Back to the Garden

Back to the Garden of Eatin


Wouldn’t it be nice if we could point to a Golden Age of dietary bliss as a standard for living?

I’ve been looking for the perfect diet for the last 4+ years of my life. Over that time I have continued to refine my own dietary and lifestyle practices in accordance with everything I am learning. If there is something I find that I have been doing that could be improved, I don’t hesitate. Out with the old and in with the new. My willingness to change for the sake of improvement is about the only thing still the same after these 4+ years.

One thing that has remained consistently true the whole way is efficiency and conservation of resources. That my body benefits the most when I meet its overall needs at the overall lowest metabolic cost. The greatest amount of nutrients assimilated for the least amount of effort. Simply put…Be easy on my body. Don’t make it work any harder than it needs to in accessing its energy and building blocks composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and phosphorus.

I’ve found that the best way to accomplish this is with an uncooked, whole-food/plant-based diet. And I’ve come to this conclusion, because of the design of our digestive tract, how it functions, and finally taking into consideration the microbial life that inhabits our digestive tract. Some five to eight pounds of microbial life just like the life I find in an acre of topsoil. Some 300 to 500 different kinds of bacteria containing nearly 2 million genes living happily with other tiny organisms like archaea, viruses, and fungi, they make what’s known as the microbiota, or the microbiome.

So I’m thinking…

What are the preferred foods of bacteria and the rest of his gut buddies? What would a thriving acre of topsoil best be served by? What would be the easiest for those topsoil inhabitants to digest and what would be the most difficult?

Seems like the answer should be simple for anyone to answer. Feed our body by properly feeding our microbes.


More reading on topsoil feeding in agriculture: To restore our soils, feed the microbes

We Are Legion

Reading Time: 3 Minutes – We Are Legion

I believe that we are creators by nature. And in that sense, any creation implies a creator.

Good old Biofilm Earth is one continual act of creation. Birth, lifespan, death, and rebirth. And carbon is the basis of the clay in the hands of our maker as it is in ours and that which we make.

We love to build labor-saving devices. Technologies that extend our natural abilities to supernatural levels. Think John Deere and Caterpillar.

Go visit the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and just look all around. Then take a look back at yourself. See any similarities?

We are an assemblage of a host and the many other species living in, on, or around us, along with the ones that became us. Together we form a discrete ecological unit. Are we not a bio-mechanical extension of the other 99% of DNA-based species that call us home?

The components of a holobiont are individual species or bionts, while the combined genome of all bionts is the hologenome, THE HUMAN.

Maybe it is us that is the heavy lift for the microbial life that inhabits not only the internal terrain of Biofilm Earth, but also our skin, inside and out. Maybe it is us that accomplishes the greater good of those things that worked so hard for so many millennia to realize that they just needed a big help. And so we were formed from the dust of the earth.

Maybe it is not us that is genetically modifying our fruits and vegetables for our good. How selfish. Maybe it is those lifeforms that are utilizing us, influencing us to do their bidding of accelerating their genetic evolution. From a simple field of grass to an ear of robust corn and head of wheat to provide simple energy that just falls to the ground for our creator’s liking.

And all those bacteria, yeast, and fungi needed to do was create us. To do their bidding. To do their heavy lifting. To solve their food problem as they overpopulated Biofilm Earth.

Welcome to Biofilm Earth fellow Holobiont.

We are Legion

Life’s Not Easy When You’re ‘DIS’easy.

Reading Time: 2 Minutes – Life’s Not Easy When You’re ‘DIS’easy.

I don’t think I could demonstrate this any better myself.

As I’ve been researching human physiology and disease pathology over the last four years, one thing has stood out very clearly. That everything associated with all forms of virus is ultimately resulting in the body detoxifying itself so that it can make it further down the road.

And detoxification is ALWAYS a good thing for longevity. However, some people live such a toxic lifestyle and are so filled with toxins that a detox event could ultimately be FATAL.

And this is the downside of viruses as we are now witnessing in the world today.

Please take a moment and consider this. Yes, we call it ‘DIS’ease because quite frankly, it’s not easy. It is just the opposite. ‘DIS’easy.


Michael J. Loomis | Editor at Chew Digest | Scribe at Terrain Wiki

Welcome to the World of Addiction

Reading Time: 4-5 Minutes – Why Instant Gratification is Killing Us All. Welcome to the World of Addiction. Now go home.

WE WANT THE DOPAMINE, AND WE WANT IT NOW DAMMIT!!!

Is it easy to eat an uncooked whole-food/plant-based diet?

YES and NO.

