Eating Plan

 
Proteins

  • Eat small amounts of protein at each meal.
  • Include eggs, meat, poultry, fish and beans.
  • Whenever possible eat free range, organic, and antibiotic free.
  • Avoid frying.
  • Do not overcook.
  • Avoid processed and deli meats.
  • Learn to make bone broths that help to digest protein and are very rich in minerals.
  • Two eggs are equal to one serving of protein.
  • One serving of meat should be 3-4 ounces – about the size of a deck of cards.

Soy

  • Avoid all soy except naturally fermented products. It contains enzymes that block minerals and digestive enzymes and is toxic to the thyroid gland.
  • Miso, tempeh, and natto are traditionally fermented products that are acceptable in moderation.
  • Naturally fermented soy sauce is permissible.

Beans

  • Soak beans before cooking. This will make them more digestible and reduce or eliminate flatulence.

Milk

  • Avoid pasteurized milk and milk products.
  • Raw milk and milk products (including goat and sheep products) are a good alternative.
  • Cultured products like kefir and yogurt are better.

Vegetables

  • Eat 7-10 or more servings of vegetables and fruits a day.
  • 1 serving equals ½ cup.
  • Eat a variety – leafy greens are especially rich in nutrients.
  • Avoid iceburg lettuce – it is low in nutrition and is usually grown with lots of chemicals.
  • Raw is preferred with lightly steamed or sautéed as a second choice.
  • Individuals with thyroid issues should avoid raw cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage) – cooked is okay.

Fruits

  • Minimize at first. The worse blood sugar or adrenal problems you have, the less fruit you can tolerate.
  • Avoid fruit juice except for an occasional treat. It is loaded with simple sugars and will cause some of the same problems as refined sugars.
  • Whenever possible eat the highest quality fresh and organic fruit.
  • Berries are especially rich sources of antioxidants and other nutrients.
  • Avoid very sweet fruits.
  • Eat melons by themselves.
  • Papayas, although sweet, are good for their abundance of digestive enzymes.

Carbohydrates – Grains

  • Avoid white breads, muffins, cookies, candies, crackers, pastas, white rice and most baked goods.
  • Limit commercial whole wheat bread as the grains in this country have been genetically engineered and have 5 times the gluten content of the original grain.
  • Use organic whole grains.
  • Sprouted grain and sourdough breads are better digested and have higher protein content than regular flour.
  • This should be your smallest food group.

Fats

  • Some fat in your diet is necessary for the formation of hormones, cell membranes, and nerve tissue, and for the absorption of minerals, among other things.
  • Avoid hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats like margarine and shortening which interfere with proper functioning of the body.
  • Avoid commercially processed vegetable oils including canola oil.
  • Avoid commercial peanut butter because it contains hydrogenated fats and sugar.
  • Use only butter, olive oil, coconut oil, or organic lard to cook with.
  • Use cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil, cold pressed walnut oil, flax seed and grapeseed oils.
  • Eat avocados and raw nuts.
  • Eat foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids such as fish, walnuts, flaxseeds and green leafy vegetables.

Sweeteners

  • Avoid table sugar, corn syrup and artificial sweeteners.
  • Small amounts of raw honey can be used.
  • Stevia is a very concentrated herbal sweetener that can be used in moderation.
  • Raw cane sugar or molasses do provide nutrients to aid in metabolism. Use only in small amounts.
  • Maple syrup also has some nutrients that help in digestion of the sugar but again use in moderation.

Liquids

  • Water is best – one gallon or more a day. It will help to boost your energy and help in detoxifying your body.
  • Herbal tea is good.
  • Avoid soda, coffee, black tea, and fruit juices.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages – an occasional unpasteurized red wine or foreign beer contains more nutrients than most products made in this country. It is best to drink it only with a meal.
  • 8 ounces of green tea a day will to establish good bowel flora.
  • Kombucha Tea helps to detoxify the liver and is very refreshing.
  • Beet Kvass is also an excellent detoxifier though more medicinal tasting than Kombucha.

Salt

  • Use Celtic Sea Salt, Real Salt or something similar. These naturally processed salts are rich in minerals and nourish the adrenal and thyroid glands in particular.
  • Avoid commercial table salt. It is very highly processed and contains chemicals and stabilizers that can be toxic.
  • Salt to taste. This is one item that you crave when you need it. Low salt diets contribute to adrenal fatigue.

Seasonings

  • Use non-irradiated dried herbs or fresh herbs whenever possible.
  • Avoid MSG. It is toxic to the brain and nervous system. In addition, many people are sensitive to it and display typical allergy symptoms like headaches or wheezing. MSG is not always on the label; it may be hidden as “HVP” or “natural flavorings”, among other things.
  • Use naturally fermented soy sauce without added MSG.

Fermented Foods

Make all meals and snacks a combination of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Breakfast is especially important, since a high carbohydrate breakfast will initiate cravings for the rest of the day. Eat everything as close to nature as possible. Frozen is better than canned. Fresh is best of all.