As mentioned on Tiff’s approach page, diet was a main element in her recovery. She worked with professionals and overhauled her diet early on so she was in control of what she was eating. The focus was on clean eating and an alkaline diet, with intermittent fasting to help make her body work harder to aid recovery and boost her immune system.
Here we talk in more detail about what she did and when.
She would finish her main meal by 6–7pm and then eat no solid food for at least 14–16 hours. This allowed the body to use its energy to restore, rejuvenate and repair as opposed to digesting food. During this fasting period she would drink ginger/lemon and Manuka honey or camomile tea before bed. She also had a colostrum and almond milk, and a banana which was her only piece of fruit. Waking up to Celtic salt and lemon water followed by a fresh green veg juice with only ½ an apple for sweetness. Twenty minutes for mindfulness here is a perfect time to start the day in a focused and positive way. Alternatively, a morning walk or yoga practise.
Tiff also had bone broth and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar during this morning period as well as throughout the day.
I made sure I had 3 litres off water a day to flush my system.
The fast would break with a good brunch at 12–1pm. A plate full of a rainbow of veg and salad with a good piece of protein such as oily fish (salmon, mackerel, anchovy, sardines or herrings), chicken or eggs. Focusing on seasonal and organic and—where possible—green. Green food is alkalising and contains a perfect balance of magnesium and calcium, along with an array of other nutrients.
She was allowed to have ancient grains which replace pasta, rice and breads. Quinoa, millet, amaranth and buckwheat are good options here. However Tiff mainly used vegetables as the bulk; roasted using coconut oil, stir fried (again using some coconut oil) or made into spaghetti. Courgette and sweet potato are very good for this. Also, using veg to make rice—broccoli and cauliflower being the best options.
She also added a small portion of fermented foods to her diet. A heaped tablespoon (minimum) of Kimchi or sauerkraut are strong-tasting but great to eat. Tiff also took Kefir which is a healthy, fermented food with a consistency comparable to drinkable yogurt. This product is traditionally made from dairy milk, but plenty of non-dairy options are available. It was the only dairy in her diet.
Treats and snacks—if necessary—included nut butter on sourdough bread, nuts or a small piece of 70% dark chocolate.
What I avoided was as important as what I ate. I had to fully commit to this diet and was as disciplined as I needed to be.
Tiff used a lot of recipes from Dale Pinnock, the Medicinal Chef.
The foods she avoided/stopped having included:
- All conventional dairy
- All processed foods (anything that comes out a packet)
- The Nightshades: white potato, aubergine, peppers. This does include tomatoes but a limited number is ok (raw is best)
- Processed sugar (you will be able to sweeten food with dried fruit)
- Simple white carbohydrates like potatoes, white rice, white pasta and conventional bread
- Sweets, popcorn, cake, crisps and conventional chocolate
- No fizzy drinks or brought juices/smoothies.
We have listed Tiff’s diet below for you to see:
- Celtic salt, squeeze of lemon and hot water—1st drink every morning
- 2–3 juices a day—green juices only, prepared freshly everyday. More green, leafy based veg, only using apple for sweetness
- 3 litres of filtered water a day for hydration try pimping with fresh lemon/lime/cucumber
- Warm/hot water with lemon, turmeric, ginger and Manuka honey
- Matcha tea and matcha hot drinks, herbal teas and green tea
- Apple cider vinegar with “The Mother”
- Bone broths—homemade or bought; chicken or beef
- Chai tea—cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and cloves
- Organic food only
- Most vegetables (apart from nightshades: white potato, aubergine, peppers as well as tomatoes)
- Limited daily fruit
- Sustainably-sourced white fish
- Organic free-range chicken
- Almond milk
- Coconut milk
- Manuka honey
- Himalayan salt
- Coconut oil
We hope you find this information useful and informative. Diet is a very personal thing and Tiff worked with a trained nutritionist to prepare hers. She stands by the fact it was one of the most important things she changed in her lifestyle to help her be here today.