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In the very late 1970s, I worked for Adano Ley in his clinic in Houston where I was introduced to Solar Nutrition. Adano taught classes in Solar Nutrition and also cooking classes. Solar Nutrition is basically a time controlled program of eating. It is based on the energy received by plants, bushes and trees at specific times of the day.
Morning energy, 7 to 9 A.M., would be concentrated on nut and fruit trees and any bush 4 foot or taller. Mid-day energy, 12 to 6 P.M., would be based on vegetables, grains and berries that grow to 4 foot in height and the evening energy, 6 to 9 P.M. Would be based mostly on root vegetables which have been proven to help you sleep.
By following Solar Nutrition guidelines, the foods with the greatest life giving energies are put into our bodies at the proper times. It deals with the absorption, assimilation and utilization of the energy of the sun in our bodies, minds and spirits through the foods we eat. It also takes into consideration the items that non-vegans and non-vegetarians ingest such as meat, eggs and dairy.
Below is a brief list of the foods for the three periods of the day so you can get a better picture of what I am talking about. Adano also listed the foods by blood type and often said: “if you don't know your blood type, don't monkey around with nutrition.”
The Food Lists below are from Adano Ley's Solar Nutrition Class.
Morning Food List – 7 – 9 A.M.
Fruits: Apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, cherries, dates, figs, guavas, kiwis, mangoes, lychee, nectarines, papayas, peaches, pears, plantains, plums, pomegranates, prune, tamarind
Nuts: Acorns, almonds, apricot kernels, beechnut, butternut, cashews, chestnuts, coconuts, chestnuts, hazelnut, macadamia, pean, pine (pinion), pistachio, walnuts,
Citrus Fruit: (best 9-11, eaten alone) Oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes, tangerines.
Oils: Almond, apricot, avocado, coconut cream, olive, walnut
Adano advised eating a few almonds first thing in the morning because they would set the hydrochloric acid tolerance for the day thus providing all-day protein digestion. He recommended one almond per ten pounds of body weight...more if you want to gain weight and less if you want to lose weight.
Mid-Day Food List – Noon to 6 P.M.
- Vegetables: Artichoke, Bell Pepper, Bok Choy (top half), broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery (top half) cucumber, eggplant, endive, green onion (top half), greens (beet, kale, lettuce, mustard and spinach), Kohlrabi, parsley, sprouts, squash, tomato (really a fruit)
- Berries: (best eaten 3-5 P.M.) blueberries, blackberries,boysenberries,cranberries, dewberries, grapes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries.
- Grains: Alfalfa, amaranth, barley, couscous, millet, oats, quinoa, spelt, wheat, wheatgrass.
- Legumes and beans: All varieties, lentils, peas (all kinds)
- Melons: (eaten alone, 3–7 P.M.) Cantaloupe, casaba, honeydew,watermelon, bitter melon
- Seeds: Aniseed, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, mustard, poppy, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower
- Sweeteners: Brown sugar, honey, molasses, rice syrup
- Cows, turkeys and chickens live on the ground and are appropriate meats for lunch.
- Cheeses: all kinds if natural
- Oils: Ghee (clarified butter), safflower, sesame, sunflower, wheat germ
- Milk: Soured (butter milk), yogurt, kefir
Night Foods – 6 – 9 P.M.
- Vegetables: Artichoke hearts, asparagus, bamboo shoots, beets, celery root, dulce, garlic, ginger root, kelp, leek, lotus root, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, sea cucumber, sweet potatoes, turnips, water chestnut, yams
- Fruits: Pineapple, prickly pear, cactus
- Oils: Garlic oil, ghee (clarified butter) peanut oil
- Seafood: Abalone, all fish except: trout, lobster, scallops, shrimp.
- Nuts: peanuts
- Brown rice is a neutral food that can be eaten all day.
- Iron and calcium do not mix well in the stomach, therefore it is wise to avoid eating meat and milk products together.
Cooking Vegetables: If you will cut your vegetables with a diagonal slant you will minimize oxidation and leaching of nutrients. To get the most nutrition from cooked foods, Adono recommended a particular method of cooking that makes it easier to assimilate the vitamins and minerals. After cutting a mix of veggies on the diagonal (for the particular time of day), put them into a glass or stainless steel baking pan. Pour some oil or ghee (for the time of day) over the veggies and toss to coat them. Bake on a low temperature, 250 for 45 mins to one hour (or until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork, if used). Serve over brown rice with some of these condiments.
Condiments: Red Star Brewer's yeast, organic Bragg's liquid aminos, cayenne, Pink Himalayan mineral salt.
Organics: As much as possible, it is best to buy organic, non-GMO (non-genetically modified) foods with no chemical preservatives.
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