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#1 of 11 Old 01-24-2016, 04:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Harcombe Diet... anyone interested?

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@IsaFrench put me on to the Harcombe diet earlier this month when I was doing a fruit/veg cleanse as a good option for after I finished (thanks!). I started out at 300 lbs on January 1st and the lowest I got was around 294-295 lbs. From Jan 6th to now I've been focusing on just eating healthy organic whole foods, limited sugar (once or twice a week), none of my allergens/food intolerances, and no caffeine. PMS started the week I finished the fruit/veg cleanse so my weight jumped up initially with water retention, but once TOM was finished it dropped back down again and I've been stable at 296-297 lbs.

Last night I finished reading Zoe Harcombe's book about the Harcombe Diet, and it makes a lot of sense. I'm not going to do Phase 1 as I don't have issues with the three issues she discusses in her book, candida, food intolerances and hypoglycaemia. I just did that very strict 80% veg and 20% fruit cleanse and had zero cravings or detox symptoms... I dealt with my candida issues with a 5 month treatment in 2010 and haven't had issues since. I've spent the last 10 years identifying and eliminating foods I'm allergic to and intolerant to with the help of a Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor and an allergy specialist. I'm not hypoglycaemic either, my blood sugar is stable.

I should also clarify that weight loss isn't that important to me, feeling well is the main goal. If I lose some weight, bonus, but health is way more important.

So... I'm trying to figure out how to make this work with foods I enjoy and cook regularly now. The gist of the diet is to eat whole foods, and no processed foods. She says to eat fat and protein (anything with a face) with non-starchy veg meals at different meals than whole carb and starchy/non-starchy veg/fruit meals. There should be a 3-4 hour gap between a fat/protein and a carb meal.

I'm going to try it and see if it makes any difference weight wise or with how I feel... To be honest I feel quite good with how I'm eating now, so I have a hard time imagining it will make much difference to how I feel, but some weight loss (even slow) would be a nice bonus.

I usually eat two meals a day, and sometimes have a small snack... There's no portion size limitations, just eat when you're hungry, stop when you're satisfied... I eat that way anyway, so that's no problem for me. If I've having a hungry day I'll eat a third meal... Ideally I'd like to make one meal a carb meal and one or two fat/protein meals. My main reason for having a carb meal each day is that I tend to get VERY constipated when I cut out carbs completely... and I feel more satiated and satisfied if I have some whole grains here and there.

Carb Meals:
- Smoothie made with fat free greek yogourt and frozen berries, no sweeteners
- vegetarian bean chili
- vegetarian lentil stew
- fruit
- vegetarian tomato sauce on brown rice pasta
- curried chickpeas and/or lentils on brown rice
- stir fried veggies on brown rice
- oats porridge with skim milk and berries
- fresh basil and veggie brown rice pasta salad
- brown rice, veggie bean bowl topped with fresh salsa and fat free sour cream
- kale quinoa lentil stew with brown rice
- pesto roasted veg (beets, yams with skin, potatoes with skin, eggplant, leeks, red onion, pattypan squash, acorn squash, etc...) with brown rice
- bean lentil burger topped with fresh veggies on a whole grain gluten free bun

Fat/Protein Meals:
- Scrambled or fried egg topped with homemade aioli sauce, bacon, cheese and fresh diced tomato and green onions.
- baked salmon or white fish with steamed broccoli or green beans
- bbq'd or roast meat with a big salad, steamed veg, or oven roasted brussels sprouts
- taco meat or chicken fajita filling on a green salad with full fat sour cream and salsa
- Pancit (shredded cabbage and ground beef dish) without the noodles
- curried meat on cauliflower rice
- cream of broccoli or cauliflower and chicken soup
- crustless quiche with spinach, feta, & sundried tomatoes
- chicken, beef and prawn kabobs with feta greek salad
- cabbage rolls made with cauliflower rice, topped with full fat sour cream
- meatballs or meatloaf with broiled cabbage
- pesto spinach frittata
- Nicoise salad (tuna, hard boiled eggs, greens, anchovies, tomato)
- tuna or egg salad on greens with feta
- chicken bacon caesar salad
- creamy curry chicken and cauliflower soup
- stir fried meat and veg
- bunless burgers topped with cheese, bacon, veggies, and a side salad

I'm allergic/intolerant to soy, wheat, msg, whey, carrots, bananas, caffeine, artificial sweeteners. I dislike zucchini, parsnips, turnips, olives, and some squash. Too much fat gives me indigestion. I rarely eat pork unless it's bacon once in awhile. I like fish and prawns, but not a big fan of shellfish.

