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Your Ultimate Guide To The Cleanse Diet

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Cleanse diet, or also often known as detox diet is a vibrant way to lose weight fast. As the name suggests, this diet is aimed at cleansing your body from unwanted toxins. And although it’s an effective way for weight loss, cleanse diets can also recharge, renew, and jumpstart your body for a more healthy and energetic life. Cleanse or detox diets might be a common concept for a lot of people, but many people failed to grasp its core principles and essences, and in turn, failed to get the most of their cleanse diet.

Cleanse diets can come in many forms, methods, and can use various different menu and recipes, although mainly involving strict diets of fruit and vegetable choices. Yet, their goals are the same: cleansing your body parts like kidney, colon, and liver from unhealthy toxins such as excess caffeine from coffee, parasite, excess sugar, fat, and lose water weight among many others. In this post, we will discuss several safe and effective methods of cleanse diets. However, before we delve into that, let us first discuss several benefits and effects of the cleanse diets.

Benefits of Cleanse Diet

As mentioned, there are many different diet plans for cleanse diets, and each plan might have a different aim or benefits. However, here are some general benefits you can expect from doing any cleanse diets:

  • Cleansing toxins stored in major digestive organs, such as liver, kidney, stomach, gallbladder and colonic area. Including candida yeast and its toxic byproducts (link)
  • Stronger immune system after the detox is completed
  • Better blood circulation
  • Also effective to detox your body from parasites
  • Naturally improve brain functions, which in turn improving sleeping problems, chronic fatigue, and concentration commonly found before the detox

Cleanse Diet Methods

Here, we will discuss several popular cleanse diet methods that are easy and effective, along with the instructions and directions. Check out our other article for even more information on how to do the master cleanse diet.

Alkaline Detox

As the name suggests, the alkaline detox or alkaline cleanse will involve consuming solely fresh and raw alkaline soup, smoothie, and juice between 3 to 10 days (and beyond if necessary). The idea behind this diet is that alkalizing nutrients are easily absorbed and assimilated, so that your body will absorb a lot of calories while cleansing, and will not lose the necessary energy.

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Below are some recipe examples of the alkaline menu, which is essential for this diet plan, both of them can easily be made at home:

The Green Drink

Ingredients

  • green powder
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 gem lettuce
  • green pepper (half)
  • cucumber (half)
  • a handful of alfalfa sprouts

Mix them in a juicer and you are good to go!

Tomato and Avocado Alkaline Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 avocado
  • 5 garden tomatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dill seeds
  • 1/4 cup of ground almonds (not packaged)
  • 1 cup broth of Swiss Vegetable Bouillon
  • Dash Cayenne pepper

Blend all of the ingredients, except one tomato. Warm the blended soup in a pan, only until it is warm enough and not raw. Top it with the slices of the last tomato.

The review for the alkaline diet remains very good ever since it was introduced, and it is relatively easy to do since you will retain nutritional energy from the easily absorbed calories although you avoid other foods.Not only the recipes are easily absorbed, they are great to flush out toxins in a very quick manner. The result? Very effective to jump start your energy level, as well as helping you lose weight. The alkaline detox is great to use in conjunction with other diet plans, such as the GM diet, ketone diet or the Candida diet. Have all the benefits of being a vegetarian in just three to ten days.

The Master Cleanse Lemonade Diet

The urban legend stated that this diet was popularized by Beyonce herself. Although the fact surrounding that remains a mystery, the lemonade diet has been proven one of the most effective cleansing diets, especially if you are also aiming to lose weight.Essentially, the lemonade diet is consuming exclusively the homemade lemonade recipe 12 times a day for 10 days or beyond.

Here is how you do it:

  • Fresh lemon or lime juice, mixed with cayenne pepper, maple syrup, and water. Drink this juice 9 to 12 times a day.
  • A pure salt water bath is preferred during the regimen.
  • Herbal laxative every morning and night during the diet.
  • Do not take any other food or beverage during the ten days period.

The lemonade diet is very easy to start but can be a challenge to finish for the total ten days without other foods to eat. However, the reviews for the lemonade diet remains positive over the years, so it will be worth the challenge. Not only lemonade and cayenne pepper combo cleanses your body effectively, it is also great to lose rapid weight and will definitely show results in your slender body and flat belly. Admittedly, the greatest challenge for this plan lies in the weekend, so you can probably start in the weekend where your motivation and energy level is still high (You will hit only one other weekend during the regime). One of the key highlights of this diet is that the ingredients are very cheap and simple to find, accessible for everyone. You can prolong the masters cleanse lemonade diet for 20,40 or even 60-days, with some users even reported a 15 to 17-pound loss!

The Wonder Soup Diet

Ingredients:

  • a whole head of cabbage (you can also use half, depending on your portion)
  • 6 medium to large onions, roughly chopped (you can reduce the onions if you don’t like them)
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • five carrots, sliced
  • two cups of chopped baby spinach
  • 3 diced cloves of garlic
  • Tomato paste (NZ-made is preferable)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • four cups of chicken broth liquid
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Mix all of the ingredients up in boiled water in a large soup pot. Simmer for roughly 45-minutes or until the vegetables are fully cooked. You can grill the fresh vegetables before adding them to the water.

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The Wonder Soup is an essential part of the 7-day GM Diet plan, which is one of the best diet plans to lose weight rapidly. The Wonder Soup with cabbage as its core ingredient will provide enough nutritional energy during the GM cleansing diet, and after a full seven days, you will get the lean gut you have been dreaming of. Try the 7-day GM diet by following our guide, and download our PDF guide here.

Ultimate Flat Belly Raspberry Lemon Detox Water

This raw vegan paleo cleanse diet is dairy, gluten and sugar-free, and is very easy to do. For the recipe, make 2 quarts or 64 oz of infused water consisting of:

  • Two cups of premier organic raspberry
  • 8 cups of spring or filtered water
  • 2 dried Medjool dates (optional for flavor, try this one)
  • 1 organic lemon, cut into half-inch slices
  • 1 drop of lemon essential oil (optional, try this one)
  • 1-gallon clear jar with lid (like this one)

Will not require juicing them, but simply follow these steps to make your infused water:

  1. First, place the raspberries into the very bottom of your jar. If you are using the Medjool dates, they come next and layer the lemon slices on top of them. Pour the spring or filtered water and place the lid on top.
  2. Place the infused water into the refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator and pull out the lemon slices after another 1 hour. Squeeze the lemon slices into the water (for their juices).
  3. Add the lemon essential oil into the jar, stir the water. Put the lid back on and put back into the refrigerator overnight. You can leave the raspberries and Medjool dates for up to two days.

If you are looking for a 24-hour plan or 48-hour weekend detox plan, this raspberry-lemon detox water can be a great choice. The 1-gallon infused water can be consumed for a day, and if you are planning for a 48-hours cleansing diet, you can simply make two of them.

Fruit Detox

One of the easiest and most popular cleanse diet methods: the fruit diet, and also arguably the most natural way. As the name suggests, here you limit your diet to exclusively fruits, with apple and citrus fruits being the most popular choices. For a maximum effect, you can do the fruit detox exclusively for 21 to 30 days.

Besides the diet plans we have described above, there are also other popular cleanse diet methods out there, such as the cranberry drinks and juices detox, Jamba juice detox, Wild Rose diet, Liver Cleansing Diet by Dr. Dodds and many more.

Bonus Tips: Canine Detox

Cleanse diet is not only important for us humans, but can also be useful for the liver health of your canine pets like your dogs or cats. This is a nice article from Animal Wellness that might be useful for you pet lovers.

Cleanse Diet Supplements

There are many supplements dedicated for cleanse diet plans, designed to be taken either pre -meal, post -meal, or solely as the nutrient source throughout the cleanse diet.Let us first address the elephant in the room: there are no ultimate extract or super pill that will guarantee the success of your cleansing diet. However, they can indeed help the hard work of the cleanse diet by being a side supplement. What are they? Here are a few that can be useful (and safe):

Garcinia Cambogia


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Popularized (albeit controversially) by Dr.Oz, Garcinia Cambogia pills are still a popular choice for cleanse diet supplements with its appetite suppressant and fat burning properties.

Check out Stanley Burroughs amazing book on this cleanse. There’s so much helpful information if you’re really wanting to give this cleanse a try!

Omega-3 Fatty acid pills

Omega-3 is an important nutrient during your cleanse diet period to support your fat burning process and lower triglycerides.

Fit Tea 28 Day Detox

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A product dedicated for a detox program with many good reviews. A two-week (14 day) version is available. A similar product by GNC, Herbalife, Arbonne, and Advocare are also available.

Quicktrim Cleanse

A similar product, endorsed by Kim Kardashian herself.


Buy it now

Books About Cleanse Diet

There are many books about detox and cleansing diet available in the market. Here are some of the interesting ones:

The Liver Cleansing Diet: Love Your Liver and Live Longer

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This is a very popular book by Sandra Cabot with a lot of valuable information if you’re interested in trying a liver cleansing diet.

Whether you think the master cleanse is for you or you’re still skeptical, we encourage you to continue reading! Taking steps to improve our health can be a challenge but with the proper means, it can be really rewarding.

For continued reading, check out our article on Signs You Need A Cleansing Diet

 

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Top 7 Vegetarian Recipes That Follow the GM Diet

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The world is a dog eat dog place. But fortunately, we are not dogs. By transcending our lower instincts, we take advantage of the prerogative of being human. Sure, sometimes you’ll find your animal belly wishing for a hunk of meat, but you’re above your baser instincts: you’re a vegetarian. Or you are someone interested in eating a GM diet and living that vegetarian lifestyle, but you want to know more about it first. For both of these types of readers we have compiled a list of our top vegetarian recipes for a GM diet.

We know you health conscious folks out there have rejected all sorts of poisons that the modern world considers nourishment. One of the absolute best ways to avoid all these poisons is to modify one’s diet. Halting sugar intake will greatly decrease risk of diabetes and reduce the body’s overall inflammation. Likewise, cutting out animals is a great way to reduce your exposure to the hormones and other toxins that the animals absorb from their environments.

If you are already on the GM diet and are simply looking to bolster your collection of known vegetarian recipes, then this page is for you. But others will be asking, “What exactly is the GM Diet? Is it right for me?” For those readers, we’ll briefly give an overview of the methods and benefits of a GM diet. 

What Is the GM Diet?

The “GM” in GM diet, stands for General Motors. That’s right, the vehicle manufacturer. No, Detroit hasn’t been hit by a new devastating economic disaster forcing GM to go the nutrition route as a purveyor of vegetarian recipes. Today, General Motors has its fingers in just about every pot, making it no real surprise that they’ve figured out a new type of diet.

What is that diet? Well, it claims to help you lose up to 15 pounds in just seven days of dieting. Only seven? That’s right. You can eat any type of thing for a week. But luckily the GM diet is not all strained prunes and stewed cabbage. In fact, it changes considerably from day to day so that your week of losing 15 pounds will not get boring.

