Why do I have to balance my reward meal? I read CAD and it
said I can have whatever I want for my RM.
this excerpt from the Hellers' Web site (http://www.carbohydrateaddicts.com).
Who could explain it better than the authors themselves?
one of the most common errors we encounter and it can lead
to weight-loss being slowed or halted as well as triggering
cravings. In our earlier book, we indicated that during Reward
MealsŪ you could eat anything you want as you would in a balanced
feast; we did not say you could eat everything you wanted
in an unbalanced binge.
that it is essential to specify exactly what we mean by a
"balanced" Reward MealŪ. First, there is no need to ever count,
measure or weigh your food. Simply, begin each Reward MealŪ
with one or two cups of salad. The remainder of the meal should
divided into thirds estimated "by eye": 1/3 portion of a protein,
such as meat, fish, foul, tofu or the like; 1/3 portion of
low-carbohydrate vegetables (steamed, sauteed, or raw); 1/3
portion of carbohydrate-rich vegetables and other foods such
as potatoes, rice, beans, and bread. The 1/3 portion of carbos
should include your dessert. If you want more food, go back
for more of all three. Don't just go back for more carbo.
If you want more carbo, include additional protein and low-carb
vegetables as well. Then enjoy some dessert.
have difficulty balancing your high-carbo meal because of
a great carbo hunger at your high-carbo meal: 1) make certain
you are not eating hidden carbs or artificial sweeteners at
your low-carbo meals during the day. These insulin triggers
can set you up for an insatiable carbo hunger later in the
day; 2) make certain that you are putting some energy into
your non-carbo foods. Don't give yourself (or your youngster)
the same old steamed vegetables day after day. Add a cheese
sauce or a delicious dip. Splurge and buy a more expensive
protein, such as shrimp, in order to add some interest to
your non-carbo portion of the meal. Your Reward MealŪ should
contain a wide-range of your favorite low-carbo and carbo-rich