Friday, February 1, 2013

52 Weeks to Natural Living | Week 5, Action Plan

It's been revised since my attempts three years ago, and in more doable steps. There is the overall lifestyle plan, and within that, are the diet changes we're striving for as a family.

Overall Lifestyle Plan 
(*astericks mean already accomplished personally
** mean currently working on)

Phase I:
    Break Sugar Addiction*
    Break Caffeine Addiction* 
    Begin replacing processed foods with whole foods*

Phase II:
     Change Diet by:
            Learning different rices and grains and how to use/cook with new recipes **
            Develop raw and whole food snacks **
            Learn cooking vegetarian *

Phase III:
      Move to cloth products (paper towels, tissues, napkins)
      Get rid of plastic containers and move to all glass

Phase IV: 
       Move to all natural cleaning products. Make the majority of them.

Phase V:
       Expand gardening, preserving and root cellar knowledge**

Phase VI: 
      Go to all natural, home-made beauty and toiletries

Phase VII: 
     Provide our own eggs, meat, and milk with our livestock

Phase VIII:
     Make own condiments and cheeses

Phase IX:
     Learn herbs and wild plants and medicinal and dietary uses
     Learn essential oils and medicinal uses

Phase X:
     Self-sustaining with greenhouse and aquaponic/greenhouse set up
     Self-sustaining with wind and solar energy

Dietary Plan from Phase I and II of Lifestyle Plan

Stage 1:
      Whole grain cereal and/or nut butter on whole grain/gluten free toast for breakfast (we have bad breakfast habits)
     + fresh juiced veggies and fruit

      Cut one sugar and processed food snack per day and replace with whole food and/or raw. *
      Cut one cup of caffeinated coffee *

Stage 2:
      Add a morning smoothie to the morning snack routine, complete with fresh juice from breakfast, flax/hemp/chia seeds, probiotics, kefir, spinach, maca powder.
       Eventually add in Bragg's ACV and wheatgrass, as tolerated.

Delete another sugar/processed snack and replace with whole food/raw snack.
Cut another cup of caffeine out. *

Stage 3:
     Have all morning snacks be raw and/or whole foods

Stage 4: 
     Have all afternoon snacks be raw and/or whole foods

Stage 5:
     After supper snacks---only raw foods.

Stage 6:
      Have supper be a light supper, based on vegetarian/whole food/ raw foods

Stage 7:
    Whole food lunches (big meal of the day), 75% of the time being vegetarian with the 25% of meat being organic meat only

Stage 8:
     Begin sprouting

Stage 9:
     Begin dehydrating foods

Stage 10:
     Begin making fermented foods/drinks

End goal: 
      10% or less processed foods within diet
       90% whole food diet, with 75% being vegetarian and 50% raw

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