Nutrition Archives

Vata Pacifying Diet

Vata Pacifying diet   Oct 1 through Feb 1                       

Remember, never say never and variety is the spice of life.

*Okay in moderation    **okay


Generally most sweet fruits

Cooked apples, applesauce, apricots, avocado, bananas, berries, cherries, coconut, fresh dates, fresh figs, grapefruit, grapes, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, melons, oranges, papaya, peaches, pineapple, plums, soaked prunes and raisins, rhubarb, strawberries, tamarind.

Fruits to avoid

Raw apples, cranberries, dry dates and figs, pears, persimmons, pomergranates, dry raisins and prunes, watermelon


In general vegetables should be cooked

Asparagus, beets, cooked cabbage* only, carrots, cauliflower*, cilantro, cucumber, daikon radish*, fennel (anise), garlic, green beans, green chilies, Jerusalem artichoke, leafy greens*, leeks, lettuce*, mustard greens*, okra, black olives, cooked onions, parsley*, parsnips, cooked peas, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, rutabaga, spaghetti squash*, cooked spinach, sprouts, summer squash, taro root, turnip greens*, watercress, zucchini


Vegetables to avoid

Artichoke, beet greens, bitter melon, broccoli, brussel sprouts, burdock root, raw cabbage, raw cauliflower, celery, fresh corn, Dandelion leaves, eggplant, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mushrooms, green olives, raw onions, raw peas, peppers, white potatoes, prickly pear, radish, tomatoes, turnips, wheat grass sprouts, winter squash.


Amaranth*, Durham flour, cooked oats, pancakes, quinoa, rice, seitan, sprouted wheat, wheat if your not allergic to it


Grains to avoid

Barley, buckwheat, cold dry puffed cereals, corn, couscous, crackers, granola, millet, museli, oat bran, dry oats, pasta, polenta, rice cakes, rye, sago, spelt, tapioca, wheat bran


Red Lentils, Mung beans, mung dal, soy cheese, soy milk, soy sauce, soy sausages, tofu*, tur dal, urad dal


Legumes to avoid

Aduki beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, chick peas, kidney beans, brown lentils, lima beans, miso, navy beans, dried peas, pinto beans, soy beans, soy powder, split peas, tempeh, white beans



Most dairy is good

Butter, buttermilk, hard cheese*, soft cheese, cottage cheese, cow’s milk, ghee, goat’s milk and cheese, ice cream*, sour cream*, yogurt diluted and spiced*

Dairy to avoid

Powdered cow’s milk, powdered goat milk, plain or frozen yogurt


Animal foods

Beef, buffalo, dark chicken, white chicken*, duck, eggs, fish, salmon, sardines, shrimp, dark turkey

Animal food to avoid

Lamb, pork, rabbit, venison, white turkey



Black pepper, mango chutney, chili peppers*, coriander leaves*, dulse, gomasio, hijiki, kelp, ketchup, lemon, lime, lime pickle, mango pickle, Mayonnaise, Vegenaise, mustard, pickles, salt, scallions, seaweed, soy sauce, sprouts*, tamari, vinegar

Condiments to avoid

Chocolate, horseradish


All nuts are ok

Almonds, black walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, charole, coconut, filberts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts


Chia, flax, hulva, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, tahini


Seeds to avoid

Psyllium, popcorn


All oils a good both externally and internally with the exception of coconut and avocado, which can be used externally only.



Beer and white wine*, almond milk, aloe vera juice, apple cider, apricot juice, all berry except cranberry, carob*, carrot juice, chai, cherry juice, grain coffee, grape juice, grapefruit juice, lemonade, mango juice, miso broth, orange juice, papaya, peach nectar, pineapple, rice milk, sour juices, soy milk if spiced or hot, vegetable bouillon


Beverages to avoid

Hard red wines, apple juice, caffeinated beverages, carbonated drinks, chocolate milk, coffee, cold dairy drinks, cranberry, iced tea, icy cold drinks, pear juice, pomegranate juice, Prune juice, cold soy, tomatoe, V-8

Acceptable herbal teas

Ajwan, Bancha, Chamomile, Clove, Comfrey, Elder Flower, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Fenugreek, Ginger, Hawthorne, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon Grass, Licorice, Marshmallow, Oat Straw, Orange peel, Pennyroyal, Peppermint, Rosehips, Saffron, sage, Sarsaparilla, Sassafras, Spearmint.

Herbal Teas To Avoid

Blackberry, Burdock, Cornsilk, Dandelion, Ginseng, Hibiscus, Yarrow, **Lemon Balm, **Hops, **Jasmine, **Nettle, **Passion Flower, **Red Clover.


All spices are good

Sweeteners to avoid

White Sugar


Food Supplements

Aloe Vera, Bee Pollen, Amino Acids, Minerals, royal Jelly, Spirulina, Vitamins A, B’s, C, D, E, P and Folic acid

Food Supplements to Avoid

Barley Grass, Brewers Yeast, Vitamin K

File:Telomere.pngA telomere is a sequence of molecules (DNA in this case) that are at the ends of chromosomes to protect it from damage during replication. A long telomere equates to a more times it can replicate without errors. Shorter telomeres mean that each time a chromosome replicates it has more of a chance of errors. This is part of the aging process at the cellular level. Short telomeres equate to fewer possible cell replications and thus shorter survival. Long telomeres equate to more cellular replication and longevity.

Telomeres are designed to shorten as we age. Each time a cell replicates the telomere shorten. Telomeres are a way to make sure creatures (human and otherwise) do not live forever. It makes sure we age and eventually our cells die (programmed cell death is known as apoptosis).

