Q: You don't list any soups on the Diet-are they forbidden?
A :"No. Low-calorie soups such as consomme, no-fat vegetable soup, onion soup, borscht (see recipes) are excellent, and
I would encourage you to add them. They have not all been placed on the menus because they are apt to complicate the simple
[You can make a satisfying soup
snack by adding diced carrots, onion, celery & herbs to low-sodium vegetable broth.]
Q:Can I scramble my
eggs in butter, margarine or bacon fat?
A: "No, coat the pan with non-stick vegetable spray, or with a little chicken
broth-no need for any fats."(p.40)
Q: May I use herbs, seasonings, and spices on my food on the Diet, and a little
grated onion or minced parsely or such?
A: "By all means". (p.41)
Q: I've never been able to eat much for breakfast; may
I have my breakfast slice of protein toast instead as a snack between meals, or at another meal? A: Perfectly alright. (p.152)
[you can add the breakfast toast to another meal that has the bread listed to
"double up" and make a sandwich - very satisfying!]
Q: Can I sprinkle a little grated cheese on my scrambled
eggs, salads, and vegetables?
A: "Yes, but the key words in your question are "a little". If you load the servings with
cheese, you won't lose as rapidly. Again, use good sense-check your progress on the scale each morning."(p.41)
May I have some pickle slices, or pickle relish and olives with lunch and dinner?
A: "Yes, in moderation. Limit yourself
to four small olives or three jumbo olives of any type." (p.41)
Make sure the pickle relish does not contain sugar or corn syrup.
Q: May I use some ketchup, chili
sauce, cocktail sauce, and mustard on meat and fish and other servings?
A: "Yes-once more, use the additives moderately.
If you like mustard to enhance various servings, try a little of the tasty varieties available, such as tarragon mustard.
(see the mustard dressing recipe.)" (p.41)
It is recommended that you use one of the low carb sugar
free ketchups or BBQ sauces now available.
I have tunafish or canned salmon, can I put celery into it?
A:"Yes, if it makes it tastier for you, add celery and carrots,
chopped parsely, squeeze some lemon or lime juice-use your creativity." (p.40)
Q: Lunch on your Wednesday Diet menu
calls for tunafish. Is it all right if I cut up the carrots and celery and mix them in with the tuna fish?
called from Canada to ask this question and I have had similar ones from Cleveland, Washington and Scarsdale. It sounds simplistic
but it isn't. It springs from a misinterpretation of certain newspaper articles about the Scarsdale Medical Diet which
led some people to beleive that any slight alteration would destroy the "chemistry" of the Diet. The Scarsdale Medical Diet contains a carefully selected, sound effective combination
of protein, fats, and carbohydrates. Its unique quality lies in the fact that it is basically simple to follow; you are not
hungry while dieting and you lose weight. But the Diet is not alchemy-mix two parts zucchini, one part heart of toad, a dash
of tuna fish- and presto, dietary gold! It is a good combination of healthful foods, a "just right" combination, if
you will, but it is not a chemical formula. Putting the carrots and celery in with the tuna fish is of no consequence."(p.139)