You don’t need to measure exactly four ounces of oats. You don’t need to be fussy and obsessive about portions and calories. You don’t need to spend twenty hours in the kitchen, bent over a hot stove, following complicated recipes with dozens of ingredients. We’re going to keep things simple, quick, fresh, and tasty.
What to Eat
For the rest of your life, you might want to real food, which means organic vegetables and fruits, and whole, unrefined grains and legumes. Aim for abundance and diversity—at least thirty different types of produce every week. You can do it! Use this handy checklist to help you increase the diversity of foods you eat.
- Bok Choy
- Brussel sprouts
- Cabbage—red and green
- Celery root or Celeriac
- Collard greens
- Dandelion greens
- Green beans
- Kale—all varieties, cooked only
- Lettuce—all varieties except Iceberg
- Peppers—green, red, and yellow
- Potatoes—all varieties
- Spinach—cooked only
- Squash—all varieties
- Sweet potato
- Zucchini • Juices made from organic fruits and vegetables.
What Not to Eat
- Food that was prepared in a factory.
- Food that has been contaminated with toxins/pesticides.
- Food that has been heavily processed—frozen, freeze-dried, deep-fried, preserved, sulfured, packaged, etc.
- Food that has been sitting on a shelf for more than two days, like packaged crackers, cookies, breads and cereals.
- Food that is refined, like flours, oils, beverages, etc.
- Food that feels hard to digest, or that just doesn’t feel “right” for your body.
- Anything that leaves you feeling sluggish instead of energized.
- Foods that are coated in refined salt, sugar, or oil.
- Foods that have a face or a mother (hint: fish, seafood, or meat).
Where will I get my protien?
- You’ve been misled for decades, by the meat, dairy, and agricultural industry, about the amount of protein your body needs to maintain health.
- More is not better. In fact, too much protein, like the volume consumed in our SAD (Standard American Diet), actually shortens your life span.
- You don’t actually eat “protein.” You eat essential amino acids found in food, which your body then uses to build thousands of different types of proteins that your body requires. This process happens inside your body.
- The largest land animals on the planet are herbivores and eat only plants: the giraffe, elephant, buffalo, bison, cattle, moose, horse, rhinoceros, hippopotamus, and even a number of extinct dinosaurs, too.
- You can be a high-endurance or even an ultra-endurance athlete, like Rich Roll and others, and still live an entirely plantstrong lifestyle.
Use Common Sense
You don’t need to be a scientist, a health expert, or an orthomolecular nutrition educator to know what “real food” is and isn’t. You already know.
A fast-food cheeseburger? Not real food.
A fruit-flavored energy drink that’s full of mysterious chemicals? Not real food.
A salad topped with stale croutons, cheese crumbles, and strips of processed deli meat? OK, we’re moving in the right direction, but that’s still not real food.
Real food is clean, unprocessed, wholesome, and close to nature— the kind of food that you can pluck from the garden or pick off a tree.
A good question to consider is, “If I eat this or that food, will this promote health, or will this take away from my health?” Use your common sense to guide you.
Stop Counting Calories Yes. You’ll never need to count another calorie again. And you’ll also get to eat when you are hungry and as much as you want. That’s because the Gerson Therapy, many plantbased lifestyles, and this program in particular are based on eating a plethora of whole foods that are naturally high in nutrients and low in calories. The standard American diet is full of processed and refined ingredients and is typically low in nutrients and high in calories, which forces you to consume even more food, as your body and brain are desperate to get quality nutrients that will support their many daily functions.
And don’t worry, you won’t go hungry with this new lifestyle. In fact, you’ll find that your energy is sustained for longer periods of time between meals—no more energy dips at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., and no more food cravings at night.
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