Basically, the GM diet is a set of vegetarian recipes that make up a diet plan, though some meat is allowed later. The diet consists of eating fruits, veggies and starch for the whole of it, but there are other requirements worth looking into. Namely, avoiding alcohol and making sure to drink a lot of water.

What Are the Benefits of the GM Diet?

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In addition to learning more vegetarian recipes, you will shed weight that you do not need or want. You will feel and look healthier if you can stick to the strict GM diet. Some loose up to 8 kilos during the week long diet. Furthermore, you will flush out the toxins laying around your system that make you feel slow and foggy.

More than that, there are really no risks once your doctor clears the diet! That makes the GM diet all reward and no risk: a perfect storm to lose those last few pesky pounds.

Top 7 Vegetarian Recipes the Follow the GM Diet

Without further ado, here are our top 7 favorite vegetarian recipes for a GM diet:

  • GM Diet soup
  • Strawberry and Almond Salad
  • Greek Salad
  • Moong Dal Sprouts Salad
  • GM Diet Banana Shake
  • Grilled GM Diet Veggies
  • Boiled Veggie Recipe

The GM Diet Soup

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Besides being one of our favorite vegetarian diet recipes, the GM soup is a staple of the diet. The rules with the soup are simple: you can eat as much as you want, anytime you want.

Ingredients

  • Six large onions
  • Three medium-sized tomatoes
  • One cabbage
  • Two green peppers
  • A bunch of celery
  • Half a liter of water

Instructions

Chop the onions and peppers. Then, in a small pot, cook the onions and peppers in olive oil. Next, cut the tomatoes, celery, and cabbage, into small pieces and add everything to the small pot along with the necessary water.

Overall, the soup takes 60 minutes from start to finish. The vegetables need to be boiled, then simmered. Season the GM soup with pepper and salt and that’s it! You are done. It is really that easy.

Strawberry and Almond Salad

There are many options for salads on the GM diet. Favorites of the dieticians include a vegetable Greek salad, cooked asparagus salad, grilled veggie salad, spinach strawberry salad, and a sweet potato salad.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups spinach 
  • ½ tablespoon almonds
  • 3 whole strawberries
  • Small sprinkle of feta cheese
  • A dash of dressing of your choice

Instructions

First, add the spinach to the bowl, then top with all other ingredients. Feel free to change it up or add more fruit. Just remember to stay within the margins of the diet! We recommend that you top the salad with a vinaigrette, but if you love honey mustard or oil, this is fine as well.

Greek Salad

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Obviously, there are many options for salads on the GM diet. Favorites of the dieticians include a vegetable Greek salad, cooked asparagus salad, grilled veggie salad, spinach strawberry salad, and a sweet potato salad.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Romaine lettuce 
  • ½ tablespoon olives
  • 1 cup shredded veggies (carrots, celery, and others) 
  • Small sprinkle of parmesan or feta cheese
  • Oil and vinegar dressing 

Instructions

First, add the lettuce to your bowl, then top with the remaining ingredients from the recipe. All the veggies can be switched out for other veggies on the GM diet. This recipe is super simple and tastes great!

Moong Dal Sprouts Salad

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This Indian salad is unique, delicious, and nutritious. Plus, it is 100% GM. This one is really easy to make. Simply combine the ingredients into a serving bowl of your choice, mix up your dressing to taste, and serve together.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1 ½ cup sprouted moong dal
  • 1 orange sliced into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

Salad Dressing for Moong Dal

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Adjust any of the above ingredients to taste

GM Diet Banana Shake

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Due to the rules of the diet you may want to switch it up on banana day, so listed below is the recipe for a simple and sweet banana shake. Even if the diet seems daunting at first, by the second week you will not feel that way.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Low-fat or soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed powder
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder

Instructions

Due to the rules of the diet you may want to switch it up on banana day, so listed below is the recipe for a simple and sweet banana shake. Even if the diet seems daunting at first, by the second week you will not feel that way.

GM Diet Veggies

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As the GM diet explains, cooking the wrong way is one of the major reasons for weight change. So on the GM diet you can eat veggies raw, such as in salads or smoothies, or you can bake, grill, boil, and blanch your vegetables. Recommended oils include olive oil and rice bran oil; no other oils are permitted.

For this recipe the guidelines are loose. First you pick your veggies that you prefer based on the GM guidelines.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup squash 
  • 1 whole tomato 
  • 1 cup zucchini 
  • 1 whole carrot
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • Season to taste

Instructions

Next, chop them all up into little bits of your choosing. Heat the pan and add a small amount of oil. Once the pan is hot, add the veggies. Saute the little guys until the desired level of softness is achieved, then enjoy!

Boiled Veggie Recipe 

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This vegetarian recipe is another opportunity to show off your cooking skills. As with the grilled veggie recipe, you will first pick your veggies based on the GM guidelines.

Ingredients

  • 2 new potatoes
  • ½ cup onion 
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Dash of Cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup squash 

Instructions

Next, cut them all up into fairly large bits. Heat the water to a boil on the stove and add a small amount of salt. Once the water is rolling, add the veggies and the top of the pot. Simmer the little guys until the desired level of softness is achieve, then scoop them out and enjoy!

Conclusion

The internet offers no shortage of vegetarian recipes to choose from, but not all conform to the GM diet that we know so many of you benefit from. We hope that you will take these new styles of food out into the world and share that veggie love! Happy weight loss, everyone!

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Top 3 Broccoli Recipes for GM Diet

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Whether you're looking to lose weight or just eat healthier, the GM diet is probably somewhere on your radar. One reason the diet is so effective is because it promotes the increase of fruits and vegetables in your daily intake. However, we all know that getting enough fruits and veggies can be difficult. If you don't know how to start increasing your vegetable intake, we've compiled some great broccoli recipes that will leave you full, satisfied, and on your way to a healthier you!

Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is the GM Diet?

While you've probably had your fill of fad diets, the GM Diet is anything but that. It was developed in 1985 by General Motors in congruence with the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture. GM created this diet for its employees, hoping to make them happier, healthier, and more effective. The results speak for themselves –most people lose around 10 pounds in the first week.

Why Is the GM Diet So Popular?

People love the GM diet because it's easy. There are no gimmicks or hard-to-follow rules.

How Does It Work?

The basic tenets of the GM diet are easy. It focuses on increasing the consumption of complex carbohydrates, low-calorie vegetables and fruits, and increasing water intake as well. By cutting out processed and fried foods, your body begins to shed unwanted pounds.

Do I Need to Meal Plan?

Many diets consider meal planning a central idea of maintaining a diet. While the GM diet doesn't necessarily promote meal planning, it is always a good idea to do so. If you're looking to lose weight or just eat healthier, you should be aware that most of the empty or unwanted calories we consume are unplanned for. These instances include buying a sugary snack because you skipped breakfast, or settling for a fast-food dinner because you are too tired to cook.

Meal planning works for several reasons. Sitting down and consciously going over your plan for food makes you significantly more likely to follow through with the plan. If you have the intent to follow through, you most likely will. Meal planning also means that you won't have any of the skipped meals that come from running out of time. How many mornings have you sped past breakfast because you pushed your alarm's snooze button one too many times? And how many of those mornings have you ended up indulging in a calorie-laden snack that wasn't as fulfilling as an actual meal?

Another huge reason we opt for the unhealthy option is fatigue. By the end of the day, who really wants to cook a whole meal? By cooking in larger quantities and being more conscious of what food you have for when, you can be sure that when you get hungry, there is an easy, healthy, and tasty option.

Why Is Broccoli So Great for the GM Diet?

Broccoli isn't just great for the GM diet–it's great for almost any diet. Broccoli is packed with protein and fiber, as well as essential vitamins and minerals. It only has 35 calories per serving, but is extremely filling due to the large amounts of fiber. It also has a relatively mild taste, meaning that you can use it in several different ways and with various spices to make it your own. Broccoli recipes are good for you, and will satisfy you and the whole family, no matter what tastes you enjoy.

Top 3 Broccoli Recipes for the GM Diet

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While the GM diet is easy to follow, it can become repetitive and boring if you don't get creative. For this reason, we've put together some of our favorite broccoli recipes that still follow the GM diet.

Broccoli and Brussels Sprout Delight

This zesty dish will keep you full, healthy, and happy.

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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 8 Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat
  2. Cook and stir garlic in hot butter until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes
  3. Stir broccoli and Brussels sprouts into garlic
  4. Add tomato and remaining butter
  5. Season with salt and red pepper flakes
  6. Stir Brussels sprouts mixture until well-combined, cover the skillet, and cook until browned on one side, about 5 minutes
  7. Flip sprouts and broccoli, cover the skillet again, and cook until browned on the other side, about 4 minutes

Nutritional Facts

  • Calories: 115
  • Protein: 3 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 7.9 grams
  • Fat: 9 grams

​Broccoli and Chickpea Salad

This protein-packed delicious salad will leave you satisfied and ready for a healthy lifestyle, full of lots more broccoli recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups broccoli florets
  • 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 5 sliced scallions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 6 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Steam broccoli florets until just tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Once cool, chop and combine with chickpeas, scallions, parsley, and pine nuts.
  2. In a bowl, combine garlic, mustard, honey, lemon zest and juice. Slowly add oil, whisking to emulsify, and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle broccoli mixture with dressing and adjust seasoning

Nutritional Facts

  • Calories: 250
  • Protein: 11 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 15 grams
  • Fat: 10 grams

 Whole-Wheat Orzo Salad with Broccoli-Pine Nut Pesto

This delicious and rich salad is one of the best broccoli recipes, and will have even your kids asking for seconds!

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Ingredients

  • Fine-grained sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-wheat orzo
  • 5 cups broccoli florets and thinly sliced stems
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  2. Season generously with salt, add orzo, and cook according to package instructions
  3. Drain, rinse with cold water, and drain well again
  4. Meanwhile, cook the broccoli
  5. Bring 3/4 cup water to a boil in a large pot
  6. Add a big pinch of salt and stir in the broccoli
  7. Cover and cook for 1 minute until bright green but still slightly crunchy
  8. Drain the broccoli in a strainer and run under cold water to stop the cooking
  9. Drain well and set aside
  10. Combine 2 cups of the cooked broccoli, garlic, three-quarters of the pine nuts, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice in a food processor
  11. Drizzle in olive oil and creme fraiche and pulse until smooth
  12. Toss orzo and remaining cooked broccoli florets with about two-thirds of the broccoli pesto and the lemon zest
  13. Thin with a bit of warm water to desired consistency
  14. Adjust seasoning by adding more salt, lemon juice, or pesto as desired
  15. Fold in avocado
  16. Serve topped with remaining pine nuts

Nutritional Facts

  • Calories: 300
  • Protein: 14 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 20 grams
  • Fat: 10 grams

Broccoli and White Bean Salad

This delicious and vibrant salad is savory and filling, making it one of our favorite broccoli recipes!

