Sunday, July 11, 2010

Phase One of the Harcombe Diet

Well, things are serious and now require a serious diet, so my husband and I are back on the harcombe diet together - phase one - in hopes to shed many pounds and loose inches around our waists in a short amount of time. This is a great diet plan for a lifetime because it focuses on eating pure unprocessed food without the sugar and preservatives. This is really the kind of food I want my family to eat for improved health, improved weight and improved energy.

Phase one of the Harcombe diet is a 5 day detox to rid your body of the sugar and carb cravings. It is similar to the Atkins diet allowing only certain vegetables and meat and no carbs or sugar, but Zoe Harcombe instead suggests lean cuts of meat and does not allow for fat from meat in phase one and absolutely no sugar substitutes or caffeine such as soda pop/coffee. Here are the allowed foods in phase one:

Vegetables:
Alfalfa
Artichoke
Asparagus
Aubergine (eggplant)
bamboo shoots
bean sprouts
beetroot
broccoli
brussels sprouts
bok choy
Chinese cabbage
carrots
cauliflower
celeriac
celery
chicory
chillies (any)
courgette (zucchini)
cucumber
dandelion
endive
fennel garlic
kale
leeks
lettuce (any)
mange tout
marrow
mustard greens
okra
onions
parsnip
peas
pepper
pumpkin
radish
rocket
salsify
shallots
sorrel
spinach
squashes
Swiss chard
swede
turnip
watercress
water chestnuts

Herbs and Spices
basil
bay leaves
caraway
cardamom
chervil
chives
cinnamon
cloves
coriander cumin
dill
ginger
marjoram
mint
nutmeg
oregano
paprika
parsley
rosemary
saffron
sage
tarragon
thyme
turmeric

Fish/Seafood
Cod
haddock
halibut
plaice
turbot
whiting
clams
crab
lobster
mussels
oysters
prawns
winkles (British creature)
anchovies
mackerel
pilchards
salmon
tuna
trout

White/Red Meat
chicken
duck
goose
guinea fowl
pheasant
quail
rabbit
turkey
bacon (lean)
beef
gammon
ham
lamb
pork
veal
venison

Other
eggs
natural live yogurt
Tofu
Quorn (leading brand of mycroprotien food product in the UK and Ireland)
Tomato
Olives
unsalted butter
olive oil

Herbal Teas
chamomile
fennel
ginger
ginseng
hawthorn
lemon balm
peppermint
rose hip