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Monday, March 18, 2013

Book Review: The Aging Cure by Jorge Cruise

Jorge Cruise has a new book out that is all about how his Belly Fat Cure and Fast Track plans can help you fight aging. The book has several 7 day planning menus which account for 3 meals and 2 snacks. It all sticks to his BFC 15/6 Sugar/Carb counting method. For the first time he has even included a Vegetarian and Vegan menu and a one with several fast food and frozen meal options. He includes a nice list of low sugar and low carbohydrate foods that are high in antioxidants.

By my count the book has over 40 recipes, along with the weekly menus. Jorge's website also has a lot of information on the Aging Cure, including a sampling of of recipes, found HERE.

My own experience with aging and Jorge's plans? Well, I feel better and think I look much better than I did before the diet. In fact, my sister told me that I look better now than I did in my 20s! I'm 43 BTW. I feel good, but not that quite good.

"Your Waistline Predicts Your Life Span"

But, there is a lot to be said for a fatty face, in that it plumps up wrinkles. In fact there is a whole specialty of plastic surgery where fat can be removed from the stomach, thighs or other fatty areas and transferred by injection to the face. I do feel like I have many more fine lines around my eyes than I did before. In fact, I would have said I was wrinkle free before I started this diet. But that could just be on age too. In truth I'd rather by 54 lbs lighter with some eye wrinkles than overweight and wrinkle free, if those were my choices.

The book is $12.95 for the spiral bound copy and $9.99 for the Kindle version at Amazon. If you are a big fan of the Belly Fat Cure diet plan and are looking for reinforcement or new menus and a few recipes, this could be a good choice. But my strong recommendation is start with the Original little blue Belly Fat Cure Book. It is all you need in my opinion!

Friday, March 1, 2013

100lbs: 14 Month Weigh In

Risky Business
March? Wow. Now THAT was fast. Are you ready for Spring? I’m down 1.6 pounds for the month of February. Yup – I wish the number was bigger, but I’m still heading in the right direction. I believe that’s 57 pounds down. I had a lot going on for a short little month. The snow didn’t affect us too much in NE Oklahoma, but my son’s ride to his monthly Drum Corps camp up north was snowed in at Wichita and we decided to make a “quick” trip up to Wisconsin and hang out for the weekend. In the old days, a road trip would have meant total abandonment of any food program I was attempting to follow, but I did great. I’m sure being cooped in a car for 24 hours didn’t do my body a lot of good, but I stayed true to my Wheat Belly Diet. Eating on the road brings its own set of complications to the “table.” It takes some planning, and that’s what I wanted to highlight this month.

I’ve been strictly following my diet plan for 14 months now. It’s allowed me to have some insight to some of my weaknesses. One of the worst ones is PROCRASTINATION. I work best under pressure, or so I thought. That adrenal rush that I got from waiting until the last minute were just a substitute for the feeling of calm and accomplishment when I plan for things.

When you don’t plan, you are flirting with disaster, flying too close to the sun, and taking risks that can lead you down a slippery slope. Ok – enough euphemisms. What is boils down to is, I’ve made changes in my life to keep “life” from just happening to me. Sure, things still pop up, but I keep a PLAN B close at hand. For example, I keep protein shakes in my desk at work. I keep protein bars and a ziplock of raw nuts in my purse. I keep bottles of water and aspirin in my car. I keep veggies and frozen chicken breasts in my freezer. When last minute things happen, I’m ready for it. I know longer want to have excuses, I want to have a plan. Granted, it takes some creative thinking, lots of willpower, but mostly, just desire. You set your goals, visualize them and understand what it takes to get there. And every step you take, you examine if this decision will get you closer or farther away from your goals. Once you look at your life like this, it empowers YOU to decide which goals are important to you, and which aren’t.

Some friends and family find that they simple cannot resist certain foods – like tortilla chips at a Mexican restaurant. “I can’t be good if we go out for Mexican!” Oh baloney! Tex-mex fare is one of my favs! When it’s just me and my hubby – we tell them “no tortillas or chips, but bring the salsa.” If I got out with carb eaters and chips come to the table, it’s really no problem anymore. I have goals and eating those chips move me farther away from them. Simply not much of a risk for me anymore. But – If I’ve skipped my breakfast, head out for lunch late, have a headache – well, then it does become Risky Business. And I don’t mean Tom Cruise-dancing around in his underwear- business. I mean, Katie- bar the door and eat until I bust- business. I don’t set myself up for failure any more. I’m worth the forethought and the planning. I’m worthy of my goals – And so are you!

So – to review me and my plan – I’m following the Wheat Belly Diet – a low sugar, grain free approach that fits my lifestyle. I’m recovering from some feet/ankle issues, so not fully embracing exercise. Although, I’m starting to train for a 5K in April. (YIKES! That’s the first time I’ve said that out loud!) I’m 52. I’m short. I have two kids and been married for 32 years. I came close to gastric bypass surgery in the fall of 2011 when my sister Amber helped me get my arms around visualizing losing this weight (over 100 lbs) one month at a time. We came up with a plan to lose 100 pounds in a year. While I did fall short of that number, it was simply a way to get me on board with making the changes I needed. I only weigh once a month to keep me focused on the plan, not the number. I get easily discouraged when the scales don’t react the way I think they should. I think this REALLY helps me. This year, I’ve decided to add a “free” meal once a month. Truthfully, I’m not really craving anything this month. So I was thinking I might just have some popcorn at the movies this weekend. I do have an actual Chicago pizza in the freezer that’s been waiting for me. We’ll see.

On a personal note, we had to make the hard decision to put down our beautiful 14 year-old Australian Shepherd last week. I cried until my stomach cramped. It was one of the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I’m getting better every day and I’m thankful for the time we had with Toby. It’s a good reminder of all the good we have in our lives and realize there is so much to be thankful for in a busy world.

I hope this note finds you in good spirits and ready to take on March with a plan in hand! How bad do you want it?

I'm so thrilled Misha shared a full body photo with us! I think she looks GREAT! My sister Misha (read her full story HERE) writes a monthly post for my blog. She is following the Wheat Belly Diet, which is very close to Jorge Cruise's Fast Track.