A Diet In A Day

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With costs of everything, food, fuel, etc going up and up and incomes going down, it’s maybe time to go back to looking at low cost meals for feeding ourselves. This can contribute to weight management by providing filling nutritious meals that cut down on the need for topping up with candy and cookies. This article provides a free, downloadable meal planner to help plan meals.

Appetite management

Stuck in lock down with food or alcohol your only consolation? Read the post about appetite management or fasting or even the one about losing weight while on lockdown.

For many people, myself included, the thought of 8 or 10 weeks, or worse, a lifetime of being on a diet is really off-putting when it comes to losing weight. As one person put it, “I’ll try it for a day but no longer”. I laughed but then when thinking about it, a day is all that’s needed. I can eat healthily and mindfully for a day and maybe you can too?

Maybe tomorrow, I will do the same and perhaps you could do it too? It means we do not have to think about a time 8 or 10 weeks or more in the future when the diet can stop because that’s where the problem lies. And it also means that if you find you cannot “do the diet” one day, that’s OK because you just start again tomorrow. There’s no falling off the bandwagon “forever” and stopping eating healthily because of one slip or moment of forgetfulness or a temptation you just could not resist.

Have you tried a number of different diets? Did they work? Yes they probably did, if you followed them. But once you stopped “following the diet”, the weight piled back on.

The trick is to find a lifetime way of eating that you can follow and enjoy without feeling constrained or deprived. It may be losing that one food item that piles on the pounds or it maybe keeping a journal, using a motivation chart or finding a supportive group that can help you stay on track.

There are also other factors involved in gaining weight or not losing it, not just the food. For some people, the way their body produces insulin may be different from how other people’s bodies produce it and these people may be Carbohydrate Addicts. By following the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet, you can manage your insulin release and feel free, maybe for the first time, of those desperate urges to eat carbohydrates.

Researchers are finding that sleep and hormones are important. Your gut bacteria matter too. There are also a number of tips and tricks that don’t really count as “dieting”, that may help you lose weight, such as checking up on your vitamin levels for weight loss or perhaps using milk or a juice drink before meals to curb your appetite. For some people, stress or boredom are big factors in over eating and it’s important to remember that over eating today does not HAVE to mean overeating tomorrow because there are products that may help you manage your appetite, possibly without even noticing! And there are tips and tricks for helping with stress and boredom that do not involve eating.

One Day Tips Hints And Tricks on Dieting

This site contains general information on diet and weight loss and also articles on other factors that can affect your particular weight loss concerns, especially those factors that can be applied for one day (at a time). Day 1, with a downloadable worksheet, Day 2 with an item that could be eliminated from your diet, Day 3 with restricted hours Day 4, where you restrict calories 1 or 2 days a week, Day 5 – when all else fails,  Day 6 – mindfulness when eating, Day 7 – using a journal – and Day 8 – appetite management – are already available. As the information builds up, the special “try a diet for a day” articles will form the basis of a report that you will be able to keep to try out for yourself. If you would be interested in a report like this, or if you would like them sent by email in a weekly update, let me know through the contact form.


Easy Meals on A Low Budget

Good Nutrition

Sometimes, it’s easier and cheaper to fill up on candy or confectionery, rather than a full meal. Buying a meal out can be expensive but there are cheap filling meals you can make that will keep you and your family fed and healthy and perhaps cut down the need for expensive take-aways and filling up on cheap carbohydrates. These meals are the kind I used to feed my kids on when they were young. We didn’t have much money, so expensive roasts were definitely out and we certainly couldn’t afford takeaways! Growing kids always seem to eat much more than packaged meals offer, so the cheapest, most nutritious way to feed yourself and your family is with home cooked meals. They do not need to be fancy or expensive, nor do they need to take hours to prepare, though you can of course, if you want. And when everyone is satisfied with their food, there is less need for snacking and sneaking extras to top up, so fewer problems with weight management.

