The Restaurant Diet

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The ultimate guide for people who want to dine out guilt-free!
Fred Bollaci, who lost 150 pounds (from 330), offers a diet plan takes the pressure off of dieters dining out. He teaches readers how to read a menu, ask important questions of the staff, and have food customized to their dietary needs. He provides insights into converting this into healthy eating at home. 
As Fred teaches readers how to eat out and lose weight, he reveals the real secret: It’s not about preparing “clean” food at home, or going “whole” and excluding wheat, sugar, and dairy; nor is it about counting calories or grams: It’s about WHY one overeats in the first place. Fred reveals his story of growing up in an Italian family, and how his parents’ divorce led to his eating compulsions. He tried every fad diet, but Fred was searching for a lasting solution. With the help of his doctor, a nutritionist, a trainer, and a psychologist, Fred was able to devise a four-phase diet and exercise plan. Fred proves that if he can do it, anyone can. He has kept the weight off for six years, running four marathons―he looks great, feels great, and can enjoy great food and drink wherever he is.
Featuring recipes from America’s most noted restaurant chefs, as well as original recipes from Fred’s own kitchen, The Restaurant Diet is for the 19 million Americans who love to dine out on a regular basis―and the 38% who are overweight.

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We Can Be Kind

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One Kindness at a Time

Be kind: The world is changing at lightening speed, and meaningful connections are increasingly elusive. David Friedman, creator of the hit song "We Can Be Kind" offers a powerful reminder of how we need to treat each other, from children to family to coworkers as well as strangers, neighbors and those across the political aisle. Through story, meditation and suggestions of kindness, Friedman encourages us to create new ways of building community. Through the practice of kindness, we become most fully connected, alive, and integrated.

Practicing The Golden Rule: The past few years have shown us what it is like to live in a less caring world. David Friedman’s advocacy for treating each other better and applying the Golden Rule is an idea whose time has come. His deeply thoughtful handbook for the heart brings it all home with simple suggestions of how to be kinder and why it is more important than ever now.

Compassion and empathy: We Can Be Kind is a course in compassion from a beloved composer for Disney Films and Broadway, Daily Show regular, and Unity Church spiritual leader. The book provides:

  • Lessons on the value of kindness
  • Inspiring meditations
  • Daily affirmations
  • Essential truths
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8 to Great

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8 to Great, revised!

This groundbreaking and positively practical text offers a simple, yet powerful, 8-step process for taking charge of our lives and achieving our dreams. It revolves around author MK Mueller's unique formula for Positive Attitude.

Everyone says that positive attitude is everything for achieving greater happiness, health and success, yet no one, until now, has given the world a formula that is simple enough to remember and therefore use on a daily basis.

One of Mueller's gifts in this text is such a formula: FGH - Forgiveness of the past, Gratitude for the present and Hope for the future. The remaining five High-Ways address the most common stumbling blocks to using FGH:

High-Way 1: Get the Picture. It reminds us how to clearly see our dreams happening and "think it till we feel it."

High-Way 2: Risk. Once the picture is clear, we must "run to, not from" and face our fears in order to move forward.

High-Way 3: Full Responsibility. Rather than a burden, this is the key to freedom as we discover that we are the only problem we have and therefore, we are the solution.

High-Way 4: Feel All Your Feelings. For those suffering with depression or rage, this chapter unfolds amazing insights into how Mad and Sad balance each other.

High-Way 5:Honest Communication. When you're ready to stop getting defensive in arguments and be done with triangulation in the workplace, Mueller shows the way with down-to-earth examples of her clients' success stories.

The result of these High-Ways is a step-by-step process that helps young and old find greater happiness and success. The fact that Mueller has also created a widely- used curriculum for high schools based on her material is testimony to the fact that her methods are simple without being sugar-coated and powerful without being pompous.

8 to Great takes the reader from wherever they are in life and springboards them into a new level of well-being and joy. Whether for yourself or someone you love, it is an investment that is sure to bless and bliss your world.

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GUTS

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GUTS: Find Your Greatness, Beat the Odds, Live From Passion ─ Living a life of grit and grace

• Do you want to understand the important difference between head, heart, and gut and where each fits into better decision-making?
• Are you ready to enjoy a purpose driven life and all of the joy and contentment it can bring?

GUTS will help you find that purpose driven life that is yours to live with joy, passion and success.

When Angela Duckworth wrote her best selling book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance she could have been describing Sam Bracken who is the embodiment of living a life of grit and grace.

In this modern era, we tap an app on our smartphone and anything you can imagine is delivered to you ─ maybe even by drone. We live in an age of convenience and ease; personal butlers are back in fashion and everyone has a chauffeur on call thanks to Uber. When was the last time you really “went for it?” Does anyone even have to try anymore? Sam Bracken answers that question with an emphatic YES. Now, more than ever, is the time to go for the gusto, to find your own Duckworth grit.

