We have been conditioned to eat three square meals a day even though eating by our natural metabolic cycles is the most ideal. The key to longevity is to eat to live not live to eat! Each person has a unique genetic make-up and metabolism and therefore the balance of nutrients which are appropriate for one person may be inappropriate for a second and detrimental for a third. There are people who are lactose intolerant, gluten/grain intolerant, peanut and corn intolerant, etc. while others are not. Heart rate, blood pressure, cholesterol level, oxygen saturation, glucose level and electrolytes are unique to each 'body' and require different nutritional support. Cultural identity, socioeconomic status, attitude and belief also present interesting health variables. And, these are just a few of the factors that make us as unique as snowflakes!

I do not agree that there is one diet that is beneficial for everyone. If we were truly all the same then everyone would die at the same time from the same natural cause/disease. That being said, when we awaken, the body arises from fasting and we need sustenance; so, eat a good, healthy breakfast. The metabolic cycle peaks about midday making lunch the most important meal of the day. Resting for 20 to 30 minutes afterwards is regenerating. And finally, as metabolism slows down in the afternoon and evening, eat a very light meal ideally by 6pm and go to bed empty!

My wife and I eat a non-traditional variety of life enhancing breakfasts. Standard fare is a bowl of diced avocado with cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumber. We season the dish with fresh squeezed lemon juice, a little olive oil, dill and sea salt. Another healthy and delicious breakfast for us is a chiffonade kale salad tossed overnight with Leah's Essential Salad dressing (see recipe below) and in the morning topped with fresh blueberries! Then, there are many mornings when we will simply eat a beautiful spinach, arugula or mâche salad with the Essential Salad dressing made with fresh orange juice and topped with either fresh strawberries or with blueberries and cherry tomatoes. Delicious!

Lunch and dinner almost always feature a variety of salads with different combinations of Essential Dressing and; depending on the season, we also love raw soups like Heirloom Gazpacho, Summer Beet Soup or, especially in winter, a wonderfully spiced Carrot Ginger Soup.

Eating organic foods that are free of pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and grown in ground free of chemical fertilizers is the next step. Creating simple, wholesome meals with plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts and whole grains will ensure a vital, healthy diet rich in all things essential. Read about 6 simple diet game changers.

Pure Clean Water
Every living thing depends on water to not only survive but to truly thrive. Pure, clean water is essential for living a long and healthy life. If you eat cooked food you will need to drink pure water, bottled or filtered -- never tap water. Coffee, alcohol, tea, soda and even juice do not replace the need for water.

Water keeps you more alert, prevents dehydration, helps maintain proper muscle tone, and helps you perform better both mentally and physically. Water helps rid the body of waste, can help relieve constipation, and is the best treatment for fluid retention. Water will also help you lose weight by naturally suppressing the appetite and helping the body to metabolize stored fat.

Juice it Up!
Delicious, fresh-squeezed juices are the unequivocal nectar of a longer, healthier life. Fruit and especially vegetable drinks can enrich and enliven your eating and diet habits. The health properties found in fresh fruit and vegetable juices can help combat cancer, aging, arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney stones, ulcers, and other health conditions. Fresh juices are one of the richest sources and fastest method for getting essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes into our bodies. A daily intake of juices will provide an extraordinary boost to your immune system.

Studies have shown that coffee, alcohol and smoking inhibit the effective utilization of vitamins by our bodies. After all, we really are what we eat, and an imbalanced diet is going to lead to an imbalanced body. Taking vitamins and minerals is not going to make up for our indulgences. Vitamins are not a replacement for eating either a well balanced diet or an unhealthy diet, but are simply an enhancement.

As you continue to smoothly upgrade your diet, begin to add more and more raw foods. There are 3 restaurants where we enjoy exquisite raw food meals: Au Lac and 118 Degrees in Southern California and Pure Food and Wine as well as Quintessence in New York. No animal on the planet except man eats cooked food. Cooking food destroys vitamins, minerals, enzymes, nucleic acids, chlorophyll, and fats. Eating cooked food suppresses the immune system, inhibits the healing process and literally exhausts the body. Incorporating more raw foods into your diet will provide a more perfect balance of living water, nutrients, and fiber.

"Clean food, clean water, and clean air: I think that those are the biggest keys to health."
~ Mollie Katzen, author of a number of cookbooks, including 
The New Moosewood Cookbook, Vegetable Heaven, 
and The New Enchanted Broccoli Forest Cookbook

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Essential Salad Dressing © Naturally Living Recipes and Leah Lamm
This dressing is a wonderful and creative foundation for many meals! Use as a salad dressing or thicken with more lemon and oil for an elegant sauce or aioli. This dressing can also be used as a great overnight marinade for raw asparagus, cucumbers or kale.

4-6 cloves garlic
Thumb size piece of fresh ginger
1-2 Thai chili peppers or red jalapeno
 if desired
1 and 1/2 cups olive oil
3/4 cup sesame oil (omit if using as a marinade)
Juice of 2-3 limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruits or any combination!
Scant 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
 or RAW Agave to taste (dressing is delicious w/o any sweetener)
Sea salt or Sweet White Miso to taste.

DIRECTIONS: In a blender, combine garlic, ginger, chili peppers, oils, citrus juice, maple syrup, sea salt and blend. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

VARIATIONS: Add 2 bunches fresh dill or add 1 bunch cilantro or add 3-4 Mediterranean Organic's sundried tomatoes or add different combinations of oils - grapeseed, flax, hemp or infused olive oils.

Cook Book References and Resources
Conscious Cuisine by Cary Neff
La Technique by Jacques Pépin
Living Raw Food by Sarma Melngailis
Raw by Juliano
The Joy of Cooking

Author's Bio: 

Mark Lamm

Consultant | Teacher | Mentor of Peak Performance, Wellness and Longevity Strategies

I am a synthesizer ― whether it's putting together a yoga series taught over many months into a single kriya or developing whole body and focused treatment protocols. Drawing from my yoga and Qigong background, I have spent more than 40 years developing the art and science of BioSync®, a deep tissue approach to somatics based upon the expressions of natural health as well as a deeply held spiritual worldview.
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