Ask DJ Lyons: Progress forward on Life-Style change for weight loss

Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

Fit for Life
Fit for Life

It's the program that shatters all the myths: FIT FOR LIFE the international bestseller that explains how to change both your figure and your life. Nutritional specialist Harvey and Marilyn Diamond explain how you can eat more kinds of food than you ever ate before without counting calories...and still lose weight! The natural body cycles, permanent weight-loss plan that proves it's not only what you eat, but also when and how, FIT FOR LIFE is the perfect solution for those who want to look and feel their best. Join the millions of Americans who are FIT FOR LIFE and begin your transformation with: * The vital principles that bring you permanent weight loss and high energy * The FIT FOR LIFE secrets of timing and food combining that work with your natural body cycles * A 4-week meal plan, menus, shopping tips, and exercise * Delicious recipes and more.

 

I'm making progress on my Life-Style change for weight loss

Today was a pretty good day in that I was able to make some progress forward on my life-style change for weight loss.

I started following some of the precepts of the Fit for Life diet on January 22nd of 2011. It is a diet that makes a lot of sense to me. Some days, I have been more successful than others. Today, I was probably the most successful yet - even though I am not following it perfectly.

To back up, I was a stick until age 22. Then I steadily started putting on weight until I more than doubled my weight from that time period. Through the years, I would try various diets to no avail.

My most successful diet where I actually lost 40 pounds was the one that I call the "Divorce and Depression Diet." It is not a diet I would recommend. I just could not seem to force myself to eat much of anything. Naturally, those forty pounds eventually found their way back on to my body. To make matters worse, those forty pounds brought some of their friends along.

Eventually, I made my peace with being a Rubenesque woman with curves. I learned to embrace being me and love my body as it was. I probably would have continued on this course - except life threw me a bit of a curve.

I came down with breast cancer that may or may not have had anything to do with my increased weight. I went through chemo and lost 17 pounds simply because I found it too boring to eat food that I could not taste. Plus, I was not very hungry. Luckily, those 17 pounds did not wish to come back to visit me even though I am now cancer-free. A few of their friends have followed after them to the tune of since my last weekly weigh-in, I am at minus 24.

My goal is to lose 56 more pounds permanently and safely through a life-style change that I can live with. I don't want to do one of those short-term diets that feels like deprivation and punishment. I want to embrace a diet that I can live with quite happily without feeling gyped and deprived.

For years, I had been reading books that referenced food combining; however, I did not know much about it. I finally felt inspired to do some serious research on the topic. That's when I discovered Harvey and Marilyn Diamond's book called "Fit for Life." To read my review of this book, you can click on the following link.

To continue ...

To continue, I have been attempting  to incorporate some or all of their version of the food combining precepts into my life. Like I stated earlier, I have had varying levels of success.

The easiest part of their regime is the precept that you should eat only fruit up until noon. They feel that fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach. That part of the diet has been very easy to follow. In fact, I just realized that today is February 22nd. So I have only eaten fruit in the morning for 30 days. Woo hoo!

I usually start my morning by drinking water. Then I'll have a cruncy, juice Gala Apple. I'll let thirty minutes go by. Then I'll either have fresh frozen fruit chopped up in my food processor or a banana. If I have a banana, I let 45 minutes or an hour go by before eating again. If I have the fresh frozen fruit, I let 30 minutes go by. According to my understanding of the Fit for Life Diet, you can eat any amount of fruit as long as it is on an empty stomach. They teach that fruit digests very easily and quickly as long as you have not eaten any other kind of food before it. In that case, the fruit will ferment and rot in your stomach. But if your stomach is empty, it passes on through to your intestines very easily and quickly - between 30 minutes to an hour.

Here is my recipe for making the Fresh Frozen Fruit Delight using my Ninja Food Processor.

Fit for Life Not Fat For Life by Harvey Diamond

Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life
Fit for Life: Not Fat for Life

Coauthor of the bestselling Fit for Life, Diamond here advocates a lifelong diet composed of 50% raw (living) food and no more than 50% dead (cooked) food in order to lose weight and maintain maximum physical and mental health. He offers himself up as a personal example of someone who overcame his medical problems by adhering to this nutritional program. Exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and 50 pounds overweight, Diamond is convinced that eating living food is what restored his heath. The details of this somewhat unusual way of eating are conveyed in an easy conversational style, and the author clearly explains (sometimes overexplains) how the digestive process works more efficiently when less cooked food is consumed. The program comes across as palatable rather than rigid, because Diamond repeatedly suggests it be followed in a relaxed flexible manner and that occasional deviations are to be expected. According to the author, only fresh fruit juices and fruit (the best possible food) should be eaten before noon. Lunch and dinner may consist of either a protein or a starch (but not both) with cooked vegetables and a hearty salad. He strongly argues against the consumption of dairy products (calcium is readily available through raw foods) because they are hard to digest. He is further convinced that young children should drink breast milk, not cow's milk or formula. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

 

The story continues

Once I read their book entitled "Fit for Life Not Fat For Life," my understanding of this diet expanded.

