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Nourish

Nourish
Author: Katie Farrell
Publisher: FaithWords
Genre: Christian, Health
ISBN: 978-1-4789-7606-6
Pages: 208
Price: $20.00

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Katie Farrell knows what it’s like to struggle with weight issues. Unhealthy and destructive eating habits plagued her for years, until she discovered how to care for herself in accordance with God’s will. In Nourish, she explains how she was able to make peace with her body and learn to live a healthy lifestyle.

Farrell shares the types of foods she enjoys along with those she tries to avoid. This may not be the same eating plan the reader follows, but can easily be adapted if necessary, since she doesn’t dwell on specifics. Some healthy recipes are provided, and the author’s website has more available. Exercise is also encouraged, but again, no specific plan is promoted. Instead, she encourages the reader to discover for herself exactly how God wants her to care for her body.

God’s word can be trusted to instruct us, and Farrell provides Biblical references she has used in developing her own self-care plan. If you’re looking for a diet and exercise checklist to follow, this is not the book for you. But if you’re looking for a spiritual mentor to lead you to God’s will for your life, Farrel is a wonderful guide. I highly recommend Nourish and the Dashing Dish website.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

Christian, health

Journey to 50: How to Live with Gratitude, Grace and the Effects of Gravity

Journey to 50
Author: Laurie Russell
Publisher: Elevate Faith
Genre: Women / Health / Christian
ISBN: 978-1943425310
Pages: 272
Price: $16.99

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Turning 50 is not something most women would willingly choose, but the alternative just isn’t all that terrific. So the best thing she can do is accept it gracefully with a sense of humor. Journey to 50 is a lighthearted look at the “joys” of aging and how to cope with them.

Beginning with her thoughts on redefining aging, Russell guides the reader through family and health issues she can expect during these middle-aged years. Focusing on faith and having fun round out the five sections. Each chapter provides a series of mini-meditations of Russell’s own experiences and words of wisdom. Poking fun at herself and the aging process, she leads us on a journey filled with laughter.

Growing older will never be fun, but with friends and family as support systems, good self-care, and a positive attitude, women can conquer their fears in facing this challenging time in their lives. Journey to 50 provides an enjoyable guide to not only surviving these years, but even actually thriving.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

fitness, health

Naked in 30 Days: A One-Month Guide to Getting Your Body, Mind and Spirit in Shape

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Author: Theresa Roemer
Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books
Genre: Fitness / Health
ISBN: 978-1-62601-253-0
Pages: 250
Price: $19.99

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Many women aren’t happy with what they see in the mirror. They may be able to hide flaws with clothes that flatter, but when those clothes come off, what’s underneath is a different story. Naked in 30 Days is a program designed to address this problem.

In this 30 day plan, author Theresa Roemer guides the reader through an intense diet and exercise program designed for maximum results. Workouts focus on upper-body, lower-body, abs, and cardio, and each workout will take at least an hour to complete. The various exercises are described in detail, but no photos are provided. A diet plan is also included, which suggests avoiding grains, alcohol, sugar, dairy products, and processed foods, and leans heavily toward a Paleo eating style. Each of the 30 days has its own chapter with the exercises listed, as well as dietary suggestions, a Naked Tip, and a Mind/Spirit Tip. Because each day is laid out individually, they can be checked off like a to-do list. A 30 day summary is included at the end of the book.

Naked in 30 Days is not for the beginner! This is a serious body-building guide, intended for someone who has been working out for a long time and wants to step it up a notch. If you’re just starting out, you will need to modify this program significantly. Although it appears to be a women’s fitness guide, this book could just as easily be used by men.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker

Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker
Author: Kathy Gruver, PhD, LMT
Publisher: Infinity Publishing
Genre: Health
ISBN: 978-0-7414-8142-9
Pages: 198
Price: $15.95

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Massage therapy is a wonderful way to pamper and nurture our bodies. But what if there are ways to incorporate deeper levels of healing during a session? Kathy Gruver explores these options in Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker.

A massage session doesn’t only have to work on the body. Massage therapists can also use stress reduction, affirmations, and visualization with a client, as well as many other healing techniques such as Reiki and aromatherapy, which can be used simultaneously. And should the client be open-minded, other non-massage therapies may be used.

