The 3-1-2-1 Diet

3-1-2-1 diet

 

by Dolvett Quince

I’m one of those people who watches weight loss shows like The Biggest Loser while holding a pint of ice cream or a plate of cookies. I also read a lot of diet and healthy eating books and while I don’t adhere to all of the information, a lot of it seeps into my brain somehow. Nowadays there are so many books on the market that the advice can seem to be repetitive. The 3-1-2-1 Diet sets itself apart by emphasizing the word “cheat” as a way of letting you know that the focus is making it as accessible in a real life setting.

The main premise is to “eat clean” for 3 days, cheat for 1 day, clean eating for 2 days, and then cheat for 1 day. Eating clean is basically choosing foods in their natural, unprocessed state: fruits, vegetables, proteins. Nothing out of a box or from a fast food outlet. Easy, peasy. It takes some planning, but really this is good common sense to follow. Quince includes shopping lists, money-saving tips, and options for vegetarians and vegans (which is all but ignored in most diet books). Meal plans and recipes are included along with instructions on how to eat on your cheat days. There is even a maintenance plan to follow after you’ve reached your goal.

Of course, this wouldn’t be a Biggest Loser trainer’s book without a section on exercise. Although he’s beautiful to look at, I would have preferred seeing someone other than Quince demonstrating the moves, just for some variety. I read this book last fall and while revisiting it to write this review, I’ve decided that I like it better than I originally thought. It’s one of the most comprehensive diet books that I’ve seen and would be really helpful to anyone who wants to lose pounds or just adopt a healthier way of living.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

The Juice Generation

100 Recipes for Fresh Juices and Superfood Smoothies

by Eric Helms

There are plenty of books on juicing out there, but The Juice Generation is probably the most beautiful and accessible that I’ve read so far. The layout is what really sets this book apart from others as the nutritional information is presented in a clear way without the reader feeling bogged down with facts, as is the tendency with writings on this subject.
The author eases you into the world of juicing by breaking it up into a plan of three phases. The first phase introduces you to easy recipes with familiar fruits and veggies an even includes choices to make with your blender if you haven’t committed to buying a juicer yet. Each subsequent phase adds in more produce and supplements and leads you up to juice cleanses when you’re ready.

The pictures throughout are gorgeous and there are also testimonials from avid juicers. The only drawback for me was the namedropping of celebrities, but it didn’t detract that much from the text. The Juice Generation will definitely reside in my healthy eating library.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary e-book of this title in exchange for my honest review

A Busy Month (Hopefully)

If I act like a good girl and honor my commitments to myself, then September should be a busy month for me.  That’s because it is National Yoga Month, National Sewing Month, and Monday starts the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine’s (PCRM) 21-Day Vegan Challenge

Now, ideally, I would like to commit to practicing yoga and sewing everyday, but as I’m notoriously lazy, I doubt that will happen but I will do my best.  The one thing I can commit to doing is reading more about the subjects.  You know I’m always down to read a good book.  So here are my choices to commemorate this busy month:

NATIONAL YOGA MONTH

The Subtle Body: The Story of Yoga In America
by Stefanie Syman

NATIONAL SEWING MONTH

 Solutions to Every Problem You’ll Ever Face, Answers to Every Question You’ll Ever Ask
by Barbara Weiland Talbert

I have a lot of books on sewing in my library, but I rarely sit down and read them cover to cover. I just reference them when I have a question.  This little book is just full of tips and tricks and I will go through every page.

Because New York Fashion Week is also this month, I will be reading this:

Nina Garcia’s Look Book:  What to Wear for Every Occasion

21-DAY VEGAN CHALLENGE
This is the one thing that I will definitely be doing everyday. I get recipes from all over the place but will use a couple of books and cookbooks as well.

Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
by Isa Chandra Moskowitz & Terry Romero

Quick & Easy Vegan Comfort Food: 65 Everyday Meal Ideas for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner With over 150 Great-Tasting, Down-Home Recipes
by Alicia C. Simpson

By Any Greens Necessary:  A Revolutionary Guide for Black Women Who Want to Eat Great, Get Healthy, Lose Weight and Look Phat
by Tracye Lynn McQuirter

Join me if you want. Inspire me if you will. Support me if you can!

Health Resolutions 2008

In addition to the standard medical & dental check-ups, I want to do the following:

  • Lose 50 lbs by the end of the year. Women’s Health magazine (one of my favorites; I am a magazine addict) has put out a book called the Perfect Body Diet. I read through it (as I do all diet books) and while I decided that it wasn’t for me, I did take the test to determine what my ideal weight should be. According to my height (5’9″) and body frame (medium; determined by measuring my wrist), I should be 145 lbs. Yes, that means that I am currently 195 lbs. There! I said it! Talk amongst yourselves.
  • Exercise. I don’t have an exercise habit at all. The only reason that I am not substantially heavier is because I don’t drive and walk to and from the train and I walk a lot during the day at my job. I currently subscribe to the following health & exercise magazines: Shape, Fitness, Self, and Women’s Health. I have lots of exercise dvds. I just don’t do it. I must start. I am working on a viable, simple plan.
  • Practice yoga. The physical and spiritual aspects appeal to me.
  • Cut back on sugar. I am a sugar addict and rarely does a day go by without it. I have already started eating more fruit to give me the sweet taste without the blood sugar issues.
  • Drink more water. Compared to most Americans, I already drink a lot. I am not getting 8 glasses, though.
  • Eat more fresh vegetables. Again, compared to most Americans, I eat a lot, but more won’t hurt.

I think these are goals that are attainable. I am giving myself a whole year to lose the weight!!