Rocco DiSpirito’s Now Eat This Diet Book Giveaway

I am happy to announce that the publishers of Rocco DiSpirito’s Now Eat This Diet Book are giving away 4 autographed copies of this book to my readers! And to whet your appetite, check out this recipe from his book:

No-Boil Mushroom Lasagna

  • 4 servings: Per Serving: 388 calories, 15 fat, 34 carbs, 3 fiber and 28 portein = 10 PointsPlus


  • 2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leave parsley
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces (about 8 sheets) no boil whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 10 ounces sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 4 ounces white button mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Directions:  Preheat the oven to 350.  Coat the inside of an 8x8x2 inch baking pan with cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium bowl, add the ricotta, basil, parsley and 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese.  Mix with a spoon until blended.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Set aside.

Line the bottom of the prepared baking pan with two lasagna sheets.  Top with 1/4 cup of the cheese mixture.  Using the back of a spoon, spread the mixture so that the noodles are completely covered.  Top with a layer of mushrooms.  Repeat the procedure two ore time.s  On the last layer, place two lasagna sheets on top of the mushrooms.  Spread a layer of the remaining cheese mixture on top. Scatter the mozzarella and remaining Parmesan cheese on top.

Cover tightly with foil and bake in an oven for 30 minutes.  Raise the temperature to 425 degrees and bake for another 15 minutes.  Uncover the dish and continue to bake for another 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

Going on a diet does not necessarily mean saying farewell to all of your favorite foods! Award-winning celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito changed his life and his health-without giving up the foods he loves or the flavor.  He has lost more than 20 pounds, participated in dozens of triathlons, and-after an inspirational role as a guest chef on The Biggest Loser-changed his own diet and the caloric content of classic dishes on a larger scale.  In NOW EAT THIS! DIET, complete with a foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz, DiSpirito offers readers a revolutionary 2-week program for dropping 10 pounds quickly, with little effort, no deprivation, and while still eating 6 meals a day and the dishes they crave, like mac & cheese, meatloaf, BBQ pork chops, and chocolate malted milk shakes. The secret: Rocco’s unique meal plans and his 75 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and snack time, all with zero bad carbs, zero bad fats, zero sugar, and maximum flavor. Now readers can eat more and weigh less-it’s never been so easy!

Here’s how you can win your own signed copy of Now Eat This! Diet, signed by Rocco DiSpirito himself:  Comment on this post and share the following with me: “What’s your motivation to lose weight?”  For example, some choose to lose the weight to be better parents, what’s your reason?  At the end of the contest,  I’ll pick 4 winners to receive the book and announce them on April 4, 2011.

Whether you’re chosen as a lucky winner or not, Rocco shares exclusive healthy tips from his latest cookbook and recipes from his Twitter account so be sure to follow him @RoccoDiSpirito. Also, feel free to use the hashtag “#choose2lose” on Twitter if directing to the contest!  If you tweet about the contest, that will give you an additional entry – good luck! 😀

Ready to enter and win? Comment away!

*Please note that the contest is open to US residents only.

You can also buy his book at the following sites:

Barnes & Noble –
Books-A-Million –
Borders –
Hastings –
Powell’s –
Tower Records –

I’ll be back to my regular posting tomorrow with a recipe for lemon thyme marinated grilled chicken with quinoa and pan fried broccoli.

Also, check out Heather’s BSI recap of Lemon – there were 22 delicious lemon recipes! And check out this week’s hostess, Tina from Life in the Slow Lane at Squirrel Head Manor – she chose . . . salsa!

125 thoughts on “Rocco DiSpirito’s Now Eat This Diet Book Giveaway

  1. What an awesome giveaway!

    My motivation comes from the desire to show my daughters that even in the middle of a family history full of diabetes and high blood pressure, we can be healthy. We can change the face (and future) of our family.

    • I have had a bad lifestyle and have diabetes among other things and weigh 100 pounds overweight. The problem is I am a good cook but one who cooks the old fashioned way. I have asked Dr. Oz and many others for the basics of cooking healthy. There are some things I can’t eat but I know there has to be substitutes. My husband is overweight and a diabetic also. Help.

