January 12, 2012

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Welcome to my kitchen during my “6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle” diet program. All daytime activity in the kitchen is focused squarely on the arrangement you see in the picture. Let’s take them from left to right:

* The Eades’ book that provides all the “how tos” and “whys”, as well as guiding all activities during the program, including meal guidelines and recipes for all meals during the program.

* The three big canisters in the rear are the three whey protein powder products that go into the three “Power Up!” shakes you drink every day for the first two weeks of the program. There’s vanilla, banana and chocolate, all of which are OK, as long as you drink them fast and cold. These shakes contain two spoonfuls of powder mixed with 1 cup ice, 2 tablespoons coconut milk, 3/4 cup cold water (for my chocolate noontime shake I use decaf coffee), and, for the vanilla morning and banana afternoon shakes 3.5 grams of strawberry-flavored amino acid supplement for the 5-7 grams of leucine the Eades Diet requires these first two weeks.

* The Elite canister contains the amino acid supplement. Damned good thing it’s mixed with the vanilla and the banana, because, even through strawberry flavored it’s gross. Hey, no one said fad diets were all pretty!

* Next are the vitamin supplements – a daily multi-vitamin plus magnesium and potassium supplements. I take all those with my noontime Power Up! shake.

* My trusty blender, which is the hardest-working appliance in the house right now.

(Not shown, but of equal importance: the container of Thai coconut milk, the measuring cup for the water, ice, and decaf coffee for the various shakes, and the exercises I’m doing eight times a day to tighten my midsection.)

Right now I’m nine days into the first two weeks of the program, and I have to say I’m pretty impressed. While I think (at least I feel, I may be wrong) that my initial 8-lb weight loss has slowed, perhaps plateaued, I am already starting to see improvements in my midsection, I haven’t had to take a single Prilosec for acid reflux since the diet started (a pleasure, since I’ve been relying on them for the past year), and I definitely feel like I have more energy.

I have four days (counting today) left on the first phase of the diet, then next week enter into what the Eades call the “meat weeks” (weeks 3 and 4). Gone will be the shakes (thank God!), and I’ll be allowed to return to my two cups of half regular / half decaf coffee in the mornings, plus – get this – I’m allowed 4 oz. of wine or a 12 oz. beer twice a week for those two weeks! I’ll be allowed to eat almost as much beef, chicken, fish, and poultry as I want, but what few carbs were on the menu for these first two weeks are completely eliminated. Supposedly there won’t be as much weight loss during this period going on as a continued recomposition of the muscle and fat around the midsection as the body adjusts and the exercise regimen continues.

On the Eades diet there are no concerns about saturated fat or red meat – this is all super protein stuff. What is absolutely verboten is anything containing high-fructose corn syrup (a real killer that’s found in more products than you can imagine), polyunsaturated vegetable oils, fruits and vegetables with high sugar content, and, of course, anything with lots of carbs.

It’ll be interesting to see what happens when I weigh myself next Monday AM, stay tuned.

Filed in: Uncategorized by The Great White Shank at 00:44 | Comments (2)
2 Comments »
  1. wow!

    are all those nutrients helping the golf game?

    cubby

    Comment by Ron "Cubby" Myerow — January 12, 2012 @ 3:50 pm


  2. Ask me after Vegas, baby!

    Comment by The Great Whire Shank — January 12, 2012 @ 5:31 pm


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