Greetings. New Zealand naturopath, Eric Bakker, author of Candida Crusher. Thanks for checking out my video. I’m going to do a video today about diets and why I hate diets. Why I just really loathe them. As you can see, I’ve got a few books on my bulging bookshelves and some of the shelves need a bit of weight loss treatment. They’re a little bit on the bendable side. I’ve had a few people comment over the years that shelves definitely need some treatment. A big like the bellies of some people I see. Have you noticed how they’re sort of a little bit round at the bottom and a bit lighter up here and low down there. Shelves are a bit like that.
Most of those books are diet books. The bookshelf on this side is all my herbal and homeopathic books and at the top there where the white statue is I’m just pointing to now, that shelf and the one under it, there are some really old classic books about health and wellbeing. Some go back to the 1890s. I’ve got some real beauties there.
Nearly all of those books on there, the first three rows are all diet books mainly. I’ve looked at a lot of them over the years. So many of them. I’ve got a collection going probably back from the 1940s, 1950s, right up to today. One thing that a lot of these books have got in common. They’re well written. They’re written by passionate people and they’re written by people who are quite emphatic that “This is the diet to follow. It’s the diet that’s going to give you everything you want in life. Money, sex, power, you’ll be the next president. You’ll have it all. You’ll be amazing. You’ll live to 140. You’ll be invincible. Everyone will love you and adore you.” That’s what that person says. That’s that person’s idea of wellbeing.
Remember every diet book has been written by a person who’s got a belief that that particular book is the right one. I’m not going to discuss politics or religion on my Candida Crusher, but I want you to remember that a person’s attitude toward diet who’s written a book, it’s a little bit like a person’s attitude toward religion or politics. You’ll have people far left in politics. You’ll have people far right and you’ll have the center. Religion is the same. We have the Muslims, the Christians, the Bahia, the Jehovah’s Witness, the Mormons. Unfortunately, the more passionate people get in politics and religion, the more they think that they’re the smart one and the other people are the loser or the idiot. They know nothing.
Now, some people in my industry are like that, too. They believe that their way is the highway. That their diet book is the one that solves all of the problems. If that’s the case, how come I’ve got so many darn books on my shelf and they all say something similar, but quite different? I’ve got a couple of points I want to discuss here regarding diets and what my philosophy on eating is for patients. I don’t even use the word “diet.” Some people say it’s “die” with a “t” on the end.
First point is keep it simple. You know often particularly when you get a little bit older like me, you’ll have a pretty good idea what’s good to eat and what’s crap. You know this. You don’t need to be told that drinking two liters of coca cola a day is a bad thing. You don’t need to be told that eating one or two bars of chocolate before lunch is a bad thing. You should know this. If you don’t know this kind of stuff, then maybe you shouldn’t be watching this channel. Maybe you need to be watching the crazy cat videos or some kind of daffy duck channel or something. If you’re watching this, you’re probably reasonably intelligent. You’ll probably intelligent enough to know how to use YouTube anyway. If you’re that smart, then you’re smart enough to know that your diet needs to be kept simple and basic and plain healthy eating. It’s common sense, isn’t it?
For many of us, our relationship with food is as complex as the most complicated of family dynamics. We tend to make it way too complicated. Some of the diets I get when I get my case taking forms from patients. Like here are some of my patient folders from last week. I think these are from Friday. When I look at some of the diets, I should read some of them out to you, you’ll laugh when you see what people eat. How complicated some people’s diets are. They’ll have seven or eight different types of vegetables in a green smoothie every morning. They’re have linseed oil or flaxseed oil in there and then they’ll put this stuff in there and then they’ll put a bit of salmon oil in there. Make sure they’ve got about seven or eight vitamins they’re taking in the morning. Quite a complicated sort of a diet.
Same thing with lunch. It’s a mixture of too many vegetables, too many meats, too many proteins, too many smoothies, too many supplements. They take all these things in there thinking that by adding all this extra stuff, they’re going to feel a lot better. It’s surprising how many people I see that when I tell them to stop having their incredibly super potent green drink in the morning, how quickly the gut starts feeling better. Many people actually feel sick purely by the virtue of how complex they make their healthy diet. They put too much stuff in there. Keep it simple. Basic diet.
