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Digest Diet Shopping List: Days 1-4
Digest Diet Shopping List: Days 5-9
Digest Diet Shopping List: Days 10-14
Digest Diet Shopping List: Days 15-21
HI. My doctor and my yoga teacher nixed the interval workout because there are no warm ups or stretches…so my knees swelled up and gave me great pain. With the warm ups and stretches my yoga teacher put in it is a 1 hr workout….pretty equivalent to my yoga class. If I had enough time to exercise 1-2 hours per day as I did in my youth, I wouldn’t be fat now. Any suggestions? P.S.I can’t afford 3 yoga classes per week, I can only afford 1/week.
Hi. One year ago I started yoga at home with DVDs. I lost 15lbs with no dieting and am just starting the digest diet. I plan on continuing my Yoga tapes. They are Rodney Yee. Beginners Yoga, A.M. Yoga and Daily Yoga. available at target, wal mart and on line. I love them. I am 57 years old, I started slow and have improved tremendously. Good Luck
There is a real problem with the Lemony Lentil and Chard Soup recipe on page 173. It is seriously lacking in liquid! Has no one caught this mistake yet??
I started the diet today so I made this soup last night. I noticed a lack of liquid so I added a carton of low sodium chicken broth. Still no extra liquid when cooked, but enough liquids for the lentils to soften. Good flavor.
just started and just finished the soup. I strived not to imblelish the receipe like I usually do, however, I did at some water. but not enough. lol oh well. They really should be specific. I think the beans should be soaked too …
I made the kale and chickpea soup tonight, but didn’t have any kale so I used spinach, it was good!
Hi, Yes, the liquid is missing. I added 6 cups of low-sodium chicken stock because each cup of lentils usually requires 3 cups of liquid. That was just about right. Nice subtle flavor :)
Actually on my lentil package it says to add 2 cups of liquid per 1 cup of lentils. I just made the soup with spinach instead of Swiss chard and it is perfect.
When did you add the liquid?
Yes I just discovered this while I was making it. Does anyone know how much to add?
I just rec’vd my book today and made the Lentil soup recipe. What in the heck happened to the RD editors???? Yes… it IS seriously lacking in liquid because someone forgot to put the 7 CUPS OF WATER in the recipe ingredients!!!!! I just called RD and finally got to someone who deigned to help me find out what to do!!! He talked with someone then came back to the phone and said to put 7 cups of water and that a correction was being emailed out to everyone. Thank you to the customer service guy!!!! Geez Louise!! How do you miss 7 cups of water in a bean soup recipe?????? The soup is awesome, by the way, with the water added… LOL!!! Hope there aren’t any more errors like that. Groceries are too dang expensive to ruin meal….
In my copy of the book, even though it doesn’t have water in the list of ingredients, in step 3 of the directions it does say to add 7 cups of water.
I also caught the mistake and added 8 cups of low sodium chicken broth. It was delicious.
I just received my book (I ordered it as soon as it was advertised. I was starting to think they didn’t get my order). In the directions (in my book) Item 3. says “Add 7 cups of water…” Perhaps they have changed this since you received your book.
In Step 3 of the directions it says to add 7 cups of water. This is just not listed with the other ingredients.
That is not listed in my book. No mention of water in any amount let alone 7 cups. It is listed in the book my mom got. Seems to depend on which printing of the book you get.
In the directions it does call for 7 cups of water.
Yes, I Agree, I also tried to make it last night, and I ended up eating just one bowl, and tossing the rest.
If you read the instructions on the right side of the page, step 3. reads “Add 7 cups of water.”
That’s where the liquid comes in. They just didn’t list it with the ingredients on the left side!
if you go to the facebook page, they said you need to add 7 cups of water or broth(cannot remember.
I mixed up the recipe and made it with Kale… excellent.. just learning new veggies.. I liked the bulk of it.. so did my husband.. felt more like a meal. did add a touch of water when reheating.
Starting the diet today (making grocery list now) and I’m a little concerned that no one has addressed the issue below from other participants that a recipe is incorrect. Isn’t this the place to go for ‘support’? Those of you who commented on the omission in the Lemony Lentil and Chard Soup, did anyone respond to you privately?
Cindycopeland, no it’s radio-silence on any responses… it’s very strange that the liquid is missing in both the ingredients list and also in the steps.
Does anyone know if eating popcorn (no butter) is allowed on this diet? This is my favorite snack but nothing is listed in the book.
Have been on the diet for 6 days and lost 6 pounds. One of the best diets I have ever tried. I usually am starving by this time, but on this diet, I get enough so I am not hungry. Would like a few more drinks added to it though. I drink water and am getting sick of so much water. Wondering if the Crystal Lite would be okay to use.
