Ask DJ Lyons: The Amazing Chocolate Pie Diet Adventure

The Amazing Chocolate Pie Diet Adventure

I am going through a rather incredible diet adventure in my effort to lose about 60 pounds. Mostly, I have been practicing the precepts of the Fit for Life diet plan co-created by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond. They base their diet on the food combining precepts.

Now don't get excited! Their diet does not involve eating a piece of chocolate pie every day; although, if you read the book entitled "Fit for Life Not Fat for Life" published in 2003, Harvey Diamond does not prohibit it. He states something to the effect that if you desire to have a piece of pie or cake, eat it around 4:00 in the afternoon. That way, it is about 3 hours since you have eaten lunch and 3 hours before you will be eating dinner.

FYI - See pictures of the chocolate pie below.

Since January 22, 2011, I have been attempting the following:

* Eating only raw fruit prior to noon. With the exception of one day, I have accomplished that quite easily as I love fruit. It is quite a treat! Additionally, I have never been a big cereal eater anyway.

* I am working my way toward having a salad twice a day or a salad with one of my meals and raw vegetables with another one of my meals. That is a work-in-progress.

* I have been using my juicer and experimenting with different raw veggie and fruit combinations.

* I am getting better at not mixing proteins and starches at the same meal. I am by no means perfect at this; however, I am getting better.

* I am working my way toward making certain that at least 50% of what I consume every day is raw fruit or raw veggies.

The Fit for Life diet is not calorie-counting. It is also not portion control; however, that is a part of it to a certain extent. You can go crazy on fruit as long as it is on an empty stomach. For the rest of the day, you can go crazy with raw veggies and cooked veggies; although, raw veggies are better.

* When I get tempted to do that hand-to-mouth snacking, I have been attempting to do that with a raw veggie mix of peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and celery.

Here is where the chocolate pie part of this diet adventure gets interesting. See photos below.

I generally meet my parents for dinner about once a week at Golden Corral. When one of my friends meets me for lunch or dinner, we sometimes choose to meet at Golden Corral. When I go to get either my husband's car serviced or my car car serviced, we pass right by a Golden Corral. Every now and then, we eat there.

Just about every time I go, I get a piece of Chocolate Chess Pie and gobble it down with great enjoyment. I personally feel that they have the best-tasting chocolate pie I have ever consumed. My struggle has been to only eat one piece of pie rather than two. Up to about two weeks ago, one of my greatest accomplishments was not allowing myself to indulge in that second piece. I would feel quite victorious as a result.

Then, a few days ago, I met my best girlfriend for lunch. I ate a lot of proteins and cooked veggies. I had a big salad. Then I walked to the dessert bar to get a piece of my beloved Chocolate Chess Pie. I sat back down, picked up my fork, and took a bite.

Pause. Hmmmm! That didn't taste just right. Let me give it another try.

I took a second bite. Pause. My taste buds don't seem to be working. But how could that be? I could fully taste everything else I have placed in my mouth during this meal.

FYI - It was not that long ago that I finished up my last chemo treatment. That was on July 1, 2010. During the six months I went through chemo for my now cured breast cancer, I could not taste most of what I put in my mouth. This chocolate pie was one of the few things that I could taste. So, now, all of a sudden, not to be able to taste it felt like a bad case of déjà vu.

I took a third bite and then a fourth. Then I put my fork down and pushed the plate away. The pie tasted like sawdust. Now, don't get me wrong. I am not trying to suggest that there was anything wrong with their pie. I'm sure it was absolute perfection to anybody else. It was me and my taste buds.

I think that God had orchestrated it that chocolate pie was no longer appealing to me and my taste buds. I think that due to all the raw fruit and veggies I had been consuming, my taste buds preferred those tastes instead.

Later on that day, I did have a piece of white cake with white icing I had made for my husband when he had a bad day. It still tasted good. So it wasn't all sweet things. It was just one of my former greatest temptations - Chocolate Chess Pie from Golden Corral.

I knew that I would be meeting my parents for dinner four days later. That would be last night, February 26, 2011. As usual, we met at Golden Corral. I live in a city 45 minutes away from where they live. This restaurant is one that both my parents and I enjoy, and it is very convenient to their home.

I was determined to discover if that was a one-time occurrence or whether it would happen again at this meal.

