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Goddess Diet Plan

    The Goddess Plan is a lifelong method for any woman or girl to achieve and maintain Goddess status. The Goddess Diet Plan may also be used by men and boys, with small modifications for gender and sex.

summary

    This diet is customized to each individual by each individual. It is easy to adjust to match doctor’s orders.

    This diet is similar to many healthy diets and can easily be adjusted to meet the requirements of most healthy diets.

    The essence of this diet is things most everyone already knows: * * *Eat less meat. Eat lots of plants. Eat less processed foods. Cut back on salt, sugar, and fat. Eat plants. Eat lots of plants. Eat a wide variety of plants. Keep introducing good plants to replace and take up the “eating space” currently occupied by things that you already know you need to change.* * *

    Slow incremental changes towards a healthy diet makes it easier to maintain a healthy diet for life.

    Extreme diets tend to deprive the body of some essential nutrient for about three weeks, resulting in weight loss. Some is often just water loss from less salt. Some is from the loss of an essential nutrient. But the weight loss is temporary. That much weight, and often more, comes back. And the three weeks of deprivation of an essential nutrient may cause permanent damage to the body.

    This diet is presented in “days”. Those do not have to be consecutive days.

    Change at a pace that you can sustain. Of course, make any immediate changes a doctor orders. Otherwise, change at your own pace.

    You already know a lot of what is here.

    You do not have to be a Pagan to follow this diet. You do not have to believe in Goddess. You may have any religion or no religion at all.

    This is a seven year diet plan intended for recovery from health disaster. The Goddess diet will help you recover from (or control) obesity, diabetes, heart disease, celiac disease, food allergies, and other common health problems.

    The Western Pattern Diet emphasizes large amounts of red meat, sugary desserts, refined grains (especially corn, soy, and wheat), high fat foods (especially dairy products), high sugar drinks, and chicken eggs.

    Almost everyone knows this is a health disaster. The common response is to use over the counter pharamceutical company drugs to cover up the adverse symptoms so that the bad diet can be continued. Until a serious, life-threatening problem occurs. Uh, oh.

    The Goddess Diet is just plain good natural eating. You have probably at least heard of most everything here. You probably generally know these things are good for you. You may be forced into healthy eating patterns by a life-threatening disease or trauma. You may be tired of being overweight. You may already be healthy and just want to tune up your diet.

    Whatever the reason and your personal circumstances, you are now ready to fix your diet.

    The Goddess Diet Plan goes beyond simple rules and restrictions, instead providing general ideas that each person must customize to the individual needs of his or her own body. You can modify and change the order of the steps to meet your own needs.

    This diet assumes that you have reached your personal health “bottom” and are now ready to take serious action. This diet also assumes that you are intelligent enough to act beyond simplistic formulas.

    Note that this web page is still being written and is being changed and updated on a regular basis.

    Information on cutting back on sugar and salt being added.


tomb of Queen Nefertari

doctor’s orders

    You may already have doctor’s orders. Obey those orders. If you strongly disagree, seek a new doctor with more palatable orders.

    You may find that your doctor’s orders already include elements of this diet. If so, immediately implement your doctor’s orders and follow up with the rest of this diet.

    If you can afford to do so, have your doctor examine this diet and either approve it or modify it before you start using it. Follow any modifications made by your doctor.

    You may speed up or slow down implementation of this diet.

    You may skip steps that you are not ready for, although this may diminish the positive effect of the other changes.

    Just as doctor’s orders may jump steps to the front of the list, you may also start some things early. Understand that small refinements that come later in the process may have no effect until the larger issues are dealt with. Avoid the temptation to only do those parts that you find easy, as that will continue down the path of disaster to eventual death.

basics of the Goddess diet

    We are taught that diet and exercise are the only factors in being healthy and that those who are overweight are simply lazy and undisciplined. That’s garbage.

    While exercise, nutrition, and diet are important factors, the greatest single cause of obesity is depression. The most common self-treatment for depression is eating “comfort food”.

    The second most common cause of obesity is low self-esteem. If a woman doesnt’t love herself, then she has little or no motivation to properly take care of her body.

    The starting point for achieving and maintaining a healthy body is to create a lifetstyle that encourages and supports love of self.

    Certainly you want to learn the right foods to eat and the proper exercise and that kind of stuff, but it is far more important to transform your mind and spirit.

    As you learn about healthy eating, your overall health will improve, but you need to avoid the tendency to start lecturing your friends. Nobody appreciates the Food Nazi.

“Health is more than simply the absence of illness. It is the active state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.”
World Health Organization

    The process of a woman seeking the Goddess within involves both the physical and the spiritual.

    Any woman can become goddess incarnate, but very few women actually achieve this goal. The path towards this goal is often fulfilling and enriching on its own. Sometimes the journey really is more important than the destination.

    “One of the most interesting developments in women’s spirituality is that of a widespread view of Goddess as immanent rather than transcendent, i.e. within each person, within all of nature, not as a woman sitting on a throne or flying around up in the heavens. Many women today perceive Goddess not only as immanent but as immament process, as the flow of life energy.” —Merlin Stone in Ancient Mirrors of Womanhood, page xiii

    Some women have numerous advantages (such as genetics, economic wealth, cultural acceptance, control over their time, etc.) and still fail to become goddesses, while other women facing extreme hardships (such as physical disabilities, mental disabilities, poverty, cultural oppression, poor neighborhoods, etc.) are able to become goddesses.

    Certainly there are many external circumstances and other factors out of your control, but there is much that each woman can do if she really wants to.

    Ancient cultures have three basic archetypes of goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Grandmother (or crone). You will want to achieve the goddess nature appropriate for your age.

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
Socrates

unhealthy typical diet

    The Western Pattern Diet emphasizes large amounts of red meat, sugary desserts, refined grains (especially corn, soy, and wheat), high fat foods (especially dairy products), high sugar drinks, and chicken eggs.

    A 2006 survey of obese American adults revealed that 70% of these obese adults thought they ate a healthy diet! Obviously there is a great deal of confusion about what constitutes a healthy diet.

    The typical diet plan in popular mass market diet books provide a list of easy to follow directions that a person follows for a short period of time. One to four weeks produces a temporary weight loss of five to twenty (5-20) pounds. This is typically water loss, but can be some other harmful effect.

    Most people can maintain a strict diet (even ridiculously strict) for an average of 21 days. Severely restrict any one (or more) essential macronutrient for 21 days and there will be almost certain weight loss. Some fad diets can cause longterm health damage along with temporary weight loss.

    A short trendy diet is followed by a return to your normal habits. You regain the weight you just lost, plus a few extra new pounds as your body tries to recover from the drastic swings in diet it just experienced.

    Pick another trendy diet and repeat the process, slowly yo-yoing to ever increasing weights and ever decreasing healthiness.

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings.”
Hippocrates

healthy Goddess Diet

    The Goddess Diet Plan is different. This is a long term plan for permanent life changes that allow you to bring out the Goddess within yourself.

    With the Goddess Diet Plan, you learn about your body and apply time proven physical, mental, and spiritual changes that transform you into a manifestation of the Goddess of your choice.

    The three basic Goddess archetypes are the Maiden, Mother, and Grandmother. There are a wide variety of Goddesses of each type from cultures all over the world. Pick one or more Goddess archetypes that are appropriate for you personally.

    The Greeks divided the Maiden archetype into three kinds: Kore Persephone (the young woman seeking marriage and family), Kore Athena (the young woman pursueing a profession or craft), and Kore Artemis (the wild young woman, including lesbians, musicians, artists, and librarians).

    Americans are accustomed to diets that involve counting. Counting carbs. Counting calories. Counting fat. Counting protein. Itemizing vitamins and minerals. Calculating glycemic indices.

    In reality, what matters is the quality of the food eaten. A good diversity of high quality foods will tend to naturally result in a good diet, without having to do math.

changing habits

    The Goddess Plan takes into account that human beings are creatures of habit. You are going to create new habits. It is impossible to simply break an old habit.

    As an exercise, for the next thirty (30) seconds, attempt to avoid thinking about pink unicorns. Really concentrate on avoiding thinking about pink unicorns. Do this experiment now.

    You will find that the more you concentrate on not thinking of pink unicorns, the more you actually think about pink unicorns. No human being can break a habit through sheer will power.

    Now for thirty (30 seconds, concentrate on thinking about black cats. Imagine a black cat. Picture the black cat in detail. Think about exactly what the black cat looks like. Think about exactly how the black cat acts. Concetrate completely on the black cat. Do this experiment now.

    At the end of the second experiment you will notice that you did not think of the pink unicorn. Human beings can replace old habits with new habits.

    The secret to success is to replace old habits with new habits, rather than attempting to simply break old habits through sheer will power.

changing day by day

    Another problem with most diet and health plans is sudden drastic change. There is only so much that any one human can handle at one time.

    If you overload yourself with too much to do (on top of your already busy life), then you will fail. You simply won’t be able to keep up with it all. You will be overwhelmed and fail.

    The Goddess Plan includes a daily plan of one healthy change a day. This is a manageable amount of change for most people. This is an amount of change that is sustainable for a lifetime. Each day you will improve your health and become sexier.

    Basic nutritional information is interwoven with the specific diet change suggestions. Diet books typically present all of this information at once as an overwhelming mass of data. Spreading it out through the suggested diet changes allows you to learn nutritional theory at a steady pace at the same time you are making practical changes.

    This daily plan assumes a reasonably healthy start. If you have are under medical care for a drastic, life-threatening condition, then you need to immediately follow your doctor’s orders.

    If you are reasonably healthy, you can start the Goddess Plan at any time.

    Feel free to adjust the plan to your personal needs.

    If you have special health needs, then modify the Goddess Plan to take into account your special needs. For example, if you are allergic to a specific food that is recommended by the plan, then use your growing knowledge of good health to design your own personal substitute that serves the same essential need.

    If you already are practicing a healthier lifestyle, you may be able to skip over some steps, either because you are already doing them or because you are already doing a more advanced and healthier option. Of course, avoid becoming over-enthusiastic and attempting to do too much at once.

    If you are struggling with a step (or a group of steps), you may want to slow down the pace of the plan, possibly making changes every other day or every few days instead of dialy.

    Adjust the Goddess Plan to your specific needs, body, and life.

note:

    Note that the day by day plan is being written more slowly than the days are passing. This is not a problem because the plan involves making long term changes for the better and you are encouraged to work at your own personal pace, which will probably be less than one change per day anyway. I currently have about four to five hours a week to write for the entire website. Please be patient.

explanations

    The Goddess Plan provides for every step. The Goddess Plan is based on knowledge. Unlike the typical person who blindly follows whatever fad is popular at the moment, on the Goddess Plan you will learn why you are doing each step so that you can obtaint he maximum positive health effects.

    This knowledge will allow you to modify the Goddess Plan to fit your specific and unique body and life.

hitting bottom

    Every individual has a different personal bottom. This is the lowest point where you finally realize you have a serious problem you can no longer ignore your problem and you finally take realistic actions toward recovery.

    You may have had severe diet-induced health problems, such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, organ transplant, or cancer.

    You may simply be on the path to major, life-threatening conditions and realized that you don’t want to be any fatter, more tire, or less healthy.

    Everyone has a different bottom. If you have not yet reached your personal bottom, you will only dabble at solutions rather than make the long-term commitment to healthy eating.

intelligence

    This disaster recovery diet assumes that you are willing to use your native human inteligence. You will have to consciously think about what you eat and plan accordingly.

    Common sense simply is not common.

90,000 years

    For approximately the first 90,000 years of the existence of the modern human, our ancestors continued to use the technology of our immediate predecessor. We didn’t start using our flashy new modern brains until we got our asses kicked by Neanderthal in what is now Israel/palestine.

    As we attempted to emerge from Africa, we came up against a similar species that used the exact same weapons technology (especially spears and axes intended for hand-held use). Neanderthal was bigger and stronger than we are. They easily chased us back to Africa.

    Some of our ancestors used their modern brain and came up with a new design for spears that could be thrown.

    In the next clash we easily defeated Neanderthal because we could strike at a distance, defeating them before they could use their superior strength and size advantages.

    We eventually chased Neadnerthal out of Europe. This was accompanied by an explosion of new tehcnologies, including the introduction of art and civilization.

    It took us modern humans 90,000 years with our modern brain before we hit bottom and started using it.

applying intelligence

    This disaster recovery diet assumes that you are among those humans who are willing to actually use your flashy new modern human brain. That you are willing to think. That you are willing to plan. That you are willing to take positive action and control over your own health.

    You have to be willing to read. Less than 10% of adult Americans are “regular readers”. Regular reader being defined as someone who reads at least once a week for some reason other than school or work. And that once a week can be something as simple as reading a single comic strip!

    While this does count as educational reading, you will have to be more willing to read and think than the average human.

    Are you ready to use your brain to save you own life?

seven year diet plan

    This is a seven year diet plan. That number is based on cellular activity. It will take approximately seven (7) years for your body to recover from your previous eating habits.

    Once you have recovered, it would be wise to continue healthy eating for the remainder of your life.

    While this diet concentrates on the recovery phase, you will learn the principles for long term, sustainable healthy eating.

fad diets

    Most fad diets are based on some kind of starvation.

    Humans can exhibit extreme discipline for short periods of time. Most anyone can go on almost any extreme diet, no matter how extreme, for a short period of time (typical endurance is about three weeks).

    Most fad diets starve the body of one key nutrient. Over a period of about three weeks, any kind of starvation will result in noticeable (often impressive) weight loss.

    Unfortunately, there are harmful effects from these short periods of starvation. The harmful effects vary depending on the kind of starvation. Some of these cause long-term damage to the body

     In the worst cases, the long-term damage actually causes the body to change at a cellular level. These changes cause the normal American unhealthy diet to become even unhealthier! The body changes thw way it processes food and you end up worse than you were before the fad diet.

healthy eating

    Chances are that you already have a general idea of what is healthy eatng. You probably don’t know allthe details. You probably have some mistaken beliefs. But you generally know what is healthy and what isn’t.

    As you read this diet, apply your general common sense knowledge. Think and test for yourself whether or not this is reasonable.

    We have three major goals:

    (1) Remving unhealthy foods.

    (2) Adding healthy foods.

    (3) Getting the correct proportions of healthy foods to match you personal dietary needs.

    You may notice that this material suddenly and abruptly ends. That is because I am still transferring the information into writing.

    Return weekly (or even every few days) and you will find more information has been added.

    To your good health.

overweight and obesity

    Two of the most common health problems in the U.S. and the Western world in general are overweight and obesity (a more extreme version of being overweight). Yes, the phrase t“overweight and obesityt” sounds strange and seems to break a basic grammatical rule, but this is the way the medical profession actually refers to these two health problems.

    Overweight and obesity can be cured with diet and exercise.

    According to the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overweight (BMI of 25 or higher)and obesity (BMI of 30 or higher) are risk factors for developing: coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers, hypertension (high blood pressure), dyslipidemia, stroke, liver disease, gallbladder disease, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, osteoarthritis, and gynecological problems (including infertility).

    The Goddess Diet Plan directly addresses all but the most extreme cases of overweight and obesity. If you are too heavy to leave your home then you need immediate medical intervention to save your life.

    The major goals for treating overweight and obesity:

pre-diabetes and diabetes

    Diabetes is divided into three groups: type 1 (requiring insulin treatment), type 2 (which can be controlled by diet and exercise alone), and gestational diabetes (pregnant women and their babies).

    Pre-diabetes is a condition where the body’s ability to produce insulin is compromised but not yet to the levels of diabetes.

    Diet and exercise can cure pre-diabetes. Diet and exercise are used to control diabetes. Only in very rare cases has diet actually cured diabetes.

    There is a huge amount of debate about what is the proper diet for diabetes, although some things (especially reducing sugar and simple carbohydrate intake) are common.

    The American Diabetic Association recommends watching the Glycemic Index (G.I.), eating lots of fruits and vegetables, emphasizing non-starchy vegetables, 60-70% carbohydrates, limiting alcohol, watching fats (and emphasizing good fats), lean meats, fish, and plant sources for protein, non-fat dairy, eliminating sugary drinks, and cutting back on high calorie nacks and desserts.

    The Pritikin Program created by Nathan Pritikin in 1976 emphasizes carbohydrates and fiber, with fresh fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.

    The G.I. Diet counts the Glycemic Index (G.I.) of foods and emphasizes low G.I. foods. Although originally researched for diabetes, this is not a diet specifically for diabetics. The principles of a G.I. diet are useful for many other persons.

    The High Fiber Diet emphasizes plants high in fiber.

    The Zone Diet created by Barry Sears emphasizes a balance of 40% carbohydrates, 30% proteins, and 30% fats. This is not a diet specifically for diabetics.

    The Paleolithic Diet calls for foods that were common in the pre-agriculture paleolithic period. This is not a diet specifically for diabetics.

    The Vegan Diet is part of a philosophy of not using any animal products, not just in food but also in clothing and other parts of life. This is not a diet specifically for diabetics.

    The Raw Foods Diet emphasizes uncooked raw whole foods, usually plants. This is not a diet specifically for diabetics.

    The Goddess Diet Plan with some minor modifications is appropriate for most diabetics.

    The major goals for treating pre-diabetes and diabetes:

heart disease and stroke

    Diet and exercise can prevent heart disease and stroke, as well as help in recovery.

    Major risk factors for heart disease and stroke include: hyperinsulinemia, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking tobacco, and drinking alcohol.

    The Goddess Diet Plan with some minor modifications is appropriate for heart disease and stroke prevention and recovery.

    The major goals for treating heart disease and stroke:

cancer

    Diet and exercise can help prevent some kinds of cancer. Diet and exercise can help support stronger treatments for cancer but can not cure cancer.

    Major risk factors for cancer include: obesity, exposure to toxic chemicals, smoking tobacco, and drinking alcohol.

    The Goddess Diet Plan with some minor modifications is appropriate for cancer prevention and recovery.

    The major goals for treating and preventing cancer:

addictions

    The harmful effects of many addictions are so great as to overwhelm any changes in diet.

    If you have a currently active feeding addiction to tobacco, opiates, heroin, alcohol, speed, tranquilizers, barbituates, cocaine, or other similar substances, then you are not ready for this diet (although it will help in the recovery after you have stopped actively feeding the addiciton).

    If you simply have excesses of alcohol, sugar, salt, or similar problems, this diet will help you with the excess. But if you have an addiction, solve the addiction before starting this diet.

    If you have a sugar and/or salt addiction, then this diet will help you end the addiction.

    Sugar and salt addictions often happen as a connected pair.

    You should move away from refined sugar, artificial sweetners, and other sweetners as rapidly as is safe for your body regardless fo whether or not you have a sugar addiction.

    If you have a sugar addiction you should completely stop the use of refined sugar. Ever.

    You should move away from ordinary table salt as rapidly as is safe for your body regardless fo whether or not you have a salt addiction.

    If you have a salt addiction you should completely stop the use of table salt. Ever.

tobacco

    Tobacco features nicotine, one of the most addictive substances known, more than twice as addictive as heroin.

