3 Lessons About Being Healthy

I would first of all like to say that I don’t treat disease. Disease is the body’s resistance against a cause or series of causes. My greatest lesson when it comes to being healthy is actually in 3 parts.

LESSON 1

We never catch disease; we earn it as it stems from crud in the blood from being drunk with junk! I know that sounds like the antithesis of our educational system. But it has saved my life more than once.

LESSON 2

We are all healthy automatically by design and sick only by default. Everything the body does is for the sake of survival or self-preservation. If you cut yourself, whether we like it or not, innately the wound starts to heal. Sometimes it takes longer to heal depending on the amount of poison we have in our body that the body has to deal with on a normal basis.

LESSON 3

We only get well by what comes out of us, never by what goes into us. This one is a real biggie. In so many words, beat it, don’t treat it or you’ll cheat it! The only way I could help you or your loved one is to lay out the foundation for being healthy with a strong emphasis on sensible eating.

Does it ever seem peculiar to you that dog and cat food commercials stress the nutritional qualities of the foods, mentioning that optional nutrition gives your pet the best chance of growing well and living healthfully? Why, do you ask, are children's foods marketed for their colors, shapes exciting qualities and deliciousness, but not the nutrient quality? Adult foods are promoted for their speed of delivery, their zest, zing and sizzle, but rarely for their health building qualities.

Why are these food commercials invariably followed by commercials for antacids? Did you ever wonder about this? Something to think about. Our bodies are not garbage dumps with hairy lids. We are marvels of design and are never made to be sick at any age, no matter what anyone else says. Old age doesn't cause sickness. If that was the case, then everyone who was old would be sick and we know that just isn't the case. (This is the reason for “The Perfect Diet Program”) I will endeavor to keep you motivated long enough for you to return to health once again.

I only wish I had known this kind of information when I was so sick that life was always a problem to be solved rather than a joy to be lived. In all my years in this life changing business of health, I have never found one shred of evidence in all the motivational books, The Bible, or any of the other self-help books to support the notion that we are in this world to be either sick, fat, miserable or broke. We are all here to have abundance in life and not created to be sick. I know that this information was a revelation to me and in turn I trust it will be for you!

11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not poison thyself!”

Now the bottom line in your daily life and it could easily be listed as the 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not poison thyself!” We can’t poison ourselves from the time we get up till we go to bed at night without having some kind of problem. And the longer we try to appease the condition and continue the same habits that got us sick in the first place, well we will ultimately find ourselves in a worse condition. This is not rocket science stuff here. In summation, do healthy things and you are rewarded handsomely with glowing health. You’re special and deserve it!

Wayne “The Mango Man” Pickering, N.D., Sc.M. = “THE AMBASSADOR for HEALTH”! Author; Nutritional Performance Coach + Life Management Consultant;Professional Speaker, Award Winning Triathlete & Double Nominee for The Healthy American Fitness Leader Award

How To Ease Into A Superior Diet Without Too Much Stress

Right off the bat, substitute Coffee, Tea or Cocoa with Decaffeinated Coffee or Herbal Teas. Try to wean yourself off them altogether. And definitely avoid the 3 Foods to Avoid at all cost:

1. Anything that’s WHITE: “If it’s white, it’s not right!”

Salt, Sugar , Flour , Rice , Milk & all Milk Products.

2. Anything that FIZZES: “If it fizzes, you’ll fizzle!”

Soda pop, Champagne , Beer , Sparkling Drinking Waters

3. Anything that’s FATTY/GREASY: “Fat’s not where it’s at!”

Cooked Animal Fats/Oils, Butters and Margarines , Cooked Non-Animal Fats/Oils , Hydrogenated Oils

Flesh Foods are OK (Beef, Fowl, Fish ONLY) 3 times a week and in the right combinations. Definitely consume NO PORK; 3-4 Eggs a week are the limit. Cooked FRESH Vegetables once a day. One – Two Vegetable Salads a day is a must. Raw Fresh Fruit that’s in season at least once a day, preferably at the beginning of the day. NEVER CONSUME DAIRY IN ANY FORM!

Wayne “The Mango Man” Pickering, N.D., Sc.M. = “THE AMBASSADOR for HEALTH”! Author; Nutritional Performance Coach + Life Management Consultant;Professional Speaker, Award Winning Triathlete & Double Nominee for The Healthy American Fitness Leader Award


Right off the bat, substitute Coffee, Tea or Cocoa with Decaffeinated Coffee or Herbal Teas. Try to wean yourself off them altogether. And definitely avoid the 3 Foods to Avoid at all cost:

A Great Breakfast

What can you eat in the morning when you're on the road or at home, for that matter?

There are two basic reasons we need to eat ... for energy, and so that our bodies can

build and repair themselves! We know there are several other reasons we need to eat ... for the vitamin and mineral content of food... for the fluids... for fiber ... and various other reasons.

