When it comes to your diet, what you don’t know can hurt you. For this reason, I encourage you to download my TCL Wellness Handout, Food Facts You May Not Know, below before beginning any change in your diet.
Food Facts You May Not know includes the following information:
Signs That You Need a Change in Your Diet
Live Food & Enzymes
Genetically Appropriate Foods
Disease Fighting Foods
The Truth About Dietary Fats
Fat Label Reading Tips
Sweeteners are Not So Splendid
Better Sugars for You
Fiber. That 'F' Word.
Lean Red Meat Is Good for You
Seafood. How Safe Is It?
The Trouble with Tap Water
When to Go Organic
Natural & Organic Label Reading Tips
My TCL Wellness Handout, Food Facts You May Not Know, is absolutely FREE!
The Mermaid Diet returns you to your genetic roots. It is simply a way of eating that the whole family can enjoy and benefit from.
The Mermaid Diet Supports Proper pH
helps to correct and balance your pH. pH is a measurement of blood acidity. When your pH level is in its proper 'healthy' zone, you cannot get sick. Not even cancer can survive in an alkaline environment.
The Mermaid Diet Supports Your Adrenals
The adrenal glands sit snuggled up at the top of the kidneys and handle steroid, salt, and water balance. These walnut size glands are responsible for kicking you in gear when you are under stress or in danger. The adrenal glands work with your amygdalae, your inner fish, (those tiny, pea-sized amphibious gland in the brain responsible for the flight or fight response). They rely on sea salt to maintain balance and do their job of keeping important hormones, such as cortisol, in check.
The Mermaid Diet Incorporates Sea Vegetables Into Your Diet
Sea vegetables contain salt (complete with synergistic minerals) and iodine, which support the health of the adrenal and thyroid glands to keep you calm.
Just for Fun ~ What Mermaids Eat!
I performed a thorough study as to whether merfolk eat fish and I believe this depends entirely upon an individual philosophy. All prefer a higher protein, lower carbohydrate diet, which is perfect for humans too.
Those feeling more human than fish do eat fish. But, those feeling more fish than human do not, as that, in their heart of hearts, rings with of cannibalism. Some prefer to just remain vegetarians. Remember, merfolk are actually mammals, neither human or nor fish. Some have no preference at all and even eat humans!
With this in mind, I can confidently tell you merfolk eat seaweed, algae (and other fruits of the sea), shrimp, lobster,clam, oysters, sea monkey (sea horses are often pets rather than food) and other sea creatures. They also eat sea urchins, plankton, brine, gilly weed, sea cucumbers, and an occasional bird creature. But, they never eat doves. Doves are sacred, especially white ones.
When traveling close to land, mermaids will also pick coconut,bananas and berries. They will often try just about anything they can nibble at, including foods sailors lose in containers at sea. They prefer whole foods and, sometimes, eat grains resembling sand like grits, tapioca and rice, to help with digestion. However, merfolk, as a general rule, avoid dairy, fishtail away from ordinary grains, and limit their fruit intake.
Merfolk also prefer a higher salt diet, but can afford this as they are constantly replenishing their body fluids with water and they only use natural salt.
Mermaids also graze. Meaning, they eat often by dividing their foods throughout their day into 6 smaller meals rather than 3 large ones, or 3 meals and 3 snacks knowing it is critical that they eat something every 4 hours to keep their metabolism running at peak performance.
The Mermaid Diet Best Foods Grocery List
Vegetable proteins (Beans, Oats and Rye), spirulina (algae), fresh water and ocean fish, shell fish, chicken (white meat), eggs, nuts, almonds (1 ounce or 24 almonds equals 1 protein and 1 fat), flaxseed (ground), high protein green drinks.
These contain good fats that our bodies need for healthy brain function, cushioning our organs, balancing our hormones, and boosting energy levels.
All, especially leafy greens, such as seaweed. Fresh vegetables carry a certain amount of protein. However, they are not considered complete proteins and must be eaten in combinations (see below) in order for you to receive all of the proteins you need in one meal.