    A common American reason for acidosis (acid overload) is the nicotine in tobacco.

    Quitting isn’t easy. Quitting is esential.

Day 1: dedication

    The first and most important part of the entire Goddess Plan is your dedication to success.

    If you don’t make a commitment, there is very little chance of success.

    The dedication can be very simple (such as writing down your goal in a pocket-size diet and exercise diary) or very complex, or anything in between.

    This dedication can involve the divine, such as the ancient Egyptian Ntr and neteru, the Hindu Krishna and Radha, the Jewish Yahweh and Asherah, the Roman Isis and Diana, the Zoroastrian Ahura Mazda, the Christian Jesus and Mary, the Islamic Allah and Mohammad, the Wiccan Lord and Lady, or any other religion’s deities or leaders.

    The important thing is to formally dedicate yourself to the goal of being a healthy and sexy Goddess in a year.

rich and poor

    Poor persons may have trouble following this diet. The policy of the U.S. government since the Great Depression has been to provide incentives for cheap junk food to prevent widespread hunger. This policy prevents revolution and riots driven by widespread hunger. This policy also makes poor people obese and creates food-driven diseases and ailments that greatly shorten life expectancy, lowering the amount of money the government has to pay out on social security programs.

    Those on a restricted budget will find that most of easily obtained low cost foods are bad for human health. There are great foods available at low cost, such as bags of whole beans and bags of whole grains. The trade-off is increased preparation times.

    Obtaining a crock-pot or slow cooker will allow the poor to spend long hours at low-paying jobs (often more than one job a day), but still return home to high quality foods.

    The rich often have the opposite problem of eating to impress. Many of the most expensive foods are horribly unhealthy. These include fancy steaks and super sugary desserts.

    The rich can easily afford extreme excesses of meats and extreme excesses of sugar desserts.

    My grandfather was a photographer for the New York Times, Saturday Evening Post, and Life magazine (including as a war correspondent in World War II). His meals were covered by an expense account, effectively allowing him to eat like a rich person. Coming from a poor background, he ate whatever was the most expensive item on the menu, which typically was some kind of steak. He developed a taste for expensive cuts of meat. Decades of eating expensive steaks eventually led to three heart attacks. After the first heart attack he rather quickly returned to his previous diet simple because he loved the food he was accustomed to eating. After the second heart attack he radically changed his diet. Unfortunately the damage was too severe and the third heart attack killed him.

    It is wise for the rich to refrain from excess.

Day 2: morning water

    From this day on, always start each day by drinking a glass of warm water. You may optionally include fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice.

    Obtain organic fresh ripe lemons or limes. Bright green limes are not ripe. Ripe limes have started to yellow.

    Drink the lemon or lime juice in your morning water within 10 minutes of squeezing the juice.

    Store leoms and limes at room temperature on a counter that receives sunlight. Do not refrigerate lemons or limes. Use lemons and limes within three days. Check twice daily for spoilage.

    The purpose of drinking water first thing each morning is to rehydrate your body after a full night’s sleep. Throughout the night, your body is using up its supply of water, but isn’t receiving any new water. By the time you wake up, your body is in serious need of water, one of the most vital of all essential nutrients.

    As soon as you get up, drink a glass of warn water and immediately get new water into your body. You will learn more about the importance of water and proper hydration later in the Goddess Plan.

    The reason the water is warm is to gently raise your core body tempaerature. It is normal for your body to reduce its temperature while you sleep. By gently raising your core body temperature, you invigorate your body and help yourself wake up ready to take on the challenges of your day. This is also in keeping with the principle of yang foods and beverages in the morning (see below).

    The lemon or lime juice adds vital minerals and other micronutrients that your body has used up during the night. It is important to use fresh squeezed fruit juice, not pre-packaged juices. If you must start with pre-packaged juices, switch to fresh-squeezed live juice as soon as possible.

    Advanced version: In the advanced version, take two glasses of warm water first thing in the morning. Add lemon or lime juice to the second glass of water. Switch to the more advanced version at your own pace.

    This is a very easy starting habit, but an important one.

stretching exercises

    On this day of the Goddess Plan, you will start exercising. If you are already exercising, you can add these recommended exercises to your regular routine.

    The first exercise in the Goddess Plan is the bend and reach. The bend and touch is one of the most basic stretching exercises. There are more advanced versions of this exercise that you may want to use later in the Goddess Plan.

    Stand up straight in a relaxed erect position, with your feet about shoulder width apart. Lift your arms over your head. Bend foward to touch the floor or ground between your feet. Return to the starting position. Each return to the starting position counts as one repetition of the bend and reach.

    You can optionally bend backwards at the top of the exercise. You can optionally reach between your legs and touch the ground behind yourself when bent over.



    If you have not been exercising, only attempt one repetition of the bend and reach exercise. You will eventually want to build up to between 10 and 30 repetitions of the bend and reach exercise. Do not increase your number of repetitions by more than one additional repetition per day. it is important to avoid straining or damaging your muscles by over vigorous physical activity beyond your current abilities. it is essential to build up any new exercise slowly over days and weeks.

    Do not lock your knees straight. Keep your knees loose. On the other hand, do not go into deep knee bends. Both extremes are harmful to delicate tissues in your knees and locking your knees can block blood flow, resulting in fainting.

    For those who are new to exercise, especially if overweight, do not worry if you can’t actually touch the ground yet. Bend down as far as you can comfortably bend. It is important to avoid any pain. This exercise should never hurt. Over a week or two build up to three to five repetitions of this exercise without worring about actually reaching the floor. Once you have reached three to five repetitions, stop increasing the number of repetitions and work on getting closer to the floor. Again, do not stretch beyond your abilities (because that can damage muscle, ligaments, and other tissues). Take as long as you need to build up to the point where you can actually touch the floor. Once you have successfully touched the floor, you can start increasing the number of repetitions (not more than one new rep a day).

    Move slowly and deliberately. You are attempting to gently stretch and warm up your muscles and soft tissues in preparation for other exercises. Fast movements defeat the purpose of gentle stretching. Fast movements tear and rip rather than stretch. It is tempting to move quickly, as the momentum will jerk your body into a greater reach with more ease, but this temptation must be avoided to prevent serious damage.

    Any exercise program requires a period of warm up and stretching exercises before attempting more vigorous exercise. Jumping right into vigorous exercise will damage muscles, ligaments, and other tissues.

    In addition to gently stretching muscles and ligaments, the bend and reach exercise also helps keep the back bone flexible. A flexible back is an essential key to good health. If yourback is stiff and inflexible, it will interfere with free movement and proper exercise, as well as block kundalini and the flow of energy through your chakras. it is impossible to be fully healthy and fit without a flexible spine.

macronutrients

    There are four macronutrients: water, carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Note that some nutritionists place water in a category by itself, leaving three macronutrients.

    Lack of water can kill in hours (typically a few days).

    Lack of the other three macronutrients can kill in weeks or months (depending on conditions).

    Insufficient amounts of macronutrients can create a huge variety of health problems. Similiarly, an overload of any macronutrient can also produce a wide variety of health problems.

    Your body needs 40-60% carbohydrates, 15-30% proteins, and 15-30% fats.

    Dr. Barry Sears, Ph.D., author of the popular Zone series of diet books, claims to have scientifically verified that the ideal percentages are 40-30-30 (40% of your diet should consist of carbohydrates, 30% should be proteins, and 30% should be fats).

Day 3: water

    Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Twelve glasses of water a day is better.

    One plan for getting enough water is to drink a glass of water every hour on the hour from when you wake up until sunset.

    Water is the most important of the macronutrients.

    At birth the human body is up to 90% water. A typical adult human has about 70% water. The elderly can drop to 60% water as their body loses the ability to retain water. Human blood is about 94% water.

    You should get significant amounts of water within the food you eat, especially if you eat raw frutis and vegetables.

    Most Americans drink too little water. Many Americans confuse the feeling of thirst with the feeling of hunger and feed themselves food when their body is really craving water. This is why many diets include drinking water as the first response to feelign hungry. If the problem was thirst, drinking water will solve the mistaken feeling of “hunger” (which was really the feeling of thirst).

    But you shouldn’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink water. By the time you feel thirsty your body has already lost at least 1% of its total water.

    Drink plenty of water throughout the day, fairly evenly spaced. You can dink some of your water as healthy teas.

    Do not drinks lots of any fluid while eating a meal. Large quantites of water can dilute the stomach emzymes and acids, reducing the ability to digest properly, resulting in less nutrients being absorbed into the body.

    It is best to drink a small quantity of water shortly before a meal (typically about 10 minutes before eating) and drink nothing or just drink sparingly while eating.

    If you give in to a craving and eat something that you know is bad for you, you can immediately drink plenty of water to partially limit the harm. The excess water will mean less is absorbed into the body, reducing the harm of a bad food choice.

exercise

    A 2006 survey of obese American adults revealed that 40% of these obese adults thought they engaged in vigorous exercise at least three times a week! Obviously there is a great deal of confusion about whaat constitutes vigroous exercise.

    Proper exercise is an important part of good health. Many Western women try to control their health through diet alone. While diet does have a powerful effect on health, it is not the only component of good health. Good exercise is important for both physical and mental health (you will feel better about yourself after a good workout).

    You may be interested in the old Canadian Royal Air Force 5BX exercise plan for men [external link] and XBX plan for women [external link] (please read the disclaimers and modern advice added at the website).

    Yoga can be an important part of any healthy exercise routine.

Day 4: hemp seed oil

    Eat one (1) to two (2) tablespoons of hemp seed oil a day. The total of hempseed oil and flaxssed oil and olive oil should not exceed two (2) to three (3) tablespoons a day.

    On days when you use olive oil, flax seed oil, or other nutritional oils (as contrasted with using oils as cooking oils), cut back to one (1) tablespoon of hemp seed oil.

    Hemp seed oil has all of the Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) the human body must receive from food in order to remain healthy.

    Further hemp seed oil is the only naturally occurring oil that has the exact proportions of omega-3 and omega-6 Essential Fatty Acds needed by the human body. With all other oil choices, you must blend oils to obtain the correct proportions. This indicates a logn term (at least 10,000 years) symbiotic relationship between humans and the cannabis plant (or divine intervention).

    Note that hemp seed oil is made from the same cannabis plant that produces marijuana. While hemp seed oil (or any other part of the hemp seed) contains no THC, it does contain natural cannabinoids. Inexpensive drug tests check for cannabinoids rather than THC and will therefore present a false positive if you consume hemp seed oil for nutritional, health, and/or religious purposes.

botanical information:

    Cannabis hemp is a dioecious plant (meaning that an individual plant can be male or female). Both male and female hemp plants produce good quality fiber, but the female produces the best religious quality cannabinoids.

    Botanical name: Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica

    Common name: cannabis, hemp, marijuana


shem-shem-tu
sm-sm-t
hieroglyphs for cannabis

origin:

    Origin: The place of origin of cannabis hemp is unknown, but is believed to have been somewhere in Asia, possibly in Benghali India.

    Cautions and contraindications: Cannabis is safe.

    The DEA’s own conservative administrative law judge, Francis Young, after taking medical testimony for 15 days and reviewing hundreds of DEA/NIDA documents positioned against the evidence introduced by marijuana reform activists, concluded in September 1988 that “marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” —The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer

walking

    Walking is good for you. Human beings were designed as long range walkers and runners. Humans are actually the best long distance walker of all the animal species on the planet Earth.

    A common health suggestion is to walk at least 10,000 steps every day. This is a good goal for those who have had limited recent exercise.

    Count your current number of steps a day. This is best done with a pedometer. There are smart phone apps that act as a pedometer.

    Use your current regular number of steps a day as a starting point and each day try to add more steps at a pace you can handle without becoming discouraged and especially without hurting yourself. Stop if you feel any pain.

    A better health goal is at least a half an hour to an hour of dedicated walking a day for at least four days a week (or equivalent motion, such as running).

carbohydrates

    Your deitary intakes should be about 40-60% carbohydrates. The exact proportions needed vary from person to person.

    Your body needs 40-60% carbohydrates, 15-30% proteins, and 15-30% fats.

    Dr. Barry Sears, Ph.D., author of the popular Zone series of diet books, claims to have scientifically verified that the ideal percentages are 40-30-30 (40% of your diet should consist of carbohydrates, 30% should be proteins, and 30% should be fats).

    Starch-rich foods should make up about half your diet. Examples of starch-rich foods are: bananas, pulses (especially peas), root vegetables, beans, and whole grains.

    Organic Labels: The Bush administration’s USDA has announced that they will help large American food corporations increase their profits by purposely deceiving the American public by putting non-organic foods into foods labelled as being organic. Under U.S. law, for foods to labelled as organic, crops must be grown without chemical fertilizers, sewage sludge, bioengineering, or pesticides and animals must be raised without antibiotics and growth hormones and given access to the outdoors. The USDA has decided that 43 non-organic ingredeients can be added to foods labelled as organic. To protest this decision, go to Organic Consumers Association [external link]. Among the non-organic ingredients are two starches.

Day 5: beverage choices

    An important matter is making better beverage choices. This is one of the very first things to fix in your diet (if you don’t already make good beverage choices).

    Most of these choices will be discussed in more detail in the entries for future days on the Goddess Diet Plan, but a short, general discussion is included here.

    Drink an 8-ounce glass of still water once an hour until sunset. The water can be sipped over an extended period of time.

    The following beverage choices should be eliminated or greatly reduced: alcohol, apple juice bought from cartons, beer, coffee, cow’s milk, cranberry juice (except when medically called for), energy drinks, fruit juices bought from cartons, hot chocolate made with cow’s milk, instant hot chocolate, milk shakes made with cow’s milk, orange juice bought from cartons, smoothies made with cow’s milk, sodas, water flavored with artificial sweetners or ingredients, wine.

    The following beverages should be reduced (and eventually eliminated), but can be used during the transition to healthier beverage choices: black tea and decaffeinated coffee. Also during the transition you may use store-bought carton based orange, apple, or fruit juices that are diluted with 50% water.

    Replace cow’s milk with goat’s milk or plant milks (especially soy, rice, almond, or hemp). Use plant milks for milksaahkes and smoothies.

    Replace coffee first with watered down coffee and then with green tea, herbal teas, rooibos tea, ginger tea, or dandelion coffee.

    Replace store bought carton based orange, apple, and fruit juices first with 50% water dilution and then with fresh homemade fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies.

    Replace black tea with green tea, herbal tea, chamomile tea, fennel tea, ginger tea, nettle tea, peppermint tea, and rooibos tea.

yoga

    Yoga is great for maintaining back flexibility. Back flexibility is a basic measure of healthiness and aging.

    It is very important to do all positions with proper form. Improper form can cause permanent damage. It is best to learn all positions used from a skilled and trained yogi or yogini. Once you have correctly mastered the proper form you can do yoga on your own to save money.

    Some individuals have gone to extremes of positions in yoga and seriously injured themselves, sometimes paralyzing themselves. Do not overdo it (with yoga or any other exercise).

proteins

    Your deitary intakes should be about 15-30% proteins. The exact proportions needed vary from person to person.

    Your body needs 40-60% carbohydrates, 15-30% proteins, and 15-30% fats.

    Dr. Barry Sears, Ph.D., author of the popular Zone series of diet books, claims to have scientifically verified that the ideal percentages are 40-30-30 (40% of your diet should consist of carbohydrates, 30% should be proteins, and 30% should be fats).

    Approximately 15-20 percent of the human body is made up of proteins. About half of the proteins are in the muscles and the cartilage. The other half is spread out as essential parts of cells and connective tissues, as well as enzymes, hormones, antibodies, hereditary material (DNA and RNA), and other bodily materials.

    Protein molecules aare assembled from amino acids. Digestion breaks down food into amino acids and later the body combines these amino acids into proteins as needed.

    Twenty amino acids are essential for human life. Eight of these (nine for infants) must be obtained from food (and are called the essential amino acids). The human body can synthesize the other twelve from a balanced diet.

    A food that has all of the esential amino acids in the proper proportions and sufficient quantities for the human body is called a complete protein.. A food that has an unbalanced selection of essential amino acids or has only sufficient quantities to sustain life, but not sufficient for growth, is called a partially incomplete protein. A food that does not have enough of the essential amino acids to sustain life is called a incomplete protein.

    Because almost all plants are partially incomplete protein sources or incomplete protein sources, vegetarians combine complimentary plants ot create a composite protein. A composite protein provides the same full nutritional value of essential amino acids as a complete protein, but comes from a combination of sources rather than from a single source.

    It is much wiser to use vegetable sources of protein rather than animal sources, despite the greater knowledge needed to obtain full nutrition. Heavy meat-eaters have high quantities of dangerous uric acid residue in their blood (in addition to the many other problems associated with meat eating).

protein-rich foods

    Hemp seed meal (from the cannabis plant) is a complete protein. Soy is an almost complete protein.

    Beans and rice together make a composite protein. Beans and almost any other vegetable make a composite protein. Broccoli and almost any other vegetable make a complete protein.

    All fruits and vegetables contain some protein. Good sources of protein include: beans, lentils, nuts, peas, potatoes, pulses, seeds, sprouted seeds, and whole grains. Animal sources of protein (to be avoided) include: meat, milk, cheese, eggs, and fish. You should reduce or eliminate animal sources of proteins.

best protein-rich foods

excellent protein-rich foods

very good protein-rich foods

good protein-rich foods

protein-rich foods

Day 6: processed foods

    In general, the less processed a food is, the healthier it is. There are exceptions. Some foods can’t be eaten unless they are cooked. Some foods are improved nutritionally when processed. But in general, whole foods are healthier than processed foods and raw foods are healthier than cooked foods.

    Don’t eat foods that your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food. Food manufacturers now make food-like substances, mostly from cheap processed ingredients such as corn syrup and soy pastes, laced with dozens of potentially toxic chemicals, and loaded with sugar, salt, and fat. Especially sugar, salt and fat, because those flavors trigger evolutionary desires and help cover up the nasty taste of the cheap ingredients and chemical stew.

    In particular, cut out or reduce the use of “white stuff”: refined sugar, refined salt, and refined flour.

    Reduce or eliminate junk food, including cakes, chocolates, French fries, ice cream, potato chips, and other sweets.

    Reduce or eliminate all ready-made meals (frozen, microwave, etc.).

    Reduce or eliminate any foods labelled “diet”, “low-fat”, “fat-free”, or “99% fat-free”.

aerobics

    Aerobics are exercises that require the use of oxygen to breakdown glucose into energy.

    Aerobic exercises cause elevated breath and heart rates to bring more oxygen into the lungs and distribute that oxygen throughout the body..

    Examples of aerobic exercises include: bicycling, dancing, exercise classes, running, swimming, treadmills, and walking.

    It is best to do at least a half an hour to an hour of aerobic exercise a day.

Day 7: artificial sweeteners

    Completely eliminate all artificial sweeteners from your diet.

fats

    Your deitary intakes should be about 15-30% fats. The exact proportions needed vary from person to person.

    Your body needs 40-60% carbohydrates, 15-30% proteins, and 15-30% fats.

