Breezing through on a sunny day to follow up on some previous posts. Just click on the section heading to read the original post.
The publisher has asked that I revisit a couple of points I made in my review, specifically the exclusion of red meat and the lack of a cupcake provision. I wrote:
The exclusion of red meat completely. The statistics cited were based on studies in which people ate red meat every single day. Personally, I don’t think leaner cuts of red meat periodically are a problem, but then again, I’m not a nutritionist.
Unlike with potatoes, there is no cupcake provision.
Personally, I don’t think I was incorrect in either of those statements, but I’m more than happy to provide some clarification of my viewpoint.
1) Red meat is allowed as a splurge. I thought I also read a recommendation to avoid it completely during the 30-day phase of the plan, which is what I was reviewing and why I wrote that statement, but I don’t have the book with me and can’t cite the page number. (Other reviewers, help? If I’m not mistaken, it was back in the Q&A section.) Of course, I could be hallucinating. It happens. I do stand behind my opinion that lean cuts of red meat, in moderation, aren’t an evil addition to an eating plan.
2) Cupcakes! They are allowed as a splurge and there’s a section on splurges in the book, but that wasn’t the point of my comment. As regular readers know, I love cupcakes, and my intended-to-be-witty-but-apparently-not comment was a lament that the plan didn’t allow cupcakes 2-3 times a week as with the potato provision. (I’m still searching for that plan!) I assumed people would draw the parallel, but maybe not. I’m not nearly as witty as I think I am.
I’ll wind up this section with a reminder that my review of SASS Yourself Slim was generally positive, and I do think it provides good information.
We can knock one off my list: Roasted Strawberries! They’re super easy to make, and I loved the intense strawberriness on first bite (a little berry explosion in my mouth). What I didn’t love was the balsamic finish to it. I was afraid of this as I don’t generally care for balsamic vinegar, but since it was only a few drops, I went ahead and tried it. I’ll omit that next time, and there will definitely be a next time. I see this as a good way to use end-of-season berries that aren’t quite so sweet.
Moving into the #10 spot on my list of recipes to try is this one:
Sweet Banana Flatbread! One part mashed banana, two parts whole wheat flour, and a little healthy fat for cooking them. I’ll be trying different versions of these as the possibilities seem endless. Peanut flour, coconut flour, quinoa flour, coconut oil, cinnamon….
Back in March I wrote about some new exercises I was introducing, and I thought it high-time I let you know what I think about them.
::drumroll! I’m pleased to report a 75% success rate! I really like the Horizontal Jumping Jacks and the Plank Toe Touchdowns, and I’m enjoying trying old lifts in a new-to-me way with a unilateral approach, especially the chest press with dumbbells. I can feel the movement all the way down to my calves, which is kind of the point!
What I didn’t enjoy so much was the Dumbbell Skier Swing. I don’t know if I’m doing it wrong or maybe not pushing the weight hard enough, but it just doesn’t do anything for me. It’s possible I’ll live without this exercise in the rotation.
I have a new one to add to the list:
You may want to get some ear plugs, or maybe try to drown out my noise by making some of your own!
Come back tomorrow for a product review and giveaway!