Love Food and Live Well: Lose Weight, Get Fit, and Taste Life at Its Very Best [NOOK Book]

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Go ahead. Get passionate about the food you eat.
 
You don’t have to hide it. You can love food and lose weight at the same time! The secret, which you’ll learn about in Love Food and Live Well, is to know when to have carrot cake and when it’s time for just a carrot.
 
For most dieters, food is the daunting factor that trips up our best intentions to lose weight ...

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Overview

Go ahead. Get passionate about the food you eat.
 
You don’t have to hide it. You can love food and lose weight at the same time! The secret, which you’ll learn about in Love Food and Live Well, is to know when to have carrot cake and when it’s time for just a carrot.
 
For most dieters, food is the daunting factor that trips up our best intentions to lose weight and get fit. Let Chantel Hobbs teach you that food is not the enemy! It’s our attitudes toward it that defeat us. Losing weight does not require being deprived of the foods you love and being forced to eat boring, tasteless meals, and left feeling hungry most of the time. Turn food into your ally by following Chantel’s 80/20 rule: A full 20 percent of the time, splurge on the foods you love and incorporate them into celebrations and social occasions. The remaining 80 percent of the time, choose food on the basis of delivering maximum fuel for your body and ultimate health. Simply by having freedom in what you eat, you can train yourself in self discipline and achieve sustainable weight loss, being free from food anxiety.
 
Using personal inventories, original recipes, food plans, and new, detailed exercises for strength training and aerobic fitness, Chantel will inspire you to live well in every area of life. What are you waiting for? Start the pursuit of a life lived well and healthy: body, mind, and spirit.




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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Author and speaker Hobbs (Never Say Diet) has a story about dieting that will refute any number of doubting challenges to her plan for getting in shape and staying that way. Hobbs, who lost 200 pounds and has maintained that weight loss by changing the way she approaches food and life, offers anyone struggling with weight problems a different way of handling uncontrollable desires for food. With a friendly, breezy style, Hobbs engages readers first on an emotional level as she tells of her private pain as a morbidly obese woman, then smoothly transitions into helping individuals understand the whys and wherefores of their inner battle with edible comfort. The author's clear message of Christian spirituality will appeal especially to evangelicals, while her hard-fought battle with pounds will resonate with everyone. Hobbs's method is a friendlier, gentler approach to getting fit and fabulous. (Dec.)
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Praise for Love Food and Live Well

“In Love Food and Live Well, Chantel Hobbs helps readers re-create their lives from the inside out. As you turn the pages of this book, you can’t help but feel that Chantel is right there with you to guide and inspire every step in your quest to eat better, move more, and enjoy a more fulfilled and more healthful life.”
—Elisa Zied, MS, RD, CDN, regular contributor to msnbc.com and GALTime.com; author of Nutrition at Your Fingertips and Feed Your Family Right!

“Behind Chantel’s extraordinary story and unquestioned expertise is a heart that sets her apart. Regardless of whom she encounters, she lives for the opportunity to help them discover their fullest and fittest potential. As you read Love Food and Live Well, it will become clear that Chantel is doing what God created her to do. How refreshing to find a fitness expert who is devoted to changing lives on the inside as well as the outside!”
—Bob Coy, pastor of Calvary Chapel, Fort Lauderdale

“Chantel Hobbs uses wit, wisdom, and poignant insights to open our eyes regarding our health and well-being. With helpful tips, exercises, recipes, and workout plans, Chantel has put together a perfect plan that anyone can follow. And she points out that allowing God to take control is the only way to live a life that will make everything else fall into place.”
—Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor; author of Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork; host of Huckabee

Love Food and Live Well inspires you to focus on what’s good, what’s true, and what works. If you have ever felt trapped and miserable, Chantel Hobbs will show you how to surrender your life and gain control of what matters most. Filled with real-life success stories, Love Food and Live Well will help you begin the journey that will change your life forever.”
—Miles Mettler, PhD in exercise and wellness; general manager of Saint Mary’s Center for Health and Fitness, Reno, Nevada

