Day 12 – The Round 28-Day Diet

If you are just STARTING the DIET, go back to Day 1.

COW_PURPLEYou are now one dozen days in!
Good job!

How to Roundercise Today

Do Sweaty aerobic Roundercises for 30 to 60 minutes:

EXAMPLESweaty Roundercises include rebounding, roller-skating, hula hooping, exercising on a fitness ball, jump roping, bicycling, dancing, playing any game with a ball (like basketball, bowling, or golf), rock climbing, skiing (shushing down a curvy mountain), running or jogging, swimming, gymnastics, fancy diving, Tae Bo, treadmilling (running or walking in one place as if you are in a hole), Bikram yoga, and rolling in the hay.

Do Shaping exercises for 30 minutes:

EXAMPLEShaping Roundercises include bodybuilding (shaping, sculpting, & strengthening with weights), power lifting, isometrics, calisthenics, circuit training, long yoga holds, and daily activities that require repetitive muscle use (like vacuuming, climbing stairs, gardening or playing pool while flexing your muscles).

11_SWEATY_ORANGE_COWSSweaty and Shaping exercises

Along with eating Round foods in small portions, by regularly doing Sweaty and Shaping exercises up to 6 days a week, you will change the shape and size of you body in a healthy way. If you choose Sweaty and Shaping exercises that you actually like, you will more likely keep doing them. There are a zillion, not quite that many, Round exercise to do in this world and all you need to do is pick one or two of that work for you.

ROUNDDIET-DINER2Summary of what you should be eating and doing

Keep eating like you are ordering off the menu at the Round diet diner.  Remember to eat 3 meals and snacks, 2 to 3 hours, stop eating 3 hours before bed. Make sure your pantry is stocked and prepare food ahead of time. Take time to relax, visualize, affirm yourself, and write in your diary. Find a spot in your day to take a bubble bath, get a massage, laugh your head off or walk on the beach. Exercise every day, except for one day a week — even if it is just stretching and taking a short walk.

Again, you can print a copy of the ROUND_DIET_RESTAURANT (pdf) and put it on your fridge or take it food shopping with you.

Now that you are on a roll…

BLORT_ROLLINGYou are now an experienced Round Eater, not just a Round Dieter. What this means is that your view of food is changing so that you can’t help but notice the shape of foods. When you grocery shop you see all the Round foods around the edges of the store, and the unRound foods lining the isles with boxes and bags filled with strange food-like substances that seem to be making our nation obese. Yikes! Stay out of the center isles!

Top Ten Roundest Fall Foods

The weather is changing and so are the fruits and veggies in season. Here’s a rundown on the top ten Roundest Fall foods that anyone can eat this Rounding down way of eating you are all learning to eat. Try at least one of these today, and fit them in menu plans in the days to come.

Teaser: There will be chocolate in your day tomorrow.


APPLEApples are fat free! You can eat them as they are, bake them, add them to salads, make applesauce, dip them in peanut butter, or squeeze them into a juice that you can drink hot or cold.  They smell delicious, taste delicious, make the perfect portable snack-on-the-go food that also happen to be chock full of nutrients. Scientific studies suggest eating apples on a regular basis may help prevent certain diseases and improve your overall health. Apples have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and contain small amounts of potassium, which may promote heart health, help maintain healthy blood pressure and a healthy weight.TOON_APPLE-AWAY


CORNCorn is one of the most popular and versatile vegetables, is also a good source of several nutrients. You can eat corn as it is off the cob, grilled, in a soup or chowder, as a bread, in muffins, in a tortilla, as cornmeal, and so many more ways. Corn is a low-fat complex carbohydrate that deserves a regular place on any healthy table, Round or square. These high-fiber, fat-fighting kernels of goodness are also hearty and satisfying, which is one great reason to eat corn.


CUCUMBERCucumbers comes from the same fruit family as pumpkins, zucchini sand other squashes.


