Best Eggplant Lasagna Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free!

Best Eggplant Lasagna Recipe – Low Carb and Gluten Free!

eggplant lasagna recipeAn eggplant lasagana recipe without noodles ?  Of course!  The eggplant slices in my family’s Best Eggplant  Lasagna Recipe are much better than noodles. That makes this healthy eggplant lasagna recipe also Gluten Free.

I have been making this healthy Eggplant Lasagna recipe for many years, even for company.  Without noodles, I knew it would be low in carbs, but now that I am doing a low carb food plan as a committed lifestyle, I thought I would enter my recipe into MyFitnessPal to see what the actual results are. They are at the bottom of the recipe below.

Also people are always asking me for this recipe, so now I have it written down.  One of my teenagers is a vegetarian and even they love this Eggplant Lasagna recipe.  That makes it a winner in my books!  This version has no meat, and so this is also a great meal for Meatless Mondays.

I have made this with both the regular big purple eggplants that you see in the stores, as low carb eggplant lasagna well as the long and narrow Japanese eggplants.  They  both work fine for this recipe and are equally tasty.

Cooking Tip:  For the large purple eggplants, I usually slice them thin, sprinkle with salt and then soak them in a bowl of ice cold water while I assemble all the other ingredients.  My mother always did this and she said it drew out any bitter flavor in the eggplant.  I wonder if she used a different type of eggplant because honestly, I have done it without and I can’t taste the difference in the recipe.  But I am letting you know about this in case the eggplants in your area have a bitter taste.

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Ingredients for my Best Eggplant Lasagna Recipe (Six large servings)

  • 1 large eggplant, sliced very thin
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheese, grated
  • 1 ½ cup Low Carb pasta sauce
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

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How to Layer the Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

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  • Slice the eggplant as thin as you can in rounds. If you own one of these these fancy dancy mandoline slicers, then this would be an excellent way to get nice uniform slices.
  • If you want, follow my tip above the recipe about salting the eggplant.
  • In a bowl, beat the 2 eggs. Add the sour cream and the 1 cup of sharp grated cheese. Whisk until it looks like a creamy sauce. This is the filling.
  • In a large glass or silicon casserole dish, cover the bottom of the dish by spreading ½ cup of the tomato sauce. Put ½ of the eggplant slices on top of the sauce, overlapping the slices to make the first layer.
  • Spread the sour cream mixture over this first layer of eggplant slices. If I wasn’t making a vegetarian version for my son, this is where I would add a layer of hamburger crumbles.
  • Overlap the rest of the eggplant slices on top of the filling. Spread the remaining 1 cup tomato sauce on top of this.
  • Finally, sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top.
  • Bake for about 45 minutes at about 350F or until cheese is brown and bubbling.

And best of all for my healthy eggplant lasagna recipe there are only 300 calories and 7 net carbs.  Hope you enjoy it!

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Cheesy, low carb, gluten free Eggplant Lasagna

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Plexus Slim Pink Drink – What You Want to Know!

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Plexus Ambassador Sara Neal talks about why she tried Plexus Slim Pink Drink

I am a 34 year old, married mother to two little boys and hope to have more babies in the future.  My body was starting to tell me otherwise with closer menstrual cycles, low energy, mood, terribly achy feet, loss of hair, and weight that just wouldn’t budge. 

I have two toddlers to run after which accounts for my energy levels, but the loss of time between menstrual cycles, loss of hair, and terribly achy feet pointed me to do lots of research.

After going through two Whole 30’s and eating Paleo for some time, I knew it had to be a bigger issue when my cycle wouldn’t regulate, my feet still ached, and the weight just wasn’t coming off.  What I came away with was inflammation and hormone imbalance.  I am a lover of whole foods, non GMO and organic whenever possible.  I do not drink soda, or a ton of caffeine, and eat a pretty balanced diet.  Plexus has the products that I, and so many others, have been waiting for.  They are filling the gaps.

What can Plexus Do For You?

Plexus is not a quick-fix. It will not make you drop weight overnight or pump you full of caffeine to give you a huge surge of energy and no appetite. What Plexus is is a company that promotes a healthy gut. The pleasant side effect is that you tend to lose weight after getting your gut healthy.

Gut health is everywhere in the news, and for good reason! They call the gut your “second brain” and most autoimmune disorders, allergies, skin conditions, and behavioral issues stem from too much bad bacteria in the gut and inflammation throughout the body. Research is coming out every day that points us back to the gut.

Plexus Slim Pink Drink

Originally created for diabetics, Slim, aka “the pink drink” stabilizes blood sugars, can regulate cholesterol, and plexus slim pink drinkbalance your blood pressure. It is all natural and has no artificial ingredients. Sweetened with stevia and Lo Han, I think it tastes like a fruit punch or cherry flavored beverage. It is colored by beet root extract and comes in a pouch to be mixed into 8oz of water and drank first thing in the morning, 30 minutes before breakfast. It stabilizes my blood sugar throughout the day, and I find that I do not have the 4pm tired and snacky feeling anymore.

Plexus Slim – BioCleanse

BioCleanse oxygenates the whole body, helps to cleanse the gastro-intestinal tract, energizes the body, supports collagen production, neutralizes acidic conditions, and helps to relieve constipation. Most people are deficient in magnesium, vitamin C, and bioflavonoids, and BioCleanse can aid in nutritional balance. As of October 29, 2015, BioCleanse will no longer use grapefruit in their BioCleanse but instead orange peel to better serve those who cannot have grapefruit due to certain medications. I find that BioCleanse keeps my intestinal tract moving and really works in harmony to help me sleep better due to the magnesium.

Plexus Slim – ProBio5

ProBio5 is Plexus’ probiotic with enzymes. This is, hands-down, the best probiotic I have ever taken. Plexus’ ProBio5 contains 5 beneficial strands of good bacteria, enzymes, intestinal flora, B6, and grape seed extract. ProBio5 contains Chitosanase and can actually break-through the wall (chitin) of candida to destroy it. Most people have candida overgrowth and don’t even know it. Do you suffer from bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, food reactions and allergies, environmental allergies, anxiety, reoccurring irritability, heartburn, indigestion, lethargy, acne, dry/flaky/itchy skin, nail fungus, jock itch, migraine headaches, reoccurring cystitis/vaginal infections, premenstrual tension, and menstrual problems? Do you see how this list goes on and on?

