What I learned from reading: Reshaping It All and Candace’s Oven Roasted Asparagus

I had the pleasure of reading this wonderful book over this past long weekend while vacationing with my husband in the mountains. It felt so nice to curl up with a blanket next to a huge fireplace and read something truly inspiring! “Reshaping it All” is written by Candace Cameron (Who is featured on the ABC family drama “Make it or Break It” and who starred as DJ on the beloved show “Full House”) and co-authored by Darlene Schacht (Founder and former Editor of Christian Women Online magazine, and author of www.the-time-warp-wife.com) Candace shares her life song with us by unveiling the struggles she has had with food. She explains how her faith in God has helped her achieve her goal of being healthy inside and out.

I would like to start out by sharing with you my “dog eared” pages…these are the quotes that really spoke to me:

” If you want something you’ve never had before, you have to do something you’ve never done before”
-Author Unknown (p 44)

” Stay in communication with God, monitor your behavior, and buddy up with a partner” (p 57)

” There is a popular term in the land of the lean called HALT- are you Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired? If you are hungry than proceed but if you are responding to an emotion than HALT!” (p 60)

“Submit yourselves, then to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7) “When we resist temptation it eventually leaves” (p 83)

“In scripture after scripture the Bible stresses the importance of controlling our bodies, our tongues, and our thoughts….anyone who has reached a high level of weight loss has had self-discipline” (p 95) 

All of these quotes are great ingredients to make a perfect recipe for a healthy lifestyle. They are God backed, simple, and make perfect sense.

Since I was reading this book while I was on a mini weekend getaway…I want to share with you some of MY own obstacles that I faced over the weekend . This book helped with my own convictions and ultimately…my decisions! Here we go!

Candace talks about moderation and being able to treat yourself every now and again. SO! I SPLIT dessert with my husband (I could have totally eaten the whole thing). 

This was the breakfast menu…and I was told the two BEST things were the Eggs benedict and the House made Corn beef hash…what did I get? OATMEAL…Win for me! (That was very hard for me actually)

For lunch, I opted for a vegetarian bean soup…it was so good and kept me full!
( I wanted a burger and fries)

This salad was intense…this is actually me finished with it! It was HUGE!  I DIPPED my fork in the dressing instead of pouring it over top (a great Candace tip!) , I pushed the cheese aside and stopped eating when I was full.

I would “guestimate” that this book saved me about 5,000 calories this weekend! Wow.
Thank you “Reshaping it All” !!!! ( I don’t miss those calories one bit!)

There are MANY tasty recipes throughout this book…Candace is obviously very COMFY in her kitchen! Here is her simple Asparagus recipe I made this week…my husband LOVED it! (it is his favorite veggie).

Roasted Asparagus 

Asparagus is SO SMART…why do I say this? Because when you bend it, it breaks at exactly the perfect spot it is supposed to for eating. Try it, it really does work. 

Lay out on a baking pan and drizzle with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Add pepper and salt and roast in a 400 oven for approximately 25 mins. 

Whala! This, accompanied with Hawaiian broiled chicken and couscous with pine nuts made a very yummy and healthy meal!

Candace’s Oven Roasted Asparagus
2 lbs fresh asparagus
olive oil

Preheat the oven to 400
Wash the asparagus and then cut off the tough ends. Peel if necessary. Place on a baking sheet. Coat the asparagus with olive oil and then spread it out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Add salt and pepper. Roast until tender but crisp (about 25 mins)

(p 106)

Loved the book, Thank you Darlene!!! Candace, keep spreading the Good Word!!! 
Ladies…you have GOT to read “Reshaping It All”!!! 

Get Reshaping It All on Amazon.com!

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  1. It was a great book. I was very surprised at how it was written and the message. It was definitely not just a "how to get skinny" book but a great encouragement on how to let God into every aspect of your life. Way to go Janelle on putting those principles into practice! Especially the dessert 🙂

  2. The Every Day Extraordinary says:

    I liked the book too! The brocoli recipe was a hit at my house. I followed this reading up with Made to Crave and I've stayed away from most processed foods and real sugar for three weeks–I'm not following a diet. I'm just trying to really learn what my body needs and to listen to it. Great reads that helped me greatly!

  3. Darlene Schacht says:

    Love this review, and can't wait to send Candace over to look at your photos. Wow!!

    I'm off for a little nap then I'll tweet this and get stuff ready for you. 🙂 Thank you!!!!!!!

  4. I want to add this book to my reading list for this year! Can't wait to read it!

  5. Thanks for the tips. I grabbed your button today for my blog, I read all the time. And appreciate your thoughtful posts. Blessings!

  6. PreceptGirl says:

    Thanks for the tips! I grabbed your button today for my blog. I check in all the time. And appreciate your thoughtful posts. Blessings!

  7. Milk and Honey Mommy says:


    When the weather improves (or if your husband is anything like mine and grills no matter the temperature), then also try the asparagus on the grill. We eat a lot of them during the summer months.

  8. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Heather, you will love it..it is an easy read! Thanks Lara!! Milk and Honey-lol, we have the grill pulled up to the back door and it is snowing!!! Great minds,hu?!

  9. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Thanks Daningo! I agree..I liked that this book is more of a tool than a "diet"…useful tips to take through life. EDE, I pray you have much success …so hard getting off of sugar isn't it?! What an addiction we have to it! I have the same mentality…no diet, just wiser choices and moderation for the long haul! Darlene- you are welcome my Friend! You ladies should be very proud of yourselves…I am sure it was a lot of hard work!!! I benefited from it for sure, so thank you!

  10. Holly Vaughan says:

    I have been doing my asparagus this way since last year, I actually found it in Rachel Ray's 2-4-6-8 Cookbook, we like to cook until the tips are lightly blackened on the edges… yummo! if only somehow you could counteract the smell of the asparagus, yano afterwards :-/

  11. Holly Vaughan says:

    oooh and ps if milk and honey momma, if you take the asparagus and blanch it (boil them very briefly, then shock them in ice water) you can grill and they will NOT lose any color even if you grill for awhile!

  12. Saved by Grace says:

    I can't wait to read this book. That aspargus looks yummy too. Thank you for sharing Janelle!

    Blessings to you!

  13. This asparagus looks delicious. I need to check this book out. Everyone is talking about it!

  14. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Holly, Great tips! Thanks everyone!

  15. I also cook my asparagus like this with the addition of a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar. The balsamic gets all sweet and caramelized. I have also waited until after it cooks to hit it the the balsamic vinegar which is good too, but I prefer the sweetness to having it caramelized.

  16. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Terryl, I LOVE balsamic! (and anything sweet, lol)

  17. Hayley Davis says:

    I really enjoyed this book and have recommended it to many friends. I am getting ready to re-read… And highlight!
    A note on the recipes- my favorite so far has been the chopped salad- I could live on it!
    I just booked a womens conference where Candace Cameron Bure will be speaking and I can't wait to hear her testimony. What a wonderful role model she is for so many women and how great that she can so easily "marry" Christian living and "popular culture"- it has helped me to talk to many people about what Christian living is, and with great results!

  18. I JUST made the asparagus this evening for dinner. I paired it with Crock-Pot chicken and quinoa. What a yummy meal! This is definitely the way to cook asparagus! And I remembered your tip about bending the asparagus. It worked beautifully. Thank you!

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