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5 10, 2013

Review: Is It Just Me or Are Sit-Ups a Waste of Time? by Graeme Hilditch

By | October 5th, 2013|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , |3 Comments


9781844544981_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Finally! Is It Just Me or Are Sit-Ups a Waste of Time? is a book that puts to rest the major myths about working out and offers real guidance on what we should all be doing to live healthier and more physically active lives. Graeme Hilditch is a top personal trainer in the UK who effortlessly debunks what we all think we know about the do’s and don’ts of exercising. He will anyone into an expert by the end of the book. And no, sit-ups are not as beneficial as most of us have been taught, and may be a colossal waste of time for anyone interested in developing abdominal muscles (he does offer alternatives that work better in the short and long run for obtaining that elusive six-pack).

The book offers advice on better exercise routines for maximum results,

19 05, 2013

Review: The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin

By | May 19th, 2013|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , |4 Comments


The-Virgin-Diet-by-JJ-Virgin-Harlequin-Nonfiction-Author-CelebrityReviewed by Melanie Kline

Drop 7 foods. Lose 7 pounds. In just 7 days. Sounds amazing, doesn’t it? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. Food intolerance is the real cause of weight gain? Yeah, sure! Sounds great – where do I start? Sign me up!

Not quite so fast. The Virgin Diet is jammed full of testimonials. I wound up skipping about half of the book because frankly, if I don’t personally know you and believe that I can take you at your word, then your testimonial is just a waste of my time. I want to see it for myself and since I already have the book in my hands, I’m not going to bother reading what other people have to say.

Overall, The Virgin Diet provides some good points to ponder and that make a whole lot of

16 03, 2013

Review: Whole Weigh by Charlotte Denny Henley

By | March 16th, 2013|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , |3 Comments


whole-weighReviewed by Darin Godby

In her book, Whole Weigh: How to Quit Dieting and Start Living a Healthy and Whole Life, author Charlotte Denny Henley writes very convincingly about how readers can change the way they view themselves and become healthier people. There is so much focus on dieting that most people give up quickly and many times put on more pounds than they lost while on the diet. There must not only be a change of how one eats but also a change in one’s entire lifestyle and way of thinking in order for any weight loss to be successful.

Henley deals with the purpose of balance and how important that is within the life of every person. When one’s life is out of balance there will never be a true change within. Many of the weight issues that people are

20 02, 2013

Review: The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan by Jessica Smith & Liz Neporent

By | February 20th, 2013|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


The-Thin-in-10-Weight-Loss-Plan-Smith-Jessica-9781934716359Reviewed by Poppy Johnson 

The Thin in 10 Weight-Loss Plan is for anyone interested in starting an exercise plan with only 10 minutes to spare. The authors are convinced that the plan works and they offer ideas for busy people who have the best intentions but don’t know where to start. Jessica Smith is a certified personal trainer and Liz Neporent was a mother looking to lose excess pounds after having a baby. They both came to the same conclusion that weight loss needs to be fitted into a person’s routine and has to be an everyday part of our lives – not as a chore to scratch at daily. They developed a program that allows one to start exercising with just 10 minutes a day using focused exercise and if the plan is kept up, it can produce real

18 11, 2012

Review: Feel Younger – Now! by Donald McGrath

By | November 18th, 2012|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , , , |1 Comment


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Donald McGrath, author of Feel Younger – Now!, discusses how poor nutrition and lack of exercise will age a person and become negative factors in a person’s life. Of course, we already know all about this mantra – eat right and get fit – and this book is not too different from many other books available on the topic.

McGrath promotes seven habits to better health and encourages the reader to make lifestyle changes for better living. Some of these habits are: play, sleep, exercise regularly and vigorously, eat good foods in proper amounts, and make a habit of developing better life habits.

