“They want it, they’re ono for it. A lot of people with Kibbles, they have to add sauces or gravy, with them they’ll just eat it straight. They crave it. Their coat is really gorgeous. The teeth are nice and white. We won’t have gingivitis and other issues that dogs tend to usually get on Kibble,” Sousa said.
The Low-Carb diet and the Raw diet are two of the most popular diets of today. Why are diets so popular? When we decide to become healthy we usually want to change our diets first. Achieving our exercise goals can be hard if we feel sluggish and bloated from our diet. Many celebrities publicly announce going on a 'low-carb' or 'raw diet' to quickly shed funds before an event or movie role.
Popular diets are usually tried first because they are the first diets that we see on TV or in the news. We are more likely to try something if we know that it is popular because that means it must work then, right? However, it is not always true.
I want to take a look at two vastly different diets to give you an idea of their pros and cons. They have different philosophies and will affect your body differently. I believe that each have their advantages and disadvantages, but it's important to remember that we must tailor a diet specifically to our bodies. Not every diet will work and not everyone will enjoy the same foods.
1. The Low-Carb Diet
The Low-Carb craze really began because of the Atkins Diet. Dr.Atkins was a cardiologist believed that carbohydrates were having negative effects on his patients. He was so convinced that he set out to write a diet book. Thus, the Atkins diet was born and became immensely popular in America.
One of the advantages to a low carb diet is that it is a very easy diet to follow. You only have to read the book to understand the diet. Many of the listed foods are easy to find and seem very delicious as well.
It seems like an proper diet for anyone who enjoys eating hearty food. Both men and women claim to enjoy eating this diet. Not only is it easy to find food to eat, but it is also affordable and the results come very quickly.
How the diet works:
The low-carb diet is all about restricting carbohydrates. Say goodbye to bread, pasta, wheat, rice, fruity drinks, desserts and more. Low-Carb advocated believe that carbohydrates are responsible for making people gain weight.
How the weight loss works: Our bodies run on carbohydrates because they are fuel for our bodies. Without carbohydrates, our bodies begin using fat to work.
Restrictions: Carbohydrates are restricted and closely monitored.
Typical Meal Plan:
Breakfast: Eggs, coffee, cheese and bacon.
Lunch: A salad with dark leafy greens and chicken.
Dinner: Your choice of meat with dairy and select vegetables.
Pros: Easy to eat. Very popular and accepted. The recipes are very easy to make as well. Lots of restaurants have low-carb options which makes eating out comfortable. It is reliably easy to find salad dressings and other sauces to eat with dinner too.
Cons: The Low-Carb diet is a short-term diet. You may lose weight initially, but many have reported gaining it back once they returned to a normal diet. The diet does not also claim to help with any other health ailments. There was also controversy after Dr.Atkins himself died and their were rumors of him having a heart attack.
Overall: The Low-Carb diet may work short-term, but I would recommend against long-term use. The diet does not seem to have many health benefits and does not seem suitable for long-term. I do not recommend any diet that limits fresh fruit and vegetables and is high in fat.
Overall Rating for the Low-Carb Diet: C
The Raw Diet
The Raw / Living Foods diet has become more and more popular with recent times. Many celebrities seem to go on the raw diet or even juicing as a quick detox.
How the diet works:
A lot of the information around raw foods diet can seem very convincing. They state that heating food can destroy and damage the enzymes. Many people have reported losing weight and feeling more energized due to the nutrient rich diet.
How the weight loss works: Many processed and heavily salted foods can cause weight gain and bloated. Raw foods are easier on our digestive system and can help rid our body of toxins and fat.
Restrictions: Food can not be heated above 104 ° F
Typical Meal Plan
Breakfast: A fruit smoothie or juice. Raw nuts with a raw nut milk.
Lunch: Salad with raw nuts, fruits and vegetables.
Dinner: Raw pizza or lasagna. Zuccini spaghetti. Raw cheese or milk.
Pros: The raw diet seems to really transform people and their bodies. Testimonials report that people really feel happier and much healthier. The raw diet is also more environmentally friendly as many of the ingredients are natural and easy to get. Many people say that that is a lifestyle choice and make the change for long-term benefits.
