|Me, October 2011|
The health of our families is important to all of us. My family is learning to eat food for good health and striving for fresh, organic, whole foods. What we're doing is working for us and I want to share our findings with you.
2012 started off with a cleanse. We ate fruit, vegetables, and plant-based fats for a week then slowly over 3 more weeks added legumes, gluten-free grains, and seafood. I thought it was a good, healthy move. Then I chose to continue with no meat. After 5 weeks I was so sick I couldn't even take my favorite yoga classes. I was weak and tired and overall yucky. Then there was my husband who at this point had started bulletproofing his diet. He was losing weight and his body shape was changing. Still my head said, "he's a heart attack waiting to happen and I'm making better healthy choices". Clearly, I was wrong.
|Me, end of May 2012|
When I first joined Brad on his eating plan I needed to learn what my boundaries were so I could create nutritious after school snacks and healthy meals for dinner. I was very overwhelmed with all the new information. I was looking for something or someone to tell me what to eat. I needed recipes and fresh ideas.
I truly felt set free when I realized there was an outline on how to eat:
- Bulletproof Coffee in the morning
- Healthy fats and proteins when I'm hungry
- Healthy fats, proteins, and organic veggies for dinner
I could work within these boundaries but there were still so many questions. What about fruit? What about brown rice? What about nuts? What about... Aren't these things supposed to be good for you? We've been trained all our lives to eat the food pyramid. But I'm here to encourage you to set those notions aside and try something different.
Dave Asprey's site, The Bulletproof Executive, offers 14 steps to eating more healthy. Change is tough so start out doing what you can. But as Dave says, "the more you do, the better it works. However, you'll be healthier and stronger by making even the smallest changes."
1. Eliminate sugar including fruit juices and sports drinks that contain high fructose corn syrup, honey, and agave.
2. Replace the sugar calories with healthy fats such as grass-fed butter, ghee, and MCT or coconut oil.3. Eliminate gluten including bread, cereal, and pasta. Do not make the mistake of resorting to gluten free junk food, which can be almost as bad.4. Remove grains, grain derived oils, and vegetable oils such as corn, soy, and canola. Also remove unstable polyunsaturated oils such as walnut, flax, and peanut oil.5. Eliminate all synthetic additives, colorings, and flavorings. This includes aspartame, MSG, dyes, and artificial flavorings.6. Eat significant amounts of pastured, grass-fed meat from big ruminant animals such as beef, lamb, and bison. Pair this with low-mercury fish, eggs, and shellfish.7. Eliminate legumes such as peanuts, beans, and lentils. If you must have your beans, soak, sprout (or ferment), and cook them.8. Remove all processed, homogenized, and pasteurized dairy. High fat items can be pasteurized, but they should be grass-fed. Full fat, raw, whole dairy from grass-fed cows is okay for most people.9. Switch to grass-fed meat and wild caught seafood. Eat pastured eggs and some pork, chickens, turkeys, and ducks.10. Switch to organic fruits and vegetables. This is more important for some plants than others. You can check out the What's On My Food website for details about pesticides.11. Cook your food gently, if at all. Incorporate water into your cooking whenever possible and use low temperatures. Do not fry or use a microwave.12. Limit fruit consumption to 1-2 servings per day. Favor low fructose containing fruits like berries and lemons over watermelon and apples.13. Add spices and other flavorings. Favor herb based spices such as thyme and rosemary over powders. Use high quality ones, recently opened.14. Enjoy your food.