Feel Younger – Now! has helpful tips that can give the reader a new perspective on being healthy overall. It offers “take away” advice, charts and tables on health related issues, bonus cut outs and

27 07, 2012

Review: For the Love of Food by Denis Cotter

By | July 27th, 2012|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments


Reviewed by Jen Kulman

It is immediately apparent that this cookbook is aptly named. Denis Cotter has a genuine love for putting ingredients together to create phenomenal dishes. This is one of very few vegetarian books I have read that is truly inspiring. He has a way of writing recipes that make the finished products seem so much more than the sum of their parts. It is no exaggeration to say that the way he views food and ingredients makes me reset my focus.

I adore his written introduction and think it sets a great tone for the book. Instead of writing a cookbook based on themes, he started jotting down the dishes he was preparing on a daily basis. The result was “a book of nice things to eat that would be of more use than an addition to the growing list of serious food tomes.”  He could have also added that the end result was a pure joy to read.

Recipes are divided into nine slightly unusual categories: Breakfast, Salad, Risotto, Soup, Mash, All wrapped

27 05, 2012

Review: Weight-Loss Apocalypse by Robin Phipps Woodall

By | May 27th, 2012|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body, Self-Help|Tags: , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Weight-Loss Apocalypse by Robin Phipps Woodall details the weight loss plan originally started by Dr. Simeons, otherwise known as the hCG program; the program utilizes the hCG protocol for the “ultimate weight loss”. The premise of the program is to eat only when you are hungry, reduce the urge to eat when you are bored, deal with stress without using food as a distraction or pacifier, and create happiness in your life without having to use food as the source of fulfillment.

It is true that most people are stimulated by food and rely on desserts or meals to “lift their mood”. Woodall states that eating should be less of an emotional endeavor and more of a practical function. One premise is that the more fat cells a person’s body accumulates the less the person actually needs food.

31 03, 2012

Review: The Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook by Judi & Shari Zucker

By | March 31st, 2012|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


Reviewed by Jenna Arthur

Judi and Shari Zucker are two twins on a mission – to bring delicious and nutritious vegetarian snacks to children and adults alike that have common, as well as, uncommon allergies. Starting at a ripe age of 11, these twins became vegetarians. They wrote their first snack book at age 16 and are continuing to spread the word that there are alternatives for traditional snacks that make allergy sufferers sick.

The Ultimate Allergy-Free Snack Cookbook is not only filled with dozens of kid friendly treats and sweets but also has a lot of information for parents and adults new to coping with allergies. The beginning of the book explains common allergies while also explaining foods and additives to avoid. The delicious recipes to follow are easy to make and taste amazing.

I tried the Really Raspberry Sorbet, the Lemon

24 03, 2012

Review: From Fat to Fit by Carole Carson

By | March 24th, 2012|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

From Fat to Fit follows the author, Carole Carson, on her weight loss journey. The book reviews the psychological and physiological benefits of following a weight loss program. This program itself is structured to allow the dieter to stick with it and effectuate a life-style change.

Carson encourages readers to find a weight loss plan that they can stick to on their own. There are progress reports for each week, ideas for weekly exercises, and advice on how to find spiritual guidance. Carson also shares tips on curtailing the self-indulgences that leads to weight gain.

Carson participated in Meltdown, which was a fitness program intended to be free for the participants. She had team promoters and support staff to manage and launch events in Nevada. The Meltdown featured organized teams with rules, leadership, free passes to fitness clubs, and

23 02, 2012

Review: The Smarter Science of Slim by Jonathan Bailor

By | February 23rd, 2012|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Self-Help|Tags: , , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Smarter Science of Slim by Jonathan Bailor provides an explanation for anyone wondering why they gain weight or why they can’t lose it quickly. The book covers different foods and why they are good or bad for us, such as the inSANE foods (processed foods and sugars) that should be avoided and the SANE foods that include any foods that can be hunted or gathered (meat and certain veggies). Bailor also includes interesting facts that were news to me, such as the fact that long term weight loss comes from unclogging our fat metabolic system.

I though I had read everything there was in the area of exercise. However, The Smarter Science of Slim has surprisingly interesting suggestions for exercising. For example, the book offers diagrams for floor and weight exercise routines and gives instructions for maximizing