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22 09, 2011

Review: Special Diets for Special Kids by Lisa Lewis, Ph.D.

By | September 22nd, 2011|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Alyssa Katanic

For a little over a year now, our family has been shifting our eating habits in order to deal with various health issues including digestion problems, ADHD, and allergies/ food sensitivities. It has already been quite a journey, and we are still just beginning! There is so much to learn and it can be hard to figure out, “Okay! So what CAN we all eat and enjoy?” Thankfully, there are authors like Lisa Lewis, Ph.D. who have “Been there! Done that! Wrote the book!”

This version of Special Diets for Special Kids is actually a compilation of the previous volumes 1 and 2 with updated information and recipes from more recent research. It is an informational book and cookbook in one, and also includes a CD of over 200 Gluten-Free/Casein-Free (GF/CF) printable recipes!

What is “Gluten-Free/Casein-Free” any way? Lewis

21 09, 2011

Review: Eat Naked by Margaret Floyd

By | September 21st, 2011|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by F. Scott

This book does not contain any pictures of nude people eating or doing anything else. In fact, there are no pictures at all except for the cover. Quel dommage. What Eat Naked, by Margaret Floyd, does contain is very sound advice on what to put into your body. A nutritional practitioner in Los Angeles, Floyd paints processed foods as the enemy—and they are. Essentially, these are “foods” found outside of your produce section at the supermarket.

Floyd as a self-confessed and reformed “junk-food vegetarian” tries to steer her readers away from unnatural and harmful foods that constitute what we all know as the Standard American Diet, or SAD (she herself doesn’t mention this term). Junk-food vegetarians or vegans are a common phenomenon among those ideologically opposed to consuming animal products. Instead, they eat all

2 08, 2011

Review: Gluten Free Cookies by Luane Kohnke

By | August 2nd, 2011|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Shannon Hopkins

Anybody who is gluten-free or who knows someone with a gluten-free diet has likely thought or heard, “the thing I miss is dessert.” Even the healthiest diet includes the occasional sweet indulgence, and as more people are diagnosed with Celiac or choose to lead a gluten-free lifestyle it becomes more necessary to help them find new recipes to enjoy life’s little desserts. Luane Kohnke has put her baking expertise to the task, and in Gluten Free Cookies gives us “50 Recipes for Cookies You Crave”.

Kohnke starts with a short introduction and a comprehensive guide to gluten-free baking that not only highlights ingredients to use and avoid, but explains their purpose; discusses how to create a gluten-free baking environment; and functions as a how-to guide for even the most novice baker. Kohnke even relates the results of a

6 05, 2011

Review: 29 Days…to your perfect weight by Michele Bertolin and Richard Fast

By | May 6th, 2011|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , , |7 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

If you don’t want to lose unwanted weight, don’t consider actually buying this book.

If you had to think for a second about meaning of the above sentence – you ARE ready to buy this book!

29 Days … to your perfect weight offers 100% positive reinforcement for whatever weight loss program you will use to lose weight. If you prefer to stay with your own regimen, you can add the program described in the book as a supplement to your own weight loss plan. 29 Days also includes a 29-day companion plan which offers online tips, articles, journaling, strategies, direction and coaching to help the reader reach his or her weight loss goal.

This not a book which offer you fad diets, low-calorie or high fiber food programs to follow, expecting you to exist on a strict

22 03, 2011

Giveaway: Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet by Monica Reinagel

By | March 22nd, 2011|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , , , |99 Comments


I have 2 copies of Nutrition Diva’s Secrets for a Healthy Diet to give away!

About the book

Tired of trying to figure out what you should be eating for breakfast, or whether it’s ever OK to eat before going to bed? Want to know which type of milk, or cereals, or meats are best so that food shopping is easier?

Millions of people already eat, look, and feel better thanks to popular podcast host and board-certified nutritionist Monica Reinagel. In her highly-anticipated guidebook she sorts through all the conflicting nutrition information out there—and busts outdated food myths—so you’ll know exactly what to eat (and what to avoid) once and for all.

