As the varieties of high-fat diets and intermittent fasting continue to grow in popularity, one of the questions that’s undoubtedly on every adopter’s mind is: do I have to ditch dessert altogether? Luckily, no! Turns out, you can have your cake and eat it, too! No, seriously. Sugar-free desserts that are also high in quality and nutrition, while actually tasting great are still totally possible with the right ingredients. It’s just a matter of being selective in what you purchase and what you put in your body.
Achieving whole-body health is all about balance. If you still want the taste and nostalgia of preparing sweet treats that satisfy and comfort, but don’t want to offset the hard work you’ve put in to maintain overall health through daily exercise or a plant-based diet, you definitely have options.
One of my favorite ways to incorporate healthy fats and a rich chocolate taste into my smoothies and treats without the added sugar or carbohydrates that most chocolate protein powders or cocoa powders contain is by using Navitas Organics Keto Cacao Powder. It has only 100 calories, eight grams of fat and two grams of net carbs per serving. It contains five times more plant-based fat than traditional cocoa and is completely free of sugar, additives and preservatives. As you all know, I’m not a huge eater of sweets, but when I do get a chocolate craving, I make this easy pudding recipe from my book, The Cruise Control Diet, but I swap in Navitas’ Keto Cacao Powder to benefit from its various nutrients:
Chocolate Pudding Recipe
1 large avocado
2 oz full-fat triple cream yogurt
1/4 cup cocoa (or swap in Navitas Organics Keto Cacao Powder)
If you have been keeping up with my Flat Belly diet then you know that I love chia seeds! I use them in my Flat Belly Waters and Meals that are delicious foods you can actually indulge in during your fasting window.
But Chia is much more than a tiny little seed stemming from a hearty plant that flourishes in the central and southern parts of Mexico. Chia was actually considered a staple food crop in the Aztec diet – eaten whole, ground into a fine flour, mixed into water as a drink, incorporated with other grains and baked into flatbread, and even used as medicine. In fact, Chia Seeds were most famously consumed by warriors and athletes as sources of energy and endurance.
Often consumed in competitions and situations of extreme perseverance, it was thought that an athlete could perform powerful physical output by eating nothing more than a tablespoon of Chia every few hours. Perhaps that’s why I continue to use premium organic Chia Seeds as my energy source when I’m intermittent fasting, which is why you’ll often see me making my favorite mix of water, Navitas Organics Chia Seeds and Sweet Drops during fasting periods. Chia Seeds have a gelatinous quality, meaning when they’re surrounded by liquid for as little as 15 minutes, they swell up with a jelly-like coating. These swollen Chia Seeds are often used as a fun textural agent in recipes like sauces and drinks, and it’s this same feature that makes Chia pudding so filling and delicious!
Chia, with its healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals and high fiber, is just as valuable today as it was back then for supporting overall health, vitality and energy. Benefits of Chia Seeds include omega-3s, protein and fiber to start—or end—your day right. I always choose Navitas Organics Chia Seeds because they contain 2,254mg of omega-3 fatty acids per serving!
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People are always asking me “Jorge, what is your secret? How do you do it?” And I tell them all the same thing: my secrets are easy to figure out, science has been telling us them all along, I just make it easier to digest at a simpler level.
SLEEP. Those eight hours every night make a world of difference! It gives your body and mind time to recover and metabolize. However, I’m human and getting to sleep can be hard sometimes with stress, travel and more. My secret to help me keep getting the sleep I need is Gravity Blankets. Using deep touch stimulation, the Gravity Blanket reduces your cortisol levels which soothes your body and mind. With products that fit everyone’s needs; like their patented weighted sleep mask, travel weighted blanket, Queen/King blanket, and different weights and colors to choose from! Gravity is the only brand of weighted blanket proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a recent SleepScore Labs study, 72 percent of people reported a better night’s sleep with Gravity. Best part of all, you’ll get 30% off when you use CRUISECONTROL on their site.
