I Read Another Book!

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.

Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!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. :)
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  1. says

    Out of curiosity, I Googled her credentials:

    s a motivator and role model, Jillian has a unique connection with her audience that stems from her own personal journey toward wellness. Before she was a huge TV success, Jillian struggled with her own weight. She was determined to reach her goals — and through dedication and hard work, she did. Jillian has been a personal trainer for 19 years. In addition, she owned and operated a sports medicine facility, where she worked as a physical therapy aid under the physiatrists, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Jillian’s passion for fitness training originates from 17 years of martial arts practice in Muay Thai and Akarui-Do, in which she holds a black belt. Since 1993, Jillian has held two personal training certificates from the leading certification programs in the country: the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) and the American Fitness Association of America (AFAA). In addition she is Kettlebell Concepts certified. Jillian has also developed a continuing education series for trainers with AFAA and holds a nutrition and wellness consultant certificate with the American Fitness Professionals Associates (AFPA).

    No college, but it seems she has lots of real life experience and training, which can often be just as good, if not better.

    Anyway, this is a book I’ve been wanting to read. Thanks for the review…I definitely need to work on the no carbs at night thing. That is a big issue with me.

  2. says

    Appreciate the book review. Nice to learn some of the stuff without having to read it.

    Props for tackling the plastic food containers – we are working on that too. I use glass for anything that is hot or acidic and the plastic only for things that are cooled off or cold (to reduce the leaching). Real Tupperware is a possibility for a lower toxin plastic. Also working on ditching the non-stick (PFOAs). I was just reading an article that was talking about how important avoiding toxins and detoxing is to health, so it is definitely great to work in that direction. Now all that is left is…everything else (air, water, cleaning supplies, lotions, soaps, cosmetics…the fun never ends)

    As for the prioritizing organic, there are certain foods that have a higher pesticide load (think EWG dirty dozen, etc) and some are GMO. I would go organic with those things that are the worst contaminated also considering how much of it your family eats.
    And yes, voting with your dollars will encourage more organic and lower prices(I hope!) which I believe is a win for everyone.

    Sleep. My arch-nemesis. When my kids start school I am going to be in trouble.

  3. says

    Loved your book review, I’ve added it to my library list!

    Going organic for foods you where you eat the entire fruit is very sensible and a wonderful goal. Bananas? I see no reason to pay top $ for organic bananas unless you are passionate about supporting organic farming practices etc.

    Love Jillian.

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