There is so much information out there about what a proper diet is. It is confusing, actually mind boggling.
Here are a dozen “perfectly perfect” recommendations I would like to share with you…and I walk the talk!
1. Eliminate all processed foods. They are full of chemicals, high fructose corn syrup, sodium, food coloring, toxic packaging. It is all denatured food with an unaturally long shelf life. Read the labels. If the list of ingredients are not things you would use in your kitchen on an individual basis then steer away from it. A good rule of thumb is to only grocery shop in the outer aisles of your grocery store. The inside aisles are where you are going to find the processed junk. The outer circumference of the store is fresh fruit and veggies, fish and mostly “good for you” food.
2. Eat ORGANIC (preferably local) foods whenever possible. Avoid fungicide, herbacide and pesticide residue at all cost.
3. Increase your fresh vegetable intake. Fresh vegetables are loaded with enzymes, tons of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, water and energy. An easy and powerful way to increase your vegetable intake is to invest in a good juicer and start drinking your veggies. Every morning I enjoy a big glass of freshly pressed green juice usually consisting of celery, cucumber, kale, ginger or whatever fresh veggies I have in my fridge.
4. Try to eat at least 33% of your diet as RAW uncooked vegetables, sprouted grains, sprouted legumes and sprouts such as sunflower and pea. I am on the extreme side of this rule getting about 80% of my diet from RAW food. Raw vegetables are powerhouse nutrition with all of their natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes intact and not removed by cooking. One way to achieve this 33% raw rule is to add raw food at every meal. ie., breakfast smoothie with fresh kale, green salads and/or raw veggies with lunch and dinner. As mentioned in suggestion number 3, a glass of fresh pressed veggie juice on a daily basis bumps up your intake of raw food.
5. ELIMINATE OR REDUCE GLUTEN. Gluten is highly allergenic. It causes so many digestive problems and behavioural issues. Best if you just avoid it. With todays inclusion of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in our food supply… food allergies are on the increase. Gluten is one of the biggest culprits for food sensitivity. Foods just aren’t what they use to be. Now with this point…I would like to add….be careful when shopping for products advertising “Gluten Free”. That does not mean that the product is good for you. Learn to read labels and become familiar with what is right and what is wrong about all ready- made products.
6. AVOID ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS of all kinds. They are chemicals. Deadly neurotoxins. They are not enhancing your health at all. Just STOP consuming them.
7. Drink lots of PURE WATER. Not tap water or water from plastic bottles. Pure spring water is the best. The best source is to find a spring in your area and take your glass jugs to the source. Fill them up and use that water for drinking. Tap water is full of flouride, pharmaceutical drug residue, chemicals etc. and plastic bottled water is generally just tap water, stored in plastic bottles it is also full of the toxins from the plastic. For help finding a spring near you go to www.findaspring.com. This is an excellent website with spring water sources around the globe. If you know of a spring that is not listed on this site then there is a way that you can add it to the list.
8. Limit FRUCTOSE to 25 grams a day. This includes fructose from fruit. I suggest 5 – 8 servings of fruit per week. Some of us live on fruit thinking it is healthy…don’t get me wrong….it is healthy….but it has a lot of fructose which in essence…to your body and metabolism is “sugar”.
9. Stop consuming REFINED SUGAR. Sugar is the fuel for inflammation and disease….especially cancer cells. There are many studies proving that cancer cells feed on sugar. Sugar is in everything processed. Watch out for HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. It is cheap sugar. Food processors use it in everything!!!
10. Instead of using vegetable oils and margarines in your diet swap them for healthy fats such as cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, and good quality coconut oil. Raw butter or ghee is far better than margarine.
11. Balance your Omega 3 to Omega 6 ratio. Take a good Omega 3 supplement such as Krill Oil. Most people on this planet are over-saturated with Omega 6 fats which are heavy in processed foods and trans fats. You need to balance your ratio of essential fatty acids.
12. Bump up your Vitamin D3 levels. Get out in the sun every day if you can….just 30 minutes of sunshine on your face, arms and legs will give you the Vitamin D3 that your body needs. At last resort you can take an oral Vitamin D3 supplement. Studies show that 75% of the population is deficient in this important vitamin. MS and cancer are just a few of the diseases being linked to Vitamin D deficiency so get your D3 up to the levels your body needs. At your next physical ask your doctor to test your levels of D in your blood test. (D2 is synthetic, D3 is the real thing when looking at supplements)
I sincerely hope that you can implement some of these suggestions into your health plan. One step at a time. As you increase your attention to healthy eating it gets easier and it just makes sense!