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Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch broccoli (about 1 pound)
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced into half-moons
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice, plus 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Cut the tops off each head of broccoli, and trim into 1-inch florets; set aside
  2. Peel each stem to remove the tough outer layer
  3. Slice peeled stems on the bias into 1/4-inch pieces; set aside
  4. Prepare an ice bath; set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil
  5. Add a generous amount of salt and broccoli florets
  6. Cook over high heat until florets are tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 4 minutes
  7. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to ice bath
  8. Add stems to the boiling water; cook until tender when pierced with the tip of a paring knife, about 3 minutes
  9. Transfer to ice bath. Let florets and stems cool completely, and drain
  10. In a large mixing bowl, combine broccoli, beans, onion, lemon juice and zest, oil, and red-pepper flakes
  11. Stir to combine; season with salt and pepper
  12. Top with cheese; serve immediately

Nutritional Facts

  • Calories: 250
  • Protein: 8 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 15 grams
  • Fat: 9 grams

Conclusion

Following any diet can be difficult and confusing. One of the hardest parts is finding ways to make healthy food more interesting, so the monotony of fruits and vegetables doesn't wear you down. By keeping your kitchen stocked to make a handful of yummy broccoli recipes, you'll find it much easier to resist cravings.

Check out our website more recipes, information on the GM diet, and how it can help you lead a healthier life. Being healthy doesn't have to be hard! Try using the GM diet today.

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Top 3 Eggplant Recipes for GM Diet

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Whether you're looking to lose weight or just eat healthier, the GM diet is probably somewhere on your radar. One reason the diet is so effective is that it promotes the increase of fruits and vegetables in your daily intake. But we all know that getting enough fruits and veggies can be difficult. If you don't know how to start increasing your vegetable intake, we've compiled some great eggplant recipes that will leave you full, satisfied, and on your way to a healthier you!

About the GM Diet

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What Is the GM Diet?

While you've probably had your fill of fad diets, the GM Diet is anything but. It was developed in 1985 by General Motors in congruence with the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture. GM created this diet for its employees, hoping to make them happier, healthier, and more effective. The results speak for themselves—most people lose around 10 pounds in the first week.

Why Is the GM Diet So Popular?

People love the GM diet because it's easy. There are no gimmicks and no hard to follow rules.  

How Does It Work?

The basic tenets of the GM diet are easy. It focuses on increasing the consumption of complex carbohydrates, low-calorie vegetables and fruits, and increased water intake. By cutting out processed and fried foods, your body begins to shed unwanted pounds.

Do I Need To Meal Plan?

Many diets consider meal planning a central idea of maintaining a diet. While the GM diet doesn't necessarily promote meal planning, it is always a good idea. If you're looking to lose weight or just eat healthier, you should be aware that most of the empty or unwanted calories we consume are unplanned for. They're buying a sugary snack because you skipped breakfast, or settling for a fast-food dinner because you're too tired to cook.

Meal planning works for several reasons. Sitting down and consciously going over your plan for food makes you significantly more likely to follow the plan. If you have the intent to follow through, you most likely will. Meal planning also means that you won't have any of the skipped meals that come from running out of time. How many mornings have you sped past breakfast because you pushed your alarm's snooze button one too many times? And how many of those mornings have you ended up indulging in a calorie-laden snack that wasn't as fulfilling as an actual meal?

Another huge reason we opt for the unhealthy option is fatigue. By the end of the day, who really wants to cook a whole meal? By cooking in larger quantities and being more conscious of what food you have for when, you will ensure that when you get hungry, there is an easy, healthy, and tasty option!

Why Is Eggplant So Popular?

Because it has a very mild taste, eggplant can easily take on whatever flavors you want, making it a perfect addition to any meal. It also has a slightly tough, meaty texture, so vegetarians love to include it as a meat replacement in meals.
 

Is Eggplant Healthy?

Eggplant is very healthy, given that it is a fruit. And, like tomato, it has significantly less sugar and carbohydrates than other fruits. In one cup of eggplant, you'll get 35 calories, 0 grams of fat, 8 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber, and 0.83 grams of protein. You'll also get a good amount of potassium, iron, folate, vitamin K, and vitamin C. In the eggplant's dark purple skin is a type of phytochemical called anthocyanins, an antioxidant. With lots of great eggplant recipes, it's easy to incorporate it into your regular diet!

Top 3 Eggplant Recipes for the GM Diet

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Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant

This crunchy, zesty is a great carb-free snack, making it one of our favorite eggplant recipes!

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Ingredients 

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 cup almonds, grounded
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • Non-stick olive oil spray or 2 teaspoons of olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. On a greased cookie sheet, slice and place eggplant slices down and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt. This will help to remove the moisture allow it to crisp up more while baking. Allow to sit for 10 minutes.
  3. In a food processor, ground the almonds, remaining salt, pepper and garlic until finer but still slightly coarse texture.
  4. After eggplants have rested for 10 minutes, spray with non-stick olive oil, or coat with olive oil on each side and coat sides in almond mix and place back on cookie sheet
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, 15 minutes on each side, until crisp.
  6. Serve with marinara sauce on top or by dipping it in there.

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Cost to Prepare

Depending where you buy your groceries, this eggplant recipe will cost you around $20 for 3 servings.

Eggplant Parmesan

This classic is a favorite vegetarian dish, and one of the best eggplant recipes out there.

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Ingredients 

  • Olive oil, vegetable oil, or a combination, for frying
  • 2 pounds (0.9kg) eggplant, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 cups (360ml) tomato sauce (see note)
  • 3/4 pound shredded fresh mozzarella (12 ounces; 340g)
  • Torn fresh oregano leaves, from about 4 sprigs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C) 
  2. Fill a large cast-iron skillet with 1/2 inch oil and heat over high heat until shimmering
  3. Working in batches, fry eggplant slices, turning, until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes 
  4. Transfer fried eggplant to a paper towel-lined half sheet pan and sprinkle with salt 
  5. Repeat with remaining eggplant, topping up oil as needed
  6. In a 6-cup baking dish, arrange a layer of eggplant slices 
  7. Top with a thin layer of tomato sauce, followed by shredded mozzarella and oregano leaves
  8. Continue layering eggplant, sauce, cheese, and herbs to fill baking dish
  9. Do not add oregano to the top layer
  10. Bake eggplant parmesan until bubbling and browned on top, about 20 minutes
  11. Let stand for 10 minutes to reabsorb juices
  12. Sprinkle with oregano leaves and serve

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Cost to Prepare

​This delicious dish should cost you about $30 to $40, depending on the quality of mozzarella you choose.

Grilled Eggplant Rollatini

​One of our favorite savory eggplant recipes that gets rid of pasta!

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Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly minced garlic (about 2 medium cloves)
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 (28 ounces) can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup grated fresh mozzarella, divided
  • 1/3 cup grated sharp provolone
  • 2/3 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil, plus more for garnish
  • 2 large eggplants, ends trimmed and cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Place oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes in a medium saucepan over medium heat
  2. Cook until fragrant and bubbles start to form around garlic, 30-60 seconds
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and stir in basil
  6. Season with salt and pepper
  7. Set aside
  8. Whisk together ricotta, 1/3 cup of mozzarella, provolone, 1/3 cup parmesan, egg, and 1/4 cup basil in a medium bowl
  9. Set aside
  10. Light one chimney full of charcoal
  11. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate
  12. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes
  13. Clean and oil the grilling grate
  14. Brush eggplant slices with oil and season with salt and pepper
  15. Grill eggplant slices until browned on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side
  16. Transfer to a large tray or cutting board
  17. Place a heaping tablespoon of ricotta filling on wider end of eggplant slice and roll eggplant closed around filling
  18. Repeat with remaining eggplant slices and filling
  19. Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce along the bottom of a large tray or shallow baking dish
  20. Place eggplant rolls in dish and top with remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese
  21. Place on cool side of the grill, cover with aluminum foil, and let cook until cheese has melted, about 15 minutes
  22. Remove from grill, garnish with additional basil, and serve

Link to Recipe

Cost to Prepare

​This eggplant recipe should cost around $30 to prepare, and it yields 4 servings.

Conclusion

Following any diet can be difficult and confusing. One of the hardest parts is finding ways to make healthy food more interesting so the monotony of fruits and vegetables doesn't wear you down. By keeping your kitchen stocked to make a handful of yummy eggplant recipes, you'll find it much easier to resist cravings.

Check out our website for more eggplant recipes, information on the GM diet, and how it can help you lead a healthier life. Being healthy doesn't have to be hard! Try whipping up some of these eggplant recipes today.

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Best Vegetables To Eat When On The GM Diet: Ultimate Guide

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The General Motors (GM) diet plan is an effective weight loss diet plan that helps individuals lose excess pounds. The GM diet focuses on including vegetables, fruits, and lean protein in your diet. The best vegetables to consume on a GM diet are ones which are nutrient-rich, with fewer calories.

This article tells you the best vegetables you can eat when following the GM diet plan. The best vegetables on this diet plan allow you to whip up delicious recipes that can be paired with lean protein or cottage cheese. The best vegetables of the GM diet supply important nutrients and keep your body functioning in a healthy manner. If you’re following the GM diet, you must read this article on the best vegetables for the GM diet.

GM Diet FAQ

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What Is the GM diet?

The General Motors (GM) diet is a week-long diet plan that helps you shed excess pounds. The GM diet includes lots of fresh veggies, fruits, lean protein, and some complex carbohydrates.


As per the GM diet, you’re allowed to eat only fruits, excluding bananas on day one. On day two, you can incorporate different types of veggies in cooked or raw form. On day three, you can consume fruits and veggies. Day four of the GM diet allows you eat 6-8 bananas and up to 3 glasses of skim milk. On day five of the GM diet, you can eat two 10 ounce portion sizes of lean protein such as chicken, fish, or lean beef, in addition to 6 whole tomatoes.


On day six, you can eat two 10 ounce portion sizes of lean protein and unlimited amount of veggies. Day seven of the GM diet allows you to eat brown rice, fruits, and veggies. The GM diet advocates a daily water intake of up to 10-12 glasses for best results.

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What Are the Health Benefits of the GM Diet?

The GM diet can help you lose up to 10-17 pounds in a week’s time. The inclusion of fresh veggies and fruits has many health benefits for you and gives your body a healthy boost of important vitamins and anti-oxidants. The GM diet focuses on veggies and fruits, benefitting various organ systems of your body, including the digestive and cardiovascular systems.


The high-fiber content of the veggies and fruits included in this diet plan resolves digestive issues such as constipation. The inclusion of healthy foods as part of this diet plan helps prevent and manage many lifestyle disorders such as diabetes, elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, etc. The varied fruits and vegetables eaten as per this diet plan also cut the risk of major diseases such as cardiovascular issues and certain types of cancers.

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What Foods Are Allowed on the GM Diet?

