Okay, here is the diet I made up. I’m no expert, but I’ve been on just about every diet there is with varying levels of success. I know what works for me and what doesn’t.
All of the foods allowed on the Romancing The Bee Diet (“RTBD”) are low (below 55) on the Glycemic Index (GI).
The GI is a numerical system of measuring how much of a rise in circulating blood sugar a carbohydrate triggers–the higher the number, the greater the blood sugar response. So a low GI food will cause a small rise, while a high GI food will trigger a dramatic spike. A GI of 70 or more is high, a GI of 56 to 69 inclusive is medium, and a GI of 55 or less is low.
For me, a food with a low GI keeps me satisfied longer and naturally suppresses my appetite. The variety of foods allowed enables me to still cook creatively!
Foods allowed on the RTBD are listed below. If it’s not on the list, I’m not going to eat it!!
Lean meats such as beef, skinless chicken, lamb, pork loin and veal – 8 ounces per day, OR
Any type of seafood without breading or batter – 8 ounces per day, OR
Three eggs per day (3 ounces), OR
Any combination of the above, not to exceed a total of 8 ounces of protein per day.
One grapefruit per day
One lemon per day
Apples or pears – two per day, total.
Non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, cabbage, salad greens, winter greens, onions, and garlic. (unlimited)
1 avocado per day
2 tablespoons raw honey
2 tablespoons olive oil or butter (not light) or mayonnaise made with olive oil (not light), or a combination of these, not to exceed two tablespoons total.
2 tablespoons bleu cheese or parmesan cheese
Unlimited – Tea, diet soda, water, Vinegar, Tabasco, salt, pepper, fresh and dried spices and Dijon Mustard.
1 five ounce glass of wine per day, preferably red. (May be used in cooking)
EATING BREAKFAST IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED!
That’s it. No counting of calories or carbs or points. I’m hopeful that the small amounts of “naughty” foods will keep me from feeling deprived, while still allowing me to lose 2-3 pounds per week.