A definitive guide to what in the heck am I supposed to eat?
So here’s the best I could do for all of you who are still wondering what they should or shouldn’t eat. Honestly, I could just say that if it didn’t grow from the ground or have a face and a mother you have no business eating it. I thought that a more specific table with some choices would help though when trying to figure out what to put on your plate.
|Fruits||Orange, okra, kiwi, red pepper, apple, cucumber, tomato, avocado, zucchini, blueberries, strawberries, green pepper, raspberries, butternut squash, pumpkin, blackberries, mangoes, eggplant, pear, watermelon, cranberries, acorn, squash, papaya, grapefruit, peach|
|Flowers||Broccoli, cauliflower (not many of the huge variety of edible flowers are commonly eaten)|
|Stems and Leaves||Spinach, artichokes, kale, lettuce (all varieties), cabbage, Swiss chard, collard greens, celery, asparagus, mustard greens, Brussels sprouts, turnip greens, beet greens, bok choi, arugula, Belgian endive, basil, cilantro, parsley, rhubarb, seaweed|
|Roots||Potatoes (all varieties), beets, carrots, turnips, onions, garlic, ginger, leeks, radish, rutabaga|
|Nuts and Seeds||Walnuts, almonds, macadamia, pecans, cashew, hazelnut, pistachio, sesame, sunflower, flaxseed|
|Grass-fed meat, wild fish, organic eggs||Grass-fed Beef and Poultry, Salmon, tuna, cod, etc. Organic free range eggs|
|Minimize or Avoid|
|Refined carbohydrates||Pastas (except whole grain varieties), white bread, white rice, crackers, sugars and most cakes and pastries|
|Legumes (seed-bearing nitrogen-fixing plants)||Green beans, soybeans, peas, peanuts, adzuki beans, black beans, black-eye peas, cannelloni beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, white beans|
|Added vegetable oils||Corn oil, peanut oil, olive oil, soybean oil|
|Whole grains and rice (in breads, pastas, etc.)||Rye, wheat, spelt, oats, barley, soy, corn, brown rice, etc|
|Avoid or Limit|
|Corn-fed non organic meat||Steak, hamburger, lard, chicken, turkey|
|All refined foods||White flour, White Sugar, White Salt products (all processed and packaged foods)|
|All Dairy||Cheese, milk, yogurt|
So if you are wondering “why the heck am I supposed to be minimizing or avoiding that?” Well, in the ensuing posts I will inevidebly answer these burning questions. In the meantime, practice choosing from the “Always choose” list. Your body and your long-term health and longevity will thank you!
Your health coach,
Dr. Ryan Hewitt