    Dr. Barry Sears, Ph.D., author of the popular Zone series of diet books, claims to have scientifically verified that the ideal percentages are 40-30-30 (40% of your diet should consist of carbohydrates, 30% should be proteins, and 30% should be fats).

    Some fats are actually essential for life (hence the name essential fatty acids). The major kinds of fats are: saturated fatty acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, and monounsaturated fatty acids.

    Keeping variety in your diet helps insure a good balance of essential fatty acids. Animal fats and margarine are bad for your health because of the high content of saturated fatty acids. Another reason to avoid eating meat.

    Linoleic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid essential for healthy skin, blood circulation, bone, brain, and nerves. Linoleic acid is used for cell membrane metabolism. Linoleic fatty acid is used to make prostaglandins.

    Essential fatty acids are destroyed by heating (including cooking). The presence of animal fats increases the destruction of essential fatty acids during cooking. Essential fatty acids are destroyed by hydrogenation.

Day 8: refined sugar

    Get rid of refined sugar.

    This includes such variations as brown sugar, dextrose, powdered sugar, raw sugar, table sugar, turbinado sugar, white sugar.

    In June 2010 the U.S. government recommended that Americans cut back on sugar.

    Go through your kitchen and remove all sugar.

    It is especially important for diabetics and pre-diabetics to limit sweets.

    Maltose and glucose (two simple sugars) have a high glycemic index (greater than 100%).

    If you really love yourself (and you need to really love yourself), then you really want to get the sugar out of your life.

    Sure, the stuff tastes sweet.

    There are other healthier choices for sweet, including simply chewing complex carbohydrates (such as grains) long enough to release the natural sweetness.

    Refined sugar is derived from plants.

    Sugar is a preservative. Sugar is added to jams and jellies to help preserve the fruits. Sugar is added to animal lard in twinkies to give the multi-decade shelf-life (the cream filling of twinkies is just animal lard mixed with sugar).

    Refined sugar is harmful to the liver and therefore should be reduced or eliminated from your diet.

    Refined sugar depletes nutritional reserves, weakens the immune system, and generally weakens the health of the body.

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese: strongly yin

resistance training

    Resistance training is a form of anaerobic exercise (without oxygen).

    The most common kinds of resistance training are weight work (weight lifting, weight machines, etc.). The body itself can be used as the weight, such as push ups and pull ups. The reistsance can be a fixed surface.

    Try to do at least a half an hour a day of resistance training.

Day 9: refined salt

    Get rid of refined table salt.

    In June 2010 the U.S. government recommended that Americans cut back on salt.

history:

    History: The Chinese invented the percussive drill (the forerunner of the rotary drill used in modern times to drill for water and oil) about 2,000 years ago to drill for salt. The original rigs were made of bamboo. Salt is essential for digestion of nutrients for any society with a high rice content in the diet. In ancient China an ounce of salt was as valuable as an ounce of gold.

nutritional information:

    You want to reduce salt in your diet.

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese: strongly yang

    Chinese flavor: salty

nutritional supplements

    Supplements should only be used when you can’t get the desired nutrients from real foods. Some people have severe health problems that prevent their ability to absorb certain nutrients or to digest the foods with those nutrients. More commonly, lifestyle issues interfere with eating properly. For example, students at most high schools have neither the facilities nor the time to eat proper lunches or snacks. Poverty, working conditions, long travel times, busy schedules, single parenting, etc. can all intefere with the ability to eat properly.

    If you do need supplements, try to minimize the supplements to just the supplements you are really missing from your diet and try to take the minimum amount of supplements necessary to maintain health.

    It is best to always check with a health care professional before starting any nutritional supplement.

    If you experience any adverse reaction (including alergy) to any supplement, immediately stop using it and consult with a health care professional.

Day 10: refined flour

    Get rid of refined flour.

running

    Running is a form of aerobic exercise. Running is usually divided into sprinting (high speed short distance running) and endurance running (longer distances at a slower overall speed).

    Jogging is harsh on the knees. Running and walking are natural motions.

Day 11: toxins

    Eliminate toxins from your diet. many are discussed in separate listings in the Goddess Diet Plan.

    Some toxins to eliminate include: antibiotics, artificial flavorings, articifical sweetners, growth hormones, pesticides, preservatives (with a few natural exceptions), and synthetic hormone residues.

    Exposure to toxic chemicals is a major risk factor for cancer.

    Don’t eat foods that your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food. Food manufacturers now make food-like substances, mostly from cheap processed ingredients such as corn syrup and soy pastes, laced with dozens of potentially toxic chemicals, and loaded with sugar, salt, and fat. Especially sugar, salt and fat, because those flavors trigger evolutionary desires and help cover up the nasty taste of the cheap ingredients and chemical stew.

Day 12: cut trans fats

    Cut trans fats.

label reading

    The government of India requires that vegetarian food be labelled with the green dot (above left) and non-vegetarian food be labelled with the red dot (above right).

Day 13: oatmeal

    Eat three to five servings of oatmeal a week. You may eat oatmeal every day.

    Oats are an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Those with celiac disease may be able to eat small amounts of oats (as long as the oats are not contaminated with glutten from wheat or other sources during processing). Check with your doctor or dietician.

    Use slow cooked oatmeal. Avoid instant oatmeal. The complex carbohydrates in slow cooked oatmeal give it a low Glycemic Index while instant oatmeal is more processed and has a higher Glycmeic Index. Slow cooked oatmeal may be reheated with little or no loss of nutrients.

    Steel cut oatmeal is the healthiest. Use 1-1/2 cups of water to 1/4 cup of oatmeal. Steel-cut oatmeal takes between 20 and 40 minutes to cook, but you can cook a large batch and then reheat smaller amounts for convenience. Spices can be cooked into the oats rather than added later.

    “For as far as my knowledge goes the ultimate breakfast cereal is … oatmeal. Really. It’s unbelievable stuff. Every day one bowl of oatmeal and you’re set for the day.”
    “I started eating oatmeal about 2 years ago and still have them every morning. This grain is absolutely brilliant.”
    “What I do is take one cup of oats and 2 cups of water and mix them in a pan. I cook it until it starts boiling a bit and then I quickly add some raisins while stirring a bit. Done!” [NOTE that slow cooking is healthier]
    “Now here’s the really cool part. When you read the oatmeal ingredients label, there’s only one: Oatmeal! No added sugars, preservatives, coloratives and more-crap-atives. Just quality unprocessed and natural food — which is the way I like it.”

Nico [external link], March 19, 2008

    Some recommended additions to your oatmeal to keep it from becoming monotonous and boring:

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Avena spp. (approximately 30 species); especially Avena sativa

    Common name: oat, oats

    Avena sativa is common oats.

    Family: Poaceae (grasses)

origin:

    Origin: The wild ancestor of Avena sativa and Avena byzantina (a closely related crop) is Avena sterilis. A. sterilis is originally from the Fertile Crescent of the Near East.

history:

    History: The wild ancestor of Avena sativa, modern oats, is Avena sterilis. A. sterilis is originally from the Fertile Crescent of the Near East. Oats (like rye) started as a weed that grew near wheat and barley. As barley and wheat spread to cooler, wetter locations, oats became domesticated crops.

    History: Oats were found at at Gilgal I, a village site in the Jordan Valley north of ancient Jericho, from approximately 11,400 years B.P. (Before Present).

    History: Oatmeal raisin cookies were U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s favorite kind of cookie.

nutritional information:

    Oats are a good source of protein.

    Oats are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

    Oatmeal is high in soluble fiber. 1/3 cup of cooked oatmeal or 1/2 ounce of dry oatmeal is approximately 9 grams of carbohydrates. In 100 grams of oatmeal there are 13 grams of protein, 8 grams of fat, and 67 grams of carbohydrates. The carbohydrates in oatmeal are mostly complex, giving oatmeal a low Glycemic Index. Oatmeal has high levels of fat-burning antioxidants (especially good at getting rid of belly fat).

    Oatmeal is one of the few foods on earth that has Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA is an activated Essential Fatty Acid made from Linoleic Acid and a precursor of Dihomo Gamma Linolenic Acid (DGLA), a source of good eicosanoids.

    One packet of low sodium instant oatmeal has 0.8 milligrams of zinc, which is 6% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Value, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health [external link].

    Oatmeal helps cholesterol and helps fight cancer, diabetes, and obesity.

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: slightly yang (slightly warm)

    Chinese flavor: sweet

external care:

    External skin care: Oatmeal dries out the skin and is excellent for combatting acne.

sprinting

    Save this suggestion for a later date if you are not currently in good physical shape. Some individuals may not ever be able to add sprinting to their exercise routine.

    Sprinting is a more advanced exercise that can be used by those who are in good physical shape.

    Wind sprints are running a short distance as fast as is humanly possible (combining good form with maximum effort). Wind sprints can be made even more challenging by sprinting up stairs.

Day 14: apple cider vinegar

    Eat up to two (2) teaspoons of apple cider vinegar a day.

    Generally your apple cider vinegar will be diluted with water or oil. Some possible ways to get your two (2) teaspoons of apple cider vinegar a day:

    Check the label. Only purchase apple cider vinegar that is certified organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized. Avoid any apple cider vinegar that has additives or preservatives. Avoid anything that is apple cider “flavored” vinegar. The apple cider vinegar should have a rich brown color and have visible sediment. Cobweb strands floating in the apple cider vinegar are very good. These strands are known as the “mother”.

    Store apple cider vinegar in a dark cabinet or cupboard.

salad dressing

    Now that you have introduced both hemp seed oil and apple cider vinegar to your diet, you have probably noticed that most people don’t like apple cider vinegar by itself, and some people don’t like the flavor of hemp seed oil by itself.

    The solution is oil and vinegar salad dressing, also known as vinaigrette. And the healthy green salads that you are starting to eat as you adjust to a healthy diet.

    The basic oil and vinegar salad dressing combines some oil with some vinegar at a ratio of 3:1 (3 parts oil for every one part vinegar). This ratio may vary depending on the strength and tartness of the vinegar chosen. There are a lot of combinations of oils and vinegars.

    Often a citric fruit juice is added, typically fresh squeezed organic lemon juice (another item on your list of recommended foods). Use small amounts of fruit juice. An alternative salad dressing calls for oil and lemon juice.

    Add spices to taste. It is best to have asmall number of spices. Experiment with the herbs and spices recommended for the Goddess Diet Plan.

    All ingredients should be mixed at room temperature for best results.

oils

    You can use almost any oil, but most have very weak flavors.

    Organic cold pressed extra virgin olive oil (not the cheaper variations) is the most common premium choice because of its rich nutty flavor.

    Organic cold pressed hemp seed oil is also nutty and a highly recommended oil.

    Sesame oil is often used in Asian-flavored salad dressings.

    Avocado oil and walnut oil have full ruch flavors.

vinegars

    Avoid distilled white vinegar. Otherwise any vinegar will do. Each has a different flavor.

    Fruit vinegars, including apple cider vinegar, make for a sweeter salad dressing.

    Balsmaic vinegar is aged in wooden casks. The Italian government has strict standards for Balsmaic vinegar. The U.S. does not.

    White or red rice wine vinegar is good for Asian-flavored salad dressings.

juice

    Often a citric fruit juice is added, typically fresh squeezed organic lemon juice (another item on your list of recommended foods). Use small amounts of fruit juice. An alternative salad dressing calls for oil and lemon juice.

spices

    The basic spice is Kosher salt, often paried with ground white pepper. For the Goddess Diet Plan, either leave out salt or use sea salt (or the equivalent).

    Many recipes call for the use of Dijon mustard.

    An Italian vinaigrette would typically have extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, white wine vinegar, minced garlic, dried oregeno, and chopped parsley.

    A French vinaigrette would typically have extra virgin cold pressed olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, freshly ground white pepper, and either Dijon mustard or garlic (or both).

    Some popular ingredients (again, don’t overload) include: minced garlic, minced oinion, and minced shallot.

    Some popular herbs and spices (again, don’t overload, maybe sea salt, a pepper, and one spice or herb) include: fresh chopped basil, black pepper, celery seed, chopped fresh chives, marjoram, oregeno, paprika, chopped fresh parsley, sea salt, tarragon, thyme, freshly ground white pepper.

honey

    Another common ingredient is a little bit of honey. The sweetness of honey helps offset the tartness of the vinegar. Honey helps keep the oil and vinegar together much longer (long enough to eat a salad).

mixing

    Mix the herbs and spices with the vinegar. The classic method is to use a whisk and glass bowl. Never use aluminum around vinegar because it will give your salad dressing a metallic taste and the aluminum is toxic.

    You can also mix by sealing a clean glass jar and shaking. Some people even use an eletric blender.

    Thoroughly mix the vinegar and bers and spices, as well as Dijon mustard and/or honey, if you add those.

    Mix in the oil with a slow steady stream while whisking continuously. All ingredients, especially the oil and vinegar, should both be room temperature.

    Oil and vinegar don’t mix. As soon as you stop mixing, the two will start coming apart. The oil will float on the vinegar. Honey will slow down this process. The cooler the oil, the more difficult to get it to mix with the vinegar.

    Test the mixture by dipping a lettuce leaf into the dressing. This will give you a better idea of the flavor than testing the saalad dressing raw. Don’t double dip.

wait

    Wait 30 minutes to three (3) hours before using the salad dressing. This will give the flavors (especially garlic) a chance to intermingle. Let the salad dressing sit at room temperature.

    Thoroughly mix the salad dressing again immediately before serving.

herbal baths

    Herbal baths are an important part of the Goddess plan. The herbal bath gives alone time for quiet meditation and centering as well as immersing the physical body in healing and rejuvenating herbs. It can be difficult for low or middle income women with children to come up with the time to have herbal baths. If the male partner is still around, try to arrange at least 30 minutes per week when he takes care of the children so that you can have your Goddess herbal bath.

Day 15: cut back on meat

    If you do not currently eat meat, do not start. If you do currently eat meat (or any animals), cut back to the healthiest few choices.

    In addition to cutting back on the kinds of meat eaten, also cut back on how often you eat meat. For now, cut back to only once or twice a week. Eventually you will want to cut back to only eating meat on the Full Moon and possibly a few other special occassions (such as Thanksgiving, Yule, or your own birthday). Special occassions replace the Full Moon for that month.

    Meats are acid forming foods.

    Modern diets have dramatically increased the amount of animal foods. Additionally, in the last few decades, the quality of animal foods has dramatically fallen.

    In June 2010 the U.S. government recommended that Americans eat more fruits and vegetables.

    Meats that you should avoid eating include: bacon, sausages, burgers, and all processed meats.

    Red meats: lamb, lean organic grass fed beef (including flank steak, round steak, rump roast, sirloin steak, tenderloin, and tri-tip roast), oragnic grass fed veal

    If you don’t currently eat red meat, do not start eating red meat. If you do eat red meats, switch to the recommended red meats and add the other recommended animal foods.

    If you eat meat, tenderize the meat overnight in a mixture of apple cider vinegar, herbs, and spices.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends beef jerky and select or choice grade of beef trimmed of fat as a protein source. Recommended cuts of beef include: chuck, cubed, flank, porterhouse, rib, round, rump roast, sirloin, t-bone steak, and tenderloin.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends lamb as a protein source. Recommended cuts of lamb include: chop, leg, or roast.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends organ meats as a protein source. Recommended organ meats include: heart, kidney, and liver.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends veal as a protein source. Recommended cuts of veal include: chop, loin, or roast.

    White meats: ham, pork

    If you do not currently eat white mammal meats, do not start. The exception is that if you currently eat red meat, then add the recommended white mammal meat to your diet. If you do currently eat white mammal meats, switch to the recommended choices.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends pork as a protein source. Recommended cuts of pork include: Canadian bacon, center loin chop, ham, and tenderloin.

    Wild game:

    If you do not currently eat mammals, do not start eating wild game. If you do currently eat any mammal, then adding wild game will help imprive thew quality of the meat you eat. Wild animals have to be hardier to survive in the wilderness and therefore are a higher quality and healthier meat than farm raised animals (especially better than factory farm raised animals).

    It is even better to eat animals you personally gathered (hunting, fishing, trapping, your own farming) or that were gathered by someone you personally know (family or friend).

    The American Diabetes Association recommends game as a protein source. Recommended game include: buffalo, dove, duck, goose, ostrich, pheasant (no skin), rabbit, and venison (deer).

    Birds organic free-range chicken eggs, oragnic free-range skinless chicken breast, turkey

    If you do not currently eat birds, do not start eating birds. The exception is that if you currently eat any mammals (including red or white meat), then add the recommended birds to your diet. If you currently eat birds, switch to the recommended birds.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends poultry without skin as a protein source. Recommended poultry includes: chicken, cornish hen, and turkey. Also recommnded are: turkey ham, turkey kielbasa, and turkey pastrami. Recommended game birds include: dove, duck, goose, ostrich, and pheasant (no skin).

    Fish and seafood (all choices should be wild caught, never farm raised) Alaskan halibut, bass, chunk light tuna, clams, herring, oysters, salmon, sardines, trout

    If you do not currently eat fish and other seafood, do not start eating fish or seafood. The exception is that if you currently eat any mammals (including red or white meat) or birds, then add the recommended fish and seafood to your diet. If you currently eat fish or seafood, switch to the recommended fish and seafood.

    If you eat fish, soak the fish in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before cooking. This will give the fish a sweeter taste and make the fish more tender.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends fish and seafood as a protein source. Recommended fish include: catfish, cod, flounder, haddock, halibut herring, orange roughy, salmon, sardines, tilapia, trout, and tuna. Recommended seafood includes: clams, crab, imitation shellfish (Alaskan pollack), lobster, oysters, scallops, and shrimp.

    Vons (a grocery store chain in the U.S.) has a display of reusable grocery bags. The display is labelled “rebag • reduce • rethink”. One of the reusable grocery bags is decorated with the words: “top sirloin”, “rib eye”, “t bone”, “New York”, “porter house”, and “filet mignon”. These are the names of cuts of beef, the least sustainable and most ecologically destructive of all human food sources. Vons is actually promoting environmental destruction in its version of “green”. This is a large corporation so devoid of intelligence and soul that it doesn’t even understand the difference between environmental destruction and environmental protection!

    Continental Airlines served an in-flight meal that included a cheeseburger, small bag of Freetos, and a bag of Bolthouse Farms “baby” carrots. The cheeseburger appeared to be greasy ground cow meat, gloppy slice of cheese, and refined flour bun. I asked if they had a vegetarian option. The stewardess arrogantly stated “Just don’t eat the cheeseburer.” I refused having the cheeseburger near me. Continental Airlines appears to be unaware that vegans, Buddhists, Hindus, and many others have valid religious and spiritual reasons not to cows. Continental Airlines appears to be unaware that Jews don’t eat meat and the mother’s milk in the same meal. Continental Airlines appears to be unaware that the meal they served is extremely dangerous to human healt, certainly to any children.

pH balance

    You want at least 80% of your food intake to be alkaline-producing foods.

    pH is a measure of how acid or alkaline a solution is. pH 7 is considered neutral, pH 0 is considered the most acidic, while pH 14 is considered the most alkaline.

