The Sirtfood Diet
- March 14, 2021
A non-faddy diet that offers incredible health benefits and weight loss. Aidan and Glen show how everyone can reap the benefits of the Sirtfood Diet through eating delicious food. I’m a huge fan!
—Lorraine Pascale, TV chef and food writer
A revelation to my diet. With the help of Aidan and Glen, introducing Sirtfoods has allowed me to attain a body composition and well-being previously unimaginable.
—David Haye, champion heavyweight boxer
People keep asking me my secret to looking great. The answer is Aidan and Glen’s Sirtfood Diet. Since following it, I feel unstoppable.
—Jodie Kidd, model and TV personality
Working with Aidan and Glen has revolutionized my nutritional approach beyond anything I have experienced in the past. Their knowledge and Sirtfood Diet is unrivaled, and was key for getting me into top shape and feeling and performing at my best for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
—James Haskell, international England rugby star
I’m healthier, more alert, and in top physical condition. Sirtfoods are key to me reaching new peaks in performance to face the upcoming challenges in making British America’s Cup history.
—Sir Ben Ainslie, four-time Olympic gold medalist
The Science of Sirtuins
Masters of Muscle
Sirtfoods Around the World
Building a Diet That Works
Top Twenty Sirtfoods
Phase 1: 7 Pounds in Seven Days
Phase 2: Maintenance
Sirtfoods for Life
Sirtfoods for All
Questions and Answers
Asian Shrimp Stir-Fry with Buckwheat Noodles
Miso and Sesame Glazed Tofu with Ginger and Chili Stir-Fried Greens
Turkey Escalope with Sage, Capers, and Parsley and Spiced Cauliflower Couscous
Kale and Red Onion Dal with Buckwheat
Aromatic Chicken Breast with Kale and Red Onions and A Tomato and Chili Salsa
Harissa Baked Tofu with Cauliflower Couscous
Pan-Fried Salmon Fillet with Caramelized Endive, Arugula, and Celery Leaf Salad
Tuscan Bean Stew
Strawberry Buckwheat Tabbouleh
Miso-Marinated Baked Cod with Stir-Fried Greens and Sesame
Soba (Buckwheat Noodles) In a Miso Broth with Tofu, Celery, and Kale
Sirt Super Salad
Char-Grilled Beef with a Red Wine Jus, Onion Rings, Garlic Kale, and Herb-Roasted Potatoes
Steak Cooking Times
Kidney Bean Mole with Baked Potato
Baked Chicken Breast with Walnut and Parsley Pesto and Red Onion Salad
Roasted Eggplant Wedges with Walnut and Parsley Pesto and Tomato Salad
Stuffed Whole-Wheat Pita
Butternut Squash and Date Tagine with Buckwheat
Butter Bean and Miso Dip with Celery Sticks and Oatcakes
Yogurt with Mixed Berries, Chopped Walnuts, and Dark Chocolate
Chicken and Kale Curry with Bombay Potatoes
Spiced Scrambled Eggs
Sirt Chili Con Carne
Mushroom and Tofu Scramble
Smoked Salmon Pasta with Chili and Arugula
Buckwheat Pasta Salad
Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberries, Dark Chocolate Sauce, and Crushed Walnuts
Tofu and Shiitake Mushroom Soup
About Aidan Goggins and Glen Matten
We would like to thank public health expert Dr. Padhraig Ryan of the University of Dublin for his invaluable input to the design of the study and analysis and reporting of outcomes.
Nutrition plays a key fundamental role in the success or failure of our daily battles with the bulge, from how we fuel our bodies and the food choices we make to the portion sizes we serve. It all seems like stereo instructions or rocket science, but what if I told you there was an easier way to lose weight and be healthy?
I’ve always been the anti-diet trainer. I detest the word diet, as it carries negative connotations for so many people. Most of my clients despise the word too. It makes them feel like they’ve been given a life sentence to eat only boring and uninspiring meals that will have them falling off the wagon within a week! So why jump at the opportunity to write the foreword for The Sirtfood Diet? Why have I introduced it to my clients to follow? My answer is quite simple: It is different from every other diet that has come before it. It is a whole new way of eating that brings fantastic benefits for everyone.
