A Healthy You

Boost Your Energy, Live Cleaner, and Look
and Feel Younger Every Day

Carol Alt, supermodel, actress, raw food expert, entrepreneur, and host of the hit Fox News health and wellness show A Healthy You, offers her unique blend of alternative and practical diet, fitness, beauty, and aging advice to help you live healthier every day.

In her first fully illustrated lifestyle book, best-selling author Carol shows readers how to approach all aspects of life with energy and vitality—from diet and fitness, to beauty and fashion. Drawing on her years of experience as a raw food advocate and ambassador for a mindful, health-focused lifestyle, Carol guides readers of all ages with simple, effective advice on how to live a more balanced, healthy, beautiful life. She demystifies and takes readers step-by-step through the recipes, regimens, healthy habits, diets, and products—from raw eating to do-it-yourself, chemical-free beauty products—that really work.

Carol curates the very best advice from her favorite doctors, fitness gurus, dietitians, and the hundreds of experts she’s interviewed on her television show. Never afraid to try the trends that may seem unusual, difficult, or fringe, Carol is devoted to making alternative ideas accessible to everyone. In A Healthy You, she brings readers the best of what she’s found. Filled with practical advice, expert guidance on living a cleaner, greener lifestyle, engaging stories from Carol’s own life, and 150 photos throughout, A Healthy You will inspire everyone to take charge of their health every day, in new and exciting ways.

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At the age of 52, I'm in the best shape of my life, and I'm healthier than ever. It wasn't always that way, though. In fact, when I was in my 30s, everything seemed to be coming undone. I experienced health problems, gained weight and my career was unraveling. I grew up in a close, loving, humble family in College Point Queens, N.Y. I am the daughter of a fireman and amazing mother.

In my teens, I ate wheat, gluten, sugar, basically the normal SAD (Standard American Diet). My dietary staples were breads, muffins, baked goods, hamburgers, Chinese food, spaghetti, pizza. If it was junk food, I ate it.

By the time I was 16, I had already worked for three years in a bakery. What a way to start the day -- with a delicious hot cinnamon bun right out of the oven! No, not healthy, but, boy, did they ever taste good. When I started modeling I was told I needed to lose 15 pounds. Being so young, I thought it would be as easy to lose weight and decided to just not eat for a while. Well it wasn't as easy (or healthy, as I later learned) as I imagined, and I managed to starve myself into fainting on the set right into Kelly Emberg's arms!

You would think this was a wake-up call, but it didn't end there.

Unfortunately, it was ingrained in my brain that I was fat (lose 15 pounds?) and I ate like I thought I was. I was so afraid that if I put anything in my mouth I would gain weight, so I hardly ate anything. My body started getting used to a small amount of food. I was working so hard every day that I didn't even realize I was not eating. Then, at one point in my career, while filming a documentary, I overheard one of the producers tell my manager, "She is not in bathing suit condition." I can tell you from experience that is really not something any model wants to hear. But, as a woman it was even more devastating. I was mortified and went to hide out in my hotel room -- that was the beginning of the unraveling.

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