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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

23 10, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: A Breast Cancer Alphabet by Madhulika Sikka

By | October 23rd, 2014|Categories: Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Memoirs, Nonfiction, Personal Health|Tags: , , , |9 Comments


breast cancer alphabet book coverPlease join Madhulika Sikka, author of A Breast Cancer Alphabet, as she tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours!

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

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova

When I was going through my own breast cancer journey (and I am still not sure I like referring to it as a “journey”), I was constantly struggling to find something I could finish reading in the chemo chair before the Benadryl IV drip kicked in. Although I read Breast Cancer Alphabet some time after I finished chemo, I could instantly appreciate Madhulika Sikka’s intention to give breast cancer patients a quick but meaningful read.

In 2010, Sikka was a journalist with NPR; four days before her very first interview in the Oval Office, she underwent a needle biopsy to determine if a mass

20 06, 2014

Review: TimelessYou Siminar: Changing Perceptions by Deepak Chopra, MD

By | June 20th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Etc., Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Self-Help|Tags: , , |1 Comment


What if you could change the way your body ages without surgery or medication? What if you could actually make yourself younger?


Dr. Deepak Chopra has facilitated a series of Siminars called TimelessYou in conjunction with Grandparents.com. These five courses, available for $29.99, are designed to help users adapt the way they think about their body, time, and the aging process, and to apply new understanding to developing the mind, body, and relationships to stay healthy and vibrant long into “old age”.

There are six courses that each take approximately an hour to complete and tackle the individual components of embracing the timeless self:

  • Changing Perceptions
  • A Youthful Mind
  • Healthy Relationships
  • The Mind-Body Connection
  • Mindful Eating
  • Joyful Exercise

This review covers the first course, “Changing Perceptions”.

Though it may seem like a large chunk of time, 85 minutes moves quickly in the “Changing Perceptions” Siminar. The course

13 01, 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Organic Beauty with Essential Oil by Rebecca Park Totilo

By | January 13th, 2014|Categories: Beauty & Fashion, Beauty & Fashion, Gift Ideas, Giveaways, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , , |43 Comments


Organic BeautyPlease welcome Rebecca Park Totilo, author of Organic Beauty With Essential Oil, as she tours the blogosphere with Premier Virtual Author Book Tours!

Enter to win a copy of the book below – open internationally (eBooks only for international winners).

Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

Women everywhere want beauty tips at affordable prices, and what better way to enhance your own personal beauty than to make your own beauty products at home? This book provides instructions for making your own soaps, your own bath mixes and other routine beauty products. After reading this book, the reader will never want to spend $9 on a homemade soap again at a specialty market, especially after seeing how easy it is to scent and make your own at home. According to Titilo, there are two prime benefits to a home based regimen. The

6 12, 2013

Review: The ‘Forever Young’ Regime by Rajani Kanth

By | December 6th, 2013|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Nonfiction, Personal Health, Religion & Spirituality, Self-Help|Tags: , , |0 Comments


The-Forever-Young-RegimeReviewed by Poppy Johnson

First off, this thin yet over sized book is very pink, but never judge a book by its cover. The ‘Forever Young’ Regime by Rajani Kanth’s has twenty-six chapters and offers the tools and strategies to live your entire life in a young vital body, with a young vital mind and spirit. For anyone who is a non-believer it is possible to always live in a young state of being, and the book tells the reader exactly how to get there – the mysteries of living forever young are available to us all!

Some of the advice is tried and true, such as the advice to take nutritional supplements (vitamins) for better health. Other advice concerning changes to the psychological and behavioral being that lives within us all takes more time to process, but will undoubtedly worthwhile to explore. Kanth

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

2 03, 2013

Review: When Cancer Strikes a Friend by Bonnie E. Draeger

By | March 2nd, 2013|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , |2 Comments


9781620872147_p0_v1_s260x420Reviewed by Darin Godby

When Cancer Strikes a Friend is a very well written and insightful book by Bonnie E. Draeger. She helps readers understand some of the things that an individual who is experiencing the turmoil of cancer is going through. She also gives examples of how to best be their friend and offer true help that will make a real difference. Draeger offers clear directions, such as not making open ended statements -along the lines of just let me know what you need and I’ll be there – to the cancer patient. While that may sound good to the giver, it isn’t a lot of help to the cancer patient. They would be better off knowing what specific times you can help as well as what specifically you are willing to do. Draeger also suggests setting boundaries for

2 12, 2012

Review: The Turning Point by Balasa Prasad & Preetham Grandhi

By | December 2nd, 2012|Categories: Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health, Self-Help|Tags: , |2 Comments


Reviewed by Poppy Johnson

The Turning Point offers real-life advice on how to take action when everyday stressors take a hold of your life. Authors, Balasa Prasad and Preetham Grandhi, suggest that people who want to get rid of their stress are doing it wrong. It is better to ride the wave of stress and find inner peace by managing stressful triggers. After all, stress (and external threats) come in two main varieties – either they are imminent or they are merely implied.

In general terms, the best way to neutralize threats (and stressors) is to logically determine the source, reasons and emotions behind the stressor – then work to deal with it. The book does not promote “managing” stress, but rather encourages conquering stress. In this way the book provides enlightenment, because it takes a bit of certainty, patience and understanding

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

7 10, 2012

Blog Tour: Breast Cancer! You’re Kidding… right? by Catherine Doughty

By | October 7th, 2012|Categories: Disorders & Diseases, Health, Mind, & Body, Personal Health|Tags: , |5 Comments


Please welcome Catherine Doughty, author of Breast Cancer! You’re Kidding… right?, who is touring the blogosphere with Pump Up Your Book.

Reviewed by Vera Pereskokova (Luxury Reading)

In 2007, Catherine Doughty, author of Breast Cancer! You’re Kidding… right? was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the time, despite the separation from her husband, Catherine was leading a successful and happy life. She adored her two young children and had a fulfilling job in healthcare as a Director of of Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging.

After the initial shock of her diagnosis, Catherine rallied and decided to use her designation as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt – Six Sigma is a business management strategy used to address and eliminate the causes of defects – to approach the cancer in the same way she approached problems at work. Breast Cancer! You’re Kidding… right?