You can enjoy the energy type of foods at the beginning and throughout the day. The energy foods are the fruits and starches. We encourage all our clients to begin their day with fresh, succulent, delicious fruit that's in season and can grow where you are at the time. And, if at mid-morning you feel hungry again, have more fresh fruit, or perhaps some kind of wholesome cereal such as oatmeal or a bran muffin or two with some herbal tea. This will carry you over to the noon meal without feeling the least bit hungry.

For years I used to have coffee and donuts. I guess it was because of tradition. Then I got to loving the taste of it. As years went by, I found myself serving all my food on the basis of taste and tradition, and did it in haste and forgot about nutrition. But then it hit me! Just because there's staples of a population, doesn't give it any virtues.

So, now my basic philosophy about eating is very simple:

"If I want to be tough, I've got to eat good stuff!"

From Daytona Beach, Florida, this is Wayne Pickering encouraging you to never supplement a bad diet, we need to correct a bad diet!

Instead of that cup of coffee and possibly a sweet roll for your breakfast, what's a good pick-up in the morning? What would be a real good way to start the day? Did you know that fresh fruit is a real good pick-up?

So, what kind of fruit would be good to start the day? Any of your favorite fruits that's in season and can grow where you are at the time. Now, if you're in an area where fruit is not grown, eat the kind of fruit that will ripen after it's picked. Practically all fruit is picked green to ship and most fruits will not ripen after they're picked, rendering little or no value to you whatsoever.

Here are a few fruits that will ripen after they're picked: Golden Delicious apples;

apricots; bananas; guava; mangoes (- yummm); papaya; pears; persimmons;

pineapples; plums; pomegranates; avocados; and cactus fruit.

The fruits which will not ripen after they're picked are all the apples, except the golden delicious; all berries; cherries; citrus fruit; figs; grapes; melons; nectarines and peaches.

If you still want to have a cup of coffee during the day, have it around 2:30 or 3:00 pm. Maybe once or twice a week, instead of the coffee and donuts / sweet rolls or colas and candy bars, try your favorite fruit. This will be a quantum leap for your nutrition education and your body will reward you highly for it.

Bacon and eggs and those type of foods, are protein foods which are designed primarily for repair and not for energy. Fruit usually takes about 1- hour to digest and they are already in an energy form. The protein foods will take as much as 4-6 hours to break down into the repair/building nutrients. Then it will take several more hours to convert them into an energy source. So, logically speaking, since we need energy at the beginning and throughout the day, it would be a good idea to start the day with something like fruit. Save the protein foods for a better time of day. We'll discuss protein foods in another article.

This is Wayne Pickering encouraging you to invest in yourself by making quality food your first concern and not your last resort and you'll never make a bad investment!

A Super Lunch 

What's a good lunch to have when you are away from home?

This meal should be the most satisfying and biggest meal of the day. And it's a good idea to include a starch of some kind, but omit the protein (meat, eggs, cheese, nuts or seeds) at this meal.

Now, what's a starch? How about a potato prepared the way you like it most? Or maybe some whole-grain bread or some quality pasta, or even some brown rice along with some vegetables. I try not to eat any raw onions or tomatoes at this meal. These foods make it too hard for the starch digestive process.

I feel a good point to remember about starches is that they should have lots of color in them. Starches that are white are trite ... almost totally void of nutrients. I keep this in mind when I eat starches, especially when it comes to bread ... "the whiter the bread, the wider the spread, the sooner I'm dead!"

The benefit it of eating the starch at this meal is it helps to build that sustaining energy we need for the rest of the day. It's one of those energy gaining and not energy draining foods I encourage you to bask in the miracle of the dynamically wonderful you ... with all of your special uniqueness.


What's a good dinner (some people refer to it as supper) when you are on the road, or home, for that matter?

We've found it helpful to make this the smallest meal of the day. There's a cliche that goes something like this: Breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper. Well, I feel there's a lot of merit to this. But let's interpret it this way: The breakfast and lunch could be the largest meals of the day and should supply us with an abundance of energy.

It would be more helpful if the evening meal was the smallest one for the day, with the recommendation that it be your protein meal. We really don't need a lot of protein in our diet. At no other time in our lives will we grow at the percentage as that from birth until we're 3 years old. And we do that when being fed breast milk, which is really only 11% protein.

Now that we have our body growth, we shouldn't have to add 20-30% protein in our diets. In my experience, all we really have to do is to shine these bodies up with the right amount of protein. So, how can we gauge how much we need to eat? It really doesn't matter if we're vegetarians or not. We should try to cap off the amount of protein we eat at about 4 ounces or about the size of a single deck of cards.

A good cliche to remember about the evening meal: Eat light at night! It takes about 15 minutes for the signal from your stomach to get to your brain to let it know you're full. It's called the satiety factor... Hence, "satisfaction". So, if you can remember to stop eating before you get that full feeling, you'll be amazed at the progress with your weight management and energy enhancement program.

