i'd like to make a request to all of you.
we started talking about what we eat in another thread, and i want to ask all of you to think about what you eat and if appropriate, make some changes.
the basic concept behind this is that eating a diet made up mostly of micronutrients helps us to become and remain healthy and minimizes our tendency of getting sick.
what are micronutrients? according to this website, micronutrients are all "all vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients," and can be found in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, spices, herbs and teas.
macronutrients, by contrast, are "carbohydrates, proteins, and fats."
there is a documentary called fat, sick and nearly dead. it describes how a man who was overweight and had an autoimmune disorder overcame his condition by consuming a diet solely of micronutrients in juice form (did a juice fast) and then continued a diet made up primarily of micronutrients overcame his illness and dependency on medications.
he describes a "reboot program" to help get our bodies back on track.
some of you may already be following a diet high in micronutrients, and that's wonderful!!! darcy mentioned she's eating a lot of raw fruits and vegetables!
what i am asking you to do is to cut out the processed foods. try to eat foods mainly in the micronutrient family and in a form as close to their natural form as possible. lots of raw vegetables and fruits! select fruits and vegetables in a multitude of colors - the other day, i had a salad with mixed greens, kale, spinach, beets, purple cabbage, jimaca, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, kamut, quinoa, walnuts, raisins, and a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and it was fantastic! make fresh juices. apples, beets, carrots, celery and kale go wonderfully together, for example. in all of this, if possible, try to grow or buy organic fruits and vegetables. also, thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables.
what you may also want to do is speak with your physician about whether a juice fast may be appropriate for you. i am going to try the juice fast. they talk about that on the reboot website, as well as in the movie fat, sick and nearly dead. you don't have to be sick or overweight to do a reboot. think of it as a way of periodically flushing your system.
i know many of us lead busy lives, so think of practical ways of adopting this diet so that it becomes part of your lifestyle. if you have places like whole foods near you that have a big salad bar rich in micronutrient foods, it's a big help. if you have a place near you that makes fresh juices, that's also a big help. adopt a practical method that works for you.
i cut out processed foods (except very little oil and vinegar on the salad) starting this past monday, 11-jul-2011. i've been juicing, getting freshly made juices at robeks, drinking lots of water as well as coconut water, eating salads at whole foods, eating lots of fruits, almonds, and walnuts.
i've started exercising. actually, my cousin talked me into running the army 10 miler in the fall, so i need to get back in shape!
all of this is helping me to feel great!
i am going to try the juice fast - where for a period of time (right now, i'm thinking 2 weeks), i have nothing but freshly made juices.
i'll share my progress here, and if you like, please do the same. we can help drive each other in this effort, and support each other through the challenging times.
i think this can help all of us be healthier and happier.
thanks for reading, and i'm looking forward to hearing about your progress!