The 5 Day Miracle Diet vs Alien

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This week's diet choice is inspired by 'Alien', and it's Adele Puhn's 5 Day Miracle Diet. Five days of the Miracle Diet, five Alien movies: Coincidence? Hardly!

Adele Puhn is a qualified nutritionist and dietician based in New York, and I have high hopes of this diet as I lost 5lbs the last time I tried it. (Click here to see how I got on this time, in my 5 Day Miracle Diet food diary).

The diet is based on controlling blood sugar and sugar cravings, so if you are a 'sugar baby', as she calls it, this could be the diet for you.

Why Alien?

The 5 Day Miracle Diet vs Alien: Got that 'hangry' look if you ask me

Alien: Got that 'hangry' look if you ask me


Firstly, I think the horrible, parasitic Alien is a fantastic metaphor for the cravings that take root inside us and can lead us so far astray, perhaps sliding down from the ceiling behind us when we're trying to concentrate on our instrument panels...

And secondly, one of the main features of this diet is the frequent 'hard chew' snacks, and when I think of Alien, the first thing I remember is that extra set of teeth that come out of its mouth. Ugh! Mini carrots would be no match for it.

I'd love it if this diet was good for heartburn too, with all that acid in the aliens' blood, and it might be, but sadly if it is the book doesn't mention it.

The 5 Day Miracle Diet Book

I originally got my copy of the 5 Day Miracle Diet book free with Woman's Own magazine, but it's also available online here:

Read an Excerpt:

In good blood sugar, you won't overeat. Uncontrollable cravings will disappear! ...

Timing is Everything

Step 1: Eat within one half hour of waking up.
Stick to a protein and a starch: perhaps a slice of bread and unsweetened peanut butter, or a bowl of cereal with skim or 1% milk.

Step 2: Eat a hard chew snack within two hours.
"Hard chew" means a crunchy fruit or vegetable, such as raw carrots or an apple, or perhaps a couple of Marines (er, not really - Ed.) Hard chews are the crucial element that will stop the cravings within 5 days.

Step 3: Eat another hard chew snack two hours later.
If it's not yet lunchtime, eat a second hard chew snack even if you eat it right before lunch.

Step 4: Eat lunch no later than one.
It's not how close together the meals are, but how far apart that causes problems.

Step 5: Eat one or two snacks in the afternoon.
Space them no more than three hours apart--either a hard chew or a soft chew snack.

Step 6: Eat dinner no later than eight o'clock.
The earlier the better. Combine starch and vegetables, as well as a protein (salmon, chicken, lobster, lamb, Cornish hen, to name a few options).

From the Hardcover edition.

Cornish hen?? Um, ok...

Cornish hens aside, the diet is reasonably easy to figure out once you find the few key lists (hard chew snacks, soft chew snacks, acceptable vegetables and when to eat the meals and snacks). There are a few complications: bread only for breakfast, pasta only for lunch, starch for dinner only on alternate days if you're a woman (I think?), but there are enough sample menus to keep you closely enough on track for five days.

As an instruction manual, the book is a bit confusing to follow, and some of those little Post-it sticky tabs to mark pages would be very helpful.

But even without the diet, the book really comes into its own when tackling the psychological issues that cause us to overeat, and recommending coping strategies for the kinds of tricky situations that provoke overeating. This is my favourite:

"The next time you find yourself reaching for a trigger-food 'Extra', even though you are in good blood sugar, do the following:

  1. Stop for a moment
  2. Ask yourself what you are really feeling
  3. Face the feeling - whatever it is
  4. Delay, delay, delay

Adele Puhn, 5 Day Miracle Diet
See, it's just like what Ripley would do 😉

Alien: Got that 'hangry' look if you ask me


 

And This Week's Challenges?

We have five challenges this week (of course):

  1. Parasites!! Get on your combat gear and go into Ripley mode with some spring cleaning (I know!): house, pets, kids, beds, car, closet, anywhere except the shuttle, every time. Check up on your bug spray too: mosquito season is getting started here.
  2. Teeth. With all the crunchy hard chew snacks, this is the week to really appreciate your teeth. Whatever helps.
  3. Keep a food diary. It's a required part of the 5 Day Miracle Diet, and I think you'll be surprised at the end when you see what you've eaten 🙂
  4. Print out a picture of the alien to stick on your fridge, cupboard door, or wherever your sugary treats are, to remind you. And if you can stick it on with some kind of corrosive, dripping, slimy goo, then that will remind you even more.
  5. And finally: Watch the Alien movies. Hooray!

Click to see how the 5-Day Miracle Diet vs Alien worked for me 🙂


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2 Responses to The 5 Day Miracle Diet vs Alien

  1. I love your article, not only this one but also others because they are always logical and easy to understand. I really appreciate it.

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