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Simple food for an abundant life.

Simple food for an abundant life.

The goal of Sugar Freedom is to give you the knowledge you need to create a lifetime eating system.

You must learn to answer this question, “What are the foods that keep me healthy and happy?”

One thing I have learned is that the answer to this question is as unique as you are.  Sugar Freedom is intended to release you from cravings so that you can rediscover your natural appetite, and learn to choose food rationally.  When we are hungry and stressed we rarely eat in a way that is consistent with our long term goals, unless we have a plan in place to make sure that we choose wisely.

If I could only give you one piece of advice on eating for fat release it would be this:

Always have some Freedom Foods available and ready to eat.

For me, that means salad greens are washed and chopped, and hard boiled eggs are available.  If I’m not willing to maintain that minimum level of preparation, something is off with my attitude, and I need to adjust it.

I separate my Freedom Foods into three categories, and I suggest that you do the same.

Category One: Fat Releasing Foods

These are the foods I choose when I want to get leaner.  Here are three foods from the three macronutrient groups:

Fats: Coconut Oil, Grass Fed Pastured Butter, Olive Oil

Proteins: Eggs, Organic Chicken, Tuna

Carbohydrates:  Romaine Lettuce, Broccoli, Cauliflower.

Category Two: Maintenance Foods

These are the foods I choose for more variety, and to prevent boredom.

Fats: Cheddar Cheese, yogurt, Swiss

Proteins: Uncured Hot Dogs, Pepperoni, Uncured Canadian Bacon

Carbohydrates: Apples, Grapefruit, Berries

Category Three:  Occasion Foods

These are for holidays, birthdays, and celebrations.

Fancy soft cheeses, nuts, dark chocolate sweetened with stevia, desserts made with Xylitol.

I believe that one problem with modern eating is that special occasion foods have replaced simple nutrition in our daily lives.  We shouldn’t expect to stay lean and healthy eating the equivalent of cake at every meal.

In order to get and maintain a leaner healthier body, we have to eat with wisdom and maturity at most meals.

What are your fat releasing, maintenance, and occasion foods?

If you can answer these questions, I can consider the Sugar Freedom program a success.

Getting the most out of Sugar Freedom

It’s day six of the six week sugar freedom challenge, and it’s time to establish our ongoing fat release eating and moving pattern.

The goal of this six week program is to learn how to get and stay healthy for life.  It’s a big goal, but we can do it.

Individuals who have a permanent solution for a healthy body learn a way of eating and moving that makes them healthy and happy, and then they keep practicing what they have learned.

You are here to find out if eliminating sugar and grains, lifting weights, and doing interval training gets you to your health goal.  If it works, you learn how to keep it up for life.

The longer I coach, the more evidence I see that this is the best method.  Here is today’s menu, which is an example of how I eat each day.

Wake up:  Freedom Tonic, water.

Morning: Coffee with organic heavy cream: 3T maximum for the day.

Breakfast: 1/2 cup organic Greek yogurt. 1 oz. walnuts.  1 cup blueberries

Lunch: 1-2 chicken thighs, mixed green salad with oil and vinegar dressing, 1 cup broccoli, 1t butter

Dinner: Repeat lunch.  Add ons: 1/2 avocado, 2T salsa.

I don’t snack because I simply have no appetite for it, and my clients and readers generally report the same thing.  If you find yourself hungry, have a hard boiled egg, celery with salsa, or an extra serving of  the protein you have made for the day.

The way to win on this program is to simply eat more of what is already on the menu if you get hungry.  Just don’t go off plan by eating sugary or starchy foods.  This keeps your appetite under control, and that is the key to your success.

Leave me any comments of questions you have so that you can get results.

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Introducing Freedom Fridays

How much weight could you lose if you could stick to your food and fitness plan over the week-end?

If you’re like me, staying on plan is easier from Monday to Friday than it is on Saturday and Sunday.  My usual work and training schedule helps me to keep my commitments.  I look, feel, and perform better when I keep sugar, grains, and seconds off of the menu so it’s easier to leave them alone when there is work to be done.

When Saturday and Sunday come around, the little voice in my head says, “Don’t you deserve to let yourself go? Everyone else is doing it.”  As the Sugar Freedom Woman, I almost always stay strong, but I do get tempted!

Here is how I handle the week-ends and stay slim.

