To transition easily into a healthy lifestyle:
1. Eat less of what makes you feel worse 2. Eat more of what makes you feel better
Foods that nourish and cleanse you:
Raw fruits and vegetables
Soaked nuts and seeds
Sprouted grains, legumes and seeds
Chlorophyll-rich and colorful natural foods
Naturally fermented foods
Naturally raised meats, poultry and eggs if you eat them
Raw and organic dairy products if tolerated
Foods that harm you:
Caffeine and tannins
Dyes and food colorings
Hormones in animal products
Fried foods and all heated oils
Genetically modified foods
Most soy-based products
Processed animal products
The trick is to balance every meal with 30% protein foods, 30% good oils, and 40% high quality carbohydrates.
A meal should include:
30% proteins to rebuild
30% fats to sustain
40% carbohydrates (plant foods) to nourish and cleanse the body
Protein sources for a vegan include nuts, seeds, seaweeds, algae, sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes.
Animal proteins include grass-fed, organically-raised beef, mutton, lamb, or wild game; organic, free-range poultry and eggs; wild-caught fish from clean waters; and raw dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, kefir) if well tolerated.
You can soak and sprout beans and lentils, or soak and cook them with seaweed to improve digestibility.
Soaking nuts and seeds breaks down enzyme inhibitors so you can digest them better.
Protein digestion is related to sleep hormones. If you’re having trouble sleeping, reduce the amount of proteins eaten and increase their quality.
The main job of the pancreas is to digest proteins. If the pancreas is not doing its job, proteins don’t get digested and they can cause allergic reactions and autoimmune dysfunctions.
Fat sources include coconuts, avocados, olives, nuts & seeds, and cold-pressed oils.
The first two hours after a meal, carbs keep you going. After that, fats and oils provide the energy.
Have 3-4 different high-quality; cold-pressed oils on hand – coconut, hemp, olive, sunflower, sesame, flax, avocado. Avoid Canola, corn, and “vegetable” oils.
Fat and oil digestion is related to the awake hormones. If you’re falling asleep in the afternoons you’re probably not getting the right kind of fats and oils, or you’re eating so frequently that your body doesn’t have time to digest them. Eating too frequently prevents the body from burning fat.
Your body cannot learn how to digest bad fats and oils. If you burp oil, you’re not digesting it. Choose another good oil to see if it works better for you.
You cannot lose weight in a healthy manner without good fats and oils.
Carbohydrate sources include fruits, vegetables, legumes, sprouts, and grains.
For maximum health eat raw veggies with a small amount of fruit as your entire carbohydrate intake.
Don’t focus on fruits.
Eat melons on an empty stomach.
Eat at least a small portion of dark green leafy vegetables twice each day.
Sweet potatoes are better than other potatoes. But avoid white, thin-skinned potatoes.
All grains need to be soaked, and preferably sprouted. You can make or buy breads made with sprouted grains, either baked or dehydrated.
Raw and Fermented Foods
Eat a diet of 70-80% raw foods to use food and food alone to heal your body. Cows get calcium and protein from greens, but they have multiple stomachs for digestion. It helps to marinate our greens for pre-digestion. See recipe for basic marinated greens at the bottom of this page. If you’re not marinating, use lemon and oil as your dressing or dipping sauce to help improve digestion, and chew thoroughly. Eat fresh raw foods and living foods every day. Living foods are fermented, cultured, or sprouted foods: high quality yogurt, kefir, cultured vegetables, marinated vegetables, natural pickles, and sprouts of all sorts.
Many people improve dramatically when they practice proper food combination rules:
Don’t mix proteins and starches in the same meal
Eat melon alone
It also might help to avoid starchy foods until your health is significantly improved. Starchy foods would be white potatoes, most grain products, and most processed foods found in packages in the center of the grocery store.
Colors of the Rainbow — some colors are better than others.
The most important food color is RED. Cayenne, cranberries, cherries, pomegranate (not the pasteurized juice sold in bottles), beets, red chard, raw tomatoes, red fruits, paprika, red bell peppers, etc. Rescue remedies frequently call for concentrated cranberry or cherry juice as they are easily used by the body.
Next is GREEN. Eat kale, collards, spinach, Swiss chard, seaweeds, dandelion greens, parsley, cilantro, and just about anything else that is edible, dark green, and leafy. Make sure you add lemon, vinegar and oil to help digest them. Sprouts allowed to turn green (alfalfa, clover, etc.) are also considered greens. Rescue remedies use liquid chlorophyll (found in a health food store, but don’t get mint flavored versions unless you really like mint) but juicing your own greens is good too.
Third is PURPLE. Sea vegetables, purple cabbage, purple kohlrabi, purple kale, eggplant, prickly pear, and any purple fruits — make sure you eat the purple parts.
Many people get into a rut in their diet by eating the same foods all the time. Variety is important! Eat all the colors of the rainbow.
In case you hadn’t noticed, white (white sugar, white flour, white pasta, white bread) isn’t in the rainbow. However, garlic, and onions are good foods, high in natural MSM. And cauliflower is excellent raw.
Detoxing, Cleansing, Hydration, and Fasting
While transitioning to a healthier diet you may have side effects and cravings. Don’t give in to the bad cravings! There is a difference between a good craving and a bad craving. Bad cravings could be for dairy products (ice cream, cheese, milk), simple carbohydrates (pasta, sweets, candy, sweetened drinks, breads, baked goods), or tannins (coffee, cola, tea, chocolate, anything with artificial red food dyes, all tobacco products). Good cravings would be for a moderate amount of fruit in season, vegetables, legumes (hummus!), water with lemon juice, or other foods that you know are good for you. Be sensitive to what your body is telling you. Keep your bowels moving with raw foods at every meal. As you add more nutritious raw foods to your diet, you’ll find you don’t crave bad foods as much anymore. It will be easier to eliminate (or at least cut back on) foods that are harmful. It is fairly easy to find a healthy raw food to substitute for nearly any craving.