Now, if you're eating nuts, seeds or avocados, don't be too concerned with the fat if you're only eating 4 ounces as this is the kind of fat that your body really needs. There are 3 classes of food: proteins, carbohydrates and fats. We need a certain amount of fat in our diet. But if you're eating a lot of meat, either chicken, fish, red meats, eggs or dairy in any form, it would be a good idea to concern yourself with this kind of fat because it's the hardest type of fat for the body to deal with.

Here's a really healthy way to eat your evening protein meal: Eat greens with proteins. And try not to eat it within 4 hours before you go to bed as it takes about that long for any source of protein to finish digesting.

So, try this: Ask for a garden fresh salad to eat before your meal ... then have 2 or 3 greens (could be cabbage, asparagus, broccoli, or whatever green vegetables you enjoy the most ... prepared the way you like it. Combine these vegetables with 4 ounces of whatever source of protein you like (other than frying, as we've found "The more you fry, the sooner you die!"). Sounds simple enough, don't you agree?

From Daytona Beach, Florida, this is Wayne Pickering reminding you that if you eat a little, you digest a lot ... but if you eat a lot, you digest a little. Stay terrific!

Distilled Water

Let’s dispel the myth about the proper kind of water to drink. My first comment is that we can’t get clean water out of a dirty pipe. And when I interviewed all those Olympic athletes a few years back about what they do to maintain their health & energy on a busy travel, one of the 3 things they all had in common was and I say this verbatim, “Wayne, we never drink the crap from the tap!” That statement has changed a lot of people’s thinking about better water to drink!

In his book, “The Choice is Clear”, by Dr. Allen E. Banik, he describes Distilled Water as “the only water that is pure – the only water free from all impurities.”

Distilled Water acts as a solvent in the body. It dissolves food substances so they can be assimilated and taken into every cell. It dissolves inorganic mineral substance, acid crystals and all other waste products so that these can be eliminated in the process of purifying the body.

As Distilled Water enters the body, it picks up mineral deposits accumulated in the joints, artery walls or wherever such deposits occur, and begin to carry then out. Gallstones & Kidney Stones decrease until they can safely pass through their ducts. Arthritic pains lessen, as joints become more supple & movable!

Distilled Water has the inherent characteristics of a magnet which picks discarded minerals and with the assistance of the blood and the lymph, transports then to the kidneys for elimination. It is this kind of mineral elimination that is erroneously referred to as leaching. The expression that Distilled Water leaches minerals form the body is inaccurate, It does not leach out body minerals. It collects and removes inorganic mineral which have been rejected by the cells and tissues and which if not evacuated can cause serious damage.

Odorless, colorless and tasteless, Distilled Water contains no solid mater of any kind, no minerals, organic or inorganic and is made solely of the two gases, hydrogen and oxygen. It can be used as a drinking water, for cooking, for electric irons, and batteries, and is so pure that it is used for intravenous feeding, inhalation therapy, prescriptions and baby formulas. Enjoy a guaranteed clean glass of distilled water the next time you need something to drink and relax. We are all on the Road to Death; there’s just no need to jump in the Passing Lane! You’re special and deserve the best, consume good stuff so you’ll always be tough!”

What Can You Eat At Night?

This is a common question. In my experience and schooling, our digestive systems are weakest at that time. But if you can't sleep because of a huge contract pending, or maybe an all-day seminar coming up in the morning and the sound system hasn't as yet arrived, or just about anything you're thinking of that won't allow you to sleep ... You think, "Well, let me get something to eat so I can fall asleep!" The energy it takes to digest food will actually keep your body working most of the night, and chances are you're going to wake up not feeling too chipper.

Here's what I found really works for me and all my clients who put this into practice. I always have some room temperature distilled water in my room. As we've talked about in some of the other articles, I may make a little herbal tea. There are some teas you can buy at your local health food store that doesn't require hot water to make them. always have my overnight bag packed 365 days a year, so I just add a few extra things like those teas, etc. I'll sip on that while I read one of my favorite books that's not business related to help relax my mind.

You may try this or that, but this has really worked for me, but eating before going to bed isn't really a good idea. However, if you are going to eat something anyway, try a banana or 2. And try not to eat the real juicy fruit, as you'll be up all night going to the bathroom instead of sleeping.

Something else I've tried over the years that works best for me is if there's something that is really bothering me and I can't get it off my mind... I have a note pad beside my bed and I write it down and repeat it to myself when the thought starts to interfere with my falling asleep again. I say to myself, "Wayne, it's on paper and there's nothing you can do about it right now anyway. So ... GOOOOOOO TO SLEEEEEEP!" All the while I'm drawing in 10 deep breaths ever so slowly and within no time, I'm asleep!

This is Wayne Pickering encouraging you ...

“To have enough fortitude
To develop an attitude
Of sincere gratitude
For your body's magnitude
Then you'll have an aptitude
To reach a higher latitude
For an ultimate altitude!”