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15 Oct Tuesdays With Jeff: Insights Into Your Health: Top 5 Plus a Giveaway!

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Today we are celebrating Jeff Novick’s birthday! To celebrate, we picked some of our favorite articles he has written, so you can bookmark them and read them again. We are also celebrating by doing a giveaway! Just leave a birthday message in the comments, and tomorrow we’ll pick 2 winners to win one of Jeff’s amazing DVD’s!.

Happy Birthday Jeff!



Our top 5 Jeff Novick articles: 

1. A Common Sense Approach to Sound Nutrition: 

“Calorie density really is the simplest easiest approach to healthy eating. It is easy to understand and follow and provides the simplest easiest path to good health. It is the most common sense approach to sound nutrition.  By following the principles of calorie density, you will also meet all your other nutritional needs including vitamins, minerals, fiber, protein, essential fats, etc..” Continue reading: A Common Sense Approach to Sound Nutrition

2. How to Maximize Weight Loss: Fine Tuning Calorie Density: 

“This note is in response to questions I frequently get about weight loss.   The questions usually have to do with not losing weight at all, not losing enough weight or not losing weight fast enough.”Continue reading: How to Maximize Weight Loss: Fine Tuning Calorie Density. 

3. Understanding Food Labels: 

“1. Never believe the claims on the front of the box: 

What many think are health claims are actually just marketing pitches and advertisements. And government approved claims, like “low-fat” and “light,” often don’t tell you the whole story. These products may be high in fat as well as sugar, salt, and/or calories.” Continue reading: Understanding Food Labels.

4. Triage Your Health Efforts: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 

“Everyday in the news, there is another breaking story telling us how bad something is for us.  From problems with the food we eat, the air we breath, the water we drink, to problems with the methods of how we cook, to the chemicals in plastics, cans, cookware, toiletries and to the impact of cellphones, microwaves, etc etc.  By the time we are done listening to all the the news, it seems like there is nothing safe anymore.” Continue reading: Triage Your Health Health Efforts

5. Olive Oil and The Mediterranean Diet are aHoax!

“In 1999, I published an newsletter article entitled, “The French Paradox & The Mediterranean Mix-Up”, explaining how these diets are a hoax perpetuated on the American public. My presentations since, have expanded on this including much more data supporting my view.
The following article recently appeared in a leading medical journal supporting my view and may be the final “nail in the coffin.” Continue reading: Olive Oil and The Mediterranean Diet are a Hoax.

Be sure to leave a comment so you can be entered to win one of 2 free DVD’s by Jeff!

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  • Christina Beyer
    Posted at 04:36h, 15 October

    I hope this giveaway is international, because I would looooove to win Jeff´s DVD. He inspired me so much with his easy and family-friendly recipes, I can´t thank him enough!

  • Luis
    Posted at 06:40h, 15 October

    I wish you many many years promoting healthy nutrition. Happy birthday, Jeff!!

  • Pat Sava
    Posted at 07:14h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff! Thanks for sharing such awesome info, advice and recipes. You’ve changed my life (lost 70 lbs so far) and the lives of thousands of others. I appreciate it my friend! Keep doing what you do!

  • Shelah Segal
    Posted at 08:24h, 15 October

    Happy birthday, Jeff! I love and appreciate your work and have passed many of your posts on to friends and family. I’m at True North right now and heard that we may have the pleasure of meeting you tomorrow…looking forward to it!!

  • Audrey
    Posted at 08:28h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff. Keep up the good work. We need sound advice and you give us the best

  • Susan Schultz
    Posted at 08:32h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff! Your information has made a huge difference in so many lives. The book that’s missing from my bookshelf is the Jeff Novick book–hope one is in the works soon?.

  • mary
    Posted at 11:20h, 15 October

    Happy happy birthday!

  • Kay Witt
    Posted at 11:28h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday! And thank you so much for opening my eyes to so many nutritional truths!

  • Jennifer Blake
    Posted at 11:30h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff!!

  • Carol
    Posted at 11:33h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for the repost of the articles.

  • April
    Posted at 11:43h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday and thank you so much for sharing your knowledge online. I’m a much healthier, happier and skinnier person because of your articles and videos!!!

  • Anne
    Posted at 11:46h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff…wishing you many many more! Thank you for englightening me with all your nutritional knowledge. You have helped me greatly, and I love passing it along to others. Have a blessed day!

