The Whole Health Diet: A Transformational Approach to Weight Loss

CHAPTER 6

OUR ENERGY GUIDANCE SYSTEM (EGS)

Intuitive Intelligence

Are you in touch with your extrasensory perception (ESP)? According to a recent Gallup Poll, 41 percent of Americans believe in ESP, yet most doubt that they possess any intuitive skills. But science now tells us that it’s more likely a matter of your not using those skills than not having them. In fact, not only do you possess intuitive smarts, you’ve been developing them for a long time.

Researchers from the University of Missouri Developmental Cognition Lab have proven that the human brain is indeed intuitively adroit. Moreover, ongoing studies reveal that we’re all precognitively wired at around the age of two months. The researchers point out that infant precognition is most likely developed before the age of two months, but because testing can’t be effectively administered on infants until that time, it can’t be confirmed. Therefore, the fact of the matter is that science has definitively confirmed that we human beings are fully equipped for intuitive function shortly after our birth, and quite possibly even earlier. Once again, it’s less about not having it and more about not using it. Then again, you’re not inclined to use something you don’t know you have.

Ours is a mechanistic cultural experiment. Our reality baselines are tightly affixed to systems and concepts born of structure and control. We’ve been programmed to align everything we think and do with the ordered cultural framework that’s been set in place. This greater framework serves as a guideline for what we’re to believe is possible. Our Western minds weren’t fashioned to comprehend extrasensory phenomena.

Phenomena may simply be defined as “extra-ordinary” experiences. When you consider the infinite realm of both natural and quantum phenomena in the world, solar system, universe, multiverse, and cosmos, there’s very little that’s “ordinary.” Once again, rooted within our instinct to survive is a “shrink things down to my size” mentality. It’s this “survival” mind-set that says, “If I can’t slow things down to my level of comprehension, I’ll just put them aside because they’re too laborious.”

Intuition represents the extra-ordinary. We might simply refer to it, then, as a form of phenomenon—a phenomenon that we can’t shrink down to our size. Because it won’t chunk down, we’ll just chalk it up as being unreal. It simply doesn’t fit our mechanistic cultural model. Nonetheless, it’s “out there”—or should I say “in there”—and it refuses to leave us alone.

I just met with a woman who shared an interesting story. She said that she was recently driving through a two-lane one-way tunnel in the greater Boston area marked with a solid double line. She was cruising along at a pretty good speed, hovering in the left lane, when out of the blue something told her to quickly pull over into the right lane. In spite of the fact that the solid lines indicated that it was illegal to switch lanes, she suddenly moved into the right lane, and at the very instant she did, a two-ton pickup truck that was going the wrong way inside the tunnel appeared and rumbled right by her in the travel lane that she’d occupied milliseconds earlier. Whatever it was that told her to pull over likely prevented a head-on collision.

During the early twentieth century, C. G. Jung, a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of the school of analytical psychology, proposed that human beings have four primary pathways for processing information: thinking, feeling, sensing, and intuiting. This pioneering vision of Jung’s has at last blossomed into a whole new world of neuroscientific brain mapping.

Today, brain mapping reveals the extraordinary diversity and infinite capacity of the human brain to process information. The latest research in this area has discovered that our brain knows the decisions we’re going to make a full six seconds before we make them. What’s more, it’s confirmed that this precognitive process is actually a natural part of our brain’s biology. Intuition engages both the mind and the body.

“Scientists have discovered that humans appear to have two, very different ‘operating systems,’” writes researcher Kelly Turner. “System 1 is our quick, instinctual, and often subconscious way of operating—it is controlled by our right brain and by other parts of our brain that have been around since prehistoric times, known as the ‘limbic’ and ‘reptilian’ parts of our brain. System 2 is our slower, more analytical, and conscious way of operating—it is controlled by our left brain and by newer parts of our brain that have only developed since prehistoric times (also known as the ‘neocortex’). Researchers have found that intuition is part of System 1, which is why it comes on so rapidly and often does not make rational sense to us. In other words, intuitive decisions are not something that we have thought out carefully with reason, but rather choices that have arisen quickly out of instinct.”1 Intuitive human instinct is now the subject of a great many scientific studies being performed all around the world.

In one study, conducted at the Birth and Women’s Health Center in Tucson, Arizona, one hundred pregnant women were asked by a research team to predict whether they would give birth to a boy or girl. Those women planning to exercise intuition to try to determine the gender of their child made the right choice over 70 percent of the time. One of the study’s authors, Victor Shamas, explained that pregnant mothers also often use their intuitive ability to tap into other aspects of their baby’s identity as well. Shamas goes on to explain that pregnant mothers frequently record premonition-like dreams that accurately predict what kinds of people their children will turn out to be—including specifics like their particular preferences, temperament, and even future careers. Furthermore, he points out that 75 percent of college students he surveyed contended that their mothers were able to read their thoughts and feelings like no one else, while 80 percent said that their mothers were more intuitive than their fathers.2

Intuition represents a delicate balance between not only the brain and the mind, but the heart as well.

According to recent findings of a new prestimulus response study performed at the HeartMath Institute, heart rate variability represents a reliable means of measuring intuitive intelligence.

Subjects participated in a gambling experiment and were encouraged to win as much as possible over the full course of twenty-six trials. “For each trial, electrodes were attached to the pads of participants’ index and second fingers of their nondominant hands so skin conductance levels could be measured, and electrocardiographic information was recorded from electrodes placed on the chest so heart-rate variability/HRV (the beat-to-beat changes in heart rate) could be recorded. They chose bet amounts and then selected either red or black for each impending spin of the roulette wheel on a computer screen. The resulting color for each spin was compared to participants’ color choices.

According to Rollin McCraty, director of the HMI Research Center, “The heart-rhythm measures (HRV) were especially successful in detecting pre-stimulus responses in the pre-bet and post-bet segments. . . . [T]he difference in the win/loss response was evident some 12–14 seconds before the result red or black was made known to the participant.

“We also found that a greater heart-rate deceleration was predictive of losing trials in the pre-bet segment, and the divergence in the win/loss curve begins almost immediately after starting the trials, which on average occurs around 18 seconds prior to knowing the future outcome.”3

Those of us who are more philosophically mechanistic by nature are not inclined to believe in the existence of a sixth sense. Paradoxically, if we don’t believe, it can’t possibly exist. Our sixth sense is a little bit like a muscle. If you don’t use it, you lose it.

When I first began my work more than thirty years ago, I didn’t subcribe to the belief in any such thing as innate, intuitive intelligence. However, I gradually started to experiment with the idea and ultimately incorporated elements of what I was finding into my work. As time went on, my dabbling became more routine and my results more consistent. I would’ve never believed that I would one day develop a comprehensive healing system based on innate, intuitive intelligence. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of teaching my Whole Health system to thousands of allied health care specialists, including neurosurgeons, physicians, nurse practitioners, osteopaths, chiropractors, and acupuncturists. The allied professionals, office associates, and interns that I’ve trained have consistently been able to obtain the same effective results by learning to tap into innate, intuitive intelligence.

