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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 2:20 pm 
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“Diet” = is a four-letter word that makes my blood boil. :twisted:

It seems everybody and their dog has a book out there these days telling you to:

Eat nothing but protein
Drink grapefruit juice for a month
Don’t cook your food
Spit those carbs out of your mouth right now, mister!!!
****** back a shake morning, noon and night
Eat nothing but rice
Become a French woman (apparently they don’t get fat)

… yadda, yadda, yadda.

Society has become obsessed with losing weight, doing it fast and forget the consequences!!!

The next four-letter word that I usually scream is “HELP!”

What constitutes a great food plan? What foods to include, remove, maintain the real you and most importantly be happy and healthy?

Ideas?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 3:17 pm 
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Mary,

The Sonoma diet actually looks good. It's more about avoiding processed foods, and about eating only natural stuff.

But we need a book for this?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:09 pm 
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but reading makes me hungry! Especially reading diet books! :)

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2006 7:28 pm 
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benzocaine wrote:
Mary,

The Sonoma diet actually looks good. It's more about avoiding processed foods, and about eating only natural stuff.

But we need a book for this?


Meta: This is an interesting point.
What do we consider "natural?"
Food without "chemicals or additives?"
What "chemicals or additives" specifically?
As many of you may know, there are many chemicals and additives which companies put into foods which have bizarre names (and may just by the spelling sound bad for you) but are in fact derived from "natural" sources, such as plants (or in some cases) insects.
As well, many additives are necessary to keep food from obtaining certain bacterium (and therefore prevent death of the consumer)
Also, we should examine the definition of "organic" or "all-natural" foods as these phrases not only are many times misnomers, but depending on where you live and the local regulations, can actually be less nutritious or even harmful to the consumer, (especially on the pocketbook)

One's body does not care if the Banana you ate is "Organic" or not, it simply deals with the compounds broken down into base components.
So we perhaps should discuss specific chemicals contained in foods as well as the foods themselves.

What say you?


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Meta - great point on additives - I started a little blurb at home on this last night and will post it a little later (once I clean it up)

It deals with food dyes and chemicals therein.

I bet not a lot of people would eat their salmon sushi if it wasn't so pink ("natural" salmon has more of a grey hue to it)

Are additives and dyes really necessary?

More coming later. :)


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Mary S wrote:

I bet not a lot of people would eat their salmon sushi if it wasn't so pink ("natural" salmon has more of a grey hue to it).


Meta: As a chronic salmon consumer..(In fact I just finished off a piece not less than 10 minutes ago.) When I first heard about the coloring of the meat many years ago, I was shocked.
However I soon got over it after doing a bit of research.
I've had both wild and farm Salmon, and really the only differences I found besides higher price, and redder color was that the Wild Salmon was a "tad" more gamey.
Of course, there are perhaps other reasons environmentally that farmed salmon isn't the best idea.
But since I am not rich, and love Salmon, what can one do?
Boycott is not an option for me.
Indeed it is subjects like this that we would do well to discuss, to work out the hype from the truth.
and the truth is, my chili will probably kill me before my Salmon will.
:lol:
Looking forward to reading your article!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 6:21 pm 
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If it tastes good, spit it out! Ha! :evil:

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Bill has his favorite restaurant prepare his salmon without any butter and no oils, unless it is olive. I tried to recently duplicate what he said was in it and it was yummy....still need to perfect it though.

Don't have a formal recipe but basically, I sauted my salmon in olive oil since I didn't have the white wine to cook it in. I then stirred in capers and seasonings of garlic, onion powder, and squeezed lemon juice in as well. I then served it on capellin (angel hair pasta). Quite good.

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This seems fitting:

http://www.okinawa-diet.com/


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:59 pm 
reminds me of....http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0060959576/104-6642656-2080733?v=glance&n=283155


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 Post subject: Diets never work....
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2006 5:48 pm 
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...Because they are contrary to how people eat, and more specifically what people like to eat.

Here is a revolutionary fact that will screech to a halt the BILLION dollar a year industry that is the American Diet Market.

1. Find out how much calories your body requires daily.
2. Eat less calories than your body requires daily.

That's it!
Simple.

BTW:
Here is a great e-book called "The Hacker's Diet"
This is the best, most sane, most effective "diet" plan ever created, IMO.
Free of charge, and an awesome read.
If you want to loose weight, this is a MUST read:

http://www.fourmilab.ch/hackdiet/www/hackdiet.html


Don't let the title fool you.
This is actually a well thought out, well written book.

As well, one of the great things about Japanese food is that you can eat TONS of it, and the vast majority not only is filling, but is super low cal.

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