We’re rolling right along with my 7-Year Blogiversary Giveaway Contest this month and it’s been so much fun hearing from new and old readers alike who have been impacted and inspired in some way by my work at “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb.” Hundreds of entries have flooded my email box since I announced my contest featuring a 10-question survey and a special GRAND PRIZE of the brand new 2012 iPad (third generation) plus lots of other prizes I’ve already shared in Prize Package Post #1, Prize Package Post #2 and Prize Package Post #3. I’ve been teasing you with it for the past week, but I have a special second GRAND PRIZE valued at $600 that I’ll be sharing about in this post today. If you’ve already entered my contest, I appreciate your participation and wish you well in winning a prize. For those of you who have not entered the contest yet, be sure to enter to win no later than 11:59PM EST on Friday, April 27, 2012 (which will be here before you know it!). E-mail me your answers to the following questions to become eligible for a prize in my 7-Year Blogiversary Giveaway Contest. 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. Where does your diet fall in the definition of low-carb as published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism in 2009? LCKD, LCD, MCD or HCD?
4. Who are the top 5 trusted resources you turn to for quality information about health?
5. Do you consume “safe starches” like sweet potatoes, white potatoes and white rice as part of your nutritional plan? Why or why not? If so, what specific starchy foods do you consume?
6. What do you do for exercise? How often do you workout? How long have you been doing this routine?
7. How long have you been reading the “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” blog? How did you find it?
8. In 2012, are/have you attending/attended any of the three major low-carb/Paleo conferences (PaleoFX in March, Low-Carb Cruise in May or Ancestral Health Symposium in August)? Which ones did/will you attend and why? If you did/will not attend, why not?
9. Have you listened to my brand new podcast “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” yet? If not, why not? If so, what do you think so far? Are there any suggested topics you’d like me to bring up?
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?
Alrighty, enough with holding back on announcing the second GRAND PRIZE in my 7-Year Blogiversary Giveaway Contest…here it is:
$600 VOUCHER TO USE ON THE 6TH ANNUAL LOW-CARB CRUISE IN 2013
As we approach the sail date for this year’s Low-Carb Cruise leaving out of Galveston, Texas on May 6-13, 2012, we’re already looking ahead to next year when we will be sailing out of New Orleans, Louisiana tentatively set for a sail date beginning on May 5, 2013. One lucky reader will receive a $600 voucher to use on this cruise that is always one of the highlights of the year in the low-carb/Paleo community. We already have Robb Wolf confirmed to be a guest speaker for this cruise and I’m in the midst of booking many other fantastic guest speakers for the 7-day cruise. This prize will not be transferable and no cash value will be awarded in lieu of the prize. GOOD LUCK!
Now, let’s take a look at what else I have for you in Prize Package Post #4:
WHY WE GET FAT PRIZE PACKAGE (5)
Why We Get Fat paperback book by Gary Taubes
Gary Taubes is for all intents and purposes the most recognizable name in the low-carbohydrate movement today. This New York Times science journalist been a champion for the message that carbohydrates raise insulin which leads to obesity and chronic disease for a very long time. His 2007 scholarly book release Good Calories Bad Calories is often cited as one of the most enlightening books on nutritional health and history that’s ever been written. Why We Get Fat released in 2010 as a more user-friendly, layman’s version to explain these concepts to the general public. In late 2011, Gary released this paperback version of the book and five lucky readers will receive a copy of this important book that is changing the lives of real people every single day. Read my review of this book as well as Gary’s appearance in Episode 401 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” discussing this book!
If you on a low-carb Paleo diet, one of the most frustrating things to find are good snack ideas that fit within this lifestyle. Especially for people who are traveling or live a busy lifestyle with very little time to cook fresh real food, what do you do? Enter PaleoPax! This company does a fantastic job of searching out all the best Paleo snacks and putting them in one place for people to live and enjoy. And they have this neat monthly subscription deal where they hand-select five awesome foods and automatically ship it directly to your home. Cool! One lucky reader will receive a $50 Gift Card to PaleoPax.com, five more lucky readers will receive a $10 Gift Card to PaleoPax.com and three of you will get THREE FREE MONTHS of the PaleoPax subscription service to try for yourself. And if you’re excited about this new service and would like to try it for yourself, PaleoPax is offering a special $2 off coupon to “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” readers who use the code “vidalowcarb” at the checkout! ENJOY!
