I just read Dr. Sears new book TOXIC FAT and it has changed my entire view of dieting and health. For the first time I understand so many things that I didn't know before, like why I had such a bad reaction to lipitor.
Anyway, I am a reformed low carber. I wasn't an Atkins saturated fat aficienado, but I still did low carb via the Carbohydrate Addicts diet.
I don't know why, but I simply cannot eat large volumes of food, even though I am overweight. My husband said that before he married me he thought I was a closet eater because he didn't understand how I could eat so little and be so overweight. But once we married and we lived together he realized that there was just something about my body chemistry, that I just don't eat that much.
Now I know what that something is!
Anyway, there is NO WAY I could ever eat all of the food that Dr. Sears says I need to eat everyday. I have an ulcer history and I have read that this can reduce the amount of food you can eat in one sitting, so perhaps that is part of it.
For breakfast I drink one cup of tomato juice (to lower my cholesterol and it DID work, it lowered it by 38 points!), 1/2 cup soymilk, and some fruit. A good amount for me would be one orange, one banana (which I will change to some strawberries after reading Dr. Sears book) and maybe five grapes.
If I change the 1/2 cup soymilk to one cup could that be my protein for breakfast?
For lunch I usually eat veggies and some sort of protein, but nowhere near the amounts that Dr. Sears says I should eat. I am mostly a vegetarian but I do eat seafood. VERY occasionally I may eat some chicken or beef, but that is only on special occasions, such as a family gathering and then it is not very much.
I would feel comfortable maybe eating HALF of the amounts Dr. Sears says I should eat at every mean.
I also CANNOT eat snacks!!! I need my food to digest and need to go a few hours between means, I am NEVER hungry eating my lowcarb way, and it is already difficult to eat at all, much less large volumes of food.
So, I guess to sum it up my questions are:
1) Can one cup of omega three (not the sweetened vanilla or chocolate) soymilk count as a protein block with my fruit breakfast?
2) Can I cut all of the portions in half and omit all of the snacks and still get the benefits of the ZONE diet?
I still drink plenty of water, usually around 9 - 10 eight ounce glasses a day so that part is OK.
I don't think it is healthy to eat so much I am bloated, uncomfortable and nauseus, so I need help with this.