Chief Blonde Remarks: Did you ever try to organize your photos online or even in photo albums? Did you struggle with what organizational approach to take when laying out the pictures of your life? Chronologically? By event? By person? And what do you throw out and what do you keep? Should you scrapbook the pictures or just put them in order in a photo album or just throw them in a box and walk away? Well that’s exactly what it is like to write your memoirs but a whole lot harder. If you really have a story to tell, Write Your Memoirs will help you get there and make the later reading of that writing pleasurable for yourself and your readers!
The Publisher says:
Of all forms of writing, the memoir is perhaps most personal. In Write Your Memoir, The Soul Work of Telling Your Story, literary professor and author Dr. Allan Hunter, demonstrates a compassionate understanding of the writing process. The book is intended to assist, educate and inspire those who wish to write their memoirs. For over 30 year, Dr. Hunter has guided hundreds of people who wished to tell their stories to an honest exploration of their lives and in this manual he lays out how to do it. Anyone, who picks up this book, learns within the first few pages that Hunter cares about writers, understands the process and knows how to encourage and create honest and genuine results.
Dr. Hunter’s approach is an unusual one in that he advocates something he calls ‘soul work’, a psychic process that involves exploring the inner experience of the writer. Hunter shows that writing one’s memoir can move the writer to a different relationship with him or herself and their past. The book offers exercises and resources to clarify those experiences thereby resulting in a richer story, a more fully realized memoir and a profoundly changed writer. This is Dr. Hunter’s fifth book and as always his clear style is filled with humor, insight and sensitivity.
A Bellyful of Laughs about our Food-Phobic Culture
The Art of Overeating is a satire on our diet-obsessed culture released by psychotherapist Leslie Landis who believes humor is a better way to deal with eating issues than shaming someone. Her husband, Martin, is a world-class overeater and has lost 25 lbs. since the launch of her book at Barnes & Noble. He didn’t want to be the poster boy for overeating! It is a beautifully illustrated hardback and sells for $9.95 For more info, visit; www.TheArtofOvereating.com or purchase at amazon.com.
The video below gives you the author’s tongue in cheek intro to the book!
Chief Blonde says: The pictures and remarks in the Art of Overeating by Leslie Landis combine for hilarity! “Always stand by the kitchen door so you can grab the whole tray of hors d’oeuveres before the server gets to the other guests. Insist that you are taking care of a special group of elderly or infirm people.” or “Overeating is a noble and unselfish act. As you put away gargantuan amounts of food, those sharing the meal with you will be so put off by your example that they will order less, eat less and pass on dessert.” It’s the ridiculousness of it all that makes you realize the true obsession that we have in this culture with food. A perfect perfect gift for a woman over 45 who would much rather not struggle with the “food” issue everyday!
GoldenDoor Spa Recipes and Tips – the Perfect Gift to Kick-Start Healthy Living in the New Year!
With Easter and Spring right around the corner, it’s time to turn to the health and wellnessexperts at the GoldenDoor spa for the perfect gift idea to promote healthy living.Since the opening of the world-renowned GoldenDoor spa fifty years ago, guests have dined on an inspired collection of bold and innovative, yet healthy cuisine. The GoldenDoor chefs, eschewing food fads and fleeting diets, have always created an ever-evolving menu grounded in timelessly healthy and delicious whole foods — reminding guests that a healthy lifestyle can be a pleasurable choice. And now in Golden Door Cooks at Home: Favorite Recipes from the Celebrated Spa(Clarkson Potter, April 2009; $40.00/hardcover), the spa’s executive chef Dean Rucker shares his most sought-after recipes and cooking tips.
