EAT AS MUCH WHOLE FOOD AS YOU WANT, AS OFTEN AS YOU WANT!
You can, and should, eat as many life-giving whole foods as you want, as often as you want them. Don’t weigh and measure, go hungry, or deprive yourself. Listen to your body and eat, eat, eat them!
When you make these nutrient-dense foods the overwhelming majority of your diet, amazing things begin to happen in your body, and in your life!
You start looking and feeling so much better that people around you don’t just notice the improvement; they want to know what you’re doing, so they can do it, too!
Eating whole plant foods infuses you with youth, life, wholeness, and vitality, because they’re full of the exact fuel your body needs to function at your highest and healthiest capacity!
You don’t have to worry about your weight, because there’s nothing wrong with, or fattening about, filling your body with whole-food whenever and wherever it says “Feed me! Feed me!”
NOW, ABOUT CHEATS & TREATS!
Everyone cheats, and everyone needs treats now and then (although they lose a lot of their importance and allure when you’ve been whole-food whole for a couple of months, or so).
As long as almost everything you eat on a daily basis is a whole food, and you’re drinking your alkaline water and taking your super supplements, you can comfortably eat a very small amount of foods that aren’t whole, including:
- Meats, cheeses, eggs, etc. (One caveat here: for cancer protection, keep your animal-product consumption at less than 5% of your diet.)
- Breads, cookies, candies, cakes, pies, etc. (Sugar addicts beware! If you eat any of these, you may trigger a binge and/or intense withdrawal symptoms. Go for whole-wheat breads and whole-grain cereals flavored with sugar-free fruit preserves, instead.)
- Processed cereals, crackers, pancakes, and other flour products.
You get the picture! The important thing to understand here is that when your body consistently receives an abundance of the nutrients and phyto-nutrients it needs, it has the resources to deal with occasional “cheats and treats.” (By the way, I use the terms “phyto-nutrients” and “mini-nutrients” interchangeably throughout this program.)
As an Enhancement: I tend to use my personal “cheating allowance” primarily for sauces and dressings to enhance my whole-food experience. In my opinion (which will buy you a delicious cup of coffee at Starbucks, as long as you also have $4.85) this is a smart way to make your daily whole-food experience delightful and rewarding, while avoiding many of the problems associated with bigger cheats and treats, like cake, ice cream, pizza, etc. As a Social Safety Net: At times, social pressures to have a piece of wedding cake or try “this” or “that,” made by a friend or loved one can be exceptionally strong and create uncomfortable situations. Unless you are a sugar addict, for whom even one piece can set off a sugar binge, go ahead and have some, if you want it! (A small piece, mind you!) Just make the rest of your day whole-food whole.
As a Decadence Allowance: If you like, you can do as my friend Joanna does and enjoy a really decadent treat on the weekend, like a hamburger and fries, some pizza, or a giant chocolate sundae. (Just be prepared for possible tummy troubles, especially as your body becomes cleaner and freer of the toxins it’s used to encountering on a regular basis right now! This seems to be especially true when it comes to cheeses and other dairy products. I find I can’t get away with it when I am truly “whole-food whole,” otherwise.)
Here, I want to offer a special thanks to John Allen Mollenhauer, lifestyle coach and founder of MyTrainer.com, who introduced me to this powerful concept (and many others!) years ago and changed my life.
ABOUT CERTAIN CONTROVERSIAL OR “BORDERLINE” FOODS
I have included a few soy products in your whole-food list because they are protein- and calcium- rich substitutes for meat, and because they must be processed to be safely eaten, anyway. Their nutrient value and practical usefulness are substantial enough to convince me to make the exception almost every whole-food expert would encourage me to make here. (By the way, I eat quite a bit of soy, myself.)
Eating a serving of fresh fish every week or two is a relatively nutrient-rich decision some people find very helpful in sustaining a primarily animal-free diet.
Many people include honey in their whole-food lifestyle. In my experience, this is a mistake, especially for those sensitive to sugar. Honey is an animal product and basically liquid sugar. More to the point: while it has some nutritional value, it is not a nutrient-rich food, and it plays havoc with your energy and mood (like all concentrated sugars). People with sugar-addiction problems should avoid honey. People who don’t have sugar-addiction problems should simply treat honey the way they treat sugar: as a cheat or a treat.
If you include honey in your whole food diet and find yourself turning to it more and more, please strongly consider weaning yourself off of it and using Stevia (a relatively gentle artificial sweetener) as a substitute.
Olive Oil (Extra-Virgin)
Olive oil is, strictly speaking, a processed food. However, it is filled with essential fatty acids and powerful antioxidants. Olive oil is also very alkaline-promoting and soothing to the stomach. And probably most important: it serves a rich purpose in most whole-food lifestyles by enhancing many dishes and making many recipe options a possibility. So, I have included it in your whole-food list, as a complement to your nutrient-dense choices.
A FEW WORDS FROM THE EXPERTS…
“There is, in fact, very little evidence of normal skin aging before age fifty. What passes for aging is mostly sun damage, or photoaging… How can we protect ourselves from this destruction? We can avoid sunburn and stay out of the sun, but there is no way to avoid it completely, nor would we want to. What is more important is a chemical reaction that occurs in the body [excessive free radical production]. Foods can help protect us from free radicals. A menu of vegetables, fruits, grains, and beans provides beta-carotene, vitamins C and E, and selenium. These foods not only help neutralize and eliminate free radicals by keeping fat and iron intake at appropriate levels and providing omega-3 fatty acids that are more stable than those in fish products. What were once thought of as modest foods are actually enormously powerful foods for health.” Neal Barnard, MD Food for Life
“Even most people of normal weight are unhealthy, although the often don’t know it. Modern medicine tells them to accept headaches, stomach distress, body pain, fatigue, arthritis, and thousands of other common ailments as inevitable symptoms that afflict an aging population. Yet these ailments, like being overweight and obesity, are the direct result of a terrible diet. Economics is largely to blame for this state of affairs. A powerful trillion dollar food industry bombards us with messages calculated to make us eat more and more of the worst possible food. Packaged food companies, such as General Foods and Proctor & Gamble, employ some of the best and brightest minds to study customer psychology and demographics… No expense is spared to hit every psychological button that matters to the target market.” Paul Zane Pilzer