Cons: The raw diet is sometimes seen as extremely limited. It would be difficult for people with an active social life as it is very restrictive. When dining out with friends you would have to stick to side salads and juices. Some people may think this way of eating as 'extreme.'
Overall: I do believe the raw diet could work, but it is also difficult for people. It's important to eat enough calories when eating a raw diet.
Some raw diets are very high in fat and salt which will not help our long-term health goals. A high fat diet can hinder athletic performance and make us feel groggy and tired. Eating a lot of fat will also make losing weight much harder.
I would recommend eating a high amount of fruit to sustain yourself.
Overall rating for the raw diet: B
If you picture the most idyllic Thanksgiving feast, you probably imagine an enormous table filled with plates of creamy mashed potatoes, delectable green beans, and a number of sweet pies. But the star of the holiday is typically a crisp, roast turkey, right? Well, if carving the bird is a tradition in your family, be extra careful this year, because there’s currently a salmonella outbreak in turkey products, according to NBC News. The whole situation is kind of a mess given the timing, but luckily, there are precautions you can take so that turkey can still be the star of your Thanksgiving spread.
“As of November 5, 2018, 164 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Reading have been reported from 35 states,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. According to its investigation notice of the outbreak, the health agency has yet to find a single supplier responsible for the spread, and since the salmonella strain has been found in both living turkeys and in raw turkey meat, the CDC suspects that the outbreak might be widespread among the turkey production industry in general. Great.
The CDC explained that 47 percent of those who’ve fallen ill from this outbreak have had to be hospitalized, and so far, one death linked to the outbreak has been reported.
While you shouldn’t freak out and nix turkey from your Thanksgiving lineup altogether, clearly there can be serious consequences to contracting salmonella, so it doesn’t hurt to be extra careful about how you handle the meat before it’s cooked this holiday season.
For instance, you might think that washing off your raw turkey is a good way to clean it and avoid salmonella, but according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, this could actually cause more problems, as the “bacteria in raw meat and poultry juices can be spread to other foods, utensils, and surfaces” that way. Overall, the less you handle raw meat with your bare hands, the better, as per the CDC. The health agency recommends thoroughly washing your hands and all utensils you use to handle the raw meat as you’re getting ready to cook it.
Plus, as is the case with most types of meat, the more well-done you cook your turkey, the more bacteria you’ll kill off, and the safer the meat will be to eat. Use a meat thermometer to make sure that your bird reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, says the CDC (and the same goes for your leftovers, the health agency explains).
If you’re still anxious about the possibility of a salmonella infection, it might put your mind at ease to know what signs to look out for. Diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps are three of the main salmonella symptoms, according to the FDA. These signs usually “start 12 hours to 3 days after a person accidentally eats Salmonella,” the agency explains, and “most people get better in 4 to 7 days without needing to see a doctor.”
Oh, and one more thing — if you have a pet that loves raw turkey food, you might want to watch out for them right now, too, because some pet foods containing the meat have been found to contain salmonella, according to the CDC’s investigation notice of the outbreak. So, for the time being, at least, you might want to switch to dry food or another type of meat. It’s also worth noting, though, that the CDC, in general, does not recommend feeding your pets a raw food diet.
Bottom line: With a little bit of extra caution, you should be all set to feast away on a perfectly browned turkey on Nov. 22. If you’re really worried, you could even try deep frying the bird for extra crispiness and guaranteed bacteria elimination.
A diet high in raw foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables has so many benefits, it’s unbelievable! I’m going to list the benefits here without getting too into them. If you are interested in all the facts and science behind all this you can research it and you’ll probably get motivated along the way. So some of the top benefits of a high to full raw vegan diet are:
An abundance of energy
Reaching an ideal weight and body fat composition
Eating as much as you want, never go hungry again
Slowing and even reversing aging
Clear and glowing skin
A dramatic mood lift/ feeling happy for no reason
Feeling awake and aware, not numb or zombie like
Healing many diseases and/or improving your health
Looking your best
Feeling more joy, peace, and happiness
Better in touch with your emotion and intuition
Many people report feeling more spiritually connected and connected to nature
Better able to handle stress due to increased adaptogen levels in the food
There are much more benefits, but I listed the main ones. Now here are some motivational tips to help you stay high or full raw vegan.
