Health Success Tips:
1) Eat as much organically grown foods as your budget will allow. They have 2-5x more nutrients and it will decrease exposure to pesticides, which contribute cancer, hormonal disruption, parkinson, ADHD and other type of neurological disorders.
2) Balance your meals with approximately 30% carbohydrates, 40% protein and 30% healthy fats.
3) Eat a variety of food working toward eating the same food no more than 3 times a week.
4) Plan your meals ahead of time and try to find at least 10 recipes you enjoy and can make without extra through or preparation.
5) Drink 8 glasses of FILTERED water daily. Tap water has been found to contain pesticides, pharmaceutical and hormonal debris from flushed medications. Bottled water contains BPA, Phthalates and other plastic residues that acts as a xenoestrogen and contributes to female hormonal cancers.
6) Avoid chemical cleaners resorting to more natural choices such as Seventh Generation.
7) Avoid anti-perspirants and choose natural deodorants. Anti-perspirants contain aluminum which has been linked to Alzheimers.
8) Do not store food in plastic or heat in plastic. The heat liberates the plastic chemicals and impregnates them into your food which you then consume.
Steamed, Roasted, Sautιed Vegetables:
If you have a GI symptoms such as heartburn or IBS cooking your vegetables will improves the utilization and availability of the food nutrients allowing the GI mucosa to repair itself. Use minimal raw vegetables except as a salad. Include at least 1 green vegetable daily.
Juice with raw vegetables and small amount of fruit 2 plus times per week.
Eat a lot of foods rich in phytonutrients, like cabbage, kale, broccoli, and cauliflower. This cruciferous family of vegetables contain indole-3-carbinol, a proven breast cancer fighting agent. However, if you have hypothyroid make sure you cook your cruciferous as to not interfere with thyroid hormone function.
Add ginger and garlic to your food. You can also get ginger by making ginger tea.
Add your favorite spices to enhance the taste of your vegetables. Spices contains healthy anti-oxidant nutrients.
Eat a variety of any and all vegetables that you can tolerate. It is best to try to eat mostly the lower carbohydrates (3 and 6%) vegetables. For example:
3% - asparagus, bean sprouts, beet greens, broccoli, red and green cabbage, cauliflower, celery, swiss chard, cucumber, endive lettuce (red, green, romaine), mustard greens, parsley, radish, spinach, watercress.
6% - string beans, beets, bok choy, Brussel sprouts, chives, collards, eggplant, kale kohlrabi, leeks, onion, parsley, red pepper, pumpkin, rutabagas, turnip, zucchini
15% - artichoke, parsnip, green peas, squash, carrot
20+% - yam
>20% white potatoes, corn (these are considered part of the starch category, not vegetables)
This category is not necessary and is mostly included for those who are hypoglycemic or for those who are not ready to eliminate grains from their diet. Eat a maximum of 1 cup of cooked grains per day of those you tolerate. If you have indications of high insulin levels, are overweight, have high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes or you have an autoimmune condition, you should avoid grains. If that is beyond your present commitment level, then limit your grains to one ½ cup servings each day and avoid all flour based products (ie breads, crackers, cereals etc.).
If you have had a food intolerance or allergy test, make sure you dont eat anything that is listed on your specific food list. Otherwise the allowable grains are: amaranth, buckwheat, millet, gluten free oatmeal, quinoa, basmati or brown rice, teff. It is easy to overeat rice, so be careful, especially with the recent findings of it being high in arsenic. Originally it was thought the only rice of concern was the rice grown in China and India, but the rice grown in Texas was also found to have high arsenic.
Eat a variety of any legumes that you are able to tolerate. Soak for 48 to 72 hours and cook slowly: split peas, lentils, kidney beans, pinto beans, black beans, mung beans, garbanzo beans, and adzuki beans. It is ok to eat canned organic beans. Most of the organic beans do not have the added chemicals to preserve the beans and most say beans and salt. A word of caution on all canned food. Most cans are lined with a chemical called BPA. It is a known xenoextrogen and can increase risk factors associated with female endocrine cancers as well as other concerns that you can read about here.
For canned beans both Trader Joes and Eden are BPA free.
Poach, bake, steam, or broil wild fish. Wild Alaskan pacific salmon is preferred.
Eat wild fish 2x/week.
Eat only free range organically grown chicken/turkey. Bake, broil or steam.
All free-range grass-fed animals including lamb, buffalo, venison, elk and beef are ok.
Choose grass-fed pastured eggs. These eggs contain higher amounts of vitamins A, B12, E, folate, beta-carotene, and essential fatty acids and typically do not contribute to elevations in cholesterol due to their lecithin content. You can find them at Chucks, Fred Meyer nutrition center, New Seasons, and Natural Grocers. A word of caution. Avoid high EFA eggs. They have been found to oxidize (go rancid) much faster than grass fed eggs and when the yolks are heated the oils become damaged which is dangerous to your arteries and brain cells.
Eat only 1 or 2 pieces of practically any fruit except citrus. If you have digestive challenges, eat the fruit baked (such as a baked apple or pear). If you have GERD, elevated insulin, diabetes or desire to lose weight, try to eat mostly the low carbohydrate fruits. For example:
3% - cantaloupe, rhubarb, strawberries, melons
6% - apricot, blackberries, cranberries, papaya, peach, plum raspberries, kiwi
15% - apple, blueberries, cherries, grapes, mango, pear, pineapple, pomegranate
20+% - banana, figs, prunes
Occasionally maple syrup, raw honey or stevia use only with meals.
Absolutely no sugar, NutraSweet, Splenda, Sorbitol, Saccharine, or any other sweeteners are allowed.
Seeds and Nuts
Grind flax, pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seed and add to steam vegetables, cooked grains etc. You may also eat nut and seed butters brazil, cashew, almond, macadamia, sesame, etc.
Butter/Oils/ Kerry Gold
Use Kerry Gold butter which is imported from Ireland and made from cows that graze on grass. To reduce the saturated fat mix together 1 pound of organic butter and 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil (it must be in a dark bottle). Whip at room temperature and store in the refrigerator.
Use extra virgin olive oil for all other situations requiring oil. Use coconut oil for sautιing.
To add a delightful flavor to your food choices, add whatever spices you enjoy.
Whole Foods carries some mixtures by the The Spice Hunter that have some premixed organic flavors that help take the guess work out of making tasty dishes. If using salt I prefer Celtic sea salt. If the sea salt is pure white it has been bleached and stripped of minerals.
A MINIMUM of 6 to 8 glasses of spring, filtered or reverse-osmosis filtered water every day. Do not drink tap water. Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily. Sip the water, try to drink 1 glass per hour. NO distilled water which pulls minerals from your body.
Small amounts of coconut or almond milk are allowed. Make sure they do not contain carrageenan.
Drink green tea daily. The antioxidants in it, particularly EGCG, can prevent oxidative damage to your cells.
Drink 2 cups of ginger tea daily. You can make it from sliced root or from tea bags. The tea bags will be less potent.
For the time being, avoid the following foods
All animal milks, yogurt and cheeses
Commercial eggs (pasture fed ok)
All wheat products
White flour, enriched or unbleached flour
Meat (pork, grain-fed animals, grass fed ok, see above)
All animal cheeses
Potatoes - red or white (small amounts ok if your practitioner has stated so)
Breads (even rice)
Any processed food
All corn products
Tomatoes (if joint issues, pain, or autoimmune problems are a problem)
All dried fruits
All fruit juices