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The Fast Metabolism Diet – book review

The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy promises that you can eat more food and lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days.  Hailed as “the metabolism whisperer,” Haylie reminds us that food is not the enemy, it’s the rehab needed to rev-up your sluggish broken-down metabolism and turn your body into a fat-burning furnace. You will eat a lot on this plan and it is broken down into phases:

Phase I (Monday-Tuesday): Lots of carbs and fruits
Phase II (Wednesday-Thursday): Lots of proteins and veggies
Phase III (Friday-Sunday): All of the above, plus healthy fats and oils

Haylie is know as the go-to weight loss guru for stars like Cher, Jennifer Lopez and Robert Downey Jr. She also  looks healthy and talks about avoiding unnatural foods such as fat-free, artificial sweeteners and chemical additives which is also sound advice.

So what did I think about the book? I was turned off by the promises of eating more to lose more, it’s on the front of almost every diet book. Then I was surprised and delighted by her approach to holistic nutrition and was intrigued by the science of metabolism and digestion since I am currently studying those areas. The promise of a vegetarian option was exciting too because so many other books are things I would never consider eating, but the book really fell short in this area for me. The phase 1 breakfasts were ok as they were fruit smoothies. When you get to the phase 1 lunch recipes, you have Tuna, green apple and spinach salad, Open faced turkey sandwich, Sprouted grain turkey wrap, Chicken and barley soup, or Turkey Buffalo chili. Now which of those recipes is vegetarian?
That’s right, none of them unless you leave the meat out and you then have a salad.

This book may be helpful to non-veg-heads, but if you are vegan or vegetarian, you may be disappointed. Haylie recommends that vegetarians alter their diet to include eggs and fish (personally insulting to me that she even mentions this in the vegetarian section) but can also sub beans for the protein. After checking out the forums on the fast metabolism diet website, it seems that other veggies have the same concerns that I have.

Have you read the book? I would love to hear your opinions!

This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/FastMetabolismDiet.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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June 2, 2013 - 6:38 am

D. Renée - I just got the book 2 days ago, and I’m sorely disappointed. Have you found any vegetarian alternatives?

June 5, 2013 - 5:00 pm

Amanda - Hi D, other than the few pages in the book which address substitutions, I haven’t found any other alternatives.
Good Luck if you try the diet!

June 17, 2013 - 4:21 pm

Anne S. - I don’t understand why vegetarians and vegans think this book doesn’t include options for them. I’m vegan, and I’m having no problem doing any of the phases, because there’s a section in “The Fast Metabolism Diet” that specifically says to substitute soy products such as organic tempeh, etc. for the meats/ non-vegan proteins. And soy products such as tofu and tempeh are a traditional meat substitue in recipes, anyway, because the texture works as a faux-meat. So rather than Turkey Buffalo chili, make Tempeh chili :)

In my circle of vegan friends, soy has a really bad rep because of its high phytoestrogen content. People logically make the assumption that an increase in phytoestrogens will adversely affect their homone levels. I’m a pre-veterinary student at a university, and I recently took a class on the uses of plants and herbs in the medical field. Multiple peer-reviewed, double-blind, randomized studies show that while soy has phytoestrogenic properties, it also has anti-phytoestrogic properties; this means that your body only uses the phytoestrogen in soy to boost your hormone levels IF YOU HAVE AN ESTROGEN DEFIENCY. It will not raise already normal estrogen levels. So while the fear of soy SEEMS logical, studies show that this fear is simply not justified.

The only concern people should have of soy, is that it is second only to corn in being the most genetically modified organism. So it is wise to buy organic/ non GMO’ed soy products, which is exactly what Haylie Pomroy suggests.

I hope this helps people utilize “the fast metabolism” dietary principles into their lives better because this program really is working for me! My weights finally stabilized because for the first time since I became raw vegan, my hunger level has stabilized!

Happy Fast Metabolism!

June 18, 2013 - 2:12 pm

deb - I felt as you did- I bought the book because there were “vegetarian options”, and also was disappointed with the “hey, you can eat fish for this little bit” kind of attitude. It just showed a lack of understanding that many of us don’t omit meat from our diet simply as a dietary choice.

June 18, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Amanda - Glad it’s working well for you Anne!
I think the frustration comes form the statement that it includes vegetarian information but we are left to fill in the recipes and substitutions on our own, rather than providing vegetarian and vegan recipes.
and hey, I love soy!

June 18, 2013 - 2:21 pm

Amanda - Glad it’s working well for you Anne!
I think the frustration comes form the statement that it includes vegetarian information but we are left to fill in the recipes and substitutions on our own, rather than providing vegetarian and vegan recipes.
and hey, I love soy!

