In General, For Most Adults (Specific Conditions Require Specific
Reduce or eliminate foods made with flour and refined sugar (including high-fructose, corn syrup, evaporated cane sugar and all the other ‘fancy’ names for refined sugar. In essence this means bread, pasta and most packaged snack foods. Good white sugar substitutes are tupelo honey (won’t spike blood sugar) and xylitol, which is a natural sugar, has 1/3 the calories of white sugar (but is sweeter than white sugar), and – here’s good news – helps reduce plaque on teeth and in arteries. Avoid sodas, even diet sodas, which contain chemicals that often do more damage than sugar.
Reduce intake of butter, cream, cheese, and fatty meats. Avoid all foods with hydrogenated oils, margarine, and vegetable shortening. Use virgin olive oil or canola oil for cooking. Avoid cooking with the microwave, which alters the molecular structure of food. How good could that be? Humans usually discover ‘messing with Nature’ is NOT best for our bodies.
Majority of diet should be whole grains (not whole wheat flour products), beans, squashes, vegetables, sprouts, fruits, nuts, seeds, as much water as your body needs daily. (Urine will be very pale, almost clear when drinking a sufficient amount. When urine is dense and dark, you are not drinking enough. See ALSO Stools in Symptom Relief in Treasure Chest
Brown rice is much more nutritious than white rice (which has little or no nutrition). You can adjust your taste for brown rice by mixing white and brown rice. Start with ¼ brown rice to ¾ white rice and gradually increase proportion of brown rice. (Cooking hint: Stir fry the brown rice first in a little canola oil until kernels of rice turn slightly brown, then add to rice cooker or cooking pot. Brings out the nutty taste of the brown rice.
Protein should be about 20% of daily intake, more when very physically active. Beans, nuts, sun-flower seeds are good sources of protein as are soybeans and peanuts (check for allergies first).
Fiber is necessary for good digestion. Vegetables, whole grains, beans are a good source of fiber. (Note: Those who dislike broccoli will find the stems lack that broccoli taste and are an excellent source of fiber. The same is true of cauliflower although there is less of a stem for cauliflowers.)
***** VERY IMPORTANT TODAY: Soak eggs, fruits, and vegetables (including potatoes) for 5 minutes in a sink of water to which a cap full of REAL Clorox (not a generic brand) has been added, along with 1 TINY drop of dish detergent. Rinse by soaking another 5 minutes in a sink of clear water. Rids eggs of salmonella and rids fruits/ vegetables of chemicals and pesticides. See How To Have A Healthy Immune System.
Keep the body alkaline (this is particularly good advice for those who suffer acid reflux, heartburn, gas and other digestive problems. (To relieve these symptoms instantly, in most cases, stir small spoon of baking soda into a small glass of water and drink down.) If you have trouble digesting protein, especially meats, take some apple cider vinegar just before or after meal. Strips for testing the acid/alkaline state of your body are available at most pharmacies. Proteins (except beans) meats, fats, starches, most nuts, seeds, sweets, and diary products are acidic. Keep these to about 20% of the daily diet. Avoid mixing proteins and fats with carbohydrates. Vegetables, most fruits, whole grains, almonds and beans are alkaline. Always eat all fruits (except pineapple and papaya, which provide their own enzyme activity) alone and wait 20 minutes before eating other foods. The reason? Digestive acids that break down starches, proteins, and carbohydrates cause fruits left in the stomach to putrefy, causing gas. (Pineapple neutralizes these acids.) Chew food thoroughly – until it all but disappears in your mouth. This aids digestion and in maintaining proper weight.
The soil today is depleted of nutrients. Until humans take real measures to correct this or unless you are buying from sources YOU KNOW rotate and replenish their soil, See Suggested Daily Supplements in Health Treasures in this Treasure Chest.