In the 1970s, Showalter founded the 3D movement, one of the first major Christian diet programs in the nation, to help people focus on diet, discipline and discipleship. Here she teams up with nutritionist Davis to offer readers a religious foundation for the 3D program. What's refreshing is that Showalter doesn't just give lip service to Christian faith or slap a few Bible verses on an otherwise secular health book. She is serious about the "discipleship" part of the 3D program and provides meaty daily devotions to that end. The book presents a comprehensive 12-week plan that encourages healthy eating and exercise as well as deep attention to God and spiritual development. Showalter and Davis sound out a sensible middle ground in a weight-obsessed culture, emphasizing that healthy habits are important, but that God loves us no matter what the scale might say. An early chapter on the history of the 3D program might have been better suited to an appendix, but the book is otherwise marvelously organized and surprisingly substantive. In the devotions, Showalter tackles difficult topics like obedience, will, emotions, truth and discipleship. Dieters who tire of empty promises of quick fixes should check out this spiritual guide to health and the whole person. (Jan.)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Your Whole Life: The 3D Plan for Eating Right, Living Well, and Loving Godby Carol Showalter, Maggie Davis
Don't think thin, think whole. Your Whole Life is the book you need if . . . • You have trouble coping with the demands on your life • You're tired of being obsessed with your weight • You're not interested in another diet program - you're interested in eating right • You know exercise is important to your health, but you don't know how or when to do it • You wish you could enjoy your life and the beauty around you • You desire the freedom that comes from self-acceptance • You want to experience the love of God in your daily life Your Whole Life: The 3D Plan for Eating Right, Living Well, and Loving God is a 12-week journey to wholeness. In this book, Carol tells her own story and gives the spiritual foundation of the 3D plan, with new understanding for today. With honesty, realism, and encouragement, Your Whole Life provides weekly nutritional goals, a do-able exercise plan, tips for living well, daily spiritual readings, and more. Nutritionist Maggie Davis gives you the knowledge and the tools to eat right for your whole life, incorporating a method of self-assessment and gradual behavior change that she has used in her practice with individuals and groups for nearly 35 years. She explores the "why's" of eating, the four types of hunger (stomach, eye, heart, or mind), how to determine daily caloric needs and portions, and ways to deal with obstacles and challenges. Special features include: • Tips for good lunch habits • Tips for men • New ways to express love with food • 10 strategies to help you eat right for your whole life Praise for Your Whole Life "This book combines sound nutrition information with effective models of behavior change, using an approach for helping individuals make life long changes and providing the information to do so." -Sue Cummings, MS, RD, LDN Clinical Programs Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center "As a woman of a certain age (and a changing metabolism!), I appreciate Showalter's and Davis' honesty about nutrition and exercise for bodies of all ages, and their slow and steady approach. . . . This book helps you realize that you are not alone!" -Rev. Dr. Deborah L. Patterson, Executive Director, Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries
Meet the Author
The originator and guiding light of the first Christ-centered group diet program, Diet, Discipline and Discipleship, Carol Showalter has been a prominent spokeswoman for the program for more than thirty years. She has been interviewed by major publications including the Chicago Tribune, the New Yorker, and Christianity Today. She has appeared on numberous television and radio shows, and has been a key speaker on women's issues at conferences nationwide. Carol and her husband, Dr. William Showalter, are members of an ecumenical religious community on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, swimming, entertaining, and playing with her five grandchildren.
Maggie Davis, MS, RD, LDN, FADA, CDE is the founder and director of Live Nutrition (www.livenutrition.com). She has been in practice for 25 years on Cape Cod, helping people live healthier lives through better nutrition.
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Being a life-long struggler with weight, compulsive eating, unhealthy food choices, etc., I find the material in this book encouraging. The material stresses to stop thinking 'diet', but to think 'well', 'whole', 'healthy' - in all areas of life - not just with the eating. And it stresses patience - slow and steady will win the race in the end. I can agree with that now having tried so many quick fixes - those are unrealistic. The devotional material is excellent as it helps the reader see shat could be prompting poor eating behavior. Understanding oneself is a leap forward and knowing that God loves me no matter what is vital. Hearing from a licensed and well-respected dietician is terrific. Increases the credibility measurably. Will be relying on this material for many years as it is sensible and doable.