Living or Dead Food: You Choose
Do you recall that this book started with me praising the magnificence of life? Therein lies the secret of success. You’re looking for a miracle? You are a miracle. The life that animates every cell in your body is a miracle, the grandest miracle of all. Nothing could be more elemental and more self-evident than the statement, “Life begets life, and death begets death.” You might be saying, “Gee, no kidding. Tell me something I don’t know.” But as obvious and brimming with truth as that statement is, there are those who have allowed themselves through advertising, propaganda and conditioning to lose sight of that simple truth.
That greatest miracle of all, the human being. ―MARYA MANNES
Everything that lives is holy, life delights in life. ―WILLIAM BLAKE
What if I posed the title of this chapter to you in the form of a question: “Living or dead, what’s your choice?” It’s almost laughable to think anyone would choose death over life in any circumstance. Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are called upon to make that choice every single day, and you might be shocked to learn what your decision is more often than not. Whatever could I be talking about? I am referring to your food choices.
What are our most urgent necessities for life? Air, water and food. We have scant, if any, control over the air we breathe, not that it’s air that makes us fat. We are water beings living on a water planet. Both our bodies and the surface of Earth are approximately 70 percent water. We have far more control over the type and quality of water we drink, and we must be diligent in seeking out the purest available. But, again, it’s not the water we drink that makes us fat.
So, what is it?
Let’s see . . . what’s left? Oh yeah, food! We will each eat approximately seventy tons of food in our lifetimes, and it is the quality of that food that will be the greatest determining factor in the quality of our lives―the greatest determining factor in whether we will be overweight or not. Remove any one of the three primary necessities of life and we die. Without air, life will end in about six minutes. Without water, life can go as long as two to three weeks, although most would succumb in about a week to ten days. Without food, death would occur in about six to eight weeks, although there are extraordinary cases of people surviving longer. One thing is for certain: Depriving the human body of food will result in death.
We’ve all heard the old saying, “You are what you eat.” A truer statement has never been uttered. The living human body is made up of living cells. Lots of them. I’ve heard estimates ranging from 75 to 125 trillion cells. Each and every cell is bursting with life. Seen under a microscope, a single cell bustles with unimaginable activity. Tens of thousands of chemical actions and reactions take place every moment, taking in nutrients, performing the activities of life and eliminating waste.
Every day approximately 300 billion cells die off and are replaced by living ones that are produced at the impressive rate of about 200 million every minute.1 Guess what the new replacement cells are made from? The food you eat. It is an absolute, unassailable fact that our bodies are made of the food we eat, and if food is withheld, we die. This isn’t conjecture. This isn’t open for debate. No food, no life. We come now to the very heart of the matter―the heart of this book. The health and the weight of your body are entirely based on the type and quality of the food you eat. So here it is my friends: the simple, obvious, straightforward answer to the problem of overweight that I have been alluding to. It is the one concept you need to grasp and the one action you need to take to end the battle for the rest of your life. Don’t blink because it can be revealed in its entirety with one short sentence, which appears in bold to the right. That’s it. That is the cornerstone of this article, and everything else is merely commentary. EAT MORE LIVING FOOD THAN DEAD FOOD!
Now that I’ve stated it, after all the build-up, I can understand if you are a bit unsatisfied. Perhaps you were expecting it to be something more esoteric or momentous. Questions may be coming to the surface such as, “Oh, come on, man, that’s all you have to tell me?” Or, “What in blazes does he even mean by that?” Or, “Huh?” But remember, I have told you all along it is so uncomplicated and straightforward that the simplicity of the message is what has eluded people.
If you are feeling at all let down, yes, I want you to know that I understand because no matter how much I tried to prepare you for the fact that it was something astonishingly simple, I think the tendency is still to expect something super-extraordinary that would blow your mind―some totally unexpected revelation that would magically, miraculously ring true like nothing else ever had before. I am asking you to please hang in there with me―you won’t be sorry.
I have been familiar with, worked with and seen the results of people eating more living food than dead food for nearly thirty-five years. You have had but a few moments to give thought to and contemplate the concept. I want to assure you that the more familiar you become with it, the longer you have to ponder it and, most importantly, the longer you have actually incorporated it into your lifestyle, the more it will reveal itself to be the momentous and extraordinary concept it is.