Plexus Slim – X Factor

To amplify your absorption of whole foods and any supplement you take, I have found the X Factor by Plexus to be stellar. They have a patented aloe blend to aid in absorption by 300-400% when taking their vitamin. I sure can tell a difference when taking it. My hair grows like crazy, as do my nails, my skin is fresh looking, and my energy is even higher. The X Factor vitamin also contains New Zealand Blackcurrant which is shown to contain a powerful amount of antioxidants and vitamins in and of itself.

Plexus Slim – Mega X

Finally I want to share with you the Mega X. Mega X combines the benefits of Omega 3, 6, 9, 5 and 7 all in one sustainable ALA, SDA-rich, heart and brain health softgel. This is plant-based coming from the AHIFLOWER oil. You will get the full benefits of all 3, 6, 9, 5 and 7 and no gross fish burps.

Plexus Slim Side Effects

When you take control over your own body some crazy things happen.  When taking Plexus Slim products you might plexus slim side effectshave some candida die-off, or go through a detox process.  These are normal and what some may call a “side-effect.”  You will probably have these Plexus Slim side effects when aggressively treating candida overgrowth.  It’s perfectly normal.  After awhile you will notice that inches are disappearing, and the number on the scale is coming down, you will see cheek bones and collar bones, and clothes will become looser.  For some it happens right away, for others it takes longer.  You might even notice other things first like, pain is no longer an issue, sleep comes easier to you, more energy during the day, cravings subside, clearer skin, stable mood and blood sugars, and so many more.  Plexus is working on your insides to then be able to show you results on the outside. 

The beauty of the Plexus products is that they are totally customizable.  Working with your Ambassador will guide you through these stages.  Everyone takes different Plexus products, at different times of the day, and at varying amounts.    I encourage all of my customers to write down goals, take pictures for body comparison of before and after, take measurements, and to frequently look at your goals, pictures, and measurements to see how far they’ve come.

I am now on the path to health.  My feet don’t ache like they used to, I am seeing a change in the scale and tape measurer, my energy is up, my cycle has regulated, and my hair is growing back.  I feel fantastic, and I want you to also!

plexus slim pink drinkAs an Ambassador for Plexus Worldwide,  I would love to be on your journey with you.  At the bottom of this article is my website and on my website is my phone number. My desire is to be an encouragement to you and walk you through this.  It’s not a quick fix, but it’s worth the journey to better health. I want you to experience what I have experienced.  We can talk through what is going on and customize a plan just for you.

Plexus offers a 60 day, money-back guarantee to their retail and preferred customers.  This is a company that 100% stands behind their products.  You honestly have nothing to lose, except maybe some inflammation, pain, inches, weight…  You get the idea.

Will you join me?

Sara Neal
Plexus Ambassador #488375
Buy Plexus Products Here
425.879.7413

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Get Fit at Home with the VIPR Fitness Training!

Vipr Fitness EquipmentVIPR Fitness Equipment for Working Out at Home

Recently I was introduced to a fairly new piece of fitness equipment called the ViPR. (pronounced Viper). When I first laid eyes on it I had no idea that this Vipr fitness tube  was such a cool and versatile piece of equipment!

I was privileged to be able to try it for the first time at The Body Exchange, a bootcamp program that is exclusive to plus size women. One of the cool things about this place (currently they only have locations in BC) is how cutting edge they are with their workouts. Once you try a VIPR, you will be asking your own gym to get a few!

What is VIPR fitness training? Honestly,  the vipr fitness tube looks like a large rubber tube. And it is, but therein lies the simplicity! This ‘large rubber tube’ can help you perform an almost unlimited number of movements and exercises that simulate real life situations.

So, in reality, it is more than just an exercise tube. The vipr fitness tubes are weighted and come in several weights, lengths and diameters. They have hand grips in several locations on the tube.

Since a picture (or a video!) is worth a thousand words, watch this to get an idea. Honestly, it’s hard to describe just how versatile and fun the VIPR is!

Benefits of  VIPR Fitness Training

In my opinion the VIPR fitness tube is safer and easier to use than free weights. As you saw in the video, it enables you to simulate many everyday types of movement such as pulling, lifting, dragging, reaching and twisting. Because of the weight distribution of the VIPR, those movements are smoother (and thus safer) than when done with free weights.

Plus it makes you feel like a gladiator!Vipr Fitness Tube

The biggest problem with the VIPR is that it’s hard to find. Only the specialized gyms or higher end gyms have these things due to their priciness. Finally, finally they are now available on Amazon but for now I can only add this Vipr Exercise tube to my wish list.

I also would love to see a home DVD with a Vipr training workout, I’m sure that will come at some point.  In the meantime there is an app called  Virtual Trainer ViPR available if you are lucky enough to own this amazing piece of equipment.

Have you seen or tried out a VIPR fitness tube? If not, what is your favorite piece of equipment?

Meet the Hula Hoop Girl and Owner of Ruby Hooping

I recently met Ruby Linz, a fellow blogger who is obsessed with hula hooping! So I have started calling her Hula Hoop Girl, but even luckier for you, I convinced her to write about it here for you guys!! :-) But honestly, wait until you read how she practices fitness as a plus size woman, and how much weight she has lost with hula hooping!

Also, her love of hooping has turned into a business!  She now makes customs hoops which you can special order from RubyHooping!

hula hoop girlRuby Linz – Hula Hoop Girl!

The best part about hula hooping is that it’s so much fun, it doesn’t even feel like exercise. The calories burned are just icing on the cake! Mmmm, cake.

Alright so, I’m a plus size woman and I’m a hula hooper. I love talking about the many health benefits of hula hooping, but I’m especially happy about this opportunity to talk specifically about plus size women and hula hooping. I hope that telling my story will inspire other plus size women to learn how to hula hoop.

Before I started hula hooping, I had my eye on it for a while. I knew a few girls in my greater circle of acquaintances that were hula hoop girls, and I always thought that the many dance moves you can perform with a hula hoop were fascinatingly beautiful. But I couldn’t even get the hoop to go around my waist more than once before it crashed to the ground. I figured hula hooping was not something that plus size women like me could do successfully.