  • Susan H
    Posted at 11:54h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff! I really appreciate your straightforward advice. Best wishes for your next fifty-five years!

  • colleen
    Posted at 11:55h, 15 October

    Jeff, Thank you for all you do and share with us! Happy Birthday and many more!

  • Marla LeJeune Sikes
    Posted at 12:00h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff! Thank you for all you do. You Rock!!

  • Lauren McCoy
    Posted at 12:04h, 15 October

    HaPpY hApPy BiRtHdAy Jeff 🙂 I want you to know, if you “carrot” all what I think, that I hope you have a “kale” of a birthday! May sound “corn”y, but “peas” have a fabulous day! Its “bean” good reading your blogs! Happy Birthday!!

  • Tracy P
    Posted at 12:12h, 15 October

    Happy day to Jeff! Thank you Jeff for all your good work.

  • Carry Porter
    Posted at 12:34h, 15 October

    Happy birthday Jeff! May you enjoy many more years of love and adventure (in good health, of course)!

  • Page Harris
    Posted at 12:45h, 15 October

    Happy birthday! I hope your day is filled with love and laughter.

  • Robin Killion
    Posted at 13:00h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff. Feel great for the positive influence you have been to so many!

  • Cath Leslie
    Posted at 13:16h, 15 October

    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday Jeff, and thank you for all your hard work and inspiration. You really do make a positive impact on our world and many are grateful for your knowledge and wisdom. Thank you for sharing it all with us. <3

  • Marita
    Posted at 13:39h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff! I was just introduced to your work last Saturday at a 28-Day Challenge offered by my local Whole Foods store. I look forward to reading the articles in your birthday gift to me and this community.

  • monicabr
    Posted at 13:40h, 15 October

    Jeff, feliz aniversario! 🙂 Thank you for making good, vital information so accessible! Your hard work and dedication are appreciated!

  • Amy Bourdeau
    Posted at 13:41h, 15 October

    A very happy & healthy birthday to you and to many more!!!!

  • Mary Reisler Taylor
    Posted at 13:52h, 15 October

    May your day be fruitful and vegilicious!

  • Meredith Aiken
    Posted at 13:57h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff! Had the pleasure of meeting you at the Clearwater Farms to Forks and you were an inspiration to us all helping us learn while keeping us laughing at the same time! So thank you for continuing to share your knowledge and humor and have a wonderful birthday!

  • Amulet
    Posted at 14:08h, 15 October

    Yay!! Happy Birthday, Jeff!!!

  • Carla W.
    Posted at 14:13h, 15 October

    Happy birthday, Jeff! Your knowledge and good humor have gone a long way in impacting people’s lives for the better. Thanks for all you do. Enjoy your day!

  • Kathleen
    Posted at 14:13h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff. Thanks for all your hard work to keep us informed and healthy. Blessings.

  • Xanthe
    Posted at 14:19h, 15 October

    happy birthday, jeff! thank you for the important work that you do!

  • Brian Rowan
    Posted at 14:33h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday! I hope more people will read about your work.

  • Krystal Piché Zareh
    Posted at 14:40h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday!!! I look forward to learning more!!!

  • Sandy
    Posted at 15:09h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff! I’m looking forward to this journey.

  • Shelby Bedard
    Posted at 15:19h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff, thanks for all that you do. 🙂

  • Susan Dryden
    Posted at 15:20h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff!!! Peace and Blessings!!!

  • Marylyn N loan
    Posted at 15:21h, 15 October

    Jeff, I thought you were one of the best presenters at the 2012 immersion program at the Esseltyn family farm. You were definitely the funniest!!! Hope your birthday is full of laughs!

  • deanna
    Posted at 15:23h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff! Really appreciate the French Paradox/Mediterranean Mix -up. My cardiologist advised me to follow the mediterranean diet as my current diet lacks the healthy oils!

  • Chuck Jones
    Posted at 15:34h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff!!! I love the articles keep them coming.

  • Eileen
    Posted at 15:37h, 15 October

    Wishing you the happiest, healthiest birthday ever!!

  • Rosita
    Posted at 15:45h, 15 October

    Enjoy all those extra birthdays your healthy eating will give you!

  • Ginette Gundlach
    Posted at 15:46h, 15 October

    Happy birthday to a wonderful full of life person. Thanks for all your healthy tidbits

  • Bj
    Posted at 15:56h, 15 October

    Happy birthday!

