October 31, 2009 | Comments Off
Dr. Kent: Well it’s my real pleasure to have on the show next the award winning author of ‘Skinny Bitch,’ Rory Freedman. It’s a fantastic book, beautiful cover, and it’s selling off the shelves. Now there’s a whole line of products attached to it, including ‘Skinny Bastard.’ I wish I still was one. Welcome to the show, Rory Freedman.
Rory Freedman: Thank you so much for having me. It’s great to be here.
Dr. Kent: What an incredible concept. How did you start coming up with this book title, and the things inside it.
Rory Freedman: The title was just a provocative, cheap, attention-getting ploy. Basically I changed the way that I eat, and changed my life, and I wanted to make sure to share that information with other people, and get that information out there. But I also know that people don’t necessarily want to sit down and learn about their health, and learn about their food origins and learn about what’s going on with their bodies with the food they’re eating, so I figured that if we made a fun, sassy, easy-to-read guide, and put it with a silly title, and good artwork, then people would dig it.
Dr. Kent: The title, it is silly, but it’s so edgy. It’s got the thing that every woman wants to be, and the thing that every woman doesn’t want to be.
Rory Freedman: Yes. Unfortunately, nobody cares about their health in this day and age. We’re in a time of mass media and pop culture, and everybody just wants to be thin, and ‘bitch’ seems to get a lot of attention. The title’s been a great attention-getting ploy, and I’m happy that people are reading the book because there is so much sound information and compelling, motivating stuff that gets people to really make those lasting changes once and for all.
Dr. Kent: One great thing about the book – and the title and the cover hint at it – is that it really is a no-nonsense guide. It’s edgy. The way the book is written, the way you’re advice is given is very edgy. What’s the feedback you get from women?
Rory Freedman: Basically they read the book, and they laugh their asses off the whole time they’re reading it, and because of that, the information sort of sticks. I’m not a scholar, I’m not a real writer in a sense – this was the first book I ever wrote, and I just write in a really conversational way. It’s not a stiff, boring, hard-to-read diet book: it’s more of a fun lifestyle book, but there’s again, tons of information in there that is just easier to swallow when it’s written in a really informal way.
Dr. Kent: Both of you got to know each other in the modeling world, right?
Rory Freedman: Right. I was an agent, and Kim was a model, and we bonded over food and laughing. We found that we had similar senses of humor, and we both liked eating more than anything else on the planet. That was, I don’t know how many years ago, but we became fast friends, and then eventually when we each changed our own crappy diets to a better diet, that’s eventually when we started to think that we could make a difference in the lives of other people and how we could best go about doing that.
Dr. Kent: Tell me about the crappy diet first. I am definitely attracted to that concept.
Rory Freedman: You name it, I ate it. Basically, I used to eat Burger King seven days a week.
Dr. Kent: Seven days!
Rory Freedman: Yup – seven days a week. Actually, maybe it was five days a week. I’m sorry. I shouldn’t say seven. It was probably five days a week. Every morning I used to eat a Taylor ham-fried egg-and-cheese on a roll, and I drank soda, and chocolate bars, and bags of chips, and anything from a convenience store, I was interested in eating.
Dr. Kent: Well, you got my mouth watering. So tell me how health food can make me just as excited.
Rory Freedman: It can’t overnight. If you’d told me back then that I was going to get excited over eating something healthy like a salad or steamed vegetables and fruit, I would have barfed on the table. But, once you do start making small changes, something happens inside your brain and inside your body, something shifts and it doesn’t happen overnight, but eventually it does happen, and once it happens, you cannot believe the changes that you experience: your taste buds, your brain, your personality, your positivity, your energy: everything in your body of course just becomes different and better, and it’s life-altering.
Dr. Kent: So there’s a lot of folks out there that say, okay, we’ve seen them on these big shows, or we see them on the shelves of all the stores, and they look skinny, the woman on the front cover of their book is skinny. Of course it’s easy for them.
