Monday, February 6, 2012

17-day resource

Mom (Paula) and I are reading and following (I'm not following it as closely as Mom, but as closely as I can, usually) the 17 Day Diet by Dr. Mike Moreno and have found that it works for us, wahoo!! So, I'm sharing this address in case any are interested in reading about it:

This link sends you to a blog (unconnected with the author) that has lots of good information on it. (Mom and I call it a food plan instead of a diet. And I think of it as a cleansing plan.)

A super condensed overview (according to Erin, anyway) is: for the first 17 days, you cut out all carbs that are not already in the fresh fruit and vegetables included on the list, i.e. no bread, candy, potatoes, junk food. 2 fruits a day both eaten before 2pm. 2 servings of probiotics a day. 8 8-oz. glasses of water a day, bare minimum. As much as you want (until you are no longer hungry) of the proteins and vegetables included in the list. (The lists are quite long, so don't worry, it wouldn't turn you into a rabbit for 17 days.)

I'm on the first cycle, so I'm unfamiliar with the second cycle. I know you add some carbs every other day and do cycle one on the non-carb days.

I've included the list for cycle 1 below:

Fish: Salmon, Sole, Flounder, Catfish, Tilapia, Canned light tuna (in water)

* Opt for wild-caught rather than farm-raised fish, which may have received doses of antibiotics. Avoid the bigger fish such as swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and albacore tuna. They are the most likely to carry metals like methyl-mercury, which is considered a toxin.

Poultry: Chicken breasts, Turkey breasts, Ground turkey -- lean, Eggs (2 eggs = 1 serving), Egg whites (4 egg whites = 1 serving)


Artichoke, Artichoke hearts, Asparagus, Bell peppers (green, orange, red, yellow), Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Green beans, Green, leafy vegetables (including beet greens, turnip greens, collard greens), Kale, Leeks, Lettuce (all varieties), Mushrooms, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Scallions, Spinach, Tomatoes, Watercress


Apples, Berries, all types, Grapefruit, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Prickly pear cactus, Prunes, Red grapes


Yogurt (any type, including Greek-style, sugar-free) (6 oz. container = 1 serving), Kefir: similar to a drinking-style yogurt; great for making smoothies (1 cup = 1 serving), Low-fat acidophilus milk (1 cup = 1 serving), Yakult: (1 cup = 1 serving), Acidophilus milk: (1 cup = 1 serving), Reduced salt miso dissolved in low-fat, low-sodium broth (1 tablespoon – 1 serving), Sauerkraut: (1/2 cup – 1 serving)


Olive oil, Flaxseed oil


Condiments and seasonings are allowed in moderation: Salsa, low-carb marinara sauce, lite soy sauce, low-carb ketchup, fat-free sour cream, Truvia (a non-caloric sweetener made from natural ingredients), sugar-free jams and jellies, vegetable cooking spray, fat-free cheeses (i.e. Parmesan), fat-free salad dressing, salt, pepper, vinegar, mustard, herbs, and spices.

The 17-day thing is changing the way you eat. There are 4 17-day cycles. The first cycle is outlined above, the second cycle is mentioned as well, but I forgot to include that you're suposed to exercise for at least 17 minutes twice a day. The third cycle adds more foods to the list, has you pay particular attention to portions and proportions and has you increase your exercising 45-60 minutes. By cycle four, you have set healthy habits and now create a strategy to keep the weight off and stay healthy. So, cycle 4 is for the rest of your life, I guess.

In all cycles, you drink 8 8-oz glasses of plain water daily, in addition to whatever else you drink.

You're also instructed to drink green tea with each meal. That gets into a topic that is a personal thing and I don't wish to make anyone less happy by saying anything about it or opening a discussion of it on this supportive blog.

Once again, I just want to say THANK YOU to Becca and DeAnn for starting this contest and to all of you who are participating. I feel support and strength from you.

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