The main building block for your blood that you are going to want to consume is green, chlorophyll rich vegetables. Mainly green leafy vegetables. Some good sources are spinach, collards, kale, Swiss chard and mustard greens. Others include asparagus, beet greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cucumbers, egg plant, green squash, green beans, peas, green peppers and sprouts. Anything that is green.
If you are wondering where you are going to get your protein from, don't worry. We'll get to that. When it comes to how you want to prepare these vegetables, you should have them either raw or steamed. The problem with cooking them in oil is you end up heating the oil too much which transforms the oil into trans fats which are extremely acid. So steam or stew your vegetables on low heat then add your fats to them afterwards.
If you are considering canned vegetables, forget it. Canned vegetables have been way over cooked, are stored in metal and have lost a great deal of their nutrient value. You want fresh vegetables. If you can't get fresh vegetables, you can use frozen. Just make sure they are good quality frozen vegetables. More on vegetables in future issues.
Let's talk about protein for a minute. When people switch their diet away from flesh protein and more to vegetables, they often experience cravings and conclude that they are craving protein. However, they are mistaken. There is actually TONS of protein in vegetables. More than you will ever need.
Want proof? What is the primary diet of the Mountain Gorilla, a primate with huge muscles and enormous strength that could pick you up with one arm and toss you about 20 feet? The answer is vegetables.
Also, think about animals that have the largest muscle mass, like elephants, rhinoceros, and hippopotamus. Massive, massive muscles. What are the protein sources that build and maintain these enormous muscle masses? Plants. So when you eat less flesh protein and more vegetables and you get cravings, you aren't missing the protein. You're missing the fat that was part of all the flesh protein you were eating. So let's look at fats.
As I mentioned before, fat from animal sources is extremely acid. So you want fat sources that are neutral or alkaline if possible. One of the best sources of fats are avocados. So when you are moving towards eating more vegetables, add avocados. In fact, if you are transitioning to less of a flesh protein diet to more vegetables and you aren't feeling satisfied after your meal, just cut open an avocado and eat either half of it or even the whole thing. Another excellent alkaline source that is great is hemp seed oil. Simply cook your food separately then add the hemp seed oil to it just before you eat it.
Keep in mind also that your cravings are in part due to your body being used to your former diet and also in part to emotional attachments to certain foods. I had cravings when I went from being a meat eater to a vegetarian. But now I can eat a totally vegetarian diet and be completely satisfied. Just be patient with yourself as you transition.
Finally, let's talk about starches. Like potatoes, rice, beans, whole grains, etc. Your brain and most of your body operates on glucose. So another thing you should add, mostly to keep yourself satisfied, is starches. Potatoes, rice, beans, etc. tend to create an acid ash when they are digested so use them sparingly. But when you are feeling cravings, try eating potatoes or some other kind of starch along with your vegetables and fats.
One thing that I do if I'm not feeling satisfied enough from a meal is to mash two or three small boiled potatoes and pour some hemp seed oil over them or add half an avocado to them. A bowl full of that will last me a long time. Also keep in mind that you can eat way more of this kind of food and not gain weight than you can of things like steak, eggs and other foods that are filled with fat.
That's because the steak, eggs and other processed foods that are filled with fat are very calorie dense. So while a plate full of these kinds of foods can make you gain weight, two platefuls of vegetables with some avocado or other oil along with a starch won't make you gain weight.
So there's a summary of what you should eat to start building healthy blood. I'm going to cover a lot more of this in future issues, including what you should drink in the way of fluids to build healthy blood.
Yours in health,