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Chunky Apple Oatmeal Muffins – Ideal Protein Phase 1, Low Carb

Chunky Apple Oatmeal Muffins – Ideal Protein Phase 1 Compliant

I’ve been experimenting a lot with making recipes out of the Ideal Protein packets and so far these Chunky Apple Oatmeal Muffins are my favorite!  They are super moist and apple-y delicious! They are made with the Apple Oatmeal packets.  If you are following an Ideal Protein alternative plan, then just use the Proti Diet apple cinnamon oatmeal packets available.  They will work great with this recipe!

What makes these muffins so awesome is a secret ingredient that tastes like baked apples!  And that secret ingredient is chayote squash!  Also called chayote fruit in some places.  Do you see where this is going? Cut into chunks and baked with cinnamon, those chayote pieces taste just like baked apple!  The bonus is this: if you are following the Ideal Protein Diet plan, you count them as a vegetable.  Oh bliss!

chunky apple oatmeal muffinsHere is a picture of them so you know what to look for in the store.

They are larger than an apple, kind of oblong with a ‘bum’ at the end.  The ones available in the stores around here have a smooth surface and a light green color. The skin is very thin and can be peeled with a vegetable peeler.

They are very crisp, and take on the flavor of what you are making. If you are missing fruit, then these might be a great find for you!

easy chayote squash recipeIngredients for Chunky Apple Oatmeal Muffins (makes 2 servings)

  • 2 Ideal Protein Apple Oatmeal Packets (or use Proti Diet Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 packet Stevia or whatever sweetener you are using
  • 1/3 cup egg whites (or 2 egg whites)
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 3-4 tbsp water
  • 1 cup chayote squash chunks (about the size of raisins)

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, microwave chayote with 1 tbsp water for about 2 minutes
  2. In another small bowl stir together all the dry ingredients.
  3. Add liquid ingredients
  4. Fold in the cooked chayote squash.
  5. Divide the mixture into either a 6 cup silicon muffin pan or whoopie pan.  I used a whoopie pan in this picture because I they make muffin tops, which I like!
  6. Sprinkle the tops with a little extra cinnamon.
  7. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes if using the whoopie pan, or 12 minutes if using a muffin pan.

Three of these muffins count as 1 unrestricted Ideal Protein Packet for Phase 1.  In addition, count 1 teaspoon oil and 1/2 cup Select vegetables.

I really hope you love these!


Triple Chocolate Muffin Cakes – Ideal Protein Phase 1 Compliant

Triple Chocolate Muffin Cakes

Triple Chocolate Muffin Cakes – Ideal Protein Phase 1 Compliant

Is it a muffin?  Or is it cake?  You will have to try these triple chocolate muffin cakes and decide! They turned out moist and delicious and very satisfying to my chocolate sweet tooth!

The recipe uses 2 different Ideal Protein packets, Chocolate Chip pancake mix and Dark Chocolate Pudding Mix.  If you are following the plan using alternative Ideal Protein products, then you can make this recipe using the regular ProtiDiet pancake mix and their chocolate pudding mix.  It will be a double chocolate muffin cake, but still!  Plenty of chocolate flavor to go around!

Ingredients List for Triple Chocolate Muffin Cakes

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    • 1 packet Ideal Protein Chocolate Chip Pancake mix
    • 1 packet Ideal Protein Dark Chocolate Pudding mix
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/3 cup egg whites (or 2 egg whites)
    • 2 tsp oil
    • 2-3 tbsp water (or enough to make a batter)
    • 2-3 tbsp Walden Farms Chocolate syrup or dip

Assembling Triple Chocolate Muffin Cakes

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the Walden Farms chocolate syrup into a small bowl.
  2. Divide the mixture evenly into a 6 piece muffin pan. (Use silicon pans, they work amazing!)
  3. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes
  4. Done when a toothpick inserted into middle of muffin comes out clean.
  5. Remove muffins from pan and allow to cool completely.
  6. Once they are completely cold, use a sharp knife to slice each muffin in half.
  7. Spread Walden Farms dip or syrup in the middle layer and put the top back on the muffin.  You can also spread some on top.

This recipe makes 6 triple chocolate muffin cakes and 3 of them are one unrestricted Ideal Protein serving for Phase 1 plan.

 Check out my other Ideal Protein recipes and articles here.

This recipe also works well if you want to swap out the Ideal Protein packets and use Ideal Protein Alternative Plan packets.  Although I am a great believer in the program (22 pounds lost so far at the time of writing this), I know it is expensive and there is a large Facebook group of people who are doing the IP plan using alternative packets.


Ideal Protein Diet Week 3 and 13 pounds gone!

Ideal Protien Diet Week 3Ideal Protein Diet Week 3 and 13 pounds gone!

Well, I have been doing the Ideal Protein diet and just finished week 3 and the result is 13 pounds lost!  This is just beyond my expectations so far and has been relatively easy.  I am enjoying the food (well, mostly!) and because I like to cook and experiment that has made it easier to follow.  There’s a lot to work with here!