Example Meals


The meals included champ – a filling meal, with mashed potato, butter and chopped scallions (spring onions) mixed together forming the “champ” and topped with a fried egg. My kids used to like making the champ into a volcano, with the fried egg on top. Of course, the yolk then became the lava running down the slopes. This can also be served with a portion of tinned baked beans. This is a carbohydrate heavy meal, although the fried egg adds protein and good fats and the scallions add a bit of greenery. This is a meal you can make to feed everyone when funds are low.


Best made in a slow cooker, where it will take 5 or 6 hours to cook on the high setting. One pound of steak pieces, an onion, a stock cube and a pint of water for this. Fry the meat to seal it, in a frying pan, then fry the onions. Add to the slow cooker with the stock made from a stock cube and a pint of water. Set the slow cooker to high and come back in 5 or 6 hours to a wonderful meal that you can serve with potatoes or crusty bread. You can add pieces of carrot to the slow cooker too, if you want.

Meal Planning

Of course, really organised people plan their meals, know what they have in the house and what they are going to feed everyone for the next few days! It took me quite a while to learn that and I am still learning even now. But if you keep a few things in the freezer, the fridge and the food cupboard, you will always be able to feed your family, even if you are in a rush and you won’t need to  blow your budget on a take away.

At least, get some packets of fish fingers and a few pizzas in your freezer, along with frozen chips and peas. These will always make a quick meal for you.

With baked beans in the cupboard, bread in the freezer and eggs and cheese in the fridge, you can make beans on toast, poached eggs or scrambled eggs with toast and beans and cheese on toast. There are several more variations you can produce just with these.

Your Meal Planner

If you want to start planning ahead for cheap, tasty nutritious meals, download a free meal planner. This is not yet complete, so it’s free for you to download for personal use only. If you like, it, let me know.

How To Get Fiber On Keto Diet

Important Tips To Follow


When it comes to weight loss, a common question that people have is how to get enough fiber on a keto diet. Fiber is an important part of any good diet, as it keeps material moving through the intestines. It should be incorporated into food intake as much as possible in order to keep the overall diet beneficial to the gut and therefore, the whole body. Lack of fiber can lead to constipation, which is a painful and uncomfortable condition in which the contents of the bowel cannot be evacuated.

Taking fiber sounds easy? The difficulty lies in the fact that fiber is not something that can easily be included in the diet when you are trying to lose weight. Many of the sources of fiber are also sources of calories and when those are cut, the amount of fiber drops too. Fiber may also be associated with starchy foods, so those trying a keto type diet, where carbs are cut (not necessarily calories) may also have a reduced intake of fiber. This can cause a problem with constipation.

Keto Diet

The keto (ketogenic) diet is generally considered to be a low carb, high fat diet. That is, it is low in carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, candy, cookies, etc) and high in fats (oils, butter, lard, dripping, animal fats etc). While in the past it was also high in protein, (meat, fish, vegetable proteins), the level of protein has been reduced.

So let’s take a look at what you can do to get fiber into you, whether on a keto diet or a reduced calorie diet.

Eat More Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables contain fiber but with a keto diet, some fruits and vegetables are restricted because they contain a lot of carbs (carbohydrate) which is restricted on a keto diet (including starchy root veggies like carrots and parsnips and even apples, pears and oranges, at least until later in the weight loss period, etc). Vegetables like cabbage and celery contain fiber with very little starch, however, you may have to eat large amounts of them to get enough fiber for your daily needs. In some cases, you might need to eat several pounds of these veggies to get enough fiber

Stay Hydrated

Water is not fiber but when you decide to go on a diet, you should ensure that you stay hydrated at all times. Even though this will not be difficult for most people, it is something that needs to be taken into consideration. Some diets tend to help expel water from the body, especially at the start of a diet. This water loss contributes to overall weight loss but also means that the contents of the intestine are drier and will therefore become harder to move along the gut. You should drink extra water (unless you have kidney problems or have been advised to limit your water intake) during the day. Funnily enough, drinking more water can actually help you to eliminate excess water weight from your body, instead of retaining it and thus make it easier to get rid of extra weight. So while water is not fiber, it is especially important to stay hydrated, not only because it can help keep constipation at bay by keeping the gut contents moist and easy to pass but also because some diets are diuretic (make you pass more water than usual) so making you dehydrated.

