When you are on the Phase One Diet, the answer to the above question is, a lot! The Phase One Diet eliminates many of the foods that average Americans eat on a regular basis, including breads, corn, pastas, peanuts, alcohol, starches and a long list of other foods regularly consumed by ordinary people. This is because, the Phase One Diet is part of an over-arching lifestyle change whose purpose is to protect against pathogenic fungi and fungal poisons that can contaminate our food supply.
Instead of the fare that many eat on a regular basis, you are encouraged to eat vegetables, lean, organic meats (preferably grass-fed in the case of beef, bison, lamb, etc.) nuts, seeds, healthy fats and limited fruits. While this is a far more nutritive diet than many people are used to, it is far more restrictive than many are accustomed to eating, as well.
This can shock many dieters into eating the same permitted foods over and over again simply because it’s easy or they are unsure of what else to eat or try. A major complaint from people on the diet is, “I’m tired of bacon and eggs!” Changing your diet can be difficult, but it is important to remember that there is more to the Phase One Diet than just bacon and eggs! So if you are trying to eat on the Phase One Diet, the following are some foods that are encouraged, but that you may be “missing” out on.
Many people opt for canned vegetables or fruits, or generally just live on processed, prepackaged foods. However, getting fresh produce ensures you are getting the maximum level of of phytonutrient nutrition. When you leave the grocery store, you cart should appear colorful––the colors inherent in fruits and vegetables often signify inherent nutrient content. Shopping at a grocery store is just fine, but consider joining CSAs or agriculture co-ops; these ensure rich variety and support local economies and farmers. Plus, you’ll often be forced into trying vegetables you’d likely never try and may learn that you like!
Fiber is an important nutrient to obtain––it aids in regularity and helps maintain heart and cardiovascular health. Knowing this, perhaps one of the biggest complaints levied against the Phase One Diet is the purported lack of fiber. This is because many people equate fiber with grains or bread, but fiber need not necessarily come from just grains. Plenty of foods on the Phase One Diet are rich in fiber, such as berries, nuts, many vegetables and avocados.
Fruits are limited on the Phase One Diet, because many fruits are so high in sugar despite having other healthy phytonutrients. But there are some that are allowed, and even encouraged. These include berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.), green apples, lemons, limes, grapefruits, avocados, and tomatoes. As you progress to the Phase Two Diet, more fruits are permitted in moderation.
There are many foods on the Phase One Diet that are designated as “superfoods” because of their high nutrient density. Super foods are known to aid in the prevention diseases and promote excellent health. These include, garlic, blueberries, cranberries, almonds, spinach, salmon, broccoli, kale and greek yogurt, among many others. It may also be beneficial to look for super food supplements containing certain kinds of algae and cracked cell chlorella.