Gwyneth Paltrow's personal trainer Tracy Anderson's diet plan gave me blackouts. By. Rebecca Wilcox. Updated. 2. 2: 0. BST, 1. 9 March 2. Gwyneth Paltrow calls personal trainer Tracy Anderson her 'pint- sized miracle and the exercise genius of all time'. And who can blame her? After all, Tracy is responsible for giving the 3.
Amazonian tiger- wrestler would be jealous of. So when Gwyneth went on Oprah last year and revealed the painful lengths she goes to to maintain her Hollywood figure - with Tracy's help - I wondered, could I do that?
Rebecca Wilcox (left) after following the 3. Day Method. Gwyneth Paltrow (right) showing off her toned body during a beach holiday in the Caribbean last month. And I wasn't alone. Tracy, a former dancer, and savvy Gwyneth are now business partners. Together they've produced four exercise DVDs - each of which has sold in excess of 2. Britain alone - and a book, Tracy Anderson's 3.
Day Method. Released in December it is shifting around 1,0. Tracy's A- list clients who include Madonna, Shakira, Penelope Cruz and Nicole Richie.
It's the bestselling diet and fitness DVD from the trainer hailed by Gwyneth and Madonna. Yet one expert warns the gruelling plan is 'anorexia in a pamphlet'. Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or GAPS) is a condition which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. Gluten-Free Almond & Buckwheat Flour Pizza with Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto. A thin, crispy, flatbread-like crust filled with a nutty and lightly sweet flavour that.
According to Tracy all we have to do to get Gwyneth's figure is exercise for two hours every day, six days a week for the rest of our lives. Oh, and eat only according to her strict diet plan. But who has the time and inclination to do that? I work from home a lot, I have no children and only a small flat to look after. I also had a size- 1.
DVDs ranging from faddy to fantastic. I have done yoga, pilates, jogging, weightlifting, swimming, aerobics and dancing. I even had a personal trainer at one point and, before you ask, yes, I have also tried several diets, including a hideous, practically food- free 1. I didn't lose a single pound.
Working out: Gwyneth in the gym with fitness guru Tracy Anderson, whom she has called her 'pint- sized miracle and the exercise genius of all time'Maybe my goal to get a celeb's body is a little too ambitious. But my job involves me looking good on TV presenting on the BBC's Watchdog programme, and I really wasn't happy with my figure (something I have in common with most women, according to every survey published on the subject). So I bought into the Tracy Anderson Method, got hold of her DVDs and books, and ordered her latest boxed set, Metamorphosis: A Complete Body Transforming System, a 9. Day Method, and which is available only from Tracy's website. I have to say, Gwyneth made it look rather too easy. On the 3. 0- Day Method you have to do to three hours of exercise a day, which decreases to one hour on the 9. It basically involves doing jazzy leaps, star jumps and aerobic moves in my living room.
Tracy is totally against other forms of cardio, such as running, where you repeat your movements over and over. That, she says, will bulk muscles. Along with the aerobics you must do a series of 4. Pilates- style moves, which change every ten days. It is gruelling and also mind- numbingly boring. I find myself staring at pictures of Gwyneth in her bikini for 'thinspiration'. Yet all this would have been bearable if it hadn't been for the diet part of the regime.
On the first week of the plan I'm only allowed to eat seven different foods, mostly blended. These include the dreaded Power Juice made from kale, spinach, beetroot and apple. It is so disgusting I drink it over the sink in case my body rejects it (which happened on several occasions). Then there is the Sweet Potato Corn Pudding ( one cooked sweet potato, one raw corn on the cob - blended together till smooth); the carrot parsnip puree (carrots and parsnips - blended); the blueberry and apple sauce (blended until smooth); the gazpacho (also blended until smooth) and protein soup ( surprisingly not blended). Tracy says eat when you feel like it but I try to divide the foods as equally as possible into breakfast, lunch and dinner. Apart from the protein soup, which is carrots, celery, broccoli and chicken breast cooked in low- sodium stock, I don't actually chew anything for a whole week.
This was excruciating. It took the best part of a day to make everything in preparation for the week and after all that I didn't feel like I had any real food.
But then with the onset of week two the diet only got harder and had me yearning for the good old days of pureed spinach. Breakfast is two eggs (boiled or poached) or turkey bacon with a small amount of fruit. Lunch is a protein bar. Dinner is a small amount of protein and veg.
