Second book of the year! Normally, this would go on my weight loss blog, but I think the stuff in this book is more of full lifestyle changes rather than fitness/weight loss related.
I read Jillian Michael’s Master Your Metabolism. I’d gotten this book recommended to me on my weight loss blog so I stalked it at the local library a few times and somehow Spencer found it randomly for me. That kid, he’s a genius.
This book is REALLY about hormones. Annoyingly so. Thankfully, I have a BSN that follows my name so I got a lot about what she was talking about but there’s a lot that I just ducked from and let it go right over my head. I am going to list 5 changes I hope to make after reading this book and why.
The main philosophies of this book are “remove, restore and rebalance” and she uses those throughout the book talking about different things… but these are what spoke to me.
1. Remove the Toxins — for me, this came down to trying not to reheat stuff in plastic, and throwing away a lot of our reusable containers (looking for a good new brand to buy as we’re now a little low after my giant purge), and buying organic when I can. I was actually swayed a bit towards the organic side… mostly because I think if we start to put our dollars towards organic, so will grocery stores, bringing down the price for everyone. I also think that there are a few items that really should be bought organic. I’m still not there with cheese or meat, but I’m considering it. What do you prioritize as important to buy organic? For me, it’s apples, grapes, stuff I eat the whole thing….
2. Eat whole grains. This has been my mantra for a while, I mean I own a wheat grinder for gosh sakes! But, I think I’ll look at packaging more often and hope to see whole products instead of processed items. Most of the time. She is clear to say that no one could follow this plan 100% of the time… small changes…
3. Changing what I eat, when. For instance I am hoping to eat less carbs as the day progresses. She’s anti eating after 9 pm. Which, will be 8 pm for me. She doesn’t believe in a late might snack, but I find I’m less nauseated in the AM if I eat a snack around 8 pm (and it will be now, between 7:30 and 8, as we eat dinner about 5:30). However, I have decided that snack will be a protein snack. String cheese, almonds, walnuts.. .something along those lines. She’s super anti-carbs late at night. Annoying, isn’t it?
4. Watch my sleep. I was bad last week, but I’m usually good about going to bed early.
5. Workouts. Hoping for 2k calories/week. She wants you to work out 5 days a week for an hour or more, and possibly add more cardio on top of that. Well, that’s not going to happen… but i may be able to do more then I have. I would like to at least try and be active on Saturdays… I wish it was lighter later in the evening.. but mother nature obviously doesn’t care about my waistline….
A LOT about what she talks about is how hormones from pesticides or our plastics or chemicals in either of those affect how our hormones within the body work.
My main beef.
Jillian has no initials. Call me annoying and crazy, but I am not sure she went to college. I have more issues with Suzanne Sommer’s book about hormones because hello… she’s Chrissy from 3’s Company… but it does bring up some interesting things to think about. The doctors at work have talked a little about the dangers of soy so I know what she’s talking about has some scientific backing… I just want actual scientists telling me stuff.
Or nurses, because they’re obviously the smartest.
Anyway, it’s an OK read. A little too much mumbo jumbo but it is just another little health bullet in my arsenal to lose weight. And heavens knows I could use it.