One year on – What i’m eating and drinking now
It’s January 2014, fifteen months after being diagnosed with cancer. After initially ‘carrying on as normal’, i then went into an ‘extreme detox and protocol diet’, and now this is were i am with food and drink. I could do better, but it’s not bad. See what you think. Here goes:
Mesa Sunrise/other organic cereal with linseeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds/apricot kernel mix, probiotic yoghurt, and spoonful of organic mixed berries thrown on top. Almond unsweetened or Alpro soya unsweetened milk.
Wholegrain porridge with unsweetened milk, drizzle of Agave nectar, half banana, and selection of seeds (i have this on marathon long run training mornings...sometimes 2 bowls)
Drinks: Carrot juice, wheatgrass juice, green tea, fruit juiced drink.
Large salad- lots of greens, (anything green just get it in there) plus tomatoes, 2 eggs, mushrooms, garlic, sauerkraut, drizzle organic dressing or omega 3 oil, mayonnaise. Add mackerel or tuna or salmon, 1 slice seeded bread.
Drinks: Green tea, carrot juice, fruit juiced drink, glass of Hemp/other milk.
Potatoes or sweet potatoes or quinoa, or brown organic rice, 2 green vegetables (steamed), liver or chicken or white fish, garlic, turmeric, black pepper, lemon if possible.
Drinks: Carrot juice, green tea, wheatgrass juice, glass of red wine.
These are the foods and drinks that i eat/drink randomly throughout the day:
Snacks – Mackerel on toast, 85% cocoa dark chocolate, almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, grapes, plums, bananas, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, 9 bars (my weakness), tuna sandwich, smoothie flapjacks, dates, figs, and any other unclaimed food in my kitchen that is remotely ‘healthy’.
I think this covers most of it. I occasionally have weak moments, and sneak ginger biscuits into my coat pocket, or crisps accidentally appear in my cupboard – i’m human.
3 meals a day, with 2/3 snacks dotted in-between.
Green tea – 4/5 cups per day, carrot juice 5lb juiced daily, wheatgrass juice 2/3 times a day.
Jug of organic mixed berry smoothie – consumed bit by bit throughout the day.
Meat evening meals about 3 nights per week, other nights fish or a second salad.
One bottle of wine (Pinot Noir is best)
Dark chocolate 85% (or at least 72%) cocoa - 3/4 bars a week.
Protein drink (Fruitein) – if exercising regularly then have daily, or 2/3 times a week if not.
One seeded loaf of bread a week.
I’m sure there’s a few things i’ve (possibly intentionally) missed off, but this is 90% of my typical diet now. It was hard to get my head round this type of diet at first, but me and my taste buds have adjusted to it.
About twice a month i jump out of my tree and enjoy myself. Thai curry, a hearty casserole, or fish and chips. But that’s about it.
When i first realised i had to detox and dramatically change my diet (it was pretty poor before) i went to extremes. This was good, but after about 2 months i couldn’t sustain it, it made me miserable. So this is my compromise diet. I think i’m aware of the good and bad stuff, so i’m happy i’ve got the balance about right.
If you are about to address changes to your diet, start by making sure you have the very healthy stuff at the core of your diet, then gently fine tune it sensibly. But you must keep on track! It’s easy to drift.
My key points are:
- Use organic as much as you can
- Avoid refined sugars, bleached flours, and trans oils. These are all damaging us.
- Aim for 30% green veg/cruciferous group vegetables per day.
- Drink water (filtered if possible) regularly. At least 2 litres per day.
- Try to add some of the items in my ‘super six’ video.
- Eat healthy most of the time, throw the odd treat in to keep happy.
Share your thoughts? comment on your diet?