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Alpha Nutrition Program Food Choices
The Alpha Nutrition Program is based on the idea that everyone probably has a small set of best-fit foods that would allow him or her to feel and function optimally. The first goal is to identify the simplest set of best foods for each person. For most people, the food supply had to become simpler, more consistent, less toxic, and the ratio of real food to packaged and processed foods has to be greater. A return to simple foods has important biological advantages. Alpha Nutrition Program routines are based on set of policies that do three important things:
The program design is based on assumptions about food reactivity, safety, and overall desirability. These assumptions have been confirmed by 20 years of testing different food choices in a large number of patients who suffered from a variety of disorders. The program includes foods that we have found to be highly desirable nutritionally and, at the same time, caused the lowest incidence of adverse food reactions in a large group of people. The program excludes food choices - even popular choices - if these food choices created health problems or if research uncovered problems or created doubt about the food’s safety long-term.
Whatever the complex of reasons behind the food-related health problems, the health-seeking goal of the program is based on a return to a diet of simple, carefully selected, natural foods. Fresh or frozen vegetables, fruit, and rice products are the primary food choices. Poultry, fish, and small quantities of red meat are also suggested although a vegetarian version may be preferred. Legumes, tofu and other soya products are meat alternatives but are introduced into the diet with caution and with limits on the total amount eaten. Selected flavoring herbs, spices, and a small number of prepared and preserved foods are suggested. Under ideal circumstances, we would all be eating organically grown vegetables and fruits from our own gardens or neighborhood market gardens.
For most urban people, the garden is a distant retirement dream. The program intention is to simulate eating from an organic family farm by buying and preparing fresh or frozen vegetables, fruit, poultry and fish.
Our intention is to simulate eating from the garden by buying and preparing fresh or frozen vegetables, fruit, poultry and fish, according to your own preferences and tolerances. Most of the desired food is purchased in the regular supermarket or produce stores. We would prefer organically grown produce and naturally raised and fed animal foods. Whenever organic foods are available and affordable, they are desirable but not always our first choice. Unfortunately, food quality organic food is not always available or is too expensive, and we make due with the foods at hand.
The success of the Alpha Nutrition Program involves regulating body intake of food with minimal opportunities for biochemical confusion. To simplify the task of food selection, the plan suggests avoiding most foods in bottles, cans, and boxes. Frozen vegetables, fruits, frozen juices, fish, and poultry are recommended. Increased vegetable intake is one key to the success of the Alpha Nutrition Program and one of the clearest emerging dietary recommendations from all scientific studies. Increased vegetable intake reduces obesity, coronary artery disease, strokes, cancer, and probably diabetes. Vegetable foods and fruit should account for 60 to 70% or more of daily calories. Complete if not superior nutrition is possible with vegetable foods alone.
The success of the program involves regulating your intake of food to minimize or eliminate dysfunction and disease. To simplify the task of food selection, the plan suggests reducing your reliance on foods in bottles, cans, and boxes. There are, of course better and worse choices on the supermarket shelves. Reasonable program food choices may include canned fruit, tuna, flavoring herbs, jams, jellies, and sauces. Frozen vegetables, fruits, frozen juices, fish, and poultry are all recommended.
Program Food Exclusions
The program emphasizes a positive image. We prefer to talk mostly about the foods that should be eaten. A negative image - things to avoid can be both complicated and discouraging. We have made decisions over the years about which foods are in and which are out. The exclusion decisions are based on a long list of criteria. You would expect that junks foods, fast foods, high salt and high fat foods would be left out of a healthy eating plan. We are opposed to the use of “herbal tea”, herbs as medicines and find marketing practices for all manner of non-food products under the banner of “nutritional supplements” is either misleading or frankly fraudulent.The term “natural” is misused and too many questionable products that contain plant materials are described as “natural” and claimed therefore to be “healthy.” Nature is full of poisons and it is natural to die after eating the wrong mushroom or ingesting home canned beets, right from the organic home garden. I have trouble understanding why people buy products because of the claim “it’s natural.”The intelligent approach is to try to understand what small part of the natural world is good to eat and leave everything else alone.
The toughest decision in formulating the Alpha Nutrition Program was to leave out foods that many people would consider healthy and even essential. Cow's milk, wheat, and eggs turn out to be common sources of Digestive Tract abnormalities, food allergy and serious diseases such as celiac disease. These common but problematic foods have been excluded from the program. Some would argue that this is a radical exclusion that compromises "good nutrition". However, we argue that far from being radical, the exclusion of these foods has proved to be one of the most useful strategies of helping sick people get better. Good nutrition is possible without these foods. There is no risk in leaving out milk, wheat and eggs and there may be surprising benefits.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Coffee and tea can be problems for some people and both beverages have all the properties of addictive foods. Withdrawal symptoms occur when you stop drinking coffee and tea; abstinence is not easy and occasional intake may not be possible because of addictive tendencies. Herbal teas have not proved to be safe bets - even with modest short-term use and we are very concerned that long-term use may have yet-unknown adverse effects. Chocolate is off the food list for several reasons; perhaps occasional chocolate treats would be enjoyable without harm, but chocolate in all its candy forms can be addictive and sometimes causes human suffering in the form of headaches, diarrhea, depression and other adverse effects. The pleasure is sweet but short, and the pain is sometimes very long.
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