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Healthy Weight Week

Friday, 22 January 2016 00:00  by Yolanda F.


Who are Tom and Gisele?

I had to ask myself because anyone else walking the free world might laugh or worse, guffaw at my ignorance. But so what! I can answer my own embarrassing questions with the help of my best friend, the internet. Oh! That Giselle and Tom! Tom Brady, the New England Patriots football player, and Giselle Bundchen, the Victoria’s Secret model. Duh! OK, I sort of recognize their names now and I definitely recognize her face. And he’s adorable, so, yeah. Got it!

It seems their personal chef, Allen Campbell just put himself on the map by strategically leaking some tidbits about what keeps the couple looking like a football player and a super model. And now it’s all over the news. My guess about what it takes to look like that would have been starvation, you know, like the air and water diet with some popcorn thrown in when my jaw might need the exercise.

I’m kidding, of course, because starvation only leads to malnourishment, which most definitely has a look. It’s an undesirable look that could make me want to run to the nearest deli to buy them each a sandwich.

But no, that’s not them. Not even a little bit. Their skin glows. Their muscles are taut. Their eyes are bright and clear. Their bodies are built for performance and are being maintained as such, thank you, Mr. Campbell.

Since he’s around to keep them on track all week, all month, all year, year after year, they’re not likely giving much if any thought to National Healthy Weight Week, which happens Jan. 20 to 26. We should all be so fortunate that such a week is laughable and completely unnecessary.

Some of us will let that week come and go without any attention to our weight. If you’re one of those people, feel free to ignore the rest of this blog. But for those of us who yearn for someone like Mr. Campbell to be the warden of the kitchen, but can only afford to read about his tricks of the trade, let the games begin. I was truly interested to know his recipe for a famous body.

I feel as though I’m on a constant quest for a failsafe meal plan that I can refer to without much ado so I can pay more attention to my work rather than spending a couple of hours each day stressing over what I’m making everyone for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

So, thanks Mr. Campbell, for the help. I’ve broken the list down into bite-sized pieces. (Pun intended!) Most of us will have to improvise and tailor these rather strict rules to our own limitations and lifestyles. For instance, you may only be able to play by these rules during Healthy Weight Week and then wonder what it might be like to eat like this all the time.

  • Eat mostly vegetables. Eighty-percent, in fact. Organic only.
  • Eat only 20 percent of the leanest meat: Grass-fed organic steak, duck on occasion, and chicken. If you’re going to eat fish, eat mostly wild salmon.
  • Eat whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, and millet, and beans.
  • Do not eat white sugar.
  • No white flour.
  • No MSG, which means no processed foods.
  • Do not cook with olive oil, but rather coconut oil. You can eat raw olive oil, but not cooked.
  • Use Himalayan pink salt for sodium. Never use iodized salt.
  • Do not eat nightshades like tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms or eggplant because they cause inflammation. Eat tomatoes only once in a while.
  • No coffee or caffeine of any kind.
  • No fungus.
  • No dairy.

If you need comfort food, eat quinoa with wilted greens such as kale, Swiss chard or beet greens. Toast garlic in coconut oil and use toasted almonds or cashew sauce with lime curry, lemongrass and ginger. And call that comfort food.

Last modified on Friday, 22 January 2016 06:25

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