My mindset on that started to change at the beginning of this year, when I joined a gym and started working out five days a week. It only took a few weeks of that for the endorphins to start kicking in, and I could already feel my body responding well to the exercise. I felt fitter, lighter, more energized, and above all, more confident. I suddenly became aware for the first time in my life that I could indeed be a fit woman while still being plus size, and that my weight did not have to be the barrier that I was allowing it to be in my life. I was no longer going to be able to convince myself that only skinny girls can hula hoop.

So, that little flicker in the back of my mind of becoming a hula hoop girl started to slowly grow. Then one day, I was browsing through a department store on my lunch hour and happened to walk past a glittering display of hula hoops in a rainbow of colors. I grabbed one in a courageous impulse and gleefully raced back to my office to try the hoop out. I was disappointed to find that, as I’d suspected, I couldn’t keep the hoop going for more than a couple of rotations. But that wasn’t enough to stop me anymore. I now had the confidence to truly know that I could teach my body how to hula hoop and become the lovely hula hoop girl I dreamed of being.

So to make a long story short, I went home and got on Google and started reading everything I could get my hands on about hula hoops. I read about how to hula hoop, how ruby hoopingto make a hula hoop, and how to do hula hoop tricks. I learned all about the fitness aspects of hula hooping. I watched a few instructional videos on how to hula hoop, and before long, I was doing it! Within just a few days, I was able to keep the hoop going indefinitely and felt ready to start thinking about learning some basic hula hoop tricks.

I know that if I can learn how to hula hoop, anyone can. I could never do it as a child, so I learned for the first time at age 30!

Health Benefits of Hula Hooping

I was, of course, pleased to also find that hula hooping helps you lose weight and tones your midsection like nobody’s business. I have never been happy with the way my middle looks or feels, but ever since I started hula hooping, I notice more and more each day that I am enjoying how my hips and stomach feel strong and tight when I walk, and I actually like my reflection in the mirror.

Also, I have received so many wonderful compliments about how small my waist is since I’ve been hula hooping. Truth be told, hula hooping helped me lose about 90 pounds so far. Even though I am still a curvy, thick woman, my body looks and feels so much more fit than it ever has, largely thanks to hula hooping.

hula hooping for weight lossHonestly, hula hooping is the only form of exercise aside from yoga that has ever ignited this kind of passion within me. I don’t think of my hooping sessions as workouts. I genuinely look forward to them because they are a pleasurable part of my day. I never have to force myself to hula hoop, as I sometimes have to force myself to go to the gym. And because there are so many things you can learn to do with your hoop, it can take many years to become a true hooping master.

Just spend a few minutes on Youtube watching hooping videos, and you’ll quickly realize how hula hooping can keep your interest for a very long time. There will always be a new trick to learn, a new goal to achieve with your hoop. That keeps me motivated each and every day. And there’s just nothing else in the world that makes me feel the way I do when I am dancing with my hoop. Pick a song I love, design a routine to it, and then it’s just me and my hoop, celebrating the swing of my hips and the elegance of my curves.

There are so many other benefits I’ve enjoyed since learning how to hula hoop. I personally enjoy the meditative quality of hooping. There is something very calming and relaxing about the rhythm of the hoop rotating around you. When you are hula hooping, you’re not thinking about how you’re going to pay your bills or what to make for dinner. All your mind concerns itself with is the rhythm of the hoop. You are in a highly enjoyable, meditative flow state. These days, many doctors and other health professionals recommend meditation on a regular basis for reduced stress and anxiety. Clearing your mind and allowing it to rest regularly makes it easier to handle all the stuff life throws at you each and every day. So when you hoop, you’re not only getting your body in shape, but you’re improving your mental health, as well!

I truly hope this blog post has inspired many of you fitness-conscious plus size women out there like me to give hula hooping a try. Don’t do like I did for so long and dismiss it as an exercise not suitable for your body type. The truth is, hula hooping is perfect for plus size fitness, and it will inspire you in ways you never dreamed of before.

Thanks so much for reading! – Ruby Linz

Interested in Ruby’s Custom made for you hoops? Check out her Hoop Shop!  Add Hula Hooping to your fitness routine and do it in style!

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Ruby’s Custom Hoops

 

Low Carb Chocolate Fudge for Valentines

Low Carb Chocolate Fudge for Valentines!

Low Carb Chocolate FudgeValentines Day is one of those times when candy and in particular chocolate, reigns supreme!  As followers of Keto and/or low carb, we have it pretty easy because we can use natural fats like butter and coconut oil.  As far as making yummy desserts, to me it is much easier to make a low carb chocolate than a low fat chocolate.  Both can be done, but the low carb tastes better to me!

This fudge works out to 2 grams of carbs per serving.  I made them in a full size silicone heart shaped muffin pan and then cut them up after.  I am going to find some mini heart silicone pans, that would be way cute!

I only use Silicone pans for a project like this because you can so easily pop out the fudge.  These are the greatest invention ever!

A note about the sweetness level.  With the recipe as given below, it ends up tasting somewhere between bittersweet and semi-sweet, which is what I prefer.  If you like your chocolate fudge to be sweet, either start with semi-sweet chocolate or use more sweetener than I did.

Also, if you are counting carbs, then be aware that the powdered sweeteners like Splenda do have a higher carb count than the liquids like Sweet n Low.  I use the zero carb SweetLeaf Stevia myself, its just my preference.  If you don’t care at all about carb counts, and are just looking for a diabetic friendly fudge, then try the diabetic friendly Agave syrup or go ahead and use Splenda or Truvia Baking Blend .  I don’t use a lot of sweeteners as a general rule, but it is nice to have a treat like this once in awhile.

Here is the recipe for Low Carb Chocolate Fudge: (I made it with walnuts because I like chocolate walnut anything!)

  • ½ c butter
  • ½ c coconut oil
  • 6 pieces of Bakers Unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ c heavy cream
  • Sweetener of choice to equal ½ cup.(be sure to read above re the sweetness level)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ c chopped walnuts (optional)

In a heavy pot on very low heat (or a double boiler) melt butter, coconut oil and chocolate.  Once melted add cream, sweetener and vanilla.  If using walnuts, stir them in.

