I’ve been a busy guy in the past couple of weeks since my new book, “The Cruise Control Diet,” dropped. The book, which went to the top of both the Diet and Nutrition categories on Amazon, details my spin on intermittent fasting, where you select an 8-hour eating window, and you fast for the remaining 16 hours. I’ve never seen anything more effective for losing belly fat fast and transforming health, but there’s a catch to traditional intermittent fasting — you’re hungry! That’s what makes my Cruise Control Fasting plan different and BETTER…I show you how to “cheat” the fast with healthy fats, so that you never feel hungry.
A staple of my Cruise Control Fasting plan is, of course, my Cruise Control Coffee! It’s one of the Burn Zone Breakfast Beverages you can enjoy during your 16-hour fast, and it’ll keep you satiated for hours until it’s time to have your first meal. All of the ingredients work quickly and effectively to curb your hunger, all while you enjoy a delicious cup of hot, creamy, frothy coffee. So without further ado, here’s the recipe.
Cruise Control Coffee
*In this recipe you can choose between MCT or coconut oil, and between grass-fed butter and ghee.
1 cup (8 to 12 ounces) coffee
1 teaspoon to 2 tablespoons MCT oil or coconut oil
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
1 to 2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or grass-fed ghee
1 tablespoon Cruise Control–friendly sweetener *I love Swerve!
*Place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy.
In the recipe above that I mention that you should use a Cruise Control–friendly sweetener, and one of my absolute favorites is Swerve! My friends at Swerve, who make a variety of sweeteners to compliment any recipe (as well as cake and cookie mixes), like to say it’s the ultimate sugar replacement. Why? Because Swerve has zero-calories, it’s non-glycemic, and it measures cup-for-cup like regular sugar. Made from ingredients found in select fruits and starchy root vegetables, it’s sweet, safe and natural — and contains no artificial ingredients, preservatives or flavors. It’s even safe for those living with diabetes, since it has no effect on blood glucose or insulin levels.
Swerve is a blend of three ingredients. Erythritol is the most prominent ingredient, and is naturally made by fermenting glucose. Prebiotic fibers called oligosaccharides are then added to the mix, along with some natural flavor from citrus to provide just the right amount of sweetness. Unlike other natural sweeteners like stevia, there is no bitter aftertaste, which is a huge benefit to me. It just tastes more like sugar than the others, plain and simple! It’s also the only sugar replacement of its kind that browns and caramelizes, just like sugar does — so all of your favorite recipes will turn out just the way you like them. Me and my boys have a serious sweet tooth — so besides using Swerve in my Cruise Control beverages, we use it all the time to make delicious, sugar-free treats.
So I hope you give my Cruise Control Coffee recipe a try – it’s incredibly effective for curbing your appetite during those dicey “bumper zones” in the morning and at night when you’re fasting. And if you like your beverages sweet, I highly recommend using Swerve as your sugar replacement.
To find out more about Swerve’s delicious products, and to check out all of their super-tasty recipes, head over to theirwebsite. And to keep up with all the latest happenings in the world of Swerve, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Fat used to be considered Enemy #1 in our diets, but there’s been a complete shift in the past several years. Now, doctors and nutritionists are confirming more and more that some types of dietary fats are actually essential nutrients for a healthy mind and body. Not all fats are created equal, though – the healthiest types of dietary fat are unsaturated fats. For reference, the longer, more scientific names for these fats are:
Monounsaturated fatty acids: This type of fat is found in a variety of foods and oils.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids: This type of fat is found mostly in plant-based foods and oils.
Omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3, found in some types of fatty fish, appears to decrease the risk of coronary artery disease.
It’s a fact…our body needs some healthy fat to function normally, and to thrive. The bad fats to avoid include trans fats, as well as saturated fats. But if you try to avoid eating all fats, you risk getting insufficient amounts of fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids.
