Hello emgieg! I'm not good at nutshell summing up but I can express some of what's going on in my head. You may have read I've had one foot in the door here and one out due to lullsville and the snoozarama I enveloped myself in, by not taking the initiative to keep it interesting for myself with new recipes etc. I just got bored and lonesome. ...and confused as to what specifics to stick to my OWN self! LOL So I guess we can still visit and encourage no matter what particulars we adopt as OUR way due to newness... age....hormones...etc.
I was really frustrated back when Suzanne shifted into the shadows and we all pretty much felt abandoned as she stopped the SSing speak on HSN, began selling her line of non-SSed products, putting recipes out for those products and then signing up her sales people from the boards who would go into the homes and have SSing parties to sell sell sell. Then she had a health crisis and her attention veered sharply to all natural and another way to eat.... Cancer got her attention BIG time, but until a few of weeks ago in her interview with Dr Oz, I hadn't known she'd had a breast removed and not just a small part. When we were all wondering what was going on and why she'd turned on her SSer following, devoted as we'd been... she was going through some tough trials of her own. Anyway... it makes more sense to me now. The SSIng way ( old school) was effective but we knew hormones and age would have us tweaking as needed with time. Others found they had thyroid issue and needed to follow a different route. Then the newer books came out with the expensive testing, treatments, and Bio Identical hormone testing and special drs to look up, then supplements, a drive for more fresh and less processed meats due to nitrates and nitrites..and then chemicals in every area became the focus in the last book Sexy Forever. All of it makes sense, but not all of us can afford her luxury of get what you want when you want it health-wise, organic everything, Drs and infinite tests to determine what is needed. ( Wouldn't that be FUn though?) teehee we can dream and we can move in that direction product by product, choice by choice, food by food. She's confused me i the past when she said she'd used HGH. Is that natural? She's had injections of her own body fat into places to plump them.. that's natural. She's had her own stem cells harvested to help her breast tissue grow to replace the removed breast, and that's both amAzing and natural..
Each of us must determine for ourselves if these things matter to us ( our carbon footprint, chemicals taking a toll on our bodies whether ingested or rubbed on in beauty products, etc), how much we can afford or NOT afford to go natural in food choices, or will we adopt ways and foods that are not SSed in order to get in what we know tp be healthy and ALSO strike a balance where we can STILL lose wt?
I never bought this last book but checked it out from the library. I was all in a huff with the changes. I was still resenting these changes and confusion and couldn't figure out how to answer questions anymore bc ppl wanting to SSize would challenge my replies, due to info they'd gotten in the new books and it was and still is a head shaker from my view. I guess we can use the early SSing program to start out , then tweak as we've all done to personalize the plan, and even work in some Sexy Forever tips and suggestions too, without owrry of judgement here. I'm defintiely not in the mood to argue any points when someone challenges a discrepency between old and new. I found respite at the George Stella site and his Youtube videos on what to stock because mnost is familiar... just not used in a food combining way. Forbidden fooods to SSing are sometimes encouraged on Stella Style. So... I'm drawing from This, Stella Stule and even from South Beach. I don't want to switch to reduced fats on the whole so I'll continue full fats and combining to avoid insuklin spikes, but will eat nuts, avacados, dark choclate, sweet potatoes or pumpkin as I can worjk them in ( small amts)....and for the health they offer. I'll still avoid corn, white flour and rice, banana, beet, apples, grapews, peraches, plums, and oranges starting out but I'll also continue drinking my regular coffee. with no guilt. I know to drink it with full fats and not carb meals if I'm using the cream ..and I know for me the caffeine isn't causing an issue in spiking insulin...for now anyway.
Let me attempt the nutshell:
follow the 7 basic rules as closely as possible
omit white things other than cauliflower
read labels to avoid added sugars...hidden sugars are typically in seasonings, dressings, flavorings
don't fret any tomato product that has a sugar count but DO avoid those with added sugars in the ingredient list
use protein powder to make bread subs
to lose well and quicker, avoid the fruits high on the glycemic chart and stick to berries if all kinds
Eat processed meats but try to buy the ones with a low suagr content,..as most of them do have sugar in the curing and processing....just eat them infrequently and in small amts
drink 8 plus glasses of water daily
avoid avacados, nuts...due to combo carbs and fats
avoid pumpkin and sweet potatoes and all other winter squash due to sugar content
avoid reduced fat dairy due to chemicals and salt they put in to make them taste better after removing the fats
no need to exercise
go to the old boards for reading pleasure in discussion on all things SSed and for recipes...still free to access.
Take quality supplements
eat fresh and not processed
get hormones leveled out with bio-idents
avoid chemicals added to beauty products and cleaning supplies
eat avocado, nuts, sweet potatoes plus the vast array of other veggies
drink coffee with caffeine
use batural sweeteners and hers is still tops on her list. ( Somersweet)..which I've heard is lactose based and that is what Whey Low products have as well * I buy the Diabwetic type bc it has an even lower glycemic count than theiur regular whey low
drink 8 plus glasses of water
drink her special juice
go to her site to buy things there, suzannesomers.com. and it is a pay to use site
Use certain spices for health.... cinnamon, cayenne,tumeric, etc
That's my nutshell attempt. I'm sure others can do that better.
Hope something here helps sandi