I intend to wait and see what the most frequently asked questions (FAQ) are, and then put the questions and answers here, possibly with links to references with the answers, possibly with this FAQ page as an example or possibly another page.
Question: Do you practice what you preach?
First of all, I am not preaching anything. There is no moral judgement implied in any of these ideas and articles. I am not offering personal advice. You make your own choices about what you eat or do not eat. Second, yes, for my health, I am happy to follow these methods, and mostly I do eat according to these ideas. I value my health more than my habits.
Question: This is draconian. Do you expect anybody to follow these ideas?
Answer: Again, I am not try to impose these ideas. I do not expect you to do anything. What you eat or do not eat is your choice. The question is still – what do you value more: your health or your habits? If you value your health more, then it is possibly to apply these ideas gradually, one-by-one, week-by-week or month-by-month. Then see how you feel. Recipes that apply these ideas are listed and to be detailed. By the way, the ideas on this website are not original to me. They have all been described and independently confirmed by medical doctors over many years.
Question: This costs too much. How can I possibly feed myself and my family on a budget?
Answer: If you are a vegan, then beans, legumes, and grains can be less expensive sources of protein than processed foods. If you eat animals, as I do, then eating eggs or small portions of beef, turkey, or chicken is an economic option. For details, read this Guide to Eating Paleo on a Budget.
On a strict household budget, plan your meals weekly or with some other cycle. Then shop around, and buy your food according to your plan. Buy local vegetables and fruits particularly when they are in season, or else grow your own. Buying directly from farmers can be less expensive. Even in a cold winter, root vegetables are often in season. Buy nuts and seeds in bulk. You can save money by buying fresh or possibly frozen ingredients and then preparing them yourself, instead of buying packaged processed meals and heating them in the microwave.
One reason that certain foods are so cheap is that they are subsidized. The price does not reflect the true cost, including the subsidies, the de-mineralization of the soil, and some often unsavory labor practices. If you believe that “if God had meant for me to cook, then why did he invent restaurants?”, then even you can learn to cut and steam vegetables and to cook omelets. The price of bad health often greatly exceeds the costs of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and either eggs and beef or beans, grains and legumes. By the way, on average over one year, you eat more or less one thousand kilograms of food (about two thousand two hundred pounds). Do you really think that this does not determine your health?
Question: What do I eat?
Answer: For my health, mostly I drink smoothies (or lemonade), eat steamed vegetables and raw fruit, cook omelets (or turkey or beef) with onions, spinach, and mushrooms, and eat nuts and seeds. Herbs and spices make it possible to flavor almost any dish. My shopping list of foods I eat is OptimalFoodsforMyHealth. This list also includes foods I avoid. Occasionally, I contradict myself for various reasons. You may or may not like these foods, which is of no concern to me. I am not suggesting that you eat like this. I suggest that you think about the ideas, talk about them, and then choose to act or not. What works for me may not work for you. Make your own choices, and think for yourself.
Question: What supplements do I take?
Answer: I cannot hope to offset unhealthy eating habits with supplements. My first choice is to change my eating habits to consume and absorb more minerals and vitamins and to excrete accumulated toxins. Most of what I eat are smoothies, steamed vegetables, and sauteed eggs, turkey, and beef. The best supplements for me are good-quality herbs and spices, such as ginger, clove, parsley, rosemary, thyme, garlic, cayenne pepper, fenugreek, cumin, and coriander. I also enjoy herbal tea of nettle, horsetail, dandelion, peppermint, and stevia. If I take a supplement, I pulse it. In other words, I take it for a week, then stop for a few days, then take it again for a week, then stop, and so on. If I take a supplement, I first ask myself: why? What do I hope to get from this supplement? Sometimes I add the following powdered supplements to my smoothies (for these reasons): he shou wu (zinc), chlorella (magnesium and detox), carob (calcium), slippery elm (swollen sinus), bee pollen (vitamin B), stevia (sweetener), and vitamin C (detox). In the winter, I take cod liver oil (vitamin D). Except for vitamin C, these are all ground from whole foods. Know your supplier and the origin. Beware that some supplements are contaminated with heavy metals and may be adulterated with other substances. Supplements are not the answer to unhealthy eating habits. The answer is first to modify eating habits. Regarding supplements, if you use them, then it is better to start low and go slow. The fact that a little is good does not mean that more is better.