The Unlimited Diet

My nutritional philosophy is firmly anti-diet. Most diet trends don’t work for long-term weight loss, and some extreme diets can actually be harmful to your metabolism and digestion. I believe in eating whole, nutrient dense foods in moderation.

Some of my staple recipes for clients are foods that can be eaten in large quantities without fear of overeating. They’re vegetable based, with little to no starch or carbohydrates. They have very little meat content and are naturally low fat. Most diets try to cut calories, fat, carbohydrates, or sugar. Eating foods that are naturally low in these but still filling and rich in other nutrients gives you the weight loss benefit without the health risk.

A basic quinoa salad is a great place to start. Quinoa is high in fibre, protein, and amino acids. Fibre aids in digestion and protein will fill you up and digest slowly, leaving you fuller for longer. Protein and amino acids are also the building blocks of muscle. Add in whatever seasonal vegetables you want, like cucumber, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, or radishes. Dress it with a simple dressing of high quality olive oil and red wine vinegar, add some freshly chopped herbs and you’re good to go! It will keep in the fridge for days and can be a meal in itself or a healthy side dish or snack.

The same basic recipe can be used with legumes as a base. I love chickpeas and always keep some in my kitchen for salads, dry roasting, and hummus. They’re also a great source of fibre and protein, and very high in iron. Black beans provide support for digestive health, and contain phytonutrients including flavonoids. I love them in vegetarian chilis or my {Mexican Black Bean + Baked Lime Salad}. Try it this week! It’s nutrient dense, delicious,  and you will get full long before you’ve hit your caloric/fat/carbohydrate limit!

{Mexican Black Bean + Baked Lime Salad}

  • 1 heaping tbsp cumin
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice from baked limes
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
  • 2 pinches ground cayenne pepper
  • 2 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels, pan charred
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Chill for at least 1 hour and serve.