Cooking your way to a flat belly

Someone sent me a book, unsolicited. I had to laugh when I opened the box and saw Flat Belly 365: The Gut-Friendly Superfood Plan to Shed Pounds, Fight Inflammation and Feel Great All Year Long.

Courtesy: HCI Books

I’m not a diet person. I just eat in moderation and try to choose healthy foods. My weakness is sugar. 

Yes, I’ve been carping about gaining ten pounds and not fitting the smaller sized dresses anymore. At first a little huffy, I thought maybe I should take a hint and be open minded.

This book is written by dietician Manuel Villacorta, who says to achieve a healthy gut and maintain lasting weight loss takes proven science that can be achieved with improving gut health with the right food ― super foods accompanied by anti-inflammatory fats, and prebiotic and probiotic foods.

Villacorta says this can balance your appetite, reduce cravings, regulate blood sugar, fight inflammation, and fuel your body with key nutrients for optimal health. 

Full color recipes like Fig Jicama Salad, Beef Bone Soup, Chocolate Smoothie Bowl and California Avocado Gazpacho sound pretty good, actually. All plans are adapted for all eating styles including vegetarian and vegan. 

His sample 7-Day menu program initially allows for 1,300 calories and graduates to a maintenance plan of 1800 calories per day. I read this while eating a bag of chips. 

I do have some revamping to do. I told my husband we should try this for kicks and see. 

Perhaps the next time I “see” you, dear reader, there shall be a teensy bit less of me. LOL

Diane Ako

Peace of mind By Diane Ako I like to reflect on life. Sometimes it’s philosophically. Sometimes it’s humorously. For all its beauty, life is far too difficult a journey to take alone. You need the support and connection with others to help carry you along the way. Writing brings me that connection– within and without. It clarifies my thoughts and feelings. It helps me reach out to others for advice, wisdom, or feedback. Your thoughts become your actions. Your actions become you. A wise yogi- Patanjali- said, “Speak what is true. Speak what is pleasant.” Let’s speak of things pleasant to one another and seek some peace of mind along the way. ABOUT Diane Ako joined Hawaii: In Real Life in October 2016. She likes being part of a community of local bloggers – people who like writing and sharing, like she does. Ako is an anchor/ reporter at Island News (KITV4 – ABC) in Honolulu. She previously anchored and reported at KHON2 (FOX) and KHNL (NBC), and at stations in California, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania. She freelance writes for NMG Network's magazines. In between news jobs, in 2017, she launched and ran her own p.r. company, Diane Ako PR. From 2010-2014, she headed the public relations department at Halekulani Corporation, which oversees luxury resort Halekulani and boutique hotel Waikiki Parc. She’s been blogging since 2009 – before Hawaii: IRL, she wrote for The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the state’s largest daily newspaper, where her stories garnered a dozen journalism awards and an Emmy nomination. Ako has a BA in Communications from Menlo College and an MA in Political Science from University of Hawaii at Manoa. She volunteers as a board member of the Honolulu Gay & Lesbian Cultural Foundation, a Shinto shrine maiden at Daijingyu Temple, a citizen-scientist studying shrimp, and a yoga teacher at a senior center.

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