The Cooper’s daily food lifestyle consists of 85% raw foods and 15% cooked foods, including an array of delicious veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds. Freda eats with slight differences, more cooked foods and oils to maintain her weight and regulate her system. In the same way, you will learn to pick and choose to modify what foods you choose.
- white flour
- white sugar
- chocolate – even dark chocolate
- foods processed with preservatives and dyes
- animal products, including dairy
A glass of water kick-starts the day. For those who need extra cleansing, a refreshing 4 ounces of water with the juice of a half of a lemon is a good start to the day.
Before eating anything, we have one serving of BarleyMax. Using a bullet or the stirring spoon. We mix 1 teaspoon of Barley Max with 1 teaspoon of Barley Max Berry, enough for two people. We like the flavor better with mixing the two.
#1 The Coopers drink an 8 oz. glass of fresh vegetable juice (two-thirds carrot and one-third greens and various veggies). If fresh juice is not available, the next best choice is a combination serving of CarrotJuiceMax and BarleyMax, or a piece of juicy, fresh fruit. We try not to eat too much fruit. Though the sugar is natural, too much sugar can cause problems.
#2 Thirty minutes later, we add ground flax seed or B-Flax-D to a fruit smoothie.
#3 Thirty minutes before lunch, we drink a serving of BarleyMax.
For lunch we have a blended salad, a veggie Reuben sandwich, cooked beans with sauerkraut, or a large green salad. Sometimes we pack a whole grain pita pocket with our favorite fresh, chopped veggies. Fermented foods prove beneficial, so we try to eat at least 2 T of non-pasteurized sauerkraut each day.
**Fruits cleanse the body, while vegetables feed the body.**
We drink an 8 oz. glass of carrot/vegetable juice, or snack on veggies, like carrot or celery sticks that would be next best. Some days, we munch on sunflower seeds, cashews and walnuts, or celery stuffed with almond butter.
We have another serving of BarleyMax before dinner. For the meal we have a LARGE green salad of leaf lettuce (never head lettuce as it has very little nutritional value), along with a variety of vegetables, including some avocado or ground seeds or nuts.
A blended salad is good for those who have difficulty eating quantities of fresh vegetables. To make a blended salad, include all the veggies that would go into a regular salad plus additional greens, like spinach, kale, etc. Put your choices in a blender (VitaMix is our choice) with some carrot juice or a small amount of healthful, homemade salad dressing. Blend briefly, just enough to break down the structure of the veggies. Eat the blended salad. Don’t drink it. Blending increases nutrient value tremendously.
After the salad comes the cooked food portion. This could be slightly steamed veggies, baked sweet potato, whole grains, whole grain pasta, squash (baked or steamed), or beans.
If we’re still hungry, we enjoy a piece of fresh fruit or a glass of freshly made apple or pear juice, or a glass of 100% organic apple or grape juice. It is best to not consume anything containing fiber after the dinner hour.
Our approach works for us. Yours may vary. As you see how we can help you develop and maintain new habits, let us know.