General Dietary Guidelines
According to the 18th century French philosopher J.O. De La Mettrie, “the body of man is a machine which winds its own springs.” Thus, we must realize that what we put into that machine determines how well it is going to function.
Most people consistently eat the same 10 to 15 foods. This is because everyone has “dietary set points.” We consume the foods that make us feel good and avoid those that do not. This system works well because the brain controls all biochemical functions including the sense of taste and smell. Cravings actually have little to do with willpower and a lot to do with the nutrients that the body requires to sustain normal function.
The problem is that when we consume too much of a certain type of food, it reduces our ability to digest and assimilate that food. In other words, the body’s ability to produce enzymes for digestion is not unlimited and when our food intake exceeds those limits, we begin to experience symptoms such as gas, bloating, heartburn, and indigestion. Eventually constipation, diarrhea, or even headaches may follow.
This diet guide is just that—a guide to help you make wise dietary decisions. It is not necessary to completely eliminate the poor food choices from your diet, but you should make a conscious effort to reduce them. All foods are more easily digested if you take enzymes, but it is especially important to take enzymes if you select foods from the poor choice list.
We have set the guidelines for dietary success; only you can choose to attain it.
General Do’s & Don’ts
- Eat fruit raw, without sugar or salt.
- Lightly steam vegetables until slightly crunchy.
- Limit processed sugar and artificial sugar substitutes such as aspartame and saccharin.
- Limit processed foods, including fast food.
- Limit foods that have been refined, preserved, colored, aged, and fumigated.
- Limit overcooking, microwaving, or frying foods.
- Limit foods that contain stimulants such as coffee, colas, and black teas.
- Consume meat, fish, and poultry in moderation.
- Moderate your intake of oils and fats; avoid trans fatty acids (trans fats) found in vegetable shortening, some margarines, and most processed foods.
The designation of a choice as “Acceptable Choice” or “Poor Choice” is directly related to the protein, carbohydrate, and fat content of that item, as well as the acid and alkaline mineral content.
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