  2. I started a new blog recently based on my new journey and lifestyle. This isn’t a diet. It is a lifestyle. And it isn’t MY journey. It is my families journey. My motivation to lose weight is to embarrass my stepdaughter who will become a U. S. Marine in May of 2013 and do that silly wedding dance down the aisle like the video that was so viral awhile back and if I don’t lower my cholesterol and now blood sugar since I just found out I am pre-diabetic, that may not happen. It is my responsibility to be a role model for my family so that they don’t join the statistics of obesity we hear so much about in the media. I am not healthy. I have an ever growing list of health issues but they don’t own me. I can and will take control and take charge because I am a former Marine and that’s what we do! I love Rocco and cook often from his previous cookbook and would love an autographed copy of this new one. Your website is helping me on my new adventure as a former lifetime member of WW trying to find my way back as well. Thanks for all the time you spend on your site!

  3. Health!!! I recently lost my Dad to Cancer and really just need to make lifestyle changes not only with food but with activity. Preventative measures to live life long and healthy. Thanks for your great blog!

  4. I have weighed less and I have weighed more. Less is best. I feel healthier and happier when my clothes fit, look better and I am in better shape. I am better able to mentally and physically take care of those around me.

  5. I would love to try out this book! My motivation is to be a good example for my little one, and it seems to be working since he is a fruit and veg machine!

  6. My motivation to stay at a healthy weight is for my children. I want to be able to do the things they are involved in and be able to set a healthy lifestyle example for them!

  7. SUCH a fun giveaway! Obviously I’m not looking to lose weight now…but definitely will be after the peanut is born! The reason: for my heart health, mental health & to set a good example for the peanut!

  8. Gosh, I have so many motivations! I’ve been overweight my whole life. It wasn’t until my kids got older that they really NOTICED how big I was and that was a huge wake up call. They KNOW that being overweight is unhealthy and it made me cry when my baby asked me if I was going to die early because of how big I was. How’s THAT for motivation. Plus, I totally believe in the bible and it warns against gluttony and I think that I’ve totally displeased God with getting so big. I’ve lost 30 lbs. in the last 4 months but I still have a long ways to go. I love the energy I have now and can’t even imagine the energy that I will have when I lose 50 more pounds! I love this cookbook and it’s on my list to buy! (Plus a dozen others!). Great giveaway!

  9. My motivation is my health. I am only 25 and I have been overweight my whole life and I am finally ready for a change. Also, the new puppy running around the house needs an exercise buddy!

  10. My motivation is myself — I’ve had a ‘spiritual awakening’ of sorts since the New Year began, and I decided to make this year about ME — my body, my relationships, my overall well-being. I am working on various areas of my life, making my dreams a reality, and just trying to be content and happy with my life 🙂

  11. Good morning Bizz. It’s a fine morning to have a give away and for a cookbook, what better way to start the day. Please include me in your drawing. The motivation to loss weight for me, was me. I found out you can’t do it for others, you can’t do it just cuz you have to decide for yourself when you ready. I’m not losing weight to impress anyone, I’m not losing weight to make Jim love me more, I’m not losing weight for anyone but me. Yes I choose to because I wanted to look better for Jim, I wanted to meet some requirements for the boy scouts, I wanted to fit into my wedding dress but at the start it was for me. For me to feel better, do things I couldn’t and enjoy live more. That’s why I choose to lose weight.
    Thank you for this give away and thank you for always having such great recipies to give a try. I love seeing you in my e-box in the morning, I know there’s always something good to read and enjoy.
    Take care Bizz and have a safe and wonderfully blessed day.

  12. I saw him do a segment on this book on the view last week…the recipes sound awesome.

    My main motivation for weight loss is to live a healthy active life in my middle age life and beyond. I watched my grandmother and my mother suffer because of health issues related to weight and I don’t want to go down the same road. Plus…I FEEL so much better when I eat healthy and am active. I even sleep better…which…for a perimenopause woman, is HUGE! lol

  13. how cool! I saw him on the Today Show last week, talking about his book and it sounds like a great one.

    I lost my college weight and keep it off because my family has a long, long history full of all kinds of medical problems and health issues. I know that taking care of myself and staying at a healthy weight is one of the best things I can do.

  14. My motivation to lose weight is to be HEALTHY! I want my body in tip top shape, I want my heart working properly and my liver and kidneys to be happy and my skin to be clear! I’m a huge believer that we are what we eat and frankly… I eat a little too much at times! Portion control is a giant challenge for me, always has been!