Tip #1. Surround yourself with support. If you don’t have any supportive friends and family, then go to your local raw vegan meetup. You can find or create them on meetup.com. You can also join a raw vegan site and find someone on there for support. Trust me, there are plenty of people you can connect with online who are also looking for a raw vegan buddy.
Tip #2. Keep it in your consciousness. I like to read about nutrition as it motivates me and I learn a lot that way. You can also watch raw vegan documentaries and raw vegan gurus spill their heart out about how awesome a raw vegan diet is. This will keep you entertained, informed, and help keep healhty eating on your thoughts so you can stay motivated.
Tip #3. Pack and prepare for the day. Five minutes of planning saves hours at the gym plus your health. Pack fruit with you for the day and make sure to eat enough so you don’t binge on pizza.
Tip #4. Write down all the benefits of a raw vegan diet that you would like to acquire. Pick the top 2 that are the most important to you and really focus on imagining and feeling how your life would be different if you had this benefit. Feel the emotions, and imagine the improvement in your life. Next time you have a craving and can’t go through the whole list (who has the time for that?), focus on the top or top two benefits and remind yourself why you are doing this. Also most cravings are due to being too hungry, so eat more! All the self talk in the world won’t help you if you are ravenous!
If you practice those tips daily, it is a matter of time before slips ups become less and less common. And don’t forget, you don’t have to be full raw vegan to get benefits. The more raw, the more benefits. To get more tips and an easy done for you plan to transitioning to high or full raw vegan go to rawvegandietrecipes.com
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Complex combinations of food and raw food recipes are time consuming to prepare and extremely difficult to digest, so I choose to keep my diet very simple. I enjoy a low-fat, raw vegan diet consisting mostly of monomeals, so the following meal plan may seem a bit bland for you. As you progress on your raw journey, however, you will appreciate and even desire more simple meals. Remember, be kind to your body—transition at your own pace.
Keeping your diet simple also allows you to spend more time and energy on other aspects of your life, such as fitness, work, and play. Many raw foodists spend enormous amounts of time in the kitchen dehydrating or sprouting this and that. Aren’t you relieved that you don’t have to spend so much time preparing meals or loads of energy cleaning your kitchen after you’ve used just about every food processor or kitchen gadget you have?
My diet consists of fresh, sweet, non-sweet, and fatty fruits, and tender leafy greens. Nuts and seeds are acceptable too, but I rarely eat them, so you will not see them in the meal plan below. I do not use salad dressings or condiments either. If you feel that you still need salad dressing, try this fruit-based tomato and mango salad dressing recipe: blend 1 cup tomato, 1 cup mango, the juice of 1 lemon, and 1 quarter cup of water (only if needed).
It’s best to eat according to what produce is in season. There are many produce charts available online or in books to help you make the best selections. The winter season is challenging as in-season produce is limited. Summer, however, offers an abundance of yummy options. Following is a one-week meal plan for the summer season. My calorie consumption is between 1,200 – 1,400 calories per day, depending on my activities and exercise for the day. Weekly, my caloric breakdown is approximately 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein, and 10% fat, following Dr. Douglas N. Graham’s 80/10/10 calorie ratio for a low-fat, raw vegan diet.
–Breakfast – fruit smoothie: 5 medium bananas, 2 *Ataulfo mangos, 2.5 – 3 cups water. (Blend)
–Lunch – 4 large peaches
–Pre Dinner – 2 cups pineapple
–Dinner – salad: One half head Romaine lettuce, 1 cucumber, 3 tomatoes, 4 stalks celery
* Ataulfo mangos are also called champagne mangos. They are small and apricot in color. When ripe and ready to eat, they will be a little soft, and the skin will just start to wrinkle.
–Breakfast – fruit smoothie: 3 medium bananas, 1 cup strawberries, 2.5 – 3 cups water. (Blend)
–Lunch – 1 honeydew melon
–Pre Dinner – 2 cups grapes
–Dinner – salad: One half head Iceberg lettuce, 1 cucumber, 2 tomatoes, 4 stalks celery, 1 avocado
–Breakfast – fruit smoothie: 4 medium bananas, 2 Ataulfo mangos, 2.5 – 3 cups water. (Blend)
–Lunch – 1 personal watermelon
–Pre Dinner – 2 grapefruits
–Dinner – salad: 1 red bell pepper, 1 orange bell pepper, 1 yellow bell pepper, 2 tomatoes, 1 cucumber (chop all ingredients) Eat as is, or add lettuce of your choice: Romaine, Boston, Bib, etc.
