Zone Diet Meals In Seconds!
eDiets - The online diet, fitness, and healthy living resourceWho
better to whip up a cookbook about the best Zone recipes than the woman who
helped put the Zone Diet on the map?
Sears is the not-so-silent partner of her husband, Zone Diet founder Barry
Sears. She's now leaving the kitchen to speak out about their latest
collaboration, Zone Meals in Seconds.
Thanks to Lynn's culinary genius, the convenience-friendly -- not to mention
eDiets-offered -- weight loss plan just got even easier to follow!
Lynn has come a long way as far as recipes and
cooking are concerned.
By default I became the first Zone test
cook," Lynn tells eDiets in this juicy exclusive. "I dont like to cook.
About 1988, I was fat and dumpy and I wore a size 14.
"Barry came across an article about how the
caveman ate at that time with no grains on earth. They had to eat lean meats
and berries and veggies. The first thing he asked me to do was remove the
starches like pasta and rice from our meals. Thats how the Zone
From those humble beginnings 15 years ago, the
former reporter and current online editor of www.drsears.com has perfected
quick-and-easy meal preparation. Lynn, whos now a size 2, stresses that
if she can do it, anyone can! She jokes that her favorite "mealtime
preparation" is getting dressed and going out to eat!
Despite her admitted shortcomings in the kitchen,
Lynn says her secret to success is reducing basic recipes to their simplest
For starters, its important to know how to
eat in the Zone. The key is to fill your plate with 1/3 low-fat protein (enough
chicken, lean ground beef or shrimp to fit in the palm of your hand, without
being thicker than your hand) and 2/3 fresh fruits and vegetables (broccoli,
tomatoes, green beans, apples, strawberries, etc.). Round off your meal with a
dash of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, such as olive oil, slivered almonds
A Week In The Zone is easy -- this
is just easier," Lynn says. "Its the easiest book youll ever see. You can jump
in at any level. You can start out the way we did with no rice, potatoes and
bread. Or you can learn a few Zone rules like the hand-eye method of filling
your plate by making good protein choices and fill the rest of the plate with
fruits and vegetables.
Through his commonsensical approach, Dr. Barry
Sears has gotten weight loss down to a science. Hes published nine Zone
books that have sold more than four million copies. His super-effective program
has worked for many satisfied customers... including his own wife who says she
couldnt lose weight no matter what she tried.
everything from high-carb diets to high-protein diets and nothing worked," Lynn
claims. "I would get a Womens Day or Family Circle magazine
every week. They would have 'the diet to end all diets' and there would also be
a picture of a cake with the recipe inside. Id try the diet, last two or three
meals, then Id eat everything in sight, make the cake recipe and eat it too.
Lynn is now trying to help others find health and
happiness in the Zone. While Mastering The Zone and The Zone may
concentrate more on the science behind the renowned eating regimen, Zone Meals in Seconds
concentrates on the practicality of the diet.
We have combination tips for kids," Lynn
notes. "We tell people how to avoid the vending machines in the office. We show
people how to dine when youre surrounded by fast food or when its a
special occasion. Basically, we show you how to use the Zone in every aspect of
In addition to those helpful hints, Barry says
youll also find tips on using a slow cooker to prepare meals, enjoying a
salad bar, safe snacking and dining in restaurants. To sum it up, theres
something for everyone, he says.
The whole key is to make it simple for the
user so they can say I can do this, Barry tells eDiets.
In Zone Meals In Seconds, there are more
than 150 recipes ranging from Chicken Minestrone to Roasted Turkey Breast In
Spicy Mustard to Zoned Apple Pie Pudding. There are also mini menus, detailed
shopping lists and Zone dietary guidelines at your disposal.
From the future best-seller, here are nine things
to keep in mind when you are food shopping:
1. Buy eggs and dairy products once every week or
two, as needed. Check the sell-by date on packages.
2. Shop for fresh fruits and vegetables at least
once or twice a week.
3. Frozen vegetables and fruits keep for months
in the freezer. The limiting factor is the size of your freezer. If space
permits, you may want to stock up so you dont have to shop for these more
than once every two to four weeks.
4. Purchase fresh fish, poultry and meat several
times a week. You can freeze fresh meat, poultry and fish (provided its
tightly wrapped) for later use if the meats have not been previously frozen.
Buying and freezing multiple packages is a great timesaver. If you are using
Zone Food Blocks, dividing meat into portion sizes saves even more time.
5. Frozen fish, poultry, and meat may be
purchased once a week, once a month or once every few months. Since these items
will keep well in the freezer for six to 12 months, you may want to stock up,
particularly when your favorite cuts and varieties are on sale.
6. Protein powders will last for many months, so
buy them as you need them. Stock up on large canisters if you use protein
powder daily. Youll save money.
7. Shop for bottled condiments, canned
vegetables, tomato sauce, canned beans, steel-cut oatmeal, barley and
vegetables as often as you like. Since they keep well at room temperature for
more than a year (before opening or cooking), you may want to buy the items you
use most in double or triple amounts to reduce shopping frequency to once every
three to six weeks.
8. If your dried herbs and spices are several
years old, youll do well to toss them into the trash or compost heap and
start over. If you buy quality dried herbs and spices, they should remain
flavorful and fragrant for up to a year. Buy more as needed.
9. Buy nuts, seeds, and unrefined oils as often
as you like but definitely store them in the refrigerator or freezer to retard
spoilage. Olive oil does not have to be refrigerated.
Meals in Seconds: 150 Fast and Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and