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24 05, 2010

"Substitute Yourself Skinny Cookbook" by Chef Susan Irby

By | May 24th, 2010|Categories: Cooking, Food, Wine, Diet & Weight Loss, For the Cook, Gift Ideas|Tags: , , |6 Comments


Reviewed by Jen K.

Author Susan Irby is known as The Bikini Chef because her recipes capitalize on fresh herbs and citrus flavors, which are referred to as “figure flattering flavors”. Her aim with this book is to teach us how to make simple substitutions with ingredients to make the same great tasting dishes that contain fewer calories.

To be totally honest, the title of the book had me a little worried that her calorie cutting recommendations would be things like replacing full fat mayo with reduced fat mayo, coupled with a heavy reliance on fat free cheeses. Honestly, those substitutions seem pretty self evident and I’m fairly sure most people could work those out

4 03, 2010

Review: The Mayo Clinic Diet

By | March 4th, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


mayo clinic diet book coverReviewed by Vera (Luxury Reading)

The premise of the The Mayo Clinic Diet is that it will be the last diet you will ever need. The Mayo Clinic has helped many individuals lose weight and keep it off, and The Mayo Clinic Dietis the compilation of these tested techniques. Each section draws on the experience of various health care professionals – internists, psychologists, nutritionists and so on – and emphasizes creating your own plan using the concepts in the book. One of the motivational tools suggested in The Mayo Clinic Diet is recording your food intake, level of exercise and goals for the day. While this recording can be done in any notebook,

7 01, 2010

Review: The One-Day Way by Chantel Hobbs

By | January 7th, 2010|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


the one-day wayReviewed by Erin N.

Do you struggle with weight? Have you just given up all hope of ever being a healthy size? Chantel Hobbs has developed a way for you to lose all the weight you want and keep it off for life. The plan is based on applying the simple mechanics of weight loss (burn more calories than consumed) but also keeping the focus on just one day at a time. Chantel says that what derails most weight loss efforts is the demoralization brought about by making mistakes and by creating unrealistic goals. In her books she helps you work through these issues and provides you with tools to achieve the lifestyle you deserve.

In The One-Day Way, Chantel speaks about her own struggles with weight and how she overcame them. She also provides real life examples of people

25 11, 2009

Mood-Boosting, Waist-Shrinking Lunch Ideas

By | November 25th, 2009|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , |1 Comment


Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I know most of us will be loosening up our belts on Thursday and getting our fill of delicious turkeys, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casseroles and whatever else our families prepare for Thanksgiving. Here are 10 equally delicious lunch ideas to offset the “damage” of the Thanksgiving feast. These recipes were taken from Eat Your Way To Happiness by Elizabeth Somer, which we reviewed here.

10 Day’s Worth of Mood-Boosting, Waist-Shrinking Lunch Ideas

1. Wrap It: Fill a Mission Life Balance flour tortilla with 2 ounces of turkey breast meat, 1⁄2 cup shredded romaine lettuce, 2 tablespoons grated carrot and 1 tablespoon low-fat Caesar salad dressing. Serve with a glass of 1% milk and a piece of fruit.

2. Salad Fixings:
Top 3 cups of baby spinach and/or romaine lettuce with 1⁄2 cup berries, 1 tablespoon pecans, 1⁄2 cup broccoli

22 11, 2009

Review: Eat Your Way To Happiness by Elizabeth Somer

By | November 22nd, 2009|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body|Tags: , , |1 Comment


9780373892686_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Carly L.

Elizabeth Somer is an expert on the effects food has on our bodies and minds. She’s written numerous books on the subject, including Age-Proof Your Body, 10 Habits That Mess Up a Womans Diet, and the popular Food & Mood. I was excited about her newest book, Eat Your Way To Happiness, but I couldn’t help but wonder what else this author possibly had to say on the subject…

Happily, Somer’s newest book did not disappoint. The chapters are divided into diet “secrets” and each secret provides guidelines for living a healthier life by making the connection between changing your behavior and creating positive change in the way you feel throughout the day. The recommendations are easy to understand and

12 06, 2009

Review: The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook (and Free Recipes) by Tosca Reno

By | June 12th, 2009|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss|Tags: , , , |1 Comment


As I mentioned here, I will be posting periodic reviews of my favorite beauty and health books, cookbooks, and beauty products, to culminate in a huge beauty giveaway at the end of June – so keep an eye out!

This time around I wanted to write about my favorite cookbook, The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook by Tosca Reno. The cookbook is a companion to Reno’s diet book titled The Eat-Clean Diet, however, I have not read the diet book and have been using the cookbook on its own with no problems.

I have many cookbooks that are collecting dust on my bookshelf. The recipes seem appealing at first, but most contain ingredients that I’ve never heard of and cannot find in regular grocery stores. This is where

18 05, 2009

Review: The G-Free Diet: A Gluten-Free Survival Guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck

By | May 18th, 2009|Categories: Diet & Weight Loss, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment


I’ve been on a health/beauty kick in the recent months (probably has something to do with my upcoming nuptials), and decided to feature a few of my favorite beauty and health books, cookbooks, and beauty products. I will be posting several reviews and giveaways throughout May and June, so keep an eye out and enjoy!

Reviewed by Amanda B.

Elisabeth grew up in an Italian-American neighborhood in Providence, Rhode Island where it was typical to have a fresh loaf of Italian bread every day. While in college, Elisabeth began suffering from abdominal pains, intestinal infections, IBS, lack of energy and constant hunger. Doctor after doctor would simply say that it was IBS, or Irritable Bowel syndrome, and that no treatment would stop the pain.

After years of living with the pain,