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Created on: 01/19/13 04:58 PM Views: 1145 Replies: 5
Allowed Foods
Posted Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Newton: I have just joined the kickstart program and have a few questions that I haven't been able to find the answers to. Are these things allowed in the program? Cafine-free soda, honey, sweetener, coconut milk, decafinated coffee or coffee with cafine

RE: Allowed Foods
Posted Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Hi and welcome! Good questions!

1. Caffeine-free soda - yes, allowed, although drinking calories is not recommended in general. It's very easy to over-consume liquid calories, never a good thing when those calories are nutrient-poor, such as those found in sodas.

2. Honey - this is not vegan, so no; it's also a nutrient-poor, calorie-dense product so be careful.

3. Coconut milk - not a low-fat food at all. I would avoid this all together, especially if your concerns include weight loss, diabetes, heart disease, or cancer prevention.

4. Coffee - yes, allowed, in either form. In terms of the Kickstart program, watch what you add to it. You wouldn't want to accidentally drink your calories (see #1).

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Allowed Foods
Posted Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 5:32 PM

How about the artificial sweeteners. Are they allowed?

Thank you

RE: Allowed Foods
Posted Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

Allowed. Although, as a health advocate, I'm not a huge fan of its artificial-ness.

Susan Levin, MS, RD
PCRM Director of Nutrition Education

RE: Allowed Foods
Posted Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM

You might want to try Stevia in place of artificial sweeteners.

RE: Allowed Foods
Posted Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 8:38 PM

You might want to try Stevia in place of artificial sweeteners.


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