Eating guidelines for those with health challenges

For those of you who are experiencing health issues,
and whether your symptoms are mild,
or if you are feeling in dire straights with issues of cancer, diabetes, hypothyroidism, weight loss or weight gain, or cardiovascular disease
and whether or not you are wisely choosing preemptive steps
and working with health care professionals
–first and foremost– get back to the basics with your diet.

Here are food guidelines to clean up your diet, to detox, rejuvenate, revitalize.

With whatever else you do — following these guidelines, 4 weeks for best results, will surely help change your life in a positive direction.

Here are my suggestions for a 2 to 4-week diet, in no particular order… and btw, each item will eventually have it’s own blog post, so check back soon in order to read more about each item:

  • General food guidelines
    • 100% of your diet ought to be non-GMO foods
    • if possible (based on availability and budget) — consume organic foods, especially produce that is on the ‘Dirty Dozen’ list
    • 90% of your food ought to be grown within a 100-mile radius
    • eat/use coconut oil (refined or raw)
    • get your omega 3s and 6s from food, such as wild-caught fish, seeds and berries (avoid fish oils, omega pills)
    • poultry: eat 100% pasture-raised, feed-free poultry
    • avoid eggs, and any products with eggs
    • red meats: eat 100% grass-fed meats, no “grain finishing”
    • avoid foods with antibiotics, added hormones, nitrates
    • avoid foods with high potential for mycotoxins (mushrooms, peanuts)
    • avoid all soy products
    • when cooking, use only water or broth to cook your foods; use steaming or simmering methods (avoid browned, caramelized foods)
    • avoid heated oils, use olive oil as a finishing condiment, a garnish
    • minimize salt, use sea salt, salt your food at the table if need be
    • avoid food products that have added salt
    • chew your food very, very well (drink your solids, chew your liquids)
    • the majority of your food intake ought to be veggies (raw or cooked)
    • avoid high-glycemic starchy foods
    • eat a lot of blended foods (raw or cooked, veggies or meat)
    • minimize the number of food combinations eaten at one time
    • small portion sizes are best
    • eat your last meal of the day before sunset
    • avoid caffeine and other stimulants
    • avoid all processed sugars
    • eat seasonal fruits, in small amounts along with some sort of fat
    • avoid dried fruits
    • avoid fruit juice (fresh juice, canned or bottled juice)
    • dilute fresh veggie juice with water, with at least a 1:1 ratio
    • avoid fermented foods
  • Peel anything that you are able to
    (blog post coming soon about this topic)
    • carrots
    • broccoli (the thick outer skins)
    • kale, collards, chard (peel the skins of the stems, or avoid the stems all together)
    • cucumbers
    • zucchini
  • avoid the top allergenic foods
    (blog post coming soon about this topic)
    • wheat
    • corn
    • dairy
    • nuts and seeds
    • eggs
    • all foods in the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, all peppers, paprika, goji berries, eggplant)
  • Avoid all grains, including the gluten-free grains  
    (blog post coming soon about this topic)
    • quinoa
    • oatmeal
    • millet
    • buckwheat
    • amaranth
    • teff
  •  Avoid exposure to microbes
    (blog post coming soon about this topic)
    • no deep cleaning
    • no dusting
    • no working in the dirt

After 2 to 3 weeks, reintroduce allergenic foods – VERY SLOWLY, have a plan, have someone monitor you/your symptoms:

(blog post coming soon with details about a “reintroduction diet”)

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