Holidays · Parenting

Two new books added to FresnoDad’s holiday shopping guide

As part of our month-long holiday shopping guide, we’re spotlighting two new books that might be a perfect fit for many of our readers: Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind, as well as Navigating the Road of Infertility.

Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind

First up is the new book by a Facebook Executive and ordained Buddhist Priest Dan Zigmond and Stanford University Executive/power mom Tara Cottrell with their debut title, Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight Without Losing Your Mind. The pair has made significant lifestyle changes which impacted not only their weight and health but their entire work/life balance. Both have recently been featured in Business Insider, OM Times, Globe and Mail and more.

Between shopping, cooking and family reunions, the weeks leading up to the holidays are the some of the most stressful each year and our health can suffer. According to the New York Times, although the average surveyed person says they have gained about 5 pounds over the holidays (and media stories exaggerate the weight gain to 5-7 pounds),  many studies show the average is actually just one pound or less but the lack of discipline and anxiety can lead to a terrible start to 2017 and the pounds to accumulate.

Inside Buddha’s Diet (available at

  • How to incorporate Buddha’s Diet into your life – not about dieting – about lifestyle changes
  • Starting an easy to follow health routine NOW before New Year’s Resolutions
  • Easy to use techniques to squelch the stress and simple exercises
  • It is NOT about what you but when you eat it
  • Buddha didn’t drink alcohol — doesn’t meant you can’t but understanding the calories and nutritional factors are important
  • Removing alcohol from dates and relationships to create a deeper and more profound sense of companionship
  • Finding the mid-ground between overindulgence and complete abstinence that coincides with each lifestyle choice

Navigating the Road of Infertility

Next up is a new book by Christine and Aaron Kahan, who recently wrote Navigating the Road of Infertility, recounting their four-year emotional roller coaster including respective surgical procedures, a devastating failed attempt to “Foster to Adopt” two little girls, and a failed round of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and sadly another miscarriage this past month. Among the topics covered:

  • How to deal with personal questions in the workplace i.e. “when are you having kids”
  • Holiday dinner table questions from nosey family members: how to process and how to deal
  • The lack of public, open dialogue about the topic of infertility
  • A male’s perspective of going through these issues, not just the woman’s fault

The Kahans, both educators and strong child advocates, wrote the book to detail their personal experiences surrounding their infertility struggles and the gross problems within the foster care system.


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