Has anyone else done this diet? What was your experience? Anyone interested in trying it with me? I'd like to give it at least a month, so I was thinking I'd try it out for the month of February. I'll be having a cheat day on Valentine's day, but will try to stick with it the rest of the month...
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Hi there ... i need to learn how to make cauliflower rice ....
i haven't been strict lately so i need to start again on phase two of that eating plan ....

am having breakfast right now .... oats soaked last night, fat free yogurt and a few pieces of fruit thrown in
lunch is going to be white fish with home made mayonnaise ... am not sure yet which veggies
(am going shopping on the way back from taking DD2 to school in 5 min ...)
& today (not usual for me but it's all left over from last night ...) i'll be having a carb meal; brown rice with green beans and rehydrated dried tomatoes and a few capers, with a dressing of apple cider vinegar, mustard and fat free yogurt ....

indeed the most striking thing about this Zoe Harcombe way of eating is the "feeling much better" overall ...
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For cauli rice... I boil it until it's tender then throw it in my food processor with a lump of butter and a little cream the same way I make mashed potatoes and it comes out ricey for me.

I'll be going shopping on wed as I don't have a lot of stuff on hand... Will plan to start on Thursday. Nice to have some company... What do you think of my meal ideas?


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LOL .. i wish i was much more organised than i am .... when i read your list !
(... am a bit restricted too, my kids are NOT adventurous foodwise & i nowadays tend to cook Harcombe style for me .... and feed them what i think they'll eat ... i cannot battle on ALL fronts ....)

it's what i like very much about the Harcombe way of eating ... it's NOT "eat this", "eat that" .... but eat what you want/like but just follow the guidelines ... and there's only 3 rules to follow for phase 2 !
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Ha! I made the list so I won't get up every day saying "I don't know what to eat!!"

My hubs will eat anything and my son will eat very little of what I cook. He has a zillion allergies and texture aversions so he just eats what he wants (as long as it's healthy whole foods). I'm not going to fight about it, not worth it...


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and i forgot to say thank you for the cauliflower rice idea ... i'm going to try that "on" my children soon !!!
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No worries... Wish I could buy cauli here... It's so expensive at the moment none of the stories are even carrying it. Let me know how the kids like it.


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Tonight I'm making the salmon and broccoli... I might actually put the salmon on greens and make a salad as I have some produce I should use up... It's a big enough salmon to last a few days of leftovers. The hubs (who is skinny and loses weight just by sneezing) is adding brown rice to his...

I haven't eaten anything yet and it's 3:30 PM now... I'm thinking I might make a fruit smoothie as I'm not very hungry today, and dinner will be ready a couple hours.

I sold my juicer to my aunt and uncle today and am dropping it off on Wednesday. He has cancer and has been talking about wanting to do some juicing for his immune system, and I'm not juicing much anymore anyway, plus it takes up a fair amount of room in my teeny tiny kitchen, so it's a win-win.
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Well... I've decided not to do the Harcombe Diet after all. At least not right now, who knows what the future may hold. After I finished my 5 day fruit & veggie cleanse on Jan 6th I've been eating whole foods, usually just two healthy meals a day and just enough to feel satisfied, plus limiting treats to just once or twice a week. I've lost 5.3 lbs total this month, and I feel really great, so I don't want to mess with something that is working, albeit slowly.

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CONGRATULATIONS on your succes in January ... indeed, if what you are doing now is working for you,
don't fill your head un-necessarily with something else

you can always come back to it at some point in the future ... if you feel like it ...
(am talking by experience, ...i think there was a ... two years gap LOL between the first post on MDC when i asked the other member to explain the principles .... and the time i actually came back to it "seriously" and implemented it !!!!!!!)

Keep on going your way !!!!!!!!
take care, isa.
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Thanks, Isa... Funny that it took 2 years for you... Never say never! Lol


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