Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Some folks have asked about the diet my Naturopath has me on - here it is:
Try and eat only organically grown foods as they reportedly have 2-5X more nutrients and will decrease exposure to pesticides. There is no restriction on the amount of food you can eat. The foods listed are only examples of food to eat. Try to compose meals of approximately 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% healthy fats. Try not to eat any 1 food more than 5 times a week. Plan your meals ahead of time and try to find at least 10 recipes you enjoy.
The primary reason for using steamed vegetables is that steaming improves the utilization or the 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.
Eat a variety of any and all vegetables (except tomatoes, potatoes) that you can tolerate. Choosing an assortment of colors will assure needed nutrients, as each color represents a different composition of bioflavonoids, vitamins and minerals. It is best to try and eat mostly the lower carbohydrate (3, 6%) vegetables.
3%- asparagus, bean sprouts, beet greens, broccoli, red & 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
Add your favorite spices to enhance the taste of these vegetables
Eat one to two cups of cooked grains per day of those that you tolerate. Unless you have indications of high insulin levels as such being overweight, having high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes
Allowed grains include: amaranth, barley, buckwheat, millet, oatmeal, quinoa, basmati or brown rice, rye, teff
Other grain foods that may be eaten are rice crisps and wasa crackers.
Eat a variety of any legumes that you are able to tolerate. Soak for 48-72 hours and cook slowly:
Split peas, lentils, kidney beans, pinto beans, fermented soy (tempeh or miso), mung beans, garbanzo beans, aduki and azuki beans.
Poach, bake, steam, or broil deep-sea ocean (vs. farmed) fish (cod, haddock, halibut, mackerel, sardines, summer flounder, wild Pacific salmon) is preferred- no shellfish (shrimp, lobster, crab, clam)
Eat only the meat not the skin of free-range or organically grown chicken/turkey. Bake, broil or steam.
Buffalo, venison, elk, free ranged lamb and grass fed beef are OK
Eat only 1 or 2 pieces of practically any fruit except citrus. If possible, it is preferred to eat fruit baked (such as backed apple or pear). Like the vegetables, try to eat mostly the low calorie fruit. 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, rice syrup, barley syrup, raw honey or stevia. Use ONLY with meals- don’t cook with honey
Absolutely no sugar, NutraSweet, Sweet and Low or any other sweetener is allowed.
Seeds and Nuts:
Grind flax, pumpkin, sesame or sunflower seeds and add them to steamed vegetables, cooked grains etc. You may also eat nut and seed butters- almond, Brazil, cashew, sesame, pumpkin etc.
For butters, mix together 1 pound of organic butter and 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil (from a new dark jar). Whip at room temperature and store in the refrigerator.
Use extra virgin olive oil for all other situations requiring oil.
To add a delightful flavor to your food choices, add whatever spices you enjoy.
A minimum of 6-8 glasses of spring, bottled, filtered or reverse-osmosis filtered water every day. Drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily. Sip the water; try to drink 1 glass per hour. A few drops of chlorophyll will add a pleasant taste. No distilled water, no ice.
Small amounts of soy, rice or oat milk are allowed ONLY on cooked grains or in cooking.
For the time being, AVOID the following foods:
all animal milks, all animal cheeses, all corn products
commercial eggs (organic OK) potatoes- red or white, tomatoes, all wheat products including breads, white flour, all fruit juices, any processed food, fried foods, alcohol, citrus fruits, all caffeinated teas, coffee, peanuts/ peanut butter
meat- red meat if not grass fed (beef, pork)
She also has me taking several herbal and vitamin supplements and omega 3 and 6 oils.