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I'm a goals (personal) coach and have a very balanced life; however, I have gained a few pounds in 2008 and plan to get as healthy as I was at 18 by the end of 2009. I also have been working with a variety of health professionals (University Professors, medical professionals, dietitians, etc.) on crafting a 'mostly' plant-based based diet on ecological and evolutionary principles that has this focus:

1) Optimal Nutrition
2) Food Choices that are Local, Seasonal, and Sustainable
3) Meaningful Eating
4) Mindful Eating
5) Less is More (emphasis on quality, taste, color, lower calorie, higher nutritional value per serving).
6) The Power of Phytochemicals

Member Since: 6/9/2006

My Goals:
I am working on losing 25 pounds and improving a series of biomarkers with the Rainbow Diet Plan. I have given the basic details below.

My Program:
This has lead me to craft the 'Rainbow Diet'. Here are the four cardinal rules of the Rainbow Diet:

95/5 Rule: 95% of the diet is plant-based (5% or less is animal products).

In other words, plants, fungi, and single-celled organisms like algae, yeast, etc. A wide variety of studies demonstrate that the less meat and dairy one eats, the are more likely one will avoid cancer, heart disease, diabetes ,and obesity. Although a vegan lifestyle might be the best, consumption of meat at low levels (5% or under) has not been shown to be any better or worse than a vegan diet. Although I've been experimenting with this system for a while (and have been able to improve some biomarkers over just 60 days on this diet), I official started my 300 day experiment with this diet on March 8, 2008, I will only eat animal products 15 days (e.g. once a month with two 'spares' plus three holidays: Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). Of course, the days I do have meat, I'll likely enjoy a

Personal Information:
I began working on this plan during June 2007 due to a related scholarly project. Afterwards, I have continued a deep dive into the problem. Since that time, I've read over 160 different peer-reviewed scientific articles on nutrition, phytochemicals, biochemistry, psychology of eating, weight loss research, and the effectiveness of diets in general. I've also read over 20 different books on the topic. During this research phase, I've been attempting to answer the following questions:

1) What methodology (e.g. way of eating) results in both weight loss as well as long-term weight maintenance?

2) What diet is consistent with our evolutionary history (one would imagine a lion, gazelle and human each should have different diets)?

3) What diet is best for the ecology of the planet and conserves energy?

4) What diet optimizes health and increases one's healthspan (how long one is healthy)?

5) What diet decreases the likelihood of chronic diseases

Other Information:
Rainbow Diet General Guides:

The rainbow diet avoids these three white poisons:

A) White Sugar. Replace with spices (which have phytochemicals as well)

B) White Salt. Replace with spices (which have phytochemical as well)

C) White Flour. Replace with whole grains whenever possible and sometimes whole grain flour.
The rainbow diet has a high emphasis on raw, non-processed foods. Refined Foods are mostly avoided on a day-to-day basis. For example, a bowl of whole-grain oatmeal would be preferred to a few slices of bread during a meal. Yet, this diet is not meant to make other people crazy and it is designed to be flexible for celebrations so one could have a piece of cake at a wedding, etc.

The Rainbow Diet requires mindful eating eating and food stuffs are meant to be chosen with as many of these three characteristics whenever possible as:

1. Fresh
2. In-season
3. Local

Why? These three parameters are the most ec

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