The Rice Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy, Everyday Recipes and Inspirational Success Stories from the Rice Diet Program Community

The Rice Diet Cookbook: 150 Easy, Everyday Recipes and Inspirational Success Stories from the Rice Diet Program Community

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by Kitty Gurkin Rosati

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After the success of the New York Times bestselling The Rice Diet Solution, the Rice Diet Program's message boards were bombarded with pleas and suggestions for more Rice Diet-friendly recipes. The result isSee more details below



After the success of the New York Times bestselling The Rice Diet Solution, the Rice Diet Program's message boards were bombarded with pleas and suggestions for more Rice Diet-friendly recipes. The result is this collection of healthy whole-food dishes, which includes personal favorites from the Rice Diet kitchen as well as from successful dieters who want to share their weight-loss tips with everyone who intends to lose weight and live a healthier life.

Based on one of the world's most famous weight-loss programs, The Rice Diet Cookbook contains 150 new recipes -- all simple and easy to shop for, prepare, and cook. By ambitiously limiting sodium-rich ingredients and relying on complex carbohydrates as the main source of nutrition, the recipes in this book can help women lose nineteen to twenty pounds and men lose twenty-eight to thirty pounds -- in one month!

For breakfast, try Gooey Apple Oatmeal, the Elvis Special, or French Toast Sticks. In the mood for a light lunch? Mix up a Basil-Mint Quinoa Salad and pair it with a Refried Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Lettuce Wrap. When the urge to snack hits you, munch on some Zesty Sweet Potato Chips or Barley Pesto Dip on Eilene's Pita Bread. And at dinnertime, how about Pan-Seared Sea Scallops with Angela's Spinach with Sun-dried Tomato and Ilene's Mashed Cauliflower? Or make a meal out of Chicken and Spinach Salad with some Cannellini Bean Salad on the side. Don't forget dessert: Ricers have found amazing ways to satisfy their cravings! There's Chocolate-Banana Cream Custard, Rhubarb-Dried Cherry Crumble, Samba's Gingered Pear Cake, or the super simple and truly delicious Toasted Ginger Papaya.

In addition to recipes, The Rice Diet Cookbook is also full of incredible feedback from people who have achieved major weight loss on the Rice Diet. Their inspirational stories will motivate you to live a healthier life the Rice Diet way. The Rice Diet Cookbook is a truly encouraging, supportive book that will help you make living a wholesome lifestyle both simple and sustainable.

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This cookbook is filled to the brim with healthy recipes that adhere to the rice diet's relatively strict dietary rules established in 1939. After an outline of the program (each consecutive week allows more varied ingredients à la the South Beach diet and other diets), readers advance to the recipes, which are organized into categories and include sweet anecdotes about their evolution, as they were contributed by dieters, rice diet dietitians, and cooks. A first glance at many of the main dishes may leave the impression that the meals are bland and a bit complicated for their short ingredient list. Upon closer inspection, though, there are tasty alternatives to basic American meals, as well as more "exotic" foods. The rice diet aims to combat not only weight gain but also obesity, heart disease, and other preventable ailments. Weight loss may be only a pleasant side effect of following this practical, heart-healthy plan. Recommended for public libraries and any special or academic libraries with a nutrition curriculum or section.
—Claire Schaper

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"Food to a large extent is what holds a society together and eating is closely linked to deep spiritual experiences."

-- Peter Farb and George Armelagos

I feel truly blessed that our book The Rice Diet Solution has achieved such a wonderful reception by so many people. Many Ricers ("Ricer" is our affectionate name for any participant or reader who lives the Rice Diet), have been asking for more recipes, menus, and general practical advice about how to make the Rice Diet a lifelong venture. And recently, while compiling our Web site's Forum recipe responses, I was further inspired by the plea "Would some ambitious person please compile all these great recipes in a book? I would sure buy it!"

So this cookbook is my heartfelt response to the thousands of people who called us, wrote to us, came to us, or e-mailed us at the Rice Diet Program in Durham, North Carolina, asking for more recipes and meal plans so they could continue living the Rice Diet. Indeed, this collection of easy recipes, menus, and meal plans was inspired by many of you! In this way The Rice Diet Cookbook is the ultimate group effort -- a mixed and varied collection of delicious, easy-to-make, personal favorites from our ever-growing Ricer community. Like a true melting pot, the recipes are the creation of our chefs in the kitchen, our foodie friends on the medical and Rice Diet Store staff, veteran and seasoned Ricers themselves, as well as readers of The Rice Diet Solution and Web-Forum participants. And, of course, our family and personal friends also wanted to contribute their favorite quick and simple meals!

As many of you no doubt know, community is a consistently key component of the success of the Rice Diet and our program. With the support of like-minded friends, you are bound to succeed; without them, you face unnecessarily difficult challenges. This cookbook is both a testament to the inestimable power of community and an expression of gratitude. We welcome and encourage you to delve into these recipes and become part of our Rice Diet community!

Recipes and Meal Plans

The Rice Diet Program was founded in 1939 by Dr. Walter Kempner, who was at that time associated with Duke University. He initially treated many kidney and high-blood-pressure patients using a nutrition plan based on rice and fruit, and produced dramatic, never-before-seen reversals of their symptoms. Dr. Kempner's practice and research then went on to prove that the no-salt-added diet reversed every risk factor of heart disease, faster and more safely than any method known. By the 1960s, thousands who were suffering from many different health problems, especially obesity and diseases precipitated by being overweight, were coming for the diet treatment.

