Adult Beverages Anti-aging Diet

Like coffee, wine can also be a healthful addition to an anti-aging diet. In excess, it is destruc-
tive to the body and dangerous to the liver. European countries that use it as a balanced accom-
paniment to their meals enjoy great health benefits. Several new studies back this up. A glass a
day extends life. One reason may be its effect on inhibiting plaque in the brain, thus prevent-
ing age related neuronal disorders. It also helps the breakdown of collagen in the skin, conse-
quently moderate wine drinkers are at less risk for an aging and wrinkled face. How about that?
One glass per day for women, and up to two for men, lowers harmful LDL cholesterol.
Be careful though, mama, a recent, major 2011 study published in the Journal of the American
Medical Association showed that women process alcohol differently to men. Drinking more
than one alcoholic drink per day for females can go against health, rather than promote it.
Women who drink more than one glass a day showed a modest 15% higher risk for breast
cancer compared to women who drank less. Therefore, sip slowly and stick to no more than
one 5 oz. glass.
Of course, you do not need to become a wine drinker on this plan. And please, don’t even
begin if you know you have the genetic potential to abuse it. If there has been alcohol abuse
in your past, or in your family, you are probably best to stay well away from wine altogether. There is exciting information coming out about a substance called resveratrol, which is
found in the skins of the grapes in red wine. It turns on the life extension gene in our bodies,
previously only known to kick in with reduced calorie diets. Resveratrol aids in weight control,
especially in the mid section, and energy function. This supplement may be a great idea if you
want to stay away from wine.

Never drink sweet wines! Always opt for dry, as these have very few carbs. Red wines, like
Pinot and Cabernet Sauvignon are excellent. Dry, white wines can also be used, but they do
not have the incredible resveratrol factor. If you’d prefer less alcohol content, a half glass of dry
white wine mixed with sparkling water is a good alternative. Please do not send us letters about
the evils of wine. Jesus performed miracles with it and wine was definitely a biblical beverage.
This was not grape juice as some like to argue. Fermentation played an integral role in enabling
populations to have enough to eat and drink in that day as there was no refrigeration.
Some wives may have husbands who like to have beer sometimes. It is very detrimental to a
macho body. Beer tends to end up making men look pregnant once they are over 30 years and
their cells are more resistant to insulin. You could suggest the idea of dry wine to your husband
in place of beer. If sipping wine doesn’t appeal to his manliness, and he would still like to swig
a beer on the odd occasion, we only approve ultra light beers because the carb content has been
greatly reduced to less than three carbs. Of course, your husband may not care a whit what we
approve or do not approve, that’s fine too. But, you could gently share the science with him.
You don’t need to say, “Serene and Pearl say . . .” He might get sick of hearing sentences that
start out like that (if he’s anything like our husbands). We’re sure you could find creative ways
to share the information with him that will not turn him off upon hearing our names, or this
plan.

if you are hoping for large losses on the scale every week

 