  15. First of all I can’t wait for tomorrow’s lemon thyme chicken, that sounds brilliant.

    Second, my motivation to lose weight is more of a motivation to train myself to exercise and to eat healthy and in moderation while I’m still young so that I’ll already have it down as I get older and it becomes even more important to make good food/exercise decisions.

  16. Like the above commenter, I can’t wait for the chicken recipe.

    I love Rocco. He’s yummy. 🙂

  17. I study the causes of disease (specifically cancer) and know that obesity is one of the leading causes of a lot of diseases. I first want to lose weight in order to be healthier and prevent disease in the future. Second, I want to have children someday soon and know that being obese can impact my ability to have kids. Thirdly, I want all my joints to stop hurting. And lastly, I want to look good…or at least better than I do now. I know that’s rather vain, but honestly, I don’t think anyone would prefer a blubbery body to a healthy and toned one!

  18. My motivation is my health and also, wouldn’t mind having a bikini body 🙂

  19. My main motivation to lose weight is so I can be a parent! 🙂 My husband and I want to start to try to have a kiddo next year and if I lose weight, it will be easier. Also, I need to lose weight to be more active to keep up with said kiddo. Also, I want to feel good and enjoy life, not sit on the sidelines so much!

  20. I have been convicted that gluttony is a sin. As a Christian, I feel like it hurts my witness to be obese. An idol is anything we put above God and food has become an idol because scripture tells us that our bodies are a temple of The Holy Spirit. I am no better than an alcoholic or a drug addict. I cannot criticize someone who smokes or gambles because I am doing something just as self- destructive. I want to be able to say that it was God who strengthened me when asked how I lost my weight.

  21. I want to live a healthy life so I don’t have to rely on my kids to look after me one day 🙂
    My daughter went thru my new cookbook and chose some items we are going to make this week 🙂

  22. I would LOVE to have this book! I am actively doing Weight Watchers and joined a gym just last week. I am losing weight so that it will be easier for me to have children in the future. I have PCOS and have learned that losing weight will make it easier for me to conceive. I also turn 30 in a little over a year and I want to be healthy and happy on my 30th birthday!

  23. I am losing weight because my age, health and self esteem require it. I just started losing weight since the beginning of the year, and frankly I have been searching for recipes that don’t include a host of artificial ingredients. For years I have avoided “recipes” and instead I just “threw things together” that are yummy. Obviously, though, the meals were not so healthy- or my husband and I wouldn’t be so overweight (obese according to the Wii Fit we purchased). I have resolved that I would no longer ‘wing it’- but would find recipes that are tried and true ~nutritious and healthy…and I will stick to cooking that way. I would absolutely love to try Rocco’s recipes! Thanks to both of you for the awesome give-away!

  24. I want to lose weight to help lower my blood sugar. Just had my highest A1C (only @6.4, but not what I want!) and I know that just eating better will help 🙂

  25. To keep up with my 2 year old 🙂

  26. my motivation to lose weight? so i wont have such a hard time running in marathons!!

  27. My motivation is two-fold – #1-fit back into the clothes hanging in my closet #2 – show my girls that I am practicing what I preach (eating healthy and exercise). This book sounds awesome!!

  28. To feel better! I just don’t feel as good carrying around 5-10 extra pounds (or 55, when that was the case). I remember how easy hiking became when I lost weight.

    Now, I have injuries, so I can’t run, so I gained 7 lbs, and the injuries hurt even more because of the extra 7 lbs. Vicious cycle.

  29. I love Rocco!!
    My jeans inspire me to lose the 10 lbs I’ve gained since my injury. I want to wear them comfortably again!!

  30. I am motivated to lose weight for my HEALTH and general well being – I want to live a long life free of chronic disease, at least as much as I can 🙂

  31. I am losing weight (Weight Watchers and working out) because I am 23, and that is just way too young to be overweight. I want to be healthy in my twenties, not huge.

  32. My motivation to lose weight is to feel better. To feel better physically, but more important mentally. My confidence has changed tremendously throughout my journey! I actually CAN DO IT and it has been amazing to see just how far I can push myself. Naturally there are bumps in the road and consistency is tough, but I’m in it for a lifestyle change.

  33. My motivation to lose weight is so to finally feel like I love myself. And while I know that won’t automatically happen as I lose weight, losing gives me the confidence in myself to start changing the way I view myself and think of myself. So, you see, it is all about me!!!

