Poor nutrition is an epidemic; just look around you: over 60% of the US population are overweight and over 30% are obese. How and what we eat makes us healthy or sick. I will give you just a few remarks about food and then several more detailed recommendations about diets are available in separate files.
Use very simple principals in choosing food:
- Did our ancestors have it 10,000 years ago?
- Was the food processed before it came to you? All processed foods contain preservatives that your body does not know what to do with, and therefore can cause you trouble.
- Choose food that can rot and spoil, but eat it before it gets rotten or spoiled. For example, even cockroaches do not eat morning cereals so why should you?
- 40-45% of your diet should consist of greens.
- Choose products with intense rainbow colors; the more intense the color the healthier the food; include all rainbow colors in your diet.
What to avoid and exclude from your diet:
- Processed food: TV dinners, canned food, packaged prepared cereal and any other food that has been prepared to be on the shelf for a long time. Usually these foods contain preservatives that your body is not used to, so they can be toxic to you.
- Junk Food: sugar, chocolate, cookies, cakes, candy, potato chips, artificial sweeteners, carbonated drinks, etc.
- Anything that has glutens or is made of wheat, rye and barley: breads, bagels, pasta, cookies, etc. Wheat is a genetically modified food that has become one of the major allergens for us and can cause weight gain.
- White rice, corn and soy products (particularly for women).
- Milk and milk products — it is known to be a major allergen to most of us.
- Large predatory fish, like tuna and sword fish. They have large concentrations of heavy metals. Farm raised fish like salmon. It is being fed food with high concentrations of PCB and other carcinogens.
- Coffee, chocolate, black tea, alcohol and smoking, as well as any over-the counter medications you are using more than once per month. It is toxic for you and increases your stress.
What’s left to eat or what is good for you?
- Eat a lot of green, leafy vegetables. 40-50 % of our diet should consist of greens, as was the case with our ancestors, the monkeys; but our SAD (Standard American Diet) contains only 3-5% of greens because unlike monkeys, we do not have the time necessary to chew greens to extract all the enzymes. To get out of this predicament, blend the greens, fruits and vegetables. This will give you all the enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you need. The book, Green for Life by Victoria Boutenko will clearly explain how and what to do. Buy the Vita-mix blender — it may be your best investment of the year. It certainly was mine — following this regimen gave me unexpected energy and a wonderful sense of well being.
- Fresh organic fruits, vegetables, brown rice and raw nuts.
- Organically raised animals and eggs.
- If you have “a sweet tooth” you can use stevia which is available in drops, powder or pills (helps to regulate blood sugar metabolism and is 50 times sweeter than sugar) or raw honey (in limited amounts).
- Wild small fish.
- Fish oil from the Nordic Sea (it is the only sea that is not polluted with heavy metals). Use oil stored in bottles (keep refrigerated after opening), not in capsules (they have a tendency to get rancid). Take 2 teaspoons of oil daily. Mix it with olive oil and use in your salads or have it straight.
- Virgin olive and sesame oils. Coconut oil is also excellent for cooking and can help you lose weight.
- Hemp has all the necessary amino acids and omega 3 oils.
- Ground flax seeds help with digestion and can overcome constipation.
How should I eat?
- Bless your food before each meal. Thank God or the Universe for offering it to you and thank those people who made it possible to have it on your table. Ask for food to be helpful and healing to you.
- Eat slowly. Focus on your food and only your food. Consume small portions and notice everything about your food: smell, shape, color, taste, texture, etc.
- Monitor how full your stomach is as you eat. Put your arm on your belly and notice how full it is. On a scale of 1 to 10, your stomach should not exceed more than 7. Stop eating in time.
- Take a “liquid day” once a week. On that day, do not consume any solid food; only water and freshly-made juices. This will help you get rid of toxins and “reset” your gastrointestinal tract. Our ancestors often lived for days without food.
- Drink 6–8 glasses of water every day.
- Eat food raw, or steam or broil at a low temperature to preserve natural enzymes.