The best diet for you is the diet you will discover that eliminates dietary stress - the one which will eliminate harmful foods and add foods with the highest nutritional values.
There's nothing wrong with changing your diet often, tweeking it as you find out more about yourself and about foods.
Change is hard. We typically like foods we're used to eating. Learning that I can change, though, is a very important breakthrough.
When I was young I could eat whatever I wanted to eat - or at least I was sure I could.
But when I learned that many of the foods I enjoyed were causing health problems, I found I could give them up - if I really wanted to.
For those of us who actually become concerned about what we eat it's normal to change our diet in stages - depending on what we learn at each stage.
Some count calories, some count carbohydrates, and some reduce fat intake.
As we continue to progress, we learn to consider what foods contain based on how they're grown and how they're processed.
The best diet will help you greatly in moving toward stress-free living. A lot of stress is generated by eating the wrong foods.
Lots of dietary fads make it into mainstream media.
Earlier this year a diet was established by the National Institute of Health called the DASH diet.
DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension.
This diet plan eliminates red meat and quite a few high carb foods while focusing on fruits, vegetables, lean meat and whole grains.
Lots of diets sing the praises of whole grains.
But now we learn that whole grains are very problematic. Turns out that the best diet is a mostly grain-free diet - especially a wheat-free diet.
Dr. Braley has informed us in his book, Dangerous Grains that whole grains are wholly dangerous. My words, not his.
Braley says the same thing, though, with much stronger emphasis. He tells us that wheat and other gluten containing grains may be the cause of as many as 200 diseases, including the big C.
Stress - big time stress.
Dr. Junger writing in Clean, suggests that wheat and other grains are devastating for some, and only mildly problematic for others.
It's taken me a lot of years to break free from wheat, but I didn't have any reason to suspect that any of the grains could be a problem for most of my life.
Dr. Braley says oats do contain some gluten, but not the gliaden proteins that cause damage to intestinal villi. It seems that we could set out on a lengthy research journey to fully answer the question about oats.
At the end of his relatively brief discussion in Dangerous Grains, Dr. Braley concludes that oats be excluded from the diet until there is clear evidence that all proteins from oats do not cause damage to the G.I. tract.
For me, I will occasionally enjoy a bowl of oatmeal with raisens, almond milk, and a little stevia. It's necessary to be careful with stevia, since some of the manufacturers include a little dextrose.
Why would they do that? I guess it's cheaper to manufacture that way.
LABEL READING IS A MUST FOR FINDING THE BEST DIET.
For most of us westerners, breads, cereals and pastas rank very high on the best-loved foods list.
Fresh-baked anything is still highly tempting.
I love to exercise. And when I remember the considerable pain in joints and muscles after eating anything with wheat, suddenly I'm able to turn down the fresh baked goodies.
Your best diet will provide great energy for consistent exercise.
There are so many delicious foods you may not have known about previously - foods which are great replacements for wheat.
Here's a short list of great replacement foods - all high in nutritional value and low in energy required to assimilate: millet, quinoa, buckwheat, teff, brown rice, amaranth, sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts, and cashews.
For animal protein, eat skinless chicken breast, wild-caught salmon or other cold water fish, wild game, lean lamb, turkey and duck. I still eat a little beef - if I can get grass-fed, lean beef organically raised.
Dr. Junger's book also has a wonderful recipe for skinless chicken thighs.
The cheapest chicken from the supermarket is usually loaded with toxic chemicals - so we always find cage-free and chemical-free chicken - organically grown if and when possible.
The best diet usually concentrates on the raw stuff - raw, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, parsley and cilantro, arugala, with raw carrots and beets, yellow onions, and maybe some raw pumpkin seeds, and blueberries - all organically grown - ideally.
Avoid the nightshades. They're all delicious, but they create problems for lots of folks.
If you know your blood type, Peter J. D'Adamo's Eat Right for Your Type is a great help.
From his writings we can determine specifically which nightshade vegetables and other foods to avoid.
I still eat the most popular nightshade.
Tomatoes are delicious, but like other nightshades, they are dangerously acidifying for certain blood types - especially Type A folks.
Since I'm type O, I can get away with eating some raw tomatoes - but if I want to eat according to the best diet, I would avoid tomatoes. Dr. D'Adamo classifies tomatoes as neutral for Type O's and AB's but says the other two blood types should avoid them
Lots of folks say something like - What? I have to give up tomatoes?
My answer would be - no - you don't have to do anything.
Learn as much as you can, and only act accordingly if you want to eat according to the best diet.
If you haven't bought Clean by Alejandro Junger, M.D. - buy it as soon as possible.
Read it carefully. Then put it into action.
Lots of folks buy it and read it - or at least read parts of it.
Following it carefully can change your life.
What makes Clean so valuable?
Most doctors are not concerned with what you eat. They essentially treat symptoms using drugs. Then they treat the symptoms created by the first drugs prescribed.
Dr. Junger shows how to get off of drugs - and stay off them.
He teaches us how to detoxify our bodies, minds, and spirits through a combination of diet, exercise, and meditation. Meditation, not medication.