Also – I’ve seen it time and time again with my clients – if you remove fat from your diet completely, you may be tempted to replace it with processed, “fat-free” foods rather than naturally-lower fat foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. In my new Cruise Control Fasting program, I encourage people to make fat 50% of their overall diet! There are many ways to enjoy healthy fats as part of a delicious, healthy, balanced diet.
Like me, my friends at FBOMB are big believers in the benefits of using fat as a healthy fuel source. They make a variety of amazing products, including natural oils and nut butters, that make it really easy for me to take my fat on the go. They like to say that fat is smart fuel, so let’s dig into the science a little bit. Using fat for fuel shifts your metabolism from burning glucose as your primary fuel to burning fat instead. When you replace carbs with fat for fuel, you turn on your body’s ability to burn body fat. Which can help you lose belly fat fast, and better age and disease-proof your body.
Two of my favorite sources of healthy fats that I can easily grab on the go are FBOMB’s naturaloils — like avocado, olive and MCT oil – which are all a tasty complement to salads and vegetables. These oils are a big part of my individual diet, as well as my Cruise Control Fasting program, and I always have a few packs on me. The cutting-edge packaging is totally airtight, so there’s no worry about spills, and the oil stays fresh until you’re ready to use it.
And as you can see in the photo above, I’m obsessed with FBOMBnut butters. They are so easy to eat while I’m running around during the day, so I always have a bunch of them stashed away in my pockets, my gym bag, and the car. Along with my favorite celery juice, I really enjoy having some macadamia nut butter in the afternoon. It feels like instant energy, and I know I’ll stay full and satisfied for hours.
I can honestly say that FBOMBoils have become a main staple of my personal Cruise Control Fasting plan. Besides the convenience of their packaging, they use the highest quality oils that are all 100% pure, fresh, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, minimally processed – and where available, organic. The couple who founded this brand are strong supporters of the low-carb/high-fat (LCHF) diet, and they wanted to easier fulfill people’s desires to increase their intake of good fats, and wanted to cater to active people like me, who wanted to get their fats on the go more easily.
The nut butters are just plain delicious – and versatile! I enjoy them all the time on their own, straight out of the pack…but I also get creative with my boys when it’s time to have something decadent. For those who have a sweet tooth like us, you can melt down some nutter butter over ice cream for a frosty treat, or you can make indulgent nut butter fat bombs to satisfy your dessert cravings.
Fat is smart fuel, and FBOMB products are thoughtfully designed for those who want to take their fats on the go! So if you’re ready to add more healthy fats into your diet and you want to find out more, or check out some delicious recipes, head over to FBOMB’s website. And to keep up with all the latest happenings in the world of FBOMB, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
Being a fitness trainer for over two decades, it’s my job to stay on top of all the latest fitness trends and workouts. From cardio, to weight training, to yoga and Pilates, I’ve tried it all and have worked many different exercise elements into my clients’ routines, depending on their individual needs and goals. But after all these years, there are certain workouts that have risen to the top of my list. HIIT, or high-intensity interval training, is one of those methods.
HIIT is a combination of short, very-high intensity bursts of cardio exercise, followed by equal or longer periods of rest. For example, 30-60 seconds of sprinting, followed by a minute or two of walking. This type of training gets — and keeps — your heart rate up, and burns more fat in less time. HIIT is more effective than steady-state cardio because the intensity is higher. It speeds up your metabolism even more, helping you burn a maximum number of calories throughout the day.
Now, a HIIT workout is at the core of a really cool, cutting-edge fitness system called Vasper, which jams the benefits of over two hours of high-intensity exercise into a 21-minute session. That’s right — your body gets the equivalent of 2½ hours of continual exercise in a 21-minute, low-intensity interval workout. All of the benefits of a HIIT workout, in record time!
Vasper’s compression and cooling elements create the effect of a high intensity workout without the time, effort, and muscle damage it takes to get the same results with typical exercise regimens. It’s hard to believe that this technology exists, but it does – and it really works! Instead of feeling exhausted after a workout — like you normally would after many hours of exercise — Vasper leaves you feeling invigorated. Another great benefit? Because of how the Vasper machine works, you don’t experience the body aches you’d typically feel after an intense workout.