Although the S and E plan is designed to steadily shrink fat cells if they are too large, we
want to caution you against seeking very fast weight loss. Fast weight loss should never
be your goal and it is definitely not what we promote. You’re reading the wrong article if you
are hoping for large losses on the scale every week. Eating the S and E way is not a race to be
skinny. It is a sensible way to restore food sanity back into your life and home and healthy
weight will develop naturally.
Unless you are extremely overweight, which makes dropping large amounts of pounds
naturally faster, we don’t want you to lose much more than a pound a week. Rapid weight
loss becomes catabolic, which means there is more breaking down of the body than building
up. It goes against the anti-aging premise of this article. Run far away from magazine and cycle. The diet includes very little carbs and is also very low-fat. It is similar in idea to our Fuel
Pulls, but more extreme. It strips away the body’s two main fuel sources, but it does it for long
periods of time. It is essentially a starvation diet!
The HCG hormone is supposed to help curb hunger and cravings, reset the metabolism,
and eliminate some of the usual problems of extreme dieting like skin sagging and low energy.
The jury is out whether all the negatives are actually avoided by using this hormone, or whether
it is a placebo effect, but there is no denying the diet works, and works quickly. People are able
to drop enormous amounts of weight in a short time since they’re literally starving for fuel so
the body essentially eats itself to keep living.
Despite claims to the contrary by promoters of this diet, the weight often piles back on
after the extreme diet stops. The Medi-Weightloss diet is another one that utilizes a 500 calorie
a day diet. However, it is doctor supervised. We know a few people who have kept their weight
off after dropping fast weight on these extreme diets by adopting our plan, or other low glyce-
mic plans. Instead of gaining back weight, they even lost more weight using the principles we
encourage, but very slowly. On the whole, most people we have observed who did HCG or
the Medi-Weightloss diet put the weight back on because they never learned how to eat for life
and simply returned to their old ways. These diets do have maintenance guidelines, but they
are not fun to continue, so back on goes the weight.
We want this to be a gentle road for you. Seek a slow and steady reduction of fat. The
tortoise beats the hare every time. If you are a quick loser and consistently lose large numbers
on the scale using S and E alone, we strongly suggest adding some S Helpers or Crossovers to
steady your weight loss. You will save your skin from sagging. Too fast a weight loss does not
allow your skin to shrink in harmony with your decreasing body shape.
headlines that scream, “Six Weeks to a Bikini Ready Body!” Titles like that are the nemeses of
this cycle. The diet includes very little carbs and is also very low-fat. It is similar in idea to our Fuel
Pulls, but more extreme. It strips away the body’s two main fuel sources, but it does it for long
periods of time. It is essentially a starvation diet!
The HCG hormone is supposed to help curb hunger and cravings, reset the metabolism,
and eliminate some of the usual problems of extreme dieting like skin sagging and low energy.
The jury is out whether all the negatives are actually avoided by using this hormone, or whether
it is a placebo effect, but there is no denying the diet works, and works quickly. People are able
to drop enormous amounts of weight in a short time since they’re literally starving for fuel so
the body essentially eats itself to keep living.
Despite claims to the contrary by promoters of this diet, the weight often piles back on
after the extreme diet stops. The Medi-Weightloss diet is another one that utilizes a 500 calorie
a day diet. However, it is doctor supervised. We know a few people who have kept their weight
off after dropping fast weight on these extreme diets by adopting our plan, or other low glyce-
mic plans. Instead of gaining back weight, they even lost more weight using the principles we
encourage, but very slowly. On the whole, most people we have observed who did HCG or
the Medi-Weightloss diet put the weight back on because they never learned how to eat for life
and simply returned to their old ways. These diets do have maintenance guidelines, but they
are not fun to continue, so back on goes the weight.
We want this to be a gentle road for you. Seek a slow and steady reduction of fat. The
tortoise beats the hare every time. If you are a quick loser and consistently lose large numbers
on the scale using S and E alone, we strongly suggest adding some S Helpers or Crossovers to
steady your weight loss. You will save your skin from sagging. Too fast a weight loss does not
allow your skin to shrink in harmony with your decreasing body shape.. Don’t think of this as a race, but a lifelong approach.
Mamas who only need to trim down a little (20 pounds or less to lose), will likely see
even slower moves on the scale than a weekly pound. Do not freak out and become obsessed
if things aren’t happening fast enough for you! Please do not weigh daily; you’ll feel like you’re
going insane.

That practice is a joy robber.
Diets that tout ridiculously fast weight reduction tax the adrenal glands and mess with
your hormones. The catabolic hormone cortisol, which comes from stress, will start to pump through your body if you shed weight too fast. After a while, this high cortisol state will cause
your weight to plateau and your results will halt. You may have lost 40 pounds super fast,
but the remaining 20 pounds may become stubborn and immovable, especially around your
middle. This is because excessive cortisol, after it eats you up, will put on or keep weight in
your mid-section.

Gently Does It

We openly admit that diets like Atkins, which even put restrictions on the amount of non-
starchy vegetables you can eat, or the opposite extreme diets that are higher grain and restrict
fat, may initially cause faster weight loss than this S and E plan. Eliminating whole food groups
will initially shed pounds swiftly since they are shaking the body out of its usual metabolic
processes.
The prolonged state of ketosis induced by Atkins is the reason weight will usually drop off
very speedily in the beginning of that program. But, we don’t want your body pushed into an
extreme state. Remember, we are finally learning to not be snared by extreme diets. Hopefully,
we are not coming across as Atkins bashers, because lots of people have made great body trans-
formations by implementing its principles. There are certainly some things to respect about
that diet, but we seek a more healthy balance of all the food groups that God created for our
optimal health.
We want you to be nourished, to enjoy eating as much as we do, and to watch with satis-
faction as your husband and children gather around the table to a delicious, healthy meal that
will build rather than destroy health. Weight management will naturally occur as you learn to
steer your home to a smarter nutritional destination where whole foods reign and sugars and
starches lose their stronghold.