Monica walks you through every aisle of the grocery store and through each meal and snack of the day, helping you make healthier choices and answering your burning questions,

2 01, 2011

Review: No Wheat No Dairy No Problem by Lauren Hoover

By | January 2nd, 2011|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Jenna A.

When I was thirteen I found out that I was allergic to all dairy products. Imagine my horror when as a little girl I realized that I could no longer eat cheese, milk, ice cream, etc. etc. So begrudgingly, I began a path ionto uncharted territory, so to speak. Trying supplement after supplement, I found out the hard way that I was also allergic to the over the counter medications that were supposed to “ease” lactose intolerance. Because of this allergy, over the years I have found many alternatives to dairy products including veggie cheeses, rice, soy and almond milks, as well as Lactaid brands of milks and products.

Now, eleven years later, I am engaged to someone who has an intolerance to gluten, and we are always looking for new recipes to suit our “special needs”.

29 10, 2010

Review: Too Hot in the Kitchen by Holly Clegg

By | October 29th, 2010|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, For the Cook, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments


Reviewed by Alice L.

When I opened the package for Too Hot in the Kitchen, I immediately knew I was going to like this cookbook. It was pink, petite, and there was a fun sassy looking animated woman on the cover. It was attention grabbing, not intimidating, and as described by the author Holly Clegg, seemed to be a  “cookbook for all women”.

I was having a play date with four moms and their children the following Thursday, so I looked through the recipes for finger foods that would be easy to cook, forgiving to the waistline, and, of course, would look nice too. After all, as the saying goes, “we eat with our eyes first.” It was the first time I was having the moms over to my house so I didn’t want to screw up.

The recipes

8 08, 2010

Giveaway: Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond

By | August 8th, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |90 Comments


3 readers will win a copy of Fit for Life by Harvey and Marilyn Diamond!

It’s the program that shatters all the myths: Fit for Life is the international bestseller that explains how to change both your figure and your life. Nutritional specialist Harvey and Marilyn Diamond explain how you can eat more kinds of food than you ever ate before without counting calories…and still lose weight! The natural body cycles, permanent weight-loss plan that proves it’s not only what you eat, but also when and how, Fit for Life is the perfect solution for those who want to look and feel their best. Join the millions of Americans who are Fit for Life and begin your transformation with:

* The vital principles that bring you permanent weight loss and high energy

* The Fit for Life secrets

8 07, 2010

“Skinny is Overrated” by Danielle Milano, MD

By | July 8th, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Self-Help|Tags: , , , , , , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy J.

In Skinny Is Overrated, Dr. Danielle Milano discusses the facts of weight loss, and offers real guidance for anyone struggling with a weight issue. The main premise of the book is that being skinny should never be the goal of a weight loss program. One should strive for a healthy lifestyle, not for a certain number on a scale after weeks or months spent dieting. Skinny Is Overrated encourages readers to embrace the healthy aspects of their heritage and incorporate those healthy food choices into their daily life.

The weight loss plan promoted in Skinny Is Overrated includes creating goals and sticking to them. These goals are meant to be in line with a healthier lifestyle. Dr. Milano suggests keeping a log and developing a schedule that works with the reader’s lifestyle, and stresses the importance of

1 06, 2010

Giveaway: “This Is Why You’re Fat” by Jackie Warner

By | June 1st, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Giveaways|Tags: , , , , , |108 Comments


Publisher’s Description

“Being fat isn’t your fault; staying fat is.” That’s what Jackie Warner, America’s favorite no-nonsense celebrity fitness trainer tells her own clients, and that’s why no one delivers better results than Jackie does.

Now for the first time, Jackie shares her revolutionary program, showing readers the best ways to drop pounds and inches fast, without grueling workouts or deprivation, and keep them off for good! Her two-tiered approach provides a complete nutritional makeover and a failure-proof condensed workout routine PLUS all the emotional support and encouragement you need to get to the finish line and beyond.


I have 3 hardcover copies of This Is Why You’re Fat to give away!

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