So how does this brilliant fitness system work? Vasper is based on three scientifically proven principles: compression technology, cooling and interval training. When all of these elements work together, the results are totally incredible. Each Vasper protocol is a 21-minute interval training session, displayed on a tablet that’s fully integrated with machine’s bicycle. The interval training involves a warm-up period, followed by a series of sprint and rest intervals, scientifically-proven to increase the efficiency of the workout.
The interval training sessions are totally customizable too, allowing for adjustments in duration, intensity, resistance, and speed. The pressure and cooling can also be modified based on a variety of factors including ability, comfort level, and performance. Heart rate monitors and a graph of power output is displayed on screen, so you can track your performance while you work out.
The compression technology is really cool! When you’re on the Vasper machine you wear special compression “cuffs” on your arms and legs, which safely compresses your muscles to build up lactic acid more quickly. This replicates the effect of an intense exercise session that would typically take a lot more time and effort.
Finally, the cooling feature of this awesome device helps fight post-workout pain. Keeping the body cool during a workout eases additional physical stress, and reduces existing pain and inflammation you may be feeling. So even though you’re doing the equivalent of a couple of hours of exercise, you won’t experience the usual aches and pains that come after all that activity.
Interesting in finding out more about this science behind this amazing fitness system, learn about all it’s health benefits, and where you can give it a try? Visit Vasper’s website for all the details, and follow all their latest news and research on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
We’re all SO busy these days, like little hamsters in a wheel! I’m literally scheduled down to the minute on most weekdays, so I always have the stress of something going long and then being late for the next thing. I know many of you can relate to that; being so scheduled that we don’t take any downtime. We’re all juggling so many activities in our schedules and dealing with so many stressors, it’s not surprising that so many of us are not living our best, healthiest lives. Between home, family, work, and all the other elements that contribute to our lives, we barely get a moment to catch our breath and relax. Gathering for dinner is a great opportunity to unplug and reconnect with loved ones, but that can be stressful too — especially if you’re the one responsible for getting food on the table! Sometimes it feels as though there are simply not enough hours in the day to get to everything on your list.
So what if I told you that there’s a totally game-changing meal delivery service out there that is not only quick and convenient, but also affordable? I’m talking about chef-prepared, genuinely healthy meals with optimal taste and nutrition. Meals that you can feel great about eating and sharing with your family, so you can spend less time prepping and cooking, and more time connecting. My friends at Factor 75 provide this amazing service, and I’m excited to tell you more about it.
Whether you’re looking for meals all week long or if you just want to have a few back-up meal options on hand, Factor 75 works for all types of lifestyles. It’s really simple to join, because it’s designed for busy people like you and me. You choose a meal plan, you pick your meals from their weekly rotating menu, and you’re set! Each meal is cooked with care by their chefs and delivered to you — fresh. Then, just heat, eat and enjoy – either at home or on the go. These guys don’t mess around, everything is brilliantly prepared and never frozen. You can choose as little as 4 or as many as 12 meals per week, depending on what works best for your life and your family. And you can rest assured there are no sneaky commitments here! You can pause, cancel or change your Factor 75 meal plan at any time.
You may think that a meal delivery service is out of reach for you, but Factor 75 provides an impeccable level of quality for the cost. Their meals are prepared by gourmet chefs, who use the finest ingredients and ensure the dishes are as appealing as they are wholesome. Rather than going out and buying tons of produce and groceries each week that just go to waste if you don’t eat them fast enough, you can use your food budget to have fresh meals delivered instead. If you do the math, you may find that you’re actually saving on your food bills.
Their in-house dietitians also assess each and every dish, to make sure that each meal is nutritionally-optimized. We’re all looking for ways to sneak more nourishing food into our diets, and Factor 75 makes that task really easy. Their meals are healthy, tasty and convenient, making it easy to reach any health and fitness goal without sacrificing time or good taste. Factor 75 meals are packed with lean proteins, low glycemic carbs, and lots of healthy fat. Because when you eat real food that fuels you, it makes you feel good — and that’s what these guys are all about.