For example, I could have half a chicken breast with a handful of spinach. I would go to bed so hungry that I could hardly sleep. I feel faint on several occasions and in the middle of Oxford Street everything starts to black out. Thankfully, week three goes back to the blended foods- only phase. Everything is grilled, steamed or poached.
There seems to be a ban on starches in general. No bread, potatoes, pasta or rice. There are no fats, no dairy, no salt and no red meat.
Having completed the 3. Day Method I am currently on the 9. Well, I'm no Gwynnie but since January I have lost a stone in weight and dropped from dress size 1.
I am happier with my body than I have been for a long time. Those are the positives. On the downside I feel woozy and find it difficult to concentrate. At first I had loads of energy but now I'm always tired and am told I'm horribly grouchy to boot.
Tracy Anderson's latest book. My skin is terrible and my nails are flaking and weak. And - how can I put this - my system has become, shall we say, somewhat sluggish.
Normally I'm as regular as clockwork. I am encouraged to weigh myself daily and measure my results with the 'Tracy tape measure' every ten days. At first this made me feel quite uncomfortable but now I'm fanatical about my daily weigh- in and refuse to eat or drink anything until I know my weight first. Tracy makes no mention of the amount of calories or fat you are supposed to consume a day so I take my plan to Catherine Collins, principal dietician at St George's Hospital, London, to get it analysed. The results are shocking. She told me I had existed on less than 7. I felt terrible. Catherine was extremely concerned.
The diet is also very low in iron, which could lead to anaemia and problems with balance, muscle strength and exhaustion. What's more, the protein levels are low - less than 1. It is filled with adoring fans sharing tips for weight loss and offering support.
Many women on the Metamorphosis website are also concerned about the diet and opt to only follow the exercise element - something that Tracy opposes. I went on the forum to voice concerns about the wisdom of the diet and was told sternly to 'trust in Tracy Anderson' and 'believe in The Method'. I noticed my comments were later removed. Dr Susan Jebb, head of Nutrition and Health Research at the Medical Research Council, was not surprised by my weight- loss results. They can be useful for patients who are very obese but not for someone like you.' According to Dr Jebb, I should be consuming around 2,4. I am. She explains: 'A deficit of just 1,0.
On this diet you would have a deficit of 1,7. Dr Jebb went on to explain that there are guidelines for such low- calorie diets which mean you should be monitored by a health practitioner to make sure your heart and other major organs don't suffer any consequences. A sustained calorific intake at this level would mean a loss of nearly 4lb a week. And as Catherine Collins explains, it won't be just fat that starts to disappear. If you exercise at the rate the plan demands and eat less than 2. The low level of carbohydrates (only 1.
It's the worst thing to do when you're exercising.' Jo Doust, professor of physiology at the University of Brighton, says there's nothing new or magical about Tracy Anderson's exercises. He says: 'She claims you can re- engineer your muscular structure and defy your genetics through her programme, but you just can't do that. Her exercises aren't special - you could get a similar plan from any trainer in any gym.' When I started the Tracy Anderson Method I was a massive fan and I wanted to tell everyone that I had found the holy grail of dieting. But now I see how wrong I was. The exercises have worked for me so I'm going to keep going with them for as long as the novelty holds out but I have stopped the diet.
For now I can only wonder at the stamina needed to get the body that Tracy's method promises. Representatives of Tracy Anderson did not respond to requests for a statement about Rebecca's experience.
Gluten- Free Almond & Buckwheat Flour Pizza Crust — Oh She Glows. Hi, it’s me and a gazillion letters of text!
You may have noticed that I’ve been making a lot more gluten- free recipes over the past couple of weeks and I thought I would talk about why I’ve been doing this. It’s sort of a long story! Luckily, I’m jacked up on caffeine right now. I’ve been experiencing some strange health symptoms over the past 4- 6 weeks. For example, I’ve had bad stomach bloating to the point where I look 6 months pregnant (I’m not).
I’ve always had bloating on and off all my life, but this is much worse than the normal bloating I’ve experienced in the past. I’m also experiencing bad stomach pains in my abdomen area, round- the- clock lower back pain, fatigue, and pressure in my pelvic area, among other things. The pain in my abdomen and lower pelvic area gets much worse after eating and I often feel really full after eating a normal- sized meal. Lately, I’ve been waking up with mild stomach pain too.
Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (which I’ve mentioned on the blog a while back) and for most of my life I’ve struggled with stomach pain, headaches, and GI discomfort on and off. My stomach is very sensitive to certain foods like dairy, nuts, soy, and beans. I never really know how it is going to react. Sometimes a handful of raw almonds can set it off with pains, while other times it’s fine. IBS is also strongly associated with our emotions, so it’s not surprising that my anxiety manifests itself through my stomach and digestive system. Since I’m divulging my life story, another thing I’ve struggled with health- wise is my reproductive system. Specifically, my ovaries.
In 2. 00. 9, a pelvic and transvaginal ultrasound revealed that I have multiple cysts on my ovaries as well as an enlarged (they called it . In addition to my regular yearly pap test and physical, I also go for a yearly ultrasound to monitor the cysts and make sure that they aren’t getting larger. Keepin’ an eye on things. Basically, I’m on watch for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).
I had another ultrasound in March 2. My left ovary is also smaller in size. Apparently, this is encouraging news, but I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t really received a proper explanation. I’m thinking about asking for a referral to a specialist soon. Fast forward to the symptoms I’m experiencing today.
They could be the result of a mild or more severe illness, like most symptoms. And trust me when I say that I’ve Googled them all! I think Google has told me I’m going to die of a horrible illness about 6.
I’m trying not to self- diagnose or draw any conclusions until I have the proper tests done. It could be something as minor as an ulcer or as major as Ovarian cancer. That’s why I always say it’s important to listen to your body and be your own health advocate if you think something is abnormal for you. This brings me to tomorrow, my next ultrasound appointment. I pretty much had to beg my doctor for this ultrasound since my last one was only 6 months ago, but I’d rather ruffle a few feathers than to have a health issue go undetected for months. Bring on the 5 large glasses of water and bladder- bursting hour wait time! The results of my ultrasound will determine my doctor’s next steps.
I had blood work done in May which all came back normal, but I will probably have to get my blood checked again. So, this brings me to the gluten- free recipes. My doctor suggested that I try eating gluten- free for a while to see if I have any relief in my symptoms. I really do not think it’s gluten causing the issues, but I’m willing to try anything at this point.
I’m also going to see a naturopath on Tuesday for a general consultation and food- sensitivity testing the following week. I’ve heard from many people who have had great relief from their digestive issues when seeing a naturopath, so I figure it’s worth trying out. At this point, I just want to get to the bottom of this as quickly as possible, but in all likelihood, it could take a while to figure out. I will try to post an update or two on the blog as I get more information. PIZZA makes everything better. Top it with Roasted Tomato Basil Pesto, some fresh herbs, Daiya cheese, and roasted tomatoes for a pizza that will be gone before you know it. Yield: 3- 4 servings.
Inspired by Roost. Pizza Crust: 1. 5 cups almond meal (1. I used oregano, thyme, parsley)2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Notes: I ground raw almonds in my blender to make the almond meal. You can also use a food processor. To make the buckwheat flour, I ground raw buckwheat groats in my blender.
I strongly prefer the taste of freshly ground buckwheat flour to the store- bought kasha flour. Mix flax eggs and set aside for 5 mins. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a non- stick mat. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix well with hands until you can form a ball. Place ball of dough on a non- stick mat or on parchment paper. Place another mat or more parchment paper over top.
With a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it is as thin as you can get it. Transfer to baking sheet (dough may rip a bit and that is ok). Gently patch rips of dough with fingers and spread on a couple cloves of roasted garlic (optional). I left the crust looking very rustic, so don’t worry it’s not supposed to look perfect! Bake in the oven at 3. F for 1. 5- 1. 7 minutes until golden along the edges. Remove to cool slightly.
Set oven to broil on medium heat setting. Pizza: 1. Spread the pesto onto pre- baked crust. Sprinkle on cheese, fresh herbs, and chopped roasted tomatoes.
Broil for 2- 3 minutes over medium heat (3), watching very closely so you don’t burn it. Slice and serve immediately. I served this with a big salad to round out the meal.
This crust turned out much better than I expected. The dough tasted amazing! I spread on a couple cloves of leftover roasted garlic before baking.
After pre- baking, I spread on the mouth- watering pesto. Followed by Daiya cheese, chopped roasted tomatoes, and fresh herbs. Then I broiled it for 3 minutes over medium heat. Crispy, ultra- thin, packed with nutrients, and oh so good. This pizza did not last long! If you are a thin- crust fan, you will love this pizza. The crust is one of the most flavourful crusts I have tasted and the toppings went really well with it, but of course you can top it with whatever you see fit.
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