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Eat Live Thrive Diet

Eat Live Thrive Diet: A Lifestyle Plan to Rev Up Your Midlife Metabolism

Most women who are 45 or older struggle to keep their weight under control, or at the very least struggle with “middle age spread” around their waist. I’ve done a lot of reading on intermittent fasting and, from my experience, and the experiences of friends, there’s really something to it! It works!

Eat Live Thrive Diet incorporates intermittent fasting with carbohydrate reduction and food sensitivity screening, among other things. The authors assert that some women gain more weight from certain categories of food (dairy, grains, etc.). These recommendations make a LOT of sense to me. While the experience of an elimination diet is complicated and difficult, it seems a worthwhile pursuit for women who are struggling to lose weight.

The authors also recommend a “cleansing” component which consists of a vinegar/lemon juice drink, and a cranberry drink (unsweetened pure cranberry juice, water, and stevia or other non-caloric natural sweetener), along with fiber and vitamin/mineral supplements.

Although I’m currently following a low-carb diet coupled with intermittent fasting, I’m not seeing results as fast as I’d like to. I thought I would try the recommendations of the Eat Live Thrive Diet to see if they’d help boost my weight loss however, the more I read, the more complicated the regimen sounded and the more overwhelmed I felt. I’ve decided that the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle was the best approach for me, so I’m still using low-carb coupled with intermittent fasting. I’m OK with weight loss of 5 pounds a month (although it would just be nice to lose all the weight I want to lose in 4 weeks and go into “maintenance”).

Having tried every diet under the sun since I was a preteen, and after doing a lot of research on intermittent fasting and the role insulin plays in gaining weight, I’m convinced that fasting to lower my insulin resistance, and fasting to maintain low insulin levels going forward, is the only workable plan to achieving and maintaining weight loss. For me, a simple plan that has lots of flexibility is the way to go right now. Sadly, Eat Live Thrive Diet doesn’t fit that paradigm. Maybe when life is less complicated…

**I received a complementary copy of Eat Live Thrive Diet from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide

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I read about so many health and behavioral issues, ADD, autism, heart disease, diabetes…things that weren’t nearly so prevalent 75 years ago. Plenty of things have changed since 1940, admittedly, but one thing that has changed dramatically is our diet. I am appalled when I read the ingredients in many of the foods that are consumed in this country. Sometimes, I think that calling them food is not accurate. They are “food-like substances”. Whole, clean, wholesome, unadulterated food is just not popular anymore. Enter Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide. The editors of “Martha Stewart Living” have compiled a great book to guide those looking for a change back to eating cleaner.

The recipes in Clean Slate are fairly simple and use readily available ingredients. The inside book jacket sums it up:” It’s time to hit the reset button and gain a more healthful — and pleasurable — approach to food. This book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet, with delicious and nutritious recipes that make it easy to do just that. Refreshing juices and smoothies, savory snacks, protein-packed main dishes, and even delectable desserts will keep you satisfied all day long.” Page 12 states, “This book is designed for anyone wanting to hit the reset button and gain a more rewarding, and pleasurable, approach to food.”

“Part One: Reset” includes a list of “golden rules” to live by as we attempt to switch gears and start eating clean. There are great resources like Know Your Nutrients, Restock Your Pantry, Super Detoxifiers, Antioxidant Powerhouses, Inflammation Fighters, Digestive Aids, and Smart Swaps. There are 3-day and 21-day Action plans with menus to kick start your change!

The recipes are color-coded for vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free to address any particular dietary concerns in an easy manner. The recipes mostly look really good, although there are some combinations that are foreign to the typical palate (poached egg with rice and edamame).

I’m excited to try this approach to cleaner eating! If only I could convince the rest of my family!

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

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Looking for a way to ‘reset’ your body…get off sugar and processed food…eat ‘clean’? Then The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola might be for you! Here are some quotes from the Ultimate Daniel Fast website:

“The Daniel Fast is a 21-day partial fast based upon the prophet Daniel’s experiences in the Bible. The purpose of the fast is to restrict commonly enjoyed foods as an act of worship and consecration to God. Someone who chooses to undergo a Daniel Fast demonstrates a physical commitment to pursue a closer relationship with the Lord.

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast  is an inspiring resource for Christians who want to pursue a more intimate relationship with God through the 21-day commitment to prayer and fasting known as the Daniel Fast. As you deny yourself certain foods—such as sugars, processed ingredients, and solid fats—you will not only embrace healthier eating habits, you’ll also discover a greater awareness of God’s presence.”

I haven’t tried the fast yet, but based on what I’ve seen in the book, it looks doable. The book includes sections on fasting (“The Fast”), spiritual devotions to do each day during the fast (“The Focus”) and, of course a section called “The Food.” The food section includes all the tools you’ll need to implement the fast. Of course, there are lists of foods to eat and avoid, but there’s also a step-by-step guide to creating a meal plan along with suggested meal plans for all three weeks. The recipes included are fairly simple and don’t include many unusual (I don’t have them in my pantry or fridge already) ingredients.

I would have some difficulty doing this plan with my whole family…my son isn’t into vegetables at all (he’s autistic) and his diet is restrictive as a result…but I think it is definitely something I could do. I like the idea of a cleaner diet, and The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast looks like a really good way to kick off a better way of eating.

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

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