I must tell all you ladies how lost 10 lbs. in 2 weeks by giving up eating everything white!

August 17, 2012 Posted by admin


Here is how it happened.

I returned from a Paris trip (where I did my fashion-art-food blog with Sue Bloomberg) and I photographed more desserts than art or dresses; a Mont Blanc from Laduree, a pistachio- pear tart, and cafe macaroons from La Roi des Siecles Cafe and I enjoyed multiple cafe cremes and croissants at my favorite outdoor cafes, La Palette and Pick Clop.

When I arrived at our Florida farm my husband now fasting and only juicing (living on apple-carrot juice), said to me, “You can’t wear those stretch pants, you look pregnant!” It was the week of our celebrating 25 years together and he had never before said that I looked pregnant.

I have an upcoming August appearance on Home Shopping Network selling my sexy dresses and Something Went Bong in my Head and my brain screamed out, “You have to go on a diet”; a terrible thought that luckily, I’ve never had to consider before. I could always eat anything and get away with it as my couture customers at Bergdorf never cared how I looked, it was all about them.

Dr. George Wong, a famous Chinese Herbalist had once told me to only eat red and purple food for cancer prevention then green, orange and yellow and never eat anything white. I thought, I will try the cancer prevention diet for weight loss and Voila, I now weigh 10 lbs. less in two weeks without a diet!

Here is what I gave up: low fat milk in my coffee and tea, white bread and white flour products, pasta, potatoes, cheese, butter, yogurt, mayo, whipped topping, ice cream, white sugar, salt, white covered raisins, and even bananas…you get the point.

Here is what I replaced that with: cherries, blueberries, strawberries, pink grapefruit, aubergines, broccoli, spinach, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, dark tuna, salmon, salads, beets, nuts, raisins, red beans, red onions, red sweet potatoes, bell peppers, red pepper hummus, and dark chocolate squares with mint tea all afternoon.

I do not eat chicken or meat, or drink anything but coffee, tea, and water. But the no meat, no drinks diet has never helped me to loose weight.

I ate the dark colored foods all day when I was hungry, until I was satisfied, I did not diet or count calories, and I did not feel deprived.

These were some of my red food creations, and these meals were all covered in multi colored peppers from Africa, that I crush in an antique pepper mill I acquired while  living in Italy (read my memoir about what I gave up for this pepper mill!).

Hummus with red bell pepper instead of chips as a dipper…

Avocado, Tomato, slices over tuna salad, made with pickled relish and spicy red cocktail sauce, instead of mayonnaise on one slice of toasted brown wheat bread…

Lettuce, beets, red bean salad with almond slices, blueberry and cranberry raisins with olive oil, and lots of fresh basil from our garden…

Roast salmon with roasted squash, aubergines, cherries and fresh blueberries on top.

Breakfast was early at sunrise; black expresso coffee with half a pink grapefruit, strawberries, one slice of fresh brown grain bread with nuts and cranberries, covered with fresh cherry jam (no red dye), and a few almonds to fill me up!

Lunch was my biggest meal, then, tea and chocolate at 4, and supper at 6 (the lightest meal of the day)…If I still drank I would have a small glass of red wine here and a lighter meal for supper. After totaling my fifth car twenty years ago, I don’t drink, but if I did I would have one glass of red wine with this diet it would be a light fruity burgundy, Clos de la Pousse D’ Or, or if you can find it!