I love that there are so many foods to choose from.  I was on a mushroom soup kick for a few days.  The Ideal Protein mushroom soup packet tastes amazing if you add a cup of chopped mushrooms and asparagus to it.  I also add 2 ounces of chicken, it’s one of my favorite lunches!

Here are some pictures of new foods/recipes that I’ve tried this past week.

ideal protein diet

This week I discovered the joys of Jicama!  This is my new favorite vegetable.

Pictured are fries that I made by tossing the jicama in 1 teaspoon olive oil, salt and pepper and then baking on parchment paper in the oven until they brown on the edges.  They were really good, but don’t taste like fries.

I like jicama even better raw, they are crunchy and sweet.  Jicama counts as a select vegetable.

If you are doing the Ideal Protein diet and crave something sweet and crunchy like an apple, this is pretty darn close!

 

Some Other  Things I Tried on Ideal Protein Diet Week 3

Taco SaladTaco SaladChocolate Pudding HeartsChocolate Pudding HeartsCelery Root FryCelery Root Fry

Check out my first two Ideal Protein compliant recipes!

Apple Danish Recipe (made with Apple Oatmeal packet)

Egg Roll in a Bowl Recipe  (which also make amazing lettuce wraps I found out yesterday!)

I’ll try to post my results here every couple of weeks with hopefully a new recipe too!

 


Best Eggplant Lasagna Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free!

Best Eggplant Lasagna Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free!

eggplant lasagna recipeAn eggplant lasagana recipe without noodles ?  Of course!  The eggplant slices in my family’s Best Eggplant  Lasagna Recipe are much better than noodles. That makes this healthy eggplant lasagna recipe also Gluten Free.

I have been making this healthy Eggplant Lasagna recipe for many years, even for company.  Without noodles, I knew it would be low in carbs, but now that I am doing a low carb food plan as a committed lifestyle, I thought I would enter my recipe into MyFitnessPal to see what the actual results are. They are at the bottom of the recipe below.

Also people are always asking me for this recipe, so now I have it written down.  One of my teenagers is a vegetarian and even they love this Eggplant Lasagna recipe.  That makes it a winner in my books!  This version has no meat, and so this is also a great meal for Meatless Mondays.

I have made this with both the regular big purple eggplants that you see in the stores, as low carb eggplant lasagna well as the long and narrow Japanese eggplants.  They  both work fine for this recipe and are equally tasty.

Cooking Tip:  For the large purple eggplants, I usually slice them thin, sprinkle with salt and then soak them in a bowl of ice cold water while I assemble all the other ingredients.  My mother always did this and she said it drew out any bitter flavor in the eggplant.  I wonder if she used a different type of eggplant because honestly, I have done it without and I can’t taste the difference in the recipe.  But I am letting you know about this in case the eggplants in your area have a bitter taste.

low carb lasagna recipeSauce Lc Tomato Basil 26 oz (Pack of 6)

Ingredients for my Best Eggplant Lasagna Recipe (Six large servings)

  • 1 large eggplant, sliced very thin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheese, grated
  • 1 ½ cup Low Carb pasta sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

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How to Layer the Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

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  • Slice the eggplant as thin as you can in rounds. If you own one of these these fancy dancy mandoline slicers, then this would be an excellent way to get nice uniform slices.
  • If you want, follow my tip above the recipe about salting the eggplant.
  • In a bowl, beat the 2 eggs. Add the sour cream and the 1 cup of sharp grated cheese. Whisk until it looks like a creamy sauce. This is the filling.
  • In a large glass or silicon casserole dish, cover the bottom of the dish by spreading ½ cup of the tomato sauce. Put ½ of the eggplant slices on top of the sauce, overlapping the slices to make the first layer.
  • Spread the sour cream mixture over this first layer of eggplant slices. If I wasn’t making a vegetarian version for my son, this is where I would add a layer of hamburger crumbles.
  • Overlap the rest of the eggplant slices on top of the filling. Spread the remaining 1 cup tomato sauce on top of this.
  • Finally, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes at about 350F or until cheese is brown and bubbling.

And best of all for my healthy eggplant lasagna recipe there are only 300 calories and 7 net carbs.  Hope you enjoy it!

low carb eggplant lasagna recipe

Cheesy, low carb, gluten free Eggplant Lasagna

best eggplant lasagna recipe

 

 

Low Carb Chocolate Fudge for Valentines

Low Carb Chocolate Fudge for Valentines!

Low Carb Chocolate FudgeValentines Day is one of those times when candy and in particular chocolate, reigns supreme!  As followers of Keto and/or low carb, we have it pretty easy because we can use natural fats like butter and coconut oil.  As far as making yummy desserts, to me it is much easier to make a low carb chocolate than a low fat chocolate.  Both can be done, but the low carb tastes better to me!