Have you checked out Hint? I didn’t know about it until my company started stocking it in the refrigerators. Nice flavor, no sweeteners – natural or otherwise, no calories.
I’ve been on the diet for 6 days now and I’ve dropped 13 lbs (yes, I’m a male). Fade Away offers much more variety but I’d sure like to see some more recipes for Shakes that are acceptable to the diet.
How did you stomache the shakes? I couldn’t do it, they did not taste good to me or my husband.
I just finished phase 1 and lost 5lbs (female). I am very happy, so far, with this diet and was pleasantly surprised that I was not hungry during the last 4 days. I do have one question that I couldn’t find in the book. Can fruit be eaten for snacks – strawberries, oranges, etc?
There are times when I do not want to have fruit added in my shakes. So, I make the shake without the fruit and then eat the fruit within an hour of the shake. That way, I can have my “crunchies”.
Can you use salid in place of some of the soups
upset just received readers digest diet book and it tells me to go online to get shopping list but when I try to print it I get a message of internet explorer cannot display the webpage
My husband and I are starting this diet. He does not like most of the veggies cooked. Is it okay to eather eat them in salads or would you suggest a juicer and then add the juice to the soups?
Hi, its my first day on the Digest Diet, and I am surprised how full I was just by drinking the shakes. I have to admit I have been on the Nutisystem plan for 8 weeks and have lost a total of 13lbs. I am pleased with the results, but not with the food, I do not like eating packaged foods like that for long periods of time, but only did so to get me over a platue I have been on. I made it thru the first day without feeling hungrey at all even after working out. I hope to feel the same way through out the rest of the time. I love eating all fresh foods and I love the shakes, I made bannana & peanut butter!!!! Thanks for the good job with this plan. I hope I lose at least 5 lbs…
Hi, I am finishing day 2 on this diet, and I am not going to continue any longer. I have had very painful GAS over the past 2 days, probably due to the change in foods, or lack there of. I will adapt many of the items into my diet and everyday eating, but I just can’t bear to go another day of stomach pain and gas… I have been having a shake for breakfast and lunch, then I made the Kale and chick pea soup for dinner. The only problem I see with this diet, there is not a lot of feed back from others that have tried it other than your staff. I would like to read some reviews from other people to see what if any issues they came across as I did. I really wanted to do this for the duration, but found myself feeling weak and tired contrary to the reviews of the staff to claim they feel full of energy.
I am on Day 10 and am having problems with constipation. Any ideas that won’t cause me to ‘fudge’ alittle on this diet?
I use chia seeds that have tons of fiber and more omega-3s
I have been on the diet for three days now and have only lost one pound. Besides the diet, I am working out for an hour and also weeding in my garden for 2/3 hours a day. Kinda discouraging after hearing how much others have lost. Plan to stay with it a few more days and they see what happens.
Just started the diet and need to know how many cups/ounces should be consumed for each shake. The recipe indicates makes one serving, but I question if this correct.
Crackers are suggested for a snack. It states each cracker should have 30 calories and 2 grams of fiber. I cannot find anything like that. Any suggestions?
I am having the same problem. I have never heard of any cracker with that many calories and that much fiber per cracker. I am wondering if this is a printing error just like the fiasco with the soup. If you find a cracker, let me know. I will do the same.
Is anyone else having trouble justifying the cost of some of the foods (i.e. coconut milk, quinoa, flaxseed meal, etc.). These are not cheap. I will try the shakes using skim milk instead. The breakfast cakes aren’t too bad but very bland. I drizzle a small amount of honey on them which improves the taste. Otherwise, I might as well be eating a cardboard box!
I loved the breakfast cakes with a little bit of no fat cream cheese. I didn’t have dates in the house, so I used figs. Also, I agree that starting the diet was pricey, but notw that I have the ingredients in the house, it is much less expensive to continue. I’m loving the diet so far.
I buy the flaxseed meal from the health mart in the grocery store in bulk, it is way cheaper, there are some less expensive brands of quinoa too. The breakfast cakes, I like to crumble it up and put it in my yogurt with my orange or other fruit with a little honey
Did anyone else notice that the Chunky Beef Chili had no chili powder in it? The flavor was good, but I wonder if it is missing an ingredient like the Lemony Lentil soup.
WELL I HAVE READ THE BOOK AND JUST PRINTED OFF THE SHOPPING LISTS THIS IS MY LAST RESORT IF THIS DOESN’T WORK I’M GOING TO LOOK INTO WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY AND THAT AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED IS CHEATING.
