Speaker Spotlight – AJ Jacobs

133To meet AJ Jacobs is to fall in love with this very funny and endearing man. We are so lucky to have him join us at this year’s Achieving Optimal Health Conference!! He is a great friend and a phenomenal speaker.

For those who don’t know him, he is editor at large at Esquire Magazine and the author of FOUR New York Times Bestsellers. His latest book Drop Dead Healthy: One Man’s Quest for Bodily Perfection  chronicles his experiment in following EVERY SINGLE piece of health advice he heard for two years!

Jacobs will make you laugh with humorous stories about how he completely revamped his diet, exercise regimen, sleep cycle, stress level and posture and the surprising and revealing things he learned along the way.  Humor and happiness is a vital part of our health — and AJ tells about his epic odyssey with some hilarious personal research we know you can relate to. This is going to be a great session!

We have more exciting speaker announcements that we can’t wait to leak! Stay tuned for the break down of all the fun things we have planned for this year’s conference.  October 25th will be a day that you can set aside to leap forward with your health goals.

It’s Summer — and we love…TOMATOES!!

One of the things we most look forward to in the summer time is fresh tomatoes! There is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh, juicy tomato that you or a neighbor has grown in the backyard. Grocery stores today are bringing vine ripe tomatoes to their customers and there are plenty of recipes which can unleash the power of this unique summer flavor.

Most of you already know that tomatoes are PACKED with vitamin C (one serving takes care of 32% of your daily vitamin C needs). Tomatoes fill you up, have tons of fiber, and the beta-carotene they contain helps protect skin against summer sun damage (by making your skin less sensitive to UV light damage – the leading cause of wrinkles).

The vitamin C in tomatoes helps the body absorb other important nutrients, including iron and calcium so when you combine tomatoes with calcium-rich foods like cheese and spinach you get more from the meal.

Here is a simple but delicious recipe using fresh summer tomatoes from your garden.

Roasted Tomatoes with Shrimp and Feta Cheese

*Serves: 6 Hands-On Time: 15m Total Time: 40m

5 large tomatoes, cut into eighths
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced garlic
kosher salt and black pepper
1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup Feta, crumbled
crusty bread, for serving

Heat oven to 450° F. Place the tomatoes in a large baking dish and spoon the olive oil and garlic over them.
Sprinkle with ¾ teaspoon each salt and pepper and toss. Roast on top rack of oven for 20 minutes.
Remove baking dish from oven and stir in the shrimp, parsley, and lemon juice. Sprinkle with the Feta.
Return the dish to oven until the shrimp are cooked through, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve warm with the bread.

A Special Video Message from President & Mrs. Bush

Those of you who have joined us for prior conferences know that we will be doing some great raffles and prizes during the conference. We are going to ramp things up early this year, and on July 10th we will be posting the details on our Facebook page. Below is a hint!

What are you doing to achieve your own optimal health? Barbara Bush and George Bush Senior

See what people are doing to achieve their optimal health on our YouTube channel.


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