Dr. Weil's Anti-Inflammatory Diet - Using This One for my Knee Injury

Around a month a go I had a very serious knee injury.  We think it was the tendon pulling away from the bone as there was a large crack. Actually, it sounded like bone breaking.  To this day I am in horrible pain.  While I have tried many things that has helped such as Horny goat (also good for pain, but normally given to men to increase fertility), collagen, Omega-Triple from Puritan, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C and folic acid, nothing has given me total relief.  I am so much better than originally, but due to the fact that I must rest a lot and walking kills me, my stores are now closed.  Yes, don't be shocked.

So found Dr. Weil's diet and started this today.  Here is his pyramid.

General Diet Tips:
  • Aim for variety.
  • Include as much fresh food as possible.
  • Minimize your consumption of processed foods and fast food.
  • Eat an abundance of fruits and vegetables.
Caloric Intake
  • Most adults need to consume between 2,000 and 3,000 calories a day.
  • Women and smaller and less active people need fewer calories.
  • Men and bigger and more active people need more calories.
  • If you are eating the appropriate number of calories for your level of activity, your weight should not fluctuate greatly.
  • The distribution of calories you take in should be as follows: 40 to 50 percent from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fat, and 20 to 30 percent from protein.
  • Try to include carbohydrates, fat, and protein at each meal.
  • On a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, adult women should consume between 160 to 200 grams of carbohydrates a day.
  • Adult men should consume between 240 to 300 grams of carbohydrates a day.
  • The majority of this should be in the form of less-refined, less-processed foods with a low glycemic load.
  • Reduce your consumption of foods made with wheat flour and sugar, especially bread and most packaged snack foods (including chips and pretzels).
  • Eat more whole grains such as brown rice and bulgur wheat, in which the grain is intact or in a few large pieces. These are preferable to whole wheat flour products, which have roughly the same glycemic index as white flour products.
  • Eat more beans, winter squashes, and sweet potatoes.
  • Cook pasta al dente and eat it in moderation.
  • Avoid products made with high fructose corn syrup.
  • On a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, 600 calories can come from fat - that is, about 67 grams. This should be in a ratio of 1:2:1 of saturated to monounsaturated to polyunsaturated fat.
  • Reduce your intake of saturated fat by eating less butter, cream, high-fat cheese, unskinned chicken and fatty meats, and products made with palm kernel oil.
  • Use extra-virgin olive oil as a main cooking oil. If you want a neutral tasting oil, use expeller-pressed, organic canola oil. Organic, high-oleic, expeller pressed versions of sunflower and safflower oil are also acceptable.
  • Avoid regular safflower and sunflower oils, corn oil, cottonseed oil, and mixed vegetable oils.
  • Strictly avoid margarine, vegetable shortening, and all products listing them as ingredients. Strictly avoid all products made with partially hydrogenated oils of any kind. Include in your diet avocados and nuts, especially walnuts, cashews, almonds, and nut butters made from these nuts.
  • For omega-3 fatty acids, eat salmon (preferably fresh or frozen wild or canned sockeye), sardines packed in water or olive oil, herring, and black cod (sablefish, butterfish); omega-3 fortified eggs; hemp seeds and flaxseeds (preferably freshly ground); or take a fish oil supplement (look for products that provide both EPA and DHA, in a convenient daily dosage of two to three grams).
  • On a 2,000-calorie-a-day diet, your daily intake of protein should be between 80 and 120 grams. Eat less protein if you have liver or kidney problems, allergies, or autoimmune disease.
  • Decrease your consumption of animal protein except for fish and high quality natural cheese and yogurt.
  • Eat more vegetable protein, especially from beans in general and soybeans in particular. Become familiar with the range of whole-soy foods available and find ones you like.
  • Try to eat 40 grams of fiber a day. You can achieve this by increasing your consumption of fruit, especially berries, vegetables (especially beans), and whole grains.
  • Ready-made cereals can be good fiber sources, but read labels to make sure they give you at least 4 and preferably 5 grams of bran per one-ounce serving.
  • To get maximum natural protection against age-related diseases (including cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative disease) as well as against environmental toxicity, eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and mushrooms.
  • Choose fruits and vegetables from all parts of the color spectrum, especially berries, tomatoes, orange and yellow fruits, and dark leafy greens.
  • Choose organic produce whenever possible. Learn which conventionally grown crops are most likely to carry pesticide residues and avoid them.
  • Eat cruciferous (cabbage-family) vegetables regularly.
  • Include soy foods in your diet.
  • Drink tea instead of coffee, especially good quality white, green or oolong tea.
  • If you drink alcohol, use red wine preferentially.
  • Enjoy plain dark chocolate in moderation (with a minimum cocoa content of 70 percent).
Vitamins and MineralsThe best way to obtain all of your daily vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients is by eating a diet high in fresh foods with an abundance of fruits and vegetables. In addition, supplement your diet with the following antioxidant cocktail:
  • Vitamin C, 200 milligrams a day.
  • Vitamin E, 400 IU of natural mixed tocopherols (d-alpha-tocopherol with other tocopherols, or, better, a minimum of 80 milligrams of natural mixed tocopherols and tocotrienols).
  • Selenium, 200 micrograms of an organic (yeast-bound) form.
  • Mixed carotenoids, 10,000-15,000 IU daily.
  • The antioxidants can be most conveniently taken as part of a daily multivitamin/multimineral supplement that also provides at least 400 micrograms of folic acid and 2,000 IU of vitamin D. It should contain no iron (unless you are a female and having regular menstrual periods) and no preformed vitamin A (retinol). Take these supplements with your largest meal.
  • Women should take supplemental calcium, preferably as calcium citrate, 500-700 milligrams a day, depending on their dietary intake of this mineral. Men should avoid supplemental calcium.
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How I Created My Black Seed Empire - A Quick Start Guide to Wealth

