It’s been eight weeks since the floor literally blew up at Gordon Studio.
The doors are closed, much of the equipment sold, and everything I kept is put away in its place.
It has been wonderful to get back in the gym, and return to the training that changed my body and my life eight years ago.
So many times, I have pursued the latest thing in diet and exercise in order to get leaner faster.
Every time I have had to face the fact that I can’t get greedy and try to cut my calories too low, while making my training sessions too long.
In my case, that always leads to rebellious over eating, skipped workouts, and beating myself up for fooling myself again.
Does any of that sound familiar to you?
I don’t stay down for long though. My solution is to get back to what works:
No sugar, grains, or processed vegetable oils in my food plan, a limit of twenty grams of carbs per day until my appetite is obviously reduced, and three weight lifting sessions per week without fail.
I add bodyweight training, yoga, or dance class two times per week, and I make sure I do activities I enjoy on my two recovery days like gardening, walking with my husband and son, and training and romping with my dogs.
The one thing that guarantees that I will take all of these actions is accountability from a like minded group of individuals who are pursuing clear fitness goals.
If this style of health training sounds good to you, this is my invitation to join me starting September 6th for a four week accountability challenge in the closed Facebook group: Sugar Freedom/LBD Challenge. The group is free to join.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/972825209446395/ and click the join button in the cover image.
If you would like meal plans, tailored training sessions, or coaching by phone or Skype, please e-mail me: email@example.com by August 29th. Tailored plans are $50.00 for a limited time, and weekly coaching is $250.00 for the 4 week session.
For six weeks starting in May, four Gordon Studio Members took the Six Week Sugar Freedom Challenge and ran with it. Even though I seem to remember one member telling me, “I’m not giving up sugar” when she first joined, her change of heart led to a change of figure.
They all eliminated sugar, grains, and processed vegetable oils from their diets, and they did resistance and interval training three to four times a week. They could choose to eat a bonus meal every week that contained their favorite foods, as long as these weren’t trigger foods. (Trigger foods are defined as any food that you can’t eat in a standard serving without triggering cravings and overeating.) In addition, all four members had their weight and measurements recorded, and they all took before and after photos.
Although they did experience some uncomfortable symptoms of withdrawal from sugar and grains, all of them lost significant amounts of body fat, and several inches overall. I’ll begin with Paulann’s results, as she was a challenge alumni who had already lost 10 pounds in the first 6 Week Challenge that Gordon Studio ran at the end of 2014. Paulann lost another 6 pounds in six weeks, but the best part in my opinion as her trainer and coach is the fact that she lowered her waist to hip ratio to .8. This is regarded as a healthy waist to hip ratio, and it is an excellent indicator of good overall health.
The three other participants were doing the Sugar Freedom Challenge for the first time, and I was delighted and gratified by their efforts. Cherie lost 11.6 pounds and 12 inches, Whitley lost 11.2 pounds and 14 inches, and Candy lost 13 pounds and 10 inches.
Although the case study sample was small, every participant lost a least a pound a week, and three of them lost almost 2 pounds a week, which is considered an ideal amount when it comes to losing fat while preserving lean muscle. Even better is the fact that they all improved their strength, balance, flexibility, and energy for daily living.
As a Certified Turbulence Trainer and ACE certified nutrition specialist, I believed that I had the tools to help my clients lose fat and transform their bodies, but nothing compares to the thrill of seeing the combination of Sugar Freedom and Turbulence Training get results live in the studio.
Most of all, I am so grateful to all of the Gordon Studio members and Sugar Freedom readers who have the dedication and willingness to try new and challenging fitness techniques. It is so worth it.
Here in the Sierra Foothills, the daffodils are blooming, and we’re so grateful for the rain, and the snow that has finally come to the mountains this year.
Yes, it can be windy, wet, and cold this time of year, but green buds hint at spring, and the time to shed our winter coats. This year, March 4th is also Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, the day before the start of 40 days of lent. These coming 40 days are very important for me too, as my 50th birthday comes just 9 days after Easter this year.
50 is an important milestone for all of us. Who doesn’t assess health, family, work, and relationships at age 50? For me, the message is of 50 is that The Time Is Now.
It’s time to be more than an apprentice or a journeyman in my life. It’s time to become a master at what I’ve chosen to do. Is it time for you to do the same?
