Birth Control Pill
Drinking water after meals
Exercise & eating
Muscle - losing when dieting
Tummy - toning
Wheat tortillas - what to use in place of cheese
What kind of foods should I eat for energy when I
Fruit gives your body the most energy because it's so easy to digest it doesn't divert any of your bodies energy to focus on digesting, assimilating, and eliminating it. (For this reason Fruit is the best thing to eat when you're sick.) Ideally it's best to exercise on an empty stomach, except for fresh Fruit and/or fresh Fruit juice. Exercise takes a considerable amount of energy, but eating takes more energy than anything else. If you have food in your stomach which needs to be digested you are using a large portion of your available energy. Adding exercise on top of digesting a meal/snack forces your body to divide its energy between exercise and digestion.
If you eat anything other than fresh or frozen Fruit, then exercise, the food will stay in your stomach much longer, more energy than normal will be expended, and you will end up feeling depleted.
I know this goes against conventional advice which tells us to load up on carbs, proteins, or a mix of these before working out, but if you want to test it do this. For one week eat what you think you should be eating before working out. The next week, eat nothing or fresh Fruit before working out. You can then eat a more substantial meal after working out. Evaluate how your body feels, and how much weight you lose during each week and I guarantee you you'll decide to stick with Fruit before a workout. But you test it and decide.
Is it safe to use diet shakes while
I can't answer regarding all diet shakes since they contain different ingredients and many chemicals, but since the UnDiet uses only whole, natural foods all the options including Fruit Shakes are safe and healthy to follow while breastfeeding as long as your baby isn't allergic to what you're eating, and of course, most babies don't react well to you eating spicy foods when breastfeeding. Note that the principles of food combining will help babies who have a tendency to get gassy. The safest course though is to write down what you're eating or planning to eat and ask your doctor if it's safe to follow that eating plan while breastfeeding.
I am wondering about medication and when to take
it in relation to my food intake.
I treat medications just as I would food. For instance if you're on a homeopathic medication which is composed mostly of proteins take them after 12 noon and alone or with Protein waiting 2 hours to have Starches or Fruits.
If you have a medication which is composed mostly of herbs it can be treated just as you would a vegetable, in other words it's Neutral.
If your medication is composed mostly of chemicals I would take it alone and wait 2 hours before eating anything else. If you must take it with food try to take it with vegetables (raw or cooked).
Can you tell me how much weight you've lost
and in what amount of time?
That's difficult for me to answer as I've used my own body in my research and deliberately ate things that I knew weren't right, to gauge how it slowed or stopped weight loss. But when I did everything right I was losing a pound a day which slowed to half a pound a day as I became closer to my goal weight. Basically I'm losing weight while eating about three times more than I ate when I was "dieting".
The hardest part of the UnDiet for me is not
drinking water for 2 hours after a meal. I have totally stopped drinking
during meals, but break down about 1/2 hour to an hour
I drink water or another beverage10-20 minutes before each meal or snack and that quenchs my thirst so that I don't crave water after eating. If you do crave a drink before the 2 hours are up though you can munch on a celery stick or a cucumber. They both have a high water content. Remember though that you don't need to worry about the 8 glasses a day rule because you're eating so many high-water-content Fruits and vegetables. Drink when you're thirsty, or when you want to eat and aren't sure what you want - sometimes that's your body sending out a thirst signal.
How can I follow the UnDiet guidelines and still
stay on a low-carb eating plan?
The best information I've found on a low-carb diet which by default is a high-protein diet is by Dr. Atkins. He's written several books, including cookbooks which are a must-read if you're interested in a high-protein diet. He teaches you how to look for hidden carbs, and how to cook many things that were previously off limits to someone on a low-carb diet. Here's a link to his books which connects to a discount bookstore: Dr. Atkins books.
I'm experiencing a dull just-kind-of-bothersome (as compared to an intense) headache while on a high-protein plan. I am drinking more than enough water (probably close to 128 ounces) and take a GNC Women's Ultra Mega vitamin twice a day.
During the first week as your body adjusts to being deprived of certain foods and/or chemicals you may experience these headaches. If after the first week you're still experiencing them try increasing your salt intake, also increase your potassium intake by eating bananas, parsley, watercress, spinach, chicory, chard, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, and avocados. This works also if you're feeling weak or tired.
I've been trying to lose my tummy for a long
The UnDiet will help you to lose the extra fat, but unfortunately you also need to build muscle. I say "unfortunately" because I hate doing crunches and that's what you gotta' do. Believe me I've tried every way I could to get around this and there's just no other way. Even when I was below my ideal weight I still had a tummy because it needed to be toned.
