Hi all -- I wanted to SHARE with you the basic dietary guidelines given to me (with approval to post on the site) by my acupuncturist. I find that the more that I stick to this diet, the better I feel.
Eat adequate good protein and good fats, with moderate complex carbohydrates that emphasize vegetables. Good protein sources are wild and low-mercury risk fish or free range chicken, grass fed beef and lamb free of growth hormones and steroids. Other good sources of protein are nuts, seeds, beans, and free-range eggs.
Eat vegetables that are especially alkaline and contain a good amount of water and fiber. They will help to cleanse the body. Eat them steamed or sautéed: examples include Swiss Chard, Kale, Mustard Greens, Broccoli etc…
Buy organic whenever possible. The vitality of this food is much greater than regular supermarket food. Many of the vegetables in regular groceries today are genetically engineered, exposed to radiation, or low in mineral and vitamin content.
Organic fruits should be eaten in the morning and in moderation.
Avoid refined carbohydrates (i.e. white bread, pastries, pasta, chips, donuts, French fries etc..) Learn to eat Whole Grains. Avoid diet sodas and items containing Aspartame or artificial sweeteners.
DO NOT EAT foods containing Trans-Fats aka “partially hydrogenated oils”. Eat only high quality oils i.e. Olive oil or Coconut oil. Butter is preferable to margarine which is a trans-fat.
Buy fresh produce instead of processed or canned. Shop at the farmers market.
Avoid microwaving foods, as this changes their molecular structure. Avoid iced drinks, or always adding ice to beverages.
Drink 6 or more glasses of pure filtered water per day preferably before 7pm.
Take minimal fluids during a meal in order not to dilute gastric juices.
Do not eat late at night. This interferes with the optimal function of eliminatory organs, especially the liver and kidneys, which work hard at night to help us stay balanced by eliminating excess toxic metabolic waste products.
The biggest meal of the day should be lunch; second biggest meal, breakfast; smallest meal, dinner.
Lastly learn to make stocks/broths and take as a daily tonic.
Robert Koagedal L.Ac.
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