Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review: Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore

With moving these past couple of months, I could feel the effects of the stress and eating things on the run. As a result, I wanted to get back into eating more healthfully. Everyday Detox by Megan Gilmore offers advice and recipes on eating healthfully to help your body feel better on a daily basis.

Megan Gilmore starts the book by sharing her story. She didn't start out being a healthy eater, but she says she did enjoy cooking. After years of diets, binging and unhealthy eating, Megan went to school and became a Nutritional Consultant. She shares that this book offers recipes developed with digestion mechanics in mind. She offers a basic plan for combining foods to help your body digest better. She also shares great advice on how to stock your kitchen with healthy essentials. A jump- start seven-day menu begins the recipe section. . .if you want to use it. She doesn't want you to get bogged down in the rules so much that you can't make the changes. Megan says you can make her plan work whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or a carnivore. 

The recipes include chapters on: liquid nourishment; Salads, sides and dressings; soups, sandwiches and wraps; casseroles and comfort food; sweet treats; and a chapter on the basics like marinara sauce and healthy coffee creamer. Many of the recipes are flanked by beautiful color pictures making all of the recipes look delicious. Lentil chili, cauliflower flatbread pizza(on the cover), go-to Greek salad, maple mustard glazed salmon and strawberry lime sorbet all look so yummy! I highly recommend this book for someone who wants to eat healthier on a daily basis with an emphasis on whole foods. I personally found most of the foods were easily available at our local grocery or food coop.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

About the Author:
MEGAN GILMORE is the creator and recipe developer behind, a website that makes healthy living easier and more accessible. Though she wasn’t raised as a healthy eater, Megan credits her former junk food habits—and a penchant for baking—in helping her re-create healthy favorites using whole-foods ingredients, without sacrificing taste or texture. Megan is a certified nutritionist consultant and health coach, and her recipes have been featured in The Guardian as well as Shape and Clean Eating magazines. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and son.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Book Review: The Big Book of Hormones published by Siloam

As a woman in her perimenopausel years, I have had some questions and concerns regarding some hormonal changes in the past couple of years. I thought The Big Book of Hormones would be helpful in giving me some answers. 

The Big Book of Hormones offers a comprehensive look at female hormonal changes through the years, from being a young woman through the postmenopausal years. I felt it was part textbook, part medical/nutritional guidance book and part Christian encouragement. 

The cover of this book states that it offers "survival secrets to naturally eliminate hot flashes, regulate moods, improve memory, lose weight, and sleep better." This book explains in depth the hormone types, what they do for you, changes you may experience and ways to improve your hormonal balance. The Big Book of Hormones also helps women consider ways to improve their health in general related to breast health, diet, exercise, heart health and better sleep. While the cover sounds like all of the options the book discusses will be natural, there is also a lot of discussion in the book about hormone replacement therapy and some discussion about medications for certain issues, along with the risks and benefits of using either medications or natural therapies. There is a lot of food for thought.

This would be a good book for a woman to read just prior to the perimenopause years as it offers a good amount of general information and an overview of menopausal hormonal changes. I didn't learn a lot that was new to me as someone who has been through a lot of hormonal changes already but it was a good refresher. I also appreciated the Christian aspect of this book. Each chapter ended with a related verse on the topic covered. Some chapters offered Biblical advice on how to look at certain aspects of your life changes. I especially liked the end of the introduction section that shared "five ways to pray for your well being." I thought the Biblical aspect was great. 

I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Book Review: A Bone To Pick by Mark Bittman

Mark Bittman is the New York Times only opinion columnist covering the food beat. A Bone To Pick is a compilation of his best columns in one book. While I have read a few of his pieces, I had not read many so I enjoyed this compilation of opinion pieces. I resonate with his thinking in many ways but these pieces challenge me to think more about our current food and agriculture situation in the United States. And I think Bittman would think that is a good thing.

