Eat Where You Are: A Memoir in Recipes

                       Introducing:

                                           Eat Where You Are: A Memoir in Recipes

Interesting title, don’t you think? That’s the name of the book that I have been working on for the past two years. After many hours in front of the computer editing, formatting and inserting; and on the phone to my mom discussing stories and recipes, all that was left were the finishing touches like, the title, introduction, dedication, and what to put on the back cover. On a momentous day in June, I pushed the ‘send’ button and away went my manuscript across cyberspace all the way to Winnipeg to be printed up. There was no going back after that!

So…now my book is finished, printed and is officially for sale!! It arrived on a hot day in late July while my parents were visiting; I couldn’t imagine a better time! My parents, my husband and I spent the rest of that day looking through my masterpiece…excitement reigned!

This picture says it all…

Here is what is written on the back cover!

           Have you ever visited Newfoundland and returned home wanting to try some of their delicious foods? Did you wonder what a touton was?

Ever eat hommous, tabouli  or baklava and wanted to make those and other Lebanese dishes?  How about Quebec cuisine?  While you are eating turkey dinner at Christmas, what are Les Quebecois eating? What is the secret to good Poutine?

These questions and more are answered in this very different cookbook / memoir.

 Born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland into a Lebanese family, Christine Faour has developed an eclectic cooking repertoire. From her Newfoundland and Lebanese roots, she raised her own family in Deux Montagnes, Quebec where she prepared some popular French Canadian “plats de resistance”.  She homeschooled her three sons and cooked wholesome, make-ahead recipes that suited a busy lifestyle.

 Here you will find a compilation of recipes and stories from those years as well as some of her families’ favorites, both past and present.

 This book also reveals the incredible story behind Christine’s famous Divorce Fudge.

The front cover depicts a dresser that has been in my family for four generations and it’s story is on page 79. Placed on the dresser are framed photos of my husband and I, my three sons, and my parents.

Get your copy of Eat Where You Are by clicking on the Buy Now button at the right.

So How Did I Make Out On That 18 Week Transformation?

A couple of days ago I celebrated my 58th birthday. One year ago I could never have imagined what life would be like at 58; I was overweight, unhappy, my cholesterol was frighteningly high, and my self-confidence was at an all time low. Most of the clothes in my closet didn’t fit and I was starting to bust out of the ones that did. I didn’t like what I saw when I looked in the mirror.

I believed that I was just going to be a big woman because that’s what happens when you get older. I thought that menopause and hormones would keep me huge; after all, wasn’t it normal to hold on to weight after menopause? I learned that those beliefs were called ‘limiting beliefs’, and they were!

On April 25th, 2011, I decided to take myself seriously and get healthy; as long as I was sitting in my chair,  it was just not going to happen. I started my Transformation on that day, became accountable and joined a group on Transformation.com. As I connected with the them and did my assignments, I started to realize just how much inner work I needed to do. The exercise and nutrition were the easy parts.

When I did step 8 in week 8, it was a turning point for me. Forgiveness changed my heart, and each subsequent day after that event made me feel lighter both inside and out.

Through good nutrition and exercise, I lowered my cholesterol into a healthy range. When I went to the Dr for the blood test results she was grinning from ear to ear; just couldn’t wipe the smile off her face. Yay!

I became 14 lbs lighter.

Another goal was to wear my brown dress that has been hanging in my closet for years but was way too small. I wore it to a wedding on August 6th!

Another goal was to be asked to speak in public, to accept, and to do it. I was asked to speak to the Newcomers Club about quilting, and I did it four days ago, in front of 50 people, with flourish, flamboyance and finesse!

My personal relationships  have improved immensely ever since I gave up the responsibility for outcomes. Now I do my part, and the outcome is not up to me.

I have found myself opening up to my group and not being afraid to participate. Actually this is the first time I have ever stuck with something for this long.

I ran. I never thought I could run before, but now I am up to 8 minutes without stopping and I have walked / run 2 miles, outside.

Basically I was in a victim mindset before and now I have taken responsibility for my health and life. I’ve become a happy and positive person and I like myself. That’s BIG!

And so tomorrow I will start my second 18 week transformation, with new goals and new mountains to climb…..stay tuned!