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On Live and Let Diet, Alton jokes about writing a book. The book is featured in the episode, it’s called Buff Like Me. Sadly, it’s not a real book. There is talk that he will be writing a book at some point, but until then, there is some guesswork involved.

For instance, dessert is on the once-a-week list. Does that mean that nothing sweet should pass your lips except for that one precious dessert? And when you have that dessert, what size should it be, what should it consist of? Is it ok to eat 2 pieces of cheesecake for your one dessert? If you choose a candy bar for your dessert, do you have to eat it all at one sitting? I’m pretty sure I know the answer (everything within reason, aka, only one relatively smallish piece of cheesecake).

Avocado is a three-times-a-week food. Does that mean you should eat a whole avocado 3 times a week, or if you have a few sliced on a sandwich does that count? Carrots should be eaten everyday. How many carrots? Just orange carrots or do the fancy organic red carrots count too? Are baby carrots just as good? And tuna counts as oily fish when it’s fresh, so if I have sushi 3 times a week, am I fulfilling the quota?

Until Alton writes his book, I think ‘do the right thing’ should be our motto. I know that for me, 3 avocados a week might be too many, but if I can eat 2 as guacamole, and another half or so on a sandwich, then I feel like I’m doing good. I keep to the dessert once a week rule as much as possible, however, I did buy some dark chocolate and have a square when I’m feeling like I want dessert, but know I can’t have it. Dark chocolate is supposed to be good for you, and it’s not sicky-sweet, I only have a little at a time and I feel ok about it.

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Wow. I just found Lisa Hechesky’s blog, All About Alton Brown. She is a HUGE Alton fan, complete with photos of him, autographs, etc. She’s done a couple of posts about his Live and Let Diet show. Check her out.

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After a multi-month run of eating holidays (Thanksgiving through New Years) something needed to change. We’ve tried other things in the past, with some success, but always fleeting. We needed something different, something sustainable, something with rules that were easy to follow, wouldn’t be too expensive to launch and sustain and could be done while living our regular lives. Those lives involve working full-time jobs, parenting an 8-year-old, being active members in groups and clubs and social engagements.

We are huge fans of Good Eats, Alton Brown’s food/science show on the Food Network. Last year we watched his Live and Let Diet episode, where he explained how he lost 50 pounds. It made sense. So when it came time to start a new healthy eating plan at the beginning of February, we looked to Alton.

You can watch the episode here:

Or read a transcript of the episode here.

The rules seem simple. Here is what you eat:

daily
fruits
whole grains
leafy greens
nuts
carrots
green tea

(at least) 3x/week
oily fish
yogurt
broccoli
sweet potato
avocado

(only) 1x/week
red meat
pasta
dessert
alcohol

0x/week (aka NEVER!)
fast food
soda
processed meals
canned soups
“diet” anything

This blog will follow along as we EAT LIKE ALTON. Recipes, experiences, challenges, suggestions and links to other resources. A disclaimer: I’m just a regular Joe Jill. I’m not a doctor, not a chef, not affiliated with Alton Brown, Good Eats, the Food Network, or anything else that puts me in a position to advise anyone else how to live a healthy life. This is a personal account of an experience, no more, no less.

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