​As per the GM diet, you can consume almost all veggies and fruits. You can also eat stipulated amounts of lean protein such as chicken, fish, and beef. Brown rice is allowed as part of the GM diet. Vegetarians can consume cottage cheese and sprouted legumes as part of this diet plan.

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What Foods Are Not Allowed on the GM Diet?

​The GM diet doesn’t allow you to eat sugar or processed foods, including refined flour, cakes, chocolates, breads, etc. You’re also not allowed to drink alcohol or soda as part of this diet plan. You must limit your use of butter and oils.

​Best Vegetables to Eat on the GM Diet

​Below we have compiled a list of the best vegetables you can eat on the GM diet. This section lists the health benefits of these best vegetables and tells you how you can incorporate them in various delicious recipes as part of the GM diet plan.

  • ​Broccoli
  • ​Cabbage
  • ​Cauliflower
  • ​Carrots
  • ​Beets
  • ​Green Beans
  • ​Potatoes
  • ​Cucumber
  • ​Asparagus
  • ​Spinach

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Health Benefits of Broccoli:

  • ​Power-house of nutrients such as Vitamin A, K, and C
  • ​Contains powerful anti-oxidants, prevent cell damage due to inflammation and free radicals
  • ​Protects against certain types of cancers
  • ​Improves blood sugar levels
  • ​Improves digestive function

Broccoli in the GM Diet

You can include broccoli on days 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the GM diet. Broccoli florets can be added to sit-fry dishes along with your protein items. You can also eat broccoli cooked or steamed as part of the GM diet. Broccoli can be added to salads or you can whip up low-calorie yet delicious dressings to top your steamed or raw broccoli.

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​Cabbage


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​Health Benefits of Cabbage

  • ​Low in calories and high in fiber
  • ​Nutrient-dense containing significant amounts of Vitamins K and C
  • ​Contains powerful antioxidants, reducing inflammation in the body
  • ​Keeps your digestive and cardiovascular systems functioning well
  • ​Controls cholesterol levels

​Cabbage in the GM Diet

​Cabbage can be consumed on days 2, 3, 6, and 7 of the GM diet. You can add cabbage to GM diet soups and stews. Cabbage is also a tasty addition to Asian style stir-fry recipes, which you’re allowed to eat as per the GM diet. You can add cabbage to Asian style chicken or beef stir-fry or include it in brown rice recipes. Cabbage tastes best when it is slightly crunchy and must not be over-cooked.

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​Cauliflower


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​Health Benefits of Cauliflower

  • ​Contains vital nutrients such as Vitamins C, K and folate
  • ​High in fiber and low in calories
  • ​Contains powerful antioxidants such as sulforaphane and choline, which reduce the risk of several major diseases including cancer and heart problems

​Cauliflower in the GM Diet

​Cauliflower is a great addition to the GM diet, since it can be added to a variety of dishes including soups, stir-fries, and salads. Cauliflower is a popular substitute for grains and legumes and is a boon for those on a GM diet looking to improvise and create low-carb and low-calorie recipes, which are also delicious. You can make interesting low-carb recipes suited for the GM diet using cauliflower, including cauliflower tortillas, cauliflower pizza crust, etc.

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​Carrots


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​Health Benefits of Carrots

  • ​Contain important nutrients for healthy bodily functions, including Vitamins A, H, and B6.
  • ​Contain powerful anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, lycopene, polyacetylenes, etc. that prevent onset of certain cancers and cardiovascular problems.
  • ​Great for vision and eye health
  • ​Help lower blood cholesterol

​Carrots in the GM Diet

​Carrots can be eaten on days 2, 3, 6, and 7 of the GM diet. You can add carrots to soups, salads, and stir-fry recipes on the GM diet. Carrots taste great when steamed or cooked. You can use simple and delicious dips or salad dressings if you’re eating steamed or raw carrots.

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​Beets



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​Health Benefits of Beets

  • ​Low in calories and fat-free
  • ​Contains important nutrients such as folate
  • ​Contains nitrates and pigments that provide numerous health benefits
  • ​Keeps inflammation in check
  • ​Improves digestive health
  • ​Provides an energy boost for athletes

​Beets in the GM Diet

​Beets are allowed on days 2, 3, 6 and 7 of the GM diet. Beets can be eaten raw or cooked, as part of salads. You can add grated beets to slaw to make it more colorful and delicious. Beetroot juice can also be consumed as part of the GM diet and tastes best when made and had fresh.

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​Green Beans



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​Health Benefits of Green Beans

  • ​High in fiber, low in calories
  • ​Rich source of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, and K
  • ​Good source of folate for women who are pregnant or nursing
  • ​Rich in chlorophyll and other anti-oxidants that reduce the risk of certain types of cancers

​Green Beans in the GM Diet

​If you’re following the GM diet, you can eat green beans on days 2, 3, 6, and 7. Beans can be enjoyed in many different ways when on a GM diet. You can make healthy sides such as Asian style green beans stir-fry to go with your proteins. You can also grill beans and serve them drizzled with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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​Potatoes


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​Health Benefits of Potatoes

  • ​Contain important nutrients such as Vitamins C, B6, potassium, magnesium, etc.
  • ​Contain anti-oxidants that prevent certain types of cancers, diabetes, and cardiovascular conditions.
  • ​Improve blood sugar levels and digestive health.

​Potatoes in the GM Diet

​Potatoes can be eaten on day 2 of the GM diet. It is recommended that you eat potatoes for breakfast on day 2 of the GM diet, which will provide you increased energy to last the entire day.  You can enjoy baked potatoes with a sprinkle of salt and pepper as part of your breakfast on day 2 of the GM diet. Potato hash or baked sliced potatoes are other delicious breakfast options for day 2 of the GM diet.

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​Cucumber


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​Health Benefits of Cucumbers

  • ​Low in calories, yet highly nutrient-dense
  • ​Contain important antioxidants such as flavonoids and tannins, which prevent onset of chronic diseases
  • ​Contain large amounts of water and are great to keep you hydrated
  • ​Improve blood sugar levels
  • ​Promote weight loss

​Cucumbers in the GM Diet

​You can eat cucumbers as part of the GM diet on days 2, 3, 6 and 7. Cucumber is best enjoyed raw and crunchy and makes a tasty addition to salads and slaws. Add interesting dressings with simple ingredients such as cilantro, lime juice, and other seasonings and herbs to spruce up your cucumber salad. Cucumbers can also be paired with other veggies such as carrots, beets, onions, etc. to make delicious salad combinations for the GM diet.

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​Asparagus


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​Health Benefits of Asparagus

  • ​Low calorie and nutrient dense
  • ​Contains powerful anti-oxidants, reducing risk of disease and inflammation
  • ​Aids weight loss and lowers blood pressure

​Asparagus in the GM Diet

​On the GM diet, you’re allowed to eat asparagus on days 2, 3, 6, and 7. There several innovative recipes to incorporate asparagus into the GM diet. You can make stir-fry recipes using asparagus and top with your favorite sauces or seasonings to make a delicious side. Grilled asparagus served with olive oil, salt, and pepper makes for a yummy and healthy GM diet recipe.

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​Spinach


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​Health Benefits of Spinach

  • ​Highly nutrient-rich containing important vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, C, folic acid, iron, and calcium
  • ​Powerful anti-oxidants prevent diseases such as cancer and diabetes
  • ​Helps control blood pressure

​Spinach in the GM Diet

​Spinach can be added to the GM diet on days 2, 3, 6, and 7. You can add spinach to soups and salads when making GM diet recipes.

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The Verdict

The above discussed best vegetables for the GM diet are great for your health. If you’re following this weight loss diet, this compilation of best vegetables gives you great ideas on how to creatively use them to create delicious recipes. The best vegetables of the GM diet provide you with vital nutrients and anti-oxidants that not only aid weight loss but also keep you fit and healthy in the long term. This compilation of best vegetables for the GM diet is a boon for those looking to optimize their health.

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GM Diet: Lose Weight Fast In Just 7 Days

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If you’re looking to drop up to 15 pounds quickly, the GM diet, or General Motors Diet, may be something you want to try. Rather than restrict certain foods indefinitely, it tells you what foods you can eat on a certain day. Keep reading to get all of the details of this effective weight loss tool. 

About the GM diet

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The GM diet is not a new diet. It first started in 1985 and, as the name implies, was developed by General Motors. The automobile manufacturer worked with the Food and Drug Administration and the United States Department of Agriculture to come up with an eating plan that would make employees healthier and raise their overall productivity. Many employees had amazing results, losing 10-17 pounds in a week. The diet is relatively easy to follow and uses real food that you can find anywhere.

How It Works

The GM diet focuses your diet on fruits, vegetables, brown rice, and chicken. You eat these foods or a combination of these foods on certain days. You also increase your water intake to at least 10 glasses a day to stay hydrated and feeling full.
 

Preparation

You should avoid alcohol for a few days before the diet schedule begins. The substance should be avoided completely while you are on the GM diet. Alcohol can make you retain water and prevent the detoxifying effect of the diet. Water helps boost your metabolism and eliminates water weight, naturally.

Benefits of the GM diet

Aside from the weight, you’ll lose, there are other benefits to the GM diet. People who have completed the program say they have more energy, feel more confident and just feel good.

Detoxes Your Body


Think of the GM diet as a juice cleanse you can chew. For seven days, you eliminate processed foods, fat and refined sugars from your diet. The good food and water flush out any remaining toxins and provide a wealth of nutrients. Detoxifying the body on a regular basis results in faster digestion and better elimination of toxins.

Improved Digestion


High-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, improve digestion and are easily absorbed and eliminated by the body. The gm involves consuming large fruits and vegetables, resulting in a high-fiber diet. Water helps your body absorb nutrients. The combination of water and fiber makes eliminating waste easier and more complete. Low-fiber foods can linger in the body, making you feel sluggish and bloated.

Types of Food, Meal Plans & More

The GM diet can be done as a vegetarian or as an omnivore. As we mentioned earlier, the GM diet concentrates on certain foods on certain days. Let’s look at a typical week on the GM diet.

Day 1

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The first day may be a challenge as your body adjusts to the new diet, On this day, you can eat only fruit. However, grapes, litchi, mangoes, and bananas are not allowed. All other fruit can be eaten as much as you'd like. Watermelon, oranges, limes, apples, pomegranates, melons and strawberries are particularly helpful at keeping hunger away. You can eat as many times during the day as you want. If you want to just eat melons the first day, you could lose up to three pounds.

Day 2

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This day is for the vegetables. You can eat only vegetables that are raw or boiled. You can eat as much and as often as you would like. The GM diet allows you to start this day with a boiled potato and a teaspoon of butter. After that, potatoes and butter are off limits. To give your veggies a little more flavor, try adding dried herbs.  

Day 3

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This day combines the foods of day 1 and day 2. You can eat fruits and vegetables as described above, just no potato and butter. You’ll get carbohydrates from the fruit. Drink at least 10 glasses of water to stay hydrated. Your cravings may flare up, or they may have disappeared. Keep going!

