As you know, I follow the SWAMI diet (simply put, a personalized diet designed based on my specific genetic and blood type information). Some of you have wondered what my diet is like on a typical day. Here is a pictorial display of my food diary:
For breakfast, a protein shake consisting of three medium fruit, Protein powder for Type “O”, Trehalose, goji berries, apricot kernels and a bunch of seeds high in protein content and omega fatty acids: hemp seeds, chia seeds and flax seeds.
I’d usually have a mid-morning snack as this shake usually lasts me for about three hours and I drink it rather early. My snack can be a few beneficial nuts like walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, pine nuts, plus seeds like pumpkin seeds. I always soak my nuts and seeds overnight and dehydrate them at low temp (~50C) in the oven before consuming them. This gets rid of the phytic acid that coats the nuts, which impairs the absorption of minerals and other useful nutrients from the nuts. I like to add some raisins, dried blueberries and goji berries to make a trail mix. It is easy to grab a handful at work. When I’m home, I would make a rice cake toast, spread it with almond butter and top it with a sunnyside-up egg. I like to drink green tea, especially genmaicha, for this mid-morning snack.
For lunch, I usually have about 3-4 cups of salad, plus some form of protein–usually 2-3 oz of wild-caught deep-sea fish like sockeye salmon, sardines and tuna. Given that these types of fishes aren’t available locally, I can only indulge myself in the canned versions. Still, it’s better to eat those than heavy metal-ladden local fish. Sometimes I would add some nuts and seeds, and sometimes I would eat a bit of Manchego cheese–a sheep’s milk cheese from Spain, which is a beneficial dairy for me–one of only a few allowable cheeses for my type. I would also eat omelet with or without fillings, about twice a week. I fry it in ghee, which is highly beneficial for my digestive function.
After lunch, I usually don’t have any “afternoon lull” like I used to in the old days when I ate meat and rice or some other starchy food. The combination of animal protein and starch is really a killer for my energy. So I avoid this as much as possible.
But it is still nice to have a kind of “pick-me-up” in the afternoon. Since I cannot drink coffee or any caffeinated drink, I opt for Yerba Maté, a South American indigenous herbal drink that contains mateine for the energizing function minus the negative effects of caffeine on me. I like to drink it in a traditional gourd and a bamboo straw, and add a piece of 100% chocolate, which happens to be a “Diamond Food” for me :-)
Comes dinner time, I’ll have my cooked meat and veggies. Here is a variety of beneficial dinner options for me:
After dinner, I usually would have a cup of herbal tea, with hibiscus flowers, dandelion leaves and elderberries.
I guess I could have a bit more variations for my breakfast and lunch. I actually plan on adding more warm food like soup to my diet, as I was told by a friend’s daughter, who is studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, that this would help reduce the “dampness” in my system and help circulation and detoxification. Let me give it a try!