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“You Gotta Eat!” is now a book!

In About the author on September 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Some exciting news!  Due to the overwhelming number of health and wellness questions I have received since this blog’s inception in January 2010, I have decided to convert the majority of responses into an organized, easy to read,  health and wellness book.  Each post has been updated, revised, and rewritten to reflect today’s current nutrition guidelines and lifestyle trends.    The book outlines my personal food choices and how I negotiate the healthy living challenges that affect us all; debunks popular nutrition myths; examines food labels, vitamin supplementation, and snack choices; offers suggestions for helping kids become healthier eaters; provides suggestions and strategies for sports performance, weight control, making healthier restaurant choices, and surviving the ‘”holiday eating frenzy”; and offers guidelines for managing and/or preventing chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, prostate cancer, and systemic scleroderma; and much more!

The diet and exercise advice dispensed throughout the book will arm you with essential tools for recognizing and modifying unhealthy behavior patterns that sabotage your efforts to lead a healthier lifestyle and keep you from feeling your best.  You will learn insightful and realistic strategies for making wiser food choices, controlling your weight, as well as preventing and/or managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension.  It is time to throw deprivation, guilt, and short-term fixes out the window and follow a sensible, sustainable path to greater vitality and well-being!

To learn more about the book’s content and to order your copy, visit

Makes the perfect holiday gift for health enthusiasts and armchair warriors alike!  Share this link with your family and friends!

Many thanks to all my readers who have already purchased “You Gotta Eat!”

Live well!  Be well!


Who is this “nutty nutritionist”?

In About the author on January 6, 2010 at 9:19 PM

I am a health and fitness fanatic, but I am not perfect by any means.  I eat healthy 80% of the time to give my body the energy it needs to stay active and fit:  I love salads, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, peanut butter, nuts, and Greek yogurt.  The remaining 20% provides “food for the soul”:  I love coffee, red wine, chocolate, pizza, and ice cream.  I even have a few vices: M & M’s and Oreos must stay out of my house because I always overeat them!

While I have managed to maintain my weight more or less since college, I do have periods of weight gain just like everybody else.  And as I get older, it gets harder and harder to lose those unwanted pounds…  Over the holidays, I gained 5-6 pounds by indulging in fresh baked desserts, cosmopolitans, egg nog, and lots and lots of restaurant meals!!!    If I maintained these habits regularly, I would gain 10-20 pounds a year…so, I have created a life of checks and balances.  When I gain 5 pounds like I have recently, I simply go back to eating healthy, cutting out the unnecessary calories and “junky” food choices, and crank up my exercise routine a bit. 

Fortunately, I LOVE to exercise 5-7 times per week and have done so since the age of 17.  Exercise is a major stress buster for me, and I would never want to lose the ability to work up a good sweat!  However, now that I am 40, I don’t seem to have the same intensity that I once had.  In my 30’s, I trained for long distance races and thrived on beating my own personal records.  Nowadays, I am content to stay in shape doing a variety of exercises—walking, elliptical machine, weight training, yoga, pilates, to name a few.   I have had my own home gym for years and that really helps me stay on track.  I love just rolling out of bed to workout, not caring what I look like, to get my day started on the right foot.   My coffee cup is usually right beside me too…  Most recently, I have taken up the practice of Bikram Yoga a couple of times per week.  I find this yoga discipline to be very intensive, performing 26 different cardio/strength/ flexibility-enhancing postures for 90 minutes in a 105 degree heated room.  Despite being in excellent shape for all of my adult life, Bikram kicks my butt!  This new challenge serves as a constant reminder of how much I need to calm the chatter in my mind to stay focused…  Namaste!

I have started this blog to share with you my insights and knowledge of what it takes to eat well while living a balanced, non-diet lifestyle.  Nobody is perfect when it comes to living healthy.  I do practice what I preach, but I will try my best to not be “preachy” on this blog.  I will trust my friends to keep me in line 😉

Here it is, guys!

In About the author on January 6, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Here goes nuttin’: my first blog! 

I love food.  I love to exercise.  I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to turn a hobby into a career.  Blogging should help me keep this “job” a hobby.  Not only will I reveal to you what I eat from day to day (yikes!), but I will share a variety of healthy tidbits that should allow you to make positive changes to your lifestyle and food choices.  Let’s start the fun now, shall we?

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