In his book GUTS, Bracken explains why we all need to dig deep and do soul searching to see what lights the fire within that brings forth our very best. Bracken’s backstory would make Dr. Phil turn tail and run. His childhood and upbringing are unimaginably tough with years of abuse, even to the point where a relative set him on fire. What didn’t kill Sam Bracken made him stronger. And, he is now on a mission to bring self empowerment to others ─ self empowerment to realize a life of grit and grace.

When we say something takes guts, we usually mean it takes courage to do it. It takes guts to go skydiving or to run a marathon or to try out for the school play. We call it luck or stamina or intestinal fortitude in conquering the hard, albeit exciting, things in life. Look back at the great personalities who made a difference in the pages of history. What did they all have in common? Determination and tenacity. In short, GUTS! They might have had talent too, but without guts they would have gone nowhere. Science now tells us that lots of talented individuals produce great stuff, but very few produce a lot of great stuff―and even fewer produce a lot of great stuff over a long career. What do these few highly productive people have in common? Grit and grace and a large helping of self-belief.

This book is about actually getting there. You’ll have to push past failure again and again. And it is also about beating the odds no matter how high they are stacked against you. To be a true leader, you have to start with yourself. Are you ready to do some soul searching and learn the secrets to guts, self empowerment, a purpose driven life, and grit and grace?

In Sam Bracken's GUTS, you will learn about:
• mental strength
• resisting feelings of low self esteem
• self empowerment 
• building self confidence
• living a life of passion
• and, most importantly, what it takes to have grit and grace

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Essential Retirement Planning for Solo Agers

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A preeminent retirement and aging expert offers a revolutionary guide to second and even third acts for aging generations that are single, divorced, childless or who live a long distance from family.

What You'll Learn From This Book:

  • A life-planning checklist for Solo Agers
  • Stories of other Solo Agers successfully meeting retirement and aging challenges
  • Guidelines for developing a strong social network and avoiding isolation and loneliness
  • Specific ways to achieve financial security, including making an income in later life
  • Tips for maintaining good health and physical well-being throughout life
  • A formula for deciding where to live in retirement and later life
  • A tool for evaluating housing options
  • Obstacles to aging-in-place and checklist for home modifications
  • A comprehensive guide for advance planning – legal, financial, and personal
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Mission Entrepreneur

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Career military? Leaving the military for civilian life? Either way, you can leverage your experience into some great new business startup ideas. 

Military spouses can face serious challenges when trying to develop a career while part of the military life, or equally serious challenges when they transition to civilian life. But, help is on the way in Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Great Startup Ideas!

Finding startup ideas that can make you a business success: Are you trying to find your niche in our modern world of underemployment and the self-employed, where many are looking for great startup ideas and the opportunity to build wealth and find happiness and fulfillment? Some of the best startup ideas are yet to be discovered and Mission Entrepreneur will guide you through Jen E. Griswold's journey toward realizing her personal dream of becoming one of the successful women entrepreneurs. Experiencing underemployment as a military spouse, she learns how to turn her military experience into business success.

The underemployment problem: Being a military spouse comes with sacrifices. Spouses give up college degrees, careers and put other plans on hold due to military relocations. The country feels the effects. Reports show that 90% of female spouses face underemployment and countless income tax dollars are lost. As both a spouse and veteran for 20 years, Jen E. Griswold witnessed many spouses trying to keep a career going through their first few assignments. After multiple failed attempts and the addition of kids, they often gave up, deciding their efforts were futile. Their confidence waned and they began to question their self-worth.

Women entrepreneurs: Ironically, these same people have the perfect set of skills needed to become successful women entrepreneurs: work ethic, vision, passion, and resilience. These are the exact same skills that have helped them endure a life of sacrifice in the military. But, in most cases, they have given up on their own personal big visions to change the world. Using a lifetime of experience, military trained veterans entering the job force know how to manage the bumpy journey to becoming men and women entrepreneurs and finding those great startup ideas.

Mission Entrepreneur: From her extensive training in the Air Force and experience coaching women over the past several years, Griswold discovered that by giving back to her military community, she could change the world a little bit every day. America needs more men and women entrepreneurs who pay it forward and here is where we’ll start. Welcome to Mission Entrepreneur.

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Writing Ourselves Whole

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Creating books that will change your life

Healing victims of sexual assault through transformative journaling: One in six women is the victim of sexual assault. Using her own hard-won wisdom, author Jen Cross shows how to heal through journaling and personal writing.

Rape victims and victims of other sexual abuse: Writing Ourselves Whole is a collection of essays and creative writing encouragements for sexual trauma survivors who want to risk writing a different story. Each short chapter offers encouragement, experience, and exercises. Sections focus on writing as a transformative practice, embodying our story, how to write trauma without retraumatization, writing joy and desire, and more.