Rory Freedman: Not at all. Food is an addiction for all of us. Even now, even being skinny and even being healthy, I still struggle with food, because I love eating more than anything on the planet. I actually just had to take a vow to not eat sugar for 30 days because I was feeling like I’ve gotta get this under control: all I want is cookies, all day every day. I’m not even PMSing! So I’ve gotta figure this out. I just took a 30-day pledge to myself, and actually I think it’ll be longer than 30 days: I’m not going to eat any sugar until Thanksgiving.
Dr. Kent: Holy cow!
Rory Freedman: I know! It’s a big deal. So if people think that it doesn’t matter, if you’re thin, or if you’re overweight: food is hard for all of us, and making changes is really difficult, but once you make that commitment to yourself – and I think a really good idea for people to do is to just say for 30 days, I’m going to try something. Don’t worry about the rest of your life. Don’t say from now on I’m going to bla bla bla. Just pick something you know you can do better, start today, and do it for 30 days.
Dr. Kent: So I’m curious about ‘Skinny Bastard,’ a little bit. That’s the newest fun book in the series. What inspired that, and how was it writing that one?
Rory Freedman: It was a lot of fun to write that one, because I got to come up with as many euphemisms as I could for the male operating equipment. That book was basically the same as ‘Skinny Bitch,’ because men and women have mostly the same dietary needs, the only difference being that men often have a higher calorie need, but basically the same foods are healthy for all of us, and people have the same concerns. Of course with men we talked a little bit more about exercise, and athletes, and protein and weight-lifting, prostate cancer, and erectile dysfunction, and how your diet effects all of those things. It also was fun to kind of – even for me, because I’m already bawdy to begin with – but to step out and be a little bawdier, and doing a little locker-room talk. It was fun.
Dr. Kent: It’s an incredible thing to see a book that’s on the bestseller list. It’s literally, you walk into Borders, there it is, all around the country. It’s a book that’s really edgy. It doesn’t have the things you’re supposed to say in it. It is bawdy, it is edgy, it’s fun. Have you gotten any people saying to you, ‘Hey, this is a little bit over the top’?
Rory Freedman: Oh, of course! I certainly didn’t set out to offend anyone; I just have my own specific sense of humor, and I think a lot of that stuff is hilarious. The feedback in general has been in agreement with that, that it’s hilarious. But if you’re somebody who’s easily offended by four-letter words, or somebody calling your johnson a ding-a-ling-ling, then don’t read the book! You’re going to be horrified because there’s ten-times worse stuff in there than that. But if you have a good sense of humor, and you want to feel good, and you want to eat well, and you want an education that doesn’t feel like an education, then you’re going to love it, and you’re going to laugh out loud multiple times, I guarantee it.
Dr. Kent: Diet books, gosh, they’re a dime a dozen. There’s so many, and everybody’s hooked to them, and they buy one after the other after the other. The hush-hush industry thing is we know it’s not going to work, but we’re just trying to find the next edgy concept that everybody will flock to, whether it’s Atkins diet or this and that. Your book is a little different, because it’s kind of timeless. You’re dealing with women personally, but have they actually lost the weight? Have you gotten some feedback?
Rory Freedman: The reason that this book is popular – certainly Posh Spice picking up the book and being photographed holding it absolutely made a difference for us – but the book was really successful before that ever happened, and before we had any publicity at all, and that’s because people were reading the book, and it was a huge word of mouth success. People read the book and then tell the friends and family around them, ‘You have to read this book.’ Because their minds are blown when they read it. There’s just so much compelling information, and it’s also a really fun read. But it does change people’s lives, and the way the information is presented makes it for the first time easy for people to actually make these changes. I’m not tooting my own horn, I’m just saying, the book is effective. It’s not like we have reinvented the wheel. I didn’t invent this way of eating. I just collected information from all sorts of scientific sources and put it in one easy-to-read, fun package. People are responding to it.
