Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Get the Book and Get Fit

Nancy Sundstrom - January 16th, 2003
It’s January, which means that in an act of penance for holiday season indulgence, many of us have made resolutions for the new year about weight control, exercise, healthy living habits, and the like.
Most likely, you’re one of those who have, and if that’s the case, you may be seeking guidance from any one of a number of bestsellers devoted to diet and fitness. Currently, there are around two dozen books on those topics that are selling briskly and have garnered positive reviews. The following are summaries of a few that have risen to the top of that list, and may be worth your consideration.

Dr. Atkins’ Three-Book Package: New Diet Revolution, New Diet Cookbook, and New Carb Gram Counter by Robert C. Atkins, MD
For more than 20 years, Dr. Atkins‘ dieters have touted being successful at losing weight, while eating a high protein, low carbohydrate diet, and Atkins himself has built a case for his program being the only major diet on which high rates of long-term diet failures are virtually unknown.
For those who want to begin an Atkins’ diet, this is the place to start, and others who are familiar with it already can find a substantial amount of new and updated information in this repackaged three volume set. For example, New Diet Revolution contains recent scientific developments regarding some of the more controversial aspects of the diet, frequently asked questions by readers, and how one can interact with the Atkins Center to facilitate your weight loss, health restoration, and dietary enjoyment. New Diet Cookbook contains 250 of the most asked-for recipes at the Atkins Center, such as steak au poivre, New England clam chowder, veal scallopini, and chocolate mousse. New Carbohydrate Gram Counter is guaranteed to work for all low-carbohydrate diets, has more than 1200 listings of brand-name products and the grams of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

Suzanne Somers’ Fast and Easy: Lose Weight the Somersize Way with Quick, Delicious Meals for the Entire Family by Suzane Somers
For more than ten years, actress/singer and diet expert Somers has been preaching, “Fat is your friend and sugar is the greatest enemy!“ Her program is much like Atkins’ in that it espouses shedding pounds by eating rich foods like meat, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs, and skipping sugar and carbohydrates. Somers has written 10 bestsellers with the last two being Eat Great, Lose Weight; Get Skinny on Fabulous Food, and Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away. In her new book, she focuses on simple, affordable meals for the whole family where one can eat healthily without counting calories, fat grams, or carbohydrates. Recipes include the likes of Turkey Taco Wraps, Somersize Double Double Cheeseburgers with Fast and Easy Onion Rings, In a Hurry Beef Curry, and Boston Cream Pie Cake.

8 Minutes in the Morning: A Simple Way to Shed Up to 2 Pounds a Week Guaranteed by Jorge Cruise and Anthony Robbins (foreward)
Fitness trainer Jorge Cruise has helped three million cyberspace clients lose weight, and in his first book, he promotes a plan where you can drop two pounds of fat per week, resculpt your body, and gain muscle and energy in just eight minutes every morning. His “secret formula“ is comprised of an “inspirational wake-up talk,“ followed by strength training two muscle groups per day, keeping a journal, and eating according to his eating card program, which emphasizes “good“ (omega) fats, complex carbohydrates, high-quality protein (low in saturated fat), and vegetables, with dairy, fruits, and “treats and cravings“ in moderation. The eating card system gives one an allotment of portions from each of the food groups.
Cruise has been praised for his approach to getting one moving and eating better (all in less time than it takes to shower each morning) by fitness gurus like Jack LaLanne, Denise Austin, Tamilee Webb (star of Buns of Steel video series), and Kathy Smith, all of whom provide testaments that this routine makes rapid weight loss possible without aerobics, spending time in a gym, or on starvation diets. Cruise himself says his philosophy is simple - that losing weight does not take a lot of time and is not hard when you use effective techniques. “If you don‘t want to spend hours in the gym but do want to look as if you do, my program is for you,“ he vows.“

The Get with the Program! Guide to Good Eating by Bob Greene
Oprah‘s longtime personal trainer expands his “Get with the Program“ product line with this rational, inspirational guide to healthy eating. He reiterates his beliefs in drinking water, aerobic exercise, strength-training, and eliminating “emotional eating,“ then concentrates on good food habits. Some of the primary ones include eating breakfast, not eating past a certain point in the evening, having numerous small meals, and making common sense food choices. Greene provides a number of easy and appealing recipes to illustrate his points, and they range from Broccoli and Swiss Chard Cannelloni and Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes to Paella, Wild Mushroom Grits, and an Eggplant and Zucchini Poor Boy Sandwich. “Powerful change occurs...by taking small steps...each day of your life,“ he writes, and that sort of calm, sensible, supportive tone rings through the book. This is not a guy who focuses on gimmicks or fads (he doesn’t like Atkins, Scarsdale, or Stillman, for the record), which is rather refreshing, and hey, he made it work for Oprah.

Flip the Switch: Discover the Weight-Loss Solution and the Secret to Getting Started by Jim Karas
Karas authored The Business Plan for the Body and created Jim Karas Personal Training, LLC ), the most successful weight-loss management firm in Chicago. A frequent guest on ABC’’s Good Morning America, he helped Diane Sawyer lose more than twenty-five pounds, and like Greene, is known for a focus on an internal belief in one’s self, which he maintains is the basis for any successful long-term weight loss.
He describes himself as a “lifelong struggler“ with weight, and in that spirit, offers personal stories and pep talks as he works with readers to arrive at the point where the desire to lose weight is stronger than the one to eat too much and exercise too little. “What’s really stopping you from losing weight and having the body you’ve always wanted?“ is the question he poses, and follows with this answer - you just haven’t “flipped the switch“ yet to get started. He tackles the rationalizations and excuses most commonly used as obstacles for reaching permanent weight loss, and offers self-tests, detailed eating guidelines (including a seven-day jump-start diet plan with menus and shopping lists), and three simple illustrated exercise routines to choose from.

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