Diet: Important Information & Tips
Try not to Eat 2 hours prior to bedtime as this could disrupt sleep patterns. Good quality uninterrupted sleep is essential, aim for between 7 and 9 hours per night and ideally retire before 10 pm.
Try to drink between 2.5 and 3ltrs of WATER a day, this aids hydration and helps flush toxins from the body.
Although BACON is a processed meat it can be purchased free of nitrates, sulphites and sugar, make a habit of reading labels, it’s shocking what supposedly ‘healthy’ foods can contain, generally the more ingredients the less healthy the product.
SHELLFISH should be consumed in moderation due to possible absorption of contaminants from polluted sea beds. Tinned tuna should be skipjack and packed in spring water or olive oil the same applies to mackerel and sardines.
KEFIR should ideally be homemade and preferably with goats milk.
COW’S MILK should be raw/unpasteurised or at the very least un-homogenised and consumed in moderation, due to lactose (sugar) and the possibly problematic protein casein.
If cooking use a SATURATED FAT such as animal fats or coconut oil, these have a higher smoke point, are more stable and less likely to break down than unsaturated fats/oils. All other permitted oils should be cold-pressed and drizzled on food. Due to processing methods and high amounts of omega 6, VEGETABLE OILS are not a healthy option.
VEGETABLES under, ‘In Moderation’, is due to their high starch content, a type of sugar.
All other FRUITS than the ones listed should be consumed in moderation, 2 or 3 times per week, due to high sugar (fructose) content and its impact on blood sugar.
PEANUTS are legumes not nuts and along with grains contain mycotoxins, so should be avoided.
Avoid all SWEETNERS if possible but if not able to at first consume listed ones.
OCCASIONAL INDULGENCES maybe once a week.
If suffering from an ‘AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE’ it may be beneficial to avoid foods from the ‘nightshade’ family, which is something I do. The main foods from this family include: potatoes (white), tomatoes, aubergines (eggplant), all peppers, goji berries and tobacco.
If suffering from DIGESTIVE ISSUES such as abdominal bloating, distension or pain, flatulence, irregular bowel habits or other gastro-intestinal symptoms then it could be worth cutting out foods high in ‘FODMAPS’ (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols).
PREPARATION is essential in order to implement the diet successfully ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’. Prepare food for the following day the night before to avoid reaching for unhealthy convenience foods when hungry or pushed for time, it may be beneficial to prepare a weekly meal plan at first while adapting to the new ‘lifestyle’ change.
PURGE the kitchen of all foodstuffs not on the list of ‘permitted foods’ before embarking on the programme therefore eliminating the temptation to consume them.
A word of caution: it is common to experience ‘withdrawal symptoms’ during the first few days, this can be good news as it could mean something important or ‘addictive’ has been eliminated from your diet. Usually the effects are mild and amount to nothing more than feeling irritable, tired, or perhaps having a headache but be warned symptoms could be more severe usually depending on how much the body has been reliant on these foods for energy indeed wheat exclusion can almost be as grim as narcotic withdrawal.