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Diet Friday

A few of my kind readers have requested an update on “the situation.”   Don’t worry, “the situation” has nothing to do with New Jersey.  They are referring to the diet situation.  So here it is . . . back by overwhelming popular request . . . the reprise of Diet Friday.

You will be happy to learn that I did not fall off the wagon and gain back all 7 pounds plus another 8 just to keep the rebound theory going.  In fact, I am down a total of 10 lbs since the beginning of January. 

For those of you just tuning in, I decided to give up sugar as a 2010 resolution.  (Well, drastically reduce my sugar consumption, anyway.  Never say never).  I started out with Jorge Cruise’s “Belly Fat Cure”, which restricts sugar consumption to 15 grams a day from ALL sources (fruit, vegetable, everything) and limits carb consumption to 20 grams six times per day.  Although I didn’t lose weight very quickly on the plan, quick weight loss was not my goal.  I lost a few pounds, and most importantly, I lost my cravings for sugar and starchy foods.

Although I don’t follow the program any more by counting grams, I do still follow the guiding principles.  After I got over my sugar addiction, I also greatly reduced my refined carbohydrates.  I will have bread on occasion, but it has to be REALLY good and I enjoy it as a treat, not a staple.

I’ve been pleased with the fact that the weight has slowly but surely decreased in a relatively painless fashion.  I still eat very well, and I am never hungry.  My appetite, which used to be set to  “constantly ravenous”, is now under control.  So, while my “situation” may never be featured in a reality show, I see progress!


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Diet Friday

I’m going to just jump right in and get the hard part over with.  I did not lose any weight this week.  To answer your next question, no , I did not cheat or otherwise veer from the charted course.  I’m not sure what else to tell you.  Even if I had not been strictly on plan, I technically should have lost just on the virtue of the decreased calorie count.  So, I’ve been good and still haven’t lost weight.  Life isn’t fair.  Life can be rough . . . get a manicure and a good helmet and get over it.

On the plus side, I have lost an inch off of my waist.  Yay!  And today, just when I was starting to get the teensiest bit discouraged, someone I hadn’t seen in a month asked me if I had lost weight.  (And she doesn’t follow my blog, so she didn’t know I was dieting!)

This week, on his Facebook page, Jorge Cruise launched a new program for women over 40.   Many of the BFC women over 40 are complaining that they have been on this program faithfully for over a month and haven’t lost anything.  I give Jorge lots of credit for listening and responding.  He posted a “No Fail Menu” for women over 40 and asked women to follow the program EXACTLY for 7 days without exception.  I downloaded the menu and while I have no doubt that women WiLL lose weight on this program, it is VERY MUCH a DIET.  It is very restrictive and somewhat along the lines of South Beach.  Sorry, but this is Valentine’s Day weekend and I have no intention of taking Draconian measures this week, thank you very much.  But it is refreshing that he actually listened and took seriously the woes of the over-40 female dieter.  I’m just trying SO hard not to go on a serious diet.  If you’re interested you can download a copy of the 7-day plan on his website:

In the meantime, I have been doing mega-research on hormonal balance, the endocrine system, insulin levels and weight.  My UPS man either loves me (for keeping UPS in business) or hates me (because he stops here daily) due to my frequent Amazon book purchases. 

I’ll probably be tweaking my plan a bit soon.  I’ll keep you posted on what I have learned and what does and doesn’t work for me . . . the cliched over-40 female dieter!

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Zevia Soda: Is it worth the carbs?

Some shocking news from Jorge Cruise about Zevia soda:  You must now count it as 1 carb serving on “The Belly Fat Cure” diet plan!  Yikes! 

If you’ve been following the BFC, then you know that Zevia is the only soda that Jorge Cruise endorses.  It is sweetened with Stevia, rather than the other artifical sugars currently in most diet sodas.  In his book, Jorge says that he enjoys one or two a day.  I also have been reluctantly tolerating enjoying one or two a day.  In a note on his Facebook page yesterday, Jorge published a link to some corrections that will be in the next edition of the book.  Here are the changes: 

As it turns out, Zevia soda contains between 12-13 grams of carbohydrate per can.  If you’re following the BFC, you know that you are only allowed 6 carb servings per day of less than 20 grams.    Umm . . . I certainly don’t want to “spend” 1/3 of my carbs on a Zevia soda!!   With the BFC carb restriction it is tough enough to try to get in all the fiber you need and stay under the limit.  Using 2 carb servings on something with no nutritional value doesn’t make much sense to me . . . but then, it’s all about personal choice, isn’t it?  😀

Here is the text of the changes that will be made in the next print edition of The BFC:

The following changes will be made in the next printing of The Belly Fat
Cure. We appreciate your input!
Page 100 Belly Good Value for the Belly Fat Cure Drink should be 0/2

Page 194 Belly Bad description should read Taco Bell Soft Taco Supreme

Page 269 Value for Item 5 Old Fashioned Quaker Oats 1/2 cup should be


Page 291 Values for Zevia sodas items 1 through 6 should be 0/1

Page 306 Value for Celery stalk, medium should be 0/0

Page 309 Value for Walnuts, Kirkland Signature should be 1/0

Page 313 Taco Bell Taco Supreme should read Crunchy Taco Supreme


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Study Fails to Link Saturated Fat, Heart Disease – ABC News


