to Expect When You Improve Your Diet
by Dr. Stanley Bass
I were asked which is the area of greatest misunderstanding and confusion in the
field of nutrition, I would immediately be forced to reply that it is the failure
to properly understand and interpret the symptoms and changes which follow the
beginning of a better nutritional program.
is meant by a better nutritional program?
It is the introduction of foods
of higher quality in place of lower quality ones. For example, if a person replaces
a protein rich food such as pork with beef, the beef may be considered the superior
of the two due to its easier digestibility, lower and less saturated fat content,
etc.; chicken is superior to beef and fish is superior to chicken because of its
more rapid digestibility and lower saturated fat content. Lima beans, lentils,
or chick peas, which are eaten at the same meal with vegetables are superior in
all the nutrients needed to rebuild health.
As we go higher on the scale
of quality, we begin to include protein rich food which may be eaten in the unfired
state, such as cheese which is made from raw milk and unsalted. Then we ascend
to the nuts and seeds which are eaten in the natural state (raw and unsalted).
To summarize: the closer the food comes to the natural state in which
it occurs, or the closer to its raw, unfired form, the higher its quality. In
this condition, all the enzymes are found intact.
The amino acids are in their finest form. The minerals, vitamins, trace elements,
carbohydrates, and "life force" are present. The life force, in turn,
is capable of reproducing healthy tissue.
same classification of quality which we analyzed in relation to protein rich foods
applies to the carbohydrates (the starch and sugar-rich foods), the fats, and
the mineral-rich foods.
quality of a nutritional program is also improved by omitting toxic substances
such as coffee, tea, chocolate, tobacco, salt, pepper, etc. from your diet.
is the relation of quality of foods to recovery from illness? It is this in a
nutshell: The higher the quality of food we eat, the quicker we recover from disease,
provided we are able to digest and assimilate properly.
this must be added the knowledge of (a) proper food combining; (b) proper order
of eating the different kinds of food at a meal, e.g., the most easily digested
food should be eaten first, the more complex one second, and the most concentrated
item last; (c) the correct quantity of food to be consumed (of each type) in the
meal; and (d) the correct time for eating (when hungry and not by the clock).
what happens when a person follows these rules and makes a decided improvement
in the quality of food consumed? Remarkable things begin to happen to the body
as well as the mind. The amazing intelligence present in every cell of the body
and the wisdom of the body in its operation immediately becomes manifest. The
rule may be stated thusly: When the quality of the food coming into the body is
of higher quality than the tissues which the body is made of, the body begins
to discard the lower grade materials and tissues to make room for the superior
materials which it uses to make new and healthier tissue.
is the plan of Nature -- the body is very selective and always tries to produce
health and always will, unless our interference is too great. Only then do we
fail to recover and degenerate further into disease. The self-curing nature of
many conditions such as colds, fevers, cuts, swellings, injuries, etc., furnishes
endless examples of how the body tends towards health--always--unless we do something
to stop the process.
are the symptoms or signs which become evident when we first begin to omit the
lower grade foods and instead introduce superior foods--those which are most alive,
more natural than we are accustomed to? When the use of toxic stimulants such
as coffee, tea, chocolate, or cocoa is suddenly stopped, headaches are common
and a letdown occurs. This is due to the discard by the body of the toxins called
caffeine and theobromine which are removed from the tissues and transported through
the bloodstream during its many bodily rounds.
Before the noxious agents
reach their final destination for elimination, these irritants register in our
consciousness as pain--in other words, headache. The letdown is due to the slower
action of the heart--the resting phase which follows the stimulation of more rapid
heart beat forced upon the body by certain poisons called stimulants. The more
rapid heart beat (or pulse) produces a feeling of exhilaration, and the slower
action produces a depressed state of mind. Usually, within three days, the symptoms
vanish and we feel stronger due to the recuperation which follows.
a lesser extent, the same process occurs when we abandon lower quality foods and
replace them with better foods. Lower quality foods have undergone more preparation.
Spices, salt, and other ingredients have been added, as they tend to be more stimulating
than less prepared and more natural foods. Animal foods such as meat, fowl, fish,
etc. are more stimulating than cheese, nuts, and vegetable proteins.
