After asking Dr. Goldberg about it for years he finally wrote this piece about his lifestyle habits for INHS.
My Dietary and Other Health Habits and Why I Rarely Discuss Them
by Paul A. Goldberg MPH, DC, DACBN
Discussing my dietary habits with others is something I rarely engage in and in fact try to avoid. It is not that I have any special trade secrets that I am unwilling to reveal the world but rather that the information is of a personal nature and should not be looked at as being of much value to anyone but myself. I have put the following thoughts together at Anna's request and would caution the reader that they pertain to me alone and are not meant to be utilized as guidelines for anyone else.|
In truth, there is nothing for me more boring to discuss than food (and when I am outside of our clinic or my lecturing duties I shun the topic) simply because I have spent, as a College Professor, Private Practitioner and Physician Educator, the majority of my fifty five years on this planet lecturing writing and consulting with both professionals and patients on matters that involve diet and nutrition matters. I have lectured on diet and nutrition subjects to over twenty five thousand students and physicians and over four thousand patients.
Before laying my cards on the table I would like to preface my remarks with a few notes:
Having spent many years as a practitioner and teacher addressing food and nutritional matters, I give little thought to them now outside of the professional realm. My meals are relatively infrequent compared to most people (twice per day) and relatively small as well (I do not eat till fullness as I find it markedly impairs my well being). I am interested in many things including my family, my dogs, good movies, current events, my clinical work and research, my teaching responsibilities, writing, reading, going to the ocean, swimming, cycling, volunteer work with animal welfare groups, walking, etc. Meal times (twice a day) are to me, merely a necessary time out I must take in order to fuel up my body with the necessary materials needed to nourish my body and rebuild it in order to make the things I like to do possible. If it would suffice to just swallow a pill each day and not have to take the time to eat I would do so. This does not mean that I do not aim to relish my meals, for not doing so would have adverse effects on my health. Mealtimes, nonetheless, for me are kept simple, rather short and uncomplicated.
Living most of the year in a warm climate I eat 80% or more of my diet in an uncooked state. When I am in colder climates that may at times drop to 60% for short periods. Cooked food nonetheless generally has little appeal to me unless the outdoor temperatures are frigid and heavier foods are needed.
I consume mostly non-starchy vegetables with a modest amount of concentrated proteins comprised of nuts, cultured dairy, and occasional eggs from un-caged chickens. About two to three times a month I may have a small serving of canned or fresh fish. I never partake of other flesh foods as I neither require them nor crave them. I have personally witnessed the brutality involved with the animal industry and for ethical reasons make a conscious effort to limit my patronage of it. I purchase the cultured dairy from those sources that at least claim to treat their cows humanely. I consume the periodic fish reluctantly but feel an occasional need for it. It is unfortunately a cruel world where life feeds on life but one can at least try to limit the pain they inflict on others. I limit my fruit intake to one or two pieces per day. I very rarely eat grains and do not utilize any condiments other than extra virgin olive oil which I consume fairly freely and some unrefined sea salt when I crave it.
I purchase my greens from organic sources pre-washed. Whereas I eat simply and mostly uncooked except for the occasional fish, I can prepare my simple meals in a matter of a few minutes. I have but one bowl that I eat out of and there is never a pile of dishes in my sink. It is a shame the amount of time most people spend preparing and eating food let alone all the time many spend thinking about it. I enjoy my food for if it were not appealing to me I would not consume it. In the mornings I generally blend a drink for myself out of cultured goats milk, nuts, water and fruit. I will sometimes have a teaspoon of raw honey when the mood hits me in my drink as well.
My dietary habits have become well ingrained in me. I do not need to plan meals nor is my shopping complicated. My life is busy and active and eating two simple meals per day is simply a part of it. While I understand that eating is a big social activity in our culture, I do not like centering my social life around eating.
I am sometimes required to eat out as part of my professional life and do so as needed choosing simple foods and not fussing over it. Likewise when on occasion I eat at another person's home, I consume a modest amount of what they offer graciously (having let them know ahead of time that I do not consume birds or any type of mammal life) with nothing but thanks for their hospitality.
I avoid offering any diet or health advice outside of my office. Spending ten or more hours per day in my clinic or research office or lecturing on health and disease topics at conferences is sufficient for any man!
Sleep: I obtain too little of it and generally go to bed too late due to professional obligations. It is likely to be the death of me and I advise no one to emulate me in this regard. I am fully aware of its importance and my deficit of it does affect me adversely. I need to improve in this category.
Sunlight: With a background of autoimmune disease it is imperative for me to obtain sunlight on a regular basis which I generally do. I spend a good deal of time now outside each day (which I failed to do in my thirties and forties and suffered for it). It is nourishment for me and I make obtaining it a priority.
Water: Purified by reverse osmosis. I drink as my thirst demands, usually three glasses per day or more depending on activity levels and the weather.
Exercise: More than I should as I enjoy it enourmously. For a number of years when younger due to my rheumatoid disease I could not be active at all and perhaps I am now making up for lost time. Walking, swimming in the ocean and/or pools and cycling are favorites along with periodic light weight lifting. I generally obtain about an hour and a half per day. I would be just as healthy if not more so by getting less exercise than I do.
Companionship: My closest companions are my wife and my dogs and to a lesser degree my children who are now busy with their own teenage and adult lives. I find both human companionship and that of my dogs of great importance to my health. I also relish being alone at times as well, particularly since my work requires constant and often intense interaction with others.
Earth Contact: I find it important to spend time daily in direct contact with the earth which I do by spending time at the beach, swimming in the ocean and walking anywhere and everywhere. Being outdoors is essential for my well being and I wish I had not spent so many hours in my younger professional days confined to the classroom and clinic.
Life and Death: Each day is a gift of sorts and I try to make the best of it realizing that we only get so many days per person. I embrace life and when the time comes I will embrace death as well. Having such an attitude helps me to enjoy my time here on earth that much more.
Purpose: Promoting the welfare of my family, my patients, myself and doing what I can to ease the suffering of animals. Learning what I can from my successes and my mistakes and trying to suck a bit of enjoyment out of life for myself in doing all the above.
Also read Dr. Goldberg's "Common Errors of Hygienists"
About The Author|
For twenty three years he served as a Professor of Gastroenterology, Public Health and Clinical Nutrition at Life College. Since 1983 he has had an ongoing practice in Clinical Nutrition, Natural Hygiene, Clinical Epidemiology and Biological Medicine as the Director of The Goldberg Clinic in Atlanta Georgia.
Dr. Goldberg's clinical focus in practice, teaching and research has been on chronic disease conditions including systemic arthritic, autoimmune, and gastrointestinal disorders. He is best known for his successful work in the reversal of chronic degenerative diseases by seeking out causal factors utilizing clinical epidemiology and a nutritional/biochemical/hygienic approach.
Dr. Goldberg is a co-founder of the International Natural Hygiene Society.
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