Our Energy Guidance System (EGS)

The WHD distinguishes itself from every other diet by teaching the dieter how to identify the most efficient calorie-burning foods for his or her body—and his or her body alone. Clearly not just another one-size-fits-all diet program, the WHD presents dieters with three important concepts that will enable them to calibrate and customize their diet for maximum efficiency. The first of these is the concept of an energy guidance system (EGS). The term “energy guidance system” refers to our innate, intuitive intelligence. The concept of innate intelligence was first advanced by Daniel David Palmer, father of modern chiropractic medicine. He described it as the force responsible for the organizing, maintaining, and healing of the human body. Some experts now theorize that innate intelligence first appears during human fertilization, ultimately accounting for the precise differentiation of embryonic stem cells into two distinct cell lines. This innate force of intelligence that directs our genetic differentiation is anything but random. With near perfect consistency, heart cells somehow know to become part of the heart, brain cells somehow know to become part of the brain, and fingers somehow know not to become toes.

The WHD recognizes that there is an innate intelligence that acts as a guiding force, common to all nature, that’s readily observable. For example, when you water your plants, you may notice that they know to turn their least exposed leaves directly into the highest saturation of sunlight. Similarly, the trees, shrubs, and flowering plants in your yard always seem to know exactly how to best position themselves for the highest amount of direct sunlight. Innate intelligence provides an energy guidance system for the entire animal kingdom as well. Homing pigeons are known to find their way home over distances of nearly 1,200 miles, while maintaining speeds of over fifty miles per hour. Researchers have found this to be true time and time again, even when the pigeons are transported to distant places they’ve never visited before. Experts theorize that the pigeon’s innate navigation system comprises olfactory sensors, light-mediated mechanisms in the brain, and iron particles in the beak, believed to keep it magnetically aligned with true north.

The WHD teaches that since we are energy beings with the capacity for extrasensory awareness, we are all equipped with a built-in energy guidance system. In fact, our EGS is present and active every moment of our lives—we’re just not always aware of it. At the biological level, our EGS governs our breathing and heart rate. Also, it might be simply thought of as an instinctual hunch. For example, whenever we attempt to cross a busy street in the middle of a city block, we’ll wait until we get a strong sense as to when it is safest to make a run for it. We may have a hunch that a friend or loved one is in need of our attention in a special way, only to find that the person contacts us later that same day. Our energy guidance system is continually getting hunches, which typically go unnoticed.

Within our bodies there’s a constant flow of communication being exchanged between cells. Half of this communication is reflective of logic, and half is reflective of intuition. Our innate cell-to-cell communication system originates in our heart—more specifically, a bundle of afferent nerves within our heart called the intrinsic cardiac ganglia. This has been identified by scientists as an extrasensory perception and communication center within the heart. It’s also often referred to as the “little brain” in the heart, as it not only has the ability to think and communicate, but has actually been identified as the originator of much of our innate thinking. You see, for many years scientists believed that all origination of thought took place exclusively in the big brain, but thanks in large part to the remarkable research of Dr. J. Andrew Armour of the HeartMath Institute in Boulder Creek, California, founded in 1991, we now know otherwise. Armour discovered that the little brain within the heart actually initiates the majority of our thought and cell-to-cell communication, as it signals the big brain to relay information to the rest of the body. This is especially true when it comes to our innate, intuitive awareness. The intrinsic cardiac ganglia bundle is the signaling center of our energy guidance system, the origin of all our hunches and extrasensory perceptions. One might say that this is the place where “we simply know in our hearts what’s true.”

So the little brain within the heart is the home base of your innate energy guidance system. This extrasensory information center is always turned on; it never shuts off. Furthermore, it’s easy to tap into because it’s a biofeedback loop that’s wired from the heart to the brain and on through to the nerves and muscles. So when it comes to being able to tap into your own intuitive information with consistent reliability, your nerves and muscles are the perfect medium. As we shall see shortly, muscle testing the WHD way enables practitioners to easily and accurately tap into their own energy guidance system for the purposes of really homing in on the customizing and personalizing of their diet plan. The WHD Electromagnetic Muscle Testing system allows dieters to access information from their energy guidance system in a way that will help them to clearly identify the optimal foods capable of maximizing their metabolism.

Electromagnetic Feedback

The word “feedback” is common to our lexicon. It is generally translated as an answer, an observation, or a reaction. Regarding the world of health care, diagnosis is the most important form of feedback, as it helps us to arrive at the solution by first determining how the problem came about.

Mathematician Norbert Wiener, winner of the National Medal of Science, is perhaps best noted for his cybernetics theory, which proposed that living systems may be controlled by monitoring their results. In 1969, participants at a landmark conference in Santa Monica, California, were the first to come up with the term “biofeedback,” which they say was inspired by the work of Norbert Wiener. Today, biofeedback is playing a significant role in health care. “Biofeedback is a technique you can use to learn to control your body’s functions, such as your heart rate,” explains staff at the Mayo Clinic. “With biofeedback, you’re connected to electrical sensors that help you receive information (feedback) about your body (bio). This feedback helps you focus on making subtle changes in your body, such as relaxing certain muscles, to achieve the results you want, such as reducing pain. In essence, biofeedback gives you the power to use your thoughts to control your body, often to help with a health condition or physical performance.”4

There are two approaches to practicing medicine: intervention and prevention. Without biofeedback, there can be no preventive medicine. Any effective practice of preventive medicine demands as much vital information about a subject’s health tendencies as can be obtained. The more that can be learned about a patient’s constitutional deficiencies and health tendencies, the more likely that preventive strategies may be successfully invoked to prevent probabilities from becoming outcomes. Therefore, central to effective prevention is the idea of setting up a feedback loop between the mind and the body. This is precisely what muscle testing is all about, but instead of providing biofeedback, it provides electromagnetic feedback. Where biofeedback is matter based, electromagnetic feedback is energy based. Also, biofeedback monitoring typically requires state-of-the-art biomedical equipment capable of measuring brain waves, blood pressure, dermal response, concentration, memory, and immunity to stress. Electromagnetic feedback requires only a subject, a partner, and a little basic training.

Electromagnetic feedback is an excellent way for one to glean information about the status of one’s metabolism, thyroid function, and calorie-burning potential. Electromagnetic Muscle Testing (EMT) is a well-designed system for determining the energetic strengths and weaknesses of our calorie-burning machinery. It is also an excellent means for discovering which specific food energies most strengthen and weaken an individual’s metabolic energy (Acutrition). In addition, EMT represents a fluid feedback system capable of keeping up with the constant changes that our bodies experience.

Electromagnetic Muscle Testing (EMT)

Electromagnetic Muscle Testing is a reliable means by which we can tap into our EGS, in order to obtain vital feedback from the source of our innate wisdom. In the material world, the primary source of all guidance and information is the “other,” not the innate “self.” We’ve learned well not to trust the instinctual wisdom of self. Instead, we’ve been taught to seek out the calculated logic of the world. This is especially true in the areas of health care and weight loss. But we know much more than we think. Once we tap into our wellspring of instinctual wisdom with the help of muscle testing, an entire universe of information will open up to us. I shall not soon forget the first time I had the good fortune to work with muscle testing. Like most people, I was completely taken aback by my nervous system’s remarkable responsiveness, as well as my neuromuscular accuracy. I remember thinking, “Why should I be so surprised at my own receptiveness and precision?” After all, our nervous system is made up of neuroelectrical pathways that flow through our muscles. Along with my astonishment, I remember feeling resentful that I had been so systematically denied my own innate knowledge for so many years. When efficiently administered, muscle testing is a remarkable tool that empowers us with the ability to clearly and consistently tune in to our own innate answers. Thus, when it comes to the question of who has the perfect design for your optimal personalized diet plan, the answer is—you do! You just may not know it yet, because you, too, have been systematically indoctrinated to deny your own inner knowledge.

