If you have been following my postings on Nobody Eats Like Me, you will notice that I use some of the same basic foods, so I thought I should start a list and explain why I use them regularly. I am posting it here and on www.menupause.info.
First, a word about supplements:
I take no prescription drugs, but I do use several different supplements, that change as my body changes. Some are always in my vitamin mix: Vitamin C, Folic Acid with B12, and Digestive Enzymes. Recently I have been taking Iodine, because I took a test that showed a deficiency. I also take an aspirin substitute, because my cardiologist said that while my heart is healthy, my age (over 65) indicates that aspirin is called for to prevent stroke. I also have a protein powder in case I feel I need a protein smoothie boost when I am on the go.Â I also take a couple of other supplements based on my annual hair analysis and other recommendations by my health providers.
One item I use that I would like to mention specifically is Aloe Arborescens, which is a strong immune booster from a special aloe plant. The company name is Deca Aloe Arborescens (www.aloedeca.com). My naturopathic friend Hope introduced it to me last year and when I use this, I find I feel better able to fight off the old and flu season.
One other item I buy from Hope is this homeopathic detox-kit, which she suggested. I have tried several, but this is the easiest. Just drops into your drinking water until the 3 bottles are done. Easy!
The point I want to make is that while I hope to get all my nutrients from my foods, most of which are organics, I don’t know if the food is grown on nutrient-rich soil, how long it has been refrigerated, and what other factors make it less than farm-to-table nutrient dense. So I take supplements. This is a personal choice and I do not wish to imply you must take supplements. But since I am giving you a DAILY MENU that does not list my supplements, I thought I should at least mention this fact.
Now, here is a list of other special foods, some of which may also be listed under another category in the right hand margin of my blog.
Dandy Blend is my coffee alternative. While I realize there are benefits to coffee, my acupuncturist, whose opinion I value, is concerned about the way coffee is processed, not the caffeine. So I drink chai tea and green tea, both of which have some caffeine, but not coffee-coffee. (Note: Coffee is high in acid, which the body does not need. See next entry.)
Most of the foods we eat are very acidic and too much acid can bring about a barrage of health problems. That’s because your body actually prefers to be alkaline. Instead, most people bombard their systems with too many acidic foods and drinks, which have long lasting detrimental effects. That’s why lemons are so important to consume. They help alkalize your blood and your body thanks you! Source (including photo):
http://www.lookgreat-loseweight-savemoney.com/lemon-water.html . There is also a long list of acid & alkaline foods that you might find helpful. I plan to review a book on this topic.
Flaxseed Oil – I use this almost daily on my toast in order to get the necessary Omega 3s. More on this when I do a special report on fats & oils.
Macadamia Nut Oil is one of the major oils I use when making salads and when I want to saute with an oil that has a high smoke point. I plan an article on fats & oils for Feb. in menupause and will let you know when it posts. If you go to www.realfoodgrocery.com, you will find a short article about this oil. Here is an excerpt:
The buttery taste; golden, yellow color; and high amounts of naturally occurring anti-oxidants completely set MacNut Oil apart from all other oils, even other macadamia nut oils. MacNut Oil is also the highest oil in monounsaturated fats. Those fats are one of the secrets of the heart-healthy “Mediterranean” way of eating. What’s more, MacNut Oil has the ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. That is, 1:1 or equal amounts of each. That ratio is precisely what Mother Nature intended and is the way our ancestors ate. â€œ
Note: I called the company because nowhere does the bottle say it is organic. The man I spoke with said that in the early stages of the tree’s growth, the base is sprayed, but not the leaves or the nuts.
Olive Oil: “ I use olive oil more often than any other oil, except in the rare cases when I saute. (I usually saute with water or broth and add the oil for flavor after I turnoff the heat.) Then I use Mac Nut, because it has the highest smoke point. Olive Oil’s smoke point is 250-300 degrees F. , while Macadamia oil has a 400-450 F., degree smoke point. Here is an excerpt from http://ifitandhealthy.com/oil-smoke-point-cooking-oil-smoke-point/:
“When you pass the oil’s smoke point, the heat basically destroys the oil’s molecular structure, and turns otherwise healthy oil into a poison. Some oils have a higher smoke point than others, but it is important to remember that all oils have a smoke point. Personally, I think it is a bad idea to heat any oil that contains omega 3s, even if I could precisely measure its smoke point, I would not do it. “(I emailed the site to see who wrote this excerpt.)
Note: I buy organic olive oil from Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Wegmans or Acme’s Wild Harvest collection of organic foods.
Protein Powder “ I keep a canister of protein powder in my kitchen for quick protein smoothies. I realize it is not the best form of protein, because it is a highly processed product. It is a compromise for me. Right now I am using a product from Metagenics, but I experiment with different kinds, because I am not sure which is the best. Another one I use is from Standard Processing, but again, there are so many different brands that I just rotate my choices.
Gluten Free Products” “ I am currently on a gluten-free program because gluten is supposed to aggravate my tinnitus, or hissing in my ears. Since I also read that avoiding dairy along with gluten is recommended, I rarely eat dairy, and when I do, it is usually in the form of goat cheese, which I feel is healthier than cow’s cheese, because goat organs are more the size of human organs and therefore more compatible with our digestive track. So far I have not noticed a difference in my tinnitus when I have goat cheese on my salad.
Sugar and Salt: Diabetes runs in my family, so I avoid highly refined carbohydrates (ex. white bread) and foods with sugar added. ) For example, I buy fruit only jams and use small amounts, because fruit does have its own sugar. I also use date sugar, honey, and maple syrup in my baking.
Concerning salt: Genetically, my siblings & I have low blood pressure, so I am not as stingy with salt as I am with sugar. Also, my vegetarian diet does not require lots of salt, because I eat high quality organic foods that have a lot of flavor on their own. But I do I use sea salt in small amounts as well as low sodium soy sauce or Bragg’s Aminos.
Note: I will add to this list as I introduce new or unusual foods into my Daily Menu in Nobody Eats Like Me.