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I made them in a full size silicone heart shaped muffin pan and then cut them up after. I am going to find some mini heart silicone pans, that would be way cute!

I only use Silicone pans for a project like this because you can so easily pop out the fudge. These are the greatest invention ever!

I only ever use the Wilton pans, they are my favorite. They are only about a dollar or two more than the no name brands but boy, they sure last a heck of a lot longer!

This fudge works out to 2 grams of carbs per serving (as made here).

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A note about the sweetness level.  With the recipe as given below, it ends up tasting somewhere between bittersweet and semi-sweet, which is what I prefer.  If you like your chocolate fudge to be sweet, either start with semi-sweet chocolate or use more sweetener than I did.

Also, if you are counting carbs, then be aware that the powdered sweeteners like Splenda do have a higher carb count than the liquids like Sweet n Low.  I use the zero carb SweetLeaf Stevia myself, its just my preference.  If you don’t care at all about carb counts, and are just looking for a diabetic friendly fudge, then try the diabetic friendly Agave syrup or go ahead and use Splenda or Truvia Baking Blend .  I don’t use a lot of sweeteners as a general rule, but it is nice to have a treat like this once in awhile.

Low Carb Chocolate Fudge Recipe

I made it with walnuts because I like chocolate walnut anything!

  • ½ c butter
  • ½ c coconut oil
  • 6 pieces of Hersheys Unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ c heavy cream
  • Sweetener of choice to equal ½ cup.(be sure to read above re the sweetness level)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ c chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. In a heavy pot on very low heat (or a double boiler) melt butter, coconut oil and chocolate.  Once melted add cream, sweetener and vanilla.  If using walnuts, stir them in.
  2. Spoon mixture into 12 heart shaped silicone muffin cups.
  3. Each heart will be 250 calories and only 2 carbs if you use either liquid Sweet N Low or the zero carb Stevia.

And well, it is Valentine’s Day and what could be tastier than some guilt free chocolate fudge!  Enjoy it!

No time to bake?!  You can still be sugar free!

Low Carb and Gluten Free Easy Cauliflower Casserole

easy cauliflower recipe

Low Carb and Gluten Free Easy Cauliflower Casserole

I have a dilemma sometimes when it comes to cooking.  My teenage son is a vegetarian, my oldest daughter is gluten free and I am Paleo, Low carb and Ketogenic! In fact, I have an entire site dedicated to the Ketogenic lifestyle.  That usually means there is meat involved in my meal.  So when I come across a baked cauliflower recipe that can be eaten as a meal by my veggie son, and it is also cheesy good and low carb, and I can simply add some more protein to mine, well I have to give it a try!

I came across the recipe on Pinterest and traced it down to a paleo site called The Iron You.  Thanks Iron You, this is a fantastic recipe that I will make again!  One of the things that makes this low carb cauliflower recipe so good is the caramelized veggies. I did tweak it a bit to get my ketogenic ratios up, but that is no matter, you can follow the original or add a side salad.

Here is my slightly changed version of this healthy cauliflower casserole recipe, made a little more Keto.

Low Carb Easy Cauliflower Casserole

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into bite site florets
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, cut into rings
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/2 c grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions For Easy Cauliflower Recipe

  1. Heat oven to 425.  Take a casserole dish and rub with a small amount of butter or oil.
  2. Place cauliflower florets into dish in single layer.
  3. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, toss and turn the cauliflower, then bake another 15 minutes.  The florets should be nicely browned. (Don’t skip this step of roasting the cauliflower, it really makes the dish!)
  5. In a large bowl beat eggs, cheddar and sour cream, set aside.
  6. In large frying pan, saute mushrooms in 1 tbsp oil until they are browning.  Add onion rings and cook until transparent, then add garlic and cook a minute or so more.
  7. Add the cooked cauliflower florets into frying pan and toss around until well combined.  Add all these vegetables into the big bowl of sour cream mixture, mix well and place back into the casserole dish.  Top with the parmesan cheese.
  8. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

My son absolutely loved this dish!  It was creamy, cheesy and the roasting of the cauliflower gave it much flavor!  I will be making this again and again.

This made 8 servings:  Calories 146, Carbs 8, Fat 9, Protein 8, Fibre 2

(I had it the next day for lunch and I put bacon on top.  Mind blown.)

This easy cauliflower recipe is suitable for Atkins, The 100 diet, Ketogenic, gluten free and any other low carb diet plan.


The Hamptons Diet

the Hamptons DietThe Hamptons Diet

When I think of the Hamptons, I think of the rich and wealthy lounging in their summer beach homes.  This diet book written by Fred Pescatore, MD is a little bit like that actually!

It is basically a low carb version of the Mediterranean Diet.  The book differentiates itself from other low carb diets in it’s high use of Macadamia nut oil.  Dr. Pescatore recommends this oil over the olive oil that is common in the Mediterranean due  to it’s perfect 1:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids.  Fair enough.  Monounsaturated oils have been shown to raise HDLs (good cholesterol) and lower tryglycerides.