Consequently, the withdrawal of stimulation which follows the abandonment of animal
food produces a slower heart action--a resting phase--which registers in the mind
as relaxation or a decrease of energy. This initial letdown lasts about ten days
or slightly longer and is followed by an increase of strength, a feeling of diminishing
stress and greater well-being.
let us return to the symptoms which occur in the process of regeneration. The
person who starts a better diet, stays on it for three days to a week, and then
quits will say, "Oh, I felt better on the old diet--the new one makes me
feel weak." He failed because he didn't give his body a chance to adjust
and complete its first phase of action--recuperation. If he had waited a while
longer, he would have begun to feel better than before he started.
the initial stage (lasting about ten days on the average to several weeks in others),
the vital energies which are usually in the periphery or external part of the
body such as the muscles and skin, begin to move to the vital internal organs
and start reconstruction. This shunting of much of the power to the internal region
produces a feeling of less energy in the muscles, which the mind interprets as
Actually, the power is increased, but most of it is being
used for rebuilding the more important organs and less of it is available for
muscular work. Any weakness which is felt here is not true weakness, but merely
a redeploying of forces to the more important internal parts. Here it is important
for the person to stop wasting energy, and to rest and sleep more. This is a crucial
phase, and if the person resorts to stimulants of any kind, he will abort and
defeat the regenerative intent of the body.
It is important that he
have patience and faith and just wait it out, and after a while he will get increasing
strength which will exceed by far what he felt before he began the new program.
Success in recovery or improvement of health hinges upon the correct understanding
of this point -- realizing that the body is using its main energies in more important
internal work and not wasting it in external work involving muscle movements.
Be wise, take it easy here, and relax. Just coast in your work and social obligations
until you're out of the woods.
As one continues on the improved diet and gradually raises the food quality,
interesting symptoms being to appear. The body begins a process called retracing.
It says to itself, "Now we have a chance to get rid of this old garbage and
build a beautiful new house. Let's get started immediately. Let's get this excess
bile out of the liver and gall bladder and send it to the intestines for elimination.
Let's get the sludge moving out of the arteries, veins, and capillaries. These
smelly, gassy, brain-stupefying masses have been here too long--out with them!
These arthritic deposits in the joints need cleaning up. Let's get these irritating
food preservatives, aspirins, sleeping pills, and drugs out of the way, along
with these other masses of fat which have made life so burdensome for us for so
long. Let's get going till the job is down--till we have a beautiful house--and
from there on we'll keep it a beautiful ideal model house."
the first phase (called catabolism), the accent is
on elimination, or breaking down of tissue. The body begins to clean house--in
short, to remove the garbage deposited in all the tissues--everywhere. During
this period, the body removes the ashes from the furnace preparatory to getting
a better fire. Here the accentuation is on removal of the gross and immediate
body obstructions. Wastes are discarded more rapidly than new tissue is made from
the new food. This becomes evident as weight loss. This persists for a while and
is then followed by the second phase--called stabilization.
the weight remains more or less stable. During this phase, the amount of waste
material being discarded daily is equal to the amount of tissue which is being
formed and replaced by the newer, more vital food. This occurs after the excess
of obstructing material in the tissues has been removed.
persists for a while and is then followed by a third phase -- a build-up period
called anabolism, wherein weight starts to go up,
even though the diet is lower in calories than it was before. At this point, much
or more of the interfering wastes have already been discarded -- the tissues which
have been formed since the diet was raised in quality are more durable and do
not break down easily. Also, new tissues are now being formed faster. This is
due to the improved assimilation made possible by the ceasing of wrong food combining.
The body's need for the usual amounts of food decreases, and we are able to maintain
our weight and increased energies with less food.
Many are able to function
very efficiently on two meals a day. As the body progressively increases in efficiency
and decreases in tissue breakdown under exercise, so do we gradually need less
and less food to maintain life. The higher the percentage of raw food one lives
on, the slower the rate of tissue deterioration which one evolves into. A sick
body requires a gradual, carefully worked-out entry into this stage, where one
is able to live on a 100% unfired (raw) diet, if desired.
to the symptoms which occur on a superior nutritional program, people who have
had tendencies in the past to recurring skin rashes or eruptions will frequently
tend to eliminate poisons and harmful drugs through the skin with new rashes or
eruptions. If they go to a doctor now who is not familiar with this aspect of
nutrition, he will diagnose it as an allergy.
ask, "How come? I'm eating better now than I ever did before, and instead
I'm getting worse." They don't understand that the body is retracing.
skin is getting more alive and active. It's throwing out more poisons more rapidly
now that the body is building more power which is saved from those hard-to-ingest
meals which have been discontinued. These toxins being discarded are saving you
from more serious disease which will result if you keep them in your body too
much longer--possibly hepatitis, kidney disorders, blood disease, heart disease,
arthritis, nerve degenerations or even cancer--depending upon your hereditary
or structural weaknesses. Be happy you're paying your bills now in an easy-payment
some, colds which haven't appeared for a long time may occur, or even fevers.
