Michael Prager author of Fat Boy Thin Man, & Ashley Koff!
Author Michael Prager knows about obesity from the inside. He was a fat kid and had an obese adolescence that lasted into his 30s; he topped out at 365 pounds in 1991. The story of his transformation, to 20 years of relative happiness and serenity in a consistently normal-sized body, is enough to warrant your interest: It’s a good read, with lots of humor, precious little victim-speak, and a happy ending. But Prager puts a sharp point on his tale: He lost hundreds of pounds in his first 30-plus years, but never kept weight off until he began accepting the practices and treatments that have been helping addicts for three-quarters of a century. His startling results have convinced him that food addiction exists, despite little acceptance in mainstream medicine and popular belief. In Fat Boy Thin Man, Prager lays out paths to recovery that were shared with him, and that he now shares with readers. http://www.fatboythinman.com/
Ashley Koff is a registered dietitian (R.D.) who strives to make better nutrition a way of life for all. Koff has the proven ability to demystify the science of nutrition and communicate the importance of a healthy lifestyle to clients in a way that instills loyalty and trust. Her passionate style is effective, resulting in Koff being named among the Top 10 Registered Dietitians in the US, by Today’s Dietitian Magazine, as well as by Citysearch as Best of LA’s “Nutritionist/Dietitians,‛ three years running. As a national media favorite, Koff appears monthly on Good Morning America Health and as the lead expert for Huffington Post Living’s ‘Total Energy Makeover’ with Ashley Koff RD. InStyle magazine featured this work in their coveted December (2009) issue. Koff launched AKA (ashleykoffapproved.com) in 2008 as a way to house all aspects of her private practice, her work educating doctors and other healthcare practitioners, her product endorsement opportunities, as well as her corporate consulting company (formerly The HealthXChange). With AKA, consumers of all demographics can readily identify products that meet Koff’s standards for nutrition. Her motto is, ‚Be a Qualitarian‛ and helps people do so by making the best quality choices (via her AKA List) to achieve optimal health. Koff is regularly sought after by the most trusted names in nutrition and medicine. She counsels patients on referral from Dr. Andrew Weil (University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine) and has served as guest faculty for its fellowships. She is also the exclusive R.D. to patients of integrative medicine guru Dr. Soram Khalsa and receives referrals from the world-renowned Tao of Wellness. Koff first book; Recipes for IBS: Great Tasting Recipes and Tips Customized for Your Symptoms (2007), a cookbook and treatment plan for digestive wellness. Companies purchase this book for their own distribution and her recipes continue to appear in numerous media outlets. Koff loves to laugh and believes humor provides one of the best learning vehicles. In addition, client reviews site her approachability, genuine caring for their wellbeing, joie de vivre, and ability to their success working with Koff (where other programs/efforts failed). As part of her ‚Qualitarian‛ mission, Koff emphatically believes in the symbiotic relationship a healthy environment and healthy people. As such, she supports many programs such as: USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project, Seafood Watch, Trout Unlimited, The Organic Center and the NRDC. http://www.ashleykoffapproved.com/ You can also follow Ashley on Facebook and Twitter!
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