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Eat Anything You Want Except For Two Days A Week Diet

Uploaded: Jan 7, 2014
Happy New Year! Here we go again.

Let me guess, your New Year's resolution is to:

1) Exercise more (OR)

2) Lose weight

No news there. 80% of all resolutions include one or both.

Last year, I didn't resolve to do either, but was successful with one none-the-less. I lost those "what took so long, hope I never see you again," five pounds, Eating Anything I Wanted Except For Two Days A Week.

You can get rid of them too. No matter what you eat right now, change it up 1-2 days a week with a diet of predominantly fruits and veggies (AKA an alkaline diet) and 400 calories or so of protein thrown in to satisfy the humors. You WILL lose weight.

Here's a sample of how it breaks out for me:

Breakfast: Big fruit bowl with some nuts (another piece of fruit mid morning if I'm hungry. Really hungry? Add plain yoghurt).

Lunch: Big main dish salad with dressing and approx 200 calories of protein. I usually eat 1 carton cottage cheese, 1 slab baked tofu, or 2 hard boiled eggs). Include variation.* Maybe save some to eat later in afternoon.

Dinner: Piece of fish, chicken or tofu (approximately 200 calories) and a whole plate of veggies (1-3 sides of raw, cooked and pickled, assorted styles* of veggies, seasoned different ways. Often, I eat a whole head of broccolini as one choice. )**

Snacks: tomato juice, small amount dried fruit or raisins, vegetable sticks, lots of water, sparkling water, tea.

Not only did this "diet" work, it made me realize how little leeway there is for the average America adult to eat unnecessary calories. I eat pretty healthy, but I was still consuming too many calories, mostly from wheat, sugary things, and alcohol, that kept those extra pounds hanging on. I can eat some junk or high calorie foods some days, too much other days, but not too much all the days!

I might feel a touch of hunger at times during the day – but that's the object. Not blood sugar-crashing hunger, but hunger that makes you really appreciate the delicious, delicate flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables. In our "over-stimulating, food everywhere" culture, we've become used to never feeling hungry. The result is losing appreciation for simple foods such as a raisin. Cut out the crap a day or two a week and experience a heightened appreciation. It's actually a wonderful break.

To be successful eating mostly veggies during the day – remember that variation causes us to eat more. The junk food industry has this down. There is a reason why nine flavors of Dorritos are calling you over to grocery shelves right now. I munch down a Nacho Cheese, follow it up with a Cool Ranch, and once the chewing is done, I am ready again for the Nacho! The change keeps my taste buds activated and begging, "One more please." So, use this same idea in a healthy way. For instance, season one (raw) veggie with Italian seasonings, one (cooked) veggie Asian-style, and one other veggie (pickled) with Mexican spices: you get the idea. Your taste buds will be turned on thru the entire plate and you'll get full. On vegetables. What a delicious concept!

Find days that work for your schedule and don't conflict with many social gatherings. My days are Monday and Thursday. And just do your best. If you screw up one day – wait for the next one to come. You will lose weight if you reduce your average caloric intake each month. Plus you'll teach yourself how to deliciously season vegetables quickly, which may just be the most important thing you learn all year.

As we go thru 2014, I'll blog now and again about what I cooked/ate on my EAYWEF2DAWD days. Maybe it'll help you too.

* There are different styles of veggies that add variety (even with no seasoning). Tomatoes are much different than leafy greens, which are different from root veggies, or winter squashes, or hard green veggies, or avocado, or beets. Play with different types for starting variation. Also, cooked vs. raw vs. pickled. Use all!

** For an important tip about cooking veggies, please read blog #1, "Welcome to The Food Party! – Kitchen Science Tip #1."




Comments

Posted by Laura Stec, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Jan 7, 2014 at 7:50 am

Laura Stec is a registered user.

FYI everybody. Yesterday was Monday, but I was out all day. How to do it? I ate my fruit in the AM, had the salad bar and a vegan carrot soup at Whole Foods for lunch, and for dinner, Hot and Sour soup with side of veggies from Panda Express. When I got home, I had some dried plums and a couple cups of tea, went to bed early, and now it is Tuesday. Yahoo! Vodka Soda here I come!!


