Ivy Ingram Larson was just 22 when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Determined not to let the debilitating disease rule her life, she turned to a diet of whole foods and regular exercise. The medical student and childhood friend who helped her put together the plan, Andrew Larson, soon became her husband. Together they've built a healthy lifestyle that has kept her MS in check and the whole family healthy.

The Gold Coast Cure's Fitter Firmer Faster Program virtually pulses with the enthusiasm of its authors, who lay out a sensible program combining eating well and fat-burning exercise. The bulk of the book consists of meticulously explained sample workouts combining strength and cardio, accompanied by how-to photographs, and a hefty section of recipes that seem deliciously out of place in a diet book: Spice-rubbed lamb kebobs with tahini sauce? Baja fish tacos? Sounds like a diet anyone could get behind.

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