NUTRITIVE SUPPORT: Supports the body to heal, repair, restore,revitalize, and balance for those who suffer from autoimmune disease.
Daily Food Group Ratio: 60% vegetables, 15% fruits, 10% beans, 10% gluten-free grains, 5% nuts and seeds (30 days). (This is absolutely the most important part of the entire protocol.
Let food by thy medicine, and medicine be thy food. Morning Drink: 8 fluid oz every morning upon arising. Lemon/Cayenne/Ginger/Honey mix upon arising. Helps complete elimination cycle, improves circulation, improves immune function, helps lower cholesterol, improves cardiovascular health, and supports weight loss. (This is a lovely drink. Not only do I enjoy it, I look forward to having it in the mornings with my supplements.).
Daily Water Quota: 60 oz purified water daily (MINUS water is taken with supplements, teas, morning drink, etc. (This is my personal quota based on my weight. You can meet your own quota by drinking 1/2 oz of water per pound of body weight. It’s a lot of drinking, and a lot of peeing, as a result. But I really do feel much better when properly hydrated.)
let food be thy medicine 4.
FOODS TO EMPHASIZE:
Antidepressant Foods: Organic raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, asparagus, avocados, cashews, walnuts, garlic, green tea, oatmeal, flax seed, wild salmon, parsley, organic carrot juice. Vitamin E Foods: (Antioxidants, cardiovascular health, circulation, oxygenation.).
Excellent sources of Vitamin E include spinach, turnip greens, and chard. Very good sources of Vitamin E include mustard greens, cayenne pepper, sunflower seeds, almonds, bell peppers, asparagus. Good sources of Vitamin E include organic turnip greens, organic kale, tomatoes, cranberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, papaya, organic raspberries, organic carrots. Manganese-Rich Foods: (Plays a major role in the functioning of brain and nerves, supports endocrine system and gland function, and necessary for metabolism of proteins and fats.).
Raspberries, pineapple, grapes, beetroot, garlic, green beans, peppermint, oats, nuts, watercress, organic mustard greens, organic strawberries, organic blackberries, tropical fruits, lettuce, organic spinach, blackstrap molasses, cloves, turmeric, leeks, bananas, organic cucumbers, kiwis, figs, organic carrots, green vegetables, brown rice, coconut, almonds, hazelnuts. Brain Foods: Almonds, avocados, bananas, garlic, chickpeas, dulce, blackstrap molasses, carrots, leeks, beets, brown rice, quinoa, millet, dark leafy greens (kale, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, chard, spinach), organic strawberries, blueberries, sage, Swiss chard, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, black beans, cashews, seaweed, green beans, navy beans, tempeh, flax-seed, onions, peppermint tea, pumpkin seeds.
Flax Seed: 2+ tablespoons, fresh ground, daily. Strengthens and balances immune system normalizes inflammatory response, strengthens cardiovascular health, helps with digestion/constipation, improves mental focus and clarity, helps fight depression, stress, and PMS, high in protein, a rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, improves brain health, anti-microbial and anti-cancer properties. Antimicrobial Foods: 2 raw garlic cloves, onions regularly. Let food be thy medicine 6.
FOODS TO ELIMINATE FOR A NATURAL DETOX/CLEANSE:
No Whites: no white sugar, white flour, white bread, white table salt. Bread substitutions include Ezekiel bread, gluten-free bread, whole wheat bread made from unbleached flours, sourdough bread. Sugar substitutions include stevia, pure maple syrup, raw honey, blackstrap molasses, rice syrup.
Salt substitutions include unrefined sea salts, like Celtic, Atlantic, or Himalayan. Rice substitutes include black rice, jasmine rice, basmati rice, millet, quinoa.
No Dairy: Milk, cheese, ice cream. Substitutions include Almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, occasional goat milk/cheese, feta cheese. No Refined Oils, Trans Fats, Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated Oils: Substitutions include: olive oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, avocado oil, palm oil. Use coconut or palm oil for high temperature cooking.