June 18, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Amanda - That really bothered me too Deb. I have NEVER eaten fish in my life and suggesting that I do it now for her “holistic” plan totally irked me

June 18, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Anne S. - Haylie’s website has a vegetarian/vegan forum. This might help :) , there are a few more recipes on it.

http://www.fastmetabolismdiet.com/forums/forum/fmd-for-vegetarians-and-vegans/

July 5, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Eileen - I have invented my own form of vegetarian diet that works for me morally, and I am very accustomed to substituting for my own recipes. I’m thankful for Haylie’s suggestions, but that’s all they are–for people who can’t take an idea and figure out how to use it by themselves. I’m much more thankful, however, that she didn’t preach to me about something that is not her expertise or lifestyle. The info in the book is amazing, scientific, and true. It’s not meant to be a vegetarian cookbook, or any kind of cookbook. It’s up to everyone who wants to try it, to work it into their lifestyle and diet preferences. I lost the weight promised. She gives us the tools. She didn’t have to include foods or recipes.

ready for summer? here’s your free bucket list

I can’t believe that school is almost out for the summer! Who else is excitedly freaking out about how to entertain everyone for 3 months? While I loved the idea of a summer bucket list, last year (more about it here) I realized that a lot of the lists out there didn’t work for me or my family, so I made a different kind of list based on photos.

Every summer I have grand plans of fun which quickly go out the window, but last year we hung our empty bucket list where we could easily see it and were reminded to get out and have fun! It worked so we are doing it again.
We will ROCK this summer!   Who’s with me?

 

Remember when the summer was about the simple things? As we are still focused on our Simple Living plan, this summers list reflects time spent with the family and surrounded by nature.  I’ve gotta tell ya, we are all so excited about what this summer has to offer us, stay tuned for next weeks Simple Living Wednesday post for a BIG family announcement. Until then, here is our list…

The Prince Summer Bucket List 2013:
picnic in the woods
create a Prince family sandwich recipe
go on a water slide

make a new popsicle flavor
backyard vegan BBQ
watch the 4th fireworks
eat from our garden
swim time!!  

 

 

simply click the image to download, print and write in your own list. or use photoshop to add your list and family name.

then let me know what is first on your list!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and here is the other version, slightly updated. 

free summer bucket list ideas and printable

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May 30, 2013 - 7:53 am

Steph Calvert - On my bucket list for this summer? Get the family up to the Hotlanta area to explore, and go find out what Stone Mountain, Georgia is all about!

May 31, 2013 - 6:19 pm

kara noel @small things - This is great! Love the picture idea and I totally pinned it!

pea and walnut pesto linguine

 

Pasta is always such a crowd pleaser, but you don’t have to stick with boring old tomato sauce. Traditional pesto is great and can be super expensive to make and this pea and walnut version has a great taste and is affordable enough for you to make it all the time.

While the peas make this slightly sweet, it retains the traditional taste of pesto with plenty of fresh basil and olive oil. What is your favorite kind of pesto?
Ingredients: 6-8 servings

1 pound whole wheat linguine
1/4 cup walnuts plus more for garnish
1 cup peas (defrosted if frozen, blanched if fresh)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
3 Tablespoons fresh basil
3 Tablespoons fresh parsley
salt and pepper to taste
Method:
biol a large pot of generously salted water and cook pasta according to package directions. in a food processor, finely grind walnuts then add peas, scraping the sides as needed. add the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to blend until smooth. add basil and parsley and blend again, then salt and pepper to taste. place finished pesto in a large bowl and add drained pasta, toss until blended and top with walnuts and fresh basil. 
pea and walnut pesto linguine via sunny vegan
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May 9, 2013 - 6:37 am

Steph Calvert - Oh man. This looks completely delicious – I can’t wait to try it!

May 9, 2013 - 11:26 am

Cynthia - You create such beautiful food! Both for the eyes and the tummy! WOW!

May 10, 2013 - 5:36 am

Jackie - This looks delicious! As easy as pesto is I’ve never made it for some reason… lazy I guess. LOL!

May 14, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Lisa - One word describes this recipe…delicious! This was a big hit at my house!!! I added some yellow pepper to the food processor too. Thanks. :D

my secret mess – time to edit for a simple life

If you have seen my house, it’s pretty darn neat. This is what my kitchen looks like…

our diy vegan kitchen with marble gray and white cabinets

 

We did the work ourselves and you can read more about it here.
Anyway, it looks pretty tidy right? Wrong!

This is the butlers pantry (on the left through the archway) as you see it- * iPhone photo

this is what you see-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and this is what it’s hiding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While the house looks neat and organized, pretty much every cabinet, drawer and closet has this same kind of mystery mess. I have NO idea what is in there any neither does anyone else. So there you have it, my pathetic messy little secret. As I long as no one could see it, it seemed like it really wassn’t there. But it is really there and now it’s time to put my goal of a more simple life to the test as I ruthlessly edit the junk,  getting rid of it all. We have made progress the past few weeks and have a huge pile of clothes, shoes and toys to donate but there is still a  lot of house to get through. While this part if simplifying is NOT simple at all, I hope that at the end of this process my family and I will feel less of that drowning-in-my-crap feeling that has been bothering me for so long.

For those of you joining me on this journey, have you had any unexpected challenges or successes this past week?
and next week I will show you the after of that mystery mess cabinet.

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