Fat AND Mean: One Thing Made Me Thin and Calm. One Thing.

I was fat and I was mean. Twenty years of sitting at a desk thwarting crazy bosses and the minion’s of crazy bosses, sent to observe, had done me in. I worked out all the time and injured myself repeatedly. I couldn’t even relax enough to exercise. I ate gobs of sugar every afternoon around 4 pm. Certainly, I’d burn if off at the gym.

Then, I was asked to write some cookbook with a request to add these new kind of drinks the West Coast loved: these GREEN SMOOTHIE things. We were juicing here in the East, but this felt new. This felt rad and this felt raw.

So, I wrote that book. I loved testing the recipes I created, all Paleo. Then, I decided to keep going. I wrote this: http://amzn.to/1yp2Lyy I wrote it and incorporated cook’s tricks – more fresh herbs, toasted spices, grilled fruits. I kept an eye to nutrients that relaxed and healed. And I found the secret to calm: Kiwi.

Kiwi is a food – like turkey – that calms. I put 3 – 5 peeled chunked kiwi in every green smoothie I make. I drink it in the morning to deal with my day. You may want it at night to help you sleep. Either way, you are on the way to a calmer you. Less fat. Less mean.

The world could use a lot more of that.

A HALF CENTURY OF ZITS: How I Broke Out of the Pimple Gulag in One Easy Move

You’ve tried washing them off. You’ve tried scrubbing them off. You’ve put potions and gooey things all over your face. You’ve seen a few derms and spent way too much on all this stuff. All you wanted was for the red bumps to go away.

In all of this nonsense, has anyone said to you, “YOU HAVE A ZINC DEFICIENCY?” Most of the world does. And your skin needs zinc – a good steady supply – to heal itself and send pimples packing.

Now this may not work for everyone, but I am here to tell you, I have been working on my face forever and it was only after I began writing this http://amzn.to/1uyyd76 that I finally got the skin I had longed for forever.

Why? It’s the zinc. Spinach and blackberries and raspberries and cashews have large amounts of zinc. As you whirl and drink your elixir, that zinc goes to work on the largest organ in your body – skin – and makes it glow.

Smoothies also make you lose fat. Just drink one a day. It doesn’t have to be a meal: Just when you are hungry. Then drink another one when you get hungry. Replace a meal or two with a smoothie. Switch back to lean meats and veggies. Back and forth and you’ll have lost more weight in a month than you ever imagined. Don’t pay attention except to make that smoothie: no processed sugars is your only rule.

Once you get the nutrition your body needs, you won’t have those inexplicable cravings. And with no zits, you’ll want to go out and dance.

It works. I SWEAR. Even for people with a half-century of zits and a really slow metabolism.

DO IT. And #follow me on @skinnysmoothies or Facebook at Skinny Green Smoothies. We’ll have fun.

WHY I’M NOT FAT: How I Banished Plumber’s Butt to Hades in One Move (And It’s Not Buying Different Pants)

Being 25 lbs overweight – for 10 years – leads to memories triggered by fat. The time I bent to pick up the New York Times and the dude behind me started giggling and going “but…but….but….”

Now that I’m not fat, I don’t have plumbers butt anymore. I also don’t have back fat or cascading waist fat. The 25 lbs are gone. They are gone because I stopped eating and started drinking.

One of these, ONE A DAY AT LEAST http://amzn.to/XUwmPz and if you want more, drink more. Substitute one meal for a substantial one…..lighter ones in between. And in between that, ice water with a tablespoon of raw honey and the juice of 1 lemon. The lemon detoxes the liver and dulls appetite. The raw honey provides energy and all the living bee particles from when they were working with it. Buy raw.

As I drank more and more #green #smoothies, my body became used to less and less solid food. I just casually started eating some meals again and ate about half the food. You start eating so much your stomach hurts, drop back to more smoothies. Use your head. Listen to your gut. It’s not live it dies. It’s simple common sense.

Being fat is a drag. Believe me, I know.

Nest week: Where does fat go when it leaves a body? Does it hover in the air waiting for its next host?

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I STOPPED BEING FAT AND I’LL TELL YOU MY SECRET: One Thing You Must Do Every Day

My secret is I stopped eating and started drinking. A lot. Really, humans can go a pretty long way without food, but liquids, those you need. Large amounts, it turns out. More than 8 glasses of water a day.

The other thing I did was replace one meal – breakfast – with a green smoothie. I chose the morning because of the way smoothies hit the bloodstream: fast. Energy flows into the day earlier. I like that.

Somedays I have two smoothies, some days I have none. That’s bad. I should be consistent and so should you. What happens to your body on green smoothies will effect you, both physically and mentally. Clear thinking is a great “side effect” of these refined sugar-free drinks.

I kept making the things and getting skinnier but some of them tasted too much like front lawn. So I what I knew as a cookbook editor and writer – I edited two editions of Joy of Cooking and have written 4 books on diet – and put in fresh herbs, dried spice, dark teas and tisanes into these drinks. I used sparkling water and homemade almond and cashew milks. I worked on the flavor-pairings I knew to be the most delicious, and I did everything I could to make these things not EVER taste of front yard.

I wrote this as I figured it out. Hope you check it out and like it. It sure is inexpensive. http://amzn.to/1uNI5MA

So that’s my secret. That’s how I stopped being fat.

