Wine Is Beautiful!

Regardless of whether the wine in your wine diet is in any of the categories -- red, blush, or white, you can lose weight on the wine diet. Red is the best, especially if you do not like it -- that's a joke. However, red surely does give the best cholesterol protection although cholesterol protection has little do do with losing weight.

Almost obliviously, in ten and a half months, lost 35 to 40 pounds. I really did not knowing I was losing so much weight until about two months ago.

I made a major change in my eating habits in the very early part of this year. I moved breakfast, which I often ate about 9 or 10:00 AM to brunch at 12:00 PM, and I moved dinner from 6:00 to 8:00 and I added a wine cocktail hour (two hours from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. every night. Because I spread out the meals, and since I am not just eating crackers, I do not get hunger pangs for any real length of time before I have a meal. Shortly dinner, when I go to bed, I watch TV for a half hour in the bedroom, while I enjoy two dark chocolate Smidgens from Gertrude Hawk Chocolates. They make the best. This takes the edge off and is typically the only "after meal" dessert I permit myself, though for brunch, I will often finish off with a doughnut. Yes, I still lost 35 to 40 pounds and I am still losing.

It may be bad news to you that on my diet, I eat just two times a day, but they are not chinchy meals. Knowing exactly when I will have my first and second meal of the day, as well as the two candies at bedtime helps me psychologically to resist eating real food between meal. it permits me to wait until about noon and 8 PM to eat my two real meals of the day. When I need something in between, I find bananas and apples satisfying. To assure my health, I take four special fish oil tablets from Physician's Nutraceuticals, a large daily multivitamin, and 1000 mg of vitamin C.  

I do not try to artificially limit the size of those two meals per se. However, breakfast / lunch is typically not that big of a meal for me. I am also very conscious that I do not want to ever hit 400 pounds. In fact, when I was approaching 340 pounds, I did not want to hit 341. So, my recommendation is that you should eat what you want until you are filled sufficiently. I do not count calories. I just do not overstuff myself or make a pig out of myself even if Pop Piotroski's famous lasagna is being served for dinner.

Let me also say that if you are not compelled to grab an extra muffin at breakfast time or another piece of chicken or steak or lasagna at supper (dinner) time, your weight will come off sooner. I was not even sure that I was really losing weight until my second six month appointment with my family doctor with all clothes on, including shoes, wallet, and keys. In this September appointment, I found myself about ten pounds less than my appointment six months prior. Though not fully aware that I was losing weight, and certainly not feeling like I was on another hopeless diet, I did enjoy watching the movement from notch to notch on my belts. I was headed from tip of my belt to the last notch, and on some belts, I had to burn a few more holes so my pants would stay up. I do wonder what it will be like in three to six months from now as in all cases, I am on the last notch. Maybe I can find some of those old belts that I outgrew when I was in rapid fire growth mode before this year.

So, now you have the global scenario involved in my weight loss. But, I bet you wonder what it is that I eat for brunch and dinner. I eat my day meal at noon or some time after if I am busy and the evening meal typically no sooner than 8:00 PM. 

I get up between 7 and eight o'clock each morning. I watch about twenty minutes of news before I brush my teeth, shower, and shave. In the late spring, summer, and early fall, I spend several hours a day in the back yeard dardening or taking care of the pool. I have about 50 tomato plants, along with about 25 pepper plants, eight cucumber plants, six zucchini plants, lettuce, red beets, arugula, dill, basil, and chives. I also plant about four sets of beans, each 20 feet or so in length every two weeks to assure a harvest throughout the summer. In hot, dry months, I water every second or third day and it takes a good half hour for that function. Early on I am planting while during the growing season, I am cultivating, fertilizing, and watering. My wife has a ton of flowers and other decorative plants in big moose pots and she enlists my help to water these beauties. So, I do burn some calories during the season and then again as the picking begins, and finally the garden / back yard cleanup. In the colder months, I try to take a twenty-minute walk about tree times a week. I bought a resistance chair but have not brought that in to my daily routine. Maybe I will early next year. 

Since I have been theoretically retired from my job as a college professor for over two years, and my computer consulting practice (AS/400, IBM i systems) is not as alive as in the past, I spend a lot of time in my office building web sites and writing books and articles. For example, I wrote two books this year. I probably would have lost more weight if I had exercised more and had walked more and had been more physical. But, then again, I unexpectedly lost 35 to 40 pounds merely by keeping my meals to a strict regimen and scheduling a wine diet pleasure period at my most vulnerable time.

So, what if I become hungry before noon or between noon and 6:00 PM. Well, in almost all instances, I do get a little hungry but I do not feel famished. SO, since there is typically an hour or less to wait for a meal when I get the pangs, I choose to tough it out. Pat and I always have fruit available and our favorites are oranges, apples, bananas, and grapes. I never denied myself any of those or even a dish of fresh tropical fruits in between time. Additionally, in the summer, I grow cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, and zucchini, and I would buy green onions, carrots, and celery, which I do not grow and have a nice vegetable dip but I do not totally immerse the veggies in dip as I once did. Since I just finished my pepper supply and I have just a few tomatoes left as it approaches December, have not begun to buy such items from the store but I am about to being to do so. In the meantime, the fruit in between seems to really help curb the appetite, and after noon, I know the next step on the plan is a few nice wines. The wine really keeps me going with a smile.  

