[By Alison Marsh]
Sounds too good to be true? Well, here is how you can pair your favourite tipple with some basic diet rules and shed pounds in the process.
There are no strict rules as such when it comes to The Wine Diet. So while it’s not strictly speaking an arduous detox or hardcore diet it does attempt to alter your way of eating for life. There are no hard and fast rules and no banned foods but what there are are suggestions on what foods should make it on to your everyday menu and what should be avoided (refined sugars, fizzy drinks, white flour).
In general, try to get huge amounts of foods rich in procyanidins (protective plant chemicals that are good for blood vessel health and general cardiovascular health such as cocoa, green tea, cinnamon and cranberries all contain them.
Before you think this diet plan allows you to binge on junk food, the truth is that healthy eating make up a large part of this diet.
Avoid all junk food, canned foods and processed foods. Only eat naturally processed foods such as lean chicken and vegetables. If possible, cook your meals from scratch than to have them ready packed or readymade.
The diet gets its name because unlike many other diets, you are allowed wine, though red wine is better than white. However, you should avoid all sodas and sugary drinks. Instead, you should drink green tea or water throughout the day to detox your bodies thoroughly. Finally, you should try to get as much fruits as possible daily. If possible, focus on procyanidin rich fruits such as cranberries.
This diet focuses on getting as much procyanidin rich foods, of which red wine is one of them, as possible. Below is a list of procyanidin rich foods.
Blueberries, Cranberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Strawberries, Blackcurrants, Cherries, Green grapes, Red grapes, Apples, Peaches, Pears
Indian squash, raw, cereals and beans, Sorghum, sumac bran, Pinto beans, Small red beans, Red kidney beans, Barley, Black eye peas, Black beans
Nuts & Drinks
Hazelnuts, Pecans, Pistachios, Almonds , Red wine, Beer
It’s a diet that advocates healthy, well-balanced eating so lean meats, pulses, greens and especially red wine and dark chocolate are allowed and even celebrated. It’s a sensible book too that gently nudges you along the right path to healthy eating, it’s not faddy or sensationalist so it feels like a way of life you could stick to quite easily. For someone like me who eats like this much of the time it is a useful guide to help you along and the meal plans were really helpful for those nights when you run out of inspiration. It’s an ideal way to get you back on track if you want to adopt a sensible life-long eating plan.
There aren’t any really because this book is all about balance. Eat well and sensibly and have a little of what you like (most notably wine and dark chocolate) and the rest will follow. That said if your diet is similar to this already you won’t see much in the way of weight loss.