The kitchen this week and harvest from the garden (only organic of course!):
Here is my amazing new eating lifestyle. It is loosely based on the Daniel Diet in the Bible. His was a pulse diet: anything grown from seeds, but because I am doing this long-term as a lifestyle, I’ve allowed for fish & turkey (non-organic), and organic meats when I can find/afford them (trust me, that’s not too often). I have eliminated any kind of pork entirely.
I’ve also allowed for lactose free milk, berry wines (I’m quite sure I’ve developed allergies other alcohols), certain types of bread (sprouted), certain low fat cheeses, and 1 sweet on Saturdays.
I include 45 mins of exercise 5 days a week. For me walking or biking seems to work best.
I also include 3 very large glasses of water per day. I add a touch of lemon to the water b/c it makes the drinking easier for me.
So here is the plan. I have it printed out and on my fridge. I’ve done this before with incredible results to my health. I find having it on the fridge is the best. Whenever I want to eat something, I just look to see if it is in the Can Have list, if it is not, I can’t have it. Simple. And it works for me.
A word of caution: You will probably have headaches and skin blemishes for the first week as you are coming off sugars, and chemicals, but hang in there…the long-term results are amazing and you will feel incredible within ten days. THAT is a promise.
YES (Can have)
Meats Fish or turkey. Or these Organic meats are allowed: Beef, chicken, deer, bear etc.
All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.
All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters. Natural fruit juices (no sugars/preservatives added). Herbal teas. 1 coffee or tea per day with honey& milk, lactose-free milk only, Blackberry or other berried wines.
Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices. Sweeteners: Honey & maple syrup (in moderation)
Dairy products allowed: Goat cheese & Mozzarella cheese, feta on occasion. Other low fat cheese on occasion, Lactose free milk (Kath)
1 sugar/salt snack on Saturdays: (pastry, chocolate bar, chips etc)
NO (Cannot have)
Non-organic meats (unless fish or turkey), this includes no luncheon meats unless turkey or fish.
No pork of any kind.
Dairy products including but not limited to cheese, cream cheese, sour cream, cream, butter, and eggs, yogurt (except sugar-free Greek), milk (except lactose free in coffee + breakfast grains)
Exceptions: Goat cheese, Mozzarella
Sweeteners :including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, molasses, and cane juice.
All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages alcohol(except berry wines), carbonated beverages, no more than one coffee or tea per day (w/honey & milk).
No Sugar/salt snacks (except on Saturdays)
No Processed frozen foods: including, but not limited to, popsicles, frozen pizza, frozen TV diners, etc.