DAN’S PLAN PRIZE PACKAGE (1)
Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale & Fitbit Wireless Activity + Sleep Tracker
One of the neatest guys I’ve met in the Paleo community over the past year is Dan Pardi from “Dan’s Plan” who appeared in Episode 37 of “Low-Carb Conversations with Jimmy Moore & Friends” and will be in Episode 574 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” on April 25, 2012 discussing his FREE health tracking web site. He’s giving away to one lucky reader a package containing two awesome health devices: the Fitbit Wireless Activity + Sleep Tracker and the Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale. The data from both of these devices can wirelessly transmit to automatically update your Dan’s Plan Dashboard. Sign up for YOUR free Dan’s Plan membership by clicking here.
NAKED CALORIES PRIZE PACKAGE (3)
Naked Calories book
Two wonderful people I’ve had the privilege of meeting over the past couple of years is Dr. Jayson and Mira Calton from Calton Nutrition. They’ll be joining us on the upcoming Low-Carb Cruise in May 2012 and I look forward to getting to know them even more. While most people dedicated to diet and health put the emphasis on macronutrients, the Caltons are committed to shining a light on the lack of micronutrients in the diet of most Americans. They were my interview guests in Episode 530 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” discussing their book Naked Calories: How Micronutrients Can Maximize Weight Loss, Prevent Disease and Enhance Your Life. And three lucky readers will receive a complimentary copy of this outstanding resource for your health library!
DR. STEPHEN PHINNEY/DR. JEFF VOLEK PRIZE PACKAGE (1)
Dr. Jeff Volek’s Men’s Health TNT Diet, Dr. Volek and Dr. Stephen Phinney’s 2011 smash The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living, the brand new release with Dr. Volek and Dr. Phinney called The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance and Dr. Phinney’s 2012 Sci-Fi novel Above Evil
Two of the key researchers of carbohydrate-restriction over the past few decades is Dr. Stephen Phinney and Dr. Jeff Volek. Between these two mental giants doing the research into low-carb diets, we have a cornucopia of knowledge and experience helping to advance the cause as more and more people come to an understanding about this way of eating. In fact, in 2011 their Art And Science Of Low Carbohydrate Living book was the bestseller among my Amazon.com affiliate links. Through their generosity, one lucky winner will receive a fantastic collection of books, including two past bestsellers as well as the brand new Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance that just released and Dr. Phinney’s thrilling fiction project (which Christine is devouring right now as a sci-fi fan!). Check out my interview with Dr. Phinney in Episode 479 of “The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show” and Dr. Volek’s recent appearance in Episode 11 of “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” discussing saturated fat. Visit ArtAndScienceOfLowCarb.com for more information on the work these guys are doing!
TONY HORTON PRIZE PACKAGE (1)
10 Minute Trainer by Tony Horton
And finally today we offer up the 10 Minute Trainer by Tony Horton. You might recall Tony is the guy who created the uber-popular P90X program and now he’s back with this new shortened workout plan designed for your busy lifestyle. You can squeeze in a workout in as short as 10 minutes or push it up to 50 minutes in length. There are five 10-minute workouts, including Yoga Flex, Cardio Workout, Total Body Workout, Lower Body Workout and Abs Routine. You choose the ones that fit your time and desired impact the best for any given day. One lucky reader will receive this 2-DVD package to start training at home!
We’re heading for the home stretch in sharing new prizes in my 7-Year Blogiversary Giveaway Contest. With the addiction of the special second GRAND PRIZE of a $600 voucher for next year’s Low-Carb Cruise plus all of these other prizes I shared today, you better get in while you can. Don’t forget the deadline to enter is April 27, 2012 and I want everyone who wants a chance to win to have that chance. Get your survey answers back to me today and look for your name to appear among the prize winners (HOPEFULLY!) in a post on Monday, April 30, 2012.