Sunday, February 17, 2013

Welcome back Dr. Rita Hancock

Dr. Rita knows first hand what it is like to overcome obesity. Being Italian, she had access to the world's most delicious food when she was growing up. Unfortunately, she ate too much of it. By the time Rita was 17 and was 5'1" tall, she weighed 207 pounds and wore size 20 jeans.
Prior to leaving for Cornell University to study nutrition, Rita lost 75 pounds. And she did it by including occasional treats in her overall low-calorie diet, and by eating less and exercising more. 
At Cornell, Rita minored in nutrition, participated in original nutrition research, and completed a thesis on the control of body weight. Through these studies, she was mentored by a world-leader in obesity research. 
This personal and professional weight loss experience proved invaluable to Dr. Rita in her medical practice, as she has for the past fifteen years counseled her pain management patients on how to lose weight and keep it off to take pressure off of their painful joints.

What started you on your writing journey? 

I hate to admit it, but I don’t actually love to write. In my case, I feel compelled to write. God stirred up passion in me to reach people who need my help, and writing was the only way I could reach them in large numbers. Through my writing, I tell people what I believe is the truth about food, eating, weight loss, and even better things, like how to find emotional and spiritual freedom from the underlying baggage that leads them to gain weight in the first place. 

What distracts you from writing the easiest?

I take care of a lot of people who need me, from my family to my church to my patients and others, too. I could look at those people as being “distractions,” but actually those people fuel my writing. They give me stories to write about! At the end of the day, it’s like I have a catharsis at the keyboard. As I write and pray, God seems to enhance my understanding and give me new tools with which to better help those who need me.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

At those rare times that I read for pleasure (since I’m lazy and prefer to watch movies), I almost always read books written by people I know or have met, personally. For example, I met acclaimed author Michael Palmer (an ER doctor turned author) at a Harvard writing course for medical doctors. When I started reading his medical mystery, “The Fifth Vial,” I couldn’t put it down. If I hadn’t met him, I never would have read the book! I’ve also read Christian speculative fiction books by my writing coach, Jefferson Scott, an autobiography by my friend who is a college professor and decorated Vietnam War veteran, and a self-published book called “The Love Letter,” which was written by my sister-in-law, Missy Hancock. 

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?

Much to the annoyance of my teenage kids, I laugh pretty loudly at church when my pastor (Craig Groeschel) cracks jokes about the goofy things he’s done in his life. I can’t help it. He’s funny. You should check out his sermons. They’re online here: 

Where is your favorite place to travel/vacation in? 
If there’s a beach, sign me up.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends?
If I’m cooking, it’s any meal that all four of us agree on—especially if we all sit down together at the dinner table to enjoy it together. We aren’t all necessarily home at the same time for dinner, and we all have different tastes for food. Still, if I had to pick one meal that we all agree on it’s my home-made pasta sauce. The kids will literally fill a bowl with sauce and eat it like it’s soup. I’d give you the recipe, but then I’d have to kill you and your readers, and that would be bad for my reputation as a Christian medical doctor and healer.

Are there spiritual themes you like to write about?  
Absolutely. I love to dispel the lies that the Accuser tries to get us to believe about ourselves. I love to encourage people to forgive those who hurt them (for their own sake). And I love to encourage people to turn from sin and seek God. All those things help your physical health through the mind-body-spirit connection.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” This verse is framed in a beautiful picture on the wall of my favorite exam room at the office. It really changes the atmosphere of the room, setting the stage for amazing healings—for those who believe.

Purchase The Book:

Dr. Rita Hancock M.D.  is giving away a copy of  THE EDEN DIET  The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


karenk said...

I'm interested...

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Patsy said...

Would love it!


Linda Kish said...

I might learn something that would help to improve my diet. I hope I get lucky.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I necessarily want this book, but I feel compelled to enter because I feel God wants me to have this book. I have struggled with my weight since the birth of my 2nd child. I need to lose about 140 pounds for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual reasons. I continue to pray and continue to struggle. I am intrigued by this book because it is written by someone who has been there!

KayM said...

I like the apple test idea. I think it would be helpful.
may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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