Wednesday, November 6, 2019



We all know diets don't work.

It's about altering lifestyle, and sticking with it.

For me, it works like this:

No fasting, no diet pills; no Weight Watchers, no gimmicks. 

I’m up before dawn (no alarm clock necessary, just happens) and on the street by first light (or setting moonlight) for a brisk forty-five-minute walk. (Miss a day—I haven’t—make it up the next, no credit for extra walking the day before.) 

Walking continues, sporadically, through the day and into the evening, leaving the car home and running errands by foot—including evening refreshment, socializing—stairs welcome, avoid elevators.

Total walking: between sixty and ninety-minutes per day.

My first (and main) meal of the day is an egg scramble. 

For this, an organic free-range egg and organic vegetables. 

One egg only, loaded with vegetables sautéed in olive oil (never butter). 

One morning, it might be spinach, chard and kale sautéed with fresh garlic and other fresh herbs, a side of shiitake mushrooms; another, peppers and onions. A third favorite is what I call an antipasto scramble: peppers, artichoke heart, olives and feta cheese. 

No bread, no butter, maybe a dash of Tabasco.

Take as much delight preparing meals as eating them, slowly, mindfully, attention focused on aroma and flavor, small bites and much chewing.

Through the day, between one and two liters of non-flouride, alkaline-rich water; hot “tea” made with water, fresh lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper.

Afternoon snacks:  1) A pitted date stuffed with a Brazil nut (selenium); 2) raw broccoli and/or cauliflower dipped into hummus sprinkled with olive oil and paprika; 3) a handful of blueberries or blackberries, walnuts and almonds; 4) dark chocolate (just one truffle) from See’s.

For dinner, my favorite choice is what I call The Magic Salad served at my favorite vegan restaurant (within walking distance). They call it a chopped salad—greens, toasted almonds, citrus, cauliflower, dates, ginger turmeric dressing—but what makes this dish truly magical is that whenever I order it, next morning, without fail, I scale in one pound lighter than the morning before.

My “diet” (new lifestyle) is largely plant-based, utilizing the 80/20 ratio: when occasionally eating meat, it does not occupy more than 20 percent of the plate (and is accompanied by at least two vegetables).

To bed by 9:03, no TV news, no electronic devices in the room; a pitch dark, noiseless environment to ensure natural melatonin release for an eight-to-nine-hour sleep full of nocturnal adventures.