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Summary of Chauncey's program
on January 5, 2004
Chauncey's program encourages dieters to build meals around whole, unprocessed foods. Her "whole foods" plan allows unlimited "Green Light" foods including lean meats, reduced-fat cheeses, and most fruits and vegetables. She doesn't count the carbs in fruits or vegetables (except for those in potatoes, bananas, and a few other "Yellow Light" foods).
Chauncey allows 3 servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy per day, and 5 daily servings of carbs (one carb serving having about 15 grams of carbohydrate). She counts only net carbs, first subtracting grams of dietary fiber.
The book is packed with helpful information, tips (dining out, fast food, buffet tables, what to do if you've gone off your diet, how to figure out if you need vitamins, etc.) and encouragement. The recipes are not complicated (I've only made a couple). The diet is much more traditional than South Beach, Atkins, and so on, but is still designed to reduce your intake of processed, refined carbs. There's no initial restrictive "induction" phase; there are suggestions for moving gradually towards healthier choices.