If you think back a long time ago, people didn’t have blenders. They didn’t have all these amazing array of vegetables, fruits, meats, grains from all over the world at their disposal. They had a few basic things. Understand the basics and don’t get muddled in the complexities.
We should let go of all the shoulds and shouldn’ts, the dos and don’ts. The number of people that say, “I’ve been told not to eat this. This is bad for me or I can’t eat this particular food or I’ve been told that oatmeal is bad for Candida. Candida will get worse with oatmeal. I’ve been told this. I’ve been told that.” As I said on a previous video, if I tell you to jump off a cliff, would you jump off a cliff because you’ve been told to do that? No. You’ll have common sense and you’ll think, “If I jump off a cliff, I could die.” Have a bit of common sense about you. Don’t automatically assume that what people tell you is the gospel because it might not be.
Second point is take control of your own health and diet. You know what’s right for you. Not some stupid book. Even my book. It could be a stupid book. I don’t care what you think the book is. For some people it’s good; for some people it’s stupid. Take a few hints and tips out of a book that you find. I never read books from cover to cover, ever. I will go through them. I might read Chapter 9 first or go through here or there. I find that books that tend to be non-fiction are like that. You can use them for reference. If I pick up a book and I read something and I think, “This is a load of crap,” I’ll just throw the book away if it doesn’t make sense. Sure enough, if a person comes up with one ridiculous or stupid statement in a book or a whole bunch of stuff, the rest of the book is probably junk anyway. Just be careful.
Take control and also let go of the negative associations you’ve got with food because you may have a really negative association with sourdough bread. You may have a negative association with certain types of foods that I recommend. Try to stop that negative association. Give it a try. It might actually work. It’s like going for a walk every day. You might actually feel better if you walk every day. Don’t be negative and say, “Whenever I walk, I feel like crap.” How do you know? Have you walked every day for three months? Don’t knock it till you try it.
Stop depriving yourself also of certain types of foods that you like to eat that you feel guilty eating. All of the food police who’ve told you not to eat. You may feel that a certain type of food actually feels good for you. It sits well in your tummy. You don’t get aggravated by it. But because the food police have said don’t eat it, when you do eat it, you feel guilty. Shouldn’t think like that; that’s wrong thinking.
Point three. Listen to your body. If you eat potatoes and then an hour later you’re farting and bloating, maybe the potatoes aren’t the right thing for you to eat. If you have a certain type of food in the morning and then you feel pretty bad in the early morning, you think to yourself, “Oh, I feel awful.” Listen to your body. Think carefully what you ate previously. There might be an association there between how you feel and what you were eating. The listening part is important because that will make you understand cause and effect. Once you’ve understood that relationship, you stop that food, you may not feel awful anymore.
Nourish your body. Nutrient dense foods nourish your body. Fresh, healthy foods. Try to create nourishing plates of food with nice color on them. Also, if you’re worried about your weight, maybe get a slightly smaller plate. Maybe you don’t need a plate that’s really big. Because when we get really big plates, we want to fill them right up. We’re eating too much food. Maybe a smaller plate is all you need. That can make a big difference. I’m quite fortunate with my vegetable garden. I had a lovely meal of fresh beans last night. It was beautiful. We had some chicken and I just had a whole heap of fresh beans straight out of the yard that was steamed and wonderful to eat.
A good way for you to put a lot of these things together, simplicity, control, listen, and nourishment is to really look maybe at about a dozen foods that you really enjoy eating. Fresh foods. Maybe start making some meals around those foods and get back into enjoying the taste of food, the smell of food, the texture of food. Because to be quite honest, when you’re starting to rely more on processed foods, not a good idea. You’re going to really affect your digestive system quite a lot. That’s going to keep you in that state of Candida or parasites. It’s going to keep you in a state where you can’t lose the weight. It’s going to keep you in a brain fog state. Simplicity. That’s the big one. Keep it simple.
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