–Breakfast – fruit smoothie: 5 medium bananas, One half cup blueberries, 2.5 – 3 cups water. (Blend)
–Lunch – 4 large peaches
–Pre Dinner – 2 cups pineapple
–Dinner – salad: 4 oz. baby spinach, 4 tomatoes, 4 stalks celery
–Breakfast – fruit smoothie: 4 medium bananas, 4 fresh figs, 2.5 – 3 cups water. (Blend)
–Lunch – 1 honeydew melon
–Pre Dinner – 2 grapefruits
–Dinner – lettuce wraps: 3 chopped tomatoes, 1 chopped cucumber, and 3 stalks chopped celery wrapped in Romaine lettuce leaves
–Breakfast – fruit smoothie: 4 medium bananas, 1 papaya, 2.5 – 3 cups water. (Blend)
–Lunch – 4 large peaches
–Pre Dinner – 2 cups grapes
–Dinner – *Dine out for a salad and a Beefsteak tomato at J. Alexander’s. Salad: mixed greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, celery, one half avocado. Beefsteak tomato: plain tomato with a touch of fresh cilantro.
*For tips on ordering out at a restaurant, go to [http://www.TheSkinnyOnRaw.com], click on “articles,” and read “Eating Out and Staying Raw: Keep It Simple.”
–Breakfast – fruit smoothie: 5 medium bananas, 2 Ataulfo mangos, 2.5 – 3 cups water. (Blend)
–Lunch – 1 lb. Rainier cherries
–Pre Dinner – 2 cups berries (strawberries, blueberries, etc.)
–Dinner – 1/2 head green leaf lettuce, 4 Roma tomatoes, 4 stalks celery
Are you looking to get a new pet? Why not adopt one of these adorable animals from Mrs Murray’s Cat and Dog Home?
Bobby is one year old and has been neutered.
He is looking for a new home where there are no children as he has bitten previously. We have no history on him with cats. Dogs he can be ok with once he gets used to them.
He will need a new owner who has time to continue his training and socialisation and get him out of his bad habits.
Can you offer Bobby his forvever home?
Handsome Edward is eight years old. He needs a home where he can be outdoors. He is used to being in a kennel and run and is happiest when he’s out watching the world go by.
He loves to dig up the garden – and he can opens doors too.
Edward has a sensitive stomach and is on a raw diet. He also has to take supplements.
He would love an owner who has experience of this breed and their quirks!
This lovely lady is 10 and looking for a quiet home to retire to.
She would like to be the only pet and is not suitable to be homed around young children, but would be ok with 10yrs+.
She will need a new owner with time and patience to bring her out of her shell. She loves to play and will happily spend hours with her toys.
We have featured Gucci previously, but she is still waiting patiently for her forever home.
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Wow this amazing hearty healthy meatloaf is made from raw plants and is SOOO good for you- full of fiber and protein, gently warmed in a dehydrator so the vitamins and nutrients aren’t killed with high heat. It’s also amazingly simple to make and addictive. It’s quite filling and hearty, and also addictive- you’ll be craving it the next day and the next. This is just one example of a heart healthy way to stay young and vibrant for many years. We also have a revolutionary cookbook at www.HealthyCookbook.com by raw food pioneer chef Cara Brotman, who ran the world’s top two raw food restaurants in California for twenty years that was the hotspot for Hollywood celebrities. Now she teaches you how you can make this amazing food yourself! Learn more at www.TheHealthyLife.com
NEAT LOAF RECIPE:
1 Cup soaked walnuts
1 cup soaked almonds
1/2 cup soaked pumpkin seeds
2 medium carrots
quarter piece of red beet
1/2 cup minced parsley
1/2 cup chopped red pepper
1 cup chopped onions
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup fresh tomatoes
1 cup sun dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons nut milk
1 teaspoon apple cider vinagar
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 pitted date
1 clove garlic
1 cup unsoaked cashews
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water
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Most of us know that a raw vegetable diet can help us lose weight, improve our health, and boost our energy levels. So, if we are aware of all the amazing advantages, why do we often neglect to add these powerhouse foods to our daily eating plans?