    The normal pH of hiuman blood is approximately 7.4 (in a normal range of 7.35 to 7.45), a slightly alkaline solution.

    If the blood drops below pH 7.35 then it is too acidic, a condition known as acidosis. The body starts to use up minerals (especially calcium, sodium, potassium, and magnesium) to alter the acids and remove them from the blood stream. The minerals are taken from the bones and vital organs, which can cause permananet damage. In the extreme, acidosis can cause death.

    If the blood rises above pH 7.45 then it is too alkaline, a condition known as alkalosis (or alkalinosis). In extreme alkalosis can cause permanent damage or death.

    The typical American diet is highly acid-producing and most Americans suffer from at least mild acidosis.

    Some of the common symptoms of acidosis include: acne, bad hair, bladder infections, bone spurs, brittle nails, chronic fatigue, colds, diabetes (type II), dull skin, eczema, excess weight, fibromyalgia, flus, forgetfulness, frequent infections, gout, hip fractures, joint pain, kideny stones, liver spots, low energy, mood swings, muscle aches, obesity, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, premature lines and wrinkles, poor concentration, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and yeast infections

    Common American reasons for acidosis (acid overload) include: a high protein diet, lots of refined carbohydrates (especially bread and pasta), too few vegetables and fruits, and high amounts of alcohol.

    Important items to reduce from the diet to reduce acid overload include: milk, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol.

Day 16: miso soup

    Eat miso soup at least three to five times a week. You may eat miso soup every day.

    Miso soup is particularly useful in helping offset the toxic effects of a diet high in meat, sugar, and alcohol.

    Miso soup is commonly made with a fish stock, so vegans should be careful to choose miso soup made from a vegetable stock.

balance of yin and yang

    The Chinese divide foods into three major groups: yin, yang, and neutral. A healthy person should have a balance of Yang and Yin foods, as well as neutral foods. Yang foods tend to heat the body up. Yin food tend to cool the body down. Neutral foods are in between.

    You want to build up meals that give you a good balanced diet. Start with one or more neutral foods and balance yin and yang foods.

    In the morning and evening, when the temperature is more yin (or cool), you want to eat more yang (warming foods). In the middle of the day, when the temperature is more yaang (or hot), you want to eat more yin (cooling foods).

    So, your morning meal, or breakfast, should be a hearty cooked meal (yang). Your mid-day meal, or lunch, should consist of salads and fruits. And you evening meal, or dinner, should be another cooked meal. Your dinner should be the a much lighter meal than your breakfast because the body’s ability to metabolize food decreases after sundown.

Day 17: fizzy drinks

    Remove fizzy drinks from your diet (except for rare special occassions).

    This includes removing sodas, energy drinks, diet drinks, and any beverage that is carbonated.

Day 18: broccoli

    Eat broccoli at least three to five times a week. You may eat broccoli every day.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends broccoli as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Raw broccoli has an interesting taste of its own.

    Learn to like raw broccoli and make your body happier.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Brassica oleracea italica (Italica Cultivar Group of species Brassica oleracea)

    Common name: broccoli, brocks, calabrese, Italian asparagus, Italian broccoli

    French name: brocoli

    Family: Brassicaceae (cabbage); formerly Cruciferae family

origin:

    Origin: Mediterranean and Asia Minor; especially Italy.

history:

    History: Broccoli was considered an valuable food in the Roman Empire (especially in the Italian penisula)

nutritional information:

    The American Diabetes Association recommends broccoli as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Broccoli is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Broccoli is a good source of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids and is low in calories.

    Broccoli is a source of protein.

    Broccoli is a source of calcium, copper, and iron.

    Raw broccoli has about twice as much Vitamin C as an equivalent amount of orange juice.

    Raw broccoli has about three times as much calcium as an equivalent amount of mlik.

    Broccoli helps keep the liver clean and healthy.

    Broccoli has indole-3-carbinol, glucosinolates, and vitamin C that help prevent cancer by enhancing detoxification, protecting DNA, and inhibiting tumor formation.

    Broccoli has vitamin C, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    Broccoli is a source of sulforaphane, an antioxidant that detoxifies cancinogens. Doctors at John Hopkins University medical School identified broccoli as an exceptionally rich source of sulforaphane in 1992 and discovered in 1997 that broccoli sprouts have 20 times as much sulforaphane as the mature plant.

    Eating cruciferous vegetables reduces the risk of bladder cancer by 29 to 41 percent and reduces the chance of breast cancer, lung cancer, and colorectal cancer.

nutritional value per 1 oz (28.35 gm.):

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: yin (cool)

    Chinese flavor: slightly pungent

selection:

    Broccoli has the number eleven (11) lowest pesticide load of 45 common fruits and vegetables studied in 2006 by the Environmental Working Group [external link] and is therefore a food that can be purchased conventionally-grown when organic isn“t available. The EWA explains, “While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.”
    According to USDA and FDA tests on commercially grown foods collected between 2000 and 2005, broccoli has a 28.1% (percentage) of samples tested with detectable pesticides, a 3.2% (percentage) of samples with two or more pesticides, an 0.3 average number of pesticides found in a sample, an average of 0.004 parts per million of all pesticides found, and 19 different pesticides found in use growing broccoli. These toxic pesticides don’t apply to organic foods.

storage:

    Storage: Eat broccoli within two days of purchase.

yang foods

    Yang foods are foods that warm the body. Yang foods are warming, stimulating, and energetic. Yang foods are recommended for Yang deficient and Yin excess imbalance.

    Avoid some strongly yang foods, such as meat, cheese, and salt.

    In the morning and evening, when the temperature is more yin (or cool), you want to eat more yang (warming foods). So, your morning meal, or breakfast, should be a hearty cooked meal (yang). And you evening meal, or dinner, should be another cooked meal. Your dinner should be the a much lighter meal than your breakfast because the body’s ability to metabolize food decreases after sundown.

slightly yang foods (slightly warm)

yang foods (warm)

strongly yang foods (hot)

Day 19: cranberry juice

    Reduce or eliminate cranberry juice from your diet, with two important exceptions.

    If you have bladder or urinary tract problems, cranberry juice can be very helpful.

    When switching to a new diet, including this one, cranberry juice can help the digestive system adjust. If you have digestive problems with your switch to this diet, especially near the beginning, consider drinking pure, 100%, unsweetened cranberry juice.

    The obvious question is why would an item (cranberry juice) that should be reduced from your diet be listed near the top of the “to add” items. The answer is that cranberry juice makes it easier to adjust to a new diet and cranberry juice helps a person who is obese or overweight to lose some weight. These two important benefits make cranberry juice an important part of the beginning of the Goddess Diet Plan, even though you will eventually want to cut back or even eliminate cranberry juice from your diet.

Day 20: breakfast

    Eat breakfast every day.

    In the morning and evening, when the temperature is more yin (or cool), you want to eat more yang (warming foods). So, your morning meal, or breakfast, should be a hearty cooked meal (yang). Your mid-day meal, or lunch, should consist of salads and fruits. And you evening meal, or dinner, should be another cooked meal. Your dinner should be the a much lighter meal than your breakfast because the body’s ability to metabolize food decreases after sundown.

Day 21: fruits

    Eat at least one serving of whole fruit a day. Eat up to four servings of whole fruit a day. Diabetics and pre-diabetics should eat one serving of fruit a day. Others should eat an average of two servings a day.

    Major groups discussed separately are citrus fruits, berries, high fiber fruits, melons, fleshy red fruits, and dried fruits. Mix up the categories from day to day and emphasize fruits that are currently in season, preferably from a local source.

    The dried fruit group should be used primarily for filling in gaps in your diet. When the fresh whole fruit is out of season the dried version can be used as a substitute. When you need a portable snack the dried version can be used as a substitute. Whenever possible, eat fresh whole fruits.

    In general, the more colorful a plant is, the more antioxidants it has produced (as well as other phytonutrients that can help your body heal itself). These antioxidants help prevent cancer and help your body fight off any disease that is forming are has formed in your body.

    In most cases, the deeper the color, the healthier. A bright red strawberry is healthier than a pale red strawberry. A rich blue blueberry is healthier than a pale blueberry.

    The American Diabetes Assocation recommends fresh fruit, canned fruit without added sugars, or frozen fruit without added sugars.

    Fruit cocktail is recommended by the American Diabetes Association because it has a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

yin foods

    Yin foods are foods that cool the body. Yin foods are cooling, calming, and nourishing. Yin foods are recommended for Yin deficient and Yang excess imbalance.

    Avoid some strongly yin foods, such as sugars, alcohol, and coffee.

    In the middle of the day, when the temperature is more yaang (or hot), you want to eat more yin (cooling foods). Your mid-day meal, or lunch, should consist of salads and fruits.

yin foods (cool)

strongly yin foods (cold)

Day 22: dairy foods

    Cut back or eliminate dairy products from your diet. Additional information on specific dairy products listed separately.

    Buttermilk is much healthier than whole cow’s milk. Buttermilk can be substituted for cow’s milk in recipes.

    Switch from cow’s milk to goat’s milk or sheep’s milk.

    Explore dairy cow’s milk substitutes such as hemp seed milk, soy milk, rice milk, and almond milk.

    Switch from cheese made from cow’s milk to cheese made from goat’s milk or sheep’s milk.

neutral foods

Day 23: green leafy vegetables

    Eat green leafy vegetables at least five times a week. You may eat green leafy vegetables every day.

    Recommended green leafy vegetables for daily use include: bok choy (and baby bok choy), carrot tops, celery, Chiense cabbage, chives, collard greens, daikon greens, endive, escarole, kale, leeks, mustard greens, parsley, scallions, spinach, turnip greens, and watercress.

    Recommended green leafy vegetables for occassional use include: Jerusalem artichoke, lettuce (especially Romaine and red leaf), Romaine lettuce, salsify, and Swiss chard.

    As is the case with many plants, the richer and more vibrant the colors of green leafy vegetables, the healthier it is for you. The plant has produced more antioxidants and phytonutrients, which can be helpful in preventing cancer and in helping your body defend itself against cancer and other diseases. You’ve heard that iceberg lettuce is relatively empty of nutrients. Notice how pale green it looks compared to red leaf lettuce (a much healthier lettuce).

    The American Diabetic Association recommends dark green leafy vegetables as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends greens (especially collard, kale, mustard, and turnip) as a non-starchy vegetable. The American Diabetes Association recommends salad greens (especially arugula, chicory, endive, escarole, lettuce, radicchio, Romaine lettuce, spinach, and watercress) as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Green vegetables have vitamin A, vitamin C, carotenoids, lutein, fiber, calcium, and magnesium that help prevent cancer by antioxidant function and immune enhancement.

    Dark green leafy vegetaboles have vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    The lady demonstrating Boar’s Head meat and cheese claimed “salads can be dangerous to your health.” While this probably wasn’t the official position of the corporation, it does clearly demonstrate the untrustworthiness of the statements made by large food companies.

Day 24: coffee

    Remove coffee from your diet (except for rare special occassions).

    It can be difficult to stop drinking coffee, so you may take a few weeks or months to completely eliminate coffee from your daily diet.

    Start by cutting back on how much coffee you drink. Try to cut down to no more than one cup (not a large mug) of coffee a day.

    Switch to decaffeinated coffee (although you will want to eventually eliminate that as well).

    If you must have a coffee-like taste in your diet, then consider dandelion coffee.

Day 25: ground vegetables

    Eat ground vegetables at least five times a week. You may eat ground vegetables every day.

    Recommended ground vegetables for daily use include: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, cauliflower, fall squashes, garlic, onion, pumpkin, string beans (also listed under beans), sweet bell pepper, and winter squashes.

    Recommended ground vegetables for occassional use include: cucumber, fennel, green peas, kohlrabi, shallot, snow peas, summer squash, zucchini.

amino acids

    Amino acids are the building blocks for proteins.

    When referring to amino acids, the words “essential” and “non-essential” don’t have their normal meanings. Essential amino acids are amino acids that the human body can not produce on its own and must gather from food sources. Non-essential amino acids are amino acids that the human body can produce on its own. Both kinds are required for human health.

    AMINO ACIDS are the “building Blocks” of the body. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, they form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses; they are part of the enzyme & hormonal system; they build nucleoproteins (RNA & DNA); they carry oxygen throughout the body and participate in muscle activity. When protein is broken down by digestion the result is 22 known amino acids. Eight are essential (cannot be manufactured by the body) the rest are non-essential (can be manufactured by the body with proper nutrition).

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

essential amino acids:

non-essential amino acids:

other amino acids:

Day 26: teas

    Various teas will be discussed in more detail elsewhere.

    Replace black tea with green tea, herbal tea, chamomile tea, fennel tea, ginger tea, nettle tea, peppermint tea, and rooibos tea.

Day 27: root vegetables

    Eat root vegetables at least five times a week. You may eat root vegetables every day.

    Recommended root vegetables for daily use include: burdock, carrots, daikon, ginger root, jinenjo, lotus root, parsnips, red radish, rutabaga, and turnips.

    Recommended root vegetables for occassional use include: beets, potato, taro root, sweet potato, and yam.

isoleucine

    L-Isoleucine is a neutral, genetically coded, essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can’t produce it on its own). It is essential in human nutrition.

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: ile
    one letter abbreviation: i

    linear structure formula: CH3-CH2-CH(CH3)-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C6H13NO2

    molecular weight: 131.17

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.94 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.32, 9.76

    CAS Registry Number 73-32-5

Day 28: alcohol

    Greatly reduce or eliminate the use of alcohol, including beer and wine.

    The American Diabetic Association recommends that diabetics limit alcohol.

    Drinking alcohol is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

    Drinking alcohol is a major risk factor for cancer.

    High amounts of alcohol can cause acidosis (acid overload).

    Miso soup is particularly useful in helping offset the toxic effects of a diet high in alcohol.

Day 29: beans and legumes

    Eat beans and legumes at least three to five times a week. You may eat beans and legumes every day.

    Recommended beans and legumes include: azuki beans, black beans, black-eyed peas, black turrtle beans, broad beans, chick-peas (garbonzo beqans), great northern beans, green peas, kidney beans, lentils, lima beans, mung beans, navy beans, pinto beans, red beans, soya beans (and soya products), string beans, and sugar snap peas.

    The American Diabetic Association recommends beans as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends dried beans several times per week as a protein source.

leucine

    L-Leucine is a neutral, genetically coded, essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can’t produce it on its own). It is essential in human nutrition.

    Leucine provides ingredients for the manufacturing of other essential biochemical components in the body, some of which are utilized for the production of energy, stimulants to the upper brain and helping you to be more alert.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: leu
    one letter abbreviation: l

    linear structure formula: (CH3)2-CH-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C6H13NO2

    molecular weight: 131.17

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.98 (neutral)

    CAS Registry Number 61-90-5

Day 30: soup

    Eat one or two servings of fresh made soup per day. The recommended serving of miso soup can count as one of the servings of fresh made soup.

Day 31: fruit and vegetable juices

    Avoid store bought carton juices. As a transition to the Goddess Diet Plan you may have these store bought juices mixed 50% with water.

    Eventually you will want to switch to homemade fruit and vegetable juices.

    Juicing removes the fiber, so raw fruits and vegetables are healthier.

    To get the maximum health benefits, you should drink fruit and vegetable juices within 20-30 minutes of juicing.

Day 32: whole grains

    Eat whole grains at least three to five times a week. You may eat whole grains every day.

    Recommended whole grains include: amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat (not part of the same botanical family, but counts as a whole grain), bulghar wheat (also called cracked wheat), corn (not part of the same botanical family, but counts as a whole grain), couscous, kamut, millet, oats, quinoa, rye, sorghum, teff, spelt, triticale, wheat, wheat germ, and wild rice (not part of the same botanical family, but counts as a whole grain).

    Persons with celiac disease (glutten-intolerant) should avoid wheat, rye, and barley.

    For more than thousands of years (since the start of the agricultural revolution and the beginning of civilization) whole cereal grains have been our primary food, the Staff of Life.

    In recent decades the diet has switched from healthy whole grains to unhealthy polished grains.

    Macrobiotics recommends that whole grain foods (such as barley, brown rice, millet, and whole wheat berries) be a primary food source, included in every meal.

    The American Diabetic Association recommends whole grains as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes.

    It is much healthier to get whole grains rather than whole grain products. Diabetics may want to eliminate or limit grain products and switch to whole grains.

    It is absurd to consider whole grain PopTarts to be in any way healthy.

lysine

    L-Lysine is a basic, genetically coded, essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can’t produce it on its own). It is essential in human nutrition. It is probably the most limited amino acid in the food chain.

    [Lysine] insures the adequate absorption of calcium; helps form collagen ( which makes up bone cartilage & connective tissues); aids in the production of antibodies, hormones & enzymes. Recent studies have shown that Lysine may be effective against herpes by improving the balance of nutrients that reduce viral growth. A deficiency may result in tiredness, inability to concentrate, irritability, bloodshot eyes, retarded growth, hair loss, anemia & reproductive problems.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: lys
    one letter abbreviation: k

    linear structure formula: H2N-(CH2)4-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C6H14N2O2

    molecular weight: 146.19

    isoelectric point (pH): 9.59 (basic)

    pKa values: 2.20, 8.90, 10.28

    CAS Registry Number 56-87-1

Day 33: green tea

    Drink green tea at least once per week, preferably daily.

    Switch from black tea to green tea.

Day 34: sea vegetables (seaweed)

    Eat sea vegetables at least three to five times a week, taking in account the season and local availability. You may eat sea vegetables every day.

    Recommended sea vegetables include: agar-agar, arames, Corsican seaweed, dulse, hijiki, Irish moss, kombu, nori, ocean ribbons, sea palm, and wakame (including mekabu and nekombu).

    You may combine sea vegetables (especially arame) with miso soup.

    Seaweed is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

methionine

    L-Metionine is a neutral, genetically coded, essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can’t produce it on its own). It is essential in human nutrition.

    [Metionine] is a principle supplier of sulfur which prevents disorders of the hair, skin and nails; helps lower cholesterol levels by increasing the liver’s production of lecithin; reduces liver fat and protects the kidneys; a natural chelating agent for heavy metals; regulates the formation of ammonia and creates ammonia-free urine which reduces bladder irritation; influences hair follicles and promotes hair growth.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: met
    one letter abbreviation: m

    linear structure formula: CH3-S-(CH2)2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C5H11NO2S

    molecular weight: 149.21

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.74 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.28, 9.21

    CAS Registry Number 63-68-3

Day 35: herbal tea

    Drink herbal tea at least once per week.

Day 36: seeds and nuts

    Eat seeds and nuts at least three to five times a week. You may eat seeds and nuts every day.

    Recommended seeds and nuts include: almonds, cashews, chestnuts, flaxseed, hazelnuts, hempseed, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, squash seeds, sunflower seeds, and walnuts.

    Recommended seeds and nuts for occassional use include: acorns, alfalfa seeds, apricot seeds, beechnuts, Brazil nuts, ground nuts, hickory nuts, macadamia nuts, plum seeds, poppy seeds, and umeboshi seeds.

