For Transitioning to a Healthier Diet
diet initiates the detoxification process and helps to eliminate waste
products that accumulated from eating the Standard Western Diet. It also
allows the body to gradually shift from a diet of meat, processed foods,
sugar, white flour products, etc. to a healthy raw food diet that consists
of fruit, green leafy vegetables, and some nuts and seeds.
I. The first phase
of the diet consists of eliminating over-the-counter drugs, meat, tobacco,
alcohol, white flour, salt, junk food, and coffee. Decreasing unhealthy
food and substituting healthy food is an effective way to initiate the
II. The second phase
of the transition diet is the withdrawal of dairy products and the optional
substitution of seed milk and nut cheeses if you absolutely need to (but
go easy on these as they can also be unhealthy if consumed in too high
III. The third phase
of the transition diet is the withdrawal of cooked foods, including: grains,
cooked fruits and vegetables, crackers, legumes/beans, bread, pastries,
etc. Substituting fresh raw fruit and vegetables, and the occasional nuts
and seeds is the goal and the final step toward the progression to a healthy
raw food diet.
IV. Some helpful additions
to the transition diet include:
1. Include fruit and salads of leafy greens everyday, nuts
in small quantities
2. As an option, implement a one-time colon cleansing administered by
a good colon hydrotherapist (make sure the therapist insists on implanting
probiotics after the sessions are completed). Avoid things like coffee
and wheatgrass enemas as they do more harm than good.
3. Reduce your intake of cooked foods gradually but steadily.
4. Consume raw foods (salad) before and after the ingestion of any cooked
foods (but do try and avoid animal products whether raw or cooked), as
this can aid digestion.
5. Start out by making breakfast a 100% raw food meal of fruit. Then eventually
add lunch as an all-raw meal.
6. Start a meal where cooked foods are planned with fruit and some green
leafies first. Then leave some time for them to digest, and then if you
still want the cooked food, have some (you'll find that the desire for
the cooked food will be much less if you first satisfy your body with
some nutritious raw food).
7. Delay drinking water for an hour after a meal, but stay well hydrated.
8. Chew your food slowly and thoroughly, and take your time. Make eating
your meal the only thing you do; avoid watching TV, reading, deep thought
thinking, or engaging in "heavy" conversations while eating.
9. Learn more about food mis-combining (food separating), and only consume
foods that are easy on the digestive system.
10. Be watchful to not overeat. Plan to eat multiple small portions, and
ask yourself before going for another portion, "Do I really
11. And most importantly, knowing not to overeat is of little help if
you don't know in what proportions to eat the foods that make up a healthy
raw food diet. And by proportions I'm referring to the ratio between carbs,
fats, and proteins. If you're eating the right amount of calories for
your needs, but those calories are coming from a diet that is way too
high in fat vs carbs, it doesn't matter that all the food you're eating
is uncooked and just fruits and vegetables; your health will not improve
(it may even get worse) nor will you be as healthy as you could be. The
books here speak to this
issue of proper dietary proportions of carbs, fat, and protein.
"The news isn't that fruits and
vegetables are good for you. It's that they are so good for you they
could save your life." David Bjerklie, TIME
Magazine, October 20, 2003
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