My philosophy on nutrition is one that supports the body for day to day activities and for healthy exercise and play. Please look under exercise & play for more descriptions on this. Some of these are bad for obvious reason (ie sugar, flour) and some seem to stir up some questions.
I utilize diet/nutrition as a ‘healing’ source and also for providing nutrients for support for function and recovery. The reason rice or legumes is a ‘do-not’ is simply due to the variants in all of us. In other words, some of us can digest legumes more efficiently than others. For those that have no problem with legumes, dairy might be difficult for you and vice versa for those who have difficulty digesting legumes, dairy may not bother you.
Either way you must understand that some things that do actually bother you on a cellular level may not present with signs other than lethargy and /or bloating. These are signs that your body is struggling with digestion. So, the goal is to clean up all possible threats to your system and allow it to heal in and of itself. When it pertains to grains and bran’s, the idea here is to eliminate allergic responses.
Most of you know someone or have heard of someone that has, or is, ‘gluten intolerant’. This is a protein that originates from grain & wheat and can cause gut irritation or inflammation of the digestive tract, for that reason I recommend to just eliminate them for a couple weeks and see how you feel. Some call this a “cleanse diet” but it actually is just a daily way of eating. The cleaner the food the less likely it will cause irritation within the digestive tract, plain and simple. I often tell patients to give me just 14 days, and see how you feel. How you feel is a great indication that your nutrition is providing all your body needs on a daily basis to function at an optimal level no matter what you are doing. After the 2 week period if you are happy with how you feel and look, then stick with it and enjoy. If you feel good but would prefer to add a few things, then simply introduce 1 item each week and again, see how you feel. If you feel sluggish, tired, bloated or nausea’s then that item is probably aggravating your digestive tract and you would be better served to let go of it forever. The diet outline below basically covers all the nutrients you would need day to day.
For nutrition the basic outline is to focus on:
• Grass fed beef
• Free range chicken & eggs
• Wild caught fish & shellfish
• Coconut Oil, milk & unsweetened flakes
• Olive oil
• Some nuts & seeds: Macadamia & walnuts are ideal
NOTE: Prefer organic and raw – again this is ideal
Veggies: (Organic Preferred)
NOTE: Frozen veggies are not ideal, however I recommend always having a few bags on had just in case. We cannot always plan ahead for unforeseen situations.
Fruits & Berries (Organic Preferred)
• Nut flours
Choices: Almond or Pecan
• Nut butters
Choices: Almond preferred or Cashew
Important: NO peanut butter
NOTE: Not bad – but limit amounts per day and take days off so you don’t build a tolerance to it.
• Green Tea
NOTE: Better than coffee, but will not give you the kick needed.
o Great if you are trying to wean yourself off of coffee due to overuse.
o These will become your savor so enjoy.
• Be wary of certain brands that will add chemicals and other substances that have nothing to do with ‘spices’ to the bottle for filler. Farmers markets are great for these.
Now for the do NOT’s:
• ALL grains & flour products
Examples: Breads/ grains / cookies/ cake/ scones/ tortillas / pastries…etc…..
• ALL sugars
Examples: Soda’s / capri suns / jamba juice / naked juices….etc…..
• Artificial sweeteners
• potato’s / corn / beans / rice
• All processed foods
NOTE: If there are more ingredients on the label than in your personal name and address, put it down and walk away!
NOTE: YES dairy. I know, how bad can milk, yogurt or cheese be. It is based on an allergic response not a ‘good v. bad’ idea. This is something that most re-introduce after the 14-day initial period. Please try no dairy for 2 weeks and see how you feel and then re-introduce and see how you feel after. Chances are you will do just fine, but try it and see.