The first thing I did was walk to the dessert bar. I took two pictures of the chocolate pie right after a woman grabbed a piece. The manager came over to see what I was doing. I told him that I had been trying to describe this pie to a friend and thought a picture would do it a lot better. He praised the pie. I agreed. Because other than that one day, I thought it was one of the best things ever; therefore, I was being honest.

I grabbed a piece of pie and put it on a plate. I took it back to the table and took two pictures of it.

Then I went and grabbed my actual meal of veggies galore and some seafood followed by a large salad. I loved every bite. Yum!

Then the moment came. I pulled the piece of chocolate pie in front of me that you see pictured below. I picked up my fork and took a bite. Hmmmm! It tasted a little better than the other day but still not right. I took a second bite. I might have taken a third. Nope! It did not appeal to me whatsoever.

I put down my fork and said, "I am so excited! I don't like this pie anymore. My diet must be succeeding better than I originally anticipated."

My father said, "I am so excited too. Get me a fork, please!" Then he gobbled down the rest of that piece of pie. There had not been any up there when he had been ready to get dessert.

I went and got some ice cream. It tasted overly sweet. I ate a few bites but left about half ot it untouched.

My Dad said, "You didn't finish your ice cream."

I said, "I still have 54 more pounds to lose."

He nodded and said, "Oh, okay." He did not push me to eat any more.

I think next time I go, I will just eat red jello or perhaps get a larger salad.

I am absolutely thrilled that I am no longer tempted to eat a dessert that has 380 calories. It is lovely that my body is obviously loving this diet so much it does not make me feel as tempted by sweets - at least, not by this one. No more Chocolate Chess Pie or any kind of chocolate pie for me!

For more details about the Fit for Life diet and book, check out my book review hub below:

Chocolate Chess Pie from Golden Corral


Chocolate Chess Pie Contains Egg, Milk, Soy, Wheat

Here is the nutrition information from the Golden Corral website:

Chocolate Chess Pie contains Egg, Milk, Soy, Wheat

1 slice of pie = 380 calories

Calories from fat = 170

Total Fat (g) = 19 grams

Sat. Fat (g) = 7 grams

Trans Fat (g) = 3.5 grams

Cholesterol (mg) = 50 mg

Sodium (mg) = 180 mg

Total Carbs (g) = 49 grams

Dietary Fiber (g) = 0 grams

Sugars (g) = 42 grams

Protein (g) = 3 grams

Some recipes that fulfill Fit for Life requirements

Check out these recipes below that fulfill the Fit for Life diet requirements. 

Fit For Life books 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.

Fit for Life II
Fit for Life II

The Diamonds expand Fit for Life and offer a complete health program that includes all areas of life, including sleep, stress reduction and relationships.

Fit for Life: A New Beginning
Fit for Life: A New Beginning

Denying orthodox medical thought about the basic four food groups, and debunking myths about protein and milk requirements, this eating programme shows how to exploit the body's natural instincts and eat in accordance with a natural digestive cycle.

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

There is only one concept to grasp and only one action to take: Eat more living food than dead food. The simplicity of this message has eluded people up to now. In fact, it may seem oversimplified. Because of past frustrations and disappointments, people have come to believe that losing weight is complicated, difficult and expensive. Truth be told, all that is required to reap the myriad benefits of Harvey Diamond's program is to return to the fundamentals of life. The human body is intelligent and capable beyond anyone's comprehension, but in order to unleash this extraordinary intelligence-including that which normalizes body weight-the proper fuel is required. That fuel is living food. But for some inexplicable reason, people have allowed themselves to believe that they can give their bodies the wrong fuel and then have it operate at optimum efficiency. And that is why most people become overweight. This book offers not a diet, but a lifelong way of eating that allows the eating experience to remain a joyous one, rather than a clinical endeavor of measuring portions, counting calories, calculating grams of fat, carbohydrates and protein, or ingesting meal replacements. It teaches readers how to eat any food in the most healthful way so there is no feeling of deprivation. As readers embark on this life-changing journey, they will experience the surge of energy and well-being that only comes as the automatic result of properly fueling their bodies. Providing deliberate, gentle and forgiving guidance every step of the way, this book will become readers' trusted source and companion as they create a new way of eating and living, which will lead to both overweight and poor health becoming conditions of the past.