    The American Diabetic Association recommends nuts as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes.

daily seed mix

    Make a daily seed mix. Some experts prefer whole seeds, while others prefer freshly ground seeds (immediately before use). One compromise is to use half the mix whole and freshly grind the other half.

    It is best to use only organic seeds.

    The basic ratio recommended by the Goddess Diet Plan is about 30% hemp seed, about 25% flaxseed, about 15% sesame seed, about 15% pumpkin seed, and about 15% sunflower seed. Feel free to vary things up with other seeds.

    Try six (6) ounces of sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds and 9-12 ounces of hemp and flax seeds.

    An easy way to mix the seeds is to place them in a clean sealed glass jar and shake.

    Use a small coffee grinder for fresh grinding your daily seed mix. Don’t use the coffee grinder for coffee, as the coffee beans will overpower the seeds (and you should be getting away from drinking coffee anyway). Use the seed mix immediately after the seeds are ground because as soon as they are exposed to air they will start oxidizing and going bad.

phenylalanine

    L-Phenylalanine is a neutral, genetically coded, essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can’t produce it on its own). It is essential in human nutrition.

    [Phenylalanine is] used by the brain to produce Norepinephrine, a chemical that transmits signals between nerve cells and the brain; keeps you awake & alert; reduces hunger pains; functions as an antidepressant and helps improve memory.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: phe
    one letter abbreviation: f

    linear structure formula: Ph-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C9H11NO2

    molecular weight: 165.19

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.48 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.58, 9.24

    CAS Registry Number 63-91-2

Day 37: rooibos tea

    Drink rooibos tea at least once per week.

Day 38: mushrooms

    Eat at least one serving of mushrooms per week, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends mushrooms as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Mushrooms are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

threonine

    L-Threonine is a neutral, genetically coded, essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can’t produce it on its own). It is essential in human nutrition.

    [Threonine] is an important constituent of collagen, Elastin, and enamel protein; helps prevents fat build-up in the liver; helps the digestive and intestinal tracts function more smoothly; assists metabolism and assimilation.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: thr
    one letter abbreviation: t

    linear structure formula: CH3-CH(OH)-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C4H9NO3

    molecular weight: 119.12

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.64 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.15, 9.12

    CAS Registry Number 72-19-5

Day 39: fried food

    Stop eating, or at least cut back on and avoid, fried foods.

Day 40: hemp seed

    Eat at least one serving of hempseed per week, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Hemp seeds are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Note that hemp seed is made from the same cannabis plant that produces marijuana. While hemp seed contains no THC, it does contain natural cannabinoids. Inexpensive drug tests check for cannabinoids rather than THC and will therefore present a false positive if you consume hemp seed for nutritional, health, and/or religious purposes.

botanical information:

    Cannabis hemp is a dioecious plant (meaning that an individual plant can be male or female). Both male and female hemp plants produce good quality fiber, but the female produces the best religious quality cannabinoids.

    Botanical name: Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica

    Common name: cannabis, hemp, marijuana


shem-shem-tu
sm-sm-t
hieroglyphs for cannabis

origin:

    Origin: The place of origin of cannabis hemp is unknown, but is believed to have been somewhere in Asia, possibly in Benghali India.

history:

    History: Cannabis seeds were used for food in China by 6000 B.C.E. and for textiles in China by 4000 B.C.E.

    Cannabis was commonly grown in ancient Egyptian temple gardens.

nutritional information:

    Hemp seed meal is one of the best sources of protein.

    Hemp Seed: Hemp seed contains: Protein, Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids, fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Sodium, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, and Niacin.

    Hemp seeds contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids necessary to maintain healthy human life. No other single plant source has the essential amino acids in such an easily digestible form, nor has the essential fatty acids in as perfect a ratio to meet human nutritional needs.

    Nutritionally, Hemp Seed contains by weight: 30.6% Protein, 5.8% Omega-9, 27.56% Linoleic 18:2 (Omega-6), 8.68% Linolenic 18:3 (Omega-3), 6.0% dietary fiber. In milligrams per 100g weight, Hemp Seed contains: Calcium: 139 mg, Phosphorus: 1123 mg, Iron: 13.9 mg; Vitamin A: 518 mg, Thiamine (Vitamin B1): 0.37 mg, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 0.2 mg, and Niacin: 2.43 mg.

    Plus, it also contains Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Sodium. Sixty-five percent of the protein content in hempseed is in the form of globulin edestin, so that it can actually be used by the body in its raw state (unlike that in soybeans, which have to be cooked or sprouted). Hemp’s ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is about 4:1 which mirrors the primitive diet the human race evolved on for 2.5 million years.

Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs [external link] (a source for legal hemp seeds)

religious use

    Cannabis pollen was found on the mummy of Ramses II (nineteenth dynasty). Initially scholars debated as to whether the cannabis pollen was ancient origin or modern contamination. Additional research showed cannabis pollen in all known royal mummies. No known ancient Egyptian mummies were wrapped in hemp cloth.

    The intoxicating properties of cannabis were virtually unknown among Europeans (other than among witches) until the eighteenth century (1700s) when travellers to Egypt discovered the drug. European witches knew of cannabis from antiquity, when cannabis was one of the most commonly used medications among Celts and Norse.

    The Smoke Eaters at the temple at Thebes used cannabis incense for mortality rituals.

    The ancient Egyptian goddess Seshat (above in her role as the Goddess who measures) is depicted with a hemp leaf in her head dress. Pharaoh Tuthmosis III (1479 to 1425 B.C.E.) called her Sefkhet-Abwy (She of the seven points). Hemp was used to make measuring cords. Seshat was the goddess of libraries, knowledge, and geomancy, among other things. Spell 10 of the Coffin text states “Seshat opens the door of heaven for you”.

deities associated with cannabis:

medicinal uses:

    Cannabis was first documented in Kemet (ancient Egyt) around 2000 B.C.E. to treat sore eyes and cataracts. According to Diodorus Siculus (a Sicilian Greek historian who lived from 90 to 21 B.C.E.) Egyptian women used cannabis as a medication to relieve sorrow and bad humour.

    Cannabis is mentioned as a medication in the following ancient Egyptian medical texts: Ramesseum III Papyrus (1700 B.C.E.), Eber’s Papyrus (1600 B.C.E.), the Berlin Papyrus (1300 B.C.E.), and the Chester Beatty VI Papyrus (1300 B.C.E.). The Eber’s Papyrus is the oldest known complete medical textbook in existence. Most scholars believe that it is copy of a much earlier text, probably from around 3100 B.C.E.


section of Eber’s Papyrus, Formula No. 821
Location Plate #96, Lines 7-8

text in Demotic script (the people's script)

    Formula No. 821 translation: “Cannabis is pounded [ground] in honey and administered into her vagina. This is a contraction.” The 1907 Merck Index (page 132) lists emulsions of cannabis seeds to treat the effects of gonorrhea. The 1909 King’s American Dispensatory lists hemp seed infusion for use in after-pains and in the bearing down sensation accompanying prolapsus uteri. The 1927 U.S. Dispensatory lists hemp seed oil for inflammations of the mucous membrane.


section of Eber’s Papyrus, Formula No. 618
Location Plate #78, Lines 10-11

text in Demotic script (the people's script)

    Formula No. 618 translation: “Remedy for toe-nail (or fingernail). Ingredients honey, ochre cannabis, and [other ingredients which have not yet been translated]”

    The example on the left is the oldest known apothecary jar. It contained traces of hashish. The face is of the Pygmy god Bes (who became an Egyptian god of medicine).

    An ancient carving of the Egyptian physician Hesi Re from approximately 2650 B.C.E.

    Also in the Eber’s Papyrus, a mixture of cannabis and carob was used as an enema or combined with other ingredients for use as a poultice.

    The Ramses III Papyrus provides a prescription for cannabis use in the treatment of glaucoma: “A treatment for the eyes: celery, cannabis is ground and left in the dew overnight. Both eyes of the patient are to be washed with it in the morning.”

    Hemp Seed: Medicinally, Hemp seed is anodyne, anthelmintic, demulcent, diuretic, emolient, emmenagogue, febrifuge, laxative, and tonic. It is used to treat constipation, nervous diseases, and is shown to be effective at lowering the risk of heart attack, heart disease, cholestrol, and it also has anti-inflamatory effects making it beneficial for arthritis and autoimmune disorders.

Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs [external link] (a source for legal hemp seeds)

    Cautions and contraindications: Cannabis is safe.

    The DEA’s own conservative administrative law judge, Francis Young, after taking medical testimony for 15 days and reviewing hundreds of DEA/NIDA documents positioned against the evidence introduced by marijuana reform activists, concluded in September 1988 that “marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” —The Emperor Wears No Clothes, Jack Herer

tryptophan

    L-Tryptophan is a neutral, genetically coded, essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can’t produce it on its own). It is essential in human nutrition.

    Trptophan and triptophan are mis-spellings.

    Tryptophan is a natural sedative, but contrary to popular myth, the tryptophan in turkey does not cause Thanksgiving Day drowsiness. There isn’t enough tryptophan in turkey to have that effect. For the amino acid tryptophan to work on the brain, the stomach must be empty and have no amino acids present.

    [Tryptophan is] a natural relaxant, helps alleviate insomnia by inducing normal sleep; reduces anxiety & depression; helps in the treatment of migraine headaches; helps the immune system; helps reduce the risk of artery & heart spasms; works with Lysine in reducing cholesterol levels.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

    Sources of tryptophan include: bananas, beans. chocolate, dried dates, hemp seed meal, oats, peanuts, sesame, and soy beans.

    Additional sources of tryptophan (that should be avoided because they are animal products) include: fish, meat, milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, beef, chicken, and turkey.

scientific information:

    Tryptophan is a precursor for serotonin (a neurotransmitter), melatonin (a neurohormone), and niacin. The functional group of tryptophan is indole.

    three letter abbreviation: trp
    one letter abbreviation: w

    linear structure formula: Ph-NH-CH=C-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C11H12N2O2

    systematic name: (S)-2-Amino-3-(1H-indol-3-yl)-propanoic acid

    molecular mass: 204.23 g mol-1

    molecular weight: 204.23

    melting point: 289°C

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.89 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.38, 9.39

    CAS Registry Number 73-22-3

    EINECS Registry Number 200-795-6

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    According to Dr. Ram of The Healing Gardens [external link], “L TRYPTOPHAN: Helps relax, promotes healthier sleep patterns. It is a precursor to serotonin. Low serotonin levels in the brain can cause irritability, anxiety, and sleeplessness.”

Day 41: fast food

    Stop eating, or at least cut back on and avoid, fast foods.

Day 42: cereal

    Almost all breakfast cereals are really breakfast candies. During your transition to a healthy diet you will want to cut back on breakfast cereals and switch to healthier breakfast choices. Eventually you will want to give up breakfast cereals completely (other than whole grains such as slow cooked oatmeal).

    Healthier breakfast cereals will be those that emphasize whole grains, especially otas and bran.

    Read labels carefully. The worst major brand culprit is Raisin Bran, whether from Kellog’s, Post, or Kroger (or any of their house brands, such as Ralphs). The sticky white sugar coating on the raisins turn this cereal into a worse sugar offender than many kinds of candy! Kroger packs in high fructose corn syrup, sugar, salt, and malted barley syrup. Raisin Bran has 19 grams of sugar per serving, the most of any major brand. More sugar per serving than Apple Jacks (12g.), Cap’n Crunch (12g.), Cocoa Krispies (12g.), Cocoa Pebbles (11g.), Cocoa Puffs (11g.), Corn Flakes (10g.), Frosted Flakes (11g.), Frosted Mini Wheats (Big Bite) (10g.), Fruit Loops (12g.), Fruity Pebbles (11g.), Honey Nut Cheerios (9g.), Honey Smacks (15g.), Lucky Charms (11g.), Reese’s Puffs (11g.), or Trix (11g.).

Day 43: ground meat

    Cut back on ground meat.

    Use extra lean meat.

    Switch to ground turkey.

    Switch to soy based substitutes forground meat.

Day 44: mung bean sprouts

    Eat at least one serving of mung bean sprouts per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends bean sprouts as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

valine

    L-Valine is a neutral, genetically coded, essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can’t produce it on its own). It is essential in human nutrition.

    [Valine] promotes mental vigor, muscle coordination and calm emotions.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: val
    one letter abbreviation: v

    linear structure formula: (CH3)2-CH-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C5H11NO2

    molecular weight: 117.15

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.96 (neutral)

    CAS Registry Number 72-18-4

Day 45: cakes, pies, and sweets

    Cut back on cakes, pies, and other sweets.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 46: flaxseed oil

    Eat up to two (2) tablespoons of flaxseedd oil a day. The total of hempseed oil and flaxssed oil and olive oil should not exceed two (2) to three (3) tablespoons a day.

    Flaxseed oil is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 47: junk food

    Stop eating, or at least cut back on and avoid, junk foods.

Day 48: olive oil

    Eat one (1) to two (2) tablespoons of cold pressed extra virgin olive oil oil a day. The total of hempseed oil and flaxssed oil and olive oil should not exceed two (2) to three (3) tablespoons a day.

    Choose cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for eating..Virgin olive oil may be used for cooking.

    Olive oil is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 49: flaxseeds

    Eat at least one serving of flaxseed per week, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Flaxseeds are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 50: berries

    Eat berries at least three to five times a week. You may eat berries every day. Eat fruit one to four times a day.

    Recommended berries include: blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, cranberries, fresh currants, purple grapes, raspberries, and strawberries.

    Major groups discussed separately are citrus fruits, berries, high fiber fruits, melons, fleshy red fruits, and dried fruits. Mix up the categories from day to day and emphasize fruits that are currently in season, preferably from a local source.

    The American Diabetic Association recommends berries as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes.

    Blueberries should be emphasized when in season.

    Cranberries should not be used often unless you need a strong diaretic.

    Cherries should be used occassionally.

Day 51: ginger tea

    Drink ginger tea at least once per week and as needed to help with digestion.

Day 52: citrus fruits

    Eat citrus fruits at least three to five times a week. You may eat ctrus fruits every day. Eat fruit one to four times a day.

    Recommended citrus fruits include: kumquats, lemons, limes, oranges, pink grapefruit (also listed in red fleshy fruits), red grapefruit (also listed in red fleshy fruits), tangerines, and white grapefruit.

    Major groups discussed separately are citrus fruits, berries, high fiber fruits, melons, fleshy red fruits, and dried fruits. Mix up the categories from day to day and emphasize fruits that are currently in season, preferably from a local source.

    The American Diabetic Association recommends citrus fruit as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes.

Day 53: buttermilk

    If you currently drink cow’s milk, start switching to buttermilk. Buttermilk can be used as a substitute for whole cow’s milk in recipes.

Day 54: high fiber fruits

    Eat high fiber fruits at least three to five times a week. You may eat high fiber fruits every day. Eat fruit one to four times a day.

    Recommended high fiber fruits include: apples, peaches, and pears.

    Major groups discussed separately are citrus fruits, berries, high fiber fruits, melons, fleshy red fruits, and dried fruits. Mix up the categories from day to day and emphasize fruits that are currently in season, preferably from a local source.

Day 55: melons

    Eat melons at least three to five times a week. You may eat melons every day. Eat fruit one to four times a day.

    Recommended melons include: cantaloupe and watermelon.

    Major groups discussed separately are citrus fruits, berries, high fiber fruits, melons, fleshy red fruits, and dried fruits. Mix up the categories from day to day and emphasize fruits that are currently in season, preferably from a local source.

    According to Ayurveda, melons may be eaten occassionally during a diet reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

Day 56: bread

    Eat at least one serving of seed bread or sprouted bread per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    It is important for those who have diabetes, who are obese, or who have cancer to avoid bread made from processed flours and switch to bread made from whole grains.

    Switch from whote processed bread to brown bread.

    Switch from whole grain bread to seed or sprouted bread.

    Bread is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    French bread has a high glycemic index (greater than 100%). White bread has a high glycemic index (100%). Whole wheat bread has a high glycemic index (between 80% and 100%).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 57: fleshy red fruits

    Eat fleshy red fruits at least three to five times a week. You may eat fleshy red fruits every day. Eat fruit one to four times a day.

    Recommended fleshy red fruits include: Japanese persimmons, pink grapefruit (also listed in citrus fruits), red grapefruit (also listed in citrus fruits), red-fleshed papaya, strwaberry guava, tomatoes, and watermelon.

    Major groups discussed separately are citrus fruits, berries, high fiber fruits, melons, fleshy red fruits, and dried fruits. Mix up the categories from day to day and emphasize fruits that are currently in season, preferably from a local source.

Day 58: juicing

    Juicing allows drinking fruits and vegetables. The fiber is destroyed in the juicing process. Live juice contains active enzymes for less than 30 minutes after juicing.

Day 59: dried fruits

    Eat dried fruits as often as needed. You may eat dried fruits every day. Eat fruit one to four times a day.

    The dried fruit group should be used primarily for filling in gaps in your diet. When the fresh whole fruit is out of season the dried version can be used as a substitute. When you need a portable snack the dried version can be used as a substitute. Whenever possible, eat fresh whole fruits.

    Recommended high fiber fruits include: dried apricots, dried blueberries, dried cherries, dried cranberries, dried currants, dates, figs, prunes, and raisins.

    Dried fruits are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low or medium glycemic index (G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, most dried fruit should be avoided during a diet reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

Day 60: turkey

    If you already eat mammals or birds, eat one serving of turkey per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    If you don’t currently eat meat, do not start eating meat.

    Turkey is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 61: allium vegetables

    Eat allium vegetables at least three to five times a week. You may eat allium vegetables every day. Those with cancer should eat allium vegetables every day.

    Recommended allium vegetables include: garlic, leeks, onions, and shallots.

Day 62: wheat

    Optionally eat at least one serving of wheat per month, taking in account the season and local availability. This does not mean to eat a lot of wheat or wheat products. Most Americans need to cut back on wheat and wheat products.

    Persons with celiac disease (glutten-intolerant) should avoid wheat, rye, and barley.

    Puffed wheat has a high glycemic index (greater than 100%).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 63: cruciferous vegetables

    Eat cruciferous vegetables at least three to five times a week. You may eat cruciferous vegetables every day.

    Recommended cruciferous vegetables include: baby bok choy, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale.

Day 64: orange vegetables

    Eat orange vegetables at least three to five times a week. You may eat orange vegetables every day.

    Recommended orange vegetables include: butternut squash, carrot, orange sweet bell pepper, pumpkin, sweet potato, and yam.

Day 65: carotenoids

    Eat carotenoids at least three to five times a week. You may eat carotenoids every day.

    Recommended carotenoids include: beets, carrots, kale, lettuce, seaweed, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, and tomatoes.

Day 66: sprouts

    Eat sprouts at least three to five times a week. You may eat sprouts every day.

Day 67: honey

    Eat honey at least one to five times a week. If you don’t have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you may eat honey every day.

