The end of my 6-Year Blogiversary Giveaway Contest is coming THIS FRIDAY, so you’re running out of time for a chance to win some pretty cool low-carb prizes! The big GRAND PRIZE of a complimentary admission to join me July 4-9, 2011 at Erwan Le Corre’s 5-Day “Reawakening Course” in West Virginia has been the impetus for so many of you to enter and I heard from a reader who has been on this MovNat trip before. Here’s his retelling of the experience:
I have been playing competitive sports my entire life and for the last three years I have been competing in Mixed Martial Arts. Many elite, professional athletes cross train using MMA in their offseason because it is widely regarded as one of the most challenging and effective conditioning methods out there…plus it is a lot of fun! I have had four cage fights and many more submission grappling matches; and so with that background I tell you that the MovNat Expansion course seriously kicked my butt!
I consider myself to be in really good shape but the Expansion course really exposed a lot of my weaknesses and my overall general unpreparedness. The expansion course is a lot of hard work and a lot of blood, sweat and bruises. But it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. The coaching of both Erwan and Vic was extremely effective in that they are able to scale any movement or ability to each particular individual. I never knew there were so many ways to get up and over a wall!
Since I have returned from my expansion course I have since built myself a mini MovNat course in the woods near my home. I also frequent playgrounds and parks as Erwan and Vic taught us all how to construct our own MovNat courses. Never have I had so much fun while doing something this challenging. To anyone who is considering one of Erwan’s courses DO IT! The experience is life changing physically and mentally. It is guaranteed to be one of the most challenging experiences of your life…but I also guarantee that it will be the most rewarding as well.
This course changed my life for the better! I will be attending as many of Erwan’s future courses as possible! I am officially a MovNat addict! You will be too!
As someone who has NOT played in competitive sports my entire life but is quite active, this course sounds both daunting and exciting. I’m anxious to see how it goes and I look forward to sharing in the experience with one of YOU in early July. But if the MovNat experience isn’t for you, there’s still lots of other prizes you can win that I’ve outlined previously in Prize Package Post #1, Prize Package Post #2, and Prize Package Post #3. Enter no later than this Friday, April 22, 2011 at 11:59PM EST by e-mailing me your answers to the following survey questions. Be sure to put in the subject line “BLOGIVERSARY CONTEST”:
1. Your first and last name, mailing address (no P.O. boxes please), and telephone number.
2. What is your current eating plan and how long have you been eating this way?
3. What specific foods are the basics of your diet and what are the weight and health benefits you’ve experienced eating this way? If you have children, are they eating this way, too?
4. Who are the top 10 trusted resources you turn to for quality information about health?
5. Have you visited GetYourHealthTested.com? If not, why? If so, did you order any test(s)? If not, why not?
6. Have you gotten a copy of Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes? Why or why not? Do you own or have you read a copy of his 2007 book Good Calories Bad Calories?
7. How long have you been reading the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog? How did you find it?
8. Will you be attending the Ancestral Health Symposium in Los Angeles, CA this August? Why or why not?
9. Have you listened to my brand new podcast “Low-Carb Conversations” yet? If not, why not? If so, what do you think so far?
10. How many more years do you think it will take before high-fat, low-carb nutrition is accepted and embraced as a healthy lifestyle in the United States? What needs to happen to bring about that paradigm shift in thinking?
AND DON’T FORGET TO ANSWER THIS ONE: IF YOU ARE CHOSEN AS THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER, DO YOU WANNA DO THE MOVNAT WORKSHOP WITH ME ON JULY 4-9, 2011?
This is the 4th and final prize post in my 6th Blogiversary Contest–ENTER TODAY:
GARY TAUBES PRIZE PACKAGE (5)
Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It book by Gary Taubes
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past few years, then no doubt you’ve already heard the name Gary Taubes mentioned a time or two in the blogosphere. This New York Times science writer has been on my podcast numerous times and is widely considered as the leading voice promoting low-carb diets in the world today. His 2007 mega-book Good Calories Bad Calories has been lauded by conventional medical doctors and nutrition-minded professionals as one of the most comprehensive tomes ever written on the history of diet, what the science says about the relationship between what we eat and our health, and how low-fat, high-carb diets were pushed on the scene by a few key players in research and politics to lead us down the road to more obesity and chronic disease than ever before! In late 2010, he released a more consumer-friendly version of that book called Why We Get Fat And What To Do About It that condenses the information into an easy-to-read story with the take-home message that carbohydrates lead to higher insulin levels which in turn stores fat and makes people become unhealthy. The new book garnered him an appearance in March 2011 on the nationally-syndicated television program The Dr. Oz Show which he discussed with me on my podcast shortly thereafter (by the way, after all the hullabaloo over his decision not to get his cholesterol checked on air with Dr. Oz, Taubes finally got it checked with some rather interesting results). FIVE LUCKY READERS will receive their own personal copy of Why We Get Fat!
