Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday Morning Motivators to Slay Your Creative Dragons

By CJ Lyons and Margie Lawson

More Healthy Eating: from CJ

In preparation for the holidays and all those New Years' resolutions, here are some more tips for healthy eating.

We already talked about serving sizes (palm of your hand, remember?) and proportioning the types of food you eat.

Now, let’s talk about reading labels. All too often we buy supposedly healthy food based on the pictures or words on the front of the package.

Guess what? They’re often just as fictional as our writing!

Here’s what to look for:

–in breads, you want whole grains, not just whole wheat. A slice should provide 2-3 grams of fibre.

–in prepared foods (like those Lean Cuisines you keep on hand for emergencies) look for no more than twice as much carbohydrates than protein. So if there are 20 grams of carbs, then there should be at least 10 grams of protein

–avoid trans fat, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats as much as possible.

–other things to avoid are corn syrup, sugar, fructose, or sucrose in the first ingredients listed

Have fun and eat healthy so you can power up your writing!

As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a national bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller." The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, is due out January, 2009. Contact her at

Margie Lawson -- presenter, psychotherapist, writer -- lives at the top of a Colorado mountain west of Denver. Margie merged her two worlds, psychology and writing, to develop psychologically anchored editing systems and techniques that teach writers how to write page turners. A former college professor, Margie works as a psychotherapist, writes fiction and nonfiction, and presents full day master classes for writers internationally. Go to for more information.

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