Sunday, February 7, 2010

THE PLAN

For the past several days, many people have asked about my nutrition plan. So, today I wanted to take a few moments to give you a few details about it.

Basically, it involves a lot of time, a lot of money, and a lot of supplements. But, I feel like a million bucks, so it's worth it to me.

Let me assure you, it's a very intricate plan, that takes lots of scheduling to make sure that I get everything in. I start my day by making fresh vegetable juice in my Jack Lalanne juicer. Brian made us spend some of our wedding gift cards on this silly thing and I was greatly opposed. I've now tried to give it away about 10 times, but I couldn't get anyone to take it. Who would've thought that me and the juicer would be this well acquainted? I stir all sorts of icky stuff into my juice, so by the time I drink it, I have to pray that it goes down!

Then, I make this horrendous concoction of fresh berries, cottage cheese, flax oil, whey protein powder, and a probiotic supplement. Again, since I started putting the berries in it, I can get this down. But before, well, it was completely repulsive.

Then, I take many of these (the others are taken at night):
See that nasty brown stuff in the bottle on the right? That stuff is called Haelan and it is fermented soy from China. My doctor likened it in taste to Japanese sewer water. It's awful. I chase it with strawberry flavored cod liver oil. Are you running to the toilet yet?

Then, the rest of the day is built on these principles:
  • No sugar (stevia and agave nectar are permitted in moderation)
  • No wheat
  • All organic, all natural
  • 7+ servings of vegetables a day (mostly eaten raw)
  • 1-2 servings of fruit (berries, lemon, lime, kiwi, black currents)
  • Nothing out of a package, a box, or a can
  • Organic, grass-fed red meat is allowed 1/week (3 oz)
  • Organic, free-range chicken, white meat is allowed 3/week (3-6oz)
  • Wild caught fish is allowed up to 7/week (3-4oz)
  • Some dairy is allowed: free-range organic eggs, kefir, plain organic yogurt, feta, goat cheese, mozzarella, ricotta, string cheese, ghee (1 tablespoon)
  • Raw nuts and seeds are permitted (no peanuts)
  • Lots of olive oil
  • Permitted grains: quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, almond flour
  • Lots of water
This list is not extensive, but it gives you a very good idea of what we are doing. And, yes, I do mean "we". Brian has joined me and we are both on a quest to makeover our bodies by giving them the very best nourishment. Now, he isn't doing all of these supplements. They are tailored to me and my specific needs.

This plan is very similar in nature to the plan outlined in The Maker's Diet by Jordan Rubin. In a lot of ways, it just makes sense to return to eating the way that God intended, rather than the way we have established. It has just been another avenue for the Lord to transform me through the renewing of my mind. And, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not totally renewed yet. It's a daily dying to self, in order to enjoy God's health. It's been a neat process, and I feel SO much better. Until my appointments this past week, I had been eating only fruits, vegetables, some whole grains, and nuts/seeds. It was nice to be able to add back in a few dairy and meat products. For those who don't give a hoot about this, sorry to bore you.

And, just because Wally is sweet and he wanted to make an appearance, here ya go!


Good night, Loves! Have a blessed week in the Lord. I plan to.

17 comments:

Katie said...

Wow! You go, girl! That's amazing. Good for you for striving for good health. I'm glad you're already feeling the positive effects from it!

And, cute doggy. :)

Esterbune said...

This is very interesting Lindsey. Have you felt an improvement in the way you feel? Would you recommend this diet for anyway? I realize some of the stuff is specifically for your needs right now, however, it seems healthy for everyone. I have read the Maker's Diet and it has always intrigued me.

I have been and will continue to pray different names of God over you sweet Linds. Mercy, protection, and blessings--these are the concrete promises, the gifts that belong to everyone who loves God's name. Through praying this way throughout the years, I have gained a much more intimate knowledge of God and his absolute faithfulness.

Many, MANY scripture passages are being prayed on your behalf. "Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God."

I look forward with great anticipation to the things God is doing in your life and Bryan's. I gift thanks for God's power at work in your lives. As you face this battle beloved one, know that he alone gives victory no matter how fierce the fight.

I love you with all my heart. I will NEVER cease praying for you guys. Never.

