Regular whole milk or other approved non-dairy milk may be used in your coffee between 12pm and 6pm on your milk days. Non-dairy creamers are not allowed because they are not zero calorie and they all contain sugars and/or corn syrup solids which do not comply with the chemistry of the program.
You may have sugar-free gelatin any time (as long as you make it yourself). Please note, however, that sugar-free Jell-O pudding is not allowed at any time. You may also make ice pops from Crystal Light and/or any flavored drink that’s allowed 24/7 and enjoy that in the evening.
You may use vegetable bouillon to flavor soup or to sauté vegetables but you should not drink it. Bouillon cubes are problematic due to their high salt content. We prefer you use vegetable broth or vegetable stock.
Dijon mustard may be used in very small amounts as part of a recipe. For example, you may use a small amount of mustard as part of a salad dressing recipe to be used over many salads. A ¼teaspoon in a recipe used over many salads is the maximum.
We prefer you do not have any type of juice on a fruit and vegetable day. It takes ½ lb – 1 lb of vegetables to make one 8-oz glass of V8 juice. As you are not having solid foods on milk days, we prefer your body has the opportunity to chew solid food on vegetable days. V-8 is allowed as an ingredient in making salad dressings as long as the dressing is spread out over several salads.
You may not use Greek yogurts such as Fage as they contain cream, not just whole milk. When in doubt, check the ingredient list–if you see the word “cream,” the answer is no. Please note, some whole milk yogurts such as Stoneyfield Farms market themselves as having “cream on the top.” Again, check the ingredient list–often these do not have cream in them at all, it’s just a marketing tool.
With the exception of the first two weeks of the program when your body is going through detoxification, you may use the zero-calorie cooking sprays SPARINGLY. We prefer you avoid ICBINB spray as it contains soy, but it is allowed.
No. With dehydrated fruit it is difficult to determine how much comprises a single serving (i.e., one cup of raw fruit). It is permitted if you are dehydrating the fruit yourself and, therefore, can control the serving size.
Pre-packaged hot chocolate is NOT allowed (unless you find a 0-calorie brand we are unaware of). You may make hot chocolate using Walden Farms or other 0-calorie sugar-free syrup. On a milk day between 12 pm and 6 pm you may use milk to make the hot chocolate. At other times you may make hot chocolate using the syrup with water.
You should use 0-calorie, sugar-free chocolate syrup rather than cocoa. You can use unsweetened baking cocoa but you are limited to 2 tablespoons per day MAX. If used outside of 12pm to 6 pm, 1 tablespoon replaces 1 piece of sugar-free gum/candy.
No, soy is NOT allowed. Instead of soy sauce, you may use BRAGG Liquid Amino, which can be found in most health food stores (Whole Foods carries it). Bragg Liquid Amino has no calories and tastes quite similar to soy sauce.
Yes! The Lose It phase of Acc(u)Life is based on chemistry, not calories, so it works in any stage of life and with most medical conditions. The Love It and Live It phases are designed to support individual lifestyles and together we will develop them just for you!
No. Special Day protocol is only for very special occasions such as your daughter’s wedding, grandmother’s 90th birthday, grandchild’s christening, etc. Special Day protocol is still time off the diet – it is a guided way to go off plan, but is not part of the program itself. Use of Special Day protocol will slow down the weight loss for the week.
No. It is not healthy to have 3 days of either protocol in a row, as it is breaking up the nutritional balance of the program. Get right back on track by continuing with your normal cycle of food as if nothing happened. When you are feeling stronger about the situation, look back and learn a lesson about why you cheated – this way, the cheat wasn’t wasted time.
Approximately 10% of our clients experience some light-headedness during the first ten days to two weeks of the program while the body is going through detoxification. The program is cleansing your body of refined sugars resulting in the normalization of blood sugar levels. This is very healthy, but if it happens quickly it may cause light-headedness. A spoonful of honey in a cup of hot tea and you’ll have relief in 5-7 minutes. If you have high or low blood pressure and are experiencing light headedness or dizziness, please speak to your consultant about the proper protocol to address your medical situation.
While we cannot always vouch for how you will feel during initial detox (first 10 days to 2 weeks), exercise is allowed. However, if your body is telling you to slow down during this time, you should listen to your body. The only prohibited exercise is body-building (heavy weights with low repetition). Body-toning (lower weights with high numbers of repetition) is absolutely allowed. All other exercise is allowed.
When you crave salt and salty foods, it’s typically a sign that your body is dehydrated. Drink more water to alleviate the dehydration. To satisfy the salt craving, have some salt — lick your finger, dip in salt, lick the salty finger. Then drink some more water.
No. An acupressure point is almost the size of a dime and the beads are quite small. That’s why were are able to offer the program long-distance–placing the bead precisely in the center is not required. The head is not exactly symmetrical and as we can feel the points, we put them in the “epicenter” of the point. This will often feel more skewed than when you look at them visually.
The body is searching for nutrition between 12pm and 6pm. The combination of the nutritional balance of the food protocol and the use of acupressure allows us to trick the body to ignore the reduction of calories. Therefore, the body does not “need” to defend itself and does not go into starvation mode. You still require energy to function. The body turns to its own stored fat for that energy and you reap the amazing results. Please note, this is not a ketogenic diet. If you eat outside of the designated hours, the body will begin to recognize the caloric intake rather than nutritional value and the body will begin to go into starvation mode as the caloric intake is so low. The body will instead begin to cannibalize itself using not only fat, but muscle, organ mass and negatively affect your metabolism.
You have lost fat, stabilized your weight, and learned to love it. Now it’s time to live your Acc(u)Lifestyle. Welcome to Phase 3, a sustainable lifestyle with continued support from the Acc(u)Life community. You are joining thousands of others enjoying their Acc(u)Lifestyles, sustaining the healthy habits developed throughout their journeys.
Acc(u)Beads – You will use Acc(u)Beads whenever you want to do a cleanse or “Tune Up Week”, usually every 10-12 weeks. We recommend you do a cleanse at least twice each year.
Chi Gong Breathing – The benefits of Chi Gong are cumulative, so we recommend you continue doing 4 breaths at minimum 2x per day. You may utilize this throughout your day, whenever you are feeling stress and as a tool to manage cravings.
Balance Nutrition – You are now enjoying your personal Acc(u)Lifestyle! When you do a cleanse or “Tune Up Week”, for that week, you’ll follow the Phase 1 Food Plan.
A simple and seamless transition, designed to build a personalized eating lifestyle including your favorite foods. During Phase 1 you lost fat and detoxified. Whether at your weight loss goal or just taking a break, in Phase 2 you will reset your weight set point so you have a strong foundation for long-term maintenance. This is when you are creating the personal Acc(u)Lifestyle you love.
Acc(u)Beads – You will use Acc(u)Beads the first week of Phase 2. If you move to Phase 2 in the middle of a current Acc(u)Bead placement, continue using that Acc(u)Point and calculate one last Acc(u)Point.
Chi Gong Breathing – We recommend you do 4 breaths at minimum 2x per day: when you wake up, before you go to sleep. You may utilize this throughout your day, whenever you are feeling stress and as a tool to manage cravings.
Balance Nutrition – During the next 4-8 weeks, together we will design your personal Acc(u)Lifestyle while we stabilize your weight, identify food sensitivities and work on eating habits.
Moving to Phase 3: When you’ve stabilized your weight and have introduced all foods into your Acc(u)Lifestyle you are ready for Phase 3.
Moving to Phase 1: If you would like to lose more weight or have a quick detox, you may return to Phase 1 at any time.
A healthy reset of your body, mind and spirit. Scientifically designed and developed to burn only fat and reset your digestive system. Together, we are paving the way for a healthier, sustainable lifestyle.
Acc(u)Beads – You will calculate your Acc(u)Points and change your Acc(u)Beads weekly.
Chi Gong Breathing – We recommend you do 4 breaths immediately after massaging your Acc(u)Beads, but at minimum 2x per day: when you wake up, before you go to sleep. You will also use this, as needed, to manage cravings.
Balance Nutrition – You will follow the 4-Day food cycle of fruit, vegetables, milk and yogurt (dairy or plant-based) for a minimum of two weeks. After two weeks, you may use modified plans, as necessary.