The Electromagnetic Muscle Testing system that’s part of the Whole Health healing system is the cornerstone of the WHD. It’s what separates it from any other diet plan, as it equips dieters with the ability to individualize and update their diet plan for maximum efficiency.

For more comprehensive instructions and analysis of EMT, refer to my previous book Whole Health: A Holistic Approach to Healing for the 21st Century.

For our purposes in this book, we will concentrate on the following five EMT applications: positioning, pass/fail testing, tuning, pulse testing, and focus/reliability testing. These five represent the basic EMT techniques that form the bases of the tests that follow.

1. EMT POSITIONING. EMT requires two people: the “practitioner,” or tester, and the “subject.” Practitioner and subject begin by standing face-to-face, approximately arm’s length apart from each other. Both partners must have their feet spread about shoulder-width apart for stability. The practitioner will use his or her dominant hand in the test. The subject raises his or her opposite arm (the left, if the practitioner is right-handed) out to the side, to slightly higher than shoulder height. Make sure to extend the arm straight out with no bend in the elbow. The subject should then clench the fist and tighten up the arm so as to gently resist as the practitioner attempts to push down on the subject’s extended wrist. Both partners must see to it that their posture remains erect.

EMT Positioning for Pass/Fail Testing and Tuning

2. EMT PASS/FAIL TESTING. Now you’re ready to conduct your first pass/fail test. Begin by having the practitioner hold a small sugar packet directly on the chest of the subject, approximately in front of the heart. Once the sugar packet is in place, the practitioner should give a light and sturdy push on the subject’s wrist. This baseline pass/fail test should consistently make the subject’s arm go down easily. This result is called a “failure.” Now, take three to five minutes to get comfortable with your positioning.

3. EMT TUNING. Once you both have taken the time to get comfortable with positioning, posture, and strength differential, it’s time for tuning. Your aim here is to make sure that you’re both on the same page and in sync with each other for an efficient pass/fail testing experience. Once again, practitioner and subject must stand before each other in the proper EMT positioning. Practitioner: begin by calling out a negative word, like “sickness,” while at the same time performing a pass/fail muscle test on the subject. Merely hearing the negative word will cause the subject’s energy field and neuromuscular strength to be diminished, generally producing a failed muscle test. Remember, words alone generate energy that affects our strength. Negative words produce negative energy, and positive words produce positive energy. Don’t be afraid to choose other negative words, like “misery,” “hopelessness,” or “disease,” and to administer the test more than once in order to establish a clear-cut failed muscle response.

Next, repeat the exact same procedure, but now you should call out a positive word, like “happiness.” Once again, don’t hesitate to run this test more than once while calling out other positive words, such as “healthy,” “vibrant,” or “blissful.” The key here is to establish a definitively strong muscle test response (a “passing” result) that stands in clear contrast to the subject’s previous failed response. Tuning is extremely important for establishing an accurate baseline between practitioner and subject. Once you’ve mastered EMT pass/fail testing, it’s time for you to go on to pulse testing.

4. EMT PULSE TESTING. This technique allows practitioner and subject to pinpoint the exact relative plus-or-minus score of their pass/fail test results. In other words, where pass/fail testing allows you only to establish a pass or fail result, pulse testing enables you to calibrate the exact degree of your plus or minus result. For example, if a subject’s muscle strength passed after being pulse tested for a given positive word, you can then measure the exact degree of the positive reaction along a relative range of plus 1 to plus 10. A pulse test score of plus 10 would indicate a stronger positive reaction than a pulse test score of plus 1.

The same pulse testing method can be applied to a negative response as well, using the range minus 1 to minus 10, with minus 10 being a stronger negative reaction. It’s also important to note here that practitioner and subject have the option of using unlimited numbers, instead of restricting the maximum value to 10. This energy testing modality is nothing more than a neuromuscular biofeedback vehicle that allows us to tap into our stream of innate consciousness. We can set the intention as we so choose. I highly recommend pulse testing in unlimited numbers from time to time.

EMT Pulse Testing

Here’s how it works. Remember, pulse testing is a follow-up to pass/fail testing. Therefore, prior to engaging in pulse testing, let’s assume that the subject has just failed a pass/fail test upon hearing the word “sickness.” The practitioner should then state aloud the intention to pulse test the subject for exactly how negatively the word “sickness” affects the subject’s energy, on a scale between minus 1 and minus 10. The practitioner should then call out the word “sickness” once again, but this time, instead of pushing straight down on the subject’s arm once, as in the pass/fail test, the practitioner will gently pulse, or push down repeatedly on the subject’s wrist, while simultaneously counting aloud from minus 1 to minus 10.

If the subject’s arm strength weakens and fails at a pulse count between minus 5 and minus 10, this should be considered a severe negative energetic reaction. Test scores between minus 1 and minus 5 should therefore be considered less severe.

Practitioner and subject can apply this same pulse testing technique to measure the subject’s positive responses, from plus 1 to plus 10, as well.

Pulse testing is the most important feature of the entire WHD plan. As you’ll soon discover, EMT pulse testing is the technique that makes the difference, enabling dieters to zero in on the ongoing health status of their thyroid gland, as well as the optimal foods and food supplements to efficiently fuel their calorie-burning metabolism. EMT pulse testing is the secret weapon that allows each dieter to accurately map out his or her individual, personalized diet plan. Moreover, it makes it possible for dieters to keep up with their ever-changing dietary needs at a very subtle level.

5. FOCUS/RELIABILITY TESTING. This is an additional pulse testing protocol designed to ensure focus, concentration, and reliability between practitioner and subject. Once again, the practitioner and subject stand in the basic EMT positioning for pass/fail testing. The practitioner should state the question, “What is our present degree of focus and reliability, from plus 1 to plus 10, with plus 10 representing 100 percent?” The two should then immediately perform a pulse test, counting from plus 1 to plus 10. If the subject’s pulse test score is less than 5, then practitioner and subject should take a moment to gather their wits and rededicate their concentration efforts. A simple deep cleansing breath, a momentary time-out, is typically more than enough to get you both back on track. Next, simply repeat pulse testing. You should notice the numbers elevate. If not, just take a few more moments to regroup, then retest.

Metabolic Testing

One of the main goals of the Whole Health Diet is to provide the readers with some basic energy tools to help them better manage metabolism and support weight loss. Up to this point you’ve had an Electromagnetic Muscle Testing primer and should now be ready to move on to the Six Metabolic Tests format. This format begins with basic Rudiment Testing, and then goes on to teach you how to energetically test the strength of your thyroid gland, as well as your thyroid response to specific foods. It also teaches you how to construct a personalized meal and supplement plan that’s best suited to maximize your weight loss potential.