Fiber Supplements

One way to ensure that you get the fiber that you need on the keto diet is to take some psyllium supplements. Psyllium, also known as ispaghula, is a mucilage and a fiber that comes from the husk (outer covering) of certain plants. It is very dry and powdery and MUST be taken with water and with extra water on top. It has absolutely no calories, so is suitable for both the keto and similar diets and also for low calorie diets. Taking psyllium supplements is an excellent way of adding more fiber to your diet.

Some people may find psyllium husks difficult to take. While they can be taken as capsules, psyllium can also be chugged like a drink. You may need trial and error to find out the right amount of psyllium for your needs but one way to take it is to take a small glass, add a little (maybe a teaspoon) of lemon juice and fill the glass not quite to the top with cold and hot water to make a comfortable temperature for drinking. Add two full teaspoonfuls of psyllium husks, stir quickly and drink down immediately. Follow this with another glass full of water (or warm water and lemon juice) or a cup of tea or coffee if you prefer. If you need more psyllium husk, you can repeat this. The lemon juice helps to make the taste more palatable. While psyllium husk cannot really be said to have a taste, its very lack of taste can make it difficult for some people to take it. Adding lemon juice (or a little orange juice) helps with the taste, without adding much carbohydrate.

Make sure you drink down the psyllium husk immediately after adding it to the water, otherwise it swells and becomes mucilaginous (jelly-like) which helps it to push through your digestive system but makes it hard to take down when trying to swallow it. It is vitally important to take the extra glass of water (or some other water-type liquid) after taking the psyllium. You need the water to swell the psyllium so it can do its work. If you don’t take enough water, it will take it from the food already in your stomach or intestine and make that drier and harder to pass through.

You need to take psyllium husks at least 30 minutes before or 30 minutes after taking food.

Another useful source of fiber is linseeds or flaxseed. While these are great for those on low carb diets, because of the high fat and protein content, they have quite a few calories, so are less suitable for people on low calorie diets. You can, however, take these seeds whole. In this case, they are less likely to be used as food by your body and most pass straight through unchanged, so do not contribute to your calories. Some people prefer flaxseed milled or cracked, in which case, they can be used as a source of nutrition as well as fiber. They can be taken in a number of ways, sprinkled on cereal, scrambled eggs or salads, in warm soup, or even mixed with cream cheese. But take a good lot of water along with it. Taking them in with soup is a very good way to ingest them. The soup provides plenty of liquid and the seeds go well with just about any kind of soup you have. I have used them in chicken and vegetable soup and also in carrot soup, which is a thick, blended soup and they went well with both.

If you need plenty of fiber, you can take both of these at different times in the day (psyllium well before or well after food and linseeds along with food) but you will need to use trial and error to find out the amount that suits YOUR body, without being anchored to the bathroom for hours on end.

Whichever fiber you choose, make sure you take PLENTY OF WATER with it, or you could cause a blockage in your intestine.

There are also many desserts, and candy type bars and crisps available that are labelled as suitable for a low carb diet and which contain additional fiber. Read the instructions on these carefully as some may also contain compounds that may have a laxative effect.

Physical Activity

While again, physical activity is not fiber, it is also vitally important in keeping your bowels working smoothly. It is important that you get as much physical activity as possible during the week. A lot of people tend to underestimate the power of physical activity in their lives. Therefore, while taking more fiber in your keto diet it is also important that you incorporate some type of physical activity into your daily routine.

It may be as simple as a brisk thirty minute walk a few times each week. However, you should always aim to increase the amount of physical activity that you take in order to achieve maximum results.

Vitamins And Minerals

Many people fail to realise that the vitamins and minerals in their diet are also important in weightloss. Therefore, it is important that you make sure that you take a multivitamin and mineral supplement on a regular basis to ensure that you have all the required things that you need to keep your body functioning properly.

