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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Visionary health expert Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, has always been a trendsetter. With millions of followers nationwide, she has the uncanny ability to pinpoint major health concerns and provide solutions years ahead of anybody else.

Highly respected as the grande dame of alternative health and award-winning author of 30 books, she single-handedly launched the weight loss/detox revolution in her New York Times bestseller The Fat Flush Plan. A Connecticut College and Teachers College, Columbia University graduate, Dr. Ann Louise was recognized as one of the top ten nutritionists in the country by Self magazine and was the recipient of the American Medical Writers Association award for excellence. She has been a popular columnist for First magazine since 2003.


The great news in the fight against COVID-19 according to Paul Dabisch, a senior research scientist at the Department of Homeland Security’s biodefense research laboratory is that his initial lab tests show sunlight, higher temperatures, and humidity inactivate the majority of the virus particles on surfaces and in the air within minutes.

This is fantastic news as the country is starting to open up, but for those of us who binge watched Netflix and stress ate all the snacks,...

Healthy Dressing Recipes

Ruby Rich Dressing
Makes 4 servings

  • 1 1/2 pounds medium beets, trimmed
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped leeks
  • 1 teaspoon Lakanto Monk Fruit Sweetener or 1/2 teaspoon SweetLeaf Stevia
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley

This month I’m offering you some delicious Smart Fat soups to fit all seasons. Next month we’ll finish our Smart Fat Book of Recipes, with salad dressings and desserts.

Velvety Borscht

Makes 6 servings

  • 6 large whole beets, peeled
  • 3 large whole carrots, peeled
  • 4 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 8 cups filtered water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light miso
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons...

As spring begins to make an appearance it's a good time to try these snacks and sauces. Also be sure to add them, along with the past months, recipes, to your kitchen files.

Savory Eggplant Spread
Makes 4 servings of 1/2 cup

  • 1 large eggplant, roasted
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ...

Continuing over the next several months I offer you more of my smart recipes for: Smart Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners; Smart Snacks, Sweets and Starters; Smart Sides, Soups and Salad Dressings.


Bombay Curry Tofu

Makes 4 servings

  • 1 scallion
  • 1 green cooking apple (such as Granny Smith), cored and chopped with peel
  • 4 tablespoons pastured butter
  • 2...

The next several months I will offer you recipes for: Smart Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners; Smart Snacks, Sweets and Starters; Smart Sides, Soups and Salad Dressings.

Smart Breakfasts

Always eat within an hour of awakening to kick up your metabolism. For breaking the fast, consider a scrumptious smoothie and try to vary your daily intake of the appropriate Smart Fat (based on your metabolic, stress, hunger and sex needs). Also, don’t forget to switch up your greens and...

Slimming Beverages Can Help To Reinforce Your Weight Loss Efforts. Here Are The Fastest Fat Burning Brews I Know Of:

Filtered Water
Consuming half your body weight in ounces of water will help the liver metabolize stored fat into energy. As the purest detox and diluting agent, it can take the edge off of appetite, ensure normal bowel and kidney function to rid the body of wastes, and alleviate fluid retention. Drinking cold water will...

Below is my Master Formula to ensure optimal fat burning and overall vitality. I have taken the liberty of including select brand names for some of my favorite smart staples.

Banish all of the fake fats that inhibit metabolism, dampen thyroid function and promote inflammation. Eliminate all hydrogenated fats and partially-hydrogenated fats like margarine, shortening and soybean oil and the foods they are contained in like French fries,...

I would be remiss if I did not remind you how important the right knives are for chopping, paring, slicing, and carving-everything from fruits and veggies to roasts and turkeys. At the very least, you will need one high-quality utility knife and one four-inch paring knife for the majority of your cutting needs in the Smart Kitchen. If you are planning to purchase a new knife set and you want something durable, then I highly recommend MAC Japanese knives, which...

Stocking Your Smart Kitchen
With a well-stocked fridge, freezer, and pantry, you can't go wrong when preparing a meal or grabbing a healthy snack.

Many of the foods you'll need for your Smart Kitchen can be found in the grocery store, while others are available in your local health food store or co-op.

