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WARNING!!

December 30, 2011

At all costs stay away from grocery stores from now until the new year!

Every year grocery stores buy thousands of boxes of your favourite chocolates, Toblerone, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, Ferrera Roche, Toffifee… you name it. These chocolates are nearly irresistible. For me, they are entirely irresistible. I always get at least one Terry’s chocolate orange for Christmas and a box or two of Toffifee. I can afford to eat these and get back to my daily routine. It isn’t that hard… okay, it isn’t impossible. The problem is, after Christmas these stores still have hundreds of boxes of chocolate left and they need to get rid of it by New Years Day.

They offer it at cost for the week after Christmas. I bought 2 more Chocolate Oranges 2 huge Toblerones on the 26th and 6 boxes of Toffifee yesterday. I am not exaggerating when I say that at least one meal a day, sometimes 2 are nothing but chocolate….

On New Years Eve the stores start marking down the chocolate, instead of $2 for 3 boxes of Toffifee they start unloading it at $1 and $0.50 for 3 boxes!! You get all hyped up and get in the grabbing, people are standing around frantic and excited, desperate to get the good deals, they start pushing and grabbing and you end up with a bunch of chocolate and a dirty feeling for pushing that old lady out of the way so you could get the last box of Fierra Roches….

Stay away. There is no way to win this battle.

Side Note:

On a side note, I have said before how I get constant emails from promotors and marketers for their products. It has actually paralyzed me a little in the promotion of my book…. okay, maybe a lot. The thing is, there are so many crappy products out there, and behind each one is at least one person, if not a team of people trying to make money off of it. I know that their products are crap and I know that the exact thing that most people need is the information in the book I wrote, the problem is, what I know isn’t really important, nor is it universal. I guess what frustrates me most is that these people have no idea who they are pitching their scams to… Of all the blogs out there, would you target mine for a healthy water? How about a healthy cheese pizza??? Seriously… what are these people thinking. Mind you, I am fully aware that if I want to sell a lot of books, I will need to push it like these people push their crap, and I just don’t think I am likely to do this.

So, I thought I would share with you some products that promotors have asked me to share with you. I get offered hundreds of products from these people as well… Someone should have told them, I don’t accept free products…

Offer #1

Hi Mark,

The New Years Ball is dropping in a few days and the crash diets will commence. Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. To keep the pounds off in the New Year, I’d love for you to feature the following healthy food alternatives that would assist in curbing the weight.

  • HINT Water (www.drinkhint.com): is a fruit-infused, all natural essence water that contains no sugar, calories, artificial sweeteners or preservatives. For all the people who love sweet drinks, HINT Water is a great healthy alternative as they now can stay hydrated without giving up the great tasting flavor.
  • USANA Nutrition Bar (www.usana.com): Available in a variety of flavors such as oatmeal raisin and chocolate fusion, USANA bars are specifically touted as a healthy heart product and offer a low-glycemic score. Therefore, they are a sustainable source for energy compared to high sugar snacks so it’s a perfect choice to munch on before/after you hit the gym.
  • Amy’s Cheese Pizza: Love pizza? Try this healthy pizza alternative instead. Amy’s Cheese Pizza boasts organic ingredients and has less calories than the pizza at a fast-food restaurant.
  • Triscuit Thin Crisps (http://www.nabiscoworld.com/triscuit/): If you love chips and snacking, opt for thin crisps instead. They are baked, not fried like most snacks and also boasts 24 grams of whole grain.

Let me know if you are interested in posting this product round up. Samples are available upon request. Thanks!

Offer #2

It’s that time of year again, when everyone is setting their health goals for 2012. But, believe it or not, about 65% of people end up breaking their New Years resolution after the first month. Celebrity nutritionist and author of The Beauty Detox Solution, Kimberly Snyder, knows that getting healthy is all about changing what and how you eat. Boasting celebrity clients like Drew Barrymore, Fergie, and Hilary Duff, Kim’s book has become a must have among A-listers in the know.

And to ring in 2012 the right way, Kim is offering one lucky consumer the chance for exclusive access to her expertise. Between January 2nd and 8th, anyone who purchases a copy of The Beauty Detox Solution (available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble stores)and sends a copy of their receipt to contest@kimberlysnyder.net will be entered to win this A-list treatment.

I’m happy to send you a copy of the book to review, and/or an additional copy to give away to your readers. Look forward to hearing what you think!

For more info, people can visit: http://www.kimberlysnyder.net/blog/2011/12/28/free-1-hour-consultation-with-kimberly-snyder/ orhttp://wp.me/p1rrrX-2Qx

Thanks and Happy New Year!

Offer #3

Happy New Year!

Unfortunately, many people ring in the New Year with a little too much alcohol. Not to worry, The Doctors has the Ultimate Hangover Breakfast, including a smoothie and omelet, to kick-start your first day of 2012!

