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The Full Plate Diet

By Nate LaClaire —  October 15, 2009 — 2 Comments

As a member of Medi-Share, I was invited back in July to request a free advance viewing copy of a book being published this January by the Lifestyle Center of America called The Full Plate Diet. Since I’ve been gaining weight like it’s going out of style and since I’ve also been feeling miserable for months and wanting a change, I jumped at the offer. Knowing a little bit about LCA already, I had a feeling that this was not your average diet book. I was right. The book promotes a change in thinking: a fully sustainable high-fiber diet. Who would have thought that the nutrient that experts are promoting for its digestive health benefits will also help you lose weight? Okay – yeah, I already knew that. Actually, I already eat a lot of high-fiber foods, although when I’m not ingesting high-fiber foods I’m ingesting absolute trash, so I don’t think that my diet counts as high-fiber, nutritious, or even safe. Hmm…

Back to the book: nice, colorful pictures. Lots of them. Easy-to-understand concepts introduced using language that won’t make you feel stupid and on pages containing a healthy amount of whitespace. And, the diet itself isn’t a crash-and-burn diet, but a gradual ascent into a sustainable lifestyle of healthy eating. Although the book promotes vegetarian eating, the authors stress that the diet itself is not vegetarian. If you like meat, eat it. Just make sure that you get your fiber, too. The book provides lots of comparisons between raw foods (like the “Top 5 Vegetables for Your Diet”) as well as Fiber Face Offs, which show you how to take a yummy low-fiber dish and make it a high-fiber one (know how to make a high-fiber bowl of tomato soup? I do now!). The book also features lots of good-looking recipes as well as tips for eating on the road.

So, why am I telling you this? First, because this is a great book that you will be able to get in print in January and can view in its entirety online for free today. Second, because starting today I’m diving in and adopting the book’s principles. I’m also beginning an exercise regimen. And, I’ll be posting regular updates about what I’m doing, how I’m feeling, etc. to my blog. Hopefully that final piece will keep me on track and perhaps even encourage someone else to do the same. After all, I’m living proof that just taking the stairs isn’t enough. 🙂 Join me for this voyage, won’t you?


By Nate LaClaire —  January 23, 2008 — Leave a comment


Those were the words that flashed in the corner of my computer screen at a few minutes after 5 pm Tuesday afternoon. I was working on a project for a client and had Outlook running when a update arrived in my email Inbox. The message stopped me cold. It is amazing how quickly thoughts can come and yet how slow they can feel. I read the first word and thought, “that’s sad – an actor died. I wonder if it’s someone I know of?” Then I saw the name and my heart stopped. “He’s, like, my age,” I thought. I absentmindedly stopped the clock on my project and went first to IMDB to confirm his birthdate (he was actually 2 years older than I) and then to to learn more. At that point, not much was known. As I write this, has much more information than it did at that time and IMDB has this statement on its home page:

Actor Heath Ledger was found dead at a Manhattan apartment Tuesday afternoon in what appeared to be a possible drug-related death; he was 28.

I’ll come back to that in a moment.

I can’t explain why this has bothered me so much. People younger than I die every day and, while it saddens me, it doesn’t affect me like this. I wouldn’t call myself a Heath Ledger fan, although he was a good actor and I enjoyed a few of his movies. Perhaps it was just that initial shock of thinking the news update was referring to an elderly actor and then discovering it was a young actor. Or, perhaps, it was the fact that the headline made it sound like he was found on the streets of New York, the victim of a crime. In reality, it is unknown at this point if he died of an accidental overdose of sleeping medication, committed suicide, or died some other way.

That brings me back to the IMDB quote above… Immediately, IMDB casts a negative overtone over his death. Can those who are mourning not do so in peace? Must they immediately be made to put up with people suggesting he had a drug problem? That is what IMDB is suggesting, although they are being careful not to say it. That may be correct, but I’m sick of this stuff they pull.

Regarding perspective… (maybe this is what is bothering me) I was thinking this afternoon about where I might be in 2 years. This news gives me a new perspective on that. It makes me, more than ever, want to live my life to the fullest today and not put that off until tomorrow. None of us knows what will have happened by then.

Regarding my absence from posting to my blog: well, I’ve been busy.