I am beyond excited to unveil my new book! You may have seen a story about Cinch! in the January issue of Shape (the one with the amazing Brooke Burke cover). That article includes a full 30 days worth of Cinch! meals (also available here, along with some fun videos of me making Cinch! dinners, including my very favorite: Black Bean Tacos with Cilantro Jalapeno Guacamole!). The quick fix meals include many from the book and some I developed exclusively for Shape. I can’t wait for you to try them and share your results (for a real life Cinch! success story, click here).
If you haven’t seen that article you may be wondering, “What is Cinch!?” Well it’s NOT about starving, restricting, or depriving yourself (if you read this blog you know that’s not my style). I designed this plan to give your body precisely what it needs to help you get to your ideal weight while feeling energized, nourished, and satisfied every step of the way. And most of all it’s easy.
The book is set up as a 30-day plan with two parts. Part one is an optional 5-Day Fast Forward (a solid food “detox”) that jumpstarts your results (more about this tomorrow). But the core Cinch! plan is simple and straightforward. There are no calories, points or grams to count, and no complex charts like the glycemic index.
Cinch! includes 4 meals a day and each meal is constructed as a unique “puzzle” made from five pieces:
Produce (fruit at the breakfast and snack meals, veggies at the lunch and dinner meals)
A whole grain (like oats, whole grain bread, brown or wild rice, quinoa, etc.)
Lean protein (including vegan, vegetarian and omnivore choices)
Plant-based fat (such as extra virgin olive oil, almonds and avocado)
And specific seasonings—or, as I refer to them, SASS, Slimming and Satiating Seasonings (more about this to come)
Once you know what the 5 pieces of the puzzle are, and how much of each one to include (there’s a cheat sheet in the book, but it will become second nature within the first week) you can follow this strategy no matter where you are – at home, at a restaurant, even on vacation.
The puzzle configuration is the key to this plan. Because the structure of each meal is fixed (always the same 5 pieces) and the portion sizes are specific, your calorie intake will automatically fall into place, right where it should be, no counting needed. And most importantly, you’ll get the right types of calories in the right balance, along with the right nutrients.
That means that after every meal you’ll feel what I call the “Goldilocks effect” – you’ll feel full, but not overly full, satisfied, energized and no longer focused on food. There’s so much I want to tell you about Cinch! including the chapters on emotional eating, falling in love with walking, and most of all the Daily Dark Chocolate Escape (a daily portion of dark chocolate, which is a mandatory part of the plan), but first I invite you to check it out here on Shape.com.
I’m happy to answer any questions you have about the book or plan and I hope you’ll check out the Cinch! facebook page, where I’ll be sharing tips and info daily.
Come back tomorrow – I’ll tell you more about the 5 Day Fast Forward, and help you decide if it’s right for you.