The Six Metabolic EMT Tests:

1.     Rudiment testing

2.     Thyroid energy testing

3.     Food energy testing (Acutrition)

4.     Customized meal plan testing

5.     Raw versus cooked food testing

6.     Nutritional supplement testing

1. RUDIMENT TESTING

My dear friend Dr. Bernie Siegel shared a story with me that I shall never forget. He said he once delivered an address to thousands of terminally ill people. As he concluded his talk, he made the following announcement: “If anyone would like to live longer and be healthier, report to the meeting room down the hall.” To his shock and amazement, only ten women showed up. The moral of the story is that most of us are reluctant to make a commitment.

One of the main reasons that dieting has such a high rate of failure is that, while many may claim to want to lose weight, when it comes right down to it, they’re not ready to make the necessary commitment. Therefore, it is important to begin by performing an EMT rudiment testing exercise in order to establish the dieter’s commitment level right at the outset.

Rudiment testing is quite simple. As with all EMT procedures, subject and practitioner stand arm’s length apart. Next, they tune and test for reliability. Once they’re tuned and reliable, the subject must then affirmatively state his or her specific goal out loud: “I want to lose [number] pounds!” Immediately following this statement, the two perform an EMT pass/fail muscle test. If the subject is truly ready to perform all that is required, he or she will pass this test. Assuming that is so, they then do a pulse test in order to determine the relative degree of the subject’s determination to succeed. If the pulse test registers between 1 and 5, the subject should take some time to go deep within in order to see if he or she can muster a stronger commitment. This is followed by additional pulse testing. If, on the other hand, the subject is truly not ready, he or she will typically fail the muscle test. This may sound like a harsh, negative exercise, but in fact it helps people to tune in to their innermost consciousness, in a way that allows them to reexamine their honest level of commitment. The rudiment test is a quick, easy way to prevent dieting disaster. Moreover, it enables individuals to truly establish the mental intention necessary to successfully complete the task before they get started.

2. THYROID ENERGY TESTING

The energetic state of your thyroid gland is different today from what it was yesterday. Its subtle properties have been affected by myriad energetic influences within and around you. Diet, stress, sleep, hydration, and social interaction have all influenced the energies of your thyroid gland. Once again, material logic has led you to just assume that the thyroid you have today is the same thyroid you had yesterday. The world of energy tells you that nothing could be further from the truth. This underscores the difference-making uniqueness of the WHD program. The EMT thyroid energy testing procedure enables you to assess the exact degree of energetic strength of your thyroid gland, and the food energy testing procedure that follows it provides you with pinpoint accuracy to determine those specific foods that will best energize your thyroid gland, and thus your metabolism. Moreover, these energies that represent you and your metabolism are fluid, not static.

Metabolic thyroid testing calls for the EMT pass/fail and pulse testing techniques. First, practitioner and subject assume the EMT positioning. Next, practitioner and subject run a few sample pass/fail tests, get themselves properly in tune with each other, and then pulse test for their focus/reliability factor. (If a refresher on how to perform these tests is needed, please refer back to the EMT pass/fail and pulse testing techniques as outlined previously.) Once this preliminary setup work is completed, the partners should be ready to go on to pass/fail and pulse test the strength or weakness of the subject’s thyroid gland.

Thyroid energy point

Thyroid energy testing

Thyroid energy testing is quite simple. The practitioner and subject perform the EMT pass/fail testing technique followed by the pulse testing technique, but while performing these two tests, the practitioner places the index finger of his or her nondominant hand on the subject’s thyroid gland, directly at the base of the throat.

This all-important test allows the practitioner and subject to accurately assess the excess, balance, or deficiency of the subject’s thyroid gland energy.

3. FOOD ENERGY TESTING (ACUTRITION)

Everything is energy. The thyroid gland represents one form of energy, while food represents another. Any time energies converge, the result is either a positive or a negative reaction. And so it is metabolically. You may not have been aware of it up to this point, but every food you have ever eaten has had a unique energetic effect on your thyroid metabolism. Up until now, you’ve been programmed to believe that food affects metabolism based solely on material properties. For example, you’ve been taught that fatty foods and high-starch carbohydrates slow down metabolism, solely because of their molecular density. In contrast, you’ve been told that lean proteins, low-starch vegetables, and low-sugar fruits stimulate metabolism solely because they’re less dense and more activating. So it is with the bias of material logic. But in the world of energy there’s a whole other thought process. In theory, each separate blueberry in the container has a unique and different set of energetic properties. Energy is DNA, in the sense that it is sui generis. Energy is also in an ongoing state of flux—it is forever shifting and changing.

EMT food energy testing (Acutrition) is a simple procedure. “Acutrition” is a term that I first coined back in the 1980s. It refers to the “pinpoint, acupuncture accuracy” of the Whole Health nutrition program. It was then that I first began experimenting with the idea of designing energy-based, customized nutrition plans. Even then, I found the concept of one-size-fits-all nutrition so disturbing that I was inspired to develop a system that enabled people to effectively test their energy with the energy of foods, so that they might personalize their approach to dieting. In addition, Acutrition was further designed to help people test the energy of their specific glands or organs for strengths and weaknesses, as well as for their positive and negative reactions to foods, so as to help them zero in on their optimal metabolic nutrition options.

Acutrition was inspired by the concept of energetic individuality and constitutional codes. We are all as unique as snowflakes, yet we continue to put up with the cattle-prodding approach espoused by nutritionists and medical professionals. Most of our ancestral systems of medicine were designed with human constitutional coding in mind. These systems, and the people who developed them, respected the constitutional differences that exist between one person and another. The world and universe were viewed as cosmologies of uniqueness and distinction, where no two people were alike. Subsequently, the food and medicine protocols were uniquely designed to suit each individual’s code.

Today, it doesn’t seem to occur to us that DNA isn’t the only manifestation of our uniqueness. In fact, every particle of energy, atom, and molecule that we’re composed of is a reflection of our unique, irreproducible code. The same can be said for all living things, including foods. Consider the fact that there are over one hundred dietary theories today, yet only one of them, the WHD, is energetically designed to match your personal constitutional code.

Thanks to the remarkable EMT system, Acutrition is the key that unlocks the door to your code. By tuning you in to the dynamics of your code at the subtlest energetic level, and by employing the highest elements of your mind-body field of awareness, Acutrition, in combination with EMT, maximizes your ability to attain metabolic balance. When one lives in the state of maximum balance, body weight seeks its natural balance.

The EMT food energy test we’ll be performing is referred to as thyroid food exposure testing. It tests the thyroid gland’s response to foods. The thyroid food exposure test will enable you to pinpoint all of those foods that support and sabotage your metabolism. You’ll be amazed to find that many “healthy” foods, recommended on most diet plans, actually fail EMT testing. This will awaken you to the fact that pinpointed, individualized testing is the only way to truly determine the most ideal, personalized metabolic food plan for your weight loss and optimal health.

Before getting started with EMT food energy testing, practitioner and subject will need to design a Whole Health food classification chart, like the one shown on the next page.

Next, the two can begin by sequencing through EMT positioning and pass/fail testing, followed by pulse testing and tuning.

