Can I skip a meal if I am not hungry?

Yes you can skip a meal. You only need to eat when you are hungry. The best eating method is in small amounts at frequent intervals during the day, rather than the standard 3 large meals.

How important is it to have nutritional supplements? The food program seems healthy and balanced to me.

Supplements are important, but the diet is the cornerstone of health. Changing your diet is the single most significant thing you can do to improve your overall health and the quality of your life. That said, no matter how healthy you eat, there are important vitamins that you simply cannot get out of your diet. Supplements are designed as a companion to a healthy eating plan and will help in a wide variety of ways. At the very least you should be taking a good multi-vitamin and an omega-3 or fish oil.

Should you desire something more comprehensive, our vitamin formula, LIFE supplements, is an all-in-one health product designed to be the perfect complement to our dietary plan. Not only does it help eliminate those bothersome sugar cravings, it was very skillfully crafted and designed by Dr. Rosedale to give your body everything it requires to make you as healthy and happy as possible. It includes a good source of protein (largely lacking in a vegetarian diet), some very healthy omega-3 and coconut oil and also a powerful blend of all the vitamins, minerals and amino acids designed to bring your body to a state of optimum harmony and health.

Healthy fats – almond, avocado and olive oil – avocadoes, olives and nuts - are supposed to be the main portion of my eating. What about saturated fats?

Yes, the major portion of your diet should be composed of healthy fats. The important distinction between good and bad fats lies not in whether they’re saturated or unsaturated, but whether they are omega-3 or omega-6. Omega 3 fatty acids, such as those found in fish and flax oils are tremendously healthy and will provide you a great deal of benefit. Omega 6’s such as are found in peanut, soybean and sunflower oils (among others) are almost the opposite. You do need a small amount, but you will get them naturally. The more you willfully eliminate, the better you will be.

Saturated fats are generally (but not always) slightly harder to burn (a big exception being coconut oil, which is very healthy for you) but as your body becomes better and better at it by practicing on easy unsaturated fats, you are welcome to consume more advanced fats with the confidence that your body will know what to do with it. People do not become fat because they eat fat. They become fat because they cannot burn it. Through this eating plan, you can.

I’ve been on the diet for X amount of time and haven’t lost any noticeable weight. Why?

First off, do not concern yourself with your weight. In fact, I would refrain from weighing yourself altogether. Scale weight has very little to do with overall health and can be both frustrating and misleading. If you want to track your progress on the diet, you can buy a scale that will also calculate your bodyfat %. This will tell you the percentage of body weight that comes from body fat. This is a far more effective way to measure progress. You may be losing fat and gaining muscle at the same time, (even if you don't exercise), in which case your scale weight won't change at all. However, your body fat percentage will go down and that is what is important. In the states you can get a bodyfat scale from any home appliance store for anywhere between 30 and 70 USD. The percentage itself won't always be completely accurate but as long as you use it at the same time of day (a good time is right after waking, before eating anything. And I'd limit it to once a week) it will be consistent. You should not be concerned with the number itself, just the change that happens as you continue on the program.

Are nuts an important food to eat? How many is appropriate?

Nuts are a good source of fat and an easy, convenient snack food so they naturally fit in very well with our program. You don't need to go out of your way to eat them if you don't want to, but you have to eat something when you are hungry (preferably fat). You are free to choose whatever is best for you.

There is no maximum on nuts but when you're snacking, try to eat them in smaller doses and then wait to see if you're still hungry. Sometimes it takes the body about 10-15 minutes to get the signal to the brain that you don't need to eat any more. We recommend about 8-10 nuts and then if you're still hungry in 15 minutes, eat 8-10 more. You can do this forever if you so desire.

'What's the deal with peanuts? They look perfectly healthy to me

I know on paper that peanuts and peanut butter look like a perfectly acceptable food but looks are deceiving. First off, peanuts aren't even nuts. They're classified as legumes which are, oddly enough, in the fruit family. True, they don't contain fructose or much sugar, and look like they fit right in with our allowed foods, however they typically contain an element called 'aflatoxin', which is a potentially deadly carcinogen. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aflatoxin, for more info) While eating normal amounts peanut butter won't kill you outright, it isn't particularly healthy either. You can easily substitute it for much healthier (and, in my opinion, tastier) almond or even cashew butter.

Is there a calorie restriction on this diet?

There is no calorie restriction. Eat when you are hungry. The only thing we ask you to limit (aside from all non-fiber carbs) is the amount of protein you eat. Your main source of food intake should be from fat.

