Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power by Lisa Mosconi

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Lisa Mosconi, PhD, INHC, combines her knowledge and training in Neuroscience, integrative nutrition, and holistic health, to lead readers though the science of brain health, explaining how to feed your brain the very best foods to keep your mind sharp and significantly lower your risk for developing diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

This book is full of useful information, delving into the more recent field of epigenetics to reveal the power of nutrition and environmental factors over our family genetic history, and proving that our genetic expression (particularly when it comes to susceptibility to certain diseases) is not necessarily “set in stone” but may be altered by the lifestyle choices we make on a daily basis. Continue reading “Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power by Lisa Mosconi”

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Author Guest Post – Andrea Lochen: Ten Most Delicious Desserts Inspired by Novels

Ten Most Delicious Desserts Inspired by Novels

by Andrea Lochen

As an avid reader with a major sweet tooth, I love when authors include the recipes for the yummy desserts they’ve made me drool over throughout their book.  It’s a marriage of two of my favorite activities—reading and baking!  And if you’re a book club member, what better treat to bring to your meeting than a dessert straight out of the novel?  Here are ten of my favorite book-inspired desserts!
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Yummy Stories: six stories to stimulate your mind and appetite by Lil L. Alexander

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ebq5starGet ready for a delicious adventure!

Yummy Stories is a collection of six modern folk and fairy tales that kids of all ages will adore.

Full of beautiful, vibrant illustrations by Anda Cofaru, these imaginative stories make healthy food fun and look delicious at the same time- a brilliant way to encourage kids to eat their veggies!

Follow the stories of unforgettable characters, like a brave little pea who wants to grow tall, or a greedy giant who swallowed the carrots whole. Find out what happens to a vain strawberry who is always admiring herself, and discover a magical world of fairies, dinosaurs, and so much more. Continue reading “Yummy Stories: six stories to stimulate your mind and appetite by Lil L. Alexander”

Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life by Georgia Pellegrini

 

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Modern Pioneering. It almost sounds like an oxymoron. But with the rapidly rising costs of living and the increasing reality of chemically-tainted foods, it seems society is beginning to come full-circle as more and more people wake up to the benefits of a back-to-the-basics lifestyle.

In this book author Georgia Pellegrini explores the old ways of doing things – from good old country know-how to the DIY grit of times gone by – all with a modern flare. As the author so beautifully puts it- “This is your guide for how to do more with less, to delight in your little patch of garden behind your home, and enjoy life in the process. Continue reading “Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life by Georgia Pellegrini”

Commit to Get Fit: Find the Secret to Your Own True and Everlasting Weight Loss by Laura Dion-Jones

“I hope my story helps inspire you to let me help you Find the Secret To Your Own True and Everlasting Weight Loss once and for all, just like I did.”

Are you at a standstill in your weight loss?

Tired of trying every diet plan out there without seeing results?

So was Laura Dion-Jones. No matter what diet she tried, it seemed like nothing was working for her. Her weight gain, which didn’t seem to fit her normal-sized portions, baffled her. The author had battled obesity her whole life, and topping the scales at 317 lbs., she knew she had to find a better weight loss solution fast- or else. 

After meeting with countless doctors, nutritionists, even hypnotherapists, she became desperate -even strongly considering gastric bypass surgery. It seemed like nobody had the answers she was so desperately seeking. But then she finally met a doctor who was willing to listen to her, and work to uncover the true root of her problem. What she discovered was life-changing, enabling her to drop 150 pounds and become the healthy, happy person she always longed to be. Continue reading “Commit to Get Fit: Find the Secret to Your Own True and Everlasting Weight Loss by Laura Dion-Jones”

2076: A Revolutionary Tale by Stephen G. Mitchell

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I am so conflicted by this book- I enjoy Mitchell’s writing very much but find a lot of things about this book very off-putting. Let me explain…

The premise of this book is interesting- a futuristic “America” that has spun wildly out of control. Famines and other environmental changes have led to food shortages, leaving food enough only for the elitist “walled-ins”. Lower class “SERFS” must eat FASTFED, a disgusting yet addicting synthetic food. But there are a group of rebels who fight the walled-ins and steal their food to share amongst themselves, dreaming of a future America where there is food enough for everyone.

Were I basing my review on premise alone, I probably would give this book 4 stars, because I did enjoy it. However, about midway through the book, Mitchel begins to interject left-wing political ideology. I found this annoying, but was still willing to overlook it and continue on with the book, until I reached about 3/4s of the way through, where a character begins a lengthy tirade against religion. Continue reading “2076: A Revolutionary Tale by Stephen G. Mitchell”

Review of Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist

Bread and Wine; this book is a collection of essays about family relationships, friendships, and the meals that bring us together. Written by well-loved writer and blogger, Shauna Niequist, this mix of Girl Meets God and the Food Network is a funny, honest, and vulnerable spiritual memoir. Bread andamp; Wine is a celebration of food shared and life around the table, and it reminds us of the joy we find in connection and relationship. It’s about the ways that God teaches and nourishes us as we nourish the people around us. It’s about hunger, both physical and otherwise, and the connections between the two. Recipes are included for the dishes you can almost taste as you read about them. From Butternut Squash Risotto to Apple Crisp with Vanilla Ice Cream and Salted Caramel Sauce, you will be able to recreate the comforting and satisfying meals that come to life in Bread andamp; Wine.

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