Have you heard of the Budwig Diet? The word ‘diet’ has a lot of negative connotations for many people. There are thousands of different diets out there, all claiming to promote health, weight loss, muscle gain, or a whole host of other “wonderful” results.
The Budwig Diet differs from these. Put simply, the Budwig Diet is an approach based on common sense; if you eat good, healthy food, you will be healthier. If your diet contains all the essential nutrients and very few harmful substances, you are giving your body its best chance of getting and staying healthy, and fighting diseases.
On the Budwig Diet, we encourage you to make small, achievable, practical changes, like switching out unhealthy food for fresh, nourishing options. You don’t need to go hungry, and your calorie intake is up to you. The Budwig Diet focuses on the quality of your intake. For people with existing health problems and for our patients who are already battling cancer, we believe that strict adherence to the Budwig protocol is the best way to enable your body to fight the disease.
As already stated, a lot of it is just common sense: eating natural, fresh food and focusing on nutritious organic fruits and vegetables. Add to this an attitude of respect – respect for the body’s ability to maintain and mend itself, given the right tools; respect for the food we eat, seeing the value in good food and natural vitamins and minerals; and respect for our emotions, along with an understanding that every part of the body and mind is interlinked.
The Budwig Diet teaches us to appreciate and consume only truly nourishing food. No one on the Budwig Diet needs to starve themselves, eat anything they don’t like, or miss out on things that they do like. With the Budwig Diet, you learn to understand and enjoy the properties of natural food. It includes simple healthy switches such as:
START YOUR DAY – Drink a glass of pure water.
FRUITS: 2 or 3 servings of fruit(s). The body is in ‘cleansing’ mode in the morning and fruits are perfect. 10 minutes later, eat your breakfast. Fruits take 10 minutes to digest, but others take 2 to 8 hours. So never eat fruits (especially melons) after or with other food as this will cause gas and indigestion.
VEGETABLES: Cooking or boiling vegetables at temperatures more than 105 ºF (41 ºC) destroys important enzymes in the food; instead, steam cook your vegetables, which releases 5 times the amount of vitamins than in most raw vegetables. When possible, eat the potato skins as that is where the vitamins are.
SUGAR: White refined sugar, fructose, corn syrup, aspartame, splendida, etc., are very dangerous and ravage the immune system and contribute to anxiety, mood swings, fatigue, premature aging, etc. Store-bought pastries, candies, sweets and soda/fizzy drinks (contain 10 teaspoons of white refined sugar) cause osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay, heart disease, flu, cold and exhaustion.
PROTEIN: Seafood: Shellfish (clams, oysters, lobsters, and shrimps), octopus and eels are loaded with toxins as they are scavengers and cleaners of the sea, rivers, and oceans. Seafood may be contaminated with parasites and resistant viruses that may not even be killed in high heat. Pigs clean the earth and pork is toxic; it has the roundworm Trichinella spiralis. Ham, sausages, hot dogs, and bacon have additional harmful nitrates and additives that damage our reproductive organs.
DAIRY: Reduce dairy intake but enjoy the flaxseed oil and cottage cheese/quark “muesli” twice a day, if you have cancer. Enjoy a small amount of sheep or goat cheese. Avoid soy as it disturbs the normal functioning of the thyroid and is mostly GMO.
FLOUR: White flour (white bread) has no nutrition. When mixed with water, it becomes glue and causes a multitude of health problems, i.e. digestive issues.
OILS: Consuming refined vegetable oils along with white sugar/fructose causes serious damage to the circulatory system and greatly reduces your energy.