How did you make out with your diet so far I see you posted this 2 months ago and was curious to find out how it was going for you
I suspect there are a number of omissions/errors in the recipes and would like to see a compiled errata from RD! Usually they are pretty good about such things, but maybe they rushed this book out a bit too quick (although it took forever to be delivered!).
I used 6 cups of liquid in the lentil soup recipe and it’s a keeper – tasty and easy!
Something is off on the serving sizes in places too, for instance the creamy quinoa breakfast says it makes 4 half-cup servings – really? I put it at 3 cups total – which is no big deal, but begs the question of is that four 3/4 cup servings or six 1/2 cup servings – that’s a 50% error and I don’t want to either go hungry or accidentally eat 50% too many calories.
If we’re going to make the considerable effort to try and stick to a diet, it’s a real problem to not feel confident that it’s accurate! C’mon RD – good effort, but step it up a bit please – how about an official errata posted prominently online? Cheap, quick, proves you’re on top of it!
I wish I had looked at the website before cooking the lemony lentil soup. It was terrible. Does anyone know if there are any other errors in the recipes?
How long did it take to get your book? I ordered mine over a month ago-still haven’t got it yet.
Hey Wei010555. Just reading this today. Please go back and read every page of The Digest Diet. You’ll find several references to doing 4 minute warm-ups before starting the exercises. I haven’t even finished the book yet but I’ve p[iced up on the necessary warm-ups. A few more days to finish the book and then to print the grocery shopping list and go shopping and will be ready to start this program in total. Please, do read the whole book. It’s so informative. The recipes are worked out to include all the macro and micro nutrients your body needs along with calorie counts. This book is jam-packed with all the necessary information you need to make this program work successfully. You just have to read the whole book and be committed to the program. One other nice thing is that you don’t have to spend money on equipment or classes (yoga included). I can’t urge you enough to read the entire book. I have no money at all for yoga classes or going to the gym. I do have an exercise mat and a couple of weights. I also have a chair and a wall and I’m pretty good at walking. I can get all the exercise I need without spending any money. Here’s to your good health!
I am also a vegan and substituted veg stock…healthy and delicious
I am not eating meat….Is it okay to substitute vegetable stock for the chix stock. I do eat fish…wondering about some of the main courses
I have the same concern as a vegetarian. I’ve been substituting beans, fish, tofu, etc. for meat for a while now and I was planning on doing the same for this diet.
My husband and I started the diet and stopped after day 1. The shakes were not good at all, I don’t know if I was making them wrong, but they were not good. We tried some of the dinners and like them, so were are trying other things for breakfast and lunch. Any suggestions on how to make the shakes better tasting?
Hi. My dad has been on the digest diet for three days. We are having trouble finding all the ingredients. Do we have to follow the ingredients exactly as stated on each page or is it okay to use the diet for day three for day four?
My husband and I started the diet in early April and have both lost close to 15 lbs. We prefer not to call it a diet. It is really a food plan (for LIFE). We love it. The recipes have great flavor. I feel younger and energized. The exercise is manageable. It is really a great fit for our lifestyle.
it says in the book if you have a meal you like, you can have it every day if you want, just make sure it’s in the same part of the diet, ie day 1-4.
Is it ok to subsitute Organic Blue Agave for the Honey?
I have a question, on the first four days of the eating plan, it says to only have 1 snack, but to eat every 4 hours, how is this possible?
Tomorrow is day 21 for me and my boyfriend. We chose not to weigh and used how we fit in our clothes as a benchmark. I haven’t lost what I hoped but have lost just the same and he lost the few pounds he wanted. I was NOT hungry on this plan and followed it to a T. I found the one snack in the first 4 days was better in the afternoon. I was unable to exercise due to an ankle injury and probably would have lost more if I did. Although, all that measuring must burn some calories! There were discrepancies in the shopping list. Be sure to compare them to the actual recipe. Yes, it is expensive and some of the recipes make multiple servings so I just cut them down so there wouldn’t be waste. He substituted some of the meals he didn’t like with ones he did from within the same phase. We plan to continue this eating method and the book gives examples of how to do this. It’s worth reading from cover to cover. Also, it did take forever for it to arrive! Good luck to everyone out there on the Digest Diet.
you need to get it fixed so we can print out the shopping lists
I am just starting the diet and the first snack it says a green pepper quartered with 2 tablespoons ricota cheese on each quarter. Is this correct? Seems like an awful big snack to me.
Today is my 4th day on the diet. I’ve lost 4 1/2 lbs already! The shakes & soups are so good & satisfying. Looking forward to starting Fade Away tomorrow.
I really would like my husband to go on this diet with me. But he is a truck driver, and dosen’t have refrig. or microwave in the truck. Any Suggestions
Starting day 6 and weighed myself this morning. I’ve only lost 1/2 pound and am disappointed. I have at least 40 pounds to lose and thought the start would be quicker. I’ve commited to the 21 days, though. Anyone else having a slow start?
