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Vegetables and Fruit
A natural-food-eating plan
Under ideal circumstances, we would all be eating organically grown vegetables and fruits from our own gardens or neighborhood market gardens. For many of us, the garden is a distant retirement dream and we must do our best with store-bought food. Our intention is to simulate eating from the garden by buying and preparing fresh or frozen vegetables, fruit, poultry and fish, according to our own preferences and tolerances. Most of the desired food is purchased in the regular supermarket or produce store.
We would prefer organically grown produce and naturally raised and fed animal foods. Whenever organic foods are available and affordable - these are our first choice. Unfortunately, pure, uncontaminated food is not always available or is too expensive, and we make due with the foods at hand. We occasionally look for unusual rice products, wheat flour substitutes, and dairy substitutes such as soya milk.
Eat More Vegetables.
Many people are shifting to less meat and more vegetables and fruit in their diet and more are choosing a vegetarian path. Increased vegetable intake is a key to the success of the program and one of the clearest emerging dietary recommendations from all scientific studies. Increased vegetable intake reduces obesity, coronary artery disease, strokes, cancer, and diabetes. Vegetables and fruits should account for more than 60 % of daily calories.High protein, high fat diets such as the Atkins’ diet for weight loss are the opposite of healthy eating and are examples of what not to do. Plants provide more carbohydrate and low fat as energy sources; this is normal for human metabolism. Sugar is not “bad” since glucose is the main energy source for all living cells on planet earth. Any proper nutrient in excess, however, can turn from good to bad. The idea of right nutrition is to get the right amount of nutrients at the right place at the right time. The program advises against adding sugar to foods that already contain natural sugars. You do not add sugar, syrups, honey or molasses in the kitchen or on the table. The elemental nutrient formulas (Alpha ENF and PMX) contain sugar in the right proportion to supply energy since glucose is the fuel required by all cells to function. Again, the trick is to have the right amount, at the right time associated with all the other nutrients in the right proportion.
Complete, if not superior, nutrition is possible with vegetable foods alone. Many people are unaware that vegetable foods have enough protein to maintain athletic bodybuilding. The only trick is to combine vegetable foods in groups of three or four. If you mix four vegetables from different botanical families (carrots, peas, broccoli, and squash) with rice, you tend to get complete nutrient sets with the exception of Vitamins B12 and D. The combination of rice and a legume (peas or beans) is an easy method of increasing vegetable protein intake. Use 3-4 vegetables per meal. If you wish, the addition of small portions of poultry, fish, or red meat easily completes the daily requirement for protein.