I have more than 5 years of sobriety and am very thankful for A.A. as a support program that helped me attain that goal. After much reflection on what it means to be an addict driven by compulsive behaviors and less than stellar decisions, it has become very clear to me that alcohol was not the only thing I was addicted to. And I have a feeling we, as humans, are all addicts to one degree or another.

I discovered this as I moved away from eating foods made with animals. Not during the transition, but once they were gone. Cooked foods followed shortly thereafter. And with those things off the table added salt pretty much disappeared. There was nothing to put it on…LoL! Everything now was already full of flavor and didn’t need any help.

This…THIS is when I found out just how much of an addict I had been all of my life and what the true source of my many addictions was. Anything processed by the hands of man.

I have yet to look for scientific data to back me up, but I am pretty certain it has everything to do with the bacterial colonies that our body has to build up in our gut to deal with, ‘ALL THINGS PROCESSED.’ And the reason it must employ this additional digestive process is that OUR body is not meant to consume processed foods by nature, design, or evolution, whichever creative paradigm you believe in.

According to our best understanding, the human microbiome may weigh as much as five pounds. The microbiome is what some would refer to as our ‘gut buddies.’ And some people have more than others.

It is my suggestion that the combination of this biological process along with the introduction to processed foods in the last 200 years that we have all become creatures of habit or addicts. Not addicted to any specific foods really, but the reward one gets from eating processed foods. The instant gratification we get from putting anything processed in our body is the problem because we are taking a shortcut directly to the reward. We are skipping past all of the hard work of growing and harvesting our foods. We are skipping past all of the hard work chewing every last bite to a dehydrated, flavorless pulp before swallowing. And this is the problem.

Instant gratification by removing the risk and hard work that was part and parcel of human development over many thousands of years. And this is where an uncooked whole-food/plant-based diet is hard. At least at first because we have to get used to not being rewarded instantly, and that is a hard thing to walk away from.

WE WANT THE DOPAMINE, AND WE WANT IT NOW DAMMIT!!!

And this is where 5+ years of sobriety and understanding addiction to alcohol really helped me out. It made it very clear that consuming anything processed results in addiction and compulsive behaviors. We literally CRAVE the stuff. And I have a feeling processed food manufacturers know this.

All that to say…If you choose this lifestyle, it won’t be an easy transition. No easier than quitting smoking, alcohol, drugs, you name it. It is all addiction, plain and simple and it is not you craving those foods but the gut buddies(bacteria) inside of you that our processed/cooked food diets planted deep inside of our gut.


Michael J. Loomis | Editor at Chew Digest | Scribe at Terrain Wiki

Ten Physical Differences Between Carnivores(Meat Eaters) and Herbivores(Plant Eaters). Is the Human Body Designed to Eat Animal Products?

Ten Physical Differences Between Carnivores(Meat Eaters) and Herbivores(Plant Eaters). Is the Human Body Designed to Eat Animal Products?