How to change your life: When you can find language for the stories that are locked inside, you can change your life. Talk therapy can only go so far for the millions of Americans struggling in the aftermath of sexual abuse and sexual assault, as well as for their partners, families, and caregivers. Survivors of childhood sexual trauma are strong and vulnerable enough to bear witness to each other's truths, to share and learn new languages for our experiences, to throw over the simplistic “victim” and “survivor” narratives that permeate mainstream media in favor of narratives that are fragmented, complicated, messy, and ultimately more whole.

Sexual assault survivors can heal themselves:Sexual trauma survivor communities (and their allies) have the capacity to hold and hear one another's stories – we do not have to relegate ourselves solely to the individual isolation of the therapist's office. We do not need to be afraid, as a community of fractured, harmed and healing survivors, of reaching out to and supporting one another.

Books such as Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way, Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones and Louise DeSalvo's Writing as a Way of Healing beautifully describe the power of writing and offer practices for readers to engage with individually. Yet few creative writing or creative recovery books explicitly address sexual trauma survivors' struggles to find language for their experience, nor do they describe the empowerment we might find in discovering language and expression for our delight, desire, and joy as well as our loss and pain. Writing Ourselves Whole specifically addresses the power of connecting with others who share our experience and can support us in finding language for subjects we not only are not supposed to talk about in polite company, but aren't even supposed to articulate to ourselves.

Transformative journaling: Writing Ourselves Whole acknowledges the radical and profound impact of a creative healing community for trauma survivors, and includes suggestions for those seeking to create a peer writing group in their own communities. Writing Ourselves Whole rises out of the intersection of Natalie Goldberg's groundbreaking Writing Down the Bones, the powerful Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, and the hopeful, angry struggle of Inga Muscio's Cunt.

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I'm So Full of Happy Today

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The funny things kids say or the hygge wisdom of children

Is there anything more likely to make you laugh and put a smile on your face than the innocent and funny remark of a child? Ever since Art Linkletter first published Kids Say the Darndest Things in 1957, people have laughed and been delighted with the innocent, funny things kids say. The Danes have a word for the feeling of happy delight that you get from simple things in life, such as the funny things kids say, it's called "hygge". In I'm So Full of Happy Today: The Hygge Wisdom of Children you will explore many of the funny things kids say in our world today. 

The hygge wisdom of kids: It's not only endless, but often an endless source of joy, like these hilarious quotes:

• Dylan, age 5, "Mom, did it hurt much when you gave birth to Daddy?"
• Keira, age 8, "Being in love is like having a birthday in your stomach."
• Miley, age 3, "When I grow up, I want to be pregnant. Or a princess."
• Jayden, age 5, "Mom, how old were you when you were my age?"

The latest in funny kids books: "I'm So Full of Happy Today" is a heartwarming collection of the remarkably observant, funny and wise things said by children, aged two to ten years. All of the stories have a very real and personal feel, and include the name and age of each child. These playful, sometimes “tongue-in-cheek” tales straight from the minds and mouths of kids will have you learning and laughing long after you’ve turned the last page. You will be hygge happy!

More from this hygge funny things kids say book:

• Round and Round it Goes
Samuel, age 4: “Mom, does the Earth ever get dizzy?”
• Insightful
Abigail, age 4: “Mommy, do you know why it snows?”
Mother: “Hmm no, why?”
Abigail: “It’s because the clouds wants to give the kids something funny to play with.”
• Astrology for Beginners
3 girls, age 4, during nursery school lunch-break discuss zodiac signs:
Jessica: “I’m a Capricorn.”
Taylor: “I’m a Virgo.”
Ashley: “I’m a Princess.”
•Jurassic Dad
Sydney, age 7: “Dad, you’re so old you must remember what the dinosaurs looked like?”

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The Quiet Rise of Introverts

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Introverts loving and living

Introverts and Relationships: The Quiet Rise of Introverts: 8 Practices for Loving and Living in a Noisy World is a guide to help tenderhearted and introverted individuals grow and nurture their peace, purpose, and relationships. 

Many types of introverts: There are many facets to being an introvert and many variations to each type. But as you peel back the layers to all these you quickly learn that introverts make up 50% of the world’s population. 

Introverts and sensitivity: Author, speaker and life coach Brenda Knowles presents 8 unique practices to help readers learn that they are not alone or flawed in their sensitivity and introversion. Certified as a Myers-Briggs practitioner, she has been writing and guiding introverts for six years on space2live and has been trained in family mediation.

Incorporating the 8 Practices into your life yields:
• A calmer sense of self
• A deeper understanding of mental and physical self-care
• An embracing of positive conflict
• Growth in responsiveness
• The secret to healing every day

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