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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

skinny fiber weight lossSkinny Fiber Weight Loss

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!
If you would like more information about Skinny Fiber, you can find it here at www.amandabfpc.SBC90.com
skinny fiber

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

Please Note:  For a full day’s juice, you will need to make this recipe twice!  Unless you have a large enough jug, then you can just double the recipe. Also the minimum to drink is 60 ounces of recipe, and the maximum is the whole 120 ounces.  So for the first day, try the whole 120 ounces and see how it goes.

  • 60 oz filtered water
  • 12 tbsp Organic Dark Maple Syrup
  • 12 tbsp organic lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

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!

Important Note about the Maple Syrup In the book it says the Maple Syrup must be Grade B.  They are no longer graded that way for sale, what you need to look for is the Dark Maple syrup which used to be called Grade B.

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 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


 

 

The Omni Diet

The Omni DietThe Omni Diet

The Omni Diet has been ‘scientifically designed’ by Tana Amen, BSN,RN to help you lose up to 12 pounds in 2 weeks.

The book The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever is available on Amazon.

In my research I keep coming across the phrase ‘high protein, plant based diet’.  What?!  A plant based diet with meat protein.   The diet is also described as a Gorilla Plan for eating.

So basically the plan is that you eat like a gorilla.  Did anybody over there bother to Google the phrase “What do Gorilla’s eat?’ ?

Gorilla’s eat greens, with maybe a few insects that happen to be on the leaves.  In fact, in my hometown of Vancouver, BC we have a restaurant called Gorilla Food which is a raw, vegan restaurant.

So far I’m confused about this diet!  But let’s continue on, because I am nothing if not persistent!

On the Omni Diet you try to aim for 70% plant food and 30% protein.  There is no dairy, sugar, grain, processed food, alcohol, soy, corn, pasta and all those other refined and processed foods we should not eat!  So that is definitely a good thing.

Pros and Cons of the Omni Diet

Pros

This is a really healthy diet! They eliminate all those known baddies.

Whole foods that are easily available.

Eliminates those weight busting foods so you WILL lose weight.

No weighing and measuring of foods

Cons

The ‘Eat like a Gorilla’ marketing plan is dumb (nothing to do with the diet but come on!)

So while I seem to be stuck on this whole Gorilla thing, take that away and I like the eating plan itself. Honestly, we eat way too much of all that processed crap and a diet like this can get you back to what real food is.  Tana Amen had great credentials as does her husband ( a brain doctor no less!) and they also have other books and supplements you can check out.

In fact, I did not realize until I was looking at their books on Amazon that I actually own three of Dr. Daniel Amen’s books on ADHD!  The man knows his brain chemistry!


 

The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever

 

Eat Healthy with the Brain Doctor’s Wife Cookbook

 

FORMULA ONE TM All Natural Diet Drops with African Mango. For use with the Formula One Diet Plan, Includes Allowable Foods List, Basic Diet Instructions Guide & Our Top Rated Customer Service.


 

The Primal BluePrint

Primal blueprint

The Primal Blueprint

I wasn’t exactly sure how I should name this because I know it best as Mark’s Daily Apple.  Mark being Mark Sisson and Daily Apple being his amazing blog. But overall, the program he has published and promotes is called The Primal Blueprint.  This program encompasses a whole series of products and services ranging from his blog to supplements and even hosting retreats and conventions for the primal lifestyle.

I am a long time subscriber to the blog and have learned a great deal from that. But getting the book and going all in is another experience altogether.  The Primal Blueprint is not just about what you are eating.  It is a complete blueprint for everything that could touch your health and well being.  Everything is on the table, how much sleep you get, how you move your body and how often, sun exposure, this is a complete lifestyle makeover.

Pros and Cons of The Primal Blueprint

Pros

No processed foods on this eating plan

Addresses more than just the food

Cons

No grains or legumes (Note: this is not a con for Paleo people!)

Supplementation is really pushed on this particular program.

Still, if you have been curious about paleo, this is a great place to start.