With a focus on lean proteins, whole grains, fresh vegetables, and other wholesome foods, the recipes in GoldenDoor Cooks at Home combine ingredients in remarkably delicious ways. After one bite of any of Chef Rucker’s dishes you’ll understand why his cuisine is a highlight of the GoldenDoor spa experience. These are just some of the creative recipes in the book:
·Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Caramelized Cauliflower
·Teriyaki Black Cod with Sticky Rice Cakes and Seared Baby Bok Choy
·Adobo-Marinated Grass-Fed Flank Steak
·Soft Rosemary-Lemon Polenta with Sweet Corn, Oyster Mushrooms, and Rainbow Chard
·Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake with Orange Sauce
The Chief Blonde remarks: Oh, this book is jammed with yummy recipes. Pictures galore! So very healthy and tasty! I made the Garden Vegetable Soup with Pistou!!! Oh my goodness. It was beyond yum! Really! Take a look at picture below, the video of me making the soup and final–the recipe! HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS COOKBOOK!
Check out this video that I created that tell you how to make this soup!
GOLDEN DOOR COOKS AT HOME, Garden Vegetable Soup Pistou
Garden Vegetable Soup with Pistou Made from basil, garlic, olive oil, and Parmesan cheese, pistou is stirred into soups, stews, and pastas to add aromatic flavor and color. Ordinarily, that savory burst comes from a large amount of olive oil and cheese, but my version uses no oil and just a bit of Parmesan. The trick is to puree the pistou without the added fat.
Author: Reproduced with permission from Golden Door Cooks at Home: Favorite Recipes from the Celebrated Spa by Chef Dean Rucker with Marah Stets (Published by Clarkson Potter, April 2009, Hardcover, 288 pages.)
Recipe type: Soup
1 cup dried flageolet, great northern, or cannellini beans
6 cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock (pages 268 and 269) or store-bought low-sodium broth
1 bay leaf
1 medium carrot, diced (1/2 cup)
2 celery ribs, diced (1 cup)
1 medium zucchini, diced (1 cup)
4 ounces green
cut into 1-inch pieces (1 cup)
½ small leek, thinly sliced (1 cup)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
1 cup packed coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
¼ cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
2 teaspoons tomato paste
½ cup sliced scallions (white and green parts)
2 garlic cloves, smashed
½ large ripe red tomato, seeded and diced (1/2 cup)
Rinse the beans in cold water and pick over them, discarding any stones or debris. Place them in a large bowl and pour in enough cold water to cover by 2 inches. Let stand overnight.
Drain the beans, discarding the water. Transfer the beans to a medium saucepan and add the stock and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat. Simmer gently, partially covered, until the beans are tender, 40 to 50 minutes.
Stir in the carrot, celery, zucchini, green beans, leek, salt, and pepper and simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Remove and discard the bay leaf.
Combine the basil, parsley, Parmesan, tomato paste, scallions, and garlic in a blender. Add 2 cups of the hot broth to the blender and process for 20 seconds, until the mixture is well blended and smooth. Pour the blended mixture into the soup and stir to combine. Stir in the diced tomato. Ladle the soup into warm bowls and serve hot.
One-Step Easter Eating Plan: Let Your Fork Do the Heavy Lifting
Don’t want to be the FAT bunny this Easter?
If you’re committed to hosting the Easter Egg Hunt, you will face a never-ending array of tempting food choices. If you’re not careful, the pounds you add are likely to become lifelong companions.
Some of us are very strict about our diets. We bring our own food in a plastic container and eat it while others enjoy the holiday fare. Others of us are perhaps a little too self-indulgent, denying ourselves nothing.
In other words, eat foods only where you can sit down and use utensils, including your fork.
The calories in those bite-size nibbles and finger foods you eat unconsciously while standing and talking with friends and acquaintances quickly add up. You can easily consume 600–800 calories solely from appetizers. The same holds true when you are preparing food for your own party. The little nibbles you take to “test” your appetizers count, as far as your body is concerned.
By limiting yourself to food eaten with a fork, you can minimize the accumulation of unwanted pounds during the holidays. Wouldn’t that be a wonderful weigh to start having fun this spring?
