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From: Cyn (
Subject:         Re: Question about alternartives
Date: February 3, 2009 at 11:03 am PST

In Reply to: Question about alternartives posted by Goriller on December 22, 2008 at 10:43 am:

There is a great, free online tool called NutriDiary which will answer your questions (mostly, anyway) about the content of various fruits and veggies. You can use it to build an individual meal or to check a whole day's worth of food to see how your numbers stack up. And, after awhile, you won't really need to check all the time because you will just *know*.

Don't let not being able to find all of the fruits in the book. The menu plans are meant to be suggestions and inspiration. Think "guidelines" rather than "rules". Dr. Doug is blessed to be living in the tropics, mostly, so his choices are more varied. There is a chart in the book that shows, roughly, what fruits are in season when, which helps. Bananas are a staple item on 811, and are available (and pretty cheap) all year round. I live in Wisconsin and have access to a pretty good grocery store, but some weeks I need to go "on the cheap". I eat a lot of bananas and lots of apples, too. I make a killer fresh raw applesauce in the food processor; add a couple of medjul dates for sweetness, maybe some cranberries for color. Yum! Other weeks, maybe the papayas look good, or the pineapples are just too gorgeous to pass up.

This is a pretty stress-free way to eat, really. Prep in minimal for most of the foods, and if you are hungry, just have another piece of fruit! As far as component parts of what you are eating, keeping the fat low is the real key to the diet, so watch out for nuts and avocados....the fats sneak up on you!

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