If you’re healthy, active and don’t need to lose weight then you can afford to eat a bit more carbs.
You can have these in moderation if you want:
Dark chocolate is high in antioxidants and may provide health benefits if you eat it in moderation. However, be aware that both dark chocolate and alcohol will hinder your progress if you eat/drink too much.
If you get hungry between meals then here are some healthy, easy to prepare low-carb snacks that can fill you up:
This lifestyle doesn't mean you can't ever eat out again. But I encourage you to eat at home, as restaurant food can't replace the quality and consciousness of food you prepare at home.
Religious sentiment aside, taking a moment to breathe and bless your meal actually helps the nervous system shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic - which will mean you digest and assimilate your meal oodles of times better.
Give gratitude to the countless animals and people who make your plate of food possible - we are truly blessed to have access to beautiful, fresh and organic food.
Bring a positive consciousness not only to the moment before you eat, but through the entire preparation process of each meal. Then your meal becomes food for the soul as well as the body.
You are what you eat. And many of todays chronic diseases are actually a direct consequence of a person diet, such as arteriosclerosis, high cholesterol, adult onset diabetes, and hypertension.
This diet plan may just save your life!
What foods you should eat depends on a few things, including how healthy you are, how much you exercise and how much weight you have to lose.
Consider all of this as a general guideline, not as a hard and fast rule.
There has been some confusion in the media as to what low-carb means.
Your diet must be highest in vegetables - and they are actually a class of carb. When we say 'Low-carb', it means to avoid starchy carbs, such as grains and potatoes, and sugar.
I also advise to choose your food from the Blood Type Diet, specific to your blood type.
If you suffer from a digestive disorder or severe sensitivities, a more therapeutically specific diet will be in order, and this is supplied on a personal consultation basis. Therapeutic diets include; G.A.P.S. diet, allergy diet, oligoantigenic diet, and others.
This is a sample menu for one week healthy diet plan.
It provides less than 50 grams of total carbs per day, but if you are healthy and active you can go beyond that.
The above sample menu is quite simple, and very easy to incorporate. Once you are comfortable with the change (say in week 2 if this is totally new for you) begin to add some medicinal spice to your meals, as well as some super foods.
Black pepper - Pungent and heating, this spice primes digestion and is especially useful when eating protein, increasing the secretion of digestive juices and helps destroy toxins.
Cinnamon - Pungent and sweet, it enhances the flow of circulation. It has antiseptic and detoxifying properties. It creates internal heat and has a natural cleansing action which is why it is a widely used home remedy for colds and flu, and aids in the absorption of other medicines. Cinnamon is an excellent addition to all the desserts, helping your blood sugar level stay stable and prevent blood sugar level spikes.
Cardamom - Cardamom clears food cravings and refreshes the palate. It destroys mucous in the stomach and upper GI. Cardamom can alleviate indigestion, gas, morning sickness, and acidity. It assists in the digestion and assimilation. It is often used in deserts, such as my paleo pancakes.
Coriander or Celery - Whether it’s the green leafy fresh cilantro or the seed, this should always be on hand. The cilantro leaf acts as a cooling balm to disturbed digestion and the seeds are balancing to the body and mind. Coriander is also a great natural defense against allergens. It is valuable for skin ailments and known to improve eyesight. Try adding celery to your salads, sprinkle on soups, or add to spicy foods. Crushing the leaves releases enzymes that break down aldehydes and destroy the ‘soapy’ or ‘buggy’ odor of cilantro. A favourite ingredient in fresh juices.
Cumin - It is invaluable for digestion. Cumin is a cleansing spice, helps enhance the appetite, and is helpful for the stomach, the liver and the intestines. Cumin has antimicrobial properties and it is the second most popular spice in the world after black pepper.
Ginger - It brings flavor, spiciness and sweetness to food and is used widely as a digestion aid. It is an excellent remedy for respiratory conditions and to prevent colds in the upcoming cold season. Ginger is an invigorating spice and is known as ‘the universal medicine’ for its versatility and healing properties. It increases digestion, neutralizes toxins, and increases absorption of food. It can be used both fresh and dried. I use it in most meals!