Dad drops 12 pounds in 3 weeks with The Healing Project
Lunches for The Healing Project started out ambitious. With a daily piece of healthy meat, lots of veggies, some pickled veggies, and some seed-like grains. Pretty quickly my dad reported that it was too much food and that he actually felt like grains together with the meat were a bit much. This was inetersting to hear, as that’s I also feel best when I structure my meals this way: protein with veggies, or grains with veggies. My father had been accustomed to eating bread along with cold cuts in his lunch salad, but it wasn’t until his body received whole grains that it could send him a clear message that meat works best for him alongside veggies. We didn’t adhere to a strict protein apart from grain menu, but began to mostly serve meat and veggies for dinner with more eggs during lunch.
A lunch my dad especially enjoyed
What looks like a big pile of potatoes, was actually a delicious millet-mash topped generously with raw butter and fresh cracked pepper, along with a horseradish kraut. The lacto-fermented veggies are a key element here, and in every meal. Fermented vegetables not only help to improve your immnuity by repopulating your gut with friendly bacteria (and you really want to keep your friendly bacteria in good company since you’re body is made up of 70 trillion micro-organisms, and only 10 trillion human cells) but they also help break down the other foods in the meal by supplementing the digestive process with live enzymes. This is a fundamental role. The less undigested and fermented sugars are left behind after a meal to circulate in your blood, the healthier and the leaner you will be. Enzymes are often called the fountain of youth – because they are essential to good health and as a result to looking good too.
Most days lunch included plenty of raw veggies
…(more enzymes) full of chlorophyl and a plethora of vitamins, minerals (including lots of calcium), but alongside with good fats that help the body absorb all that good stuff. You can eat yourself green-blue in the face with greens, but if you don’t pair them with healthy saturated fats (or some good oils) like raw butter, raw hard cheeses and eggs (or all of them as in this dish) all those nutrients may not become bio-available for your body to take up and make appropriate use of. A healthy rule of thumb is to divide your meals into about 60% vegetables and 30% protein or grain and about 10% healthy fats or oils. I guarantee that if you eat this way, you will feel satisfied, clear headed and will likely see improvement in your digestion – if it’s a concern.
Why so many eggs?
They lower cholesterol! Yup, that’s right – eggs can even be used in numbers of four per day at the therapeutic level. We’ve been sticking to about two a day. Eggs are a premium source of protein, which is necessary for good health and for a healing body especially. They’re rich in brain boosting, inflammation reducing choline, which works synergistically with the B vitamins (if you don’t get enough choline it may lead to a B deficiency). Eggs will also supply you with other synergistically vital nutrients such as iodine, selenium, tryptophan and phosphorus.
What results can you expect eggs to produce?
- Weight loss – If you swap out a breakfast bagel for 2 eggs paired with veggies, you’re guaranteed to drop weight and increase your energy.
- Heart health – Eggs are high in B vitamins which convert blood vessel damaging molecules (homocysteine) into benign ones, they’re high in cholesterol which recent studies have shown is critical to improving the blood lipids profile.
- They also prevent blood clots, protect eyesight, protect against Age-Related Macular Degeneration/ Cataracts and more! Get the full scoop here >
What results did this sort of diet produce for my father?
On a diet plan consisting of bountiful veggies, lacto-fermentd condiments with every meal, healthy saturated fats and low in simple sugars, my father – a man of 56, who despite my better advice does not exercise as regularly as he should:
Dropped 12 pounds in 3 weeks and has succeeded in reducing his blood sugar level by about 20 points on average.
To be fair, my father has been making an effort to walk for about 30 minutes most days, and promises that he’s mindful of his breath during the routine. This is not much different than the amount of movement my father already incorporated into his lifestyle before the Healing Project – but the attention to breath is a new element! Read more on the imperative effects of mindful breathing in the 2nd half of this post >
I’m confident that these fantastic results are possible for nearly anyone.
All you need are the building blocks that will allow your body to start it’s self-healing process. YOU hold the key to your health.
I will leave off here, but stay tuned for details on all the delicious and health promoting grains, veggies and fats my dad’s been eating in the past few weeks. And hold this thought: you too can begin to produce this kind of result with diet alone!
As you feel better, more energetic and zinging with life, the movement piece will call to you. When I feel good, which is thankfully nearly every day now, I can’t not get some movement. I crave it! You will too. But you have to start somewhere and getting the right nutrients (including the breath – oxygen is a critical cellular nutrient) into your body is the foundation needed for the building blocks to good health.