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Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:15 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
I was wondering if almond milk and chia are ok on the Suzanne Somers diet plan - also, what are they catagorized under?
Also, quinoa pasta - is it combined the same as whole wheat pasta?
I have so many questions, the books I have are a few years old, so a lot of this wasn't in the mainstream and isn't in her books.
Jacqueline in KY
Mon Jul 09, 2012 6:26 pmFood.com Groupie
Personally, I have never done a diet plan by her so I am afraid I am no help. Did you google the info you have asked about?
Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:35 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
I was referred to this site to ask. I still haven't found the answers to them.
Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:50 pmForum Host
I wonder if you might not have better luck going to her site and asking on her blog or in her communit y- that would seem the best source.
Thu Jul 12, 2012 11:32 amFood.com Groupie
Welcome to food.com, it is very nice to meet you msprzy!
I didnt know to much about Someersizing but I did find this snippet that should help answer your questions.
The Premise: Somer’s plan is a 2-Phase program that allows you to eat approximately 1200 calories a day. She encourages 30 minutes of daily exercise and is adamant about eating healthy, whole foods to lose weight and maintain the weight loss. The Suzanne Somers Diet encourages vegetables and restricts refined sugars and all processed foods.
Phase 1: Weight-loss phase
This phase consists of no refined sugars, no processed foods, 1200 calories a day and a strict limit on carbohydrates. Dieters will also be introduced to Somer’s Super 7 Rules (see below) which are consistent throughout both phases of the plan.
Phase 2: Maintenance phase
This phase gives you the freedom to eat what you want, as long as you follow the Super 7 Rules and continue to exercise.
Somer’s Super 7 Rules:
1 No refined sugar or foods that simply break down into sugar.
2 Combine proteins and vegetables together at meals or snacks.
3 Combine whole grain carbohydrates and vegetables together at meals or snacks.
4 No combining carbohydrates with proteins or fats.
5 No skipping meals.
6 Only eat fresh fruits on an empty stomach and preferably before a meal.
7 When switching from a protein/vegetable combination to a carbohydrate/vegetable combination, always wait 3 hours between.
What to get excited about: Experts agree that this plan of healthy eating is a recipe for a healthy lifestyle. For dieters that love the taste of real food and dread the task of low-fat grocery shopping, Somer’s plan is right up their alley. This program is inexpensive, and everything you need to know, including recipes, is in the book. There are no special pre-prepared foods, pills, or supplements to purchase. The plan, including the Super 7 Rules, is flexible for people that cook for themselves or prefer dining out!
Things to consider: The most controversial part of the Somers Plan is the concept of food combining, which is popular in France but lacks the scientific proof to validate it. Somers maintains that combining the wrong kinds of foods together in a meal (ex.: fats and carbohydrates) causes the food to turn into sugar or glucose. Then the body stores that sugar into fat instead of metabolizing it right away. That leads to unhealthy weight gain. Somers details the dangers of bad food combinations and foods that she considers funky foods because they are whole, but high in natural sugar. Both, she maintains, feed a high glycemic index that promotes weight gain. Some also suggest that 1200 calories is a restrictive number of calories for Phase 1 and may not be doable for many dieters
Almond milk is very low in calories; it contains only about 40 calories per serving, and it's low in carbs at only two grams per serving. Almond milk contains about three grams of fat per eight ounce serving, making its fat content equivalent to that of rice milk.
I scanned the first page and there are a few chai tea bags that have no carbs but I believe they are a plain tea with no fancy additives.
I think you could drink the almond mix sparingly on Phase 1 of the plan and then Phase 2 could add a little more to your diet. The chai tea as long as it doesnt have cream and other goodies in it would be fine for both Phase 1 and 2. My guess would be beverages or maybe vegetarian categories.
As far as the quinoa and whole wheat pasta I would say no they are not combined the same way.
These are just my opinions msprzy and it would be a good idea to either invest in her new books or request them from your public library. Ebay or half.com would be another place that you could get the books at a discounted price.
Best of luck to you on your dieting journey!
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