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Another thing recommended in “You on a Diet” is that one or two of your meals be automated each day, that is, you should eat the same things every day for your breakfast and lunch.   Knowing exactly what you will be eating  for those meals eliminates any decision-making and keeps you completely on track.  Then you only make decisions for one meal each day, your dinner.  Once you have a few meals automated, your mindless eating can actually be a benefit for you.   I find that after only two weeks of healthy eating, when I’m confronted with some awful bad-for-me-food, my brain definitely says, “Does not compute.”   You’ll see — you, too, can be a food robot.

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No, not the fun kind of kitchen makeover — no granite was purchased or installed.  This is a food makeover:  remove all unwanted food from the kitchen (or anywhere else in the house for those of you who might hide things or keep them in your desk at work).

Rid your home and office of all foods you do not want to eat.  The good doctors (Roizen, Oz, and others) say that five ingredients “should be banned from your diet forever.”   They are hydrogenated oil, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, enriched flour and bleached flour.    Eliminate those and you will remove your need to revisit most of the sections in your grocery store, I don’t care where you shop.    As you may have read elsewhere by now, the perimeter of the grocery story is where the good stuff is:   fruits, veggies, meat, good whole grains, and dairy.   A few good things are still in the middle of the store, depending on where you shop of course, but most of it is around the edges.  Live life on the edge! 

So,  I went to work cleaning out my kitchen.   I waited until I was almost out of food anyway (God forbid an American waste food, right?).   I had barely anything in the kitchen on January 17th, the day I went grocery shopping.    When I was done rearranging things in the cabinets and fridge, I ended up with the following bad foods to get rid of:

                      Mozzarella cheese

                      4 sticks of butter

                      1 bagel

                      A bottle of light salad dressing

                      Grape jelly

                      1 box of raisin bran

                      1 box of macaroni and cheese

I have given those foods to a friend who isn’t currently concerned about their own diet.

The unusual mix of odd things I then had on hand that were good foods to keep were:

                      2 cans of salmon

                      1 can of artichoke hearts

                      1 can of green chiles

                      2 cans of ranch beans

                      2 small and 1 large can of tomato paste

                      1 can sardines (I’ve never tasted a sardine, but I think I was

                      planning to)

                      3 cans diced tomatoes

                      1 cup of honey

                      1 cup of blueberries

                      1 tablespoon of peanut butter

                      19 eggs 

                      6 slices of whole grain bread

And I went to the grocery store and came home with the following:

                      8 organic apples

                      9 organic lemons

                      3.5 c. raw unsalted almonds

                      3 c. raw unsalted walnuts

                      3 c. red grapes

                      1 lb carrots

                      1 onion

                      2 lbs mushrooms

                      One bottle of akai cranberry concentrate

                      One large bottle of cranberry juice

                      One carton of orange juice

                      1 bag of precut salad

                      1 bag of cauliflower and broccoli

                      1 bag of broccoli

                      1 bag of shredded zucchini and cabbage

                      3 organic zucchinis

                      6 boneless chicken breasts

                      ½ gallon of 1% milk

                      12 cans of organic soups, all broth based  (for easy lunches with

                      salads)

 I returned a couple of days later and bought:

                      1 bottle of canola oil (mine was really old)

                      1 bottle of olive oil (I guess I was out – still haven’t found it if I

                      had any left)

                      1 bottle of balsamic vinegar 

                      Jar of local honey

                      Box of raw sugar

                      3.5 oz. bar 85% chocolate

                      3.5 oz. bar 70% chocolate 

The plan was this: 

                      Breakfast:  Omelet with vegetables,  coffee, water, or juice

                      Snack:  Fruit with nuts

                      Lunch:  Soup with a salad

                      Snack:  Fruit or veggie or nuts

                      Dinner:  Meat with veggies

That’s really my whole meal plan.  The foods will be prepared as simply as I can do it, and they are in as pure a state as I can handle at this time.   My meat the first two weeks was only chicken.  The only starches I had rice or potatoes in the canned soups.  All my carbs were in the form of fruits, vegetables and said noodles or rice.  I had four slices of bread, whole grain.  The canned soups were bought knowing that later I would make my own, but for now this was for convenience and ease so I wouldn’t get discouraged.

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Last year I bought a copy of “You on a Diet:  The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management” by Micheal F. Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet C. Oz, M.D.   Wow, what a great book!   This book, to me, is the most thorough explanation, in layman’s terms, of how the body functions.    Drs. Roizen and Oz remove the mystery from the whys and hows of weight gain and weight loss, and many other topics like diabetes or cholesterol levels.   I find  their approach to food is a fit with the way I eat.   And I like the “no nonsense” directness of the entire book.  

So I am using “You on a Diet”  as a guide to my health project, following the advice on what foods to eliminate and which to keep.   Throughout the next fourteen months I will be pulling in information from many sources, including other books, websites, magazines, and television.   But this book provides much needed nutritional guidelines and, with the removal of processed foods, a simple way to know exactly what I should and should not eat.   If I don’t keep this simple, I won’t accomplish a thing.  

I’m also easily bored, so you can expect a lot of VARIETY (yes, those are caps), a lot of information and lots of FUN and interesting resources as I go along.    Yay!

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