Before going in to the Kosher Zone Diet, let's review the Zone Diet. The Zone Diet was created by Dr. Barry Sears. This diet advocates eating meals consisting of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fats and 30 percent proteins. This diet claims to be more than just a weight-loss program. It will reset your metabolism with the food ratios, and prevent heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
This diet does not restrict the foods that one eats, but it requires strict adhering to the measurements of what one must eat. This diet advocates eating a small amount of protein at every meal and snack. Certain carbohydrates are considered more favorable than others, such as vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fruits. Saturated fats are not advocated in this diet. Acceptable fats include olive oil, canola oil, macadamia nuts and avocados.
Orthodox Jews who wish to try the Zone diet can find many kosher recipes and follow the zone diet, so they will have a Kosher Zone Diet. The laws of kashrut and the zone diet go easily together. One must follow kosher restrictions; eating only kosher animals that have had a proper ritual slaughter and refraining from eating dairy and meat together, amongst others. But these restrictions can fit seamlessly into the zone diet.
While Dr. Sears hasn't adopted the Zone Diet for the Kosher consumer, you can get delivered Kosher Zone diet meals to your home from
You can choose to check for regular Zone Diet recipes and just make sure beforehand that all ingredients have Kosher certification symbols. Many wonderful Zone Diet recipes can be found at
It is acceptable to use kosher salt on the zone diet, in moderation. Dr. Sears does say that there are health risks to consuming too much salt. Avoid using too much kosher salt when cooking, and avoid processed food, which is generally very high in sodium.
What is kosher salt? Those who are interested in knowing what is kosher salt should know that it is simply sodium chloride, like common table salt. But kosher salt generally contains no additives such as iodine, and the crystals are often larger than common table salt.
The Zone diet can easily be used for holidays as well. As long as the ratios are kept, Shavout, Rosh Hashana, Pesach and Purim may all be celebrated with their traditional foods.
Many Orthodox Jews in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving. It's also quite easy to find kosher Thanksgiving recipes that will fit in with this diet. Some kosher Thanksgiving recipes that will fit into the Zone diet include grilled turkey with fresh herbs, steamed broccoli and cauliflower and green beans with mushrooms. Another menu could be chicken salad made of grilled chicken breasts, a fresh green salad, and baked butternut squash. Acceptable desserts are fruits like apples or berries. These kosher Thanksgiving recipes are delicious and nutritious.
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