General Health & Wellness Philosophy
The lifestyle choices you make are inevitably tied to your health status and performance. Youngevity’s Healthy LifeStyle™ Philosophy is a comprehensive, yet easy-to-follow, strategy to help you achieve your nutritional and health goals safely, while delivering key nutrients your body needs for optimal wellness and continued success.
Three Simple Principles
Three Simple Principles
Our approach to building a healthy lifestyle is based on three simple principles:
I. Eat strategically
II. Consume only the best nutrition (Healthy Body Paks)
III. Focus on energy and recovery
With the help of renowned medical, dietary, and fitness experts, Youngevity has developed 7 Healthy Body Paks delivering science-based, targeted nutritional support.
Proper nutrition isn’t just about eating the right foods, it’s also about making sure you’re eating them properly and enough so that you’re getting the right calories that will give your body the vitality and strength it needs
strat•e•gy (strat’i-jee). n. A systematic plan of action to achieve a well-defined goal.
A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just happen per chance; you must create a detailed plan that fits. This makes taking specific action easier. The better the plan, the easier it is to follow, and the likelier you are to reach your goals.
Broad brushed suggestions (“cut calories, exercise more”) can help, but if you’re like most people, you lead a busy lifestyle. You want specifics. You just want to know what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.
This is what we kept in mind when we designed Youngevity Healthy LifeStyles. Our nutrition program features precise, yet easy-to-follow instructions to help you reach your goals. For example, rather than tell you to “just eat healthier,” we suggest specific foods and nutrients that will deliver targeted benefits when your body needs them the most.
The Best Sources
Oranges are good for you because they contain vitamin C, right? But did you know they also have over 170 different phytonutrients (plant nutrients), 60 flavonoids (powerful antioxidants), fibers, pectins, sugars (and the list goes on)?
That’s the wonderful thing about food. It contains entire arrays of nutrients that sustain the human body and keep it functioning at optimal levels. However, all foods are not created equally. Some foods have more of a certain nutrient than others, while some contain just empty calories.
Getting the most out of nutrition isn’t just about consuming healthy foods. It’s also about determining which foods are the best sources of key nutrients and combining them with others to deliver complete and balanced nutrition. We all know there is no one perfect food. But there’s a (close to) perfect combination of nutrients that can provide powerful benefits.
Figuring out which food/nutrient combinations and quantities work best isn’t easy. Fortunately, with the Youngevity Healthy LifeStyle™, the work is done for you!
Energy and Recovery
What does it feel like to be healthy?
Your individual answer, of course, depends on your age, ambitions, health status, and life experiences. But collectively, nearly everyone agrees that “having energy” is essential to good health.
Great health starts with having the energy you need to accomplish your goals and to live life to the fullest. But you can’t have that energy unless you properly recover each day.
Did you know that your body is in constant state of building up and breaking down? From the time you wake up until the time you fall asleep, you are breaking down your body as you’re subjected to physical, psychological, and environmental stresses. In fact, the purpose of sleep is to place your body in full recovery mode.
Nutrition is vital to this ongoing cycle of energy and recovery. Not only does nutrition provide your body what it needs to minimize the trauma during break down, but provides the elements your body needs to heal and recover. Youngevity Healthy LifeStyle™ focuses on delivering targeted nutrition, so you can maximize your body’s own energy production and healing and recovery.
Nutritional Advisory Board
Youngevity is committed to providing you with high quality, science-based nutrition. Our Nutritional Advisory Board is compromised of leading experts in medicine, nutrition, and human performance. Our Board Members are actively engaged in the continued research and development of the Youngevity dietary supplements and the Youngevity Healthy LifeStyle™ Nutritional Programs, Tools, and Educational Materials.
Youngevity Healthy LifeStyle™ follows a simple set of principles that Dr. Wallach has developed through over 50 years of research and understanding how the body functions. Healthy nutrition is not about being exact with your calories or foods, but it is important to understand the basic nutritional principles that will keep you from eating harmful things.
A Healthy Lifestyle always starts with Dr. Wallach’s 10 Good and Bad Foods.
“It’s not what you eat that is most important, it’s what you’re absorbed that is critical.” – Dr. Joel Wallach
There are certain foods that are the most nutrient dense and there are foods that actually block the ability for you to absorb the valuable nutrients inside food. Dr. Wallach 10 Good/Bad Food list provides the exact foods, ways of cooking and consuming food, and reversal of some of the most notorious nutrition myths. For a Healthy Lifestyle it’s critical to adhere to these principles and you’ll get the most out of your nutrition, your dietary supplements, and YOU!
- Eggs – Eggs should be the staple of your diet. They are considered by many as a super food. Not only do they contain vital cholesterol that your brain, nerves, and hormones need to function but they also contain a whole slew of proteins, EFA’s, vitamins and minerals that help your body function. Dr. Wallach recommends 8-12 eggs a day (for Alzheimer’s and other dementia’s it is recommended you eat 10+ eggs a day to feed your brain the cholesterol it needs to function). Do not over cook eggs, soft scramble them in butter and salt, soft boil them, poach them, or eat them raw in a smoothie. Note that there is a chance to get salmonella from the outside shell of the egg that was exposed to the cloaca of the chicken. Dr. Glidden recommends that if you are going to eat raw eggs to put a teaspoon of bleach into a quart of water and put the eggs into the solution, then dry them off and they are ready to use. The bleach will kill off any micro organisms on the outside of the shell. If you hard boil an egg and the yolk has a greenish coating, this means that the cholesterol has been degraded, so it is best to soft boil eggs. If you are allergic to chicken eggs then you can try goose, duck, or quail eggs.