I just got my book and in looking at the shakes I see it calls for coconut milk. Not my favorite. Thinking about using skim milk instead????
I am a non insulin dependent diabetic. May I substitute agave nectar for the honey?
I do an hour of hot/fitness yoga 3-4 times a week. Ca I use this in place of the walking?
Hi! I started the diet today. Just like Sonya, I added more water and also did not seem to be enough. Hopefully the soup is tasty.
Can I drink crystal light raspberry drinks?
I notice that there is nothing in the book or elsewhere about diabetic recipes. I wonder if this is an oversight on the part of the editors?
My husband and I are just about to complete the 3-week program. I have these observations:
1. It is expensive and wasteful because one has to buy ingredients that are used only one or two times and then the rest is wasted.
2. My husband doesn’t like sour things. He has eaten the yogurt but can’t stay with that. Also, we need salad dressings other than vinegairette. The buttermilk dress was tolerable but too thin. Could non-fat cottage be substituted in the snacks?
3. Your recipes call for ingredients that are not readily available or just weird. More ordinary recipes instead of “gourmet” would be easier to prepare. Turbinado sugar? Never heard of it.
4. Flaxseed meal is just gross. There must be something that would work just as well and not be so objectionable.
5. Your advertising trumpets “27 pounds in three weeks” in bright bold letters. The disclaimer “results not typical” in teeny tiny print. Misleading.
In spite of the objections, we’re glad we tried it but won’t do it again nor recommend it to friends.
Just completing Day 1. I am confident this is what I have been looking for. In the past 4 years, I have used Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers, and on both gained weight. About a year ago, someone introduced me to the paleo eating style. Though I lost weight on the paleo, it simply excluded so many foods I believe necessary for good health. I am 60 years old, and run 3-4 miles 5 days a week. I have chosen to follow the DD and walk these first 4 days rather than continue my running. I am excited to see quick results, and maintain a healthy weight for the rest of my life.
It would help if the page numbers on the shopping lists included “Day 1-4″ then “page 2″
I’ve always appreciated Reader’s Digest for “down-to-earth” information and stories. I thought if RD promoted a diet, it had to be great! But really, where do rural people find things like fennel bulbs, dried ancho chiles, and light coconut milk??? I’m thinking this is not a real man’s diet, and I just shopped for the first 4 days. It may work if I can do my grocery shopping in some specialty store! Very disappointed!
are you able to drink coffee with this diet?
I love this “diet” (I really hate calling it that.) so far! And I’m only on day 1!! I’m not hungry AT ALL. In fact, I’m actually pretty full and had a hard time finishing the last of my 2 cup serving Winter Squash soup with Asian Greens. Who knew you could fight to finish the last 1/3 of your meal when on a diet?!
Anyway, my “problem” is that I would like to eat a grapefruit and a cheese as my snack during Fast Release but can’t seem to find an answer as to whether that is allowed or not. It would be nice to have a “help desk” or a place to find answers fairly quickly for questions. That was my initial problem. And now that I’ve actually started the diet, my next “problem” is that I didn’t get in my snack today. I’m too full!
I can’t print the shopping lists???
I love this diet! I lost 10 pounds right away, then gained 5 lbs back over the holidays when I stopped it. Recently learned I have an immune-system disorder causing inflammation everywhere and, since the diet is high in Ometa-3s and antioxidants am giving it another go.
In reading the negative comments here, I applaud the creative cooks who know how to make substitutions. Substituting spinach for kale, for instance. I actually add olive oil to the shakes bcause I don’t like the other fat choices. Flaxseed meal and coconut milk are unrepleaceable, though, as far as I’m concerned, for their health properties.
My suggestion is: if you don’t like a particular food in the recipe, find another one off the same list and substitute it. It’s an easy way to lose weight and it DOES have lots of health benefits.
I just lost 20 pounds on my own but still have another 50 to go and want to try the Digest Diet. But I am a diabetic; on oral and I shot of insulin at night. I’m afraid I will have probs. with my blood sugar dropping on days 1-4. I also am required to eat a snack before bedtime. What should I eat? There is nothing in the book about this. Any diabetics out there that have done this diet? Can you share info. with me? Thanks!
Great post. Keep writing such kind of information on your page.
I have a gluten allergy. Any suggestions for which wraps and crackers to use?
I just started the diet today after having the book for several months. The morning smoothie was tasty and I enjoyed the kale and chickpea soup for my lunch. A friend is beginning tomorrow so we can support each other. Looking forward to swimming in daylight this year.