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT. I am conscious of everything that impacts my body, but I like to treat myself. That’s why with my Automatic Weight Loss Flat Belly Meals, you can still eat all the foods you love to enjoy like pizza, pasta, and wine, and still burn fat! The secret is my fasting swaps program. Every week I share simple swaps that make it easy to feast while fasting. From working with fast cheat lattes, to meals, to smoothies. Every week I do a live meeting regarding fast cheats. Right now I’m having a promotion called Gift of Health, check it out here: https://member.jorgecruise.com/gift-of-health/ to become a member and give the gift of health to someone you love this holiday!
You know what this one is; EXERCISE. Letting your body get stagnant in the same movements everyday is dangerous for the body, especially if you work at a desk. It can cause circulation and muscle damage. My secret to this is you don’t have to do a huge workout every day to stay healthy. It just takes 8 minutes every morning. Every Monday I share a new 8- minute workout on my social channels and continue to provide those who don’t have time to work out a simple way to get fit and feel great at home. It’s a simple yoga routine that will help to strengthen your body. You’ll start to feel the changes in no time, just as long as you are consistent and working hard!
As 2019 comes to a close, it’s time to think about how you want to attack these areas in 2020 and really be the year you make changes in your life.
I love spending time with family! My kids are my world. But sometimes, it can be a stressful experience with our busy schedules sometimes leading to the lack of exercise, activities that disrupt our healthy eating, and the amount of sleep we’re getting when we are with them. This is why I call my family surprising saboteurs because it isn’t their intention to sabotage me, but life happens!
What are my tips to avoid getting completely derailed over the holiday season?
Wake up before the rest of the family and do a light workout, that way it’s out of the way and you can enjoy the rest of the day guilt-free. Every Monday I share a new 8- minute workout on my social channels that you can do all week long!
It is critical you are well rested! You’re not you when you’re tired. And when dealing with family members, we need to be as clear-headed as possible. Which is why Gravity Blanket is the perfect holiday gift to cure these problems. With products that fit everyone’s needs; like their patented weighted sleep mask, travel weighted blanket, Queen blanket, and different weights and colors to choose from! Gravity is the only brand of weighted blanket proven to improve sleep and reduce stress. In a recent SleepScore Labs study, 72 percent of people reported a better night’s sleep with Gravity. Best part of all, you’ll get 30% off when you use CRUISECONTROL on their site.
Check out one of my clients, The Real Housewives of New York’s Sonja Morgan, as she utilizes the Gravity mask! It helps at the end of workout and when she’s trying to get that extra sleep around the holiday season with all the events she has going on with family and friends.
Most of all, enjoy this holiday season, and your family and friends! Take some time to be thankful for the little things. What am I most thankful for? You, my community, my family, and my health.
When you consider the full scope of health and wellness and what leading a healthy lifestyle entails, you realize that it expands beyond your fitness routine and what you’re eating. Let’s talk about hygiene. I don’t mean your skincare routine or your shower habits. I want to talk about your butt. Let me ask you this? And I know, it’s kind of a weird question, but honestly, how clean is your butt right now?
I hate to break it to you but if you are using toilet paper, it probably isn’t that clean. Using dry toilet paper only smears bacteria rather than thoroughly cleansing. So what should you use instead? Wet wipes? No. Those cause anal fissures, small tears in the thin, moist tissue that lines the anus. Plus, they are terrible for the environment. So what is another option? I’m glad you asked.
Meet TUSHY, the modern bidet that attaches to any standard toilet in less than 10 minutes, and cleans your butt way better than toilet paper. Using dry toilet paper only smears bacteria rather than thoroughly cleansing. When you use toilet paper, you’re leaving a residue of stool and bacteria, whereas if you’re using a bidet, you’re washing the excrement away.
Toilet paper can cause the spread of disease-causing bacteria that cause UTIs among other things. It also irritates and perpetuates hemorrhoids in people who suffer from them. And I already mentioned those anal fissures caused by wet wipes, which strip the natural oils from the skin around your anus leaving it dry and prone to irritation. All of these issues can be avoided with the use of a bidet.
The TUSHY bidets provide a stream of water that is powerful enough to wash away your “healthiest” bowel movements but still gentle enough to leave you feeling refreshed. With TUSHY bidet you can adjust the pressure to your liking based on what you need.
The health benefits of switching to a bidet are exponential. There are literally no downsides. It just makes sense. When you try it, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. So make the switch to TUSHY, like I did. Stop wiping and start washing!