So, in essence, the wine diet means you eat raw fruits and vegetables any time; have a brunch type meal at noon, raw fruits and vegetables until 6:00, and then enjoy wine until about 8:00 PM or later; have a great dinner, wait a half hour oor an hour after this meal, have two chocolates and go to bed without being overfilled, and have a great night's sleep.

That, my friends is the wine diet. In other articles, we carry this to red, blush, and white specifics.

I have my most productive time on my PC from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM as I finish up on emails; write articles; write books; and I build or update web sites-- some for profit and some for pure fun. I love to dring wine while I am being creative. How much wine do I drink? anywhere from a few glasses to a full 750 ml bottle before 8:00 comes along. I keep my wine in the garade and so it is a trip to get up to get the next glass so often a good thought keeps me at my keyboard for ten minutes or longer after the glass runs dry.. Then, I get up and get another. 

Once I have a 4 to 6 oz glass of wine, the world always looks better. It almost immediately stops any hunger I may have been feeling. SO, all the while I am in my two hour wine diet mode, I am not at all hungry. Regardless of whether I am writing articles or book chapters or checking emails and writing back to my friends, I have no hunger pangs. I drink reds, mostly Merlot or homemade Italian Wine. This wonderful grape vintage wipes out all the hunger pangs for me and straightens my mood out and permits me to think clearly. It really does. The second wine gives inspiration to my world view; the third wine gives me the courage to face all obstacles, and the fourth wine tells me that everything I have written is correct and will inspire the recipients to move forward in their lives.

What you do, once you hit the two hour period from 6 to 8 that I like to call wine time or wine diet time, is up to you. Sometimes, but very rarely, I may go to bed without the 8 o'clock dinner. Sometimes the dinner is at 7:30, and other times the dinner is at 9 or 10 and more wine has been consumed. The beauty is there is no calorie counter and no pressure to move on to another task.  I suspect that is why this is not the type of diet that assures a great weight loss every week. Yet, here I am down 35 or 40 without really trying to lose. I definitely did not want to gain, but my weight loss was a big surprise.

Unfortunately, Wine does have calories but not that many calories for its many benefits. For those of you who would appreciate some facts so you can form a good wine calorie perspective, here they are:

Most human beings drink wine in glasses that hold four to six ounces. Typically, there are around 80–100 calories in an average-sized glass of wine (4 to 6 oz.). An average-sized glass is considered to be 125–150 mls (around 4 fl oz), so in a 750ml bottle there are roughly five to six glasses of wine at most. There are red wine glasses available today that can hold almost a full bottle of wine so it is important to consider the size of the glass when counting the calories in wine. A 750ml bottle of wine will generally contain between 300 and 500 calories. Think about the smile it will put on your face while you are working your way through the wine diet.

Not all wines contain the same number of calories. Some of the drier white wines, for example, Sauvignon Blanc, white Zinfandel, and Chablis are at the lower end of the calorie scale – around 80 calories per glass. Red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot tend to be in the mid range – around 95 calories per glass. Champagne contains around 100–105 calories per glass." A tablespoon of sugar is just about 50 calories so you can see that drinking dry wines, red or white is a calorie dea. One more fact, a typical glass of red wine will have about 5 calories more in it than white wine.
It helps to remember that all types of wine qualify for the wine diet. 
Meal contents 

Remember that in between meal time you can have fresh fruits and / or vegetables.When you have vegetables, the smallest amount of dip helps for sure but again, I was not even watching and I lost weight anyway.

Wine Diet Breakfast / Lunch (Brunch) Time 12:00 Noon

For breakfast always have a drink like coffee or tea. Try not to put a lot of cream or sugar in either. Orange juice mixed with water helps reduce your calorie intake if you do not like tea or coffee.

Drink: coffee, tea, fruit drink, skim milk

Staples: two eggs, lightly buttered toast, sausage patty or ham, corned beef hash, or a few pieces of well drained bacon. Hamburg, Tuna, ham, roast beef or turkey sandwich or a chef salad easy on heavy dressings... your choice.

Occasionally, substitute some french toast or two pancakes

Occasionally, add a donut or a muffin and of course some jelly for your toast. A small desert for the lunch part of brunch is appropriate. 

Eat as much fruit or vegetables as you want with small amounts of toppings or dips that are not huge in the calorie department.

Rarely but when you need it, have a piece of pound cake or banana cake or something really good.

Two times a week have some home fries if you like

Yes, it is OK to have sausage, bacon or ham or a combo as long as you do not go overboard. But, remember this is not the Atkins diet so watch your total meat consumption. 

