Want to Try Low-Carb?

Food and recipe junkies know George Stella from his popular network TV show and the fact that he’s authored five cookbooks on the bestseller’s list. He’s now considered an expert in the healthy-eating, low-carb cooking field.

The Complete Low Carb Cookbook is a compilation of Stella’s most popular collection of low-carb recipes. And, you also get Stella’s advice and extensive knowledge on eating a low-carb diet.

You’ll learn how to reinvent recipes you love with the handy tips and techniques used by Stella and turn them into healthier, non-processed meals. Absolutely no sugar or wheat is used in the recipes in this book, so they’re gluten-free.

Diabetics depend on gluten-free and sugar-free food, so these recipes are a boon to cooks who need to transform recipes to healthier versions for their families or themselves.

If you hate grocery shopping, you’ll love the list of ingredients in the first part of the book that Stella uses most in his recipes. You can purchase them all at once and have them on hand when you choose recipes from the book.

There aren’t exotic or special foods and ingredients to purchase. The recipes in the book use ingredients that are good for you and will introduce you to how healthy eating can also be delicious meals.

Stella had to face the fact that he was overweight at age 40. He developed serious heart problems that put him on the verge of having to give up his career and his lifestyle.

Eventually, after giving up on all the diets he tried, Stella decided to try the low-carb plan. His experience as a chef helped him successfully find ways to use fresh foods rather than processed foods and those made with refined sugar.

After losing over 200 pounds, George Stella, now healthy and fit, was asked to be a chef at a Disney resort. The more he practiced the low-carb approach and turned out delicious and healthy meals, the more popular he became.

He began to teach cooking classes and worked as a personal chef and went on to host his own food series on the Food Network and author six cookbooks that have been on the bestseller list.

The Complete Low Carb Cookbook inspires and teaches the best choices for eating healthy. The entire family will enjoy Stella’s methods of having fun with food while making healthier food choices.

You may be facing the same weight and heart issues that Stella had, or you may want to adapt to a healthier diet plan before these issues and other health threats from bad eating habits begin to happen.

The low-carb lifestyle is recommended by health care professionals as a way to lose weight and become healthy before chronic problems begin to happen. The Complete Low Carb Cookbook gives you many healthy choices for changing your life for the better.

You can check out The Complete Low Carb Cookbook here.

If you decide to pick it up let me know what recipe you like the best in the comments section…

Mediterranean Anyone?

With summer here and travel on many of our schedules…I figured we’d go International. 🙂

Have you heard of the Mediterranean diet?

It’s the diet plan that cardiologists are recommending to the patients at risk for heart disease and for those who already have problems. There’s a great deal of information in The Complete Mediterranean Diet, but it’s presented in a comprehensive and easy-to-understand manner.

Dr. Michael Ozner wrote The Complete Mediterranean Diet after becoming a top advocate of preventing heart disease. He’s a cardiologist and national speaker on the topic of how to treat and prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Reports of obesity, cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol have been connected to the way we eat in a straightforward, scientific way. But, those who live around the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy a life of fresh and wholesome foods don’t have the same problems others do.

The Complete Mediterranean Diet is a treasure trove of information you need to understand and begin a Mediterranean style of diet. Besides the helpful and guiding information, you’ll also get 500 mouth-watering recipes to choose from.

Weight loss occurs naturally on this diet plan and you’ll begin to notice the belly fat that wouldn’t budge is gradually melting away. That’s because this diet plan burns fat and builds muscle that’s so necessary to fight obesity.

This book will help you piece together the reasons why your current diet isn’t working and how the Mediterranean lifestyle will lower your risk of diseases, help you lose weight and put you on the path to the health and vitality you’ve been missing.

A 14-day meal plan is included for your convenience in beginning the diet plan and you’ll also get a guide to the terminology used that may be different than what you’re used to.

Recipes in the book include tasty meals such as Pizza Margherita and Spicy Vegetable Stew. There are also desserts such as Drunken Strawberries and Honey Nests made with Angel Hair Pasta.

Pay close attention to the appendices in The Complete Mediterranean Diet. They contain highly useful information that includes the Atherogenic Metabolic Stew, a concoction that will help to jumpstart your metabolism and burn fat.

