The Romancing The Bee Diet – The Essentials

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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.

The Romancing The Bee Diet – Honey, Garlic And Rosemary Chicken

Fat bee

People used to ask me how I kept from gaining weight with all the rich cooking I do.  I haven’t heard that question since Thanksgiving.

I have been asked about my weight though. My daughter politely inquired how I managed to gain so much in a mere 30 days. My mouth was full of Tiramisu at the time. I think she was being ironic…

Yes, Gentle Reader, it’s true. This little bee has grown plump.  There will be no more Romancing for me  if I don’t lose a few.

For the record, honey had nothing to do with my weight gain.

On the contrary, it was butter, cheese, cream, bread, pasta and refined sugar.  (Yes, I’m human…)  I can’t remember the last time I passed up a glass of wine. My recent exercise has consisted primarily of typing. Oh, and of course, cooking.

I’m not giving up the goodies forever, mind you!  I believe in everything in moderation. I just have to get rid of my newly acquired avoirdupois before it gets too comfortable around my midsection and doesn’t want to leave.

Diets are never fun, but I thought it might at least be interesting if I made up my own.  One that includes honey of course!

In a nutshell, I’m going to give up the aforementioned dairy, grains and refined sugar until I lose the weight. I’m also going to walk more and maybe take a yoga class once a week.  I’ll keep you apprised of my progress.

I’ll also provide the details of my diet, which I’m still making up!  Until then, here’s a recipe for a starter!

Honey, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken

Ingredients:

(Serves 2)

• 2 skinless Chicken Breasts or other boneless chicken

• 1/8 cup  Olive Oil.

• 3/4 teaspoon honey

• 1 teaspoon dried Rosemary.

• 3/4 tsp Balsamic Vinegar.

• 1/2 tsp crushed Black Pepper.

• 1 pinch of Kosher Salt.

•  1-2 cloves of Garlic, minced.

Directions

Pound chicken in wax paper with a mallet until 1/4 inch thick.  Mix rest of ingredients and brush on chicken before and during cooking.  Place in grill pan or hot skillet and cook to desired doneness.  Serve with steamed brussels sprouts or broccoli.