Dr. Kent: If you were to boil down what changes are needed to become what you’ve become, which is somebody who’s in control of their own body. What would it boil down to for you?
Rory Freedman: I think that everybody knows what their weak spots are. Some people have no idea what their weak spots are because they just don’t know what’s healthy and what’s not, so this books is going to give a good education on that. For other people, they just need the motivation. They know what their weak spots are but they don’t really feel excited or compelled or motivated to do anything about it. I think that’s one of the really good things about the book: when you’re done, you’re excited, and invigorated. Instead of dreading making the change, you kind of feel like ‘Wow! If I don’t do this…’ For example, I’ll start with a little silly one: soda. I know a lot of people drink soda, whether it’s diet or regular soda, and there’s nothing in there that’s beneficial for your body at all, and in fact it’s harmful for your body. So for people that can get rid of the soda and have water instead, it’s going to make a huge difference. Not only just because of that, but because it’s also going to influence other things in your diet, and your health as well. So just start somewhere, do something.
Dr. Kent: So what about celery, are we going to have to eat a lot of celery on the ‘Skinny Bitch,’ or ‘Skinny Bastard’?
Rory Freedman: I don’t think we mention the word ‘celery’ in the book ever. I’m definitely not someone who sits down to chop carrot sticks, and chop celery sticks. I’d rather eat a pile of poop; how boring! There’s lots of fun food that you can eat on the ‘Skinny Bitch’ and ‘Skinny Bastard’ diets. That’s the reason they also work. We’re not saying, ‘No more cake! No more cookies!’ We’re saying, food is meant to be enjoyed and nobody likes eating more than us. Just figure out what you’re eating, what makes you feel good, what makes you feel crappy. Make better choices for the food that you are buying, but still enjoy the same stuff.
Dr. Kent: Now you also have, ‘Skinny Bitch in the Kitch.’
Rory Freedman: Right, that’s a cookbook, it’s a recipe book. For some people, this is a new way of eating, and we wanted to make it as easy as we could as possible, and there’s a cookbook that’s got tons of fun, great recipes.
Dr. Kent: I have to say, my fiancé is really into Larabars, and it looks like you guys are too.
Rory Freedman: Yes, I love Larabars. There’s a lot of those protein bars or snack bars out there, and a lot of them are just kind of crappy for you, but people think that because it’s called like a nature bar or a nutrition bar that it’s healthy. But if you read the ingredients, there’s sugar or corn syrup, or God forbid, artificial flavors or colors, and it’s like, who the hell wants to eat that? The ingredients in Larabars are just really pure and really simple. It’s always just a few ingredients and they taste really good.
Dr. Kent: So what are you working on now? There must be another three or four books in the hopper, right?
Rory Freedman: Oh, yeah. I’m just cranking them out. We actually have a boxed set coming out in December or January. It’s a couple in a box. It’s the hardcover editions of ‘Skinny Bitch’ and ‘Skinny Bastard.’ A boxed set so that if there’s a man and woman living together, and they both want to get their groove on, that’s a good little gift option there.
Dr. Kent: Of course, the funny thing about the book industry is often times a lot of the men’s books are bought by women. That’s a big market.
Rory Freedman: That’s definitely something that happens all the time. I think men aren’t known to be trolling the diet book section of bookstores, but I think women, because just in general we tend to be naggy, we tend to fix things, we’re definitely the type of creatures that will buy a book for our man.
Dr. Kent: I bought your book for the first time, actually, for a client because your title is so edgy, and your style is so fantastic in the book. I use it with my clients, and recommend it to all of them. So I was in the bookstore buying a copy, and I’ve got to say, I was turning a bright shade of red. I sandwiched it between another few books.
Rory Freedman: It takes a certain kind of man to have enough confidence to hold a book called, ‘Skinny Bitch,’ whether it’s on the subway or in an airplane. I know a couple of women who want their men to read the books, but they say, ‘He won’t read it! He doesn’t want to read it!’ I would just say ‘Leave it in the bathroom. It’ll get picked up.’
