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Monday, February 13, 2012

Watching Dr Oz 2/13/12: Jump-Start Hour – Metabolism, Mood, Sleep, Supercharge Mornings, Energy Boosts, 300 Calorie Breakfasts, Heart Health Bonus

The Dr. Oz Show
Airdate: February 13, 2012
Dr. Oz's Jumpstart

  • Dr. Oz wants to help you get a jump-start on all your common complaints
  • Supercharge your morning with these four tips
  • Get more energy with Jorge Cruise's recipes
  • Start the day off right with 300 calorie breakfasts

Little effort, and big results is the focus of today's show. Dr. Oz asks, are you exhausted, feeling run down, worn out? Has all the energy been drained from your body? By end of this show, Dr. Oz says you'll know the secrets to have more energy, less stress and to feel better.



Self-proclaimed guinea pig, Tim Ferris, entrepreneur and best-selling author of The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman [as well as the wildly popular The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich] says he tests weight loss theories on himself. If something works for him then his blog readers test it and if it passes their tests then he shares the theory with the world.

Mr. Ferris says people don't understand they have the ability to change how their body looks, feels, and performs. Calories don't stick to Mr. Ferris, he says. Metabolism can be changed and manipulated to your own needs. Better sleep and more energy is possible for everyone.

Dr. Oz says that most tests are done in a lab and while he doesn't condone this, he says that Mr. Ferris' results have been shown to work with only a little extra effort. Three women were invited onto the show to share a common health complaint and Dr. Oz wants to challenge Mr. Ferris to present a jump-start solution.

Supercharge Metabolism

Latoya, from the audience, stood on the stage in a bathrobe with a bathing suit underneath pensive to take part in the metabolism boosting activity.

5 Minute Deep Freeze
Mr. Ferris explained that a NASA scientist experienced the problem of not losing those final pounds and wondered how Olympic swimmer Micheal Phelps could eat 10,000 to 12,000 calories a day and stay thin. Mr. Phelps is exposed to cold which plays a factor in revving up his metabolism.

Exposing the body to five minutes of cold temperatures with a cold shower can help to activate what is known as “brown” fat that in turn burns ordinary fat. Those stubborn last few pounds that cause many people to plateau can potentially be burned off by cooling off.

Start with a few minutes under cold water in the shower and work the temperature down to 60F and work up to five minutes total. Mr. Ferris said people could even start with placing with ice packs on the back of the neck while watching TV.

Latoya dawned a purple bathing cap and turned the shower to cold, then she yelled and started shaking. She's a good sport! Latoya said she would absolutely be willing to try this technique and could possibly be shocked into not eating again from the cold water.

Supercharge Your Mood

Alice said when she gets overwhelmed she becomes grumpy. To support mood, Mr. Ferris says to balance the gut bacteria.

Kimchi Kickstart
Good bacteria in gut is responsible for 95% of serotonin produced. Supporting the population of good bacteria in the gut will help the body produce the neurotransmitters necessary for good mood. Eating
4-5 tablespoons of kimchi, fermented vegetables popular in Asian culture, can provide a boost to good bacteria. Mr. Ferris says for people who may not like the spicy flavor could try yogurt.

Supercharge Your Sleep
Carmen says she tosses and turns all night then wakes up tired. She's in bed for 8 hours but is not sleeping the entire time.

Butter Before Bedtime Rule
Mr. Ferris thinks Carmen could benefit from the butter before bedtime rule. Mr. Ferris says he was surprised by this information but found that it works for many people. He recommends eating 2 tablespoons of almond butter before bed to help in stabilizing blood sugar levels. Often people feel tired upon waking not because of bad sleep but because of blood sugar imbalance. Balancing the blood sugar with almond butter before bed can make three hours of sleep feel like six hours of sleep.

Sleep Position
Body position makes a difference in how well you sleep. There is, what is known as, a sleep power position. Dr. Oz had never heard of it and not one audience member had heard about it. Mr. Ferris explained that the position is similar to swaddling a baby in that this position prevents the body from moving and, ideally, can help reduce the tossing and turning.

Lay on your stomach with the left arm parallel to your body and palm up, the right arm up at 90 degrees, and the right leg up at 90 degrees.

Three Things To Do Within 30 Minutes of Waking Up

Carrie wakes up to her two children and her morning is all about them. Once the kids are on the school bus she can finally take care of herself. Dr. Oz has previously talked about getting 30g of protein within 30 minutes of waking up. Take that rule and build upon it with these three new rules.

