when all body functions are in perfect working order. Likewise, a healthy person appears perfect in all ways. Health manifests itself in smooth and supple skin, crystal clear white eyes, an agreeable aroma of both breath and body. The body should have shapely well-defined muscles that possess boundless energy along with a happy, confident and helpful disposition.
2. Will the TurboCharged program cure me of my high cholesterol and diabetes?
The concept of “cure” is erroneous because there is no such thing as a cure. Anything that is done to alleviate symptoms may give the illusion of being a cure, when in reality; it is doing exactly the opposite. Only the body can “cure” itself. All afflictions are self-healing processes being conducted by the body itself. Any attempt to suppress the symptoms also suppresses the healing process. Healing is a much more appropriate term for the process because it more accurately describes the purpose and result.
The concept of “prevention” is also erroneous in the context that it is most often used because thee are no vaccines, shots or drugs that can be used to prevent disease. The only thing that can prevent disease is to discontinue the causes, which is also the only way to get well.
3. Is it true certain foods can “cure”?
No foods, fruits or other have curative properties. Only the body can cure itself. The main advantage of eating an optimal diet like TurboCharged is that it places little strain on the body for digestive processing so the body can use the extra energy for repair and regeneration.
4. From your perspective, what is the cause and purpose of disease?
Disease is caused by an accumulation of toxic wastes in the body. This toxic build up is the result of unhealthful living and eating practices that reduce the body’s supply of nerve energy to a point where it is unable to successfully eliminate metabolic wastes and ingested poisons.
Disease is usually a body-instituted effort whose sole purpose is to rid the body of the accumulated toxins. The severity of the disease or healing crisis is directly related to the amount of vitality left in the body and the amount of toxins which need to be eliminated. Disease is the body’s way of healing itself.
5. Why do I feel cold-like symptoms whenever I start eating healthier?
When the diet is improved the body is not being stressed by toxins and uses less energy in the digestion and utilization or foods. This extra energy available is used to cleanse the body. Symptoms are merely an indication that “house cleaning” has been initiated. Work with it and don’t do anything to stifle those sniffles. They will pass and you will be healthier in the long run.
6. Please define what TurboChargers mean when they say something is “toxic”?
Toxic means poisonous. Any substance put into the body which cannot be used, must be eliminated and is therefore toxic. Anything that upsets the normal processes of the body is considered toxic.
7. Is TurboCharged anti-exercise?
We are often asked this question, although we don’t understand why. NO—we are not anti-exercise. Our only issue with exercise is during periods when one wants to drop excess body fat fast, any kind of aerobic exercise will be counter-productive to your goal, assuming caloric intake has been reduced. This combo actually results in reductions of body mass and lean tissue is drawn for energy instead of simply body fat.
An exercise program designed as a part of an overall health plan should include contraction, flexibility and aerobic exercises to be considered complete. Contraction exercises primarily build muscular strength and endurance. Flexibility exercises are used to develop optimum range of movement and posture. Aerobic exercises increase our capacity for work by making our cardiovascular system more efficient.
Once a body reaches TurboCharged status, if you want to run a marathon, climb a mountain or do any other physical feat that floats your boat—go for it. A TurboCharged body is a high performance vehicle and your time and experience will benefit from your TurboCharged status.
However, this said, the TurboCharged program as outlined in the book, is an absolutely healthful program and followed in its entirety is a holistic program for life. You never have to do more and should not do less, either. Once you have reached your goals and are in a healthful body fat range based on your height, age and weight, you only need to begin eating more of the Cruise Control foods while sticking with the Steps. This is sufficient for a lifetime of health. Activity, walking, mini-minutes of weight resistance, adequate hydration, a minute of meditation whenever needed will increase your chances of a long and healthy life. Besides this, make sure you wear a seat belt and don’t do anything else that is too crazy!
Consistency and building the program into your life forever is most important. A little bit of exercise forever is a lot more valuable than a lot for a short time then quitting. You should become as consistent with your TurboCharged routine as possible, every day.
8. What kind of rest do we need? What is sleep? What interferes with restful sleep?
We need four kinds of rest:
- Physiological rest; sleep and fasting.
- Sensory rest; sleep, fasting, meditation.
- Emotional rest; forgetting the problems of the day.
- Mental rest; meditation, giving our brain a rest.
One theory about sleep is that neurons become fatigued and lower their level of activity to a point where we lose consciousness (sleep), and then after they are sufficiently rested, we awaken. Another is that the brain stops reticular activating system (control over the body’s motor activities). The more widely accepted theory is that the body shuts down certain activities in order to recharge nerve energy. The brain and nervous system operate on low voltage electrical energy. When that energy gets below a certain level, he brain’s survival mode shuts down some systems for the purpose of recharging. In addition, some body processes occur predominantly during sleep. Sleep is a built in survival mechanism to make sure we don’t burn ourselves out.
If you are having a hard time sleeping, the cause is likely one of the following:
Improper diet (toxins).
- Eating anything other than a piece of fruit at bedtime as the brain cannot rest during digestion.
- Improper bedding.
- Lights or noise in sleeping environment.
- Lack of fresh air.
- Emotional or mental stress.
- Lack of activity during hours awake.
9. What is the role of water in our bodies?
Our bodies use water for all our nutritive processes. Water is the transport medium that brings the food to all the cells in the body. After nourishing the cells it also is responsible for transporting toxins and wastes out and away from the cells. Water is the main component of all body cells and fluids (blood, lymph, saliva, bile, etc.). It acts as a lubricant and is responsible for the body’s suppleness. It is also used as a medium for temperature regulation.
Further, from a TurboCharged perspective, we recognize that water simulates the same effects of bariatric surgery. It contributes to the sensation of a full-gut and consequently triggers satiety hormones that then make us feel satisfied while we eat less food.
Water is life itself. It is essential to all functions of our bodies. Without it, we wouldn’t be here. Recognizing this fact, the water we need should be the purest possible. Only pure water is conducive to proper body function. Any impurities in our water interfere with proper body function and put unnecessary stress on our systems.
10. Why do you focus so much on body fat?
Heart disease, strokes, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and many other diseases can result from an excess of fat in the body. Plus, we don’t like how it looks.