Originally Posted by NowatkaL
Does anyone know why we the following 0-carb/1-2 carb items are not allowed on phase 1?
Sugar free gum
Red wine vinegar
Yellow squash (spaghetti)
Diet soda/crystal light
I'm in week 4 and all my favorite "avoid real cheat" items are a no-no. Will they really hurt my weight loss effort?
The gum is not approved by some coaches because many people have a gum chewing habit and could have too many hidden carbs if they use the wrong gum. Also because many people will slip away from approved gums to gums with aspartame or sugar alcohols which do effect the pancreas. AND because chewing gum can stimulate appetites for some which can increase hunger and lead to cravings.
Red wine vinegar is a bit of an unknown. The answers I got were: it may change body acidity too much and this diet helps keep us more to the alkaline side. I also was told, if it is a 0/0/0 product with no sugars in the ingredients, you may use it in moderation. Don't make it your go to vinegar.
Yellow summer squash and crooked neck are allowed. Spaghetti squash has been allowed by some coaches as an occasional item. It is not on the list and no winter squashes are allowed.
I was told by my regional director that there are too many veggies to list on the sheet. The list the more common and preferred ones. If you find a vegetable that is of the same general makeup (protein/carbs/fat/sugars/fiber) and has a low glycemic index value - use it. To do that you would have to be willing to do some research about the foods you eat and, he thought many people don't want to put in that work, they just want to be told. Here is a link to a site that give you many of the pieces to decide if things are common enough to try adding. If in doubt, use something occasionally and in small portion.
Diet soda is not advised NOT because of the aspartame but because it will cause your body to become more acidic which is counter to the goals of this diet.
Crystal light is allowed by some coaches and not by others. The reasons given are they don't want clients using aspartame. WHY? Because it has been learned that the body recognizes it as a sugar. It doesn't retrain itself as easily to become more insulin sensitive in the presence of aspartame as it does with splenda or stevia. Some people have found crystal light with splenda. In this case it is a decision by you and your coach.
Seltzer is often not recommended because of carbonation and sodium. If you can find one that works, use it. I have done fine with sparkling water.