Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mushroom Diet?

What a relief.  I admit I've had some trepidation about coming out with the Sugar Freedom Diet, but now that I read that "The Mushroom Diet" is the latest celebrity fat loss secret (internet sources claim that Katy Perry and Kelly Osborne are fans) "Sugar Freedom" sounds as sensible and pedestrian as "My Plate" from the USDA.

Today, as a matter of fact, I am following the "Three Day Sugar Strike" to get ready for an upcoming trip to LaS Vegas.  After that, I will be following the "Sugar Freedom Diet" for four weeks in order to put my food where my mouth is, so to speak.

I must admit that "SFD" does have something in common with the Mushroom Diet, and that is that we are replacing  something with vegetables.  On the mushroom diet, one meal a day is just mushrooms. (Oh boy!)   On "SF" all non starchy vegetables help replace sugar, grains, and starchy carbs.

The simple truth is that vegetables contain fiber, and water, and they are nutritionally dense while being low in calories.  Whether you believe that the "Calories in, calories out" theory explains successful fat loss, or that you agree with me that fat loss is most reliable when we eat foods that don't trigger a powerful insulin response plus cravings, vegetables let us have it both ways.

Of course I'm not just eating vegetables, and I'll be blogging my menu for the next 31 days for the sake of honesty, accountability, and a real record of what works.  Here goes:

On Awakening: 1 cup warm water with the juice of 1/2 lemon.  (A few drops of liquid stevia to take the sour edge off.)

Breakfast: Coffee with Raw Cream, 2 eggs, 2 strips nitrite free bacon, 1 cup mixed sauteed vegetables cooked in coconut oil.

Lunch:  Organic turkey breast wrapped in cabbage leaves with home-made mayonnaise, and 1 cup sauteed vegetables left over from breakfast.

Dinner:  Chicken thigh, large mixed green salad with tomatoes, bell pepper, and home made vinaigrette, celery sticks with home made mayonnaise.

As you can see, this menu is very simple, but the best part is how satisfying it is.  The natural fats in this meal plan help keep me full, and they give me energy all day long.  After three days on what is, I admit, a significantly restricted diet, fruit, nuts, and cheese in reasonable amounts get added back in.

One of the best parts is that the simplicity of the "Sugar Strike" makes the fruit, nuts, and cheese taste especially good.  Plus, I will be demonstrating how easy it is to stay true to this food plan when traveling.

On a philosophical note, you're ready to try Sugar Freedom when you realize that there is a whole world of pleasure out there to experience that has nothing to do with snacking!

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