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Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork: A 12-Stop Program to End Bad Habits and Begin a Healthy Lifestyle Hardcover – May 10, 2005

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Editorial Reviews


"Governor Huckabee’s fantastic lifestyle change is an inspiration and a model for our nation." -- —Arnold Schwarzenegger

"Governor Mike Huckabee has proven that self discipline, diet, and exercise can lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle." -- —Bill Clinton

"The most practical, factual, commonsense approach to a healthy lifestyle…." -- —Fay Boozman, MD, MPH, director, Arkansas Department of Health

"Warm, witty, wise, and truly empowering." -- —David L. Katz, MD, MPH, Yale University School of Medicine, Oprah Magazine nutrition columnist

About the Author

At the completion of his ten-and-a-half-year tenure as governor, Mike Huckabee was the second-longest-serving governor in the nation at that time, having entered office as one of the youngest in the nation. He is recognized as a national leader in the areas of education and health care reform and has served as chairman of the National Governors Association and the Education Commission of the States, organizations that influence national policy. The governor enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, and playing bass guitar in his band, Capitol Offense. He and his wife, Janet, have three grown children--John Mark, David, and Sarah. Huckabee has written several books, his latest, From Hope to Higher Ground, will be published in January 2007. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; First Edition edition (May 10, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446578061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446578066
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Huckabee served as the governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007 and as lieutenant governor from 1993-96. Before entering politics, he was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister and worked for twelve years as a full time pastor. He recently started a political action committee, HuckPAC, to extend his grassroots movement. He lives with his wife, Janet, in North Little Rock, Arkansas; they have three grown children.

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Anyone---indeed everyone---could benefit from reading "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork", but the ideal target audience for this book is a demographic that has traditionally been left out of the diet book market---successful, busy, middle-aged men who don't read diet books, and who find it hard to be successful on traditional diet programs, even though they're successful in other areas of their lives. They don't know a whole lot about nutrition and the whole idea of dieting turns them off, but they are concerned about their health as they approach middle age. If this is you, then buy this book!

The author understands that most obese men are not looking for new recipes or detailed information about fat chemistry and metabolism, but eat out at fast food places, want someone who speaks to them who is not a young fit personal trainer or their wife, and who will make it possible for them to succeed at possibly the most important task they'll ever undertake---saving their own life.

It is a quick and entertaining read (I read it in an hour) but worth buying even in hardback because it is packed full of useable information and guidance. This is not a book of recipes or complex plans or information about nutrition. It's a motivational book AND an instructional book about a very easy way of eating that men actually can do. This book fills a perfect niche, and is the only one like it that I've ever seen.

It is written by Mike Huckabee, the governor of Arkansas, who is not a medical doctor, nor someone who is an expert in exercise or nutrition, but that is the great appeal of the book.
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I first read about the governor in a runner's magazine. What clicked with me was his matter of fact approach to right an ailing lifestyle. From the article, I decided that I could do the same if I understood how he adhered to his ideas.

I had the good fortune of meeting the governor at a (completely empty) book signing in midtown New York City. I sat with him for 15 minutes discussing the approach, his determination and his strength. I realized that he was no different than any of us. Only he was executing on his ideas, paying the price to do so and reaping the benefits.

While miracles don't happen overnight, I can happily say that adhering to the program does produce excellent results. Watching the calories and exercising is beneficial, no matter what! Governor Huckabee shows us that we all can take control and succeed.

His book is a quick read, straightforward and outlines his concepts. Best part is that it all makes sense and is a perfect way to begin to gain control of your lifestyle.
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I recently found out I am type II diabetic and had seen the Governor on TV talking about what he accomplished. I bought his book and immediately took it to heart. It is practical and common sense advice but it works. In less than two months of walking and eating as he precribes my diabetes is going the other way, I have now lost 19 pounds in less than two months and my hat goes off to him for sure. I am changed thanks to Governor Huckabee. Well worth buying and following his advice.
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Mike Huckabee, Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork (Center Street, 2005)

One doesn't expect diet books from the governors of Southern states. But that's exactly what one gets with Mike Huckabee's Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork. Well, perhaps "diet book" isn't quite the proper term. Huckabee is not talking about getting thin through dieting here; he's talking about the same thing doctors have been telling us for years, that changing our eating and exercise habits is what will ultimately lead us to good health. While the book does certainly have its shortcomings (anyone advocating "the size of my fist" as a realistic portion size in twenty-first century America has, simply, lost touch with reality), Huckabee puts forth common sense in a way that most people can understand-- to the point where I'm rather confused the Republicans haven't kicked him out as a traitor yet. (If it happens, Governor, we Libertarians will be happy to have you.)

The most important thing Huckabee does here is put forth the idea of starting small and working your way up. The ludicrous idea that you have to work out for a certain length of time in order to get any positive benefit is nowhere to be found. Instead, Huckabee suggests starting with slow walking for twelve minutes. I can hear fitness gurus and authors of fad diet books shrieking in agony now at the very suggestion that one might get positive benefits from twelve minutes of slow walking, but that such a thing could be helpful to a completely sedentary person should be obvious to any thinking human being. And that's what's ultimately worthwhile about this book-- Huckabee wrote it for thinking human beings.

I never thought I'd be saying "recommended" about a nonfiction book by a Republican that was written after the time of Calvin Coolidge, but there you have it.
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As a fitness professional who has spent his lifetime motivating people to find a path to fitness, I was blown away by how simple and effective Gov. Huckabee's advice was in the book. I learned a lot from it that I can possibly apply in my own profession; namely, removing the psychological barriers that prevent overweight individuals from realizing success. Inspiring, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and no-nonsense... Whether you are overweight or not you will be glad you read this book!
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