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Arts ig Life

4

A One Day Festival of
Ceramic Tiles Sponsored by

PEWABiC
r eTTERY

Sunday

ApriI•4, 2004

10 am - 5 pm

At Novi Expo Center
at 1-96 & Novi Rd.

Home Show Admission

Adults $9.00, Seniors $7.00

Children under 12 free!
(Ticket purchase includes a pre-paid
subscription to This Old House Magazine
and entrance to Tile Fair!)

$1.00 OFF WITH THIS AD

Tile Makers will display
& sell a large selection
of ceramic art tiles.
Historic & fine handcrafted
contemporary tiles, tables,
trivets, planters and other tile
items will be available at this
one day only indoor event,
Installation demonstrations.
Ample parking available
at Novi Expo Center for a fee.

3/26
2004

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824670

To Diet For

Its name conjures up dreams of a bikini-worthy body, but South Beach Diet
creator Dr. Arthur Agatston says his real interest is preventing disease.

and averting a range of chronic illness-
es and conditions.
"Our thesis is really. that the process-
ing of food in America has caused the
epidemic of obesity and diabetes," Dr.
Agatston explains. 'And unfortunately,
Jewish Ashkenazic genes are very well
represented in that epidemic."
A traditional Jew himself with a car-
diology practice in an Orthodox
enclave in Miami Beach, Dr. Agatston
began creating recipes to cater to the
kosher palate. He even made addition-

the distressing sensation that you need
more food, the South Beach Diet is
based on eating three balanced meals a
or many Americans, carbo-
day. While reasonable portions are
hydrate-filled days are over.
encouraged, dieters are encouraged to eat
Everyone is on the Atkin's
until they are full. To keep dieters from
Diet or the Zone Diet, or
feeling deprived, the diet also suggests
so it seems. That is, if they haven't
several snacks and dessert after dinner.
deserted those weight regimens for the
The doctor's message is clear: You
South Beach Diet.
can count calories or -omit an entire
The South Beach Diet proposes eat-
food group for a while, but you can't
ing the "right carbs" and the "right
turn it into a lifestyle.
fats" along with protein, giving dieters
Surprisingly, Dr. Agatston's diet does
"the best of all
not require exercise to
worlds."
shed pounds, although
This extremely
he recommends it. It
popular diet
does require a long-
doesn't count
term commitment,
calories or severe-
however.
ly restrict the
"We started the diet
kinds of foods
to prevent heart
you can eat. And
attacks and strokes.
although its
The diet takes a few
name brings to
months to alter blood
mind buff, biki-
chemistry enough to
Odciem, Neter•Oasigaadt folpfartf Pim
tat Fast and ifeattily Weight Lass
ni-clad bodies
be effective, so you
parading Miami's
need to be on the diet
hip beach, it was
for the long haul," Dr.
developed by car-
atston clarifies. And
diologist Dr.
with the long haul in
Arthur Agatston,
mind, there are no
a pioneer in non-
absolute
restrictions on
A complement to his first two South Beach Diet books, Dr. Agatston's new
invasive coronary
the
diet
except
during
"South Beach Diet Cookbook" debuts April 13.
artery imaging,
the first phase, which
who was aiming at
spans only a couple of
offering a palatable,
weeks.
al allowances for Shabbat.
safe diet for his chronically overweight
The South Beach Diet also aims to
heart patients.
The South Beach Diet advocates
prevent cancer by incorporating ample
eating as few processed foods, such as
"My concern was not with my
vegetables and fruits into the regimen.
patients' appearance," he says. "I want- white bread, white pasta and commer-
For example, the lycopene in tomatoes
cial baked goods, as possible. Dr.
ed to find a diet that would help pre-
is known to thwart prostate cancer.
vent or reverse the myriad of heart and Agatston's quarrel with most carbs we
"There are so many phytochemicals
vascular problems that stem from obe-
consume today is that they have been
in fruits and vegetables, and we thought
sity."
overly processed, stripped of almost all we could isolate them into a few vita-
healthy fiber.
He never found such a diet, so he
mins and give supplements, but that
His plan allows you to eat meat and
developed one himself, and in doing
hasn't worked," Dr. Agatson says. "You
poultry; fish; low-fat cheeses; healthy
so, he also created an overnight sensa-
need the natural stuff"
tion among South Beach's body-con-
fats such as canola, sesame and olive
That is the diet in its essence:
scious beach-goers.
oils; nuts; fruits; vegetables; and com-
returning to natural, whole foods —
plex carbohydrates.
Why? Dr. Agatston's plan claims to
the kinds our primitive ancestors
"Another basic principle of the. diet,
help you shed pounds fast — right
would have eaten.
from the waistline and belly. His sci-
even if you have no weight to lose, is
Besides trading white flour for its
to consume all the good oils rather
entifically based program promises
whole-grain counterpart; looking to
immediate results, helping dieters shed than trans-fats, and eat plenty of fruits
the sea for sustenance is another place
10, 20, or 30 pounds in a relatively
and vegetables," says Dr. Agatston.
to start. Dr. Agatston calls Omega-3
short period of time, while radically
"That's what we were meant to eat."
oils, largely found in seafood, as "the
changing their blood chemistry, revers-
Since the doctor knows that nothing
missing ingredient in the Western
undermines a weight-loss plan more than diet." Another problem of our Western
ing pre-diabetes, lowering cholesterol

SORIYA DANIELS •
Special to the Jewish News

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