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The Fast Oxidizer Diet

Overview

Fast oxidizers have a hair calcium/potassium ratio less than 4 and a hair sodium/magnesium ratio greater than 4.17. If you are a fast oxidizer, like 20% of adults tested and the majority of children, this diet plan is for you. You should emphasize eating a huge base of cooked vegetables for remineralization, some animal protein daily, very few complex carbohydrates and some additional fat at each meal. This diet will improve your digestion with simple food combinations and by eliminating nearly all of the 3000 chemicals currently permitted in food by the FDA today. Fast oxidizers have overactive adrenal and thyroid glands. By emphasizing fats and proteins, this diet helps to provide consistent energy and slow down the oxidation rate to a more balanced state. Too fast of a rate is like a car engine that needs to downshift because it is running at too high of RPMs for the situation. Slowing down the oxidation rate for fast oxidizers actually increases their energy.

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The Diet

  • Each meal contains 70% cooked vegetables by volume. You should aim to have 5-7 different vegetables totaling about 3 cups at every meal and 9-10 cups over the day. Yes, this is A LOT of vegetables. Your shopping, cooking, and eating habits will likely need to change dramatically.
  • In addition to your vegetables, you should eat either ONE protein or ONE starch. Do not combine protein and starch within a meal and do not eat more than one protein or more than one starch per meal. Examples following are incorrect combinations: meat and eggs, rice and corn tortillas, rice and meat, eggs and toast, etc.
  • You should also add 1-2 tablespoons of fat to each meal.
  • Do not drink liquids with your meals, except that which is needed to take your supplements. You can drink up to 10 minutes before eating or one hour after eating. Too much liquid is hard on your digestion.
  • Eat at least three meals per day. Do not skip meals, but also do not snack all day. Limiting your food intake will not give you enough nutrients to remineralize your body. If you are concerned about your weight, you should still eat three full meals each day. You do not have to go hungry to lose weight if you are sticking to the diet plan outlined below.
  • Rotate your foods and brands of water. Do not eat the same 3 vegetables everyday or always buy the same water. As you visit different grocery stores over the course of the month, pick up a pack of their brand of spring water at each one. 
  • Try to eat fresh, organically grown food as much as possible.
  • Eat whole, natural foods. No protein powders, no green drinks, no juice other than carrot juice, no egg whites only, no egg beaters, and no food bars.

Cooked Vegetables (70% by volume)

  • Eat 9-10 cups of cooked vegetables per day. The vegetables should be cooked until soft. Do not use a microwave oven to cook your vegetables. Preferably pressure cook, steam or stir-fry your food. Roast your food on occasion, but please not everyday as the prolonged high heat does damage some of the nutrients.
  • Have 5-7 different vegetables at each meal. Preferably choose the majority from the best vegetables listed below.
  • Cook at least once per day. Aim to keep leftovers for a day or less.
  • Salads do not count towards your vegetables as our bodies do not absorb nutrients as well from raw food. Additionally, they can be unclean because they are not cooked.
  • The best vegetables:
    • Onions (white, red, yellow, green, cipolline, boiler, red pearl, white pearl, and gold pearl)
    • Shallots
    • Leeks
    • Garlic
    • Carrots
    • Daikon radish
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Cauliflower (white, orange and purple and their leaves)
    • Red cabbage
    • Rutabaga
    • Green beans
    • Broccolini/Broccolette/Baby broccoli
  • Vegetables to limit to 1-2 times per week:
    • Sweet potatoes
    • Celery root
    • Yams
    • Broccoli
    • Green cabbage
    • Other greens (spinach, carrot tops, beet greens, peas, cilantro, mustard greens, Chinese cabbage, Napa cabbage, bok choy, Swiss chard, lettuce and kale)
    • Fresh corn
    • Winter squashes (acorn, spaghetti and butternut)
    • Okra
    • Celery
    • Mung and bean sprouts (cooked)
  • Vegetables to avoid:
    • Nightshades
      • White and red potatoes
      • Tomatoes
      • All peppers
      • Eggplant
    • Mushrooms
    • Asparagus
    • Artichoke
    • Cucumber
    • Jicama
    • Zucchini
    • Sunburst squash
    • Sprouts and anything sprouted

Proteins (10-15% by volume)

  • Eat protein three times per day. Have animal protein only twice per day, 4-5 oz per serving.
  • Eat red meat, but only 2-3 times per week. Red meat is essential for balancing zinc and copper in the body, providing "brain fats" like omega-3s, and providing essential nutrients necessary for detoxification (including carnitine, taurine, Vitamin A, and ALA). You can overdo a good thing, though. Stick to 2-3 servings per week and you will get all the benefits of red meat without slowing down your digestion or clogging your liver with too much.
  • Eat meat fresh, not frozen as much as possible.
  • Limit all dairy to a total of 4 oz per day.
  • The best proteins:
    • Red Meat
      • Lamb (any supermarket lamb is fine, as all lambs require pasturing)
    • Dark meat chicken
    • Dark meat turkey
    • Eggs (Up to 6 per week for women and 8 per week for men. Less for children. Always eat with runny yolks. Hard yolks means the fat is rancid.)
    • Sardines (3-4 cans weekly. Skinless and boneless have less mercury. Atlantic Ocean brand may be lower in mercury than others.)
    • Roasted almond butter (organic, 1 tablespoon daily)
    • Roasted tahini (1 tablespoon daily)
  • Proteins best eaten in moderation:
    • Raw cheese
    • Full fat yogurt
    • Kefir
    • Duck
    • Quail
    • Pheasant
    • Lentils
    • Red meat
      • Wild game (Elk, deer and others. See below for exceptions.)
      • Beef (Not needed. Beef cattle are very hybridized. Only once per week. Look for grass-fed and hormone-free.)
  • Proteins to avoid:
    • Buffalo
    • Bison
    • All fish, except sardines (too much mercury)
    • Other seafood and shellfish (even more contaminated than fish)
    • Sausages
    • Turkey bacon
    • Pig products
    • Bratwurst
    • Hot dogs
    • Bologna
    • Salami
    • Processed meats (even all natural)
    • Quiche, omelets, hard boiled eggs, and any hard yolked egg
    • Bone broth (recently discovered too much lead)

