Apr 17 2011

Best Diet in the Universe : Blueberries and Walnuts – More Questions and Answers: Graehm Gray

Hello my fans and welcome to another installment of the Best Diet in the Universe series. As you can see, this series is composed of terrific diet plans, questions and answers of real life diet issues, recipes and information about foods, nutrition and fitness. It could be a great book. And all of you, my adoring fans, are getting the benefit of reading it here first, for free! Yes, soon it will be at your local book sellers, or online as an e-book. As a side note, I am still hoping that bookstores make a comeback! There is nothing like the feel of a book. Now mind you- I love my e-readers-I have a few types. But I still love the feel of books. I guess I am old fashion. But it seems that we are losing this precious art form. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. I am still receiving lots of wonderful questions and came upon questions related to blueberries and walnuts. These are two wonderful plant based foods and a big part of the Best Diet in the Universe. Remember my fans, this diet plan incorporates the good carbohydrates that you should have in your daily diet plan. By eating more of a plant based diet, you will incorporate more of the "good" complex carbohydrates that have the fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein as well as many ...

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Apr 10 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – How To Boost Your Metabolism and How To Slow It Down!: Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. This is the second column of a two part series on Metabolism. Metabo what? Yes metabolism- the way life is sustained. Food we consume is converted into energy, which is then utilized for the bodies reactions, which help growth, repair and of course elimination of waste products. I guess you can call metabolism an example of the “circle of life”. Why are we concerned about metabolism? Well you see as we get older (do we have to? Yes we do!), our internal engine slows down. We don’t seem to have the energy we once had as a teenager. Our hair is falling out, our skin is sagging, its harder to straighten up in the morning, our muscles are disappearing and we are gaining weight. We wake up one morning and notice that we now have an additional layer of body fat around our waist. Where did that come from? Who put that there? Its like taking a model of the Earth and placing a 2x2 inch layer of Jello around the equator. OMG! My pants don’t fit any more. That dress-forget it! And the bathing suit-ugh! Cover the mirror! Actually it developed from your steady diet of eating, doing less exercise and your metabolism which slowed down. Yes, our metabolism can slow down by up to 10% every ten years. That’s why our fitness gurus have made ...

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Apr 02 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – Questions and Answers: Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. I am so happy that you have been following the Best Diet in The Universe and have completed four days of terrific foods, good size portions and great fitness activities. By the feedback comments I have been getting- most of you are feeling better, losing weight and having more energy! I am thrilled by all your emails. This column is devoted to a few of the great questions that I have been receiving. FAQ: A. Do you have a more extreme version of the Best Diet in the Universe? The answer is yes. There is a version that cuts back even further on the calorie intake. It’s meant for quick weight loss and I will bring that diet out in the future. For now, it’s a matter of re-educating your bodies to appreciate this new pattern of foods and activity. Just think of the tortoise and the hare-in the long run-you will be the winner. B. I have been following your diet and I am not losing weight-why? This is a common question. Sometimes after losing a few pounds (starts with 10 pounds), your body’s metabolism changes. And as a result, you stop losing weight. Some dietologists refer to this as the “wall.” Anyone who has been on a diet knows exactly what I am talking about. You are going along fine, losing, losing, and losing. You are happy. Your clothes are ...

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Mar 20 2011

Best Diet in the Universe-Day 4 (Four): Graehm Gray

Hello my Best Diet in The Universe fans, are you ready to continue? We are at day four. Yes, you made it through three incredible days and you are almost finished with one week. How do you all feel? The feedback has been fantastic. Most of you have lost weight-the majority has lost over five pounds. Wow, just in three days. A few have lost over ten pounds! That’s amazing. Remember, on a diet like this, the weight loss is slow. This is a type of diet that can act as a maintenance program as well. Some people lose weight very quickly. While others lose slowly. It’s your metabolism ( that means how fast or slow your body burns energy) and how strict you are on this diet. Either way, this diet will make you healthy. Eating nuts, fruit, olive oil, yogurt, fish, vegetables-sounds very Mediterranean. And you are right. It is! The Mediterranean diets, in my opinion, are the healthiest diets in the world. Many studies* have shown beneficial effects of following the foods eaten in the Mediterranean countries. Helping heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity are just some of the positive health benefits. So welcome to another episode of Man (or woman) versus diet!! In the right corner here we have you-a wonderful son, father or husband; or daughter, mother, wife, ready to do battle for truth, justice and ...