Whole Health Food Classification Chart

 Alkaline Foods    Neutral Foods    Acid Foods

ANIMAL PROTEIN

beef

chicken

clam

cod

crab

egg white

egg yolk

flounder

haddock

halibut

ham

lamb

liver

lobster

pork

salmon

sardine

scallop

shrimp

sole

tuna

turkey

DAIRY, DAIRY SUBSTITUTES

cow’s cheese

rice milk

rice milk cheese

cow’s milk

cow’s yogurt

almond milk

soy milk

soy cheese

soy yogurt

BEANS

adzuki

anasaki

black

chickpea

kidney

soy/tofu

lentil

mung

navy

northern

pinto

white

NUTS/SEEDS

almond

Brazil

cashew

macadamia

peanut

pecan

pine

pistachio

pumpkin

sesame

sunflower

walnut

FATS

avocado

butter

coconut

cream

ghee

margarine

vegetable oil

LOW-STARCH VEGETABLES

arugula

asparagus

broccoli

Brussels sprouts

cabbage

cauliflower

celery

Chinese cabbage

collard

cucumber

eggplant

endive

escarole

garlic

green beans

kale

kohlrabi

leek

lettuce

lotus root

mushroom

mustard green

okra

onion

parsley

pepper

radish

scallion

sorrel

spinach

sprouts

summer squash

Swiss chard

turnip

turnip green

watercress

zucchini

HIGH-STARCH VEGETABLES

artichoke

beet

carrot

chestnut

corn

lima bean

parsnip

pea

potato

pumpkin

winter squash

yam

GRAIN PRODUCTS (STARCH)

amaranth

barley

buckwheat

millet

quinoa

kamut

kasha

oats

rice

rye

spelt

triticale

wheat

SUGARS

barley malt

brown sugar

honey

maple syrup

rice syrup

stevia

Sucanat

turbinado

white bread

white sugar

ACID FRUITS

grapefruit

kiwi

kumquat

lemon

lime

orange

pineapple

strawberry

tomato

SUB ACID FRUITS

apple

apricot

blackberry

blueberry

cherry

grape

mango

nectarine

papaya

peach

pear

plum

raspberry

tangerine

SWEET FRUITS

banana

currant

date

fig

raisin

MELONS

cantaloupe

casaba

Christmas

honeydew

musk

watermelon

MISCELLANEOUS

fruit preserve

sugar-free jam

vinegar

Key

  Alkaline Foods—eat 4 for each 1 acid food

  Acid Foods—eat 1 for each 4 alkaline foods

  Neutral Foods—remain neutral only when your pH is stable

  Acid Foods that convert to alkaline only when your pH is stable

To perform a food energy testing session using the EMT pass/fail test technique, the practitioner need only call out each food listed on the chart by name, while simultaneously pass/fail testing the subject’s arm strength. Practitioners must make sure to place their nondominant index finger directly on the subject’s thyroid gland (at the base of the throat), while simultaneously calling out the name of each food being muscle tested. This will maintain both partners’ attention on the subject’s thyroid gland, thus concentrating their intention to discover which foods support and which foods sabotage the subject’s energetic metabolism.

There are many different ways to perform food energy muscle testing. The EMT system also includes procedures in which the practitioner can hold either real foods or homeopathic food vials to the throat of the subject. This approach would likely feel more comfortable to someone who’s mechanistically biased, but it’s not necessary. If properly tuned, you’ll obtain the same accurate results by simply calling out the names of the foods you’re looking to test the subject for. If not, simply retune!

When the partners have finished preparing and are in testing position, the practitioner can begin calling out the listed test foods one at a time. As each food is called out, the practitioner should gently and fluidly push at the wrist of the subject’s outstretched arm, in order to test the subject’s energy resistance after having audibly registered the food’s name.

If the subject’s arm weakens and fails at the sound of any food that the practitioner calls out, this indicates a failed food energy test. Remember, all pass and fail test results discovered while the practitioner’s nondominant index finger lies on the subject’s thyroid gland are representative of those foods that either help or hamper the subject’s weight loss metabolism. Practitioners must make sure to immediately cross out any food that fails from the subject’s Whole Health Food Classification Chart. Slowly run down the entire food list, carefully testing one food at a time while crossing out the failed foods. Once the pass/fail procedure is completed for the food energy test, practitioner and subject should then go on to perform EMT pulse testing.

Pulse testing enables partners to identify, in a quantifiable way, those foods that will best support or most harm the subject’s prospects for metabolic weight loss efficiency. Far beyond simply revealing which foods are best and worst for the subject’s thyroid metabolism, pulse testing provides quantifiable details as to just how good or bad a given food is.

The EMT pulse testing procedure begins with the practitioner stating aloud that he or she is about to pulse test positive foods on a scale from plus 1 to plus 10, and negative foods from minus 1 to minus 10. The practitioner must call out each food on the classification chart as he or she tests the subject’s tolerance to the mention of each food. Some will pass and some will fail.

The subject’s food energy responses will show precisely how positive or negative each food is for his or her thyroid gland (metabolism). The number of pulses are measured in relative numbers from plus 1 to plus 10 for positive foods (foods that passed in the pass/fail procedure), and from minus 1 to minus 10 for negative foods (foods that failed in the pass/fail procedure), with 1 representing the lowest and 10 representing the highest relative number. In pulse testing, the practitioner gently places his or her nondominant finger on the subject’s thyroid, states aloud the name of a food, and pushes down the arm of the subject. A positive food that takes between plus 7 and plus 10 pushes before the arm falls is a strong result, meaning the named food is among the best possible metabolic support foods for that subject. A negative food that takes between minus 7 and minus 10 pushes is also a strong result, but in the opposite direction, meaning that that food is among the worst possible metabolically sabotaging foods for the subject.

Practitioners must be careful to remain sharply attuned to the exact count when the subject’s arm falls. Any food that results in a positive muscle test between a pulse count of plus 7 and plus 10 should be considered an energetically optimal metabolic food for that subject. If the subject’s arm weakens and falls at a pulse count between minus 1 and minus 10, whatever food was called out should be considered an energy-depleting food for the subject. All foods that pulse between plus 6 and minus 10 should be avoided.

Once practitioner and subject have completed all EMT pass/fail and pulse testing procedures, they’re now prepared to map out the subject’s Whole Health Diet plan. Now the subject isn’t merely being given some generic weight loss diet. Instead, he or she is creating an energetically customized nutritional plan specifically designed to support his or her thyroid for maximum metabolic efficiency. Practitioners and subjects are encouraged to work hard at mastering these EMT protocols. These protocols make the WHD the only diet plan in the world that is energetically customized. It is also advisable to retest at least once a month, if not once a week, in order to keep up with the ever-changing energies that play such a significant role in a person’s ever-changing metabolism and weight loss.

4. CUSTOMIZED MEAL PLAN TESTING

The customized meal plan testing provides subjects with their very own Acutrition diet. Where pass/fail and pulse testing enable them to identify their specific optimal metabolic foods, customized meal plan testing provides the finer details regarding the exact proper amounts to be taken throughout the day. Once again, this is a muscle testing procedure that taps into both the practitioner’s and the subject’s energy guidance system (EGS) for the answers.

The two partners will require a Whole Health meal plan chart for this exercise.

