So, starting Sunday, I've decided that we are going to try healthy variations of a couple of different diets, for only a week or two at a time, to see how we feel and look by changing things up a little. The first will be a healthy low-carb diet.
This diet will allow:
- sautéed, baked, steamed, lightly stir-fried or BBQ, LEAN meats, fish & seafood, poultry and their products, barbecued, (such as lean lunch meat, turkey bacon), in MODERATE PORTIONS. None of that "all-you-can-eat steak, bacon, and ribs" from a popular fad low-carb diet. I'm talking like a deck-of-cards size.
- egg whites and no more than 2 yolks per week.
- low-fat dairy and soy products (including skim and sugar-free soy milk, & tofu)
- cheese in small amounts for flavour
- healthier non-processed vegetable oils such as olive & canola
- green vegetables such as Romaine lettuce, spinach & other greens, green onions, parsley, cabbage, & broccoli
- tomatoes: fresh, cooked or canned without sugar
- peppers of all kinds - the spicier the merrier
- all herbs & spices, and fresh garlic
- beer or wine in same moderation as usual diet, no hard liquor drinks or coolers.
- salsa & sugar free hot sauce, horseradish, sugar & fat free mustard, smoke flavoring, sugar-free soy sauce, lime & lemon juice in small amounts
- sugar free pickles & unsweetened sauerkraut
- tea & coffee
- no more than 4 ounces of unsweetened orange juice per day
- a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement
- home-made oil-and-vinegar dressing
- plenty of water
- artificial sugar-free sweeteners
- grapefruit, lemons, lime
What it won't allow:
- Fatty meats or dairy products including wieners, bologna and hamburger; whole milk & high-fat cheese
- Fried ANYTHING!
- beans, including soy beans (edamame)
- nuts & seeds
- rice, cereal, breads, corn, pastries, cakes, cookies, granola, pasta, crackers, or any other grain products
- sugary condiments such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, sweet-and-sour sauce, mayo, whipped dressing, store-bought salad dressing, store-bought spaghetti sauce, sweet pickles
- high complex-carb veggies such as potatoes, carrots, yams, beets (don't even THINK about french fries!), cauliflower
- processed meals (like I ever eat those anyway)
- canned vegetables
- juices besides 4 oz of OJ/day
- anything with sugar or corn syrup in it including jams & jellies
- more than 2 egg yolks a week
- peanut, soy, saturated, or tropical oils or anything with those in them, including butter or margarine.
- brown, yellow, white, or red onions in large amounts
- candies, chocolates (it should go without saying, but...)
- fruit except for grapefruit, lemons, and lime
Feel free to try along with us, and I would love to hear your results - good or bad. There's a great web site that will let you know the carbohydrate, protein, and fat content of most foods at http://www.nutritiondata.com/ Let me know if you have any questions.
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