Here's an infomercial: I love the Total Gym because it forces me to use my stomach muscles during most of the exercises which means that I don't have to do as many crunches. Also I can get through an entire upper or lower body workout in 10-15 minutes. I didn't believe it when I saw their commercial, but it's true! I found the model 1000 for sale at Oshmans's Sporting Goods for $100 and snatched it up.
I'm on the pill so maybe that's the
It could be. The pill interferes with your hormones, which can interfere with your metabolism. You may want to explore (with your doctor) birth control alternatives that will not interfere with your hormones and/or metabolism.
What do you do to cut down on your appetite
This is really a two part question. The first answer is that I don't worry about my appetite, I eat what I want when I want within the UnDiet guidelines. The second answer is that after following the UnDiet for awhile you'll find that your appetite is naturally reduced. Because you're eating good, wholesome foods your body is satisfied and doesn't keep throwing cravings at you to try and get you to give it what it needs.
Now some over-eating is emotional or the result of circumstances and there's tons of literature, lectures, and doctors that can and have addressed that question so I won't attempt to go into that here except to say I will be putting up a page in the future that will give some hints and tips for substituting cravings with wholesome foods that will satisfy and therefore keep you from overeating or eating unhealthy (i.e. weight gaining) foods.
My doctor says its not healthy to lose over 1 or 2 pounds a week. After
that you're just losing muscle .
Your doctor is giving you information that is based on cutting calories to lose and/or maintain weight. And if you're relying on a low-calorie diet to lose weight, your doctor is right, it's not healthy to lose over 2 pounds a week. After that you are just losing muscle. The UnDiet however doesn't count or restrict calories. You lose weight by utilizing your body's natural rhythms and cycles of appropriation, assimilation, and elimination as well as conforming to your natural digestive processes. In short, you learn and follow your own body's natural ability to appropriate nutrients from the food you eat, and eliminate the waste as quickly and efficiently as possible before it has a chance to clog up your digestive system and become excess weight.
By understanding and utilizing these natural principles you can lose and/or maintain your ideal weight without cutting calories, counting fat grams, carbohydrates, or proteins.
How much Fruit is acceptable in the a.m. & throughout the day.
Is it unlimited if you follow the timing rules?
You're not counting calories or carbs so you can eat as much Fruit as you want.
Can you drink liquids (besides Fruit juice) with Fruit or do you have
to wait 20 minutes after?
Beverages with Fruits are okay, as long as they're not incompatible with Fruits, such as carrot juice.
Can seeds & nuts be eaten with a Protein meal since they are a
combo of protein & starch?
Seeds and nuts are classified as Neutrals.
Please tell me what the Fat Blast is?
It's for people who are metabolically resistant to losing weight. Usually this is because they've yo-yo-dieted for a long period of time. If after you've tried the basic diet for at least a week and you find that you've lost nothing or very little (you should have lost 5-7 pounds during the first week) then you might be a candidate for the Fat Blast. Caution: the Fat Blast is not for those who want to lose weight fast, it's only for those who's metabolism has been messed up by yo-yo-dieting, metabolic conditions, or medications.
What do you put on your wheat tortillas
if you can't have protein with starch?
Canned non-fat refried beans (I love the black beans) are a great substitute for cheese. I know that sounds strange that beans would be a good substitute for cheese, but it really works. The beans helps hold the tortilla ingredients together, gives it another texture and some moisture. Just make sure there are no tomatoes in the list of ingredients.
I spread the beans on the tortilla and if I'm making a salad tortilla I heat the tortilla with beans for 20-30 seconds. Then add the veggies, roll up and enjoy. If I'm making a hot tortilla, spread on the beans, add the filling, don't roll, heat for 40-60 seconds, roll and eat.
Note: you can put fresh tomatoes on your tortilla, but canned ones have been cooked.
Here's one of the tortilla recipes I'll be putting on-line in the next month or two along with lots more.
Mix 4 ounces soy cream cheese with 3-4 tablespoons fresh salsa or juice from fresh salsa. Spread onto 4 whole wheat tortillas or 4 slices of whole grain bread. Add slivered lettuce, 1-2 slices soy deli sliced turkey, chopped green onions, fresh or dried cilantro, sliced or chopped olives (optional), sliced avocado (optional or can substitute for soy turkey).
Sandwich: top with second slice of whole grain bread.
Tortilla Wrap: fold the tortillas around the filling, slice in half, if desired, and serve.
Burrito: fold the tortillas around the filling and place seam side down on oiled baking sheet or pan. Top with grated Jack or Cheddar cheese (optional). Bake at 400 degrees until the edges of the tortilla are crisp and cheese is melted and browned.
Also check out the Tortilla Rollups on the Eating Out page.
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