Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Thanks to one of my patients, I have been on the Warrior Diet
for about a week now. After he told me about it and how much better he felt, I thought that I would look into it. I am always interested in anything that will help people be healthier, naturally. He had often been having severe stomach distress after eating but not after every meal. Ever since being on the diet he no longer has stomach problems and he can occasionally eat some of the foods that affected him the worst without the old symptoms flaring up.
Well, last week I read the the book and got started. During the the day one can eat fruit and vegetables for breakfast. Light and easily digested proteins like cottage cheese, yogurt or boiled eggs are also allowed. So for breakfast I have been having cottage cheese and sliced peaches or a hand full of blueberries. This is a great time of the year to go on this diet because everything is in season now. Some mornings I have had yogurt and fruit. In addition to the yogurt or cottage cheese one can stir in some milk whey protein. The extra protein helps one feel full.
I have also been adding my daily tablespoon of flax oil to the the yogurt or cottage cheese. Doing it this way helps me remember to take it. It also tastes good this way or rather I really don't taste the oil at all when it is mixed in. According to Dr. Johanna Budwig
, this combination may actually impart an anti-cancer benefit. Her research indicates that seriously ill cancer patients are low in phosphatides and lipoproteins. Fortunately, they are easily replaced by the cottage cheese and flax oil combination but these must be eaten together to be effective. Dr. Budwig reports that in combining the two one triggers the properties of the
other making these nutrients available to the system.
I had some doubts about what I would actually eat and whether or not I would actually feel like I was starving all day only eating rabbit food. Somehow the thought of gnawing raw carrots and celery sticks every day was none too charming. I was happy to find that there are lots of raw food recipe web sites
out there with tons of raw food recipes. I had never even heard of raw foodists. I knew about vegetarians and vegans but here was an entirely new sub-group. New to me at least. They are passionate about their food choice.
My wife has joined me in this new diet and we are gradually getting accustomed to the new menu. For instance, this afternoon for lunch I had a hard boiled egg. When I asked what vegetables we had, she brought out a big round green thing with antennae sticking out of it. She said, "It's a kohlrabi. My mom says it's good raw." I am sure that she did not miss my dubious expression. While she sliced the thing, I went to the internet for helpful ideas.
Actually there was a lot of good information about this unusual cousin of cabbage. Armed with inspiration about new ways to eat raw food, I fixed a salad of diced kohlrabi, diced onions, a little mayonnaise and Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, a drizzle of olive oil, some roasted sunflower seeds and raisins for a little sweetness. Wow, for something thrown together it was great. I'm going to make that again.
One of the best features about this diet is also probably the most controversial. For supper one can eat pretty much whatever one wants and as much as one wants until he's full. Can you beat that? I don't think so. It goes against what we have all heard as standard dietary advice. Advice, I might point out, that has not succeeded in making anyone skinnier. Hofmekler bases his diet on ancient eating patterns particularly the Spartans and Romans, hence the title.
So far I have actually enjoyed this diet. I lost four pounds last week and hope to lose more. I don't really feel bad but who wouldn't want to feel better? I will see if there are other changes. There are two fundamentals I have been looking for in a diet. The number one question is, does it work? Well, it seems to be working for my friend and his wife who introduced me to it. It also seems to be helping a patient whom I told about the diet three weeks ago.
I just gave him the basic outline, viz, raw fruits and vegetables in
the day and whatever you want at night. He got the extremely simplified
version, but he took my advice and today he came in for an adjustment
saying how much better he felt. He was very excited and thankful for
The second question is, can you stay on this diet forever. I think that the answer is yes to this also. The worst thing about most diets is that they are unsustainable. They are boring or hard to do or tasteless or weird or unbalanced and eventually one just wants to eat some normal food. On this diet one can. Only one must wait until supper.
Fresh raw foods, live active enzymes, essential fats whole food vitamins, detoxing the body during each day, an alkalizing diet this diet has all of that going for it. If you are part of the 66 percent of American who are overweight, I would highly recommend that you get the book and try it.