Have you ever heard someone say “put it it out to the universe” and wondered what they meant by it? Well, I have and for a long time I wasn’t exactly sure how or what I was supposed to be putting “out” to the universe. It wasn’t until I first went onto The Biggest Loser did I really try to figure it out either. I knew that I was being given the opportunity of a lifetime and I wanted to take full advantage of it, so I tried to recall any and every thing I had ever heard anyone attribute success to. One thing that kept coming to mind was the idea that if I put my goal of becoming the first female Biggest Loser out to the universe it would in fact come true. But what did that mean exactly?
I remember years ago hearing that if you wanted to create a million dollars you should write yourself a check for $1,000,000.00 and paste it somewhere that you saw everyday, several times a day. I also knew that this didn’t work because I, like everyone else who had ever heard that had done, wrote the check and taped it to my mirror. Yet I never created a million dollars. So there had to be more to it. (more…)
Dietician Cynthia Sass is the author behind several diet books, including Prevention’s Flat Belly Diet. Her latest book, Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches, outlines a diet plan for people who are tired of counting calories and even requires a little chocolate.
The Cinch! diet ditches calorie counting in favor of guidelines for healthy eating. The plan recommends that you eat four meals per day, and every meal is constructed as a puzzle that contains the same five pieces. The pieces are:
1. Produce (Fruit at breakfast and snack meals, vegetables at lunch and dinner)
3. Lean protein (Includes vegetarian, vegan and omnivore choices)
4. Plant-based fat
5. Slimming and satiating seasonings (vinegar, citrus juice, cinnamon, ginger, ect.)
The Flat Belly Diet is centered around fat, but not just the kind around your waistline. It’s a book and eating philosophy put together by Liz Vaccariello and nutritionist Cynthia Sass of Prevention magazine. The plan centers around MUFAs (Monounsaturated Fatty Acids). Monounsaturated fat is liquid at room temperature, but may solidify in your refrigerator. They help reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
There is no shortage of eating with the Flat Belly Diet, as you are recommended to have four 400 calorie meals, all with a MUFA source. So what foods are rich in monounsaturated fatty acid? Foods high in MUFA include nuts, avocados, dark chocolate, sunflower oil, canola oil and Rachael Ray’s favorite- olive oil.
Check out this spotlight on the Rachael Ray show that recently aired.