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  • Anonymous January 3, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Hi- I think I have picked up your book about 10 times in various bookstores around my neck of the woods in southern MN. Most recently this past weekend in McGregor, IA – a cool local, independent bookstore that had about 5 of your books with a note that said – "Our favorite cookbook from 2009" – nice!My confusion – I think I have read every diet cookbook/book on the market. I pick up your book with great recipes but see butter and think "sounds good but I can't lose weight or eat this way …" Do you have any thoughts on eating healthy – losing weight, etc. What is your philosophy?I am a guy, love to cook but confused by all the nutrition info slammed into my mind by books, media, diet "experts" and physicians.Thanks.Greg

  • LUCINDA SCALA QUINN January 4, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Hi Greg,I truly believe that if you eat moderate portions of fresh cooked food during meals which include vegetables then it is as healthy a diet as you can have, Some butter and cheese is infinitely more healthy than packages labeled low-fat which are high in salt and sugar. Make sure you vary your meals with different meats, chicken and fish and alsoo get in the habit of eating beans and legumes as the star of a meal now and then. THere are recipes for all these foods in MH and also an essay called Food As Medicine which explains my philosophy in more detail.But, this is how I feed my very healthy family, how my mom fed us–including my brothers who are all very healthy adults.Regarding weight loss, I'd just give myself a kick start with a regime for a couple weeks which is a little more focused, then continue on the aforementioned lifestyle. For exampleBreakfast: half a grapefruit and oatmeal. Or, sliced turkey/whole wheat toastLunch: soup or salad with protein and vegetablesDinner: Chicken, Fish plus whole grain, 2 vegetables and Eat fruit, nuts and raw veg in between. Make a batch of the CHicken Broth Elixer in MH and sip that in between meals for health and satisfaction too. Cut out most booze (vodka is best with a citrus zest). And, give yourself 30 minutes of exercise a day–even if it is just a brisk walk. And, drink plenty of water. After a couple weeks–just eat normally keep the portions moderate, continue exercise and you will notice an improvement. But, tune out the noise, keep it simple and trust your instinct–that is the best nutrition info I can give you. Keep me posted.Best,LSQ

  • Alan January 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    LSQ — what amazing "food for thought" … I think if more people live/eat like this .. what great ideas/words/thoughts to start the new year ..thank you Alan

  • LUCINDA SCALA QUINN January 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Dear Alan,Much appreciated. It's so easy to share positive thoughts that you absolutely know from experience make a difference in ones life.Best,LSQ

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