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Library Journal
Hobbs (The One-Day Way: Today Is All the Time You Need To Lose All the Weight You Want), a life coach and fitness expert, shares insights from her own weight-loss journey of shedding 200-plus pounds. She focuses on techniques to help avoid dangerous food traps and recognize sabotaging behaviors and beliefs that block success. Obsessive thoughts and actions often drag successful dieters into even more destructive states while they're struggling to maintain newfound fitness and health. Among the recipes and fitness plans, Hobbs intersperses enthusiastic encouragement for readers to turn their lives over to God, thehigher power, she writes, that loves us unconditionally and wants us to succeed in our health quest. VERDICT Hobbs shares inspiring, commonsense advice that will appeal to readers searching for a new way to view food's place in their lives. Her message will particularly resonate with individuals involved in 12-step programs.—Crystal Renfro, Georgia Inst. of Technology Lib., Atlanta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307457868
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/14/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 659,826
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Chantel Hobbs is a life coach, personal trainer, marathon runner, wife, and mother of four. Her amazing story of losing two hundred pounds and keeping the weight off has been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Life Today with James Robison, The 700 Club, Focus on the Family Radio— and in People and First magazines. Chantel is a featured fitness expert on nationally syndicated radio programs. She is a frequent speaker to women’s groups and makes personal appearances at fitness conventions.
The developer of The One-Day Way Learning System and the author of four books, including Never Say Diet and The One-Day Way, Chantel lives with her family in South Florida. Visit her at www.faithfoodandfitness.com for advice, fitness updates, coaching tips, and answers to your healthy living questions.




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Introduction: Love Food as Never Before

   Most days I don’t go looking for adventure, but somehow one finds me. My life is a great adventure, and today is no exception. I had intended to write the introduction to this book weeks ago, but it didn’t happen. Then my flight from New York to Fort Lauderdale was canceled, so suddenly I have time on my hands.
   After spending the night in a hotel, I’m sitting on a bench in Lower Manhattan, and it’s barely daylight. I’m one block from Wall Street, cabs are speeding by, and the people who pull the levers of high finance keep streaming out of a nearby subway station. It’s crazy how appropriate all this is, because in this book you and I are going to talk about deals.
   We’ll look at the deal the world has been selling us all our lives—the message that we’re not good enough, not pretty enough, not thin enough, and just basically that we’re not enough. Then we’ll talk about your particular deal. (Many of you have already told me your stories, so I have a good idea of what you’ve been struggling with.) And after that, I’ll tell you about my past deal involving a pair of jeans, living in constant fear of embarrassment, and much more. Thankfully, that’s all behind me.
   Then I want to introduce you to the deal of a lifetime, which is available at no cost to you—at least no financial cost—and which has the power to change your life if you choose to go there.
   You’ve heard all the hype, I know. You’ve been lied to by the diet industry. You’ve wasted your hard-earned money on gadgets and miracle pills and supplements that were supposed to melt the fat away. Right? So you’re understandably skeptical about me or anyone else who promises you a deal that will deliver what the other programs failed to do.
   I was skeptical too, until I developed the program that made it possible for me to lose 200 pounds, tone my muscles, and maintain a healthy weight while pursuing a fun and active life. I described this program in my first book, Never Say Diet. Now every day I hear from people who have adopted it and lost 15, 50, or 150 pounds. Their lives will never be the same.
   I expanded on that program and put it within easy reach for anyone seeking weight loss in my book The One-Day Way. That book simplifies goals, overall fitness, and sustainable weight loss to a committed focus on what you do today. By doing the right things for just one day and then repeating them when another day arrives, you can achieve the results you’ve been seeking.
   Now, in Love Food and Live Well, we are going to take the steps that will free you from the most damaging food traps. I will expose the lies that trap dieters in self-defeating habits, and I’ll show you how to break free from destructive attitudes toward food. Best of all, I’ll show you that fitness and weight loss don’t require you to hate food. Nor do they limit you to eating only boring, bland, unsatisfying meals for the rest of your life.
   This book will open your eyes to a new way of maintaining your weight, health, and fitness. We will explore healthy eating and new exercises, to be sure. And we’ll arrive at the place where you will achieve all your goals and know how to maintain them for a lifetime. But what good is it to work and sweat to lose weight and get healthy if it means drudgery for the rest of your life? If it means you might extend your life span but hate every minute of it? Or if it means you live in a state of constant fear that you’ll slide back into your previous self-defeating habits? Who wants that?
   That’s why I’m so excited about sharing the best deal you’ve been offered in a long, long time. Being fit and healthy doesn’t require that you starve yourself or even that you hate food. It doesn’t demand that you become paranoid that you’ll slip up and overindulge. Nor does it require you to drag around an exercise bike every time you leave town so you can be sure to burn off the calories from that meal you enjoyed with your friends while on vacation.
   The deal we’re going to talk about involves more than just losing weight and getting strong and then maintaining a healthy weight for a lifetime. The deal we’ll explore involves losing weight, getting strong, living healthy, and loving every minute of it. Even better, it involves loving food while we live well! Great news! We can do both of these at the same time!
   We all want to enjoy life and be healthy in all areas: body, mind, and spirit, right? Plus, who wants to go through life regarding food as the enemy? God gave us food not only to keep us strong and vital but also to enjoy. That’s part of the deal of a lifetime, but I’m getting ahead of myself.

