The following foods break down in such a way as to boost your insulin level
and lower your metabolism or are improper combinations with certain types
of foods. Even though I've given you lists of Neutrals, Starchs and Proteins,
I've still included some foods that can create problems when improperly combined
because these are often an undetected problem. Items in bold green type are
elaborated on for Step subscribers.
Anything with caffeine in it - don't forget that many sodas have caffeine.
Caffeine has the same insulin-stimulating, weight-loss-inhibiting effect
Anything sweetened with aspartame, Nutrasweet, high fructose corn syrup,
or any of the sweeteners listed under "Sweeteners" on this page. Read labels!
I had been drinking this delicious Fruit-flavored mineral water for some
time when I looked at the label and was horrified to find that it contained
high fructose corn sweetener!
Boxed prepackaged foods
ingredients that contain more than four syllables and a hyphenation (in other
words lots of chemicals in the ingredient list)
Starch & Protein mixes (unless one or the other is a very small amount)
Rice mixes: if it's white rice throw it away. Brown or wild rice products
are okay as long as they don't contain any other undesirable ingredients
Pasta mixes: if it's not a whole grain pasta throw it away.
aspartame or Nutrasweet - this is permissible if eaten occasionally but why
would you want to when there's so many healthy alternatives
corn syrup or corn syrup products
high fructose corn syrup
Substitutes for sweeteners.
Weight loss problems with "good" sugars.
no white breads
don't use any bread that doesn't contain whole grains (Be careful: labels
sometimes say "wheat flour", which while better than white flour is
not the same as "whole wheat flour")
Starch and Neutral substitutes for breads with Starch
and Protein meals.
Canned and jar foods
food starches: potato starch, corn starch
refined sugars: dextrose, monosodium glutamate, corn syrups, corn syrup solids
Starches mixed with Proteins
most soups are either improper mixes or contain too many highly processed
tomato based pasta sauces
Don't forget to read the labels on one item foods such as beef broth, they
usually contain a large assortment of chemicals. I've been able to find powdered
chicken flavored and vegetable broths at my local health food store that
Fruit, if it's canned it's been cooked
Fruit in sugar-based syrup - UnDiet Fruit dessert
Fruit fillings with refined sugar - UnDiet Fruit filling
must be whole grain and sugar free
rolled oats, not quick cooking, are the best hot cereals, but not for breakfast,
jams and jellies with refined sugars or corn products
canned Fruit in sugar based syrup
Substitutes and recipes for jams and
most gums contain sugar, Nutrasweet, or aspartame
bread crumbs are most likely made from
corn syrup solids
high fructose corn syrup solids (this is not the same as "fructose")
Birth control pills,
and estrogen replacement
therapies aggravate hypoglycemia, hyperinsulinism and overweight
conditions. According to Dr. Atkins if you're on these medications, you would
not be expected to do well with this or any other diet. In other words, you
would be forced to choose between being slim and having normal blood sugar
levels. Check with your doctor about finding a replacement that will allow
you to reach both your health and weight goals.
Nuts are a difficult food as they are an almost equal mix of Protein and
Starch, so use them sparingly and infrequently.
Cashews are best used with a Starch or Neutral meal.
Macadamia nuts are best used with a Protein or Neutral meal.
Any sweeteners listed here are absolutely forbidden when following a high
Protein diet. They can be used in any other type of food combining
plan but very ,very (VERY, VERY) sparingly.
sorbitol, mannitol and other hexatols; sucrose, maltose, fructose, dextrose
and any sweetener ending in "ose"
aspartame, NutraSweet, Equal
raw sugar (which isn't really raw)
Substitutes for refined sugars
Don't Alienate Your Family
If your family can't quite give up the little blue box (Kraft Mac and Cheese)
and it's too tempting for you to have nearby, stash these items in an
area outside of the kitchen or in a place that's difficult to get to such
as in that hard to get to cupboard over the fridge or a shelf in the
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