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Soooooo....it's officially the end of week 3.
It's a perfect time to update you all on my health journey and the failures and successes of it since starting Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion. Bestselling author, Joel Marion, is a fitness expert and nutritionist debunking the myths underlying traditional dieting and offers a simple, highly effective weight loss program. He was one of the main reasons that I even chose the Always Eat After 7PM Diet Plan and Book to read. I'll be honest, with the craziness of my life, it's been difficult to stay 100% committed to the Intermittent Fasting (IF). I originally stated that I only wanted to eat between the hours of 7pm-midnight. You can checkout that blog post here. Typically, I stay up until around 2-3am. This last 2 hours of being up was filled with cravings, so I bumped it up from 7:30pm-12:30am, so that I could eat a little later. According to Joel Marion in Always Eat After 7PM, “Avoiding carbohydrates and restricting calories later in the day can have an adverse effect on your thyroid hormones, which play a major role in metabolism. When the thyroid fails to secrete enough of the hormones that control metabolism, this can trigger symptoms like fatigue, depression, weight gain, thinning hair, and dry skin” (Joel Marion). Not being as fatigued throughout the day was definitely a change that I noticed when I started to eat carbs later in the day! I would avoid pasta for late meals, but I am now happy I know that this is not necessary. We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal.
Reading Always Eat After 7PM has been a great read thus far, and I love the chapter about starting with the mind as the biggest motivator to change. It talks about how we should be using mindfulness as a tool to stay in the present when making dietary and health decisions. I also love the recipes inside of Always Eat After 7PM. My favorite so far has been the Mexican Brownies! They are spicy, as they have a pinch of cayenne pepper in them, but they help to burn fat, while eating GOOD. This helps me to indulge in my chocolate cravings, while also making health choices. This is becoming one of my secret joys in life. They have so many other recipes that are healthy, but delicious. Another favorite is shown below (No Bake Salted Caramel Bar).
The recipes are not just filled with chocolate goodies, they also have real meals, such as this beautiful loaded baked potato with chili.
The book even has recipes with your favorite fruits!
Fruit Tarts pictured above.
Besides the amazing recipes and working on my intermittent fasting, with the help of the Always Eat After 7PM book, I have also been able to increase the glasses of water that I intake each day. I originally started at one glass per day, but now I am HAPPILY drinking around 3 glasses. This is not at my ultimate goal of 8 glasses per day, but it shows a significant improvement of over 300%. According to Joel Marion, “Water helps digest your food, expel wastes, regulate your temperature, protect your tissues, cushion your joints, and protect your spinal column, among many other vital functions. It is through water that hormones flow to the proper organs, that nutrients reach all cells, and that toxins are diluted and removed from the body" (Joel Marion).
For more information of the recipes inside Always Eat After 7PM, check out the video below.
Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.
This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.