Morning Rule #1: Use full-fat cream in your coffee
Full-fat cream does not spike blood sugar levels. Mr. Ferris says that women have been known to lose 2 pounds of fat by using 2 tablespoons of full-fat cream to a cup of coffee. It's easy and it's tasty, he says.

Morning Rule #2: Drink Fat Flushing Yerba Mate Tea
Yerba Mate, a traditional South American tea supports weight loss through two mechanisms. The first mechanism is by speeding up the digestion process and the second is to reduce the absorption of fat and Yerba Mate is full of antioxidants and vitamins.

Morning Rule #3: Cassia Cinnamon Cheat
This third rule can be used in combination with the first two rules. Not all cinnamon is created equal. Think of cassia cinnamon as blood sugar insurance. The most commonly used cinnamon is ceylon [also known as true cinnamon] which when you look at the sticks, both sides scroll into the center. But, cassia cinnamon sticks roll in one direction. Cassia cinnamon is believed to have a more powerful effect on supporting healthy blood sugar levels. Add some cinnamon to your yogurt. [Note: powdered cinnamon may not be labeled either ceylon or cassia. Contact the manufacturer if you have questions about the type of cinnamon in the product.]

Five things in Five Minutes for More Energy

Jorge Cruise, fitness expert, weight-loss coach and New York Times bestselling author of The Belly Fat Cure has five ways to help boost energy. [Click here to read an excerpt and buy a copy of The Belly Fat Cure on]

#1 for More Energy: Skinny Muffin
Mr. Cruise has put together a recipe for quick microwave muffins without sugar. [If you've been reading WatchingDrOz this season then you know how I feel about the use of microwave ovens. Read my opinion about microwaves as well as scientific research detailing the dangers of using them: here, here, and here.]

Coconut oil is the skinny secret in this recipe because the fat doesn't get stored as belly fat instead it fuels the brain and provides long-lasting energy. Cinnamon supports the immune system. All the ingredients are mixed in a coffee cup and zapped for 55 seconds. There's no sugar but taste-testers reported the skinny muffin tastes sweet.

Jorge’s Skinny Muffin
Makes one serving

1/4 cup ground flax
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coconut oil
1 egg
1 packet stevia

Mix all ingredients together in a mug and microwave for 50 seconds. Allow to cool to a safe temperature and enjoy!

#2 for More Energy: Lemon-Limeade Drink
Mr. Cruise has a drink to boost alertness simply with its scent. With stevia, so it's sugar-free, mint for zip, and the citrus scent of lemon this drink is made to help feel mentally better. Dr. Oz shared that by smelling Vitamin C [such as citrus foods] can help stimulate alertness.

Jorge's Lemon-Limeade
4 lemons
3 limes
1 tbsp stevia
Fresh mint

Squeeze juice from the fruits, mix with stevia and water to taste and top with mint leaves.

Recipes courtesy of

#3 for More Energy: Blue Light
A day-light simulating light bulb can help boost your energy. Look for a bulb that is labeled 5,000k+ to imitate daylight but only use during the day – you don't want to wake up at bedtime, right! Available at home improvement stores for around $6.

#4 for More Energy: Alpha Lipoic Acid
Mr. Cruise recommends taking 200-400mg day of alpha lipoic acid (ALA) in the morning. ALA supports the body in metabolizing energy more efficiently.

#5 for More Energy: Superman Stability Pose
No gym is necessary to complete this exercise, you can use a table or, use the floor for the biggest challenge. Get into a plank pose, with back straight and both arms on the table then lift one arm like you're flying through the air, hold one minute then switch arms. This pose works the arms, the core, the back, the butt. The goal is to have good posture and this exercise creates naturally good posture.

Jump-Start Your Libido

****SPOILER ALTER**** This section deals with adult situations and speaks frankly about sex.

Dr. Laura Berman, sex and relationship expert, says the most important thing to remember is that you are what you eat.

Lack of Desire
The right foods can help to improve the feelings of desire.

#1 Fix for Lack of Desire: Dark Chocolate
An Italian survey showed that 70% of women who ate dark chocolate have a higher libido.

#2 Fix for Lack of Desire: Pomegranate
Pomegranate has strong antioxidant value that protects nitric acid levels which stimulate genital blood flow.