So for those who love the Mediterranean Diet and the fact that the medical community also loves it, but are carbohydrate sensitive, then The Hamptons Diet could have something to offer you.

Where it falls down a little bit for me, is that the recipes that are shared in this book are really high end and somewhat too gourmet for me.  As a working girl, I ain’t got time for that!

Pros and Cons of The Hamptons Diet

Pros

  • The plan eliminates all the junk and bad for you carbs
  • Monounsaturated fats are a mainstay of this diet
  • Your doctor would very likely support this diet

Cons

  • This is not a very budget friendly diet
  • Dr. Pescatore seems overly obsessed with macadamia nut oil

But, if you are looking for a healthier way to do a low carb program, this may the book for you.

Comment below with your experiences with low carb or macadamia nut oil. Or what are you doing to stay healthy?

 

The Hamptons Diet: Lose Weight Quickly and Safely with the Doctor’s Delicious Meal Plans

 

Organic Macadamia Oil Pure – 16 oz,(Now Foods)

 

The Hamptons Diet Cookbook: Enjoying the Hamptons Lifestyle Wherever You Live

Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

miracle cabbage soup diet recipeRecipe for The Cabbage Soup Diet

This is the famous Original Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe.  Before we go any further, I have to tell you that there is nothing magical about this combination of foods.  Feel free to substitute.  I made the soup pictured here with green beans and kale substituted for the carrots to make it lower in carbs.

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a 7 day diet and this soup is eaten every day(along with your other foods).  If you truly follow this diet to the letter, you will need to make this soup twice.

Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

  • 6 green onions (also called spring onions or scallions)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 or 2 cans tomatoes
  • 3 carrots (I subbed in kale and green beans to keep it low carb)
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • small bunch celery
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 2-3 boullion cubes (I use this:Better than Bouillon)
  • 48 oz Low Sodium V8 or vegetable juice
  • seasonings to taste

(NOTE) Some recipes call for a pack of Lipton onion soup mix.  I never use it, it adds unnecessary crap and this tastes great without it.  Add a big tablespoon of Better than Bouillon instead.

Basically cut and chop everything up and cook in a large pot for a couple hours.  Easy peasy!

Not only can you use this recipe in The Cabbage Soup Diet, it can be used in any of the diets out there.  Hungry after a day of dieting? Eat a bowl of this soup.  Magic!

My kids eat this soup as well and they love it.  Add chicken or beef and take to work as a low carb lunch.  This soup is very versatile.

You can find more recipes for the Cabbage Soup diet in this inexpensive Kindle book: Cabbage Soup Recipes 2.0

The other great thing about the Cabbage Soup diet recipe is that you can eat this soup for several days and save a fortune on groceries!  A great budget stretcher.  I hope you like it!


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The Original Cabbage Soup Diet

Cabbage Soup DietThe Original Cabbage Soup Diet

I have to admit that I really like The Cabbage Soup Diet.  Not as a long term plan of eating, but more as a convenient, cheap and easy way to lose a few pounds in a hurry.

It’s only a 7 day diet, you  go on it, lose 10 pounds, fit into that ‘whatever’  and go on with your life!  Besides,  the cabbage soup recipe itself is really good and I make it quite often.  My kids love it as well!

Here is the Original 7 Day Cabbage Soup Diet Plan:

Day 1: Eat all the fruit you want (no bananas) and soup

Day 2: Eat all the vegetables you want (no starchy veggies) and soup.  For dinner add a baked potato with butter

Day 3: Eat all the fruit, vegetables and soup you want.  No bananas and no potatoes.

Day 4: Eat up to 8 bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you want, along with your soup.

Day 5: Eat 10-20 oz of beef and up to 6 tomatoes.And soup. Extra water on this day.

Day 6: Unlimited beef and vegetables and soup.

Day 7: Brown rice, vegetables and soup.

Pros and Cons of The Original Cabbage Soup Diet:

Pros

  • Rapid weight loss (10-15 lbs)
  • No weighing and measuring, so easy to follow
  • Extremely budget friendly, especially in the fall!

Cons

  • Not meant for a long term food plan
  • Rapid weight loss can cause headaches, dizzyness.
  • The same soup every day can make you a little crazy

Click here for the recipe for the Cabbage Soup Diet.

Bottom Line

Yes, this is a crash diet.  But it can be a great kick starter to a long term plan to include more fruits and vegetables original cabbage soup dietinto your diet. The Cabbage Soup recipe itself has no magic, but it’s a great, economical staple soup to eat often.  And studies show that if you start your meal with soup, you will have less room for other less healthy food.

I also love how budget friendly this diet is.  So ya, I go on this diet here and there and I really like it!


