The Sixth Day of Christmas

The Sixth Day of Christmas

ON THE SIXTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME……….A nutritional library!

What’s more sexy than beauty AND brains? The combo is hard to beat. That is what happens when you get educated on health and nutrition, you become a healthier, more attractive, smarter version of the already fantastic you. How about it?

Knowledge is power, and in this case it’s em-pow-er-ing!

Before I had my nutritional “awakening”, I had no idea how my diet was affecting my health. You would think that I would have clued in to the fact that my  daily sugar habit was part of the reason I felt tired  all the time…. but I didn’t.

Here is the way I used to eat:

Breakfast – Coffee and pastry

Lunch – fast food, deli food, or school cafeteria food (I was a teacher for 8 years)

Snack – m&m’s, cookie, or candy

Dinner – take out or packaged (rarely from scratch) food made at home, followed by more sugar.

Yep, that was me, and after I had children, stress combined with malnutrition and no sleep finally brought me down….pneumonia, menengitis, and ecoli all within six months. An infection in my brain that took me down for a year…all while I was running a business with 25 employees and contractors and raising a 1 and 3 year old.

STRESS + SUGAR+ NO SLEEP+ MALNUTRITION = POOR IMMUNITY

What I needed was rest and nourishment. What I got was a potent cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs. Fortunately, my intuition told me not to take them, and even more fortunately, my intuition told me I needed help with my diet. At that point I was living off of poor quality sugary protein drinks and “health bars”. I ask my Dr. to refer a nutritionist and he said I didn’t need one.  He also said there was no cure for the autoimmune condition that was going on – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Out of desperation, I decided to take matters into my own hands, so I moved on the book store….

IT’S IN THE BREAKDOWN THAT THE BREAKTHROUGH HAPPENS…..

Never mind the fact that never, not once, did a Dr. mention to me that it could be my diet.  Nor did they EVER ask me about what I ate. I cannot, for the life of me, understand how our broken health care system can be missing the most important piece to the puzzle when it comes to solving the health crisis in America. Our diet.

EVERY TIME YOU EAT OR DRINK, YOU ARE EITHER FEEDING DISEASE OR FIGHTING IT

True story.

When it comes to health, YOU have to take matters into your own hands. Don’t wait for the Dr. to tell you what your body has been telling you for years. THERE IS SO MUCH you can do to prevent yourself from getting disease. I was pretty clueless when it comes to health and nutrition until I didn’t have a choice.  I was lucky, I was young, so I had my repair systems working on my behalf. But as we age, our ability to repair diminishes, and our bad habits have a stronger impact. This is when good habits are absolutely necessary.

THIS IS WHY YOU NEED A HEALTH AND NUTRITION LIBRARY.

Consider what you read these days and think about how you might be able to fit in some educational time for your wellness.  Not only will the education help you, it will help the rest of our family. We are a sick nation, friends, and trust me when I say the government, FDA, and health care system isn’t going to give you the answers you need to turn it around for you and your family.

So here are my picks for starting out your nutritional library. If you read one book a month, you will have read them all in a year and you will be more knowledgeable than most of America when it comes to diet and nutrition. In fact, I am such a believer in nutrition education, I would like to invite you to be a part of my Muffintop Makeover Book Club for 2012…..

Here’s how it works:

You can either,

a) Read my recommended book each month, and when you do, get entered into a quarterly drawing to win a special surprise, such as a phone interview with the author, a signed book copy, or something else cool related to health and nutrition. :)

or

b) Gather some friends once a month to discuss my recommended book for the month. Make it fun! Bring healthy recipes to share and share your goals, challenges, successes, etc. Enter your GROUP into the group drawing by sending me a video or picture of your group. There will be prizes for categories such as most inspiring, most fun, most results, etc… The winners will be featured on this site, and you might even make it in to my book! :)

There will also be prizes for most books read, as I will be adding more than just the 12 books to our book club list, in addition to relevant videos and documentaries, too.

Fun!!!, Right?? :)

BTW, if you have a nutritional book that you love, feel free to post it as a comment so others can learn about it and add it to their libraries. I would love to hear about books that have helped you.  Also, if you are looking for a book on a particular subject, ask me, chances are I have read one.  I am a nutrition GEEK…..

BOOK # 1

Perfect book to start with, simple, yet impactful and educational.

Michael Pollan, Food Rules

BOOK #2

Finally! Emphasis on nutrients per calorie…HELLO!

Mira Calton and Jayson Calton, Naked Calories

BOOK#3

Love these simple and nourishing programs…there is one for every lifestyle.

Adina Neimerow, Super Cleanse, Revised Edition

BOOK#4

So important!!

Dr. Mike Dow, Diet Rehab

BOOK#5

OMG! RUN, don’t walk to get this one!

Nell Stephenson, Paleoista

BOOK#6

You had me at SEX DRIVE….

Dr Jen Landa, Sex Drive Solutions

BOOK#7

Need I say more???

Marcelle Pick, Tired and Wired

BOOK#8

Who wouda thunk?

Daniel Amen, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

BOOK#9

Yep.

THE HORMONE CURE

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Book releases later in 2012

Sarah Gottfried, The Hormone Cure

BOOK# 10

Dr Haas does Detox, for sure.

Elson Haas, The Detox Diet , Third Edition

BOOK #11

You”ll use this ALOT!

Book #12

Pick a book from the Muffintop Library and share a video about what you learned!

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OK, Muffintop friends, lets do this. Are you in? Then PLEASE help spread the word by forwarding to friends and clicking on facebook share at the bottom of this post. Form a book and recipe club, so you can set goals, support each other, and have fun learning together….Many of these authors are looking forward to connecting with this community, so we will have a great educational and FUN experience!

THANK YOU for allowing me to share my passion with you,

Heather

6 thoughts on “The Sixth Day of Christmas

    • muffintopmakeover says:

      Jamie, I didn’t even have to look to see who wrote this. 😛 In fact, I’m glad you asked… I have a whole chapter on men in my book. Women aren’t the only ones with muffintops, and boobs, for that matter. :)

  1. Stephanie kary says:

    Great article. Read anything by Dr. Suzy Cohen, Dear Pharmacist, big help to me. Now you are seeing why I am making my own beauty products!

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