A Bone to Pick is divided into sections: big Ag, sustainability and What's in between; what's wrong with meat?; what's Food and what is not?; the truth about Diet(s); the Broken Food Chain and Legislating and labeling. Each section consists of several of his columns complete with the date they were published. 

This book is a great read for anyone interested in the while food world in the United States today. I found it to be thought provoking even though I am fairly 'up' on much of what he is talking about. I also appreciate that he ends the book with two essays that encourage the average person to keep doing the little things tat they know they can do to make changes in their lives with regards to healthy dietary change. I agree with Bittman, it feels overwhelming at times to make changes and fight the big companies, but if we all do small things, those small changes can make big ripples. Personally, I think if you eat, you should read this book. You likely won't agree with everything Bittman writes, but it will help you think and be challenged to make better choices in today's American food system.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

About the Author

When Mark Bittman writes and talks about food, America listens. In his weekly New York Times food column, his monthly New York Times travel features, his bestselling cookbooks, and his award-winning public television series, Bittman grabs our attention–and keeps it.

Bittman’s bible of cooking, How to Cook Everything, has sold over a million copies. Dubbed “the new, hip Joy of Cooking” by the Washington Post and winner of both the Julia Child and the James Beard Awards (plus several others), it’s a must-have book for every American Kitchen, the favorite of millions of American cooks. In 2005 Broadway Books published his eagerly awaited follow-up: The Best Recipes in the World.

His weekly cooking column, The Minimalist, is followed by more than two million readers, including home cooks and professionals, and has profoundly influenced American cooking since its inception. (Three award-winning cookbooks have resulted from his column: The Minimalist Cooks at Home; The Minimalist Cooks Dinner; and The Minimalist Entertains. These three will be published in an omnibus paperback edition in the spring of 2007, entitled Mark Bittman’s Quick and Easy Recipes from the New York Times.)


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Book Review: Your Blueprint For Life by Michael Kendrick

This week we started moving into a new house in a new town after my husband made a job change. I also turned 50 in December. Those two changes have left me re-evaluating how my life is going up until now. It also leaves me wondering if I need to do some things differently to better serve God. I found Your Blueprint for Life by Michael Kendrick offers a good solid plan for making some defining decisions at any age.

"How to align your passion, gifts and calling with eternity in mind" is the subtitle on the cover of this book. Kendrick starts out encouraging the reader to ask themselves, what will I do today that will matter for eternity? Kendrick offers advice and questions to ask yourself to discern your calling and gifts. He then shares advice on the five spokes of the wheel of your calling--your spiritual life, relationships, physical health, finances and your career. He says that when these five  are in balance, you are in a position to fulfill your calling and glorify God. I did find some good insights throughout the book to apply to my own life.

This book was interesting and full of good information and life advice. As a midlife woman, I found it helpful in reflecting on my life and my calling. It is a great book for someone of most any age wanting to discern making life changes for living. It would be especially great to give someone for a graduation gift or, because of the emphasis on Christian living, it would be a great gift for someone who is just starting to walk with God. If you are looking to share it with a non-Christian there is also a salvation message in the back. Kendrick's faith is also woven throughout the book.

I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Book Review: I'm Happy for You by Kay Wills Wyma

I don't know about you, but after being on social media, I have felt more discontent instead of content with my life--if I am honest with myself. I log in and I see EVERYONE else's perfect vacations, kids, houses, pets, etc. After a few minutes on Facebook, I assess my life as mediocre and boring. Kay Wills Wyma addresses our current culture of needing everyone to "like" our life photos/updates, our Pinterest perfect birthday parties, or our tweeted performance updates.

