Sunday, October 26, 2014

Drink This! The Simple Morning Tonic That Wakes Up Fat Loss



I have a morning routine that has made all the difference in the world when it comes to permanent fat loss.  I am certainly not the first to promote organic apple cider vinegar and lemon juice as a "wake up call" for digestion and fat burning, but I give this recipe to every client I work with at Gordon Studio:

1Tablespoon Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
4-6 Drops Liquid Stevia
16 oz. Water.

At the very bottom of this e-mail, you can read the introduction of a study from Arizona State University that outlines the effect of daily vinegar ingestion on pre-diabetes. (Before I began eating Sugar Freedom style, my morning blood sugar was regularly above 100.)

If the blood sugar lowering effect of apple cider vinegar wasn't good enough news, here's more.  My clients and I are convinced that the morning tonic above increases our satiety throughout the day.  That is so important because I am convinced that the ultimate key to permanent weight management is Appetite Management.

Beyond the morning tonic, several of my clients and I have been following the Six Minutes to Skinny Program, and we are amazed at how a six minute daily routine can produce a feeling of well being and appetite control that lasts throughout the day: leading to very gratifying fat loss results.

The fact is, research shows that a simple 6-minute shift in your morning routine can literally TRANSFORM your entire body at record speed...  Even better, my good friend Craig Ballantyne shows you exactly what to do at the link below: 


(start >> THIS << tomorrow) 

PS – Craig calls this…the most exciting discovery he’s made in his 15+ year career in health, nutrition and fat loss!  I think what he found will shock you… 



Please leave comment if you have any questions on the tonic.

Here are some highlights from the study I told you about:

THEREPUTIC EFFECT OF DAILY VINEGAR INGESTION
FOR INDIVIDUALS AT RISK FOR TYPE 2 DIABETES
Carol S. Johnston, Samantha Quagliano, and Serena Whit
School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, Arizona State University, Phoenix AZ 
INTRODUCTION Vinegar ingestion at mealtime reduces postprandial glycemia and increases satiety, metabolic effects that may benefit individuals struggling with diabetes.1-3 In a research summary, the American Diabetes Association states that ‘Vinegar may make food healthier’.4 As a result, the medicinal use of vinegar has likely increased in recent years. The main constituent of vinegar, acetic acid, is the active component in vinegar responsible for the improved glycemic responses to meal ingestion. Most vinegar research to date is acute trials spanning one to two meals. Furthermore, little is known regarding the long- term benefits of regular vinegar ingestion in healthy individuals at risk for developing diabetes. This 12-week study investigated the effect of daily vinegar ingestion on blood glucose concentrations in healthy individuals with elevated fasting glucose. 

CONCLUSION
These data indicate that daily vinegar consumption favorably influences fasting glucose concentrations in healthy adults and contribute important information to the growing evidence base supporting the antiglycemic effects of vinegar. Vinegar is inexpensive, readily available, and a flavor enhancer. Although vinegar was taken as a drink prior to mealtime in the present study, vinegar can be incorporated into meals as a vinaigrette dressing on salads or vegetables or as a sandwich spread in the form of mustard, or it can simply be spritzed onto foods. Note that commercial vinegar tablets do not contain adequate amounts of acetic acid to induce an antiglycemic effect. 





Monday, October 13, 2014

The Little Black Dress Diet Takes Shape

So excited to get the Little Black Dress Diet out to the world.  It's already working, and I got to show off preliminary results this week-end.  The idea is to use the plan 6 days on, have your "Party" meal, and then get right back on plan until the next "Event."  My theory is that this will allow us to have an amazing holiday season, while still working toward our heath, beauty, and happiness goals.

Here is what I have so far, and thank you to everyone who is doing this experiment with me.  This week I start filming the exercise routines that go a long with the eating plan.

Here is what I have for you so far.

The Little Black Dress Diet

The biggest shock to me, as I’ve gone on this 6 year journey, has been  the incredible importance of fat in the diet.

It turns out that Dr. Atkins was right all along, but he made one major mistake: he allowed his diet to be co-opted by those who wanted to sell low-carb processed food products under his name.

The most important thing I have to tell you is this:  Pure, natural fats, combined with high quality protein, and above-ground vegetables are the simple keys to the fat loss kingdom.

The Little Black Dress Diet features simple High Fat/ Low Carb/ All Unprocessed Foods for 6 days without “Cheats” with an “Event Meal” containing any food and drink that you can enjoy without being “Triggered” or having an adverse reaction to, on day seven.

The sample menu for day one is:

Wake Up Tonic: 1T Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar, Juice of 1/2 Lemon, 16 oz water, Liquid Stevia to taste.  If the vinegar disagrees with you, just use the lemon juice.

Freedom Water Throughout the day

Freedom Water: All ingredients organic: 1/2 cucumber sliced, 1T parsley, chopped, 1T mint, chopped, 1/4t ground ginger, juice of 1/2 lemon, plus 1/2 lemon sliced.  2 quarts water.  8 glasses per day, simply refill the pitcher with water: replace ingredients after 24 hours.

Breakfast: 2-3 whole organic eggs cooked in 1t to 1T coconut oil, 2-3 slices uncured bacon, 1/2 bunch asparagus cooked in coconut oil. Season asparagus with turmeric, sea salt (iodized) and ground ginger, 2T salsa 1/2 avocado if desired. 
(Note: the point of this big breakfast is to crush your appetite for hours.)

Lunch: 3-4 oz protein: beef, chicken, turkey, fish, pork: up to 5 oz.  Not low fat!  Use chicken thighs with skin on NOT chicken breast. 
2 cups organic salad greens with olive oil, braggs cider vinegar, lemon juice, red wine vinegar: or Walden farms calorie free dressing: you can add natural olive or walnut oil to the Walden Farms, or mustard, etc. any other salad dressing ingredient that doesn’t contain sugar.  I add a drop or two of stevia to my Braggs/Olive oil dressing as I find it a bit sour.

I cup cooked vegetable as above at breakfast.

Dinner: Repeat lunch.  Have another cup of cooked veggies if you wish. You should be so full that you don’t have any desire to snack.

Walk 20 minutes after dinner, or come to TT class.

2 days during the week have dinner before 3 or 4PM, or skip it all together.  This HFLC diet will make you so full you may not even miss dinner.

I know it may get monotonous but repeat breakfast, and simply change your proteins and veggies at lunch and dinner.  Remember it is the very simplicity of this diet that makes it such a powerful appetite reducer: I haven’t felt anything like it since ephedra or dexatrim.

You must eat  vegetables at breakfast: I have experimented over and over and this is essential for well-being, digestion, fiber, and appetite reduction.  Note: whether you eat 2 or 3 meals they are so big it will take effort to finish them.

Just as the magic of TT comes from training LESS with more focus and intensity, the Magic of HFLC (high fat low carb) and the LBDD comes from eating MORE of the foods that crush appetite, drop insulin, increase satiety, increase leptin sensitivity, and release bloat and inflammation.

Do this faithfully for 3 days without a cheat.  If it’s working don’t change a thing: keep going for 6 days.  If the scale didn’t move we will switch to the emergency diets: Steak and Eggs only, Eggs and Grapefruit only, or the lower fat/Higher protein and carb diet of the SF 14 day rapid fat loss plan.  But only if LBDD isn’t working.

I will write up the emergency diets tomorrow. I will also be including a list of diuretic vegetables and the recipe for Beet Greens. 

It takes discipline, but once you eat your big breakfast it won't take willpower: thank goodness!

The little black dress diet day one