There is also an appendix on medications to prevent heart disease. Sometimes diet doesn’t solve all the problems associated with heart issues and the medications that Dr. Ozner recommends are the best of the best to keep your heart healthy.

Other appendices include tips on how to shop for, prepare and dine on the recipes for the Mediterranean diet and how to make the best choices when dining out. Nothing is missing from The Complete Mediterranean Diet that you need to enjoy this tremendously healthy lifestyle.

That’s why The Complete Mediterranean Diet and the information it provides is worth the time and effort to look in to and possibly adapt to your own lifestyle. You don’t have to live on the shores of the Mediterranean to benefit from its healthy way of life.

You can check out The Compete Mediterranean Diet here.

Let me know what you think in the comments…

Forks Over Knives

Have you seen the documentary, Forks Over Knives?

Forks Over Knives might be just the prescription you need to lead a long and productive life. The book was written by the same authors who created the revolutionary documentary about how eating a plant-based diet can prevent diseases and premature aging.

Within the book you’ll find all the information and encouragement you need to transition your diet by consuming whole-foods and plant-based meals rather than meat. The Forks Over Knives plan is one that is recommended by Sanjay Gupta to prevent the onslaught of modern diseases.

The Forks Over Knives concept is one that promotes using food as medicine, both preventative and healing to keep from succumbing to what much of the population is plagued with. Obesity and chronic diseases are rampant today and the proper diet plan can help keep them at bay.

This plan with also ignite your energy level, so you will naturally move your body more and get the exercise you need to stay balanced and to keep your mental acuity intact. It’s not a secret formula, but one that most people have eschewed for the more popular way of eating such as fast- and processed-foods.

The authors, Dr. Alona Pulde and Matthew Lederman are considered pioneers of what will become our future in medicine and healing. The guide, Forks Over Knives and the documentary by the same name teaches you how to completely turn around your eating habits and your lifestyle in a mere four weeks.

By the end of the book, you’ll have a much better understanding of how food is affecting you and our entire population. You’ll feel better, look better and some of your problems such as digestive issues will vanish by the end of the four weeks of the Forks Over Knives plan.

The recipes contained in the book focus on a variety of whole, plant-based foods, some of which might be new to you. But the recipes guide you through the process and you’ll find some new ways to make meals exciting and delicious.

When you take control of your eating habits a strange thing occurs…you feel more in control of your life, empowered and more prone to make the decisions you need to make to improve your life.

You’ll find that actually eating more leads to weight loss and that you’ll gain an entirely new understanding about how your former diet has made you feel and brought your health and well-being down.

Forks Over Knives provides recipes for every day of the four week transition plan, so there’s nothing to guess at. You’ve got all the information you need to transform your life into a way of living that is designed to bring healthy and vitality into your world and help you enjoy it more.

You can grab the Forks Over Knives book here. There’s also a cookbook here.

Or, watch the original documentary here.

Intuitive Eating

One of the more interesting topics around healthy eating I’ve come across is a book called Intuitive Eating.

Consider this…what if your diet plan consisted of being able to eat all the foods you love…any time you want?

Intuitive Eating was created by two authors, Evelyn Tribole M.S. R.D and Elyse Resch M.S. R.D. F.A.D.A., and it lets you do just that.

This common sense approach to dieting is specially formulated for those who have dieted and failed so many times and feel caught in a web of diet programs that don’t work. The authors call it, “Hitting the Diet Bottom.”

Most diets zap your energy and require a lot of planning, measuring and special ingredients. After dieting and feeling deprived for weeks or months it’s just too tempting to gorge on all the foods you’ve missed on the diet you were on.

That’s when the weight creeps back on your body with even more veracity and all those new “skinny” clothes you bought no longer fit. With the IE plan, you don’t have to focus your entire life around shopping and preparing of diet foods and eating such scant amounts that you’re never satisfied.

The Intuitive Eating program operates on three basic rules; 1.) Eat the food you’re hungry for whenever you like, 2.) Eat only because you’re truly hungry and not for emotional reasons, 3.) Learn your inner hunger and satiated cues and rely on them to figure out how much to eat.