Traditional medicine often ignores the powerful alternative healing options we have available to us, but Gruver reminds us that these should always be used with caution. Serious medical conditions are best treated by a doctor, and there are quacks selling snake oil to the unwary. But this book shows how to carefully use these remedies which often help in the healing process. Although some techniques are only discussed briefly, websites are provided for the practitioner who is looking for more information. Body Mind Therapies for the Bodyworker provides a nice overview of options available to any massage therapist interested in expanding her healing practice.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

health

The Juice Lady’s Remedies For Stress & Adrenal Fatigue

The Juice Lady's Remedies
Author: Cherie Calbom, MS, CN
Publisher: Siloam
Genre: Health / Nutrition
ISBN: 978-1-62136-567-9
Pages: 128
Price: $12.99

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If you’re suffering from stress and exhaustion, your diet may be partially to blame. Choosing different foods and drinks could alleviate your symptoms. Cherie Calbom, the Juice Lady, has developed a juicing plan to help you feel healthy and vibrant once again.

In this pocket guide, Calbom introduces the concept of adrenal fatigue and shows us how to make changes in our eating and thinking. Living foods are recommended, and organic is preferable to conventional. But juicing is the key to following this program, since it allows the body to take in more nutrients than eating can provide on its own.

After sharing her story, Calbom shows us the causes and symptoms of adrenal fatigue. The juicing process is explained in detail, to ensure proper technique and storage. Meal and juice recipes look appealing, and the benefits of each are explained.

If you’re already familiar with adrenal fatigue and you’re looking for a quick guide to adding living foods and juices to your diet, this book will be helpful. But if you’re unfamiliar with this condition, you might want to explore one of the Juice Lady’s more comprehensive books.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

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Happy Hormones, Slim Belly

Happy Hormones Slim Belly
Author: Jorge Cruise
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Genre: Diet / Health
ISBN: 978-1-4019-4329-5
Pages: 288
Price: $24.95

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If you are a woman over 40, you might be facing uncontrollable carbohydrate cravings that throw any attempted diet plan right out the window. Jorge Cruise believes that these urges can be tamed following his Women’s Carb Cycling Plan. In this plan, carbs are severely restricted during some days, but allowed in moderation on others.

Using the logic from his The 100 diet program, he explains how Sugar Calories are to blame for weight gain. Under this modified plan, women are encouraged to limit these Sugar Calories to less than 100 per day, in order to lose weight. Weekly plans, recipes, and food lists are provided as tools in following the program.

While it’s certainly possible for some women to lose as much as 7 lbs in the first week, and 2 lbs/week thereafter, these bold claims on the cover of the book make me skeptical. Most diet plans recommend a safe and steady weight loss of 1-2 lbs per week. But on the plus side, the recipes included in this book don’t resemble traditional “diet” fare, and actually look yummy while also being healthy. I did not attempt to use this diet plan, so I’m not sure how reasonable or successful it would be, but there is nothing in it that looks dangerous to follow.  If you’re struggling with binge carbohydrate eating, this program might be worth looking into.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

fitness, health

Sleep Fat Wake Up Thin

Sleep Fat Wake Up Thin
Author: Kenn Kihiu
Publisher: CreateSpace
Genre: Fitness / Weight Loss
ISBN: 978-1481948067
Pages: 92
Price: $11.99

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Maintaining an ideal body weight continues to be a struggle for many of us, and Kenn Kihiu has offered us his thoughts on how to do this. In Sleep Fat Wake Up Thin he presents his system of weight loss, the F.A.S.T. way.

Using this acronym, he presents a five-step system (modules) of eliminating unhealthy foods, adding more healthy foods and beverages to our diet, and changing the way we eat and think. These build on each other, eventually leading to healthy and lean bodies.

Unfortunately, this successful creator of the danceX Workout and 8020 Body has given us a lot of information we’ve seen many times before. His only divergence from standard diet advice is his presentation of fasting as part of our normal eating cycle.

If you’re already a follower of Kenn Kihiu’s programs, this book would probably be a good complement to what you’ve already learned from him. But on its own, it fails to cover enough new ground. However, if you’re interested in fasting, you may find this chapter particularly useful.

Reviewer: Alice Berger