The New Cabbage Soup Diet Cabbage Soup Diet 2.0: The Ultimate Guide – Black/White April 23, 2012 Woman’s World Turbo Cabbage Soup Diet

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread made with Coconut Flour and Flax

Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour, 3 lb.

Low carb diets are what works best for me, but like many people, sometimes I just really miss that bread!

I’m not a big bread person myself, but there are times when I really want it. Poached eggs right? You need something to soak up the yolk. BLT’s? Grilled cheese sandwich?

So when I came across this gluten free low carb bread recipe on Pinterest I decided I was going to give it a try. The secret is using coconut flour!

And besides, I was following very low carb The 100 Diet, and coconut flour is a freebie flour, so a great way to add some variety!

This recipe comes from a site called Joyful Abode.  Thanks to them for coming up with this!

Anyways, here is the recipe so you can make your own low carb bread:

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread with Coconut and Flax

  • 1 c coconut flour, sifted (I prefer this Organic Coconut Flour)
  • 1 c flax seeds, ground and sifted (I grind my own in a coffee grinder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Pre-heat oven to 325.  Sift these first 4 ingredients into a bowl.low carb bread

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 c coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 c plain full fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Whisk the eggs, coconut oil, yogurt and vinegar in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. (Mine was very stiff)
  3. Put batter into a loaf pan.  I only use these silicone loaf pans now, the bread just pops right out!
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes (Mine in the photo was baked for 60 minutes)
  5. Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn it out onto a board or wire rack to finish cooling.  Let it cool completely for cutting.

Sliced into 18 pieces, it is 6.5 carbs (for the 100 diet) per slice or 2.5 net carbs (for Atkins).

And of course this is what I had for breakfast the next morning!   Poached eggs on low carb bread, toasted. Oh yeah, baby!

TIP:  Toast the bread twice to get it crisp enough!

low carb bread

 

Coconut flour used to be hard to find and very pricey but check out the variety of brands and price points on Amazon.

This recipe can be used on: The 100 Diet, Atkins diet, Virgin Diet, Scarsdale Diet(Protein bread)

I hope you enjoy this low carb coconut flour bread! Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Other ingredients you need for the gluten free low carb bread and staples for your pantry you can check out!


Now Foods Certified Organic Golden Flax Seeds, 16 ozs Bag, (Pack of 2)Nutiva Refined Coconut Oil, 54 oz.Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 32 Ounce – 1 Pack

 

Dr. Bernstein Diet

Dr. Bernstein DietDr. Bernstein  Diet

This diet is a long time ‘weigh and pay’ program, having been around for 35 years.  It is a very low calorie, medically supervised plan that promises (and delivers) rapid weight loss.

Exercise is not required and they indicate you will lose about ¾ lb a day of only fat. That averages about 20 pounds plus per month!  Those results are astounding, but you do pay for them.  I spoke to a friend of mine who is currently doing this plan and she is paying over $1000 a month.

I honestly do not know how you can maintain muscle mass without exercise but this is their claim. I suspect that because it is so low calorie (about 800 calories a day) they may want to protect you from passing out!

Pros and Cons of Dr. Bernstein Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Medical supervision and coaching

Use of real foods

Cons

Cost is prohibitive for most people

Very low calorie and no exercise does not seem like you would learn how to do this long term

You have to live near a Dr. Bernstein clinic

 

I would love to hear people’s experience with this one.  Did you go through this program and successfully keep the weight off?

The books below are written by a different Dr. Bernstein, however it occurred to me that they would be more useful and affordable for most people and they have excellent reviews!


Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars

The Diabetes Diet: Dr. Bernstein’s Low-Carbohydrate Solution

The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook: More than 175 Ultra-Tasty Recipes for Total Health and Weight Loss


The Omni Diet

The Omni DietThe Omni Diet

The Omni Diet has been ‘scientifically designed’ by Tana Amen, BSN,RN to help you lose up to 12 pounds in 2 weeks.

The book The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever is available on Amazon.

In my research I keep coming across the phrase ‘high protein, plant based diet’.  What?!  A plant based diet with meat protein.   The diet is also described as a Gorilla Plan for eating.

So basically the plan is that you eat like a gorilla.  Did anybody over there bother to Google the phrase “What do Gorilla’s eat?’ ?

Gorilla’s eat greens, with maybe a few insects that happen to be on the leaves.  In fact, in my hometown of Vancouver, BC we have a restaurant called Gorilla Food which is a raw, vegan restaurant.

So far I’m confused about this diet!  But let’s continue on, because I am nothing if not persistent!

On the Omni Diet you try to aim for 70% plant food and 30% protein.  There is no dairy, sugar, grain, processed food, alcohol, soy, corn, pasta and all those other refined and processed foods we should not eat!  So that is definitely a good thing.

Pros and Cons of the Omni Diet

Pros

This is a really healthy diet! They eliminate all those known baddies.

Whole foods that are easily available.

Eliminates those weight busting foods so you WILL lose weight.