Spoon mixture into 12 heart shaped silicone muffin cups.

Each heart will be 250 calories and only 2 carbs if you use either liquid Sweet N Low or the zero carb Stevia.

And well, it is Valentine’s Day and what could be tastier than some guilt free chocolate fudge!  Enjoy it!

Low Carb Chocolate Fudge

 

Marz Sprays Review – Is it a Scam?

Marz Sprays Review

It seems that a product called Marz Spray  is the latest weight loss offer to spam my mailbox.  I have never been hit this hard!  Have you had any of these emails flood your inbox lately?  I have had all of these and more JUST TODAY!  Check out these crazy headlines:

A simple spray of this right into your mouth has the same effects as a 90-min cardio workout.

Spraying this mist into your mouth causes your body to quickly burn more fat then EVER before without even changing what you eat or the amount of cardio exercise you do.

Remove Excess Body Fat With Just One Spray Into Your Mouth

One Spray a Day Keeps the Fat Away!

ABC News Exclusive!

New Weightloss spray endorsed by Sharktank !

Just spray once a day into your mouth and experience sudden/ rapid fat-loss.

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And of course, my very favorite:   **There is very limited inventory due to HIGH demand since being shown on ABC

So I am not saying at all that Marz Sprays is a scam.  But the people who are pushing it out there with those headlines, they are the scam.  Making false promises, no doubt trying to cash in on the New Year resolution crowd.

The only reason that I opened one of the emails to find out what it was is because of the Shark Tank reference.  It is one of my favorite shows and I figured there had to be something to this if they were involved.

And yes, Marz Sprays is a legitimate company that was featured on Shark Tank and got some of their financial backing.  They make various sprays such as vitamin boosters, sleep enhancers, energy boosters and the infamous weight loss spray.  It is simply a spray shot that gives you a high dose of B12 and other supplements known to enhance weight loss efforts.

What is in the Marz Weight Loss Spray?

According to their product information on their site, the Slim Spray contains popular ingredients such as Green Tea, Acai Berry, an assortment of vitamins including B12 and chromium picolinate.  It is also sugar and gluten free.  So this is actually a great supplement for a weight loss regime.  It’s too bad that the crazy internet marketers have got a hold of this and use their tactics to make a legitimate company look bad.

And I tell you, there is not a limited supply.  They sell Marz Spray  on Amazon so if you marz weight loss sprayreally did want to try it you could get one bottle to see if you like it or not.  The scammers that are emailing me are trying to get my credit card number of course so they can send me some kind of automatic shipment of this so called very limited product.  Ha, don’t fall for it!

And honestly, a weight loss spray?  I have been desperate at times, and frankly, I love to try new things in the hopes that one day I really will stumble across that diet miracle cure.  This is a supplement , not a miracle.

Honestly, you are much better off just exercising more and eating healthy.  I’m a huge fanmarz sprays of eating plans along the lines of Ketogenic, Paleo, and Mediterranean.   These eating plans focus on eating real and natural foods and moving more, just like our much thinner ancestors used to do.  Perhaps the Marz spray could be a good supplement, but that is not what those headlines are promising.

Don’t start your year off with this kind of false hope.  Just. Eat. Real. Food.

All the best to your optimum health in 2014!

Low Carb and Gluten Free Easy Cauliflower Casserole

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Low Carb and Gluten Free Easy Cauliflower Casserole

I have a dilemma sometimes when it comes to cooking.  My teenage son is a vegetarian, my oldest daughter is gluten free and I am Paleo, Low carb and Ketogenic! In fact, I have an entire site dedicated to the Ketogenic lifestyle.  That usually means there is meat involved in my meal.  So when I come across a baked cauliflower recipe that can be eaten as a meal by my veggie son, and it is also cheesy good and low carb, and I can simply add some more protein to mine, well I have to give it a try!

I came across the recipe on Pinterest and traced it down to a paleo site called The Iron You.  Thanks Iron You, this is a fantastic recipe that I will make again!  One of the things that makes this low carb cauliflower recipe so good is the caramelized veggies. I did tweak it a bit to get my ketogenic ratios up, but that is no matter, you can follow the original or add a side salad.

Here is my slightly changed version of this healthy cauliflower casserole recipe, made a little more Keto.

Low Carb Easy Cauliflower Casserole

  • 1 head cauliflower, broken into bite site florets
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 large onion, cut into rings
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c sour cream
  • 1/2 c grated sharp cheddar
  • 1/2 c grated parmesan
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions For Easy Cauliflower Recipe

  1. Heat oven to 425.  Take a casserole dish and rub with a small amount of butter or oil.
  2. Place cauliflower florets into dish in single layer.
  3. Drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, toss and turn the cauliflower, then bake another 15 minutes.  The florets should be nicely browned. (Don’t skip this step of roasting the cauliflower, it really makes the dish!)
  5. In a large bowl beat eggs, cheddar and sour cream, set aside.
  6. In large frying pan, saute mushrooms in 1 tbsp oil until they are browning.  Add onion rings and cook until transparent, then add garlic and cook a minute or so more.
  7. Add the cooked cauliflower florets into frying pan and toss around until well combined.  Add all these vegetables into the big bowl of sour cream mixture, mix well and place back into the casserole dish.  Top with the parmesan cheese.
  8. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for 10 more minutes.  Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

My son absolutely loved this dish!  It was creamy, cheesy and the roasting of the cauliflower gave it much flavor!  I will be making this again and again.

This made 8 servings:  Calories 146, Carbs 8, Fat 9, Protein 8, Fibre 2

(I had it the next day for lunch and I put bacon on top.  Mind blown.)

This easy cauliflower recipe is suitable for Atkins, The 100 diet, Ketogenic, gluten free and any other low carb diet plan.

 

The Hamptons Diet

the Hamptons DietThe Hamptons Diet

When I think of the Hamptons, I think of the rich and wealthy lounging in their summer beach homes.  This diet book written by Fred Pescatore, MD is a little bit like that actually!

It is basically a low carb version of the Mediterranean Diet.  The book differentiates itself from other low carb diets in it’s high use of Macadamia nut oil.  Dr. Pescatore recommends this oil over the olive oil that is common in the Mediterranean due  to it’s perfect 1:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids.  Fair enough.  Monounsaturated oils have been shown to raise HDLs (good cholesterol) and lower tryglycerides.

