Saturday, August 02, 2014
Food Decisions... Lower carb with an emphasis on lighter proteins and increased alkalinity.
With all my reading on nutrition, all the diets I have tried throughout the years, and knowing my own favourite foods and appetites, I have come to the point where I need to choose how I am going to change my eating habits for a lifetime, and what foods I will choose to eat and what I will avoid, albeit sometimes reluctantly. The doctor has spoken. My fat is dangerous and I have to face up to the changes needed.
So what to choose? And why?
I do believe that a version of low carb is healthy and the best way of losing weight and maintaining it. However, having done the Atkins diet for some years, losing a good amount of weight but putting on even more when I started longing for forbidden foods, I have an innate wariness about low carb diets. Mostly it is because of the acidic foods which include all animal flesh which is the mainstay of most low carb dieters. It certainly was for me.
Needless to say, I ate mostly meats and indulged in creamy sauces of all kinds that were legal on whatever low carb I was doing. I ate a lot of cheese and nuts because I could. I was allowed to.
No more of that. The mucus properties of such a high protein diet have led to a highly mucus filled system that is struggling with digestion. In order to cleanse my body from excess mucus I have chosen the following foods which consist mostly of alkaline foods.
80% of the diet:
Fresh vegetables and a little fruit; raw green smoothies, salads, soups and cooked vegetables. Sprouts for their protein content. Herb teas, lemon juice and water, ginger tea, water.
20% of the diet:
Soaked nuts and seeds for their protein and fibre content
Mildly acid quinoa and alkaline millet for their protein and fibre
Some lentils and a little of the legume family
Minimal fish, free range eggs and chickens, grass-fed beef, venison, organic pork and lamb
No grains except for quinoa and millet
No dairy except for full fat home-made Greek yoghurt
That’s about it. Lower carb with an emphasis on lighter proteins and increased alkalinity. This is my decision that I will work hard to uphold. The biggest thing that I will miss is cream. (Don't even mention bread, it might bring on the tears!) I will work it into my “indulge days” once in a blue moon. One has to have one of those every now and then otherwise you might just go off your rocker!