Getting More Fiber On A Keto Diet

So, if you are wondering how to get fiber on Keto diet, then you need to first of all, learn what your food contains. Next you need to ensure that you take vitamins and minerals on a regular basis. You should also eat a healthy diet which consists of lots of vegetables. If you still need more fiber, consider taking psyllium and adding linseeds (flaxseed) to your diet.  Finally, ensure that you engage in cardiovascular exercises so that you can get fit and get healthy.

Day 8 – Try Appetite Management

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Wellness And Appetite Management

Sometimes, we are just not well, nothing particular you can identify, just feeling Blah! You may have no energy, feel tired or ignored or not supported. Of course, if you feel seriously unwell or tired, then check with your medical adviser but when we feel a bit under the weather we often turn to comfort eating or general snacking, never even noticing that we are eating a lot more than we need, even though we are not hungry. With all this going on, it can be very hard to try dieting, even for one day.

So, instead of dieting, try managing your appetite. There are products available that can boost your immune system, give you extra energy and help you manage your appetite, without you having to think of any diet at all, even for a day.

  1. Smart coffee, in a tub or as “grab and go” sticks can energize your day, so you use more energy.
  2. Alternatively, try Smart capsules, that not only energize but also contribute to appetite management.
  3. SLM Tea can cleanse, detox and reset your system. Just one grab and go stick every other day can improve your whole system.
  4. Defend “grab and go” sticks will boost and fortify your immune system.

You don’t have to try dieting with these products, they naturally help you improve your health, boost your immunity, increase your energy levels and manage your appetite.

Free Samples

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Day 7 – Use A Bullet Journal For Dieting

When you think about a bullet journal for dieting, you may wonder how that fits into dieting for a day. Well, you only need to fill in a bullet journal a day at a time too. You could just use a single page for that day’s goals or achievements or recipes or whatever you want.

What Is A Bullet Journal

It rather sounds like a little black book that’s filled with bullets doesn’t it?. But that’s not it at all. A bullet journal has pages filled with a grid pattern of dots so that you can easily draw lines or diagrams, make boxes and write or use the journal however you want to make your life easier and more productive. For example, you could use it as a weight loss diary or a daily, weekly or monthly weight loss tracker. You do not HAVE to have a special bullet journal of course, you can also use a blank journal, which some people prefer. If you have never used a book like this before, you can get practice ones that allow you to try out these types of pages, to see whether you like and enjoy them before committing to a full journal like this.

A journal, especially a bullet journal can give you some great ways to take weight loss seriously, even on a day to day basis. Many people use bullet journals for setting and tracking their goals and the day-to-day activities that will help them achieve these. If you are serious about dieting then you will want to think about some ways to create a journal that suits you. You don’t have to buy a printable weight loss journal if you don’t want to, you can just use a notebook or an old school exercise book that you have lying around. Or you can download free printable weight loss trackers and just keep these loose sheets of paper and bind them when you have a number of them or keep them in a file or folder. But once you realize all the great benefits of keeping a bullet journal, you will want one for your weight loss motivation, records, ideas and recipes.

Meal Preparation

You can use your bullet journal for meal preparation ideas and a record of which meals you made when. This is really useful when someone complains they are getting the same meal too often. Go back over your meal records and find a meal you haven’t made for a while. Instead of tracking calories (and everything else) every time you make a meal, do it once for each recipe, then you have it all at your fingertips.

A Good Weight Loss Foods Journal

Another way you can create a bullet journal for dieting is to actually make your own meal replacement shakes and smoothies. It’s easy enough to create a good shake or a smoothie. All you need is fresh fruit, a blender, some fresh milk, a banana if you want a summer smoothie, some water to mix everything in and some protein powder if you want the shake to be low calorie but high protein. You could also add yogurt, or a variety of other healthy items into the blender for extra nutrients. Add some ice to cool it down for a few minutes, and you have a perfectly healthy breakfast for weight loss. Keep a record of the ones you like, even take a photograph of your favorites and stick the pictures in your bullet journal and you have a great motivation tool for starting out your day in a healthy way.

