|The Phase 1 and 2 diets are anything but boring, but when you start out, you can feel very limited. I’ve often heard people complain that they are absolutely sick of bacon and eggs by day three of the diet. But there is so much more to the diet than bacon and eggs!|
Admittedly, the first time I went on the diet, I ate more than my fair share of eggs. I also probably ate a pig’s worth of bacon, but that might be because I love the stuff so much. Today, however, I eat neither as much bacon nor as many eggs as I did in the past. True, if I’m lifting heavily or trying to put on muscle, eggs are a cheap, efficient source of protein. You can boil up a dozen of them in 20 minutes and have part of a post-workout snack ready in the fridge. And a freshly fried piece of bacon works very well crumbled on a salad (or alone for that matter).
In my opinion, one of the best parts of any diet is trying and learning to appreciate new kinds of food. I don’t like to think of Phase 1 as limiting, but rather as exclusive. The Phase 1 diet excludes foods that more than likely contribute to ill health. Unfortunately, in many cases, those are the exact foods people in America have come to rely on as staples; these include grains, corn, potatoes and sugar. Many people learn just how strong the cravings for those kinds of addicting foods can be after trying to cut them out for a few days. But couple those foods with exposure to mycotoxins in the form of antibiotics, alcohol, polluted air or those mycotoxins tainting food supplies, and you can have a pretty volatile combination that can wreak havoc on your health.
Not included in the list of taboo foods are foods that are loaded with flavor – herbs, spices, garlic, onions, fresh ginger, peppers. A little of some of these flavorful ingredients goes a long way towards spicing up a meal. Phase 1 salsa is as easy as blending tomatoes, onions, jalapenos, cilantro, lemon and lime juice, and can go on top of veggies, eggs or meat. All of these aforementioned foods also happen to contain plenty of vitamins, minerals and anti-fungal phytonutrients.
As a cornerstone of the Phase 1/2, meat can be a vital part of what makes or breaks your diet. There is such a wide selection available now that you have no excuse to stick with boring chicken and beef. Bison, lamb, turkey and different game birds are all great options and are usually less likely to have been fed a diet of corn and antibiotics.
Here is your diet challenge for the week; on your trip to your local grocer, pick out 1 meat and 1 vegetable that you’ve either not tried or not had in over a year. Learning how to prep these two things will be as easy as google search. Of course, Doug has cook books available as well.
Here are two different things I’ve made this week that were out of my ordinary.
Ground lamb steaks – I simply diced red pepper, onions and garlic finely, mixed with ground lamb and seared them in my iron skillet with a little olive oil until they were done. Great protein, great taste! Works great with baked asparagus. (Asparagus cooked at 450 with olive oil and sea salt for 15 minutes.)
Carrot/Lime Ginger juice – Juice 5-7 large, whole carrots, about a thumb-size piece of fresh ginger root and some cilantro (leaves and stalks). Squeeze half or a whole lime in and stir. Drink immediately.