The most frequently asked questions (FAQ) and answers are to be here, possibly with links to references with the answers, possibly with this FAQ page as an example or possibly another page. This page is a work in process.
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 lessons, 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. My health is my greatest treasure.
Question: This is draconian. Do you really expect anybody to follow these ideas?
Answer: Again, I am not trying to impose any of 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 possible to apply these ideas gradually, one-by-one, week-by-week or month-by-month. Then see how you feel. See the “sexy seven” recipes. 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 with blood type A, then oatmeal, rice, beans, lentils, buckwheat, peas, and soy sprouts can be healthy and less expensive sources of protein than processed foods. If you eat animals and have blood type O, as I do, then eating eggs or small portions of high-quality beef, turkey, or liver is an economic option. For details, read this Guide to Eating Paleo on a Budget.
To further save money, on a strict household budget, you can plan your meals weekly or every three days. 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 local farmers can be less expensive, if you can organize the transport. Community-supported agriculture is an economic option.
Even in a cold winter, root vegetables, such as carrots, parsnips, and turnips, 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 make smoothies, 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 rice, 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 affect your health?
Question: What do I eat and drink to maintain my health?
Answer: For you, this depends on your body shape, your blood type, your history, and most of all on listening to your body.
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, eat nuts and seeds, and flavor with herbs and spices. My shopping list of foods I eat is OptimalFoodsforMyHealth. This list also includes foods I avoid. Occasionally, I contradict myself for various reasons. My favorite contradiction is dark chocolate, which has some sugar. Also, contrary to blood type eating, I eat coconut oil, Brazil nuts, and drink apple cider vinegar. I am not suggesting that you eat like this. I suggest that you think about the ideas, discuss them, and then choose to act or not. What works for me may not work for you. I suggest that you think for yourself, and make your own choices.
Question: What supplements do I take?
Answer: Supplements cannot and do not offset unhealthy eating habits. 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 D3). 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. I am not selling supplements.