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Shadow Teams Joins the Fray: #ebookchat, Friday 9/19, High Noon

Calling all e-book, digital publishing, and reading experts, enthusiasts, and inquirers… Please join the Shadow Teams crew on Friday, September 19th, from 12.00 p.m. to 1.00 p.m. Eastern Time, for #ebookchat.

In the near future, we’ll have themes/topics for each week’s chat (always Friday from 12-1, always with the #ebookchat hashtag). This week, however, to kick things off, we’ll just have a free for all and see what kinds of things everyone is interested in discussing. This isn’t meant to be a high-level, jargon-y hour for insiders, but a jumping-off point where everyone can learn a little, find out about some other chats/resources/links, and gain a few new Twitter pals, to boot.

Here’s how to participate:

— Make sure you have a Twitter account. Don’t know how to set one up? Here are some simple instructions.
— If you don’t plan on using an application like Hootsuite or Tweetdeck, remember that you can put the hashtag #ebookchat into Twitter to search for messages. Even easier: Use TweetChat.com (there are other sites like this), as it allows you to open a window with just the #ebookchat tweets, nothing else.
— Share tweets, with or without your own comments, but try to include the hashtag so everyone knows where to turn for more information, or to join.
— Almost anything goes in a Twitter chat, but one thing that doesn’t: Self promotion. Please don’t make this about you; it’s about a community.
— Speaking of community, let your own Twitter followers know that you’ll be participating in a chat. People then know to skim your hashtagged tweets, or can “mute” you for a while. There’s a Chrome extension that can do this, too.

Are you interested in being a guest for #ebookchat? Email beth@shadowteams.com.

NEXT WEEK, 9/26/14: IS AN E-BOOK A PRINT BOOK, TOO?

4 Reasons Why “New Adult” Won’t Do: Ebooks

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The post above from Publisher’s Weekly gave me pause. Could you really parse writing into yet a smaller sub-category? Does something allude publishing that demographics are a part of understanding your market, but do not have to do with story? Only POV?

Were publishers using the great unwashed “self-published” authors – authors they sneered at so frequently — as their test market? Instead of the internet itself? I fear the answers to both questions.

There are 4 simple reasons “New Adult” won’t work:

1. This Side of Paradise
2. The Great Gatsby
3. Tender is the Night
4. The Beautiful and the Damned

He was laying those works down in his 20s. He was writing them in his head at Princeton. He was a NEW ADULT.

Baloney. “New Adult” is a demographic, not a genre. It is a limiting label that will only attract other humans of exactly the same moist confused age of “New Adulthood.” Who would want to go back to the moment where you have a diploma but don’t know how to pay a utility bill?

Don’t make little warm pools of writers so it is easier to market. Don’t label books unnecessarily. The internet is made up of all kinds of data that really does work to sell books. You put it in the secret places, not on the book jacket. It leads your audience to your book rather than keeping readers away.

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ANTI-INDENTITES: Traditional Publishing and UFO Believers

You hear it all the time: I like a book. I like to feel that paper in my hands. Great, I always say. There is no other answer. It’s what they say they like and I believe them.

Then there are people in and around the trade publishing world that say weird things about content all the time: like there isn’t a bear eating their drapes. They say things like “I’m writing the flap copy in my head now!” or “I’m writing a book about Silicon Valley but they don’t want to talk to me until I say I have a deal with a traditional publisher.” Whaaaa……? Did you just climb out of the crater in Roswell? Some of the coolest publishing on Earth comes out of Silicon Valley, the great disrupters of the Universe.

Within 2 -3 years, most reading will be done on a cellphone. It’s coming, it’s happening, it’s the next logical step. Everything will be on the cell or the home computer. People won’t carry an iPad and iPhone or Galaxy and Kindle or whatever combo they cary. They will want just one thing to carry and just one thing that is possible to lose. And if you don’t believe me, WHY DO YOU THINK AMAZON PUT OUT A CELLPHONE?

I’d like to read on the Glass, but I can’t afford it. A wristwatch might be fun if someone gave me special wizard glasses with long thick lenses. Hmmmmm… business idea? I just don’t know. But all of it is blowing wide open and to think otherwise is to see UFOs in the skies over Cleveland.

ANTI-INDENTIES: “Traditional” Publishing Lovers Are True UFO Believers

You hear it all the time: I like a book. I like to feel that paper in my hands. Great, I always say. There is no other answer. It’s what they say they like and I believe them.

Then there are people in and around the trade publishing world that say weird things about content all the time: like there isn’t a bear eating their drapes. They say things like “I’m writing the flap copy in my head now!” or “I’m writing a book about Silicon Valley but they don’t want to talk to me until I say I have a deal with a traditional publisher.” Whaaaa……? Did you just climb out of the crater in Roswell? Some of the coolest publishing on Earth comes out of Silicon Valley, the great disrupters of the Universe.

Within 2 -3 years, most reading will be done on a cellphone. It’s coming, it’s happening, it’s the next logical step. Everything will be on the cell or the home computer. People won’t carry an iPad and iPhone or Galaxy and Kindle or whatever combo they cary. They will want just one thing to carry and just one thing that is possible to lose. And if you don’t believe me, WHY DO YOU THINK AMAZON PUT OUT A CELLPHONE?

I’d like to read on the Glass, but I can’t afford it. A wristwatch might be fun if someone gave me special wizard glasses with long thick lenses. Hmmmmm… business idea? I just don’t know. But all of it is blowing wide open and to think otherwise is to see UFOs in the skies over Cleveland.