During the week I follow a Ketogenic food plan.  In addition to leaving out grains and sugar, I also eliminate fruit, nuts, and dairy except for the organic heavy cream I use in my morning coffee.  On the week-end I pick one day when I can enjoy a piece of fruit, a serving of stevia sweetened dark chocolate, or an elegant serving of cheese.

On very special occasions, I will make my Freedom Chocolate Mousse, and serve it with strawberries and crushed pistachios.  It is delicious, elegant, and it doesn’t trigger my appetite.

If we eat simply during the week, we can add back a few of our Fancy Freedom Foods without gaining fat.

Here is an example of a typical week-day menu:

Breakfast: 2 Eggs, 2 slices uncured Canadian Bacon, 1 cup spinach, 1T salsa.

Lunch: Large leafy green salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  2 braised chicken thighs. 1/2 avocado.

Dinner:  2 Lamb chops, green salad as above, roasted broccoli.

On a Sunday or a holiday, I would add a serving of brie with a Granny Smith apple to lunch or dinner.  Luckily, one of my favorite restaurants has a special cheese plate daily, so I have that when my husband is having dessert.

It works beautifully to keep me happy, satisfied, and lean.

What are some special Freedom Foods that you can enjoy on week-ends and special occasions?

If you want to take your Sugar Freedom results to the next level, join my Six Week Challenge.  Get meal plans, training, social support, and coaching calls.

E-mail me: catherine@sugarfreedom.com for all the details.  Our next challenge starts November 1st: Sugar Freedom Day!

Three Diet Fixes You Can Use Right Now

Three Diet Fixes You Can Use Right Now

1.  Find out exactly how much you are eating with www.fatsecret.com

Fat secret is a totally free, easy to use, and accurate food and calorie tracker that gives you the information you need in order to be confident that you are following your food plan correctly.  For example, if you are starting a Ketogenic diet, you need to make sure that you are eating 20 grams or less of carbohydrates a day in order to get into nutritional ketosis for the first time.

If you are training to build muscle, you may be following the advice to get one gram of protein per pound of your lean body weight.  It’s pretty hard to get the results you want if you’re guessing, so it’s always best to have an accurate tracking program.

2.  Simplify Your Menus

You don’t need to prepare elaborate meals in order to create satisfying meals that you actually want to eat.  As a matter of fact, studies show that a little less variety helps to reduce appetite.  That way you eat less automatically.  This is a strategy I have literally been using for years, and it never fails.

Here’s how:  I pick 3 proteins, 3 carbs, and 3 fats as the basis of my meals for the day.  I have even used the same foods for 3 days in a row if I absolutely have to shed fat fast.  Here is an example of a daily meal plan using this tip:

Proteins:  Eggs, Shrimp, Chicken.  Carbohydrates: Avocado, Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes.  Fats: Cream, Avocado Oil, Olive Oil

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs, 1/4 avocado, shrimp.

Lunch: Chicken breast, romaine lettuce, tomatoes, 1/4 avocado

Dinner: Shrimp, romaine lettuce, tomato, hard boiled egg.

Olive oil and vinegar dressing, and 1T home made mayo (made with avocado oil, 1 egg yolk, lemon juice, and cider vinegar) are included to make these meals enjoyable without over stimulating my appetite.

3. Slow Down and Chew Every Bite.

Recently, I was shocked to learn that eating too fats was a common cause of stomach bloating.  Imagine, instead of doing all those crunches that really don’t help to get you a flatter belly, you could simply slow down and enjoy your food.

Try this experiment: see what happens when you try to chew each bite 30 times.  By practicing the 30 bite technique, a healthy sewing pace of 20 per bite will become natural and normal.

My readers, clients, and I can assure you that quick fixes like these have helped us lose up to 5 pounds in three days.

If you want to simplify your workout, I highly recommend The Venus Factor plan that you can find at this link: ===>Click Here<===

I used this program to get fantastic results before I became a personal trainer.  The entire program can be done with Dumb Bells, which is a big plus if you train at home, or in a busy gym where the bar bells and the squat rack are often taken!

I hope this report was helpful, and I want you to e-mail me: catherine@sugarfreedom.com if you need tips, strategy, or coaching to help you reach your goals.

P.S.: E-mail me if you want to join the free Facebook Accountability Challenge that starts September 6th.

Three Great Reasons To Get Off Of Sugar

Here are three great reasons so get off of sugar, plus a free meal plan.