The hard truth is…those who struggle with food issues usually struggle with other areas of their lives; relationships, self-esteem and other issues. The Intuitive Eating plan helps you gain control over food, causing a domino effect of getting control in other areas of your life.

For those of you who thought your taste buds and stomach were the main reasons for overeating and cravings, you’ll learn in Intuitive Eating that the mind has even more to do with your weight loss success.

The tips and suggestions in the book are designed to lead you to a new way of thinking about your weight. In fact, the authors suggest you should not even think about your weight, but pay attention to your hunger cues.

After reading the book, you’ll get extra help from the appendices which consist of a question and answer portion and step-by-step guidelines to get you started on the Intuitive Eating program and your new life, free of food issues.

Intuitive Eating was originally released back in 2003, but received an update in 2012.

The latest printing of Intuitive Eating has changed a bit. There are no longer statistics such as weights and heights because time and research have determined that it leads to self-sabotage.

There are also two new chapters added to the book. One is designed to help children become Intuitive Eaters and the other provides scientific evidence that IE can really work to help you get your weight and eating habits under control.

If this sounds interesting to you, check out Intuitive Eating here.

A new Intuitive Eating Workbook was released last year as well, which can help you be even more successful with Intuitive Eating.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments…

The FastDiet

Sorry for the delay in posting…just been a busy week.

If you can’t tell yet, I love to read about health. Another really good book on fasting is called The FastDiet, by Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer.

FastDiet may sound like a fad, but it’s actually a well-thought out and scientifically documented way to revive your health, lose weight and live a longer and healthier life. Intermittent fasting gives your body a much-needed break and lets it restore itself so it works much more efficiently.

If you combine fasting with a good diet that lets you re-introduce foods to your system that won’t bring the weight back, you’ll be able to keep it off and stay healthy. Co-authors, Dr. Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer present this updated version of The FastDiet with great new recipes and the latest information on fasting.

Much has been discovered recently about dieting, fasting and the effects on your body and mind. You can read about the science of the process in the first chapter of the book.

The remainder of the book deals with how to see the results and gain the most benefits from fasting, new menu plans and even a calorie counter to help you along. Motivation is imperative when you fast and The FastDiet book gives tips on how to get motivated and keep it through the fasting and diet experience.

The authors both agree that exercise is an important part of any diet and have expanded the book to include and explain how you can use high intensity workouts to get more out of your fasting experience.

You can fast two days per week on the FastDiet plan and reap tremendous benefits in weight loss and health without feeling deprived. Skeptics of fasting are now realizing through scientific evidence how this type of dieting can heal and prevent diseases.

If you’re looking for weight loss, you’ll get results if you follow the plan. Your metabolism will be jump-started, your body cleansed and your appetite and cravings will diminish. You will be in fat-burning mode and the fat will melt off your body.

One problem many people experience with dieting is that when they stop the diet plan the weight comes back on like bees to honey. It’s your body trying to load you up with fat again so you won’t starve.

The FastDiet book also gives a perspective on fasting from a woman and a man’s point of view. Men and women are different in the way hormones and insulin levels affect their bodies and Mosley and Spencer help you understand the difference and how to manipulate them with diet to make them work for rather than against you.

A recent study found that intermittent fasting can rejuvenate stem cells, an incredible find. Stem cells can produce more white cells as you age which will result in a more active and healthy immune system.

Finally, we all want to live a long life free from any major problems or diseases. The FastDiet book explains how fasting can increase your lifespan and keep you free from the chronic diseases that are age-related.

It’s definitely worth the read!

Check out The FastDiet book here.

And then let me know what you think.

The Complete Guide to Fasting

Seeing as I started my blog out with the sometime controversial topic of fasting, I decided to go ahead and share a little more about fasting…

The ancients have known about the benefits of fasting for centuries and how it can heal your body and help you go from obesity to a normal weight in a short amount of time. Today, fasting is often thought of as an extreme way to lose weight.

The other incredible and long-lasting benefits of fasting are usually ignored. In The Complete Guide to Fasting, Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore explain how your body and mind react to intermittent and extended fasting, as well as the great benefits you can expect.

