Want an incredible “two-fer” for the Holidays? ….A membership to Miracle-Ville.com comes with over 90 Holiday Recipes!

Miracle-Ville is the subscription support site for all followers of the Metabolism Miracle lifestyle program. Learn more about the Metabolism Miracle and the Diabetes Miracle at http://www.themetabolismmiracle.com!

Miracle-Ville is managed by the author of the Metabolism Miracle; Diane Kress. She is there on a regular basis to answer your questions, provide accurate answers, check your food diary (a 15.00 value). You will also find thousand of questions/answers to all things MM. Diane’s videos. Chat room with other members. You can post your own blog and comment on anything you see on site. One month costs 10.00. If you want a lower monthly cost, join for more months! An annual membership costs only 7.50/month!

Miracle-Ville has over 90 holiday recipes and counting. Homemade noodles, twice baked mashed cauliflower, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, neutral breads…..90 holiday recipes are part of the subscription!

Hope to see you in the ‘Ville for the holidays and always. Find us at http://www.Miracle-Ville.com.

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Little by little, step by step; Diane Kress’ truth in The Metabolism Miracle becomes recognized.

Obesity can be genetic, study confirms

From the Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2018 by Holly Van Hare

It’s long past time for our society to stop blaming fat people for their appearance and start accepting all people for who they are. Increasingly, researchers are uncovering evidence that – just like hair color, shoe size, skin color, and many other physical attributes – body mass is at least somewhat predetermined by the genes you were born with.

Researchers at Duke University discovered a gene in mice that directs some bodies to store fat more readily – and they believe a similar gene causes some humans to persistently gain weight without any fault of their own.
Certain variations of a gene that codes for a protein called ankyrin-B cause fat cells to absorb glucose more quickly. In the study, mice with the genetic variation had fat cells that more than “doubled their size” after storing large amounts of glucose. The fat expansion occurred regardless of eating and exercising the same amount as other mice with a different genetic makeup.

“We believe this gene might have helped our ancestors store energy in times of famine,” explained study author Dr. Vann Bennett. “In current times, where food is plentiful, ankyrin-B variants could be fueling the obesity epidemic.”
This raises the question of whether obesity is really an “epidemic” at all. This genetic trait, which helped our ancestors survive into modernity, seems a classic example of natural selection. The better bodies were at storing fat, the longer they were able to persist through harsh conditions.
This also correlates with the stockpile of research showing that humans considered overweight or obese tend to live longer.
Of course, this study discovered just one gene that had an impact on obesity – the report estimates that only 8.4 percent of African-Americans and only 1.3 percent of European-Americans carry the genes for variant ankyrin-B. As we know, there are billions of genes that make up the human body; it’s highly likely that many others play a role as well. The researchers are calling this genetic predisposition to fat “fault-free obesity.” People of all dietary habits and exercise regimens are likely subject to genetic factors that influence weight gain.

That means the fat kid at school might not have been bingeing on Oreos and French fries – and might have been eating the same amount of food as, if not less food than, his peers. The only difference is that he was probably bullied for it.

Fatphobia in America has been worsening alongside aesthetic ideals of thinness and demonization of obese people.

With obesity being labeled a disease and clothes, chairs, and other aspects of our environment built off of the assumption that we’re all meant to be thin, the weight stigma the average fat person experiences is monstrous. The bigger a person gets, the more the world rejects the space they take up. Weight stigma, unlike obesity, has been causally linked to adverse health effects such as heart disease.
Hopefully this will help us all get one step closer to accepting our bodies as they are, and focusing less on weight loss and more on introducing real healthful behaviors into our lives.


It is true that “calories in/calories out” does not work for all people. Because we have been inundated with information about the influence of excess calories producing overweight….over 60% of US adults have been shamed for “overeating calorically” and causing their overweight/obesity by eating excess calories.

Over 60% of US adults have the genes and life- stressor combination that causes them to become obese…..until they learn the truth about their obesity. Given the proper tools to combat their hormonally based overweight/obesity, these individualizes can lose fat and keep it off. We must share the right information with these people. Withholding the truth is insuring that millions of people become and remain fat and sick….needing more prescription and doctor visits.

We must stop focusing attention on calories. Only 40% of US adults can lose weight and keep it off by restricting calories. The other 60% (the majority) of people over-respond to rises in blood glucose with excess insulin release. Insulin is a fat gain hormone. Excess insulin allows excess glucose into fat cells, causes blood glucose to drop; and results in carbohydrate cravings. Excess insulin production and insulin resistance eventually leads to:




low levels of Vitamin D

NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)

excess visceral fat (excess fat between organs)

pre diabetes

type 2 diabetes


and more….

If 40% of the population consume 1600 calories/day, 55% calories coming from carbohydrate and the other 60% of the population consumes the same 1600 calories/day, 55% of calories coming from carbohydrate; the 60% will respond with excess insulin response that will cause excess fat accumulation, a blood glucose drop, strong cravings for more carb as soon as 1-2 hours after eating. Same 1600 calories but totally different response.

It’s time to stop the focus on calories for everyone. We should screen people for: fasting glucose, lipid panel, Vitamin D. If a person has insulin imbalance (leads to insulin resistance), they need to focus on their carbohydrate intake, not calorie intake, to lose weight. Read The Metabolism Miracle by Diane Kress.

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Diane Kress creates individualized pregnancy diets for women with Gestational Diabetes or Pregnancies with Pre-Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes.

Diane Kress, a medical nutrition therapist with over 35 years experience as an RD and CDE, has developed a diet plan for women who are diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes during pregnancy or women who have a medical history including pre diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Kress is the author of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle. These programs are very successful and followed around the world by those with metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, hypertriglyceridemia, hypertension, PCOS, pre diabetes, type 2 diabetes, overweight, and obesity.

Diane Kress’ individualized “diabetes plan for pregnancy” works within the parameters of the Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle but is not a weight loss program. The program will meet all pregnancy calorie and nutrition requirements and spread carbohydrates through-out the day/night for the BEST blood glucose readings during pregnancy and lactation. Best of all, the Gestational or Diabetes Diet Plan for Pregnancy will be designed to match your individual needs.

Diane will forward an assessment form. After you fill in the form and return the form, Diane will configure your individualized diet program. She will return your program within 48 hours of receiving your completed assessment form. Cost of the program is 150.00. Diane Kress will be available via email to answer any of your questions.

If you are interested in having an individualized gestational diabetes or diabetes pregnancy plan, contact Diane Kress at DIETQUESTIONS@YMAIL.COM .

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Blood pressure above 130/80 is now considered hypertension! First update in blood pressure guidelines in 14 years.

Normal blood pressure is still considered to be 120/80. The category pre-hypertension (blood pressure between 120-140 over 80-90) is gone. In the past, blood pressure over 140/90 was considered hypertension. Now, hypertension is diagnosed at 130/80 or more. This makes a big difference in the number of people who will get a new diagnosis at their next medical appointment.

This brand new change in the guidelines for hypertension will triple the number of younger men and double the number of younger women who will now be classified and “treated” as hypertensive. Although the article says the main focus from physicians will be recommending lifestyle changes such as weight loss, diet, exercise, lower sodium intake, and a decrease in alcohol intake….we all know how that goes. Only 2% of people who start a diet and 8% of those who begin to exercise are on track with diet and exercise after one year.

With that said, it looks like this new guideline will cause many physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants to prescribe many more prescriptions for hypertension.

As always, I want to point out the fact that hypertension is part of uncontrolled metabolic syndrome; overweight, hypertension, high cholesterol and triglycerides. Metabolic syndrome is progressive and if not controlled, leads to obesity and diabetes. Much hypertension is triggered by the hormonal imbalance of the fat gain hormone; insulin.

There is a diet and exercise plan that controls all of this medical condition conglomerate; The Metabolism Miracle. Read about it at http://www.themetabolismmiracle.com.

If you get a new diagnosis of hypertension and your MD recommends lifestyle changes….try the Metabolism Miracle before trying a prescription. Chances are …..you will not require medication and your weight, cholesterol, glucose, energy, focus, concentration, and sleep will all improve, too! Diane Kress

Here’s The Washington Posts article…”To Your Health”. By Lenny Bernstein and Ariana Eunjung Cha

Half of American adults have high blood pressure under new guidelines

The American Heart Association announced new blood pressure guidelines on Nov. 13.

Leading heart health experts tightened the guidelines for high blood pressure Monday, a change that will sharply increase the number of U.S. adults considered hypertensive in the hope that they, and their doctors, will address the deadly condition sooner.

The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other groups redefined high blood pressure as a reading of 130 over 80, down from 140 over 90. The change, the first in 14 years, means that 46 percent of U.S. adults, many of them under the age of 45, now will be considered hypertensive. Under the previous guideline, 32 percent of U.S. adults had high blood pressure.

“We’re recognizing that blood pressures that we in the past thought were normal or so-called pre-hypertensive actually placed the patient at significant risk for heart disease and death and disability,” said Robert M. Carey, co-chairman of the group that produced the new report. “The risk hasn’t changed. What’s changed is our recognition of the risk.”

But the report’s authors predicted relatively few of those who fall into the new hypertensive category will need medication. Rather, they hope that many found with the early stages of the condition will be able to address it through lifestyle changes such as losing weight, improving their diet, getting more exercise, consuming less alcohol and sodium and lowering stress.

The guidelines should be influential in clinical practice, with most health care providers expected to follow the recommendations. In addition to tightening the definition of high blood pressure, the new report does away with the old category of “pre-hypertension,” which was defined as a top (systolic) reading of 120 to 139 or a bottom (diastolic) number between 80 and 89.

The new guidelines create categories including “elevated,” “Stage 1 and 2 hypertension,” and “hypertensive crisis,” each characterized by various blood pressure readings. Normal blood pressure still will be considered 120 over 80.

The systolic reading refers to the pressure when the heart contracts and sends blood through the arteries. Diastolic pressure is measured when the heart relaxes between beats.

The guidelines suggest that doctors recommend lifestyle changes for people found to have elevated blood pressure. Those with Stage 1 hypertension should be assessed for their 10-year risk of heart disease or stroke under the parameters of a widely used matrix for cardiovascular health. Those with more than a 10 percent chance, or other complicating factors, should try medication.

“An important cornerstone of these new guidelines is a strong emphasis on lifestyle changes as the first line of therapy. There is an opportunity to reduce risk without necessarily imposing medications,” said Richard Chazal, the immediate past president of the American College of Cardiology.

The authors of the report expect that many adults younger than 45 will find themselves included under the new threshold. The lower score is expected to triple the number of younger men considered hypertensive and double the number of younger women with high blood pressure.

The authors of the report also want people already in treatment to try to reach the new blood pressure goal.

High blood pressure is the leading cause of death worldwide and the second-leading cause of preventable death in the United States, after cigarette smoking. Hypertension leads to cardiovascular disease, strokes, severe kidney disease and other maladies that kill millions every year. Blood pressure is affected by a wide variety of factors including genetics, age, diet, exercise, stress and other diseases such as diabetes. Men are more likely to have high blood pressure than women and blacks are more likely than whites. Many people are unaware that they have the condition because there are no symptoms.

Much of the data to support the update came from Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial or SPRINT trial, a large-scale study of more than 9,000 people sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. When the results were first presented in 2015, they shook many assumptions about blood pressure management.

The study showed that bringing blood pressure below 120 rather than the recommended 140 to 150 could reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. While that research only included people 50 and older and at high risk for heart problems, subsequent studies have shown this benefit appears to extend to younger people as well, said Chazal, who is medical director at the Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Fla.

Thomas R. Frieden, the former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who now runs a global health initiative that focuses on heart disease and stroke, said the “big news about this guideline is it should end forever any debate about whether people should be treated with medicines once they hit 140/90.” He said that until now there has been “a perspective that it’s not that big of a risk, but that’s just wrong.”

“The fact is lower is better,” Frieden said, “Even what we considered mild hypertension before is a deadly disease.”

Calling hypertension “the world’s most under-addressed preventable health problem,” Frieden said that, ironically, one of the reasons treatment has been slow to catch on in some parts of the world is because the medications are not as profitable as many others. The four main classes of drugs for blood pressure have generic versions and can be as cheap as a few dollars a month. Another barrier is what he called “therapeutic inertia,” the reluctance of some physicians and patients to try medication when a person with high blood pressure appears to be otherwise healthy.

“It is not easy to take drugs for the rest of your life for a condition you are not sick from,” he explained. “There is a reason it’s known as the silent killer.”

Four years ago, the same two groups changed their recommendations for the way doctors should assess cardiovascular risk, moving away from a focus on low-density lipoproteins — the so-called bad cholesterol — to a more well-rounded consideration of factors such age, weight, smoking and other factors.

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The Metabolism Miracle “Extras” List Brand Names of 5 gram Counter Carbs, 11-20 gram Carb Dams, and Brand Name Breads Allowed/Avoid!

THE METABOLISM MIRACLE has “Extras” that will help enhance your MM lifestyle! Check out the “Shop” tab on http://www.themetabolismmiracle.com.

What’s Available? NO SHIPPING OR HANDLING!!!!

3 Lists of Brand Name foods for Step 1 and Step 2: You can purchase the lists individually or in a “package”

5- gram Step 1 Brand Name Counter Carbs.
The Very Best 11-20 gram Step 2 Brand Name Carb Dams.
Occasional 11-20 gram Step 2 Brand Name Carb Dams

Progress Charts: Keep track of weight, body measurements, labs, glucose, clothing size, exercise, pedometer steps, and more!

NEW!!!! Brand Name Bread Lists: These lists specify brands of bread/bread products ALLOWED on Step 1. Another list specifies Breads/bread products to AVOID on Step 1. Very important list!

NEW!!! PERSONAL FOOD LOG ANALYSIS with COMMENTS and SUGGESTIONS from Diane Kress. Contact Diane at dietquestions@ymail.com for details

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It’s soon-to-be “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Diane Kress’ Metabolism Miracle Holiday Book provides fabulous holiday recipes that fit seamlessly into your program!

Click to order The Metabolism Miracle Holiday Book from Amazon.com! https://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-Miracle-Holiday-Book-Appetizers-ebook/dp/B01MXEBS3Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1510274720&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+miracle+holiday+book

It’s soon to be “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Thanksgiving and Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years are just around the corner. The Metabolism Miracle Holiday Book provides recipes for carb free cockatils, appetizers, dips, snacks, baked goods, cookies, cakes, pies, and more! You’ll love that all the recipes fit seamlessly into The Metabolism Miracle program. No “cheating” when you use these recipes. You, your family, and friends will all enjoy these creations and you will stay ON PLAN!

This e-book can be viewed on your phone, tablet, PC, laptop, or Kindle device. On the ordering page on Amazon.com, you’ll click for the free Kindle app that allows you to read this book on ANY device!

Happy Upcoming Holidays from Diane Kress and Miracle-Ville.com members!

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ALLULOSE; The newest lower-calorie sweetener. Make an informed decision on this “created” sugar substitute by the makers of Splenda.

ALLULOSE; The newest “Quietly” released lower- calorie sweetener. Make an informed decision on this manufactured sugar substitute made from corn.

There has been a QUIET release of a new lower calorie sweetener; ALLULOSE.

Just one month ago, it was difficult to research allulose; there was scant information on the web except for articles on the allulose site or by writers paid by Allulose.

Allulose, also known as D-psicose, erythrohexulose, and pseudofructose, is classified as a “rare sugar” because it is naturally present in only a few foods. figs, maple syrup, and raisins contain small amounts of D-psicose.

Manufactured allulose is made from fermented corn. Corn is processed in a “proprietary method” using enzymes to convert fructose from corn into allulose.
Allulose is nearly IDENTICAL to fructose (simple sugar); except for slightly different hydrogen and oxygen structures. Allulose’s hydrogen and oxygen structure is formed in a “ proprietary process.”

Allulose has been rolled out by the makers of Splenda under the “exotic” name “Dolcia Prima” from British manufacturer Tate and Lyle and “AllSweet” from Anderson Global Group Allulose is sold on Amazon.com as All-U-Lose; costs about $10.00 for less than 1 cup and is also sold in a 6 bottle pack for $58.88.
Its formulation does not occur in nature and it designed to remain intact as it travels down the GI tract. In this way, it does not impact blood glucose, does not provide significant calories, is not recognized by the body as sugar and is not used for energy.

Allulose has a drawback. Consumed in large quantities, it can cause severe bloating, gas, flatulence, and GI pain. (The FDA put allulose on the GRAS list; generally recommended as safe). Allulose is not yet allowed to be sold in Europe. As of now there are only a few human studies on the effects of allulose; so far it appears to be safe when consumed in moderation.

More studies in humans are on the way. Several studies are either recruiting, underway or have been completed but not yet published.

At this time, allulose isn’t widely available, aside from being used in certain snack bars by a brand called Quest Nutrition.

Quest Hero Bars each contain about 12 grams of allulose, and Quest Beyond Cereal Bars contain about 7 grams.

That said, food companies using allulose in their products have “promised” the FDA that they won’t be too heavy handed.

What we eat affects our microbiome (gut bacteria). Immediate impact like diarrhea, gas, bloating, pain is evident, but there has not been adequate time to judge the long- term impact or possible negative issues that may be related to this new sweetener. The process that results in allulose is considered “proprietary”….so there isn’t transparency in this area.

The FDA counts allulose as SUGAR on Nutrition Facts.
(To find net carb grams, you can deduct fiber and erythritol grams from total carbohydrate grams). As of this time, do not deduct allulose grams from total carbohydrate grams to find net carb grams.

From the Allulose site:

For the first time since the 1990’s, major changes are coming to the Nutrition Facts Panel, and one of the major changes is the new notation of added sugars. Americans continue to struggle with overweight and obesity, and added sugars have become a target since they tend to provide excess calories which can contribute to excess weight. This is where low calorie sweeteners can make a difference; however, while making food taste good without the extra added sugar calories. And there’s a new low- calorie sweetener on the market; allulose.

At the moment, the FDA requires allulose, known as a low- calorie sugar, to be labeled as part of the sugars on the Nutrition Facts Panel despite the fact that the calories are significantly less than regular sugar. The low- calorie nature of this manufactured sugar is linked to how 70 to 80% of the allulose is absorbed in the intestine, and is eventually excreted in the urine. The other 20 to 30% passes into the large intestine, where it is then excreted. Allulose has about 70% the sweetness of sugar.

Products available now that contain allulose:
HERO Cereal Protein Bars, manufactured by Quest Nutrition.
KNOW Bread Products, manufactured by Know Better Bread.

In the future, the following product lines may contain allulose:
Candies (both hard and soft)
Chewing Gum
Confections and Frostings
Dressings for Salads
Frozen Dairy Desserts (ice cream, soft serve, sorbet)
Gelatins, Puddings, and Fillings
Jams and Jellies
Sugar Substitutes
Sweet Sauces and Syrups
Yogurt and Frozen Yogurt

Low calorie sweeteners are billion dollar businesses. The makers of Splenda (sucralose) have decided to create a low calorie sweetener. While the process to make Splenda (sucralose) begins with sucrose, or table sugar, the final product is different from sugar. Sucralose is made by replacing three select hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms, resulting in an intensely sweet, no-calorie sweetener.

The market will be cornered with a manufactured calorie free sugar substitute that originates with sucrose (Splenda/sucralose) and a manufactured low calorie sugar substitute that originates from fructose.

I’ll be following this sweetener and update my blog as needed.

Please be aware of what you are eating. Check Nutrition Facts and Ingredient labels. If you see an ingredient you are not familiar with, you can always ask me about it at dietquestions@ymail.com.

Diane Kress

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