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Celebrate with Wine, Naturally

Celebrate with Wine, Naturally

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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, Instagramand Twitter.

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A Sweet Celebration of Cruise Control Fasting

A Sweet Celebration of Cruise Control Fasting

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Have you joined the Cruise Control Fasting Revolution yet? My new book, The Cruise Control Diet, just dropped earlier this month and it’s available wherever books are sold, so go pick one up! It flew to the top of Amazon’s Diet and Nutrition book categories in just the first few days, so I’m really excited that so many people have been interested in checking it out.

Cruise Control Fasting is my own take on the popular trend of intermittent fasting, which is an incredibly powerful tool in transforming your body and your health. In over two decades of being a fitness trainer and wellness expert, I’ve never seen anything more effective for blasting belly fat fast…and there are tons of other health benefits, as well. You’ll lose weight, you’ll have more energy, and this plan will also age and disease-proof your body! How? There’s a very cool process that happens when we fast called autophagy, a cellular self-cleansing process that breaks down and recycles damaged molecules and cells in our bodies. And it does all of this without any pangs of hunger, because on my plan you “cheat the fast” with healthy fats that keep you satiated.

In the book, you’ll find all sorts of amazing drink and snack recipes that you can enjoy during your 16-hour fasting window. But an equally important feature of my Cruise Control Fasting plan is that during your 8-hour eating window, you want to stick to an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of 50% fats, 30% healthy carbs, and 20% protein. This combination of foods and nutrients will help you optimize all your meals, and set yourself up for success! There are a ton of savory recipes in the book that are super-delicious, but for those of you who have a sweet tooth, I have plenty in the book for you, too.

In fact, me and my boys all have a little sweet tooth, so I always try to include a dessert or treat into my 8-hour eating window. Which brings me to my very favorite cookies, called Keto-Snap. I talk about my great love for these cookies in the book, and I also provide a delicious recipe for Snap Cookie Ice-Cream Sliders, tasty ice cream sandwiches made with these crunchy cookies.

Keto-Snaps taste like vanilla and cinnamon, they are Cruise Control Fasting–friendly (in your 8-hour eating window), and they are wheat-free, gluten-free, preservative- and additive-free, AND non-GMO. They won’t spike your blood sugar or signal insulin to store calories as fat, so you can enjoy these guilt-free anytime you want a sweet treat. My whole family loves Keto-Snaps, and we literally take them with us wherever we go — I always have a box in the car and in my gym bag. Whether you enjoy them on the go, or at the dinner table layered with other satisfying ingredients, you can’t go wrong with these crispy cookies.

I was so thrilled to include a quality product like Keto-Snaps 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.

Keto-Snaps were made to satisfy those who want a sweet treat, while also providing meaningful nutrition from whole food ingredients. Do yourself a favor and get some of these delicious, guilt-free cookies — I know you’ll thank me. Visit their website for more information about their products, for creative recipes, and more. You can also follow all that’s going on in the Keto-Snaps community on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Enjoy Good Dairy

Enjoy Good Dairy

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The latest dietary guidelines, which help promote health and prevent chronic disease, emphasize the importance of consuming a healthy, whole diet including fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, proteins, and oils. These foods should be eaten within a sensible calorie level, and with limited amounts of saturated fats, added sugars, and sodium. Sounds reasonable, right? After writing over 30 books on weight loss and nutrition, I am a proponent of an anti-inflammatory diet that includes all of these food groups — in the right portions, and eaten at the right times, of course.

Of all the essential food groups, dairy gets the worst rap! Why? Because the type of fat found in whole-fat dairy products is saturated fat, which doctors warn can increase your risk of heart disease, as well as “bad” LDL cholesterol. Additionally, some people have a hard time digesting dairy or are lactose intolerant, which makes them want to steer clear completely.

However, I believe that dairy is an important contributor to a healthy diet, especially due to the calcium benefits. There is definitely more good news than bad when it comes to dairy — the key is to make smart, thoughtful choices when selecting your dairy. For example, many nutrition experts suggest having fat-free or low-fat dairy products to make dairy more accessible. They also recommend yogurt as a preferred form of diary, since it provides lots of protein and calcium, and it may also optimize healthy gut bacteria.  

I love getting my dairy in the form of yogurt since it’s so versatile, and one of my all-time favorite brands is Peak Yogurt. What makes Peak so special, why do I go out of my way to get my yogurt delivered from these guys? Get this…they make Triple Cream yogurt, which has 17% milkfat. The founder, Evan, believes that milkfat is the best part of dairy, with all its silky richness and fat-soluble nutrients, so he adds a LOT of cream to his yogurt! It’s thick, creamy, and really satisfying, so it doesn’t need a ton of sugar or other additives to satiate and fuel your body.

