One of the most common issues with most diseases is inflammation. The most common solution is to get rid of what causes it. To that end, I recommend the Healing Diet, which is intended to help people take preventive acts on reducing the cause of the most common cause of the chronic diseases in our society.
The Five Factors to Determine if the Healing Diet is Right for You:
- High Triglycerides — If you are a sugar burner and not a fat burner, your body will not store or burn fat normally, therefore elevating triglycerides (100 to 135, normal; 135 and up, elevated).
- High Blood Pressure — Inflammation of the large arteries leads to high blood pressure. Inflammation is controlled by the Healing Diet.
- Elevated Glucose / Insulin / Leptin — Once the insulin receptors are burned out, a fasting glucose, insulin, or leptin test will be elevated. Removing all sugar is the only way to heal the insulin receptors.
- Neurotoxicity — Toxins attach themselves to fat cells and continually elevate leptin. This burns out leptin receptors in the brain, leading to leptin resistance and resulting in weight gain that does not respond to exercise and diets.
- Protein/Fat Genetic Type — Some individuals genetically do better without grains, high fat, or even high protein. This can only be determined by how you feel on a particular diet.
The Five Rules of the Healing Diet:
• The Basic Idea: We must eliminate all sugars and everything that turns to sugar.
- No Grains — Not even whole, healthy grains.
- No Sugars — This includes hidden sugars (read the ingredients).
- No Fruits — Berries in moderation.
- Monitor Protein Intake — On average, 15g per/meal. Larger males and those performing resistive exercise may consume between 20g and 25g per/meal. An egg typically contains 7 grams of protein. A piece of meat the size of a deck of cards typically contains 15 grams of protein.
- Increase Healthy Fats — 2 to 3 weeks after beginning program. This is the typical time needed to become a fat burner.
Food Choices: Choose raw (not roasted for nuts and not pasteurized or homogenized for cheese), cold-pressed, grass-fed, free-range, cage-free, and no-hormone-added sources whenever possible.
Avoid hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils such as cottonseed oil, soybean oil, and vegetable oils; trans fats such as margarine and synthetic butters; rancid vegetable oils such as corn oil, canola oil, or those labeled simply vegetable oil, located in practically every bread, cracker, cookie, and boxed food. Choose organic when possible.
Remember the best carbohydrate choices are vegetables due to high fiber content and low glycemic action. These carbohydrates can be consumed in small amounts and not on a daily basis: artichokes, leeks, okra, pumpkin, tomatoes, turnips, legumes, black beans, black beans, chick peas (garbanzo), navy beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas, to name a few.
Low glycemic fruit choices are important. If weight loss is a concern, eat low glycemic fruit in extreme moderation. The best low GI fruit choices, especially if weight loss is a concern, include: blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, elderberries, gooseberries, loganberries, raspberries, and strawberries.
Eliminate the following. These carbohydrates are high and moderate glycemics and turn to sugar very quickly: barley, brown rice, buckwheat groats (kasha), bulgar (tabouli), millet, rye, semolina (whole grain, dry), steel cut oats, tapioca, whole grain breads, whole grain cooked cereals, whole grain tortillas, sweet potatoes or yams.
Cooking and Eating Tips:
If you are not losing weight on this diet, try reducing your protein intake first. If you’re still not losing weight after protein reduction, your body likely has a toxic interference such as heavy metals and/or bitoxins. Ask your doctor for toxicity testing to identify this interference.
Removing ALL grains and sugars is easiest when removed completely and at the same time. Just use stevia to sweeten your foods. Your body will adapt to the change quickly and cravings will be eliminated in approximately 1½ weeks.
Eating more frequent meals can minimize symptoms related to glucose and insulin adjustments you may experience when removing grains and sugars from your diet. Glutamine will help curb sugar cravings and reduce appetite. Be sure to drink clean water, not tap water, throughout the day. Reverse osmosis (RO) and/or distilled water is best. Drinking water also reduces your appetite.
Eat God protein and God fat with every meal. Raw nuts and seeds are the perfect combination of protein and fat for a snack, if necessary.
Rosie Main, DC, owns Main Health Solutions at 2300 W. Everest Lane, Suite 175, in Meridian. She is also the host of Maximized Living Radio on 94.1 The Voice and KIDO 580 AM. For more information, visit MaximizedLivingDrMain.com.