Friday, March 19, 2010

Christian Weight Loss Book

I had all kinds of plans to write a thoughtful, in-depth post on a serious topic today (based on middle-of-the-night musings)....but I'm out of time and energy, and it's Friday evening!

So, instead, I will just tell you about a book review I wrote today of a Christian weight loss program called The Eden Diet. I'm neither a practicing Christian nor much overweight (except for the extra 5 pounds I'm carrying thanks to CFS), but the author is one of my oldest and closest friends. Even recognizing that I'm not really her target audience, I read The Eden Diet and found it very informative. My friend's best qualities - intelligence, compassion, and a great sense of humor - all come through clearly in her book, and she outlines a very common sense approach to changing the way you eat so that you can lose weight. She's also highly qualified, as both a medical doctor who has studied nutrition and obesity and a formerly overweight person herself who lost 75 pounds and has kept it off for over 25 years. Also, she's one of my best friends! her approach could definitely work for someone with CFS (other than the exercise part, of course), and I plan to implement some of her suggestions myself. So, if you do happen to fit into her target audience, you might want to check out my review or The Eden Diet website.

As for me, my week turned out quite differently than I planned (don't they always??). Craig got strep throat this week and was horribly sick for a couple of days; the antibiotics have kicked in now, and he's feeling much better. I'm crossing my fingers that Jamie and I don't catch it. Ken left at 3 am this morning for a 4-day golf trip - he was as excited as a little kid on Christmas Eve! I guess I did OK this week myself - no bad crash days (a few so-so days and one really good day). I'm hoping to be able to drive the kids and I to my cousin's house (90 minutes away) tomorrow to visit with his family and with his sister's family who are visiting. We'll see how we all feel tomorrow. I always feel so bad not being able to nail down my plans for other people, but it is what it is, right?

Have a great weekend and enjoy this beautiful spring weather!


dominique said...

Oh Sue. I really hope you will be able to visit your family this weekend.

I am so sorry Craig got sick with strep. That is no fun. I actually can't remember the last time I had or even knew anyone who did.

Anyway, I might have to take a look at that book. That sounds like something I would enjoy reading.

Enjoy your weekend and stay safe! :-)

Anonymous said...

I hope asking a question for my comment (and off the subject) is ok.
Beside poor balance and weak muscle
legs have you read about this:
Standing flat on the floor I have
suddenly fallen onto my poor sore
knees twice recently. I have long term CFS and wonder if this is
a common thing relating to CFS?
Never hurts to inquire. I read
your blog is a wealth of health info.

Sue Jackson said...

Dear Patricia -

Thanks for reading my blog and taking the time to comment. Questions are always welcome!

I have heard that weak muscles can be a part of CFS, but I think you really need to go see your doctor. My doctor is always reminding me that ANY new or worsening symptom should always be thoroughly checked out by a doctor. She always says, "Even though it might just be your CFS, you have just as much chance of developing other problems as anyone else, so never ignore a new symptom."

I'm sure your doctor will know much more about this particular symptom than I could help you with.

Good luck Patrica -