Additionally, because we all need to be more aware of where our food comes from and how it’s sourced, it’s comforting to know that the folks at Peak get their organic milk and cream from three family-owned dairies in Oregon. They believe cows are healthiest and produce the most nourishing milk when they can graze on fresh pasture grasses, and when they’re treated in a humane way. Pretty simple concept, but you’d be surprised at how many companies don’t consider those standards when sourcing their ingredients.

Yogurt can be eaten in so many ways — it’s a really flexible ingredient that can be used in tons of different recipes and types of cuisine. Peak’s plain unsweetened yogurt is also keto-friendly and low-carb, which appeals to a lot of different eating plans. So, let’s stop being so afraid of diary and enjoy it again! With Peak’s variety of flavors, you can find a delicious option that suits any meal. One of my favorite tips: I love to replace sour cream or mayonnaise in recipes with Peak Yogurt.

Peak Yogurt is packed with live and active cultures, plus probiotics, which we know is great for digestion and overall gut health. They’re also adamant about limiting added sugar in their foods, which we know is more damaging than almost any other substance we can consume. Their yogurt packs are really easy to grab when you’re on the go, so all you need to do is throw in some fruit or granola and you have a full, satisfying breakfast or mid-day snack. And for all of you out there who like to snack on veggies and dip, Peak has awesome recipes on their website for delicious dips — and even desserts!

Peak Yogurt is truly the gold standard, and they make delicious products that will inspire you to embrace dairy. Check out their full line of products on their website and give it a try! And to stay on top of all that’s going on in the Peak Yogurt community, follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Get Your Fats on the Go

Get Your Fats on the Go

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In the past few years, I’ve become a big believer in FAT! You heard me right, I love eating fat, and it’s become my mission to spread the word about how important good fats are, and how they’re actually essential to a healthy diet. Eating more fat has completely changed the structure my own diet and eating habits, and it’s literally the magic sauce in my Cruise Control Fasting program. It’s the amazing element that makes my spin on intermittent fasting possible.

For many years, it was assumed that eating fat would make you fat, but recently doctors and researchers have been busting that myth more and more, and we now know that healthy fats are good for our bodies, our brains, and even our hearts. In fact, it’s been shown that monounsaturated fats may improve blood cholesterol levels and decrease your risk of heart disease. So what kind of fats should you be incorporating into your diet?

Two of my favorite sources are nuts and healthy oils. In addition to lots of nourishing fats, nuts are a fantastic source of protein, fiber, and lots of vitamins and minerals. By extension, I have been totally obsessed with nut butters, and I’m constantly finding new ways to work them into my meals and snacks. Oils — like avocado, olive and MCT oil– are not only heart-healthy, they’re also a delicious complement to salads and vegetables. You can even add MCT oil to your coffee!

My friends at FBOMB love fat just as much as I do – so much, in fact, that they created a whole line of amazing, portable, healthy fats that are really easy to grab on the go. They designed all their packaging in such a brilliant way, I can throw their oils right into my pocket or in my bag and they’ll stay airtight and fresh until I’m ready to use it.

Their oils have really become a staple of my Cruise Control Fasting plan. Besides the convenience and ease of their thoughtful packs, they use the highest quality oils that are all 100% pure, fresh, non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan, minimally processed – and where available, organic. You can really taste the care they put into their delicious, versatile oils.

The couple who founded this brand are strong supporters of the low-carb/high-fat (LCHF) diet, and they’re dedicated to making excellent products that help people live a healthier lifestyle. They understood people’s desires to increase their intake of good fats, and wanted to cater to active folks like them (and like ME!) who wanted to get their fats on the go more easily. So, they created FBOMB and perfected their genius, durable packaging, so that you can have delightful fat options no matter where you are.

Nut butters are a fantastic source of healthy fats too, but obviously, it’s not very convenient to lug a jar around with you all day! However, thanks to FBOMB, you can take tasty, handy packs of nut butters with you. They’re so easy to throw into your bag or the car — all you need to do is give the pack a little squeeze to mix up the nut butter and it’s ready to eat. Salted Chocolate Macadamia butter? Yes, please! And yes — it’s just as delicious as it sounds. The perfect solution when you want a simple, yummy, high-fat snack.

Fat is smart fuel, and FBOMB products are designed for those who are on the go! So if you’re ready to add more healthy fats into your diet and you want to find out more, head over to FBOMB’s website. And to keep up with all the latest happenings in the world of portable fats, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Join the Cruise Control Fasting Revolution!

Join the Cruise Control Fasting Revolution!

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It all starts TODAY…come join the Cruise Control Fasting Revolution! I’m so excited to announce that my new book, The Cruise Control Diet, just dropped today and it’s now available wherever books are sold, so go pick one up!

