Diet for Longevity and Health: Cal Clements

last updated 10.15.17

Hello and welcome to my page in which I describe my current diet. By the way, I try never to go on temporary "diets." Instead, I make permanent changes. Of course, sometimes I backslide. My weight is 160 lbs; blood pressure 98/63, and total cholesterol of 137--pretty good for being twelve years past 40, the age at which Dostoyevsky said one would only live out of spite.

My B12 level is 928 (very high) and folate level 12.2 (excellent).

Note: I have cut out stevia completely. It was inflamming my gut.

Breakfast Lunch
Best Option
Using a bender, mix a 2 grapefruits, 1/2 a bunch of flat-leaf parsley (or cilantro), some spinach (or kale). No water or added sweetener is needed.

Here's my current breakfast smoothie: In the Vita-mix, pour in a few inches of almond (or soy) milk. Then throw in a handful of chia seeds (which are best when soaked for 1/2 an hour) and some chopped dates. Drop in a handful of arugula and another of spinach. Top with a cup of frozen blueberries. Add cinnamon, if you like, and/or almond butter (if hungry). Blend.

Another great option: Steam 1/2 a head of kale until the leaves are a bright green. Spray with Bragg's Aminos and eat.
Salad: Mix greens and toss in some raisins and nuts. Then drizzle some high quality balsamic vinegar atop. I recommend buying the balsamic from The Healthy Gourmet, which is right near the Public Library on Baxter.

Cooked vegetables: It is a wonderful thing to simply steam a variety of vegetables: rutabega, kale, carrots, cauliflower, squash, winter squash, sweet potato, and corn.

The best is to steam a fresh artichoke and dip it in oil mixed with salt, pepper, and garlic. But that is probably not quite as healthy.
Option Two
Oatmeal with walnuts and fruit: My trouble with oatmeal was that I would always cook too much. Here's my new method:
1. In a frying pan with no oil, toast a variety of nuts (walnuts, almond slivers, pecans, a few brazil nuts).
2. As the nuts are starting to smell fragrant, add 1/2 a cup of rolled oats.
3. While that is cooking, in another bowl, drop some dried fruit (a few prunes or raisins).
4. Pour in about a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses.
5. Sprinkle in some cinnamon.
6. Now pour the toasted oatmeal and nuts into the bowl. Stir.
7. Soak with some non-dairy milk, if you like.
Peanut Butter Sandwich: I toast frozen Ezekiel bread. I like frozen bread because I don't feel obligated to eat it before it goes bad. Also, it is sprouted. I slather on peanut butter or (more often) almond butter. Then bananas or blueberries (if in season). I usually use a fruit spread too.
Stew: When I'm pressed for time (or out of energy) I used canned beans, tomatoes, etc. When a bit more organized, I use the pressure cooker. Beans have more antioxidants than berries.

Quick Option

(Though not quite as healthy)
Museli with fruit: The addition of fruit is the important part. Berries, nectarines, and peaches are my favorites. Very fast if you buy the museli in a box and just pour it in a bowl.
Eating out: Sometimes I get a sandwich from the Daily Co-op, the House Salad from The Grit, or a bean burrito from Chipotle or Moe's or Willie's or Barberitoes or the Taco Stand.
Lately I'll boil some gnocchi. Then I'll put about 4 tablespoons of sauce on it. Or I'll saute mushrooms and mix that in. I like gnocchi over pasta because it is mainly potatoes.

Frozen "ice cream" Dessert: Using a high-speed bender and the pushing tool, mix strawberries (frozen or fresh), pecans (and/or walnuts), ice, and agave nectar. For an interesting flavor, add fennel seeds. Eat immediately.

This dietary pattern places the emphasis on vegetables, beans, and fruit, with some non-processed grains and a few nuts. I try to never eat the following: meat, dairy, eggs, coffee, diet drinks, sodas, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, white bread, and alcohol (although sometimes I do).

A note about cost: It does cost some money to eat vegetables intensively (as opposed to buying hot dogs for like $.50 each) and even more when these vegetables are organic. BUT a) don't forget inexpensive rice and beans, which are packed with antioxidants, protein, and fiber and b) don't forget inexpensive sweet potatoes and c) the best way you can possibly spend money is on plant foods. You'll reduce medical expenses, feel better, minimize the suffering of animals, help the climate, and live longer. Meditation becomes a joy. And, finally, your skin will radiate beauty which will attract the love of your life.

The best online resources for learning about how foods affect our bodies:
1. Nutrition Facts
2. Dr. John McDougall's website (His newsletter is really great)
3. Articles in the Wellness section of Forks Over Knives' website.