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Can you give a sample menu for the south beach diet?

Maybe 2weeks worth of breakfasts,lunch and dinners?Thanks

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Asked by countingsparows at 5:42 PM on May. 18, 2009 in Diet & Fitness

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  • When you go on a diet, or use a diet aid, you are just putting yourself on the gain/loss rollercoaster; frustrating for you, & hard on your body. In order to maintain a healthy weight, you need to have a healthy lifestyle; this has the added bonus of setting a great example for your kids.
    First, start walking; at least 20 min a day at least 3 times a week. Next, drink your water! at least 8 8oz glasses a day. Next, eat your fruits & veggies! 7-8 servings a day, in at least three different colors. Eat your whole grains (loaded with fiber, protein, and lots of energy-giving nutrients), 7 servings a day. Cut way back on (or eliminate) meat & dairy. Add beans, lentils & tofu to your diet. You can get free meal plans and recipes from Dr. McDougall, or find his books at your local library: .Feel free to ask me any questions. -Robin

    Answer by rkoloms at 5:55 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • The South Beach meal plan works in Phases. The first Phase is the strictest because it is during that phase that you will eliminate your bad carbohydrate addiction. There are relatively few carbs in that phase but they are healthy, and it is only recommended to follow that phase for a couple of weeks. I did it for four, until my blood sugars were under control.
    Phase 1 breakfasts: Egg substitute or 2 egg omelets with veggies, vegetable quiche, eggs Florentine, frittatas, all with tomato or V-8 juice, maybe added Canadian bacon, and decaf coffee or tea.
    Mid morning snack
    Lunches: Caesar salad (no croutons), chef salad, Vegetable soups and a source of protein, burger with no bun and a salad, Cobb salad with crab meat, cottage cheese and chopped veggies in a red pepper you the general idea.
    Dinners: grilled chicken breast or lean steak, tossed salad, 2 cups steamed veggies, beef & broccoli stir fry (no rice)

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:09 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Dinners cont.: chicken broccoli dijon (no rice), basically a good protein source and plenty of veggies.
    Desserts: Ricotta cheese sprinkled with lemon or cocoa or vanilla or toasted almonds and some sweetener.

    Snacks (mid morning and mid afternoon): hummus with raw veggies, celery ribs stuffed with cream cheese, 1/2 c. cottage cheese and veggies, sugar free jello, sliced tomato with mozz cheese slices. mozz cheese stick, cucumber rounds with tuna or salmon, lettuce spread with a bit of salad dressing and topped with deli turkey slice, rolled up.

    Phase two adds fresh fruit, a smoothie or a pancake to breakfast instead of the eggs. You are also encouraged to add fruit or non fat yogurt to your snack choices, and often a slice of whole grain bread or a whole grain to your lunches. Dinner is still pretty low carb. Special desserts are allowed.


    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:15 PM on May. 18, 2009

  • Cont.
    Phase 3 is meant for when you've reached your goals and you just need to stay that way! By then you won't be hungry for unhealthy carbs and your appetite will be for less food too.

    I'd strongly recommend you get a South Beach Diet book from your local library and read it! You can also go to websites like and search "South Beach" to find really tasty recipes!

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 6:17 PM on May. 18, 2009

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