Don’t forget about Green Smoothies too. To prepare these smoothies, you only need your blender and ice, along with green items of course. You can eat as many of the green smoothies as you want and they are high in nutrients. Since the smoothie is also high in fiber content, it will help you feel fuller faster. The high fiber content will help you burn more fat, which will lead to long term weight loss!

Keep Your Shopping List For Dieting

There are some great dieting products available on the Internet that could help you lose weight and keep it off. If you decide to try any of them, keep a record of the ones you use and the dates and track your weight to see whether they work for you. Keep a graph, for instance and mark on it the dates when you started and ended taking a particular product.

Use a shopping list for tracking what you are eating, and what to buy. Keep the shopping list in your journal, and if you have a smartphone, you could photograph the list, so you have it with you. Your shopping list should have the essentials of what you need for your chosen diet, including pills and supplements if you choose to take these.

You should develop a system for meal planning before you try any dieting program. If you don’t meal plan before you shop, you will get in the habit of buying things you don’t need or want and that can cause waste or provide temptations you do not need. If you don’t meal plan, you may end up eating fast food during the day. That’s not how you burn fat! If you develop a system for meal planning, you will avoid this problem and be able to focus on enjoying the food you are eating.

Tracking Your Progress

A great way to keep track of your progress is to keep a record of your weight loss or gain, as well as meals and snacks. You can also track your calories, fat grams, carbohydrates grams, fiber grams per serving, and many other measurements. By tracking your progress regularly, you will be able to see your own progress and be motivated to eat healthier.

These trackers are effective because they make you focus on losing weight rather than the numbers on your scale. You will be motivated to find ways to change your life and make a difference.

By using these tips you will start losing weight today! Remember, there’s never too much information!

Losing Weight on a Fasting Diet

Fasting Diet

A fasting diet is a popular method to lose weight. This is not the same as an intermittent fasting diet. Fasting allows the body to cleanse itself and eliminate harmful toxins so that health is improved. If this sounds like something you would be interested in doing, there are several different ways to go about it. Each of these diets has its own benefits when followed properly. Please note, this is NOT starvation and you should carefully plan what foods and liquids to take while you are fasting, to ensure you maintain good health.

Water Or Juice

The easiest fasting diet for beginners would be the ones that you can do at home. You can start by consuming only water or juice for one day. This helps the body rid itself of impurities while still improving your health. Drinking lots of water keeps you hydrated which will help you lose weight. Juice fasting can also help your digestive system because of the high water content.

A more strenuous diet would be one that involves going without a certain amount of food every single day. This diet involves very strict limits on what foods and liquids you are allowed to have each day. The most important part of this type of diet is that you should keep yourself well hydrated all day by drinking lots of water. Drinking water will help your body function better as well as clear out your system. If possible, try to drink pure water.

For those of you who are not able to get up the courage to go on a water fasting diet, you can choose to skip some meals completely. By simply skipping breakfast or lunch or dinner on one or more days, you can get still get your daily nutritional needs fulfilled, while losing weight. It will be beneficial to your body to cut back on calorie intake so that way your metabolism will remain more active and burn calories more efficiently.

Vitamin and Mineral Supplements

If you feel like you cannot get through one whole day fasting, then consider taking a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. Taking one multi-vitamin/mineral supplement a day will allow you to receive all of the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. With a great body metabolism, you can expect to lose weight faster than if you didn’t have a fast. Even if you think you don’t have the energy to exercise or feel fatigued, you can still do it for one day.

Check With Your Doctor

Before starting any type of diet, you should check with your doctor. He or she will help you decide whether or not fasting diets are right for you. You may have certain health conditions that make it dangerous to fast for extended periods of time. Before beginning any type of diet plan, you should always check with your primary care doctor to make sure that it is safe for you. He or she will help you adjust your current medications as well as any new medications that may be necessary.