 

The Tortoise, not the Hare

We want to remind you of Isaiah 40:11,“He gently leads those that are with young.”
You may be a mother with a lot of physical exhaustion and responsibility. It is important
that you stay nourished and strong. Constantly spilling ketones into your urine from almost
completely restricting carbs is not a nurturing state for your body. Neither is it wise to enter
into other diet extremes and deny your neurotransmitters and endocrine system the healthy
fats they need for optimum function.
We know people who have dropped a lot of weight doing the HCG diet. You may have
heard of this diet which has become quite popular in recent years. The pregnancy hormone,
HCG, is either ingested sublingually or injected into the dieter every day for cycles of about
three to five weeks, while at the same time the dieter eats a 500 calorie a day diet during the cycle. The diet includes very little carbs and is also very low-fat. It is similar in idea to our Fuel
Pulls, but more extreme. It strips away the body’s two main fuel sources, but it does it for long
periods of time. It is essentially a starvation diet!
The HCG hormone is supposed to help curb hunger and cravings, reset the metabolism,
and eliminate some of the usual problems of extreme dieting like skin sagging and low energy.
The jury is out whether all the negatives are actually avoided by using this hormone, or whether
it is a placebo effect, but there is no denying the diet works, and works quickly. People are able
to drop enormous amounts of weight in a short time since they’re literally starving for fuel so
the body essentially eats itself to keep living.

 


Despite claims to the contrary by promoters of this diet, the weight often piles back on
after the extreme diet stops. The Medi-Weightloss diet is another one that utilizes a 500 calorie
a day diet. However, it is doctor supervised. We know a few people who have kept their weight
off after dropping fast weight on these extreme diets by adopting our plan, or other low glyce-
mic plans. Instead of gaining back weight, they even lost more weight using the principles we
encourage, but very slowly. On the whole, most people we have observed who did HCG or
the Medi-Weightloss diet put the weight back on because they never learned how to eat for life
and simply returned to their old ways. These diets do have maintenance guidelines, but they
are not fun to continue, so back on goes the weight.
We want this to be a gentle road for you. Seek a slow and steady reduction of fat. The
tortoise beats the hare every time. If you are a quick loser and consistently lose large numbers
on the scale using S and E alone, we strongly suggest adding some S Helpers or Crossovers to
steady your weight loss. You will save your skin from sagging. Too fast a weight loss does not
allow your skin to shrink in harmony with your decreasing body shape.

Ultimate Satisfy Helpers Balancing Protein and Carbs

Ultimate S Helpers

If you are not familiar with the grain that is actually a seed called quinoa, or the legume called
chana dahl, read about them in Foundation Foods, Chapter 17. They are the ultimate S Helpers
as they are both very slow burning in the body, will not likely cause elevated blood sugar, and
should be far less likely to halt weight loss.
Quinoa is yummy, fluffy, and very versatile. As an S Helper serving of a third to a half
cup’s worth, it can be used underneath your eggs for breakfast, tossed into your salad or soup,
or layered as a bed under your salmon for lunch. It is also the perfect accompaniment to your
curry or stir fry in place of rice. It cooks a lot faster, too.
Chana dahl is a legume that has a glycemic index so low that it’s almost unbelievable. It
is versatile, too. As an S Helper in half cup portions it can be used as a seasoned mash on the
side of your plate with your evening meal, tossed into your salad or stir-fry at lunch, or used as
part of soups and stews. We like the idea of quinoa and chana dahl as your first S Helpers as
they are much gentler on your blood sugar than most other grains and beans. However, if they
don’t appeal to you and you are not pre-diabetic or have Type 2 diabetes, the other S Helper
options that are listed should be fine.

