3 Things to Consider Before You Plan to Go On A Diet

Today, it seems like anyone and everyone have their own tips for dieting. While some choose to diet to regain vitality, others are looking to transform their bodies into supermodel status. As a result, many companies are taking to this trend by selling pills, supplements, shakes, books, videos, and more. However, many are forcing themselves to eat small amounts, chug down water, and wonder why their body hasn’t changed.

With that said, here are 3 things to consider before you plan to go on a diet.

Our bodies are meant to store fat

Human beings are naturally built to store fat in our bodies. This is due to our movement of evolution where it was a natural form of survival. According to recent studies, there are particular enzymes that regulate how we store energy in our body and the ability to store fat for survival.

Stop Focusing on Weight, But On Fat

It is important to focus on the proportion of fat in our body rather than the actual numbers on the scale. Consider following the home body fat test to measure various parts of the body. This will help focus on the measurements in a healthy way.

We need Fat Just as Much As We Need Muscle for Energy

When performing sports, our bodies use whatever energy is available. While energy is provided by fat, it is not easily available to the body. Without muscle, our body will become to use muscle tissue to grab the energy the body needs.


It is important to understand that our bodies will do anything it can to store fat. The best way to control our body is to eat only when hungry, watch our calorie intake, follow regular exercise, and focus on proportions of the body rather than the scale.

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Don Quixote at the Celebrate Vermont Festival


Look for some intriguing characters around the grounds at the Celebrate Vermont Festival, maybe even this morose but persevering Don Quixote! From the workshop of Vermont metal artist Chad Heise, these characters and animals made from found and recycled metal convey a depth of personality greater than their simple parts. The pieces are spare but include just the right details – Don Quixote’s mustache, the water buffalo’s big nostrils (below) – to let our imaginations take over.

Chad explains his work:

Carrying the proverbial (and literal) “torch” for my uncle, Bill Heise (who launched Heise Metal Sculpture in 1966), I remain true to his original vision of repurposing what he called “found” metal–discarded old agricultural equipment and tools collected from the fields and farms of Vermont. Tinkering around in my uncle’s shop since about the time I could walk, he taught me how to discover the delicate lines which exist within the component parts of this salvaged equipment (often defying their rugged nature), and how each sculpture could be given unique personality by something as simple as the size and type of nut, bolt, or washer chosen for eyes. It is with great pride that I continue on with what some have referred to as his unusual twist on the concept of “swords into ploughshares.” Not only do I feel I’m paying homage to my uncle and his unique artistic vision, but also to the farm equipment which faithfully turned soil for years, now given new life.


Meet Chad in person at the Festival and take one of his sculptures home to add a unique  bit of character to your own landscape.

The 2nd Annual Celebrate Vermont Festival

AUGUST 15-17,

Bill Schubart 802 482 3287
Charley Dooley 802 922 1859

For Immediate Release: July 15, 2014

Vermont’s own party, Celebrate Vermont Festival, is back! The weekend of August 15-17, the Stowe Events Field will come alive with the best that Vermont has to offer. Tickets are available online now. Many of our first year’s singular culinary events such as the wine, beer and cheese pairings sold out. Seats are limited so act quickly to sample Vermont’s best artisan brews, wines and cheeses.

The Celebration grew out of the Vermont Working Landscape initiative and has become the signature celebration of Vermont’s foods, farms, forests, waterways and unspoiled recreational resources. It celebrates our 200-year heritage and explores who we are becoming. In partnership with Vermont’s Creative Economy Office, some of Vermont’s most innovative inventors, makers and entrepreneurs will be on hand to demonstrate their creativity.

There will be six activity areas to keep visitors entertained, learning, and experiencing what Vermont offers its own and its many visitors.

Throughout the day and two evenings the Music and Entertainment Tent will present performances by well-known regional Vermont bands, storytellers, and musicians. Friday will feature emerging traditional Vermont musicians and dancers from Mark Sustic’s Young Tradition Vermont. These young Vermonters are the guardians of Vermont’s and their natal countries’ traditions and culture. Michelle Choniere, the pre-eminent interpreter of Québécois folksongs, will perform as well. Saturday will feature Vermont bands during the day and early evening, including Bob Stannard and Those Dangerous Bluesmen, and folk-rocker Spencer Lewis. . Sunday will feature a full gospel breakfast with soul food and famous soul and gospel belter Tammy Fletcher and her band. In the afternoon, we will enjoy a stage performance and closing parade by the ebullient Brass Balagan. Josie Leavitt and the Comedy Diva’s will offer an audience participation evening of comedy on Friday night and Vermont’s own Stone Cold Roosters will keep the crowd dancing Saturday night and at an old fashioned kitchen tonk dance party.

The Culinary Tent will feature chef demos with some of Vermont’s best chefs. Vermont wine, beer, cheese pairing-tastings will be hosted by Jeff Roberts, the former executive director of Slow Food Vermont and a frequent visitor to Salone del gusto at Italy’s famed Terra Madre Slow Food event. There will also be a special “terroir” grass fed beef tasting with Mark Smith of Green Pasture Meats.

The Vermont Marketplace tent will showcase the rich food, farm, and forest harvest of the many Vermont artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs who sustain Vermont’s working landscape’s economy. The Kid’s Zone will offer hay rides, face painting, storytelling, games, a musical instrument petting zoo, magic, and many other enjoyable and learning activities for kids.

Vermont’s Great Outdoors is a new focus this year and will showcase on the grounds and with local excursions much of what Vermont has to offer recreationally from fly-fishing and tying, yoga, to archery to its breathtaking swimming holeswalking, hiking and biking.

Celebrate Vermont is keeping alive the revered Chautauqua tradition in our Chautauqua Tent with a variety of workshops each day that are free to guests. These were very popular in the first year and require no advance sign up. Just see the schedule and show up. Experts in each field offer an interactive workshop and learning experience for guests. Sessions include gardening and landscaping for wildlife, pollinators, as well as composting and other gardening and forest subjects.

The Festival grounds will be transformed into a virtual encampment of white tents, music, stories, food, spirits, markets, learning opportunities, demonstrations and recreational activity. There will even be a mobile slaughter unit on display.

Tickets will be available at the entry gate. Adults will be $10 and children $2. Please note: Many of the seminars that serve alcohol require an additional ticket. To avoid disappointment, it is suggested that you purchase these tickets in advance online The full schedule is also available on the website. If you have questions, call 802-253-7321.

If you wish to participate, present, or for further information contact: