Flatter Tummy in a Week

I have to admit, I do discriminate against some people.

For example, my friend Carey is an excellent personal trainer.  She works hard and gets amazing results for her clients.

But I could never go to her for a very superficial reason. Her looks.

I know what you're thinking.  She must be overweight.  Who wants to go to an overweight trainer, right?

No. Carey is six feet tall (she calls it 5'12") and is gorgeous.  Her washboard abs are about 2 1/2 feet long. Her perfectly toned legs come up to my waist. We probably weigh the same and I am barely 5'4' (if I stand very straight).

If Barbie (the doll) ever came alive, she would become Carey.

No way am I working out with her.  But I listen carefully when she talks about what she eats and what she recommends to her clients.

Carey gave me a nugget that I swear made my tummy flatter in just a week. It did not involve any exercise.

We have all heard the merits of eating more protein and less carbs.

I once went on a strict Atkins diet and lost a bunch of weight.  I looked like Oprah the day she smugly wheeled out a wagon full of the amount of fat she had lost. And, like Oprah, I quickly gained it all back and then some.

That diet is extreme.  But I do know that if I increase my protein and reduce my carbs reasonably, I will lose weight, feel better, and my cravings for carbs and sugar will decrease.

Carey told me that every afternoon she makes herself a protein shake that provides 25 grams of protein and keeps her from snacking.  She is then able to eat a sensible dinner without feeling starved.

At first I balked at the idea. I have tried protein shakes in the past and they are gritty or icky tasting. But I became desperate when I was shopping for bathing suits, and the only ones I could even consider were very thick with a built in girdle.  I'm sorry, I just don't want to sit by the pool in Spanx!

Jay Robbâ„¢ WHEY PROTEIN-Vanilla - JAY ROBB - GNC
So I went to GNC and reluctantly plopped down my $24 for a package of the Jay Robb Whey Protein in Vanilla.

I emailed Carey for her recipes.  I am partial toward pumpkin, so I started with a pumpkin smoothie.

Here's the recipe:

1 scoop vanilla Jay Robb Whey Protein
1 splash pure vanilla extract
1 cup of unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk (or you can use regular milk)
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pie filling)
a couple of teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice (to taste, I like a lot)
1 cup of ice
Put the whole thing in a blender.

The recipe gave me two big glasses of the smoothie.  There was no gritty "protein powder" taste. I drank the two glasses every afternoon, or sometimes I had it for breakfast.

I noticed after about two days that I was not snacking as much.  My 3:00pm cravings were satisfied by the smoothie. I was able to go longer without eating, and when I sat down for a meal I didn't shovel in the food.
My constant thoughts about food disappeared.

After a week, I put on some yoga pants and a tank, and noticed that my once "6 months pregnant looking" tummy was flatter. OMG.

I love the pumpkin smoothie so much that I haven't bothered to try any of Carey's other suggestions.  But I will.  Scroll down to find the rest of her recipes.

I realize this stuff isn't cheap.  But seriously, if I add up all the crap I eat when I am scrounging for food,  I bet I'm coming out ahead.

I know I will never, never, never have a body like Carey. My DNA couldn't go back far enough to find genes like hers.  But I am going to ask her nicely if she is a transplant donor, because if anything ever happens to her, God forbid, I want those legs.

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Carey's Recipes:

Place in blender:

1 scoop of choc or van protein powder
1/2 strong cold coffee
1/2 cup light vanilla soy milk (or almond is fine)
1 tbls sugar free vanilla creamer
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup ice

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 banana 
2 small spoonfuls of peanut butter
1 cup milk (almond or soy milk is fine)
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup ice

1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup greek yogurt 
1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries
1/2 cup milk
1 cup ice

1 scoop of protein powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup of milk
1 cup of ice 


  1. Okay so I just had to try this powder. I purchased one bag of vanilla and chocolate. Here is what I have tried so far. Let me just say, YUMMY! I had one glass (shared the other glass with a friend) at around 1:30. I went out for dinner with my husband at 6p and I still was not hungry!

    1 scoop chocolate
    1 cup skim milk
    1/2 cup water
    crushed ice
    1 heaping tablespoon peanut butter

    Today's recipe
    1 banana
    1 1/2 cups water
    1 scoop vanilla
    1 tsp vanilla extract

  2. Just back from vacation, ready to go into food detox and shrink my "I ate too much food on vacation tummy". I made recipe number two. Yummy. Glad to be reminded about mid am and pm healthy protein shake snacks, to prevent overeating at meals. Thanks, love you Annie! xo


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