Celiac disease affects as many as 2 million Americans. These people are unable to tolerate the protein gluten, which is found in wheat, rye and barley. There is only one treatment for celiac disease and that is strict adherence to a gluten-free diet for life. Learning and following a gluten-free diet are not easy tasks. People with celiac disease need help learning how to manage their diets and their lives. The Gluten-Free Templates are one tool to help you get started. These templates are full of simple meal ideas that are completely gluten-free. They incorporate foods that are naturally free of gluten as well as specialized foods that are produced without gluten. These templates can act as a learning tool. However, they should not substitute visits to a physician and a dietitian specializing in this condition. Instead, these templates should be used as a complement to their instruction. If you suspect celiac disease, it is extremely important that you are properly diagnosed before beginning a gluten-free diet.
Disclaimer: Even though foods contained in these templates are at present gluten free, the user still needs to read ALL food labels for possible gluten containing ingredients. Manufactures continually make changes to ingredients and/or production methods without notice.
The Healthy Teen Years template will help teens, aged 14 to 18 years of age, adopt permanent healthy eating habits. This template will encourage and empower teens to take responsibility of their health by becoming aware of the foods they eat. Teens are growing and developing quickly and need a calorie and nutritional intake that will support their development, gender, age and activity level. This 7-day template does just that with three healthy meals and two snacks per day that will fit around the teen’s school schedule and include foods that are good sources of fiber, provide essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and contain no added sugars. Lunches are planned so that they can be packed for school and dinners were created so they can be enjoyed with the whole family.
These menus are definitely Heart Healthy. They are all low-sodium (below 2400 mg sodium for each day), they contain plenty of fiber and contain NO red meat. These menus are low in fat, especially saturated fat, and higher in unsaturated fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, the “heart healthy” fats. These menus are also low in cholesterol with no more than 200 mg per day. Also included in these menus are soy foods. Soy foods can help protect against heart disease by helping to reduce cholesterol levels.
The Lean Bodybuilder templates combine higher protein, lower fat and higher daily calories for the average person wanting to shed body fat, entry level or experienced bodybuilder. This template has been designed using the cleanest (low in fats), highest quality foods possible distributed between 5 to 6 meals each day to maintain a high metabolism. Protein sources are provided by lean meats such as chicken, turkey, fish and generic protein shakes. This template may be somewhat limited in variety but has been clinically proven to maintain or increase lean muscle tissue when combined with a regular exercise routine consisting of cardiovascular and resistance exercises.
The North Beach diet takes a healthier approach to the other popular beach diet. Phase 1 looks at the entire picture to achieve the right nutritional balance to help you lose those extra pounds. With this Template you will enjoy the basics of healthy eating coupled with low glycemic complex carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats at every meal. The North Beach Template helps you to moderate simple sugars while increasing your fiber intake to help achieve stable blood sugars and avoid hunger as well as cravings. You will enjoy healthy meals and regular snacks that will keep your energy up while reducing your calories for effective weight loss.
One of the newest trends, according to industry polls, is an organic diet. Foods that carry the “USDA Organic” seal certify that they have been grown and processed according to strict criteria. Specifically they are free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones and genetically-engineered substances. However, this doesn’t mean they are completely pesticide-free. A few synthetic and botanical pesticides are still allowed. The Organic Templates will help you to meet your organic goals, whether you are a beginner or a pro at this style of eating. These templates incorporate nationally recognized brands of packaged organic foods. As far as produce it is up to the user of these templates to ensure they purchase organically grown produce in their local supermarket. They are designed to yield effective results by combining healthy organic foods that are distributed between 6 meals per day to help boost your metabolism and keep you satisfied. Disclaimer: For produce it is up to the user of these templates to ensure they purchase organically grown produce in their local supermarket.
Paleo is short for Paleolithic. The premise of a Paleo diet centers around the idea that our bodies have not adapted sufficiently to eating foods that were available to us 10,000 years ago. It is thought that more than 70% of food consumed today was never available in Paleolithic times. The advances in agriculture and mass food production have caused us to move away from eating real food, which is food meant to work with our bodies for optimal health. A Paleo diet involves eating meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, little starch, some fruit and no sugar. This means no grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, and staying away from all processed foods. The paleo plan promotes eating as our hunter-gathers ancestors did.
Keeping blood sugar levels stable or level throughout the day is vital to people with diabetes to help protect them from developing diabetic complications down the road. It is also imperative for people with hypoglycemia to help keep them feeling their best all day long. Tight control of blood sugar levels can also help you avoid hunger throughout the day. It is dips in your blood sugar levels that bring on those feeling of intense hunger. The Stable Blood Sugar Templates are meant to help people keep their blood sugar levels as stable as possible throughout the entire day. The Templates incorporate six meals everyday to help minimize dips in blood sugar levels. They are packed with good nutrition including fiber, healthy fats, flaxseed and chromium that all play an important role in stabilizing blood sugar levels. If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, check with your physician before following any type of meal plan. Meal planning for diabetics should be individualized and based on individual nutritional goals as well as medications.
The Low Fat Vegetarian template provides 7 days of meal plans each consisting of 5-6 meals each day. The macronutrient ratios average 65% carbohydrates, 15% protein and 20% fat for the seven day period. Protein sources are provided by tofu and soy products, beans, peanuts and some diary in the form of cheese and milk (no eggs). This template may be somewhat limited in variety but has been clinically proven to shed weight quickly when combined with a regular exercise routine consisting of cardiovascular exercises to burn calories and resistance exercises to maintain muscle tissue. The Low Fat Vegetarian template is very popular amongst active male and female adult to burn fat and maintain muscle.
The Weight Loss template has been designed to yield fast results by combining the cleanest (low in fats), highest quality foods possible distributed between 5 to 6 meals each day to boost metabolism. Protein sources are provided by lean meats such as chicken, turkey and fish. This template may be somewhat limited in variety but has been clinically proven to shed weight quickly when combined with a regular exercise routine consisting of cardiovascular exercises to burn calories and resistance exercises to maintain muscle tissue. The Weight Loss template is very popular amongst male and female fitness enthusiasts to burn fat and maintain muscle.
The 21 Day Jump Start program begins with a fruit detox and cleanse phase for the first 14 days followed by 7 day low glycemic phase eating plan. The fruit detoxification and cleanse phase uses primarily low glycemic fruits and juices to help the body eliminate bad bacteria while giving the body more energy to devote to cleansing and healing. The primary protein source is derived from eggs. The final 7 days of the 21 day plan moves away from the detox phase and follows a strict low glycemic plan where the glycemic index rating of all carbohydrates is rated no higher than 55. This means higher sustained energy levels and better metabolic management for weight control.