If you’re interested in learning how high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value foods like cherries can help keep your heart healthy, go to the Cherry Marketing Institute’s website at 1 p.m. EST, Wednesday, February 17th, for a live heart-healthy cooking class by Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, dietitian and author of the book, The O2 Diet: The Cutting Edge Antioxidant-Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin, and Beautiful. For every person who participates, the Cherry Marketing Institute will donate $1 (up to $5,000) to the American Heart Association for American Heart Month.
I had been reading The O2 Diet before I found out about Keri’s online cooking class, and am now even more excited about trying out her way of eating. The book starts off with an explanation of the diet, which is based on the ORAC scale of values determined by the USDA that measure how well a food protects against free radicals.
Free radicals are believed to be the culprits behind many forms of cancer, heart disease, and the symptoms of aging. The thinking is that eating a high-ORAC diet will prevent cancer and heart disease and slow down the aging process by strengthening memory and cognition and improving skin tone and elasticity. Furthermore, a high ORAC value diet should also aid in weight loss, which makes sense since you would eat mostly vegetables and fruit on such a diet.
The O2 Diet starts with a four day cleanse consisting of lean proteins like salmon and eggs and high ORAC value foods like blueberries, artichoke hearts and green tea. You should lose two to five pounds while receiving about 57,300 ORAC points per day. The O2 Diet then gives you a four-week plan builds to build on your initial success and get you used to including high ORAC value foods in your diet.
Like other diets, it IS about eating healthy, using portion control, getting in your water, and exercising. However, I liked that Keri advocates in getting a good night’s sleep (at least seven to eight hours), pampering yourself with facials and scrubs (recipes included in the book) and even getting romantic with your partner.
The book is filled with recipes, tips on how to eat out, menus and shopping lists. You can also download a life journal, shopping list and an ORAC guide on Keri’s website, which also includes reviews, recipes and excerpts from her book.
Win a copy of The O2 Diet
I’m giving away one copy of The O2 Diet to a lucky reader!
Giveaway closed. Congrats to Cyn S.!
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Disclosure: I was sent two review copies of The O2 Diet, one from the publisher's PR person to review, and another by the Cherry Marketing Institute to thank me for agreeing to check out the online cooking class this week. Publicizing the event on my blog was was my idea and was done voluntarily.
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