  1. A carnivore’s teeth are long, sharp, and pointed. These are tools that are useful for the task of piercing into flesh. Omnivore’s (meat and plant eaters) teeth are similar to that of carnivores. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s teeth, are not pointed, but flat-edged. These are useful tools for biting, crushing, and grinding.
  2. A carnivore’s jaws move up and down with minimal sideways motion. The jaw motion of an omnivore is similar. These are tools that are useful for the tasks of shearing, ripping and tearing flesh and swallowing it whole. Omnivores swallow their food whole and/or with simple crushing. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s jaws cannot shear, but have good side to side and back to front motion. These are tools that are useful for extensive chewing, crushing and grinding of grains and other high fiber foods. Animal flesh cannot be crushed, ground and chewed with the tools Yahweh gave man without some degenerating process such as cooking or frying.
  3. A carnivore or omnivore’s saliva does not contain digestive enzymes. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s saliva is alkaline, containing carbohydrate digestive enzymes.
  4. A carnivore’s stomach secretes powerful digestive enzymes with about 10 times the amount of hydrochloric acid than a human or herbivore. The pH is less than or equal to “1” with food in the stomach, for a carnivore or omnivore. For humans or other herbivores, the pH ranges from 4 to 5 with food in the stomach. Hence, man must prepare his meats with laborious cooking or frying methods. E. Coli bacteria, salmonella, campylobacter, trichina worms [parasites] or other pathogens would not survive in the stomach of a lion.
  5. A carnivore’s or omnivore’s small intestine is three to six times the length of its trunk. This is a tool designed for rapid elimination of food that rots quickly. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s small intestines are 10 to 12 times the length of their body, and winds itself back and forth in random directions. This is a tool designed for keeping food in it for long enough periods of time so that all the valuable nutrients and minerals can be extracted from it before it enters the large intestine.
  6. A carnivore’s or omnivore’s large intestine is relatively short and simple, like a pipe. This passage is also relatively smooth and runs fairly straight so that fatty wastes high in cholesterol can easily slide out before they start to putrefy. Man’s, as well as other herbivore’s large intestines, or colons, are puckered and pouched, an apparatus that runs in three directions (ascending, traversing and descending), designed to hold wastes that originally were foods high in water content. This is so that the fluids can be extracted from these wastes, now that all the useful nutrients and minerals have been extracted and the long journey through the small intestine is over. Substances high in fat and cholesterol that have been putrefying for hours during their long stay in the small intestine tend to get stuck in the pockets that line the large intestine.
  7. Animal flesh, composed of the most highly complex type of protein that exists, requires vast amounts of uric acid to process. Uric acid is released into the system in amounts necessary to break proteins down into amino acids. Uric acid is a toxic substance responsible for the aging process and must be flushed out and dealt with. That is one of the jobs of the liver. In relative terms, a carnivore’s liver is a tool designed with the capacity to eliminate ten times as much uric acid as the liver of man or other plant eater.
  8. A predator has a gait, large paws and claws, which enable him to hunt, chase and trap his prey. These are tools meant to kill. Man’s gait, as well as other herbivore’s is designed only for mobility. Examine your hand, fingers and fingernails. Is this an apparatus properly designed for catching, trapping, killing and ripping apart cattle, hogs, chicken and fish? How does this work for picking fruit from trees or harvesting vegetables? The foods your hands were meant to gather are typically, high in water content, high also in fiber to sweep the wastes out of those intestines, and collectively contain every vitamin and mineral necessary to sustain human life.
  9. A carnivore’s frame of mind is totally geared for hunting and killing. Man’s frame of mind is compassionate, friendly and reveres life. When the lion spots another furry animal, something might instinctively click in his head that tells him to hurry up and get dinner. When man spots a furry animal, rather than show his children how to take its life and eat it, a more likely instinct is to pull over, get the camera out and take a picture. Put a young baby chick and an apple in a crib with a six-month-old baby. What will he instinctively attempt to eat and play with?
  10. Man is not a natural hunter. Every predator, in order to go hunting, MUST be hungry. Man cannot go hunting if he IS hungry! He must have a meal first. Hunger must precede a predator to go hunting. Hunger must follow man’s desire to go hunting, it cannot precede it.

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Soma Nature

Chewy Bits – Reading Time: 2-3 Minutes

Just like the natural world around me, my body, in a sense, has a “Mother Nature.”

Let that sink in and simmer for a moment. I call It “Soma Nature.”
Soma Nature is a personification of my body’s nature that focuses on the life-giving, life-preserving, and nurturing aspects of my body by embodying it in the form of a parental figure.

It has become clear that Continue reading Soma Nature

A Facebook Answer. What I would do. What I did

There is nothing…noooothing that can replace what chewing does physiologically.

Let me address this then I can share a few other things with you.

I personally believe that it is the biggest single factor under our control that can change the course of our body health overall.

I am a survivor of cancer and even before I was diagnosed my body started me headed in a healing direction for which I am very grateful. One of the first things I started doing was chewing my food 100X. I literally started liquefying everything like a juicer and then swallowing the worn out flavorless pulp. I wouldn’t try that overnight but you might want to work up to that as quickly as you can comfortably. This practice alone will began a long term change that improved many things in my life. Not only did my oral health improve but my jaw corrected to a better alignment and my sinuses are much healthier too.

It literally fixes a whole load of problems.

I don’t count anymore because I eventually learned to just chew everything until there is no liquid left. How ever long that took. It has been so revolutionary to me that I dedicated a whole site to it…LoL https://chewdigest.com

NO mouth breathing. It was little rough at first but over time my sinuses improved greatly because of these two physical practices that focused on my mouth and nose. My inputs.

My body has a natural cycle; a rhythm. Very much like clockwork. I found that my body performs its best when I do the following religiously.

My body follows a very simple schedule that has nothing to do with me but the day/night cycles. It is immutable as far as I can tell.

  1. 12 Noon to 8 PM: Feed
  2. 8 PM to 4 AM: Assimilate what you ate from 12-8.
  3. 4AM to 12 Noon: Eliminate and cleanse.

    I eat no solid foods outside the feeding window. I’m ready to fall asleep before 9 and laying down with something good to read or write ready to fall asleep. My body takes off during this 8 hour shift. So I go to bed. I usually wake up around midnight and have a glass of water or two then back to bed. But sometimes I’m inspired to write and will for a couple hours. Then I sleep in till 6’ish.
    I almost always wake up religiously at 4 AM. Strangely when our body’s assimilation shift is over. It’s like it hands me back the keys…LoL
    When I first get up I juice 2 limes, 1 lemon and 1 orange and top off in a pint glass with distilled water. That and I ONLY drink distilled water.