When you’re stuck in New York City, you can either shop or work. And out of desperation to meet my deadline, I chose the option that wasn’t my first inclination. But I’m glad I had to stay over, because my improvised work station inspires me to tell you about the deal of a lifetime.
   Soon after I sat down on this bench in sight of Wall Street, I realized this was the perfect place. Megadeals are made in this financial mecca every day. As governments and heads of state try to decide how to plug their leaking economies, I am preparing to introduce you to a deal you won’t believe!
   This deal is personal for you and me both. Together, we are going to find the solution to physical, emotional, and spiritual bankruptcy. Struggling with your weight, your body image, your self-confidence, and your health can exhaust and defeat you. But I am here to tell you that you can overcome the forces that want to keep you locked in a lifestyle of discouragement, failure, and despair.
   The road we will take is a superhighway to claiming the life you desire, and the bonus is that you will enjoy what it takes to get there. This road is fashioned with freedom. Traveling on it, you will find the enjoyment of living
well in every area of your life and experience more love than you have ever known.

When I woke up yesterday, I looked forward to getting home to hug my family the night before my daughter Ashley’s first big school dance. I wasn’t going to miss this for anything. I showed up at the airport nearly two hours early, which is totally not like me. I run late regularly and also miss airplanes on occasion. But not this time. I was excited and ready to get back to the zoo I call Home Sweet Home.
   Ashley would be dressing up for her first homecoming dance. Jake would be an honored guest at a sports banquet where he would receive a football trophy. I was looking forward to both of these big events. Mostly, I was ready to just be Mom. You know, the lady who enjoys embarrassing her children by taking a million pictures.
   As I strolled into LaGuardia Airport with time to spare, the place was in chaos. Battles were taking place everywhere, with people screaming at any airline employee in sight. I actually felt sorry for a few of them—until I had to stop and pray not to lose my cool with an insensitive airline employee myself.
   I witnessed a fellow passenger sobbing uncontrollably. Between whimpers, she told the airline representative she needed to get to the wedding of her baby sister. In spite of her tears, he told her, “You should have planned better,” insinuating that she should have left a few days in advance. I wanted to take him out!
   But I took the route of nonviolence and tried to focus on my own flight plans. As it turned out, the woman who was about to miss her sister’s wedding wasn’t alone. I was about to join her with my own travel crisis. Due to bad weather, all flights to Fort Lauderdale were canceled for the night. “So sad, too bad” should be the motto of the airline industry. I was totally stuck and completely frustrated, and there seemed to be no one around who cared to find a solution. Here’s a quote from the man behind the counter: “Mrs. Hobbs, we are sorry. Feel free to try us again tomorrow or perhaps the next day. It’s your call.”
   I had to regroup and make a plan or else cry. I just went for it and did both. I needed a hotel at least for that night, so I grabbed my laptop and played a game I had played before. The Priceline.com Game, I call it. It can be fun because of the potential for saving money on a nice hotel room. Then there is an added edge of excitement that comes from the uncertainty of where you can end up for the night. I enjoy an occasional calculated risk, so I gave it a try.
   First, I chose an area in New York City where I would be willing to stay. I actually put in seven. Then I decided on the quality level of the hotel. I chose four stars. (I was traveling alone in Manhattan, so safety was a factor.) Next I had to determine the price; I decided $150. This is about one-third of the going rate for a luxury hotel in this town. Then I clicked Buy and prayed. My fleece was out there, my cry was heard, and my bid was accepted! The winning hotel was in the financial district and rather swanky, judging by the name of it.
   I grabbed a cab, and very soon it was obvious that the driver was lost, which is not that unusual, considering that cabbies get paid according to the meter. I phoned the hotel, and, shockingly, the front desk manager and a valet walked a full city block to find me. They also helped with my luggage. I had never been met by this kind of welcome committee in New York City. I was ecstatic. Remember, it had been a long day.
   I settled into this beautiful hotel on a crisp, fall evening in the Big Apple, and then God provided one more treat. This was His way of reminding me I was under His wing for the night. Please, friends, don’t laugh. I really am being completely serious. I spotted a create-a-salad establishment across the street! I went over, grabbed dinner, returned to my room, got some sleep, and then woke up inspired to write. I had the entire day to work until I would be flying home.

