Thursday, July 30, 2009

Maximized Living-The Healing Diet Day 5

Yes, it's day five in my journey to getting healthier. There is so much to ML; the healing diet is just a small part of it. What is the healing diet and what purpose does it serve? Is it just another diet?

These are questions I have asked myself. There are so many "diets" out there and it can be confusing. The healing diet is for people with these five factors:

1. High Triglycerides/Cholesterol
2. High Blood Pressure
3. Elevated Glucose/Insulin/Leptin
4. Neurotoxicity
5. Protein/Fat Genetic Type

This eating plan is designed to help your body heal itself, hence, the title. Of course there are many factors involved in that process. I'll talk about those in other posts.

Is this plan difficult? It depends on what is most important to you. If your main goal is to just lose weight, to look better, you'll probably be tempted to quit after the first day. But, if your focus is on getting healthy and living a high quality life, then it will be challenging, but not impossible. And of course, you most likely will lose weight. If you don't, you probably have other problems that need to be addressed.

Like the title of this post says, I'm on day five. And I'm surprised at how well I'm doing! You have to understand. I've always been the kind of person who looks for ways to cheat and get away with it. Well, cheating has never gotten me where I want to be. I have a terrible craving for sugar and when I eat it, I become a zombie. That seems extreme, but it's the truth. I feel drugged; I have the tired feeling that nobody likes. I was just tired of feeling this way. And I'm telling you, after just five days, my brain is clear! If nothing else happens from this experience, this improvement makes it all worth it!

Let's get down to the nitty-gritty. What do we have to do to succeed?

The FIVE BASICS of the Healing Diet

The Basic Idea: We must eliminate all sugars and everything that turns to sugar to heal the hormone (leptin and insulin) receptors.

1. No Sugars - this includes all sugar forms!

2. No Grains - not even whole, healthy grains! (Read the ingredients).

3. Increase Fats - 2 - 3 weeks after beginning the program. (This is the typical time needed to become a fat burner).

4. No Fruits - berries in moderation

5. Protein Intake - on avg. 15-25 g per/meal

- On average 20g/meal for men or 15g/meal for women. Larger males and those performing resistive exercise can consume between 25-30g/meal.
- An egg typically contains 7 grams of protein.
- A piece of meat the siae of a deck of cards typically contains 15 grams of protein.

If you are not losing weight:
- Check your protein intake - too much protein?
- Consider toxicity.

I know this is a lot of information, but at the same time, it's pretty self-explanatory. What kind of protein and others foods can we eat? These will be topics of future posts.

I'm sure there are also alot of questions out there regarding fat intake. Should we or shouldn't we eat fat? Or should we be consumed with how many calories we're taking in? We'll talk about this in our next post. See you then!

*All the information in this post comes from the book, Extreme Makeover II Resource Guide, p.11

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