Any start the EZ Diet?

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Any start the EZ Diet?
Sat, 02-07-2009 - 10:20am

I know these was brought up on the boards a few months ago. I put off starting it after getting the stomach flu, but I'm thinking of starting this next week.

Has anyone started it with any success?

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Registered: 05-28-2008
Sat, 02-07-2009 - 1:40pm

I started it Kellie, and then I "tweaked it" a bit based on information given to me by an acupuncturist (the old "wise one") and then confirmed yesterday by another not so old, but also wise one. They both wanted me to incorporate warm energy foods to help with my shortie cycles, to avoid any cold/coldest foods & herbs.

It is interesting that a few of the "cold energy" foods that I am supposed to stay away from are also on the "bad list" on the EZ diet - so that was double enforcement. Yogurt - very cold energy, white sugar - also cold.

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Sat, 02-07-2009 - 7:34pm


Would you mind posting me, via my screen name, the basics of the EZ Diet? I really have to get doing something before I back slide too much post baby.

I assume the peanut butter ice cream I'm about to have is a total no no!

Thanks VERY much!


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Registered: 05-28-2008
Sat, 02-07-2009 - 9:00pm

edited because I goofed.

I sent it to you, if you don't get it let me know.


here's dust for me and you =

Edited 2/7/2009 9:03 pm ET by mattie1230

 BabyFruit Ticker

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Sat, 02-07-2009 - 9:24pm


Would you mind sending it to me too.

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Sun, 02-08-2009 - 2:24pm

Hi Lori, I tried clicking the send email and it said I couldn't. I will post it here, it is not very long.

EZ Diet
by Dr. Ernest J. Zeringue

Bad List:
Sugar (to include hidden sugars e.g. orange juice)
Breads/baked goods and flour
White Wine

So-So List: (serving size = tennis ball)

Good List
Everything else. You can eat any meats, fruits, vegetables, or nuts that aren't listed above. Dairy products are also good. There is no need to limit portion size.

Red wine may be consumed in moderation.

Phase 1 (Restrictive)

Nothing from the Bad List.
1-2 servings/week from So-So list.
As much as you want from the Good List.

Use Phase 1 for 4 weeks.

This should help with the cravings and give you impressive results.
You may be hungry between meals for 1-2 weeks. Eat snacks from the Good List.

Phase 2

2-3 servings/week from Bad List.
3-4 servings/week from So-So List.
As much as you want from the Good List.

Cheat Day 1 time/week.

Vacations: Enjoy yourself. You may need to return to the restrictive phase for a few weeks after your vacation.

Exercise: 3x per week 20-30 minutes

Info I found posted on the internet:

A cheat day and the 2-3 from the bad list per week were important so your body didn't assume those items were gone forever and adjust and go into maintenance without them. He said adding them sometimes would keep things working optimum. He also said weight loss was not the goal of this plan but better IGF-1 which affects:

*weight regulation
*eggs and ovulation
*endometrial growth
*arteries and hypertension
*mood and energy

"As for “hidden sugars” it’s hard to stick to a specific gram amount since natural sugars such as fructose and maltose don’t raise insulin levels and would be OK… except of course high fructose corn syrup which is fairly toxic to the liver. One good scale is sweetness. If it’s not sweet and doesn’t have flour added. Its likely OK. For the salad dressings you may want to continue to limit the amount so the salad isn’t saturated but still flavored. Overall I haven’t seen salad dressings causing big problems.

Beans are OK also. I don’t advise you go crazy with them but they are something that can be eaten several times a week without much of a problem. The grains will be fine too… as long as they aren’t used to make flour or bread of any sort. Unprocessed grains are basically fiber so it won’t really do much to insulin."

I will be asking him more after this week so I will let you know then.

Cream of Wheat is out, just like oatmeal. You can eat barley or Quinoa. Coffee is not suggested with TTC for sure, but beyond that he said it also is known to give a pretty significant insulin surge so to watch it. Soda and whatnot would be no if containing sugar. As far as artificial sweeteners he is pretty against them, especially any regular use. The diet "in his words" is about what you would eat of you were on a farm and grew your food and had livestock. Eating things in their most natural form whenever possible and going by the rules listed on the diet.

Another thing, if you want to know what to do look up low insulin diet online, not low glycemic that is different, but low insulin because that is basically what this plan is.

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Sun, 02-08-2009 - 2:29pm
Thank you very much for the info.

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Sun, 02-08-2009 - 6:56pm

Thanks Mattie, got it!

Now I just have to look it over and start... that's always the hard part.