Hi, I have been lurking for the last few weeks. And I've seen a lot of questions around that could be answered from the Q&A session Dr. Ian did on the Yahoo groups last spring. I thought I'd share them here since I didn't see it over here. If it is here and I missed it, please feel free to delete this!
Phase 1 FAQ
I have from Trader Joe's Roasted & Salted Soy Nuts: 1/4 cup serv. has 7g
fat, 1 g sugar, and 5 g fiber with 130 cal. I was wondering if these were okay they give a great crunch.
Yes, but only a couple of servings per day at most. That would be 260 calories in nuts. Enjoy.
Am I supposed to be eating EVERYTHING in Phase 1?
The items listed are the max that you can have, but you're not expected to eat EVERYTHING on the list EVERY day. That would be too much food. Pay attention to the serving sizes.
Are Kidney (Red Beans) o.k. to eat in Phase 1? I was going to try to make red beans and brown rice for dinner with no meat added.
All beans are acceptable to eat in Phase 1.
Are Vegetarian Baked Beans okay in Phase 1?
If they have hidden sugars, fructose, sucrose, maltose, then no. And watch for sodium. Anything canned will need to be rinsed throughly before eating to remove excess salt.
Are butter and cheese powdered substitutes ok to add to foods. They seem to contain only sodium and a mere 5 cal. per serving?
Sodium is salt. Use in small amounts and you should be okay. The extra sodium though may make you retain water more easily.
Are pickles permitted? Dill? Sweet? Etc...
Pickles are allowed in phase I of both Dill and Sweet variety. It should be limited to no more than 2 pickles per day.
Are veggie burgers allowed in Phase I?
Veggie burger which are made of 100% veggie or tofu are allowed. Some veggie burgers have bread and/or cheese contents. You can't have those.
Are we only allowed 2 cups of tea per day? I can easily drink around 4 cups throughout the day of decaf green tea, no milk, no sweetener...do I have to cut it down to 2?
YES, YOU SHOULD CUT DOWN TO 2 CUPS PER DAY, DECAFFEINATED.
Are you allowed to take vitimins?
Yes, a good daily multi-vitamin
Can Naked Juices be taken during Phase I, we enjoy the smoothie variety, and the ingredients list all fruits?
Not recommended for phase I but in phase II you can have it in moderation.
Can "I Believe it's not Butter" spray be used in Phase 1?
Yes, in a small amount. Use sparingly.
Can I have prepackaged oatmeal or just plain oatmeal?
Just plain oatmeal. Not presweetened.
Can I have soy cheese in phase 1?
Not in Phase 1. It's allowed in Phase 2.
Can I use honey to sweeten tea or oatmeal?
Not in Phase 1.
Can we have Wheat Bulgur?
Not in Phase 1.
Can we have sugar-free, fat-free Jell-O pudding?
No, you really should wait until Phase 3.
Can we use flaxseed?
Can you eat whole Grain cearals in Phase I if you don't like oat meal or egg whites for breakfast?
You really shouldn't. Try a smoothie with 1/3 cups of raw oatmeal blended in.
Can you have Grits in place of oatmeal?
Yes, in the same amount of oatmeal per day, 1 cup cooked maximum.
Can you stay on Phase I for more than 9 days?
This question has been answered, look below. You can stay on it indefinitely if you choose to.