Fitonics for Life
Fitonics for Life

Take Charge of Your Life... For Health and Happiness From the co-author of FIT FOR LIFE, the most popular diet and health book of all time, comes FITONICS FOR LIFE-- a dynamic new prescription for total wellness. After ten years of research, Marilyn Diamond and Dr. Donald Burton Schnell expand the FIT FOR LIFE message, stressing the all-important mind/body/spirit balance and incorporating the latest scientific findings on nutritious food, effective exercise, and healthy thinking. Introducing the breakthrough concept of High Energy Eating, a revolutionary approach to easy and comfortable weight loss that dramatically increases energy and brings about radiant good health, FITONICS FOR LIFE completes the mind/body/spirit program with BODYTONICS, a hassle-free 12-minute daily routine of natural movements which tone, condition and reshape your body, and MINDTONICS, a thinking process that is the indispensable key to health, weight loss, and happiness. FITONICS FOR LIFE THE TOTAL WELLNESS PROGRAM THAT WILL TAKE YOU INTO THE 21ST CENTURY WITH ABUNDANT ENERGY, VIBRANT GOOD HEALTH, AND A NEW ZEST FOR LIVING.

A New Way of Eating from the Fit for Life Kitchen
A New Way of Eating from the Fit for Life Kitchen

Timed to coincide with the long-awaited mass market publication of the #1 national bestselling diet book Fit for Life, this is an ideal companion volume that shows how everyone can devise a Fit for Life diet and overall health plan. Illustrated.

The American Vegetarian Cookbook from the Fit for Life Kitchen
The American Vegetarian Cookbook from the Fit for Life Kitchen

Over 500 mouth watering recipes designed to keep you and your family satisfied and enthusiastic.

Recipes for Life: From the Fitonics Kitchen
Recipes for Life: From the Fitonics Kitchen

Recipes for Life makes your commitment to healthy eating easier than ever. After over two decades of collaboration in the search for the most pleasurable, yet wholesome, eating lifestyle, Marilyn and Lisa understand that it's not just healthy food you're after, but taste-explosive, big-flavored, state-of-the-art eating that's contemporary, gourmet, practical and affordable. These "recipes for life" will become lifelong favorites because they bring about physical health as well as mental and emotional balance...a regeneration of all of you. You'll be lighter, more energetic and radiant, without ever feeling deprived by a diet. Recipes for Life presents recipes for all occasions. Stoke your morning energy with imaginative, slenderizing tonics, super-nutritious prescriptions for meals-in-a-glass, such as refreshing Island Tonic. Enjoy a variety of energizing high protein midday Power Lunches, from Pan-seared Salmon with Wilted Greens and Cucumber Relish to New York Steak Super Salad Goat Cheese and Grainy Mustard Vinaigrette. Vegetarians and non vegetarians alike will delight in the cleansing Soothing Supper concept of heart-healthy New World Lasagna or Winter Vegetable Stew in Hearty Brown Gravy. You'll find wholesome soups and super salads for speedy weight loss, and a delightful selection of sweets for every taste, including muffins, cookies, cakes, pies and tarts that will make you healthier than ever!

Living Without Pain
Living Without Pain

THE HIDDEN EPIDEMIC There are legions, literally millions upon millions of people, living in pain and suffering in silence and is the number one reason for doctor visits in the U.S. and nothing else even comes close. The number of people is staggering: 200 million who suffer pain on some regular basis, at least once a month, and 92 million people in unrelenting, chronic pain every day without letup seven days a week. Everything to be found regarding dealing with pain revolves around managing, coping with, or in some way learning how to live with pain. There is not a word to be found as regards how one might go about removing the cause of the pain because it has been accepted as fact that the cause is unknown. At present there are many books on the topic of pain in general, as well as numerous books on specific conditions, but not a single one of them reveals the underlying cause of the pain and how to remove it, eliminating the need for drugs. Until now. Harvey Diamond is the bestselling author of the enormously successful series of FIT FOR LIFE books. Harvey has one of the most compelling and moving human interest stories you will ever hear. While serving his country in Vietnam, as a 21 year old in 1966, he was exposed to Agent Orange which brought on a condition called peripheral neuropathy. Along with extreme, unrelenting pain, this condition also slowly deteriorates muscles until individuals are confined to a wheelchair unable to move. Most cases are fatal. In his landmark new book, LIVING WITHOUT PAIN, Harvey reveals to those 200 million people who are in pain and looking for answers, how they too can live life free of pain without having to rely on dangerous drugs. Harvey's engaging and light-hearted, reader-friendly writing style highlights this book which is brimming over with common sense information that changes people's lives.


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