Mayo Clinic offers New Year's diet

Grapefruit, bacon, cabbage soup: They’re impostors, staples of fad diets billed as Mayo Clinic weight-loss plans but never endorsed by the medical institution.

The real Mayo Clinic diet was released in book form last week after years of research, just in time for New Year’s resolutions. “The Mayo Clinic Diet” (Good Books, $25.99) kicks off with “Lose It,” a two-week phase in which dieters follow the guidelines outlined below to safely lose as many as six to 10 pounds.


 • Eat a healthy breakfast, but don’t eat too much.

 • Eat at least 3 to 4 servings of vegetables and fruits a day.

 • Eat whole grains, such as whole-grain bread.

 • Eat healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts.

 • Walk or exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.


 • Don’t watch TV while eating, and spend no more time watching TV than you do exercising.

 • Eat no sugar except what is naturally found in fruit.

 • Eat no snacks except vegetables and fruits.

 • Limit the amount of meat and low-fat dairy that you eat.

 • Eat no restaurant food unless it fits in the diet program.


 • Keep records of what you eat.

 • Keep records of your physical activity.

 • Walk or exercise at least 60 minutes a day.

 • Eat mostly fresh foods and healthy frozen or canned foods.

 • Write down your daily goals.



Juice and Jammies Story Time: Story time begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1530 Black Lake Blvd. S.W., Olympia. Call 360-534-0388.

Hip Hop Class: Middle schoolers will learn hip-hop routines, then perform for other middle school-aged kids. Class is from 12:40-2:30 p.m. today as well as Jan. 27, Feb. 10 and 24, and March 10 at Tumwater Middle School, 6335 Littlerock Road S.W., Tumwater. Cost is $45. Call Stephanie Klein at 360-754-4160 for additional information.


“Murderers:” Gerald, Lucy, and Minka are all murderers, living and working in the Riddle Key Retirement Community in Florida. Join them for a killer evening of three stories filled with revenge and irony by master playwright Jeffrey Hatcher. This dark comedy is suitable for teens and older. Shows begin at 7:55 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, as well as Jan. 21-23, and at 1:55 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 24 at Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave. N.E. Single tickets are $10 for Thursdays and $12 for Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. For more information, go to

Today in History

In 1864, composer Stephen Foster died in New York at age 37.

In 1910, opera was experimentally broadcast on radio for the first time as Lee De Forest transmitted a performance of “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “Pagliacci” from the stage of New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

In 1990, L. Douglas Wilder of Virginia became the nation’s first elected black governor as he took the oath of office in Richmond.

In 1999, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stepped aside as chief executive and promoted company president Steve Ballmer to the position.