 

 

The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series)

 

 

Primal Fuel (Chocolate Coconut, 30 Servings)

 

 

Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes (Primal Blueprint Series)

 

The Jorge Cruise 100 Diet

jorge cruise 100 dietThe Jorge Cruise 100 Diet

Not exactly the most imaginative name ever, but the Jorge Cruise 100 Diet does make a pretty bold claim.  Count only sugar calories and you can lose 18 lbs in 2 weeks. This is the claim that Jorge (pronounced Horhay, I know, how cute is that!?) makes in his new book Jorge Cruise The 100.

So how exactly do you count sugar calories?

Take your food and whatever it contains in grams of carbs, multiply that number by 4. (I use an app for that!)

So lets take blueberries.  I went blueberry picking today so they are on my mind!  One cup blueberries is 21 carbs, so 21 x 4 = 84 sugar calories.

Ooops, my daily allotment is almost gone, this is not going to be easy!

The Jorge Cruise diet plan is a low carb diet.  A very low carb diet. And I have to say I was ready to poo poo this one.  After all, how is it different from Atkins or any of the other low carb diets out there?  Still, after noticing an endorsement from Dr. Andrew Weil right on the cover of the book, I had to check it out further.  Here is Cruise’s video explaining his theory about sugar. Remember, limiting grams of sugar is the basis for the Jorge Cruise 100.

Ok, so almost every article I have read about this has been negative.  I don’t really know why that is because limiting refined sugar should be on everyone’s to do list!  But it’s ok, I don’t usually follow the crowd, I make my own decisions.  If it’s a mistake, then so be it. This is what brings the greatest learning!

Pros and Cons of The Jorge Cruise 100 Diet

The Good Things

  • Rapid weight loss in the first 2 weeks builds motivation
  • Low sugar counts may be great for diabetics
  • No weighing and measuring (except for those foods containing carbs)

And the not so great

  • There will be some sugar detox symptoms, so be aware that they will pass.
  • Fruit has lots of sugar calories, therefore not a part of this plan(until after week 4).

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So, bottom line is this. I am going to try out the 100 Jorge Cruise diet plan and report my results back here. How about you!?

(Update: Yes I did follow it for a week and lost 6.5 pounds!)

PS, Jorge uses breads and muffins made with almond flour , coconut flour and/or flax meal. These flours help add some great variety to this diet. I’ve listed the Amazon link below for the almond flour, it is an amazing price compared to what I have paid in my local supermarket!

What Do You Get in the Jorge Cruise 100 Diet Book?

  • Of course, you get the usual explanation of how the 100 diet plan works and the science behind it.
  • There is a detailed 4 week plan with ideas, recipes, menu tracker and more
  • A great question and answer section
  • A very detailed appendix and glossary with definitions of everything you can think of
  • This is my favorite part of the book.  Throughout the book there are excepts of a an interview with Gary Taubes.  Gary Taubes is the go to guy for everything low carb high fat (LCHF).  I highly recommend any book written by him, especially Why We Get Fat.

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Other Jorge Cruise Diet Plan Books

There are also a few other Jorge Cruise Diet plan books available that have good reviews such as the Belly Fat Cure. Whatever helps you get off that sugar roller coaster!

 

 

Happy Hormones, Slim Belly: Over 40? Lose 7 lbs. the First Week, and Then 2 lbs. Weekly—GuaranteedThe Belly Fat Cure™: Discover the New Carb Swap System™ and Lose 4 to 9 lbs. Every WeekBelly Fat Diet Cookbook: 105 Delicious Recipes to Lose Your Belly, Shed Weight, Improve Health



The 21 Day Sugar Detox Meal Plan

21 day sugar detox meal plan
The 21 Day Sugar Detox Meal Plan

The 21 Day Sugar Detox is the brainchild of Diana Sanfilippo, author of Practical Paleo (a fantastic book that I own!).  That said, you do not have to be following the paleo diet in order to benefit from this program. Like the title says, it is only 21 days and the goal of the program is to lose your taste for sugar and other sweetness.

I have tried this myself a couple times and the way it is laid out makes a whole lot of sense.  It takes about 21 days to break a habit, so the time frame is good.  When I have done it, even a simple piece of fruit tastes really sweet after three weeks of nothing sweet!

You get everything you need to start the program the minute you buy it ($37). You download the food plan, the shopping list, bonus materials for working out and taking supplements.  There are many people on Facebook and in forums who are doing it.  There are websites with incredible recipes.  I plan to do this twice a year just for the detox opportunity.