Day 4

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Here’s where things get a little more interesting. You are allowed to eat up to 6 bananas and drink up to 4 glasses of milk. The bananas restore the sodium and potassium you need in your body.

Day 5

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Here comes the protein. You should eat at least 500 grams or 17 ounces of chicken/lean meat and 6 tomatoes today. You should also increase your water today. All 3 of your meals should have chicken, about 6 ounces. For your morning and evening snack, you should drink water. No others foods should be consumed. If you do not like chicken, eat 6 eggs + 6 tomatoes that day. If you are vegetarian, you can have a cup of brown rice, tofu and cottage cheese.

Day 6

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First off, congratulations for having the dedication to make it to the sixth day of the GM diet. On this day, you can eat chicken, all vegetables, except tomatoes, for all three main meals. You can also have a soup made with all vegetables, except tomatoes, for your mid-morning and evening snacks. For the vegetarian version of day six, you can eat cottage cheese instead of meat.

Day 7

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This is the final day of the GM diet plan. You can have fresh fruit juice, one cup of brown rice and vegetables.


Here are some tips for success:

  • Increasing water intake---to drinking 15 glasses a day by the fifth day.
  • Drinking black tea, black coffee, and lime water.
  • Working out for 45 minutes every other day to enhance your results.
  • Dressing vegetables with squeezed lemon, herbs, garlic or even white or wine vinegar.

Meal Schedule and Suggestions

Day 1

  • Breakfast:  Two medium apples and eight ounces of water
  • Brunch:  Watermelon and eight ounces of water
  • Lunch:  Pomegranate and 16 ounces of  water
  • Afternoon snack:  An orange and eight ounces of water
  • Evening snack:  A pear and eight ounces of water
  • Dinner:  grapefruit half and eight ounces of water

Day 2

  • Breakfast:  A medium boiled potato with one teaspoon of butter
  • Brunch:  Lettuce or kale salad with a bowl of cabbage and eight ounces of water
  • Lunch:  One cucumber, one onion, half of a carrot and 16 ounces of  water
  • Afternoon snack:  Half a cup of sliced capsicum, one cup of boiled cauliflower or broccoli and 16 ounces of water
  • Evening snack:  One cup of boiled cauliflower and eight ounces of water
  • Dinner:  Boiled green beans, carrot and beetroot along with 16 ounces of water

Day 3

  • Breakfast: apple or watermelon, one bowl and 16 ounces of  water
  • Brunch: One cup of pineapple, an apple and 16 ounces of water
  • Lunch: Mix onions, cabbage, cucumber, broccoli and carrots together. Drink two glasses of water
  • Afternoon snack: Half of a grapefruit and one glass of water
  • Evening snack: pear
  • Dinner: Half a cup of boiled beetroot, one bowl of boiled broccoli and 8 ounces of water

Day 4

  • Breakfast:  A glass of milk and two bananas
  • Brunch:  A banana shake (made with a banana and a glass of milk)
  • Lunch:  A bowl of vegetable soup comprising beans, broccoli, cabbage, onions and carrots
  • Afternoon snack:  Same as brunch
  • Dinner:  A glass of milk and two bananas

Day 5

  • Breakfast:  Boiled kidney beans, two tomatoes and two glasses of water If you eat meat, you can have 5.5 ounces of chicken or two eggs.
  • Brunch:  One cup of cottage cheese or tofu and a glass of water
  • Lunch:  Two ripe tomatoes, a cup of brown rice and cooked spinach with 5 ounces of chicken with 16 ounces of  water
  • Afternoon snack:  Soya chunks mixed in sprouts salad and 16 ounces of water
  • Dinner:  A curry made of chicken, vegetable soup, cucumber and tomato salad with 16 ounces of water

Day 6

  • Breakfast:  One cup of boiled veggies with 16 ounces of water
  • Brunch:  Half a bowl of boiled red kidney beans and a sliced tomato with two cups of water
  • Lunch:  Vegetable soup and a cup of brown rice, followed by two cups of water
  • Afternoon snack:  One apple with eight ounces of water
  • Evening snack:  Bowl of boiled sprouts with eight ounces of  water
  • Dinner:  Bowl of boiled veggies and eight ounces of water

Day 7

  • Breakfast:  Watermelon with a cup of water
  • Brunch:  A cup of berries and carrots with eight ounces of water
  • Lunch:  Cooked brown rice and sauteed veggies with 16 ounces of water
  • Afternoon snack:  A pear and a cup of water
  • Evening snack:  An apple and a glass of water
  • Dinner:  A bowl of veggie soup and eight ounces of water

Conclusion

The GM diet is a great diet if you want to kick-start your weight loss or prepare for a special event. It is not a long-term solution to keeping the weight off. To keep the weight off, continue to drink plenty of water and exercise. When you finish the diet, phase in healthy foods that do not contain refined sugar or a lot of salt.

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Top 3 Avocado Recipes For GM Diet

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Are you on the GM diet, looking for new ways to spice up your meal times? Perhaps you are considering the GM diet, but are afraid you will not receive sufficient good fat intake to fuel your mind and body during the process? Avocado recipes offer an effective solution to follow the GM diet without sabotaging your weight loss efforts. To learn about the ins and outs of the GM diet, its associated benefits, and discover 3 avocado recipes that are easy to make and tasty to boot, keep reading.

About The GM Diet

Diet Overview

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What is the GM diet? Short for the General Motors diet, the GM diet was first created in 1985. General Motors, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration created it specifically for company employees. The idea was to enhance employee productivity by improving overall health and wellness.


General Motors employees showed drastic weight loss results on the diet, losing anywhere from 10 to 17 pounds over the course of a mere week. Besides weight loss, employees were more efficient when working, enjoyed an increase in confidence, and experienced improved energy levels. The diet was hailed as a useful solution to achieve quick weight loss in a healthy way. It spread like wildfire to millions of individuals who wanted to experience the same results as the original General Motors employees had.

How It Works

The GM diet is a week-long plan to achieve fast weight loss that focuses your food intake on vegetables, fruits, brown rice, and chicken. To adhere to the diet, you must eat nutrient-rich food sources like fruits, vegetables low in calories, and plenty of complex carbohydrates. You must also drink more water if you want to lose up to 17 pounds over the course of just a week.


By incorporating plenty of fruits like avocado recipes into the GM diet, your body will receive sufficient fiber to fuel digestion and keep you fuller longer. The vegetables provide lots of vitamins and minerals to prevent you from becoming malnourished, while the brown rice is a low-fat, complex carbohydrate option.

Receiving plenty of protein from chicken allows you to keep your strength up without indulging in too much fat. The protein in the chicken also works to speed up your metabolism and enable you to shed more fat over the course of a week.


You are not required to adhere to specific portion sizes while on the diet. Rather, you must keep to the foods that are allowed and decide the quantities you desire accordingly. Eating small yet frequent meals packed with these nutritious foods and drinking plenty of water will cause your body to release toxins and burn fat quickly.

7-Day Diet Plan

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What is the GM diet? Short for the General Motors diet, the GM diet was first created in 1985. General Motors, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration created it specifically for company employees. The idea was to enhance employee productivity by improving overall health and wellness.


General Motors employees showed drastic weight loss results on the diet, losing anywhere from 10 to 17 pounds over the course of a mere week. Besides weight loss, employees were more efficient when working, enjoyed an increase in confidence, and experienced improved energy levels. The diet was hailed as a useful solution to achieve quick weight loss in a healthy way. It spread like wildfire to millions of individuals who wanted to experience the same results as the original General Motors employees had.

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Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

Incorporate Exercise

It is important to weave exercise into your regimen when following the GM diet. Stick to 45 minutes of walking each day of the diet rather than more rigorous choices like running.

Benefits Of The GM Diet

Fast and Significant Weight Loss

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There are key benefits to following the GM diet. The first and most obvious one is the fast and significant weight loss you can achieve. The ability to lose anywhere from 10 to 17 pounds in just one week is staggering.


When following the diet, enjoy a sufficient intake of protein, fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates to maintain your weight loss and ensure your body is sufficiently nourished. The GM diet is very stringent, which is why it should not be followed for longer than a week.

Cleanse Your Body

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Due to the high quantities of fruits, vegetables, and water you will consume on the GM diet, your body will undergo a healthy cleansing process. This allows you to rid your body of unwanted toxins and reset it for a new, healthier way of eating.

Short Duration

Another great benefit of the GM diet is that it lasts for such a short duration of time. It is only 7 days and promises quick weight loss. This provides a realistic incentive to lose weight without committing to a diet you may not maintain long-term.

Health Considerations

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What is the GM diet? Short for the General Motors diet, the GM diet was first created in 1985. General Motors, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Drug Administration created it specifically for company employees. The idea was to enhance employee productivity by improving overall health and wellness.


General Motors employees showed drastic weight loss results on the diet, losing anywhere from 10 to 17 pounds over the course of a mere week. Besides weight loss, employees were more efficient when working, enjoyed an increase in confidence, and experienced improved energy levels. The diet was hailed as a useful solution to achieve quick weight loss in a healthy way. It spread like wildfire to millions of individuals who wanted to experience the same results as the original General Motors employees had.

As far as overall nutrition goes, certain days of the GM diet, like day 1 or day 4, are limiting and should not be followed in an ongoing sense. However, the diet allows you to adjust your palate and set a regular way of eating that incorporates more protein, fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates. Long-term, these are the foundation of achieving a healthy weight.


Despite its limiting nature for the 7 days, the GM diet is low in sugar and salt and high in nutrients like fiber and complex carbohydrates. The fiber and complex carbohydrates burn fat, give you energy, and keep your digestion strong.

Top 3 Avocado Recipes For GM Diet

Eating Avocados on the GM Diet

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Avocados are not officially recommended for consumption on the GM diet plan. However, on any of the days you can eat fruit, avocado recipes provide an easy solution to ensure you get a proper fat intake from healthy sources.


One area where the GM diet falls short is in healthy fats, so any of the recipes below will give you an extra dose of energy without impeding your weight loss efforts. Healthy fats can help you burn fat, so you can enjoy the recipes below throughout the diet and afterward.

Peach and Avocado Fruit Salad

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The first of our avocado recipes is easy and only requires 5 simple ingredients. You will need to peel, pit, and dice 2 avocados, peel, pit, and dice 1 peach, and dice 1/2 cup of sweet onion. You will also need 2 tablespoons of lime juice, some salt, and some pepper to make the first of our avocado recipes.


Once you have all your ingredients together, combine your avocado, peach, and onion in a medium-sized bowl. Next, drizzle lime juice on top and mix it into the salad with the salt and pepper.

