I admit. When I check out a new diet I go straight to what can I eat and what is a no-no. Like I said , for the Red Color Diet you must read Linda Goodman's " Star Signs." first, or at least up to Chapter 6 " Forgotten Rainbows." And then ALL of Chapter 6, twice. Yes that's the chapter with the diet in it.
In her book Linda gives the food list before "the fine print" so to speak. When I read the list-I was like "Yeah, Baby, this I can do. I mean- really? - pancakes with butter, pizza, spaghetti, mayo, muffins, all cereals from wheat or oats. ( among the "healthy" items).
So here is the fine print before I give you the whole list.
NO White Flour, No White or Brown Sugar, or Raw Sugar; No Sugar substitutes except yellow gold honey; No Red Meat; No Seafood of any kind;
Now lets go back to that yummy list above. I looked in Super One and finding any of the above without both sugar and fake sugar and white flour isn't easy to do. Start reading labels. Sugar! Sugar! Sugar! Even when it says " gluten free" The sugar will be there. Not always-but mostly. Why Gluten free ? You ask. Because that is the easiest way to know no white flour is used. And now I say-well- of course I'll lose weight and be more clear headed. Give up sugar, flour, meat and all items made with sugar substitutes-( like diet drinks, sugar free gum, ect.) You will lose weight.
IMHO that is 80% of why you lose. I believe the Red Color treatment helps raise metabolism and I'm counting on that increasing red in my chakras-body will enable me to stay the course and maintain what I lose.
So.... Here is the book list of what you can eat. Be sure to read the book-it has a "blue green list" for those wanting to gain weight. You cannot have anything on that list. Throw out the salad bowls- Nothing Green is on the list- No green fruits or veggies!! Yeah!! I hate Green stuff-food wise and can't stay on any food regim requiring me to do so. Nothing brown either-like potatoe skins, fried foods, brown breads. The eating list is all red, gold, yellow, orange or white. That is the whole point!!! Slip in a salad, green or dark brown tea and you have to start over. There is the rub and to me what I love- You must do this diet and color regime for exactly 45,or exactly 54 or exactly 63 days in a row. No more, no less and nothing in between. If you mess up you have to start over from scratch- so be sure you have the time to do all parts of this. This is an all or nothing journey here.
Beets - Popcorn - Watermelon(no skin) - Red Cabbage
Papayas - Yellow melons - pineapple - Strawberries
Apricots - Tomatoes(red ones) - Bananas - Chicken
yellow noodles - Mustard - Ketchup(sugarfree) -
grapefruit - red or white rice - Nectarines Grapefruit
red or white ice cream if made with honey and sugar free & Fake sugar free
cherries - radishes - Pizza ( no white flour or sugar ) - chili (no red meat)
Spaghetti ( Ronzoni puts out a gluten free pasta& Mezzetta Napa Valley Bistro has a good Sugar free homemade style Marinara jarred sauce) -think chicken spaghetti-
Chicken gravy made with non white flour (Like almond flour )
Cheese Lasagna ( no green veggies or red meat) yes they make or you can make gluten free lasagna pasta )
Red wine- red grapes - red grape juice - cranberries - Milk - cream
Pommegranates - red rasberries - Waffles & pancakes with honey (not syrup)( They do make gluten free mix-but check for sugar-or make your own sugar-white flour free recipe . BTW there are lots of sugar-white& or gluten free recipes on line.)
Lemons - Sugar & artificial sugar free lemonade ( If you can figure out how to make lemonade without sugar let me know LOL! )
Oranges - Yellow peppers - red peppers - Mangoes - Rutabagas
yams ( sweet potatoes)
Rhubarb - Pumpkin - All Cheeses - Eggs in any form - Honey ( If you suffer from allergies-eat local made raw honey, it will help with pollen allergies )
Mayonnaise - sugar free -they have several on Amazon
Red Caviar - Any rice except brown ( not mixed with sauces that have sugar or white flour like rice a roni, ect. )
all cereals derived from wheat or oats ( check for sugar in contents )
Biscuits ( really any red, yellow or white muffin as long as there is no sugar or white flour-in other words homemade.) BTW when she says white flour she's talking about refined white flour , almond and gluten free flours might be white in color-but it's the refinement process that's harmful )
All potatoes- except French fries- ( but don't eat the skins of brown skinned potatoes )
That's her list. She goes on to say feel free to add anything that is red, gold, yellow, orange or white as long as no sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, sugar substitutes, or white flour. Southern belle that I am I immediately thought of grits. Also she explains why some green skinned fruits like watermelons are ok -because we don't eat the skin- and others don't. this is on page 240.
What I love about this list is that it is only for 45 ,54 or 63 days. I chose 45 because there are 45 free of any events , holidays, family coming, ect. between 9/9 and the local Halloween celebrations. I can give up anything for 45 days. Just not having to say-think to myself " no more chocolate forever !" is a relief. The last 2 times I lost over 75 pds I allowed myself 3 dark chocolate nuggets a week. What I do have trouble with is being told that I have to force myself to eat something that I have to gag down (like green veggies ). So this is a great diet for me .
Enough for one day. I'll get to the fun "Red Color" infusion stuff next time. Enjoy the journey.