You can tell a lot about a person from what they keep in their fridge – after all, we are what we eat. So what happens when we pull back the doors of Dr. Frank Lipman’s chill box? You might be surprised. The essentials he keeps on stock:
1. “I love Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts, and macadamias. I eat them raw daily, and my office manager, Vicky, makes the most amazing salad dressings with Brazil nuts. I also use alot of almond butter, particularly in my morning smoothie, and tahini (sesame seed butter), as part of a salad dressing.”
2. “Leafy greens are the base of my salads. Arugula is by far my favorite, with kale as a close second.”
3. “I cannot live without my grass-fed biltong. It’s the South African version of beef jerky, but much, much better! I get mine from Biltong USA.”
4. “You can usually find some of my supplements, like krill oil, fish oil, Phytogreens and Phytoreds in the refrigerator. My wife uses the Phytoreds in her shake, and I sometimes drink the greens with water when I feel like a boost.”
5. “I always keep important ingredients, like almond milk, coconut milk and chia seeds, in the fridge for my go-to breakfast smoothie (the Mocha Choca Smoothie). If I don’t have my smoothie, I’ll have eggs or my wife, Janice’s delicious homemade grain-free Paleo granola for breakfast.”
6. Your indulgence?
“Dark chocolate. I have it with my Rooibos tea most nights after dinner.”
7. What do you avoid?
“Sugar and processed foods for the most part, because they trigger inflammation, disrupt our hormonal balance and degrade our microbiomes. If I do buy processed foods, I stay far away from labels that list high-fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, monosodium glutamate (MSG), or artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose. I am wary of ‘gluten free’ products as most of them have unhealthy starches and grains in them and I avoid anything that says ‘fat free’ or ‘low fat’ on the label.”
8. Your Wellness Inspiration?
“My inspiration for wellness is the chef, Seamus Mullen, who was severely ill with Rheumatoid Arthritis when I first met him. Through mainly lifestyle changes, he completely reversed his disease, and now he is an amazing ambassador for wellness. I am also inspired by so many other patients of mine, who question their traditional Western Medicine Doctors when told there is nothing they can do, they will just have to live with a particular disease. They forego the pharmaceutical route and decide to make lifestyle changes and create healthy habits to treat their medical problems. And I am continually amazed how making these dietary changes, learning stress reduction techniques, developing good sleep hygeine, exercising and targeted supplementation can reverse and cure so many so called “incurable” problems.