Saturday, September 22, 2012
Developed by Zoe Harcombe after years of research, this attacks three underlying causes of cravings and bad eating choices that lead to overweight/obesity: Candida, Food Intolerance and Hypoglycaemia.
Phase One lasts for five days: unprocessed meat, fish, chicken, eggs, olive oil, butter, all vegetables except mushrooms, potatoes and corn. One natural live (bio) yoghurt. Optional: 50g (dry weight) brown rice or old-fashioned rolled oats. No tea, coffee or other sources of caffeine, but can use decaf coffee/tea or herbal and fruit teas. No milk, fruit, alcohol, and nothing fermented e.g. pickles, vinegar, soy sauce. Eat as much as you want, but try to stick to three meals a day and limit snacking unless really hungry. Some people may like to extend Phase One beyond five days, especially if Candida is strong.
Phase Two adds one or two pieces of fruit, milk, cheese, pulses, basmati rice, grains, wholemeal pasta, potatoes and other carbs, but try to limit these to one portion a day. It is essential to avoid processed foods, not to mix fats and carbs at the same meal, and to avoid any food that you know triggers cravings.
Phase Three is maintenance, when all foods can be reintroduced once weight is lost and cravings are gone.
For more details do read Zoe Harcombe's books:
The Obesity Epidemic
Stop Counting Calories and Start Losing Weight (this one contains the diet)
The Harcombe Diet Recipe Book (also contains summary of the diet)
There is a Harcombe Diet Spark team if anyone is interested in joining me there.