No Flesh Foods For 30 Days: No red or white meat, seafood, or fish. Substitutions include mushrooms, tempeh, beans, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, other nuts, and seeds.
No Fried Foods: No processed foods, GMO foods, junk foods, fast foods, or foods with artificial flavoring, coloring, or preservatives. (This eliminates nearly everything the majority of the population is eating about 90% of the time.).
No soda, coffee, or caffeine: Substitutes: MOSTLY WATER! Others include herbal teas, Tazo chai, Teeccino, Erzotz, Postum, Catfix, Pitaya, Mama Chia, Celestial Kombucha, Kavita, The Republic of Tea, Isse Esque, Taste Nirvana. No Peanuts, Corn, or Soy: Other nuts and seeds are fine. Avoid Or Severely Limit Alcoholic Beverages keep calm and let food be thy medicine.
So, you might look at the title of this post, and think, “30 days!? I could never go that long without eating ________ (fill in the blank)!” Or, perhaps you might think, “30 days!? That’s nothing. I go much longer without eating __________ (fill in the blank)!” The truth is that the longer I continued with the detox diet, and continued learning about the ways of natural medicine.
I realized that this is a change that, if I am serious about improving my health continually, I will make and continue this diet for the rest of my life. I think it would be much more appropriate to call it 30 days of “withdrawals”, as opposed to “detox”.
I say that because the detox only lasts if one continues to refrain from re-poisoning themselves with the non-healthy food choices which are so readily available to our society. Otherwise, one would repeat withdrawals each time this diet is attempted.
“How were my withdrawals”, you ask? Well, for me, you can fill in the first blank in the paragraph above with “cheese”. This was the very hardest part of this journey for me. I’m a freaking cheese addict. I didn’t realize until I began to proceed with this diet how addicted I am to cheese. I have put it on nearly everything I’ve eaten since I’ve been alive. I love it, and it loves me. We cannot live without each other.
Cheese really does make everything better to me. Also, at night before bed, I found myself craving sugar and carbohydrates. This one was likely a stress response craving, according to my naturalist, because I can take the sweets or leave them. They aren’t that appealing to me.
The good news is that once I powered through the hard part with the cheese withdrawals, (I only cheated like one tiny time – I swear!), the cravings eased up on me, and then eventually all but went away. And I found that, just like any other powerful drug, when I cheated, it made it harder not to cheat again. I did much better when I stayed away from it altogether. And the longer I went without eating it all, the easier it got to stay away. If I start to cheat too much, my cravings will return with a vengeance.
Feed or fight disease.
LIFESTYLE AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES:
Chewing: It is CRITICAL to chew each bite of food until it is liquid before swallowing. This aids your body in proper digestion. Water With Meals: Limit to a maximum of 4 ounces of water or tea with meals. This prevents dilution of the stomach acid and aids in proper digestion.
Exercise: At least 5 days per week, 30-60 minutes each day, alternating days between cardiovascular and strength/resistance exercises. Be sure to include a few minutes of stretching.
Get at least 15 minutes a day of fresh sunshine (no sunscreen) whenever possible. Creates a reserve of energy in muscles and nerves, improves metabolic functions, brain function, and nerve function, etc… Also, the sunshine creates Vitamin D within our bodies, which many of us are deficient in, due to wearing sunscreen and working indoors most of the day.
Cookware: Use only glass, enamel coated cast iron or stainless steel cookware. Store in a glass as much as possible. Do not use aluminum foil or aluminum cookware.
Drinking Water: Avoid drinking water from plastic bottles, or only drink from BPA-free plastic if necessary. Use stainless steel water canteens filled with filtered water to transport your water. Learn to drink water room temperature. Avoid tap water when filtered is available.
Avoid Using The Microwave: Instead, plan and prepare your meals enough in advance so that you can use an oven or convection oven to cook and/or re-heat food.
eat to live don’t live to eat.