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The Mexican Food Diet: Healthy Eating that feels like cheating Paperback – October 14, 2017
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She also introduced me to the concept of healthifying my breakfast. I would usually have poached or fried eggs on toast. Since reading this book I have replaced the toast with a rotating variety of healthy vegetables. Today we will have sautéed onions and spinach; two fried eggs on top; avocado on the side and delicious salsa. MUCH better tasting than my old alternative of eggs on toast. And the change in this habit has allowed my to loose nearly 20 lbs in the last year.
The book is targeted towards an Hispanic-American audience, who as a group wrestle with obesity, based mainly on their traditional diet. Mexican food, at least in the United States, is thought of as a heavy meal, but Maru Davila presents 21+ meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner, plus snacks and dessert) which are low carbohydrate, gluten-free, sugar free, and cholestrol friendly. The meals avoid processed carbohydrates and fats.
It is a 7-day diet, and to me it is a "kick-start" diet, one that will stop the craziness and get a person onto a longer plan to lose weight and maintain a new level. In that sense it is similar to the Cabbage Soup diet, previously known as the Dolly Parton diet, seven days with a similar weight loss predicted. After 7 days she believes the reader will lose 7 pounds.
There is a section about Maru Davila's own journey, a fascinating life with a lot of accomplishment. This was accompanied by digestive issues as well as fatigue which she eventually traced to gluten and sugar based foods. Overcoming these problems and regaining her energy led to the writing of this book as well as a nutrition consulting business and several related products.
After reading the book I decided to try one of the recipes, it was delicious and satisfying. The recipe was Ranchero Eggs with Quinoa. I modified the recipe a bit, substituting the red salsa with a green tomatillo salsa I made the night before. The rest was similar, a bed of quinoa, two fried eggs, and I added the tomatillo salsa flavored with cumin to the eggs shortly before they were done, to warm up the salsa before serving. I added some fruit as a garnish as well as, hey, I like fresh fruit in the morning.
The Mexican Food Diet offers a kickstart program to losing 7 pounds in 7 days, with delicious Mexican food recipes and a helpful context for why the diet is good for your body and soul.