Blueberry and Avocado Fruit Salad

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This next selection on our list of avocado recipes requires more ingredients and time than our last recipe but is equally tasty. Start by peeling, pitting, and slicing 1 avocado, rinsing and draining 2 cups of fresh blueberries, chopping up 2 apples and dicing 2 cups of fresh mango. You will also need a 5-ounce package of baby greens or 8 cups of mixed lettuce, 2 tablespoons of chives, and 2 tablespoons of walnuts.


To make the dressing, measure out 2 tablespoons of honey, 1/4 cup of nonfat yogurt, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 cup of orange or grapefruit juice, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of white pepper. Then, combine the honey, yogurt, and cinnamon until they form a creamy concoction. Add in the juice, salt, and pepper to finish it.


For your salad, combine the avocado, blueberries, apple, and mango in a bowl. Mix in 2/3 of your yummy dressing and put the bowl to the side. Next, take another bowl and toss your salad greens with the rest of the dressing. This recipe serves 6, so you can save some for later if need be. Place your salad on a plate, put the fruit and avocado portion on next, and add your chives and walnuts on top before serving.

Tomato, Cucumber, and Avocado Salad

Tomato, cucumber, and avocado salad

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The last of the top 3 avocado recipes for the GM diet is this simple, mouth-watering tomato, cucumber, and avocado salad. To make this recipe, you will need 1 pound of Roma tomatoes, 1 English cucumber, 2 diced avocados, and 1/2 of a sliced red onion. Measure out 2 tablespoons of olive or sunflower oil, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro, 3/4 teaspoon of table salt or 1 teaspoon of sea salt, and 1/8 teaspoon of black pepper.


Chop up your tomatoes and cucumber, combining them with the sliced red onion and diced avocado in a bowl. Add in your cilantro and toss the entire mixture in the olive oil and lemon juice. Right before you serve and eat this delicious salad, add the table salt or sea salt and pepper to taste.

Conclusion

Any of these delectable avocado recipes will be a welcome addition to your mealtimes when on the 7-day GM diet. Weave them into your fruit intake on the days where fruits are allowed, and enjoy them after the diet has concluded to maintain your healthy weight loss.

Top 3 Cauliflower Recipes For GM Diet: Ultimate Guide

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Focused on eating healthier? Try the GM diet—one of the easiest ways to master healthy eating. Whether you're looking to lose weight or just eat healthier, the GM diet is probably somewhere on your radar. One reason the diet is so effective is that it promotes the increase of fruits and vegetables in your daily intake. Kids and adults alike know that it's hard to get all your fruits and veggies. If you don't know how to start increasing your vegetable intake, we've compiled the best cauliflower recipes that will leave you full, satisfied, and on your way to a healthier you!

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Top 3 Cauliflower Recipes For GM Diet

Shepard's Pie

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Save this cauliflower recipe for a family meal—this healthy twist on a classic meal will satisfy everyone!

Ingredients

  • 1½ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 medium russet potato, peeled and diced
  • 2 cups button mushrooms, quartered
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • kosher salt
  • Whipped Cauliflower:
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • kosher salt

  • Directions

    1. Bring a large saucepan filled halfway with salted water to a simmer and add the cauliflower
    2. Add a lid to the pan and steam for about 5 minutes
    3. Drain the cauliflower and add it to the bowl of a food processor
    4. Puree until smooth and season with kosher salt
    5. Set aside
    6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
    7. In a 10” shallow skillet over medium heat, add the ground turkey and break up with a wooden spoon
    8. Cook until mostly cooked through and then add the onion
    9. Cook another 5 minutes until the onion is soft
    10. Add the carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes
    11. Add the tomato paste and mix it into the vegetables and beef
    12. Add the frozen peas, 3 ½ cups of beef broth, and 2 bay leaves
    13. Cook for 10 minutes over medium-low heat
    14. Mix the ½ cup of beef broth with the cornstarch in a Tupperware and shake well until smooth
    15. Pour the slurry in and stir it in well
    16. Cook while occasionally stirring for another 10 minutes until slightly thickened
    17. Season to taste with kosher salt
    18. Spoon the cauliflower in scoops to the top of the skillet
    19. Bake the skillet uncovered for 20 minutes and then take it out when it is piping hot and the cauliflower is golden around the edges
    20. Sprinkle with chives and serve hot

Cilantro Lime Chicken with Cauliflower Rice

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This zesty meal is one of the best cauliflower recipes and is great for a light dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (1-2 limes, depending on how juicy they are)
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 sea salt
  • 1/2 cup black beans
  • 1/4 cup red onion, raw
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • Directions:

    1. First, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat
    2. Add chicken to the pan and cook over medium heat for 5-8 minutes on each side
    3. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before slicing; slice chicken and set aside
    4. Add the rest of the chicken ingredients into a large bowl
    5. Mix well
    6. Place sliced chicken to the bowl and toss with dressing
    7. Refrigerate
    8. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
    9. Add riced cauliflower and spices and cook for 5 minutes
    10. Then, add in black beans and sauté for another 2
    11. Finally, add in red onion and mix
    12. Place chicken, cauliflower rice, 1/4 cup tomatoes, 1/4 of an avocado into a bowl

Cauliflower Steaks with Mushroom Gravy

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This hearty meal is one of our favorite cauliflower recipes because it's delicious as it is healthy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms (or another variety of dried mushrooms)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces fresh cremini mushrooms (or another variety of fresh mushrooms), diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 4 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 large head of cauliflower
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • high heat oil or cooking spray, for misting
  • fresh parsley for topping


Directions

  1. In a large measuring cup or a small bowl, combine 2 cups hot water with the dried mushrooms, then allow to sit for at least 10 minutes.
  2. In a medium-size pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, fresh mushrooms, and garlic salt, and cook for 10 minutes, until the mushrooms are tender. Next, separate the dried mushrooms from the liquid (reserving the liquid for later), chop them into small pieces, and then add them to the pot with the cooked fresh mushrooms. Add the vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Sprinkle the arrowroot powder in the cup with the reserved liquid and whisk until smooth. Pour in the pot with the mushrooms and broth. Lower heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, until slightly thickened, while stirring intermittently. Remove from heat, season with tamari, and set aside to cool.
  3. Preheat oven to 400ºF and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a large sharp knife, trim the leaves from the bottom of the cauliflower and cut off the very bottom of the stem. Cut the cauliflower in half down the middle, through the stem. Take one half of the cauliflower and cut it into 3/4 to 1-inch thick slices—you should end up with 2-3 steaks, with some florets falling from the sides. Repeat with the other half of the cauliflower.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper. Arrange the cauliflower steaks on the baking sheet a few inches apart and lightly spray them with oil. Sprinkle the seasoning on top, and then bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Flip them over and continue to bake for another 15 minutes, until light golden brown and crispy.
  5. While the cauliflower bakes, transfer the gravy to a blender and blend until smooth. If you prefer some larger pieces of mushrooms in your gravy, be sure to scoop them out before blending. Pour the gravy back into the pot and warm over low heat. When the cauliflower steaks are done, serve immediately with warm gravy. Top with fresh parsley and serve.

Conclusion

One of the hardest parts of following any diet or eating healthy in general is finding ways to not get bored with fresh fruits and vegetables. And with our delicious cauliflower recipes, you'll be well on your way to creating a healthy lifestyle!

Check out our website more recipes, information on the GM diet, and how it can help you lead a healthier life. Being healthy doesn't have to be hard! Try using the GM diet today.

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Best Recipes For GM Diet: Our Top 10 Picks

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Have you been trying to shed a quick 10 to 20  pounds and just can't seem to do it? Life is super busy, and it is difficult to stay fit, eat the proper number of times a day, and to keep a healthy diet. Most of us are lucky if we get in two whole meals a day, and then even luckier if the meal is balanced without any processed foods. Quick and unhealthy food puts on the pounds faster than anything else. The trick is to find the best recipes for a healthy diet. A good place to start is with the GM diet.

About The GM Diet

The GM diet has been around for over 30 years and originated based on Indian diets. The diet comes from General Motors, as the company was rumored to have created it for its employees; but there is no real evidence of this. The GM diet uses a combination of the best recipes consisting of vegetables, fruits, lean meats, brown rice, and fruit juices. There is a cabbage soup that diet followers consume as well. However, for those who may have an aversion to cabbage, there are many creative recipes you can try with similar results.

Benefits Of The GM Diet

The GM Diet is a seven-day plan to eat a restrictive, but healthy diet consisting of the best recipes of fresh and non-processed foods to quickly burn away 10 to 17 pounds. In addition to the fast weight loss, the diet helps you to build a regimen of healthier habits by eating large amounts of fruits and vegetables. If you continue to eat healthy portions of fruits and vegetables and work them into your regular day-to-day routine, you will be more likely to keep off the weight you have lost with the GM Diet. It is important to follow the best recipes during the week-long GM Diet, but also to continue to do so after you have a successful weight loss.

Other Benefits

The GM Diet plan prompts you to drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. This will help flush your system of toxins and improve overall digestion. If you do not drink enough water throughout the day, your body will store it, which can make you feel and appear bloated with extra water weight. When you are getting enough water, your body will process it, instead of storing it. Drinking a lot of water will also aid in your food digestion by helping to break down and move the fiber through your body. Permanently cutting out processed foods will help you continue to burn fat after the diet is over.

Top 10 Best Recipes For GM Diet

There are thousands of nutritional and tasty recipes out there. We want to help you narrow down the top 10 best recipes to be incorporated into your GM Diet plan. Some of these recipes will apply to particular days of the plan and the type of food groups to be eaten on those days. Others on our list of the top 10 creative best recipes will give you options for the vegetable soup you will be eating.

  • Fruit Smoothie Best Recipes
  • Spinach Salad Best Recipes
  • Cabbage Soup Best Recipes
  • Corn Cucumber Tomato Salad Best Recipes
  • Grandmas Vegetable Soup Best Recipes
  • Chicken Soup Best Recipes
  • Beef and Vegetables Best Recipes
  • Vegetable and Chicken Stir-fry Best Recipes
  • Stuffed Peppers Best Recipes
  • Mixed Berries Salad Best Recipes

Fruit Smoothie

What You Need

  • 4 Strawberries
  • 1/3 Cup Blackberries
  • 1 Cup Coconut Water
  • 5-6 Ice Cubes
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On day one and day two of the GM Diet, you will be eating fruit. If you are on the go, you may want to try one of the best recipes of fruit smoothie options.

Mix it Up

Throw all the fruit and coconut water in the blender. Blend on low for 20 to 30 seconds. Add the ice and blend on high for 15 seconds. Pour into a takeaway cup with a lid and straw, and enjoy.

Benefits of Berries

Berries are loaded with antioxidants. They may help lower cholesterol levels. Berries may improve blood sugar levels. They also are high in fiber. Berries also help fight inflammation.

Spinach Salad

What You Need

  • Container Raw Leaf Spinach
  • 2 On-the-Vine Tomatoes
  • Two Cucumbers
  • Ready-to-Eat Organic Beets
  • One Tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Oregano
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This is one of the best recipes options for days two and three of the GM Diet.

