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The G.I. Diet Express Paperback – Dec 30 2008

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; 1 edition (Dec 30 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307357058
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307357052
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rick Gallop’s bestselling The G.I. Diet was published in 2002 and quickly became the most successful Canadian diet book ever, with more than two million copies sold worldwide. Gallop holds a Masters degree from Oxford University and was president and CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.


For many people, lunch is one meal that is eaten away from home. This poses two challenges. First, what facilities exist for eating out or take-out in your work neighborhood and second, how much time do you have? Let’s deal with each in turn.

This usually means taking a bagged lunch to eat at work. You will save time by not having to go out, wait on line to be served, and so on. This also has the advantage of making sure you are completely in control of what you eat. The main downside to this is that you need to set aside time to prepare food at home, though this can be more than offset by the time you will save lunching in at work.

These packed lunches are simple and uncomplicated and require minimal preparation. Most can be done the night before and kept in the refrigerator. They have been grouped into three popular categories of packed lunches: sandwiches, salads, and pasta. I’ve also added a fast fruit-and-dairy option when you’re really pressed for time. The suggestions assume a refrigerator is available at work for food storage.

The reason sandwiches are probably the most popular international lunch is they are easy to make, portable, and have endless variation. Here are some guidelines to turn your sandwich into a convenient and filling green-light meal.
•Always use stoneground 100 percent whole-wheat or high-fiber bread
•During Phase One, sandwiches should be eaten open-faced
•Include at least three vegetables, such as lettuce, tomato, red and green bell peppers, cucumber, sprouts, or onion
•Use mustard or hummus as a spread on the bread (no regular mayonnaise or butter)
•Add four ounces of cooked lean meat or fish
•Mix canned tuna or chopped, cooked chicken with low-fat mayonnaise/salad dressing and celery
•Mixed canned salmon with malt vinegar
•To help sandwiches stay fresh, not soggy, pack components separately and assemble them just before eating, if possible

Here is a basic salad to which you can add your choice of protein – canned tuna/salmon, sliced cooked chicken breast, lean deli ham, tofu, or even beans.

Basic Salad
Serves 2
3 cups torn or coarsely chopped salad greens, such as romaine, red leaf, mesclun, arugula, or watercress
2 small carrots, grated
1 red, yellow, or green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and chopped
2 plum tomatoes, cut into wedges
1 cup sliced cucumber
1⁄2 cup chopped red or sweet white onion (Vidalia)

To serve, place the salad greens, carrot, bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, and onion in a bowl and toss to mix. Pour about 1 tablespoon of the basic vinaigrette (see below) over the salad and toss to mix.

Per serving: 1 1⁄2 cups greens tossed with 1 tablespoon vinaigrette.

Basic Vinaigrette
Makes about 1⁄2 cup
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄2 teaspoon sugar substitute
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1⁄4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

In a medium bowl, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, basil, sugar substitute, salt, and pepper. Gradually whisk in the oil.

Storage: The vinaigrette will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Tip: This vinaigrette is also good tossed with halved cherry tomatoes, cooked green beans, or asparagus.

For a great time-saver, cook extra pasta at dinnertime and use it as the basis for a lunch or two. It will keep fresh in the refrigerator for several days. Here is a basic pasta lunch.

Basic Pasta Salad
Serves 1
3⁄4 cup cooked whole-wheat pasta (spirals, shells, or similar shape)
1 cup chopped cooked vegetables (such as broccoli, asparagus, bell peppers, or scallions)
1⁄4 cup light tomato sauce or other low-fat or nonfat pasta sauce 4 ounces chopped cooked chicken or other lean meat, such as ground lean turkey or lean chicken sausage

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold running water to cool.

2. Place the pasta, vegetables, tomato sauce, and chicken in a bowl and stir to mix well. Refrigerate the salad, covered, until ready to use, then reheat it in the microwave or serve chilled.

Variation: You can use the proportions here as a guide and vary the vegetables, sauce, and source of protein to suit your taste and add variety to your pasta salad lunches.

Here is a fast and filling green light option to use occasionally when you are really pushed for time.

Cottage Cheese and Fruit
Serves 1
1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
6 ounces chopped fresh fruit or canned fruit in juice, such as peaches, apricots, or pears

Place the cottage cheese and fruit in a plastic bowl with a fitted lid and stir to mix. Store in the refrigerator until lunchtime.

Add half a nutrition bar, such as a Balance or Zone bar, and you’re on your way in minutes.


If you are under the gun and really don’t have time to prepare a bagged lunch, then your best option is a take-out sandwich. Here are some tips on making sure your take-out sandwiches are green light.
•100% whole-wheat bread
•Hummus or mustard instead of butter, margarine, or mayo
•Slices of chicken/turkey breast, ham, or tuna (avoid mayo, cheese, and bacon bits)
•Lots of vegetables – tomatoes, lettuce, bell peppers, onion rings, sprouts, etc.
•Always remove the top slice of bread and eat your sandwich open-faced

It’s a good idea, too, to add a green salad to your sandwich.

