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The raw food detox diet that is followed within the Hippocrates health lifestyle is based on over 50 years of experience, research, and results with hundreds of thousands of people from all cultures around the world. The following are 23 practical tips to apply it in your life and create fabulous health for yourself.
1. Eat only organically-grown produce.
2. Your diet should consist of a minimum of 60% green sprouts and green vegetables and 15% of other rainbow-colored vegetables. It is best to eat them raw to maximize enzymes and oxygen.
3. Limit cooked foods t no more than 20%, by weight, of your diet. Best are steamed vegetables, baked winter squashes and sweet potato, and lightly-cooked alkalizing grains (amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, and teff).
4. Eat and juice abundant baby green sprouts. Sunflower and buckwheat are the most powerful. Also good are alfalfa, arugula, cabbage, clover, cress, dill, fenugreek, garlic, kale, mustard, onion, pea, broccoli, radish, spinach, etc.
5. Limit fruit to 5 to 15% of your diet (one to two pieces per day). Select tree-ripened seasonal varieties. It is best to eat them when you awaken in the morning.
6. Consume two (2) green juices of sprouts, green vegetables, and herbs daily. You can flavor them with the juice of ginger, garlic, or anise.
7. Drink and implant freshly-squeezed wheatgrass-juice when available.
8. Use fresh water blue-green algae (blue-green, chlorella). Be sure that they are low-temperature processed. Also consume sea-vegetables (alaria, arame, dulse, hijiki, help, kombu, wakame) on a daily basis. They supply important trace mineral, amino acids and electrolyte elements that are often absent from contemporary diets.
9. Soak and sprout all seeds, grain and legumes before cooking or eating. Nuts should only be soaked. This process activates enzymes, pre-digests complex nutritional structure (protein, fat, and carbohydrates), and removes toxic substances from the seed.
10. For energy, consume sprouted grains or legumes (raw is best; cooked is sometimes acceptable) during one meal per day. The best energy-rich grains are the alkalizing ones: amaranth, millet, quinoa, and teff. Secondary are buckwheat, Kamut, rye, and spelt. The best legumes for energy are garbanzos and peas. Among the best mineral sources included mung-bean and adzuki sprouts.
11. Eat a handful of soaked almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, or other nuts (except cashews or peanuts) 2-3 times per week during a meal when you do not consume grains or legumes. Nuts and seeds are good sources of essential fatty acids and amino acids.
12. Use plenty of raw garlic in salads and fresh juices. Garlic is a wonderful natural antiseptic.
13. Drink water sprinkled with cayenne pepper and take digestive enzymes 30 minutes before most meals in order to empty the stomach and activated digestive function.
14. Limit oils to cold-pressed oils of flaxseed, olive, borage, and grapeseed.
15. Eliminate processed grain and dairy products, which are very acidic and mucous-forming; they also produce allergic reactions that cause stress in the immune system.
16. Eliminate all meat – including fish and chicken. All meat contains excess complex protein and toxic hormones, chemicals, and parasites that assault the immune system.
17. Eliminate fried foods; they decrease oxygen-availability, thereby creating an inviting environment for cancer-cell development and viral growth.
18. Avoid microwaved food, which causes cellular destruction comparable to that of an atomic bomb. If you must heat your food, dehydrating, steaming, baking, toasting, and convection-oven heating are acceptable.
19. Eliminate foods that contain isolated sugars (including dried fruit, honey, maple syrup, molasses, rice syrup, barley malt, and any “food” the name of which ends in “ose”, eg. fructose). The best substitute is stevia, a flower-pollen extract.
20. Avoid foods with added salt. The best substitute is Braggs Liquid Aminos, a liquid soy-extract.
21. Avoid alcohol, drugs, food with vinegar, and soft drinks.
22. Learn and observe the rules of food-combining, especially when you are shopping for packaged, processed foods.
23. Eat only when you are calm and relaxed, and schedule meals during the daylight hours between sunrise and sundown.
Cindy Soto is a Certified Health Educator from the Hippocrates Health Institute.