The Pritikin Diet is a high carb, low fat, and low sodium diet. It was developed in the 1950’s, but it hasn’t been on the forefront of diets for quite some time now. Pritikin has revamped their plan and appears to be more up to date and in line with today’s more popular method of eating. Gone are the menus of cauliflower medlies and canned fruit cocktail. Yes, this used to be an old school diet with typical diet food of the 20th century. The current plan leans towards calorie density formulas and Mediterranean menus, minus the liberal amounts of olive oil and nuts that the Mediterranean Diet – and many medical studies, approves of. The basis of the meal plan is whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits, and fish – and very light on added oils, dairy fat, poultry and beef.
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Pritikin food is divided into categories Go, Caution and Stop. You can have plenty of Go foods, such as:
- 5 servings of unrefined complex carbohydrates per day.
- 5 servings of vegetables – keep it colorful.
- 4 servings of fruit – A serving is about 60 calories worth of fruit.
- 2 calcium rich servings – keep the dairy non-fat.
- 1 serving of animal protein daily – vegetarians should choose beans or tofu.
Exercise is also prescribed – At least 30-90 minutes daily cardio to be done 6 days a week – 7 days a week if you’re diabetic. Strength training is recommended as a full body workout 2-3 times a week. Yoga and stretching are recommended on non strength training days, for flexibility as well as stress relief.
You can diet at home, or at the amazing Pritikin Spa in South Beach, Florida. For something in the middle, you can order Pritikin on the Go and have frozen dinners delivered to your home on a weekly basis. Menus for the meal delivery include orange saffron soup, roasted bison, jerk chicken, mexican vegetable soup and desserts like mango compote and jewel of fruit pie.
Cooking on your own consists of easy to make meals. Meals are started out with fillers, such as soups and salads, which can be made in advance and in larger quantities. Vegetables and fish can be whipped up pretty quickly. Recipes are included in the book, which is helpful for most people that don’t know how to cook flavorful food that is low in fat and sodium – the two best flavor conductors! Imagination is needed to keep a tasty and varied menu.
Online support is available for about $1 a day, and meal delivery is available at about $35 a day. The spa is available for about $5000 per week.
You can read more about Pritikin at www.pritikin.com .
The Pritikin Edge: 10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life, released September 2008, is available at Amazon.