Alcohol can dehydrate the body and cause a deficiency in important vitamins and nutrients. The Doctors’ Ultimate Hangover Breakfast uses simple healthy ingredients like bananas and eggs to replace those lost nutrients and cure a hangover.

Please consider sharing these simple recipes with your readers in advance of New Year’s Eve, and cue them to tune in January 3 (check local listings) to The Doctors’ “12 Month Plan for 2012,”when the co-hosts will give a month-by-month guide to better health in the New Year. The Doctors is a Emmy-winning nationally syndicated daytime talk show.

The Doctors’ Ultimate Hangover Breakfast!

Hangover Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Cup of Milk (vitamin D)

1 Whole Banana (rich in vitamin B6 and potassium)

1 Tbsp of Honey (loaded with magnesium)

Cup of Ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend well and enjoy!

This hangover smoothie restores vitamins and nutrients that are lost during a night of celebration. Vitamin B6 helps support and increase the metabolism rate. Potassium is loaded with necessary electrolytes that are likely depleted with excess drinking. Vitamin D plays a role in insulin secretion under conditions of increased insulin demand, and magnesium plays a key role in regulating blood pressure naturally, which may be elevated due to drinking. Honey is the ideal liver fuel because it contains a nearly 1:1 ratio of fructose to glucose.

Hangover Omelet Recipe

Ingredients :

1/4 cup of egg substitute(protein)

1-oz. of low-fat cheddar cheese (vitamin B12)

2 Pieces of Asparagus(a detox vegetable loaded with potassium)

Tbsp of butter or 1 Tbsp of olive oil

Omelet – Heat a nonstick sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add the butter and let it melt. Let the eggs cook until the bottom starts to set. With a rubber spatula, push edge of egg into the center of the pan while tilting the pan to allow uncooked egg to flow underneath the already cooked portions. Repeat until liquid egg is cooked. Gently flip cooked egg over using the spatula. Add cheese and cooked asparagus. Cook for another few seconds. Using the spatula, fold one edge of the egg across and over until the edges line up. Transfer to a plate.

Asparagus – Put the uncooked asparagus in a large skillet of water, bring to a boil, and simmer uncovered until tender.

The eggs and cheese provide vitamin B12, which will deliver a quick energy boost. Asparagus provides 2/3 the daily dose of vitamin K, which helps overall brain function.

Offer #4

Hi Mark,

I hope this finds you well. Wanted to send some info if you need any ideas for last-minute New Year’s Eve stories..

With New Years Eve parties less than a week away, I wanted to let you know of the best way to prepare for a big night of drinking and celebration, and a thoughtful gift to bring for the host/hostess of the party: Bytox. While it’s easy, and appropriate to bring a bottle of wine or champagne for the host/hostess of your big NYE party, add an extra, little gift that they’ll love – especially if they have to wake up and clean the next morning!

My client, Bytox is a specially-formulated hangover remedy patch which effectively replenishes the vital levels of vitamins and nutrients your body loses when you consume alcohol. This innovative combination of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients help keep your body hydrated, which means you can enjoy a hangover-free morning. The Bytox patch is comprised from a complex of B vitamins that are essential to helping your body function on a day-to-day basis. The Bytox patch is safe, natural and effective, which means your body will quickly replenish what’s lost during the consumption of alcohol. For much more info on the Bytox patch you can visit www.bytox.com.

Whether for a host/hostess or using for yourself, Bytox is an essential must-have item to help you ring in 2012. Also if you’d like, I can have you speak with Dr. Leonard Grossman, M.D. to discuss how the patch works.

Please let me know if you would like samples of the Bytox patch. I would also be happy to send you any additional information or images.

Thanks so much and I look forward to hearing your interest!

Conclusion

I don’t know which of these offers is more ridiculous… I will spend some time talking about each of every one of the mistakes these people are making, other than sending me their emails, but suffice it to say, making your pizza organic will do nothing for your weight gain, and Vitamin K won’t do anything for your hangover. On a pleasant note, I did get this email:

Dear Mr. Vaughan,

I’m working with some Californian students on creative ways to add some levity and control to healthy eating efforts.

We have made an iPhone app and a 3 minute funny YouTube music video “You Didn’t Eat It.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_30Mx7P9XJ8

The video includes a message for food companies.

May I get your advice on how I might promote this effort?

Here is an article in our hometown newspaper

http://www.marinij.com/novato/ci_19562750

Any advice is welcome.

The movie is about 2 minutes too long, but it is cute.

In any case, Happy New Year to everyone. Set a resolution for yourself this year, but make sure it has nothing to do with weight. If you haven’t yet run a 5k, make this year the year you do it. If walking 5k sounds more doable, then set that goal. Whatever your level of fitness, set a resolution to top it! It is your future and it starts now!

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