For those of us who are physically addicted to sugar, and the starches that break right down to sugar when we eat them, the cheating game has to stop so that we can reach our goals and achieve peace and balance with food. I used to dream that reaching my goal weight would cause me to be spontaneously healed from my addiction. It simply isn’t so. I can eat well, feel satisfied, and get on with the life I love only when I abstain from sugar and grains. In addition, I’m sad to have to admit that my last binge was triggered by…
This is how powerful my dopamine response to fructose is. I eat one banana, and I must have sugar, sugar, sugar, until I’m so full that I can’t eat another bite. Back in 2010, I was completely abstinent from sugar and grains for 9 months. I dropped all of the fat I wanted, even to that point where people started asking me when I was going to stop losing weight.
“You’re so tiny, Your face is so thin, You’re going to disappear on us!”
Those are a small sample of the comments I heard. Then, I threw my abstinence away when I read a diet book that told me I could eat whatever I wanted one day a week, and get leaner than ever. One problem: the book was written by a young man who had never been overweight: let alone obese and addicted to sugar and flour! Ever since that first Saturday binge, I have had to struggle again with the call of the sweets and starches that so many of my family members, friends, and colleagues can eat. Now I have to accept that just because they can enjoy cheat meals and cheat days, I simply can’t if I want to stay healthy, happy, and sane.
As a personal trainer and fitness studio owner, I travel to conferences and maintain contacts with amazing fitness pros who have been training clients for so much longer than my two years. They write and develop powerful programs that get great results for their clients, and the truth is that my research indicates that only 15% of the overweight population is genuinely addicted to food in the same way that I am. How many of you who are reading this blog are addicted? Please take the test that you will find at this website: http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/resources/upload/docs/what/addiction/FoodAddictionScale09.pdf. It will give you powerful insights in to the behavior that indicates food addiction.
If you don’t recognize yourself and your habits in this questionnaire, you may be free to enjoy a much broader menu of fat releasing foods than you find on Sugar Freedom. That’s wonderful, and the truth is that those of us who are addicted have certainly had our share of sweets and starches, and it’s time to leave those goodies to somebody else who can handle them.
As for me, I have accepted that it’s time to go back to the peace and happiness I had before I let sugar back into my life. So Sugar Freedom is no longer just for dieting, or getting ready for summer, or even for Lent. It is a way of eating for life, one day at a time.
Now, the brief pleasure I might have found in snacks will be replaced by enjoying my family, friends, students, and the beauty of the coming Spring.
Everyone told me to eat less and move more, but nobody showed me how.
Yes, I was a chubbette. By the time I turned 8, it was apparent that my good appetite wasn’t an asset anymore. No, what used to be a great way to please my Mom and get approval had turned into a problem. Thank heaven I didn’t know at that age that it would take me 35 years to figure out how to stop overeating, and five more years to work up the courage to tell my personal training clients how I did it.
Now, I’m getting ready to tell the world, or as many people as I can reach, how I got off of sugar, grains, and processed oils, and finally lost all the weight I wanted. For keeps.
In the photo, you can see a tiny fraction of the books I read on my search for a solution to my fat problem. These are just the books I kept, and these two stacks don’t even include all of the Kindle and E-Books I’ve bought over the past 5 years. I kept buying diet books, and I keep buying diet books because I’m a curious cat. I don’t just want to know that a diet works. I want to know why it works.
Even more than wanting to know why fat gets used up and sent packing, I wanted to tell my students, and anyone else I could get to listen, how to use up excess fat too.
Now, I suspect you know full well that a great body only comes with great training. You also know, that only a tiny fraction of women can eat without any thought for food quality or quantity and stay lean and vital. How many trainers have you heard say that fat loss is 80% diet?
I say it too, because I believe it’s true. Although a great exercise program can actually reduce appetite, and it will certainly build muscle, an eating strategy that satisfies and nourishes you while allowing you to shed fat is something to cheer about.
The students at my fitness studio tell me that what they value most is my honesty. They want to know what it really takes to eat for fat loss and figure goals. I’m so excited that the time is almost here to reveal Sugar Freedom.
What is Sugar Freedom? It’s exactly what I ate to get to my ideal goal weight, and stay there for 5 years and counting. I’m going to go ahead and call it a diet because it is intended to cause fat loss. I think that any eating plan that is meant to change your body should be called a diet. An eating strategy that keeps you at your desired weight should be called maintenance, and the “Lifestyle Change” that so many of us seek is found in maintenance.