Now as I’m talking with you, sitting here bundled up in three layers of sweaters with my laptop resting on a crossed leg, I’m going to tell you about a deal that will blow away every deal made on these streets of international finance. And I’m convinced God brought me here to think about how to introduce you to the deal of a lifetime. This deal will guarantee your freedom to live well forever! I promise you, this is more real than anything I have ever known.
   With the title Love Food and Live Well, you may be thinking this book will relate only to your relationship with food. Truthfully, it was the starting place for me when I decided to live healthy and then lost two hundred pounds. However, what I learned after I lost the weight and worked so hard to maintain it is this: after you succeed, you still face a struggle. How do you hold on to fitness and health and remain at a healthy weight without becoming obsessive about it? What good does it do to get healthy if you can’t also have a life?
   If you think losing two hundred pounds is hard, try losing that much weight and then learning how to enjoy life again. It’s not as easy as it might sound.
   But I learned that living well while loving food is entirely possible. Not only that, but feeling free to admit I like food was bigger than anything I could have imagined. It’s bigger because of the word love attached to it. A word we often use and abuse and don’t completely understand. Yet we still seek to know more about it and have more of it than anything on the planet.
   Too many of us confuse love with control. In the past, most things I really loved I loved poorly. I know this because as I tried to control them, I always felt out of control. Whether it was food, friendships, jobs, or material stuff, I lived in fear—the fear of losing whatever I was trying to possess. Eventually my attempts to control everything always backfired.
   My lifelong weight struggle was a perfect example. The more I made food something to control, the more weight I gained. It seems crazy, but you may be able to relate after many years of living in this tug of war. God whispered my name, and I finally answered. It was there I began a journey to freedom. Of course the release from my weight problem took time, tears, and lots of hard work. However, I realized some amazing truths along the way.
   Each of us is meant to love all the things God has provided. The problem occurs when we try to cut a deal that allows us to love them on our own terms. It’s tempting to try to swing a special side deal just for us so we can love food, for example, on our terms. If the deal has been designed by you, me, or the world, I can guarantee this: it will eventually lead to heartache. By seeking to maintain control, which usually involves shutting out others and propping up a false version of ourselves, who wins? Not me or you or anyone you care about, and mostly not God.
   In this book I want you to recognize the power of being vulnerable. When you learn how to say, “I’m falling apart,” or admit you haven’t figured it all out, you can finally discover the path to peaceful living. Let’s face it: you’re not in control. It’s healthy to admit that to yourself and to others.
   Even after admitting it, it’s easy to slip back into the fantasy that we can control our lives, our circumstances, and the people and the world around us. I fell back into that trap for a few minutes when my flight was canceled and I was stranded in New York. But then I remembered what I had learned the hard way, after losing two hundred pounds but still trying to control my personal world. Admitting that you’re not in control and living like you really believe it are huge! If you learn this well, it will change your life.
   And all of this is captured in one word—surrender—which is what makes the difference. Surrender to the fact that you are not in control. Admit it. Say it out loud. Believe it. In the chapters that follow, we will talk more about the power of surrender, and together we will practice living it.