I’ve worked in the health and fitness industry for over twenty years and have seen fad diets come and go. In order to give my clients a proper insight into these Hollywood-driven diets, I tried them all. I wanted to get a better understanding of how they worked. I wanted to know things like: What were their effects on the body? What kind of results were achievable? Did the promises they made only have short-term success with long-term failure? In my opinion, diets that promote weight loss at the cost of your well-being or force you to deprive yourself of the foods you enjoy eating should be avoided at all costs. Those types of meal plans will only set you up for failure. My clients have no time for them. Some are high-profile individuals who are constantly under the scrutiny of the media spotlight. How they look is given more importance and attention than if they are happy and healthy. From grueling careers and performance schedules to busy daily life, nutrition should not have a negative impact on any facet of life. It should only complement and enhance it.
I’ve worked closely with Aidan and Glen for a number of years now. The breadth of their knowledge is simply unrivaled, and I have seen up close the numerous lives they’ve changed. How with equal authority and effect they can devise the nutrition for an elite athlete to become a world champion and reverse someone’s disease where conventional medicine had not worked. They have an irresistible passion for spreading the message of scientifically backed, accurate nutrition, about how our modern-day health woes can be corrected with the food we eat. If we could just get the right messages out from under all the nutrition noise, we could possibly reverse and stop the obesity and ill health that plague us.
No matter who the client is, I always work in conjunction with Aidan and Glen to formulate their nutritional plan. The Sirtfood Diet is used as the foundation for the menu creation. The reason being is simple: there is no one who will not benefit from following it. Big boosts in energy, mood, and well-being, while slashing the risk of chronic disease. Who could ask for anything more?! My clients love the fact that they can spend less time in the gym with shorter, more effective workouts, while eating their favorite delicious foods. The added bonus effect: in order to fuel all these amazing metabolic processes, our body turns to our fat stores. As a result, we see dramatic weight loss even if that is not our driving force for following it. These are all benefits I have encountered firsthand, with myself and my clients, and each time the results were awe inspiring.
What’s also fantastic about the Sirtfood Diet is that it is a diet for food lovers. So many weight-loss and healthy-eating messages are divorced from real life. You can’t expect people to eat the way you prescribe for the long term if it means living in dietary hardship. The Sirtfood Diet turns all this on its head. The benefits are all from eating delicious-tasting food and not from what you are not eating. The more great-tasting food you eat, the more benefits you see. It’s why my clients love it!
It also encourages us to rekindle that lost relationship of enjoying mealtimes. Depending on what your daily life entails, whether it’s working on a movie set, being on a concert world tour, or running a busy household, the company you keep bonds you as a family. Meals are an event where everyone gets together to enjoy each other’s company. With the Sirtfood Diet, this can easily be done. Eating freely and without guilt. Knowing the foods you are eating are nourishing your well-being. The recipes are practical and simple to follow, while always producing delectable meals. There’s real satisfaction in seeing empty plates and everyone content at the end of a meal.
The word diet in the title of this book may almost be a disservice. This is not a diet in the traditional sense but a way of eating for life. It’s for everyone who wants to put their body into a healthier state and feel their best while still enjoying life and their food. It’s for people who want to see big differences from little changes and for those who want weight loss that lasts without spending hours in the gym or starving themselves.
I’ve experienced firsthand these astounding benefits, and so have my clients. We’ve gone from saying we would never go on a diet to never eating any other way. Now it’s your chance to experience and enjoy it too!
Celebrity trainer to Adele, Pippa Middleton,
Bryan Singer, Jimmy Barnes, and Kim Catrell
Laurenne felt her world crumble when she heard the word come out of her doctor’s mouth. This year, 2014, was meant to be her year. At just fifty-one she had given up work a few months earlier and was excitedly planning her next life adventures. In what could have graced a Hollywood romance script, she had just been reunited with her early-life sweetheart, Rannoch, after being apart for thirty years. They would soon marry. Then she was told she had breast cancer. . . . Fortunately, the treatment was a success, but the side effects of the chemotherapy took their toll.
Over the years Laurenne had always struggled with her weight and tried every diet trend going, only to regain the weight plus more each time. But now she simply didn’t feel good. She felt uncomfortable, heavy, and lethargic. She fell into a pattern of comfort eating, and the simplest of activities that she used to enjoy, such as going out for a walk, felt like having to complete a marathon. Within just a matter of months Laurenne had gained 20 pounds. The doctor then informed her that she would be on anticancer medication for the next ten years. It was the popular drug called tamoxifen, well known for causing weight gain and lethargy. She faced the prospect of swallowing a tablet every day to stave off cancer but at the expense of her vitality and feeling good about herself.
