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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Introduction to NOURISH - The beginner's guide to eating healthy and staying fit

Hi all of you my lovely readers! I know I have been absent on here a lot. I am sorry for that, but a lot has been happening in my life.

I am on my third book deal. My second book Gourmet Cooking For Two hits the shelves next month and I could not be more excited! Making gourmet meals for two is the perfect way to grow closer to your sweetheart, whether you are a new couple, empty nesters, or somewhere in between. With romantic tips to help you spice up your love life, and over 100 delicious, high quality recipes such as Brazilian Red Snapper and Tuscan Potato Soup, you'll never want to go out to dinner again.

Now I am working on my 3rd book called NOURISH - The beginner's guide to eating healthy and staying fit. It was going to be called #instafood, but it just didn't vibe with where we were going with the book, so we changed it. 

Instead of trying to tell you what it is about. I am including the introduction on this blog post. Stay tuned for many workshops around the globe. We will be coming to your area to teach you how to nourish our body.

NOURISH - The beginner's guide to eating healthy and staying fit. by Christi Silbaugh
Publisher: Cedar Fort April 2015


In life you learn lessons along the way. When you are in elementary, middle, and high school, your parents, teachers, and coaches help you learn how to eat right, move your body, and stay committed. Then some of you go right to work straight from high school. Others go to college. The very few continue to play sports in college and that is why gaining 15 pounds during your freshman year is so common. No one is telling you to move anymore. No one is balancing your meals. You are on your own in the world with very little education on real food. You are pressed for time in a packed with preservatives and chemicals, processed food world.

After a few years you realize the damage, and then the cycle starts and continues with radical diets and up and down failures. We see numerous commercials for pre-packaged food that are low-fat and low-calorie. Told time and time again that it is calories in, and calories out that counts. The truth is; this is false. While calories do matter, it is time we count chemicals and quality of calories, not just calories. Somewhere along the way things got skewed. We blindly started eating non food contaminates in place of whole foods. We got busy and needed to grab and go. From generation to generation the bad habits have been handed down. It is almost to the point that people don’t even recognize real food anymore.

I am just as guilty as anyone when it comes to following the traditions and just eating what I see. That all changed for me though. I unfortunately got my education on this matter the hard way. I am a cancer survivor. I am happy today to tell you I am cancer free and stronger than ever thanks to good doctors that cared enough to educate me on the proper diet and exercise. I am writing this book to help prevent others from having to deal with sickness. I believe the answer is whole foods and movement in your body.

When I started my recovery, I felt at my all time low. I was overweight from being too sick to have movement in my body, and the tumor in my uterus had caused my belly to look pregnant. I felt like I had no muscle mass. My kind doctor saw my frustration. I wanted to start working out, but had little strength and no self confidence. I was told to start yoga. It is reconstructive and a healing exercise. So I did. I found a local small community yoga studio called Pura Vida Yoga in San Diego. I first went three times per week, and worked my way up to 6 days a week. Within 6 months I had lost all of my cancer weight and felt stronger than ever. By eating whole foods and doing yoga I had gained my life back.

I started to reflect back on things and realized I had passed on to my kids the same bad habits passed on to me. I always cooked at home. So they had not been faced with the bad out to eat choices before leaving the nest. At the start of writing this book my kids were 20 and 21, and making the same bad food choices all the other kids their age were. They thought Jamba Juice was a healthy choice. Something had to be done. I started talking to them and their friends. I gathered information from my doctor, nutritionist, and information from the young adults.

My goal with this book, is to
Show you how you can eat healthy and exercise on a budget.
To engrave into your brain that you cannot out exercise a bad diet.
Introduce you to real whole foods that taste amazing and are easy to make.

I have gathered 125 of my favorite healthy whole food recipe’s, yoga poses, inspirational quotes, and lots of pictures to help you on your journey. So let’s get started!
So now you have a taste of what is to come. Hope you stick with me on this new fun journey! 

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