Before I got cancer I ate whatever I wanted, which was a lot of processed and cooked food.
Micah and I both worked a lot and didn’t prepare fresh meals often. I ate bacon, eggs and toaster waffles for breakfast; and Super Sized fast food for lunch, which was usually a double cheeseburger, fries and a coke. Dinner was either microwaved, or something like grilled chicken breast, or bacon-wrapped filets with a cooked vegetable side.
I drank soft drinks, and ate candy bars, chips; basically whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I have a high metabolism and don’t gain weight, so I assumed I had a free pass. Little did I know, my body was starving for nutrients. And for what it’s worth, I didn’t smoke cigarettes and drank very little alcohol, maybe a few glasses of wine or a few beers a couple times a month.
A lot of folks are asking me what I eat now, so what I think I’ll do here is a basic overview of the food I eat the most, and expound on this stuff more in individual posts.
I am not a vegetarian or a vegan, but a lot of my meals are.
I eat a lot of Raw Organic fruits and vegetables, seeds, and nuts.
Giant Salads are the easiest way for me to eat a lot of vegetables every day.
I make Smoothies with coconut milk, frozen berries, and a banana.
I eat a small amount of starchy grains like Organic Brown Rice, Quinoa, and Sweet Potatoes, usually with dinner.
I occasionally eat Organic Sprouted Grain Breads like Ezekiel 4:9 Bread and Manna Bread.
Most breads are made with refined flour and are fast-burning carbs that turn to sugar in your bloodstream, spiking your insulin. Sprouted Grain breads are slow burning carbs (low-glycemic) and the healthiest bread you can eat.
The recipe for Ezekiel 4:9 Bread came straight out of the Old Testament. It’s a combination of six sprouted grains and legumes that form a complete protein with 18 amino acids. It comes in a standard sandwich-style loaf of bread. It doesn’t taste like regular bread and it’s more hearty and whole-grainey (if that’s a word). The original and cinnamon raisin are both great. Ezekiel also makes other good stuff like a grape-nuts style cereal, sprouted english muffins, and tortillas.
Manna Bread is a cake-like sprouted bread with no yeast, salt, oil, or sweeteners. It comes in a small dense loaf and is heated at low temperatures. It’s not exactly raw, but it’s close. It’s not sandwich bread, it’s more like a specialty bread you’d have with a meal. We really love the Fruit and Nut, Carrot Raisin, and Cinnamon Date. Cut a thick slice then warm it up in the toaster oven with a pat of butter…………I’m drooling on the freaking keyboard right now!
You’re gonna find those kinds of healthy breads in the frozen food section of Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and even some traditional groceries. They need to be frozen because they don’t have a bunch of chemical preservatives in them. Key words to look for: Sprouted Grain Breads
Raw Organic Almond Butter destroys peanut butter healthwise.
It tastes amazing and is super healthy. In case you’re wondering, peanut butter is not very healthy, and no one else in the world eats it but Americans.
It costs more than PB, but it is so worth it.
I love to make Almond Butter and Honey Sandwiches with Ezekiel Bread.
I put cinnamon on it and sometimes throw in a banana, as a tribute to The King.
When I can get it, I drink raw organic cow or goats milk that has not been pasteurized or homogenized. Those two processes destroy the nutritional value of milk and turn it into something weird and unhealthy. Trust me on this.
You have to buy raw milk from local farmers on the “gray market”, as it is illegal to sell raw milk for human consumption in some states, like Tennessee. It has to be designated as “pet food”. But don’t get freaked out. People all over the world drink raw milk every day. More and more people are becoming aware of the health benefits of raw milk thanks to the research of Weston Price.
I call it “White Lightnin”. You’ll understand after you drink some.
I also eat Raw Cheese. Organic Valley makes a delicious Organic Raw Mild Cheddar Cheese that we buy all the time. Ask for it at your local grocery, they may have it.
Want to know more about why I only drink raw milk? Read this post.
I was not able to sustain a healthy weight on the raw vegan diet. I was eating a ton of food but I was 6’2″ 135 lbs. Naturopath John Smothers added clean meat and some cooked foods back to my diet. Clean meat is free-range organic or wild caught. i.e. free-range chicken, organic pasture-raised eggs, grass-fed beef, wild game, and wild-caught sockeye salmon from the Copper River in Alaska. No farm-raised or gulf of mexico fish for me. Read my post about toxic farm-raised fish here.
Depending on your metabolic type you may not need animal protein three times a day. Somewhere between once a day and a few times per week might be better for you. Whole Foods carries some clean meat, but local farmers are cheaper. My rule is I only eat meat if I know where it comes from, which means I hardly ever eat meat in restaurants with the exception of some wild caught fish.
I don’t eat the meat of scavengers which basically means pork, catfish, shrimp, oysters, lobster, etc.
Scavengers are bottom feeders. Their role in nature is to eat the stuff no other animal will eat; disgusting stuff like other dead animals. Shellfish clean the ocean by absorbing pollutants. These are not healthy meats. I used to eat bacon and bbq sandwiches several times a week before I got cancer. Not anymore!
The book that most closely explains the way I eat is called The Maker’s Diet. I Highly Recommend it. It’s one of the few books that I would give away to everyone I know if I could afford to.
In preparation for this post, I snapped pics of my last three meals:
All made by my wonderful, perfect, amazing, beautiful wife Micah.
Here’s a simple Veggie Sandwich she made me for lunch yesterday: Toasted Ezekiel Bread with raw mild cheddar cheese, sliced cucumber, sliced avocado, sliced red bell pepper, lettuce, a little bit of Newman’s Own Ranch dressing on one side and spicy mustard on the other, and topped with Four Cancer Fighting Spices: Garlic, Oregano, Cayenne, and Curry Powder. Absolutely Fabulous!
This is what Micah made for dinner last night:
Chickpea Salad with Brown Rice
Two 15 oz cans of garbanzo beans. 6 roma tomatoes, sliced. 4 oz. crumbled feta cheese. 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves. 1/3 cup apple cider or wine vinegar. 1/4 cup olive oil. Mix it up in a bowl and serve over brown rice or grilled pita wedges. Delish and so simple!
Here’s what I ate for dinner tonight before finishing this post: All the credit goes to Micah again. I love you baby.
Quinoa and Black-Eyed Pea Croquettes with lightly sautéed zucchini strips and a baked sweet potato with butter and cinnamon. They were awesome. Get the recipe HERE.