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Dr. Aziz made himself available for one-on-one questions through our Facebook page!
Dieters like you got questions answered by the doctor himself. Check out this Q&A roundup below. If you have a question and don't find the answer below, Dr. Aziz will make himself available to our Facebook community again on April 15. Check our Facebook page for the exact time—and become a fan while you're there!
Q: There is a question below about vinegar. Why is it bad to use on the P10 plan?
A: Many people misunderstood me and felt the P10 diet is all about eating organic or avoiding sugar altogether; It is not at all. Vinegar is okay, but excess of it can promote yeast overgrowth which is bad for hormones. Use it in small amounts.
Q: I have Celiac disease and always do well on phase one of the diet. But, when I go to phase two I gain the weight back. Do you think some few people should not eat grains at all?? Is it ok to just have beans and potatos instead of having grains for carbohydrates?
A: Stage One is perfectly okay as long as you are aiming for a balanced approach. A little of brown or wild rice is okay to eat. This way you don't feel deprived and you can stick to the P 10 diet.
Q: I noticed recently that many items contain "spices" near the end of the ingredient list..even my mustard. The individual spice iingredients are not listed.....do you think the "spices" are natural or chemical?
A: I really have no clue. I do not trust any government labeling, guidelines or recommendations. Like I said to Angela, The P 10 diet is about making us smarter consumers. Mustard has turmeric which is very good for us. It has also little vinegar which is okay in small amounts. Do not fear it.
Q: What do you think of the offerings of the restaraunt Chipolte? I know they are known for their organic ingredients...
A: Chipotle is good as long you avoid the bad stuff, such as white tortillas and white rice.
Q: I did Stage Oone and got acid reflux symptoms. Coconut milk and coconut kefir did me in. It was too much fat for me. What went wrong?
A: I am not sure why you got reflux symtoms on stage one, in fact, it is the grains like pasta that can extend our stomach too much and can make us have a reflux. It can be coincidental. Feel comfortable to make changes to the diet for you to feel good.
Q: Can orgain sucanat be replaced for brown sugar in recipes?
A: Both brown sugar and sucanat are okay, but in very small amounts.
Q: I am a type 2 diabetic and since I went on the P10 diet, my blood sugars have been excellent.
A: The P 10 diet is perfect for diabetics and it is very different from than low- carb diets which promote cancer as you read in the book.
Q: Has anyone following this diet ever needed to calorie count also?
A: Calories count to a certain degres, but they are impossible to follow even if you eat processed foods. Labels are wrong and so are the calories listing on menus in resturants. Eat right, and count the time you exercise only.
Q: I need to GAIN weight. I eat very heatlhy - no processed foods, no gluten (sensitivity), minimal dairy, lots of grass fed/pastured meats. 90% home cooking. Have always been underweight, though. Thoughts?
A: It can be genetic or due to low testosterone or growth hormone. Do more anerobic acitvity in order to build muscles.
Q: I'm vegetarian—how can I follow this diet?
A: You can follow the P 10 diet by eating mushrooms, beans. Whey with no artifical ingredients is good. Keep a check on your B 12 level and homocyteine levels and thyroid.
Q: Will weight come off more slowly if peri-menopausal? 1200-1500 calories/day and exercising, but it's not working. I've only lost 5 lbs in 8 weeks.
A: It is harder to lose weight when women are in perimenopause as estrogen is made out of fat and not the ovaries. Continue to follow the P 10 diet.