Wednesday, July 01, 2009

New Diet, or rather, New Lifestyle

The Loving Husband and I are trying to change our lifestyle -- to eschew processed food of any sort and to use meat and dairy as a condiment. The bulk (ha!) of the diet is plant material, in particular green vegetables and fruit. For breakfast we have two pieces of fruit topped with a little whole grain cereal (about half the suggested portion size) with a little milk. For lunch, a green salad with a hint of dressing, plenty of vegetables, a cup of some sort of beans and a piece of fruit. Dinner consists of a green salad or cooked green vegetables, other vegetables including corn, carrots, squash, potatoes and so forth, a cup of beans, perhaps a small piece of lean meat and fruit. I have been eating more dairy than the LH in that I am eating some organic yogurt, a little more milk and some cheese with whole grain crackers for a snack.

Of course, I'm not horribly strict with this. That's part of the plan. You can have a little of anything -- a little, a bite, a smidge. The purpose is to increase nutrients and decrease calories. We are basing our new diet off the book "Eat to Live" by Dr. Furhman, but the diet has really been around for a while. There is another author who gives three simple rules (Michael Pollan):
  • Eat Food
  • Not Too Much
  • Mostly Plants
Yep, that about sums it up.

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