Is it because we think vegetables are boring or take too long to prepare?
Do we believe that a fresh food diet would be too costly?
Or, do our busy schedules make quick snack options the easier choice?
Doctors, nutritionists, and even our mothers, have been telling us for years that eating a variety of veggies is good for our health. It has been drilled into our heads, we know that it's true, and most of us want to do what is best for our body.
Well, there is good news.
We can discard all our excuses and misconceptions, because the truth is that adding more raw vegetables to our diet does not have to be complicated, uninteresting, or expensive.
With today's technology, there is an abundance of fun and exciting recipes right at our fingertips. Visit your local library or bookstore, or simply turn on your computer and explore the fascinating world of raw veggie cuisine.
There are so many options, several using ingredients readily available at most supermarkets for reasonable prices. Experiment, try new things, or add your own personal flair and you will soon discover that eating raw vegetables will not only make you feel better, but they can taste great too!
Why Eat Raw?
One of the largest motivators in changing your diet is understanding why the choice is important.
Raw vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and are packed with valuable phytochemicals, which help protect your body and improve its natural ability to heal itself. They also contain important enzymes that assist in proper digestion and aid in the absorption of nutrients.
Unfortunately, cooking can destroy or diminish all these essential properties. Raw whole or living foods are unprocessed, low in sodium, and have all the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals still intact so your body can use the nutrients more efficiently.
For maximum health benefits, about 75% of food should be eaten raw. So, pull out those new recipes, gather together some fun ingredients, and prepare to enjoy all the benefits veggies can offer.
What are the Advantages of a Raw Vegetable Diet?
Adding vegetables to your daily eating plan will provide a lot of positive benefits that will improve your physical and emotional well-being. Before long, you will notice a significant energy boost, increased vitality, and balanced moods. You will sleep better, think clearer, and achieve a healthy weight.
From better digestion to a lower risk of disease and increased immunity, eating raw veggies is one of the best things you will ever do for your body.
How Can I Add More Veggies to My Diet?
Adding raw vegetables to your diet can be easy, even if you have a busy lifestyle or a tight budget.
1. Add a salad to your meal.
Try new recipes or experiment with interesting combinations. By using 'in season' options, you can make extravagant salads inexpensively. And, of course, veggies such as carrots, cucumbers, and lettuce are always available and reasonably priced. Add nuts, seeds, sprouts, or even fruit to make eating veggies fun, tasty, and extra nutritious.
2. Drink a green smoothie.
These can actually be quite delicious, easy to make, and are a great way to start your day. Keep it exciting by making your own creations using bananas, kiwi, persimmon, papaya, or mint. Add in sprouts, chia seeds, flax, or some interesting herbs, and you just may stumble upon something deliciously amazing.
3. Grow or eat sprouts.
These are packaged full of vitamins and minerals and offer a very high concentration of essential nutrients. Add them to salads or smoothies, put them on a sandwich, or sprinkle them on top of your veggie stir fry.
4. Choose vegetables for snacks.
Take the time to cut up carrots, celery, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, or whatever other vegetables you enjoy, and store them in proper containers so that they are ready and available whenever the munchies strike.
If you are really pressed for time, you can even purchase many veggies already cut and cleaned. Although not quite as nutritious, they still offer many benefits and are the wiser choice over fast food or starchy snacks.
Make your own dips, choose healthy dressings, or sprinkle some tasty herbs and spices on top of your cut vegetables. You can even slice zucchini lengthwise and use in place of bread for sandwiches.
A raw vegetable diet can provide the boost you have been looking for.
If you are ready for positive change, visit the produce section of your supermarket or plant your own garden, and start adding fresh veggies to your daily menu plan.
Gathering by their lockers at Dalton prep school on the Upper East Side, Christine O’Brien and two of her brothers chugged the unsavory contents of the jars their mother, Carol, had prepared for them that morning.
“The other kids were in the lunchroom,” O’Brien told The Post. “We’d get it down as secretly and as quickly as we could.”
The concoction — known as “blended salad” — was made from liquidized lemon, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and celery with no seasoning. It was part of the drastic diet, dubbed “The Program,” which the children were forced to follow.
