Alton (who clearly states that not only is he not a nutritionist or doctor, but that he didn't consult a doctor) calls his way of eating the "Plan of Four Lists". He has assigned himself short lists of things to eat daily, things to eat 3 times per week, things to eat no more than once per week, and things to eat never. There is appeal to an approach like this, because it tends to simplify your life. He was mainly going for foods that are nutrient dense and that provide a variety of nutrients. Some of the things Alton eats would not be considered low-carb, but as a whole, I think the plan is moderate in carbs - definitely lower than the Food Pyramid, for example. So it might work for someone who has difficulties with glucose, but not severe ones. A couple of adjustments would lower the carbs without significantly lowering the nutrients.
Alton Brown's "Eat Daily" List - fruits, whole grains, leafy greens, nuts, carrots, green tea
Comment: Of course, the grains are the item which stands out as being carby, and really not at all necessary in a nutritious diet. Carrots have gotten a bad rap because they are root vegetables, but they aren't as high in carbs as a lot of people think, and they are packed with nutrients. Most (but not all) people can eat at least one serving of low-sugar fruit per day. I agree that eating nuts and greens daily is an excellent idea. I haven't tried to create a list-type approach myself, but I would definitely put adequate protein and olive oil on this daily list.
Alton Brown's "Eat Three Times Per Week" list - Oily fish (wild salmon, sardines, etc), yogurt, broccoli, sweet potatoes, avocado
I would choose carrots or pumpkin as a lower-carb way to get the carotenoids and other nutrients in orange vegetables.
Alton Brown's "Only Once per Week" list - pasta, one alcoholic drink, red meat, dessert
Alton Brown's "Zero Times per Week" list - fast food, soda, processed meals, canned soups, "diet" anything (no artificial sweeteners)
Notes: Alton doesn't drink milk because it makes him want cookies, cake, etc. He has a breakfast smoothie with reminds me a little of the Eades' (of Protein Power) Paleolithic Punch (though Alton adds soy milk to his).
What would your lists look like?
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