So for those who love the Mediterranean Diet and the fact that the medical community also loves it, but are carbohydrate sensitive, then The Hamptons Diet could have something to offer you.

Where it falls down a little bit for me, is that the recipes that are shared in this book are really high end and somewhat too gourmet for me.  As a working girl, I ain’t got time for that!

Pros and Cons of The Hamptons Diet

Pros

  • The plan eliminates all the junk and bad for you carbs
  • Monounsaturated fats are a mainstay of this diet
  • Your doctor would very likely support this diet

Cons

  • This is not a very budget friendly diet
  • Dr. Pescatore seems overly obsessed with macadamia nut oil

But, if you are looking for a healthier way to do a low carb program, this may the book for you.

Comment below with your experiences with low carb or macadamia nut oil. Or what are you doing to stay healthy?

 

The Hamptons Diet: Lose Weight Quickly and Safely with the Doctor’s Delicious Meal Plans

 

Organic Macadamia Oil Pure – 16 oz,(Now Foods)

 

The Hamptons Diet Cookbook: Enjoying the Hamptons Lifestyle Wherever You Live

Skinny Fiber Weight Loss

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What exactly is Skinny Fiber and how does it work?

Skinny Fiber is a diet supplement that I kept hearing about on all the social media.  Mostly I ignored the buzz because I am not really a ‘take pills’ kind of person and the idea of diet pills bothered me.  But I started seeing people who I knew and trusted getting results with it so it seemed like a good candidate for a review here on this site.

I do not sell Skinny Fiber diet pills, and make no money by telling you about it here on this page. 

Skinny Fiber is not a diet pill in the way I was thinking, like those ones that cause you to feel like you are all hepped up on something.  Basically Skinny fiber diet pills contain enzymes and fiber that help to make you feel full so that you eat less. Pretty simple concept.

Skinny Fiber pills contain the following enzymes: Protease, Amylase, Lipase, Papain, Glucomylase

Skinny Fiber pills also contain:

  • Glucomannan – the fiber that keeps you full
  • Caralluma extracts – all natural appetite suppressant
  • Cha De Bugre – natural metabolism booster

Pros and Cons of Skinny Fiber Pills

Pros

  • Ingredients are all natural
  • Plenty of online Support Groups
  • No diet to go on or weighing and measuring of food

Cons

  • Some people report feeling too full

Since I have not tried this myself, I solicited the following testimonial from Amanda Hardester, who has so far lost 40 lbs using Skinny Fiber Diet Pills. Amanda has a support group on Facebook that you can join here.  I was especially struck by the change in her complexion in the after picture below, she is glowing!

Amanda’s story

I started my journey in February, and have had many ups and downs. I have lost weight, gained it back, and lost again. I started drinking soda, and eating stupid after I had worked so hard. “OK…Dust your butt off Amanda..Get back at it..”
Skinny Fiber is not a magical, cure-all, diet supplement.  If you expect to take it for a week, and lose tons of weight overnight; than it is not for you.
If you are ready to commit to making a healthier lifestyle change, than I believe with all of my heart that it can help you. It is discouraging to diet and exercise for years; only to see the same weight that depresses you as you look in the mirror every day. Taking the plunge to try Skinny Fiber, filtering through the good and bad reviews, researching the product, and starting this journey was one of the toughest, and best things that I have ever done. Skinny Fiber did not do this FOR me! I put the effort forth to better myself, and SKINNY FIBER HELPS! It is all-natural. No artificial ingredients or stimulants! Skinny Fiber is plant-based, with no additives! It gently boosts your metabolism, and targets hard to lose fat areas.
Before my weight loss journey began, I experienced several health issues. Fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, and a major surgery to remove a tumor in my right ovary among other issues. Recovering from that surgery was a turning point for me. I hit an all time peak on the scale, had no energy, and averaged regular ER trips for the migraines most of my adult life.
Since losing weight, 40lbs since February, I am no longer taking Topamax for my migraines, (Have had 2 migraines since Feb) have way more energy, have clearer skin, and am coping better with my Fibromyalgia. (Definitely more good fibro days than bad ones for me.) I am down from a 22/24 to an 18/20. Obesity can be at the root of many health issues; and now that the weight is coming off a little bit at a time, I feel like I am taking my LIFE back! Every one has different results with Skinny Fiber, so my testimony may not be the same as yours; but when you commit to change—Nothing is unattainable if you give it time!
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The Mediterranean Diet – a Heart Healthy Food Plan!

the Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is not a diet as in “go on a diet”, rather it is a way of life and a way of eating that could promote optimal health and weight loss.  It has actually been recognized as a way of eating by the medical profession since the 1940’s.  However, it was not until the 1990’s that it became a mainstream model as a healthy plan of eating.  It still continues to make health news headlines today as a diet that lowers cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes.  As little as two weeks ago, this diet was credited for reversing stroke risk in Heart.org, a journal for cardiologists.

And all this despite that this diet is not a low fat or low sodium diet!

The Mediterranean diet secret may lie in the abundant use of Virgin Olive Oil.  Olive oil contains a very high level of monounsaturated fat, including oleic acid which has been linked to a reduction in the risk of heart disease.  Other characteristics of this diet include a high consumption of fruits, vegetables and unrefined grains,  a moderate consumption of fish, dairy and red wine, and a low consumption of red meat.

Add to this, that with the exception of city dwellers, the people of this area lead a much more physically active lifestyle and you have a great model for healthy living in general.

Pros and Cons of The Mediterranean Dietmediterranean food list

Pros

  • Real whole foods that we can easily obtain
  • The whole family can enjoy this healthy way of eating
  • It is not a ‘diet’, it is a healthy lifestyle, therefore easier to maintain.

Cons

  • This is not about the diet, but more of a perception that people have.  I have seen people who feel that a plate of pasta and a bottle of wine ‘qualifies’ as a healthy ‘Mediterranean diet’ meal.
  • People want instant gratification and because this is not a fast weight loss diet, it is a long term way of eating to promote health, people tend to abandon it in favor of a crash diet.

 

If you would like to obtain some free articles and a newsletter concerning The Mediterranean Diet, you can get those here.