Mix it Up

Use a gallon sized Tupperware style bowl with a lid to mix and store your salad. Put in half the container of spinach. Slice the tomatoes and throw them in. Peel and chop the cucumbers and throw them in. Dice the beets and add them as well. Dress the salad with one tablespoon of lemon juice and half a tablespoon of oregano. Give the salad a good stir and toss. Store the rest in the refrigerator to snack on throughout the day.

Cabbage Soup

What You Need

  • 1/2 Head Cabbage Chopped
  • One Large Carrot Diced
  • 2 White or Yellow Onions Chopped
  • 1 Red or Green Bell Pepper Chopped
  • 2 Celery Stalks Chopped
  • 1 Cup Garlic Minced
  • 1 14-Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes with Basil and Oregano
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • One Teaspoon Oregano
  • 1 Teaspoon Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Pink Sea-salt
  • 2 Teaspoons Olive Oil
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There are various recipes for this soup. You can be creative as well.

Mix it Up

In a large pot, saute the onions, bell pepper, celery and carrots in two the olive oil until slightly tender and then stir in the garlic. Pour in the chicken broth and add the can of diced tomatoes and cabbage. Bring this all to a boil and then reduce the heat to low. Cook the cabbage until it is tender, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Stir in the herbs and spices. Simmer for a few minutes. Stir and Serve.

Corn Cucumber Tomato Salad

What You Need

  • 1 Can Corn
  • 2 Cucumbers Peeled and Diced
  • 2 Tomatoes On-the-Vine Sliced and Sliced Again
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • Fresh Basil Leaves
  • Oregano

This salad is one of the best recipes for your vegetable days on the GM Diet.

Mix it Up

Put all the vegetables in a large bowl and mix well together. Add the lemon juice and stir again. Then add the basil and oregano.

Grandma's Vegetable Soup

What You Need

  • 4 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 3 Carrots Diced
  • 1 White, Red or Yellow Onion Diced
  • 1 Bag of Frozen Mixed Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • 1 Can Baby Corn
  • 1/2 Bag Fresh Spinach Leaves Chopped
  • 1 14-Ounce Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Cup Minced Garlic
  • 4 Bay Leaves
  • One Dry Red Chili Pepper
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This soup is a great alternative to the cabbage soup if you have an aversion to cabbage or just want something a little different.

Mix it Up

In a large pot, bring the chicken broth and all the vegetables except the spinach to a boil. Reduce the heat and add the spinach, garlic and chili pepper. Then add the can of tomatoes and bay leaves. Let the soup stew on low heat for 20 minutes and then remove from heat and stir. Let it sit for another five minutes and then serve.

Chicken Soup

What You Need

  • 1 1/2 LB Boneless, Skinless, Chicken Tenders
  • 1 White Onion Minced
  • 1 Cup Minced Garlic
  • 1 Cup Chopped Carrots
  • 4 Cups Chicken Low Sodium Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Thyme
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste (Better to Use Pink Sea Salt)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Olive Oil

This is another one of the best recipes for the GM Diet on day six if you choose to eat chicken over beef.

Mix it Up

In a large pot, heat the olive oil and add the onions and cook for a few minutes until they are clear. Add the carrots and garlic and saute for a minute. Then add the chicken broth and salt and pepper. Add the chicken tenders and oregano and reduce the heat to low and cover. Let this cook for 30 minutes until the carrots and chicken are cooked all the way through. Shred the chicken with a long fork. Stir in the parsley and thyme and let the soup cook for another few minutes. Turn off heat and let stand for five minutes and then serve.

Beef And Vegetables

What You Need

  • 98% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1 Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 1 Cup Diced Mushrooms
  • 1 Bag Frozen Corn
  • 2 Chopped Carrots
  • Oregano to Taste
  • 1/4 Cup Water

You will be eating beef and vegetables on day six of the GM Diet. This is one option for a different recipe.

Mix it Up

Cook the beef without adding any oil. Drain. Stir in the onions and mushrooms and saute together with the beef for a few minutes. Add the carrots and corn and the water. Cover and lower the heat. Let this cook until the carrots are tender. Add the oregano, stir and serve.

Vegetable Chicken Stir-Fry

What You Need

  • 1 Bag of Frozen Broccoli and Cauliflower
  • 1 1/2 Pound Chicken Breast Tenders
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 Cup Water

This is another of the best recipes options for day six of the GM Diet Plan.

Mix it Up

Cook the Chicken in the olive oil in a skillet or wok. After it is cooked, add the frozen vegetables and 1/4 cup water. Cover and turn down the heat. Cook for about six minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Stuffed Peppers

What You Need

  • 4 Large Bell Peppers
  • 1 Bag Riced Cauliflower
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Onion
  • 1/2 Cup Minced Garlic
  • 1/2 Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon Oregano
  • 1 LB 98% Lean Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

You can have this recipe option on day six or seven.

Preperation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut off the stem end of the bell pepper and then cut the flesh out of the inside and dice it up. Scoop out the seeds and throw them out. Bring an inch of water to a boil in a large pot and steam the peppers in a steamer basket for three minutes and set them aside. Microwave the bag of riced cauliflower and set aside in a bowl.

Mix it Up

In a skillet, add the chopped pepper flesh and onion and cook in the oil until it is soft. Add in the beef, garlic and oregano and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Cook until beef is no longer pink. Add the tomatoes and riced cauliflower and stir well. Place the peppers in an eight-inch baking dish and fill them with your skillet mixture. Bake for 25 minutes.

You can prep the peppers with the stuffing and refrigerate to be cooked at a later time. If you are not on the GM Diet, you can sprinkle mozzarella on top of the peppers before baking.

Mixed Berries Salad

What You Need

  • 1/4 Cup Strawberries
  • 1/4 Cup Blackberries
  • 1/4 Cup Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup Blueberries
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Clove Powder

This is one of the best recipes for day one and three of the GM Diet.

Preperation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut off the stem end of the bell pepper and then cut the flesh out of the inside and dice it up. Scoop out the seeds and throw them out. Bring an inch of water to a boil in a large pot and steam the peppers in a steamer basket for three minutes and set them aside. Microwave the bag of riced cauliflower and set aside in a bowl.

Mix it Up

Put all the berries in a bowl and add the lemon juice and stir. Sprinkle with the clove powder.

Be Creative

Although there are several of the best recipes to choose from when you are on the GM Diet, feel free to be creative. As long as you stay within the guidelines and follow the rules of the weight loss plan, you can create some of your own best recipes. You can also take the recipes provided here and change them up to be more suitable for your own tastes. The most important thing is to have fun and be happy with your recipe choices.

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Top 5 Easy Recipes for GM Diet

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As more people become increasingly health conscious, they’re looking for ways to lose excess body weight and get fit. The General Motors (GM) diet is a weight-loss diet plan that keeps you on a strict diet of healthy foods for a week, resulting in weight loss of 10-17 pounds. The GM diet is full of easy recipes that include plenty of fresh veggies, fruits, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates.

This article gives you a brief outline of what the GM diet is all about and tells you about the significant health benefits of this diet plan. This article also includes five easy recipes that you can include as part of the GM diet.

About The GM Diet

The General Motors (GM) diet is a weight-loss diet plan that helps you lose 10-17 pounds in a week. The GM diet incorporates the consumption of fresh fruits and veggies, in addition to lean proteins and complex carbohydrates. You need to drink 8-12 glasses of water daily as part of this diet, which encourages weight loss while promoting improved metabolism.

Day One

On day one of this diet plan, you’re allowed to eat only fruits. You can eat all different varieties of fruit, except banana. Melons such as watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon, etc. are recommended, since these fruits promote weight loss. Also, remember to drink at least 8-12 glasses of water as you commence the GM diet.

Day Two

On day two, as per the GM diet plan, you can eat only vegetables in raw or cooked form. You can also eat only boiled potato, but it’s recommended that you consume the potato for breakfast. You must continue to drink 8-12 glasses of water.

Day Three

On day three of the GM diet, you can eat all fruits and veggies (cooked or raw), except banana and potato. You must also drink 8-12 glasses of water.

Day Four

On day four of the GM diet, you can consume only bananas and milk. You can eat up to 6- 8 bananas, depending on the size. It is recommended that you drink 3-4 glasses of skim milk on this day.

Day Five

If you’re a meat-eater, the GM diet allows you to eat two 10-ounce portions of lean protein such as beef, chicken, or fish. In addition to the lean protein, you can only eat 6 whole tomatoes. Brown rice or cottage cheese are suitable alternatives for vegetarians following this diet. Drink 10-12 glasses of water as part of the diet plan.

Day Six

On day six, you can eat only two 10-ounce portions of lean protein such as beef, chicken, or fish. You can also consume an unlimited amount of vegetables on day six, with the exception of potatoes. If you’re vegetarian, you may replace meat with either brown rice or cottage cheese. Continue drinking 10-12 glasses of water.

Day Seven

On the last and final day of this diet plan, you can eat only brown rice, fruits, and vegetables. You can also consume fresh fruit juices.

Benefits Of The GM Diet

Weight Loss

The GM diet has proven to help obese and overweight people lose weight quickly without the use of medicines or surgery. The inclusion of many fresh fruits and veggies helps create a significant calorie deficit, which promotes weight loss and helps you get into shape quickly. If you’re looking to lose weight, following the easy recipes of the GM diet can help you achieve your goals, while providing you with quality nutrition.

Improved Digestion

The GM diet works wonder for your digestive system by giving you a plan that includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, which the modern day diet lacks. The raw enzymes and high fiber content of the veggies and fruits relieve common digestive issues such as constipation. The GM diet is highly beneficial for those looking to optimize their digestive health.

Promotes Overall Health

The GM diet removes unhealthy foods from your diet and includes only nutritious food options as per the diet plan. Eliminating unhealthy foods such as refined flour, sugar, and processed foods can benefit your health. The GM diet includes lean protein, complex carbohydrates, veggies, and fruits as part of your diet, boosting your overall health and wellness.

Prevents Lifestyle Disorders

The GM diet helps you make healthy food choices that can prevent the onset of many lifestyle diseases such as elevated cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. The healthy food choices that this diet plan helps you make will not only help you lose weight but also cut your risk of developing chronic conditions associated with the wrong food choices.

Easy Recipes

The GM diet includes easy recipes that don’t require elaborate ingredients or complex cooking techniques. The easy protein and veggie recipes that are part of this diet plan are simple to make and can be made quickly, ideal for busy people who also want to follow healthy eating practices.

Top 5 Easy Recipes For GM Diet

Outlined below are five easy recipes that follow the principles of the GM diet.

Spiced Chicken Kebobs

Ingredients:

  • Salt to taste
  • ½ teaspoon paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 lbs chicken breast
  • Wooden skewers
Chicken Kebob

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Procedure

  1. 1
    In a bowl, mix the first six ingredients to make the marinade for the chicken.
  2. 2
    Add the cubed chicken breasts to this marinade, mix well, cover, and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
  3. 3
    Skewer chicken cubes and grill or barbeque until chicken is cooked through. Serve with lemon wedges and onion rings.