The Sugar Freedom Plan starts with the Three Day Sugar Strike, which is a simple and specific, short-term diet that gets you off of sugar, grains, and processed oils by showing you how to get satisfied on nourishing, fat burning, appetite lowering foods. The Three Day Sugar Strike is going to have you feeling full, and empowered to “walk on by” when sugary, starchy foods try to get in the way of your fat loss and figure goals.
After 3 days, you will transition to the Sugar Freedom Diet, which adds back some of the foods like fruit that are eliminated on the Sugar Strike. Part of the Sugar Strike strategy is to give your taste buds a break so that naturally sweet foods like berries and carrots taste great again.
You will follow the Sugar Freedom Diet with “Occasion” or “Bonus” meals every 10 days until you reach your fat loss goal, and maintain it for 3 weeks, or longer if you wish. Occasion meals give you chance to add back foods like dark chocolate, and baked goods like muffins and pancakes made with almond and coconut flour. The idea is to give you the chance to eat super yummy foods, and see how your appetite reacts. After 10 days on Sugar Freedom, you will know what natural hunger and a normal appetite feel like, and you will be able to make an honest decision about what “bonus” foods fit in with your fat loss goals.
Finally, you will embark on the Sugar Freedom Lifestyle. The Sugar Freedom Lifestyle is personalized, as it contains all of the foods that make you healthy, vital, and dare I say beautiful, while it leaves out the foods that interfere with your satisfaction, and your life goals.
My wish for you is that Sugar Freedom will help you find the ideal way of eating that gets you your ideal body, and the energy and confidence to create your ideal lifestyle.
I guess that makes me an idealist.
So be it. If the 13 year old girl whose nickname was “Weeble” could finally reach and maintain her ideal weight after 35 years of trying, I sincerely believe that you can too. Then we can be idealists together.
Catherine Gordon A.C.E. was named Certified Turbulence Trainer of the Year for her work with her clients at Gordon Studio in Sonora, CA. She is a member of the National Weight Control Registry, and the author of The Sugar Freedom Diet. Her website is www.sugarfreedom.com.
Permanent fat loss happens when you discover that there is something, often many things, in life that gives you far more satisfaction than eating or drinking.
You are ready to change your eating habits, and release all the fat you wish, when you start to care more about creating, and less about consuming.
You definitely need plenty of food to nourish and satisfy you so that you have the energy and motivation to get out into the world and make your dreams come true.
Too often, we get into a “Diet Emergency,” and try to loose five pounds in three days by eating nothing but cabbage soup, or just drinking that weird lemon juice, honey, and cayenne pepper thing, whatever it is. This Three Day Camera Ready Diet is nothing like that.
If anything, you will be eating more food by volume than you usually do if you are currently living on breakfast cereal, sandwiches, and pasta.
The point of the Camera Ready Diet is to reduce inflammation, (especially facial puffiness) and give you energy and a healthy glow.
My former student, and now fellow Zumba instructor, Melanie and I will be shooting three episodes of “Simple Fitness” for our local cable channel this Sunday. Can you imagine trying to do three thirty minute interval workouts in a row on a juice fast? I certainly can’t.
So here is the eating strategy that will get you glowing, and ready to power through your office party, yearly family photo, or help you look smashing and dance all night on New Years Eve.
First, lets get the “Nos” out of the way:
No alcohol, sugar, grains, or dairy. It’s just for 3 days off of the alcohol and dairy, and trust me, it’s worth it.
You’re going to focus on foods that are nutrient dense, and high in fiber and water content. Vegetables for breakfast? You bet. (IHOP may suggest that you eat breakfast for dinner, but if you want to look fantastic, I suggest you turn that suggestion around.)
Start your day with the juice of 1/2 lemon in warm water that I always recommend. If you need to sweeten it, use a few drops of liquid stevia.
If you drink coffee, lighten it with unsweetened almond or coconut milk.
The veggies that are the star of the show for these three days are: Spinach, onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, asparagus, and parsley. You don’t have to limit yourself to these, but other than the carrots, stick to vegetables that grow above the ground. Some of these are stars for containing phytonutrients that enhance the color and texture of your skin, and some support proper fluid balance.
Note: Remember the water paradox: the more you drink the less you retain, so drink up.
For breakfast yesterday morning I sautéed onion, celery, carrots, spinach, and parsley in 1T coconut oil, and seasoned it with organic iodized sea salt, ginger, and turmeric. I added 2 poached eggs and I was in heaven. Now you don’t have to have eggs. This may sound odd, but I want you to get in some fish that’s high in omega 3s over these three days, so you could have salmon or tuna instead.