I have a co-worker who is Italian and has managed to stay very slim all of her life.  She grew up eating the Mediterranean foods as a natural way of eating and is very liberal with olive oils, avocado and other natural fats.  I love eating at her place and to me she is a living testament of how Mediterranean meals can be a way of life and a very healthy and enjoyable one at that!

Check below for some recommended books on getting the Mediterranean foods into your life!

The Mediterranean Prescription: Meal Plans and Recipes to Help You Stay Slim and Healthy for the Rest of Your Life The Mediterranean Diet for Beginners: The Complete Guide – 40 Delicious Recipes, 7-Day Diet Meal Plan, and 10 Tips for Success Genco Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 1 Gallon

 

The Engine 2 Diet

Engine 2 DietThe Engine 2 Diet

When I first heard the term ‘Engine 2’ Diet, I immediately thought of fire engines and big, burly firemen and lots of beefcake.  I mean beef.  Sorry, the mind wanders at times.

At any rate,  I was quite surprised to see that the Engine 2 Diet is a plant based diet, in other words no beef or meat of any kind.

The Engine 2 Diet was created by firefighter Rip Esselstyn to assist members of his Austin, Texas fire department to get back into shape.  Vegetarians don’t normally impress me much, as I see a lot of vegetarian junk food being eaten.  Coke and fries may not have meat, but that is not a meal!

But this is different in that it is whole foods based (no processed junk) and also low fat.  Dieters are encouraged to cut out vegetable oils and anything that has more than 2.5 grams of fat per 100 calories.

There are two phases of the program, you can do the ‘firefighter’ version and go all in, or you can do the ‘fire cadet’ version and ease into this new way of eating.  Either way, the dieter is encouraged to have their bloodwork checked and go on their 28 day challenge and then recheck the bloodwork.

Pros and Cons of The Engine 2 Diet

Pros

A low fat, plant based diet can lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes and heart disease

This is not a weigh & measure diet (but certain foods are off the menu.)

Promotes a long term way of eating for the whole family as opposed to a diet.

Cons

Unless you are really committed to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, this is hard to stick to.

Might be too low fat to stave off hunger

 

Interestingly, my own son has been a vegetarian for 7 years and he is strong and healthy.  He is an air cadet and goes on weekend survival trips and just does not eat meat for ethical reasons. I could definitely see him advocating The Engine 2 Diet!

The book outlines the 28 Day Challenge and has many recipes.  There are also some online resources out there on Facebook and Pinterest to keep you motivated.

 

The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

 

My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet–Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes

 

Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

The Master Cleanse Recipe and Directions

master cleanse recipe and directionsThe Master Cleanse Recipe and Directions

The Master Cleanse has been around for years and is a favorite of Hollywood stars needing to crash off 10 pounds fast for an event.  When Beyonce Knowles told Oprah that she lost 20 pounds for the filming of Dream Girls by following the Master Cleanse, sales of the ebook went crazy! We have the Master Cleanse Recipe and Directions for you right here!

It is basically like a juice fast except that for 10 days you drink 60 oz a day of the Master Cleanse Recipe.  The easiest way to do it is to get a big jug and make it either the night before or every morning.

I have to admit that I have tried the Master Cleanse a few times and crashed very quickly.  I had heard that it helps to get the book but I figured why do that when I had the recipe?  Well, because so many of my friends swear by it, I finally did break down and get the book and I’m glad I did.  I actually made it through a full 10 days and lost 18 pounds!

What’s Inside the Master Cleanse Secrets eBook?

Well, after reading the book I was motivated not only from a weight loss point of view, I was determined to cleanse master cleanse lemonade dietmy body of all that built up toxic waste.  There is a lot of detail in here about the health benefits of doing a cleanse and why we need to do this 2 or 3 times a year.  The ebook covers:

  • Reasons to cleanse and why it’s so important
  • Controlling hunger while on the Master Cleanse
  • Helpful secondary ingredients you can use on the cleanse to reduce side effects
  • A daily Master Cleanse schedule, the optimum times to have the lemonade and the secondary ingredients
  • Preparing your body and mind for the cleanse to get the best results
  • The best way to exit the Master Cleanse and keep the results you worked so hard for
  • Question and Answer section

I have to say that with all the extra information and motivation, the book really did help me last the 10 days. You can order yours here.  The great thing is that you get it right away as a download and don’t have to wait to get started on your prep work.

Master Cleanse Recipe and Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender (optional) or a large pitcher and stir. That is it!

You may also drink filtered water and mint tea.  Highly recommended is a nightly laxative tea, but that is pretty beyonce master cleanse recipe and directionsmuch it for the 10 days!

Most people quit The Master Cleanse on their first day and so I would highly recommend getting a copy of Raylen Sterling’s ebook.  She walks you through it step by step and gives a lot of extra tips and tricks to make it through.

Pros and Cons of the Master Cleanse

The Good Things

  • Rapid Weight Loss of 10-15 lbs in 10 days
  • Simple.  make your batch every morning and don’t have to worry about what to eat and how much
  • Inexpensive

The Not so Great

  • You will be very hungry the first couple days
  • Some people will experience fatigue, headaches and even nausea
  • Not sustainable for a long term diet. Yes, there are times when you need to crash off some pounds for an event.  As long as you go into it knowing that if you don’t change your eating habits, the weight will come back afterwards.  Treat it like a jump start to a new way of eating.

 Coombs Family Farms Pure Organic Grade A Maple Syrup, Dark Color, Robust Taste, 32-Ounce Simply Organic Cayenne Pepper Certified Organic, 2.89-Ounce Container Traditional Medicinals Organic Smooth Move Peppermint Tea, 16 Tea Bags

The Master Cleanse lemonade recipe itself tastes pretty good and you do get quite a few calories from the maple syrup to sustain you (about 1300 calories a day).

So this is doable, but still, I would pick a 10 day period where there is not too much going on so that you can focus on yourself and even sleep more if needed.

And make sure you do not have a wedding or banquet to attend in the middle of your cleanse!

Good luck and let us know how you make out in the comments below!

Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green Coffee beans are flying off the shelves both literally and in a cyber sense.  It seems that anything mentioned on the Dr. Oz show gets this kind of fame. (Remember Oprah and her book recommendations?)

