October 11, 2016


I’m on a new diet!  I normally would call any weight lose program a food plan, but a food plan and I don’t normally get along, so I’m following a diet!  This diet that I am on is, The Microbiome Diet, by Raphael Kellman MD.  This book was introduced to me by a doctor I follow on facebook that my husband is a patient of at MGH.  


Since I know that all diets are not for all people, I’m just going to give you a brief summary of what this diet is about and how I am working it!  First, the book was a difficult read for me, extremely technical and off-putting.  What I did take away was if I followed a very strict regimen of foods you eat to heal your gut and avoid foods that cause your gut to be unhealthy, you will lose weight.  The foods you avoid are processed and packaged food, trans and hydrogenated fats, dried and canned fruit, fruit juice, gluten, all grains, sugars and artificial sweeteners, dairy products and eggs, deli meats, peanuts, potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes, iceberg lettuce, canola oil, alcohol. What it leaves you to eat are fresh fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins, which you eat for 21 days.  The book also lists vitamins you should take, I ignored them because I am already taking vitamins suggested by my rheumatologist.   The second stage is for 4 weeks and you follow the same 21 day diet with a 90% compliance rate (get to cheat & eat foods not on the list) of the above listed foods, and upon completion you start the final stage where you eat these foods with a 70% compliance rate. I really made it sound easy, but this is just a simplistic interpretation of the diet by me, not gospel!

I just completed the first 21 days and with minor slip-ups, have lost 10 lbs.  The slip-ups  were due to the fact that I didn’t read the book carefully enough and ate eggs, sweet potatoes and a few other foods I should have avoided.  I did stay clear of processed foods and sugar 100% of the time, and I like the result of my efforts.

I like how I feel, I find what I’m eating agreeable, I’m satisfied and have lost many food cravings, so I’m just going to do my best and stay the course and hopefully acquire healthier eating habits.  

Along the same line of bettering my life, I noticed the hardest part of the diet was my night-time grazing that I missed immensely!  My favorite meal on any day was usually after dinner.  So after a visit from my knitting friend Jackie I started making a throw, under her tutelage to keep my hands busy and myself out of the kitchen!

In future posts I will periodically share my anticipated success at dieting, but you’ll see my throw grow each week until I’m done!


Signing off now with hopes of success in your life with whatever your goals may be!





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  1. Jackie Senich says:

    Loved this weeks post!! I love Jack Black products! xoxo

  2. Woo hoo! Congrats! Look forward to future updates on how you’re doing with the new food plan and your tips for making it doable!

  3. Congratulations. Great food plan. Excited to hear how it goes.

  4. Sounds like you are getting great results! Good luck ! I am anxious to follow your journey…