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Jane and I decided to try  the 4 Hour Body book by Timothy Ferriss, after my next door neighbor recommended it to me.  One of the chapters in the book discusses at length the benefits of ice cold showers, ice packs, and ice baths.  Benefits include:

*boost immune system

*burn fat

*fight depression

*sleep better

I was intrigued right away by the “sleep better” claim.  Like so many women, I cannot sleep well!  I began experimenting by taking an ice cold shower before bed time–and honestly–it works!  I can sleep like I haven’t in years!  I have to say, cold showers really improve my mood too.  I actually think I’m addicted now.  I take two a day sometimes, and I’m working up to an ice bath.

You can order The 4 Hour Body here.

I’m into the second week of the actual diet plan, (I have small roll around my middle that needs to go!!) and I love it!  It’s so easy to stay on the eating plan, and the weight is definitely coming off.  There is no diet to actually follow, he basically tells you all the things that you cannot eat.  (which is a lot)  I am using my own recipes, just ones that fit into the eating plan.  The great thing about this diet is you get one cheat day a week–and he really encourages you to binge!  (I’m having a hard time with that)

I’m going to post some of the recipes I’m using on the diet this week–Give me some feedback if you happen to be trying it too!

Here are a few links to Cold Water Therapy:





Have great weekend everyone!

  • Julie
    April 10, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Nice !


  • arline
    April 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

    I have a good friend, who won’t go a day with an icy shower. I tried it, but when winter strikes, I can not bare to think about it.

    Maybe I will check out the book.

    Do you get your hair wet each time? Silly question perhaps, but that would deter me from daily practice, as I don’t wash my hair every day.

  • jane
    April 10, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I would do almost anything for a good nights sleep. Thanks for the post, I will with out fail..TRY IT.

  • Atlantis Home
    April 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Arline–I have not gotten my hair wet yet–I don’t wash mine everyday either. Jane did wash her hair in cold water, and she really liked it. I may get brave enough to try it, but I’m going to work up to the ice bath first. 🙂

  • Helga
    April 10, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    There was an interesting piece on Timothy Ferris in the New York Times (Sunday Magazine) a week or two ago that I would definitely recommend. I think they did an excellent job of exposing some of the myths that Ferris is perpetrating while still seeing some of the positive. Personally I wouldn’t buy much of it, but whatever works for you is worth keeping.

  • arline
    April 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    I would take an ice bath too, it sounds refreshing, but only for a few minutes!!!!

  • Atlantis Home
    April 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm


    I would agree that some of his claims are outlandish. It is a book that should be read with a grain of salt–but, there is some really good stuff in the book too. I will look on-line for that article!! thanks

  • arline
    April 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I am going to check this book out. It looks like it got a lot of great reviews.

    What other things about it are you finding interesting and or helpful?

  • Atlantis Home
    April 10, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    I’m not a believer in diets–they just don’t work! This one has been so easy to follow, because you know what you can and cannot eat. I never feel hungry on it, and basically, the food you eat is very healthy. Getting rid of all the carbs makes you feel really good! I think carbs make us cranky.

    Also–it is very inexpensive. I bought food for the 3 of us for 3 to 4 days, and it was $67.00. It seems like my grocery bill is always over $100.00, at least.

    • arline
      April 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      I have ordered the book, so I am curious to see what it says. I don’t diet either, but I could actually expand with my food choices a little more. I tend to be rigid unfortunately. I had eating disorders for years, and while I don’t anymore, I am still extremely particular.

      High protein and no white or refined carbs, is how I have eaten for years. It seems to work for me.

      I did take a cold shower this morning, for about 30 seconds.. it was pretty invigorating.

  • debbie
    April 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    please…..get your hormones checked out. Find out if there is an imbalance between the big three. Either you are in menopause or starting. The reason you can’t sleep is because your are in it or going through it. Take melatonin…start at 2mg and take calcium with magnesium. If you really want to get fancy get on the lifewave.com website and buy the sleep wave patches. they work

  • Helga
    April 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    I think promoting a “binge day” is just plain dangerous and doesn’t make any sense. As a psychologist who works with many eating-disordered clients I am dismayed that people like Ferris, who doesn’t have many professional credentials, promotes this wacky idea. As a blogger who can set an example for your readers I am just asking that you be responsible. I always thought from your food posts that you enjoyed a wide array of food and stood as someone who enjoyed beautiful and nutritious food as well as deserts in moderation. That is why I am so disappointed that you promoted Ferris’ book. He is such a self-promoter he doesn’t need anyone else on his bandwagon. He is an egoiste with a publicity machine beyond your wildest dreams.

  • letiziabarcelona
    April 11, 2011 at 5:15 am

    ok I should try, cold shower before going to bed, sure I will fell better (my legs always hurt, so I think cold water would be great !)


  • Emily Henderson
    April 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Would love for you to post some of your recipes. I have done the alternating hot cold showers, but never a full on cold shower. I’m gonna read more. Thanks!

  • Atlantis Home
    April 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you for your thoughtful comment, and I’m glad that you pointed this out. I did scratch my head a bit when I read about the “bingeing”. I prefer to think of you day off as a “cheat day.” There is a sentence in the book that says–go out and drink a keg if that’s what you want, and I think that is irresponsible. I’m surprised his lawyers did not catch that. Also–it’s like saying it’s okay to go out and stuff yourself with McDonald’s once a week–and that’s is just bad advice and dangerous. So–I think of it as a “cheat day.”

    Having said that–there is a lot of good advice in the book, and I admit to liking his unorthodox approach to life–but common sense is definitely needed!!

  • Emily
    April 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing- I am going to try a cold shower today!

  • Helga
    April 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you for letting me get on my bandwagon a bit. I love your blog and know that it has a lot of influence in your reader’s lives. It is a privilege to have this open window into your likes/dislikes and inimitable style. I may not take a cold shower but the apple/arugula quessadilla with Brie you featured is one of my staples!

  • daphne
    April 13, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    this is interesting but i dont think my TCM (traditional chinese medicine) therapist would agree. cold is our enemy. cold water, cold baths, draughts.

    but im interested in the diet part. will wait for your posts.

  • Stephanie
    April 14, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    I may have to check the book out–I read some articles about it and thought it was interesting but agree that “fad” diets like this should often be taken with a grain of salt. And anyways, you and Jane are skinny minis! You don’t need to diet!!

  • Vanessa
    April 15, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Hiya Judy,
    I read this post just before I had a shower the other day and just before I got in, I thought – why not?! Definitely an immunity booster! And it makes you much more aware of your body as a functioning organism. I can definitely see how you’ve become addicted – but it is almost winter here in Australia so I think I will try it again when its not so rainy and cold.