I will have a big cup of green tea usually after 9am with some honey and lemon in it.

If I can’t make it till Noon I will have an orange. That usually gets me there.
I eat only fruit from Noon till 6 PM. I eat only one thing at a time but enough to fill me up. 2-3 times till dinner which is a huge leafy green salad with all the other good tomato, cucumber, carrot, etc. and then done by 8.

A few other factors I removed from my diet that made HUGE improvements in circulation and hydration levels were, coffee, dark chocolate and SALT. It’s all the same no matter the color, price or origin…LoL. It’s a rock no matter how wet we make it.

This is basically a high performance lifestyle/diet that optimally observes what my body needs to heal, recover and rebuild at the fastest rate.
I intuited most of this on my own by trial and error over a 3.5 year period. I’ve written about that too…LoL.

It was more than just a dietary change but a tuning if you will of my will with the will of my body.

And it just keeps getting better for me every day. I’m almost 50 and people think I’m in my mid twenties when they meet me. And that is after cancer too.
I can’t tell you what your body want’s, but I know what worked for me. And I don’t think I am anyone special. My body was wrecked and I was scared straight.

Where Do You Get Your Protein?

Protein is needed by the body for only two reasons:

  1. Tissue growth.
  2. Tissue repair and replacement.

Protein is not necessary for muscular energy, increased activity or as a source of fuel.

Back when I was eating meat heavy diet nobody ever bothered to ask me where I was getting my carbohydrates from. But as soon as I mention I don’t eat anything animal I am met with the inquiry, “But you still eat fish right?” Of course not, it’s an animal. They look at me worried, disturbed—“Where do you get your protein?” they ask, as if you might drop dead at any time.

Try to take a steak away from a Texan and they will cry, “But I need my protein!” as they reach for their sidearm.

If we are to separate emotion from reason, and propaganda from facts, we must educate ourselves about the true need of the body for protein. We must discover how much protein we actually need, how we can best get it and, after all, just what it is.

Perhaps never have so many been so confused over a subject about which they know so little. Much of the information the general public receives about protein comes from special interest groups such as the meat-packing and dairy industries. Consequently, the average person believes that eating large quantities of meat, eggs, milk, cheese, etc., is desirable. They may be full of carcinogens from grilling; they may cause cancer: they may cause heart disease—but alas, they all furnish that magical substance called protein.


Excess protein from any source is harmful; some more than others.

It is important that we have a realistic idea of the body’s true protein needs because of the damage that may occur when we eat beyond those needs. Almost every American consumes an excessive amount of protein, even by highly-inflated government standards. A protein-deficient diet is rare in this country, although nutrient-poor diets are the norm. Protein poisoning from an excessive amount of protein is more common than a true deficiency.

When protein is consumed in greater amounts than can be processed by the body, toxicity results from the excessive amount of nitrogen in the blood. This extra nitrogen accumulates as toxin in the muscles and causes chronic fatigue.

Acute protein poisoning, causes headaches and a general aching. Various symptoms of protein poisoning, such as a burning of the mouth, lips and throat, rashes, etc., are very similar to the symptoms attributed to allergies. In fact, many so-called allergies may be cases of protein poisoning instead.

A high-protein diet eventually destroys the entire glandular system. It overworks the liver and places a heavy strain on the adrenals and kidneys to eliminate the toxins it creates. In many people, symptoms of arthritis have disappeared after they adopted a low protein diet.

-T.C. Fry – Life Sciences Health System – Chapter 08 – Protein In The Diet.

Indigestion in a Typical Diet

In a typical diet, proteins are often combined with starches: meat and potatoes, grains and beans, milk and cereal, and so on. Starches and proteins require completely different digestive environments and enzymes, and when eaten together, neither is fully digested or used by the body. -T.C. Fry

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Rational Fasting

From Rational Fasting by Arnold Ehret – PDF

To those who think it impossible to give up the usual mucus food (meat, etc.). To those “unfortunate ones” I give this advice: Chew your food, that is every bite, thoroughly as recommended by the American, Horace Fletcher, in one word “fletcherize.” Not that the fruit-eaters should not do this, certainly, but the poison-laden mucus eaters must do so especially, if they do not wish to sink into their graves all too soon.

Chewing slowly furthers the secretion of saliva which decreases the formation of mucus and prevents overeating. Of course, this class of people cannot quite achieve the standard of health and strength, preservation of youth and perseverance, physical and mental capacity of the faster and fruit-eater.