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Mar 01 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – Day 3: Graehm Gray

Hello my wonderful dieters and welcome to day number three of The Best Diet In The Universe. By the feedback I have been getting, you are all doing great. Some of you are eating the snack, while others are skipping. That’s okay. This is a diet based on moderation. And the in between snacks are there if you get hungry. Also I have been advised that the portions are big. That’s okay too. I was very lenient with portion sizes. If you can cut back-great. But if you are one of the “I’m starving” types, there is enough food for you too! Most of you are okay with the selections. There is fish for you fish lovers and meat for you carnivores. Either way, the plan should be able to accommodate all of you. And as for the exercise, I am thrilled that most of you are doing it! Yes, I must tell you that I am overwhelmed that you all are doing so well. So are you ready for day number three? Let’s get this party started!                                                                                                                    Vamos al dia tres! That’s lets go to Day 3  Breakfast: today we start with oatmeal-preferably FIT KIDS, MONKEY BRAINS or any natural Quaker Oatmeal types without preservatives or added sugar. One serving. Any flavor!  Also throw some fresh blueberries, strawberries or raspberries in the oatmeal. What is “some?” Some is a few-a few ...

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Feb 27 2011

Best Diet in the Universe-Day 1 (One):Graehm Gray

Hello fans.  I have just come back from a week long cruising adventure aboard one of Celebrity’s newest ships called ECLIPSE. In one word it was-amazing! I decided to experience a week on the ocean, in one of the latest mega ships to cruise in the Caribbean and write about it to you, my adoring fans. From the abundance of food, quality, and food choices to the excellent service, it was a great time away and I recommend the cruise highly! However, as a result of this review and of course tasting the delicious food offerings, I am now going to go on a post cruise diet. That’s right, I am going on a specially prepared diet-The Best Diet In The Universe-and you can follow it with me!  I will give you the goal amount of calories for each meal-but since I believe in moderation, nothing will be specific. I think too many times, we focus on the numbers, when we should be focusing on the food and the exercise. Oh, did I forget to mention exercise. Yes, that’s right, along with the food details, there will be an exercise to follow as well. Now I know that most of you are ready to take off a few unwanted pounds.  You are tired of that extra bulge around your waist. You are tired of the pants ...

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Feb 05 2011

Best Diet in the Universe-Secret Diet Tips Revealed! Graehm Gray

Hello fans of mine, and welcome back to The Best Diet in the Universe. It’s what you all have been waiting for. It’s what you have been preparing for. It’s time to get started. It’s time to get fit and healthy. It’s time to get into shape! So all of you that have read the last two blog columns-you are ready! Let’s take a moment and review all the major points that got you this far: The junk food in your kitchen is gone-hasta la vista baby! It’s replaced by healthier items. Don’t worry-I will give you a list of the healthy items you should stock up on. You got on the scale and now you know! Had to be done! This is your starting weight. And we all need a starting point. You will weigh yourself every few days and watch the weight fall off. You made a realistic weight loss goal. This is so important. So many times we say-I am going to lose 20 pounds, or 30 pounds.” Never happens. This goal needs to be something you CAN actually reach. This doesn’t have to be the only goal. Once you reach this weight target, you reassess and look at the next goal. One of the major problems that we all face is once we achieved the first goal-we don’t sustain it and we gain back the weight. So a realistic weight ...

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Jan 14 2011

Best Diet in the Universe:Secrets Revealed – Graehm Gray

Wow, by the response from my last blog, you guys and gals are ready! It seems that many of us are ready to get the weight off.  I am proud of all of you honest folks-yes, we let it out-we are honest-we gained weight and we are not happy campers. And now, you took the first five steps: 1. You got rid of all of the junk food in your kitchen-had to be done 2. You have weighed yourself-good or bad-had to be done 3. You set a weight loss goal that is realistic-had to be done 4. You made an exercise schedule and finally you went for (or have scheduled) a checkup with your medical provider-had to be done. Great job! Had to be done! Must be done! You are well on your way to success. Now you are all wondering, what’s next? What other secrets can you tell me? Tell me Graehm, please, please!   So let’s talk food! That’s right “da food!” What type, how much and when can I eat it? Isn’t that what we all ask several times a day? In my family, we ask it before we even finish our first meal of the day. We need to know! And we need to know now! We all think about food incessantly. It makes us feel good knowing what ...

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