Academy of Healing Nutrition Longevity Diet Training
Module 1 Discover the Longevity Diet and Natural Healing
The Academy's Holistic Health Counseling program curriculum is designed to help the students build a solid foundation for their future practice as Nutrition Coaches. Each of the 10 weekends builds upon the previous ones creating an organic mixture of informational lectures, practical cooking classes and self-study.
We start the program with introduction to the concepts of Natural Healing and the Longevity Diet. In the first Module Roger Green covers the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM):
- Traditional Chinese Medicine Food as Medicine theory using the Five Elements and Yin and Yang principles
- The San Jiao (The Three Treasures): the connection between Mind Body and Spirit
- Food Energetics and how it is used in healing
- Doctrine of Signatures: shape, texture, color, season and ‘character’ of foods and herbs is what our ancestors used first to work with medicine
- Brain chemistry
He also discusses the relationship between our inner environment and outer natural cycles, and how it influences our perception of life.
Throughout the program we stress the importance of taking the responsibility for your own health and becoming your own doctor. Roger will show you how easy it is to work with your body and understand its needs when you have the right techniques, tools and desire to achieve radiant health.
In the second part of this module we explore various food groups and the Longevity Diet ingredients. This module also covers the important aspects of brain chemistry, the importance of fats, natural hormone balancing, acid and alkaline, the physiology of the digestive system, and natural remedies for adrenal dysfunction, depression and fatigue.
The longevity approach to eating is well balanced in cooking styles, seasonal foods, etc. and gives a foundation of biological atonement with our environment that allows us to grow and develop our potential.
“The longevity diet is derived from ancient wisdom and continues to evolve and develop, and adapt to modern life. This approach to eating offers a way of looking at things from a holistic perspective of balance, the fluctuations between extremes. This diet is based upon a way of eating and living that has been practiced throughout the world for thousands of years by those whose lives were informed by the intuitive understanding of the underlying laws of nature.
Modern life is, for many, an expression of the growing dissociation between humanity and nature, causing many problems of both a subtle and a gross nature. Despite a high standard of living in the "developed" nations, growing numbers of people suffer ill health and even untimely death. Despite having available the most advanced methods of ascertaining the nutritional content of foods, we consume daily processed foods devoid of quality nutrition in large quantities. And despite communication systems that link all corners of the globe, the number of people in our community suffering mental illness, depression, emotional and social isolation poses a real threat to the continued cohesion of our society. Economics and trade combine to form huge, multi-national companies, yet our families fall apart at a rate unprecedented in history.
From the perspective of longevity principles this situation is subject to the natural laws that constantly change and exist in a state of flux. While modern life seems beset with an imbalance of real extremes, individuals can find their own harmony and share it with others when all of the above is understood and worked with in a harmonious way.
In the simplest terms, our physical organism and its consequent influence on our mental state is being fed and supported three or more times a day, or whenever we put food of any kind into our mouths. The quality and quantity of this food has a direct effect on the quality of our blood, which feeds every cell. Healthy cells maintain healthy organs, resulting in general well being. If our blood becomes too acidic, we become negative and sickly. Food becomes blood. Blood becomes body. Body affects self.
Therefore it is important to strive to feed the body with balanced, quality foods to ensure one more source of positive influence in the world”- Roger Green
This module is accompanied by Workbook 1 written by Roger Green. Food Energetics and a PowerPoint presentation on the Longevity diet ingredients.
The workbook includes chapters on:
Acid and Alkaline, Recipe Samplers, An Exploration of the Taoist View East/West Comparison: View of Health, Diet Principles, The holistic Approach: Definition and Comparison to Orthodox Medical Thought, Yin and Yang Classification, Lifestyle Conditions, Checking Your Own Yin/Yang Balance, Principles of Food Categorization, Temperature, Direction, Rhythm, Taste, Five Flavors, Moisture, Individual Tendencies, The Doctrine of Signatures, A Closer Look at Qi, Production and Care of Post-Natal Qi, Breathing, In Focus: Hara and Breath, Exercise, Diet, About Stimulants and Drugs, Protecting Your Body, Emotional Factors, Qi and the Environment, Developing the Qi of the Mind, Dietary Therapy—a Closer Look at Food Energetics
Regulation of Yin and Yang, Coordination of the Internal Organs, Seasons and Climate,
Regional Variations, Adapting to Individual Needs, Symptom and Sign Differentiation,
Learning to Assess Your Own Condition, Constitution and Condition, Emotional and
Mental State, Physical States and Qi, Eating Patterns, Cravings and Comfort Foods,
Practical Ways to Conquer Sugar Cravings, Other Cravings
Behavior/Lifestyle, The Longevity Diet and Macrobiotics, The Relationship Between the Longevity Diet and Macrobiotics, History, Philosophy Principles, Herman Aihara’s Seven Macrobiotic Principles, The Spirit of Macrobiotics, The Goal of Macrobiotics, Universal Laws of Change, Health and Disease: A Macrobiotic Perspective, Conditions of Health, Physiological Conditions, Psychological Conditions, Spiritual Conditions, Real Health, Oshawa’s Test for Health and Happiness, 6 Stages in the Development of Disease, Oshawa’s Most Important Concepts, Spiralic Levels of Awareness, Creation of the Infinite World, Oshawa’s Order of the Universe and Seven Stages of Judgment, Developing Supreme Judgment, Home Study and Review