  • Daisy
    Posted at 15:57h, 15 October

    First time reading the articles and I feel so much better about my weight-loss journey. I know I’m headed in the right direction with this plant-based lifestyle!
    Happy Birthday Jeff!

  • Drbabs
    Posted at 16:15h, 15 October

    Happy birthday, Jeff. You are an inspiration.

  • Barb
    Posted at 16:22h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff! I love the combination of simplicity and common sense in your articles and recipes. The information is always easy to understand and apply. Thank you for caring enough about us ( the general public ) to make educating us your life’s work.

  • Lisa Casler
    Posted at 16:27h, 15 October

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, h-h-a-a-p-p-y-y birthday, dear Jeff, happy birthday to you (chord change) and many more! Keep doing what you’re doing!!

  • PatZ
    Posted at 16:53h, 15 October

    The best people are born in October. Happy birthday to you!

  • Marsha Fischer
    Posted at 17:04h, 15 October

    Happy birthday Jeff

  • JustMe105
    Posted at 17:06h, 15 October


    You devote your time and energy in helping all of us have a better quality of life and I personally want to thank you for making a difference in mine. Wishing you many more healthy years ahead!

  • Mark T
    Posted at 17:06h, 15 October

    Happy B-day. Hope you are enjoying your day. Thanks for all you do. I have learned a lot and have turned my health around!

  • Patty T
    Posted at 17:15h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff! Thanks for sharing your knowledge. It’s great learning and getting healthy!

  • Neil
    Posted at 17:53h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff

  • Sheila
    Posted at 18:06h, 15 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff!

  • Erico88
    Posted at 18:28h, 15 October

    Bonne Fête Jeff! Merci pour ta passion!

  • Val
    Posted at 18:34h, 15 October

    Happy birthday Jeff and here’s to another year of healthy living!

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 18:56h, 15 October

    May you have a wonderful birthday, Jeff!

  • melinda
    Posted at 19:49h, 15 October

    I hope your having a wonderful,Happy and peaceful Birthday!

  • LinnL
    Posted at 20:15h, 15 October

    Wishing you all the best for your birthday!

    • Jeff Novick
      Posted at 23:33h, 15 October


  • Jeff Novick
    Posted at 23:33h, 15 October

    Thanks everyone!!! 🙂

  • tinker Bev
    Posted at 01:32h, 16 October

    Healthy birthday to you, healthy birthday to you, healthy birthday dear Jeff, healthy birthday to you!! And many moooore!

  • macbev
    Posted at 01:46h, 16 October

    You are making the birthdays of many people happy! And adding to the number of birthdays we can have! Happy Birthday to YOU!

  • Penny
    Posted at 05:51h, 16 October

    Happy birthday, and thank you for all you do.

  • Esther Haffner-Vogt
    Posted at 07:22h, 16 October

    Happy Birthday and thank you!

  • Lauren Stewart
    Posted at 07:33h, 16 October

    Jeff is so awesome. Love reading anything he has to say 🙂 Happy belated birthday, Jeff!!

  • Liz
    Posted at 07:51h, 16 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff!

  • Sherrill
    Posted at 11:31h, 16 October

    Wishing you a Plant Strong Happy Birthday Jeff!

  • Kathy Caldwell
    Posted at 12:16h, 16 October

    Happy Birthday, Jeff! Thanks for all your wonderful helpful tips.

  • Sarah Moore
    Posted at 13:48h, 16 October

    Happy birthday and many, many more!

  • JJ
    Posted at 14:36h, 16 October

    Happy, Happy Birthday!

  • Sharon
    Posted at 19:06h, 16 October

    Happy birthday Jeff

  • alain R
    Posted at 21:40h, 16 October

    Happy birthday Jeff you are the best.

  • Susie
    Posted at 07:05h, 17 October

    Happy healthy birthday!

  • Jen
    Posted at 14:52h, 18 October

    Happy Birthday Jeff! Thanks for the great articles and information.

  • Vincci Chan
    Posted at 23:47h, 18 October

    Happy birthday Jeff! Thank you 🙂

  • Doug
    Posted at 00:48h, 22 October

    Happy belated birthday Jeff!

  • wen
    Posted at 02:35h, 28 October

    happy birthday!!!

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