The Schwarzbein Principle was created by Dr Diana Schwarzbein, after treating many diabetic and non-diabetic patients with a low carb diet.
The general public was introduced to her theory with the book, “The Schwarzbein Principle”. Two low carbohydrate cookbooks have also been released: “The Schwarzbein Principle Cookbook” and “The Schwarzbein Principle Vegetarian Cookbook”.
This low carb diet works to improve your metabolism and health. Through eating unprocessed food, you can lose weight and maintain your body weight ideal. The Schwarbein Principle is a two phase diet plan, involving “Healing” and “Maintenance”.
The length of time spent on the “Healing” process differs depending on your health. Carbohydrates, sugars, chemicals and drugs are eliminated in an attempt to restore health.
A basic rule to use when deciding which food is good for you, is that you should choose foods that you could theoretically hunt, fish, gather, pick or milk. Calorie counting is not required with this low carb diet.
Dr Schwarzbein recommends that we eat foods from the four nutrient groups to create a balanced diet:
- Considered to be essential.
- You can eat as much as you want.
- Three types of fats – saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
- Eat as much as your body wants.
- Provides your diet with vitamins, minerals and fiber – fresh organic non-starchy vegetables are best.
- Considered to have “zero carbs” due to their low glycemic index, therefore you may eat as much as you want.
- Eaten in proportion to fat and protein intake.
- Depending on your metabolism and activity level, carb intake is different for everyone.
Using the Schwarzbein Principle, you could expect to eat similar to this in your daily diet plan:
Sausages/Ham/Bacon with tomato and egg omelette, small bowl of oatmeal.
Chicken salad with low carb dressing, piece of fruit.
Red meat with rice and salad.
The Schwarzbein Principle, as well as being a low carbohydrate diet plan, also recommends stress management techniques, exercise, and the elimination of harmful stimulants (like coffee, cigarettes and alcohol).