|Michaels says organic is a tough sell because no one wants to spend the money. "... let's put this into perspective. How much do you think all those prescriptions for obesity-related diseases are going to cost? Or chemotherapy?"|
After the first biochemistry lesson, Michaels moves on to outline the 10 power nutrient food groups. We can't give it all away, but black and red beans are highlighted first for their protein, fiber, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. "If you do only one thing to help you lose weight, eat more beans!" she says.
Alliums, such as garlic, onions and leeks are noted for detoxification and the superfood, blueberries, are recommended as antioxidants to fight disease. Each power nutrient group points to recipes in the book, including Blueberry Banana Muffins and Multigrain Pancakes with Berry-Maple Syrup. And if you have carnivore tendencies, don't worry – red meat is still on the menu.
Michaels insists fad diets don't work. And munching on chemical-filled processed foods (yes, those 100-calorie snack packs of cookies) doesn't help optimize your metabolism or slim your hips, either. But she is an advocate for growing and buying organic. Why? Organic farming protects farm workers from unhealthy pesticides, the planet from toxins running off into the soil, rivers and oceans, and yourself because you won't be eating all the hormones, antibiotics, pesticides and toxins that make you fat and sick, she points out.
She says organic is a tough sell because no one wants to spend the money. But, she says, "... let's put this into perspective. How much do you think all those prescriptions for obesity-related diseases are going to cost? Or chemotherapy?"
Turns out you shouldn't be snacking on raw almonds throughout the day, but eating every four hours: three solid meals with a balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates and one healthy snack. Clearly, Michaels has mastered her metabolism, if her trim 5'2" body and glowing skin is any indication. Her cookbook also provides great tips for healthy recipe substitutions, such as swapping white flour for whole grain or nut flour, boosting energy with citrus for vitamin C, and mastering your sex drive with a little cayenne pepper. Add a little cayenne to her Poached Eggs on Greens with Turkey Bacon and there's a spicy, fat-blasting breakfast in bed.