Step 3: Add in Healthy Proteins
As I have studied healing diets I began to see that many of them were similar. The fats and proteins especially were always pretty much the same whether the goal was to lose weight or reverse the symptoms of an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis. Which basically means they are healthy for everyone! That doesn’t mean that you can’t do an occasional short term detox diet of mostly veggies without much fat and protein. I have heard of some that have really good results with that.
But alot of people can’t detox without the right kinds of protein and fats included. I feel like protein and fat was very important for me to be able to detox mercury and also for keeping my blood sugar stable. Detoxing has been a very big part of my recovery from chronic fatigue, pcos, and liver problems.
Veggies and Carbs alone will not give you good long term health. Many vegans find this out the hard way-because they start having tooth decay or hair loss or other signs of malnutrition. It is important for just about everyone to have high quality protein.
We also buy chicken that is antibiotic free and not fed arsenic (yes, alot of chickens are fed arsenic!) from the regular grocery store. It is the Springer Mountain Farm brand sold under the Nature’s Place name at Food Lion. This chicken is definitely a big step up from regular chicken though not as good as finding a farmer who is careful about what he feeds his chickens. There are lots of places to find farmers if you are interested in buying healthy meat. There is localharvest.org, eatwild.com, and eatwellguide.org. Once you find a farmer you will want to call and ask questions. Here is an excellent article with the questions you should ask and what answers you should hear to ensure you are getting quality meat.
Hint: Quality meat is from animals that are fed what they are supposed to eat. Cows are supposed to eat grass not corn or soy! When animals eat things they are not supposed to the animals become sick, and it changes the composition of their meat entirely. The beef in the grocery store is completely different than the beef you will get from a good farmer.
Whew! That was alot of information wasn’t it? Don’t forget my one step at a time philosophy. Choose one thing to work on at a time, and don’t forget why you are doing this. It took me a long time to change my diet, and it was one little step at the time. But now I feel good and life is easier and better. And all the real food I eat is delicious!
What step would you like to take to start eating healthier protein? Please comment below! Or do you have a question? Please ask!
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Disclaimer: This post is not medical advice. You should consult your health practitioner before making changes in your diet or supplements. I am not a doctor or medical professional.
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