Here's part of her post:
For best results - skip the avocados/nuts/seeds/smoothies.
Chew your food instead of drinking calories.
Here are my best tips for maximum benefit:
- No oil at all in any product, by itself, or in a cooking spray. Zero.
- If you are trying to lose weight or have heart disease, skip nuts and avocados.
- Keep products that have a barcode to an absolute minimum.
- Keep the sodium low - use no salt added or reduced sodium products.
- Keep sweeteners to 1 tablespoon or less per day.
- Snack on ONLY fruits and veggies
- Do not drink ANY calories. Only water or herbal tea.
- Become caffeine free.
- Make the bulk of your plate veggies, 1/4 grains, 1/4 protein
- Follow the calorie density scale when assembling meals and snacks.
- Become a label reading expert and adhere to the label reading rules always!
- Do not use ANY processed Vegan substitutes - no V. burgers, V.sour cream, V. cheese etc.
Sound familiar, fellow McDougallers? It should, since Jeff Novick is also one of *their* nutritionists. The only real difference I see between what Ami wrote and what Dr. McDougall says is in the proportions. Dr. McDougall stresses that our plate should be at minimum half starch, and as far as I know, I thought the Engine 2 diet books said the same thing, but I see Ami here saying the starches (grains) should be kept to a quarter of the plate. I wonder if this is her own bias, just as some of the Star McDougallers push MWLP and 3/4 of the plate as veggies on the McDougall forums.