Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness

Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness

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by Chris Carmichael
     
 

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Recently relocated to Massachusetts, fifth-grader Ben Moroney is homesick for the desert, lizard and best friend he left behind in Arizona. He feels more at home, however, when he finds a kindred spirit in his eccentric science teacher, Mrs. Tibbets. She shares with Ben a love of amphibians and reptiles and exploring the natural world. Mrs. Tibbets invites Ben to

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Recently relocated to Massachusetts, fifth-grader Ben Moroney is homesick for the desert, lizard and best friend he left behind in Arizona. He feels more at home, however, when he finds a kindred spirit in his eccentric science teacher, Mrs. Tibbets. She shares with Ben a love of amphibians and reptiles and exploring the natural world. Mrs. Tibbets invites Ben to explore with her the natural habitats on her rural property, where she introduces him to the endangered spadefoot toads that inhabit a vernal pool. As they become friends, Ben learns that Mrs. Tibbets recently lost her husband, a well-regarded herpetologist, and that her sister-in-law who lives next door owns the property and plans to sell it to developers. After finding that there is not enough evidence to warrant state protection, Ben uses a school project to convince the sister-in-law to keep the property. Although the outcome is entirely predictable, Harley's appealing story shows readers that adults and children can connect in meaningful friendships, and reminds them that conservation can begin in their own backyards. (Fiction. 9-12)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Marathon runners, triathletes, long-distance runners, bicyclists and other very active adults are "a minority group living in a society struggling to cope with serious health issues." America's current focus on low-carb dieting is of no concern to them, but there are scant resources available to guide them through the morass of protein intake, hydration and carb-loading. With this comprehensive resource for fueling active bodies, Carmichael fills a much-needed gap. The author, Lance Armstrong's coach for 14 years, insists he doesn't want readers to eat calories to specifically balance out the energy they expend. Rather, they'd do well to follow his in-depth program, which matches activity with food by periods, breaking the year into four big segments: foundation, preparation, specialization and transition. The amount of energy you burn changes as you go through weeks, months and a year of training, and eating the same basic number of calories all year results in over- and under-eating during certain months. It's a perfectly commonsense method, and Carmichael expounds upon it with charts and graphs that give facts on everything from sources of calcium to high-quality grains and cereals. Although the quantity of information can be dizzying, persistent and diligent elite athletes will come away from this book with plenty of ideas on how food can help them excel. (Aug.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101204948
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/05/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
448
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Bill Harley is a two-time Grammy Award-winning storyteller, musician, and writer who has been writing and performing for kids and families for more than twenty years. He is the recipient of Parents' Choice and ALA awards. Bill won a 2007 Grammy Award for his children's storytelling album Blah Blah Blah and a 2009 Grammy Award for his children's spoken-word album Yes to Running! Bill Harley Live. He lives in Massachusetts.

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Chris Carmichael's Food for Fitness 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Over the years I have invested in many books on nutrition and fitness, but this is the first one that truly addresses my situation. I exercise regularly, but training and working out doesn¿t rule my life. I am not fat and I don¿t need a diet book, I need a nutrition book. I need a better understanding of what foods are best for my body based on my level of activity. What¿s more, I need to know why. I like the sections on carbohydrates, how they¿re used, and why I need them. As Chris says, low-carb diets are meant for some people, but not for my lifestyle. Carmichael¿s view of food as fuel was really helpful, as was the idea that exercise should be aimed at gaining fitness and not just merely burning calories. The book also gave structure and meaning to the ways my eating habits change during the year; now I see why I do and should eat more when I¿m running more in the summer. Likewise, it¿s great to have a plan for reducing calories in the fall and winter, when I¿m not running as much. The book gives the information behind its assertions, and it¿s readable and easy to understand instead of being overly technical.
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This book is NOT for people just getting into nutrition. It is GREAT for those who already have a decent base knowledge. Awesome for those needing more specific help getting the right amount of calories from the correct nutritional sources.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carmichael is Lance Armstrong's coach of many years, as well as other excellent atheletes. How can you not want to read his book about fitness and food? Well, this book was even more than I expected. He explains how to break the training-exercising year into 4 main sections devoted to foundation work, preparation, specialization, and transition. He then subdivides these into 4-week blocks, and then 7 day blocks. He explains how food needs are related to how you are training, and explains about the important differences between carbs, fats, and protiens. (By the way, he says that low-carbing is NOT for the athelete!) He even includes various shopping, cooking, supplementation, and eating-on-the-go ideas. Older, younger, men, and women atheletes are given special consideration too. This is likely to be one of THE BOOKS on fitness and nutrition-food. Exceptional and Highly recommended!