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25 01, 2017

Blog Tour: Secrets from the Eating Lab by Traci Mann

By | January 25th, 2017|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Psychology & Counseling|Tags: , , , |6 Comments


secrets from the eating lab book coverPlease join Traci Mann, author of Secrets from the Eating Lab, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

We have all heard plenty of advice and news about dieting and losing weight–what else could there be to say? Traci Mann, author of Secrets from the Eating Lab, is truly an expert, and does offer some new insights into losing unwanted pounds and improving overall fitness. Mann, a professor of Psychology, runs a laboratory at the University of Minnesota that researches eating habits. Her book reviews her research on diets, debunks diet-based myths, and offers strategies for achieving optimum weight.

15 01, 2017

Blog Tour: SuperLife by Darin Olien

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments


superlife book coverPlease join Darin Olien author of SuperLife: The 5 Simple Fixes That Will Make You Healthy, Fit and Eternally Awesome, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Richard Wisniewski

Food. One of the most controversial topics in the entire world. Why? Everyone wants to be healthy but cannot put down the bacon double cheeseburger or large french fry. Everyone loves to talk about exercising and getting fit but cannot drive to the gym because they are too busy driving to the closer McDonald’s or Taco Bell. The reality is, healthy seems to be a fad of conversation rather than a way of life. If you believe this to be true or struggle with understanding health, Superlife is perfect for you.

7 09, 2016

Review: The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout by Cherie Calbom

By | September 7th, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , |1 Comment


sugar knockout book coverReviewed by Lauren Cannavino

The Juice Lady’s Sugar Knockout is the perfect starting point for anyone that is looking to make a lifestyle change and take back control of their health. Many of us are unaware of the dangers of sugar, even sugar addiction, and all of the effects that can have lasting impacts on our body, mind and health. There are even times where sugar is hidden in every day foods and consumers are completely unaware of how much sugar they are really taking in. Author Cherie Calbom completely breaks down the dangers of sugars and also provides a path for eliminating the hold that sugar has in our lives.

17 07, 2016

Blog Tour: The Mind-Gut Connection by Emeran Mayer, MD

By | July 17th, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments


the mind gut connection book coverPlease join Emeran Mayer, MD, author of The Mind-Gut Connection, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you are interested in learning more about your gut, this book was written with you in mind. According to Dr. Mayer, the gut communicates with the brain, and when there is a miscommunication, it can lead to psychiatric issues, chronic diseases, and other physical problems–all of which can be prevented.

Today, there is a never ending supply of books telling us how to change what we eat, lose weight, balance our bodies, and so on and so on. I found The Mind-Gut Connection to be different. It focuses specifically on the gut in its role on a variety of things that happen in our bodies. Dr. Mayer does try to explain everything carefully, and I mean in precise detail. This is a book that is best read with a notebook on hand because you will want to take copious notes if you want to understand and remember the topics covered. And you will want to know what’s being said since scientific studies show that your gut and your brain are pretty much running the show in your body and control its various bodily functions each and every day.

31 05, 2016

Review: Digesting the Universe by Nan Lu

By | May 31st, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Reference|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


digesting the universe book coverReviewed by Poppy Johnson

Okay, where to start? Digesting the Universe by Nan Lu is immensely helpful, wholly appropriate and capable of opening the reader’s eyes to a life-changing discourse as to how your body really works, what you should be aware of to live longer, and how you are probably eating all the wrong things that will potentially kill you faster. The book is a bit technical so be prepared to get the nitty gritty on all your bodily functions, including the ever popular metabolism and its impact on weight loss, or the lack thereof.

Digesting the Universe is written in eight sections, with a ninth section/appendix that includes author biographies, references, quoted sources and more. The sections review everything from our metabolism and the relationship between organs, to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and the role of the mind and spirit in the metabolic functions. As I mentioned, the book is technical but readers with no prior knowledge of the subject matter will still understand the content. You do, however, need to give this book its full attention–taking notes is helpful too.