As I understand it, you should never eat protein and starch in the same meal. That's a toughie. In other words, you should not eat a meat sandwich. You should not eat stake with a potato. You should not eat meat-based spaghetti. You can eat meat; however, you should not combine it with starches or starchy vegetables or pasta or rice. You can eat pasta and potatoes and bread - just make certain that no protein is present.

They highly recommend that at least 50% of the food you consume every day is raw or living. Either have a salad twice a day or a salad at one meal and a lot of raw veggies at the other meal.

Breakfast - Raw fruit or fresh juice that is non-pasteurized and freshly juiced

Lunch - Salad followed by a starchy meal that could consist of bread, pasta, and a potao. Include other cooked vegetables as well.

Dinner - Salad followed by a protein meal that could consist of steak or seafood or chicken, etc. and other cooked vegetables.

If you really crave dessert, they suggest you eat it around 4 p.m. when you are about halfway between lunch and dinner.

If you want to snack before bed, as long as about 3 hours have gone by since you last ate, you could have raw fruit again.

There are other parts to it all; however, those are some of the basic precepts.

So this was my diet for today. For the most part, I did not feel deprived. Instead, I felt proud and like I really helped my body. After all, I never want to experience cancer again. Once was quite enough , thank you. Plus, I really would like to lose all this weight before getting reconstruction surgery in the late fall of 2011. I had a double mastectomy on August 11, 2010 followed by radiation that ended on November 5, 2010. My radiation oncologist strongly suggests I wait a year before having fake breasts attached to my body. I can see the wisdom in that.

I had the Fresh Frozen Fruit Delight. This time, I had just strawberries and raspberries. It was yummy.

I let at least thirty minutes go by. Then, I made the following drink concoction in my juicer.

It was somewhat tasty. I really enjoyed the cool satisfied sensation I had in my stomach.

Then for lunch, I had about 3 large bowls of the following soup along with a few whole grain crackers.

I really, really like that soup. I will definitely make that again only next time, I want to add a whole lot more celery to it.

As a pre-dinner appetizer, I decided to go really wild with my juicer, I make a juice I will call Banana Spinach Tomato Juice. Here's the recipe.

It was NOT delicious; however, I felt like the health benefits really compensated for the lack of flavor. Of course, I have never been a lover of tomato juice in the past. Somebody who likes that kind of thing might have enjoyed it a lot more. I noticed that it was kind of salty-tasting. I probably will drink it again as I felt like it was really healthy. I feel it still fits the Fit for Life Diet as I had let three hours go by since having the soup. Plus, Harvey Diamond himself responded to one of my e-mails.

Two of my questions:

1. Do avocados count as a fruit or a vegetable? I love eating avocado with Laughing Cow Cheese on a Whole-Grain English Muffin. I do not enjoy eating avocado all by itself. I am hoping you will say that it is counted as a vegetable.

2. Do tomatoes count as a fruit or vegetable? I enjoy eating tomatoes on a salad. Once again, I am hoping that you are counting it as a vegetable.

His response: "Well you’ll be glad to know that both avocados and tomatoes are botanically classified as fruits but are referred to as “vegetables fruits” and can therefore pretty much be eaten with anything; no problem."

When my husband came home from visiting his mother in the nursing home, he brought me a Tuna Sub from Subway. This is where I strayed from the Fit for Life diet. I combined starches with protein. Of course, Harvey Diamond does not expect perfection. My compromise to the diet was that I took off the bottom bun and threw it out to the critters who love my leftovers. I only eat the top bun, the tuna, the mayo, and the abundance of lettuce.

Then I followed this meal up with 5 pieces of Dove Dark Chocolate. That is one of my guilty pleasures that I adore.

Later, when I felt like snacking again, I cut up a Yellow Bell Pepper, some celery, some carrots, and some cucumbers and feasted on that while I watched TV with my husband.

Conclusion

So, for the most part, I was pretty successful today in following the Fit for Life Diet.

Since I am taking this diet day by day, I will let tomorrow take care of tomorrow.

Best wishes to you all,

Debbie aka DJ Lyons

P.S. I would love to hear your diet stories and any special tips you might be able to share.

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