PAM KILLEEN PRIZE PACKAGE (5)
Addiction: The Hidden Epidemic book by Pam Killeen
Those of us in the low-carb community already realize we have to deal with some serious addictions when we begin this way of eating. From foods like sugar to our insatiable desire to eat even when we’re not hungry, all of this addictive behavior is bound to catch up with us–and it has! London, ON-based Health and Wellness Coach Pam Killeen knows abundantly about this subject and she’s written a book about it entitled Addiction: The Hidden Epidemic where she discusses “common sense solutions for our #1 health problem.” Anyone who tells me they’re not addicted to something, I simply ask them to give it up for a period of 30 days. Whether it’s sugar, alcohol or drugs, if you feel like you have to have it then you’re probably addicted to it. Pam was on my podcast in January 2011 to discuss what’s going on with people who are addicted and shared strategies people can use to help them break the ruthless cycle of addiction that plagues them. FIVE LUCKY READERS will receive a copy of Addition: The Hidden Epidemic if they are chosen as the winner!
One of the rising voices in the nutritional health debate over the past year has been a man named Paul Jaminet, co-author with his wife Shou-Ching of Perfect Health Diet: Four Steps to Renewed Health, Youthful Vitality, and Long Life. Paul was a guest on my podcast last month to discuss why low-carbers should be consuming more starchy carbohydrates in their diet such as white rice, potatoes and even some sugar. While something like that may sound like blasphemy to a lot of us long-time carbohydrate restricters, I think Paul makes some interesting points to ponder regarding this concept in his book. And THREE LUCKY READERS will have the opportunity to see for themselves what it’s all about. Agree with him or not, you can’t help but appreciate someone who challenges what you believe is true with reason and logic as Paul Jaminet does.
JUDY BARNES BAKER PRIZE PACKAGE (2)
Carb Wars: Sugar is the New Fat book by Judy Barnes Baker
In 2006, Judy Barnes Baker decided to release a book containing all of the amazing low-carb recipes she had created in her kitchen for her husband who she was wanting to feed a healthier diet. That book–Carb Wars: Sugar is the New Fat–was so well-received that the American Diabetes Association commissioned her in 2009 to write a low-carb recipe book under the ADA name. Judy made it clear she was all about making high-fat, low-carb dishes for diabetics to eat healthy and they said they understood that. What transpired over the past couple of years has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride that Judy will share all about in my May 9, 2011 podcast interview with her. Don’t you dare miss that one! In the meantime, her brand new book The Healthy Edge is due to release in 2011, but TWO LUCKY READERS will win the Carb Wars cookbook that started it all.
BREAK FREE PRIZE PACKAGE (1)
Admission to Connie Bennett’s “Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction” Program
One of the long-time proponents of ditching sugar in your diet has been my friend Connie Bennett from the “SUGAR SHOCK” blog. Her 2006 book SUGAR SHOCK!: How Sweets and Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life– and How You Can Get Back on Track exposed the dark secrets of this dastardly simple carbohydrate and why removing it from your diet will improve a whole host of health issues you may be dealing with. Connie is constantly seeking to provide resources for people who are struggling with sugar addiction and has recently created a six-week program called Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction to do just that! ONE LUCKY READER will get access to this special event to help them overcome their sugar habit. And don’t miss her companion book about this subject releasing in early 2012 called Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get a Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter Life.
The next time I blog about my 6-Year Blogiversary Giveaway Contest will be to announce the winners on Monday, April 25, 2011. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win so many really neat prizes–after all, I’m doing this to celebrate YOU for helping me make the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog the huge success that it has been. E-mail me your answers to my survey questions at firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN this Friday, April 22, 2011 at 11:59PM ET. THANK YOU and GOOD LUCK in the contest!