Now, who doesn’t love a good deal? There’s a rush of adrenaline that comes when we get something of incredible value for less cost than was expected. For me, the more I save, the more excited I feel. Can you relate? Would you be interested in a deal that would banish the pain of struggling with food and weight issues forever? At the same time, this deal will deliver excitement and a passion for living well. This means there will be filet mignon and apple pie à la mode on occasion. Can you handle that?
   What if I promised this freedom would be totally free? I’d guess you might be willing to strike the deal today. But hold on; there is a catch. This deal will still cost you something: you’ll have to hand over your insecurities, your pride, your self-protective habits, and your inhibitions. The deal you will be making is the same deal I made when I realized that healthy living was only a partial reward if I wasn’t also living happy and fulfilled. You can be fit and strong and still enjoy life. That’s what the deal of a lifetime does for you.
   Before we move to the specifics of a life-changing diet and exercise program, I strongly advise you to consult your physician first. When I created the nutrition, cardio, and strength-training portions of Love Food and Live Well—the program I’ll introduce you to in this book—I worked closely with experts in medicine, nutrition, and physiology. The program is sound, but, regardless, you should see your personal physician before beginning this or any nutrition, exercise, and fitness program.
   Now, I want to show you how your Creator, the God of the universe, is the ultimate Deal Maker and how you can love food and live well for a lifetime.
   (Before you turn the page, I would love for you to hear the song that inspired me to write this book. Please visit faithfoodandfitness.com and listen to “The Way You Love Me.”)


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Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction: Love Food as Never Before 1

Part 1 Choose a Deal that Really Delivers

1 The Battle over Blue Jeans 13

2 Want Chocolate? You've Got a Deal! 25

3 The Barbie Myth Is the World's Deal 39

4 God Offers You the Deal of a Lifetime 47

Part 2 Start Your New Life Today

5 Which Deal Will You Take? 61

6 Define Your Expectations Now! 69

Part 3 When it Comes to Food, Here is the What and When

7 It's Time to Get a Clue About Calories 87

8 Carbs: The First Temptation-Go Figure! 101

9 Want Power? Eat Protein 109

10 Fat Is Not a Four-Letter Word 117

11 How to Make Meals Meaningful 125

Part 4 Getting Strong-Inside and Out

12 Today, Get Your New Life Moving 143

13 Keep Exercising, No Matter What! 151

14 How to "Bring It" with Interval Training 159

15 You Were Made to Move 171

Part 5 Living Well for the Rest of your Life

16 Brownies, Birthdays, Cruises, Celebrations 199

Epilogue: Live Well in the Sweet Land of Liberty 213

Notes 219

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    More than a diet book

    When I chose to review Love Food & Live Well, I expected to get a book about diet and fitness. Chantel Hobbs writes about so much more than physical health. Her book is about learning who you are in Christ and how that impacts your decisions about things like food choice, body image, and loving yourself. This is her third book and it is obvious as a reader that they build on each other to make a great spiritual and physical wellness plan for men and women.

    Hobbs is well-spoken and touches the heart of her readers. She helps look at what is going on in the soul and mind that might make weight loss and healthy living difficult. She gives great practical suggestions about how to face difficulties in our lives that make us rely on food instead of God.

    I found this book difficult to read, not because of the wording or the subject, but because I wanted to soak it all in. This was a must - read - slowly book. If I could tell Chantel one thing, I would like to thank her for sharing her personal story and inspiring others to achieve greatness and buy into God's deal for their lives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2011

    A Lifestyle Makeover!

    Love Food Live Well by Chantel Hobbs is like having your own personal fitness and wellness coach sitting across from you at the kitchen table sharing tips over a cup of tea. Motivating. Inspiring. Transforming. A lifestyle make-over resulting in a healthier, happier you. If you have tried other diets, or read other diet books, and feel this is just another one in a million-wrong! Chantel's been there. She teaches you how to reach your potential in a healthier, minus a few pounds, lifestyle that glorifies Christ!

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Great and inspirational read

    I was recently sent Love Food and Live Well by Chantel Hobbs to review. It came at just the right time. I have been so overwhelmed, upset, downtrodden.the list goes on and on, about my weight situation. I am about 40lbs heavier than I want to be. I have huge issues and struggle with food. I could eat a whole bag of Oreos if you set the package in front of me. I eat until it hurts.

    The problem is, I know better. I SO know better. Chantel Hobbs came to me at the right time. In her book she discusses how she came to her end too. She was very overweight and knew that she had to change.

    Love Food Live Well has great advice, words of encouragement and a strategic plan to get healthy. The first part starts with God. I am not addicted to drugs or alcohol, but I am addicted to food. I broke down and started praying, because I knew that I could not do this alone. I am going to depend on God to help me, to give me strength. Instead of grabbing a cookie on a bad day, I will pray. Instead of going for seconds, I will go for my bible.

    Secondly, I am going to change the way I eat. Chantel has a great plan. It is 80/20 plan. 80% of my daily calories need to be energy food, healthy food that will give me the energy and fuel I need to make it through the day. Only 20% of my daily calories can be "snack" food or food that does not benefit my body in any way. I am striving more toward a 90/10 percentage, but I am sure that there will be days where I need a little treat. Although, when I am having a treat it will not be a reward.

