Whole Grains – anything that has not been refined or processed – this means that it does not come in a box with a boil packet that renders it instantly ‘delicious’ in 5 minutes. Whole grains are work. You must cook them and then work with the product. See the Grain and Bean cooking guide for some novel suggestions and things you have never heard of eaten or worked with before.
Beans, Legumes, Pulses, - again anything that doesn’t come in a premixed or pre prepared packet , While you may keep certain beans on hand for emergencies (being just too tired is an emergency) for the most part you want to cook these yourself.
Rice – as long as the rice in question is not pre-cooked, boil in a bag, already mixed with herbs and spices or instant you should be ok – the real key here is that it is a raw as God made it and never bleached or processed or polished in any way. Anything that has a just add water and stir or microwaveable option is not a part of this program.
Seeds and Nuts - any type is fine as long as they are raw and unsalted. Obviously if weight control is an issue then nut quantity should be controlled, but for the most part sesame, sunflower and flax seeds can be unlimited.
Soy and Tofu - ORGANIC ONLY. This is another case where the contamination of the food supply is so critical to what you eat . Because most soy produced in this country is genetically modified by the Monsanto corporation you must make sure that you buy organic to guarantee it is GMO free.
Vegetables (at least 7 per day) and fruits (at least 3 per day) – focus on color – orange, red, purple, dark green- this is almost a whole book in and of itself but we will focus on local, seasonal and organic or clean produce.
Wild Seafood – this is includes all local and wild fish and shellfish.
Extra Virgin Olive oil and flax oil - this is such an important part of what we are doing that if you don’t feel comfortable eating vast quantities of oil read my guest blog on the crushandpress.com insider section. EV Olive oil is an absolutely essential part of any healthy diet and even more so as you approach your 40’s and on.
Vegetable stock and herbs. Any and all herbs and make sure that your vegetable stock contains no preservatives and msg. There is simply no way that I could make the quantity of vegetable stock that I use on a weekly basis. Find a good brand that is low in sodium and msg and preservative free and stock up!
Seasonings including all vinegars, shoyu, tamari, hot sauce, EVOO and mustards – again the only item on the label should be the item itself.
Fermented vegetables – limited quantities – this means vegetables that are actually fermented and not filled with chemicals and sodium – examples of this would be kimchee, umeboshi plums, homemade sauerkraut etc
Canned emergencies – beans, beets, tomatoes, soups
corn tortillas – ingredients masa and water ONLY
Snacks - popcorn (newmans or smart balance), brown rice chips, rice cakes and corn cakes, hummus (sabra is good making your own is better), nut butters – again all label reading rules apply
Whole Grain Cereals – granola, oatmeal, cream of rice, grits, Ezekiel, kasha make sure that sugar is not in the first seven ingredients
LOTS of red wine – enjoy but do not drink and drive, do not let your dog drink, do not drive your children to drink and let your dog drink and drive ….i think I am required by law to say that J