Dr. Kent: Exactly. That’s the place men read. Exactly. All right, it’s been such an honor talking to you. Tell me where we can find out more. Of course, there’s the Bitch List, and there’s SkinnyBitch.net, and all sorts of places.
Rory Freedman: Right. We’ve got SkinnyBitch.net and SkinnyBastard.net, and all the bookstores and Amazon and Barnes & Noble: we’re everywhere. I want to thank you for having me. It’s been my honor and privilege to be here.
Dr. Kent: Oh sure. You’re book rocks. Are you going to stick with the Skinny Bitch thing, and when you’re 80 you’ll still be a skinny bitch?
Rory Freedman: We’ll see how it goes. A little of this, a little of that; we’ll see how it goes.
Dr. Kent: Awesome. It’s been such an honor. I’ve been talking to the coauthor of ‘Skinny Bitch.’ What a fun book, fun title, and really practical. Rory Freedman, thank you so much.
Rory Freedman: Thank you so much.
October 31, 2009 | Comments Off
From Her Website:
Rory Freedman co-authored the L.A. Times Best Seller, ‘Skinny Bitch.’ She is a former agent for Ford Models and has studied diet, health, traditional, and holistic nutrition for more than ten years. She lives in Los Angeles and has successfully counseled models, actors, athletes, and other professionals using the Skinny Bitch method. The following is Rory’s and co-author, Kim Barnouin’s, philosophy about ‘Skinny Bitch:’ Don’t judge a book by its cover. We titled the book, ‘Skinny Bitch,’ for one reason: So people would read it. Sadly, people seem to be more interested in their appearances these days than their health. But neither one of us puts any stock in being skinny. We care about being healthy and want to inspire people to take better care of themselves. We’ve all been so brainwashed by fad diets, magazine articles, and advertising that we have forgotten how to think for ourselves. With obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and depression at all-time highs, it’s time for us to smarten up and use our own heads. ‘Skinny Bitch’ is not a diet. It’s a way of life. A way to enjoy food. A way to feel healthy, clean, energized and pure. It’s time to reclaim our minds and bodies!
December 21, 2008 | Leave a Comment
Dr. Kent: Welcome back to Sound Authors. Today is September 5th and my next guest on the show is on the front cover of Champions Body for Life: The official guide for the body for life challenge. Welcome to the show Kelly Adair.
Kelly Adair: Hey thank you I’m so glad to be here. Actually that’s my daughter on the main cover and I’m the little picture down below.
Dr. Kent: All right, which one is you?
Kelly Adair: The big picture is my daughter and Mark Unger and then I’m in the little picture down below.
Dr. Kent: So you went through the whole challenge with your daughter then?
Kelly Adair: Yes I did. I was actually in the form of a coach, I did my transformation way back in 1998 and so this time around I was there to support her and coach her. So I kind of felt like I was doing it all over again.
Dr. Kent: So what does this mean, the champion’s body for life?
Kelly Adair: Champions body for life is actually the update of the original Body for Life book that came out in 1999 as New York Times Bestseller and its basically Dr. Kent a 12-week transformation program to teach healthy eating, weight training, fundamental exercises and cardiovascular work. I think what I had always done wrong as a woman in my younger years was I would only work one aspect of that. I would either just diet really hard and deprive myself of a lot of calories or I would do excessive amounts of cardiovascular work and I would do one thing and I usually did it at an extreme level and so my program is a balanced approach to giving your body, your mind to be at the healthiest level and better than you’ve ever probably felt.
For me it was for a long time forever so when you work all three components by eating healthy, eating the right foods, learning how to weight train and work the right muscles and then cardiovascular because what I found was my body just and this is not just me this is thousands of people. Basically the body just goes and does what it’s supposed to do and starts ridding the body of fat and you start feeling stronger, gaining more energy, more confidence and you just feel better about yourself than you probably have for a long time.
