Member suggestions from SMD Help
Note: The information on the site that is written in blue
lettering is NOT from the Scarsdale Medical Diet book, rather it is suggested information from other members. Only
what is written in black is "official" SMD info and excerpts from the paperback by Dr H. Tarnower. Try to get yourself a copy
on Amazon to avoid any confusion.
On Mondays for
dinner it states combination salads, as many greens and vegetables as you wish. Can I have cooked green veggies rather than
a salad? Can I have "both" a salad and a cooked veggie?
Yes, and yes.
With Monday dinner, is this a whole grapefruit???????????
is no portion indicated, have as much as you like until you are satisfied, not stuffed, whether that is half or a whole,
Is turkey pastrami permitted on the cold cut lunch?
yes, but you should avoid all processed meats because they are high in chemical additives and sodium. Better choices would
be cold slices of roast chicken and turkey.
Can tuna be substitued for cold cut lunch, I absolutely hate coldcuts and was gagging through my lunch today
and ended up eating 2 slices of coldcuts only.
Yes, if it is a lighter fat variety, like
chunk light, and packed in water (this is lower in mercury than albacore, too).
Tues dinner: the wording is a bit strange, is it tomatoes, lettuce, celery, olives
and brussel sprouts OR... tomatoes, lettuce, celery,olives, and cucumbers?
is definitely confusing. Due to the similarity with Sunday's dinner menu, it is probably meant to be a salad of tomatoes,
lettuce, celery, olives & cucumbers, AND/OR Brussels Sprouts. Just remember not to eat more than 4 olives.
Would someone kindly
clarify Wed. lunch 'tuna fish or salmon salad' for me? Does that mean the fish and a salad or is tuna/salmon with a lemon
and vinegar dressing simply called 'a tuna salad'?
You can use a can of water-packed or fresh tuna
or salmon, and serve atop a bed of lettuce with diced cucumber, red onion, shredded carrot, sliced tomato, chopped celery,
and parsley or dill. Mix in a little red wine vinegar and dijon mustard and you'll have a delicious and magnificent tuna or
salmon salad! There is also a recipe for a Supreme Salad on the Fish/Shellfish Link.
My questions are: I'm
allergic to fish and I don't eat any red meat. Can I substitute chicken for the red meat and fish? Will the diet still work?
You can replace fish or meat with any other lean protein (fish, chicken,
turkey, lean beef, soy "fake meat" substitute or tofu.)
Please refer to the website for other substitution info.
Is soy milk in moderation
is allowed? I see it is very low in carbs and I find it really hard to have tea and coffee without a bit of milk.
Some people have enjoyed
some lowfat, unsweetened soy milk in their coffee or tea, and still lost weight, but your mileage may vary. Technically it
is not on the SMD, as it probably did not exist at the time it was written.
Is there anything one can
eat when you have a craving for something sweet? I see even pure fruit spread with no sugar is loaded with carbs so
presumably that is out?
Try picking up some stevia (a non-caloric natural sweetener)..you
can use it to sweeten up your fruit now and then and make it a real sweet treat! Sugar free fruit spreads and jello desserts
are allowed on the Keep Trim weeks.
On the keep trim/fit
for life diet, is oatmeal allowed? if so please could you specify the amount allowed?
On Keep Trim you may enjoy single servings of whole grains as an alternative to protein
toast. One serving is generally 1/4 to 1/2 cup, check online for nutritional information.
Does the diet rely
on an order of days - ie Can I swap a Monday for a Tuesday? And is it possible to eat your "lunch" in the evening and "dinner"
The diet is flexible to the point that you remain on the diet. Try to follow
it as written, but if life necessitates you make another selection from another day or another meal, then do so, rather than throwing
in the towel. Switching meals between alternative diet plans is permitted, but it is suggested you finish out two full weeks
on the 'classic' SMD first.
I am new on the diet
and on Fri for lunch it says 1 slice of bread. it also says i slice for dinner. I am confused because you also have one
slice with breakfast. this makes 3 slices for the day...??? I thought you could not have more than
Yes, you read correctly, and yes,
the basic rules do state no more than 2 slices of bread a day, so this does seem a bit contradicting and confusing!
you know what? If it still works, I'll take the extra bread without complaints! Try using it in different ways, too.... Making
a "spinach pizza" for lunch..using it to bread your fish for dinner...or as croutons added to your salad.