Is Your Food Alive with Energy?

By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.

In my 40-plus years of practicing medicine, I’ve seen far too many health problems that could have been improved, healed or even prevented entirely by the simple healing power of something we have access to every day: foods that are alive with healthy energy.

Everything Has Vibrational Energy and Ultimately Impacts Health

High-Vibration Is the New Organic

Before I get into  foods with healthy energy, specifically, I’ll start with the core reason why they are so important— because everything is made of energy and has a vibration. You and I – we vibrate with energy. So do the foods we eat, the music we listen to, plants, voices, hugs, sunlight, you name it – everything has vibrational energy and can change our energy, for better or for worse.

So what does this have to do with health and illness?

When the energies of the things we eat, see, hear, breathe in, etc. are in harmony with our cells’ natural vibrational energy, they support our health. Why? Because – on some level – the healthy vibrations of these things help give our cells the energy, nutrients and oxygen they need to be in a state of homeostasis. When cells are balanced, they pulsate easily and at optimal frequencies. They function smoothly and efficiently as they convert food and water to energy and nutrition for the body. They have plenty of vibrational energy to meet the body’s demands, and fight off illness, heal themselves, and regenerate.

On the flip side, when the vibrations from our food and environment are toxic or dissonant with our natural rhythms, they can drain our energy and compromise cell function. When this happens, our vibrational energy gets lower too, and we become more vulnerable to illness. Hence, we want to avoid poor, or lower, vibrational energies as much as possible, and instead align with higher vibrational energies that optimize our cell function. One of the easiest and effective ways to do this is through the foods we eat (and don’t eat).

The “American Diet” – Full of Bad Vibes

Over time, our environment has become more toxic, and our need for convenience and ease has led to us eating lesser quality foods. Many foods today, for example, are processed, laced with chemicals, pesticides*, and contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs): foods/ingredients that have been chemically or genetically altered from their natural states. These foods are low-vibrational because they lack nutrients while giving us a dose of toxins.

But chemicals and GMOs are not the only problem; the American diet is also very “sugary.” Each year, the average American eats (and drinks) about 160 pounds or more of sugar. I consider refined sugar to be a dead food because it is devoid of nutritional value…empty calories. Yes, we get a quick energy boost, but we quickly crash and it sets us up for a vicious cycle of sugar overload. Eating too much sugar causes the body to release an excess amount of insulin to digest it. Over time, too much insulin in the blood can lower cells’ vibration and cause inflammation, which we now know is the leading cause of most diseases. Eating a lot of low-vibrational foods can make us sick over time (and may explain why we, as a society, are sicker and heavier than ever).

So what do we do about it?

I go back to my decades-old mantra on this one… Prevention is easier than cure. We’ve got to be proactive about our health and protect it. And if our health has already started to decline, we need to change the momentum toward a higher, healthier vibration, and take charge of our health before the problems get worse.

How to Kickstart Health with a High Vibrational Diet

Simply put, a high vibrational diet is full of all the healthy stuff you want without all the bad stuff you don’t. It’s efficiency at it’s best…foods with high-vibrational energy help your body generate the energy it needs for an active life, normal metabolism, and even repair, and they do so without loading it with toxins that ultimately drain your energy.

Superfoods are great examples of high vibrational foods…Nutrient dense, they offer a variety of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fats and proteins for your body to run on; they are premium quality fuel. Some of my favorites include avocado, kale, broccoli, olive oil, and tomatoes. There’s a reason most superfoods are fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts – plant foods: full of fiber, they help your body detox, while giving it all sorts of other nutritional goodies, to stay healthy.

As far as knowing what to eat, one of the highest vibrational diets out there is my Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean Diet (or the PAMM Diet). It’s a blend of the best foods typically eaten by people around the Mediterranean Basin and in the Pacific Rim – some of the longest living cultures in the world. Good for your heart and the rest of your body, this high vibrational diet can help you become more energy efficient, lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, slow aging, and prevent disease.

What is it? In a nutshell: healthy, clean, nourishing foods eaten in a combination designed for optimal energy production and use:

  • 40-45% Low-glycemic carbohydrates like fresh, colorful vegetables, fruits, beans, peas, and some whole grains (in moderation).
  • 35-40% Healthy, monounsaturated oils and fats with essential omega-3 fatty acids – nuts, olive oil, avocado, chia and flax seeds, and even fish.
  • 20-25% Quality protein – eggs, chicken, buffalo, beef – organic, wild-caught, raised sustainably and humanely; wild migratory fish – smaller is better.

You can get the full scoop on my PAMM diet here:

My PAMM Anti-Inflammatory Diet

As for what not to eat, here are 3 basic guidelines to help you avoid low vibrational foods:

Cut back on or eliminate artificial or processed sugar

Sugar is a high glycemic carbohydrate, which means that it elicits a rapid insulin response in your body when you eat it. Insulin is a pro-inflammatory hormone, and too much of it is a recipe for disease, so sugar has to go if you want to raise your vibration. Stick with naturally sweet foods like fresh or dried fruit. If you must sweeten something, use small amounts of raw honey or pure maple syrup. These sweeteners are straight from Nature, and contain unrefined, natural sugar that is better for our bodies. Same goes with alcohol – less is more.