Green coffee beans are coffee beans that have not been roasted.  These beans contain chlorogenic acid which apparently slows the release of glucose into the system.  A study that was published in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity claims that over 22 weeks participants lost more than 17 pounds without changing their diet and fitness routine.

Pros and Cons of Green Coffee Bean Extract

Pros

Weight loss supplement that appears to have some merit

You can get the Dr. Oz recommended variety from Amazon instead of ‘out there’.

Cons

Many scammers and hucksters out there charging double or more than they should

Reports of headaches and cramps but unclear if this is the fillers in the cheaper products

I am personally not crazy about the idea of weight loss supplements (but that is just my own opinion)

So for what it’s worth, Dr. Oz says to make sure your green bean coffee extract has the following:

  • Contains Svetol
  • No fillers and all natural ingredients
  • 50% chlorogenic acids
  • reputable seller with customer service (Amazon or other large company)

I have provided the link to one that meets this criteria. (NOTE) – Yes, there are cheaper bottles on Amazon than this one, but they will be missing one or more of the key ingredients listed above!


NutriGold Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract, Green Coffee Gold Featuring Clinically-Proven 100% Svetol, 90 Vegetarian Capsules


 

 

 

 

Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

miracle cabbage soup diet recipeRecipe for The Cabbage Soup Diet

This is the famous Original Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe.  Before we go any further, I have to tell you that there is nothing magical about this combination of foods.  Feel free to substitute.  I made the soup pictured here with green beans and kale substituted for the carrots to make it lower in carbs.

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a 7 day diet and this soup is eaten every day(along with your other foods).  If you truly follow this diet to the letter, you will need to make this soup twice.

Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

  • 6 green onions (also called spring onions or scallions)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 or 2 cans tomatoes
  • 3 carrots (I subbed in kale and green beans to keep it low carb)
  • 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms
  • small bunch celery
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 2-3 boullion cubes (I use this:Better than Bouillon)
  • 48 oz Low Sodium V8 or vegetable juice
  • seasonings to taste

(NOTE) Some recipes call for a pack of Lipton onion soup mix.  I never use it, it adds unnecessary crap and this tastes great without it.  Add a big tablespoon of Better than Bouillon instead.

Basically cut and chop everything up and cook in a large pot for a couple hours.  Easy peasy!

Not only can you use this recipe in The Cabbage Soup Diet, it can be used in any of the diets out there.  Hungry after a day of dieting? Eat a bowl of this soup.  Magic!

My kids eat this soup as well and they love it.  Add chicken or beef and take to work as a low carb lunch.  This soup is very versatile.

You can find more recipes for the Cabbage Soup diet in this inexpensive Kindle book: Cabbage Soup Recipes 2.0

The other great thing about the Cabbage Soup diet recipe is that you can eat this soup for several days and save a fortune on groceries!  A great budget stretcher.  I hope you like it!


Betterthan Bouillon-Vegetable Base Organic, 8-Ounce (Pack of 3) The New Cabbage Soup Diet Ecolution Elements Eco-Friendly 8 Quart Stock Pot with Glass Lid, Green

The Original Cabbage Soup Diet

Cabbage Soup DietThe Original Cabbage Soup Diet

I have to admit that I really like The Cabbage Soup Diet.  Not as a long term plan of eating, but more as a convenient, cheap and easy way to lose a few pounds in a hurry.

It’s only a 7 day diet, you  go on it, lose 10 pounds, fit into that ‘whatever’  and go on with your life!  Besides,  the cabbage soup recipe itself is really good and I make it quite often.  My kids love it as well!

Here is the Original 7 Day Cabbage Soup Diet Plan:

Day 1: Eat all the fruit you want (no bananas) and soup

Day 2: Eat all the vegetables you want (no starchy veggies) and soup.  For dinner add a baked potato with butter

Day 3: Eat all the fruit, vegetables and soup you want.  No bananas and no potatoes.

Day 4: Eat up to 8 bananas and drink as many glasses of skim milk as you want, along with your soup.

Day 5: Eat 10-20 oz of beef and up to 6 tomatoes.And soup. Extra water on this day.

Day 6: Unlimited beef and vegetables and soup.

Day 7: Brown rice, vegetables and soup.

Pros and Cons of The Original Cabbage Soup Diet:

Pros

  • Rapid weight loss (10-15 lbs)
  • No weighing and measuring, so easy to follow
  • Extremely budget friendly, especially in the fall!

Cons

  • Not meant for a long term food plan
  • Rapid weight loss can cause headaches, dizzyness.
  • The same soup every day can make you a little crazy

Click here for the recipe for the Cabbage Soup Diet.

Bottom Line

Yes, this is a crash diet.  But it can be a great kick starter to a long term plan to include more fruits and vegetables original cabbage soup dietinto your diet. The Cabbage Soup recipe itself has no magic, but it’s a great, economical staple soup to eat often.  And studies show that if you start your meal with soup, you will have less room for other less healthy food.

I also love how budget friendly this diet is.  So ya, I go on this diet here and there and I really like it!


The New Cabbage Soup Diet Cabbage Soup Diet 2.0: The Ultimate Guide – Black/White April 23, 2012 Woman’s World Turbo Cabbage Soup Diet

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread made with Coconut Flour and Flax

Nutiva Organic Coconut Flour, 3 lb.

Low carb diets are what works best for me, but like many people, sometimes I just really miss that bread!

I’m not a big bread person myself, but there are times when I really want it. Poached eggs right? You need something to soak up the yolk. BLT’s? Grilled cheese sandwich?

So when I came across this gluten free low carb bread recipe on Pinterest I decided I was going to give it a try. The secret is using coconut flour!

And besides, I was following very low carb The 100 Diet, and coconut flour is a freebie flour, so a great way to add some variety!

This recipe comes from a site called Joyful Abode.  Thanks to them for coming up with this!

