... When you referred to the "list"
In my comment above, where did I say "list"? I can't find the word. Maybe I am going blind.
- were you talking about the lists of starches, vegetables and fruits from the McDougall Diet.
Which diet? Here are the four McDougall Program diets that I know about:
- Regular, which is what I suspect Dr. McDougall meant in his message to you.
- Maximum Weight Loss.
- Mary's Mini.
- Elimination Diet, rarely used, and then only as a diagnostic tool to discover foods that might trigger allergies, and so forth. This is very difficult and unpleasant. Do not try it until after trying the regular diet, minus wheat and soy, as Dr. McDougall apparently suggested to you.
Most of the fruits and vegetables I'm most fond of and eat most often, weren't listed. I wondered why that was - can I still eat all of the fruits and vegetables that I love so much!?
Do they meet the requirements for the McDougall regular diet?
Also, I read that all fruits and vegetables should be eaten cooked? Is this a practice I should follow?
No, that is only for the Elimination Diet.
I eat a lot of raw fruits and vegetables and make a lot of green smoothies - can I still do this?
No, smoothies are not part of the McDougall Program regular diet, so far as I know.
I drink Almond milk - can I still do this?
Not a whole food. I wouldn't consume it.
I also read no oils or butter of any kind - what do you normally use when cooking. Have you found that you don't need oils or butters?
I use only water and heat.
Lastly, do you snack between your three meals? Can I snack on fruits or vegetables?
Your meal scheduling is completely your choice. Some snack all day. Others eat only two meals and no snacks. Some eat six meals. Your choice.
My husband is taking me grocery shopping - should I focus on starting off with about 6 starches, 6 vegetables and 6 fruits to get started.
Or five or 22 or whatever you want to do. I would also suggest getting a variety of forms: some fresh, some frozen, some canned or bottled.