What’s also cool about Factor 75 is their overall philosophy as a company. Their meal plans aren’t about dieting…they say it’s about performance eating. They want to help their customers eat the very best cuisine and also get the most out of their valuable time. Whoever you are and whatever you’re busy doing each day, my friends at Factor 75 believe that eating better means living better. Improving your overall health with foods that are good for your body and your soul.
There are no compromises when it comes to the ingredients in Factor 75 meals. They are grass-fed and pastured, gluten-free, no antibiotics or hormones, no refined sugars, soy-Free, and non-GMO. And while the team at Factor 75 have their own philosophy on what makes a healthy meal, they still have a selection of meals that accommodate all types of diets like Paleo, Keto, and dairy-free.
So if you’re looking for an affordable, time-saving, and nutritious solution to your family’s biggest dinner dilemmas, head over to Factor 75’s website to check out their menus and find out more about their plans. And to stay on top of all things related to Factor 75’s community, you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
It’s been a really exciting couple of weeks for me, due to the launch of the Cruise Control Fasting Revolution and the release of my new book, The Cruise Control Diet! The book has been creating a lot of buzz, and I’m so grateful that the word is spreading far and wide about this truly life-changing weight loss plan.
What is Cruise Control Fasting? It’s my spin on the popular trend of intermittent fasting, which is an incredibly powerful tool in transforming your health. Mainly characterized by limiting your eating window to 8 hours, then fasting for 16 hours, it’s very effective in helping you lose weight and belly fat, age and disease-proof your body, and increase energy. But there is a major downside to typical IF protocols – you’re hungry! However, with Cruise Control Fasting, hunger isn’t an issue because I show you how to “cheat the fast” with healthy fats that keep you feeling full and satisfied.
There have been so many blessings to celebrate this month, and when life provides those moments, I like to kick back with a glass of wine! Enjoying some robust vino with good friends over a delicious meal is one of life’s great joys. And depending on what type of wine you choose – and how much you have – it can be a healthy addition to a well-balanced diet. In fact, one of the facets of the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet (in addition to olive oil, vegetables, and fish) is wine. There is a magical, natural polyphenol in red wine called resveratrol that has multiple benefits, including an increased life span. Not a bad side-benefit to sipping on some wine.
On my Cruise Control Fasting plan, you’re allowed to indulge in some wine up to three times per week, if you want. It’s ok to enjoy some wine in moderation during your eating window — cheers to that! However, there are some guidelines to keep in mind, which I mention in the book — organic and sulfate-free wines are best. And beyond that, there is a family of wines that I absolutely love and have been recommending to everyone – Dry Farm Wines. I like these wines so much that I actually suggest them in the book!
My friends at Dry Farm Wines curate the finest sustainably-grown, natural wines that they lab-test for the highest standard of health. They produce high-quality varieties from small family farms that are all organic, sugar-free, carb-free, and mold-free. They take the time to test each wine to guarantee that it is low in sulfates, and they never include any additives. Their wines taste fresh and vibrant; a special treat to enjoy as part of an overall, healthy lifestyle.
If you check out the testimonials on the Dry Farm Wines website, you’ll see a who’s who of the wellness world, singing the praises of these tasty wines. They are pure, artisanal, and deliciously clean. I was so thrilled to give this wonderful family of wines a shout-out in The Cruise Control Diet, and I love the whole team over there! Thank you for joining in the celebration when the book came out earlier this month.
Because wine enjoyment is an important part of living well, the team at Dry Farm Wines searches far and wide to find world-class, whole, and natural family-farmed wines that are naturally low in alcohol, and sugar and carb free. They even have a great Friends of the Farm Wine & Social Club, if you want to receive a unique selection of biodynamic natural wines. Find out more about all of these beautiful, healthy wines at Dry Farm Wines’ website, and follow the Dry Farms Wine community on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.