#3 Fix for Lack of Desire: Pine Nuts
Pine nuts are full of zinc which helps promote testosterone, the hormone of desire. Dr. Berman recommends eating a handful of pine nuts a day.

Pain and Discomfort
Dr. Berman said that half the women surveyed said that they experience pain during sex but that some simple fixes can help change that.

#1 Fix for Pain and Discomfort: Estrogen Vaginal Cream
Available with a prescription, an estrogen vaginal cream can support balancing of hormones and lubrication.
#2 Fix for Pain and Discomfort: Estrogen Ring or Tablet
An estrogen ring or estrogen tablet inserted in the vagina can also support hormonal balancing and may reduce pain during intercourse.

#3 Fix for Pain and Discomfort: Lubricants
Dr. Berman recommended the KY Liquibeads inserted into the vagina 30 minutes before sex and can last for 4 days, says KY, but Dr. Berman says to count on 2 days.

Fixes to Reach Orgasm
To put in the work and not receive a reward is painful in itself, says Dr. Berman.

#1 Fix for Orgasm: Professional Consultation
Dr. Berman said she was shocked by how many women feel ashamed if they cannot achieve an orgasm and who think it's their fault. These women deserve a professional consultation to get to a solution.

#2 Fix for Orgasm: Maca Root Powder
Maca root powder can help provide support to general arousal. Maca powder can be mixed into a smoothie or even into a soup. Dr. Oz says maca is from South America and they are happy there.

Sex toys are becoming more mainstream, in fact these three toys recommended by Dr. Berman can be found in a drug store.

Jump-Start Your Morning with 300 Calorie Breakfast

Fuel your body before you leave the house. Chef Art Smith has three easy recipes that are all under 300 calories. Chef Smith has lost over 100 pounds over three years and has maintained his weight loss. The best way to keep the weight off is eating healthy breakfast with protein.

Chef Smith has opened a restaurant with Lady GaGa's parents, called Joanne NYC, featuring Southern Italian food. He met her backstage at a show and was introduced to her parents from there.

Since losing the weight, Chef Smith has also reversed his Type 2 Diabetes and is no longer on medications to control his blood sugar. He says life is short, life is sweet, and make life the best possible by making careful decisions and maintaining. He says he always has room for breakfast and he always has room for a walk.

All recipes can be found at
½ cup Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
½ cup fresh strawberries
½ cup fresh blueberries
¼ cup granola
1 spring of mint

Divide ingredients between two layers to create a healthy and delicious parfait treat for breakfast. Protein fills up you. 270 calories.

½ cup omelet batter
¼ cup roasted red onion
¼ cup roasted mushrooms
¼ cup roasted red pepper
¼ cup fresh baby spinach
¼ cup fresh Roma tomato

Spray bottom of baking pan. Blend eggs for 30 seconds on high speed and pour into baking pan. Sprinkle fillings evenly over egg surface. Bake for 10-12 minutes on high heat.

Eggs will fill you up and with crunchy vegetables at 300 calories. Eat all egg and skip the egg white keep that yolk with all it's great vitamins the extra calories won't matter.

1 cup cooked oatmeal
1 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
1/2 tsp hot sauce
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup blanched broccolini
1 cup roasted mushrooms
1/2 tsp minced fresh chives

Place oatmeal and broth into sauté or sauce pan. Bring mixture to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes until hot and creamy consistency – do not overcook. Add broccolini and blend with oatmeal. Simmer 1 minute and remove from heat.

Add hot sauce, cheese and blend into oatmeal, make sure all cheese is melted. Mound grits into center of the bowl. Roast or sauté mushrooms and arrange over grits and sprinkle chives on top.

Chef Smith likes savory foods and he's turned his morning oatmeal into a risotto-like dish. Broccolini is a hybrid of broccoli and kale. When you're thinking breakfast think savory and crunchy. This is a great brunch dish that can be spiced up with hot sauce that will further support the raising of the metabolism.
270 calories.

Bonus Tip!
Support the heart health daily with stretching to improve the elasticity of arteries and to keep blood pumping. Sit on a sturdy chair with good posture. Reach up as high as possible and lock the fingers together. Stretch to the right and hold 20 seconds. Stretch to the left and hold 20.

To further support the heart, Dr. Oz recommends taking 100mg daily of CoQ10 in the Q-gel form.

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  1. what's the carb count?

  2. Thanks for your question. There were no carb counts provided. I would encourage to contact the person who presented the particular recipe you're interested in and ask them for the carb counts. Let us know what you find out!