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Appreciation for You... And Christmas Giveaway

Written: 12/10/2007

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well” - Voltaire

First thing of all welcome to the new readers and a big thanks to all the readers of diethack who are still faithful to us. Normally I focus on delivering quality health articles to my readers and I don't generally like to talk about my personal life.

But I'm really thankful to all you readers for making Diethack what it is today. 3 months ago, diethack was still unknown to the world but in this short span of time, it has gained about 1200 subscribers and about 81 500 visits. Though this may seem as no feat for some of you, it actually means a lot to me because 3 months ago, I had very little idea what blogging was and how to actually blog. It was a great and fulfilling experience for me to know that I can help people throughout the world. Many people have emailed me and I have tried to address their problems directly via mail or by sharing it with all of you. If ever you need any help, please do not hesitate to mail me on I'd gladly do my best to help you out.

The point here is I want to reward all the people who have made diethack what it is today. In the spirit of sharing which accompanies Christmas and the coming of a New Year, Ryan Greives from Calorie King has gladly sent me one of their books for me to give away to one of the readers.

The book is compiled by Allan Borushek, a dietitian and health educator with over 30 years of clinical experience. His motto is: "Fat Matters, Carbs Count, but, Calories Are King!"

It’s a fact that most of us drastically underestimate how much food we eat. One of the main reasons is that we really don’t know what’s in the food we eat day-in and day-out. Now you can end the guesswork. You will find the calorie, fat and carbohydrate counts for your favorite foods in this convenient, pocket-sized, and colorful book.

What I find amazing about this book is the fact that it has about 11,000 food listings, includes about 200 fast food chains and restaurants and contains international foods, carnival foods and fair foods.

This is not a contest and must not be taken as such. If I had 5000 books in my possession, I would have gladly given them to all my readers but alas, this is not the case. If you want to receive this book, all you have to do is to make a comment on this post telling us where are you from or you can simply say "Hi" so that I can know more about my readers. :)

One person will be selected at random to receive this book. All comments will have an equal chance.

Besides I’ve had some readers comment or email with some suggestions for improving the site and I think everyone would agree that there’s always room for improvement. So in that spirit, I’d like to enlist your help. No one knows better what the readers of Diethack want more than the readers themselves. So if you have a second to spare, I’d love to hear from you:

What specifically could I do to improve the content of Diethack?

I’m looking for specific suggestions for actions I can take to improve the content.

Also one last bit I wanted to add. Things are getting pretty tough here in France. As you may have noticed, my blogging frequency is becoming a bit sporadic. I've got my partial exams in 1 month and I'm devoting more time to my study than blogging. There will be some friends who will help me with the articles and I can assure you that the quality of the articles will be better than ever. My only wish is that you will stick with me during this strenuous period so that I can share more of my knowledge with you. Even if I still had 1 subscriber and I had time, I would have done my best to write quality articles for this 1 subscriber.

Stay Healthy and Informed...

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