    I am also adding a active workout routine. Chantel describes and gives visuals of her workout in the book. I have started (today was my first day) getting up at 6am and working out for 45 minutes in my basement. I have a bunch of workout videos and am going to alternate them. I cannot tell you how amazing I felt this morning when I was done with my workout. I need to remember that feeling when I do not want to roll out of bed.

    I am excited. I feel different than I have before. I think giving up the control and knowing that I cannot do it all on my own is the way to go. God wants me healthy just as much as I do!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2011

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    When I requested this book I thought it sounded interesting because I am very interested in all things health related. It was a good book which covered many great ways to learn to lose weight yet not feel deprived. There were aspects of body, mind, and spirit in the book, which is very important in health. However, I could not identify with the way the author seemingly leaves some aspects of weight loss up to God. Having God in life and asking for help is okay, I just couldn't really understand it in this aspect. I thought this was a really good book overall, even if you can't identify with that aspect of the book, there is some very sound advice given. I received this book free from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Good book new perspective on weight loss

    This book is not my normal Christion Fiction that I read so often. This book was all about Losing Weight and get fit in a way that pleases God.
    The first section of the book was about why it is important that weight loss be a commitment to God. Chantel shares her personal struggles with weight loss, her yo yoing dieting ups and downs. Then she describes an event that lead her to giving her weight loss to the Lord and committing to loss weight with God's help and guidance. I like how this book is laid out the first section as mentioned above talks about committing yourself to the lord and figuring out what your deal is, what is keeping you from weight loss. This section is very motivating to get up and get moving. Then the book goes on to lay out an eating plan. It educates you on the food your body need and why. I learned more about the way the food works from this book then I ever had. Her guide line for a happy balance is 80/20 80% of the food you eat should be for health reasons only and 20% be the food you love. The book also has a section on fitness and exercise. This section includes several great exercises that can be done right at home. Chantel says in this section that "Exercising is as important as brushing your teeth." It is a must to healthy weight loss and maintaining the loss.
    I really enjoyed this book I thought it was laid out in an easy to read manner and I learned a lot about the foods I need to eat for healthy living.
    I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

    Disclaimer: I was not monetarily compensated for this review. WaterBrookPress did send me a copy of this book for review purposes. The opinions in this review are my own and not influenced by the company.

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  • Posted July 20, 2011

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    Highly recommended!

    You don't have to be ashamed of it! You can eat that piece of chocolate! You can devour that peanut-butter parfait! Sound like a dream come true?It is! In this Chantel Hobbs book, prepare to be amazed! This is not a stereotypical diet book, rather it is a lifestyle book, teaching it's readers to love food, love exercise, and overall, love life! With a likable personality, down-to-earth stories, and massive amounts of encouragement, Chantel makes this book a must read!
    This was a super-fantastic book. With helpful and encouraging tips, guidelines, and suggestions, Chantel really outdid herself, this book was one of better I have read, because she is not one of those people who frantically tell you the evils of sugar, or MSG, or this or that. Rather, she has the perfect view of food, as a gift from God to be savored every day, with special treats to look forward to every now and then. I would recommend this book to anyone who is in there early teens or older, because she is showing how to create a happy life, she doesn't slam people for eating food, or for sneaking a chocolate chip cookie. In fact, she shares her inspiring testimony about overcoming her addiction to food. Overall, this was a great book, and I hope you will read it!

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  • Posted May 5, 2011

    Not as good as I thought it would be

    If you're a novice to healthy eating/living, it may be a good place to start. You'll find basic diet info on carbs, good and bad fats, as well as the importance of protein. There are a few recipes inside to give you ideas too.



    I thought that this book would explain more about the relationship we can sometimes have with food and loving it. I think she did her best to do so, but it fell a bit flat for me. In the beginning chapters, she spoke a lot about which deal are you going to take, which I just couldn't get into.


    This book reads more like a self-help book than a book on dieting (or lack of dieting). Maybe that was her point. I guess I was looking for that "Aha" moment, but I didn't find it here.