  34. My motivation is to reduce diabetes complications so I can live a longer, fuller, happier life!

  35. Just found your blog- very nice!

    I’d like to maintain my weight to stay healthy!

  36. This sounds like a great giveaway.

    My motivation for losing weight is primarily that I’m diabetic and need to be more health consious. I also have joint issues that losing a few(many) pounds would help take some of the pressure off of.

  37. My motivation is to be healthy and live a long, happy life…and to motivate those around me that I love to do the same! It also doesn’t hurt when there are life events coming up (aka fitting into bridesmaid dresses 🙂 that help to give a goal a timeline too.

  38. The lasagna looks fantastic. I’ve never tried it with mushrooms before!

  39. I like to lose weight and be at my thinnest because I feel good. And if this momma can feel good – everything around me and in my life is better!

  40. My motivation to lose weight was to prevent the diabetes I was developing. It was a scary wake up call but it was needed!

    This book looks great!

  41. What’s NOT a motivation at 52?? 😉 My mom died of cancer about a year ago and I was literally knocked flat… I just couldn’t get myself organized to do my regular exercise or meal planning. I can tell what havoc that played with my body and am slowly getting back into a better regime, for me and for my family.

  42. My motiviation is that I’m tired of feeling like crap. Too many health issues on both sides of my family for me to think that extra weight doesn’t matter. I’m now on the “all about me” bandwagon. I’ve got to take care of me, so that I’m able to take care of others!

  43. All of our family is on the heavy side and if I can inspire my girls to lose some weight then everyone’s health is better!

  44. Yum! That lasagna looks awesome (I’ve never thought of doing a lasagna with no “sauce” before). My motivation to lose weight is pretty simply to be happier. I have better self esteem when my clothes fit correctly, and being happy with my body tends to spread to other areas of my life 🙂

  45. I keep seeing this book around the net!

    My motivation is health, body image, and confidence!

  46. Sounds like a good book!

    My motivation to be at a healthy weight is to be as healthy as I can to be the best mom, wife, instructor, and friend. Also, only if I’m at my “best” (for me) weight do I have enough energy to run after the toddler! 😉

  47. Weighting For 50

    Great giveaway!! I’m in Canada, so probably can’t enter, but I’ll comment anyway. I’ve heard NOTHING but good things about Rocco’s books, and the recipe looks great. HAve a wonderful day Biz!

  48. Actually, I have motivation just to be at a healthy weight. I am 5’8″ and around 135 pounds. 10 years ago I used to be 120 pounds in high school, which I think is too skinny for my height. I like now not being freezing cold all the time because of a too low body fat percentage!

  49. As much as I would like to enter – but you know me Bizzy and I am on the other end of the spectrum. I can say we do eat healthy and like good for you food – without all the preservatives and fats – probably what keeps us from gaining weight. There are a lot of fruits, veggies and from scratch stuff in our house so that has always helped to.

    His cookbook looks fabulous for everyone. Those trying to lose weight and those that just want a favorite, but to eat it in a healthy way.

    Good luck to all the entrants.

  50. i want to be able to motivate my mom to lose weight too!

  51. My motivation is to live a healthy life. I have lost 100+ pounds and I still struggle to find recipes that will help keep it off and to lose the rest I want to lose. I want to help and motivate family and friends.

  52. I was ashamed of what I saw when I looked in the mirror. I wouldn’t take pictures because then my “curves” would be forever documented. When I went out with friends I couldn’t have fun because I was more worried about how I looked. Since losing 40 pounds on Weight Watchers, I have found a new confidence. I still don’t see myself as perfect, but I can definitely bee proud of how I look.

  53. My motivation to lose weight is to be healthy and be able to do whatever i want with out thinking how being heavy will hold me back from particiapting.

  54. To look good for myself and for my significant other. Thanks!

  55. Mine was for health reasons. Type II Diabetic, High blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea. It was a matter of life or death for me.

  56. My motivation is to live a healthy life and hopefully a longer life to be able to share good times with my family and grandson. The heart attack at age 45 helped me to make this decision along with the birth of my grandson three years ago.

  57. As a I motivation to lose weight I want to stay healthy and look good. The older you get the harder it is to lose weight, especially for women. Also I don’t want to get diabetes. We cook too good and our food taste so wonderful, so it’s hard to stop eating. Perhaps if we didn’t cook so good………

    Fun question and great give-away.