The Smart Fridge

Oils and Fats: High lignan flax oil, fish oil, avocado oil, macadamia nut oil, roasted walnut oil, pine nut oil, high...

This simple Tune-UP not only works quickly, it resets your metabolism so you can keep right on losing! p>My metabolism-boosting 3-Day Smart Start has all the right stuff—including the essential Smart Fats. Many of my clients lose up to seven pounds in three days while most shed at least three to four pounds with a flatter tummy and no more cravings or blood sugar highs and lows.

Why It Works
The Tune-UP can be broken down into five factors like...


The sex hormone Progesterone is also balanced by estrogen's sexy Smart Fats:

  • High lignan flax seeds and flax oil
  • Chia
  • Walnuts

If there was ever a "magic bullet" hormone therapy on the planet, natural progesterone comes really close. Many women's bodies are simply not producing enough. Either because they are not ovulating regularly—although many are still menstruating—so...


1. Learn to love or at least like flax seeds and high lignan flax oil. Their estrogen-modulating effect is well documented, but what is not well known is their possible connection to hypothyroidism. So, here’s the glitch: While lignan-rich flax seeds are extremely healthy, they do contain a substance known as cyanogenic glycosides, which metabolize into thiocyanate, a chemical that has...

By decoding all of your body’s distress signals and making some simple diet and exercise changes, you can restore optimal health while speeding up metabolism, overcoming stress and banishing hunger. Smart Fats are one of the top strategies for natural hormone therapy. They can help head off PMS, perimenopause and menopause symptoms, and even andropause (male menopause), while hormonal weight gain is dialed back.

In fact, nothing...

Hunger Hormone—Cholecystokinin (CCK)

The hunger hormone CCK is balanced by a combination of omega-6s and 9s:

Pine nuts and pine nut oil
As the most concentrated energy source, Smart Fats release the hormone CCK signaling a short-term urgent intense message of satiety. Without that particular message, we will continue to feel hungry and dissatisfied after a meal. What happens when you reduce or eliminate the hunger-reducing Smart Fats from your...

The “big four” hunger hormones that work in synergy with each other (and all the other hormones as well) are adiponectin, cholecystokinin (CCK), leptin and ghrelin. Similar to how the thyroid hormone controls metabolism, and insulin and cortisol are driven by stress, these hunger hormones affect appetite.

Although they are relative newcomers to the weight loss game, the hunger hormones can also be set straight by the right Smart Fats and some healthy lifestyle adjustments, like...

This fat storage stress hormone is blocked by antioxidant-rich sesame and omega-3 oils:

  • Sesame seeds and toasted sesame seed oil
  • Fatty fish and fish oil SPOILER ALERT: Insulin is the one hormone that you have THE most control over of all. It is controlled primarily by what you put in your mouth. All foods trigger a hormonal response. Carbs and most simple sugars stimulate secretion of the hormone insulin while protein produces the hormone glucagon and essential...

The slim-stimulating effects of bitters may be the world’s best-kept secret—but I’m letting you in on it in my new Radical Metabolism Plan! If you aren’t losing the weight you want to, then it’s time for a radical change. Bitter foods like coffee, cacao, cabbage, ginger, and dozens more, stimulate the liver, promote better bile flow, and boost your fat-burning metabolism, all of which are key components of losing weight and getting healthy. Bitter foods are a big deal! So why...

Forget about Whole30—it’s time for a Fab4 to get your weight loss on track! Are you ready to spend a Radical 4 days flushing toxins and losing weight? I challenged some of the “slowest losers” to try just the first 4 days of my new Radical Metabolism plan to show how fast you can lose even stubborn weight with the right tools.

Just listen to what my Radical group of ladies had to say after the Fab4:

Debi C.:I can’t believe I lost 7.6...

If you have an over 40 sluggish metabolism or a thyroid issue, then follow these 5 Radical Rules to lose weight and feel great!

"When I turned 40, it seemed like every bad habit I'd ever had caught up with me and my health and weight paid the price. I didn't have the energy to do the things I enjoyed, and looking in the mirror all I saw were lumps and bumps in places there used to be curves. No matter what diet or exercise program I tried, I couldn't lose the weight or feel...