Water first thing in the morning to hydrate after a long sleep. If the stomach is hydrated well, it is protected and can do its job more efficiently. I make sure I stop drinking a half hour before eating so as not to dilute digestive juices. Since I want to eat within an hour of getting out of bed, this means I need to drink my water in the first half hour. I try to drink at least a pint, or two glasses.
Since I had a lot to do this morning, and it didn't seem like I'd get a chance to make my first food within that hour, I had a quart of raw full-fat goat's milk to tide me over. It offers protein and fat in small amounts, along with many other nutrients, enzymes, and friendly bacteria.
Breakfast is always high in protein and fat and low...or even devoid...of carbs. Eggs are my favorite, with sausage or bacon to flavor them, or both. Sometimes I'm in the mood for cheese, and will add that. Leftover hearty soups or stews are a wonderful winter breakfast, too. A nice, meaty chili works as well. Today I had eggs with sausage and cheese, cooked in bacon grease.
Lunch was a large bowl of pork hock soup, made by roasting the hocks for an hour, boiling them for another couple of hours, removing them and picking off the meat, returning everything else (bones, fat, whatever was left) to the pot to simmer overnight. This was strained and the usual soup ingredients were added....but no grains, pasta, or starchy vegetables were added. Just carrots, rutabagas, scallions, herbs, onions, and garlic. Very satisfying.
Snacks were a handful of crispy almonds and some fresh coconut, and a handful of fresh snow peas. Also a half cup of mint chocolate chip ice cream, a mild cheat.
Two more quarts of water throughout the day....a full quart while lounging in the bath and getting dressed for work. A pint in the car on the way to work, and another pint on the way home. Oh, and another pint this evening. I guess I got three quarts in today.
Tonight, for supper, we had spinach sauteed in bacon grease (we are out of salt pork, waaaah!) and some of our homemade sausage, and some organic carrots with plenty of butter and sea salt.
Later snack: My special chocolate cake with chevre and berries. In a 20 oz corningware bowl. A generous portion with lots of whole milk chevre.
Notice nothing was skim, low fat, lite, etc? Notice nothing was fortified with anything? Notice nothing had a label with an ingredient list? Notice that there was plenty of food and that it was all delicious and satisfying?
I noticed that, too. This is how I eat to have great sleep and lots of energy, and the way Peter is eating to lose lots of weight. Clients who are eating this way who need to lose weight are losing it, those who don't need to lose weight aren't. One client joyfully announced, recently, that she was officially "obese." Why was she joyful? Because she'd lost 25 lbs. and was no longer "morbidly obese," and was always full and satisfied. She reports weight loss every week....except once, when she gained two pounds back. But she said, "Now I know exactly what I did." She knows the principles, understands the science. She can fall off the wagon with no surprises, then hop right back on with the same great results.
There are many principles and much science behind what we are eating and why it is transforming our health in this way, too much for this little blog post. Be patient. It is coming. Soon.