Still, Laurenne was determined not to let it beat her. Her now-husband, Rannoch, the rock by her side, was a diet skeptic. But having read about a new weight-loss diet based upon the power of eating natural plant foods that boasted tremendous well-being benefits, he felt there was nothing to lose. Together, they embarked upon the Sirtfood Diet. Within the first six weeks, Laurenne lost 20 pounds. Rannoch himself had lost 12 pounds despite not carrying much excess weight to begin with. This was a major breakthrough for Laurenne, but even more profound was the transformation in how she felt. Her energy levels soared and her zest for life returned. The need to comfort-eat disappeared and junk food lost its appeal. She was back to her normal activities again, and with each passing day she felt better and better. In Laurenne’s words, It is one of the best things we have ever done, it’s the best we have both felt in years. This is not a diet in the usual sense, but a way of eating for life. I don’t feel the side effects of the medication now, and I never have to worry about ‘dieting’ again.
Of the hundreds of millions of people who will follow popularized diets this year, less than 1 percent will achieve permanent weight loss.1 Not only do they fail to make a difference in the battle of the bulge, but they do nothing to curb the tsunami of chronic disease that has engulfed modern society.
We may be living longer but we are not living healthier. Staggeringly, over the course of a mere ten years, the amount of time we spend in ill health has doubled from 20 to 40 percent. It means we now spend almost thirty-two years of our lives in poor health. Just look at the stats. Right now, one in ten has diabetes and another three are on the verge of getting it. Two out of every five people will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives. If you see three women over the age of fifty, one of them is going to have an osteoporotic fracture. And in the average time it takes you to read a single page of this book, a new case of Alzheimer’s will develop and someone will die of heart disease—and that’s in the United States alone.
For these reasons, dieting has never been our thing. That is, until we discovered Sirtfoods, a revolutionary new—and easy—way to eat your way to weight loss and amazing health.
WHAT ARE SIRTFOODS?
When we cut back on calories, it creates a shortage of energy that activates what is known as the skinny gene. This triggers a raft of positive changes. It puts the body into a kind of survival mode where it stops storing fat and normal growth processes are put on hold. Instead, the body turns its attention to burning up its stores of fat and switching on powerful housekeeping genes that repair and rejuvenate our cells, effectively giving them a spring cleaning. The upshot is weight loss and improved resistance to disease.
But, as many dieters know, cutting calories comes at a cost. In the short term, the reduction in energy intake provokes hunger, irritability, fatigue, and muscle loss. Longer-term calorie restriction causes our metabolism to stagnate. This is the downfall of all calorie-restrictive diets and paves the way for the weight to come piling back on. It is for these reasons that 99 percent of dieters are doomed to fail in the long run.
All of this led us to ask a big question: is it somehow possible to activate our skinny gene with all the great benefits that brings without needing to stick to intense calorie restriction with all those drawbacks?
Enter Sirtfoods, a newly discovered group of wonder foods. Sirtfoods are particularly rich in special nutrients that, when we consume them, are able to activate the same skinny genes in our bodies that calorie restriction does. These genes are known as sirtuins. They first came to light in a landmark study in 2003 when researchers discovered that resveratrol, a compound found in red grape skin and red wine, dramatically increased the life span of yeast.2 Incredibly, resveratrol had the same effect on longevity as calorie restriction, but this was achieved without reducing energy intake. Since then studies have shown that resveratrol can extend life in worms, flies, fish, and even honeybees.3 And from mice to humans, early-stage studies show resveratrol protects against the adverse effects of high-calorie, high-fat, and high-sugar diets; promotes healthy aging by delaying age-related diseases; and increases fitness.4 In essence it has been shown to mimic the effects of calorie restriction and exercise.
With its rich resveratrol content, red wine was hailed as the original Sirtfood, explaining the health benefits linked to its consumption, and even why people who drink red wine gain less weight.5 However, this is only the beginning of the Sirtfood story.
With the discovery of resveratrol, the world of health research was on the cusp of something big, and the pharmaceutical industry wasted no time jumping on board. Researchers began screening thousands of different chemicals for their ability to activate our