EGGPLANTEggplant is featured in many delicious recipes. You can eat it grilled, baked, sauteed, broiled or steamed and tossed with a dressing. If enjoy eggplant Parmesan or ratatouille, a savory vegetable stew with eggplant, then you know just how yummy it is. If you are looking for something delicious and nutritious, make eggplant for lunch or dinner.

color_TipsChoose eggplants with a bright purple color. Look for eggplants that are firm, heavy for their size, and free of scars. The skin will be glossy, and the flesh will be firm. Smaller, slender eggplants usually have smaller seeds and are more tender. Avoid eggplant with brown or blue streaks, or that are shriveled and flabby.


GRAPESSnack on grapes straight from the vine or heat them together with lemon juice and sugar to make your own grape jelly. Grapes can be a healthy addition to savory dishes, like sprinkling them on a salad. As for the health benefits of red wine, drink a glass on special occasions, and know that to  get the grape’s maximum nutritional value, focus on the fresh and dried forms. Many of the health benefits attributed to red and purple grapes are due to the pigments that are concentrated largely in the skin and seeds. Grape seeds are known as a powerful antioxidant, which help protect your body from premature aging, decay and disease.



2 bunches red or green grapes


Wash and dry grapes, place on a tray in small clusters, and put into the freezer until frozen. Store frozen grapes in a freezer container. Eat as a dessert or snack any time you want something refreshing and sweet.



Pears are one of the most under-rated and forgotten fruits, and they are in season now. So this is a reminder to eat pears. Eat them plain, on a train, in a boat, on a plane, in a car, and try them raw, broiled, poached or shredded in a slaw. Pears are quite closely related to apples and quinces and have high levels of vitamins C and K, copper, and fiber. Asian pears, which are crunchy like an apple and what I craved when I was pregnant with Brittany, are also in season now and contain the same nutrients as other pears.

Baked Pears (also good with apples)



Pears (or apples)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
Sprinkle of nutmeg


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash and slice pears or apples in halves. Place cut fruit on a baking sheet, sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake for 20 minutes. Eat one serving (1 whole fruit) served hot, and store the rest in the fridge for a delicious, re-heatable dessert for later during your busy week.


PEPPERSIt’s the prime-pepper-picking time! Peppers don’t have that spicy image for nothing. This vegetable is an excellent way to spice up otherwise bland dishes. Peppers come in a beautiful array of colors and shapes, although they are intrinsically Round. They add flavor, color, and crunch to dishes. Whether you prefer spicy or sweet, add these peppery vegetables to soups, stir-frys, salads or eat like an apple.


RASPBERRIESRaspberries  are naturally sweet and require little effort to prepare. Just rinse them under water and serve for a nutritious snack or dessert, or try them in a salad. Raspberries are some of the healthiest, but priciest, berries out there. So now when they’re in season is smartest time to eat them. You can also eat other berries with similar nutrition, such as loganberries, currants, gooseberries, lingon berries and bilberries. The more the berries,  the berrier these treats will be!


TOMATOThe big new star of the tomato nutritional profile is lycopene.  And for those of you who don’t care for raw tomatoes (as George Carlin said, “they look like they’re in the larval stage”), tomatoes lose very little of their nutritional value when cooked. eat tomatoes stewed, in sauce, and even as ketchup. This is a prime time find tomatoes at your local farmers’ market. Try the exotic heirloom varieties that come in yellows, greens, purples, browns, and reds. You can then make a multicolored and antioxidant-rich salad that will impress any artist.

Tonight’s Homework

  • Double-check your pantry and make a list of foods to get tomorrow.
  • Clean out your fridge and make sure you have tomorrow’s meals and snacks.
  • Read last night’s 10 good things you wrote about yourself in your diary.
  • Take a moment to feel good about taking charge and eating healthy and Round.
  • Have a belly laugh, pet a cat, pet a dog, buy yourself some flowers.
  • Have lunch with your diet buddy, and if you don’t have one, consider asking somebody to be yours — even though you started before them.
  • Take a long bubble bath with music, candles and 1/2 glass of dark red wine.
Eggplant, of course, is edible and featured in many delicious recipes. It may be fried, grilled, baked, sauteed, and even broiled. If you’ve been to a restaurant and have enjoyed eggplant parmesean or ratatouille, a delicious vegetable stew with eggplant, then you know just how good it is.

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