No Extra Helpings

Once you start adding S Helpers, it’s important to remember that they are not part of second
helpings. It’s okay to go back for a little more food if you are still hungry at the end of your
meal. But, if you’ve already had your S Helper portion in your first round, put some more
protein and non-starchy veggies on your plate, and skip that second piece of bread or other
portion of grain. This, of course, does not apply to soup or chili where foods like quinoa,
chana dahl, or lentils and beans may be already appropriately portioned into the recipe to fit
S Helper standards.

The Winning Number

While we don’t want you counting carbs meticulously, it is good to have a general idea of car-
bohydrate content. Our S helper portions are designed to stay under 15 net grams of carbs.
But that’s easy to manage if you remember to keep to one small piece of bread, or quarter to
half a cup of a more starchy item. Don’t become a counting freak! However, for interest sake,

when counting net carbs, always subtract the fiber to come up with the correct number. For
example, 16 grams total carb with four grams of fiber equals 12 grams net carb portion. That
would work great for an S Helper.
Berries are not considered a carb portion on this program unless you have more than one
cup’s worth. Therefore, we include them in both S and E meals and do not consider their sugar
levels high enough to be in this S Helper group. Blueberries are the exception. They should
not exceed half cup portions when paired with S meals as they are a little higher in carbs than
other berries—three quarters of a cup would be an S Helper portion of blueberries

The Choice is up to You

S Helpers are not a required add-on for most people. They are just a way to have more freedom
on this plan. You get enough carbs with your E meals for overall health purposes; adding these
helpers to your S meals is not mandatory. If you decide to add them, and they slow your weight
loss down too much for your liking, or completely halt weight loss, forego them.
If S Helpers make you happy and content to continue this way of eating indefinitely, even
if weight loss is slower, that’s okay by us. Remember that this is a lifetime approach to healthy
eating, not a race to shed 50 pounds within six months. It would be better to take a year or two
to shed 50 pounds and enjoy your food and your life. That’s a smarter approach than losing a
bunch of weight quickly and then returning to your previous eating habits due to a stringent
mindset.
We are all different. If you are one of those people with strong carb addictions, it’s possible
S Helpers might throw you off too much, especially bread. Some people have portion issues
with bread. If you simply cannot eat only half to one piece of bread as an S Helper, due to
strong carb addictions, you may need to tread carefully when you try to include this little 15
gram carb addition. You know your own weaknesses.


Once weight loss is well on its way after eating S and E alone for a while, give yourself a
chance with some S Helpers. If adding half to one piece of bread with your S meal still makes
you hanker to eat three more pieces, this will not be an S Helper, but an S Killer. It will swing
that seesaw the wrong way! Go back to pure S and stay the course for a while longer. As this
diet heals your sugar addiction, you may be able to try again later when you are stronger.

Make Progress First To Balance Protein Carbs and Fat

S Helpers are only for people whose weight loss has already made a good start. You don’t have
to be at your goal, but should be noticing continuous results. This usually takes a couple of
months to achieve. Crossover meals will allow you to maintain weight, but S Helpers, with
their very small addition of healthy starches, still make room for weight loss.
WARNING! They will hinder weight loss if you become too liberal and start tossing
starches on your plate, rather than eying or measuring first. Keep your quarter and half cup
measuring cups handy, mama. You’ll make frequent use of them if S Helpers appeal to you.
Start out with a third cup of quinoa under your fried eggs at breakfast. If weight loss keeps
going well for you, you may be able to increase to half a cup. Both of us easily enjoy half cup servings of quinoa as S Helpers with our fried eggs, but we have been at our goal weights for a
long time. Easy does it when you first include these. Ramp starch portions up slowly.


Some people with more insulin resistance may notice a halt to progress if S Helpers are
included too often. Women who have PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) may have to keep
to pure S and E (using primarily quinoa and chana dahl as their E options) to see weight loss,
with more heavy reliance on S. This is because PCOS can make the body less able to handle
carbs in most forms. It induces a tough state of insulin resistance and only a couple of very slow
burning starchy carb forms can be handled. Fortunately, chana dahl and quinoa are tolerated
quite well, even by the most insulin resistant.
Why do we not suggest S Helpers at the beginning of this program? We want to make a
clear distinction that it is high starches in combination with fats that are responsible for any
body fat storage. You may be used to eating larger amounts of starches. Therefore, it will be
more helpful for your progress to eliminate them from your S meals and focus on non-starchy
veggies. This will train you to be more creative with these vegetables, without always having
to include starchy carbs. Also, pure S meals help to clear cells that have been overstuffed with
sugar for too many years. They will make them more able to handle and process blood sugar
so greater weight loss is achieved.


