Posted by: 4pack | September 22, 2008

“Ideal Diet”: If Rembrandt Would Have Painted It…Eat It

THE “IDEAL DIET”…IF THE BASIC FOODS COULD BE LAID OUT AND A DUTCH MASTER PAINTER FROM THE 17TH CENTURY WOULD HAVE PAINTED IT AND IT NOW HANGS IN A MAJOR ART MUSEUM…EAT IT…THAT IS ESSENTIALLY WHAT FOUR PACKS WILL BE CITING AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN…MEDITERRANEAN DIET, SONOMA DIET (CITED BELOW), ASIAN DIET, THEY ALL HAVE HEALTHY WHOLE FOODS AND VEGETABLES EATEN IN MODERATION…PORTION CONTROL…CALORIE RESTRICTIVE…

"It's basically Mediterranean, olive oil, capsicum, broccoli, ancient grains and wine"

http://www.bestdietfoods.net/sonomadiet.htm

“Although you won’t be counting calories with the Sonoma diet, you will be practicing portion control.  To help you control your portion, you use a 7-inch plate for breakfast and a 9-inch plate for lunch and supper.  This will help you avoid overeating, but without the tedium of calorie counting.”

 “There are three waves of the Sonoma diet.  The first wave is made for a maximum weight less jump start.  It lasts for ten days and is the most restrictive in which foods are allowed.  The second wave is more lenient, but still cuts out things like dessert.  Once you reach your ideal weight, you’ll move on to the maintenance wave.  During this wave, an occasional dessert is allowed.”

 HERE IS THE BASIS FOR THIS DIET…MEDITERRANEAN-BASED FOODS….

Whole grains, such as brown rice, barley, bulgur, oatmeal, wild rice, and whole-wheat breads, crackers, and pastas are rich in niacin, riboflavin, iron, zinc, magnesium, thiamin, vitamin E and contains fiber, protein and carbohydrates.

 Almonds are the most nutritionally dense nut.  A handful of almonds will give you a healthy amount of vitamin E and magnesium, as well as fiber, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron, monosaturated fat, and protein.

Bell peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C and A, and a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, vitamin K, manganese, folate, potassium, vitamin B1 and vitamin E.

Tomatoes are full of lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin A.

Broccoli is a powerful anticancer food and rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.  Grapes can help protect you against heart disease, bad cholesterol, and tumors with their polyphenols.

Spinach has lutein, niacin, zinc, protein, and vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6.  Blueberries are the number one food for antioxidant benefits.  Strawberries are great for vitamin C and flavonoids.  Olive oil contains the good fats and antioxidants.

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