- Iodized Salt – Your body needs salt to create stomach acid. If you are on a salt restricted diet you will not be able to create stomach acid causing acid reflux/heart burn. So use as much salt as you want and salt your food to taste.
- Dairy – Full fat whole milk only. No skim, 1, or 2 percent milk.
- Beef – Rare or medium-rare only. Make sure there are no grill or char marks on your meat. Use a pressure cooker or crockpot.
- Vegetables – Do not stir fry your vegetables(see fried foods below). Organically grown produce is not nutritionally better than conventionally grown. If you look at the requirements for produce to be labeled by the USDA as organic, you will be surprised to find that the produce must be grown from soil that has not had prohibited substances applied to it for only 3 years. So a field could have been sprayed with prohibited substances for 50 years but if they stop spraying it for three years with prohibited substances then it can be certified organic. Back in 1936 it was brought to our governments attention that our soils where horribly depleted through US Senate Document #264. So no matter what you eat, organic or conventional, it is impossible to get all the nutrients your body needs every day from the food you eat.
- Nuts – Salted or mixed nuts are okay. Because most peanuts are contaminated with fungus it is recommended you don’t eat them. Do not eat nuts that have been processed on the same machines as wheat.
- Nut Butters – Nut butters are fine to eat as long as they have no extra sugar or oils. Your can make your own oil and sugar free with a powerful blender.
- Pure Buckwheat – It isn’t wheat.
- Couscous – Made from pearl millet only.
- Corn – Corn is one of the foods we suggest buying organic because most conventional corn is genetically modified which can hurt your digestive tract.
- Tea & Green Tea
- Red Wine
- Filtered Water – Four to eight 8 oz. glasses of water daily.Avoid soft plastic bottles and BPA. Avoid drinking tap water since most cities floridate their water. Fluoride has been proven to reduce your IQ, motivation, and creativity. Recently even Harvard University has released a study linking fluoride to “significantly lower” IQ scores. Do not drink any alkaline waters just before or while eating since it neutralizes your stomach acid like carbonated drinks which prevents digestion and absorption of nutrients.
- Hyperthyroidism – If you suffer from hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid) you need to eat cruciferous vegetables because they will suppress and reduce thyroid function.Some more common examples of cruciferous vegetables are: horseradish, kale, collard greens, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, turnip, mustard seed, arugula, watercress, radish, and wasabi.
- Oats/Oatmeal – The grains we eat today have been altered to withstand weather, insects, and weed killers resulting in a gluten protein that our stomachs just cannot break down. When the gluten travels through our intestinal track undigested, it destroys the Villi and micro Villi that is meant to absorb the nutrients from our foods. This leads to digestive, chronic health problems, and diseases. This includes some alcoholic beverages. Dr. Wallach says to avoid these grains even if it states on the package that they are gluten free.
- Fried Food – When you fry foods or overheat them it produces acrylamidesand free radicals. These carcinogens can lead to inflammation in your digestive track and arteries, oxidation damage to your nerves and soft tissues, and cause certain cancers. This includes stir fry.
- Oils – Cooking oils, olive oil, even coconut oil oxidizes when oxygen comes in contact with it. When you eat oxidized oil it causes inflammation, oxidation damage, and destroys tissues in your body. This includes mayonnaise, salad dressings, fish packed in oils, and any food in oil. In nature there is no cooking oil tree, and no spigot at the base an olive tree to get oil from. So our bodies where just not designed to eat mass quantities of oils like we do today.
- Well Done Meat (Rare or Medium Rare is ok) – Carcinogenic heterocyclic amines are created by high temperature cooking of meat. Make sure when cooking on a barbecue that you do not let the flames touch the meat, or let the juices from the meat hit the charcoal and coat it with burnt smoke. Dr. Wallach says that “Heterocyclic amines are the most egregious cancer causing substances on earth.”
- Deli Meats/Cold Cuts – Most deli meats, hot dogs, and bacon have nitrates and nitrites in them as preservatives. Nitrites and nitrates cause inflammation, tissue destruction, oxidation, and free radical damage. If you can get nitrate/nitrite free deli meats, then you are okay to consume them.
- Carbonated Beverages – Carbonated beverages neutralize your stomach acid and reduce your ability to digest and absorb the nutrients from your food and supplements. Phosphoric acid is especially bad for you, and will rob calcium from your bones.
- Potato/Yam/Sweet Potato Skins – The skin is okay to eat only after you boil it.
- Phytates – Phytic acid is most commonly found in beans, seeds, and some nuts. It will bind to minerals in your foods or supplements causing them not to be absorbed by your body. To avoid this make sure you take your minerals two to three hours before or after you consume a meal with Phytates.Some examples of phytates are: linseeds, sesame seeds, almonds, brazilnuts, coconuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, corn, brown rice, polished rice, pinto beans, chickpeas, hummus, lentils, soybeans, tofu, and spinach.
- Hypothyroidism – If you suffer from hypothyroidism (under active thyroid) you need to avoid eating cruciferous vegetables because they will suppress and reduce thyroid function.Some more common examples of cruciferous vegetables are: horseradish, kale, collard greens, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, turnip, mustard seed, arugula, watercress, radish, and wasabi.
Additional Bad Food List For Diabetics
Make sure to keep measuring your blood sugar levels just like you did before starting 90 for life. Then when your sugar levels begin to drop, go back to your doctor and have them reduce your medications appropriately until you are prescription and drug free.
On top of eliminating the 10 Bad Foods above, it is advised to eliminate the following foods from your diet as well until you get your blood sugar levels normalized for a month without the help of prescription drugs.
- Fruit Juice
- Dried Fruit
- Agave Syrup
- Maple Syrup
- Gluten Free Grains