Customized meal plan testing combines both the EMT pass/fail and pulse testing techniques. The practitioner and subject begin with the EMT positioning and pass/fail testing, followed by pulse testing and tuning. They then pass/fail test for the subject’s optimal daily meal format, one meal at a time, beginning with breakfast and moving on to morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and evening snack. Practitioners should simply name each meal as they muscle test the subject. Assuming that the subject’s arm remains strong for the word “breakfast,” the practitioner should then state aloud the words “protein,” “vegetables,” “fruits,” and “high-starch carbohydrates” one at a time, while simultaneously testing the subject’s strength for each. This pass/fail test reveals which specific food category is best for the subject’s breakfast meal. Next, they will do pulse testing on amounts for breakfast: the practitioner audibly calls out amounts in ounces for whichever foods passed for breakfast while administering the pulse testing technique. For example, if protein passed for breakfast, the practitioner would call out amounts—for example, “three ounces,” followed by a strength test; “four ounces,” followed by a second strength test; and so on. Remember to keep up with your charting notes immediately following each test response. Test all meals, foods, and amounts until the meal plan is completed. Customized meal plan testing should be repeated at least once a month and as frequently as once a week, if time allows.

These quantum energy protocols are what separate the WHD from every other diet. First of all, every other diet obtains its information from the world in the form of “experts,” authors, and theorists. The WHD’s source of information is the stream of higher consciousness—the innate wellspring of wisdom that resides within each dieter. By mastering the WHD’s innovative protocols, dieters will ultimately gain open access to their own inherent intelligence. In essence, by tuning dieters in to their “source power,” the WHD awakens in them their inborn expertise. Moreover, it empowers dieters with the ability to customize their own personalized diet and to update their plan so that they may keep abreast of their ever-changing energy needs.

5. RAW VERSUS COOKED FOOD TEST

There is an ongoing debate as to whether raw or cooked food is nutritionally superior. Raw food advocates would remind us that uncooked foods contain a higher concentration of living enzymes and fiber. They insist that the more natural and undisturbed a food is, the healthier it is. They often point to the fact that by cooking food, you run the risk of destroying its vital enzymes. On the other hand there are those experts who posit that cooked, warm foods lend support to digestion in a different way. Many believe that when foods are served warm, they fortify spleen, stomach, lymph, and immune energies via thermogenic transference. Once again, the WHD reminds us that one size does not fit all. We are all constitutionally unique. Those constitutional types that suffer from constant colds, flu, and allergies are inclined to do better with warm, cooked foods. Those constitutional types that suffer from hypertension and heart disease are more inclined to do better with cold, raw foods. That said, debates such as this can be easily resolved. EMT pass/fail testing is an exceptional way to arrive at an energetically individualized conclusion. The subject holds up his or her arm and resists, as described earlier for pass/fail testing, while the practitioner gently presses it down and audibly states the words “warm, cooked food.” Next, he or she repeats the same strength test as the practitioner says, “cold, raw food.” They will discover one of three results. The subject will pass only for cooked, only for raw, or for both. If the subject passes both the cooked and the raw food tests, then practitioner and subject should pulse test both options to see which option scores a higher number between 1 and 10.

Not only will this simple test resolve a great debate, but, more important, it will provide subjects with yet another dietary articulation to further maximize their metabolism.

6. NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT TESTING

Having completed their thyroid and food testing procedures, practitioner and subject should then go on to perform EMT nutritional supplement testing. Before beginning this procedure, redraw or photocopy the chart on the next page, which lists the supplements recognized by the WHD as proven agents that provide support for hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid).

To begin, the partners assume proper EMT positioning. Then the practitioner should perform pass/fail testing on the subject for each supplement listed. The pass/fail test should be immediately followed by pulse testing. This is where the practitioner pulse tests the subject’s nutritional supplement response from 1 to 10, but only for those supplements that elicited a positive result during the pass/fail testing. The practitioner must announce out loud the intention to test positive supplements in degrees of 1 to 10, and then commence. The subject is advised to take only those nutritional supplements that pulse test between a plus 8 and a plus 10.

SUPPLEMENT

POTENCY

DOSE

FREQUENCY

DURATION

Selenomethionine (200 mcg capsule)

       

Zinc gluconate (50 mg tablet)

       

Kelp (250 mcg tablet)

       

L-tyrosine (500 mg capsule)

       

Pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (50 mg capsule)

       

B complex (50 mg capsule)

       

Floravital liquid (1 teaspoon)

       

Finally, the partners are ready to pass/fail test the subject’s nutritional supplements for potency, dose, frequency, and duration—you know the right supplements to take; now it’s time to figure out exactly how to take them. Let’s begin by using selenomethionine as an example. The practitioner first calls out the above listed baseline potencies and then tests the subject’s strength for baseline and incrementally higher dose callouts. I find that the highest potency produces a naturally strong muscle response. Once the test is completed, you will have discovered the subject’s most efficient supplement dosage.

In the same pass/fail fashion, practitioners should call out doses, or the number of times per day the subject should take selenomethionine. The practitioner should call out “once a day” followed by a strength test, then “twice a day,” and so on, until the arm drops. It’s important to find the highest number of times a day that produces a strong muscle response. This represents the proper dose.

Next, the two are ready to test for frequency, or the number of days per week the selenomethionine is to be taken. The practitioner muscle tests the subject (pass/fail) while simultaneously calling out “one day per week,” “two days per week,” and so on for each supplement, until arriving at the most days per week that renders a strong muscle response. This represents the optimal frequency for taking each supplement.

Finally, partners test for duration, or the length of time the subject is to remain on a given nutritional supplement. As before, the practitioner will simultaneously strength test the subject (pass/fail) while stating “one week,” “two weeks,” “three weeks,” “one month,” and so on, until concluding with the highest number of weeks that produces a strong muscle response. This procedure represents duration. If partners wish to test one step further, they may check for duration cycles. Supplement plans often have a duration period that manifests in cycles. In other words, entire protocols can sometimes test positively for one month or so, but the subject may require a week or two off before beginning a new cycle. So the duration cycle may last for, say, three months followed by a two-week rest period. This allows the body to get caught up with absorption of weak supplement saturation. These respites often prove to be helpful when it comes to balancing metabolism.

The WHD 333 Rotation Diet and Recipe Plan

There is a direct connection between food and disease. For more than three decades, I’ve helped a great many people overcome disease through nutritional therapy. In most cases, these remarkable recoveries were the result of my “addition through subtraction” approach to nutrition, which calls for the elimination of toxic, inflammatory, allergenic, and poorly rotated foods. I’m not just talking about fat-laden, irradiated, sugary, fermented, allergenic foods. I’m also talking about static diets. Eating clean, healthy food—but failing to rotate those foods—can spell disaster when it comes to triggering genetic disease expressions.

Genes represent the molecular units of our hereditary blueprint. They are the archives that retain the vital instructions for our cellular construction, which produces our many traits and is responsible for repairing damage to our bodies. Our genetic archives are passed on to our offspring. We have thirty thousand genes that define our fixed material blueprint, or genetic code. I say “fixed” because our genes cannot change more than one-tenth of 1 percent every 250 generations. Our genetic code may be fixed, but the way our genes behave, or express themselves, is mutable.

You see, genes are like a light switch that can turn on and off. Each gene has what is called a “promoter” that, if prompted, can turn good or bad outcomes on or off in an instant. Research has proven that good genes are turned on and bad genes are silenced, by things like a clean, healthy, and properly rotated diet. By the same token, diseases and health conditions such as obesity are more often than not the result of bad genes switched on by toxic, allergenic, and poorly rotated meal plans. To get and maintain the WHD edge, you must avoid toxic, inflammatory, allergenic foods—and rotate your diet!

