All foods are not created equally. Natural food diets like The Stupid Diet (www.envita.com), The Hauser Diet (www.hauserdiet.com), and other healthful diets focus on knowing the difference., and choosing quality and nutrition. Avoiding one white food at a time( flour, sugar, fat, potatos, and salt) is a great place to begin a natural foods diet and lifestyle.
The same food can often help you or hurt you, depending on how it is grown or raised, and how processed it is. Your goal on a natural foods diet is to eliminate foods and beverages that contain toxins, and increase stress on the digestive and immune system.
Follow the guidelines below and your body will thank you by functioning more efficiently, regulating it’s weight and increasing energy and stamina.
Meats: Choose grass-fed, and antibiotic and hormone free meats and poultry. Some brand names who follow some or all of these guidelines are Applegate, Gerber’s Poultry, and Laura’s Lean Beef.
Fish: Choose freshwater or deep ocean varities that are low in mercury. Methylmercury is extremely toxic and very harmful to health. It can be very difficult to eliminate mercury from the body.
Vegetables and Fruits: Choose organically grown, chemical and hormone free fruit. The “dirty-dozen” as reported by USA Today: are those fruits and vegetables that contain the most pesticides. If you can only choose some organic, choose these, or be sure to spray with a natural pesticide remover and wash before eating.
6. Nectarines (imported)
7. Grapes (imported)
8. Sweet bell peppers
12. Kale/collard greens
Fats: Choose Omega 3’s including flax oil such as Foods Alive (www.foodsalive.com). Be aware that although Olive Oil is good for you – especially first cold pressed - it is not meant to be heated. Coconut oil and rice bran oil have higher smoking points and would be better suitable should you occasionally wish to fry food in oil.
Fruit juice – is only recommended on a limited basis due to the sugar concentration. Replacing one piece of whole fruit by removing the fiber and retaining only the sweet extracted juices is not a good trade-off.
Grains – Celiac disease and gluten intolerant are on a rapid increase due to genetically modified grain. It’s best to stick with gluten-free grains for a healthier digestive system, and fewer allergies.
Dairy – is seldom recommended as milk, cheese, butter and yogurt are common allergens that often are disruptive to the digestive system and can be high in sugar. (www.envita.com)