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Diet Friday

Sugar Really IS The New Fat

I think it’s official . . . sugar is now the food villian du jour.  It used to be fat, then carbs, then fat again.  Now, it’s sugar.  Recently, it seems like everyone is jumping on the sugar-free bandwagon.  A few days ago, even Ellen DeGeneres announced her sugar-free journey.  That’s good, because someone needs to inject some humour into the situation.  If we have to give up our muffins, cakes, cookies and pies . . . at least we can go out laughing.  I’ve posted a link to Ellen’s sugar-free status below, and she’ll be doing daily video updates on her journey.  To be fair, however, it sounds like Ellen is just giving up processed sugar.  She mentions using Agave Nectar in her coffee.  I’ll post on Agave Nectar later, but I’ll warn you that you won’t like it.  Jorge Cruise and Dr. Mercola are both strongly against it, saying it’s marketing hype and it’s really just fructose.  I’ll also remind you that on Jorge Cruise’s Belly Fat Cure plan, you are only allowed 15 grams of sugar per day from ALL sources, even natural sources.  That means a glass of skim milk or a banana will pretty much put you at your limit.  Yet I, who may have been the Queen of All Sugar Junkies, was able to cut it out without any cravings or untoward side effects.  I credit the balance of healthy carbs and satiating fats.

Take a look and have a laugh as Ellen begins her sugar-free journey, then come back and I will give you my weekly weight loss status update:

via Ellen’s Sugar-Free Journey.

My weight loss for the week is  0.5 lbs.  That’s right, another half-pound, just like last week.  It has now been one month of following Jorge Cruise’s Belly Fat Cure, and my grand total is 4.5 lbs.  I know that’s not dramatic, but the fact is that I weigh 4.5 lbs less than I did a month ago, following this plan has been absolutely painless, and I have felt great the whole time.  I DID say I wanted this to be slow and steady, right?  That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!


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Diet Friday

It’s Diet Friday on Tuesday!

Sorry for the delayed update!  Perhaps I procrastinated on this post because my weight loss last week was almost too insignificant to mention:  0.5 lbs.

On the positive side, it is movement in the right direction.  On the negative side, I was following the program to a “T” and still didn’t have much movement on the old scale.

Here is the strangest thing to me:  I tracked everything I ate last week, and my daily calorie count did not exceed 1,200 calories.

This was surprising to me, as I was NOT restricting calories and was eating to my heart’s content.  It just so happens that cutting out sugar and cutting back on carbs naturally restricted my caloric intake.  I am following Jorge Cruise’s “Belly Fat Cure” diet, which allows no more than 15 grams of sugar and 6 servings daily of 20 or fewer grams of carbohydrate.  I was not restricting anything else. 

I tracked everything I ate last week on an IPhone app called Nutrition Menu.  It’s a customizable app that lets you track the foods you eat and breaks down the nutritional information based on the categories you choose.  Here is a sample day of my nutritional breakdown for January 27th:

  • Calories:  1075
  • Fat:  47.7
  • Carbs: 95.8
  • Fiber: 17.2
  • Protein: 79.2
  • Sugars: 6.5

The app also tracks sodium, cholesterol, etc.; but I’m just giving you the highlights.

My first observation is that I’m amazed that I could eat less than 1100 calories and not be hungry.  In fact, I was completely satisfied and had no cravings whatsoever.  I was never before able to stick with such a limited calorie restriction on Weight Watchers.

My second observation is that I would expect to lose more weight simply based on the restricted calorie intake, especially with moderate exercise.

As long as I continue to trend downward on the scale, I will stick with this program.  I know that I needed to break away from my sugar habit, and I like not feeling shaky or hungry a few hours after eating.  I also know that I could back off more on the carbs and lose more quickly.  But I feel that this amount of carbs is optimal for my energy level and my attitude! I also want to avoid that rebound syndrome that happens to so many people when they restrict carbs to the level of ketosis.  So I’ll stay on the slow track and try to be patient.  After all, I am indulging in a square of dark chocolate, real cream in my coffee and an occasional glass of red wine.  Can I really complain?


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Diet Friday

Another week of dieting, another 1.6 lbs evaporated into the ether!  That brings me to a grand total of 3.6 lbs lost in 2 weeks on The Belly Fat Cure.

If you’re reading Jorge Cruise’s new diet book, (Jorge doesn’t use the word diet, but I do) you may think this result isn’t too impressive.  After all, it shows pictures of people who lost 8 lbs in the first week!  I will tell you that I am perfectly pleased with the results for several reasons:

  • I am a proponent of slow and steady
  • I have not been hungry
  • I have not been hungy
  • I have not been hungry

Putting it mildly, I’ve had a little bit of an issue over the past few years with hunger.  To be more specific, my appetite has been insatiable.  I can honestly say that there has never been a time in the last few years where I have felt full to the point of not wanting to eat more.  I may have stopped after two pieces of pie, but I definitely wanted to eat the whole pie and I probably would have asked for another one.  So I give myself a pat on the back for having the incredible will power and discipline to stop at the second piece of pie, rather than the second pie!

Last night, something very unusual happened.  Monumental, even.  I forgot to eat dinner.  I was out shopping, having a great time, and by the time I got to the Coach store they were locking the doors.  It was 9:00 pm, and I hadn’t eaten since lunch.  Ordinarily, I would be experiencing a big blood sugar crash by this time, with that weak, shaky feeling.  Nothing.  Nothing but the feeling of, Oh, it’s nine o’clock, I should eat something.  And that, my friends, is a very good feeling.

Here’s something I had for lunch last week:I sauteed some baby spinach and mushrooms in olive oil and garlic, seasoned with a bit of sea salt and pepper, then melted in some provolone cheese .  I wrapped it in a warm garlic and herb low-carb tortilla.  Yum!


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