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Book Giveaway: “The Flexitarian Table” by Peter Berley

I accidentally ordered two copies of The Flexitarian Table: Inspired, Flexible Meals for Vegetarians, Meat Lovers, and Everyone in Between by Peter Berley.  It looks great.  Rather than deal with the hassle of returning the extra one, I’ve decided to give it away.

For a chance to win the book, please post a comment here that answers this question:

Has a book ever improved your health?

If the answer is no, then tell me about a book you bought because you hoped it would inspire you to take better care of yourself even if it didn’t work. I have several books on running that fit that description. The one book that really did impact  my health was Dr. Sarno’s Mindbody Prescription. Overnight, it cured what had been years of debilitating wrist pain. Wackadoodle, but miraculous.

I’ll randomly choose a winner on Tuesday, April 6.

Happy spring renewal to all,


Goose and the First Pedicure of Spring

Yesterday I endured my annual mammogram. I share this as a public service announcement: chicas, take care of yourselves. The staff at Fairview Hospital make it as stress free as possible and nothing unusual showed up in the X-rays, but still, it’s hardly pleasant. I craved a pint of mint chocolate chip ice cream as a reward. Instead, I had a Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle Bar and treated my feet to this pedicure. Cheers to spring and to health.

Lemon Water, Lotusland, Hello

Hello, Imaginary Friends —

As I type this entry, a wildfire rages in Santa Barbara and my thoughts are with Lotusland, an extraordinary garden that seems to be in the fire’s path. I took Dave there for his birthday years ago. It would be sad to lose this historic treasure. If it survives and you haven’t visited, I suggest you book a trip there pronto.

I spent the week at an organic juice purification retreat at Kripalu doing research for an article. I’d never fasted before and it was…challenging. I found that the detoxification process made me queasy (a symptom that, according to the instructor, meant my gallbladder was purging). My sense of smell became so acute, I couldn’t stomach the potassium-rich root vegetable broth or the enzyme-laden green juice spiked with spirulina. Even the ginger tea didn’t sit well. I mostly stuck to lemon water, Emergen-C, and millet. After four days, I emerged radiant, five pounds slimmer, and a little loopy, craving yams and chicken soup.

While the experience was interesting, I can’t imagine wanting to repeat it…except for the lemon water part, which I’ve vowed to keep drinking every day. I’m quite convinced that it, salsa music, and walking Goose in the woods, are key to my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.

I hope you all are well. Thanks for stopping by.


UPDATE – November 17, 2008
Good news posted on the Lotusland website:

“We are relieved to let you know that Lotusland has survived the devastating Tea fire. We would like to express our most sincere gratitude to the brave firefighters, police, sheriff, and all departments involved in the heroic effort to save lives and property. For further information please check”

Julia Cameron's Writing Diet

Julia Cameron recently published a book titled The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size. On one hand, it seems a silly and shameless marketing ploy (how many woes can “Morning Pages” cure?), but on the other, she does raise the valid point that stifled creativity often results in overeating. For me personally, the link between not writing and too much Ben & Jerry’s chocolate fudge brownie frozen yogurt is clear.

Please feel free to join me in the vow to count words rather than calories in 2008.

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