From Rice Cakes to NO GRAINS!!
Straight and to the point, this diet does not allow anything with GRAINS. It is a diet that is very low in carbohydrates. And as the title of the book states, it requires dieters to ELIMINATE ALL GRAINS, along with sugar, potatoes, and sweets. Organic veggies and fruits are recommended as well as grass fed meats.
In addition, the first (2) stages eliminate fruit entirely. The stages are "Start-Up", "Stabilize" and "Sustain".
"Start-Up" - The First (3) Days, requires that meals (or some type of food) be eaten every two hours and starchy veggies, grains, fruits and sweets are to be avoided/eliminated. This phase will stabilize your blood sugar and reduce your cravings.
"Stabilize" - The same restrictions continue as "Start-Up" - but meal structures are changed to (3) meals and (3) snacks a day. This phase is continued until weight has stabilzed for (4) weeks and then continued for an additional (2) weeks.
"Sustain" - Once you have "Stabilized" some carbs are added back in. It is up to the dieter to keep track of weight gain and make changes in carb, etc., consumption to ensure weight lost is not regained.
The book explains that fat isn't the culprit in weight gain. Through new study of the endocrine system, the real culprits are grains, starches and sweets. These foods trigger a hormonal cycle of grain and sugar addiction, weight gain and diabetes. Eliminating these items reprograms our systems to burn fat.
I have to agree with this statement as I find the more carbs I eat the more I want. Whether its bread, pasta or sugary cakes and candy.
The book goes into why this diet is different from Atkins (because at first glance I thought it was an Atkins based diet). They are both low carb diets, the difference is that the No Grain Diet incorporates organic, raw and grass fed animal protein. The book as the same mumbo jumbo on why it's better than other diets. I am going to just start referring this part of the book as filler (not just in this book but practically all diet books), most diet books could probably get away with being a great deal shorter if they left out all the repeat information and just got to the point - but then we wouldn't be supporting the diet industry if it was that easy!
Menu plans and recipes are included for each phase of this diet. You can customize your food plan - as the book indicates, you have an option to gradually move to a no grain diet where you would start with the Booster Plan then move up to the Core Plan then onto the Advanced food plans.
The plans are fairly easy to follow with the Booster Plan still allowing limited fruit, some dairy and seafood. The Core plan moves into more raw choices, vegetable juicing, upgrading protein choices to organic, eliminating pork , restricting dairy, soy and seafood, eliminating fruit and upgrading supplements and exercise. The Advanced food plan, optimizes organic foods, raw produce and juices, eliminates all shellfish and most commercial dairy, optimized supplementation and exercise.
There is a Goals Assessment section that is recommened to be discussed with your doctor (as any new diet should be discussed with your doctor).
Sample Menu Plan: Phase One - Eat every two hours
7am: Turkey hash with poached eggs and No Grain Ketchup
9am: Hummus with cucumber
11am: Lentil soup with swiss cheese topping
1pm: Veal Piccata with garlic green beans and Caesar salad
3pm: Yogurt with coconut walnut crunch
5pm: Cream of vegetable soup with jerk sasauge patty
7pm: Pepper steak with stir fried veggies
9pm: Turkey spinach roll-ups with cranberry salsa
There were (3) sample menus and I mixed them up to give you a good idea on how you can really gourmet this diet out.
I will update more info as the week goes on.
***DO NOT DO ANY DIET WITHOUT YOUR DOCTORS OKAY ***