Nothing but rice and fruit...will I make it through the day?

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I am not one for fad diets so I surprised myself by my food plan for today. I read an article in Women's World magazine last month about the Rice Diet that was developed at Duke University in the 1930's. The rice diet was initially created to help patients with kidney problems but it was discovered to aid in weight loss as well. The diet is very low in sodium.

I had no intention of going on the rice diet, it is much too restrictive and I am not absolutely positive that you get everything you need for a balanced diet.

What caught my eye was the fact that one day a week you are encouraged to eat 2/3 cups of brown rice with either 2 cups of fruit or 2 pieces of fruit three times a day. Since I LOVE fruit, that was right up my alley. I always have trouble staying within my allotted ranges for fruit so being allowed to have 6 cups a day or 6 pieces a day really appealed to me. Since I eat 6 small meals a day, I divided the allotted portions by six and planned to have 1/3 cup of brown rice and either 1 cup of fruit or 1 medium piece of fruit six times a day.

I told myself at the start that, should I feel lightheaded or like I am starving to death, I will add some protein.

I got off to a good start. However, after the 2nd small meal, I did start to feel lightheaded and lacked energy. I had one slice of turkey and that did the trick. No longer lightheaded and my energy level increased. I thought I would be starving all day but that is not the case. I have had to remind myself to eat my next portions.

Will I do this every week? Probably not, but I will keep it in mind next time I am craving fruit or buy too much of it at the local farmer's market. It also feels good knowing that I have gone a whole day with very little sodium in my diet.



1/3 c. brown rice, 1 c. cantalope cubes
1/3 c. brown rice, 1 c. watermelon cubes
1/3 c. brown rice, 1 tangerine
1/3 c. brown rice, 1 c. watermelon cubes
1/3 c. brown rice, 1. cantalope cubes and blueberries
1/3 c. brown rice, 1 medium apple, sliced

EXTRAS: 3 slices of low-sodium turkey, watermelon


This has been a surprisingly easy day for staying on plan but I am looking forward to adding meat, yogurt, and veggies back into my diet tomorrow.

No boredom on this journey!

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