Here’s a way to prepare canned salmon that I love: To one drained 4 oz can of salmon with bones removed add 1T vegenaise soy free-mayo, 1t dijon mustard, and 1/4 cup chopped raw unsalted almonds or walnuts, plus 1 T chopped celery, and 1t onion if you like. You can even form these into a patty and cook them in coconut oil, ghee, or kerrygold butter. This works great at breakfast, or you can serve the salmon or tuna over romaine lettuce at lunch.
Speaking of lettuce, a big salad at lunch dressed with extra virgin olive oil and Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar is a must! Use whatever mix of oil to vinegar that you like best.
Other proteins for lunch besides salmon or tuna include poultry, grass fed beef, or pastured pork. Portion size? It should be about the size of your palm. Please eat as much salad, and or cooked vegetables as you need to fell full and satisfied, not stuffed.
Dinner is going to be the same as lunch, with vegetables cooked in one of the fats listed above and salad filling most of the space on your plate, (or plates). Then add serving of meat, poultry, or fish.
If you want a snack choose up to two servings of low sugar fruits like berries, or an organic granny smith apple. Add an ounce of almonds or walnuts if you wish. If you need a more substantial snack, add some sliced turkey, or have some left-over salmon or tuna salad.
Remember it is the simplicity of this 3 day strategy that makes it work. The motto here is to trade “variety for satiety” so that you can look great for your picture or event.
You have a busy, active life so going hungry is not a good option. Focus on “Beauty Foods” like colorful vegetables and omega 3 rich fish and you will be
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.
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.
I was completely shocked when my result came back at under 20 years old, but the combination of Turbulence Training and The Sugar Freedom Diet has made my waist six inches smaller than when I started my fat loss journey in 2008, and they have made my resting heart rate surprisingly low.
I want the same results for you, and this is why:
A smaller waist means improved insulin sensitivity, and a slower resting heart rate indicates improved blood flow and less stress. These two benefits are like two streams from the fountain of youth, and they give us the energy and well-being to go out and do what we love to do.
What would you do if you had boundless energy, and you felt like you looked fantastic?
Would you travel more? Go dancing? Open your own business? Volunteer at your child’s school?
Remember last week’s blog where I wrote about “Media Weight?” Well guess what, Media Weight has absolutely nothing to do with your health. The astonishing thinness of the images that sell products are intended to raise the bar on your desires and expectations of yourself.
The “Mad Men” in advertising know that if they can put the standard of beauty out of reach, they can keep selling you the products and services that they claim will finally help you measure up to their ridiculous standards.
I am writing to encourage you to take happiness back from the media and the “Madvertisers” by determining your fat loss goals in terms of action instead of appearance.
Let me explain. If contemporary standards of appearance are absurd, and they have nothing to do with heath or natural beauty, why not blow them off and concentrate on how you feel and what you do instead?
So the next step in permanent fat loss isn’t picking a number on the scale, no not at all.
The next step is to determine what your ideal body will allow you to do.
The body of your dreams is simply the body that has the health and energy to let you pursue what makes you happy, and guess what?
This very state of happiness with what you do will go a long way toward eliminating your desire to overeat.
So right here and now I’m asking you to write down three things you love to do, or would love to do, that would be enhanced by fat loss and fitness.
By combining a simple waist measurement with three things you love to do, you will have established a brilliant fat loss goal that will be like a powerful magnet that draws positive people, actions, and opportunities right to you.
I have seen it time and again in my students that when their goals become about health, happiness, and action the fat loss frustration falls away, and their lives take off.
Here are some specific examples from my students at Gordon Studio:
Traveling to Thailand, water skiing again, kayaking, hiking, ballroom dancing, becoming a licensed Zumba instructor, getting promoted, getting pregnant :), becoming a 4H leader, protecting and informing the community during the Rim Fire, getting that first paying job as a photographer, getting the lead in another play, and on an on!
Please note that none of these achievements are the direct result of weight loss. They are the direct result of more confidence, and more energy.
I want you to have the confidence and energy that is yours when you eliminate the aches, pains, and frustrations of poor training, and when you leave behind the obsessions and cravings of poor food.
Let’s beat the media at their own game by being happy in spite of what they show us and try to sell us.
P.S. Did you write down the three things you would love to do?