So what began as a simple Rice and Fruit Diet now includes thousands of delectable recipes brimming with flavor, rich in texture, and made of nutritious whole foods that will inspire weight loss and healing beyond your imagination! What is the weight loss magic behind these recipes? Besides being delicious, they continue to respect our tried and proven dietary prescription: they are all low in sodium and low in saturated fat. Anyone who has experienced a no-salt-added approach knows that avoiding it, as with sugar, relieves you of a very powerful appetite stimulant. When sodium is not added to your diet, you get in touch with your natural ability to taste and enjoy moderate portions of whole food. You may already be familiar with how incredibly flavorful low-sodium and low-saturated-fat foods can be if you have read The Rice Diet Solution and Heal Your Heart. Now we have even more -- 150 more! -- recipes to delight your senses and satisfy your stomachs!

You will find over 150 recipes for Breakfast, Snacks and Dips, Sides, Entrées, Dressings and Toppings, and Desserts. How does beginning your day with French Toast Sticks grab you? What about a delectable, savory lunch of Mexican Lettuce Wraps to whet your appetite? Have you ever tried greens the Asian way, without relying on high-sodium soy sauce? If not, you might just want to sample our Gingered Greens recipe. And on those nights when you are looking to indulge in more protein, what about sampling our Marinated Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Salsa? Top off the day with the extravagant yet healthy Chocolate-Banana Cream Custard! These recipes offer a range of taste and spices, and are all easy and quick to prepare. Not only have they been designed to support your weight loss, weight maintenance, and health goals as you live your Rice Diet, but most can be prepared in less than thirty minutes. Indeed, many of them can be prepared in just five to fifteen minutes! Welcome to our world!

One of the many things we learned from the readers of The Rice Diet Solution was that those already familiar with the Diet wanted the recipes categorized by Food Group, since many had learned how to eat in a healthier way by thinking of foods as fruit, vegetable, starch, fat, dairy, or protein. So we have presented the recipes in these categories to make creating a meal easy as pie!

You will find a Healthy Grocery List (see page 71) to help you shop, as well as common ways to prepare and conserve certain foods, such as how to cook grains and pasta; tips on how best to use leftovers for flavorful meals; and some interesting shortcuts to preparing meals on the go.

At the back of the book, you will also find many helpful tables and charts, including both an equation and the Body Mass Index (BMI) chart, which will help you determine your weight loss goals.

Another important feature included is the Sample Journal pages. As you will soon see, we feel it is of the utmost importance to record and keep track of your foods, your activities (i.e., exercise), and your thoughts and feelings -- on a daily basis. We also encourage you to keep track of your weight by weighing yourself each and every day at the same time. You may think that that much focus on yourself could get monotonous or make you self-absorbed. We actually think it can be freeing. The more you pay attention to your way of living, the more conscious you become of making the right choices and the less effort it takes.

Throughout the book you will also find incredible, and true, inspirational testimonies from successful Ricers; readers reported that this was one of their favorite features of The Rice Diet Solution. We are especially pleased and proud to share these stories with you. You can read firsthand of the challenges, successes, and miraculous changes in people's lives as they committed to the Rice Diet. You will hear from a couple who, together lost a total of 110 pounds (he lost 70 and she lost 40 pounds) at home in just six months; a woman who lost 80 pounds in four months while at the program in Durham and later another 70 pounds, saying, "This is a spiritual quest for me. I have seen people come to the Rice House close to death and I have seen them return to health and hope. This program is my life." You will also meet a 93-year-old woman who has been living the Rice Diet for thirty-three years; participants who reversed life-threatening disease and were able to stop their medications; and many other inspiring stories. And even more than their physical successes are their emotional and psychological victories -- they are truly living new lives, co-creating their deepest desires and longest-held goals!

Eating and living the Rice Diet produce, more than any other choice I know, optimal weight and the health to actualize the life you want. With our books and free Web site Forum so easy to access, as well as the recipes and meal plans contained in this book, you will find the Rice Diet not only the quickest and safest way to lose the weight you wish but the key to living an entirely new life, one rooted in self-empowerment and healthy choices.

For most of us, optimal health begins with becoming conscious of the foods we consume and our physical activity, understanding how we can produce health or disease, taking responsibility for improving our choices, losing excess pounds, and opening ourselves to a life of unlimited potential. Weight loss and dramatic improvements in chronic diseases are possible when we choose to perceive life differently and open ourselves to the power within. It is my firm and absolute belief that we all have this power to co-create the health and life we desire -- in this present moment, and forevermore.

Enjoy these tasty, satisfying, easy-to-make recipes. Whenever you have a question about the diet, you will find the answer in either The Rice Diet Solution or Heal Your Heart, where the full diet is demonstrated and explained in detail. Also, feel free to contact us at Again, the Rice Diet community is very warm, welcoming, and helpful. On the Forum, you can post questions, find answers, share stories, and exchange helpful tips and advice. Many Ricers have found that the simple back-and-forth communication with others committed to improving their lives is heartening. You will also find suggestions for inspiring and encouraging books, films, and CDs that have made a pivotal difference in someone's recently transformed life.

Copyright © 2007 by Rice Diet Publishing and Productions, LLC

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