Now in her 50s and an English professor, O’Brien has opened up about the bizarre regimen that shaped her life in “Crave: A Memoir of Food and Longing” (St. Martin’s Press), out Tuesday. In it, she tells of her crippling hunger, guilt, deprivation and desperation to please a mother who nearly died because of her own devotion to the cultish fad diet.
“Part of the difficulty was the challenge of loving her so much,” said O’Brien of her beauty-queen mom.
Raised in the 1960s and ’70s in the famed Dakota building at West 72nd Street and Central Park West — with neighbors including Lauren Bacall and Leonard Bernstein — O’Brien (née Scherick) and her three younger brothers, Greg, Jay and Braddy, appeared to have a privileged childhood.
Their father, Edgar Scherick, was the head of programming at ABC and went on to produce blockbuster films such as “The Heartbreak Kid” in 1972 and “The Taking of Pelham 123” two years later.
But behind closed doors, the family was in turmoil. The children were starving and terrified of Scherick’s rages — which were often triggered by his wife’s obsession with food.
At the age of 10, O’Brien witnessed her mother collapse in the hallway of their 3,000-square-foot apartment. Carol was hospitalized after what she claimed was an allergic reaction to aspirin and lobster.
“When she came home, she spent the following year in bed,” she said. “That’s when the weird stuff started.”
Carol, who had always been thin, became convinced that her failing health needed to be corrected through her diet.
“Throughout her life, she wanted to be elite and she was,” said O’Brien of her mother. “For instance, she was playing the piano at 4 and had perfect pitch. Then she became a beauty queen and a model. Food was a way of differentiating herself from the crowd. This way of thinking [about nutrition] was new and she was a pioneer. It became her mission to be different.”
And different she was. Lying weakly in bed, tended by a maid, Carol spent weeks eating nothing but raw liver.
“Then she graduated onto broiled lamb with tomatoes three times a day, which at least smelled a lot nicer,” said O’Brien. “She’d have a drink with it — a goat’s milkshake with brewers’ yeast.
“Next she’d read that raw egg yolks were powerful and, all of a sudden, she’d be drinking them. She learned as she went along.”
Soon Carol abandoned meat and encouraged the children to drink fruit juice mixed with wheat germ. She joined a Manhattan food co-op alongside like-minded hippie types.
“In her mind, you had to push against the toxins to purify the body,” said O’Brien. “Diet became a form of purifying her body and her children’s bodies so she could love us. I don’t think she could love us if we were dirty and had toxins in us.”
In July 1973, when O’Brien was around 13, things took a turn for the worse. The teen and her three brothers, then 12, 11 and 10, were placed on an ultra-strict diet known as “The Program.”
It was peddled by Dr. Christopher Gian-Cursio, an underground figure who practiced without a license — sometimes in the homes of patients in Long Beach, LI, near the Scherick family’s summer house in Point Lookout.
“Mom told us he had Mafia connections and Mafia men on street corners were guarding him,” said O’Brien.
Gian-Cursio’s diagnostics involved monitoring the children’s pulses and looking into their eyes. “He practiced iridology, where the iris is an indication of different parts of the body. If something looked muddy or cloudy, for instance, there was something wrong with the corresponding part.”
O’Brien was prescribed a diet she would rigidly follow for the next seven years. Breakfast was an 18-ounce supplement of tomato juice mixed with raw, powdered liver. “It was lumpy and tasted revolting,” she told The Post. She was also allowed two warmed egg yolks to start her day.
Almost as disgusting were the thrice-daily “blended salads” like the ones the siblings swigged at Dalton. Whenever possible, the “meals” were consumed right away to prevent the enzymes from oxidizing.
At lunch, the kids were also allowed a three-ounce portion of cashews, hazelnuts or walnuts and fruit such as an apple. Cheese was occasionally permitted.
Dinner consisted of five ounces of chopped, raw vegetables and about two ounces of brown rice.
‘My mom’s constant refrain was: ‘You won’t want it any more once your body is pure,’ but that never happened.’
“If you were still hungry, you could have more warm egg yolks after that,” said O’Brien. “We were always hungry — a constant, gnawing hunger because the food that we ate just didn’t fill us up.”
Such deprivation inevitably led to desperate cravings.