Pros and Cons of the 21 Day Sugar Detox Meal Plan:

The Good Things

  • Cheap!  Only $37 with no weekly or monthly fees
  • Three levels you can follow, depending on your situation
  • Group support from others (online only)
  • No processed foods, all food is ‘real’ food and readily available.
  • Gluten free

And the Not so Great

  • The group support needs to be sought out by you and is only online
  • Three weeks with very minimal fruit can be tough!

Why Should You Do a Sugar Detox?

Well, I am not saying that you are addicted to sugar. But think about how much sugar the average person in 21 day sugar detox freedeveloped countries is eating or drinking.

And I’m not even talking about the overt in your face sugars that we consume in soda pop, donuts and candy. I’m also talking about all the sugars that are hiding from you. Like that Grande Mocha Frappocino. And things like maltodextrin and high fructose corn syrup. And the ones that have different names that you can’t possibly spell or recognize.

And what about the foods that are not actually sugar but turn to sugar the second they hit your bloodstream.

Our bodies are bombarded daily with sugars and chemicals that mimic sugar and turn to sugar. No wonder we are suffering from diabetes and obesity at rates never before seen in spite of all the information we have at our fingertips.

We are no longer eating real food. We are eating food like products.

The 21 Day Sugar Detox takes you back to basics. Back to the way we ate when we grew our food and still controlled our dinner plates. We can take back that control if we just give it 21 days.

 

If you are ready to give it a try, or want more details, click on the banner:

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Good Luck!

Visalus – Body by Vi

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The Visalus Weight Loss program is probably best known as being one of the first weight loss companies to use Social Media to take their program viral.

For the diet itself, it is a meal replacement program that happens to have one great tasting shake mix along with product kits that are chosen depending on your goals.

Balance Kit: for maintenance or to lose a few pounds (replaces one meal a day)

Shape Kit: 2 meals a day replacement for weight loss up to 20 pounds

Transformation Kit: 2 meals a day, energy drinks, metabolism booster and hunger control for people who are wanting to lose more than 20 pounds.

Core Kit: Muscle building kit for athletes

The shake mix is probably one of the best I have ever tasted.  When I first heard that there was only one flavor I was disappointed but then w hen I started to try some of their recipes I was impressed by the way I could keep it interesting and have a different shake every day!

Pros and Cons of Visalus Program

Pros

Taste! It’s the shake mix that tastes like a cake mix

The ‘Cream’ Flavor shake mix lends itself well to mixing with almost anything.

Cost effective (less than $2 per shake meal)

Cons

You have to find a distributor.

Distributors will want you to go on a monthly shipment plan, but most will let you buy with cash as needed.

For more information and pricing click here.




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SmartforLife Cookie Diet

cookie dietSmartForLife Cookie Diet

Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a tagline that reads “Eat Cookies, Lose Weight”.  It’s every dieter’s dream to have their cake and eat it too!

This diet works as a meal replacement program, offering cookies, muffins and bars as a meal replacement in the same way many other programs offer shakes.

The cookies are low calorie, around 100 calories, therefore this diet works because it is a calorie restricted diet.

How much you lose and how quickly will be determined by how many meals and snacks you replace.  Many people will replace 2 meals a day plus snacks for the at least the first week to kick up their weight loss, then switch to replacing one meal per day.

Nutritional component of one cookie (example is for chocolate chip)

Serving Size 29g, Servings per Container 6, Amount per Serving: Calories 100, Fat Calories

30, 3.5g Total Fat 6% DV*, 1.5g Saturated Fat 7% DV*, 0g Trans Fat, 0mg Cholesterol 0% DV*, 135mg
Sodium 6% DV*, 9g Total Carbohydrate 3% DV*, 2g Fiber 8%
, 3g Sugar, 6g Protein.

*Percent daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Pros and Cons of The SmartForLife Cookie Diet

Pros

Lose weight fast by replacing 2 meals per day

Many dieters find it easier when they don’t have to prepare meals, all done for you!

No weighing and measuring, just grab and go

Cons

Can become monotonous

For longterm, you still have the issue of learning to keep the weight off

 

The cookies do taste really good and are quite filling. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Good luck and let us know your results by posting below!

