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Vera Nova

Director Research Analysis, NOVA Town Futuristic Development


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Food is a huge thing in our everyday life. How does it effect your body and soul?

What do you learn? Do you know some diets that may heal you without any drugs?


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find out why our brains so badly suffer from gluten in our everyday food (in bread, pasta etc,) and from sugar, developing horrific brain problems and inflammation of all types. He has treated successfully many neuro-problematic patients with GLUTEN FREE DIET.

Healthy fat: extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, grass-fed tallow and organic or pasture-fed butter, ghee, almond milk, avocados, coconuts, olives,nuts and nut butters, cheese (except for blue cheeses), and seeds (flaxseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds).
Protein: whole eggs; wild fish (salmon, black cod, mahi mahi, grouper,herring, trout, sardines); shellfish and molluscs (shrimp, crab, lobster, mussels, clams, oysters); grass-fed meat, fowl, poultry, and pork (beef, lamb, liver, bison, chicken, turkey, duck, ostrich, veal); wild game.
Vegetables: leafy greens and lettuces, collards, spinach, broccoli, kale, chard, cabbage, onions, mushrooms, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sauerkraut, artichoke, alfalfa sprouts, green beans, celery, bok choy, radishes, watercress, turnip, asparagus, garlic, leek, fennel, shallots, scallions, ginger, jicama, parsley, water chestnuts.
Low-sugar Fruit: avocado, bell peppers, cucumber, tomato, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, eggplant, lemons, limes.
Herbs, Seasonings, and Condiments: You can go wild here as long as you watch labels. Kiss ketchup and chutney goodbye but enjoy mustard, horseradish, tapenade, and salsa if they are free of gluten, wheat, soy, and sugar. There are virtually no restrictions on herbs and seasonings; be mindful of packaged products, however, that were made at plants that process wheat and soy.

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    Feb 8 2014: The beauty of TED is I can be myself, even at the expense of being perhaps a little less manly.

    We are affected by what we eat.

    It is not just the type of food we choose to eat, but actually being a bit more involved than that. I have gotten progressively more involved in growing what I eat, especially garden stuff.

    But it goes a step further for me, I like fixing what I eat as well. I recently obtained a power blender, which is proving to be an interesting fresh food processor.

    To some extent your question in my mind reflects the value one assigns to being physically healthy as a factor in how we function in terms of being all we can be mentally, emotionally, perhaps even ethically more sensitive.

    Obviously, we are subject to allergies, etc., requiring adjustments in what we eat, but the implication of your question in my mind is sound. I like the elementary nature of your question. I think it is easy to assume too much about what makes who we are apart from our dependence on physical factors such as food.

    I am an anti drug person, but not a purist. I'm actually drinking a glass of Pinot!
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      Feb 8 2014: Thank you, Dan.

      I have a theory that whatever we eat and digest eventually turns into our emotional energy - our fuel for life. Whether poor or vital, we need this energy to vitalize our very existence.

      Maybe there is Emotional Circulation that our food supports within our minds and bodies.

      If we have no emotional sensitivity we cannot eat at all -- and our bodies eventually die, even if artificially fed.
      • Dan F 50+

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        Feb 11 2014: Hi Vera,

        I think the attitude that eating well (healthy) reflects in improving the quality and vitality of life and appears perhaps the most under appreciated truths of populaces around the world.

        The irony of this situation is that those suffering the consequences of their addictive lousy
        diets will 99% of the time look to medically treat the problem(s) as opposed to seriously changing their standard food intake from lousy to smart.

        This is almost a lifestyle challenge for many, especially kids. It would be nice if somehow it could catch on as "cool." I like your approach as tying healthy food intake to ideal "Emotional Circulation." I think this would make an excellent TED TALK!

        Excellent topic with lots of good comments.
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          Feb 11 2014: Honored by your comment, Dan.

          I've been thinking about how frequently our emotional energy changes its intensity during a day, and also while we are sleep.

          It feels like emotions are fuctuating and "circulating" through our minds and bodies all the time, changing our mood, producing new energy.

          Different sorts of food effect our mood in various ways, can lift up our spirit, or make us ill, emotionally.

          How would you suggest to put this topic in words?

          Will be interesting to see what other ted members might say about their own experience about their own "emotional circulation".
      • Feb 12 2014: Hi Vera,

        Perhaps it is this factor (good nutrition) of our existence that ups our own valuable by making the concept of a soul or spirit so personally intense and beautiful and to some extent what enables the concept of love and respect between individuals to be so real and reciprocal under the right circumstances. Recipents with good "Emotion Circulation" via the quality food intake can better bond, and connect, despite being relatively disagreeable over lots of superfical things, and yet ultimately be blown away by one another's electrical impact. Perhaps you can only get in life what you are able to give.

        Olympic contenders are a fantastic example of how good nutrition can provide a more heightened and reliable emotional state under the stress of the physical face offs in these games and worldwide spotlight. An emotional component that I think is hard for most of us to fathom. One thing is certain these contestants are as concerned about the quality and quantity of their food intake as the physical training and conditioning tasks that got them to where they are. The science of eating smart is well understood.

        I hope I'm not rambling.
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          Feb 12 2014: What you're saying is positive and encouraging, and I like it. In sports, it is admirable how much one's Will can do, when it is ignited by emotional power. But it does not mean that a shy poet or a composer cannot create emotional volcanoes inside them.

          My personal experience is more on a quiet observing side..but I feel these hidden internal volcanoes frequently.

          I guess we might have very different characters, and "circulate" very different emotional powers/energy.

          This often seems so upseting to many, that we cannot share with what we Exactly feel and think INSIDE ourselves with others, but only express something by action, words, music, arts etc.

          Here is a fragment from my poem I wrote years ago - explaining myself why we are so different and cannot visit other's minds:

          ......... but if ..... everyone could see Every mind's Kingdom,
          Feel every feeling and know every thought as one,
          Misunderstandings could melt down forever.

          Seeds of doubts and blame about the others could stop growing.
          No fights, no wars, intrigues or hate, no players or pretending.

          Alas, no illusions of beauty, seductive unknowns and guesses.
          No wonder and
          No wisdom -all truths are clear for each mind and for all.

          No thrill to admire, no one to thank,
          No need to explain, to talk, to act, to scream.

          No artist to paint.
          No poet to sing.

          If my peculiarly human senses cannot give me the world God bless my blindness, the soil for my garden of dreams.

          How little I can see with my eyes!
          How much I can see and create without them!

          God bless my lonely mind in its sacred solitude, and my only way
          To know your world,
          By building my own.
      • Feb 13 2014: Hi Vera,

        Thank you for that glimpse of yourself.

        Your point is well made.

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