There are so many reasons to leave sugar behind, and today, I’m going to share my top three.

#1.  Eliminating sugar makes you look younger.  When I finally committed to changing my health lifestyle, it wasn’t just because I was sick of being overweight.  What really drove me nuts was being asked if I was my son’s grandmother, and being offered the senior discount, regularly, at age 43.  Within six month of going sugar free, I looked so much younger, and my skin looked so much better, that I threw out all of my foundation makeup, and many of my readers report that they have been able to do the same thing, including my sister Patty, who is 5 years older than me.  How does giving up sugar make you look younger?  When the body doesn’t have to metabolize as much glucose, it doesn’t produce as many age promoting free radicals.  Also, burning sugar causes a process called glycation, which increases the visible aging of the skin.  Here is a brief description of glycation from PubMed:

Nutrition and aging skin: sugar and glycation.
Danby FW1.
Abstract
The effect of sugars on aging skin is governed by the simple act of covalently cross-linking two collagen fibers, which renders both of them incapable of easy repair. Glucose and fructose link the amino acids present in the collagen and elastin that support the dermis, producing advanced glycation end products or “AGEs.” This process is accelerated in all body tissues when sugar is elevated and is further stimulated by ultraviolet light in the skin. The effect on vascular, renal, retinal, coronary, and cutaneous tissues is being defined, as are methods of reducing the glycation load through careful diet and use of supplements.
Copyright 2010. Published by Elsevier Inc.

So when you lower your sugar consumption, you can lower your visible age too.

#2.  Eliminating sugar aids weight and fat loss by reducing appetite.  I knew that getting off of sugar, and the foods that break down to glucose like grains, had a powerful effect on my appetite.  In the four years that I have spent as a Certified Personal Trainer and Transformation Coach, I have had the rewarding experience of seeing many of my clients and readers lose their cravings for sugary starchy foods.  The result?  They lost weight without experiencing the hunger and constant “food thoughts,” that are a normal feature of typical diets.  Although most formal studies on sugar have addressed the dangers of consuming too much, one major study published in the journal “Obesity,” demonstrated that  cutting sugar from children’s diets improved their health in just ten days. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.21371/abstract

#3. Reducing sugar consumption improves mood.  When my readers reduce sugar in their meals, they automatically reduce processed foods.  Why?  The vast majority of foods that come in a bag or a box contain sugar.   Eliminate sugar and get rid of foods that have been shown to increase the risk of depression.  A study published in the British Journal of Psychiatry found that, “In middle-aged participants, a processed food dietary pattern is a risk factor for CES–D depression 5 years later, whereas a whole food pattern is protective.”

The truth is that a sugar free lifestyle can make you look and feel so good that you will be too busy enjoying life to miss the junk food.  So how do you get started?  Here is a sample of the kind of menus I follow every day.  (Be sure to check with your doctor or a registered dietitian before changing your diet, especially if you have a health condition.)

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These menus help my readers lose fat and keep it off.

These menus help my readers lose fat and keep it off.

 

 

 

 

 

Losing weight and keeping it off: for years.

 

 

IMG_1636IMG_0186It’s been ten years since the pictures on the left were taken, and the one on the right was taken a week ago.  Women First magazine is doing a story on transformation contests, and the picture in the blue dress is a test shot for the official photo shoot.  The publicity is very gratifying, but I admit, these past few weeks since Gordon Studio closed have been a little dis-orienting.  For the past 4 years, I have had somewhere to go to deliver my message about training and nutrition.  As the combination of resistance and interval training for fitness, and Ketogenic eating for fat loss have gained acceptance, more health conscious people are searching for information, so I’m still busy on line, but I do miss seeing the faces and enjoying the company of the women I was training.

So I am working enthusiastically on the next phase of my “Live” training business.  I am putting together a program that combines mobility, intervals, balance, and flexibility with a techniques that specifically give my students the skills they need in order to lift safely on their own.

I got my results by lifting 3 times a week,  combining intervals and dance  2 days a week, and recovering on the remaining two with yoga, gardening, swimming, or even golf with my husband.  Of course the other major element of my fat loss was Sugar Freedom.  Now that I can re-design my work schedule, I am back to the same system, and I have left off my previous intermittent fasting, and I’m back to three meals a day, with no snacks.