Chicken Tomato Curry

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts, cubed
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/8th spoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4th teaspoon mixed ground spice powder or garam masala powder (available in International grocery stores)
  • 1 red onion, chopped finely
  • 1 large tomato, pureed
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
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Procedure

  1. 1
    In a large skillet, heat olive oil and add the cumin seeds. After a minute, the cumin seeds will begin to crackle. Add the finely chopped red onions.
  2. 2
    Saute the red onions until they turn translucent. Next, add ginger and garlic paste and saute with the onions for a minute. Mix in the tomato puree. Stir everything well and add the spice powders such as red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt, and pepper. Saute for 5-6 minutes to combine all ingredients well.
  3. 3
    Add the cubed chicken. Cover and cook for 10-15 minutes until chicken is done.

Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts or thighs, cubed
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce or sriracha
  • 1 cup mixed veggies such as diced carrots, mushrooms, broccoli, snap peas, etc. (boiled or pre-cooked)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Procedure

  1. 1
    Heat oil in a wok, add garlic and chopped scallions, and stir-fry until fragrant.
  2. 2
    Add the cubed chicken and stir-fry on high to medium heat for 7-8 minutes. Add soy sauce, sriracha, salt, and pepper and combine everything well.
  3. 3
    Add the pre-cooked mixed veggies and stir well with the chicken.

Chicken Veggie Soup

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
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Procedure

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    In a large saucepan, add the chicken broth and heat until it comes to a boil. Add the veggies and simmer until veggies are cooked. Add the seasonings and, lastly, add the cooked and shredded chicken. Mix well and serve warm. You can use other veggies of your choice and also adjust or add other seasonings, fresh herbs, or other whole spices to make this soup more delicious.

Carrot And Bell Pepper Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups mixed bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 small onion, sliced thinly
  • 2 carrots, sliced into thin strips
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Ingredients for Salad Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Salt-as per taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Procedure

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    In a bowl, combine all ingredients for the salad dressing. In a separate bowl, combine all veggies for the salad and add the salad dressing to it. Mix well and serve. This salad pairs well with a veggie or chicken soup. You can also combine this salad with a bowl of brown rice to complete your GM diet meal.

Conclusion

The GM diet is a great weight-loss diet plan for those looking to shed extra pounds and get fit and healthy. The inclusion of fresh veggies, fruits, and lean protein make the GM diet an extremely healthy diet plan that you can adopt. The easy recipes of the GM diet plan are delicious, yet simple and quick to execute. All the above easy recipes adhere to the GM diet and are prepared with very little oil or other fattening ingredients. You can make these easy recipes using just lean chicken, veggies, and fresh herbs and spices.

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The majority of people want to lose weight at some point in their lives. There are so many diets out there, and it is hard to know which one is the most effective. The GM, also known as the General Motors diet, promises that one will lose up to 15 pounds in just one week. Sounds too good to be true? Keep reading, and you can decide for yourself if the GM diet is a good one for you.

About the GM Diet

The GM diet was created for the employees of General Motors in 1985. It was designed to increase the workforce productivity by helping employees become healthier. The results were impressive! As said previously, the GM diet promises that one will lose up to 15 lbs. in just one week. Each day of the seven-day GM diet permits different food groups, and while it can be restrictive, it is easy to follow.

The guidelines of the GM diet come with very few requirements. You drink eight to 12 glasses of water each day, and while exercise is optional, the diet recommends against it during the first three days.

Day One

Eat only fruit, with the exception of bananas. Melons are recommended on the first day. There is no maximum amount of fruit that can be eaten on Day One.

Here is a sample menu plan for Day One.

  • Breakfast: one apple
  • Snack: half a cantaloupe
  • Lunch: one cup of sliced watermelon
  • Snack: one whole orange
  • Dinner: sliced cantaloupe and a mango
  • Snack: one whole orange

Day Two

East only vegetables, raw or cooked. Potatoes should be eaten at breakfast only. There is no maximum amount of vegetables that can be eaten on this day. Salad can be eaten, and you will see salad recipes later in this article.

Here is a sample menu for Day Two.

  • Breakfast: one boiled potato, with the option of a teaspoon of low fat butter
  • Snack: one cabbage and lettuce salad with a light dressing
  • Lunch: one mixed vegetable salad with a light dressing (see salad recipes)
  • Snack: one cup of boiled broccoli with a half cup of sliced bell pepper
  • Dinner: cauliflower rice with a light dressing
  • Snack: one mixed vegetable salad with a light dressing (see salad recipes)

Day Three

Eat only fruits and vegetables, with the exception of bananas and potatoes. There is no maximum amount of fruit and vegetables that can be eaten on this day.

Here is a sample menu for Day Three.

  • Breakfast: one bowl of cantaloupe
  • Snack: several slices of pineapple
  • Lunch: one mixed vegetable salad with a light dressing (see salad recipes)
  • Snack: one whole orange with a few pieces of cantaloupe
  • Dinner: boiled broccoli and beets
  • Snack: one whole pear

Day Four

Eat only bananas and milk. You can eat up to six large or eight small bananas. Drink three glasses of milk.

Here is a sample menu for Day Four.

  • Breakfast: two large bananas and a glass of milk
  • Snack: one banana shake (use one banana) mixed with milk and a half teaspoon of honey
  • Lunch: one large banana
  • Snack: one banana shake
  • Dinner: two large bananas and a glass of milk
  • Snack: two medium to small bananas

Day Five

Eat two 10-ounce portions of chicken, fish or beef. You can eat six whole tomatoes. Increase your water intake by two glasses.

Here is a sample menu for Day Five.

  • Breakfast: several small tomatoes with a bowl of kidney beans
  • Snack: one cup of yogurt
  • Lunch: one bowl of cooked brown rice with chicken breast and two tomatoes
  • Snack: one mixed vegetable salad (see salad recipes)
  • Dinner: one 10-oz fish with a side of vegetable soup
  • Snack: one apple and pear

Day Six

Eat two 10-oz chickens, fish or pieces of beef. You can eat an unlimited amount of vegetables, with the exception of potatoes. Increase your water intake by two glasses.

Here is a sample menu for Day Six.

  • Breakfast: one bowl of mixed vegetables
  • Snack: one bowl of kidney beans with a diced tomato
  • Lunch: one bowl of brown rice with a chicken breast
  • Snack: four baby carrots
  • Dinner: one bowl of boiled vegetables
  • Snack: one small bowl of vegetable soup

Day Seven

Eat only brown rice, fruits, fruit juice and vegetables. There is no maximum amount of these types of foods for this day.

Here is a sample menu for Day Seven.

  • Breakfast: one mixed vegetable salad (see salad recipes) and a glass of apple juice
  • Snack: one bowl of vegetable soup
  • Lunch: one cup of brown rice and a bowl of boiled vegetables
  • Snack: a few carrots and a glass of orange juice
  • Dinner: one mixed vegetable salad (see salad recipes)
  • Snack: one bowl of vegetable soup

Additionally, coffee and tea are allowed on the GM diet, but without sweeteners. After you have finished the GM diet, you should maintain weight loss with a high-protein, low-carb diet.

Benefits of the GM Diet

Losing Up to 15 Lbs. in Just One Week

Most people complete the GM diet in order to lose weight. Some of the people who have done this diet have reported that to have lost up to 15 lbs. in the seven-day period.

Improving Your Digestion

Because you are eating whole foods and eliminating processed foods, you will see that your digestion will improve.

Releasing Toxins in Your Body

The GM diet is a clean option, so you will be cleansing your body by releasing toxins and impurities from your body.

Enhancing Your Body’s Fat-Burning Abilities

Because the diet is based on whole foods, you will be burning a tremendous amount of fat in a short time span. This diet has been very effective in weight loss.

Top 5 Salad Recipes for GM Diet

Because vegetables are a staple in the GM diet, it is a great idea to prepare some salads while you are on this diet. Just be aware that salad dressings are not permitted on the diet. Don’t worry, though, as these recipes still have some form of a “dressing” and plenty of flavor. Here are the top five salad recipes for the GM diet.

Simple Vegetable Salad

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Steam the broccoli, carrot and corn. Then, mix with the rest of the ingredients and serve. If you don’t want to cook the broccoli, carrot and corn, then eat them raw in the salad. This recipe is perfect for the GM diet, but, of course, you can eat it anytime.

Ingredients:

  • Ten to 12 pieces of broccoli
  • ½ carrot cut into pieces
  • One handful of corn
  • ¼ onion
  • ¼ cucumber, cut into pieces
  • Shredded handful of cabbage
  • One tomato cut into pieces
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of lime juice
  • A few cilantro leaves

Sprouted Lentil Salad

Mix all the salad ingredients together. Then, make the dressing and sprinkle on the salad. Adjust to taste. This recipe is full of flavor with a few ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • One ½ cup of sprouted moong dal
  • One cup of chopped tomatoes
  • One cup of chopped cucumber
  • One cup of grated carrot
  • One sliced orange
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • Two chopped green chilies
  • Salad dressing
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • One Tablespoon of lemon juice

Mixed Fruit Salad

Toss all the ingredients together and mix. Then serve. This recipe is a delicious option with lots of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • Fruits of your choice (chopped)
  • Two Tablespoons of fresh orange juice
  • One fistful of mung sprouts
  • One half of a tomato chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Sprouts with Orange Salad

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Peel the oranges and divide them into sections. Cut the strawberries into bite-sized pieces. Add the sprouts. Squeeze the lime on the salad and drizzle the honey on top. Mix. This recipe is simple, nutritious, and tasty.

Ingredients:

  • Seven strawberries
  • One lime
  • One orange
  • Two teaspoons of honey
  • One handful of sprouts

Mixed Vegetable Salad

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Chop the tomatoes. Mix the vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl and set aside. Keep the vegetables and the dressing refrigerated until the salad is ready to be served. When ready, mix the salad and the dressing together, and then serve. This should be done at the last minute because if the vegetables combine with the salt, the vegetables may become limp and soggy. This recipe is easy to follow and has plenty of flavor.

Ingredients:

  • Two medium ripe tomatoes
  • Two cups of cabbage
  • One capsicum, sliced
  • Two carrots, sliced
  • Two tablespoons of vinegar
  • One tablespoon of honey
  • Two teaspoons of salt
  • One pinch of pepper

Conclusion

Salad recipes are go-to options for the GM diet. Because the GM diet requires lots of vegetables, you should have plenty of salad recipes to use during the seven days. The GM diet is great for anyone who wants to lose weight quickly, as well as anyone who wants to cleanse his or her body. There are many benefits to the GM diet, but it is important to know the details about it ahead of time to decide if it is a good fit for you and your lifestyle.

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