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Old Sun, Nov-04-01, 22:00
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I had read this book when it first came out (1999) mostly for the supplement information. I dipped into it again this evening for the same reason -- time to start taking some again -- and realized that the one chapter on diet -- NOT dieting, but diet -- is low carb. I was especially interested in that there were no phases, no maintenance, no transition to maintenance. Just, this is what you should eat if you want to be healthy. I thought there might be some interest here, and so I'll post a summary.


1. Plan's name: Common name of the diet
THE DIET CURE (Dr. Julia Ross)

2. Date: Original publication date -- 1999

3, Basic Philosophy/Strategy: Low-Carb, or 40/30/30 etc.
This can be used in the main index as a summary.
In a chapter entitled "Nutritional Rehab for the Ex-Dieter" she has a list of steps in "How to Undiet." These are:
1. Do not skip meals
2. Eat at last 25 percent of the day's calories at breakfast
3. Do not undereat
4. Start your meals witih plenty of protein -- 20 grams or more of protein per meal.
5. Eat unlimited amounts of green vegetables with yor protein. Eat some red and yellow ones, too.
6. For snacking, eat fruit or vegetables with proteins.
7. Be sure to include some good fats in each meal
8. Stop counting calories and fat grams

She stresses that fats are not the enemy, carbohydrates are. There are other eating regimens -- to combat yeast problems, etc. -- as well as very specific guidance on supplements for a variety of ills (including cravings, balancing blood sugar, etc.)

4. By the numbers: Percentages, phases
In her summary, she says: Be sure to eat:
3 meals minimum per day,
4 cups or more of colored low-carb veggies, mostly green. Eat as many of your vegetables raw as you can.
At least 20 grams of protein at each meal
At least one-quarter eof your day's total calories at breakfast
2 servings of fruit or more daily
other whole-food carbs -- beans, rice, corn -- as needed after you've eaten your vegetables, protein and fat
good oils, like olive and canola, in salad dressingsand sauteed disihes

5. Method: Details of the method, what to eat, what to avoid
Nothing to add except -- avoid white flour and sugar, refined products. Avoid dieting!

6. Typical menu:
Ross lists her typical day:
Breakfast: "Usually I eat 2 servings of fruit with 1/4 nuts and seeds, protein powder and nutritional yeast, blended into a smooth; or 3 eggs scrambled with veggies, avocado and black beans and a corn tortilla or two."
Lunch: "I often eat a very large raw vegetable salad with 4 ounces of salmon and a bowl of split pea soup or a side of roasted potatoes."
Dinner: "2 to 4 cups of sauteed veggies with tofu or sheep's feta cheese and 21 cup wild rice pilar with brown basmati rice."
Plus snacks of trail mix or fruit with cheese or nuts.

This is obviously higher carb than many other plans considered here, but she doesn't say you MUST eat the legumes, rice, etc.

7. Emphasis on: Fat, Sugar, Protein or Exercise

Several mentions of fats not being the enemy, stop fighting fats, etc. Emphasis on protein. The banning of sugar. Not as much concerned with exercise. It's a nutrition book -- lots of info on supplements for various ills -- anemia, blood sugar problems, stress, adrenal depletion, etc.

8. Unique Features: Particulars that differ from general low-carb diets

It's not a diet. The aim is to get you healthy.

Added 9. About the author. Brief bio and credentials

Alas, I've thrown away the book jacket. She's a physician and has a clinic -- the book is check lists where the reader determines what ills s/he has. Ross is careful to point out the few supplements that MUST be prescribed by a physician. But I'm never sure how much one can trust a self-help book -- perhaps it's worth reading to make a list of ills/supplements and then check them with one's own physician?

I did try her supplements regimen two years ago when I first tried low carb -- well, first time since the 1970s I felt wonderful. Unfortunately, they cost $120 a month and I couldn't keep them up
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Old Sun, Nov-04-01, 22:15
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Alto,

Thanks for the contribution, and for following the styleguide to the T. Should be published with the other summaries shortly.

Wa'il
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Old Mon, Nov-05-01, 13:42
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Surprise! The Diet Cure has a webside:

www.dietcure.com

There is an updates page -- information Ross has learned since the publication of her book. (It's basically a marketing site; info about her clinic, her schedule, a store for supplements and the book.)

Thanks Wa'il -- and thanks for doing this
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Anyone follow her amino acid suggestions?
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Anyone follow her amino acid suggestions?


I have adapted them to cover my own issues. Impressed and pleased!

Well worth trying.
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I'm currently doing 5htp at night and tyrosine daytime.
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I tried 5htp but gave it up from the nausea. I took that as a sign I didn't need it -- or, it wasn't the right one for me. If I take the GABA when I'm not upset, it likewise triggers a bit of nausea, but it quickly passes.

I'm used to my neurotransmitter/neurohormone supplements working great or not at all. Adverse events are my signal I should adjust or drop.
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Old Mon, Mar-22-21, 19:14
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I'm used to my neurotransmitter/neurohormone supplements working great or not at all. Adverse events are my signal I should adjust or drop.

I agree.

Also, I experienced 5htp nausea in the past. I forgot all about that until you mentioned it. This time I haven't been nauseous with it so I guess i need it. I definitely feel more calm, balanced state of mind since restarting it.
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I definitely feel more calm, balanced state of mind since restarting it.


There you go. Good feedback The only supplement where I didn't notice anything, bad or good, was D3, but a couple of months later I got a SURGE of well-being and that took care of my wondering. That had a lot of science behind it to keep me going.

Mental health supplementation is skimpy on the research papers. But that does not mean we shouldn't pursue it.

I'm not sure it's in the Ross books or not, but medical science was going to explore supplementary neurotransmitters for mental health; until the invention of SSRIs. And the idea was dropped like a red hot rock.

I think that's a classic case of profit interfering with good sense. It would be one thing if SSRIs worked great! But they don't. I took three different kinds of anxiety medication which didn't work and had tortuous ramp-ups and taper-offs, besides. I've also read accounts that they are only meant for short-term but they sure don't prescribe them that way.

It's like the enormous difference between artificial and bio-identical hormones that I use to manage my highly problematical menopause. The doctors kept telling me there wasn't any difference. But they were wrong.
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I think that's a classic case of profit interfering with good sense. It would be one thing if SSRIs worked great! But they don't. I took three different kinds of anxiety medication which didn't work and had tortuous ramp-ups and taper-offs, besides. I've also read accounts that they are only meant for short-term but they sure don't prescribe them that way.

It's like the enormous difference between artificial and bio-identical hormones that I use to manage my highly problematical menopause. The doctors kept telling me there wasn't any difference. But they were wrong.


So much truth! Big pharma has brainwashed so many, especially doctors.
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Old Mon, Sep-13-21, 22:57
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Do you take your GABA at night Werebear?
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Do you take your GABA at night Werebear?


When I took it, yes, along with L-Theanine.

Since starting bio-identical HRT for my menopause issues, I'm figuring out how many of them ARE menopause issues. So the GABA got dropped, though I still find L-Theanine valuable for mental tiredness.
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