I've gotten into healthy eating lately, and I came across this excellent post by Donna Holt. If you don't know Donna, she was diagnosed with a terminal respiratory illness years ago, and was on death's door before she decided to try some fairly radical dietary changes. It worked miraculously for her, and her quality of life skyrocketed. Here is her food regime in a nut shell. — The Lizard
Here are 9 foods that radically transformed my body and healed me of terminal lung disease, allowing me to experience vibrant health:
1. Fresh, green vegetables.
I focus my diet around plant foods, especially fresh green vegetables, which are high in micronutrients. I choose bitter greens such as mustard greens, collard greens, broccoli, arugula, spinach and kale. (And opt for organic wherever possible.)
I make healing broths and soups that are easy to digest, steam them served with a dash of seasalt and fresh lemon juice, or eat them fresh in summer salads.
I make a healing tonic by juicing half a cucumber and a couple of celery stalks with some pineapple, pears or apples and half lemon – yum!
2. Organic protein.
As I began to heal and build my strength, I turned my attention to stabilizing my blood sugars and energy levels. Protein-rich foods helped!
I eat grass-fed organic meat, wild salmon, organic greek yogurt, and organic eggs. Quinoa, almonds, almond butter, seaweed, micro-algae, E3 Live, Warrior protein powder, hemp products, and organic chia seeds provide excellent vegetarian options.
3. Extra-virgin cold-pressed, organic olive and coconut oils.
Fresh, organic oils are very tasty, beautifully rich in aroma and fragrance. It's important to know that all oils should have a "best-before" date, so always use fresh oils well before this date.
Olive and coconut oils can be used to make a wide array of healthy salad dressings, drizzled over steamed vegetables or used for dipping. You can use organic, extra-virgin coconut oil for making sweet treats. Unlike other oils, when placed in the fridge or freezer, coconut oil will go hard and set.
4. Seeds: Sesame, sunflower, chia, pumpkin seeds…
There are such a wide variety of delicious seeds available. Each kind of seed has its own distinct flavor and can be used to add variety to your cooking.
When you are healing, grind them up to make them easier on your digestion. I grind linseed, sunflower and almond seeds to make LSA, which I use on everything! Sprinkle them on salads or add to breakfast smoothies and cereal.
5. Honey (or unrefined sugar substitute).
Sweets are an important part of the 4 tastes of the palate: sweet, salty, savory and bitter but should be eaten sparingly. Always look for unrefined sugar. Organic honey in it’s natural form is the healthiest choice and delicious as a natural sweetener. Other vegetarian alternatives are stevia, coconut sugar, maple syrup (Grade B only) or coconut nectar. Best to opt for organic brands to minimize the processing. Avoid highly refined processed sugar and zero-calorie sugar substitutes like aspartame, equal and nutra-sweet as these are toxic for your body.
6. Lemons (or limes).
These little gems made this list because fresh lemons are so versatile. I like to start my day by drinking a detoxifying warm lemon water drink by squeezing a quarter of a lemon into a big glass of warm filtered water. Try lemons cut into wedges and squeezed over salads and soups for extra flavor and yummy zing!
7. Sea salt.
Real sea salt is unrefined salt which has been taken directly from the sea and dehydrated by the sun, forming a beautiful crystalline structure. It's ultra rich in micronutrients and totally delicious.
If you haven’t made the switch from using highly refined, regular, white table salt to natural sea-salt yet, I urge you to do so today. You can substitute sea-salt for table salt in both your savory and sweet cooking. Your health, your body and your taste buds truly will thank you for it!
Using either fresh or dried herbs can transform your cooking as they add new taste sensations to your food. They can take your cooking from every day food to something quite gourmet. Buy your herbs straight from a greengrocers or local food market. For the adventurous, try growing your own! Some of my favorites are fresh parsley, coriander, basil, and dill.
9. Apple cider vinegar (ACV).
If you want to quickly improve your digestive health, then try apple cider vinegar. I highly recommend the brand Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider vinegar, which is affordable and delicious. Use it daily in combination with (or as a substitute for) lemon juice as an alkalizing drink. Or use it to make a tasty salad dressing by blending it with some olive oil, herbs, and a sprinkle of sea-salt.
With the exception of a few other veggies and fruits I, personally, avoid eating almost anything that is not on this list. I should add that restoring my health was as much about eliminating foods not on this list from my diet as it was about adding these foods to my diet.
Give yourself the gift of vibrant health today by stocking up on these healthy-kitchen must haves. When your kitchen is stocked with foods that are healthy, you will be more inclined to create healthy snacks and meals for yourself.
A healthy kitchen = a healthy you!