Chicago-Based Speaker/Author Concurs with Research Finding of Using Journaling as a Tool to Combat Obesity and Other Health Problems

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 General News J E 4
CHICAGO, July 14 A recent study by the Kaiser PermanenteCenter for Health Research found that dieters who kept track of what they atein a food journal lost twice as much weight compared to those who didn't.These finding are no surprise to Chicago-based author and internationallyrecognized speaker, Marilyn D. Fitzgerald, who made her discovery years ago.

Fitzgerald is author of Spirit of a Winner (ISBN # 1-60013-013-5), ajournal designed to guide readers to the root of their problems over a 31-dayperiod by asking a series of very personal and thought-provoking questions.After a month of daily journaling, Fitzgerald says readers will have asnapshot of their "emotional fitness" (or lack thereof) and can begin to worktoward personal and physical improvement.

Most Americans know that obesity can lead to heart disease, diabetes andother potentially fatal ailments. However, most don't know that theseproblems can be overcome through serious personal evaluation.

"Journaling literally saved my life," said Fitzgerald, a former,self-described "emotional over-eater."

Throughout adolescence Fitzgerald struggled with her weight. At herheaviest, weighing more than two hundred pounds. She also found herselfdealing with a serious health condition called Candida, an overgrowth of badbacteria in the body. "I didn't want to medicate or temporarily mask theproblem. I wanted to find out exactly what thoughts and feelings led to theproblem so that I could eliminate it," Fitzgerald said. She set off on thejourney of journaling and recorded daily how she felt, what she ate, waterintake and how much she exercised. "Once I started asking myself toughquestions and having the courage to come up with answers, my eating changedand my physical and emotional prognosis improved significantly," Fitzgeraldstated. She eventually dropped more than seventy pounds "thanks to cleansing,better diet choices and journaling."

It wasn't long before Fitzgerald began writing a comprehensive guidedjournal that helps one to track and monitor not only food choices, butemotional, physical, and spiritual aspects of their lives; hence she says"will help others realize the Spirit - Mind - Body connection." The Spirit ofa Winner Guided Journal is self-published and available at all Chicago-landWhole Foods Markets, online at and by calling:1-800-373-6076.

SOURCE MDF Communications


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