May 24 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – Day 7: Graehm Gray.

Hello my diet fans and welcome to Day 7 of your Best Diet in the Universe diet plan, brought to you by me, your diet guru, Graehm Gray. Yes, I have accepted your mandate. I am there for you! Investigating the hundreds of diet plans out there and formulating my original plan just for you, my loyal followers. Its actually not so dramatic, but I like to write that way! My plan incorporates the essentials of a good Mediterranean style meal plan with a special concern on calorie intake. Its really not a “diet” plan per se, but more like a way of life. Yes, a life style!

So fellow dieter, you have reached the end of the week: week number one-and we are about to climb further up the mountain. By this time, after six diet days, your body is going through changes. Your body is recognizing that it is not getting the usual amount of food that it has received before. In fact, besides seeing a lower quantity, it is seeing a much healthier assortment of calories. Your body is now being called upon to burn fat and carbs more efficiently. It is adding protein to your muscles and burning internal fat. And with the Best Diet in the Universe daily exercise program, your conditioning is improving not to mention the efficiency of your metabolism. Your ability to burn fat is getting better! So enough of the accolades, let’s get this party started!!

Day 7: a low carb day!

Breakfast: Start the day with a 4oz. glass of POM pomegranate-blueberry juice mixed with 2 oz of water with a squeeze of lemon. Next have one-half of a grapefruit with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Follow this scrambled eggs- one full egg and one egg white. May add to this two slices of a low fat cheddar cheese or 2 slices of Nova Scotia salmon (a.k.a. lox, nova, smoked salmon or gravlox). One-two cups of coffee/green tea, and a 6 ounce glass of water with lemon. Calorie goal: 200.

Mid morning snack: Best Diet in the Universe specialty Baked Roasted Parmigiano Almonds -take two handfuls (you can make more and save for a later snack) of roasted unsalted almonds, place on a baking tray, spray with a light coat of olive oil and sprinkle some freshly grated Parmigiano cheese. Bake at 250 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Eat while warm-WOW-super delicious!!! One cup of coffee/green tea and two 6 ounce glasses of water with lemon. Calorie goal: 50-75.

Lunch: Today we are going with a large salad-romaine or iceberg (your choice). Add cucumbers, peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, olives (black or green), pine nuts, preservative and range free chicken (or turkey) breast. Can use a low salt ham, lean sliced sirloin, or tofu. Dip and taste salad dressing: I recommend the Best Diet in the Universe Thousands of Islands made with canola oil mayonnaise and a low sodium ketchup, but you can use oil and vinegar or blue cheese. Always remember to dip and taste-keep it light! One cup of coffee/green tea and two six ounce 2 glasses of water with lemon. Calorie goal: 250-300.

Mid afternoon snack: 1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with cinnamon and one handful of the Parmagiano almonds (see earlier recipe). Two 6 ounce glasses of water with lemon. Calorie goal: 50-75.

Dinner: Tonight you have a choice: A. Surf and Turf-with a small, ½ hand size piece of salmon (grilled with garlic lemon and olive oil ) and a ½ hand size filet mignon (also grilled with garlic and olive/canola oil), or B. a petite, hand size, filet mignon (or chicken breast, tofu, or just veggies) shish kabob -make 2 skewers, with roasted veggies-carrots, zucchinis, onions, and tomatoes. Coat with garlic, rosemary, lemon, pepper and olive oil. For the Surf and Turf, add steamed broccoli with a light coating of olive oil and lemon and garlic. Can also add two grilled tomatoes halves and grilled onions. With the grilled veggies-use a coating of olive oil, lemon and garlic. Add a small dinner salad of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers with your choice dressing-dip and taste. Decaf coffee, decaf green tea, one and or two 6 ounce glasses of water with lemon. Calorie goal: 300-350.

Dessert: Wait 30 minutes after dinner- then have a 1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with cinnamon. Add a small handful of raspberries. May add a handful of Best Diet in the Universe Baked Walnuts-recipe-take two handfuls of walnuts place on a baking tray at 250 degrees, spray with a light coat of Earth Balance; sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake for 10-15minutes-WOW WOW! One 6 ounce glass of water with lemon. Calorie goal: 100.

Late snack: handful of Parmigiano almonds, with a glass of water with lemon. If still a bit hungry, may add a small salad (iceberg lettuce) with peppers, tomatoes and very little dressing (dip and taste). Calorie goal: 50.

Exercise of the day:
Today you start a longer exercise period: 45 minutes of the following: minimum of 25 sit ups, 100 jumping jacks, 10,000 steps (walking or on the treadmill) and air boxing-five 3 minute rounds. Any combination of the above-but it should last for 45 minutes. This bump to 45 minutes is important to let your body know that it needs to continue to keep burning fat and not to get use to the routine. That is an important part of dieting-the routine-and your body will get use to it unless you jolt it one in a while. Calorie burning goal: 200-300.

Congratulations! You have made it to day number seven. At this point, you are getting the toxins, that’s right, all of the bad stuff in your body, out and the replacing it with good stuff. You are changing the way your body looks at food and reacts to it.

FAQ:

Question: can I use cream or milk for my coffee? Skim milk is recommended but its okay to use either 2% cows milk, Soy milk, rice milk , almond milk or if you can’t be without it, squirts of cream.

Question: can I exercise for 60 minutes or longer? I feel I can do it. The answer is this: you must exercise a minimum of 30, 45 or 60 minutes where recommended on this diet plan, but if you can do more-great!!! It will always help to burn fat. Remember, 90 minutes is the new 60 and 60 is the new 30.

Well, did I say that you look marvelous? Well you do, inside and out. You have tackled this first rough and tough week. Now each and every week of eating will be easier and easier.

Let me know if you have any questions.

My friends, stay fit and healthy The Nerdel Way.

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