Anyways, here is the recipe so you can make your own low carb bread:

Gluten Free Low Carb Bread with Coconut and Flax

  • 1 c coconut flour, sifted (I prefer this Organic Coconut Flour)
  • 1 c flax seeds, ground and sifted (I grind my own in a coffee grinder)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking soda

Pre-heat oven to 325.  Sift these first 4 ingredients into a bowl.low carb bread

  • 10 eggs
  • 1/2 c coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 c plain full fat yogurt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  1. Whisk the eggs, coconut oil, yogurt and vinegar in a large bowl.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. (Mine was very stiff)
  3. Put batter into a loaf pan.  I only use these silicone loaf pans now, the bread just pops right out!
  4. Bake for 50-60 minutes (Mine in the photo was baked for 60 minutes)
  5. Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes, then turn it out onto a board or wire rack to finish cooling.  Let it cool completely for cutting.

Sliced into 18 pieces, it is 6.5 carbs (for the 100 diet) per slice or 2.5 net carbs (for Atkins).

And of course this is what I had for breakfast the next morning!   Poached eggs on low carb bread, toasted. Oh yeah, baby!

TIP:  Toast the bread twice to get it crisp enough!

low carb bread

 

Coconut flour used to be hard to find and very pricey but check out the variety of brands and price points on Amazon.

This recipe can be used on: The 100 Diet, Atkins diet, Virgin Diet, Scarsdale Diet(Protein bread)

I hope you enjoy this low carb coconut flour bread! Let me know in the comments below!

 

 

Other ingredients you need for the gluten free low carb bread and staples for your pantry you can check out!


Now Foods Certified Organic Golden Flax Seeds, 16 ozs Bag, (Pack of 2)Nutiva Refined Coconut Oil, 54 oz.Bragg Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, 32 Ounce – 1 Pack

 

Dr. Bernstein Diet

Dr. Bernstein DietDr. Bernstein  Diet

This diet is a long time ‘weigh and pay’ program, having been around for 35 years.  It is a very low calorie, medically supervised plan that promises (and delivers) rapid weight loss.

Exercise is not required and they indicate you will lose about ¾ lb a day of only fat. That averages about 20 pounds plus per month!  Those results are astounding, but you do pay for them.  I spoke to a friend of mine who is currently doing this plan and she is paying over $1000 a month.

I honestly do not know how you can maintain muscle mass without exercise but this is their claim. I suspect that because it is so low calorie (about 800 calories a day) they may want to protect you from passing out!

Pros and Cons of Dr. Bernstein Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Medical supervision and coaching

Use of real foods

Cons

Cost is prohibitive for most people

Very low calorie and no exercise does not seem like you would learn how to do this long term

You have to live near a Dr. Bernstein clinic

 

I would love to hear people’s experience with this one.  Did you go through this program and successfully keep the weight off?

The books below are written by a different Dr. Bernstein, however it occurred to me that they would be more useful and affordable for most people and they have excellent reviews!


Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution: The Complete Guide to Achieving Normal Blood Sugars

The Diabetes Diet: Dr. Bernstein’s Low-Carbohydrate Solution

The Blood Sugar Solution Cookbook: More than 175 Ultra-Tasty Recipes for Total Health and Weight Loss


The Fast Metabolism Diet

Fast Metabolism DietThe Fast Metabolism Diet

This is a best selling diet book authored by Haylie Pomroy and featured on Dr. Oz, complete with an A list  celebrity clientele.  (I think I should create a category for this site for those diets featured by Dr. Oz!)

There is a caloric cycling element to this diet (although no calories are counted), so it’s more like a nutrient cycling.

Phase 1 : Two days of mostly fruits and carbs in the way of whole grains (think quinoa and brown rice)

Phase 2:  Two days of mostly dark green veggies and lean proteins such as fish and poultry

Phase 3: Three days of all of the above with the addition of good fats such as avocado, nuts, coconut oil and olive oil

Ms. Pomroy has an impressive list of credentials and described as a ‘Celebrity Nutritionist’.  There are extensive online resources such as Pinterest recipe boards, facebook groups and blogs.  She also sells a shake mix on her website that supports the Fast Metabolism Diet. I checked the ingredients and they look really good, especially compared to other shake mixes.  Definitely worth a look and the cost works out to less than $2 per serving.

Pros and Cons of the Fast Metabolism Diet

Pros

Use of real  whole and healthy foods, lots of it

Plenty of online resources to help you, as well as a smart phone app

No counting calories

Cons

I am always hesitant about a diet guru promoting shakes and supplements

Counting calories or not, on the Phase 1 and Phase 2 days, the calories are very, very  low.

I find the phases and cycles a bit confusing

 

But certainly I feel this one is worth a try and I would love to hear from people who have done it.  How did you find the switching from phase to phase?

PS The Fast Metabolism Diet cookbook is available by preorder.


 

The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight

 

The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook: Eat Even More Food and Lose Even More Weight

 

101 Best Foods to Boost Your Metabolism


The 17 Day Diet

17 day diet

The 17 Day Diet

The 17 Day diet is a program where you cycle through 3 stages of eating (17 days each) , finally ending up at Cycle four or the ‘Arrive’ Cycle.  The Arrive cycle is where you stay for the long term.

Except for the Cycle 1 the ‘Accelerate’ stage, this diet falls under the ‘Family Friendly’ category in that there is no reason the entire family would not be able to eat the same as what you are eating while on this diet.

Cycle 1 ‘Accelerate’

You are eating fish and poultry, low sugar vegetables and low sugar fruits

Cycle 2 ‘Activate’

You will alternate Cycle 2 and Cycle 2 days. On the Cycle 2 days you can have natural starches such as yams.  You can also have more variety of protein such as pork.

Cycle 3 ‘Achieve’

This brings an expanded food list, as well as the occasional alcoholic drink

Cycle 4 ‘Arrive’

You will follow Cycle 3 during the week and eat a wider variety of foods on the weekend, foods not normally eaten by dieters! This is to shock your system by using caloric cycling.

Pros and Cons of 17 day Diet

Pros

Well balanced and healthy food plan, the whole family can eat the same foods!

Plenty of recipes and support online

Cons

All the cycling and one day this and one day that can seem a bit confusing!

 

I did stumble across a blog that seems to contain every resource you could possible need to follow this diet.  If you are ready to get started now, it’s called The 17 Day diet Blog of course!  Here you will find what you need to get started.


 

The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results

 

The 17 Day Diet Cookbook: 80 All New Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss

 

The 17 Day Diet Workbook: Your Guide to Healthy Weight Loss with Rapid Results


 

 

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