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The Diet Solution Manual

The Diet Solution Manual

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Published by: Neha Verma on May 06, 2012
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Many health experts recommend that people who suffer from chronic disease (e.g.,
diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease), have struggled with
obesity their whole lives, or are genetically predisposed to obesity or chronic disease
completely eliminate grains from their diet. Joseph Mercola, an internationally
renowned natural health physician and doctor of osteopathy, says that the major
culprit behind various chronic diseases and the obesity epidemic is the
overconsumption of grains and sugar. His Total Health Program (Mercola 2005) and
The No-Grain Diet (Mercola with Levy 2003) teach optimal health and weight
through grain elimination.

Mercola’s No-Grain Diet (which also eliminates some other foods, such as
dairy and beans) has been referred to as the Paleolithic Diet or the Caveman Diet
because the allowed foods are those that were available to man before the discovery
of grains. It is essentially how the first humans ate 2 million years ago. Some
dieticians believe the Paleolithic Diet is the only diet coded in human genes—it
allows only those foods that were available during our long evolution and discards
those that were not.

Foods eliminated on a grain-free diet include

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! all gluten and gluten-free grains (as well as bread, pasta, and noodles made
from grains)
! corn and corn-based products
! dairy products
! legumes (e.g., string beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, snow peas, and
green peas)
! potatoes (white and sweet) and yams
! sugar

Foods allowed on a grain-free diet include

! eggs
! fruits and berries
! meat, chicken, and fish
! tree nuts (except cashews)
! vegetables (especially green vegetables)

I prescribe this way of eating to clients who have a history of diabetes, high
blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease or who have a long history of
weight gain and difficulty losing weight. The results are truly amazing. Clients have
told me that within the first week, their aches and pains went away and that they felt
so much lighter and more energetic throughout the day. People suffering from
digestive difficulties often feel relief in just a few days.

Action Steps

! For all of your bread needs, consume only Food for Life’s Ezekiel 4:9 organic
sprouted whole grain products (e.g., original, sesame, and cinnamon raisin
loaves; rolls; English muffins; and tortillas). Use this bread to make bread
crumbs for meatloaf and meatball recipes.
! Accept that breakfast and lunch do not have to include toast and sandwiches.
Depending on your metabolic type, eggs, fruits, and nut butters may be great
options for breakfast. Salads or vegetables with poultry, fish, or other meats
may be great options for lunch.
! If you experience gastrointestinal distress (gas or bloating) while following
the Diet Solution Program, you may be gluten-intolerant. Try eliminating all
gluten grains for 4–6 weeks to see whether the condition improves.
! If you continue to suffer from gastrointestinal distress after eliminating gluten
grains for 4–6 weeks or if you do not lose weight after 4 weeks on the Diet
Solution Program, eliminate all grains from your diet.

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