Monthly Archives: December 2013

Book Review: Healthy Joints for Life

Healthy Joints for Life: An Orthopedic Surgeon's Proven Plan to Reduce Pain and Inflammation, Avoid Surgery and Get Moving AgainHealthy Joints for Life: An Orthopedic Surgeon’s Proven Plan to Reduce Pain and Inflammation, Avoid Surgery and Get Moving Again by Richard Diana
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a terrific book that confirms what I’ve learned on my own about how eating can impact your joints. I love the fact that it addresses the problem with a solid plan of attack instead of just putting a bandaid over joint inflammation with a pill.

The book is chock full of scientific information which is easy to understand and vital to complete understanding. The stories of actual patients trials, errors and successes are helpful and encouraging. As a sports fan, I also loved the sports stories.

Included is an eight week program that helps you to incorporate the program laid out in the book, step by step.

If you suffer from joint pain and want to live healthy, I highly recommend this book!

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Book Review: What Nora Knew

What Nora KnewWhat Nora Knew by Linda Yellin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fun and funny book to read. It had me laughing out loud.

Molly is a recently divorced gal who writes for an online news source. Having been burned by her first husband, she opts to choose really safe and mostly boring men to be involved with. When she’s assigned to write an article about romance, sort of like Nora Ephron would, she blows the assignment.

Meanwhile, she meets Cameron who she is drawn to but feels is a huge risk that she’s not willing to take.

I loved Molly and her story. I loved the humor. I’m glad she was happy in the end.

Two thumbs up! 🙂

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Book Review: Pretenders

Pretenders (Pretenders, #1)Pretenders by Lisi Harrison
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like the books the Lisi Harrison writes and I liked this one. It was a fun, fast read.

The book follows the journals of five students from Noble High. They are assigned the journal writing exercise by their English teacher who just wants them to learn to disconnect from the computer.

Some of them aren’t sure how to do it at first but they all get into it and you follow their Freshman year through the entries.

I know this is probably the beginning of another series and I’m looking forward to reading the books that come after. But I kind of feel like this one stopped really abruptly.

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Book Review: The New Atkins Made Easy

The New Atkins Made Easy: A Faster, Simpler Way to Shed Weight and Feel Great -- Starting Today!The New Atkins Made Easy: A Faster, Simpler Way to Shed Weight and Feel Great — Starting Today! by Colette Heimowitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have known about the Atkins diet since Dr. Atkins’s first book that was published back in 1972. What I know is that a low carb food plan works for me.

In the intervening years, it would seem, from reading this book, that people were confused about the Atkins diet and so this book was written to give more detailed instructions on how to eat this way for life.

It’s not all bacon and butter! The first phase, now called Kick Start and formerly called Induction, is relatively restrictive. It includes proteins, foundation veggies (greens!), fats and cheese. I know over the years, I’ve know people who have thought this was the extent of the diet.

But there are several more phases where more food variety and more carbs are added to the maintenance level which shows you how to maintain your weight loss for the rest of your life.

The foundational Atkins principles are in this book. But added to them are really great explanations about how to increase the carbs and live healthy.

Included in this book are meal plans, shopping lists, FAQs, and for those who are really in a hurry, a description of how to use the Atkins food products in this plan.

I liked the fact that the program is spelled out clearly and that there are many options for the reader. You can choose how fast you wish to lose weight and which foods you want to include. Although exercise is encouraged, it’s not mandatory.

I also downloaded the Atkins iPhone app which is a handy little tool. I haven’t used it a lot but it’s pretty complete and you can even scan a product’s UPC code and get the nutritional information about it. I also looked at where you can find communities and forums for help and support.

I think this is a really great guide towards healthy eating and living. It’s easy to read and understand and let’s you get started straight away. 🙂

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Book Review: Under the Jewelled Sky

Under the Jewelled SkyUnder the Jewelled Sky by Alison McQueen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a beautiful book! Set in India, during the Partition, Under the Jewelled Sky is about Sophie, the daughter of a British doctor and Jag, the son of the Maharajah’s bearer. A love that was not supposed to happen.

Life in the palace was boring for Sophie until she found a secret door. Behind the door, she also found Jag, who would show her all the secret passageways in the palace and become her friend, confidant, and eventually, her lover.

Palace scuttlebutt caught up to the two and Jag’s father, horribly ashamed, leaves the employ of the Maharajah and heads to his family’s home. There is much death and destruction along the way, traveling by foot and living in camps. The father doesn’t make it.

Sophie’s parents are equally horrified and her mother beats her. While Sophie is sent to a home where she can have the baby and give it up, her mother goes back to England, unable to stand what her life has become.

Aterwards, Sophie goes back to England and eventually marries a diplomat and they are sent to India. The story takes us through the lives of Sophie who never stops loving Jag, and Jag’s endless searching for Sophie.

A beautiful, but sad story. I didn’t want it to end.

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Book Review: Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat

Cavewomen Don't Get Fat: The Paleo Chic Diet for Rapid ResultsCavewomen Don’t Get Fat: The Paleo Chic Diet for Rapid Results by Esther Blum
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cavewomen Don’t Get Fat is a terrific book! I’ve read just about every book out there on the paleo diet since we adopted this style of eating in 2010.

I enjoyed the female focus of this book. Blum writes in a style that is comfortable and you feel like her friend. As an aside, I signed up for her newsletter and it comes addressed to, Dear Gorgeous. I love that!

In the book is a lot of solid information about how the paleo diet can get, and keep, you healthy. Blum addresses various female health concerns and offers a plan to right them.

I like how the detailed instructions are given and, yet, the encouragement that even taking a small step in the right direction is better than no step is also there.

I’d highly recommend this book to any women who has considered the paleo diet. And we ALL should be considering it at the minimum. Terrific book! I can’t wait to get my hard copy of it so I can write and make notes in it. 🙂

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Book Review: Roomies

RoomiesRoomies by Tara Altebrando
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Roomies is a cute story of two girls who will be roommates when they get to Berkley in the fall. Lauren is from San Francisco and EB is from New Jersey. The story begins when they receive their roommate assignment at the beginning of the summer.

Over the course of the summer, these two different girls grow up and grow together via email correspondence.

Very sweet and very readable. 🙂

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