Suzanne Somers may forever be ingrained in American minds as the ditzy blond from Three's Company, but her five past bestselling diet books prove that her fit figure is admired by millions. Now in her 50s, Somers has endured what she calls the "Seven Dwarves" of menopause—Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful, and All Dried Up. She claims that until one tames the hormonal roller-coaster of menopause, there's little hope of losing weight: "If your hormones are out of balance, no weight-loss program will work for you." She recommends supplementation with "natural, bioidentical hormones" available from a compounding pharmacist, or an endocrinologist specializing in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). The synthetic hormones so widely prescribed, she says, cause the body to "mimic pregnancy," and result in a "high-insulin state," both of which lead to weight gain and bloating.
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While finding these natural hormonal supplements may be difficult for some readers, as the majority of BHRT-prescribing endocrinologists practice in the Los Angeles area, Somers stresses it's worth making the trip for a BHRT appointment. Moreover, readers may balk at a major side effect of taking bioidentical hormones: the return of one's menstrual period. "To me, having a period is a small price to pay for great health, increased vitality, and a slim figure," she says. Somers adds to her hormonal advice a detailed menu plan, which includes limited amounts of whole grains, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. She also recommends a few "high-glycemic" foods to avoid at all costs. The recipes are mostly drool-worthy, with dishes including Chicken Parmigiana and Warm Chocolate Soufflé Cakes, with the less labor-intensive dishes requiring some of her packaged Somersize-brand sauces, spices, and sweeteners. While the hormone supplementation in her plan may be hard to come by, her dietary advice is much more sensible than what you'll find in the majority of weight-loss books these days.--Erica Jorgensen
From Suzanne's personal recipe collection
Suzanne Somers lifts the veil on her upcoming books, Somersize Appetizers and Somersize Cocktails, revealing two mouthwatering recipes that will get your party started, the Somersize way.
Chili Braised Pork with Pocatello Salsa in Butter Lettuce Cups From Somersize Appetizers - PRO/FATS & VEGGIES - LEVEL ONE Serves 8
This spicy and delicious appetizer is perfect alongside a cool and refreshing mojito. For Level Two serve on crispy-fried whole-wheat tortilla triangles.
CHILI BRAISED PORK:
1 3-pound pork butt, cut into small chunks Sea salt and freshly ground pepper 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil I red bell pepper, seeded and medium dice 1 red onion, medium diced 3-4 jalapeno chilies, sliced 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 cup chopped tomatoes 2 cups chicken broth 16 small butter lettuce leaves (to use for cups)
½ jicama, julienned finely ½ red onion, sliced thinly 2 teaspoons olive oil Juice of ½ lime Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
6 tomatillos, cut in half 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For Pork: Season pork liberally with salt and pepper. In a braising pan (or stock pot) over medium high, add olive oil and pork. Sear on both sides. Add peppers, onions, chilies and sauté for about 10 minutes, until golden and caramelized. Add tomato paste, tomatoes and chicken stock. Bring to a boil and cover. Reduce heat to low. Cook until pork falls apart, about an hour. Remove from heat. Remove pork, reserving the liquid and allow pork to cool. Pull pork into small pieces. Place pulled pork into a bowl and add 4–6 ounces of the liquid. Set aside.
For Jicama Garnish: Toss all ingredients into a nonmetallic bowl until well combined. Allow flavors to combine for at least 30 minutes.
For Tomatillo Salsa: Preheat oven to 400. Place tomatillos onto a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast in oven until caramelized and soft, about 35–45 minutes. Remove from oven and while still warm, chop until they become the texture of chunky salsa.
To assemble: Place a spoonful of pulled pork into each butter lettuce leaf. Top with jicama garnish and a dollop of salsa. Serve immediately.
Somersize Mojito From Somersize Cocktails - ALMOST LEVEL ONE
This Cuban drink is light and refreshing with a burst of fresh mint and lime. Normally it’s sweetened with sugar, but I use SomerSweet instead. I have to say, I actually like the taste of SomerSweet better! Sugar can leave a bubbly film in your mouth but SomerSweet is so clean and fresh tasting. Traditionally this drink is made with rum, but I much prefer the taste of vodka. Make it either way you like. This is the perfect summer drink and if I had to pick only one cocktail in the entire book, this would be it. There are many different preferences when it comes to this drink. I tend to like mine with strong lime and mint flavor. Some like it less intense with more club soda. Adjust to your liking.
1 1/2 oz light rum 4-6 fresh mint leaves 1 ½ Key lime (preferred) or 1 regular (Persian) lime ¾ teaspoon SomerSweet (or 1 tablespoon sugar) 2-4 oz soda water
Add mint leaves, lime juice, pressed limes, and SomerSweet into a highball glass. "Muddle" ingredients with a wooden stick or handle to release mint flavor. Add ice, rum, and soda water. Serve with limes and leaves in drink.
More by Suzanne Somers
Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away
The Sexy Years
Get Skinny on Fabulous Food
Fast and Easy
Eat Great, Lose Weight
Slim and Sexy Forever
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Who says you can’t sizzle in the second half of life?
At last, a solution! In Slim and Sexy Forever, Suzanne Somers outlines a program speci?cally designed to address the needs of women and men who want to lose weight and replace the lust for life that naturally wanes with age. In this “baby boomer’s recipe for the fountain of youth,” Suzanne shows you how to:
• melt away the unwanted pounds
• reinvigorate your sex drive
• capture youthful vitality
• develop a more positive outlook on life
• sharpen memory
• eliminate hot flashes
• achieve optimum health from the inside out
In her runaway New York Times bestseller The Sexy Years, Suzanne changed the way we look at our health and hormones, showing how replacing hormones lost in the aging process with natural bioidentical hormones can eliminate symptoms associated with aging.
Now, in Slim and Sexy Forever, Suzanne combines her cutting-edge information on natural hormone replacement with her successful weight loss program, Somersize, for a one-two punch that is the only proven solution to the problems associated with aging. Working with innovative doctors, Suzanne has created a program that alleviates symptoms such as mood swings, sleepless nights, hot flashes, and diminished sex drive that are so common as we get older. Simultaneously, her phenomenally successful Somersize program shows you how to beat a stalling metabolism and stay lean and trim while eating remarkably delicious food. With millions of people losing weight on the program, it is a proven formula for success.
Suzanne makes clear in this fascinating new book that if your hormones are out of balance, you will not be able to lose weight. Weight loss must be approached with a twofold strategy as you get older: balance your hormones the bioidentical way and eat correctly. One doesn’t work without the other.
In Slim and Sexy Forever you’ll also learn:
• The truth about carbs: Depriving yourself of too many carbs will lead to hormonal imbalance and weight gain. Eat the right carbs to lose weight!
• Plateau-busting tips: Suzanne explains why you hit plateaus and exactly how to push past them to achieve your goal weight.
• The connection between adrenals and weight gain: If you blow out your adrenals trying to be Superwoman, you are going to gain weight and feel fatigued. Find out how to prevent that from happening.
And, as always, Suzanne makes losing weight easy with more than 100 delicious new recipes, including Crab Bisque with Sweet Corn and Crab Relish, Somersize Tex-Mex Chicken Drumettes and Meatballs, Peppered Pork Chops with Fried Sage Leaves, Warm Chocolate Soufflé Cakes, and Wild Berry Crostada. These are Suzanne’s best recipes yet!
From the Hardcover edition.
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