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

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Only Good Reason to Change Your Body


Change Your Body.

Why?  This is my blog, so I get to say why.

The only good reason to change your body, is so that your physical body can better serve your life purpose.

Oh yeah, I went there.  It's really not a very esoteric point of view.  It's rational.  Losing weight, or better still losing fat and developing muscle takes skill, effort, and persistence.  Please believe me, on the journey to your authentic healthy body, vanity will not be enough.  Vanity will be helpful at times, but it will not serve you when everyone around you is enjoying your favorite intoxicating foods, and you are feeling bitter, put upon, and deprived.  Telling yourself,

"I'll look hotter tomorrow if I don't eat that" may not serve to keep you away from the crazy food.

What will keep you away from the crazy food?  Ask yourself what purpose a vital, healthy, energetic body will have in your life, and then dedicate yourself to that service.  For example, there is a very good reason why so many actors and models have the "Abdominal Fortitude" to stay really lean.  99.9% of the time if they're not lean they won't work.  Even if they are endowed with extraordinary talent (in the case of actors, especially female) they won't get a chance to express it on the word stage unless they match the expected physical image required today.  The best example I've read recently came from Tina Fey who lost 30 pounds on Weight Watchers and went from writer on Saturday Night Live to on-camera star of  Saturday Night Live.  Now I admit that the physical standards of female beauty in American media drive me nuts.  I think that they are ridiculously narrow, and shockingly difficult to achieve if you weren't born naturally slender, but there's nothing like the burning desire to act to inspire weight loss.

The Burning Desire to Act.

So, is there some action, some activity, some purpose you feel compelled to serve that is inhibited by the current state of your physical body?

Form wanting to fit in an airline seat, all the way to wanting to fit into a size zero,  if you find the reason behind the reason: whether you want to travel the world, or whether you want to be a race horse jockey, (a very legit reason to want to be a size zero) you will find a force that pulls you toward your hearts desire with a powerful and consistent kind of energy.

Go ahead and ask yourself the big question:
How can I best serve humanity?  Go ahead, ask yourself, no one has to know you're risking grandiosity.  From being a fantastic teacher, to running for public office, to being a great and happy mom, developing a fit,vital body will serve your life purpose, and this life purpose will inspire you to eat well and move well over time.

Eating Well and Moving Well Over Time.

This is what it takes.  As I come up on the fourth anniversary of my physical transformation it always comes down to this.  Eating and moving: I can't simplify it any more.  You are going to have to find your personal way of eating and moving that gets you to your goal and keeps you there over time.  Your life purpose is your inspiration for perspiration.  This is an odd time of year in this hemisphere when the days are, short, the nights are long, and we sometimes feel at loose ends.  Take some time, perhaps during one of these long nights, to consider your heart's desire.  Then when you're ready, decide what personal physical reality would serve that longing.  With this awareness in place you are ready to find your plan for eating and moving, not just for the new year, but for good.

I wrote this blog post a few years back, but I return to the ideas it expresses because there is a danger to working in the transformation business.  Recently, I've started acting and singing again, and I know that some of my fitness pursuits are tied to the fact that I believe that the "better" I look, the more I will work.  Today, in 2014, I'm finally beginning to believe that the definition of beauty is finally growing again.  Our narrow definitions of allure are beginning to have some diversity after years of being homogenized.  Still, I've been using the term "Tight and Tiny" in my Turbulence Training classes lately, and although I say it to be funny, I wonder if the pursuit of "Tight and Tiny" isn't just an exercise in vanity.  We'll see.

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Cardio Confession


I was a fat girl.  My Mom took me to the pediatrician when I was eight years old, and he agreed that I was overweight.  He had me count calories, and he recommended the swim team for more exercise.

I wanted to dance. I desperately wanted to dance, but ballet wasn't right for little fat girls, so it was off to swim team for me.

I hated it.  I had a melon belly in my swimsuit that embarrassed my stepdad, I can sill hear him saying,

"Tuck Cathy tuck!"  That was his shorthand for telling me to suck in my stomach.

I know I probably still sound angry, and I've prayed hard over learning to forgive, but when I look back at photographs of that time, I wasn't very fat.  The horrible truth is that once they put me on a low-fat diet and the swim team, my appetite went out of control, I became obsessed with food and the feeling that I was starving, and I became fat.

I stayed fat until I discovered cigarettes, diet soft drinks, and the power of starving myself at age 15.

It worked.  I got thinner, prettier, and quite frankly happier because of the approval I received.  Did they know that I was living on one salad, or one serving of french fries and the smallest dinner I could get away with?

Still, I couldn't get skinny enough for the one thing I wanted to do after college.  I wanted desperately to be an actor, singer, and dancer.  Silly me, I picked the career that required its women to be not only the fairest, but the thinnest of them all.  So I started to count calories, and do aerobics classes and use cardio machines again.

Even in my twenties, I noticed that when I went to legitimate ballet or jazz classes, or when I was rehearsing a show, I would get leaner, and love the way I looked.  Then I'd try to get thinner by going to the gym and doing step aerobics, the treadmill, and cardio dance classes, and I'd get square, squishy, and hungry and put on fat again.

What was going on?  It turns out that trying to erase calories with tons of moderate intensity steady state cardio doesn't work.  The aerobics teachers of the 80s and 90s all had one thing in common: they were young and they had never ever had a weight problem.  We poor overweight girls were trying to get thin by taking advice from people who had never ever needed to lose weight.

