If you are just STARTING the DIET, go back to Day 1.
One Week in! Yippeeeeee! Good job! I knew you could do it!
Congrats to everyone who is still on the diet. You are on a roll! Keep it up! You get to keep eating the food you bought yesterday after you chose your favorite meals and hopefully prepared meals and snacks for at least part of the week. You get to keep doing Roundercises to Round down and shape up your body. Here’s a short summary of what you need to be doing at this juncture of the Round Holiday Diet.
- Follow the Round Holiday Diet Menu Choices you chose on Day 6.
- Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day, every 2 to 3 hours.
- Prepare your own meals and snacks ahead of time.
- Take snacks with you everywhere.
- Avoid alcohol, but if you must imbibe, do so one day a week or just on a special occasion, and drink a Round adult beverage like wine made from Super Round grapes — even better drink a wine spritzer, which is white wine, plain soda and squeeze of lime over ice.
- Stop eating 3 hours before heading off to sleep.
- Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes a day.
- Take time to visualize your fat cells and your body shrinking.
- Write in your Round Diet Diary and look for patterns.
- Say affirmations throughout the day.
- Look at the picture of your slimmer self and stay focused on your goal – a smaller butt that fits into your smaller jeans.
Experiment with Cooking
Try a a new recipe, either one that I suggested or find one in the Food Network’s Healthy Eating Section — then buy the ingredients and make it in bulk so you can store leftovers in containers to eat through the week.
Guilt over blowing a meal or a day is not allowed on any Round Holiday Diet. If you accidentally eat the wrong food, remind yourself that it is just a blip in time and hop right back on the diet.
Try these Healthy Round Snacks
- Natural Round fruits: Such as fresh or dried apples, bananas, blueberries, cherries, grapes, oranges and strawberries.
- Long-lasting nut & seed mixes: Such as a almonds, walnuts, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, or a mix of dried fruit, nuts and seeds.
- Flavorful fruits combos: Such as apples dipped in peanut butter, blueberries with plain yogurt, bananas with almond butter, or a small Round fruit salad.
- Crunchy raw vegetables: Such as celery, carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green peppers, green beans, cucumbers, mushrooms or zucchini.
- Other favorites: Hard-boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, olives, or grapes.
Measure your snacks and other Round foods using this handy guide
Walnuts are a great source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Brazil nuts are a top source of selenium. Almonds are rich in vitamin E. Peanuts may help curb your appetite. Keep in mind high calorie counts in nuts: 1/4 cup (30g) of nuts has almost 200 calories. Soda is an unhealthy source of sugar: A12-ounce can of soda pop contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar, and drinking one can of soda a day can add up to 15 extra pounds in a year. The Roundest & Most Nutritious Super Round Foods are blueberries, broccoli, beans, dark chocolate, oats, salmon, spinach, tomatoes, walnuts and yogurt. The blueberry is the number one low fat, low sugar, high fiber, nutrient-packed, antioxidant-rich, disease thwarting, memory protecting, expert recommended, naturally portable, dessert replacing, colorfully delicious, food on our Round planet. If you are a non-meat eater, vegetarian or vegan, you can replace meat items with tofu and other soy foods, in addition to eating more Round legumes, beans, whole grains, nuts and vegetables.
Your New Round View of Food
You now know that the Round Diet is about losing weight and reshaping your body. It’s about eating healthier and moving your body more than you move your mouth. It tastes best when taken with an elephantine dose of self-love, topped with the faith that you can Round out your eating habits and permanently morph into your slim and shapely self.
How you place food on a plate makes a difference — and it’s fun. The beauty of your food does matter, especially when you are on a diet. I am a fan of playing with food, keeping it simple and making dieting as fun and entertaining as possible.
Beware of plating any Round food if you do not want to find yourself experiencing healthy, child-like feelings of joy, or decorating a party platter with your kids, and be on alert that plating Round foods can put you at risk of living a happier, healthier and more fit life.
Eating should be fun, especially when you are on a diet and have so little time with your food. Colors set the mood and tone of the meal, and can change how you feel as you eat. Here are some tips for choosing colors when plating.
- Select small, colorful plates so your mind sees a full and pleasing meal, and your non-tasting senses feel satisfied.
- Choose blue plates–often, a color that works as a natural appetite suppressant.
- Switch up plate colors by choosing green for freshness, red for passion, or black for elegance.
- Choose solid colored plates for a bold display of Round foods.
- Plate like nobody is watching, be daring and colorful, just make sure everything you put on the plate is edible.
- Complement green vegetables with vegetables of a different color, such as carrots, red peppers and beets–unless you are plating for President Obama who detests beets.
Plates, Bowls & Platters
Whether food is on a plate, in a bowl or on a platter, the plate frames the food. Experiment plating as often as possible, like the plate I chose for blueberries, it was my mother’s tea plate that she brought back from Germany with my grandmother when she escaped Berlin during the Holocaust era — years before she died of breast cancer at 31. This plate makes eating these blueberries a memorable event.
Plate, bowl and platter plating tips
- Paint plates with fruit or vegetable puree, salad dressing or hot sauce before adding food as if you are five or six years old again.
- Serve hot cereal and fruit in small bowls, on small square plates.
- Plate small fruits like cherries, berries and grapes in a bright bowl, garnish with edible flowers.
- Slice strawberries and place on small white plates with mint leaves.
- Serve Animal Round foods surrounded by a circle of Super and Sliced Round vegetables.
- Use any platter for serving healthy Round TV finger food snacks.
- Place appetizers or bite-sized fruit in a spiral design or in concentric circles on a colorful party platter.
- Use only edible decorations (nothing plastic) when plating to avoid poisoning or choking hazards.
- Bake apples, nectarines or plums, cut into bite-size pieces, place on a small decorative plate, sprinkle with cinnamon and serve hot.
- Serve appetizers, snacks and meals that you can easily eat with your hands–like my daughter and I often do.
Food in your hands
According to the Japanese Restaurant Association, 1.5 billion people eat with a knife, fork and spoon; 1.2 billion eat with chopsticks; 350 million eat with a knife and their hands; 250 million eat with their hands only.
Your kids will love it, but make sure you also teach them to use utensils, too.
- Stay on the diet.
- Prepare any food you need to for tomorrow.
- Cook a a new recipe.
- Pack your snacks.
- Write in your diary.
- Visualize your smaller butt.
- Chat with your diet buddy, if you have one.
- Tell yourself 10 good things about yourself and write them down in your diary.
- Look at the smaller jeans you want to be able to wear and picture yourself slipping into them — and looking good – know you are one step closer to wearing them.