Dr. Kent: So the original book, the New York Times Bestseller, how did you end up picking that up? How did that become part of you?
Kelly Adair: Actually I did my transformation in 1998 and then the book came out in 1999 and what Bud Phillips did was he took those of us that worked the fundamentals of this program. He just kind of encapsulated it and shared our stories and the techniques that worked for people when you take a balanced approach and he put it in the body for life book. Its very successful, its based on science, its not far fetched, its not outrageous, its not extreme and I think what I love about the Body for Life book is it helps to teach people how to obtain this level of fitness without turning their life upside down and living in the gym or doing this crazy diet.
It’s all very easy and geared towards people who live in the real world who have children and full time jobs think that in order to get healthy you have to spend all this time in the gym or you have to eat like a bird. It’s just not that way at all.
Dr. Kent: How did you do it? How did you go through the program?
Kelly Adair: I joined a gym, which I had never been in a gym before and I was scared to death. I just started eating small, balanced meals six times a day; you’re eating all the time, which is another misconception people have. They think well how can you lose weight if you’re eating six times a day? Well when you’re on portion control and balance, so I started eating clean and eating frequently and then I went into the gym and learned how to do some fundamental weight training exercises.
All the pictures are in the book, and I do 20 minutes of cardio three days week so I had never done anything like this before. when I did my transformation I was 36 years old and I dropped 40 pounds and I cut my body fat in half and gained muscle. I couldn’t believe it, it’s like I can’t believe what I did and it wasn’t that hard to do. It takes consistency, you have to be consistent but it’s not that hard to do and it’s not as hard as what people make it out to be.
Dr. Kent: So we’ve got all these things in popular culture, one year we’ve got the low carb diet and then suddenly krispy cream does poorly because people were big into donuts and then all of a sudden they were carbs. Every year there’s these changing times, changing weight plans. The South Beach diets and that, Weight Watchers has always stayed around. What makes Body for Life different?
Kelly Adair: You make a great point Dr. Kent. Every decade it seems like they’re saying oh you should do this and not that or you should eat this and not that and it’s so confusing. As I said before the population are trying to do the right thing, we’re being told one thing and then changing but Body for Life, why I like it so much is you’re eating real food, you’re eating healthy food and it’s just the consistency. Anything that’s radical and what I always ask people when they say oh I’m doing this diet or that diet, my question to them is always can you eat that way for the rest of your life?
If they honestly answer the question like well, no I cant live without this the rest of my life and what Body for Life is; it doesn’t remove any food from us. The thing that we’re trying to remove are the obstacles that are saboteurs like the krispy cream donuts but you can get those things on one day, that’s what we call a free day so you do get those things in as a treat one day a week. The rest of the week it’s just eating real, normal foods but the right portions, the right quantity, and the right foods.
Like quality protein like lean chicken and fish and lean red meat, baked potatoes and not just decorating our food on the plate with all the sauces and spreads. I don’t care if you’re smearing it, pouring it or spreading it, you’re probably sabotaging a really good meal. We’re just cleaning up the dinner plate a little bit and by doing that the body loves you and the body will begin to drop that body fat. I had been carrying it around for so many years.
Dr. Kent: Since 1998 you’ve been on this plan. Have you ever found it challenging?
Kelly Adair: You know what? To me it’s easier because it’s such a way of life for me now. Before I started Body for Life I used to live on pizza, snickers bars, and M&Ms. To me, those were the three food groups that I needed to survive and be happy and you just change your attitude and your mindset on food and I see food as strictly a fuel. A fuel for my body, and I have treats you know don’t think I eat perfect all the time because I certainly don’t. 80% of the time throughout the last ten years of my life in attaining this I eat pretty darn good most of the time.