Posted by It's 8 a.m. Somewhere, a resident of Old Palo Alto,
on Jan 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

Isn't it a little early to start drinking vodka?


Posted by Laura Stec, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Jan 7, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Laura Stec is a registered user.

Dear It's 8 a.m. Somewhere,

You are right. I'll make that a Bloody Mary please :)!


Posted by CrescentParkAnon., a resident of Crescent Park,
on Jan 10, 2014 at 9:27 am

The 52 Diet as this has come to be called is well explained in "Eat, Fast and Live Longer" the BBC documentary. It is well explained, and well marketed. It sounds logical and doable and reasonable, but I am not really sure this can work over the long term. I wonder if this is just not another fad diet being sold to us on the basis of plausible deniability ... after all it is just a broken up regular fast diet. I don't know about other people, but my body can take so much of that and then at some point it just has to break free.

This diet has not really been around long enough to tell. It purports to allow you to semi-fast twice a week (below 600 total calories per day) and then eat anything the following days based on the idea that in experiments people cannot or do not eat as much the next day as would be required to keep up, so that every fast day is a net permanent loss.

I do not buy this. I think the human body is not stupid and when you try to play tricks on it it will have it's ultimate revenge with cravings that will force people to get back to more or less their set-point and then perhaps more, like all the other attempts to control eating.

The other side of this is to eat food that has nourishing value, or MORE nourishing value, such as vegetables and more bulky fibrous foods. This makes the most sense since it cuts out animal fats which have the greatest calorie concentration and the greatest bad effect on people's health, but that is a way of eating hard to manage in our meat oriented junk food dominated and process food saturated world. Still Palo Alto does not have a decent vegetarian restaurant after all these years and its new age image.


Posted by Laura Stec, a Palo Alto Online blogger,
on Jan 10, 2014 at 9:57 am

Laura Stec is a registered user.

Dear CrescentParkAnon,

Thanks for the comment.

No trick here. The idea is to Eat More Vegetables, as you say. Cut out "the crap" and spend the day fitting more veggies in. That's what we should be doing everyday, but many are not in the habit. What I have found is after trying to incorporate this thru the year - I have changed my eating habits to eat more veggies and fruit even on the other days. It's a nice move toward behavior change. Don't follow anyone's "diet," learn to incorporate more good foods into your day. (anyway that works!)

I didn't write much about seasoning the veggies in this post (we are limited in words), but that is the key to EATING MORE VEGETABLES. The entry Spice Your Life touches on it - but I'll write more later as well. Thanks!


Posted by Lisa, a resident of another community,
on Jan 10, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Hi - I am new to your blog and appreciate you article. I especially like the idea of seasoning our vegetables and keeping our tastebuds activated but filling up on vegetables nonetheless . I am looking forward to your future article you mentioned you would write on seasoning veggies. - and i will look up the Spice Your Life blog.

I also liked how you noted that we live in an overstimulated/food everywhere culture.. We do and we also live in a overstimulated lifestyle. It is a good idea to appreciate the simple foods and have a higher appreciation for food when we cut out the crap here and there. I also wanted to mention that i often it steamed vegetables and love them plain..you can enjoy their natural taste and texture.

thanks for your post and look forward to more.

Lisa of Sunnyvale


Posted by Elaine, a resident of another community,
on Jan 11, 2014 at 10:25 pm

I believe that you can lose weight on any diet as long as you stick with it long enough. As Laura says, the diets with positive life long effects change your palate and teach you about nutrition.


Posted by jm, a resident of Sylvan Park,
on Feb 18, 2014 at 8:00 am

www.alkalineforlife.com
The Alkaline for Life® Diet is an ancient, yet today novel, approach to nourishment. Life-supporting in the most profound sense, the Alkaline for Life® diet is composed of fresh, whole foods combined in a way that promotes optimum biochemical functioning through pH balance.

This is a unique approach to eating that provides the body what it needs to maintain a favorable pH balance. This means that the Alkaline for Life® diet provides sufficient alkalizing mineral compounds to buffer the acids we produce daily through the metabolism of proteins, grains, processed foods, alcohol, sugar, and other acid-forming foods.


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