Happy Days Healthy Living: From Sitcom Teen to the Health-Food Scene

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9781556437342: Happy Days Healthy Living: From Sitcom Teen to the Health-Food Scene

Both a celebrity autobiography and the tale of a journey to healthful and a living-foods lifestyle, Happy Days Healthy Living chronicles the Hollywood childhood and acting career of Cathy Silvers, daughter of iconic comedian Phil Silvers. The first half of the book's title references Cathy's years as a cast member of the popular TV series Happy Days, on which she played the character of Jenny Piccolo. The story of her auditions and capture of the coveted role provides a fascinating backstage glimpse inside the television industry and one of the most popular series of all time.

The second part of this story is Cathy's adult journey from "fast-food mom" to spokesperson for healthy living on a new "web vision" network, The Healthy Living Network. In addition to her own experience learning about juicing, vegetarianism, organic food, non-toxic products, and other elements of a healthy diet and life, the author brings in voices from the world of health, nutrition, and alternative medicine to lend their expertise—these include leaders in the living-foods movement such as Dr. Gabriel Cousens, David Wolfe, and Victoria Boutenko, along with professionals well-versed in alternative medicinal approaches. Cathy Silvers successfully healed a breast condition with Chinese medicine when her doctor wanted to perform a double mastectomy. This and other experiences with alternative medicine led her to include healing along with diet in her discussion of healthy choices. One of the more moving themes of the book is the author's touching relationship with her famous and largely absent father, the late Phil Silvers, who inspired her as an actress and entrepreneur but also left her to grapple with the issue of who he really was. Short passages by Erin Moran, Marion Ross, and Henry Winkler of Happy Days highlight the book, along with a preface by the show's producer, Garry Marshall, and an introduction by its star, Ron Howard. A good read with plenty of salient information about Hollywood and healthy living.

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About the Author:

Cathy Silvers began her career appearing as Jenny Piccolo on the hit sit-com Happy Days. When she later married and became a mother, her interest in health and lifestyle became first a passion then a career. She combines her expertise in mothering, health, and nutrition as a lifestyle coach, teaches rock-climbing, and serves as a raw food chef for hipcooks.com

Now, with her own shows, The Healthy Living Show and The Healthy Living Kids Show, Cathy has the opportunity to share her knowledge and personal experiences. With the aid of a variety of experts, she hopes to show other families how to live each day to the fullest.

Review:

“There are plenty of autobiographies out there about Hollywood kids who fell deep into drugs and never climbed out. Here’s a happier tale about a girl who found her way to healthy and happy living. She’s smart. She’s funny. She’s sexy. And she’s very healthy. So, go ahead and read her book and find out how you can be, too.”
—Garry Marshall, creator and executive producer of Happy Days

“‘Sincerity’ is the first word that comes to mind when I think about Cathy Silvers’s book. Her story is so riveting that it almost seems fictional. The fact that it’s true makes it all the more exciting.”
—Victoria Boutenko, author of 12 Steps to Raw Foods and Green for Life

“Cathy Silvers has a message to everyone, especially moms who, like herself, are the nurturers, comforters, shoppers, chefs, healers, and very often the providers: By offering yourself, your family, and your community organic food and non-toxic products, together we can have healthy families and a healthy planet. ... each individual’s actions moving in this direction will create a healthy world and yes, the ‘Happy Days’ we all yearn for.”
—Ron Howard, Richie Cunningham on Happy Days and Academy Award-winning director of A Beautiful Mind

“Cathy Silvers is most known to audiences as ‘Jenny Piccolo’ on television's Happy Days, but now she is doing something to make sure our days stay happy by speaking on the benefits of a healthy lifestyle... We always hear about the importance of a healthy lifestyle. This book takes it even further, revealing facts that most individuals aren't aware of and would be shocked to hear. It shakes the reader out of their reverie to realize their lifestyle and diet is not good for them. Even more importantly, it inspires thinking for the better—helping to conduce real change.”
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