One of the essentials of health is eating properly. While reading various books, I realized that proper nutrition was a vital component for weaning off the medications. Before this year I really had no idea what healthy eating encompassed.
Maximized Living doctors prescribe their patients to one of two Maximized Living Meal Plans: Advanced Plan or Core Plan; the majority start with Advanced Plan. This is not a system of points, counting or limiting calories. It is a way to eat that allows the body to heal.
Eliminate all sugar from your diet. This includes fruits that are high on the glycemic index and grains. All grains. Yes, even Quinoa. (Believe me, that makes me sad!)
Eat good, healthy fats. After years of eating “low-fat” or “fat-free” this was a hard thing to change. Imagine our surprise to learn that canola oil was not healthy. Instead of the yellow oils, our cupboard now contains coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil and raw sesame oil for stir-fry vegies. In our refrigerator there is GRASS-FED butter – Kerrygold yumminess!
Eat organic fruit & vegetables. This is where my frugal mind had to shut up! I learned to shop using the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” guide from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). Items on the “Dirty Dozen” I purchase in the organic section; the “Clean Fifteen” I purchase from the regular section. Our local farmer’s market is a blessing!
Eat grass-fed beef and lamb, pasture-raised chicken and eggs, and wild-caught fish. This has been the hardest part to implement. It’s expensive. It’s hard to find true grass-fed beef outside of New Seasons or Whole Foods. And when you see that it’s $1-2 for a dozen caged chicken eggs and $3-4 for pasture-raised chickens, it can be overwhelming. It takes a complete revamping of the food budget.
Drink Water. Drink. Drink. Drink. WATER. That’s it. No soda. No alcohol. No juice. Water. Water is absolutely essential for health.
So what do we eat?
- Vegetables. Breakfast. Lunch. Dinner. We have learned to embrace Kale and Spinach.
- Fruit: We eat berries and granny smith apples. Before noon.
- Meat: Grass-fed steak and hamburger (purchased through a local food co-op), chicken, turkey, lamb, salmon
- Eggs: The kids and the husband eat organic, cage-free brown eggs from Trader Joe’s. They are $3-4/dozen. I eat eggs that are corn & soy-free. I won’t tell you how much they are. It’s depressing. And it’s one of the reasons we have 5 chickens in our backyard.
- Nuts & Seeds: Raw, not roasted, sprouted. I’m still working on making this conversion.
This is just a summary of how we eat now. It’s been an adventure. We still have “cheat” meals. And I am quickly discovering that the healthier I get, the less I want to eat those cheat meals. The stomach pain I feel just isn’t worth it.
We have chosen this for our family. We know people are content eating the typical American diet. They are happy to age quicker, live with chronic illness, take pharmaceutical medications and not question where their food comes from and what it contains. And you know…that’s ok.
For our family, we had to make a change. That change meant revamping our pantry, our refrigerator and our wallet. It’s been one of the BEST decisions we have ever made.
Healthy Eating Resources
Maximized Living Books
- Maximized Living Nutrition Plan Book – This contains the information, plans and recipes.
- Maximized Metabolix Book – This does not contain many recipes. What it does contain is a great explanation about how and why the body works the way it does. It is useful for those who are working at nutrition from a cellular/metabolic viewpoint. (A whole other blog post). It is the eating plan that I am currently trying to follow due to some DNA oxidation damage.
Paleo/Whole Food Recipe Books
- Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great
- Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle
- Forks Over Knives-The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year
- Gluten-Free Breakfast, Brunch & Beyond: Breads & Cakes * Muffins & Scones * Pancakes, Waffles & French Toast * Quiches * and More
- Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
- The Healing Power of Whole Foods
My go-to Websites
- Against All Grain – Paleo. Some items are not compatible with the Advanced Plan. But the recipes are AMAZINGLY delicious! They are easily tweaked for use with Advanced Plan.
- Maximized Living Recipes – We’ve tried a few of these and liked them
- 100 Days of Real Food – We use a lot of her recipes for the kids who are still resisting change
- Azure Standard – Bulk food co-op that I purchase from monthly.
- Vitacost – New-to-me site. We are trying their peanut butter & almond butter and love it!
- Maximized Living Yumminess – Pinterest Board. LOVE LOVE LOVE Pinterest.
This is part of the 5 Days of Maximized Living series.
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