Now, since this meal occurs at noon, we can consider ourselves as having had brunch. As long as it fits on a 

Wine Diet Wine Time 6:00 PM or so

Get yourself a white, blush, or red and keep getting them until about 8 PM. When you don't have a need to go get one wait a bit of time but when you need your next wine, go get it.

Wine Diet inner Time 8:00 PM or so

Take a look at your dinner plate. If it is a big plate when empty, consider using a smaller plate that is also empty to begin your dinner hour. Then, fill it up with whatever it is you choose to eat. It is best to limit meat quantities to about 4 ounces but please note that I did not do this and I still lost weight. When all is said and done, it will help you to use the small plate and have just one big plate on such a small plate.  

Your dinner meals should consist of some protein (meat, fish, fowl), some vegetables (salad, peas, green beans, etc.), some starch (beans, potatoes, pasta) etc. Fix up any kind of meat or protein if you are a vegetarian. Make sure there is some space on your plate before you begin to eat dinner. Yes, you can eat more but after one nice plate try not to stuff yourself unless you can't stand it. Hopefully, you will be able to get by most days without "not being able to stand it." 

About Meats, Fish, Fowl and Other Dinner Items! 

When 8 o'clock comes or you are really ready to eat a few time quadrants before this, go ahead and eat dinner. Some may wish to have another wine rather than eat right away. That is OK! When ready, go ahead and have a salad with lots of stuff other than a humunga fattening dressing. Have a nice big slice of bread or two. I like to pile salsa or a lo-cal dressing on top of a salad with spinach leaves in the mix. Mmmmm!!!

Spinach is not a meat no matter how good it is. Check out your own protein intake so you do not hurt your health on your particular Wine Diet. We do not claim to be doctors and a doctor may tell you to do something other than that prescribed by this plan. But, if like me, you can't lose weight, maybe the 100% wine diet is good for you.

So, for protein, eat whatever as your main course that you like for supper (dinner) after you have had your wine for two hours and you have enjoyed your salad. Enjoy dinner and enjoy the night. Along with a nice dinner a few pieces of bread always help it all seem better.

When you are finished eating whatever food that you feel is good for you at dinner time, see if you are satiated. You should be. When you feel OK, after about an hour of TV or whatever you need, go to bed and enjoy your night's sleep. If you feel heavy before retiring for the evening, consider an alka seltzer.

Pat and I like to watch a few programs on our way to sleep and then at 11:30 we watch Perry Mason and often we get through the whole show before we fall asleep.  Regardless, the eating on this diet is without regret. When you go to something special such as a wedding, or a birthday party or happy hour once a week, enjoy yourself again without regret. r

I try not to overeat at dinner since it makes it tough to go to sleep. But I am always filled enough to push away from the table. 

Final Treat of the Day!

Once you have completed your day and you are getting ready to go off into the sleepy sunset, according to my practice of the wine diet, in which I lost 40 pounds so far, you can enjoy two Smidgens from Gertrude Hawk Chocolates at the end of the night before you go to bed, either before or after you watch some good TV such as ME TV!

Check out Smidgens of all kinds in this small sample of small "Clauses.":

In the past year, more unconsciously than consciously, I rarely ate between meals and almost every night, I had a dark chocolate Smidgen or two or three to cap off the night. Since Smidgens are so good, any of US can eat ten or twenty at a time. I was happy with two or three. I don't think I would have lost any weight if I had hit double digits on the Smidgens. Yet, I was tickled to have the boxes because my adult children love them and the miniature people (I call them the munchkinettis) in the family love them intensely. And, few of them need the weight makeover that I did. In my nightly retine, one Smidgen was dark chocolate with nuts, and the other was just dark chocolate. I am sure that a few Hershey miniatures would do the same trick but I do not like recommending them because Hershey is no longer America-friendly. They no longer make their chocolates in the US. They make them in Mexico where I hope the water is always good. 

For you chocolate lovers on a diet who are also great Americans, I add this little tidbit from right here -- they aughta know: "The big difference in the packaging is easy to spot. The American made [Hershey] version was mostly clear so the mixture was easy to see and the center of the package had the brand and product information. The new Mexican made version is yellow and extremely easy to spot on the shelf. It’s still consistent with Hershey’s branding, but now opaque so no way to tell if the bag was light or heavy on a particular variety you liked."

Enough about chocolates

When you have had your final treat of the day, you can feel free to sign off and resume your normal life. But, don't sign off for too long. I hope you come back on each and every morning to help remind yourself that you can do it as long as you follow the regimen. Nothing good happens overnight. Don;t check the scales. Check your belt or some other every day way of getting a clue that this almost mindless diet is working for you. God bless you.

By the way, each and ever day and night, after you finish following the plan, most of you, including me, I suspect, will eventually go to sleep


You may know that W C Fields once said, that sleep "is the most important thing in life, except for drink."

So, any good diet depends on you getting your share of good sleep. 

Go ahead and get your ZZZZZZZzzzzzzsssssssssss. You deserve them

Amen to all wine diets brothers and sisters!