The CHEK Approach in a Nutshell By Paul Chek, Holistic Health Practitioner
For an optimal approach to cultivating nutritional health and well-being, please follow these basic guidelines:
1. Avoid the 4 white devils: white milk, white flour products, white sugar, and white table salt (sodium chloride). Choose organic, unprocessed or minimally processed alternatives. In general, white foods are displacing real foods!
2. If you can’t pronounce a word on the label—don’t eat it! Use a food additives dictionary to determine if listed additives are safe; the dangerous ones usually aren’t listed, but are usually present in products with tricky words listed!
3. If it wasn’t here 10,000 years ago, don’t eat it! It is probably a modern pseudo-food that will displace the real food your body needs!
4. Avoid all pasteurized fruit juices. They are dead sugar water. Be careful with fruit juices in general because of the high sugar content; know your body’s needs.
5. The longer a food lasts on the shelf, the more dangerous it is likely to be.
• If irradiated, don’t eat it!
• If pasteurized, don’t eat it.
• If packaged in plastics, the food will absorb dangerous chemicals.
6. Choose meats and produce in this priority order:
A. Certified organic free-range meats
B. Organic meat
C. Locally farmed free-range meats
D. Commercial hormone free meats
E. Commercial meats
A. Certified organic produce
B. Organic produce
C. Locally farmed produce
D. Commercially farmed produce
7. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water (or Kg x .033 = liters/day)
• Nothing is a substitute for water! If you can’t see through it, it’s a food.
• Store or buy in glass if possible; choose the top brands because they sell faster and don’t sit in plastic as long.
• Health-giving waters in general have a hardness factor of =/> 170 mg/L and a total dissolved solids (TDS) of 300 or greater. Water with less than 300 TDS are what I call “naked” water and often cause excess urination, disrupting optimal hydration.
• Adding a pinch of unprocessed sea salt to a bottle of naked water can provide needed minerals and electrolytes. Celtic and New Zealand sea salts have been found to have the lowest mercury levels.
8. Follow the 80/20 rule: If you live Paul Chek’s How To Eat, Move and Be Healthy! principles 80% of the time, your body can generally absorb reasonable deviations 20% of the time. You don’t need to be rigid, just intelligent.
9. Always eat right for your unique, individual (metabolic) needs; following preconceived diet guidelines diminishes participation in a relationship with your body!
10. Respect food as vital life-force. It’s not simply fuel to bargain shop for!