Formerly a world class skier, Cat Smiley of Whistler, B.C. is a body transformation specialist and owner of a weight-loss retreat for women, Whistler Fitness Vacations. Named Canada's top trainer three times by the International Sport Science Association, she has written on fitness and weight loss for various publications and contributed a fitness column called Kick Start to community newspapers. Her first book, The Planet Friendly Diet Your 21-day Guide to Sustainable Weight Loss and Optimal Health (New Society 2015) provides a 21-day meal plan as part of a step-by-step program "for a complete detox and reboot." The diet is meat, dairy, wheat and gluten-free, and comes with a weekly shopping list to ensure zero-waste. Smiley combines the role of personal chef and fitness instructor. $29.95 / 9780865718111

[BCBW 2015]