Eat organic as much as possible.

Organic fruits and vegetables, as well as protein from grass-fed and hormone/antibiotic-free animals or cage-free/free-range eggs, provide our bodies cleaner nourishment than their conventional counterparts – they deliver nutrition without harmful herbicides, GMOs, and chemicals that threaten the healthy vibrational energy and efficient functioning of our cells. Remember too, that most conventionally raised beef and poultry eat GMO feed – which means you’re getting GMOs in your yogurt, cheese, eggs, burgers or chicken. Going organic is the surest way not to inadvertently eat GMOs. 

When you can’t buy organic produce, try to avoid the “dirty dozen” fruits and vegetables known to have higher levels of pesticides. Good washing also helps remove pesticide residues: rinse your fruits and veggies for about a minute under the tap, or soak and rub them in water with 2% salt or 10% white vinegar.

Eat less carbs and more healthy fats, like EVOO

Unlike simple carbs like sugar, which leave you hungry a few hours after eating them, fats help satiate you. By eating more fats, you’re actually likely to eat less overall since you won’t be constantly hungry. To boot, they also help your body absorb the rich nutrients in fruits and veggies. My all-time favorite healthy fat is extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) – I call it “the kingpin” of the good vibe Mediterranean diet. Nuts like walnuts and almonds are great too, because they contain heart-and-brain healthy omega-3s. Avocados are another delicious source of healthy fats, and a great snack with a dash of sea salt or my High Vibrational spices.

You’ve got to begin with diet: it’s the foundation of everything else you can do to raise your vibration and maintain optimal health. If you can do this, just this one Pillar, you’ve got a much greater fighting chance against cancer and all of the diseases of modern man. Plus, you’ll likely get sick less often, and feel much better or have more energy overall, day to day.

For more insight on how to integrate high-vibrational foods into your diet and benefit from their healing properties, read my PAMM Diet and High Vibrational Living ebooks.

*Note – I use the word, “pesticide,” here as a general term to describe all non-organic chemical applications to crops to prevent pests, weeds and insects, and intend it to encompass more specific substances like herbicides (like glyphosate) and insecticides.

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  1. Dana Allison

    on December 2, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    The local grocery store where I shop has responded to customers’ demands for organically produced food, and continues offering a greater variety of foods to meet the demand. Having a garden is an excellent move. If more people would get off the high activity wagon, and take the time to plant their own food they will be healthier. True, some foods can not be grown in all places, but looking for the Organic label is a way of finding good things to eat. After prepared frozen foods came out I tried some, to my great disappointment. Not only did they taste the same, like paste board, but also, the portions were not as large as was needed to fill one up. Condensed soups did not work up into enough servings to feed a family, in addition to having too much salt. By making my own meals, soups included, I found that it was far more money saving than buying prepared foods, and the tastes were superior. People can say that they have too much going on to do their own food growing, or cooking much, but it falls onto my deaf ears. Many dishes can be prepared in advance, put into their freezers, or refrigerators, and can be taken out, warmed up, and served when time runs short. We did this long before prepared foods came onto the market. Time for the younger folks to learn how their older family members prepared foods in “the olden days”.

  2. Craig Detjen

    on January 5, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Keep me informed about alternative medicine . Anything non mainstream, that big pharma is against or keeping quiet about.

  3. HeartMD Editor

    on January 27, 2017 at 9:07 am

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  4. Bonny Moffett

    on August 5, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Hooray for Dr. Sinatra!! Having been a nurse in pediatric oncology for years, and seeing what so many chemicals could do to ones body, I follow Dr. Sinatra’s healthy, and delicious mantra lifestyle! I wish more of the medical mainstream would share this holistic way of living! I’m 74 years, have more energy than people half my age, weigh 128 lbs., haven’t any diabetes, cataracts, heart problems, or cancer. One last thing, my knees, hips, and rotators are the same God gave me. Eat holistic, (it’s cheaper than antibiotics), get walking, and follow Dr. S’s healthful food and vitamin regime, because it really works!!

  5. HeartMD Editor

    on August 17, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Hi Bonny,

    Thank you for visiting and sharing your comments, you’re an inspiration!

    Best of health,
    HeartMD Editor

  6. Patricia Penley

    on November 3, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Dr. Sinatra,
    Is there a cook book or else a book of explaination of your high vibrational diet that I can buy and read and reference whenever I want. The Pamm Diet would also be interesting to examine. I want a hard copy rather than a e-book.

    Thank you.
    Patricia Penley

  7. HeartMD Editor

    on November 3, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Dr. Sinatra has not yet written a book about high vibrational foods, or one that is specifically about the PAMM Diet. Until he does, we recommend his books, The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook and The Healing Kitchen, both of which have a lot of information and recipes that are based on the PAMM diet. You can find them here – . Please also check out Dr. Sinatra’s heart-healthy recipes at and as well as his demonstrative cooking videos at . Thanks!

  8. LifeBrite Hospital Group

    on July 26, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Thank you for the information. It will really help me make a more informed decision.

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