John Guava recently asked me the following questions about my Purity Diet and I thought I would share the answers with everyone. Thanks, John, for the questions! If you have questions, please comment on this article and I will do my best to answer them. If you want more info on the Purity Diet, just click on the word “Diet” in the right-hand column and you will see all I have written and posted.
Thanks for providing a workable diet to the “hungry” masses and a huge congratulations on your physical accomplishment! I have a few questions on the diet, if you don’t mind.
1. Is this diet basically a low carb diet that allows fruit, but not any processed foods?
2. Does “no processed food” include milk, half-and-half, cream, butter, cheese, cottage cheese, coffee, non-organic (antibiotic) meats, whey protein, all cereals, oatmeal and all breads completely?
3. Breakfast is always difficult for me as eggs alone are not appetizing; what do you eat?
Thanks in advance, John
Thanks for the encouragement! I will do my best to answer your questions and I will give you some articles on my blog where I have covered some of the things you are asking about.
I don’t really look at this as a low carb diet, but it seems to end up being one as a result of staying away from processed food. When you don’t use refined sugar (processed), and stay away from flour that has all of the nutrition taken out and then “added” back in (processed), you end up with a diet that is much lower-carb than the typical American gets. I have also done things like switching from a regular baked potato to sweet potato, and from white rice to brown, and from rice to quinoa, when possible. If I want something sweet I use locally grown honey or organic grade B maple syrup. It is amazing, though, how much my taste buds have changed and how sweet a sweet potato or fruit really is!
I don’t do as much dairy as before, but when I do I look for it without the chemicals and organic, if possible. My butter intake is down to almost zero. When I cook with fat I use coconut oil because it doesn’t change its molecular structure when it is heated. Olive oil is also great, but even better if you add it after you cook because I am told high heat changes how your body digests it. I use a little bit of milk in my coffee. I drink tons of tea!
When I can I choose grass-fed chemical-free meats. My meat consumption has gone way down and my intake of beans, lentils, and nuts has gone way up. Overall I also try to keep my total calorie intake as low as possible. Everything I have read has pretty much said the lower your calories the better, as long as you are getting enough of the right nutrition! If you eat lots of vegetables you will get an enormous amount of food and your calorie intake will go way down. On the other hand, if all you eat is nuts — which are great for you — you will eat too many calories.
Here are a couple of articles you can read on my blog about what I eat for breakfast. Just click on the word “Diet” on the right side of the page. It will take you to all of my comments on diet. The two articles I wrote on breakfast are Eating Pure and Simple and Power Breakfast – Pure and Simple. I also wrote an article on what kind of bread I eat in the article Moldy Bread is Good!
Here are three simple things I consider when making food decisions in order of priority:
1. Is it pure, unprocessed, and chemical free?
2. Does it fit into my low-calorie approach for the day?
3. Choose organic if possible.
John, I hope this helps!
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