On Phase One of The Kaufmann Diet, you are eliminating many of the foods people eat on a daily basis, including sugar, grains, corn, peanuts and soy. While these do not seem like a huge group of foods, when you look at the wide variety of foods containing these as ingredients, you realize the scope of foods eliminated from the diet.
These foods include breads, cakes, crackers, candy, most snack foods and processed foods. These relatively few ingredients make up an enormous section of our industrialized food system.
Unfortunately, these relatively few ingredients are among a group of foods most likely to be contaminated with mold poisons; this means that if you eat these foods or processed foods containing these few ingredients on a regular basis, the likelihood is high that you are exposing yourself to energy and health-sucking mold toxins.
Conversely, there are some foods that you absolutely should be eating every day as part of Phase One of the Kaufmann Diet for the inherent health benefits.
Broccoli is rich in a variety of phytonutrients, among them is sulforaphane. Sulforaphane is an anti-cancer compound that is also known to kill a bacteria known to cause stomach ulcers. It is filling and typically available year-round at most grocery stores, and delicious raw or lightly cooked.
Spinach is a rich source of a variety of health-promoting nutrients, including magnesium, iron, manganese, calcium, B vitamins and vitamin C. In the case of vitamin K and vitamin A, a single cup of cooked spinach has over your daily recommended allowance for these important nutrients.
Walnuts are rich in fiber, protein and omega 3 fats. Ironically, the walnut’s brain-like shape may give some clue to the benefits it provides; the healthy fats in walnuts are known to boost mood and assist in other brain functions.
Avocados are rich in good fats and fiber and are known to provide cardiovascular benefit, due to their high monounsaturated fat and oleic acid content. Avocados are also rich in anti-oxidants and other inflammation-fighting compounds.
Blueberries are a powerhouse of antioxidant activity, which provides support against inflammation and anti-cancer support. Their high fiber content and low sugar content make them one of the few fruits allowed on Phase One of the Kaufmann Diet.
Rich in the sulfuric compound, allicin, garlic acts a vasodilator, meaning it can relax blood vessels, allowing more oxygenated blood to flow through. Knowing this, it is no wonder that garlic is associated with a variety of cardiovascular benefits.
Similar to avocados, olive oil is rich in oleic acid and monounsaturated fat. It is also a good source of vitamin E, making it a wonderful food to support the skin either internally or applied topically.