How much oil/fat can one eat a day?

Again, there is no limit to the amount of fat you can eat. Fat is your primary source of fuel and as such, should be your primary intake as well. The program is designed to make you very efficient at burning fat so you can have as much as you feel you need.

Oils are a great source of fat, as long as they’re the right ones. Coconut, Olive, Avocado, and most nut oils (excluding peanut. It’s not even a nut!) are tremendously healthy and great for cooking. Avoid oils such as sunflower, peanut, soybean, and corn. These will oxidize when you cook them and turn rancid.

What about coffee? Milk?

As long as you don't use sugar and limit the cream as much as possible (use cream, milk. Milk has lots of sugar) one cup of coffee per day is permitted. If you must use milk, use full fat cream (lower fat milk has a much higher sugar content), and only a small amount. There is nothing counterproductive that will happen from eliminating milk products from your diet. In fact, you will be increasing your ability to burn fat, as you are eliminating all the associative milk sugars. Make sure you are taking a good multi-vitamin and a good fish oil product.

How much protein should I be eating?

Protein is the only portion of this program that we ask you to keep track of. This is for a very good reason. We don't need you to meticulously pour over each gram, but everyone has an optimum value that is most conducive to their health and it's best to keep in that realm. Ideally, you want one gram of protein per day (split evenly throughout each meal) for every kilo of lean body mass (that is, your body weight minus all the fat). The easiest way to calculate your recommended protein intake is to imagine your ideal body weight in kilograms and consume roughly one gram per. For example, let's say a woman who is 5' 7" weighs 150 pounds. Ideally, she would probably want to be in the 110-120 range, or about 50-55kg. This is her daily recommendation of protein, in grams. She can add 5 grams if she exercises or is unusually muscular. Please see the tab "Protein Element" under "The Rosedale Program" section for more information.

Is there any restriction on veggies?

Veggies are good, mostly because they’re not bad. Most have a lot of fiber, which isn't absorbed at all, and it’s a good way to feel full. You don’t need to go out of your way to eat a lot of veggies though. Again, if you're hungry, eat.

Are ‘sprouted’ grains ok?

Yes, in extreme moderation. Sprouting grain does consume some of the sugar (normally about half) and, providing it’s sprouted for a few days, is an acceptable substitute. However you still must be mindful of the carbohydrate content. If you purchase from a store, look at the label. Total carbohydrate minus fiber equals the total amount that WILL become sugar. Ignore the ‘sugar’ designation on the label. It means nothing. For example, if a bread has 15 grams of carbohydrates and 5 of fiber, that’s ten grams of sugar you are eating.

I’m already very skinny and can’t afford to lose any more weight? Can I still do this diet?

Yes of course. This is not a ‘weight loss’ diet. It’s a ‘get healthy’ diet designed to bring your body into complete harmony and optimum communication. You have very clear and specific instructions inside you already about how to be healthy. This diet allows your body to understand them. For some, the signals are saying “burn fat” because they have too much. They will. For others who are underweight, the signals may be telling them to build lean mass. Once they can hear the signal, they begin to put on healthy weight in the form of muscle and bone density.

I started the diet and I feel I’m not making any progress. Why?

As with any major change, there will be a readjustment period. This can last anywhere from 2-4 weeks depending on the person. Your body hasn't yet learned how to eat fat yet and you've taken away its preferred source of energy, sugar. As you go along and your body begins to remember how to eat fat, even when you are not physically eating, your body will be absorbing your stored bodyfat. Thus, your body will constantly be eating and you will not be as hungry. Also, your brain will become much more sensitive to the hormone leptin, sent by your bodyfat to signal when you are supposed to be hungry. When you can once again hear the signal, your brain will respond in kind and you'll notice the change in your energy level, mental acuity and appetite. The first few weeks are tough, but it becomes much easier after that and the rewards are well worth the struggle.

I am on medication for diabetes/heart disease/blood pressure etc. Will the diet affect this?

Absolutely! Through improving your communication, your need for these outside medications will diminish and very likely disappear entirely. You must monitor this very carefully, as taking unnecessary medications may drive your levels down too low. Please see "Medications" section under the "Rosedale Health Plan".

I'm very excited about the supplements. When might they be available in my country?

Our deepest apologies for the delay. We are working diligently to make our supplements available to the global community and they should be ready very very soon. Things have taken longer than expected but I promise we are making every effort to expedite this process as much as possible. We will keep you updated on our progress, and will send out a notice to everyone who is signed up to receive them just as soon as we are ready. Thank you so much for your support and your patience.

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