    Honey is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 68: lamb

    If you already eat mammals, eat one serving of lamb per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    If you don’t currently eat meat, do not start eating meat.

    Lamb is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 69: quinoa

    Eat at least one serving of quinoa per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Quinoa is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 70: apple

    Eat at least one apple per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Apples and applesauce are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Malus domestica , Malus sylvestris, or Pyrus spp. (especially Pyrus malus)

    Common name: apple

    Family: Rosaceae (rose)

    Height: 3-12 meters or 10-40 feet

origin:

    Origin: central Asia

history:

    History: Christmas ornaments are derived from an early Christian practice of hanging apples on the Yule tree to convert the use of a tree at Yule from a Germanic Pagan practice into a Christian practice. The apples were from the Jewish Garden of Eden myth.

    In 1900, there were more than 7,000 different varieties of apple grown in the U.S. By 2000, 86.2 percent of those varieties were extinct and only two varieties of apples accounted for more than half of the U.S. apple crop.

nutritional information:

    Apples are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Apples help keep the liver clean and healthy.

    The large quantity of pectin in apples makes them an excellent source of dietary fibre.

    Apples are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

    “Oh, my fellow men, do not defile your bodies with sinful foods. We have corn, we have apples bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling on the vines. There are sweet-flavored herbs, and vegetables which can be cooked and softened over the fire, nor are you denied milk or thyme-scented honey. The earth affords a lavish supply of riches, of innocent foods, and offers you banquets that involve no bloodshed or slaughter; only beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass.”, Pythagoras (Greek mathematician).

    Apples and applesauce are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    According to Ayurveda, cooked apples are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall. According to Ayurveda, war uncooked apples may be eaten occassionally during a diet reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: yin (cool)

    Chinese flavor: sweetand slightly sour

selection:

    Reason to choose organic:
    Apples are the number four (4) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic apples, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    Reason to choose organic:
    Apples have the number two (2) highest pesticide load of 45 common fruits and vegetables studied in 2006 by the Environmental Working Group [external link] and is therefore a prime candidate for switching to organic. The EWA explains, “While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.”
    According to USDA and FDA tests on commercially grown foods collected between 2000 and 2005, apple has a 93.6% (percentage) of samples tested with detectable pesticides, a 82.3 (percentage) of samples with two or more pesticides, a 2.8 average number of pesticides found in a sample, an average of 0.894 parts per million of all pesticides found, and 50 different pesticides found in use growing apples. These toxic pesticides don’t apply to organic foods.

storage:

    Storage: Apples can be safely stored for more than a week.

preparation:

    Juicing: Apple juice has the highest amounts of polyphenols in the fruits studied by Cornell University in 2008. Polyphenols help prevent damage to brain cells, helping prevent mental decline.

ancient myths and beliefs:

from “The Handbook of Norse Mythology”:
by Karl Mortensen, 1898 (“Nordisk mythologi”), original Danish
translated into English 1913 by A. Clinton Crowell

    10. BRAGI is god of the scaldic art, and he is married to ITHUN, who guards the apples which the gods eat when they grow old. Afterwards they grow young again, and so it will continue until Ragnarok.

deities associated with apple:

alanine

    L-Alanine is a neutral, genetically coded, non-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition).

    [Alanine] is an important source of energy for muscle tissue, the brain and central nervous system; strengthens the immune system by producing antibodies; helps in the metabolism of sugars and organic acids.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: ala
    one letter abbreviation: a

    linear structure formula: CH3-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C3H7NO2

    molecular weight: 89.09

    isoelectric point (pH): 6.00 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.35, 9.87

    CAS Registry Number 56-41-7

Day 71: sweet potato

    Eat at least one serving of sweet potato per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Sweet potato is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    The American Diabetic Association recommends sweet potatoes as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 72: tomato

    Eat at least one serving of tomatoes per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetic Association recommends tomatoes as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association recommends tomato as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Tomato is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 73: cold water fish

    If you already eat mammals, birds, or fish, eat one serving of cold water fish per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    If you don’t currently eat meat, do not start eating meat.

    Cold water fish are an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    The American Diabetic Association recommends fish high in omega-3 fatty acids as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes.

    Cold-water fish have vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

arginine

    L-Arginine is a basic, genetically coded, semi-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition). It is essential for human development.

    Studies have shown that [arginine] has improved immune responses to bacteria, viruses & tumor cells; promotes wound healing and regeneration of the liver; causes the release of growth hormones; considered crucial for optimal muscle growth and tissue repair.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: arg
    one letter abbreviation: r

    linear structure formula: HN=C(NH2)-NH-(CH2)3-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C6H14N4O2

    molecular weight: 174.20

    isoelectric point (pH): 11.15 (basic)

    pKa values: 2.18, 9.09, 13.2 (guanidine)

    CAS Registry Number 74-79-3

Day 74: chives

    Eat at least one serving of chives per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    A serving of chives (2 tablespoons, chopped) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

    Chives are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 75: alfalfa sprouts

    Eat at least one serving of alfalfa sprouts per month, taking in account the season and local availability. Alfalfa is normally eaten as sprouted seeds (alfala sprouts). You can sprout alfalfa at home.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends sprouts as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Alfalfa is a forage legume. Also known as lucerne in most of Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Sometimes called purple medic or Chilian clover.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Medicago sativa

    Common name: alfalfa (United States), Chilean clover, Kuthirai Masal (Tamil), lucerne (United Kingdom), Lucerne grass (India), purple medic

    Family: Fabaceae

    Height: 1 meter (3 feet)

history:

    History: Alfalfa has been used as an herbal medicine for at least 1,500 years.

nutritional information:

nutritional value per 1 cup alfalfa sprouts:

nutritional value per 1 tablespoon (tbsp) alfalfa sprouts:

    Alfalfa sprouts are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    The parts of the alfalfa plant that are used are its leaves. In the Middle East, alfalfa is known as the “father of all herbs.” Alfalfa is one of the most nutritious plants on earth and its leaves are rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamins A, B-12, C, D, E and K. Alfalfa has also been found to contain all eight essential amino acids. It even contains fluoride which can help prevent tooth decay. Alfalfa is one of the highest fibrous herbs in existence and we are unable to digest its raw leaves. For centuries, Native Americans ground its seeds to be used as flour or boiled its leaves and ate them like greens.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: yin (cool)

    Young alfalfa leaves were used to treat disorders of the digestive tract and the kidneys in early traitional Chinese medicines.

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    Ayurvedic Doshas: PK- V+ Pitta decreases; Kapha decreases; Vata increases.
    Part Used: herb (above ground parts of plant)
    Taste: astringent, sweet
    Energy: cooling
    Vipaka: (Post-Digestive Effect) pungent
    Tissues: plasma, blood
    Systems: circulatory, urinary
    Actions: alterative, diuretic, antipyretic, hemostatic
    Indications: ulcers, edema, arthritis, vitamin deficiency, mineral deficiency
    Precautions: high Vata
    Preparation: infunsion, powder (250 mg to 1 g)

    Alfalfa leaves are used in Ayuvedic medicine to treat poor digestion. Alfalfa seeds

    Alfalfa seeds are used to make a cooling poultice to treat boils.

herbal healing:

    In homeopathic medicine, alfalfa is used to treat anemia, diabtes, indigestion, and bladder disorders, as well as to increase appetite (contributing to weight gain), as a diuretic (to increase urination), as an estrogen replacement (to increase breast milk and mitigate premenstrual syndrome), as a dietary supplement, and to lower blood cholestrol levels.

planting and growing:

    Planting: Alfalfa will completely take over any garden it is planted in. If you decide to plant alfalfa, plant it in a separate location and be very vigilant to remove any alfalfa (including the complete roots) that starts growing in your regular garden.

    Planting: You can grow alfalfa sprouts in a large glass jar. Sprouts do not need sunlight to grow, and therefore can be grown in any room in the house.

Day 76: avocado

    Eat at least one serving of avocado per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Persea americana, aslo known as Persea gratissima

    Common name: alligator pear, avocado, butter pear

    French name: avocat

    Family: Lauraceae

origin:

    Origin: Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

nutritional information:

    Avocados are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Avocados are a source of copper.

nutritional value per 100 grams:

    Biotin: Avocados are a good source of biotin. Biotin helps keep skin, nails, and hair healthy. Other good sources of biotin include: chicken eggs, legumes, nuts, and soy beans.

    Avocados are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

selection:

    Avocado has the number two (2) lowest pesticide load of 45 common fruits and vegetables studied in 2006 by the Environmental Working Group [external link] and is therefore a food that can be purchased conventionally-grown when organic isn“t available. The EWA explains, “While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.”
    According to USDA and FDA tests on commercially grown foods collected between 2000 and 2005, avocado has a 1.4% (percentage) of samples tested with detectable pesticides, a 0.0% (percentage) of samples with two or more pesticides, an 0.0 average number of pesticides found in a sample, an average of 0.001 parts per million of all pesticides found, and 2 different pesticides found in use growing avocado. These toxic pesticides don’t apply to organic foods.

storage:

    Storage: Eat avocado within two days of purchase.

external care:

    Skin care: Avocados contain biotin. Biotin is an essential vitamin for fat and carbohydrate metabolism. A definiency in biotin can lead to dry skin and brittle hair and nails.

Day 77: cantaloupe melon

    Eat at least one serving of cantaloupe per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Cantaloupe melon an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Cantaloupe is recommended by the American Diabetes Association because it has a medium glycemic index (medium G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, melons may be eaten occassionally during a diet reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 78: grapefruit

    Eat at least one serving of grapefruit per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Grapefruit is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Grapefruit is recommended by the American Diabetes Association because it has a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, grapefruit is an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 79: green beans

    Eat at least one serving of green beans per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends green beans as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Green beans are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 80: chicken eggs

    If you already eat mammals or birds, eat one serving of chicken eggs per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Chicken eggs is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    The American Diabetes Association recommends chicken eggs as a protein source.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 81: lemon

    Eat at least one serving of lemon per week, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Lemon is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    According to Ayurveda, lemons are an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 82: lime

    Eat at least one serving of limes per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Lime is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    According to Ayurveda, limes are an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 83: almonds

    Eat at least one serving of almonds per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Prunus dulcis, also called Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus is sweet almond , also known as Amygdalus communis

    Common name: almond, sweet almond

    Family: Rosaceae (rose)

origin:

    Origin: southwest Asia

nutritional information:

    Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, and antioxidants.

    Almonds are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    One ounce of dry roasted almonds without salt has 1.0 milligrams of zinc, which is 6% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Value, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health [external link].

    Soaked almonds are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

    1/4 cup almonds has 164 calories, 14 grams of fat (1 gram of saturated fat, 9 grams monounsaturated fat, and 3.5 grams polyunsaturated fat), 1 gram sugar, 3 grams fiber, and 70 mg of calcium.

preparation:

    You can put a selection of nuts along with a little bit of olive oil into a blender and make fresh nut butter. Nut butter on bread (or in pita pockets) is a healthy “on-the-go” snack.

deities associated with almonds:

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: slightly yang (warm)

    Chinese flavor: slightly bitter

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    Ayurvedic Doshas: for almond seed V- KP+ Pitta increases; Kapha increases; Vata decreases

asparagine

    L-Asparagine is a neutral, genetically coded, non-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition).

    The amino acid asparagine is named for asparagus.

    Sources of asparagine include: asparagus

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: asn
    one letter abbreviation: n

    linear structure formula: H2N-CO-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C4H8N2O3

    molecular weight: 132.12

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.41 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.02, 8.80

    CAS Registry Number 70-47-3

Day 84: amaranth

    Eat at least one serving of amaranth per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends amaranth (or Chinese spinach) as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Amaranthus spp.; especially Amaranthus hypochondriacus

    Common name: amaranth, cock’s comb

    Family: Amaranthaceae

nutritional information:

    The American Diabetes Association recommends amaranth (or Chinese spinach) as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Amaranth is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

deities associated with amaranth:

aspartic acid

    L-Aspartic acid is an acidic, genetically coded, non-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition).

    [Aspartic acid] aids in the expulsion of harmful ammonia from the body. When ammonia enters the circulatory system it acts as a highly toxic substance which can be harmful to the central nervous system. Recent studies have shown that Aspartic Acid may increase resistance to fatigue and increase endurance.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: asp
    one letter abbreviation: d

    linear structure formula: HOOC-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C4H7NO4

    molecular weight: 133.10

    isoelectric point (pH): 2.77 (acidic)

    pKa values: 1.88, 3.65, 9.60

    CAS Registry Number 56-84-8

Day 85: apricot

    Eat at least one serving of apricot per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Apricots are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Prunus armeniaca (meaning Armenian plum); also called Armeniaca vulgaris

    Common name: apricot

    Family: Rosaceae (rose)

origin:

    Origin: Uncertain because of prehistoric culitvation. Most likely northern and western China and central Asia. Possibly also Korea and Japan.

nutritional information:

    Eat at least one serving of apricot per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Apricots are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Apricots are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    Apricots have vitamin A and carotenes, essential nutrients in fighting cancer.

storage:

    Storage: Eat apricots within a week (seven days) of purchase.

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: yin (cool)

    Chinese flavor: sweet and slightly sour

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    Ayurvedic Doshas: for apricot seed KV- P+ Pitta increases; Kapha decreases; Vata decreases

    According to Ayurveda, apricots are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

cysteine

    L-Cysteine is a neutral, genetically coded, semi-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition).

    [Cysteine] functions as an antioxidant and is a powerful aid to the body in protecting against radiation and pollution. It can help slow down the aging process, deactivate free radicals, neutralize toxins; aids in protein synthesis and presents cellular change. It is necessary for the formation of the skin, which aids in the recovery from burns and surgical operations. Hair and skin are made up 10-14% Cystine.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: cys
    one letter abbreviation: c

    linear structure formula: HS-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C3H7NO2S

    molecular weight: 121.15

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.02 (neutral)

    pKa values: 1.71, 8.33 (thiol), 10.78

    CAS Registry Number 52-90-4

Day 86: asparagus

    Eat at least one serving of asparagus per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends asparagus as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Asparagus officinalis

    Common name: asparagus, sparrowgrass

    French name: asperge

    Family: Liliaceae (lily)
    Asparagaceae (asparagus) — the modern taxonomy separates the asparagus family from the larger lily family.

origin:

    Origin: Mediterranean.

history:

    History: Asparagus was banned from girls’ schools by 19th century nuns who feared its phallic shape would lead to promiscuity.

nutritional information:

    Asparagus is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Asparagus is a source of protein.

    Asparagus is a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

nutritional value of green asparagus:

    Green asparagus has more nutrients than white asparagus. The darker the color, the more nutrients. White aspargus has more sugar (and is therefore sweeter tasting).

    The American Diabetes Association recommends asparagus as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

selection:

    Asparagus has the number seven (7) lowest pesticide load of 45 common fruits and vegetables studied in 2006 by the Environmental Working Group [external link] and is therefore a food that can be purchased conventionally-grown when organic isn“t available. The EWA explains, “While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.”
    According to USDA and FDA tests on commercially grown foods collected between 2000 and 2005, asparagus has a 6.7% (percentage) of samples tested with detectable pesticides, a 0.6% (percentage) of samples with two or more pesticides, an 0.1 average number of pesticides found in a sample, an average of 0.026 parts per million of all pesticides found, and 19 different pesticides found in use growing asparagus. These toxic pesticides don’t apply to organic foods.

storage:

    Storage: Eat asparagus within two days of purchase.

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: yin (cool)

    Chinese flavor: slightly sweet

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    Ayurvedic Doshas: PK- Vo Pitta decreases; Kapha decreases; Vata mixed

glutamic acid

    L-Glutamic acid is an acidic, genetically coded, non-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition).

    Considered to be nature’s “Brain food” by improving mental capacities; helps speed the healing of ulcers; gives a “lift” from fatigue; helps control alcoholism, schizophrenia and the craving for sugar.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: glu
    one letter abbreviation: e

    linear structure formula: HOOC-(CH2)2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C5H9NO4

    molecular weight: 147.13

    isoelectric point (pH): 3.22 (acidic)

    pKa values: 2.19, 4.25, 9.67

    CAS Registry Number 56-86-0

Day 87: peppers

    Eat at least one serving of peppers per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

glutamine

    L-Glutamine is a neutral, genetically coded, non-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition).

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: gln
    one letter abbreviation: q

    linear structure formula: H2N-CO-(CH2)2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C5H10N2O3

    molecular weight: 146.15

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.65 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.17, 9.13

    CAS Registry Number 56-85-9

Day 88: yogurt

    If you already eat dairy food, eat one serving of yogurt per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    If you don’t currently eat dairy foods, do not start eating dairy foods.

    Yogurt is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    The American Diabetic Association recommends fat-free yogurt as one of 10 “superfoods” for those with diabetes.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

glycine

    Glycine is a neutral, genetically coded non-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition). It is the only protein-forming amino acid without a center of chirality.

    [Glycine] helps trigger the release of oxygen to the energy requiring cell-making process; Important in the manufacturing of hormones responsible for a strong immune system.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: gly
    one letter abbreviation: g

    linear structure formula: NH2-CH2-COOH

    molecular formula: C2H5NO2

    molecular weight: 75.07

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.97 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.21, 9.15

    CAS Registry Number 56-40-6

Day 89: raw foods

    At this point you have started introducing healthier foods (especially fruits and vegetables) into your diet.

    The next step is to start switching from cooked and processed foods (even healthy ones) to raw foods. With a few important exceptions, your body gets far more nutrients from raw foods than it does from the same food cooked.

    Your goal should be for at least 30% of your food intake to be raw foods. An increase in salads can help make this easier. You can also use juicing to reach this total, but eventually you will want to have 30% of your diet be raw foods not counting juices.

Day 90: banana

    Eat at least one serving of banana per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Bananas are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Musa paradisiaca

    Common name: banana

    Family: Musaceae

nutritional information:

    Bananas are a starch-rich food and an important source of carbohydrates.

    Bananas are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Bananas are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

    Bananas are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    According to Ayurveda, bananas are excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: yin (cold)

    Chinese flavor: sweet

selection:

    Banana has the number nine (9) lowest pesticide load of 45 common fruits and vegetables studied in 2006 by the Environmental Working Group [external link] and is therefore a food that can be purchased conventionally-grown when organic isn“t available. The EWA explains, “While washing and rinsing fresh produce may reduce levels of some pesticides, it does not eliminate them. Peeling also reduces exposures, but valuable nutrients often go down the drain with the peel. The best option is to eat a varied diet, wash all produce, and choose organic when possible to reduce exposure to potentially harmful chemicals.”
    According to USDA and FDA tests on commercially grown foods collected between 2000 and 2005, banana has a 41.7% (percentage) of samples tested with detectable pesticides, a 2.0% (percentage) of samples with two or more pesticides, an 0.4 average number of pesticides found in a sample, an average of 0.029 parts per million of all pesticides found, and 7 different pesticides found in use growing bananas. These toxic pesticides don’t apply to organic foods.

storage:

    Storage: Eat bananas within two days of purchase.

preparation:

    Sprinkle cinnamon on bananas (especially if you sauté your bananas).

deities associated with banana:

histidine

    L-Histidine is a basic, genetically coded semi-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition). It is essential for human development.