In I'm Happy For You, Kay Wills Wyma offers encouragement and advice on how to live a more contented life in our world today. If you are tired of performing and feeling weighed down by the pressure to present the perfect life to the outside world, Kay encourages you to get escape the comparison trap and excessive competitiveness in our culture today. each chapter offers advice on looking at your life a bit differently to lesson the pressure on yourself. I, for one, found this book to be highly beneficial. It was encouraging to me to see that I am not the only one that is feeling tired and ready to settle down to a more relaxed look at life. Plus, I enjoyed the writing style and the examples she shared from within her family and life situations. It was easy to apply to my life.

I'm Happy For You would be a great book to use in a book club or reading circle. There are some good discussion questions in the back that could help people open up and share more honestly.I also liked that at the end of each chapter is a quick summary on how to apply that chapter's lesson to your own life.  I would recommend everyone read this book.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

About the author:
Kay Wills Wyma has five kids, ages four to fourteen, and one SUV with a lot of carpool miles. She holds a bachelor’s from Baylor University and an MIM from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird). Before transitioning to stay-at-home mom, she held positions at the White House, the Staubach Company, and Bank of America. She and her husband, Jon, live with their family in the Dallas area.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Book Review: Devotions from the Garden with Miriam Drennan

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. The cover of Devotions from the Garden is simply beautiful and restful looking. I just want to walk into the garden pictured and have a seat on the swing, rest and look at the beauty and commune with God. The subtitle is "Finding Peace and Rest from Your Hurried Life." This book could help you do just that.

Devotions from the Garden offers beautiful garden pictures to look at along with meditations on God's Word beginning with a Bible verse and ending with a prayer. This is not a dated book so the reader can start at the beginning or could start anywhere and read what you feel led to read among these 90 devotions. Readings draw parallels between life and gardening. Gentle relationships between the Christian life and various aspects of gardening offers a lovely reading for each day with both hopes and challenges being addressed. Just about any area of gardening is related to life. A few examples include: the root system, pollinating bees, drought, drop rotation, and staking plants.

This book would be a great gift for anyone who enjoys gardening. Both the beautiful pictures and the readings would be an encouragement to anyone who enjoys plants and reading the Bible.

I received Devotions from the Garden from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.

Miriam Drennan is the author of Devotions for the Beach and the Days You Wish You Were There and Soar Above the Madness: Surviving Office Politics Without Losing Your Mind, Your Job, or Your Lunch. She currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee, where she enjoys gardening and playing with words. Drop her a line at

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book Review: Tox-Sick by Suzanne Somersault

68.8 % of adults are considered overweight or obese
ADHD diagnosis has increased an average of 5 % per year from 2003 to 2011
Food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011
95 % of cancers are caused by diet and environment

These are some big statistics quoted in Tox-Sick. by Suzanne Somers. Suzanne Somers has personally felt some of these statistics as she and her family members have dealt with ADHD, cancer, Lyme Disease, mold toxicity and more. These challenges in her own family led her to work with doctors to find best how to help overcome these illnesses. Tox-Sick shares her and her familly's journey to feeling good once again and also interviews with 6 prominent physicians to best learn the effects of toxins on our brain, our gut, our hormones, our heart and how to make our environment cleaner. Somers also shares information from the doctors on how to help yourself heal and feel better from the effects of our environment.

This book is packed full of good information on how to help yourself heal and to feel good, to get rid of brain fog and belly bloat. If you truly want to help yourself and your family members, this is a good reference book to start with. She also lists other books you may want to read by the doctors that she interviews. It is not a quick read if you are really interested in learning what to do, but it is interesting and very helpful. I enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone with these struggles or anyone with family members facing health challenges to read it. She does have a website with supplements and healthy products that she sells that she mentions but she doesn't push it that much. She also lists other websites that sell quality supplements. I felt it was well balanced and also encouraging in that she offers so many helpful things to do to help yourself feel better.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
SUZANNE SOMERS is the author of seventeen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Ageless; Keeping Secrets; Eat Great, Lose Weight; Get Skinny on Fabulous Food; Eat, Cheat, and Melt the Fat Away; Fast and Easy; and The Sexy Years.