Essentially it's a vegan diet with eggs thrown in, a skew away from starches and grains, and a few other tweaks. Not surprising if you know me. But I figured I'd paste it here just for the hell of it.
Here's the detail, in vague order from things excluded, to things included:
- Absolutely no fruit juice drinks, except for the occasional indulgence of sparkling cider or whatnot. Fruit juice is a glycemic nightmare for me. No soda of course.
- No dairy, especially no cheese.
- No meat, except for eggs from well-cared-for chickens.
- Only a smattering of those meat-substitute soy products.
- Sparse grains (pasta, bread, rice), unless I'm getting lots of exercise, in which case I eat more to get more energy.
- Few starchy vegetables - potatoes, yams, peas - with the exceptions usually being beans, like kidney beans or garbanzos.
- Very little non-pulpy starchy fruit, e.g. apples, pears.
- The occasional mango or melon (honeydew, watermelon, etc). These are on the borderline between pulpy and starchy.
- As much pulpy fruit as I care to peel and eat, e.g. oranges, plums, tangerines, grapefruit, pomelo, tomatoes, grapes.
- Nuts and seeds, when they're around.
- Plenty of high-quality oils. On salads, or when making omelets, or frying up a batch of potstickers.
- All kinds of green vegetables, mostly in salad form - that is, mostly uncooked. Broccoli, spinach, cucumber, kale, various lettuces ranging from green to purple, and so on. Peppers too.
So why am I so opposed to cheese, and other dairy products? I have discovered that dairy does two things to me:
- Its high caloric density offsets a lot of more healthy things I would otherwise eat.
- It distorts my feeling of satiety, such that I end up eating more total calories than I otherwise would. And I gain weight. This wasn't such a problem when I was in my teens and early 20's, but my digestion has changed since then.
I suppose I might try it as a pure taste exercise - trying an exotic variety, for example - but that's hypothetical right now. I don't miss it.
Breakfast for the past two weeks has usually been an orange and/or a bell pepper eaten raw like an apple. Lunch has usually been a large salad from the cafeteria at work. Six bucks for a heap of romaine, spinach, red leaf, arugula, chickpeas, bell peppers, sprouts, cucumber, broccoli, olives, mushrooms, and crushed flax seeds. Dinner has been a mixed bag - sometimes soup, sometimes an omelette (though I have had trouble finding decent eggs lately), sometimes just something small like a handful of cashews and some carrots dipped in hummus.
My complexion has cleared up, my weight has stayed down, and I am never lacking in energy. I have even added some muscle mass.