The following diet is recommended for improving health. This diet may be modified at appointments based on specific health concerns. Above all else, try to eat whole, unprocessed food, preferably fresh and organic. Avoid packaged, overly processed foods. If you are taking medications, wait to make dietary changes until you have had a visit at the clinic, or check with the prescribing physician prior to making any major dietary changes.
- The number one dietary recommendation that I make is to INCREASE VEGETABLE INTAKE!
- Eat as many fresh vegetables as you can! Try to include variation in your vegetables, to eat the rainbow. This approach provides a bounty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Place an emphasis on dark leafy green vegetables. (Do not increase foods that contain vitamin K if you are on warfarin.)
- Eat 2-4 servings of fresh fruit daily. Try to eat fruits that are in season. Berries are the lowest glycemic foods, so are best for blood sugar stabilization.
- Fats are important for health and absorption of many vitamins; however, in today’s society, many people consume too many processed, unnatural vegetable oils. Stay away from margarine, vegetable oil, corn oil, soy oil, canola oil, safflower oil, crisco, and pam.
- Be especially careful to avoid hydrogenated oils and trans fats.
- DO EAT: Olive oil, butter, and avocados.
- As a general rule, try to drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces, unless specified otherwise by your doctor.
Foods to minimize
- Wheat, dairy, corn, soy, and sugar. (Eggs and butter are not considered dairy.)
- Some people tolerate small amounts of these foods better than others, depending on their level of health.
- Any known food sensitivities.