Book Club Feature: The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang

The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang

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Can you believe it’s March already? I don’t know about you all, but I’m totally over winter. Thankfully with spring on the horizon and our new March book club picks, I can wait out the cold weather a little bit longer.

Our first March book club is The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang. It’s perfect timing because all the snow and below freezing weather does not motivate me to move my body. Kang doesn’t just offer concrete steps to become more fit, but her shares her no excuses philosophy to motivate us:

We all know that we should exercise and eat right, so why is it so hard to follow through? We make excuses for why we aren’t taking better care of ourselves, saying things like, “I’m too tired,” “I don’t have time,” or “I’m just not built to look that way.” But Maria Kang, the mother of three behind the viral “What’s Your Excuse?” mom photos, is here to say that the excuses stop now.

The No More Excuses Diet combines short term goals with healthy habit-forming behaviors to create permanent lifestyle changes. Using a specially designed transformation calendar, readers set clear, personal goals and make an easy-to-follow plan for each day.  The program uses a balanced diet of 30% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fats, and includes a 10% flexible portion that can be customized depending on your goals— whether it’s extra protein for building muscles, or a sugary treat at the end of the day. The No More Excuses Diet also provides a completely customizable workout guide, with over 50 illustrated exercises designed to build strength, flexibility, endurance, and to shed fat. The program also includes 7 weeks of worth of exercise programs that can be done at home with no extra equipment. Packed with meal plans, grocery lists, lots of encouragement and a clear plan of action, The No More Excuses Diet is a must-read book for anyone who is ready to bust through the excuses the hold them back and take their health and fitness to the next level.

The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang

This is the first time we’re reading a fitness book for our book club, but I have no doubt we’ll have plenty to discuss!

Pre-order The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang and join us on March 12 as From Left to Write members discuss the book.

Learn more about Maria Kang on her website and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Book Club Day: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver calls February “Hungry Month” in her memoir  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. In the midst of winter, most of us would be dining on squash, root vegetables, and canned foods. Thanks (or no thanks) to globalization, we can buy bananas, peaches, and asparagus in February. Kingsolver felt that consuming foods produced and shipped from all over the world was not sustainable nor responsible.
From Left to Write book club members followed Kingsolver and her family as they tried their first year of living eating from their Virginia farm and locally sourced food. Visit our members to join in our lively discussion about the food we eat:
Now that you’ve read From Left to Write members and Stonyfield’s YoGetters posts about Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life, how are you making changes in how you eat? Join us next week as a Stonyfield expert answers questions about eating local and organic foods.

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For this book club selection, From Left to Write is proud to partner with Stonyfield a company that offers certified organic yogurt, smoothies, milk and much  more.  Stonyfield advocates that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet and is engaged in educating people on eating healthy. Learn more about Stonyfield on their Facebook page.

Pssst. Today is the last day to enter our giveaway for the audiobook of The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta.

February Book Club: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver Kingsolver

Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

Thanks to our global market, even during the winter we can find our favorite non-seasonal produce in the supermarket. Now that eating locally is trending, should we feel guilty for eating fresh peaches in the dead of winter?

In our second book club selection for February, we’re reading about Barbara Kingsolver’s journey to only live off her land as documented in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. In more detail:

Author Barbara Kingsolver and her family abandoned the industrial-food pipeline to live a rural life—vowing that, for one year, they’d only buy food raised in their own neighborhood, grow it themselves, or learn to live without it. Part memoir, part journalistic investigation, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle is an enthralling narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat.

For this book club selection, From Left to Write is proud to partner with Stonyfield a company that offers certified organic yogurt, smoothies, milk and much  more.  Stonyfield advocates that healthy food can only come from a healthy planet and is engaged in educating people on eating healthy.

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Join us on February 21 as our From Left to Write members and Stonyfield’s YoGetters discuss Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. You’ll also have the opportunity to join a Stonyfield expert to chat about healthy eating and healthy living. Learn more about Stonyfield on their Facebook page.

Have you read Kingsolver’s memoir? How do you try to eat healthy?