    I will say that I liked the 80/20 rule which says eat foods that are most healthy for you 80% off the time and eat more indulgently 20% off the time. That makes a lot of sense to me and you don't need to sign up for a diet program to achieve that! Also, if like exercising with those huge balls (sorry don't know the name), then you'll enjoy the exercise section. I don't own one, so it wasn't very helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2011

    A nice read

    Love Food and Live Well, by Chantel Hobbs , I found this book to be honest and very down to earth for a diet type book. I'm a not a huge fan of diet books but this book was real and the author was very honest in her own personal weight loss journey. Through faith and understanding of food she was able to overcome a weight loss and have the life she dreamed of in a healthy and realistic way. She uses personal stories, original recipes, food plans and fitness to reach her goals. I would recommend this book for inspiration.

    ~Please note that Waterbrook Press has provided me a complimentary copy of this book for my review; however, the opinions are my own. I have not been required to publish a positive review.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Love Food

    Product DescriptionStruggling with weight issues? Do you love food? Chantel says you can have your cake and eat it, too! Encouraging you to enlist food as an ally, she helps you implement the 80/20 rule---eat healthy for 80% of the time and indulge yourself the other 20%. Her revolutionary diet-and-fitness plan works---Chantel lost 200 pounds!
    Go ahead. Get passionate about the food you eat.

    You don't have to hide it. You can love food and lose weight at the same time! The secret, which you'll learn about in Love Food and Live Well, is to know when to have carrot cake and when it's time for just a carrot.

    For most dieters, food is the daunting factor that trips up our best intentions to lose weight and get fit. Let Chantel Hobbs teach you that food is not the enemy! It's our attitudes toward it that defeat us. Losing weight does not require being deprived of the foods you love and being forced to eat boring, tasteless meals, and left feeling hungry most of the time. Turn food into your ally by following Chantel's 80/20 rule: A full 20 percent of the time, splurge on the foods you love and incorporate them into celebrations and social occasions. The remaining 80 percent of the time, choose food on the basis of delivering maximum fuel for your body and ultimate health. Simply by having freedom in what you eat, you can train yourself in self discipline and achieve sustainable weight loss, being free from food anxiety.

    Using personal inventories, original recipes, food plans, and new, detailed exercises for strength training and aerobic fitness, Chantel will inspire you to live well in every area of life. What are you waiting for? Start the pursuit of a life lived well and healthy: body, mind, and spirit.

    THis was a good read- not the normal diet or quick fix.

    Thanks B&B Media for this review copy.

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  • Posted February 22, 2011

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    If You Really Want to Change Your Life...

    I love food, and since leaving the Army, the effects of that passion have begun to show. That is one reason why I selected this book (the other is that my reading it sure made my wife happy). In Love Food and Live Well, Chantel Hobbs provides her readers with more than a proper perspective on weight loss and food management. She provides in this book a proper perspective on life. I was most delighted to see that in Chapters 4 and 5, after discussing the three ideas that food is not the enemy, that no one can lose weight alone, and that proper weight loss requires surrender, Hobbs then offers her readers the clear plan of salvation. In a pleasant, conversational style, she offers her readers the only real way out of the imprisonment of selfish, non-surrendered over-indulgence. She calls it "God's Deal," and it is a welcome, necessary addition that most other weight-loss plans ignore.

    Hobbs continues her book with chapters on food science, caloric intake, recipes and even exercise guides. This book was obviously written for women. And while I never dreamed of competing in the next Ms. America Pageant, and I never played with Barbies, I definitely did play with Barbie's silver Corvette which fit my 12" G.I. Joes perfectly. So I wasn't totally lost in her illustrations, and I think this book could help any man or women wanting to get serious about weight loss.

    [Note: I received this book free through the Waterbrook-Multnomah Blogging for Books program]

    © 2010 E.T.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

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    Isn't it time to stop viewing food as the problem with losing weight?

    Just in time to help with all those weight loss goals so many of us begin right as the new year begins. Chantel Hobbs knows a thing or two about what struggles we all have in dealing with weight loss. She herself, has lost 200 pounds and now maintains not only a health weight but a life style as well.

    In her latest book, Love Food & Live Well, she conquers our thought process on just why it's so hard to say no to the foods that lead us to over eating and over indulging. The one "Ah Ha!" moment for me is that in our minds, we feel like we owe it to ourself and there may not be another opportunity to enjoy that candy bar or that extra serving of freshly baked bread, hot out of the oven.

