Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

A new diet to lose weight?

I had worked out a healthy diet that would help me lose weight quickly. It worked. I lost 15 kilos. But then, I regained it. All of it. And I know exactly why. It was a perfect diet except for one thing: I had to execute it. And I was sick and tired of feeling hungry.

But now, I found a diet that seems to work without making me hungry.

I don’t want to drink or eat poison, drugs, fake/junk foods.
Eating should be pleasant, not like taking your prescriptions.
One should only eat foods that support one’s health.

I eat most strictly vegan and whole-wheat without junk food.

But, with all that, you can still gain weight or at least not lose any.


This is the trick I found now:

1. Eat mainly foods rich in fiber.
2. Eat lots of fatty stuff.
3. Don’t eat quick calories except a little as desert.

That’s it. I’ll give you a few details.

1. So: no white pasta, rice, flour produce. Easy quick calories that don’t support health. Instead: Foods that need chewing. There are plenty.

Try to avoid processed, refined, concentrated foods. For grape juice, put grapes trough the blender and drink it with all the pulp.

2. I don’t eat slices of whole-wheat bread like I used to. I first bake them in olive oil. Peanut butter on top. You’re stuffed for half a day at least.

There are lots of good fatty foods: Avocado. Nuts. Tofu. Dark chocolate. Olives (oil in salads. Coconut oil’s toxic? I feel sick after eating a lot of it.

3. Things like potatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn make you gain weight while you look at them. Eat a bit as dessert when you’re stuffed already.

When it’s very sweet, it’s only suitable when you’re stuffed as dessert.)


More complex doesn’t seem necessary. Works even without exercising.

It’s a bit counter-intuitive: want to lose fat, eat fat. But it seems to work.

My favorite drink is water. Some people dislike the taste. They could add a bit of apple vinegar or CO2 bubbles or some herbs perhaps.

I don’t know what happens if you add all kinds of junk or fake foods like Cola or meat, fish, eggs, milk, etc. to this diet. Maybe, it still holds?

(Rule of thumb: If stuff needs a lot of sugar, salt or spices, it’s junk.)

Only, mind you, even when you don’t have an appetite anymore, eat once a day enough good food. It should be your pleasure and pride.

One day a week (always the same day), you can eat whatever you want. Your body won’t be able to process this stuff it’s not used to.

Does this work for you too?

Start already now, before and on Passover. Please note: regular matzah is like white bread. This is particularly important for the Seder Evening with so much matzah to eat and in the Galut, where Jews have 2 Seders and 10-11 matzoth meals. But, whole-wheat or fiber-rich matzoth are the solution and also matzah shmurah is whole-wheat! Happy Holidays!

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * NEW: To see other blog posts by him, his overspill blog you can reach by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture at the head of every post. There you may find precursors to later TOI blog posts, addition or corrections of published TOI blog posts, blog posts the TOI will not carry, and some thoughts that are too short to be a TOI blog post. Also, the TOI only allows for one blog post per blogger per 24 hours. Sometimes, he has more to say than that. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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