Starches, Grains and Complex Carbohydrates (1-5% by volume)

  • Fast oxidizers need a low carbohydrate diet.
  • Have even fewer carbohydrates if you do not tolerate them well.
  • The best carbohydrate is blue corn. Eat up to 9 oz of blue or yellow corn chips per week. Do not buy blue corn flour.
  • Always cook your grains. This means no granola, trail mix, or muesli. Do not soak grains before cooking them.
  • Other grains to be eaten only occasionally, if at all:
    • Oats
    • Rye
    • Barley
    • Rice - only Basmati White Rice from Lundberg Farms due to arsenic in other brands/types
    • Quinoa
    • Millet
    • Amaranth
    • Sweet potatoes and yams (no more than once a week)
  • Grains to avoid:
    • Wheat
    • Kamut
    • Einkorn
    • Buckwheat
    • Rice cakes
    • Breads (except very occasionally gluten-free bread)

Fats (10-15% by volume)

  • The diet for fast oxidizers is lower in carbohydrates and higher in fat. 
  • Have 1-2 tablespoons of fat or oil at least three times daily. This is in addition to the fat contained in your other foods such as dark meat chicken, eggs, sardines, almond butter, cheese, yogurt, and blue corn chips.
  • Cravings happen if you do not eat enough fat. You will crave sugars and starches and your oxidation rate may not slow down.
  • The vegetable oils in blue corn chips are okay.
  • Butter is better than ghee. The Challenge brand is excellent.
  • Good fats:
    • Dark meat chicken
    • Dark meat turkey
    • Lamb
    • Roasted almond butter
    • Egg yolk
    • Organic, raw dairy (cream, butter, full-fat yogurt, cream cheese)
    • Olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, and avocado oil (in moderation, not daily because they are really fruits)
  • Occasional fats:
    • Peanut oil
    • Sunflower oil
    • Safflower oil
    • Sesame oil
    • Corn oil
    • Soy oil
    • Canola oil
  • Fats to avoid:
    • Unrefined flaxseed oil
    • Hempseed oil
    • Other less processed oils due to rancidity
    • Krill oil
    • Primrose oil
    • Borage oil
    • Margarine
    • Shortening
    • Bacon
    • Lard
    • Deep-fried foods

Spices and condiments

  • Add spices and condiments after cooking, as some are best eaten raw.
  • Best spices:
    • Sea Salt
      • Real Salt by Redmond is an excellent brand
      • Avoid:
        • Table salt (contains aluminum)
        • Himalayan (pink) salt (contains aluminum)
    • Tarragon - especially helpful if you are in a four lows pattern. Limit if breastfeeding.
  • Other good herbs:
    • Garlic
    • Ginger
    • Mustard - may be used in condiment form but be sure to read the label
    • Dill
    • Turmeric
    • Cilantro
    • Curry powder
    • Cumin
    • Burdock
    • Horseradish
    • Oregano
    • Basil
    • Rosemary
    • Thyme
    • Marjoram
    • Parsley
  • Herbs to avoid:
    • Table salt
    • Black pepper (nightshade and often rancid)
    • Paprika (nightshade)
    • Very hot spices, except a little cayenne pepper
    • Most Oriental herbs (contain toxic metals)

Fermented Foods

  • Allowed in moderation:
    • Sauerkraut
    • Miso
    • Yogurt
    • Kefir
    • Cheese
  • Very occasionally, you may have:
    • Tofu
    • Tempeh
  • Avoid:
    • Kombucha tea
    • Most other ferments

Summary of Foods to Avoid:

  • All pig products
  • All soy products (except miso and a little tamari)
  • All nuts and seeds (except roasted almond butter)
  • All algae, including spriulina, and chlorella
  • All protein powders and meal replacements
  • All hard cooked eggs
  • All processed meats
  • All organ meats
  • American cheese or cheese food
  • All fast food
  • Most frozen prepared meals - read the labels
  • All gluten-containing products
  • All artificial sweeteners
  • All fruit because it...
    • speeds up the oxidation rate further
    • is too high in sugar
    • contains fruit acids which upset digestion and damage teeth
    • favors the growth of candida albicans and other yeasts and fungi
    • is often sprayed with unhealthy pesticides, even organic
    • absorbs toxic potassium from N-P-K fertilizers, even organic
    • has an incorrect mineral balance for our bodies today
  • All other simple carbohydrates
    • Sugar
    • Honey
    • Maple syrup
    • Agave syrup/nectar
    • Fruit concentrate
    • Dextrose
    • Glucose
    • Fructose
    • Corn syrup
    • Rice bran syrup
    • Maltose chocolate
    • Malt sweetener
  • All alcoholic beverages, especially wine due to arsenic and lead content (even organic)

Eating Habits

  • Eat slowly and chew thoroughly.
  • Sit down while you eat.
  • Rest a few minutes before you meals and at least 10 minutes after each meal.
  • Do not eat while driving, when upset or in noisy places.
  • Do not drink liquids with your meals, except that which is needed to take your supplements. You may drink up to 10 minutes before eating or one hour after eating. Too much liquid with your meals is hard on digestion.