Only 3 days?

3 Days.  That is all Dr. Sara Gottfried says it will take to reset each of your hormones by eliminating specific dietary triggers.  I already knew which one I would have to face head on: insulin.  Argh.

True confessions: I have a sweet tooth.  I don’t over indulge, but I do love some dark chocolate, and selected “paleo” desserts.  I forage a bit after lunch or dinner.  I often forget that the word “treat” means it should be a sometimes thing, and before I know it I’m eating too many, too often.  I know many people can relate.

So I read “The Hormone Reset Diet” last week and was pretty stunned by Dr. Sara Gottfried’s remarks on fasting glucose levels.  My doctor has never flagged me in the “danger zone” and technically my levels don’t fall there…UNLESS you take Dr. Sara’s advice.  I was stunned to find out my numbers are elevated according to her.  And I come from a long line of diabetics.  Can you say wake up call?

On Wednesday I was teaching yoga at a retirement facility and a woman in her 70s came up to me after class.  We spoke about her posture and her physical condition and she said she really wants to loose weight.  I suggested starting with eating fewer sweets.  She told me she had quit smoking two packs of cigarettes “cold turkey” but she just couldn’t give up sugar and sweets!  It was simply too hard.

Sugar certainly has a grip on us, most likely because it lights up our brain in the same areas as crack cocaine does. It is addictive.  And , according to the book, elevated (or slightly elevated) blood sugar is among the top reasons people hold onto extra weight especially in the belly area.  Now there is some motivation.

So I challenge you to consider the 3-day sugar elimination (including alcohol, considered “liquid sugar”).  How do you feel?  More clear headed?  Cravings gone? Notice any extra weight coming off?  Can you keep it up?

It’s not easy but if it only takes three days to reset your insulin hormone it is totally worth it!

Here is a really delicious recipe I made this week to help satisfy myself while I’m in sugar withdrawls.  Hey, every little bit helps 😉

Ayurvedic Dal

  • Servings: 4-6 as a side
  • Difficulty: super easy!
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Ingredients:
2T coconut oil (can substitute with olive oil)
2 chopped onions
2 c yellow split peas
1 T grated ginger (I used “Ginger People’s” pregrated ginger)
Spices: 1 t salt, 2T curry, 2T cumin, 1t chili powder,
4 cups broth, 2 cups water

Saute the onions in the oil till translucent.  Add the ginger and spices and stir around a bit for 2 minutes.  Add the split peas, broth and water, bring to a boil then cover and lower to simmer.  Cook about an hour until the peas totally fall apart and get mushy.

Enjoy!

Adult?

Today was a day where I rolled up my sleeves and got to work on the piles of paperwork at the desk.  True confessions:  it’s never something I rush to do, and the pile seems to get higher and higher until it verges on toppling, sometimes actually toppling–that’s when I know it just isn’t optional.  And if the regular paperwork wasn’t enough, I also chose to take on the health paperwork of the flexible spending account.  Today of all days.

You see, we started the day by gently singing “Happy Birthday” and rubbing the back of our now 18 year old son.  It is a big day for all of us, and the gifts are wrapped, cake frosted, friends invited.  When asked what he wanted for dinner he replied “waffles,” and so it is a classic “breakfast for dinner” kind of thing that will unfold here later this evening.

As someone who is gluten free I won’t eat those incredible waffles but I am not going to feel sad for myself, because today for lunch I had one of my very favorite meals, salmon hot pot (recipe below).

It will be fun and exciting to end the day singing “Happy Birthday” again.  It’s amazing to think that the years have gone by so quickly and that he is now at that magic age where the lift ticket price changes, where so many other things change…for example, while on the phone today with our health plan, I asked if I could get a read on our deductibles.  I specifically wanted to know his information and because he is 18 TODAY, I was locked out of his account.  Poof, just like that.  He’s truly an adult.

I welcome him into this crazy adult world, so proud of the young man he’s become. I suppose the best advice is to keep enjoying breakfast for dinner and to stay young at heart 🙂

Salmon Hot Pot

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: super easy!
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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Ingredients:
Wild salmon, about 2 pounds
Ginger preserves, enough to slather about 1/3-1/2 cup +/-
Coconut aminos, about 1/4 cup (can swap in soy sauce)

Take 2 pound piece of salmon and spread ginger preserves on top.  Not crazy generously, a slather but not overdone.  Then sprinkle coconut aminos on it.

Place the salmon in a casserole dish with a lid (very important!) and then pop in the oven for about 1/2 hour or until it’s done to your liking.  The coconut aminos will poach it and the ginger preserves give it an amazing flavor!

I made it with a head of roasted cauliflower (just chop, sprinkle olive oil and salt on it and put it in the same oven as the salmon for the same amount of time).

Enjoy!