All great ideas are controversial, or have been at one time. ―GEORGE SELDES
I promise you that by the time you have finished the book, you will have a brand-new understanding and appreciation for what eating more living food than dead food means. And all questions and concerns you may have now as to how doing so will help you lose weight will be answered. If you desired to play the piano, it is extremely unlikely that you would realistically think that after learning all the keys and taking a couple of lessons you would be ready to give a concert at Carnegie Hall.
If you want to become good at something, you have to practice it―whether it’s playing the piano, operating a computer or riding a bicycle. It’s the same thing here. As I stated earlier, you have just learned of the concept of eating more living food than dead food so you understandably have no familiarity with it. Over the course of this website, that will change.
Everything you need to know about what living and dead foods are, why it is important to eat more living than dead food, what can be expected upon doing so, and how to intelligently and comfortably incorporate more living food than dead food into your eating lifestyle will be revealed in detailed, unencumbered plain talk. Then, after seeing the wisdom of the concept itself, it will just be a matter of experiencing firsthand the results that automatically ensue once the principle is put into practice.
The first step in this process is to define what living foods are and what dead foods are. I’ve counseled people one-on-one. They felt sick or couldn’t take off the weight they desired, so I would familiarize myself with their personal dietary background and then design a personalized program for them to follow in order to achieve their goals. This played a huge role in my own education and understanding of the relationship between diet and health. I was then and am today astounded at how few people can describe the difference between a food that is living and a food that is dead.
Usually the first thing that would come to mind when they thought of a dead food was some kind of meat because an animal had to die to provide it. “You mean like a hamburger or something?” It’s amazing how oriented we are to eating meat in this country. You’d be stunned to know how many people, upon my asking them how much living food they ate, would ask, “You mean like raw meat or fish?”
The very first thing I would ask of those who came to me for advice was to describe to me what their diet was, not in generalities but in meticulous detail. Then I would ask them to describe what they put into their bodies on one average day, leaving out absolutely nothing no matter how small an amount. I can’t recall a single instance where those I was helping were not shocked and dismayed, nearly to the point of embarrassment, upon learning the huge disparity of living food over dead food that predominated their diets. It turned out to be about 10 percent living. Occasionally it was more, but with more frequency it was less. Of course, that was precisely why they were seeking my help.
The easiest way for me to explain the difference between living food and dead food, so that there can be possible mistake in your understanding, is by explaining what enzymes are. More and more as of late, enzymes are being researched and talked about with increasing regularity, and with good reason. Perhaps you have been hearing about them yourself but aren’t quite sure exactly what they are or, more importantly, what an immense and immeasurable role they play in our lives. We cannot help but be impressed with the profusion and diversity of life that is abundantly displayed at every turn. This little jewel of a planet is bursting with more life than all of the rest of the known universe combined.
If it were not for enzymes the planet Earth would be as lifeless. Every plant, every animal, every human being lives because of enzymes. The animating force or power or principle that allows life to be lived resides inside these tiny little protein chemicals called enzymes. A living food is, therefore, one that has its enzymes intact. A dead food is one that has its enzymes destroyed. It’s as simple as that. And how are enzymes destroyed? Heat! At the temperature of 118° F, enzymes are wiped out. I don’t mean they are compromised or degraded―they are obliterated. And 118° F is far, far less heat than is required to cook food.
If you are anything like the people I described above, whom I counseled one-on-one, and if you are still struggling to bring your weight down to a more comfortable level, chances are you are not eating nearly the amount of living food you should be eating. If your diet is most heavily dominated by foods that are devitalized and denatured, in other words, dead, then you are only making your effort more difficult.
Ever hear of Sisyphus? In Greco-Roman mythology Sisyphus was doomed to forever push a huge, heavy stone uphill. If he ever stopped pushing it up, it would roll back down, and he would have to start all over again. Attempting to successfully and permanently lose weight while trying to nourish the living body with more dead food than living food is to put yourself in the same predicament as the ill-fated Sisyphus. We never stop investigating. We are never satisfied that we know enough to get by.
Every question we answer leads on to another question. This has become the greatest survival trick of our species. ―DESMOND MORRIS