I’m always interested to see what Jillian Michaels is up to, whether it’s Biggest Loser, her new show Losing It with Jillian Michaels, or a new workout video. One of her latest projects is the follow up cookbook and calorie counter paperback to last year’s Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!
The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook builds on the three core principles of Master Your Metabolism:
- Minimize the foods that are bad for you hormonally
- Add the whole foods that will help you
- Take in a healthy balance of protein, fat, carbs and calories
Jillian’s diet philosophy is based on her own experience of adrenal burnout and hormone-induced issues like hypothyroidism, melasma (facial pigmentation caused by estrogen dominance), premature aging and slow metabolism. She reviews the basics from Master Your Metabolism, so it isn’t totally necessary to get her first book unless you want to cover the information in more details.
Balancing your hormones for weight loss
First, she goes into why and how you need to balance 12 key hormones: insulin, thyroid hormones, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, norepinephrine, epinephrine, cortisol, growth hormone, leptin and ghrelin. Then Jillian discusses power nutrients like legumes, garlic, berries, lean proteins, fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, organic dairy, and whole grains. She’s a big believer in eating local and organic whenever possible.
Finally, Jillian reviews what she wants you to avoid: hydrogenated fats, refined grains, high-fructose corn syrups, artificial sweeteners, artificial colorings and preservatives, glutamates (MSG), nitrates and nitrites. While it’s no surprise that Jillian advises you to cut back on alcohol, I was surprised to she wants you to reduce your consumption processed soy products, which she feels messes with your thyroid. She also recommends cooking all your cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, etc.), cutting back on starchy vegetables, and reduce eating tropical, dried and canned fruit.
She has other “rules” like eat breakfast and don’t skip meals, eat every four hours, don’t eat after 9 pm, and eat 40 percent carbs/30 percent fat/30 percent protein – pretty much common sense. While her “food as medicine,” whole foods approach isn’t different from what others teach, Jillian has a way of explaining things in a direct, personal way that appeals to many people.
Jillian Michaels The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook recipes
What I especially like about Jillian’s cookbook is that each recipe (over 125 of them!) lists their health benefits. For example, this muffin recipe is good for your heart, boosts immunity, boosts metabolism, and promotes strong bones and healthy skin. However, her cookbook doesn’t list complete nutritional information, just calories, fat, carbs, protein and sodium. It would have been nice to get additional information on fiber, minerals and vitamins.
I'll be featuring Jillian's Master Your Metabolism Cookbook recipes throughout the week here at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet.
- Master Your Metabolism with Jillian Michaels’ Spicy Mahi-Mahi and Mango Tacos
- More from Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism Cookbook: Tomato, Avocado, and Cheddar Burrito
This Mama’s tips
- Normally I would recommend substituting toasted pine nuts for the walnuts for those with nut allergies. However, Jillian is against pine nuts because, like soy, it has goitrogenic effects, meaning it swells the thyroid gland. So leave the walnuts out if you’re allergic to them.
- Substitute no-fat Greek yogurt for the plain yogurt for an extra protein boost. However, if the batter seems dry, add a little water to it.
- I like adding flaxseed to baked goods for the extra fiber and ALA Omega-3. Jillian believes you should consume flaxseed only in moderation.
(Recipe on page two. Click on the number “2” below.)