Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Zealand, Health Bolt, and My Diva Diet

MY DIVA DIET:  A Woman's Last Diet Book was completed in August of 2008 and in September 2008 we began our mission of E.C.L. Empowering women of all ages to get fit, challenging them to be better women, and leaving a legacy of good health to our children.  

We have yet to launch a marketing campaign (long story)–so we've had to rely on the old-fashioned way of getting exposure, "word of mouth"!  It's truly been amazing that a group of small town locals (and my two daughters) in California (read the full story -- Small Town Locals Write Big Diet Book) helped realize the MY DIVA DIET dream and now we are slowly getting know in many countries outside the USA–with a total of 58 countries to date, including Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, South Africa, Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, Iran, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Austria, and more! 

As with all honorable missions, you never do it alone.  Along the way you find people who have the same vision, passion, interest, or curiosity and somehow make you feel like your work is not done in vain!  In today's world you don't have to leave your home to meet people
from around the world. I've had the privilege of meeting some terrific people from many countries and now I can add to my list–New Zealand. New Zealand is known for its spectacular landscapes!  This is a place with so much natural beauty–it rocks!  Check out this website to learn its history and so much more -- World

With meeting new people, I also get introduced to some great websites where I can  learn and grow as a person and within my industry!  

Blisstree is owned and operated by b5media Inc.

"Since the fall of 2005, b5media has been providing quality blog content across a variety of topics ranging from entertainment and lifestyles to sports and technology. One of the largest blog networks in the world, b5media reaches nearly 10 million unique visitors and receives 30 million page views per month. b5media has received several accolades over the years and most recently was featured among IDC’s Canadian New Media Companies to Watch." 

Within the array of great information there is a section under "Featured Blogs" called Health Bolt, where you will find some great blogs about health issues, fitness, medicine, and more.  It supplies interesting, intriguing, entertaining, and bizarre news about the world of health and fitness.  Who is the face of Healthbolt? Liz Lewis! 

"Liz Lewis is living the good life in New Zealand, working as a health professional by day and blogging about health, wellness, travel, and green issues by night. She finds all the unique, bizarre, intriguing, and informational health and wellness news fit to blog for Healthbolt".  Check out her great articles: Author/Liz Lewis.

Healthbolg Book Review:  My Diva Diet 
There’s no getting around it - diet really is a four letter word. It’s a word that frequently conjours up feelings of frustration, impatience, disappointment, sadness, and even failure.

Which is probably why Christine Lakatos describes her book My Diva Diet as ‘A Woman’s Last Diet Book’. It’s a turn of phrase that’s guaranteed to attract those who are looking for an answer to all their dieting woes.

And it’s very likely it might just do just that. A 413 page workbook, resource, and motivational guide, My Diva Diet got my attention from the get go with it’s innovative characters. There’s Ms Diva who highlights all useful tips and her sidekick Paws, who summarizes the how-to information. Superheroes and Diet Villains also make an appearance to emphasize who the true diet allies and enemies are. If you‘re starting to think this is all sounding juvenile and too TV cartoon-ish, trust me it‘s not. There is so much information packed into this book, that it could easily become the only diet book I’ll ever need.

The basic premise of the book rests on what Christine Lakatos calls the ‘five factors affecting body fat and health’ - liquid consumption, quality and distribution of calories, quality and purity of calories, restrictive and unbalanced dieting, and exercise. Christine first explains in detail how each of these factors, individual and combined, can sabotage weight loss efforts. She then offers specific changes that can be made to help stop the sabotage.

But Christine doesn’t just focus on food and eating habits. It’s also about making positive lifestyle changes to ensure not short term success but lifelong success and improved health overall.

User-friendly and interactive, My Diva Diet offers quizzes, checklists, recipes, advice, and tips in a quirky way that will not only motivate but also entertain readers as they work on achieving their desired goals.
I'm really glad that Liz addressed the cartoon aspect of MY DIVA DIET. The reason I used "fitness superheroes" and "diet villains" was two-fold. First, it takes "what can be a serious topic" (being fat and unhealthy) and makes it light, fun and easier to digest. Secondly,
it can be used to teach children about health and fitness. Besides, most of us love a superhero, and isn't it time we had a "female" heroin?  My dream is to use the MY DIVA DIET superhero theme and turn it into an animated TV series and video game to entertain, educate and motivate children toward better  health and fitness!  

Thanks Liz and I hope to travel to New Zealand some day!
Here I am in my travels LOL!  

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