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Melisa Farill Talancon

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What is the best diet for weight loss and keeping it off?

I'm trying to put EVERYTHING into the equation: animal rights, ethics, economy, lifestyle, culinary arts, healthcare priorities and above all, reality...what works best and stays that way?

Vegan, local, paleo, moderation? All of these?

Are dairy products really bad for us? Since when? Worse than fast food? Is sugar really worse than honey?


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    Jun 5 2013: I'm not recommending this diet for anyone else because it hasn't been approved by the nutrition establishment, but for the last five years I have been living on skim milk. Every day I drink about two gallons of skim milk, and don't eat or drink anything else. I very quickly lost 80 pounds and have kept it off. I'm about six feet two inches and now generally weigh about 166.
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      Jun 5 2013: You have mentioned this Greg, and I cannot imagine that you get essential nutrients. It is a choice you make for yourself, and I respect your choice.

      I LOVE food....many different kinds of food....so I would not deprive myself by limiting intake to one food.
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        Jun 5 2013: Thanks for commenting, Colleen. I was able to get a list of the recommended nutrients and recommended amounts one should get, these are called the Reference Daily Intakes as I recall, published by the Food and Nutrition Board of the U.S. Then I got what's in milk, these come from the Agricultural Research Service of the USDA, skim milk is NDB 01085 (NDB stands for Nutrient Data Base). I was able to compare on twenty nutrients. I found that skim milk was adequate for 13 of the 20, it was slightly lacking for four, and it completely lacked three, iron, fiber, and can't recall, either thiamine or niacin. So yes, it is missing.
        But here's the rub: during the five years I lived on skim milk, I decided to try a more "establishment" diet of the kind the nutrition establishment recommends. At the time the "gold standard" was the USDA food pyramid, remember the food pyramid, it was printed on cereal boxes, the tip of the pyramid was some food group where you were only supposed to get one serving, then the next level was food groups where you were supposed to get two servings, and so on. Colleen, I felt lousy, my eyes ached and I was tired a lot. Then I went back to all skim, and I felt good again. So my impression is that my diet is better. But I want to say again that this has not been verified by professional nutritionists.
        My theory is that milk is better for you because it is fluid, the body doesn't have to work as hard to process and use it. Solid food nourishes you, but in my mind it clogs you, it sits in you longer getting broken up and never gets as thoroughly broken up as milk.
        I am working to try to get my diet approved. I am in in touch with the most recent chairwoman of the Food and Nutrition Board, and she is gathering contacts for me at the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, who in 2015 will release the new I think it's called Dietary Guidelines for Americans, it comes out every five years.
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          Jun 5 2013: Hi, Greg. I cannot believe you've only had skim milk for 5 years. I am thinking that probably the reason you felt lousy once you ate something else is that you were not used to processing solid food anymore. Your digestive system is designed to digest solid and liquid foods, and like any other system, it will deteriorate if you don't use it.
          The food pyramid is only a general guide. You really need to see a specialist to improve your diet. You don't have to eat anything you don't like, but eating only one item is not healthy at all.
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          Jun 6 2013: Hi Greg,
          If it works well for you....so be it.

          It appears that our bodies were designed to consume solids as well as liquid, and I agree with Melisa, that the reason you may feel lousy when you eat something other than milk, is because the body is not used to it.

          I eat very little meat now, and when I do have some, it sometimes causes the digestive system to feel a little uncomfortable.....especially with beef, which I may eat a little piece of once a year, or something like that. Friends who are mostly vegetarian experience this as well
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        Jun 5 2013: I certainly get the enjoying many foods, Colleen. Although I love my all-skim-milk diet, one thing I don't like about it is that it's not a choice for me, I really have to do it or I feel physically bad. I slightly envy people who can eat a variety of foods and still feel okay.
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        Jun 6 2013: re if it works well for you..no, I don't think so, Colleen, I have written back to Melisa higher up, I think it's just that solid food is harder to process. I believe I could eat solid food for a year and I'd still feel bad, I can't prove this, or rather I don't want to prove it because it means I'll feel physically bad, but doesn't it stand to reason that fluid food like milk would be easier to process and use?

        I hope I didn't hit you with too many obscure agencies and publications. Actually, if you google these a little, you'll find that they are the basic publications and top agencies in the field of nutrition. I'm somewhat educating myself about who to contact here, I have a degree from Stanford, but it's in English, not nutrition.
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          Jun 6 2013: That's what I meant Greg.....if it works for you....if you are happy with the results, and you feel healthy, that is what counts. I read all your comments on this thread:>)

          No, honestly Greg, it does not "stand to reason that fluid food like milk would be easier to process...". As Melisa and I both said, it seems like the body was designed to digest solid foods.

          Besides that, as I said before I LOVE food, and I feel healthy, so I would not give it up:>)
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        Jun 6 2013: thanks, Ms. Steen. The body is designed so that it can digest solid foods, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't have an easier time digesting fluid ones.

        I'm not attempting to persuade you to give anything up. In fact, I can't even recommend my diet to anyone else. But for me it has been the best diet for weight loss and keeping it off.
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          Jun 6 2013: I just noticed my typo in your name Greg, and corrected it.....sorry about that:>)

          Like I said, if it works for you, and you feel healthy and content with it....so be it:>)
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        Jun 6 2013: Well, what interests me Colleen is to see if this all-skim milk diet might help with diseases like cancer, AIDS, diabetes, and so on. Since it helped me with my eye discomfort, I rather have the impression that it would help with other diseases, for the same reasons, that milk is particularly easy for the body to process and use, and that it helps with weight loss. I'd like to get scientists interested in trying the diet for disease therapy, but first I have to get it approved as an acceptable diet, the nutrition establishment will say that it lacks certain nutrients, and they are right, I just think its strengths might outweigh its failings. So we'll see, for me it's an interesting project.

        But I'm glad you're happy with whatever you're eating, I remember you're an outstanding gardener.

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