You'll need a book for the Zen Diet or anti-diet.
The Zen Diet was inspired by nutritional habits of the Japanese. Maybe they know something we don’t know, their life expectancy is one of the world’s highest. The meals are low-calorie and are mostly based on fish and soy products. Foods such as cold cuts, meat, and desserts should be avoided. Finish your meal with a piece of fruit. Here are some of the diet principles.
It’s important to choose the right fats. Don’t eat saturated fats such as those found in meat and dairy products because they oxidize rapidly. Reduce your consummation of omega-6 unsaturated fatty acids because they can lead to inflammatory illnesses. In their place you should eat omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids. Good sources of omega-3 include fish and some cold-pressed oils such as peanut, sesame, soy, linseed, and olive oil. Eat a lot of fish; it furnishes proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It also helps fight against high blood pressure, cholesterol, aging, and strokes. Reduce your meat consumption. Eat soy, whole-grain rice, and cereals. Increase your consumption of fruits and vegetables. Good choices include sweet potatoes, Chinese cabbage, and Japanese pears. Don’t forget to consume algae, including nori, kombu, iziki, and wakame.
Delicious, different food for the Zen Diet.
Advantages of the Zen diet include its alleged help in combating atherosclerosis and premature aging. Other claimed heath benefits include reducing the chance of cancer, some cardio-vascular illnesses, diabetes, osteoporosis, cholesterol, and some menopause symptoms. Its meals are balanced. The major disadvantage is the absence of meat.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: A glass of soy milk. Oatmeal. An orange. Lunch: Tomato salad. Tofu and ginger brochettes. Rice with lentils. A soy dessert with raspberries. Supper: Mussel soup. Chicken with bamboo shoots. Rice with onions. 2 kiwis.
Menu 2 Breakfast: A soy dessert. 2 small slices of whole-grain bread. An apple. Lunch: A two-egg soy omelet. Cucumber salad with celery rave. A vanilla soy dessert. Supper: Green salad. Herring filet with herbs. Sautéed carrots and bell peppers. A pear.
Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.