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The DASH diet isn't just for healthy living anymore — now it's for healthy weight loss, too. Using the newest DASH diet research, Heller has created the most effective diet for quick and lasting weight loss. This is the only book to bring you the latest updates for the DASH diet, integrated with the latest weight loss research, which work synergistically to maximize results. This effective and easy program includes menu plans, recipes, shopping and lists. Everything you need to lose weight and get healthy. Readers will enjoy a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, low-fat and nonfat dairy, lean meats/fish/poultry, nuts/beans/seeds, heart healthy fats, and limited amounts of whole grains. Banished are the empty calories from refined grains and added-sugars. The result: improved metabolism, lower body fat, improved strength and cardiovascular fitness — with the diet plan proven to lower cholesterol and blood pressure without medication, and without counting calories. Superior to the original DASH diet for heart health and turbocharged for weight loss.In last week's Sunday Salon, I mentioned getting one of Heller's earlier books from my library. Both it and the other book available from that library are several years old, so after eating out with friends this evening, we stopped by a bookstore on our way home and bought all three books about the DASH diet the store had. One each. Sandy chose the other Marla Heller book that I had checked out from my library, and Donna got this one:
When high blood pressure becomes chronic, it's called hypertension — a condition that affects 970 million people worldwide — and is classified by the World Health Organization as a leading cause of premature death. While medications can help, nothing beats dietary and lifestyle modifications in the fight against high blood pressure, and the DASH diet is a powerful tool in your arsenal. Focusing on lowering sodium intake and increasing fiber, vitamins, and minerals can help lower your blood pressure in as little as two weeks. It's no wonder that the DASH Diet has been ranked the number one diet for three years in a row and is endorsed by the American Heart Association, The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute, and The Mayo Clinic. DASH Diet for Dummies is your ultimate guide to taking control of your body once and for all. Originally conceived to alleviate hypertension, the DASH Diet has been proven effective against a number of conditions including Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, PCOS, weight loss, and more. This book contains all the information you need to put the diet into practice, including recipes and a 14-day Menu Planner to help you get started today.As we left the bookstore with our new DASH Diet books, Sandy said, "We've just formed the DASH diet support group you suggested earlier, Bonnie." And so we have. This week, I put together a notebook I've labeled "Exercise and Eat Right," which includes information from the books I've been reading and pages I put together to log my exercise, my weight, my blood sugar results, and my blood pressure. Yes, DASH does come from "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension." My high blood pressure (hypertension) is the reason my doctor put me on this diet in the first place. We're off and running in our quest for dietary and lifestyle modifications, starting with our exercise class tomorrow morning, which I'm leading in the absence of our teacher, who's on vacation. I plan to share this information about various kinds of exercise (from pp.93-94 in Heller's DASH Diet Action Plan book):
|John Wesley with our book of rules|
|Not my group, though we are seniors.|
This memoir explores an emotional legacy — forged in the terror of the Holocaust — that has shaped three generations of lives. Leslie Gilbert-Lurie tells the story of her mother, Rita, who like Anne Frank spent years hiding from the Nazis, and whose long-hidden pain shaped both her daughter's and granddaughter’s lives. Bringing together the stories of three generations of women, she reveals how deeply the Holocaust lives in the hearts and minds of survivors and their descendants.In case you wonder about my subject line, the supplement is this memoir. I bought it for my Kindle and discovered "Rita's Family Tree" on the page before the Prologue. It's hard to read the 50 to 60 family names on the chart in the library's hardback copy, but absolutely impossible for me to read them on my small Kindle. So I borrowed the book from the library to run off a page of the family tree and to get a look at the many photos scattered throughout the book. Sometimes an actual book works better than the electronic version. At least, it does for me.
This introductory book is designed to help empower skeptics, seekers, nonbelievers, and those of a liberal and progressive outlook to reclaim the Bible from literalists. In making accessible some of the best contemporary historical, literary, political, and feminist readings of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, it encourages all who would find in the biblical heritage an ally and not an enemy in the quest for a more just and humane world. Four preliminary chapters on the why, who, which, and how of biblical understanding are followed by eight brief thematic chapters covering the core of the Hebrew Bible and six covering the Christian scriptures.Claire @ The Captive Reader and Linda @ Silly Little Mischief that encourages us to share the names of books we checked out of the library. See what others got this week.
Erma Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. She published 15 books and wrote over 4,00 newspaper columns, some of which are collected in this volume.Let's blame this post on Erma Bombeck, shall we? I've been reading Forever, Erma, and I guess her quirky way of thinking rubbed off on me. On Saturday night, I was 86% of the way through my Kindle edition, which (it tells me) is page 236 of 274 pages. When I put down my Kindle and turned out the light, my mind took up this word puzzle:
Why do we say "a pair of pants" when it's a single item? The words "pants" and "jeans" both end with -s, which is how we usually make words plural in English. And we say, "I bought a pair of jeans." Why?The next day, I looked online for "pair of," which is how I solve word problems these days. That "pair of" words could be defined as "Single items referred to as pairs." The example given was a pair of pants." Uh-huh, I got that already. Then I found a long list that included lots of examples, such as:
a pair of gloves; a pair of earrings.
a pair of scissors; a pair of slacks.
a pair of liars; a pair of seal pups.
"Before the days of modern tailoring, such garments, whether underwear or outerwear, were indeed made in two parts, one for each leg. The pieces were put on each leg separately and then wrapped and tied or belted at the waist (just like cowboys’ chaps). The plural usage persisted out of habit even after the garments had become physically one piece. However, a shirt was a single piece of cloth, so it was always singular."
|Clawdia is a friendly cat — here she's visiting a neighbor in the hall.|