Billy Joel sang that only the good die young. However a just released study entitled “Effect of comprehensive lifestyle changes on telomerase activity and telomere length in men with biopsy-proven low-risk prostate cancer: 5-year follow-up of a descriptive pilot study” refutes those concepts.

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Cracking the Egg and Cholesterol Myth

cracked eggsI still have patients tell me they’re avoiding egg yolks because of the amount of cholesterol and the danger of heart disease. This is unfortunate, because egg yolks are very nutritious, and there is little evidence of any correlation between eggs and heart disease. A just released study has debunked the “eggs and cardiovascular risk” myth once again. The unbiased non-egg industry authors conclude: “Higher consumption of eggs (up to one egg per day) is not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke.”

The fact is that eating cholesterol does little to increase the level of cholesterol in your system; saturated fats are a more likely culprit. But both cholesterol and saturated fats are necessary in the diet. Every cell in the body is made up of cholesterol and phospholipids — both abundant in egg yolk — as well as saturated fat, which keeps the cell from collapsing in on itself.

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Components of Wheat ProteinWhen I use MRT blood test for food sensitivity testing sometimes it can be non-food items that are causing symptoms. If the patient does not experience significant improvement in health after the first week of the MRT/LEAP diet then I instruct the patient to check ingredients in cosmetics, toothpaste, soap, and skin cream. It may be a hard concept to grasp, but sensitivities and allergies can be triggered via transdermal (through skin) route as one doesn’t necessarily have to ingest something to trigger an immune response. A recent interesting Japanese study demonstrates this point very well.

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Important GMO Documentary Free until Sept 22nd

Besides acupuncture one of the big components of my practice is food hypersensitivities which can cause a myriad of symptoms that then drive up our health care costs because doctors are treating the symptoms with medication rather than the identifying the cause. Food hypersensitivities are caused by immune system dysregulation where there is an inappropriate response to foods we eat that then in turn cause an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response is the root of almost all modern diseases and ‘syndromes’.

“There are no studies that show GMOs are harmful to human health.”     This is a common statement made by the self-intere$t pro-GMO movement and parroted by our government.  However there are no studies of reasonable length (> 10 years) that show they are safe.   There is a plethora of compelling data showing that GMOs are a serious threat to our health.  Monsanto, Dow chemical and BASF must be stopped from using this technology in our food supply.  Else we will  have a lot of food that causes inflammatory reactions and is harmful to eat.   The effects may not be noticed in a year or several years, but over the course of a couple of decades they will definitely present themselves as they are already.

There is unequivocal evidence that the genetically modified foods that are in our food supply are contributing to the increase in inflammatory diseases we see today. This is especially true of intestinal diseases, asthma, allergies, and likely contributes in some way to the autism spectrum of diseases. I will go out on a stretch and say I wouldn’t be surprised that in 10 or 15 years we find that all these new tick vector diseases and widespread insect diseases are in part because of the GMO crops that lay out in fields for animals,birds and insects to eat causing mutant genes to be expressed.

Jeffrey Smith the direction of the Institute for Responsible Technology has made a stellar film about GMOs. It is available free for the next week. Please take an hour to view it. GMOs in our food supply must be stopped.

Please watch

Yours In Health,

George Mandler

Licensed Acupuncturist

Licensed Dietitian

Massaged Kale Salad – YUM!


Whether you love kale, or hate kale or never tried kale I find that a well made kale salad is akin to say…ice cream.   OK a kale salad doesn’t taste like ice cream, but almost everyone loves good ice cream (even if it is unrequited love causing GI distress)…and almost everyone loves a good kale salad.   (For those that really love kale and ice cream here is a kale ice cream recipe.)




The raw kale salad variations are endless  Here are some of our variation of the 3 recipes below:

  • Pomegranates mixed in and on top around the December holidays to give it a seasonally festive look.
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There was an insightful interview on NPR’s “Here and Now” regarding the corruption within the USDA organic standards.   Before the government took over labeling of the organic standards there was no big business involved.  It was only small farmers who held the spirit of the organic food movement.  Some states had their own labeling.   But now that the USDA is involved and big box stores are selling organics, not because they believe organic food is good for you, but in the name of profit, the ‘organic’ standard has become green washed.



Listen to the interview here:

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A new study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine of over 31,000 people found that those taking the highest levels of Vitamin D (over 800IU which by many standards is not high at all) had a 30% reduction in him and 14% reduction in non-vertebral fractures. There was no significant reduction in people taking less than 800IU per day.

High doses of vitamin D prevent fractures in older people – as long as
they take the substance regularly, researchers reported.

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(From HealthDay News) — Pregnant women with low levels of vitamin D may be putting their children at risk for language difficulties, Australian researchers report.

Taking vitamin D supplements during pregnancy may relieve the problem, they suggest.

“Adequate vitamin D levels among pregnant women may be important for the optimal development of their baby,” said lead researcher Andrew Whitehouse, an associate professor and reader in developmental psychopathology at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research at the University of Western Australia. “However, it is important for the findings of this study to be replicated before any strong conclusions are made.” Read the rest of this entry

3 Healthy Chocolate Recipes For Valentine Day

Recipe #1  Black Bean Chocolate Chili Cherry Cookies

There is a great food blog that our neighbor suggested to us after she brought over these chocolate chili cherry black bean cookies (or some permutation on the name). They were wow, delicious!, and packed some punch and good nutrition at the same time.

Sounds kind of crazy, cherry, black beans, chocolate and chili….but it works really well together.  Click here for the recipe.



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