Again I try not to do anything extreme because extreme is something that you can’t maintain. I’ve proved that with Body for Life there is sustainability with it unless you change your mind. You start getting the fat out of your system, the bad stuff out of your kitchen and start eating clean for the most part, you feel better. I used to get sugar headaches all the time because I ate so many carbs and so much sugar. When you get used to being headache free and fatigue free and you get used to having the energy and the confidence you just want to sustain that. I’m 46 years old now and I want to continue to have energy and feel great and be able to do all the stuff that I do.
So much of that is dependent on what you put in your body in the form of fuel. So it’s not hard, I have found that it’s not difficult to maintain. Like I said I have treats every now and then, I’m not so stressed that I don’t have some fun stuff in my life every now and then but for the most part I go back to eating clean.
Dr. Kent: How did you get your daughter involved in this?
Kelly Adair: Well she got involved because she was struggling. She has started college and we’ve all heard of this. I put on the freshman 15 when I was in college and it was weighing very heavily on her and she was as she called herself, the fat girl in her group. She just got tired of it one day and she knew I had been involved with this but she’s watched me do this for ten years and she finally just reached a point where she surrendered I guess, and she said mom help me. I said oh my gosh, I would love to help you.
We started her in college, she was living in the dorms and we bought her all her stuff to prepare every meal in her dorm room. I taught her how to do the exercises and she reached a point Dr. Kent where it was too painful for her to have to go pick out another formal dress that she didn’t like or didn’t fit her right. Then the “pain” that she knew she’d have to go through to get her body in shape and feel better about herself. As a team we just worked together and I supported her. She did all the work; I did nothing for her, I was just there to support her, that’s all I did.
Dr. Kent: So how difficult was it? You talk about she was expecting pain. How difficult is it really?
Kelly Adair: Well when I say pain I mean you know everybody, even whether you’re a college student, a working mom or dad, everyone has demanding schedules and responsibilities and the pain to me is how do you find time to do this? How do you make time? This is something that most people put down at the bottom of their list and I think its something that needs to be at the top of everyone’s list. To take care of themselves and to get healthy, to feel good and have energy for your kids; wherever you are in your life.
When I say pain that’s what I mean. How do work this into your lifestyle? And I think that everybody, if you want something bad enough, if you want it bad enough you will find holes in your lifestyle, holes in your schedule where you can spend 20 minutes doing cardiovascular work. Because that’s all we do is 20 minutes and I told her, lets look at your schedule and we actually looked at her class schedule and said okay, you’ve got an hour here. This is a perfect time for you to delve into your stairwell in your dormitory and walk the stairs for 20 minutes.
That’s all you need to do but you have to make it a priority if you really want this. I did impress on her that I can’t do it but if you want it bad enough we will carve out the minimal amount of time that it takes to do that in your life. This is not hours and hours in the gym, this is minimal, this is 20 minutes of cardio three days a week and 40-45 minutes doing some weight training three times a week. You’re looking at less than four hours a week.
Dr. Kent: So here’s a question for you. Most folks think well, I have to get a personal trainer and a membership to the gym. What exactly do you recommend for folks? What is the plan?
Kelly Adair: I have several thoughts on this. When I did this in 98 Dr. Kent, it changed my life. I wanted to change my career so I am a personal trainer now and this is what I’m doing full time and I’ve been doing for ten years is helping people do this. On that note I will say I did my transformation completely by myself. I did not have a personal trainer but I did join a gym. What I love about the new Champion for Life book is in the book it shows pictures on how to do each exercise in your home with very minimal equipment.
I can help someone transform their body in their basement with a ball and a few sets of weights. Believe it or not it can be done. So there’s no excuse, I mean yeah you’ll have to go out and spend $30 on a stability ball and hit some garage sales and get some dumbbells but I’m telling you do not overlook and a lot of people do it. Overlook that weight training part and it’s so critical. Working your muscles is so important in increasing your metabolism and to help accelerate that fat loss.
