Get Drop Dead Healthy with A.J. Jacobs!

After years of neglecting his health, A.J. Jacob’s wife looks at his body and tells him, “I don’t want to be a widow at 45.” Jacobs realizes it’s time to make a change—a drastic one. It’s not just about eating healthy, exercising regularly, or even finding ways to de-stress. It’s ultimately becoming “as healthy as humanly possible.” How does he choose to tackle the feat? Any and every way he can think of.

Drop Dead Healthy is Jacobs’ hilarious account of his year-long journey toward maximal health. He tries the caveman workout, where along with fellow cavemen in Central Park, he takes off his shirt and shoes and, well, acts like an aggressive caveman, all in the name of breaking of a sweat. He also tries veganism, the treadmill desk, extreme chewing, meditation and so much more, alongside the advice of doctors, personal trainers and other professionals.

This isn’t the first time Jacobs, editor-at-large for Esquire magaizine, has taken on a year-long goal of self-betterment. In his previous book The Know-It-All, Jacobs strides to become “the smartest person in the world,” as he endeavors to read all 32 volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, join Mensa, and become a contestant on Jeopardy!, among other brain-challenging objectives. In The Year of Living Biblically, Jacobs aims to “follow the Bible as literally as possible.” What this means to him is growing a beard, not wearing clothes with mixed fibres, joining Biblical communities, and more.

Daring and challenging, it’s no surprise that Jacobs went for it all again with Drop Dead Healthy. Hear more about the book from Jacobs himself with his list of “4 Allegedly Bad Things That Are Actually Good for You” below:

For more about Drop Dead Healthy, check out this funny Q&A with Jacobs and more on this website. Drop Dead Healthy releases April 10, 2012.

Also, Jacobs’ first book, The Know-It-All, is currently on sale as an ebook from Kobo and iBooks for $4.99!

Overindulged a little (read: a lot) this holiday season?

We can help! And miracle of all miracles it doesn’t mean giving up your favorite snack foods….just, modifying them slightly.

Meet Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks.

Let’s face it. Snacking is a way of life. In a given year 97% of us buy candy and chocolate; 96% buy pop and chips and 89% eat ice cream! That’s why the founders of NaturallySavvy.com, Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer with Lisa Tsakos, have written Unjunk Your Junk Food, a fun, full color reference guide to eating ‘healthier’ snacks–natural foods free from artificial ingredients, preservatives, food colorings, and trans-fats. This book is for readers (like me!) that aren’t willing to give up junk food but don’t want to expose themselves and their families to toxic food additives.

Each chapter focuses on a different type of junk food such as ice cream or cookies, making it easy for you to quickly reference the foods you’re craving. The book offers a side by side comparison of natural/organic recommendations against popular conventional brands, complete with pictures of the products so you know exactly what to look for as you navigate the aisles at the supermarket.

At the beginning of every chapter, you’ll find a list of specific ingredients to be avoided in each junk food category. The book contains the latest research, advice, tips, and trivia about junk food and info on healthy ingredients and dangerous additives. The authors also reveal some of the most crafty and misleading marketing tricks behind certain food products, including confusing serving sizes, advertised health benefits and deceptive wording on ingredient labels.

Unjunk Your Junk Food uses icons to easily identify products that suit different lifestyles. The book identifies foods that match certain dietary restrictions (such as food allergies, including gluten intolerance); medical alerts to specific health conditions (such as heart disease and trans-fats); and production values (such as organic and fair trade).

Andrea Donsky and Randy Boyer have a combined 35 years of experience in the natural health arena. Andrea is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Randy has been a natural health and wellness advocate to the public for over ten years, and Lisa is a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, and Chief Nutrition Expert for Naturally Savvy.

Check out their website NaturallySavvy.com and follow them on Twitter @NaturallySavvy.

Don’t feel bad about eating junk, just eat informed!

Check out these sample pages from the Chip, Dips & Party Food chapter: