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Zone Diet

Zone Diet


The Zone Diet® was developed by Dr. Barry Sears more than 30 years ago to reduce diet-induced inflammation.

The Zone Diet® will help you shed excess pounds and improve your mental and physical performance while living a more fulfilling life. The Zone Diet® is a life-long dietary program based on strong science to reduce diet-induced inflammation.



High Protein Vegetables

High Protein Vegetables

Brought to you by Mary Perry at The Zone 

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Many of us have heard the importance of getting adequate protein at each meal due its role in keeping us full, but for those who are vegan, vegetarian, or trying to minimize their carbon footprint, finding non-meat sources of protein can be challenging. The good news is you might be surprised to learn that vegetables can be a source of protein as long as you know which ones to choose and get adequate amounts. Here we’ll give you our top picks and which ones rank high on Dr. Sears’ approval list.



Dr. Sears Best of the Best: The following vegetables rank high in Dr. Sears’ opinion when following the Zone Diet. The reason for this is not only are they a good source of protein, but their ratio of protein to carbohydrate is low, ensuring that you maintain the ideal hormonal balance once consumed. Plus they are rich in fermentable fiber and polyphenols, making them a great addition to any PastaRx Fusilli or Orzo dish.


What is considered a serving of vegetables?

When using vegetables with PastaRx, we use the same guidelines as the USDA for serving size. If you are eating fresh vegetables, a serving size is 1 cup (2 cups for leafy green vegetables).  For cooked vegetables, a serving size is considered to be ½ a cup (1 cup for leafy green vegetables).  For those who follow the Zone Diet and consume meat, poultry or fish, legumes would fall in the vegetable group, but we realize that for vegetarians, vegans, and individuals who rarely eat these foods, you may consider legumes as part of your protein requirements. In this case we would want to ensure you are consuming adequate amounts of vegetables in addition to this.


How much should you consume?

We suggest aiming to have 3-4 vegetables servings at each meal when using PastaRx as your protein source. The goal being to have 7-8 servings of vegetables per day. If following the classic Zone Diet you can use the block guide to help determine your needs here. 


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