  58. To become healthier so that I can be around longer to see my great grankids grow up.

  59. This book sounds really interesting! 🙂 My motivation is feeling healthy and strong!

  60. To have less pressure on my back and reduce the pain.

  61. I feel better when I weigh less.

  62. I’m all about mushrooms so this recipe is a must try for me!

    What’s my motivation to lose weight?
    I would have to say my motivation to lose weight is hands down to be there for my family. I started a blog myself a couple of months ago to record my progress & failures. My first post briefly explains how I became an orphan – aka no Mom, Dad or even Brother at the age of 32. I see myself following in my Dad’s footsteps – he passed away due to complications of his weight – which included heart failure, high blood pressure & type 2 diabetes. Most, if not all could have been preventable if he took control, but it seemed like he never tried. I was 20 weeks pregnant with my Son when my Dad died. It was the day before we found out he was a boy. At the time I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes, so I knew I was at an even higher risk for type 2. Now that my Son is here…all I can think about is making sure he & my husband have me in their lives for a long time. I would hate for my son to watch his Mommy sit on the sidelines instead of running & playing alongside of him. So with this I joined WW and started running. Hoping to be a better example and be around for a long, long time to come.

  63. My motivation to lose weight is to be the healthiest version of myself I can be after finishing radiation/chemotherapy for breast cancer. I have always tried to eat healthy, but after finishing treatment in December I am dedicating this year to improving my overall health and mental outlook. Better cardio, more fit, more variety, more fun, less stress. I love reading your blog!

  64. Health! I am so tired of taking blood pressure and cholesterol medicine. Also, the extra weight is killing my knees. I have an autistic child and am a single parent, so I need to be there for him.

  65. I would love a signed copy of thew book about your diet and loosing 10Lb in two weeks.
    No sympathy necessary.. I have a spinal cord injury and have a hard time walking or running . I would love to loose 10-20 LB.. I Love to cook and would love to give Rocko’s diet a go..

  66. I am struggling with controlling some unhealthy behaviors and losing weight. My Dad, who I love very much, is only 62 and has a lot of health problems. I don’t want to be 62 and contend with as many problems as him. I want to be healthy.

  67. That looks delish! I am always on the healthy quest… feel Bette and keep my energy up. Lately I have had a few lbs creep up..about 7 and I am motivated to lose the weight for ME!!! I am so much happier in my skin when I feel good. So, am on it!

  68. My motivation is that I dont have any cute summer clothes in bigger sizes( I gave them away when I lost weight). I need to fit back in those clothes and control my blood sugar.

  69. I have been overwieght my entire adult life. I have had 3 total joints replaced 2 knees and 1 hip, and I am only 59. I know that my weight is a huge factor in these joint issues. I am trying right now to lose at least 10 pounds in another month because on April 30 my son is getting married and I am tired of being fat! We lead a very active lifestyle and I am weighng my husband down. We go camping every other weekend we are able and ride 4-wheelers, hike, ride bicycles and lost of other outdoor activities and I want to be able to keep up with my husband and be there for our future and maybe more grandkids.

  70. Well my motivation to lose weight use to be to look good, fit in a certain size jean or for an upcoming event.

    Something happened when I turned 50. I started to realize that I needed to eat well and treat my body well and do everything I can to stay as healthy as I can.

    I can’t control everything about my health but I can control how I eat and how I treat myself. I am choosing to treat myself with the same kindness and respect I give to my family or a friend.

    It has taken me all of my adult life to figure this out. Better late than never!

  71. My motivation to lose weight is simple… I want to live long enough and healthy enough to do the things I have missed out on in life!
    I missed a helecopter ride to see Mt McKinley and a Glacier because I was over the weight limit, I didn’t go snorkeling in Mexico because I didn’t want to be in a swimsuit infront of people. I don’t want to sit on the sidelines anymore. I want my life to mean something! I want to be able to live my life, with all its laughter and love and share it with the people that are important to me!

  72. YUM! My motivation is wanting to become a mom someday, being a role model for my patients, co-workers, friends, family, etc, and to also look and feel my best. This year is jam-packed with weddings and photos and friends and memories…and I want them to be of me at my best 🙂

  73. I’m losing weight for me this time, I want to feel good in my own skin. Will this spread to other areas of my life…of course. I want to be able to take my 4 year old son on rides at the amusement park without worrying if I’ll fit, to go on bike rides, or just hiking through the woods.