If you do decide to go on a fasting diet, the best thing you can do is eat a large amount of fruit on the day you begin. Eating lots of fruit in the first few days of fasting will help your body get used to not having as much food as usual. Fruits are very good for your digestive system and help your body break down other foods faster. Even though you may have gained some weight on the first day of the fast, you will lose it as you continue to drink water throughout the day.

Water Fasting

Water fasting is also called Clear Water fasting and it should not last longer than 3 days maximum, nor should people under 18 years of age or older people do this. On the first day of the fasting diet, drink large amounts of water, approximately two liters a day. On the last day of the fast, drink even more water. As you continue to follow the water fast, your metabolism will speed up as your body uses its stores to survive. When you return to eating regular food, your weight will begin to slowly start to come back.

Losing Weight In Lockdown

Many places are currently in lockdown for Coronavirus. This means individuals and families are not allowed out of the house except for a few specified reasons: many workplaces are closed and may never reopen, social gathering places, such as hotels and clubs are closed, exercise centers and gyms are closed and even where you can get out, your time is limited.

There can be a temptation to eat and drink whatever you can because you feel powerless to change what is happening around you. You may be lonely, you may not be able to see your family, you may not be able to meet your friends or attend your usual social gatherings and food (and alcohol) may seem like friendly substitutes. They are NOT, they will cheat you out of your health and help you gain weight if you use them to help you feel “better”.

You Are Powerful

You have a great deal of power over your life, if you choose to exercise it.

Step Outside The Box

Challenge yourself to step outside the box. Do something that you have previously feared or that made you feel panicked, uncomfortable or scared. When choosing something to do, keep in mind that:

1. Most of the things we worry about, never take place. Even if it has or will take place, it is usually not as bad as we feared. If it is, we WILL get through it.

2. Doing something  that you have previously panicked about will make you a stronger person.

3. You will gain more confidence and personal supremacy. You will feel powerful, not powerless.

4. Your past does not equal your future

Have you done anything lately that really scared you, but after you did it, you realized you had more confidence and personal power? If you haven’t, try it! The only way to get past your fear of doing something is to: Do It… Do It Now! And you will be shocked. It will be the best feeling on earth. Stepping outside the box and getting uncomfortable is the only way to grow as a human being. Courage is not “feeling no fear” it is feeling scared and uncomfortable, yet doing it anyway.

Do you want to achieve your goals? If so, you have to stretch yourself, get out of the rut of your comfort zone, and take chances!

  • Challenge yourself;
  • Stretch your thinking;
  • Embrace diverse ideas;
  • Try new things.

Your world will begin to expand and your confidence will grow. Your dreams will come alive and your possibilities will be endless! It will be a powerful time!

Feeling Powerful Can Overcome Weight Gain

If you challenge yourself and develop your personal power, it can overcome the cravings for excess food or for alcohol and help you avoid weight gain during lockdown. Only you know what would challenge you and help you develop your power. Some ideas would be

  • Find a way to get more exercise, whether that’s climbing stairs, lifting furniture, doing cleaning(!), working out with the kids, getting your daily 1 hour exercise, clean off your bike, do body weight exercises, take up yoga or pilates, find an exercise class online and join in
  • Do something that is scary to you personally. Make a video or a presentation online. Start writing that novel you always threatened to write. Take up a new creative art. Research your family history. Throw out some of that clutter you have been accumulating. Tidy your drawers or wardrobe. Find a diet that you like the sound of and find out all about it. Start it. Write a letter to someone.
  • Learn something new. A new language (or improve your ability), a new form of exercise, improve your cooking, try a new way of eating, take up the guitar or singing, write poetry, learn to create a website or write a blog or a programming language. Learn to identify birds or trees or architectural artifacts.
  • Overcome a disappointment. If you have suffered a big disappointment, find a way to get over it. This may require acceptance that your choice is not to be or you may need to find the courage to redo something or start again. If you have failed an exam, not succeeded in getting a job you wanted, then decide what you can do to make your dream come true.
  • For people who have always been busy, suddenly having to stay in and do nothing can be very challenging. You could start writing a journal, take up meditation, or relaxation or find some way to slow down, maybe reconnect with yourself or nature. Take advantage of the break and use it to your advantage.
  • Get social. If you have lost your physical social life, learn to develop a new one online.
  • If you are not in the vulnerable categories and not self-isolating, you may be able to volunteer to help others by dog walking, fetching prescriptions, doing shopping. There are also volunteer activities for those who must stay in, such as phoning vulnerable people who are locked in, etc. There are many voluntary activities you could do. Look online for local opportunities.

