This is a partial list of snacks given in Ian Smith’s book, filtered by my personal preferences, I’m afraid. All very yummy!
- 20 raw almonds
- 2 cups air-popped pop corn (no butter)
- 1 cup sliced bananas with raspberries
- 4 mini rice cakes with 2 tablespoons low fat cottage cheese
- 1/2 cup edamame
- 1 cup grapes
- 1/2 small avocado (I like to add it to my salads)
- 1 fat-free chocolate pudding cup
- 6 ounces fat-free plain yogurt topped with 1/3 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese with 5 strawberries
- 1 slice of raisin bread
- 4 ounces water packed tuna
- 1-2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 4 ounces cooked whole grain noodles with 1 small fresh tomato and 1/2 ounce hard cheese
- 1 cup baby carrots
OK, Eleni, you are right that this diet is not the deprivation type and is basically a pretty healthy way to eat, although I take issue with:
1) the diet drinks
2) too much fruit
3) fat-free chocolate pudding???
I like the idea of eating a mainly vegetarian diet with lots of legumes; I also like the pace of exercising and how it is tied in with the diet; and I most definitely approve of coffee! I don’t like the idea of having a list of foods for each day – but that is just me. I find that any diet that involves a list of foods or a menu to cause too much preoccupation with what you are eating and what you are not eating and the end result for me personally is that I end up more hungry and eating more junk.
On the other hand I really love your recipes!
The diet’s been put together by Ian Smith who’s coaching people that want to lose a lot of weight and need a ‘program’. I also feel I need a `program’ to regain healthy eating habits. I don’t see the diet as a list of foods more as a list of categories as for most categories (fruit, greens, legumes) there’s choices. Otherwise, I don’t see how you can learn to build healthy eating habits in terms of type and quantity of food. Any ideas? As for the diet drinks and fat-free chocolate pudding (and pizza for that matter), I never have those, diet or no diet, but the philosophy is that it’s important to feel it’s part of your diet to ‘sin’ occasionally. I like that. My sins often involve glasses of wine and other kind of creamy desserts. If your diet does not allow for those, it will never turn into a lifetime habit. For me, indulging guilt-free helps me stay on truck. Although, now that I’m writing this, I’m in Greece, and the diet’s already become a challenge… Indeed, I just returned from Hydra, where the glorious ‘choriatiko’ bread appears on the table grilled and sprinkled with awesome olive oil 🙂
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