There are so many food fads and diets on the market that many times you can start to feel bombarded with so much conflicting information and obvious misinformation regarding a good healthy diet. You might find yourself thinking things like “everything is bad for me” or “nothing can hurt me”. Both statements are incorrect and there is a balance and truth to be found in caring for your body’s nutritional needs. The following information is provided for you and your children as a general guide to a good, balanced and healthy diet. If you have health problems be sure to consult with your doctor before starting any nutritional plan.
Much of a healthy body is directly related to a healthy digestive system. This has to do with what you eat and when. Good food combining, that is, eating certain foods together at the same meal will allow for optimum absorption and is most kind to the digestive system. Good food combining energizes the body and minimizes the lethargic, heavy or “stuffed” feeling following meals.
Be sure to drink a lot of purified water between meals. Water intake during meals dilutes the digestive juices so it is best to not drink fluids during a meal. Fresh lemon in water helps maintain alkalinity in the body. Herb teas can be substituted as part of your total water intake.
A general overview of a menu that incorporates good food combinations is as follows:
Fresh Fruit Juices
Fresh fruit juice will begin immediate energy wake-up for your body. Juice is best from a juicer made fresh. Also, Blackwelders brand at Publix is fresh squeezed. Any juice should be 100% juice with no preservatives, no added sugar and not pasteurized. A variety of bottled juices can be found at health food stores.
Tender fruits first, such as pears, pineapple, kiwi, banana, plums, peaches. Eat more fibrous fruits later on such as apples, grapes, and citrus.
Carbohydrates for breakfast can be a selection of toast, whole grain muffins, corn muffins, potatoes, whole-grain pancakes, whole-grain waffles. Other good choices are cereals such as Bran Buds, All-Bran, 100% Granola (Mona’s Granola) Raisin Bran, Fruitful Bran, all whole-grain or multi-grain cereals at health food stores. Snack on fruit, small amounts of nuts and seeds up until lunch. Raw pumpkin seeds are excellent for a healthy prostate gland. Any combination of “trail mix” that you mix yourself such as raisins, cranraisins, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit and nuts.
If you have a “weight-loss” goal you will want to choose foods low in sugar, and no white flour. Low sugar fruits are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. Other fruits should be avoided until you reach your weight loss goal or used as a dessert on occasion, such as an apple with peanut butter. I will put () around things that should be limited.
Any combination of these vegetables: raw, dark green leafy lettuces, (carrots), broccoli, green and red and yellow peppers, cucumbers, celery, radishes, red and white cabbage (coleslaw), beets, swiss chard, parsley, spinach, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, sprouts, etc., fresh and dried herbs, seeds, vegetable soup.
Use homemade salad dressings made with olive oil. (White) or sweet potato, lima beans, rice, millet beans, peas, any (pasta salad) (no meat) or vegetable pasta dish, veggie sandwich, grains.
You may switch lunch and dinner around, however it is better to eat your protein at night as it takes longer to digest. It is optimal to not mix carbohydrates and proteins at the same meal. Your protein intake should not exceed the size of your fist. Eat lots of fresh and living foods, these will give life and energy to you.
Choose fibrous vegetables that are steamed, baked, broiled or stir-fried vegetables: (carrots), broccoli, (corn), cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, parsnips, okra, eggplant, onions, turnips, greens, etc.
Protein that comes from yard eggs, cod, bass, sole, salmon, flounder, grouper, sea trout, haddock, mullet, red snapper, whiting wild game, chicken, turkey, lamb, veal, and legumes.
You can snack on fruit, dried fruit, raw seeds and nuts (limited), natural popcorn, apple wedges topped with peanut butter, veggies any combination, hummus dip and any combination of trail mix.