You are what you eat
In a quick search of the internet one can find no less than 571,000,000 pages containing the word “diet”. On TV the number of programs targeting nutrition has multiplied, and one need only scan the newsstands to see the topic as headlines on hundreds of both feminine and masculine publications.
After suffering from blinding migraines (rendering him prostrate in his bedroom) it struck Grand Master Carlos Gracie sr. (Rilion’s father) that something had to change. From the words of the philosopher Hippocrates came the first clue: “Make your nourishment your cure”.
Carlos developed a diet based on three concepts:
1. Not poisoning the body
2. Taking care of it
3. Respecting, in one meal, the adequate chemical combination of different types of food.
Hungering for knowledge, Master Carlos came to read more and more on the subject and over the years he compiled what he learned, developing would be consecrated as the Gracie Diet. He left the health problems behind and the weakly youth turned into an athletic adult.
He also noticed, just like a farmer who controls the soil’s PH before planting the seeds, that the blood’s PH is a key element during the digestive process and that it must be kept neutral, which helps the transformation of the food. He observed, then, that a certain combination of foods kept the blood neutral, as opposed to some mixtures that made it acid or alkaline.
He brought all his study together and created the eating method known as the Gracie Diet, which went through careful research and was developed throughout the years, consuming most of the last 50 years of his life.
The next step was to prove the efficiency of the method and there was no one better to test his discoveries on than his own offspring. Carlos Gracie instilled in his children, nephews and grandchildren the need to listen to the body and offer it only nourishment that is of benefit to it. Little by little, the family’s body type began to change and the Master’s descendents were growing ever bigger that his 5’2″, 139 pound frame. In fact, according to Rilion Gracie, “healthy nourishment modified an entire family”.
But ultimately, what is the Gracie Diet about? It deals with not poisoning the body, not letting it get sick, and establishing the appropriate balance its nourishment. The main idea behind it is to keep the ph of meals as neutral as possible, balancing the substance through the proper combination.
Master Carlos’ idea is global and overcomes all problems. It is about not mixing: cereals with other cereals, fat with sugar, nor acidic foods with any other acidic food. Meals are to be eaten in intervals of, at the least, five hours, eating again only when the stomach is empty.
But that is not all. Beyond worrying about solid foods, Master Carlos sought to complement them with teas, using what nature offers as cures for man’s ailments. “Our body is machine running on blood. If the blood is pure, the machine runs well”, says Rilion Gracie. “My father’s objective was to make sure the family’s fighters were well, or in other words, free of any illness that might arise and make combat unviable”, Rilion concludes.
The following tables are the core of the Gracie method for a nourishing diet. By complying to the different combinations of the food groups, in accordance to the tables, you are able to keep meals as neutral as possible. As a result, you will balance out the pH level in your body, which will improve digestion, as well as prevent and combat illness.
Vegetables & Greens, Meats & Seafood, and Fats & Oily Foods combine with each other and with one of Group B.
Starches do not combine with each other
Sweet Fruits & Foods, and Fresh & Creamy Cheeses combine with each other and with one of Group B, if not prepared with fat, such as butter or oil.
Acidic Fruits and Milk Derivatives that do not combine with each other or with anything else.
Raw Bananas combine with all fresh sweet fruits.
Milk also combines with Cooked Yolk and Artificial Sweeteners.
Farm Fresh Milk Cream also combines with cooked yolk and red apples, raw or baked, but not with apple juice.
Food and training when combined can deliver endless benefits to one’s health. Starting in late 1920’s with Carlos Gracie Sr, he shaped his 21 sons and the other generations with the idea “you are what you eat” plus Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Besides the combat aspect of the sport they are recognized by their longevity and health.
The Gracie’s perfected a vast number of techniques and its transitions from stand-up from the ground so a weaker person can practice and win a bigger one. Rilion Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is taught in a family oriented and friendly environment with high qualified professionals, straight from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.