Feel Your Power: Keep Healthy


Carbohydrate Addicts Diet

Seems Unreal But It’s True

I don’t know why I never heard of The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet before but it has been around for over 20 years and has a Facebook Page you can join too.

This diet is based on research carried out by two severely overweight scientists who found that some people were born with an insulin system that worked differently from everyone else’s. They found out how to manage it, using a diet that allows you to eat anything you want for one hour a day. The rest of the day, you can eat up to two complementary meals that must not contain carbohydrate. No snacking. They both of them lost weight on the diet and have maintained their healthy weights for over 30 years now.

Not Hungry

You might think you would feel ravenous on this diet but NO! The way the diet works, it controls the release of insulin. Eating or drinking carbohydrates, such as soda or bread, is what gives you “insulin spikes”, where your body releases insulin to deal with the carbohydrates, then releases more, a little later, that makes you feel hungry. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet helps your body deal with insulin release so you don’t get these spikes, so you don’t feel ravenous. Certainly, you feel hungry before it’s time for your main meal but it’s not the desperate, “give me anything, right now” feeling that a carbohydrate addict can get, where they will eat anything right before dinner, or never feel satisfied, despite a large meal.

Eat Anything

Yes, it’s true, not a dream. For one hour a day, on this diet, you can eat anything you like. Now of course, it’s much better to make it healthy food. And the way to do that, is to eat salad or vegetables first, then eat your main meal and then dessert if you are still hungry. During the rest of the day, you can eat one or two low carb meals, depending on which of the 5 plans you are following.

Why Not Try This Diet

This diet does not require you to buy any special foods or pills or potions. It sets out how to lose weight, healthily at a pound or so a week and keep it off. What’s not to like?


What Are Vegetables

www.tryadietforaday.comMostly vegetables are thought of as the parts of plants that you can eat. But then you can also eat spices, seeds and fruit and we don’t think of those as vegetables. We usually think of veg as the parts of plants that are eaten as part of a savory meal. If you do not like vegetables, you can find a list of vegetables, or at least some of them, at the end of this article and you may find some that you haven’t tried and that you might like. Surprisingly, some of the veggies we eat are technically “fruits” but we eat them as vegetables, for instance, cucumber, squashes, peppers and tomatoes are all fruits, as they contain seeds, but are eaten as vegetables.

Can We Eat Anything Else In Place Of Vegetables

So why do we eat vegetables? Firstly we get energy, for instance, peas, beans, carrots and turnips provide calories. Secondly, we can get vitamins and minerals from them, for instance, cabbage provides iron and magnesium and many vegetables provide different vitamins, like vitamin C. Thirdly, we can get fiber from them. Fiber is the indigestible part of the plant that helps keep us regular and which can also feed some of the good bacteria in our gut, to keep us healthy.
Now, the big question, can we get energy, minerals and vitamins and fiber from other sources, rather than vegetables? Certainly, we can get energy from other food sources. We can also get vitamins and minerals and we can get fiber. A lot of these could be obtained by eating fruit, seeds, grains and nuts instead of “vegetables”. These are still edible parts of plants but they are not generally eaten as part of a savory meal. Apples will give you fiber and vitamins. Nuts and seeds will provide energy, fiber and vitamins. These are still parts of plants but not vegetables.
So provided you eat OTHER parts of plants to get your dietary needs, you do not need to eat vegetables. If you want a healthy diet, you need to eat some parts of the plant, it may not necessarily be vegetables but you do need plants.

