Well, here we are. The end of the Always Eat After 7 PM Book Challenge. And what a short, fun trip it’s been! Hopefully you’ve been following along since Part I. But if you haven’t, and you want to catch up on all the hype, you can read Parts I-III by clicking the links below:
To read Part I, please click HERE
To read Part II, please click HERE
To read Part III, please click HERE
Okay. Now that you’re all caught up, let’s jump into Part IV: The Conclusion.
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Oh, the conclusion. There are so many things that I want to say about this book, I’m not even sure where to start…
I guess my very favorite part about Always Eat After 7 PM was the myth busters. It’s almost as if every thing I have ever learned or been taught has been inaccurate. Or just straight up wrong. Can you imagine my relief when I learned that eating late at night isn’t necessarily bad? Or how happy I am that I no longer feel guilty for missing breakfast? (Spoiler alert: Breakfast may not be as important as we thought.). I learned this stuff when I was little…which was 20-30 years ago. Of course things have changed! Science has done more studies. New information has been discovered. I had just never done the research myself, so I had no way of unlearning what I had been taught so long ago. The new knowledge I learned from reading this book has been fascinating and has forever changed the way I look at eating habits.
My second favorite part was the information about the way the human body responds to food. Holy cow! I learned things that I would have never even thought to look up. And the best part? Joel Marion, the author, made it easy to understand. It wasn’t like reading a medical school book…which I can imagine wouldn’t be easy to comprehend unless you’re, well, a doctor. I was a certified yoga instructor for two years, so I was familiar with the way the body works. But the way our bodies respond to and digest food? That was untouched territory to me. In Always Eat After 7 PM, there is clear information regarding digestion, negative/positive side effects, intermittent fasting, and why other diets that you’ve tried didn’t work before. Ever wonder why you couldn’t stick to a certain diet plan or why another diet just plain didn’t work? This book has those answers. And news flash: Chances are, it wasn’t your fault that those other diets failed you. It was the diets fault. So, you can quit blaming yourself. (Again, thank you Joel Marion.).
When either incoming energy or body fat stores start to decline (as is often the case on low-carb or low-calorie fat loss diets), a series of reactions is set off in the body. As your leptin levels decline, you’ll experience a downward spiral of negative side effects
The next thing I loved about this book, and a close competitor for my favorite thing, is the lifestyle part. You read that right. Lifestyle. I’ve been working with these recipes and using this plan for the past four weeks. I’ll be honest. It did take making some pretty big changes. But from the position I was in, that was exactly what I needed. My eating habits were awful. They were never routine and they were as unhealthy as it gets. I have a pacemaker and for someone who has heart problems, that is no way to live. I also have two baby girls that I want to set an example for. A good example. And this has helped me do that. I don’t feel overwhelmed because I don’t have to research all different kinds of things to find out what’s really healthy. That was a huge deal for me. It was almost like I didn’t even know what to research or where to start. But with this book, all the information is there. And, it’s backed by science. I could never pick a lifestyle diet before because there were so many to choose from. Most of which were unrealistic anyway. I’m sorry. I’m human. I want to be able to eat pizza with my family on a Saturday night or rage on some ice cream at my daughter’s birthday. With Always Eat After 7, I’m allowed to do that. In fact, it’s encouraged! (Remember how I said I learned more about the way my body reacts to food? Yeah. Turns out, cheat days are good!).
Yes. This has been a big commitment. And it has taken some adjusting. But isn’t it worth it? I mean, I feel like it is. If you read any of the previous parts to this series, then you know my condition. I just want to spend this year taking better care of myself and I feel like this book fell into my lap at the perfect time.
Just to give you a little insight:
The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.
And last, but certainly not least, the recipes. Oh good Heavens…the recipes. I haven’t even had a chance to make them all yet. (Still waiting on my “zoodle maker”). But the ones I have made? Oh. My. Gosh. Who knew healthy food could taste so good? And there are all different kinds! Breakfast? Check. Lunch? Check. Dinner? Check. Desserts? Check. Smoothies? Check. I’m telling y’all. The recipes are on point! I talked more about the recipes in Part III, so go check that out if you haven’t already.
I’m determined to keep moving forward with this commitment. Not only because I want to. But because I can feel a change. I have more energy. I sleep better. And I just feel good. I feel good about myself and my new way of life. And, more importantly, I feel good about the example I’m setting for my children. This is more than just a cookbook. This is more than just your everyday health book. This…right here…is a game changer.
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.
To learn more about this book and how to purchase, please click HERE
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