    [Histidine] is found abundantly in hemoglobin; has been used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, allergic diseases, ulcers & anemia. A deficiency can cause poor hearing.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: his
    one letter abbreviation: h

    linear structure formula: NH-CH=N-CH=C-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C6H9N3O2

    molecular weight: 155.16

    isoelectric point (pH): 7.47 (basic)

    pKa values: 1.78, 5.97 (imidazole), 8.97

    CAS Registry Number 71-00-1

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Vigna radiata; Obsolete names: Phaseolus aureus and Phaseolus radiatus

    Common name: mung bean

    Family: Fabaceae (bean)

origin:

    Origin: Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan

nutritional information:

    The American Diabetes Association recommends bean sprouts as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Mung bean sprouts are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

proline

    L-Proline is a neutral, genetically coded, non-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition). It is the only protein-forming amino acid with a secondary amino group.

    [Proline] is extremely important for the proper functioning of joints and tendons; also helps maintain and strengthen heart muscles.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: pro
    one letter abbreviation: p

    linear structure formula: NH-(CH2)3-CH-COOH

    molecular formula: C5H9NO2

    molecular weight: 115.13

    isoelectric point (pH): 6.30 (neutral)

    pKa values: 1.99, 10.60

    CAS Registry Number 147-85-3

Day 91: beets

    Eat at least one serving of beets per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends beets as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Beta vulgaris

    Common name: beet, red beet, sugar beet

    French name: betterave

origin:

    Origin: Southern Europe.

nutritional information:

    The American Diabetes Association recommends beets as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Beets are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Beets will make your urine and feces red or red-tinged.

    Beetroot is a food that helps nourish the kidneys.

    Beet roots are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: neutral

storage:

    Storage: Beets can be safely stored for more than a week.

Day 92: bran

    Add bran to your diet.

serine

    Serine is a neutral, genetically coded, non-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition).

    [Serine is] a storage source of glucose by the liver and muscles; helps strengthen the immune system by providing antibodies; synthesizes fatty acid sheath around nerve fibers.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: ser
    one letter abbreviation: s

    linear structure formula: HO-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C3H7NO3

    molecular weight: 105.09

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.68 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.21, 9.15

    CAS Registry Number 56-45-1

Day 93: carrot

    Eat at least one serving of carrot per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends carrots as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Carrot is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Carrots have a high glycemic index (between 80% and 100%).

    Carrots have vitamin A, vitamin C, carotenoids, lutein, fiber, calcium, and magnesium that help prevent cancer by antioxidant function and immune enhancement.

    Carrots have vitamin A and carotenes, essential nutrients in fighting cancer.

    Carrot tops have vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 94: celery

    Eat at least one serving of celery per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends celery as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Celery is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Reason to choose organic:
    Celery is the number one (1) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic celery, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 95: cabbage

    Eat at least one serving of cabbage per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends cabbage (especially green cabbage) as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends coleslaw (no dressing) as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Cabbage is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Cabbage has indole-3-carbinol, glucosinolates, and vitamin C that help prevent cancer by enhancing detoxification, protecting DNA, and inhibiting tumor formation.

    The healthiest form of cabbage is sauerkraut.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 96: eggplant

    Eat at least one serving of eggplant per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends eggplant as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Eggplant is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 97: figs

    Eat at least one serving of figs per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    A one cup serving of figs (about eight dried figs) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

    Figs are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Figs are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, raw or soaked figs are an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 98: garlic

    Eat at least one serving of garlic per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Garlic is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 99: ginger

    Eat at least one serving of ginger per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Ginger is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 100: chicken

    If you already eat birds or mammals, eat one serving of chicken per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    If you don’t currently eat meat, do not start eating meat.

    Chicken is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 101: goat’s cheese

    If you currently eat dairy products, eat at least one serving of goat’s cheese per month, taking in account the season and local availability. If you do not currently eat dairy foods, don’t add this item to your diet.

    Goat’s cheese is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 102: goat milk

    If you currently eat dairy products, eat at least one serving of goat milk per month, taking in account the season and local availability. If you do not currently eat dairy foods, don’t add this item to your diet.

    Goat milk is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 103 grapes

    Eat at least one serving of grapes per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Grapes are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Grapes are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, grapes are an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    Reason to choose organic:
    Imported grapes are the number twelve (12) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic imported grapes, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 104: cottage cheese

    If you already eat dairy foods, eat one serving of cottage cheese per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    If you don’t currently eat dairy foods, do not start eating dairy foods.

    Cottage cheese is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 105: raisins

    Eat at least one serving of raisins per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Raisins are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Raisins are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a medium glycemic index (G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, most dried fruit should be avoided during a diet reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 106: kiwi

    Eat at least one serving of kiwi per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Kiwifruit is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Kiwi is recommended by the American Diabetes Association because it has a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 107: nectarine

    Eat at least one serving of nectarine per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Nectarines are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    Reason to choose organic:
    Nectarines are the number six (6) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic nectarines, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 108: peaches

    Eat at least one serving of peaches per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Peaches are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Peaches are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, peaches are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    Reason to choose organic:
    Peaches are the number two (2) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic peaches, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 109: pears

    Eat at least one serving of pears per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Pears are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Pears are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, pears are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 110: onion

    Eat at least one serving of onion per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends onions as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Onion is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 111: orange

    Eat at least one serving of oranges per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Oranges are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Oranges are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, oranges are an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 112: tangerine

    Eat at least one serving of tangerines per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Tangerines are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Tangerines are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 113: parsley

    Eat at least one serving of parsley per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Parsley is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Parsley has vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 114: sweet bell peppers

    Eat at least one serving of sweet bell peppers per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends peppers as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Sweet bell peppers are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Peppers have vitamin A, vitamin C, carotenoids, lutein, fiber, calcium, and magnesium that help prevent cancer by antioxidant function and immune enhancement.

    Bell peppers have vitamin A, carotenes, and vitamin C, essential nutrients in fighting cancer.

    Reason to choose organic:
    Bell peppers are the number seven (7) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic bell peppers, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 115: potato

    Eat at least one serving of potatoes per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends potato as a starchy vegetable.

    Potatoes are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Instant potato and microwaved potato have a high glycemic index (greater than 100%).

    Reason to choose organic:
    Potatoes are the number eleven (1a) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic potatoes, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 116: pumpkin

    Eat at least one serving of pumpkin per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Pumpkin is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    The American Diabetes Association recommends pumpkin as a starchy vegetable.

    The crop for canned pumpkin (grown mostly in Ohio) was ruined by rain in both 2008 and 2009. As a result there is a nationwide shortage of canned pumpkin in 2010.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 117: prune

    Eat at least one serving of prunes per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Prues are dried plums. Prunes are made from selected prune plum varieties that are very high in sugar and can be dried without fermenting while still containing the plum pit.

    According to Ayurveda, raw or soaked prunes are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 118: cranberry

    Eat at least one serving of cranberries per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Cranberries are a fruit.

    Cranberries should not be used often unless you need a strong diaretic.

    Cranberry juice helps prevent urinary problems, especially bacterial infections.

    According to Ayurveda, cranberries may be eaten occassionally during a diet reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    Cranberries have moderate levels of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese (an essential mineral), as well as other essential micronutrients.

    Cranberries are a source of polyphenol antioxidants, beneficial to the cardiovascular system and immune system and having anti-cancer properties.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Primarily Vaccinium macrocarpon, but also Vaccinium erythrocarpum, Vaccinium microcarpum, and Vaccinium oxycoccos
    Obsolete botanical names:
        Oxycoccos erythrocarpus = Vaccinium erythrocarpum
        Oxycoccos macrocarpus = Vaccinium macrocarpon
        Oxycoccos microcarpus = Vaccinium microcarpum
        Oxycoccos palustris = Vaccinium oxycoccos

    Common name: cranberry
        Vaccinium erythrocarpum: southern mountain cranberry
        Vaccinium macrocarpus: American cranberry, bearberry, large cranberry
        Vaccinium microcarpum: small cranberry
        Vaccinium oxycoccos: common cranberry, northern cranberry
    Canadian name: cranberry, mossberry
    English name: fenberry (named for fens or marshes)
    native American name: sassamanash

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

    The word cranberry originally started as crane berry, because early European settlers to North America thought the flower and associated parts looked similar to the head and neck of a crane.

    Family: Ericaceae (heath or heather family)

    Kind: Evergreen Dwarf Shrub or Trailing Vines.

    Habitat: acidic bogs in Northern hemisphere

    Height: 5 to 20 centimeters tall
    Spread: up to 2 meters long
    Leaf: small evergreen leaf
    Pollination: honey bees
    Flower: dark pink with reflexed petals
    Fruit: cranberry; starts as small white berry, but grows to a dark red berry that is larger than the leaves
    Fruiting Time: late September to early October

origin:

    Origin: Northern hemisphere, including northern North America, northern Europe, and northern Asia

    Wisconsin produces more cranberries than any other U.S. state.

part used:

    Part Used: Berry.

nutritional information:

    Cranberries have moderate levels of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese (an essential mineral), as well as other essential micronutrients.

    Cranberry juice helps prevent urinary problems, especially bacterial infections.

    Cranberries are a source of polyphenol antioxidants, beneficial to the cardiovascular system and immune system and having anti-cancer properties.

nutritional value per 100 grams (raw cranberries):

    The Goddess Diet Plan recommends at least one serving of cranberries per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Cranberries should not be used often unless you need a strong diaretic.

    According to Ayurveda, cranberries may be eaten occassionally during a diet reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

cranberry juice

    The Goddess Diet Plan calls for reducing or eliminating cranberry juice from your diet, with two important exceptions.

    If you have bladder or urinary tract problems, cranberry juice can be very helpful.

    When switching to a new diet, including this one, cranberry juice can help the digestive system adjust. If you have digestive problems with your switch to this diet, especially near the beginning, consider drinking pure, 100%, unsweetened cranberry juice.

    The obvious question is why would an item (cranberry juice) that should be reduced from your diet be listed near the top of the “to add” items in the Goddess Diet Plan. The answer is that cranberry juice makes it easier to adjust to a new diet and cranberry juice helps a person who is obese or overweight to lose some weight. These two important benefits make cranberry juice an important part of the beginning of the Goddess Diet Plan, even though you will eventually want to cut back or even eliminate cranberry juice from your diet.

storage:

    Fresh cranberries can be frozen for up to nine months.

preparation:

    Top oatmeal with dried cranberries. Helps gum health and detoxes kidneys. Helps protect against bladder infections. 1/4 cup of dried cranberries has 92 calories, 0 grams of fat, 20 grams of sugar, and 2 grams of fiber.

cautions and contraindications:

    Cautions and contraindications: Safe for use during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Those with family or individual history of calcium-oxalate kidney stones should avoid long term use of cranberry supplements.

planting and growing:

    Plants in the ericaceae (heath or heather) family, such as the cranberry, are calcifuge, that is they dont like lime, and grow best in acidic soil.

Day 119: radish

    Eat at least one serving of radishes per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends radishes as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Radishes are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Radishes have indole-3-carbinol, glucosinolates, and vitamin C that help prevent cancer by enhancing detoxification, protecting DNA, and inhibiting tumor formation.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 120: pumpkin seeds

    Eat at least one serving of pumpkin seeds per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    A serving of pumkin seeds (about a half a cup) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

    Pumpkin seeds are an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 121: wild rice

    Eat at least one serving of wild rice per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Wild rice is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 122: brown rice

    Eat at least one serving of brown rice per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Eat white rice only on rare occassions. White rice is strongly discouraged.

    Brown rice is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Puffed rice, instant rice, and puffed rice cakes have a high glycemic index (greater than 100%). White rice and brown rice have a high glycemic index (between 80% and 100%).

    Whole grain brown rice includes the endosperm (starch), bran (fiber), and whole germ (most nutrients). White rice has only the polished starchy intereor endosperm.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 123: winter squash

    Eat at least one serving of winter squash per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends squash (including cushaw squash) as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends acorn squash and butternut squash (both winter squashes) as a starchy vegetable.

    Winter squash is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 124: summer squash

    Eat at least one serving of summer squash per month during hot weather, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends summer squash (including crockneck and zucchini) as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Summer squash is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 125: soybean

    Eat at least one serving of soybeans per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends soy-based fake meat products (such as vegie burgers) as a protein source.

    Soybeans an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Soy beans are healthier than soy bean products. Soy-based fake meat products are healthier than real meat. Soy-based meat prodcuts should be used to transition away from meat and may be used on rare occassions.

    Tofu ice cream has a high glycemic index (greater than 100%).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 126: soy cheese

    Eat at least one serving of soy cheese per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Soy cheese is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 127: plant milk

    Eat at least one serving of plant milk per week, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The recommended plant milk is hemp seed milk. Other good alternatives are soy milk, almond milk, and rice milk.

    Soy milk is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 128: spinach

    Eat at least one serving of spinach per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends spinach as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Spinach is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Spinach has vitamin A and carotenes, essential nutrients in fighting cancer. Spinach has vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    Reason to choose organic:
    Spinach is the number eight (8) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic spinach, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 129: turnips

    Eat at least one serving of turnips and turnip greens per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends turnip greens as a non-starchy vegetable. The American Diabetes Association recommends turnip as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Turnips have indole-3-carbinol, glucosinolates, and vitamin C that help prevent cancer by enhancing detoxification, protecting DNA, and inhibiting tumor formation.

    Turnip greens have vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 130: walnuts

    Eat walnuts at least once a week. You may eat some kind of nut every day.

Day 131: pinto bean

    Eat at least one serving of pinto bean per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    A serving of pinto beans (about half a cup, dried) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends pinto beans as a protein source.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 132: leeks

    Eat at least one serving of leeks per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    A serving of leeks (one cup, raw) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends leeks as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Leeks are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 133: artichoke

    Eat at least one serving of globe artichoke per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends artichoke and artichoke hearts as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    A serving of artichokes (about one medium artichoke) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Cynara cardunculus, also called Cynara scolymus

    Common name: artichoke, globe artichoke

    French name: artichaut
    Italian name: articiocco

    Family: Asteraceae (aster, daisy, or sunflower family)

    Kind: Perennial Thistle.

    Height: 1-1/2 to 2 meters tall

origin:

    Origin: southern Europe, Mediterranean, Sicily, Egypt, Canary Islands. Possibly orignally from the Maghreb in North Africa (artichokes still grow wild there)

history:

    History: The Greeks grew artichokes in Sicily. The Greeks called globe artichokes kaktos.

    History: Globe artichoke seeds discovered in excavation of Mons Claudianus in Egypt, from the Roman period. The Romans called artichokes carduus.

    History: Globe artichokes were grown in the Maghreb of North Africa by the Muslims. The Arabs called globe artichokes Ardi-Shoki, meaning “ground thorny”. The later Arabic name al-kharshuf was the source of the plant name in most European languages.

    History: Globe artichokes were grown in Naples by the middle 9th century.

nutritional information:

    Artichokes are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Artichokes are a source of protein.

    Artichokes help keep the liver clean and healthy.

    Artichokes are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

nutritional value per 100 grams:

    The American Diabetes Association recommends artichoke and artichoke hearts as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

storage:

    Storage: Eat artichokes within two days of purchase.

deities associated with artichoke:

    Myth: Jupiter (or Zeus) fell in love with Cynara, a beautiful girl with ash blonde hair. Cynaraa rejected Jupiter (or Zeus), so he turned her into the first artichoke (which had the Roman name Cynara, leading to the modern botanical name Cynara scolymus).

Day 134: sesame

    Eat at least one serving of sesame per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Tahini is a paste made from sesame seeds.

    A serving of tahini (about two tablespoons) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 135: basil

    Eat at least one serving of basil per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    A serving of basil (about 10 tablespoons fresh basil, whole leaves) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 136: herring

    Eat at least one serving of herring per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    A serving of herring (about one five ounce fillet) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

    Herring should be wild caught, never farm raised. Recommended fish include: Alaskan halibut, bass, chunk light tuna, clams, herring, oysters, salmon, sardines, trout

    If you do not currently eat fish and other seafood, do not start eating fish or seafood. The exception is that if you currently eat any mammals (including red or white meat) or birds, then add the recommended fish and seafood to your diet. If you currently eat fish or seafood, switch to the recommended fish and seafood.

    If you eat fish, soak the fish in a mixture of apple cider vinegar and water before cooking. This will give the fish a sweeter taste and make the fish more tender.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends fish and seafood as a protein source. Recommended fish include: catfish, cod, flounder, haddock, halibut herring, orange roughy, salmon, sardines, tilapia, trout, and tuna. Recommended seafood includes: clams, crab, imitation shellfish (Alaskan pollack), lobster, oysters, scallops, and shrimp.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 137: molasses

    Eat at least one serving of molasses per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    A serving of molasses (about one tablespoon) is an important part of prenatal diet care for pregnant women.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 138: sunflower seeds

    Eat at least one serving of sunflower seeds per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Sunflower seeds are an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

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Day 139: lentils

    Eat at least one serving of lentils per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends lentils as a protein source.

    Lentils are an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 140: arame

    Eat at least one serving of arame seaweed per week, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Arame is also called sea oak.

    Many Americans aren’t used to seaweeds as a normal part of their diet (other than as a wrapping for sushi). and think that seaweeds will taste yucky. Arame looks like little black threads (turns dark brown when cooked) and has a sweet, mild taste. Arame is great for adding raw to salads and soups, as well as sautéeing with root vegetables or tofu.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 141: shitake mushroom

    Eat at least one serving of shitake mushrooms per week, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Many Americans aren’t used to eating a lot of mushrooms, other than white or brown “button” mushrooms. Shitake is one of the more popular mushrooms in Asain countries. Shitake is fairly large and available both fresh and dried. Soak dried Shitake before cooking. Cut off and discard the hard stems before cooking. Shitake can be sautéed for as a burger patty or stuffed with vegetables. Shitake can be cut into pieces and added to a salad, soup, or side dish.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 142: burdock root

    Eat at least one serving of burdock root per week, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Burdock root is highly recommended in the Macrobiotic Diet.

botanical information:

    Botanical name: can be any of Arctium spp., but especially Arctium lappa (edible burdock, greater burdock, or lappa burdock)

    Common name: burdock root, edible burdock, greater burdock, lappa burdock
    Japanese name: gobo
    Korean name: ueong
    Portuguese name: bardana

    Use the botanical name when ordering seeds (bulbs, etc.) or when looking up information in the library. Common names vary by nation, culture, and region, and sometimes the same common name is applied to different plants.

    Family: Asteraceae [formerly called Compositae] (aster, daisy, or sunflower family)

origin:

    Origin: most of Asia and Europe

part used:

    Part Used: The washed and dried root.

Information courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs

nutritional information:

    Burdock root is highly recommended in the Macrobiotic Diet.