Until all this happens, it may be much harder to enjoy quarter to half cup servings of a
whole grain instead of the usual excess. Adding S Helpers later in the program will seem like
an added treat, but not necessary for your satisfaction. We don’t want you to look at S Helpers
when you first start our plan as some sort of punishment like, “What do you mean, I can only
have quarter of a cup?” Bringing them in too early could cause that response.
Once you have learned the satisfaction of filling up on non-starchy veggies (and it is a
learned skill, but once mastered, very addicting) then adding a little starch should feel more
like, “Wow, you mean I get to have a whole quarter to half a cup? Thanks, Serene and Pearl.


I’m quite satisfied with the way I’ve been eating, but I may try adding it in!” (Wink!)
Having said all this, if you want to be stubborn and decide to include S Helpers from the
outset, you may be okay. We say “stubborn,” because we have a brother who insisted he would
only follow our plan if he could keep in a certain amount of starch with all his S meals.

He did not want to feel psychologically deprived in any way whatsoever. He wanted that piece of
sprouted toast under his eggs in the morning, come what may! But, he needed to lose some
weight in a healthy low glycemic manner as his fasting blood sugar revealed pre-diabetic num-
bers and his pants were too tight!
During the first six weeks of our plan and doing it in his own stubborn way he did not
lose weight, although he told us he felt much better and his blood glucose numbers improved.
We told him (in a sisterly “told you so” fashion) that he would have more success if he’d forego
all the S Helpers. He ignored our advice and continued to enjoy his S Helpers. What do
you know? Four months into the plan he’d dropped 15 pounds. Seven months later, he’d lost close to 30 pounds and had a much healthier fat distribution in his body. But, he’s a guy. Men
have less fat cells in their bodies and they usually drop weight faster and with more ease than
women.

E Meal Carb Limit

It’s so important to remember that E meals are not an excuse to gorge on carbs. Gorging on
carbs will always result in weight gain around the belly, and lowers health whether the carbs are
whole grain or not. Keep the starchy carb portion to a palm-size serving on your plate, unless
you are eating beans and you can have more of those.
Keeping grains, fruit, and sweet potatoes to palm-size portions will naturally keep you
around or under 45 g of carbs, which is the limit we advise. That amount gives your body glu-
cose as fuel for energy, but it can be burned off without too much trouble. It then allows your
body to give the signal to your fat to release some of its stores for fuel. In essence, an E meal
allows you to first burn glucose and then burn some of your own body fat to keep you running.
Making sure starches are kept to medium amounts is the only way this will occur.

 

We don’t want you doing a bunch
of carb counting, which only leads to
needless obsessions and detracts from
happiness. The starch portions in our
E list of approved foods are already
allotted into safe helping sizes, so you
won’t need to think too much about it.
Adhering to those portion sizes should
naturally keep you from shooting past
that safe 45 gram threshold. You won’t
have to do math in your head.
The threshold we advise for E meals
can be more clearly understood by
comparing low versus high-carb food.
E meals stay in middle territory. Meat
has the lowest carbs of all. It actually
has zero carbs. This is why even fatty
meat, when eaten in an S meal with
other lower carb foods like non-starchy
veggies, will not cause weight gain. A bowl of oatmeal, on the other hand, has between 20-30
net carbs. This is fine for an E meal. Your blood sugar should still be within healthy limits after
eating it, and the oatmeal is a gentle burning grain that gives you a steady energy level through-
out the morning.

You can add some berries to the oatmeal and some low or non-fat yogurt to
top it off, yet still come in just under 45 carbs. A perfect E breakfast.
Let’s compare that oatmeal breakfast to a common evening meal that contains a baked
potato around 60 carbs, a white dinner roll around 25 carbs, and a sugar laden dessert around
80 carbs. Put the three together like many people do, and you have well over 100 carbs in just
one meal! That results in blood sugar racing out of control and extra releases of fat storing
insulin to try to clean up the mess. We hate to implement rules, but we advise a 45 gram safety
net to avoid health depleting situations such as this.

Get Ready for the Plan Satisfying and Energizing

D
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
weight loss.
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
overall health.

Prep Time

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.