Another option, if time presses is, believe it or not, a fast-food restaurant. Several of the leading restaurants have introduced menu items that are lower in fat and calories. The main caution is the amount of sodium (salt) that is often added to offset any perceived flavour loss. Another principal villain is the salad dressing, so only use half the packet and avoid creamy dressings. Just beware the minefield of red light temptations!

Here are some green light offerings in some of the major fast-food/take-out food chains.

we strongly recommend that you eat all burgers and sandwiches open-faced, meaning you throw away the top slice of bread or bun. Also only use one third to half of the salad dressing that is normally provided in a packet. They contain far more dressing than you need and add unnecessary calories and salt to your meal.

Subway is to be congratulated as the pacesetters in the fast-food industry with its broad range of low-fat products. They deserve a G.I. Diet gold star and warrant your support.

6” Sandwiches
(all sandwiches included bread, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, pickles and olives):
Roast Beef*
Turkey Breast*
Turkey Breast and Ham*
Veggie Delite

*High sodium. If blood pressure is a concern, use only fat-free Honey Mustard/Sweet Onion sauces and replace pickles, olives with cucumbers and onions.
Roll: Wheat bread; Honey Oat.

Turkey Breast (high sodium)

Deli-style Sandwiches:
Roast Beef
Turkey Breast

Grilled Chicken and Baby Spinach
Subway Club
Veggie Delite

Fat-free Italian

Premium Grilled Chicken Classic (replace the mayo with half a packet of BBQ Sauce)

Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken
Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken
Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
California Cobb Salad with Grilled Chicken
Fruit and Walnut Salad

Newman’s Own Low-Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette
Newman’s Own Low-Fat Family Recipe Italian
Newman’s Own Low-Fat Sesame Ginger

Fruit’n’Yogurt Parfait (hold the granola)
Apple dippers with low-fat caramel dip

Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich with Honey Mustard
Veggie Burger without mayo
Add garden salad to both

Tendergrill Chicken Garden Salad
Tendergrill Chicken Caesar Salad

Italian light
Border Ranch

Mott’s Strawberry-Flavoured Applesauce

Ultimate Chicken Grill Sandwich plus side salad

Mandarin Chicken Salad with roasted almonds
Caesar Chicken Salad with roasted almonds

Fat Free French
Reduced Fat Creamy Ranch
Low Fat Honey Mustard

Large Chili with side salad

Fresco Style Chicken Ranchero Taco
Fresco Style Taco Supreme

Fresco Style Bean Burrito
Fresco Style Fiesta Burrito–Chicken
Fresco Style Enchirito–Beef
Fresco Style Enchirito–Chicken
Fresco Style Burrito Supreme–Chicken

Fresco Style Gordita Baja–Chicken
Fresco Style Gordita Supreme–Beef
Fresco Style Gordita Supreme–Chicken

Whereas I recommend avoiding pizza restaurants like the plague, I am delighted to see that Pizza Hut has made a real effort to introduce a line of pizzas and other foods that meet the green light criteria. Let’s hope the rest of their competition follows their admirable lead.

(14-inch pizzas – 2 slices per serving)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By So Many Books, So Little Time on May 3 2010
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I am a huge fan of Dr. Gallop, having lost weight on this GI Diet he developed. It is an easy way of eating and you will see results. However....if you already own "Living The GI Diet" and the "GI Diet Cookbook", stop there. I purchased the GI Diet Express for Busy People and it is simply a repeat of both of the aforementioned books. The 50 "speedy" recipes are nothing new - many of the recipes were re-printed from the GI Diet Cookbook (which I highly recommend)& they have only altered the amounts of the ingredients to make it less work to make the dish! I feel like I was ripped off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Esme on June 20 2011
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I am a real fan of the G.I. Diet. I don't think of it as a diet anymore, I just think of it as a way of eating that is healthy, tasty and sustainable. If you are looking to lose weight, you can do it with this approach, and more importantly, keep the weight off permanently. This book is the second book that I bought in this series - the first one being the basic G.I. Diet book. The Express is particularly good because there are lots of great recipes for quick meal preparation and they're all good. It is for busy people. The food is delicious and the weight comes off and stays off. No suffering. No pain. It doesn't get much better than that. I love this book and highly recommend it to anyone interesting in living the G.I. way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tlc on Feb. 22 2012
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Great information for making healthy food choices to lose and maintain weight. Having tried many diets and investing $$$$ without longterm benefit, the g.i. diet express makes sense and is easy to follow. I'm already sharing my recommendation with friends and colleagues. I think this would be a good subject choice for a book club.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Skye on April 18 2011
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The best diet out there. Just based on no sugar. I didn't starve and I love fruits, vegetables and meat. I can do without a lot of the sugary desserts. Wish I'd found this book years ago. Have dropped 25 lbs in 3 months.
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