Book Talk: Master Your Metabolism

So, you’re well-aware of our little, um, experiment here at la hacienda. Like I said before, in addition to working out with Jillian, we’re now studying how to eat like her, using her diet manifesto, Master Your Metabolism.

Sure, the book’s not brand-new (it was published in ’09). But, then again, neither is my metabolism. You could buy the book, read it, and then begin to practice what it preaches, or you could read my handy-dandy summary here and take it from there.

Here goes:

After Jillian reflects on her life-long struggle to stay healthy (read: thin), primarily starving herself and exercising religiously, which she claims to hate (whatever.), she outlines the ills with American food consumption and a three-part recovery plan.

She basically says that our hormones (which comprise one’s metabolism) are out of whack. Namely, we all have a little way too much estrogen for our own good. In excess, estrogen makes us fat. And sick (think cancer). And fat. Did I mention that?

The estrogen overage, she asserts, comes from ingesting mountains of animal products (read: meat and dairy) which are pumped full of growth hormones.  To add insult to injury, we eat produce laden with pesticides. And that’s if we eat fresh stuff. The junk from the can/box or the frozen junk? Don’t even go there. Fast food? Not even mentioned. Not even an outlier on the Master Your Metabolism bell curve.

And then there’re the evil plastics. Plastic wrap. Plastic food containers. Plastic spray bottles. Demonic styrofoam.

Our metabolisms, she says, are scrambling to decode the hormonal messages we’re intaking from all sides, throwing us into diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Her three-step plan is simple: Remove, Restore, Rebalance.

Remove any offensive pre-packaged foods, high fructose corn syrup, chemicals, and plastics from your life.

Restore foods in your diet that promote fat-burning (read: organics). Eat a colorful diet of all kinds of fruits and veggies, no caffeine, no sugar, non-hormone-filled meats.

Rebalance: exercise, sleep, lower stress.

It ain’t rocket science, people. And, yet, my family has never lived this way. We love hormone-filled meat!

We, however, made the transition a week or so ago. You’d be hard-pressed to find a non-organic piece of meat in this house, save the nitrite-filled bacon I got for free at the Bi-Lo. It’s in the freezer, though. We’re saving all our chemical-laden food for company.

These days we eat lots of wild-caught Alaskan salmon, mountains of organic veggies and fruits, and a boatload of nonfat, Greek yogurt with organic honey and chopped walnuts every day. Re-learning how to cook without access to Old El Paso taco seasoning or a can of Cream of Mushroom soup, at my age, has been more than a little taxing and self-doubt inducing.

She says all this is going to make us feel better and help us lose weight. We’re a week in. I’ll update you when I know something.

In the meantime, give it a try. Load up on berries (blue), beans (black and red, dry), nuts (walnuts and almonds, raw), cruciferous veggies (broccoli and cauliflower) and some organic meat, and go for it. Tell me if you feel any better. Or not.

I’m dying to not be alone in this.

Off to eat a 70% cacao chocolate chip,


5 thoughts on “Book Talk: Master Your Metabolism

    • Grains are good. Whole grains, that is. Quinoa, brown rice, steel cut oats, white whole wheat flour, couscous. All a part of my diet. Except the quinoa. Haven’t worked up the nerve…or my budget yet. She says something like 40% protein, 30% carbs, 30% fat (good fat, avocado fat).


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