Do I need to lose weight? Pardon me for stating the obvious, but your fat loss journey begins with this question
You see, there are two weights which dominate our thinking in our contemporary culture.
#1. Healthy Weight
#2. Media Weight
Media weight you ask? What in the world is that?
Media weight is the is the size and shape that dominates in advertising, on television, in print, and on the web. Media weight is different from the current fashion in the look of actors, musicians, and other celebrities. In most cases, the people we pay money to see when they act, do comedy, dance or offer some other kind of performance have some kind of talent or skill that goes beyond appearance.
Media Weight represents the look that advertisers are after when they want to sell products.
Notwithstanding Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign, the female form preferred by the media to sell products has become more and more slender since the 1950’s.
When I worked as a commercial casting assistant back in the ’90s there was a sense that it was always safer to send a tall slender actor for consideration by the client. If an actor wasn’t model slim, she needed to be incredibly talented for the casting director to take a chance on her. Bottom line, when it came to casting, skinny was safe.
To this day, I’m still not sure why this was the case. Did big companies like Proctor and Gamble do market research that showed that we like to buy things from skinny people? Is it that slenderness is something that women started to aspire to in the last century: especially after 1970? Is my theory correct that discontent drives consumption, so advertisers promote a physical standard that is impossible for 95% of the population to achieve: Thereby leading them to buy more stuff to make up for their perceived inadequacies?
And what does all of this have to do with you, Dear Reader? Well, in my work as a personal trainer it becomes clearer and clear to me that what advertisers present to us as desirable has nothing to do with health.
Now we come to the most important point in this article: What is a healthy weight? An even more important question is this one: What is a healthy weight for you?
Don’t worry, I promise to answer this question by the end of this post. In the face of advertising and confusing mixed messages on whether BMI or Body Mass Index is a good measure of health, I do have a very simple way of gauging a healthy weight for my students, and for you.
Simply measure your waist.
Here is a quote from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition:
In fact, recent findings indicate that WC is a stronger marker of health risk than is BMI.(WC stands for waist circumference.)
So what is a healthy waist circumference? See the article below from the Heart Foundation website.
Your waist measurement compares closely with your body mass index (BMI), and is often seen as a better way of checking your risk of developing a chronic disease.
Measuring your waist circumference is a simple check to tell how much body fat you have and where it is placed around your body. Where your fat is located can be an important sign of your risk of developing an ongoing health problem.
Regardless of your height or build, for most adults a waist measurement of greater than 94cm for men and 80cm for women is an indicator of the level of internal fat deposits which coat the heart, kidneys, liver and pancreas, and increase the risk of chronic disease.
How to measure your waist
1. Find the top of your hip bone and the bottom of your ribs.
2. Breathe out normally.
3. Place the tape measure midway between these points and wrap it around your waist.
4. Check your measurement.
Are these waist measurements suitable for everyone?
Waist measurements should only be used for adults to check their risk of developing a chronic disease. The waist measurements above are recommended for Caucasian men, and Caucasian and Asian women. Recommended waist measurements are yet to be determined for all ethnic groups. It is believed that they may be lower for Asian men.
So this is where we begin. If your waist measurement if over 31.5 inches for a woman and 37 inches for a man, it’s time to take action.
The solution to my own struggle with fat was to learn Turbulence Training and follow the Sugar Freedom diet. By addressing my overeating, and finding a way to train safely and effectively, I finally got to a healthy BMI, a waist circumference I feel great about, and I opened the door to finally figuring out what I wanted to do with my professional life.
I want to encourage you to start in the same place. What is your waist measurement? If it’s higher than healthy, take action to get it lower. Then, it will be time to consider your appearance as a motivator for change.
In my next post we will look at setting the goal for your ideal authentic body. Reaching a healthy waist circumference is the first stage of your transformation journey. A healthy WC is what you need. Next we will address what you desire.
By the time you try to eat less and move more, it’s already too late.
You’ve missed the boat, you’re closing the barn door after the horses have left.
What you have to do to lose all of the excess fat you want, and keep it gone forever is simply this.
You must find a way to want less food, and crave more action.
It Is So Worth It.
Understand this above everything else. Your behavior is motivated by your desires. By the time you try to control your behavior Mother Nature has taken over, and she is stronger than your personal ego, and good intentions.
You have to learn to manage what you want,and I can show you how!
When you eliminate sugars, grains, and processed oils from your diet your appetite will tank, and you will be in charge of your behavior once more.