The Universal Plant

It’s interesting to try and imagine a single plant that could provide all the different kinds of food and benefits we get from eating a mixture of plants and their different parts. It would need to have a stem (e.g. rhubarb), swollen stem (e.g.fennel), underground stem (e.g.ginger), tubers, (e.g.potatoes), roots (e.g.carrots), leaves (e.g.lettuce) fruits (e.g.apples), nuts (e.g.almonds) and seeds (e.g.peas), just as a starter.

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The Universal Plant

List Of Vegetables

snap peas
brussels sprouts
mustard greens
jerusalem artichoke
sweet potato

The Ketogenic Diet & Constipation

Many people who start a diet find that their bowel habits change, usually they become constipated. This can be quite a problem and drinking a lot more water or eating more vegetables doesn’t always seem to help.

Check out this video for some useful advice.

If you find that constipation is a big problem for you, check out your symptoms with your doctor or health adviser.

Cheeses Served In Restaurants

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Cheese is often one of the first things to go when people are on a diet. It is seen as a big “no-no”, because of the level of fat in many cheeses, however, cheese is also a great source of calcium and a little, even on the strictest of calorie controlled diets can help keep strong bones. It is also very filling, so a little can add a great taste and help keep you satisfied and not hungry. If you are out at a restaurant at dessert time, the cheeseboard is much preferable to the dessert trolley.

The Different Types Of Cheese Served In Restaurants

One of the most delicious types of dairy based foods that exists is cheese. It has been a part of our diet for hundreds of years and it is actually a main part of almost every cuisine from around the world. There are many different varieties of cheese that you can eat and they all have different flavors and characteristics. Most people have a favorite type of cheese, or one that they’re most accustomed to. However, in this article, we will be taking a closer look at some of the types of cheeses that are typically served in restaurants.

French Cheese

The first cheese we will look at is Brie. This is a soft and creamy cheese that originated from France and it is quite a mild cheese. It generally has a pale yellow color with a white rind and it has about 334 calories per 100 grams. The center is deliciously soft and the rind is slightly chewy. If you want a stronger version of Brie, then you can try its cousin, Camembert cheese. Brie is a very popular cheese around the world and you can eat it with a variety of cured meats, fruits and wine.

International Cheese

Next, we will look at Cheddar cheese which is actually one of the most common cheeses available. This cheese originated from England and it has a pale white to orange color. The strength can vary between mild and pungent and 100 grams of cheddar cheese is approximately 400 calories. The different strengths of cheddar cheese actually depend on how long it has been aged for. Three months will produce a very mild tasting cheese, five to six months will produce a medium tasting cheese, nine months will produce a mature flavor, fifteen months will create an extra mature flavor and eighteen months and more will create a vintage tasting cheese. Vintage cheddar cheese is very sharp and tangy while having a crumbly texture.

Cottage cheese is up next and this cheese is quite similar to ricotta cheese. This cheese has a very different production process and as a result, it has a different nutritional profile. It has a significantly lower fat content which means it’s lower in calories. One hundred grams of cottage cheese is only 98 calories which makes it a fantastic cheese for people who are on a diet. It is a very moist and creamy cheese and it looks like white curds. It has a very high protein content along with a very lumpy texture.

Lastly, we will look at Gorgonzola cheese, which is a blue cheese, so called because there are veins of blue running through it. This cheese originates from Italy and it has a very sharp and strong flavor. There are mainly two varieties in this type of cheese and they are Dolce and Piccante. Dolce is aged for under three months and as a result, it is very creamy, soft and almost spreadable. Piccante on the other hand is aged for between six and twelve months and is very pungent while being crumbly. This makes it perfect for eating with certain dishes.


Some of these cheeses are served on the cheeseboard at the end of the meal, often in place of a dessert, though not always. They can be served with wine and are often eaten with crackers or bread of some kind.

In closing, we have just looked at some of the different types of cheeses that are served in restaurants. There are many more varieties so be sure to continue reading and learning to gain a greater understanding of cheese.