Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Student Question: Combining Starches and Protein?

Question: For food combining. It says not to eat protein and starches together. We have always made supper as a meat, veggie and potatoe or rice. So that would be protein and starch. So what I am wondering is, how far apart do they have to be to be eaten? For example, if raw foods are eaten as a first course and then the meal and finish up with fruit as dessert, does that give sufficient time for things to be digested before the fruit is eaten, or should it be spaced out even more? The same goes with protein and starch. Could you eat raw foods, then some veggies and starch and then protein after, or should there be more time inbetween eating them both?


The way of eating that you are talking about is part of an alkaline diet. Some doctors have made this diet famous by claiming that all people should eat using this method. This wouldn't hurt anyone, but it is not very realistic either, and does not take into account that all people have different needs and lifestyles.

I would suggest an alkaline diet for anyone who has an "acidic" lifestyle. This would include anyone who does heavy exercise or is training for sports, anyone who has a lot of stress in their life, anyone who drinks coffee or sodas or consumes fast foods or "junk foods" more than three times a week, etc...a full profile of what creates an acidic lifestyle can be found in the readings.

I also suggest that if someone is having a "highly acidic" day (one full of stress or a lot of exercise) that it would also be very helpful to follow a more alkaline diet that day.

If you have a vegetarian lifestyle, this diet is not as applicable because beans are proteins AND starches. This is another thing that confuses some people. A vegetarian's diet is naturally alkaline as long as they are eating whole foods and avoiding highly acidic foods such as coffee.

If you are eating healthy, whole foods and balanced meals that are minimally processed and generally include in-season produce, then that should be sufficient for the average person. It is only when our lives become unbalanced that we need to balance with strict diets - sometimes for long periods of time, sometimes for life, sometimes for short periods. It depends on the person and the situation.

One also needs to consider the amounts of protein being used. If you are using protein as a "flavor" rather than a main dish, this results in a more alkaline dish.

You are also correct in stating that if you take your time eating that the time in between your foods will be sufficient. If you finish a meal, you can have your desert or fruit about a half-hour later.

I hope this helps.

Blessings & Health,

Student Question: Trouble Seeing Iris Patterns?

I am doing Iridology and am on the first assignment, looking at the iris' of 4 people. I was looking at my youngest girls eyes and found it difficult. I am wondering if it would be because she is only 5, or if it is possible that I am having trouble because of my own eyes. You see, I had a cataract in my left eye and have had surgery. I can see well with it, but I am wondering if that can cause trouble in looking in others eyes. I could see some markings in my daughters eyes, but I found it hard to be able to see if something is raised, etc.

It is easier to see the portions of the iris that are raised by shining the penlight from the side of the head - this gives you more of a depth perspective. You can also take a picture of the iris with a digital camera - use different angles of light to do this - use sunlight or a very bright lamp from different angles so you get different views of the iris. Make sure you take visual note of the real colors as they will be distorted if you use a light source other than the sun or a flash. It is possible that your own vision makes it more difficult for you to see some of the iris signs. However, by changing the angle of light and viewing the iris with different lighting you should be able to compensate for this.

As an additional note, you did not say what color your daughter's eyes are. Some very dark brown eyes are difficult to see without first taking a photo or using a very bright light. Some eyes are so dark you cannot do a full iridology reading on them.

Hope this helps!

Blessings & Health,

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Instructor Notes: Comments on Reflexology Assignment

Every week I like to share some comments I make on student assignments. My itention is that by seeing other student's work this may inspire you. Additionally I am hoping that their work and my comments will help give you more insight into the course itself. This week I want to share one excerpt from a student's reflexology assignment:


1. In what areas of the world have evidence of ancient reflexology been found? Be specific.

Ancient reflexology can be found in 2300 BC in an Egyptian, Physician’s tomb. In this tomb, a pictograph resembling reflexology was found. In Asia, similar examples were found. Dr. William Fitzgerald mentioned a form of treatment that was known in India and China 5000 years ago. This form of treatment used pressure points. Incas from the ancient Peruvian civilization reaching back to 12, 000 BC were said to have passed zone therapy to the North American Indians. Cellini (1500-1571 AD) was a Florentine sculptor who used pressure on his fingers and toes to relieve pain.

Instructor Comment

This is a very good review of the different locations where reflexology was developed. I like to make sure people understand that healing systems did not come from just “one person”. Our history books like to attribute one person to inventing any one system or thing. In reality each invention and healing system is a work of many people and cultures.

Student Excerpts: Great Chart from Jennifer!

I wanted to share part of Jennifer's assignment this week. The chart she made for her reflexology assignment was organized and impressive. This is what she did