National Nutrition Month 2013: Party Girl Diet author Aprilanne Hurley appears live on Good Day Sacramento with host Marianne McClary for the inside look at how to lose weight and keep it off without the deprivation and restrictions typical of fad diets. On the Party Girl Diet you can drink wine, eat chocolate, even eat meatballs and spaghetti in addition to a wide variety of delicious foods…and lose weight while you are having the time of your life.
In addition to revealing how to lose weight with a healthy, sustainable lifestyle outlined in The Party Girl Diet, Hurley emphasizes that the secret to weight maintenance is creating a balanced life by eating the right amount of food and getting the right amount of exercise. Hurley is also a huge supporter of eating certain natural foods containing probiotics and prebiotics to help aid digestion and promote a flat belly. Hurley recommends getting your probiotics and prebiotics from the foods you eat over taking an oral supplement.
The Good Day Sacramento Party Girl Diet segment below covers foods that aid in digestion, debuts Hurley’s Signature Fresh Flat-Belly Salsa Recipe, and demonstrates how to make The Party Girl Diet’s famous “Morning After Mocktail” as a natural and gentle detoxifying pick me up.
The Party Girl Diet enjoys cult status in books with a history of ranking in the Top 5 books on Amazon’s Best Sellers List for Kindle books in Weight Maintenance and Weight Loss, and #2 in Cooking, Food & Wine – Natural Foods on Amazon’s Best Seller list.
Special thanks to Good Day Sacramento cast & crew for a super fun day in Sacramento, CA.
Party Girl Diet’s Flat Belly Artichoke Salsa Recipe featured on Good Day Sacramento:
Makes 5 servings
Ready in 10 -15 minutes
2 cups marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (coarsely)
3 Roma or plum tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp red onion, diced
1/4 cup black olives, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp small capers
2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
Sea salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste.
1. Mix together all of the ingredients above in a medium bowl.
2. Serve PGD’s Flat Belly Salsa at room temperature with julienned fresh, colorful peppers, baked chips, etc. It also makes a great topping for salads, pasta, and pizza. (You can also make PGD’s salsa ahead of time and chill before serving).
Party Girl Diet’s Naturally Detoxifying “Morning After Mocktail” (In the book)
This antioxidant packed elixir has been formulated to replace some of the vitamins lost through alcohol consumption while providing gentle detoxifying benefits.
1/4 cup Vitamin D and Calcium added Orange Juice
1/4 cup Cranberry Juice – no sugar added
1 fresh grapefruit – juiced (fresh is best, yet you can substitute 1/2 cup grapefruit juice)
1/2 lemon – juiced
Pinch of Cayenne pepper (optional)
Orange wheel or lime wedge for garnish (optional)
1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Pour all of the ingredients above into cocktail shaker and shake vigorously.
3. Serve it straight up! Strain contents of shaker into bar-ware for an fun presentation…Cheers!
Aprilanne Hurley has recently appeared LIVE on ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX Networks to discuss The Party Girl Diet’s healthy new diet & lifestyle that lets you “lose weight while you are having the time of your life.”
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Beware of what in the “fitness world ” is refered to as the “Honeymoon Period” – this is the 6 week time period between New Years Day and Valentines Day. Similar to that blissful period of the Honeymoon in a marriage, in committing to a healthy lifestyle – the beginning is when there is a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. The gyms are bustling, and we are diligently trying to eat right. So what happens? According to numerous studies - by Valentines Day, many people have fallen back into old habits, and the enthusiasm dies down.
The good news is - it only takes about *4 – 6 weeks for something to become a habit and probably less time for us to integrate something so totally that we are no longer aware of it. *Some sources indicated it can take as little as 21 days for an action to become a habit.
So how can you make your fitness commitments last beyond the “Honeymoon Period?” Below are 3 easy Guidelines for Health & Fitness Success:
1. Keep Your Expectations Real:
While it would be nice, there are no magic pills or exercises that will whip us into shape overnight. that said we do have the CA Living:Toned -By -Tonight Workout that will make your muscles look more defined for a big night out On-Demand, and the California Living Beach Body Workout - a terrific 20 minute total Body Workout On-Demand for you to check out when time - or a lack of it is a factor in reaching your short term fitness goals.
