PRINCIPLE NINE: ELIMINATE OR REDUCE PROCESSED FOODS
The major kinds of fats in the foods we eat are saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fatty acids. On average, Americans consume 35-40% of our total calories in fat. The dangers of bad fats (or processed fats) include poor circulation (leading to high blood pressure), poor elimination, excess congestion and toxicity in the body. In addition, the body is not able to perform the functions that good fats (or unprocessed fats) provide.
This is why it is critical to:
- Eliminate or dramatically reduce your consumption of processed fats, trans fats and hydrogenated fats
- Keep your total daily fat intake below 25% (i.e., fewer than 25% of the calories you ingest must be fat, ideally less)
PRINCIPLE TEN: ELIMINATE OR REDUCE ANIMAL FLESH
Countless studies and innumerable amounts of research have shown a direct relationship between an animal-based diet and such chronic illnesses as heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Even small amounts of animal-based foods can cause adverse effects. Focus on:
- Eliminating or dramatically reducing your consumption of animal flesh
- Total protein intake must be 5-6% per day and must come from plant-based sources, which are more efficient and have more antioxidants, fiber and minerals
If you still decide you must consume animal flesh, follow the rules: eat it once a day, combine it with green vegetables/salad, eat it in the middle of the day and choose a source that is free range, antibiotic free and organic.