Friday, March 19, 2010

So, Jillian's food quiz says...

So, I'm signed up for a free trial 7 day of Jillian's weightloss site and took a food quiz... here are the results:

Quiz Results: You Are a Balanced Oxidizer

If you are a balanced oxidizer, your diet is the easiest to follow since you require an equal percentage of carbs, fats, and proteins in order to optimally process, produce, and use the energy from your food. You feel your best on a diet that incorporates a wide range of foods. Your ideal macronutrient ratio is 40 percent carbs, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat.


You operate best when you are getting 30 percent of your total calories from protein. Choose from this list of proteins when deciding on a meal or snack: organ meats (pâté, liver, etc.), herring, sardines, anchovies, beef, bacon, dark-meat chicken, duck, lamb, spareribs, dark-meat turkey, veal, wild game, salmon, shellfish (mussels, lobster, shrimp, crab, oysters, scallops), octopus, squid, dark tuna, eggs, regular-fat cheeses, white-meat chicken, turkey breast, lean pork, catfish, cod, flounder, perch, sole, trout, white tuna, swordfish, low-fat cheese, low-fat cottage cheese, skim milk, low-fat yogurt, and egg whites.


With regard to carbs, the most significant difference between balanced, fast, and slow oxidizers is not the types of carbs allowed but the quantity. You should get 40 percent of your nutrients from carbs, but like everyone, you should avoid simple carbs and foods that have a high Glycemic Load value. Refined sugars, those found in cookies, sweets, and soda and processed grains like white bread and white rice, should be shunned whenever possible, especially on a weight-loss regimen. You'll do best with a mix of fruits and vegetables from both the fast and slow oxidizers' carb lists.

  • Vegetables: asparagus, cauliflower, celery, mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, cucumbers, garlic, kale, leafy greens, onions, peppers, scallions, sprouts, tomatoes, watercress, beets, eggplant, jicama, okra, yellow squash, zucchini
  • Fruits: apples, berries, cherries, citrus fruits, peaches, pears, apricots, plums, tropical fruits
  • Grains: barley, brown rice, buckwheat, corn, couscous, kasha, millet, oat, quinoa, rye, spelt
  • Legumes/lentils: tempeh, tofu, beans, peas (all fresh, nothing dried)

To best support your metabolism, you should be getting roughly 30 percent of your calories from natural oils and fats. Don't eat excessive amounts of fat, but don't specifically restrict your fat intake. You can choose from fats on both the fast and slow oxidizers' lists of permissible fats.

  • Nuts/seeds: walnuts, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, almonds, cashews, Brazil nuts, filberts, pecans, pistachios, coconut, macadamias
  • Fats/oils: butter, cream, almond oil, peanut oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, flaxseed oil, sunflower oil, walnut oil

Things to Keep In Mind...

Eat the foods that are ideal for you, and remember the following guidelines of what to avoid.

1. Don't eat meals made up of just one macronutrient. Make sure you adhere to your ideal ratio of 40 percent carbs, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat.

2. Don't drink alcohol. It's often accompanied by empty calories, which can lead to a sugar crash as well as an increased appetite. If you choose to have a drink, avoid sugary cocktails, beer, and wine. Stick to clear alcohols like vodka and rum with calorie-free mixers like diet and club soda.

3. Don't eat foods that have a high Glycemic Load value. If you should happen to eat foods with a high GL value, make sure you accompany them with protein in order to slow the rate of oxidation and stabilize blood sugar and energy levels.

4. Don't drink too much caffeine. In the forms of coffee, tea, and soda, caffeine gives you short-term energy by signaling your adrenal glands to release adrenaline into your blood. When the caffeine wears off, you feel tired and weak.

5. Don't overcook your meat. Avoid overcooked animal products because heat destroys essential amino acids and valuable enzymes.

What to Buy


Stumped about stocking your pantry? Use this list when you're feeling overwhelmed at the grocery store.


  • Skim or 1 percent organic milk
  • Organic low-fat plain yogurt
  • Knudsen low-fat cottage cheese
  • Philadelphia reduced-fat cream cheese
  • Low-fat feta cheese
  • Laughing Cow low-fat cheese (original or garlic herb flavor)
  • Knudsen low-fat sour cream
  • Low-fat string cheese


  • Skinless chicken breast
  • Tilapia fillet
  • Tuna steak
  • Halibut fillet
  • Wild salmon fillet
  • Lean ground turkey
  • Lean ground beef
  • Lean steak fillet
  • Pork chop
  • Shrimp
  • Low-sodium canned tuna (Starkist)

Fruits & Vegetables (Organic, if possible!)

  • Apples (Fuji)
  • Pears (Asian)
  • Blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Oranges
  • Plums
  • Peaches
  • Mushrooms (portobello, shiitake, button)
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers (red, yellow)
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Artichokes
  • Bagged, prewashed salad greens (romaine, butter lettuce)
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spaghetti squash
  • Green beans
  • Garlic
  • Spinach

Nuts, Grains & Legumes

  • Kashi GoLean cereal
  • Quaker Weight Control oatmeal
  • All-Bran low-sodium cereal
  • Health Valley 8-grain, low-sodium cereal
  • La Tortilla Factory small tortillas (plain, garlic, or onion)
  • Freshly ground peanut butter (no salt, no sugar)
  • Raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, peanuts (not roasted or salted)
  • Ezekiel 4:9 whole-grain bread (low sodium)
  • Dried black beans or fat-free, low-sodium canned black beans
  • Hummus

Condiments & Spices

  • Mrs. Dash seasonings (any flavor)
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • French’s honey mustard
  • Trader Joe’s garlic aioli mustard
  • Ground cinnamon


  • Popcorn kernels (not microwaved)


  • Distilled water


  • The whites of organic free-range egg

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