Once you are well nourished, and your appetite is well satisfied instead of over-stimulated, you will re-discover the desire to move more.
The fit, slender people who have been trying to motivate you to eat less and move more aren’t being deliberately cruel. (No matter how they behaved in Eighth Grade.) They simply have no idea what it means to feel starved and exhausted at the same time just from eating two slices of pizza.
What I am suggesting is that you stop trying to control how much you eat, and start influencing how much you want to eat.
What’s the difference? I can tell you first hand that it is the difference between fulfilling your dreams in a body you respect and cherish, and fighting your body every day for the rest of your life, until you finally just give in to the food addiction and eat yourself to death from diabetes, stroke or a heat attack.
Yes, this is a rant from the bottom of my soul that says enough half truths, enough worn out sayings, and enough diet dogma. There is a way to eat every day, and at every meal, that will nourish and satisfy you without causing you to eat to excess and to store that excess as fat.
I am going to tell you what that way is. You are going to think, “What’s the catch?” Is there a catch? Let me describe my solution and you tell me.
You are going to discover the foods that satisfy you without triggering your appetite. And then you are going to develop a lifelong personal eating strategy that is going to allow you to keep doing just that.
With the Three Day Sugar Strike, The Sugar Freedom Diet, and the Sugar Freedom Lifestyle, you are going to break away from your trigger and binge foods. You are going to get enough distance and freedom from them that you will finally be able to create your own personal eating strategy for a life of slenderness and satisfaction on your terms.
By now, if you have read this far, I’m going to guess that you have had enough, tasted enough, and consumed enough of every kind of food to last a lifetime. Now you know that it’s time to put the foolishness and self destructiveness of overeating behind you. It’s time to step away from a life that revolves around what you can eat and when you can eat it, and move toward a life that revolves around what you can create and how you can give it.
It’s been more than five years since I gave in, surrendered, and admitted that I couldn’t have my cake and live my best life too.
One meal at a time, I leave the cake behind, and the life I get to live instead is so much better than anything I ever dreamed. Sugar Freedom will be ready soon, and I hope that it helps everyone who tries it to feel fantastic, look wonderful, and have the abundant energy to make their dreams come true.
I was fascinated last week when I read reporter Nanci Hellmich’s article in USA Today covering the fact that US President Taft had lost 60 pounds on a low carb diet back in the early 1900s. She wrote,
“President William Howard Taft, the country’s heaviest commander in chief and a high-profile yo-yo dieter in his day, lost 60 pounds in the early 1900s on a low-carb diet with the help of a diet doctor.
Dozens of letters between Taft and his English physician provide “a detailed look at patient care for obesity during this time,” says historian Deborah Levine, an assistant professor of health policy and management at Providence (R.I.) College and author of an article, out Monday, in the Annals of Internal Medicine. She says that although the letters have been available for years, she believes this is the first time they have been analyzed. “People today may be surprised that patients were seeking care for obesity as early as the beginning of the 20th century.”
The article was of special interest to me because we know from the history books that Taft gained all of that weight back, and more.
If you read my most recent post, you won’t be surprised when I say that Taft’s problem was that he didn’t, or couldn’t, stay on his physician’s version of the low carb diet. If you find an eating strategy that works for fat loss, it is my experience that you will need to stick to that strategy in order to keep the excess fat off.
The question I want to answer is why President Taft couldn’t stay on the diet. In the article, http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/14/president-taft-low-carb-diet/2962131/, I read that Taft was instructed to eat lean meat and gluten free biscuits. I can’t help thinking that if he had been allowed more fat, and if he had eliminated grains instead of just gluten, he might have been able to break free of the cravings that were driving his appetite.
It must take incredible strength of will to get elected President and lead a nation. We all know people who are amazing in their energy, productivity, and generosity who have not been able to shed the fat they wanted to and keep it off.
Ultimately, the answer to permanent fat loss lies in the ability to manage the hunger and appetite that drives your eating behavior. By eliminating sugar, grains, and processed oils from my eating plan, I have finally soothed the savage beast that was my appetite from childhood all the way though my early 40s.
Today, I continue to craft the the last few elements of The Sugar Freedom Diet in order to make it ready to release to the public. I am so excited and hopeful that in writing this plan, I will be able to offer a solution to the problem of overwhelming appetite, and free my readers to live the way they want to: healthy, slender on their own terms, and full of the energy they need to run a household, a business, or even a country!