Co-author, Jimmy Moore, can attest to the wide-range of benefits you can realize from fasting. He lost 180 pounds, which allowed him to live a prescription-free life and propelled him into a new career of blogging, podcasting and writing books that have put him in the international bestselling author category.

Moore’s journey through weight loss brought him to an understanding of fasting and what it can do for your body and mind. He tried each of the fasting options; intermittent, extended and alternate-day fasting and can tell you first-hand what the repercussions and results were.

Dr. Fung is one of the most respected physicians in the world. He has done groundbreaking research on dietary management that places emphasis on helping type 2 diabetes without using harsh medical treatments.

The Complete Guide to Fasting is a complete and comprehensive guide to what you can expect from various types of fasting and the benefits and possible consequences of each.

If you’ve been perplexed for years over why the weight you lose comes right back on no matter what you do, Fung effectively explains his theory of insulin resistance and how it can lead to obesity and other problems such as type 2 diabetes.

You’ll learn that all hunger pains are not created equal and begin to learn the difference between real hunger and the craving type of hunger. It’s important for you to know hunger cues, especially when you’re fasting.

It may seem strange to find recipes in a book about fasting, but these recipes are unique and designed to prepare the body for fasting and to help you gradually return to a normal diet without putting the weight back on.

There are protocols for various fasting timelines in case you don’t want to immediately dive in to a week’s worth of consuming only fluids. The protocols are for 24 hours, 36 hours and 42 hours fasting. There is also one for 7 to 14 days.

The focus of the book is about metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes and how fasting can improve the disorders and boost your health. Of the approaches to fasting offered in the book, you’re bound to find one that works for you.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out The Complete Guide to Fasting.

Fasting and Eating for Health


I figured I would dive right in with a somewhat controversial topic…fasting.

The thought of fasting and doing without our beloved sugary drinks and fattening food and addictions (such as coffee) turns many people off. Fasting and Eating for Health might change your mind when you know how fasting can relieve many ills such as headaches, psoriasis, diabetes and much more.

Joel Fuhrman, M.D. has been on the New York Times best-selling authors list six times and is recognized internationally as an expert on nutrition and healing. He’s also the brains behind highly successful PBS specials which teach facts about nutrition all over the world.

In Fasting and Eating for Health, Fuhrman explains how to begin the fasting and eating a specific diet program and how to avoid gaining the weight back. You’ll be introduced to the foods that help rather than hinder your progress and how to get the maximum benefits for your efforts.

You’ll learn that weight loss isn’t the only benefit you’ll derive from fasting and following a specific diet plan. The health you gain will be remarkable and life-changing. Your skin will begin to glow and your energy will be amazing for perhaps the first time in your life.

Fuhrman addresses several medical disorders and conditions in the book. If you suffer from hypoglycemia and headaches you’ll learn that most of what you thought about the conditions is misunderstood.

Heart disease is also addressed. Even if you already have a heart disease diagnosis, you can benefit from the book’s advice on how to restore it to health naturally. Autoimmune disease is thought to be a permanent condition, but Fuhrman offers another approach that is superior to all others.

The way we eat now can lead to all sorts of health problems. Most of us are definitely taking the wrong approach to health, obesity and chronic medical conditions. The proper nutrition can be the answer to a cure in many cases.

As the general population continues to suffer more and more from health problems, the medical community continues to try and fix the problems with drugs that mask the problem and don’t get to the real cause of the condition.

Some progress has been made in the diet and disease relationship, but fasting for health has largely been ignored. As health care is getting outrageously expensive and the real answers are ignored, nations are becoming hotbeds of chronic diseases.

Fasting and specific diets are safe, effective and one of the cheapest ways to guard and restore your health. While food does contain the necessary elements we need to sustain life, toxins are present in most foods we consume.

When you fast, you give your body a break from all the harmful elements you pour into your body on a daily basis. Fasting and Eating for Health introduces you to another way of dealing with illness and disease.

By fasting and a follow up diet plan that’s best for you, you can live a life filled with good health and the energy to enjoy it.

If you’re interested in learning more about Dr. Fuhrman’s thoughts on fasting, check out his book by clicking here.

Let me know what you think…