  74. What a great giveaway! That lasagna looks amazing and I would love this book to try out new recipes. So excited. I stay motivated by my passion for cooking that just continues to draw me into making new things and trying new methods and ways to be healthier.

  75. I was married for 23 years and 8 of them were not good. I recently got divorced. I was depressed and when you are depressed you eat alot and eat the wrong things. I am a diabetic and I was not eating good..I wasnt eating heathly My blood sugars were high. Now I have reconnected to my grade school sweetheart that I havent seen in 32 years. Now we are engaged to get married next year. I want to grow old with my new found love of my life and get on the right track and be healthy and enjoy life. That is what life is all about Be Happy!!!!

  76. Turns out that I finally realized that I do like to eat but need to lose the added 45 pounds I cary around because I want to teach my teens that you really can achieve what you Dream. Mom needs to act on her words too!

  77. Marie Kravette

    My motive for losing weight is a promise I made to my late brother. I was always very thin until age 59. I have many medical problems. my parents died of heart and all things that go along with it. He worried so much about me, and that is why I want to lose the 50lbs I gained. I cannot afford to eat properly because of $$$ reasons. But I do want to do t his for myself and for him.

  78. Hi there! My main motivation is just to be the healthiest me I can be! I have had a lifelong battle of being overweight too with weight playing a major role in a lot of my families & close friends major health concerns & since my line of work IS healthcare too, I realize the urgency of getting healthy & maintaining that health as much and as long as possibleツ

  79. Laurie McKernan

    My grandmother died from Diabetes. I am a good candidate for it myself. My mom worries about me. I am tired of the yo yo diets. It’s changing you eating habits that I’m interested in. I’ve struggled all my life. Plus, my girlfriend and I are racing to see who can loose the most weight by August. A reunion for alot of friends. I’m anxious to see your cook book.

  80. My motivation to lose weight is ME. I have made it my mission to be comfortable in my skin again. I started to let myself go after getting married and having 3 kids. After a recent doctor’s visit, I was told I make a great candidate for diabetes due to my weight. From that moment, I decided I was not going down without a fight. Now as my 30th Birthday approaches, I have decided I want my body back, I want my confidence back, and I want my sexy back!.

  81. My motivation to lose weight is a family history of high cholesterol, triglycerides, diabetes and high blood pressure. I want to live long enough to see some great-grand children, and enjoy getting old with my dear husband of 37 years.

  82. Barbara Robertson

    For several years now I keep telling my self I’m going to loose weight this year and it never happens. I’ll be 57 on April 26th and saw Rocco on Rachael Ray this morning on how to loose 10 lbs in 2 weeks!! He made 3 different recipes and they looked so good and healthy. I have high blood pressure & high Cholesterol and I think I could be modivated by his book to finally get my weight and health under control. I need to loose at least 30 lbs. Thank you !!

    • Barbara Robertson

      Why won’t my email address be published? I thought I filled in everything correctly. Please respond. Thank you.

  83. Honestly, I originally wanted to lose weight so I fit in with my ‘skinny’ friends. The boys always liked them better and they got more attention. How wrong was I?!?! I finally realized that health is way more important than looks. Now, I want to be health and inspire those around me to live healthy lifestyles!

    P.S. I have been a secret reader for quite a while. This is my first post on your blog!

  84. You inspire me! (I need a swift kick to get posting on my blog) Still loving your blog!!
    So am I alone in thinking that Rocco DiSpirito is candy for the eyes? This could be the kick I need!


  85. I love being active – there’s nothing better than a runner’s high! Sounds like an awesome cookbook!

  86. I would love to use this book in a long overdue journey. I would also love to say that my main motivation is health and long life – to me that is just a bonus. I am 53 years old and am really tired of being the fat one in my family. I am number 4 of 6 siblings and have a ton of nieces and nephews and I am the largest. They are all slim and trim and I want that again.
    In my head I am slim and trim, in reality I am not. I quit smoking four years ago and have been gaining weight ever since. I really just want to feel better – physically and mentally, so starting this weekend when I can get to the bookstore, I am going to try it the Rocco di Spirito way!!!

  87. I just have to say today how beautiful your food photos are – the chicken breasts and broccoli – amazing how tasty they look! I want to lose weight because I like myself better and am happier in general. Sad but true.

