After receiving some messages asking about our diet program, I wanted to advise that most part of people following it are my students, and went over an interview to have some modifications in case they need for health issues.
Below is what we are basically eating to detox, but some of us are allowed to have animal protein (step 4 and 5 poultry or wild caught fish, both from Whole Foods) in three of the 18 meals in the program.
To balance meals, I suggest to combine proteins, good carbs, fiber and good fat. The base of our Program is whole foods, abusing on fruits, vegetables and herbs, but a dash of natural sugar (from fruits, nuts and raw honey) is also allowed. The hard part is to be creative when cooking and combining whole foods, while supermarket shelves are full of tricky labels and tempting advertisements to make our busy lives easier.
If we talk to our grandparents, they will laugh, because this diet is basically what they used to eat when they were our ages, but nowadays with the high amount of processed foods, GMO and all poison in animal protein, it's hard to be healthy. So, basically what I do in this program, is educate people to get used to something very simple. If you are already aware of what GMO means, the difference between honey and raw honey, or know how to read ingredients on a label, this blog might get you inspired and help you with creative ideas, but if you think that a plate with grilled tilapia, sautéed veggies with olive oil and mashed potato is a very healthy meal, you are more than welcome to contact me and learn more about your diet.
OUR DO's and best choices are:
- Dark green leafy vegetables (Kale, collard greens, spinach, arugula, broccoli, cabbage);
- Root vegetables (ginger, onion, garlic, fennel, beet, sweet potato, yucca);
- Sprouting seeds (broccoli, alfafa, mustard and cress, fenugreek, beans);
- Grains & legumes (teff, chickpeas, oats, bulgur, brown rice, quinoa, lentil, buckwheat);
- Beverages (rice, hemp, coconut & almond milk; natural fruit and veggie juices, caffeine free herbal teas);
- Fruits (avocado, apple, banana, papaya, berries, melon, .. all of them!);
Eggs are allowed every other day (one per day), goat cheese is the only dairy and also just every other day (one teaspoon per day) and raw honey is the only sugar and also one coffee spoon a day.
Remember: mostly CERTIFIED ORGANIC!
Tip of the day: Raw honey
Raw honey is the unpasteurized fresh honey from the comb and full of healthy enzymes. It looks thicker and yellower than he regular honey (yes, it's the picture ;)).
Besides a great natural alternative to cough, to prevent allergies, as an antiseptic or even to improve skin appearance, raw honey is rich in minerals (potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron), vitamins (B2, B3, B5, B6 and C).
Since honey has more calories than sugar, I recommended participants to go very slow, because it's a detox process. We chose the raw honey as an alternative when craving for sugar, but during the program it's allowed JUST one coffee spoon a day.
Suggestion to learn about food: http://www.whfoods.com
Eliane Carotta has been teaching Yoga for over 12 years, and in this environment, has participated on several workshops and researches to learn about how to use herbs and food as a preventive medicine.