Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Omega Diet

While on vacation I decided to read Dr. Artemis P. Simopoulous' book, "The Omega Diet". I have been looking for a guide to healthy, clean eating that I could incorporate into our daily lives. I don't like the term diet because diets are short term and I am striving to make lifestyle changes that will last for the long term. The Omega Diet appears to fit the bill.
My original clean eating goals have changed a little bit because I discovered this new diet. We are currently following the 21 day eating plan as we adjust to this new lifestyle. The book provides 7 detailed dietary guidelines that need to be followed to succeed with the diet. Here are is a quick summary of those guidelines.
1. Enrich Diet with Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
2. Use Canola oil or olive oil.
3.Eat at least 7 servings of fruits and veggies a day.
4. Eat more peas, beans, and nuts.
5. Reduce the saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet.
6. Avoid oils high in Omega-6 Fatty acids.
7. Avoid trans-fatty acids.
Not only are these guidelines provided but also research to support Dr. Simopoulous' recommendations. There is a tremendous amount of medical studies and research that is provided before learning about the recommended eating plan. I also found that most if not all of the recipes and recommended meals provided don't require processed foods. This plan will allow me to continue eliminating processed foods from our diets while creating a healthy diet for my family.