The Chief Blonde Says:
From Fat to Fit:Turn Yourself into a Weapon of Mass Reduction by Carole Carson is a FUN read. You can’t say that very often about a diet book. Written by a 60-something dynamo, Carole describes how she took her 5′ 1″ frame from 182 to 120 going from a size 18 to a size 6. Then she went on to inspire a whole town to shape up losing 4 tons in the process. Doesn’t sound like your average diet book, right? The difference I see here is that it is the story of a personal journey versus an expert advising from afar. She details all her funny stories along the way. Carole is so inspirational she now teaches her approaches and has appeared on the NBC Today Show, CBS’s Early Show, MSNBC’s Countdown.
Carole Carson, as a weapon of Mass Reduction AND a Woman over 45 (like we are) is truly an inspiration! Keep up the great work Carole.www.fromfat2fit.com.
Blog Disclosure: Reviewer was provided a review copy. No compensation for this post was provided. Opinions are the Chief Blonde’s.
“The Greatest Contribuiton ever made to non-surgical back pain treatment.” Helen Barkin, M.D., Ph.D. Neurology, Mayo Clinic. Well, that quote was enough to catch my attention about 8 Steps to a Pain Free Back by Esther Gokhale! My husband has had a bad back for most of his adult life. Maybe the fact that he is 6′ 6″ tall, lean, and a basketball player has something to do with it–nevertheless–his pain is chronic and NEVER leaves. I have great hopes for this book and the material inside. I found this book loaded with facts, pictures, and ancient wisdom. It is an oversized paperback printed on substantial paper. Does it work, does it help? Well only you and your back can be a testament to that. As someone who does not suffer from back pain, I can only say that with the commen sense recommendations about posture, proper exercise, and movements–coupled with a plethora of experts who recommend the book HIGHLY–why wouldn’t you try this approach before surgery or anything more radical? I think for Women over 45 (and their spouses), you simply cannot go wrong reading this book and trying Esther Gokhale’s 8 Steps to a Pain-free Back.
What the Publisher Says:
RETHINKING EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT POSTURE
Americans are ten times more likely to have back pain than people from traditional societies around the world. In Chad, the incidence of back pain is only five percent, while in the United States, 85 percent of the population will suffer from back pain in their lifetime. Doctors and experts from industrialized societies blame everything from our sedentary lives, age and stress, to bodies that are not evolved to stand upright. After a lifetime of research in anatomy and alternative medicine, as well as anthropological study in parts of the world where back pain is rare, pain specialist and author Esther Gokhale has found that the answer is much more basic.
In 8 STEPS TO A PAIN-FREE BACK (Pendo Press; April 2008; $24.95), Gokhale uses historical and scientific facts to show that most of what our culture has taught us about posture, including what most doctors recommend, is misguided and even damaging.
In many cultures, people still have knowledge of natural posture and movement that prevents pain and enhances health. Both manual laborers and sedentary workers from remote Burkina Faso, villages in Brazil, and rural Portugal have not forgotten how to sit, stand, walk and sleep in harmony with their bodies’ design. As a result, they do not suffer from back pain. Inspired by their techniques, Gokhale has created a method of posture re-education that has guided thousands of her clients away from back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and other musculoskeletal ailments. Through her richly illustrated, step-by-step guide, she makes her method available to a wider audience.
Learn how to keep the back pain-free without time-consuming exercises, changes in working style and daily routine, equipment, medication or surgery.
Transform everyday activities, such as sitting, standing, walking and bending into comfortable movements that can also protect bones and joints, and maximize the ability of muscles, arteries, veins and nerves to keep the body healthy and pain-free.
Discover the power of stretchsitting and stretchlying, two revolutionary techniques that will decompress the spine, improve circulation and breathing, relax muscles and reduce stress while working at the computer, watching TV and sleeping through the night.
Forget what you thought you knew about good posture. Never tense your muscles to “sit up straight” again. Return to the natural, healthy posture used by athletes and shared by children and people from traditional societies the world over.
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