  88. Energy and self esteem!! I have the energy to keep up with my children, 1 girl and 2 boys. They play ball in the summer and I would love to be able to keep up with them. Also with the book learn to cook healthier and pass that on to my kids. Make sure they know not to let yourself go. To look good again in clothes and a swim suit this summer is my goal and this cookbook could help me do that.

  89. My motivation is to live an active lifestyle with my family – and do my best to stick around for a LONG time! Also I want to be a good role model for my 3year old daughter so she develops healthy habits early.

  90. I had lost over 70 lbs about eight years ago and the weight is really coming back on. I don’t feel well and have lost so much energy that I find myself not cooking nor having any interest in the “right” foods at all…that is until I watched Rocco on The Rachel Ray Show. I am so excited again……the one food that I do continue to make for myself and my family is our favorite ” Mama’s Meatballs and Sauce” and I am lookng forward to igniting my interest in good foods again.

  91. Nothing has motivated me more to lose weight than my daughter. I love that by learning to make healthy and delicious choices for myself, I’m slowly ingraining in her healthy habits that she can carry with her for life. It still shocks me that she would rather inhale a container of grape tomatoes than snack on crackers. (She’s already been through 2 this week!)

  92. Being an Italian grandmother, I like to serve delicious food to my children and grandchildren and still be able to diet at the same time. Your recipes provide “good food” while reducing calories.

  93. Hi there
    this must be fate because I was googling a recipe from rocco’s book and found you!
    My motivation is to live long, enjoy food, lose 5 pounds and learn to cook his recipes!


  94. My motivation is that I just want to be healthier. I am happier with myself when I’m at a healthier weight – it’s just so hard for me to STAY there, you know? I want to enjoy life more and part of that is having a better self-image and I can get that by losing some weight (again).

  95. My mom passed away September 1, 2008. I have since lost 80 pounds and would like to loose 30 more! However, I could really use this book to help me loose those last 30!!!! I already feel much better, but could use this to help me finish the job…..and help me stay there!!!!

  96. I was just recently married and about to graduate from grad school. I am beginning my new life and that is my motivation to be the healthiest I can be. I hope to have children someday soon and I want to be around for as long as I can!!

  97. I am 57 yrs old and have been obese for about 15 yrs. I have tried all the other diet technques that you can think of , but when I saw this on “The View”, I was just amazed at the delicious looking food on the table. I was so encouraged by Rocco’s comments about how you can eat great tasting food without all the calories. My sister, who can eat any and every thing looked at me and said ” you NEED try this!!” She loves to cook and also wants a new way to cook great **healthy** food not just for me, but also, for our 80 yr old Mom who just recently had open heart surgery this past July. Even if I don’t get the autographed copy of this book, I am excited determined to try this program!!!! Thank you Rocco

  98. I am at a healthy weight. But I am always happy for new recipe. What was my motivation to get to my weight easy lung cancer I had a lobe removed. Now my lungs have to worked harder and I realized extra weight just taxed my existing lungs.

  99. Chrissie Noble

    I am a recent empty nester and I am motivated to look FINE when I visit my daughter at college.

  100. My motivation to lose weight is my future. My future involves hopefully having children and I want to be healthy for them. I want to see my future kids grow up, graduate, and get married. I’m also doing it for the future with B-Fry. I want to grow old and gray with him. I want to enjoy everything in life with him by my side. I want us both to enjoy our future children together, side by side and healthy.

  101. Christine Francois

    I have been overweight most of life. My mother was super skinny growing up and she was bullied due to her weight. So she made sure I was chubby. But the standards in society had changed and I was bullied because I was fat. But that is not what motivates my reason to lose weight. I have been having health concerns for a long time and was finally and recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I am not able to carry my weight over. I need to lose these extra pounds so my joint will feel less pressure. I tend to be in more pain the more I weight. Been doing a decent job so far but I need recipes to help me maintain that life journey. I have heard great things about Rocco’s recipe and my friend shared the brownies recipe with me…yummy! So would be thrilled to have my own book. Grad student budget doesn’t allow such spending. Thus I will be grateful to receive one of these books. Anyhow good look to all!

  102. My motivation is when my Mom passed away due to weight related diabetes. I have tried every diet known to man and I feel this would give me the cooking skill that I need for diet food that tastes good, not like cardboard or loaded with preservatives.

