Monday, August 24, 2009

The Dr. Oz Diet

I was watching Good Morning America as I got ready for work today. Dr. Oz was on. Dr. Oz is Oprah's go to physician on everything. No. I am not an Oprah freak. I just know that because I pay attention to what is going on in the world of media. It is my job. Anyway, Dr. Oz was talking about the four things you can do to reduce your risk of chronic illness by up to 80%.

1. No smoking.
2. BMI (body mass index) of less than 30.
3. Exercise at least three and a half hours per week.
4. Eat a healthy diet with lots of whole grains, fruits and veggies.

The last one caught my attention because Diane Sawyer and Dr. Oz had a full table decked out with what you should eat during the course of a day. First, he said to get at least seven servings of whole grains. There were bowls full of whole grain cereal, breads, popcorn, etc. Trust me, it was overwhelming even for a girl (me) that used to claim to be able to live on bread and cereal alone. Next, he recommended five servings of fruit and four servings of veggies. I can live with that recommendation. Here was the kicker, less than 2 servings of lean protein. Wow. That is about 8 oz of chicken or turkey a day. I eat that much before lunch.

How do you think you would do on that diet? After your almost full month of paleo do you think you could go back to eating seven servings of grains a day? He made no mention of dairy, which I also found interesting.


  1. Heck NO!!!! I LOVE eating Paleo! And I have seen great results from it. So much that I have no intention of adding anything back into my diet (except the occasional free meal). That is interesting that they are still promoting the WRONG way to eat.
    Oprah...find a new go to person!

  2. Hmmm. That would explain a lot about Oprah's struggle with her weight. Unfortunately I like eating that way exactly: lots of grains, fruit and little to no meat. I wish fruit was considered a protein!

  3. What???? 7 servings of grains - that sounds like a awful lot to me. How big is a serving? I can understand and agree with the fruits and veg's - and a lot less meat. But 7 servings of grains seems like way too much for me.

    Again - how big is a serving of grain supposed to be?