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are you a curious folk?

I love to read and will read any type of book.  I love them all!  I recently was sent the book Curious Folks Ask by Sherry Seethaler.  This book is 162 Real Answers on Amazing Inventions, Fascinating Products and Medical Mysteries. 

Talk about an interesting book.  All kinds of questions are asked and answered.  Why does the flu change every year?  What makes glue sticky?  Are all brands of gas the same?  Why can’t you sneeze with your eyes open? 

This is a book that everyone can enjoy and I think kids would love it!  When this book came in the mail, Brian and Jake jumped on it and started looking through it.  All kinds of conversations have been had over the questions and answers.

Want to know the answers to the questions?  You are in luck!  I have a copy to giveaway!  Yay!

This is going to be an easy giveaway to enter!!!

Just leave me a comment with your favorite book of all time!  I’m always looking for great new reads! 

Be sure to leave me a way to get in touch with you!  Winner will be chosen on July 3, 2010 by random.org.  You will need to contact me within 48 hours of receiving the winning notification email or I will choose an alternate winner!

If you are not the winner, you can pick up your copy of this book by clicking on the link to the left!  You won’t be sorry if you are a curious folk!!

From Fat to Fit

I have just finished reading the book From Fat to Fit by Carole Carson.  Let me tell you, this is an inspiring story!  I love the warning on the book!  WARNING:  rading this book may dramatically improve your lifestyle!  Possible side effects:  A sudden impulse to get in shape and make friends.
The book starts out with Carole’s story on deciding to get fit by her 60th birthday.  She decides to contact her local newspaper and offer a story, this turns into a weekly story and putting her weight and measurements out there for everyone to know and see!  Talk about pressure.  The whole town is watching what she does!!  She has great success and meets and surpasses her goals and decides to continue her journey and this leads to highlighting others on their own journeys. 

As she starts thinking about taking this journey to include the whole town.  She is on fire and inspiring others to get healthy and fit as well!

In 2004, Carole pioneered the concept of community weight-loss programs by creating the Nevada County Meltdown, an eight-week program during which over a thousand people lost nearly four tons of surplus weight. She says there’s never been a better time to help communities get FIT:



F = Focus on fun. Creating the event needs to be as much fun for organizers as it is for participants. Contributing to others will help organizers stay in touch with their vision, and the experience will lift the spirits of participants.


I = Innovate and improvise. Every community and every individual is unique: one size will not fit all. To achieve maximum impact, each program must be relevant, timely and tailored to the community, and the content must meet the particular needs of the individuals.


T = Team up. Encourage everyone to participate: medical experts, media, fitness clubs, food markets, hospital personnel, employers, government officials, educators, religious leaders, employees and family members. The goal is promoting community-wide fitness for every individual.


Since Carole’s pioneering effort, over 300 community weight-loss events have occurred across the United States. Marge Delozier, for example, organized a spring 2010 community weight-loss program in Lewiston, Pennsylvania, now in its third week. Marge says, “This has been a great exercise in pulling talents from the whole community. We are all so excited. If anyone is thinking about creating an event, just do it!”

Seriously, this book will make you want to get started on your own journey.  One of the things that really stood out to me was this is not easy for anyone.  It is hard work, but it is so worth it.  Reduced illness and sickness, reduced dependency on medications and excuses.  Feel better, look better, and sleep better!

I don’t want to give away too much from the book, you will want to read it.  Be inspired to be healthy for yourself and inspire others to be healthy!

First if it necessary to stand on your own two feet.  But the minute a man finds himself in taht position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms.  – Kristin Hunter

Amazing things happen when we all help each other!

There is also Fat to Fit Meltdown Manual  Create Weaponsof Mass Reduction in Your Community by Carole Carson

This is everything you need to get your community started on their own journey and how to become the catalyst for fitness in your community!

This manual give you all the tips and steps to get your community healthier. 

