3 Dietary Lifestyles
MEDITERRANEAN: This dietary lifestyle is recommended by the American Heart Association. I find that foods can act as tonics or toxins. Lots of fresh water and raw veggies: tonic. Lots of salt, sugars, flesh and fried foods: toxins. Although I've done all three diets, I usually come back to the Mediterranean dietary lifestyle long term with short (one week to two months) vegan style for cleansing. Regardless of which dietary lifestyle I do, I try to stay away from dairy, especially if it's not organic.
The Mediterranean diet suggests we eat primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Nuts should be raw and without salt or sugar added. Make sure some of your fruits and veggies are eaten raw. Replace butter, lard and margarine with healthy fats such as olive oil and coconut oil. Use herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods, or use iodized sea salt sparingly. Limit red meat to no more than a few times a month. Eat fish and poultry 1-2 times (var.) a week. Eat sugar and sweets sparingly. Enjoy meals with family and friends. Drink red wine in moderation (optional). Get plenty of exercise: this could be 30-60 minutes of brisk walking three times a week. Drink at least 5-8 glasses (8 ounces per glass) of water each day. (Mayoclinic.org).
VEGETARIAN: This dietary lifestyle emphasizes eating plant-based foods. No flesh/animal/seafood: no red meat, white meat, poultry or seafood. But you can eat animal by-products like cheese, yogurt, eggs and butter. You can drink milk also. Be careful though. A lot of people using this diet eat a lot of veggie meats which are very processed and have a very high sodium content. Sometimes people make up for not eating meat by eating a lot of carbs like bread, cakes, cookies and the like. Hmm. Not so good.
VEGAN & RAW VEGAN: This lifestyle is very similar to the vegetarian diet except no animal by-products are allowed, i.e., no dairy or eggs. The raw vegan diet is similar but at least 85% of your food should be eaten raw. I strongly support this lifestyle if you are trying to recover from an illness, or are trying to prevent getting ill. I personally know people who have recovered completely from cancer and diabetes by following this diet. I suggest you take a vitamin B12 supplement if you are going to follow this diet, and discuss your new eating habits with a nutritionist or doctor. Organic foods are highly recommended.
MAKE SURE YOU'RE GETTING ENOUGH IODINE IN YOUR DIET. ASK YOUR DOCTOR TO CHECK FOR IT.