While guests are immersed in the Life Transformation Program at Hippocrates Health Institute that includes organic meals, fresh sprouts, juice and wheatgrass, holistic therapies, and exercise classes, it comes as no surprise that a common concern might be, “How am I going to continue this when I get home?”
Here are some of our top tips on how to keep the lifestyle when you get home, or prepare before you arrive!
Tips for Living Well at Home
Wheatgrass juice: Wheatgrass juice is the “Health-Building Nectar” of the Program. We suggest that you drink and/or implant two or more ounces of freshly squeezed juice twice daily during the healing process. Remember that you can also use the juice for bathing, poultices, eyewashes, douches, etc. Continue on with daily wheatgrass and green juices to maintain a healthy life.
Green juices: You are not completely on the Hippocrates Program unless you have two green juices (50% sprouts/50% vegetables) every day for the rest of your life. These juices are your lifelines to improved health. Remember, single or twin auger juicers will make juices of higher quality than those that grate and spin.
Fasting on liquids: One day a week fasting – while drinking liquids – is recommended for everyone except those that are advised to slowly work their way into fasting or who have health or emotional concerns such as underweight, pregnancy, breastfeeding, diabetics or are in a weakened condition.
Implants: Implants with fresh wheatgrass juice, aloe vera juice with chlorophyll, blue-green algae and/or acidophilus powder dissolved in water, green juice, liquid acidophilus, juiced edible weeds, etc. can be used at any time. Implants tone and nourish the colon and liver and remove waste. Wheatgrass, other grass juices and raw frozen and thawed algae are the most stable implantable substances, while powdered algae and grasses are not as powerful.
Exercise: It is important to do exercise that involves daily aerobic, resistance and stretching movements. Without exercise this program loses as much as 50% of its effectiveness. Massage, sauna and light rebounding are vital to the recovery of anyone who is temporarily unable to do independent exercise.
Skin brushing: Before every bath or shower, take three to five minutes to brush your entire body using circular and long stroking movements, always toward your heart.
Balanced Nutritional Meals
It is important to increase the proportion of raw food in your diet to a minimum of 80% by weight. The rest of your diet should be carefully selected and optimally prepared to be of minimal challenge to your body. The following are some guidelines:
Breakfast ideas: Juice one lemon in 16 ounces of water. Follow 15 minutes later with a green juice, watermelon juice (use the rind), or diluted fruit juice. Take your supplements with this drink. If you feel that you need more, wait 30 minutes and toast some sprouted rye bread, cook some soaked millet, or have an unsweetened single grain cereal with grain milk. Remember that you are ‘breaking your fast’, so green juice, lemon water and a 2-ounce shot of wheatgrass are always best first.
Salads: Eat two large salads (50% sprouts) every day. When you prepare salads, make enough for two meals. Do not add salad dressing until you are ready to eat the salad. Use only Program approved dressings.
Salad dressings: Choose either avocado, soaked nuts or seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame) or recommended cold-pressed oil with your favorite herbs. Add the following to taste: pressed garlic, kelp, dulse, Bragg liquid aminos or Nama Shoyu (wheat allergy sensitive).
Spaghetti sauce: Make a fresh raw red bell pepper sauce by blending the peppers with herbs and spices, as you would for conventional spaghetti sauce. To thicken, you can add some psyllium husk. Let sit for some time so that the flavors can mix, or heat to under 115°F (42°C), if you must.
Sea vegetables: An important source of organic minerals, especially iodine. Try soaking alaria, arame, dulse, hijiki, kelp, kombu, nori and wakame, which can also be used in soup preparations – both raw and cooked.
Dips: Hummus and guacamole are tasty and easy to prepare.
Avocado: Limit use to 2 or 3 times per week. Consume no more than one medium avocado per meal.
Soaked nuts/seeds: Use a handful at 2 or 3 meals during the week. You can also use them to make loaves, burgers and sauces.
Best Cooked Meals
Hot Cereals: Kasha (buckwheat), quinoa, millet, and teff (tastes like oatmeal). Soak before cooking.
Grains: Amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa and teff. Soak before cooking. Add vegetables for additional flavor.
Pasta: Soba (100% buckwheat) noodles are delicious.
Beans: Chickpeas, lima, pinto and Northern white. Soak before cooking.
Lightly Steamed Vegetables: Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, kale, leeks, fresh peas, rutabaga, summer and winter squashes, sweet potatoes, turnips and yams. Avoid the nightshade family: tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant and white-flesh potatoes.
Baking Vegetables: Winter squashes, sweet potatoes and yams. Again, avoid the nightshade family.
Warm Soups: Blend a combination of raw and steamed vegetables in a blender with some water. Season to taste. Heat slightly, warmer than body temperature if desired. You may use warm water in a Vita-Mix, when blending the vegetables, to make the soup warm.
Snacks: Air-popped popcorn or frozen bananas made into ice cream.
For more guidance about preparation of delicious and healthy meals, see “Kitchen Techniques and Recipes” on page 195 or read Anna Maria Clement’s recipe book “Healthful Cuisine.”