 

 

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Smart for Life – 14 Day Chocolate Lovers Pack – 14 Packs Chocolate Chip Cookies

Review of The Dukan Diet

dukan diet reviewThe Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet has been all the rage in France for a number of years. It was developed by French doctor, Dr. Pierre Dukan and has become a cult favorite, party due to it’s connections to members of the Royal Family following this plan.

I tried it myself and lost 10 lbs in one week!  The downside was I became very constipated and stopped the diet.  I would like to try it again, but I would have to first overcome the issues I had before.  This would mean not following it to the letter and increasing the daily oat bran that is allowed on the diet..

It is a very low carb diet and overcomes one of the big criticisms of low carb diets, which is that low carb diets are also typically high in fat.  This is not the case with the Dukan program.  It is very low in fat as well as carbs.

There are four phases to The Dukan Diet:

Attack Phase

The Attack phase lasts from 2 to 7 days, depending on how you answer the questionaire (follow the link at the end of this article), most people end up with 5 days on Attack.  This phase is ‘pure protein’ meaning you eat only lean proteins, eggs, fat free dairy and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran per day.

Cruise Phase

In the Cruise phase you alternate between Protein Days and Protein and Vegetable days, increasing your oat bran to 2 tbsp per day.

Consolidation Phase

This phase is where more carbs are added as well as a weekly Celebration meal.  This phase lasts 1 week for every pound lost during Attack and Cruise.

Permanent Stabilization

This phase is where you are back out in the real world with a few rules.  Once a week you have one ‘pure protein’ day, eat 3 tbsp oat bran every day and daily exercise.

Pros and Cons of The Dukan Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Easy to follow, eat until full

Consolidation phase, if followed is a great idea to ‘lock in’ your weight loss

Cons

Very low carb can cause issues such as constipation (Trust me I know!)

It is hard to stick with long term, so it is important to get onto the easier part of the diet as soon as possible.

Still, this is a very effective program and because it works so fast, if you follow it and just ‘get it done’, you can get onto the more relaxed part of the diet which is easier to follow.   Look forward to your comments!

 

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever Dukan Diet Oat Bran Muffin Mix, Vanilla, 9.7 Ounce Complete Dukan Cookbook

Kristen’s Raw Food Diet Plan

Raw Food DietKristen’s Raw Food Diet Plan

Kristen’s Raw is a website and resource for people who want to experiment with a raw food vegan diet.  What I like about Kristen Suzanne is that while she eats a lot of raw food and has an amazing repetoire of  raw food meals and recipes, she does not advocate that you have to be 100% raw in order to get the benefits.

She has a series of ebooks, she has published books available on Amazon and she has a blog and website full of useful information and recipes.

Pros and Cons of Raw Food Diet Plan

Pros

  • How can raw fruits and veggies be bad for you!?  You eat lots of healthy food.
  • Many people experience rapid weight loss on a raw food diet
  • No weighing and measuring, you just eat your fill of raw and healthy foods

Cons

  • A lot of dogma in the raw food world will have you thinking it’s all or nothing (which is why I like Kristen)
  • Eating 100% raw vegan foods means you are likely going to have to supplement
  • Raw Food Vegan diet is not cheap, you have a lot of hyped up superfoods to pay for!

So now for my personal experience.  I actually was 100% on a raw food diet plan for 7 months.  I felt great, but we discovered that I have severe anemia.  It wasn’t caused by being on a raw foods plan, I have always had trouble absorbing iron.  So I do now eat meat again.  But I still eat many of my favorite raw foods recipes!

Here are a couple of raw food recipes that I make all the time just to give you an idea.  Mango salsaMango Lime raw food diet planshake and Kale Chips.

Because I was raw for those few months, I also own several excellent raw food books.  My favorites are Raw and Simple, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen and Green for Life.

I am totally for people upping the raw content of their diets.  You don’t have to be 100% raw to enjoy the benefits of adding more fruits and veggies into your diet.  Any of those books will help you do that and go a long way to take your health to the next level.  You may be surprised at what can happen when you bring even a little bit of a raw food diet plan into your life!

Leave a comment below if you have any experience with a raw food diet plan!

 

 

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