    She found when interviewing people that didn't have weight issues, they don't over-indulge, but then again they don't think about it. Even though we begin our diet and eating plans with the best of intentions, we automatically tell ourselves that means giving up all our favorite foods, so when we blow it, we tell ourselves well if I ate one cookie, it doesn't matter that I eat another.

    Chantel teaches you throughout the book about "clean eating" and adding our favorite foods back in, what we truly enjoy eating, not just inhaling. For example, I love chocolate, yet I don't need to eat the entire bag of chocolate, mindlessly while watching TV, I don't have to succumb to the desires in my head that if one is good, two is better. I can stop at one. It's changing our thinking that will lead our bodies to follow suit.

    If you face those very same challenges and wonder how you can put it all behind you, check out the book, Love Food & Live Well. Just the stories that Chantel shares shows she truly knows what we feel like and what we are thinking. That makes it all the more believable for me. What have you got to lose, besides the excuses we've been making our whole life and start things off on a positive note and get back to enjoying food once again, the way God planned for it.

    This book contains using personal inventories, original recipes, simple eating plans as well as new exercises for strength training and aerobic fitness. Instead of offering another set of world advice that we are not good enough or pretty enough, she offers hope.

    I received this book, compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review. Loving her second book The One Day Way, I was super excited to read this one. It didn't disappoint and rates a 5 out of 5 stars for trying a diet with God in mind.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    practical ways to lose weight - good read!

    Chantel once weighed 350 pounds but has managed to not only lose over 200 pounds but keep it off for over ten years. She talks about how she reached her lowest point and finally cried out to God, admitting she couldn't do this alone. She had tried losing weight but never found real success. "You can't do life well enough alone. You need God's help." She talks about how it wasn't until she handed her need to lose weight over to God that she was able to finally.finally.experience success. She mentions this amazing deal we can all have with God - if we want it. "God's deal is nothing less than the one thing we all need and search for but fear we'll never find. God offers us love that is limitless. It's a love that is uninhibited and completely undeserved. And God gives it to us freely, knowing we can do nothing to earn it." She shares her 80:20 rules for watching what you eat. By eating right 80 percent of the time, we can then allow ourselves a piece of cake the other 20 percent. That way you're not feeling like you'll never be able to have chocolate again - you're just being smart about it. "Eating is not designed to be recreational, to distract you when you're bored, to comfort you, or be a friend when you're lonely. Food has one primary purpose: to fuel your body. Food supplies the energy you need to live well."

    I liked Chantel's perspective. She offers great advice for how to lose weight in a healthy way - not depriving yourself of things your body needs just to see results quickly. She gives several recipe ideas (such as Apple Cinnamon-Pecan Oatmeal) as well as strength-training exercises you can do. One thing she said that spoke to me was never lose hope. "Circumstances will work against you, but there is always hope. You as a person are not a mistake or a disappointment. You can overcome the obstacles you face and the occasional failure to stick to your commitment."

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

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    Highly recommend this is you need to loose weight

    Chantel Hobbs write a book about loosing weight and keeping it off, as myself this has been a life long problem. It take forever to loose a few pounds but it comes back and more so fast. Chantel lost 200 lbs on this way of eating and has kept it off. But she is not an average person, she was so vain in the way she looked, she had to have everything just so and her make up always had to be perfect, she though that is her face looked good and her clothes were nice then people would over look her weight problem, and I am sure that helped some but people still look at you and think "What a fat woman" never could figure out why they don't look at men that way. Hummmmmmmmm.

    Anyway back to the book, she sees food is not the challenge but the way we look at it. Food is something we have to have, it is not like smoking or drinking that can be done without, but food is any everyday thing, that if we go without long enough then we will die, So it has to be eaten in a smaller portion and watch the fats and calories as much as we can.

    She tells us ten things that will help when we eat and they are (from the book page 203-206)

    1. Smile While you swallow

    2. Feel Free to spit it out

    3. Take The Time to Discover Great Food

    4. Close the Menu

    5. Believe the First Few Bites are Where It's At

    6. Don't Let the Party Be on Your Plate

    7. Food Can Go to Waste

    8. Know when Enough is Enough

    9. Full is Full

    10. Close Your Eyes

    Now you will need to purchase the book to read why she tell us to do this, but it is well written and very easy to read and understand. This is not a diet book by all means it is a story that Chantel tells of her own life and her fight with weight.



    This book was sent to me free in order that I may read and review it by B & B Media Group, thanks so much.

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