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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.

28 07, 2016

Blog Tour: Lift by Daniel Kunitz

By | July 28th, 2016|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Historical, Nonfiction, Sports & Outdoors|Tags: , , , |2 Comments


lift book coverPlease join Daniel Kunitz, author of Lift: Fitness Culture, from Naked Greeks and Acrobats to Jazzercise and Ninja Warriors, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Seldom does a book come along that explains so well why we are and should be doing something. In Lift, Daniel Kunitz does an excellent job of going over the reasons we lift and why we need to lift, as well as breaking open some myths about lifting along the way.

Let’s begin with what this book isn’t. Although there are elements of workouts related to lifting in the text, this is not a workout book nor is it a weight loss book. That said, if you do follow some of the guidelines reviewed in the book, you are practically guaranteed to lose weight.

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

18 11, 2015

Review: Living with a SEAL by Jesse Itzler

By | November 18th, 2015|Categories: Exercise & Fitness, For Men, Gift Ideas, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Memoirs, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |1 Comment


living with a seal book coverReviewed by Jennifer Jensen

Self-made entrepreneur Jesse Itzler lives a comfortable lifestyle with his wife, Sara. Between the two of them, they run two successful businesses: Marquis Jet and Spanx. Jesse also has an interest in fitness and has competed in marathons. After deciding on the next marathon he wanted to run, he dragged his wife out to the race with him. One of the competitors, a solidly built African-American male, caught Jesse’s eye. He tracked down the man’s name and called him up, inviting him to live with his family and train Jesse for an entire month.

The man, known only as SEAL in Jesse’s memoir, Living with a SEAL: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, promptly moved in and began a rigorous training with Jesse, pushing his body and mind as

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

7 12, 2014

Review: UnDressed by Mark Cornelison

By | December 7th, 2014|Categories: Christian Living, Exercise & Fitness, Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction|Tags: , , |3 Comments


undressed book coverReviewed by Sarah McCubbin

UnDressed follows the personal account of author Mark Cornelison as he shares the story of his experience before, during and after his time as a contestant and finalist on NBC’s show The Biggest Loser. While the reality television show is all about losing physical weight, this book looks at what other things we need to take off in order to become better people and live better lives.

During his time on the show, Mark discovered who He is to God and that discovery shaped his life going forward. He challenges the reader to experience their own transformation by highlighting things we need to “take off” or undress in our lives. Among others, those things include stress, fear and a self-focus. In addition, he suggests we need to “put on” a proper understanding of God’s grace, a love for people

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