No weighing and measuring of foods

Cons

The ‘Eat like a Gorilla’ marketing plan is dumb (nothing to do with the diet but come on!)

So while I seem to be stuck on this whole Gorilla thing, take that away and I like the eating plan itself. Honestly, we eat way too much of all that processed crap and a diet like this can get you back to what real food is.  Tana Amen had great credentials as does her husband ( a brain doctor no less!) and they also have other books and supplements you can check out.

In fact, I did not realize until I was looking at their books on Amazon that I actually own three of Dr. Daniel Amen’s books on ADHD!  The man knows his brain chemistry!


 

The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever

 

Eat Healthy with the Brain Doctor’s Wife Cookbook

 

FORMULA ONE TM All Natural Diet Drops with African Mango. For use with the Formula One Diet Plan, Includes Allowable Foods List, Basic Diet Instructions Guide & Our Top Rated Customer Service.


 

The Primal BluePrint

Primal blueprint

The Primal Blueprint

I wasn’t exactly sure how I should name this because I know it best as Mark’s Daily Apple.  Mark being Mark Sisson and Daily Apple being his amazing blog. But overall, the program he has published and promotes is called The Primal Blueprint.  This program encompasses a whole series of products and services ranging from his blog to supplements and even hosting retreats and conventions for the primal lifestyle.

I am a long time subscriber to the blog and have learned a great deal from that. But getting the book and going all in is another experience altogether.  The Primal Blueprint is not just about what you are eating.  It is a complete blueprint for everything that could touch your health and well being.  Everything is on the table, how much sleep you get, how you move your body and how often, sun exposure, this is a complete lifestyle makeover.

Pros and Cons of The Primal Blueprint

Pros

No processed foods on this eating plan

Addresses more than just the food

Cons

No grains or legumes (Note: this is not a con for Paleo people!)

Supplementation is really pushed on this particular program.

Still, if you have been curious about paleo, this is a great place to start.

 

 

The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series)

 

 

Primal Fuel (Chocolate Coconut, 30 Servings)

 

 

Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes (Primal Blueprint Series)

 

The Jorge Cruise 100 Diet

jorge cruise 100 dietThe Jorge Cruise 100 Diet

Not exactly the most imaginative name ever, but the Jorge Cruise 100 Diet does make a pretty bold claim.  Count only sugar calories and you can lose 18 lbs in 2 weeks. This is the claim that Jorge (pronounced Horhay, I know, how cute is that!?) makes in his new book Jorge Cruise The 100.

So how exactly do you count sugar calories?

Take your food and whatever it contains in grams of carbs, multiply that number by 4. (I use an app for that!)

So lets take blueberries.  I went blueberry picking today so they are on my mind!  One cup blueberries is 21 carbs, so 21 x 4 = 84 sugar calories.

Ooops, my daily allotment is almost gone, this is not going to be easy!

The Jorge Cruise diet plan is a low carb diet.  A very low carb diet. And I have to say I was ready to poo poo this one.  After all, how is it different from Atkins or any of the other low carb diets out there?  Still, after noticing an endorsement from Dr. Andrew Weil right on the cover of the book, I had to check it out further.  Here is Cruise’s video explaining his theory about sugar. Remember, limiting grams of sugar is the basis for the Jorge Cruise 100.

Ok, so almost every article I have read about this has been negative.  I don’t really know why that is because limiting refined sugar should be on everyone’s to do list!  But it’s ok, I don’t usually follow the crowd, I make my own decisions.  If it’s a mistake, then so be it. This is what brings the greatest learning!

Pros and Cons of The Jorge Cruise 100 Diet

The Good Things

  • Rapid weight loss in the first 2 weeks builds motivation
  • Low sugar counts may be great for diabetics
  • No weighing and measuring (except for those foods containing carbs)

And the not so great

  • There will be some sugar detox symptoms, so be aware that they will pass.
  • Fruit has lots of sugar calories, therefore not a part of this plan(until after week 4).

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So, bottom line is this. I am going to try out the 100 Jorge Cruise diet plan and report my results back here. How about you!?

(Update: Yes I did follow it for a week and lost 6.5 pounds!)

PS, Jorge uses breads and muffins made with almond flour , coconut flour and/or flax meal. These flours help add some great variety to this diet. I’ve listed the Amazon link below for the almond flour, it is an amazing price compared to what I have paid in my local supermarket!

What Do You Get in the Jorge Cruise 100 Diet Book?

  • Of course, you get the usual explanation of how the 100 diet plan works and the science behind it.
  • There is a detailed 4 week plan with ideas, recipes, menu tracker and more
  • A great question and answer section
  • A very detailed appendix and glossary with definitions of everything you can think of
  • This is my favorite part of the book.  Throughout the book there are excepts of a an interview with Gary Taubes.  Gary Taubes is the go to guy for everything low carb high fat (LCHF).  I highly recommend any book written by him, especially Why We Get Fat.

