1. Organic Food Whenever Possible
- Begin by trying to buy organic, free range poultry, meat, and eggs. If your local supermarket does not carry such products, visit a health food store. This first step alone will ultimately change the progression of your health for the better - and for years to come. If organic products are unavailable or difficult to obtain, then the next best choice is free-range, antibiotic and hormone-free poultry, meat, and eggs. Even if the animals were not fed organic feed, at least they did not receive antibiotics and hormones.
- Once you have started to make a regular practice of buying organic (or free-range, antibiotic and hormone-free) meat, poultry, and eggs, start buying organic produce. Begin with the produce that tends to have the highest pesticide residues. Fruits: peaches, apples, strawberries, nectarines, pears, cherries, red raspberries, and imported grapes. Vegetables: spinach, bell peppers, celery, potatoes, and hot peppers.
- Do your best to obtain organic foods if they are available to you. Although I do highly recommend them, you can use all natural foods that may not necessarily be organic, just make sure you wash conventional fruits and vegetables thoroughly to eliminate some of the pesticide residues.
2. Fats You Must Avoid & Fats You Must Eat
- Clean out your cupboards - Get rid of all foods and snacks that contain hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil. You will find it in more packaged foods than you think, including many crackers, crisps, pretzels, cookies, biscuits, cereal bars, sugar cereals, microwave popcorn, low-fat and fat-free snacks.
- Change your mind-set - You no longer associate snacking with crisps, crackers, and popcorn. Perfect snacks can be a smaller version of a real meal, such as a hard-boiled egg, a few pieces of chicken with vegetables, chopped vegetables, fruit, nuts, or nut butters. Fresh food is always the best food.
- Only use quality fats for cooking: coconut oil and butter (raw organic). Organic extra virgin olive oil should be used raw or for light sauteing.
- Do not use margarine, which contains hydrogenated vegetable oil.
- Try to eat at at least two to three servings daily of good-quality omega-3 fats from fish oil, seeds (especially flaxseed), avocados, and nuts (raw organic), especially walnuts.
- Avoid roasted nuts. The roasting process causes the fats and oils to go rancid, and rancid oils increase free-radical damage in the body. (Free radicals accelerate aging.)
- Snack on organic nut butters. Most shops carry peanut, almond, cashew, and macadamia nut butters. The ingredient list should not contain anything but one kind of nut and salt. Most peanut butters contain roasted peanuts, so read labels carefully.
- Incorporate whole organic eggs into your diet, with breakfast or as a snack.
- When cooking with fat, add the fat to a cold pan and increase heat gradually.
- Use flaxseed oil, cod liver oil, or fish oil straight from the bottle - Drizzle on salads, or on cooked vegetables. Refrigerate these oils to avoid rancidity.
- If you find it difficult to incorporate foods rich in omega-3 fats into your meal plan, take an omega-3 supplement daily. Herbalifeline is perfect.
3. Choose Your Dairy Carefully
- If you consume dairy on a regular basis, try to buy raw (unpasteurised) certified organic products.
- If you can’t obtain raw (unpasteurised) dairy products, purchase the next best thing - certified organic. Although the milk may be pasteurised, homogenised, or both, it won’t contain antibiotics, hormones, or pesticide residues.
- If you can’t obtain or afford raw (unpasteurised) or organic dairy products, avoid dairy altogether. Most of the calcium in dairy is not absorbed by the body anyway, so dairy is not necessary for a healthy diet. Obtain calcium from other sources, such as leafy green vegetables, broccoli, sardines (with bones), and salmon. Or add Xtra-Cal to your basket.
4. Drinking Water
- Drink half of your body weight (in pounds) in ounces of water each day. Multiply half your body weight in pounds by 30 to get a rough ml value.
- Drink an additional 8 ounces [236 ml] of water for each 8 ounce [236 ml] caffeinated beverage you drink and another 8 ounces [236 ml] if you have exercised that day.
- Drink 8 ounces [236 ml] of water when you feel hungry.
- Drink 8 ounces [236 ml] of water 15 minutes before each meal.
- If you use plastic water bottles, keep them out of the sun and away from heat.
- Install filters for your drinking water.
- If you do not like the taste of water add the fantastic Herbal Aloe Concentrate Drink to your basket.
- Instead of drinking a traditional caffinated beverage why not try one of our Instant Herbal Beverages. These green teas also contrain a natural caffeine to help you feel more energised.