It took me from 1979 to 2008 to finally figure out what I was doing wrong.

You would thank that after my TT Transformation in 2008-2010 I would never go back to 60 minute long aerobic dance classes.  You would be wrong.  I started teaching aerobic dance because I wanted to be popular and successful, and here is what I got as result:

I went from this...
To this.
What a nightmare.  I was doing up to 14 hours of cardio a week: 6 hours teaching and another 8 hours practicing.  I gained 15 pounds of pure fat, and my thighs got so big that none of my pants or shorts fit anymore.

Slowly but surely, I got out of the aerobic dance business, and I switched all of my teaching over to Turbulence Training, Home Workout Solution, and the new Six Minutes to Skinny programs designed by Craig Ballantyne MS/CTT.

The result?  I am so relieved that I was able to get my body back.  Now, I've finally handed off the last of my cardio classes.  For the first time in almost three years I can be true to what truly works again.  Am I right?  Can 6 Minutes to Skinny beat 12 hours a week of cardio?  ===>Click This Link<=== and find out.

I have another photo shoot in exactly 4 weeks, and the proof will be in the pictures.  Join me in using the 6 Minutes To Skinny Program, and if I'm wrong about "Black Hole"cardio, I'll be the first to admit it.
Age 50: 1/8 th. the cardio.  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Introducing the Sugar Freedom Show



Back in 2008, when I was going through the transformation that has allowed me to overcome obesity for good, I was listening to episodes of "The Livin' La Vida Low Carb Show" podcast every chance I could.  

The host , Jimmy Moore, had lost over 100 pounds by following a low carb, high fat diet, and it had become his passion to share information and interviews from the top experts in the world on how to shed  fat, improve health, and find a way of eating that just works for life.

Along with the experts, he shared success stories of people just like me, (maybe just like you too) who couldn't overcome obesity and food obsession until they finally kicked sugar and grains to the curb for ever.  

Sugar Freedom simply wouldn't exist without the inspiration of the authors like Gary Taubes (Good Calories, Bad Calories), Dr. William Davis, (Wheat Belly), and Dr. David Perlmutter, (Grain Brain) that Jimmy interviewed on his podcast.  When I was preparing food, doing laundry, or even working in the garden, Jimmy's show helped keep me inspired and on plan.  Even back in 2008, Jimmy was encouraging his audience members to tell their stories too. 

Just in case you are unfamiliar with podcasting, podcasts are like radio programs, but you listen to them on your computer, iPod, or smart phone.

Just a few weeks ago my sister Patty, who is having great success on the Sugar Freedom Plan, came right out and asked me,

"So when does your podcast start?"

I thought to myself, "Now.  It starts now."

I am so excited about this part of the Sugar Freedom journey.  Now I can answer your questions, address your concerns, and offer help from other experts in a brand new way.  Right now, you can listen to my very first public show with a real live guest.

James Gaida, the author of 4 Day Fat Loss  joins me to tell the story of how he went form chubby kid, to personal trainer, to passionate nutrition writer.  He learned what all of us who love fitness training eventually learn:  If you want to help people transform their bodies, you have to find a way to inspire them to eat smart, and eat well.  Then the transformation can begin!

James knows that once you reach your goal, you need strategies for eating well for life, and he shares several of them on the podcast.

In honor of his appearance on the show he is offering a deep discount on his entire program to Sugar Freedom listeners, and readers.

You can get his program at this link===>Click Here.
I Heard About Them On A Podcast.

To listen to the podcast go to www.blogtalkradio.com/sugarfreedom.

(Note: I recommend that you listen to the episode titled We're back with James Giada.)

Please send your questions, show suggestions, and the names of authors you would like to hear me interview to:


Let the Podcasting adventure begin!



Saturday, June 28, 2014

Before. After. Still.

Do you know the definition of insanity?

Doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.

But wait.  It gets crazier.

The next level of insanity is knowing what to do, and refusing to do it.  I can't blame people, or myself for that matter, for trying to just eat less and move more.  Really, if that worked wouldn't we all have our dream bodies?

You see, we have to move beyond "Eat Less and Move More" by cutting fat and increasing cardio, to figuring out how to eat and move so that we satisfy and reduce appetite spontaneously.

How do we do that?  Simple.  We reduce or even eliminate the appetite stimulating foods like sugar, grains, and starches form our eating plan, and we eliminate appetite stimulating exercise like moderate intensity, steady state cardio from our movement plan.

Back in 2008 I cut the sugar and the cardio, and I got my dream body.

Then I went insane and started doing hours and hours of cardio again.

I gained back 15 pounds.  What was I thinking?  Oh right: I was insane.

I had actually reached the third level of insanity:  I knew what to do in order to achieve a physical transformation.  I had actually done it, and helped over a dozen people do the same thing by that point.

Then I stopped.  I call that the third level of insanity.

Then I got wise.  I gave up the cardio, and I stopped trying to cheat on my food plan.

Thank Heaven, my figure came back.

Before
After
Still


The most foolish mistakes I have ever made happened when I ignored my instincts in order to be popular or please someone else.  Perhaps that's the best definition of insanity that I can come up with.  

I can only hope that whatever plan you follow, Sugar Freedom and TT, or something else, that when you find what works for you, you will stick with it.  Find your solution, and then trust yourself. it will save you a lot of time and heartache.