Assuming at this point that you’ve improved your food safety and quality and completed your entire battery of EMT screening, the next step is to learn how to prepare your meals and to set up the WHD 333 Plan. This plan provides you with breakfast, lunch, and dinner recipes designed to support a three-day, hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory rotation diet. It also includes two healthy snacks per day.

The three-day rotation diet concept is really quite simple. Let’s say you eat egg whites for breakfast on Monday. You would then have to avoid egg whites on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, making sure not to repeat them as a breakfast option until Friday. This cycling procedure would be similarly repeated for all proteins, low-starch vegetables, high-starch carbohydrates, and fruits in each meal. And though the WHD’s EMT food allergy testing and the meal plan enable you to pinpoint and avoid the most allergenic foods, the three-day rotation diet will help to keep you from experiencing recurring food allergies.

The two most important things to know about food intolerances are these: foods that the body doesn’t recognize (allergens) are inflammatory, and safe foods that are not rotated become inflammatory. In other words, let’s assume that after having tested positive for egg whites, you decided to eat them every morning for a week straight—you’d likely develop an intolerance to them. Hardly a day goes by when I don’t see a patient who tells me he or she was doing exceptionally well, staying symptom-free, and feeling great the first month of the diet, only to have symptoms return due to a lack of dietary rotation. Virtually all of these people return to an optimal state of wellness once they get solidly positioned into a three-day rotation. This three-day diet rotation is important for keeping the body, digestive system, and metabolism in tip-top condition.

The WHD 333 Recipes

It’s important to remember that all foods and ingredients in the WHD’s recipes must be USDA organic, free range, and wild.

Day 1  Breakfast: 

EGG WHITE VEGGIE SCRAMBLE

This deliciously satisfying, low-fat, low-cholesterol, high-protein breakfast will start your day off with a calorie-burning boost! Egg whites are rich in the mineral selenium, which is known to support the thyroid’s calorie-burning T4 hormone. They are also high in riboflavin (vitamin B2), which plays a key role in the metabolism of fats.

2 tablespoons olive oil

½ medium Vidalia onion, diced

¾ cup diced red bell pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

2½ cups spinach leaves

6–8 egg whites

2 tablespoons coconut milk

§  Place olive oil in a sauté pan and set to low-medium heat.

§  Add onions, peppers, garlic, and spinach to pan and sauté on low-medium heat until spinach shrinks down and onions become golden.

§  In a bowl, place egg whites and coconut milk and whisk for twenty seconds. Pour into pan.

§  Scramble until eggs are cooked to your liking.

SERVES FIVE.

Day 1  Lunch:

HI-PRO SALAD

This refreshing, nutritious salad provides sufficient protein to help keep your midday metabolism active. It also delivers an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and bowel-healthy insoluble fiber to support the upper and lower intestinal tracts.

4 cups mixed greens

½ small red/purple onion, thinly sliced

1 medium tomato, cut into wedges

1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced

8 ounces sliced turkey breast

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Juice of 1 large lemon

3 tablespoons pure water

A dash each of thyme, rosemary, sage, and dill

§  In two separate serving bowls, evenly divide the mixed greens, onion, tomato, cucumber, and turkey.

§  In a teacup, blend the olive oil, lemon juice, water, and herbs.

§  Add equal parts dressing to each bowl.

SERVES TWO.

Day 1  Dinner:

IMMUNE BOOSTER TURKEY BURGER with asparagus

This dinner recipe contains some of the spices known to be highest in antioxidants. According to recent USDA studies, turmeric, cumin, rosemary, and sweet basil are among the spices with the highest ORAC value, or oxygen radical absorbance capacity, as discussed earlier. The spices used in the Immune Booster Turkey Burger are estimated to have ten to twenty times more antioxidant power than the highest foods!

10 ounces 92% lean ground turkey

2 scallions, thinly sliced

½ clove garlic, minced

A dash each of turmeric, cumin, rosemary, marjoram, and sage

1 tablespoon coconut spread

A dash of sweet basil

¼ cup pure water

12 spears of asparagus

1 slice yeast-free, gluten-free oat bread

§  Start water in the bottom of a steamer for the asparagus.

§  In a bowl, blend the ground turkey with the scallions, garlic, turmeric, cumin, rosemary, marjoram, and sage. Form the mix into two equal-size patties.

§  Place the coconut spread in a sauté pan and set to low-medium heat.

§  Place the patties in pan and sprinkle a dash of sweet basil on top.

§  Add the water to pan and cover with lid.

§  Cook, covered, on low-medium heat for fifteen minutes on one side only. Because the burger is covered, it need not be flipped.

§  While the burgers cook, steam asparagus until tender, about twelve minutes.

§  Serve each burger on a slice of bread, with asparagus on the side.

SERVES TWO.

Day 2  Breakfast:

CHICKEN BREAKFAST SAUSAGE SPECIAL with grapefruit

Breakfast protein is the single most important element of effective weight loss. Unlike typical, high-starch-carbohydrate breakfasts, this tasty high-protein option supports sustained calorie-burning action. According to a study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, by ensuring that our dietary protein intake accounts for at least 30 percent of our total daily calories, we markedly decrease appetite and increase our prospects for weight loss. Studies have also shown grapefruit to be a powerful appetite suppressant!

3 organic chicken breakfast sausages

A dash of garlic powder

1 grapefruit

§  Preheat toaster oven to 350 degrees for eight minutes.

§  Place sausages on a toaster oven tray and sprinkle with garlic powder.

§  Bake for fifteen minutes.

§  Serve with grapefruit.

SERVES ONE.

Day 2  Lunch:

SOUTHWEST CHICKEN AND BABY SPINACH SALAD

Capsaicin is the active thermogenic (heat-generating) agent in chili peppers. According to recent animal studies, capsaicin boosts metabolism and activates weight loss. As an added bonus, the folic acid in the spinach and ellagitannins in the pomegranate juice offer powerful anti-inflammatory support.

3 tablespoons grape-seed oil, divided

2 tablespoons pure water

10 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast, split in half

¼ teaspoon chili powder

4 cups baby spinach leaves

¼ cup concentrated pomegranate juice

¼ cup pure water

§  In a skillet place 1½ tablespoons of the grape-seed oil and the 2 tablespoons water.

§  Coat chicken with chili powder and place in skillet.

§  Cover skillet and cook for 15 minutes, checking occasionally.

§  When chicken is done, cool for handling and slice into strips.

§  Divide the baby spinach leaves into two salad bowls.

§  In a teacup, blend dressing: the remaining 1½ tablespoons of grape-seed oil, the pomegranate juice, and the ¼ cup water.

§  Dress each salad with equal parts dressing.

§  Place chicken strips over salads and serve.

SERVES TWO.

Day 2  Dinner:

MEDITERRANEAN WHITE SAUCE WITH GROUND CHICKEN with broccoli and rice pasta

Researchers tell us that oregano may be helpful for stubborn weight loss problems. A new animal study indicates that a powerful antioxidant called carvacral in oregano has been found to offset diet-induced obesity by neutralizing inflammation and modulating gene expression. In addition, according to researchers in the Netherlands, grape-seed oil has been shown to reduce calorie intake by 4 percent over a twenty-four-hour period. Researchers in Spain have found the oil to markedly improve insulin efficiency.