“It gets into your psyche,” said O’Brien. “I craved steak more than anything. My mom’s constant refrain was: ‘You won’t want it any more once your body is pure,’ but that never happened.”
Going for pizza was out of the question. O’Brien never tasted brownies as a girl. The only time she “cheated” was when she gorged on a Ho-Ho in her friend’s closet after the Scherick family moved to Plandome, LI, in the mid-1970s.
“I felt wretched and wracked with guilt,” O’Brien recalled.
Whenever a member of the family fell ill, Carol’s solution was to put them on a five-day water fast.
“During our water fasts, I experienced a ‘high’ that felt almost like something monks would experience while fasting and meditating in an effort to get closer to the divine,” said O’Brien. “I became addicted to that ‘high.’ It lifted me from all the sadness I felt in our household.”
Incredibly, the siblings rarely, if ever, gave in to their cravings. “We felt that, by following the diet, we were keeping Mom alive because we knew how unhappy she was,” added O’Brien.
Indeed, she had watched her mother almost die in Plandome when she was administering a series of coffee enemas to “flush out” food considered “toxic.”
“By the toilet a small rubber bag hangs from a wire coat hanger,” O’Brien writes in her book.
“A thin white hose with a nozzle at the end dangles from the bag. It looks like something that belongs in a hospital a hundred years ago, not here in the bathroom.”
After her mom told O’Brien she wanted to give herself yet another enema, O’Brien, then an eighth-grader, went to do her homework. But the quietness from Carol’s bedroom disturbed her.
She writes, “I peek in. For a second, it seems the room is empty, but then I look over at the bed. She is lying, covers drawn up to her chin, staring at the ceiling… I expect her to look at me, but she doesn’t. Her eyes don’t waver from the ceiling. I notice her arms are shaking. I realize she is shaking all over…
“‘Mom! Mom?’ I pick up the phone, dial my father’s office. His secretary calls an ambulance.”
The family was later told that the enemas were causing Carol to “drown from the inside.” If she had arrived at the hospital a half-hour later, she would have been dead.
Tensions between Carol and her husband were poisonous. Edgar often worked out of town but, when he was around his wife and her groceries, he became apoplectic.
“He’d say: ‘Carol. This [diet] is crazy. It is taking over the house,’ ” O’Brien recalled.
Carol was convinced that Edgar’s “mean-ness” was due to a clogged liver. She forced him to follow The Program, too. “Her mission became to clean him out so that he would stop raging,” said O’Brien. “He raged daily and it was terrifying for everyone. Nowadays, someone would leave a husband like that, but Mom had four kids. She was trapped.”
She recalled him screaming, “Love is conditional in this house. It’s based on whether we have our blended salad!”
O’Brien added, “Mom would be as cold as ice to him if he didn’t eat his blended salads. She’d pack his lunch for work but obviously he could eat something else out of her sight.”
The Schericks moved to Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1977, and divorced in 1980.
“It was like a Shakespearean play where the forces were set in motion from the start,” said O’Brien. “The only way out of Mom’s unhappiness was cleaning up Dad’s liver. It didn’t work and the raging never got any better.”
As for O’Brien, she followed The Program for two years after leaving home in 1979 and starting college at Berkeley (she now lives in San Francisco). But, in 1981, when she met her future husband, Tim — an avid meat eater — she began to stray.
“I once ate meat at his home . . . and dreamed that night I was waving at my mom. Except, when I looked again, it was Tim. My emotional allegiances had shifted from Mom to him.”
O’Brien, who has two children, still struggles with food issues, but has found an answer in a protein powder she takes every day. “I like it because it balances me,” said the 5-foot-6 blonde who weighs a healthy 138 pounds. “But the best relationship I had with food was when I was pregnant and eating [sensibly] for two.”
Meanwhile, Carol, who lived to the age of 84 and died of a stroke in 2016, stuck to variations of The Program for many years before becoming a proponent of kitcheree, a so-called “super food” consisting of rice, mung beans and spices.
“I feel admiration for what she tried to do,” said O’Brien. “She believed she was on the forefront of a revolution and her beliefs would change the world.
“It’s sad that, to her, it might have looked like her children rejected her beliefs. Though, in truth, we all carry part of The Program philosophy with us in how we eat and what we think.”