So it can be done at home, it can be done without a personal trainer. I’ve seen too many people do it at home with those circumstances. They’ve got kids, I have one gal that I know who does it at home, she’s an executive. She gets home at 9:30 goes into her library and does her workout at 9:30 at night so again it really comes down to how bad do you want to feel good? If you want it that bad you find the time, you carve the time out and you find the equipment that you need to get it done.
Dr. Kent: It’s been a real honor speaking with Kelly Adair. The book is called Champions Body for Life: The official guide for the body for life challenge and of course this is the follow-up to the Body for Life bestseller of I guess ten years ago now. It’s been a real honor speaking with Kelly and we wish you all the best and I hope you can continue to change people’s lives with this.
Kelly Adair: Thank you so much, I appreciate your time very much. I wish everybody good luck.
Dr. Kent: My next guest on the show is a musician. Jesse Harper from Old School Freight Train. I’m going to play one of their songs here and we’re going to get him on the line and chat with him about that song and about their album. This song is called Seems Like Its Over from Old School Freight Train.
December 17, 2008 | Leave a Comment
Dr. Kent: My guest host on the show today is Sally Shields and her book is called The Daughter In Law Rules and she’s got a website dilrules.com. Now we’ve been able to get in touch with our second guest on the show. We’ve jumped over Christopher tenant who is going to be talking about the filthy rich. That would’ve been amusing but it’s a how-to show today and Kathleen Beisel is our next guest. She’s got a book called Eat Your Way to Good Natural Health. That’s better than thinking about the filthy rich anyways. Welcome to the show Kathleen Beisel.
Kathleen Beisel: Hello!
Dr. Kent: Tell us about this book.
Kathleen Beisel: Thank you for having me on your show. This book is a reference book for life changing habits for everyone who is interested to be healthy the natural way. I started in 1983; I was my mother, injecting insulin into our bodies for many years and she did not have enough knowledge about diabetes and she was not disciplined because she had no knowledge and no training. In 1983 I went for a checkup and my blood sugar was borderline 125. I walked out of that doctor’s office with a determination.
I was determined to practice good health and make a change in my life so the first step was studying. Getting the knowledge about good health and nutrition and then diabetes. Six months later I went back and my blood sugar was 83 and I lost some weight and I’ve been practicing and studying every since and now I have a passion for nutrition. I studied just about everything and I realized that one lifestyle can prevent all disease. Since then I’ve never been sick and I’ve never taken medication – not even an aspirin.
Sally Shields: Kathleen, I absolutely love your book. I’ve been a vegetarian for 20 years so I would love to find out from you if there is anything in your book about how to also maintain the correct amount of protein for somebody that’s a vegetarian? Does someone who is a vegetarian and follows a vegetarian diet do well following your book and the principles inside your book?
Kathleen Beisel: Yes I have a seven day food diary and its broke down in the correct portion of proteins and carbohydrates and fats. I teach how to apply natural grains and plant proteins for vegetarians as well.
Dr. Kent: How about for a person like me, who is a little bit unhealthy, doesn’t get enough sleep, needs to exercise and reduce stress?
Kathleen Beisel: Oh yes the first chapter speaks about stress because the first thing that happens when you are stressed is that your nutrients are depleted, especially your B vitamins and your C. Your B is what contributes to your brain, nervous system and red blood cells. When that has been depleted you’re opened up to all sorts of diseases. Your body is depleted of energy, you’re setting yourself up for anemia and your immune system is under attack because your C vitamins that also build your immune system is being depleted.
So nutrition is a cushion for stress because if you have enough of those vitamins and keep on replenishing the body with the Bs, Cs, and all the other nutrients then your body won’t be so stressful. Plus magnesium; it releases the stress, it relaxes your body and you can sleep and all your nervous system will be relaxed and every organ in your body will, and also the oxygen levels in your body will be replenished from the nutrients because stress depletes your oxygen.
Dr. Kent: Does that mean no more French fries?
Kathleen Beisel: Well French fries and all those things is contributing to your health and it’s destructive because the fat is hydrogenated fat which are not contributing any nutrition to your health. While potatoes are not all that bad, the way it’s prepared all of the nutrients are gone. So it’s like empty calories.