Acid and Alkaline workbook with Roger Green
About acidity and alkalinity, Buffering systems, Consequences of acidification, Urinary pH, Salivary pH, Organic sodium, Testing pH, Normal pH Food, Food to change and balance pH, pH cycles, Time meridian commentary, The urine pH challenge, Urine pH 5.5-5.8, Urine pH 6.0-6.6, Urine pH 6.8-8.0, Emotional override, Changing colors, Numbers go up, Green to blue – preferred response, Yellow to green or blue Numbers go down, Blue to green, or green to yellow – wrong direction, Numbers don’t change, Blue-blue – not desirable, Green-green, Yellow-yellow, pH and pleomorphism
“The first class was fabulous! Your passion for the subject matter is contagious, and the presentation interesting and valuable. It is exciting to take a step inward and apply some of these principles I have learned toward personal health and nutrition. I can already feel a difference, and know that this information will continue to support the well being of my children and myself. Thanks again for sharing this material, it is a tremendous gift to the planet.” - Wendi Hrehovcsik, San Francisco
Supplements that nourish the brain MIND
Neuroscientists have concentrated their studies mainly on four important neurotransmitters: dopamine, noradrenaline, serotonin, and acetylcholine. One way to balance neurotransmitters in the brain is to use neurotransmitter precursors like the amino acids for example; phenylalanine and tryptophan to normalize neurotransmitter levels.
B vitamins – especially those needed for metabolism (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin) and those needed to regulate homocysteine levels (folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6)- available from foods and multi vitamin formulas.
The B vitamins, especially thiamin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are all implicated in mental health. Adequate levels of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 are needed for the metabolism of glucose, the brain’s primary fuel, and dementia is a well-documented symptom of deficiency of these vitamins.
Folate has found to be protective against cognitive impairment
Antioxidant vitamins E and C
Other antioxidants and plant compounds such as alpha-lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, Ginkgo biloba, curcumin and fruit polyphenols are also being studied for potential benefits in brain health. Also plant extracts and the essential fatty acids -the “good fats” found in fish, nuts and vegetables
Citicoline works to stave off age-related cognitive decline. It plays a role in
enhancing the production of vital neurotransmitters- and protects the brain- and
enhances the synthesis of acetylcholine, restoring phospholipid content in the
brain and affecting neuronal membrane excitability and osmolarity (by its effect
on the ATP-dependent sodium and potassium pump).
However- the use of Citicoline is controversial; there is not much scientific support for this supplement, as compared to Phosphatidyl Serine.
Phosphatidyl Serine (PS) is an important building block of brain tissue and an important lipid to maintain cell structure.
Combine it with Lecithin and Acetyl-L-Carnitine and Pregnenolone and flax oil- -all good for brain metabolism as they raise blood DHA (docohexaneoic acid) levels. This combination has shown good results for ADHD, Alzheimers
Acetyl-L-Carnitine helps to repair the nervous system, and supports memory, cognition, learning etc.
Lecithin is involved with brain metabolism. Excellent as a supplement.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) : "The fountain of youth hormone" "The master hormone"
CoQ10- Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like compound also called ubiquinone. It is an essential component of cells and is utilized by the mitochondria in the normal process of energy production. It helps convert food into energy at a very basic, cellular level and it is an antioxidant.
Pregnenolone has been found to be 100 times more effective for memory enhancement than other steroids or steroid-precursors.
Melatonin is for restful sleep. Melatonin is believed to protect the brain from aging-related diseases. It works as an antioxidant and anti cancerous agent.
This is the antidepressant neurotransmitter. Serotonin increases feelings of wellbeing, peacefulness, optimism, self-esteem, relaxation, and security. Serotonin is formed from the amino acid tryptophan. Although tryptophan is found in protein foods, its conversion into serotonin is dependent upon carbohydrates and other nutrients. When carbohydrates are consumed, insulin is released and sweeps away all amino acids, except for tryptophan. Tryptophan is then carried to the brain and converted into serotonin. Without carbohydrates, tryptophan is crowded out by other amino acids.
In order to encourage balanced serotonin levels, it is crucial to consume adequate amounts of complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Also helpful is to consume frequent, small meals. Avoid refined carbohydrates, since these will cause a quick rise in blood sugar, followed by a quick drop, followed by irritability and a need for more refined carbs. By consuming complex carbs, complete with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, you will ensure steady blood sugar, and provide the carbohydrates necessary for serotonin production.
Activities, which raise serotonin
Yoga, tai chi, walking, sunshine, prayer and meditation.
Herbs & supplements, which promote serotonin production
St. John’s Wort, 5HTP, Rhodiola
Dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for raising energy, assertiveness, alertness, and feelings of optimism. It speeds up thoughts and improves muscle coordination. Too much can cause anxiety and aggression. Dopamine is made from the amino acid tyrosine and phenylalanine - found in protein foods such as meat, fish, and eggs.