ABOUT THE HD DIET
HD is in high demand these days. It’s only natural to want everything in sharp focus. But what abouthealth in HD? The HD Diet shows readers how to choose the right foods to ensure a high-definition life.
This 12-week plan provides guidelines on incorporating hydrophilic (“water-loving”) foods like oats, beans, artichokes, spinach, and apples, along with nutrient-dense hydro-boosters like chia seeds, into a well-balanced diet. When digested, these foods diminish cravings, maintain digestive health, and encourage weight loss. Keren Gilbert also encourages readers to phase out “IF” foods – infrequent foods such as white bread, processed foods, and refined sugar. Readers will find delicious recipes like Cinnamon-Chia Oatmeal, Scallop Stir-Fry Shirataki, and Pumpkin Yogurt Parfait.
The HD Diet is hunger management with water absorbent, nutritious foods. These foods not only satiate your appetite but nurture your body. In turn, you are vibrant, healthy, and full. And just as water detoxifies and cleans out your system so do the foods on this plan.
You are consuming water absorbent, nutritious foods but you are not retaining water. Therefore, you gain health and lose weight. I created this plan because personally I like trends to fill my closet not my kitchen. This is a gluttonous world and we are all guilty of this voracious appetite for “things”. As a woman, mother and nutritionist I have had enough. So I developed the HD plan.
The literal translation of the word hydrophilic means “water loving”. I like to think of it as hydro (water) and philic (filled). I like this word because for me it brings forth many emotions factually and figuratively. That is how my life plan evolved into what it is today. I incorporated the scientific properties of the foods we eat and how we would prepare our meals to become more hydrophilic so our bodies would reap the benefits. I integrated the metaphorical meaning of the term hydrophilic as well to elicit a change in our state of mind – a necessity when you make a life adjustment. The HD diet is logical and spiritual and that is why it works.
I started to think about the term hydrophilic in terms of the foods we eat when I came across the word in my research of healthy, beneficial super foods to recommend to clients-an ongoing quest for me in my private practice. Immediately when I heard this phrase it stirred up a memory of when my first son was a toddler. He was obsessed with apple juice. I was younger and naive and wanted to give my first born whatever he wanted (this doesn’t happen with my third), so I devised a plan to “trick” him. I filled his sippy cup with half apple juice and half water. This made me feel better because I was giving him the full cup to keep him quiet for longer (my goal) and felt like it was less sugar he was consuming for his budding teeth and growing body. To this day we tease him. Whenever he asked for his juice he would say, “Mama- a little bit if wawa and awot of apple jus”. He was too smart even at 2 but I am digressing.
This was an interesting concept. I was deceiving him to think there was the same amount of juice (I thought I was anyway) and it was really a healthier version since there was less empty calories and sugar. If I can do this for a cup of juice, why can’t I integrate this theory into a meal of food? Well I can and you can too.
PRINCIPLES OF THE HD HYDROPHILIC DIET
Hunger management with water absorbent nutritious foods.
It fills your stomach with water (Hydrophilic) but you don’t retain water.
With the variety of diets available to an individual nowadays it seems that the old attaché applies -if there are many solutions to a problem (non-mathematic), the solution has not been found yet. It is a given that if one wants to lose weight for whatever reason one must face at least three hurdles – Calories, quantity of food, and exercise. The problem is that most diets address one but not the others or if the diet attempts to be more inclusive it is shallow, nonspecific and ultimately becomes burdensome and noncompliant.
The Hydrophilic diet will attempt, and hopefully succeed, on all three counts with additional value added points and help develop a philosophy of self-discipline that can carry an individual not only in their quest for weight reduction but also in other life’s endeavors. The principles in the diet are scientifically based but simple and logical. They will be and should be understood by all people of all interests – no science background is needed. Once presented, The Hydrophilic Diet will be self-evident and one would say to themselves; “of course, that’s what it is and that’s the way it should be done”. If one (you) believes in it and is motivated, then one will be motivated to implement it and will get the positive results.
Let’s start with some definitions:
This is it – The goal of the diet is to educate you in the quest of finding, preparing and eating foods that attract water and gives you the sensation of fullness. I will leave the subject of calories and exercise to another discussion.
To make you follow the diet it has to be tasty, nutritious, and satisfying. The Hydrophilic diet will educate you on the preparation of tasty and nutritious foods. This is not unique, what is unique is that the foods you will eat will be either Hydrophilic or prepared with our Hydrophilic recipes. That is, attract water or full of water, like a sponge. You will ask, what difference does that make? Well, just think about it, you are eating a dish that looks good, taste good, fills you up (satisfies your hunger) but it is full of water or will expand in your stomach with water once you eat it. This is a volume solution to dieting. The quantity of food will be decreased immediately when the Hydrophilic diet is implemented, and we didn’t address the calories and exercise yet.
WHAT ARE HYDROPHILIC FOODS
There are a plethora of foods that have hydrophilic properties. Here’s some examples.
- Chia seeds( food of the Aztecs)
- Agar agar
- Lima Beans
- Apples, pears, plums
- Carob Beans
- Green Beans, snow peas
- Mustard Seeds(spice)
- Figs, apricots, dates
- Evening Prim Rose(herb)
- Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries
- Brussels sprouts
- Baked potato with skin
UNIQUENESS OF THE HD-DIET
How Is It Different From Other Diets?
- It allows for all foods, as long as PROPER Hydrophilic proportions are maintained.
- The beauty and uniqueness of the HD-Diet is that once your meal GRADE- the HD-GPA, is recorded, you can duplicate it with a variety of meal combination and objectively and systematically increase your grade with the aid of the HD-Diet iPhone App.
- Naturally and painlessly weight reduction follows
Mood stabilization with HD-Diet
The CRAVING chemicals released by the intestines don’t only affect appetite and hunger, they are a factor in other significant functions, such as mood control, stress response and rate of food movement in the intestine.
HydroPHOBIC foods (mainly fatty foods) stimulate high levels of the craving chemicals and HydroPHILIC are the least or none. The HD-Diet can stabilize once mood and stress response. Regulation of intestinal movement (constipation) is a positive byproduct.
You can keep a consistent mood, stress response, and intestinal movements by knowing your OPTIMAL grade (your HD-GPA) and duplicating it with meals prepared with the many commonly available hydrophilic foods. This is easy with the HD-Diet iPhone App.
How Many Times Did You Say?
“I am trying to get healthy and lose weight. I cannot do it on my own.”
TRUE – You need help
WE MEASURE PROGRESS, NOT ONLY IN WEIGHT REDUCTION BUT ALSO IN THE PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION.
I will guide you in YOUR journey to SLENDERIZE – but let’s be frank about what it takes.
- Will Power
This is a tricky subject, it can mean different things and is subjective – that is there is an INDIVIDUAL bias.
- The Solution
Make it OBJECTIVE rather than SUBJECTIVE. That is, take out INDIVIDUAL bias and make it MECHANICAL. Let an AI (Artificial Intelligence) do it.
- Virtual Will Power
To that end I developed the HD-Diet (Hydrophilic Diet) and the HD-Diet iPhone App.