Jul 6, 2010 12:56 PM
Well, we survived going gluten free for three weeks, and took a break so we could enjoy the 4th of July and all the delicious foods that holiday brings. It's time to dive back in, though, and for the next 3 weeks, Trajano and Janetor will be following Christine Lakatos' My Diva Diet: A Woman's Last Diet Book ($16) as closely as possible.
What is it? A former competitive bodybuilder and American Gladiator contestant, Christine Lakatos works as a fitness trainer in the San Diego, CA area. She advocates a diet based on sound nutritional principles - lean protein & dairy, complex carbs, whole fruits & veggies - and smaller meals throughout the day, totaling 1200-1300 calories daily. Her emphasis is on "pure" foods, i.e. natural, organic, and kosher-certified, in order to minimize exposure to toxins and environmental pollutants. And, yes, kosher means no pork products & no shellfish.
Does it work? According to reviewers, yes. There are no strange supplements or drinks recommended, and certainly eating mostly lean fish, chicken & turkey, veggies, fruits, lean dairy and whole grains will contribute to your overall health. As one might expect from a bodybuilder, she is a strong advocate for exercise, as well.
What's with the quizzes and cartoon characters? The book is peppered with Christine's cartoon alter ego, Crystal, and her panther sidekick, Paw. They pop up regularly with tips & tricks, and "battle" some pretty corny Diet Villains, like Al and Cole (alcohol), Tranny Granny (trans fats), and the Junkster (junk food). To assess your eating & exercise habits, you take a 13-page quiz on everything from how often you work out to how many glasses of wine you consume each week. She also includes plenty of recipes and food tracking worksheets.
What do we think, as non-fitness freaks? Both of us work out regularly, so that won't be a hardship. Lakatos' recommendation to stick to kosher-certified organic meats is a little hard to swallow, though: We concede her point that kosher-raised animals are less likely to have been mistreated and have been fed a healthier diet, but not everyone has easy access (or the grocery budget) to a kosher butcher. We will, however, try to stick to organic products as much as possible. Consuming just 1200-1300 calories a day will be tough, as will giving up desserts and Janetor's personal weakness, Diet Coke. Lakatos does allow for "cheats," like Fudgsicles or dark chocolate, but only "once per week or less."
Be sure to check back in with us for the next three weeks, as we'll be posting Tuesday updates on how we're doing with the Diet Road Test: My Diva Diet!