I get many emails on wanting to know how I created my empire.  They want FREE classes or even SKYPE on how to begin. While I wish I had time for everyone, I do not. 

A simple article on fig leaves

In the year 2009 I wrote an article for Natural News on Fig leaves and how it treated diabetes.  The article was an instant hit.  the problem is where do you get fig leaves from.  I would get letter after letter on where to purchased.  Then a thought came to me.  I had 4 huge trees in my garden, why didn't I sell them.  So after inquiring at the post office, I found out that I could ship them quite easily.

So I opened up a website and store

I thought I had found a great way to make money.  I compared prices and found out that people would pay a big price for them as they were not located anywhere else.  So I started picking the leaves by hand, washing them and then hand dried them in doors.  In around 3 weeks I was ready.

I did not have much money

I had around $100 and $26 of that went to set up a professional account on Weebly.  With around $26 I got 10 websites.  With these websites I could write about a number of subjects and interlink them back to my basic store which I set up with PayPal.  I used PayPal buy buttons and even set up an Amazon store too.

Create your online store and start selling. Try it free at Weebly.com!

The Rest Was Easy 

Weebly had a drag and drop system and so making the website was simple. I applied for Google Adsense to monitize my websites and started adding my articles I have written for years.   I had written for several websites and had tons of articles on health, wealth and black cumin.  Why I knew more about black cumin than most.  You have to have articles to get people to your website.

In the old days we were found by the Google search engine, but not any more.  The system is so complicated now. So to get people to your website, you must create social medial links and get the people to read your articles which directly link to your stores and products. So for instance, write an article on fig leaves and diabetes and have a link to buy them on.

SocialOomph is the Key to my Success

I talked to a man on Helium who was a professional on Twitter and increasing business and he convinced me I had to have a manager system.  SocialOomph had a free system where you input your links for up to 12 hours.  In the beginning they were the best way for me to go.  I started on Twitter with 56 followers and to this day I have 400,000.  Having this tool made all the difference.

Once I had the system down pack, I moved up to the professional model where I relaxed more.  I put my links into a reservoir and SocialOomph did all the work.  The professional model cost around $17 every two weeks but you have a hands free account and you can have tons of Twitter and Face Book pages and you have to do nothing but set up the initial reservoirs.  Consider them a paid maid.

Other Benefits that helped

Other keys in my linking process were having my posts seen on multiple websites and forums and so I worked the forums talking about my articles which secretly was taking them to my store.  I also use Pinterest a lot and I get a lot of linking there.   It takes work in the beginning, but once you get everything started you are hands free. Now keep in mind we are still working for little or no money.

3 months before my first sale

I remember the shock when my first sale came in.  It was an easy system actually. They paid thru PayPal, PayPal sent me the money in 2 days and I shipped in 7 days.  I put on my website I wanted a 7 day processing time and 3 week shipping.  So by the time their money arrived, I had enough money to go to the post office.

I had to buy wrapping paper for the boxes, tape and old newspapers, which I used for stuffing. In the beginning I used grocery store boxes or local store boxes to ship my items in.  Later on I would buy professional boxes once the business was doing good.  If you are located in the US, custom boxes are ready available at any office supply company.    Here in Jordan you must buy 1000 minimum.

Adding more supplies

When I had my first sale, more came.  The person who bought, told others and regular orders came in.  Then I knew I had to add more things to my store. The first thing I added to my store was black cumin oil and seeds.  What I did was look for comparative pricing in the US and I priced my products compared to what others were selling them for.  I could buy cheap here.  I met some contacts here and I was buying oil for wholesale pricing.

From there I contacted a gardener and we started adding many products, such us mulberry leaves and pomegranate leaves and olive leaves.  I had to pay a high price to get organic products but she did all the work.  Again I was hand free.  Promoting the products was important. So by the time the leaves were dried, I had orders to pay for the leaves.

As far as the many products I added in my store, such as shampoo and soaps and pain creams, I paid for them when I was paid. So still I am working with little money.  So someone sent me $100 including shipping and I would wait for the money to clear, go to an ATM and withdraw the money and go to the shop and buy exactly what I needed.  For months it was a good system.