Sally Shields: I have a question. I have two children that I’m raising and I think that probably a lot of mothers share my problem, which is that it’s difficult to get my children to eat vegetables and fruits. I’m wondering if you have any ideas about that or how you actually can make these fruits and vegetables taste so good that my kids will want to eat them or anything along those lines that you can share with us?
Kathleen Beisel: Oh yes, I have kids begging me for food all the time because of the way I prepare it. They are saying how come this food tastes so good when you prepare it? That’s the key because if it’s going to be a lifestyle you have to make it tasty. So to prepare vegetables you have to use a lot of garlic, onion, which are antioxidant foods as well, build you up. You use that to dissipate good fats like canola oil or olive oil and peppers, sweet peppers, onion, garlic, chop them and chop the vegetables and then stir fry them.
Then use sea salt and you can make them very tasty and the fruit – make smoothie. That is healthy ice cream. Plain, non-fat yogurt and cinnamon, vanilla and you use that in the magic bullet and you crush the fruit. Use berries, pineapple, banana and mango. They are sweet and that in the plain yogurt is just like a tasty ice cream because its sweet with all the sweet fruit and the kids will not know that its not ice cream. You just tell them its fruit ice cream.
Sally Shields: Kathleen I just got chills. I’m so excited about this; I’m so excited to get your book. This is so incredibly fascinating and I’m just so excited about the new meals that I’m going to try for my kids so thank you so much. The cover of your book is adorable, I absolutely love it.
Dr. Kent: Here’s a question I have. You can’t make asparagus tasty can you?
Kathleen Beisel: Asparagus? Yes!
Dr. Kent: I don’t think so!
Kathleen Beisel: Oh yes I could make it tasty for you! I specialize in making all sorts of vegetables tasty and juicy. I juice cabbage, celery, carrots, all kinds of green leafy vegetables and I put pineapple, fresh ginger, lime, cantaloupe, and any sweet fruit. Because that covers up the taste of the vegetable and you wouldn’t know that cabbage and celery is in that drink because the pineapple is very good for the digestive system.
The ginger is so refreshing and tasty and also good for the digestive system and the lime helps with the oxidation so it will be very fresh and when you start juicing it is live food and not dead food. Sometimes we tend to cook the life out of the food and its just dead food and we don’t get the nutrients that we really need. Good juicing is I could take a cancer patient and give them natural thing of juicing because it’s fortified in foods by juicing them every day that juice. And it’s full with nutrients and the nutrients are building up your cells and it’s destroying all of the bad cells and its cleansing system. Once you are juicing for a while it detoxifies the body with all of the toxins from the body. The fiber is removed from the body. It is so important to have the God-made foods. Fresh, fresh foods and not packaged foods. All packaged food is a waste of money.
Dr. Kent: We could listen to you all day about slow cooked food and if you could make asparagus taste good for me I’ve got to pick this book up. So it’s been an honor chatting with Kathleen Beisel. The book is called Eat Your Way to Natural Good Health and we wish you all the best. The book is out through Outskirts Press; look for it on the web and in your bookstore. Thanks very much for chatting with us.
Kathleen Beisel: Thank you, have a wonderful day and you can contact me for a recipe and tasty foods.
Sally Shields: Kathleen, I’ll be doing that for sure, I’m so inspired by you. Thank you so much for writing this book and for sharing your knowledge with us. We all need to move away from packaged foods and more towards healthy, God-given foods so thank you so much.
Kathleen Beisel: You’re welcome, it works for me, it works for me, I’m very healthy.
Dr. Kent: Come back after the break for the next guest on our show. His name is Christopher Tennant, we have gotten in touch with him and his book is called The Filthy Rich Handbook. So from natural food to the filthy rich. This will be a fun interview; come on back in one second.
December 7, 2008 | Leave a Comment
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