6 ounces rice pasta

3 tablespoons grape-seed oil, divided

2 celery stalks, diced

⅓ yellow bell pepper, diced

⅓ orange bell pepper, diced

1 medium plum tomato, diced

½ clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon each of fresh oregano, parsley, marjoram, and sage

10 ounces 92% lean ground chicken breast

10 ounces free-range, organic, low-sodium chicken broth

½ cup pure water

§  Bring 2½ quarts water and the broth to full boil. Add rice pasta and boil nine to eleven minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain pasta in colander and return to same pan. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the grape-seed oil.

§  While pasta cooks, oil skillet with remaining 2 tablespoons of the grape-seed oil and set at low-medium heat.

§  Add the vegetables to the skillet and sauté with the herbs.

§  When the vegetables begin to soften, add the ground chicken.

§  Cover pan with lid and cook for twenty minutes, stirring occasionally.

SERVES TWO.

Day 3  Breakfast:

MARK’S SOY (OR SOY-FREE) SMOOTHIE

For those who are tolerant to soy, this healthy, flavorful smoothie provides a rich, creamy, calorie-burning, anti-inflammatory breakfast option. A number of studies have shown this antioxidant-rich, low-fat protein reduces appetite by helping one to feel fuller longer. While there may be some debate as to whether soy is a healthy or unhealthy food, it’s important to remember the WHD represents a personalized diet system in which food tolerances are individually determined by Electromagnetic Muscle Testing. If it passes the test, enjoy with the soy! If it fails, enjoy with the substitute ingredients listed.

½ cake silken tofu

2 scoops pea protein powder

8 drops liquid stevia

Dash of cinnamon

4 drops pure vanilla extract

10 ounces plain soy milk (or coconut milk)

2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds

½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

§  Place ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

SERVES TWO.

Day 3  Lunch:

ARUGULA SOCKEYE SALAD

Salmon’s high-quality protein and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids make it the perfect meal option to promote satiety and curb appetite. The high fiber, vitamin K, and folate concentrations in the arugula provide excellent satiety support.

4 cups arugula

Two 6-ounce cans wild sockeye salmon, drained

3 tablespoons organic canola oil, divided

Juice of 1 clementine

Dash each of basil, chervil, coriander, and watercress

§  Divide arugula equally in two salad bowls.

§  Place contents of one can of salmon in each bowl.

§  Dress each salad with 1½ tablespoons of the canola oil and half of the clementine juice.

§  Sprinkle the herbs over each salad.

SERVES TWO.

Day 3  Dinner:

WILD SEA SCALLOPS OVER QUINOA with kale

These sweet, high-protein ocean delights contain a high concentration of the mineral iodine. This makes them a perfect nutritional support food for the metabolism, as iodine is essential for healthy thyroid gland function. They are also high in selenium, which supports the thyroid’s metabolic T4 hormone management. Also, a serving of kale contains approximately 10 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fiber, which makes it a good “feel full” food.

1 cup pure water

½ cup quinoa

4 cups kale

⅛ teaspoon finely ground black pepper

⅛ cup chopped fresh parsley, oregano, and basil

1 clove shallot, minced

8 large wild sea scallops (about 12 ounces)

2 tablespoons avocado oil

§  In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil and add quinoa. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer approximately fifteen minutes.

§  Remove the stems from the kale, place the leaves in the top of a steamer, and steam until tender, about five minutes.

§  Sprinkle pepper, parsley, oregano, basil, and shallot over scallops.

§  Heat avocado oil in large skillet on medium-high heat.

§  Place scallops in pan and sauté for two and a half minutes on each side, or until browned and opaque.

§  On each of two plates serve 4 scallops on a ¾ cup bed of quinoa, with kale alongside.

SERVES TWO.

WHD 333 Food Rotation Quick Reference Guide

Day 1

Breakfast: Egg White Veggie Scramble

Midmorning: One large apple

Lunch: Hi-Pro Salad

Midafternoon: Three stalks of celery with 3 tablespoons of sesame-free hummus

Dinner: Immune Booster Turkey Burger—with asparagus

Day 2

Breakfast: Chicken Breakfast Sausage Special—with grapefruit

Midmorning: One large nectarine

Lunch: Southwest Chicken and Baby Spinach Salad

Midafternoon: One large nectarine with ¼ cup unsalted pumpkin seeds

Dinner: Mediterranean White Sauce with Ground Chicken—with broccoli and rice pasta

Day 3

Breakfast: Mark’s Soy (or Soy-Free) Smoothie

Midmorning: ½ cup papaya chunks

Lunch: Arugula Sockeye Salad

Midafternoon: ½ cup papaya chunks with ¼ cup unsalted dry-roasted soy nuts

Dinner: Wild Sea Scallops over Quinoa—with kale

Mastering the Art of Cheating

The WHD teaches that one of the prerequisites of successful long-term dieting and permanent weight loss is “mastering the art of cheating.” We must bear in mind that regardless of how disciplined and determined we may be to follow a well-designed health protocol, we are still mere mortals. Everything in the mortal world is governed by what I call the Inhale, Exhale Law. Not unlike a heartbeat, in which energy is drawn in and released, there is a natural physics to the cycling of all energy. It’s what the ancient Chinese referred to as “the way of things.” It’s why so much of the world has adopted work and school schedules that are more active during the weekdays and less active on weekends. We can put only so much energy into something before requiring a relaxing of our efforts. One of the most important positions put forth by the WHD is its 85 Percent Rule.

The WHD’s 85 Percent Rule says unequivocally that before getting started, the dieter must immediately strike any and all thoughts of following the diet 100 percent. Any dieter who entertains a vision of following a diet 100 percent is only ensuring that he or she will hit the wall harder. It’s simple logic. It can be compared to holding your breath as long as you can. The longer you hold your breath, the deeper you’ll gasp for air after running out. So, by admitting right up front that you are a mere mortal, and that you’re destined to lose a battle from time to time, you will actually enable yourself to win the war. It’s not about passing and failing. It’s about employing a strategy that includes calculated cheating.

The WHD’s 85 Percent Rule advocates cheating within reason—one day per week at one meal per week. This doesn’t mean to suggest that one consume an inordinate amount of fried food, half a cake, a pint of ice cream, and a bottle of wine! Rather, it means consuming a standard 600-calorie entrée appearing on a menu in an average family restaurant, along with a splurge along the lines of two clear vodka beverages or one 300-calorie dessert. Remember to choose a restaurant that you enjoy and invite people you love. The focus should not be on the food alone. The focus should also be on the environment and the experience. This should be an occasion that you look forward to and work hard for. It should be a reward that you use to your advantage. If properly mastered, your 15 percent, calculated, once-a-week cheat can inspire remarkable long-term results.

I’ve instituted this plan both in my private counseling practice and in my corporate consulting programs for thousands of people over the past thirty-two years, and I can tell you firsthand that it has proven to be a real difference maker. I’m always amazed at the looks on people’s faces when I explain the WHD 85 Percent Rule to them. Many of them have been programmed to think in very dysfunctional all-or-nothing terms. Once again, it’s a good time to remind ourselves about one of the important tenets of the WHD—balance! While there are a growing number of diet plans that tell us that we can cheat and still lose weight, the WHD 85 Percent Rule firmly asserts that in order for people to succeed at long-term dieting and permanent weight loss, they must first master the art of cheating.