There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.  – Charles D. Gill

Be sure to check out Carole’s website – FromFat2Fit.  Follow Carole on Twitter

Perfect 10 Diet

I was given a copy of the Perfect 10 Diet by Michael Aziz, M.D. book to review. I’ve been reading and the diet intrigues me.

The Perfect 10 Diet is based on hormonal balance. 10 key hormones that hold the secret to losing weight and feeling great!

The Perfect 10 Diet is the culmination of more than 10 years worth or medical research and a breakthrough diet plan that The Perfect 10 Diet is NOT a low-fat, low-carb, low-calorie diet, but instead a REAL FAT, SMART CARB plan designed to balance the hormones that control health, weight and gagin in order to speed up metabolism and lose weight the smart way.

The diet is broken down into 3 phases:

Stage One – 3 weeks – follows the Paleolithic diet ( veggies, fruits, poultry, seafood, beans, nuts and seeds)

Stage Two – Flexibile – human diet ( veggies, fruits, poultry, seafood, beans, nuts and seeds and whole grains)

Stage Three – Life – modern diet with a few modifications ( veggies, fruits, poultry, seafood, beans,nuts and seeds, more whole grains. Sweets or refined carbs sparingly.

Dairy is kept to a minimum at all times. Alcohol should be in moderation only in Stage Two and Three.

A typical day on the Perfect 10 Diet, Stage One:
breakfast – full fat yogurt with sliced kiwis
optional mid-morning snack – a few chick peas
lunch – baked calamari with mixed green veggies
optional snack – celery with 2 tsp cream cheese
dinner – butternut squash soup

Typical day – Stage Two:

breakfast – 2 egg omelet with 1 slice bread
optional snack – blueberries dipped in reduced sugar dark organic chocolate
lunch – Indian mulligatawny soup (lentil, curry, coconut milk)
optional snack – fruit salad
dinner – moroccan girlled chicken with mixed veggies

Typical day – Stage Three

breakfast – 2 slices multigrains bread with macadamia butter
optional snack – 1 small latte with organic milk
lunch – mediterranean salad
optional snack – 1/2 – 1 cup herb roasted red potatoes
dinner – fish poached in champagne

Mediterranean Avocado Boats
Serves 4

Prep Time – 30 mins.

1 tbsp lime juice
2 ripe avocados, peeled and halved
1/2 tsp butter
5 medium eggs, beaten
2 green onions, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
4 olives, chopped
pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Pour the lime juice on the avocado halves, and set aside.
Melt the butter in a large skillet over low heat.
Mix together the eggs, onions, cilantro and olives and place in a large skillet with the butter.
Cook for 5 mins over med-heat, stirring often. Set aside.
Place the cooked egg mixture in the avocado halves. Add salt and pepper. Serve.

More sample recipes can be found on The Perfect 10 Diet website.

Perfect 10 Shopping Tips

1. Dont’ buy low-fat or fat-free products, especially fat-free dairy.

2. Gravitate towards fruits like berries, cherries and cantaloupe which contain less sugar.

3. Love those saturated Fats! Use real eggs, whole milk, and butter instead of egg substitutes, skim milk and margarine

4. Avoid low-carb products with soy protein isolate.

5. Integrate “healthy fats” like avocados, olive oil and nuts into your diet.

6. Don’t buy products with artifical sweeteners such as diet sodas.

7. Bring your reading glasses to the supermarket and read ingredients.

8. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, don’t put them into your body.

9. Listen to the bumper stickers and GO ORGANIC!

10. Eat before you go grocery shopping.

I think the book has some great ideas and love that you are staying away from processed foods and dairy. I think it might be hard for me to follow since I eat a mostly vegetarian diet, but I’m willing to give it a try. Now that I have read the book, I’ll be implementing it. If you are interested in my progress, let me know and I’ll post about it!

Check out The Perfect 10 Diet on facebook, twitter and their website for more information!

You can pick up your copy of The Perfect 10 Diet at your local bookstore, or online at amazon.com (one of my favorite online places!)