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    Vanessa Niemi
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    What’s the thought on following the Mediterranean diet while on ps1000? My pulmonary rehab nutritionist recommended it today. She was thrilled about me cutting sugar on ps1000. I see some overlap but not really sure what you folks would say.


    T Love
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    Hi Vanessa,

    I’ve never heard of a Mediterranean diet. Is it similar to this plan?


    Vanessa Niemi
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    The Mediterranean diet is recommended as a heart healthy diet by the Mayo Clinic. It allows for whole grains. Calories are not counted and it isn’t gimmicky. It is a way to eat. The focus is on Whole Foods and adding beans and veggies. Protein comes mostly from beans, legumes and seeds. Fish is important. Chicken is okay. Red meat is allowed rarely. Since it doesn’t exclude anything at any time it is easier to stick with.

    I think my approach is to do a hybrid approach. I cannot do 1000 calories. I have several doctors for various reasons and every one requires a 1400 calorie minimum. I’m 39, female, weight 230 and need to lose 100lbs. I’m only partially active because of some health issues but it is still critical for me to get more calories.

    I am cutting all sugars and cutting way back on carbs, so that is following ps1000.

    I personally think that the best lifestyle change is one you can stick with long term. Forever, really. I did 6 weeks of ps1000 strictly and lost 25 pounds. Gained it all back when the doctors pulled me off the diet. For me, it isn’t sustainable but for others it might be.

    I’m hoping to make my own plan (with nutritionists and doctors helping) that I can do forever.


    Jessica Romeo
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    Hi Vanessa, while Mediterranean diet is an excellent choice for some, I would suggest waiting until at least Phase 2 to start it since it is recommended more for longterm benefits rather than quick weight loss. Our program and supplements are designed to be followed with PS1000 protocol in order to achieve desired results. You could always increase caloric intake per your doctors orders but I would stick with the approved food protocol.
    Let us know what you have decided and how it is going for you.


    Sharon Sanderson
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    The way PS1000 lifestyle is similar to Mediterranean lifestyle is the increase in vegetables and omega 3 and 6 fats. As others have said, the Mediterranean diet allows grains/pasta. Both sugar and white flour will raise your triglycerides and blood sugar so to me avoiding sugar and white carbohydrates that are easily converted into blood sugar/ triglycerides makes sense. Dr. Richard Beliveau is a Canadian nutrition researcher and part of a large team that did a meta-analysis on nutrition and cancer. His comment about the findings: “70% of cancer could be postponed or prevented if people stopped seasoning their food with sugar, salt and fat and used herbs and spices instead.” As well, at a population health conference in 2007, Dr. John Frank, then scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Canada talked about decreases in the incidence of heart disease–“The main reason for significant reductions in heart attacks is availability of fresh fruits and vegetables in grocery stores.” Then he went on to say that he had been raised in Saskatchewan where there was fresh veg and fruits in the summer, but for at least 9 months of the year fruits and vegetables were canned in sugar and salt.

    For those that like more information– Dr. Richard Beliveau has a great website


    Sharon Skapura
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    Good luck…your health is important!

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