For me the best diet consists of a very light breakfast - usually a low carb smoothy, a decent sized salad for lunch, and a light supper.
One of the most valuable pieces of advice Dr. Junger gives us is minimize the evening meal, then completely avoid snacking after supper.
To do otherwise is to automatically create dietary stress, because, as Dr. Junger informs us, our body needs 12 hours of digestive rest every night. Eating a heavy evening meal overloads the digestive system and interferes with the natural detox cycle which will occur every night - unless we prevent it from happening.
Eating a big dinner in the evening and snacking will guarantee serious health problems caused by dietary stress.
The best diet provides energy and avoids dietary stress.
The breakfast smoothy has various ingredients - varying from one day to the next. Some ingredients are used every day. Those are flax seed, psyllium husks, some live bacteria culture, about a tablespoon full of coconut oil, a tablespoon of Nutriwest's Green Protein powder, another tablespoon of Amazing Grass and half a cup of unsweetened almond milk.
The full name of Amazing Grass is Amazing Grass Green Superfood: Organic Green Foods Gluten Free and Raw. Joyce buys it Vitamin Cottage. It comes in a 60 ounce container.
The name of the stuff is a mouthfull, and the list of ingredients is long.
Check it out. All ingredients are organically grown: wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa, spirulina, spinach, chlorella, acai, maca, carrots, beets, raspberries, rosehips, pineapples, green tea, and acerola cherry.
It also has flax see powder, and apple pectin fiber.
There's more: Digestive Enzymes and Active Culture Pre and Probiotic blend; F.O.S. (Fructooligosaccharide from Chicory Root), Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Protease, Amylasee, Lipase, Lactase, and Cellulase.
The ingredients that are varied are some fresh fruit: blue berries, raspberries, fresh peaches, fresh pineapple, or possibly some other fresh organically grown fruit. Sometimes some unsweetened carob powder might be added.
The smoothy winds up being about 10 ounces in size, and is usually consumed right after it comes out of the blender.
Is all this stuff really necessary?
No. We only use it because we think it is an essential part of our best diet. I didn't realize I was eating so well. Joyce reads the labels, buys the stuff, and makes the smoothies. I just drink it down and enjoy all the highly nutritious benefits.
Lunch salad usually has lots of organic spring mix greens, grated carrots and beets, jicama, some yellow onion, radishes, ground turkey, ground beef, or chicken breast for protein. Whenever I get beef, it's always grass fed, and chemical free.
Other ingredients of the delicious homemade salads I enjoy include raw pumpkin seeds, blueberries, and dried currants. All ingredients are organically grown, of course.
Thanks, Joyce. And thanks to the organic growers.
Organically grown goods are very important for achieving the best diet.
For us, supper is usually light - consisting sometimes of delicious stir fry made from all organic vegies barely cooked at low temperatures using coconut oil or olive oil. Non-wheat noodles such as brown rice noodles, made from organically grown rice.
Vegies used: yellow onions, zuchinni squash, carrots, celery, spinach, ginger root - all organically grown.
One night a week, we get freshly made juice from carrots, beets, spinach, ginger root, and a slice of apple.
Other evening meals Joyce fixes from time to time include a meat pattie - either turkey or beef, with grape or cherry tomatoes for me, and sliced onions for her. I get a few pieces of onion, too, but Joyce loves the sweet, raw yellow onions. When she was a child and was still eating bread, she enjoyed onion sandwiches.
We still eat bread, but only the gluten free bread. I'll get the ingredients and the brand name later. This bread is expensive, so we don't eat it often. Tastewise, it's not as satisfying as wheat bread.
I'm fully aware that most people would not give up their wheat bread or even their white bread - which is also made from wheat - even if they knew it was poisoning them.
They don't care - or they're not convinced, and don't want to be convinced.
It's really hard to believe that the primary grain relied upon by most people around the world for centuries could actually be harmful, much less dangerous.
If you want to see some strong evidence, go online and Google this short phrase: is wheat dangerous or harmful. No question marked needed; the search engines ignore punctuation.
One of many highly informative articles can be found here: http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food_news/wheat.html
The title of the article is,
How wheat is slowly killing millions of people.
In this article, Blanche Levine tells us that today's wheat is not the same wheat that our grandparents and earlier generations raised.
I've run across this piece of info in many other places.
Modern wheat, called dwarf wheat by Ms.Levine and probably others, is the result of genetic manipulation and is an engineered monstrosity - with too much gluten for the human body. Other sources claim it has some 23,000 harmful proteins which make it deadly for human consumption.
The fresh breads and other baked goods still look and smell outrageously delicious - more addicting than ever.
Nobody drops dead from eating foods made from flour ground from modern dwarf wheat, but the long-term cumulative effects are indeed, deadly.
Ms. Levine quotes Dr. Mark Hyman as saying that dwarf wheat contains a super starch called Amylopectin. Eating two slices - as in a sandwich - of whole wheat bread can spike your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of sugar.
The best diet certainly eliminates bread and all other wheat products, along with potatoes and other high carb, high glycemic index foods.