This is nature's way of housecleaning. Understand that these actions are constructive,
even though unpleasant at the moment. Don't, but don't, try to stop these symptoms
by the use of certain drugs, or even massive doses of vitamins which will act
as drugs in huge concentrations. These symptoms are part of a curing process,
and don't try to cure a cure.
These are not deficiency conditions or
allergic manifestations -- not if you're eating properly in quality, quantity,
combination and sequence. Here is where experienced advice is a great value. Unfortunately,
there are few good books present today which give full guidance to the average
reader. Try to find guidance through a doctor or teacher who has the requisite
experience in this most confusing of all subjects--nutrition in relation to health
may be eating perfectly in regard to quantity, quality, and observing all the
correct rules, and still symptoms will occur. Those who have lived better lives
in the past--who have eaten better foods and who have abused their bodies less
with over-eating will have reactions ranging from almost none at all or very mild
symptoms which may be uncomfortable or acute. Those who have lived worse lives
and poisoned themselves more will experience more severe symptoms if their liver,
kidneys, or other important eliminating organs have been damaged. When they have
been renovated to the point of fair working order, they will no longer produce
may occur at the beginning; fever and/or colds may also appear; the skin may break
out; there may be a short interval of bowel sluggishness, occasional diarrhea,
feelings of tiredness and weakness, disinclination to exercise, nervousness, irritability,
negativity or mental depression, frequent urination, etc. However, the great majority
of people find their reactions tolerable and are encouraged to bear with them
because of the many improvements which have already occurred and are becoming
more evident with each day. This acts as an inspirational force to them.
symptoms will vary according to the materials being discarded, the conditions
of the organs involved in the elimination, and the amount of energy you have available.
The more you rest and sleep when symptoms are present, the milder they are and
the more quickly they are terminated.
Be happy you are having symptoms.
Realize deeply that your body is becoming younger and healthier every day because
you are throwing off more and more wastes which would eventually have brought
pain, disease, and much suffering. Those who have the worst symptom-reactions
and follow through to their successful termination are thus avoiding some of the
worst diseases which would eventually have developed had they continued their
careless eating habits.
expect to go on an ascending scale of quality, that improving your diet will make
you feel better and better each day until you reach perfection. The body is cyclical
in nature, and health returns in a series of gradually-diminishing cycles. For
example, you start a better diet and for a while you feel much better. After some
time, a symptom occurs--you feel nauseous for a day and have diarrhea with a foul-smelling
stool. After a day, you feel even better than before and all goes fine for awhile.
Then you suddenly develop a cold, feel chills and lose your appetite. After about
two or three days (assuming you don't take drugs or do anything else about it),
you suddenly recover and feel better than you did for years.
us say this well-being continues for two months, when you suddenly develop an
itch or rash. You don't take anything special for it. This rash flares up, gets
worse and continues for ten days, and suddenly subsides, immediately after this
you find that your hepatitis is gone and your energy has increased more than ever
before. The rash became an outlet for the poisons in the liver which produced
This is how recovery occurs--like the cycles in the Dow-Jones
Average at the beginning of a bull market recovery. You feel better, a reaction
occurs and you don't feel as well for a short while. You recover and go even higher.
Then another reaction occurs, milder than the last. You recover and go even higher.
And so it goes, each reaction milder than the last as the body becomes pure--each
becoming shorter in duration and being followed by a longer period of feeling
better than ever before, until you reach a level plateau of vibrant health. Here
you become relatively disease-free.
must learn to obey the laws of Nature. We must learn to eat simple, pure, and
natural foods, properly prepared and combined, and our bodies in return will cast
off all the poisons we have taken in during our lives. The mysteries of the body,
the operations of nature, the vital forces working in nature are far beyond what
our minds are prepared to understand at present. Every great physician or scientist
who ever lived marvelled in awe and humility at the wonders of nature. Yes--we
are "fearfully and wonderfully made!"
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