My New Year's resolution is to adhere to a diet for at least a while. I have had 5 months of a vegetarian diet and it's been difficult because even a smallish portion of pasta, potatoes, rice, beans, bread and other mainstays of the diet spin me into a carb trance. It's no longer any good chastising myself for my lack of discipline. So I'm going to take some time off. I've ordered quite a few books from the library and am reviewing them. In the meantime, I will buy anything that I think is quite good.
So...in no particular order, I plan to post my impressions of the "Candidates" to become my diet:
"The 17 Day Diet" has some intriguing aspects. Unlike other low-carb plans, certain veggies are not verboten. I'm glad to see that right from the start it's possible to eat a large number of veggies on the "freebie" list--tomatoes, onions, carrots, and many others. And two servings of fruit are permitted daily from a well-chosen list that seems low on the glycemic index. But the biggest wheat and white carbs are not permitted.
I am glad to see that exercise is mentioned, but it seems simply gimmicky to have 17 minute exercise sessions!
The diet has four cycles, each lasting a seemingly arbitrary 17 days: Accelerate is the most limited, followed by "activate" which adds a few more food options, then "achieve" is 17 days in which you can draw on a wider spectrum of food, but you may not eat any carbs after 2 PM.
Finally, 51 days in, you ARRIVE and then you have a combination of all three cycles to deal with for the rest of your life, aside from planned weekend samplings of your favorite foods (this could be binge-inducing for some people).
The lack of an index is a big draw-back. I decided to look up almonds and avocados, simply to see where they fit in. NO INDEX? So I cannot look up anything.
The idea that you should eat your fruit before 2 PM seems capricious and irrational. Does it really make any difference when you eat a food?
Other things that I like, however, are he has a chapter which includes "special considerations" such as cultural diets--special items are included if you follow an Hispanic, Asian, Mediterrean, Indian, Persian, etc. cuisines. But with the lack of an index it's difficult to know that you can add "polenta" or "risotto" to the "Activate Cycle" although there is no rice listed in the regular "Activate" portion of the book.
This diet is NOT suitable for non-tofu eating vegetarians although I think a pescatarian could make a go of it. For various reasons I don't eat tofu or tempeh. If you do eat those kinds of soy products as a vegetarian, you could probably work it if you are careful about the method of cooking.
Overall, following this diet will make it difficult for you to consume too many calories. I took the quiz at the beginning of the book and it seems to equate eating more healthily and drinking more water and understanding the connections between obesity and disease makes me"ready to be a TOTAL HOTTIE!"
I might hang on to this book for a little while; I have not totally ruled it out but if I find a well-indexed similar book, this one marches back to the library. I also still do not understand the magic of "17" as the perfect number to work with. The inclusion of carrots and tomatoes and two fruits a day is the magic here for me.
Gratuitous picture of grandson included to inspire me.