id you figure out which woman you relate to most? We’ll admit that we’ve had a lot in
common with a few of them over the years. Yet, there’s a new woman we want to intro-
duce to you. It’s you! Your metamorphosis as you come out of confusion. You are about to be
Satisfied and Energized.
You are going to read these two words (Satisfying and Energizing) over and over again
throughout the aticles. We’ll shorten them to S and E. We have nicknamed our way of eating
as The S and E Plan. Yes, a plan. But don’t tune out. It’s the way we have to teach it to you in
the beginning. If you have some weight to lose, you’ll need to learn to make each meal you eat
burn one primary fuel source, rather than two.
The two primary fuel sources for the body are glucose and fats. It is crucial that protein be
included with every meal, but it is not a primary fuel for the body. Once you focus your meals
on one fuel source at a time, your body will be able to burn through that fuel, and then switch
directly to the task of burning your own adipose tissue (body fat) for fuel. Results? Natural
After a while, this won’t feel like a plan. Eating Satisfying and Energizing meals will
become as much a natural part of you as breathing in and out. First, you’ll need to learn about
these S and E meals and how they both deliciously help you find healthy weight and greater
Before we jump right into the specifics of the plan, it’s important that you get prepared. This
preparation is not a list of things you must do, or buy, before you start changing your eating
habits. It is a preparing of your heart and mind. Even if you recognized yourself in one of the
four women we described and realize there are changes to be made, don’t charge into your
kitchen and start throwing things out of your cupboards and refrigerator just yet. That may
come later on. First, we want to chat to you for a little bit about the general ideas behind these
dietary principles that work so well in our busy family lives.
Grab a cup of coffee, take a deep breath, relax, and open your mind to some new, and also
surprisingly very old food ideas.
We hope the next couple of chapters will scrub away myths, lies, and confusion about nutri-
tion that are imprinted in your mind. It will be easier to embark on this journey toward greater
health and weight management if your mind is not ensnared by certain cages of thinking.
Any long term turnaround is not as likely to be sustained if you stay married to current
beliefs about nutrition. Many widely held beliefs about certain food are simply myths. It’s our
hope that you will let go of unnecessary mind baggage that can easily hold you back. Weigh
and measure our suggestions and ideas with an open mind and heart. We do not claim to know
it all, and still have much to learn ourselves, but hopefully you’ll soon discover that much of
our culture’s current, dietary beliefs are actually in direct contradiction to the Bible.
These current nutrition beliefs block progress to stable weight because they hold people
captive to defeat. It’s impossible to find an ease in life while trying to do as most modern food
advisors tell us. If you think that having to constantly worry about counting calories, or strip-
ping the fat and a large quota of animal foods like butter and red meat from most of your
meals, is simply too hard to do—that’s because it is. This sort of advice is bondage, and with
God’s help, you can shed the weight of it from your life.
Welcome to a new world, where the principles behind the words, Satisfying and Energiz
ing can change your life. Get ready to fly
Stabilize Your Blood Sugar
You will soon be eating in a way that is termed “Low Glycemic” and we’re going to teach you
exactly how to do it. You’ve probably heard this term thrown around. It simply means the
foods you eat will have gentle impact on your blood sugar levels. It is imperative to stop the
vicious cycle of too high, then too low blood sugar in your blood stream. You’ll do this by
learning how to be more carbohydrate conscious.
Our approach is not like other low-carbohydrate diets which are also low glycemic, but
where people tend to get in the rut of constantly overdoing meats and fats. Often, they do not include adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables, and rely on chemical, artificial sweeteners.
Very low-carb diets are successful in weight loss at first, but they can end up slowing down the
metabolism as the body gets more efficient at metabolizing predominantly fats and proteins.
We want to avoid this at all costs, and as this plan unfolds, you’ll learn some tricks to kick start
your metabolism into high gear.
Becoming carb conscious is the smartest way to live. It will enable you to take better
dominion over the size and health of your body. You’ll soon be a carb conscious mama and
proud of it. You won’t do this by counting every carb; that’s more bondage. Instead, you’ll learn
to center your meals with protein, and learn the difference between starchy and non-starchy
carbs. You’ll choose more delicious non-starchy carbs to complete your meals, but will not
eliminate the starchy ones, though they will no longer rule your plate. You’ll find a healthier,
wiser place for them in your diet.
A carb conscious approach to food, rather than a constant low-carb diet, is crucial to long
term health because most of us cannot constantly live on a very low-carb diet and remain
healthy. It is not long before glycogen (stored glucose in the liver and muscles) becomes
depleted and stays that way. This can lead to a lack of energy. Also, long term, very low-carb
diets can sometimes lead to other complications like a more sluggish thyroid and metabolism.
This is why our plan works. We promote an inclusive diet, rather than an exclusive one. It
includes all three essential macronutrients—fats proteins and carbs, even certain amounts of
starchy carbs. We can enjoy all three and stay slim.
Focus on the Right Foods
The S and E plan focuses on non-starchy vegetables, both raw and cooked, often drizzled
with creamy dressings or buttery sauces. We also want to encourage a lot of superfoods like
salmon, berries, nuts, seeds, cultured dairy products, and super fats like coconut oil. These
foods, alongside more natural sources of red meat, eggs, and chicken, with balanced amounts
of whole grains, legumes, fruits, and sweet potatoes are the ultimate fuel for the human body
and can bring much healing.
Do any of these foods sound like a deprivation diet? Nor do they come in tiny little boxes
for only “mini me” people to eat. Staying satisfied is the name of the game now. These are foods
on which the whole family can thrive.
This new approach to food will not send you into a constant state of ketosis (burning fat
by using ketones for energy). Healthy weight loss easily occurs without this becoming a 24
hour state in your body. If your body naturally slips into ketosis now and then through eating
S and E meals, it shouldn’t pose too much of a problem as it won’t remain in that state for
long. Having said that, ketosis has occurred naturally in humans for centuries. People groups lived seasonally before export, import, and refrigeration were common. At times, they feasted
on summer harvests. At other times, they had nothing more than dried meat and herbs which
would have induced states of ketosis. Many of us get into a state of ketosis overnight and by
morning we are naturally burning ketones for energy. It also occurs for brief periods after our
body burns through the fuels in our meals, but ketosis is not a state we have to constantly seek
to achieve weight loss.