Terry Black

Alabamamom said...

I know that you will feel so much better with these healthy foods and supplements your taking. I'm so thankful that the Lord provided the nutritionist as well as the oncology doctors.It is such a blessing to see how He has provided for every step of this journey. Y'all's commitment to the Lord and discipline in following the plan He's given to you for the long haul is an example as well as motivation to all of us.

one of nettie's girls said...

I am always so glad when you post at night. It helps me know exactly how to pray for you in the morning. I am in awe of your discipline and drive to feed your body what it really needs not what you might want. A lesson for me. Thank you.

Julie-CA said...

Thank you so much for sharing these things! I really appreciate you sharing all these wonderful healthy suggestions for having ultimate nutrition. And your right, it does make sense eating the way God intended. Afterall, He is our creator and has given us so many wonderful choices to harmonize with our bodies overall function. Thank you again for sharing. Keep up the good work and I have no doubt the Lord will bless you physically and spiritually for it. And I love how you pointed out once again, how you are committed to allowing each and everything you're walking through, including your eating habits, to challenge your spirit and strengthen your walk. :)

Anonymous said...

As a two-time survivor I can tell you the cottage cheese with flax seed oil alone is gold.

Amen to finding The/your way!

Blessings,

Barbara

Anonymous said...

i'm praying for you.

Jana said...

Agave nectar rules, stevia drools. (Just my taste buds' most humble opinion.)

Have you seen "Food, Inc.?" If you're not already sick of info on the food/health correlation, it's an interesting (and surprisingly entertaining) documentary.

April said...

Books I recommend:
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Also, just one thing that may make your life a little cheaper - I don't know what sort of area you live in, but if you can find somebody who raises chickens themselves, and feeds their chickens organic feed (and lets them roam around outside and eat grass/earthworms/whatever they want to) - that's a cheaper and better alternative to buying free range organic eggs from the store. Plus it's a more reliable source, because "free range" can mean that there's a door and a concrete slab outside the too-small chicken house that the chickens never even take advantage of.

Do your research about the brands you buy!

And good luck with all those supplements :)

Leslie said...

So glad that Jack Lalane has pulled through for you in the clutch! :) I'll keep an eye out for recipes that meet your requirements and send them your way!

Sweet Simplicity said...

That is quite the regime! I am praying for you and very specifically at this moment that you do not get discouraged with this eating plan and that it works! By discouraged I mean, I can barely take my vitamins, so I hope this is something that is easy to follow. Meaning that God gives you the strength to follow it. Now I am rambling. :)

Erin said...

Do you have a Whole Foods close by for all those specific ingredients for your diet? I have always been intrigued with eating more organic/natural/etc., but I never know where to start. Besides the yucky smoothies, it doesn't sound too terribly different from a regular diet, except, of course, that you have to add in the extra expense of organic products. I guess I was thinking you were going to have to eat pills and drink green protein smoothies forever and ever, so this sounds much more do-able! :) Keep it up, girl!!

A Nerd and A Free Spirit said...

That's awesome. I was reading in my prescription for nutritional healing book last night in the cancer section and it talked about pretty much everything you talked about. (-: And you know, cancer or not, shouldn't we be eating closer to that way anyway (minus your specific supplements)? Food for thought. (no pun intended.)

Glad it helps you feel good!!!!
~Kathryn

Cari said...

Wow, Lindsey. I am in awe. What discipline it has to take to be conscious of every little thing you put in your body. It's a lesson for all of us! Praying for you!!

Anonymous said...

Lindsey, my mom buys farm eggs from a lady at work. She is calling her to see what she feeds her chickens. We do know that they eat corn and are free to roam around the farm. Let me know if you are interested. This might be a more affordable option for your eggs.
-Lori

k_stin said...

Wow! Good job on your new diet! It's very impressive!
And Wally is SOO cute!

Kendall said...

Hi! I randomly stubbled upon your blog and felt called to leave a bit of information that you might be interested in.

I read a blog called Choosing Raw (www.choosingraw.com) that might give you some creative ideas food-wise. I would also check out www.fitnessista.com for some great recipes.

Just some thoughts -- Blessings on you and your family.