Moving on UP

I got the best prices when I bought in bulk and so one day I had $300 and stocked up on oil.  I saved $1.50 on each can, a real big savings (100ml size).  I then knew I had to buy in bulk and so I would buy everything in bulk as I could and of course it took all my money.

Affiliate Move

After the first year, I was established on the web as the leader in black seed articles and information.  I started having companies contact me.  I became affiliates to several companies and websites and that increased my sales and potential too.  From there I made a huge move to writing on Cancer.


Cancer was the basis of my wealth

As a health writer, I knew everything about cancer.  I also had cancer of the stomach several years earlier and knew what I did.  I transitioned to a cancer protocol.  I met a man who worked for Cancer Tutor and he suggested I contact Webster Kherr about writing a protocol for them as they had none.  He agreed and asked me only not to put garlic in the protocol.  I agreed. Luella May, partner with Tony Isaac edited the article for me and I submitted the article and it was posted.  From there I was in the business big time.  I had links from a top cancer company coming to two websites and I was making huge money.  I averaged around $2000 a week which is huge for Jordan.

15 hour workdays

While the money was good, it was hard on my health.  I had to work constantly.  I had 36 websites now, 26 Twitter pages, 6 stores and a home to run.  It would eventually do me in.  I was doing everything myself.  I had to go to Amman to buy supplies and to town almost daily.  I was going to the post to mail twice a week and had to package everything there.  Here in Jordan all boxes have to be inspected.

I needed a helper bad, but who could I trust.  We tried opening a US store which was highly successful but my son could not handle the load with school and a family and so the US office closed.  We were shipping thousands of dollars of merchandise there monthly.  The clients loved it.

So then I went back to doing everything myself in Jordan.  It was just too much.  This type of thriving business needs two or three helpers.

Competition high

I got into the black seed business in the beginning when very few were open.  I was told by Allah that this was going to be huge and I had to figure out how to beat the competition.  I did that with multiple websites and stores.  But the postage from Jordan to the US was high and that in the end was what killed me.  With the US store we used USPS and the rates were reasonable and the people got their products in 5 days or less. But from Jordan we are talking about almost 1 month.  It had to be someone who really loved my merchandise.

I prided myself on the best products

How did I beat out the competition? Simple, I had the best products. My olive leaves were 10 times better than Mountain Rose Herbs or Amazon and so people would wait.  People would also buy from me because I had complete protocols.  I built up a client base and they would tell their friends.  Word of mouth got me clients.

Talking to the Owner

The number one selling point to my business was the client could talk to me direct and get help with their illness.  Other companies only had secretaries which knew nothing about cancer or any illness.  I could guide them and help them change their protocols monthly.  They could call me and they could feel happy.  You cannot run a successful business if you do not know anything about black cumin, cancer, illness and life.

Research and Knowledge

I had written about black cumin and other natural remedies for 5 years before beginning my stores.  I had a strong basis for all subjects.  What I did not have time to write about, I hired out.  I hired a company to write articles for me.  My entire blog on Mesothelioma was filled with articles from Zerys.  I paid writers to give me a wide assortment of subjects and I filled an entire blog for less than $150 which was monitized by Google Adsense and linked in by SocialOomph

Zerys - The Content MarketPlace!

 I did this several times and in fact Zerys helped me fill an entire website on Yemeni Honey which to this day is my number one selling product.  With the help of Cancer Tutor, they linked to my Yemeni Honey Website and I got tons of orders via them.  I had to keep going to Amman to satisfy that link.

Time for a Change

If you are not willing to change you will not survive.  Luckily I got enough information from Zerys writers to enlighten me about the possibility of curing cancer with honeycomb.  That single bit of information made me a success.  We got enough testimonies to prove that using the black seed oil and the honeycomb combined with the Yemeni Honey was the fastest and quickest way to treat cancer.  Those testimonies showed that within 30 days, people were having drastic changes.

I cornered the market on honeycomb and found the best Yemeni honey products and I was a success.  It was not just about the money but about saving lives.

 A people business

You cannot be a success if you do not care about healing and about people. I gave samples away, gifts and I helped with postage when needed.  I in the end cared if the person was well.  We were not a copy and paste website, we were the forerunners in healing.  Allah showed me the remedies and gave me the truth and I was successful.

A time to retire

Even though my business is doing very good now, the work load killed me.  About 3 weeks ago I had a major knee injury and it got so bad I could not walk.  the pain was incredible.  So I decided to close my stores and write from home.  Destiny had kicked me in the teeth.  I was not infallable, I was feeling the age.  I am 62 now and on social security and so I set up a bucket list of what I needed to do to retire.  I was able to complete the bucket list and on Saturday, August 22nd, 2015 my stores closed.

I have to say I am looking forward to retirement.  In the US you can have USPS come to your door to pick up the parcels and that is the best system.  In Jordan it is not that way.  But we had the luxury of providing local and original products like Yemeni Honey and Honeycomb, black seed oil and seeds from Egypt,  loofah leaves for cancer and fig leaves locally. 

Had I not been in Jordan I would not have learned so much about black seed.  So with my wealth of knowledge I am now able to train others to do what I did successfully for so many years.