    [Burdock root] Is an excellent blood purifier and cleanser; aids in healing skin blemishes, arthritis & rheumatism; promotes healthy kidney function.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research

magickal correspondences and uses:

    Gender: feminine (traditional western European magickal gender)

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: yin (cool)

    Chinese flavor: pungent and bitter

Ayurvedic herbalism:

    Ayurvedic Doshas: PK- V+ Pitta decreases; Kapha decreases; Vata increases.

cautions and contraindications:

    Cautions and contraindications: Burdock is believed to be safe.

Day 143: chestnuts

    Eat at least one serving of chestnuts per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Chestnuts are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 144: hijiki

    Eat at least one serving of hijiki seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 145: brown mushroom

    Eat at least one serving of brown mushrooms per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 146: kombu

    Eat at least one serving of kombu seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 147: white mushroom

    Eat at least one serving of white mushrooms per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 148: nekombu

    Eat at least one serving of nekombu seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Nekombu is the root of kombu.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 149: enoki mushroom

    Eat at least one serving of enoki mushrooms per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 150: kelp

    Eat at least one serving of kelp seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 151: oyster mushroom

    Eat at least one serving of oyster mushrooms per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 152: wakame

    Eat at least one serving of wakame seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 153: tree ear mushroom

    Eat at least one serving of tree ear mushrooms per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 154: mekabu

    Eat at least one serving of mekabu seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Mekabu is the flowering sprout of wakame.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 155: hazelnuts

    Eat at least one serving of hazelnuts per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

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Day 156: alaria

    Eat at least one serving of alaria seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 157: pine nut

    Eat at least one serving of pine nuts per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Pine nuts are also known as pinons.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 158: nori

    Eat at least one serving of nori seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Nori is also called sloke or laver.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 159: dulse

    Eat at least one serving of dulse seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 160: agar-agar

    Eat at least one serving of agar-agar seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 161: Irish moss

    Eat at least one serving of Irish moss seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 162: Corsican seaweed

    Eat at least one serving of Corsican seaweed seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Corsican seaweed is also known as makuri in Japan.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 163: sea palm

    Eat at least one serving of sea palm seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 164: cashew

    Eat at least one serving of cashews per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 165: ocean ribbons

    Eat at least one serving of ocean ribbons seaweed per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 166: squash seeds

    Eat at least one serving of squash seeds per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 167: blackberries

    Eat at least one serving of blackberries per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Blackberries are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

botanical information:

    Botanical name: Rubus villosus

    Common name: blackberry

nutritional information:

    Blackberries are a food and an herbal tea that helps nourish the kidneys.

    Blackberries are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

    Blackberries are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Blackberries are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

deities associated with blackberry:

taurine

    Taurine is a non-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition).

    Helps stabilize the excitability of membranes which is very important in the control of epileptic seizures. Taurine and sulfur are considered to be factors necessary for the control of many biochemical changes that take place in the aging process; aids in the clearing of free radical wastes.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

Day 168: Brussels sprouts

    Eat at least one serving of Brussels sprouts per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends Brussels sprouts as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Brussels sprouts are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Brussels sprouts have indole-3-carbinol, glucosinolates, and vitamin C that help prevent cancer by enhancing detoxification, protecting DNA, and inhibiting tumor formation.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

tyrosine

    L-Tyrosine is a neutral, genetically coded, semi-essential amino acid (meaning that the human body can produce it on its own with proper nutrition). It is marginally soluble in water.

    [Tyrosine] transmits nerve impulses to the brain; helps overcome depression; Improves memory; increases mental alertness; promotes the healthy functioning of the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

scientific information:

    three letter abbreviation: tyr
    one letter abbreviation: y

    linear structure formula: HO-p-Ph-CH2-CH(NH2)-COOH

    molecular formula: C9H11NO3

    molecular weight: 181.19

    isoelectric point (pH): 5.66 (neutral)

    pKa values: 2.20, 9.11, 10.07 (phenol)

    CAS Registry Number 60-18-4

Day 169: buckwheat

    Eat at least one serving of buckwheat per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Buckwheat is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

theanine

    L-Theanine is an amino acid found naturally in green tea leaves.

    L-theanine is an amino acid found in green tea leaves. Theanine stimulates the production of alpha brain waves, similar to the results of meditation, resulting in both deep relaxation and high mental focus. L-theanine causes the body to increase the production of serotonin and dopamine, making the person happier. Studies show that theanine makes it easier to focus when awake, as well as leading to sounder sleep.

Day 170: bok choy

    Eat at least one serving of bok choy per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends bok choy as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Bok choy is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Bok choy has vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

fatty acids

    EPA & DHA which are present in fish body oils have the potential for improving the health of cardio-vascular system. Medical reports show that as the amount of EPA in the diet increases, the risk of coronary heart disease decreases. In a nutshell, EPA from fish oils lowers serum cholesterol & triglyceride levels, make your blood less viscous, thinner & less sticky, less prone to clump together. Diets of Eskimo and coastal Japanese are rich in the Omega 3 fatty acids, EPA & DHA. Their death rate from heart attacks is much lower when compared to the Western man. DHA is a major component of the brain and retina, and has a possible role in nerve transmission. Research has shown that many migraine suffers have experienced some relief from consuming Fatty Acids.

—courtesy of Austin Nutritional research [external link]

Day 171: canola oil

    Use cold-pressed canola oil, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Canola oil is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

omega 3 fatty acids

    Hemp seed oil is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids.

    Wild salmon is very high in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon normally eat krill, a source of astaxanthin (a natural carotenoid), the source of the rich red skin color.

    Farm-raised salmon are fed grain and are low in omega-3 fatty acids. The color of thier skin is the result of dyes artificially added after death. Farm-raised salmon are nutritionally very poor. Avoid eating farm-raised salmon.

Day 172: carob

    Eat at least one serving of carob per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Carob is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 173: cauliflower

    Eat at least one serving of cauliflower per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Cauliflower, a white vegetable, is an interesting exception to the general rule that the more colorful a plant, the more nutritious it is, because cauliflower is actually a very nutritious vegetable.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends cauliflower as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Cauliflower is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Cauliflower has indole-3-carbinol, glucosinolates, and vitamin C that help prevent cancer by enhancing detoxification, protecting DNA, and inhibiting tumor formation.

    Cauliflower has vitamin C, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 174: chicory

    Eat at least one serving of chicory per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends chicory as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Chicory is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 175: cucumber

    Eat at least one serving of cucumber per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends cucumber as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Cucumber is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 176: endive

    Eat at least one serving of endive per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends endive as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Endive is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Endive has vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 177: fennel

    Eat at least one serving of fennel per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Fennel is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 178: kale

    Eat at least one serving of kale per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends kale greens as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Kale is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Kale has vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    Reason to choose organic:
    Kale is the number nine (9) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic kale, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 179: lettuce

    Eat at least one serving of lettuce per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The preferred forms of lettuce are Romaine lettuce and red leaf lettuce.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends lettuce and Romaine as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Lettuce is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 180: mangoes

    Eat at least one serving of mango per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Mangoes are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Mango is recommended by the American Diabetes Association because it has a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    Mangoes have vitamin A and carotenes, essential nutrients in fighting cancer.

    According to Ayurveda, mango is an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 181: millet

    Eat at least one serving of millet per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Millet is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Millet has a high glycemic index (greater than 100%).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 182: okra

    Eat at least one serving of okra per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends okra as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Okra is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 183: olive

    Eat at least one serving of olives per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Olives are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 184: papaya

    Eat at least one serving of papaya per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Papaya is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Papaya is recommended by the American Diabetes Association because it has a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    Papaya has vitamin C, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    According to Ayurveda, papaya is an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 185: parsnips

    Eat at least one serving of parsnips per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends parsnip as a starchy vegetable.

    Parsnips are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Parsnips have a high glycemic index (between 80% and 100%).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 186: green peas

    Eat at least one serving of green peas per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends dried green peas (including split peas) as a protein source. The American Diabetes Association recommends pea pods as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends green peas as a starchy vegetable.

    Peas are an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 187: pineapple

    Eat at least one serving of pineapple per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Pineapple is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Pineapple is recommended by the American Diabetes Association because it has a medium glycemic index (G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, pineapple is an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 188: sorrel

    Eat at least one serving of sorrel per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Sorrel is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 189: strawberry

    Eat at least one serving of strawberries per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The more colorful a strawberry is, the more antioxidants it has produced (as well as other phytonutrients that can help your body heal itself). These antioxidants help prevent cancer and help your body fight off any disease that is forming are has formed in your body.

    A bright red strawberry is healthier than a pale red strawberry.

    Strawberry is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Strawberries are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    Strawberries have vitamin C, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    According to Ayurveda, strawberries are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    Reason to choose organic:
    Strawberries are the number three (3) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic strawberries, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 190: sweet corn

    Eat at least one serving of sweet corn per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends baby corn as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends corn as a starchy vegetable.

    Corn is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Corn flakes have a high glycemic index (greater than 100%). Corn has a high glycemic index (between 80% and 100%).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 191: tamarind

    Eat at least one serving of tamarind per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Tamarind is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 192: tofu

    Eat at least one serving of tofu per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Tofu is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 193: tempeh

    Eat at least one serving of tempeh per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Tempeh is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 194: watercress

    Eat at least one serving of watercress per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends asdf as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Watercress is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Watercress has indole-3-carbinol, glucosinolates, and vitamin C that help prevent cancer by enhancing detoxification, protecting DNA, and inhibiting tumor formation.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 195: watermelon

    Eat at least one serving of watermelon per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Watermelon is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Watermelon is recommended by the American Diabetes Association because it has a medium glycemic index (G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, melons may be eaten occassionally during a diet reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 196: wheatgrass

    Eat at least one serving of wheatgrass per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Wheatgrass is an alkaline-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 197: cherries

    Eat at least one serving of cherry per month, taking in account the season and local availability. Cherries should be eaten occassionally.

    Cherry is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Cherries are a low Glycemic Index (low GI) food, appropriate for diabetics.

    Cherries are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, cherries are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    Reason to choose organic:
    Cherries are the number ten (10) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic cherries, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 198: kidney beans

    Eat at least one serving of kidney beans per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Kidney beans are an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 199: lima beans

    Eat at least one serving of lima beans per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends lima beans as a protein source.

    Lima beans are an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 200: plums

    Eat at least one serving of plums per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Plums are an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    Plums are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, plums are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 201: rye

    Eat at least one serving of rye per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Persons with celiac disease (glutten-intolerant) should avoid wheat, rye, and barley.

    Rye is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 202: tortillas

    Eat at least one serving of tortillas per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Tortillas are an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 203: zucchini

    Eat at least one serving of zucchini (Italian squash) per month during hot weather, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends zucchini as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Zucchini is an acid-producing food (measured by the ash content resulting from laboratory titration).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 204: blueberries

    Eat at least one serving of blueberry per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The more colorful a blueberry is, the more antioxidants it has produced (as well as other phytonutrients that can help your body heal itself). These antioxidants help prevent cancer and help your body fight off any disease that is forming are has formed in your body.

    A rich blue blueberry is healthier than a pale blueberry.

    Blueberries are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, blueberries are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    Reason to choose organic:
    Blueberries are the number five (5) most important food to purchase organic because of the high level of chemical residues in non-organic blueberries, according to the 2010 study by the Environmental Working Group.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 205: dates

    Eat at least one serving of dates per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Dates are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a medium glycemic index (medium G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, raw or soaked dates are an excellant food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 206: honeydew melon

    Eat at least one serving of honeydew melon per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Honeydew melons are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a medium glycemic index (G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, melons may be eaten occassionally during a diet reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 207: raspberry

    Eat at least one serving of raspberry per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Raspberries are recommended by the American Diabetes Association because they have a low glycemic index (low G.I.).

    According to Ayurveda, raspberries are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 208: black bean

    Eat at least one serving of black bean per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends black beans as a protein source.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 209: black-eyed peas

    Eat at least one serving of black eyed pea per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends black-eyed peas as a protein source.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 210: bamboo shoots

    Eat at least one serving of bamboo shoots per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends bamboo shoots as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 211: wax beans

    Eat at least one serving of wax beans per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends wax beans as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 212: Italian beans

    Eat at least one serving of Italian beans per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends Italian beans as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 213: Chinese cabbage

    Eat at least one serving of Chinese cabbage per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends Chinese cabbage as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 214: chayote

    Eat at least one serving of chayote per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends chayote as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 215: daikon

    Eat at least one serving of daikon per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends daikon as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Daikon greens have vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 216: collard

    Eat at least one serving of collard greens per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends collard greens as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Collard greens have vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 217: mustard greens

    Eat at least one serving of mustard greens per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends mustard greens as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Mustard greens have vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 218: heart of palm

    Eat at least one serving of heart of palm per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends heart of palm as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 219: jicama

    Eat at least one serving of jicama per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends jicama as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 220: kohlrabi

    Eat at least one serving of kohlrabi per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends kohlrabi as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 221: rutabaga

    Eat at least one serving of rutabaga per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends rutabaga as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 222: arugula

    Eat at least one serving of arugula per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends arugula as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 223: escarole

    Eat at least one serving of escarole per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends escarole as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    Escarole has vitamin D, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 224: radicchio

    Eat at least one serving of radicchio per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends radicchio as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 225: sugar snap peas

    Eat at least one serving of sugar snap peas per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends sugar snap peas as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 226: Swiss chard

    Eat at least one serving of Swiss chard per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends Swiss chard as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 227: water chestnuts

    Eat at least one serving of water chestnuts per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends water chestnuts as a non-starchy vegetable. Diabetics are encouraged to eat lots of non-starchy vegetables.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 228: plantain

    Eat at least one serving of plantain per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends plantain as a starchy vegetable.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 229: persimmon

    Eat at least one serving of persimmon per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    According to Ayurveda, persimmons are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 230: pomegranate

    Eat at least one serving of pomegranates per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    According to Ayurveda, pomegranates are a good food for reducing Vata, especially in the fall.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 231: guava

    Eat at least one serving of guavas per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Guavas have vitamin C, an essential nutrient in fighting cancer.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 232: celeriac

    Eat at least one serving of celeriac per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 233: barley

    Eat at least one serving of barley per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Persons with celiac disease (glutten-intolerant) should avoid wheat, rye, and barley.

    Dr. Hagiwara claims that the green juice from the young leaves of barley greass is the most active phytonutrient-rich food in the world.

    Barley is a good source of protein.

    Barley is a food that helps nourish the kidneys.

Chinese herbalism:

    Chinese gender: pearl barley is yin (cool)

    Chinese flavor: pearl barley is bland and slightly sweet

deities associated with barley:

    Asar (or Osiris) is the original god of barley brewing. The Roman god Bacchus and the Greek god Dionysus inherited this role in the Greco-Roman world.

Day 234: spearmint

    Eat at least one serving of spearmint per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 235: peppermint

    Eat at least one serving of peppermint per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Peppermint tea can help a person lose weight when combined with a healthy diet. A peppermint tea fast is a bad idea, no matter how many celebrities try it (Victoria Beckham and Cheryl Cote).

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

Day 236: mung beans

    Eat at least one serving of mung beans per month, taking in account the season and local availability.

    Mung beans are a food that helps nourish the kidneys.

    Mung beans are a food that increases sexual energy and enhances fertility.

    More information (including nutritional and Goddess information) coming soon.

stop eating meat

    For those raised on eating meats, switching to a meatless diet will be difficult. It can best be handled in stages, eliminating first red meats, then all mammals, and then birds.

    In July 2009, after an exhaustive study review, the American Dietetic Association concluded that well-planned vegetarian diets are safe for all people at every stage of life, including pregnant women, nursing mothers, babies, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors.

    The American Dietetic Association emphasizzed that a meat-free meal plan may lower rates of obesity, Type 2 adult onset diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers.

    “Oh, my fellow men, do not defile your bodies with sinful foods. We have corn, we have apples bending down the branches with their weight, and grapes swelling on the vines. There are sweet-flavored herbs, and vegetables which can be cooked and softened over the fire, nor are you denied milk or thyme-scented honey. The earth affords a lavish supply of riches, of innocent foods, and offers you banquets that involve no bloodshed or slaughter; only beasts satisfy their hunger with flesh, and not even all of those, because horses, cattle, and sheep live on grass.”, Pythagoras (Greek mathematician). Pythagoras ate bread and honey for breakfast and raw vegetables for supper. He also paid fishermen to throw their catch back into the sea.

    “Can you really ask what reason Pythagoras had for abstinence from flesh? For my part I rather wonder both by what accident and in what state of mind the first man touched his mouth to gore and brought his lips to the flesh of a dead creature, set forth tables of dead, stale bodies, and ventured to call food and nourishment the parts that had a little before bellowed and cried, moved and lived. How could eyes endure the slaughter when throats were slit and hides flayed and limbs torn from limb? How could his nose endure the stench? How was it that the pollution did not turn away his taste, which made contact with sores of others and sucked juices and serums from mortal wounds? It is certainly not lions or wolves that we eat out of self-defense; on the contrary, we ignore these and slaughter harmless, tame creatures without stings or teeth to harm us. For the sake of a little flesh we deprive them of sun, of light, of the duration of life to which they are entitled by birth and being. … If you declare that you are naturally designed for such a diet, then first kill for yourself what you wnt to eat. Do it, however, only through your own resources, unaided by cleaver or cudgel or any kind of ax.”, Plutarch (Roman historian).

    “It may indeed be doubted whether butchers’ meat is anywhere a necessary of life. Grain and other vegetables, with the help of milk, cheese, and butter, or oil, where butter is not to be had, afford the most plentiful, the most wholesome, the most nourishing, and the most invigorating diet. Decency nowhere requires that any man should eat butchers’ meat.”, Adam Smith (British economist).

    “Let the advocate of animal food force himself to a decisive experiment on its fitness, and as Plutarch recommends, tear a living lamb with his teeth and, plunging his head into its vitals, slake his thirst with the steaming blood … then, and then only, would he be consistent.”, Percy Bysshe Shelley (poet).

    “Is it not a reproach that man is a carnivorous animal? True, he can and does live, in a great measure, by preying on other animals; but this is a miserable way—as any one who will go to snaring rabbits, or slaughtering lambs, may learn—and he will be regarded as a benefactor of his race who shall teach man to confine himself to a more innocent and wholesome diet. Whatever my own practice may be, I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.”, Henry David Thoreau, Walden.

    “Various philosophers and religious leaders tried to convince their disciples and followers that animals are nothing more than machines without a soul, without feelings. However, anyone who has ever lived with an animal—be it a dog, a bird, or even a mouse—knows that this theory is a brazen lie, invented to justify cruelty.”, Isaac Bashevis Singer (Nobel literature prize winner).

note:

    Note that the day by day plan is being written more slowly than the days are passing. This is not a problem because the plan involves making long term changes for the better and you are encouraged to work at your own personal pace, which will probably be less than one change per day anyway. I currently have about four to five hours a week to write for the entire website. Please be patient.

    Information on cutting back on sugar and salt will be added soon.

 

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