Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Book on the Amazing Powers of Coffee

Wake up to the perks of java juice This Summer!

 By Cal Orey, The Writing Gourmet

From the author of the hugely successful Healing Powers series (Honey, Vinegar, Olive Oil, and Chocolate) comes The Healing Powers of Coffee: A Complete Guide to Nature’s Surprising Superfood.
It’s the beverage we can’t live without—yet few consume it without some guilt. But the wonderful truth is that coffee has abundant health benefits. Coffee boasts more antioxidants than cocoa and tea, and even more than renowned antioxidant-rich fruits like oranges and blueberries. In fact, there are hundreds of healing compounds in coffee.
Recent studies have shown that coffee consumption can significantly decrease or reduce the risk of many conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, asthma, cancer, heart disease, chronic constipation, dental caries, diabetes, gallstone disease, and liver disease.
As in her previous bestselling books, Cal Orey combines groundbreaking research into all these health and weight loss benefits with home cures, cosmetic uses, household hints, and dozens of heart-health Mediterranean style recipes.


CAL OREY is an author and journalist specializing in topics such as health, science, relationships, and pets. She is the author of The Healing Powers series and has written countless articles for both health and women’s magazines about foods and their amazing health benefits and home cures. Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World, Woman’s Day, Men’s Fitness, as well as The Writer. She has a master’s degree in English from San Francisco State University and currently resides in northern California. Her books include The Healing Powers of Vinegar, The Healing Powers of Olive Oil, The Healing Powers of Chocolate, The Healing Powers of Honey, and The Healing Powers of Coffee --available now for pre-order.

The Healing Powers of Coffee

A Complete Guide to Nature’s Surprising Superfood

Cal Orey

Kensington Books, August 2012, Trade Paperback Non-fiction

ISBN-13: 978-0-7582-7330/$15.00 ($16.95 – Canada)

Monday, May 7, 2012

Is Chocolate Really Healthy for You?

By Cal Orey, The Writing Gourmet
Courtesy of Enjou Chocolate

Ever wonder if eating chocolate is good or bad?  You can stop pondering about chocolate being a vice and embrace it for its multitude of virtues. Today, an excerpt from my book The Healing Powers of Chocolate was published in an online heart health magazine --and as a "health expert" I dish out the word about chocolate and your heart.
Of course, eating chocolate isn't the only key to staying heart healthy. I practice what I preach in my Healing Powers series to stay heart healthy. So, when I'm not savoring a square of dark chocolate (for its antioxidants and other good for you compounds), I'm doing other stuff to keep my ticker ticking. 
That means, I just got back from a long dog walk; my cat is sleeping on my leg as I work on my book(s); tomorrow I will definitely hit the pool and swim laps (and chill in the hot tub); and tonight I'll fix a Mediterranean heart-healthy dinner: pasta and veggies. Not to forget the cup of java with organic low-fat milk, a banana, and whole grain bagel I had for breakfast. 
So, does chocolate work to help you stay healthy? It can if you pair it with a heart-healthy diet, exercise, and clean lifestyle. 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

The Healing Powers of Chocolate, Coffee, Pets:

By Cal Orey, The Writing Gourmet
So, what do chocolate, coffee, and pets--our sweet and savvy companion animals--have in common? Ah, they make us feel good! Yes, these two superfoods boast compounds that boost our serotonin and endorphins--just like exercise. And that's why savoring a piece of dark chocolate and sipping a cup of Joe can be addicting. 
Speaking of addiction, having a strong bond with a cat or dog (or both) makes us feel warm and fuzzy. After all, they provide unconditional love and that's enough to hook me. No doubt, my two dogs and cat had me at first glance.
The word is, Mother's Day is on its way--May 13, Sunday. While I'm not a real mom for human kids, I do adore my three children who each have four paws. Simon and Seth--my two orange-and-white Brittanys are the boys in my life--soon to be 6 and 9 (that's 42 and 63 in human years). And Zen--ah, my blue-eyed Siamese 3-year-old (21 boy toy) keeps me feeling young and loved. 
The bottom line: It's a cup of fresh roast java in the a.m., a piece of dark chocolate after a dog walk and/or swim, and playing with the frisky cat that makes me happy, healthy, and more than likely going to add years to my life so I can pen more books like the ones coming to you this summer: The Healing Powers of Coffee and Animal Attraction: A Collection of Tales &Tails.