Eczema and Diet - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
It is highly recommended that all of the produce, meat and grains that you choose to consume should be from organically grown sources .
Timing of Eating - Natural Body Cycle:
You should eat in compliance with the body's metabolic cycle . The body seems to have three different metabolic periods which cycle every 24 hours.
- Elimination and maintenance period: From 4am to noon the cells are dumping waste products, and manufacturing and/or repairing cells. Choose foods for breakfast that allow your body to continue the process of elimination and maintenance.
- Digestive period: From noon to 8pm the body's metabolism is geared towards digestion. Since digestion of foods demands a tremendous amount of energy, it would make sense to eat the biggest meal our body can digest between noon and 8pm (Cousens, pp. 101-102). The earlier within this time frame, the better (I personally eat my biggest meal between 3:30 and 6pm).
- Assimilation period: From 8pm to 4am the body is mobilizing nutrients and directing them to the cells.
Eating in compliance with these three metabolic periods will afford more efficient digestion, assimilation, cleansing and maintenance of the cells and therefore proper healing can occur.
Here's how I've learned to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner so that what I eat honors the function of the metabolic periods.
Start your day with fruits. They are the simplest and most efficient way for the body to produce energy and to continue the process of elimination and maintenance.
- Eat some raw fruits in the morning: apples (eat the skin also), pears, oranges, bananas....etc. or,
- Make a fruit smoothie. Add into the blender with some spring water or fresh coconut water, some of your favorite fruits. Examples: bananas, mangos, papayas, figs, different types of berries, peaches, dates, apricots and coconut meat. The only fruits not to add in the smoothie mix are melons, blueberries and grapefruit. It is recommended that you eat these fruits separately. If you are worried about the sugar content of the fruits, then choose your fruits from the low-glycemic foods family to start your day with. Here's a list: apples, oranges, cherries, peaches, all berries, plums and pears. These fruits will release their glucose into the blood more slowly and thus require a more moderate insulin response.
Add to your smoothie two tablespoons of golden flax seeds freshly ground in a coffee grinder and the following super food supplements: wild crafted blue green algae, green drink mix,
organic unheated coconut oil
and probiotics. It is highly recommended that you add all of the superfood supplements in your morning smoothie.
Lunch time occurs during the digestion period. I recommend you eat this meal before 4pm.
For cooking use either fresh, unheated coconut oil or ghee (clarified butter). For cold preparation, use extra virgin olive oil. Veggies are either lightly steamed or raw.
Choose from the following lunch meals:
- Salmon and vegetables.
- Halibut and vegetables.
- Oysters and vegetables
- Brown rice and vegetables.
- Sweet potatoes and vegetables.
- Potatoes and vegetables.
- Boiled eggs and vegetables.
- Soft raw goat cheese and vegetables.
- Ezekiel or Manna bread (sprouted grains) with avocado, tomato, cilantro, and/or olives.
- Vegetable soup and ezekiel bread or salad.
- Large salad with an assortment of vegetables with added raw nuts or soft raw goat cheese. Make your own fresh salad dressing, (my favorite recipe is a mix of raw almond butter, apple cider vinegar, fresh lemon, tamari sauce, maple syrup, cumin powder, garlic powder, and some fresh assortment of herbs).
- Steamed green beans with boiled potatoes and a small salad.
- Miso soup, brown rice and steamed vegetables.
- Sauted mushrooms in coconut oil with tamari sauce for taste mixed with brown rice and a small salad.
- Mashed potatoes using coconut milk and butter, with sauted mushrooms in tamari sauce and a small salad.
Dinner time occurs during the digestion period. I recommend you eat this meal by 8pm. A glass of vegetable juice at night is the most important meal to help you heal from eczema quickly. Make sure you drink a 16 to 24 oz. dark green veggie juice every night . (This veggie juice would consist mostly of dark green vegetables such as parsley, kale, cucumber, zucchini,
bell pepper, celery and cilantro).
Some recommended vegetables for nightly juice:
- Celery - two stalks. Celery gives the body a natural diuretic effect and aids in the elimination of carbon dioxide from the body. The sodium content will neutralize acid ash (residue of acidic foods) in the body,
- Parsley - 1/2 bunch. Extremely high in nutrients. An excellent cleanser and potentiator of all bodily functions.
- Carrots - Two med. size. Because most of the phytochemicals are located at the top part of the carrot, don't cut the top off, instead leave the hat part, but discard the green shoots.
- Cilantro - 1/4 bunch. Has the ability to remove mercury, lead, cadmium and other heavy metals from the body.
- Kale - 2 to 3 leaves. A very nutrient rich vegetable. One of the best cancer fighting vegetables found on our planet. Kale is the richest of all leafy greens in carotenoids (powerful anti-cancer agents). Kale's calcium content is easily assimilated, making it a wonder food for arthritis, osteoporosis, bone loss disorders and skin health.
- Cucumber - 1/2 cucumber. A great diuretic (helps remove excess fluids from the body because it promotes urination). Excellent as a blood cleanser. (If you burn your skin, cut a cucumber open and apply it for relief from pain.)
- An apple to sweeten your juice.
Add and alternate, in very moderate amounts, to your basic vegetable juice every night: 1/4 beet, some cabbage, zucchini, bell pepper, bok choy... etc.
If you are still hungry after this drink, eat some raw (organic whenever possible) nuts and/or seeds. Pine nuts (highest protein content of all nuts), walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds (unsalted and raw), and soaked almonds.
Sometimes, you might come back from work too tired to juice, we suggest you make a bowl of salad, add raw nuts and toss. Make sure you make your own fresh salad dressing.
- Fresh or dehydrated fruits (avoid dehydrated fruits if you are diabetic).
- Freshly cut up vegetables like cucumber or carrots.
- Unsalted nuts or seeds.
Click here to learn more:
- Cousens, Gabriel, M.D. (1992). Conscious Eating. Santa Rosa: CA: Vision Books International.
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