What’s the Idea?
Eat a blissful diet like Jim Carrey to improve your health and wellbeing
What’s the story
Our founder, Leigh Brownlee, really wants to speak to Jim Carrey.
You can find out why here.
So, here at Stuff To Do we’ve put together a creative campaign focused on all things Jim Carrey related.
To get Jim’s attention. Jim, if you’re reading this?
You can get hold of Leigh at [email protected]
There’s a lot of interesting things to learn about the great man.
In particular I’ve been reading about the “blissful diet” that Jim follows.
As a Nutritional Therapist I was interested to learn more about it.
And it turns out it’s a pretty good one.
Which should improve your health and well-being
So I put together an overview for everyone to try it
And they can also feel the benefits.
People should do this because…?
This is a healthy balanced diet which covers all the main food groups;
So you will meet all of your nutritional needs and shouldn’t feel hungry;
It’s a very clean diet and cuts out lots of toxic foods that aren’t great for your body;
If you follow this diet and include some regular exercise you should have more energy;
And have a sharper mind with fewer energy dips in the afternoon;
Its simple and cheap to follow so most people can try it.
According to Jim this diet has brought him ‘clarity, contentment, youthfulness and longevity’.
And he certainly looks good on it so it’s definitely worth a try.
How do you do it?
Eat plenty of vegetables – aim for 5-7 a day minimum
There should be more vegetables than anything else on your plate.
Eat a rainbow of colours.
And try to switch between types of vegetable each week so you’re getting a variety.
Include plenty of leafy greens such as Kale, Spinach, Watercress, Rocket, and Swiss Chard.
Plus, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage.
These are packed full of nutrients, with many health benefits.
Enjoy more Legumes
Legumes are also a healthy choice as they are low in fat and high in fibre.
(Legumes include peas, beans and lentils – for a full list read here.)
Because the are full of protein they can be used to replace meat as a protein.
And they fill you up so you won’t feel hungry.
Eat more grains
We’re talking gluten free whole grains instead of processed grains.
Which come with loads of health benefits.
Don’t know the difference? Read here to find out more.
Cut out wheat from your diet
This might be a bit harder for some people.
Because wheat is to be found in so many aspects of our diets.
So things like bread, pastry and pasta all contain wheat.
Luckily there are plenty of other grains you could use.
Such as Rye, Barley, Amarynth, Quinoa, Rice, and Corn.
And there are some amazing gluten-free ranges now.
But try to avoid over-processed foods as they are full of additives.
You will notice a difference in how you feel very quickly.
Most people report a reduction in bloating, more energy, and better sleep.
Oils for cooking and salads
Jim uses olive oil which is a great choice.
Use cold-pressed olive oil for salad dressings, and a light olive oil for frying.
No more Sugar
Sugar is bad for your health and also your teeth, so your body will really thank you for cutting it out.
It’s been linked to many diseases and is also very addictive.
Sugar can be difficult to avoid so you really need to read food labels.
Or even better, avoid processed foods altogether and eat only wholefoods.
That way you will know what you are eating.
But if you have a sweet tooth – don’t worry!
There are still things you can include to get that sugar kick.
Jim has stated he uses honey to sweeten his tea and Stevia which is a sugar substitute.
By cutting out sugar you will notice your skin improves.
And your energy levels will rise and stay level throughout the day.
Plus you will lose weight, abdominal fat and increase your heart health.
Avoiding caffeine is another challenge for many people.
We know coffee has the highest caffeine content.
But did you know tea also contains caffeine too?
Luckily, there are lots of great benefits to cutting caffeine out of your diet:
- If you were buying takeout coffees, you will save lots of money
- You will reduce your blood pressure
- It will also reduce your stress and anxiety levels
- And improve your sleep and mood
Many people rely on coffee and tea to keep them going through the day.
Caffeine is very addictive so you may need to reduce your intake in stages.
(And look out for the withdrawal symptoms – don’t worry, they will soon pass.)
But there are some lovely alternatives you can try.
Ditch the Dairy
Dairy products include milk, cream, yoghurt and cheese.
Many people don’t realise they are lactose intolerant.
Which means their body can’t process dairy products and this can cause issues.
And mass-produced milk contains lots of hormones which can have a negative effect on the body.
There are plenty of benefits to cutting out dairy including:
- Improved skin health
- Reduced bloating
- Improved digestion
- Possible weight loss
- Improved thyroid function
- Increased energy levels
Plus a dairy-free diet is much kinder to the environment (and the cows!)
Cheese is probably one of the hardest dairy foods to give up for most people.
But there are plenty of dairy-free alternatives available now which are easy to find.
Avoid Alcohol and fizzy drinks
Both of these are loaded with sugar.
As well as cutting out fizzy drinks.
The benefits of avoiding both include:
- Decreased risk of cancer
- Improved heart function
- Better brain function including memory and mental health
- Enhanced immune system
- Weight loss
But alcohol is addictive even in relatively small doses, so don’t be too surprised if you find you need some help to do this.
Eggs, Eggs Eggs!
Eggs are a great source of protein.
As they are packed with nutrients.
And they offer a myriad of health benefits.
- Improved eye health
- Heart disease and cancer prevention
- Building muscle and bone strength
So ensure you include eggs in this diet just like Jim.
What do you eat when you want a snack?
Jim eats gluten-free crackers with almond butter which will help avoid energy dips.
But you could also try:
- Hummus and carrot sticks
- Slices of apple with organic peanut butter
- Piece of fruit with a small handful of nuts like almonds, walnuts, cashews
- Half a sliced avocado on a slice of rye bread
All of which will help you stop feeling hungry between meals.
Fruit is nature’s sweet treats. But they are still full of natural sugar.
So, you should try to limit your intake to 3 pieces a day.
As with vegetables try to eat a rainbow of varieties.
And aim for ones with less sugar and more fibre plus lots of nutrients
Berries are fantastic for snacking.
Plus they are full of antioxidants which help protect your body.
Meat and Fish
If you follow Jim’s diet plan you will get a good amount of vegetable protein.
But Jim also includes some meat and fish in his diet too.
These are likely to be lean organic meats such as chicken and turkey.
Aim to include these in your diet only 1-2 times per week.
And avoid red meats like beef, pork and lamb.
Try to eat fish between 1-2 times a week.
Including oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, anchovies, sardines and herring.
As they support brain and heart health, as well as eyes, skin and bones.
Try to make sure you buy sustainably caught fish, if at all possible.
You can learn more about oily fish benefits here
He may also possibly include some white fish in the diet too.
Avoid eating larger fish as they have higher levels of mercury
Water, water everywhere!
This is the cheapest and healthiest liquid you can put in your body.
Most people don’t drink enough water.
Buy a water bottle or grab a large glass and aim to drink 1-2 litres a day.
Give up Tobacco
If you smoke or use tobacco products, then you are in the highest risk category for most diseases.
Everyone knows it’s bad for you and luckily it’s becoming less socially acceptable.
But it’s also highly additive so can be difficult to quit.
So if you want to give up you may need some help.
And finally try to exercise everyday
Jim enjoys running but walking, cycling and swimming are also great ways to stay fit.
As well as sports and other activities like hiking and climbing.
Find one that works for you and make it a habit.
Stuff you may need
- A fridge
- Recipe books for inspiration