Keep your expectations realistic – aim to loose 1-2 pounds a week. You may experience more weight loss early on – which is natural – yet the healthiest weight loss plans will not shock your body into shedding large amounts of weight in an (unhealthy) short amount of time.
The secret is balance – your fitness goals are just one part of your life – and should not consume your every waking moment – nothing should – that would be a terribly unbalanced and unhealthy way to live. Most of us have jobs, families, and many other daily commitments beyond working out. Sure there are celebrities that lose weight or “get buff” for their next film who work at it 24/7 – but unless your planning to audition to be the next “Rambo” give it a rest! Your results will come – in time! By understanding this and keeping things in perspective you will be able to work towards your goals over a longer period of time.
2. Set up a Goal and Reward System:
It is important to have goals like – “I want to be in a bikini this summer,” – or I want to run a 5K or 10K this spring.” By setting up intermittent goals along the way and rewarding yourself for reaching these goals you will keep your enthusiasm high and have mini-milestones to look forward to achieving.
For example, going 30 days without eating junk food, or going down a size in your jeans are reasons to celebrate! By setting up non-food related rewards such as a day at the spa, a shopping spree (please don’t blame it on me), or a movie night out with your friends (hold the butter & salt please!), you will feel good about your progress along the way and be less likely to throw in the proverbial towel.
3. Work in that Workout!
What happens when we say to ourselves “I’ll get to it – right after I do this…or – I’ll do it tomorrow” – the “it” usually never happens because we did not consciously plan it into our daily or weekly routine. Create a schedule that works for you – three days a week – every other day, 30 – 60 minutes everyday – Making exercise a part of your life means making it work with the rest of your life.
The beauty of exercise is you can combine it with things you love, hiking, biking, rowing, walking – I know it’s easy to say and harder to do – but seriously, try scheduling an activity you love once a week. While the winter weather presents some challenges you can swim indoors, shoot hoops, or even play a game of tennis indoors – in Cali anyway! You can also work with a trainer and create a kick-butt workout at your local gym and combine it with a fun spin or dance class to keep it interesting. Try adding kick boxing, yoga, or Pilate’s to your routine – you’ll challenge your mind and body in different ways and meet new people who share similar interests – a great fringe benefit!
All the best with your goals – Enjoy! Aprilanne
Aprilanne Hurley SFN is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition, author ofThe Party Girl Diet, and the Health Expert for California Living, the Bay Area’s original lifestyle show featuring California’s trends in food, travel, and healthy living. Hurley’s new book, The Party Girl Diet is a healthy, sustainable lifestyle plan combining today’s groundbreaking health and nutrition research with Hurley’s penchant for good living to deliver a revolutionary new diet and lifestyle that lets you “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight!”
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Making Aprilanne’s Grandma Rose’s MEATBALL Recipe will transform you into an Authentic Italian chef. Your family and guests will shower you with meatball compliments, and you will realize you don’t have to be Italian to cook like an Authentic Italian.
There are some things in life you just can’t live without - like Grandma Rose’s Authentic Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce!
Now while I have 2 Meatball Recipes to share with you - the first is my Grandma Rose’s Recipesince it is recipe to make the Meatballs I grew up on…which has been handed down generation after generation. The secret ingredient in this recipe is the hot dog roles (yes you read that right!) which are soaked in milk prior to mixing in with the meat to give these meatballs that delectable softness Grandma Rose’s Meatballs are famous for.
The 2nd recipe is courtesy of Sonoma County Chef Graziano Perozzi who, graciously showed us how to “make meatballs” on California Living Prime Time – which can be viewed in the video player above for an easy step by step account of how to…make Meatballs! Graziano’s Meatballs, unlike Grandma Rose’s, don’t call for any bread or breadcrumbs. Are they still soft and delicious? Why not make both recipes and you be the judge…and if you are so inclined – drop us a note to let us know your vote on which recipe makes the better Meatball - Enjoy! Aprilanne
PS: You can substitute ground turkey for the ground beef, pork, etc., if you prefer – and no one (including you) will notice any significant difference in the overall consistency and taste!
Aprilanne Hurley SFN is a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition,Certified Lifestyle Fitness Coach, Series Creator of California Living, and author of “The Party Girl Diet,” available on Amazon.com so you can “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight.”