It’s working beautifully, as I now have the wonderful experience of never going hungry.  Here is today’s menu:

Breakfast: 2 Eggs, 3 Strips of Uncured Bacon, 1/4 avocado, 1 cup Roasted Cauliflower, 2T Salsa.

Lunch: 2 Chicken Thighs,  Romaine Lettuce Salad with Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing, 1 Cup Roasted Cauliflower, 2T Salsa,

Dinner: 2 Lamb Chops,  Romaine Lettuce Salad with Olive Oil and Vinegar Dressing, 1 Cup Sauteed Zucchini Curls, 2T Salsa, 1/4 Avocado.

Believe me, this leaves me full, satisfied, and I can hardly believe I’m losing fat each day on this much food.  Then again, when I track it at www.fatsecret.com, it only comes out to about 1400 calories: just right for my goals.

This brings me to a quiet offer I’m making.

For a very limited time, I will design 4 weeks of training, (at home or gym based) plus meal plans for a very special price.  Just e-mail me with the subject: Summer Fat Loss Plan.

catherine@sugarfreedom.com

 

 

Secret Weapon Breakfast

Eat This: Stay Satisfied For Hours!

Eat This: Stay Satisfied For Hours!

This dish may not be my most beautiful recipe, but it will make you look beautiful.

Cook 3 cups of spinach in 1T coconut oil.  I added onion and red cabbage because it was handy.  I seasoned this with organic ginger, turmeric, and sea salt.  Top with 2 eggs cooked in coconut oil, and organic salsa.

I’ve been recommending this breakfast for more than 3 years now because it keeps me full all the way to lunch time, even if I eat as early as 6:30AM.

The secret to letting go of sugar and grains is making sure to get nourished on satisfying food.  Plus, dark leafy greens and colorful vegetables literally make your skin glow with healthy color, and who couldn’t use that this time of year?

Don’t forget to opt in at the right so that you can get The Sugar Freedom Plan at a deep discount when it’s released this December 26th.  It literally contains all of the meals that I used to lose 60 pounds, and keep them off for good.

And don’t forget to drink plenty of water today!

Bloat Busting Diet

As I type this this morning, my head aches, my face is all puffy, and my fingers look like little sausages to me.  Sorry for the un-pretty mental images, but I’m bloated!

I ate Sugar Freedom style at Thanksgiving dinner, (no sugar, no grains) but I did make some yummy cupcakes, sweet potatoes, and gravy that contained almond and coconut flour.  Plus, there was a good deal of salt in the rub I used on the turkey, so even when I’m on plan I can get pretty puffy if I eat foods that aren’t typical.

If you’re feeling the effects of extra sodium, or extra anything for that matter, give this menu a try today.

Start with warm lemon water.

Start with warm lemon water.

At breakfast:  2 eggs, poached, served over a bed of spinach cooked in olive oil, and topped with salsa.

Snack: 1 organic granny smith apple and a small handful of almonds.

Lunch: 3-4 oz turkey (leftovers you know.) Served with 2 cups salad, cucumber, celery, and olive oil and vinegar dressing.

Dinner: 3-4 oz broiled salmon, 1 cup asparagus, 1 cup sliced mushrooms cooked in olive or coconut oil.

Drink at least 6 glasses of water throughout the day.  The vegetables on this menu have a diuretic effect.  Feel free to have more of them if you’re hungry, and add parsley to any of your cooked dishes to get the benefit of its anti-bloating effect.

If you want another snack, low sugar fruits like berries are a good choice.  Pair them with one ounce of raw unsalted almonds or walnuts if you need something more substantial.

Honestly, I still feel full from last night, so eating lightly sounds great to me.  Remember, you can use this simple menu any day to get rid of bloat and feel lighter and sleeker.

Whatever the day brings, shopping, football, time with friends and family, don’t forget to to add some walking to use up any of yesterday’s extra fuel.  Here’s a simple exercise routine you can do at home: Warm up with 10 squats, 10 stick ups, 10 cross crawls, and 10 leg swings on each side.  Then do 3 rounds of ten each of Total Body Extensions, Close Grip Push Ups, Jumping Jacks, and Cross Body Mountain Climbers.  You can find these exercises at my You Tube channel:  Just search Catherine Gordon.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buE6tyS2TEc

Even if you’re into eating leftovers today, this Sugar Freedom bloat busting menu will be ready whenever you need it.