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Help Me Find the Diet I Want?!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dear Readers,

I want this diet:

1) I want to have about .25 up to perhaps .50 cups of whole milk each day (mostly in my tea)

2) I need caffeine (in the form of tea)

3) I don't need added sugar and I cannot eat artificial or "substitute" sweeteners of any kind

4) I don't want low-fat but I also do not want to eat a whole lot of fat every day

5) I want to have some fruits and plenty of veggies every day

6) I probably want about 50-100 carbs a day. I don't need a lot more than that, but I probably cannot be happy with fewer. I have a deep and abiding love for apples and carrots

7) I probably need at least 600 calories a day to avoid hypogylcemia

8) I have a tofu phobia

9) I want an occasional serving of whole-grain oatmeal without feeling as if I am committing suicide.

10) I can totally live without rice, beans, pasta, and white potatoes on most days, but I like to have some hummus (chickpeas) regularly. I don't really need bread. I will sometimes have a cracker or two if my blood sugar is low. I would not consider a bowl of lentil soup a personal tragedy or failure. I would not mind having chili once or twice a month.

11) I am really incredibly lazy in the kitchen.

12) I don't want to eat huge swathes of meat like some sort of Medieval baron.

What diet does this fit? Keto is out; a long fast is out. Paleo seems out unless it looks the other way when I put milk in my tea. Low-fat is what is in????
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    The YOU diet? You sound pretty darn self-aware, go for it!
    1184 days ago
    Primal Bluerprint is a great diet.
    1185 days ago
    I second the vote for Primal by Mark Sisson... check out Mark's Daily Apple!
    1185 days ago
    There is the diabetic exchange diet. Google it. There are some good sites online to explain what it is, and to give you the lists of foods and the portion size of the exchanges.
    1185 days ago
    Good for that tofu phobia. Problems related to a high-soy diet include thyroid problems, brain damage, cancer, and reproductive disorders. Touted for years as healthy, the FDA recently (2017) announced that healthy claim is 'off the table' due to inconsistent findings. Unfermented soy, the type of soy found in most soy burgers, soymilk, and tofu, is not a health food. It's a genetically modified organism (GMO).

    From Medical Daily: Results of the Action for Health in Diabetes study have shown that, type 2 diabetes patients who adopt a lower calorie diet on top of increased physical activity have the same risk for death caused by a heart condition, even if the diet results in weight loss. The research team suggests simple dietary changes that focus on macronutrients (fat, carbs, and protein) and sugar consumption rather than calorie counting efficiently improves health outcomes. Similar to the remedial effect quitting smoking has on our bodies.

    "It is time to stop counting calories, and time to instead promote good nutrition and dietary changes that can rapidly and substantially reduce cardiovascular mortality," researchers added. "The evidence indeed supports the mantra that 'food can be the most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.' Recommending a high-fat Mediterranean-type diet and lifestyle to our patients, friends and families, might be a good place to start."

    Sooo...I'd say, go Mediterranean with a Natalie 'twist' girlfriend.
    1185 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/19/2018 2:50:16 PM
    You wrote you own nutritional plan Love.
    1185 days ago
    Why don't you just follow the plan you set out in this blog? why do you need a named diet plan? 600 calories would have me passed out on the floor every day! Just eat the foods you want to eat and don't worry about a diet!
    1185 days ago
    J_HENNINGTON summed up my views well. It is not possible to find one diet that is going to be perfect. But take what works for YOU from a diet that mostly fits what you need/want. AND underscore the words that it's not a diet, it's a lifestyle change! Any change you can't live w/for the rest of your life isn't going to work.
    1185 days ago
    There is no diet that fits all.. I use the Dash Diet for weight loss...I have lost fifty pounds with another thirty lbs to go.. I would say the answer to the what plan can you live with for the rest of your life..because this is a life style change and not a diet ...Sparks has some excellent plans
    1185 days ago
    Primal Blueprint, Mark Sisson.


    Paleo that includes dairy if you tolerate it, and a reasonable amount of wiggle room for things like oats and legumes.
    1185 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/19/2018 1:09:21 PM
    It sounds as though you have the framework for a very healthy diet right there without needing any specific plan. The Spark nutrition tracker might be helpful. Good luck!
    1185 days ago
    OMG! Did I write this in my sleep and signed your name instead of mine???? I want also want this diet!!!!!!
    How about the Whole 30? A bit of milk can't hurt much; can it?
    1185 days ago
    OMG! Did I write this in my sleep and signed your name instead of mine???? I want also want this diet!!!!!!
    How about the Whole 30? A bit of milk can't hurt much; can it?
    1185 days ago

    Whats been working for me lately (I've been trying to lose weight after I had a baby) is carb and calorie counting. I like to stay at 1500 calories a day and less that 100 grams of carbs. Those carbs can come from anything except sweets and white bread. Oatmeal, whole grain, and beans are all allowed. basically it helps me limit sugar and all the carbs I eat have fiber. I also stage the carbs according to my workout plans. Since I work out on my lunch break at work I eat the most amount of carbs in the morning to support the activity but dinner is usually meat and a lower carb vegetable. Its been really easy to stick with and I've lost 25 pounds since the beginning of the year!

    1185 days ago
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