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  • HollyElise
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    Is anyone making a New Year's resolution to change their eating habits? Maybe we can encourage eachother or even keep an online food log.

    I'm starting today with a bad habit... hahahahha.... coffee with lots of cream and sugar!

    Hey, has anyone done juicing?

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  • emma25
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    I've heard that kind of "Cave man"-diet before and it makes sense!

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  • HollyElise
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    Yes, it's certainly true that what is considered the "best" diet continually changes. But i have found that two things help me cut through a lot of the hype that's out there. 1) I always look at if the proponent of the diet has money to make, and if so, how. A good example is when the old 4-class food categories - meat, dairy, grains, vegetables - was put forth. The only reason dairy was stressed so greatly in the diet, and no alternative given for a non-dairy version, was because the idea was started by the American Dairy Council. Snicker! ALWAYS trace the money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And don't think the FDA can't be bought, either!

    And 2) I'm betting that the healthiest, safest diets are going to be the ones that are most similar to our natural diet... basically the "caveman" diet... i.e. organic, unprocessed foods, low sweets, a modest portion of lean meats and fish, mostly fruits and vegies, nuts, beans, perhaps some grains and dairy. I'm guessing this for several reasons, but one of them is in studying longevity and health world-wide, they have found that the longest living populations have either this diet or close to it. Some may not eat any meat, some eat more whole grains and dairy, some eat sweets but faaaaaaaaar less then we do in Europe and America... otherwise their diet is very close. Another reason is the proponents of the anti-cancer diet stress reducing free radicals (by eating vegetables raw or minimally cooked) and increasing anti-oxidants and phyto-chemicals and nutrients. This means a lot more fresh vegetables and less processed foods, sugars, white flour and white rice, and fillers. And the proponents of the Ph diet i believe have shown that the body is far more resistant to disease when it's Ph is at certain levels (avoiding processed foods, sugars, etc). This is backed up from completely seperate sources of what we know now about how diets effect diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.

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  • emma25
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    No, what I meant was that if your going on a diet - be very careful because things we thought was good for us...get in big portions, can be very bad for you.

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  • HollyElise
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    Emma, what are you talking about? "brain wrapped in foil?" I don't think anyone was suggesting using artificial sweeteners.

    You asked what are you supposed to eat on this diet... real food. Vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains, lean meats, nuts, green tea, dairy within reason... organic if possible and with the least processing. Definitely the focus is on lots of vegetables and cooking them as little as possible so you get the most vitamins. It does not have to be as extreme as is mentioned in the book.

    Since i started this thread a friend of mine has been diagnosed with breast cancer and she is eating the "cancer diet" recommended by her doctors... it's almost identical to the PH diet... basically the same idea. She made lunch for me the other day... she cooked some Quinoa (you could cook bulgur wheat instead but she happens to have a wheat allergy so she uses quinoa instead), chopped cucumbers, green peppers and other fresh vegetables tossed together with the cooled quinoa and a little lemon juice and olive oil. It was filling and tasty and very simple to prepare.

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  • emma25
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    hehehe...glad I could help!

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    Oh no.. I doomed!

    lol..

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  • emma25
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    What exatly are you suppose to eat?

    I would be very carefull with diets - since we are beginning to get the grasp on thing like sweetner for ex....did you know that your brain looks like you've wraped it in foil? And you also increase the chance of brain disease with 68%? And that you also eat more...than you would if you eat real suggar!

    In sweden the gov. went on the TV and said that all children under 12 are not to eat sweetner in any form!

    Even things we thought was OK - has shown an other side! Take vitamines for ex., if you take large doses of:
    vit. A - you increase the risk of osteoporoses...
    vit. D - lungcancer aso.

    So I would take it very slowly with that if I were you!

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    Originally posted by HollyElise
    I'll let you know if i try it or a modified version of it. Right now though, what with starting this new job, it's not really the time for me to work on changing what i eat. I count myself lucky i've not resorted to Pop Tarts.... LOL!
    I used to love pop tarts..

    When I was freely allowed to eat them.. hehehe

    Good Luck Holly if you do venture into it..

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  • HollyElise
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    I'll let you know if i try it or a modified version of it. Right now though, what with starting this new job, it's not really the time for me to work on changing what i eat. I count myself lucky i've not resorted to Pop Tarts.... LOL!

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    quite interesting.. I've never heard of it before now, mind you.. and I think I've done just about every diet under the sun.. lol..

    I have one good tip.. LOADS OF EGG WHITES.. lmao..

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  • HollyElise
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    Yes, i don't know what i think of it yet.

    Out of all the ways of eating i've seen, nutritionally i have the most respect for PRevention Magazine's modified food pyramid, which is heavy on the fruits and vegetables, much more vegetarian (actually can be worked that way), beans, a little fish, nuts, supplements. Anyway, the neat thing about them is they are not just theory.... they always have the research to back up their claims.

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  • Babz
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    Even as a vegetarian I wouldn't attempt that diet !!

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  • HollyElise
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    If you are tired you might want to look into two possibilities... you might have a wheat allergy, or you might have Candida. I've not had those problems, but i have had friends who did and were able to feel much better by changing their diet.

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  • skookie
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    Thanks for the detail!

    It does sound complicated. And beneficial, with all those raw veggies. I'm kind of a fruit addict...my diet used to be awful, but I've gotten a lot better. But now it's mostly fruit and grains and I'm still tired a lot...I'll have to take a look at the book next time I'm at borders.

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