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Thursday, November 15, 2012

10 LBS PER DAY KEEPS THE LAXATIVES AWAY

We have said it before and we'll say it again, humans require large quantities of food in order to feel satisfied and to encourage efficient digestion. We are talking in the range of 5 lbs or more a day. Concentrated foods provide lots of calories for small portion sizes due to the absence or lack of water and fiber, so it is wise to choose plant foods to meet your bulk needs.

If ever you find your digestion is a little sluggish (there is no excuse for not "going" at least once a day every day) try this diet on for size. We call it the 10 lb diet. Simple, the 10 LB diet calls for 10 lbs of food. Specifically, 8 lbs of fruit/vegetable fruits, 1 lb of leafy green vegetables, and 1 lb of lentils, beans, or non-gluten grain (quinoa, rice). Such an intake provides over 100 grams of fiber and well over the daily requirement of all major nutrients (except D, which you should get from the sun, and B12, which can be found in yeast) - and at under 2,500 calories.

Here it is:

1 lb bell pepper: 120 calories
1 lb cucumber: 55 calories
1 lb tomato: 80 calories
1 lb orange: 210 calories
1 lb apple: 200 calories
1 lb strawberries: 145 caloreis
1 lb banana (4): 400 calories
1/2 lb avocado (1 large): 325 calories
5 dates: 300 calories
.5 lb lentils: 265 calories
.5 lb brown rice: 250 calories
1 lb spinach: 100 calories

Total: 2,450 calories.

Feel free to substitute the above items with seasonal varieties, and to vary portion sizes according to hunger and body habitus. Chances are you will not be able to consume such a large quantity of food (unless you run like Forrest Gump): this goes to show you that you can eat as much as you wish as long as you choose the right foods.

Happy feasting.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

THE LOVELY PERSIMMON

Seasonal fruit is such a delight, and we encourage all our loved ones (that means you!) to visit your local farmer's market and see what's in stock. Autumn is a lovely time of year for orange foods. That means pumpkins and other ornately-colored squash, as well as oranges (which, like apples, are harvested starting in September/October).

While we're all familiar with these delicious foods (even though most use pumpkin as an ornament or dessert, you should try eating it as a squash!) fewer are intimately acquainted with the delicious persimmon.

Persimmon season is short (late October through December), so get them while they last. Japanese persimmons are teardrop shaped and should be eaten when soft, while Fuyu persimmons, native to California, look like heirloom tomatoes and are best enjoyed crunchy. Persimmons are low calorie foods (under 50 calories per fruit) and a good source of vitamin C. But nutrition aside, they are delish!

Eat them as you would apples, either for a snack, or atop a lunch salad, as pictured here:


The above lunch includes:

13 oz kale (two heads)
1/2 avocado
3 plum tomatoes
1 green chili pepper (nearly 200% of the RDA for vitamin C, at under 18 calories, and what a kick!)
1/4 red onion
seasoned with: herb blend, sea salt, juice of one lemon

Nutrition: 475 calories; 17 g fiber, nearly 3 cups water, and 20% or more of 16 major nutrients, including 700% RDA of vitamin C and 325% RDA of vitamin A.

We added 6 dates, to up the calorie total to 800 since we went on a morning run; another option is to add a can of your favorite beans, or perhaps a little quinoa, to increase the amount of protein in the meal. But there is nothing like an all-raw lunch for a quick boost of pure energy.

Enjoy!

Monday, November 12, 2012

MORE FOR YOUR MOUTHFUL

It has often been suggested that one should consume a tall glass of water whenever the urge to eat arises, and right before a meal. The body can mistake thirst for hunger, they say, and drinking water before you eat assures that you will consume less food.

Well, yes and no.

If you eat when you are thirsty, then you'll take in more calories than you would by simply quenching your thirst with, say, water, which is calorie free, so drinking water before eating is good advice. Besides, it helps to keep you hydrated.

But if you think that water fills your stomach and helps to make you feel fuller faster, guess again. Water is absorbed very rapidly by the stomach. We're talking a matter of minutes, likely before you've even had time to take you first mouthful of lunch or dinner.

Water AND fiber, however, will remain in your stomach for thirty minutes or more and a diet which includes ample amounts of foods containing both water and fiber - and these foods are without exception low-calorie foods - can certainly assist weight -loss efforts. It helps that these foods are highly nutritious, too.

Which foods are we talking about? Let's focus on the vegetable fruits.

Vegetable fruits are called fruits because they contain seeds, but they are also called vegetables because unlike traditional fruits like strawberries and mangos they are not sweet (and so do not contain sugar). The lack of sugar is the reason they are so low in calories.

Here are our three favorite vegetable fruits. They are low in calories, high in water and fiber, and high in vitamins and minerals, and are especially useful if you are pressed for time, as they can be enjoyed raw.

Bell Pepper

Per 100 calories, peppers offer you nearly 1000% of the daily requirement for vitamin C. That's not a typo. 1000% is 10 times the minimum amount recommended for this important antioxidant vitamin. Peppers also provide over 250% of the requirement for vitamin A, not to mention 10g of fiber. And each pepper you eat is like drinking a cup of water.

Tomato

Tomatoes are also high in vitamin A and vitamin C, and are very tasty sliced and enjoyed on their own.

Cucumber

Cucumbers are 95% water, and a pound of them provides a mere 50 calories, making them a very low calorie food. Cucumbers freshen the breath and cool you on a summer day. They are also a good source of phosphorous, copper, manganese, and magnesium. In winter, try a little cayenne pepper on them, to keep your blood warm.

Take This to Your Next Meal

Remember, the human body requires at least 5 pounds of food each day to satisfy its bulk needs. Dinner should be the largest meal of the day, at which you should consume roughly 3 pounds of food. Too often we skip meals; then, to satisfy our hunger, we reach for calorie-dense foods of inferior nutrition (high fat animal products and refined grains, especially). This is a recipe for poor health and excess weight.

So, at your next evening feast, start by eating a pound of one of the above foods. They will partially fill your stomach, assuring your do not overeat, while going far to meet your daily needs of water, fiber, vitamins and minerals.

One pound is roughly 2 large bell peppers, 3 large tomatoes, OR two 6-inch cucumbers. Simply slice, season with your favorite spices or sea salt, add a spritz of lemon, and enjoy.