Cereals & Grains
Brown, black or wild rice, peas (from pods), corn (including popped corn). When it comes to grains, you want to make sure they have not been refined or changed in any way. Most mermaids have intolerance to gluten and avoid any foods containing it.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts (Brazil, Cashew, Hazelnut, Macadamia, Filberts are all low acid nuts), Almonds, Flaxseeds, Sesame, and Fennel seeds, nut butters (with the exception of Peanut Butter, which is extremely acidic)
Berries and dried fruit.
Fats & Oils
Olive oil, Sesame oil, Flaxseed and Almond oil. Good fats are critically important for cellular and metabolic health.
Stevia, dark brown sugar, Honey (alkaline, but use only sparingly), Dried fruit, Molasses (raw, non-sulfur).
Pureed Avocado, cubed fruit, Olive oil, Lemon and Lime juice.
Distilled, mineral or alkaline water, fresh fruit or vegetable juice, herbal tea.
My TCL Wellness Handout, The Best Foods Grocery List contains a comprehensive list of best foods for boosting your immune system and reducing sensitivity to stress. It's yours when you subscribe to The Captains Lady.
As already stated, you don't have to count calories. However, it helps to know what your body needs every day, as far as food portion sizes, in order to maintain healthy, balanced nutritional habits for energy wellness.
Use the following Mermaid Weigh Daily Food Calorie Menus to guide you in selecting your personal daily food exchange amounts according to your caloric needs.
The menu plans above guarantee your body receive a certain percentage of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates each day.
Breakfast should be your largest meal, then lunch, with dinner being your smallest meal yet. You need your calories while you are up and busy, not while you are sleeping.
It is critical that you eat something every 4 hours to keep your metabolism running at peak performance. If your body thinks you are going to starve, you will not lose weight. We are engineered that way. Divide your foods throughout your day into 6 smaller meals rather than 3 large ones, or 3 meals and 3 snacks.
If you like, you can choose to eliminate Grains, Fruits and Dairy from your diet all together. This leaves Vegetables, Proteins, and Fats (seeds and nuts are considered, either, proteins or fats) as the mainstays of your diet. I do not recommend doing this while you are pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care.
It is not just how many calories you eat every day that determines a healthy body or body weight. Empty calories are calories that come from poor food choices. Poor quality foods may contain carbohydrates, proteins and fats, but only whole foods contain micronutrients, the vitamins and minerals, your body needs. Empty calories leave you unsatisfied, unhealthy, and destroy any chance of maintaining a healthy weight. Make sure to eat healthy foods and not just count calories.
Note: Do not ever drop below 1200 calories per day, even if you are short in stature or small boned. If your diet computations, above, reveal you need less than 1200 calories per day in order to lose weight, you will need to compensate by burning off those extra calories in your diet through exercise. Say, for example, your weight loss calorie level is 1150 calories per day; you will need to follow the 1200 Calorie Menu, and plan on burning off those extra 50 calories by exercising.
My TCL Wellness Handout, Healthy Daily Food Exchanges & Portion Sizes, contains an extensive list of foods to choose from while following The Mermaid Diet and The Mermaid Weigh for wellness and weight management. It is instantly available when you subscribe to The Captains Lady.
It is extremely important to eat regularly throughout your day, every 3-4 hours) when you are diabetic or hypoglycemic to maintain proper blood sugar levels.
While the food portions allowed on The Mermaid Diet coincide with the American Diabetes Association’s Food Groups, and carbohydrate content is listed for you, the daily serving amounts do not.
The Mermaid Diet is based on percentages of protein, carbohydrates and fats. For example, the 2200 Calorie Menu allows for less fat servings and more protein servings than the American Diabetes Association allows.
The Mermaid Diet also allows less milk and grain (including starchy grains) servings than the American Diabetes Association allows. Meaning, the focus on The Mermaid Diet are healthy meats, fats within moderation, vegetables and some fruit, while making milks (dairy) optional. Milks can be traded with ‘Lean Meat’
Note: Remember to always speak with your health care provider before following any new diet.
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