What is Cruise Control Fasting? It’s my own spin on the popular process of intermittent fasting, which is a really powerful tool to transform your health. In over 20 years of being a fitness trainer and wellness expert, I’ve never seen anything more effective for losing belly fat…and there are a slew of other health benefits, as well.

What nutrition experts and researchers have discovered in recent years is that when we eat is just as important as what we eat. There is real, scientific evidence stating that if you follow the basic intermittent fasting principle of an 8-hour eating window and a 16-hour fasting window, you will lose weight…even up to a pound a day! So, what’s the catch? Those who follow a traditional program often feel totally ravenous during that window of abstaining, either early in the morning or late at night. Nobody likes that uncomfortable, empty feeling — which is where Cruise Control Fasting comes in!

With my new program, you can harness all the power of intermittent fasting and NEVER feel deprived or starved, because I found a way to cheat the fast with healthy fats. Drinking delicious coffees and teas laced with fats like grass-fed butter, MCT oil, and heavy cream will keep you satiated in those morning hours, so you can successfully power through until your 8-hour eating window begins. And if you have nighttime cravings? You can enjoy sweet, sugar-free treats like my double chocolate mousse, to fill you up before bedtime without disrupting your fast.

And what about those two meals you can have during your 8-hour eating window? The world is your oyster…there are so many healthy options to enjoy. I have tons of recipes in the new book, but generally I recommend eating an anti-inflammatory diet consisting of 50% fats, 30% healthy carbs, and 20% protein. Tacos, burgers, pasta…there are lots of delicious choices, enough to please everyone’s palate!  

So take my 28-day challenge, and see for yourself how automating your diet with Cruise Control Fasting and following a sensible exercise plan can help you lose weight, blast belly fat FAST, age and disease-proof your body, get better sleep, and have more energy. And the best part is you’ll never feel hungry!

Visit my website to find out more about this amazing program. And if you sign up now, you’ll also get FREE access to my Cruise Control Fasting Club! As a member, you’ll get:

  • 3 Exclusive Coaching Sessions with me revealing Cruise Control Fasting.
  • 5 Easy and Delicious Recipes to never feel hungry!
  • My Celebrity Secret Step-by-Step Blueprint.

So don’t wait another day to take better control of your health and change your life forever. Join the Cruise Control Fasting revolution today!

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Drink Tastier Water

Drink Tastier Water

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I’ve been a celebrity trainer for 25 years now, and I say it all the time — one of the #1 rules when it comes to diet, exercise, and keeping your body inbalance is that you must stay hydrated. There’s no getting around it, you have to be diligent about getting a whole lot of water into your daily routine. In theory, it’s such an easy thing to do…but it still feels like a chore, right? Because let’s face it, water, while clean and refreshing, is BORING! You’d give anything for it to taste like something…anything. But carrying fresh fruit around to squeeze into your water throughout the day isn’t the most convenient solution.

This is why I love the idea of water enhancers, like the team at Stur make! Ingenious drink mixes that are totally portable and make your water so much tastier. Health experts recommend drinking eight to ten 8-ounce glasses per day — which equals about 2 liters, or half a gallon. That’s a LOT of water, you guys! But Stur has you covered, with a variety of satisfying flavors to choose from.

Stur Liquids have zero sugar and calories, and they’re also high in antioxidant vitamin C. They come in a bunch of delicious flavors, and the liquids are gluten-free and kosher, too. So, even more people can reach their daily water intake goals with more flavor and fun. Just give it a quick squeeze and it’s ready to drink!

Stur Powders are low-sugar, low-calorie mixes, high in antioxidant Vitamin C and sweetened with a blend of organic cane sugar and stevia. The packets are specially designed to take on the go — so throw a few in your bag or the car, and you’ll always have juicier water at your fingertips.

What I also love about Stur is that they’re a family-run company who’s truly passionate about helping others live better, healthier lives by hydrating naturally. They only use simple ingredients, so their drink mixes actually taste like they came from nature — not a science lab.

I can’t express enough how important it is for our bodies to stay hydrated, and you may experience some unpleasant side effects if you don’t. Many of my clients complain that when they don’t drink enough water throughout the day, their energy levels and overall brain function suffers. There are plenty of studies to support this notion, too, that mild dehydration caused by exercise or heat can have a negative impact on our mental function.

So, let’s set our bodies up for success by getting more serious about our daily water intake! Products like Stur drink mixes can help all of us reach our healthy hydration goals, and make it a little more interesting along the way. I always like to drink lots of water in the morning — but you should space your servings of water out throughout the day, however it works best for you.

To find out more about the benefits of staying well-hydrated and to check out all of their natural water inhancers, head over to Stur’s website. And to keep up with all the latest happenings in hydration, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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