I'm working on a "12 houses" diet that takes into account the Western Zodiac elements of earth, fire, air and water AND the Eastern Horoscope elements of wood, metal, fire, water and earth. Apparently most people's diet is comprised of only about 12 regular foods. So if one was to pick 12 food to eat (each food item daily) for a 12 day period, food item choices could be optimized according to one's personal astrological profile. There are some standing rules: the foods must be chosen under the guidance of an astrology-savvy nutritionist - otherwise one might end up choosing pizza, doughnuts, pop, ice cream and chips if left to one's own devices. Also, the foods must be whole, organic and gluten-free.
When is the best time to start such a diet? The effect of this eating plan is purification of the body and mind (detoxification) and personal growth: self discipline, clarity and respect for one's temple. How about December 12th, the 12 Days of Christmas, when people typically abandon dietary self-discipline?
Here is my preliminary list, subject to revision. Note that "classes" of food count as one item - in my case cruciferous vegetables, for example.
In no particular order, to be consumed daily, quantity to be determined:
* eggs/egg whites
* whole grain porridge without gluten
* tomato soup
* nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews)
* unsweetened plain almond milk (in lieu of cow's milk)
* plain skim Green yogurt
* cruciferous vegetables (Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage)
* brown/wild rice
* carrots or yams**
** on alternate days: Day 1,3,5,7,9,11 for carrots, Day 2,4,6,8,10,12 for yams
Plain coffee and tea in moderation, unlimited green tea, and lots of water are the condoned beverages.
My plan will also include creatine and my prescription vitamins. Not sure about protein powder, probably not since this is supposed to be a whole foods diet. I can get enough protein from eating real food.