20 04, 2016

Blog Tour: Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Disorders & Diseases, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments


eat dirt book coverPlease join Dr. Josh Axe, author of Eat Dirt, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

Everywhere we go we see hand sanitizers and antibacterial soaps claiming to kill off 99.9% of the germs we could potentially come in contact with and stating that they will help keep us safe. But have we as a society gotten so obsessed with being anti-germ that we’ve gone too far? Dr. Josh Axe has written Eat Dirt to help show us that instead of running away from germs and dirt we need to be embracing the dirt and getting it back into our lives. By exposing ourselves to small amounts of local dirt and micro-organisms, we allow our body to build up the good bacteria which then helps it to naturally fight off the

20 03, 2016

Blog Tour: The Well Path by Jame Heskett M.D.

By | March 20th, 2016|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body, Self-Help, Women's Health|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


the well path book coverPlease join Jame Heskett M.D., author of The Well Path, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Let me just start out by saying that there are entirely too many self-help/wellness/diet books out there, with a new fad diet or “challenge” popping up each month to make us feel worse about our long journey with weight loss (for those of us on that daily journey). Some fads are ridiculous (such as using a vertical piece of paper to measure your waistline challenge), and some are stupid (is eating tofu to lose weight really worth it if it is now rumored to be made of plaster of paris and epsom salts?). Other fads are just more of the same old tired advice  – eat much less, exercise much more – masquerading

23 01, 2015

Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Metabolism Solution by Lisa Lynn

By | January 23rd, 2015|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


metabolism solution book coverPlease join Lisa Lynn, author of The Metabolism Solution, as she tours the blogosphere with iRead Book Tours!

Enter to win a a copy of the book below – open to US and Canada residents

Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin

In her book, The Metabolism Solution, Lisa Lynn compiles her extensive knowledge on the topic of weight loss to create a user friendly manual for anyone who needs to lose a lot or a little. Writing from her own personal experience, she shares her story of being overweight and what she did to move past it.

Knowing that weight loss can be a tricky topic for many people, Lisa addresses a wide variety of factors that affect whether one is ultimately successful. Initially she discusses supplements that boost metabolism and why they work. Specifically, she endorses her own personal LynFit brand and why she believes they

2 01, 2015

Review: Passionate Nutrition by Jennifer Adler

By | January 2nd, 2015|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments


passionate nutrition book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

Have you ever wanted to start that journey to better health but felt overwhelmed? The transition to a more holistic lifestyle leaves many struggling with where to start and what to prioritize. In her book, Passionate Nutrition, Jennifer Adler weaves together her personal story with her realistic approach to eating healthfully in a way that suggests that this lifestyle is possible for anyone. As a certified nutritionist, Adler believes that treating food as medicine provides healing and nourishment to the body while doing something so fundamental as eating daily meals.

Jennifer’s interest in nutrition comes out of a childhood of poverty, abuse and malnutrition. It is with this understanding that she shares her knowledge in a format that reads like a mix of story, how-to manual, cookbook and lists. I especially appreciated how she first addresses

8 06, 2014

Review: Fat Loser by Steve Siebold

By | June 8th, 2014|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments


Fat LoserReviewed by Garret Rose

The self-help book Fat Loser!, by Steve Siebold is a book for those who are serious about losing weight. Siebold spares no excuses and often uses some of his own struggles with weight issues as antidotes throughout. Although at times this book can be repetitive, if the reader chooses to read one of the hundred and one strategies per day, this can be a great reminder that the battle of losing weight is not an easy one, but one worth doing. Every reminder comes with a scenario followed by an argument for Siebold’s reasoning. Just when the reader feels that there is little to no compassion in his efforts, one will see the logic behind Siebold’s reasoning and a slight softening of rhetoric. Each challenge has an action plan. Some are very useful (Make a list of