  103. To be honest, when I started losing weight, my original motivation was totally aesthetic! But as I started getting more into eating healthfully and working out, my motivation slowly moved more towards becoming overall healthy. Now I’m actually maintaining, not losing weight (almost a year in!), and I do feel healthier and happier. 🙂

  104. Cora Valentin

    I would love to get this book! I will be 59 years old on April 7th. I am overweight, high blood pressure, and depression.Maybe if I can lose the weight, the other things will get better. I’m tired of being big, and having health issues probably of my own making.We are planning on moving south in a year or so, and I would like to be healthy enough to enjoy the end stage of my life.

  105. I am a life time weight watchers and my husband recently joined so he has been trying a lot of new recipes he wasn’t interested in before. I would love a new cookbook so we don’t get into a diet rut.

  106. I saw this cookbook today at walmart and it looks amazing with lots of good recipes and exercise tips. I wanted to buy it but I thought I would wait and see if I can win this one. If I win the book I plan on buying another book and give it to someone to help motivate them. I have reached my goal weight with Weight Watchers and want to help others to do the same. thanks for the great recipes and always sharing them with us.

  107. I want to lose weight cause I am tired of being overweight. I started 2 years ago and have lost 54 pounds and kept it off through portion control and changing my habits a little. I have recently incorporated chair yoga (I have knee problems) and walking.
    I saw your book but could not afford it. I found the website and have been using the receipes there for about a week. My husband is diabetic so the receipes are friendly to his diet too. Some I adapted a little to accomodate our family but everyone has been raving! I intend to keep cooking, losing and walking until I reach my goal. I have about 120 ponds to go but I am sure that I can do it!

  108. I just turned 50, and want to stay healthy so that this number is ‘middle aged’ 😀

  109. My motivation is my family. I want to stay healthy to enjoy life with those who I love.

  110. My motivation is to improve my chances for a long life. I had an emergency heart cath a little over a year ago which saved my life. Every day is a blessing since then and I plan to be around a lot longer.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  111. I am going on vacation. Swimsuits are great motivation

  112. I had actually never heard of this book until today when my boss brought this into me to check out after she bought it today. I’m hooked! This book is awesome and the recipes look great. I would love a copy!

  113. Hello,
    I am a 49 yr old happily married, mother of 3, who I love dearly. I have struggled with my weight for the last 20 years, up and down yoyo dieting and am now at the point in my life where it is time to say “It is time for me”! I am going to the gym, watching a balanced diet, counting calories and trying to focus on living a better life. i love Rocco and think that his book might be a great match for me. I need simple and he offers that. Love your recipe for the Mushroom lasagna. Looks great I will try it this weekend.

  114. Bill Gosciewski

    I’m choosing to lose weight since my recent retirement, not only to improve my health, but to enjoy my life after retirement. That can be spending better time with my 1-yr old grandson, Noah,…taking a western Elk hunt in the fall with a friend,…or just enjoying work around the yard with my wife of 39 years. Overall, one can’t lose when you chose to lose…weight.

  115. Hello,I have no motivation when it comes to making myself diet,I have tried other diabetic cook books,but go back to my old eating habits.i am 6.8 on the diabets scale if that means anything? and I really do not wont to take medicine so I need a great diet something easy with good thing in it and things that I can go to the store to buy that wont brake the wallet.When you were on GMA and made the hamburger that looked so good it made me think maybe this book is the one ,hope so ,I will be checking you out on facebook now that I know you are on there.Thank you much and hope you have a wonderful day.Judy

  116. Hello,I have no motivation when it comes to making myself diet,I have tried other diabetic cook books,but go back to my old eating habits.i am 6.8 on the diabetes scale if that means anything? and I really do not wont to take medicine so I need a great diet something easy with good thing in it and things that I can go to the store to buy that wont brake the wallet.When you were on GMA and made the hamburger that looked so good it made me think maybe this book is the one ,hope so ,I will be checking you out on face book now that I know you are on there.Thank you much and hope you have a wonderful day.Judy

  117. Elizabeth Perry

    Hi, I’m losing weight to get back in my wedding dress & to help my husband lose weight because he is at an unhealthy weight level. I’m very motivated but I don’t know what to eat. Sometimes I go too long without eating & sometimes I eat the wrong things. I would love to have a copy of this book because it will help my whole family to have balanced meals. I’ve been looking for 2 of Rocco Dispirito’s books since I saw them on the Rachael Ray Show. I need a his book to teach me how to cook meals and make everyone in my house healthy. Thanks for considering us. Elizabeth Perry & Family

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