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Other Jorge Cruise Diet Plan Books

There are also a few other Jorge Cruise Diet plan books available that have good reviews such as the Belly Fat Cure. Whatever helps you get off that sugar roller coaster!

 

 

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Review of The Dukan Diet

dukan diet reviewThe Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet has been all the rage in France for a number of years. It was developed by French doctor, Dr. Pierre Dukan and has become a cult favorite, party due to it’s connections to members of the Royal Family following this plan.

I tried it myself and lost 10 lbs in one week!  The downside was I became very constipated and stopped the diet.  I would like to try it again, but I would have to first overcome the issues I had before.  This would mean not following it to the letter and increasing the daily oat bran that is allowed on the diet..

It is a very low carb diet and overcomes one of the big criticisms of low carb diets, which is that low carb diets are also typically high in fat.  This is not the case with the Dukan program.  It is very low in fat as well as carbs.

There are four phases to The Dukan Diet:

Attack Phase

The Attack phase lasts from 2 to 7 days, depending on how you answer the questionaire (follow the link at the end of this article), most people end up with 5 days on Attack.  This phase is ‘pure protein’ meaning you eat only lean proteins, eggs, fat free dairy and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran per day.

Cruise Phase

In the Cruise phase you alternate between Protein Days and Protein and Vegetable days, increasing your oat bran to 2 tbsp per day.

Consolidation Phase

This phase is where more carbs are added as well as a weekly Celebration meal.  This phase lasts 1 week for every pound lost during Attack and Cruise.

Permanent Stabilization

This phase is where you are back out in the real world with a few rules.  Once a week you have one ‘pure protein’ day, eat 3 tbsp oat bran every day and daily exercise.

Pros and Cons of The Dukan Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Easy to follow, eat until full

Consolidation phase, if followed is a great idea to ‘lock in’ your weight loss

Cons

Very low carb can cause issues such as constipation (Trust me I know!)

It is hard to stick with long term, so it is important to get onto the easier part of the diet as soon as possible.

Still, this is a very effective program and because it works so fast, if you follow it and just ‘get it done’, you can get onto the more relaxed part of the diet which is easier to follow.   Look forward to your comments!

 

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The Scarsdale 14 Day Diet Menu Plan

Scarsdale 14 Day DietThe Scarsdale 14 Day Diet Menu Plan

This diet was hugely popular in the seventies and eighties and was probably the original low carb diet.   It got lost a bit in the shuffle when the Atkins Diet came out, but then hit a new high when the creator of the Scarsdale Diet (Dr. Herman Tarnower) was scandalously murdered by a jilted lover.

But, we’re not here for the drama, so here is the 14 Day Scarsdale Diet details.

The Scarsdale Diet plan menu is to be followed for 2 weeks only, then you take a break for 2 weeks (while eating healthy!), then go again for 2 more weeks.  You repeat this pattern until you reach your goal weight.

Here is the basic 14 day Scarsdale diet food plan:

  • Breakfast: 1/2 grapefruit, 1 slice high protein bread, toasted, coffee or tea (no sugar)
  • Lunch: tomatoes and/or other allowed veggies, tuna, lean meat, eggs or cottage cheese
  • Dinner: fish or shellfish or other lean protein, salad, 1 slice high protein bread, 1/2 grapefruit

Drink plenty of water!  If you follow this for 2 weeks, you can lose up to 20 lbs!

This is really just an overview and it probably seems very restrictive but in actual fact there is plenty of variety.  I actually own the Scarsdale Diet Plan book and I also highly recommend the ebook if you wish to follow the updated Scarsdale Diet.

scarsdale high protein bread

High Protein Bread: This bread is not that easy to find!  I did find some websites and blogs where they said to just substitute whole grain bread but I don’t think that is what the late doctor had in mind.

I would recommend either making a high protein low carb bread recipe, or ordering this High Protein Bread from Amazon.  You can store it in the freezer and eat is as you need it.

Pros and Cons of the 14 Day Scarsdale Diet

The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet

The Good Things

  • Rapid weight loss keeps you motivated
  • Lots of healthy foods to choose from
  • No weighing and measuring of food
  • There are online support sites with help and recipes

And The Bad

  • Very low carb diets can dampen energy levels
  • Can get boring to follow
  • No clear plan for after the 14 day Scarsdale diet

Going Forward with the Update Scarsdale Diet

This is a great diet to kick off a weight loss program and the fact that is is only 2 weeks makes it doable.  For the 2 weeks off, follow something sensible and satisfying so that you are then ready to give it another 2 weeks!

If you want to try this diet, I recommend the ebook.  It’s full of insider information and tips and recipes that are  part of the original book.  Plus you can download it right now and start your diet tomorrow.  Download it right here!



The General Motors Diet

general motors dietThe General Motors (or GM) Diet.

There is a popular belief that GM came up with this diet to help their employees lose weight.  I have not been able to find any concrete evidence of that!  None the less, it is a very popular diet and I did give it a try.

The diet itself is very specific, you eat certain things on certain days, and therefore not a long term diet.  It is designed to be followed for 7 days.  For all your hard work you are rewarded with a 10 to 17 lb weight loss.

Day 1:  All the fruit you want (no bananas or starchy or dried fruit)

Day 2: All the vegetables you want, raw or cooked.  Breakfast includes 1 large baked potato with a pat of butter.

Day 3: All the fruits and vegetables you want (still no bananas!)

Day 4: bananas, skim milk and the ‘GM Wonder Soup’

Day 5: Each meal must consist of beef and tomatoes.  The only other food you can consume is as much of the GM Wonder Soup as you like.

Day 6: Beef and any kinds of vegetables and Wonder Soup, in whatever quantities needed.

Day 7: Brown rice, fruit and vegetables, quantities as needed.

The GM Wonder Soup

I found a couple different variations of this.  Basically it is a vegetable soup made primarily with cabbage, onions, celery and green peppers. I basically made the same soup as The Cabbage Soup Diet and used that.

If you made it through this, you are at least 10 lbs lighter!

Pros and Cons of The GM Diet

Pros

Large rapid weight loss

No measuring foods

Its free!

Cons

Restrictive and boring

Not a balanced diet

All in all, the GM Diet does deliver as long as you commit 100% to it.  Good luck and report your results below in the comments!

 

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

Many A-list celebrities have ‘entered’ The Zone to keep their famous figures! What exactly is The Zone Diet?

The Zone Diet works by closely regulating blood sugar levels, keeping our blood sugar in a tight ‘zone’ that helps to burn fat efficiently.  To achieve this, you need to maintain a certain ratio of carbs to proteins to fats every time you eat a meal.  On the surface, it appears to be very similar to any other low carb diet, but having tried it for a few weeks, there is a difference.

For me that difference is simplicity!  I was a science major and I had trouble with this one.  You get ‘Zone Food Blocks’ where each block contains a standard amount of protein, carb and fat.  You get a certain number of blocks to use up for meals and snacks.

First you need to figure out how many blocks you get based on a few factors, then you need to plan out meals that contain those blocks.  You really need the book.  Or if money is no object, you can get Zone meals delivered to your door!

Pros and Cons of The Zone Diet

Pros

You will lose weight

Healthy balanced meals are the norm

There are a lot of recipes and groups online that can help you

It’s free (other than you really need the book!)

Cons

I found it very complicated

To maintain the blocks and stay in the ‘zone’ you really need to weigh and measure everything

 

If you still want to try it out, get the book! And please come and comment with your experience, maybe it was just me?


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The 12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan

12 Day Grapefruit DietThe 12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan

The 12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan (also known as the Grapefruit and Egg Diet) has been around for decades.  I would have to say that it is probably the very first diet I ever went on.

I always knew when my Mom had some event to attend because she would come home from the grocery store loaded up with her eggs and grapefruits! I think she probably got it from Good Housekeeping magazine or Readers Digest, which back then was the news source for all housewives of the day!

Back then it seemed like there was something magical about the combination of eggs, grapefruit and black coffee.  But it seems that really it was a combination of being low in calories along with the grapefruit, which current studies are showing to be quite useful in promoting weight loss!

One word of caution:  If you are taking any medications at all, ask your pharmacist if it is one of those medications that can interact with grapefruit.

Basic Egg Grapefruit Diet Menu12 Day Grapefruit Diet Plan

  • Breakfast is the same every day: 2 eggs with 2 slices bacon, 1/2 grapefruit, 1 c black coffee or tea
  • Lunch: This would normally be a salad, beef,chicken or fish, 1/2 grapefruit, black coffee or tea
  • Dinner: Same as lunch: salad, beef,chicken or fish, 1/2 grapefruit, black coffee or tea

You stay on it for 12 days, take a 2 day break and the do it all over again.

Pros and Cons of Egg and Grapefruit Egg Diet

Dash Go Rapid Egg Cooker

The Good Things

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Gluten Free and Low Carb
  • Very easy to follow as you don’t count calories, carbs or points

And The Bad

  • Very low calorie diets make some people tired and lethargic
  • Boring and restrictive!
  • Grapefruit can react with many medications – be sure to check!

Norpro 1280 Stainless Steel Grapefruit Spoons, Set of 4

 

 

Unlike many diets, you don’t need much in the way of special ingredients or kitchen equipment to do this.

Grapefruit spoons are nice to have and so is an egg cooker. I really love my Dash Go!  It cooks my eggs exactly how I like them which is in the picture above.  Firm whites but semi soft in the middle.  Yummy!

I would microwave a few days worth of bacon for the breakfast (lay bacon on a some paper towels and cover with more layers of paper towels and nuke for about 5 minutes).

And that’s really it!



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