Getting Healthy

Book Review…Essential Oils: The Complete Guide: Essential Oils for Beginners, Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes

 

 

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Essential Oils: The Complete Guide: Essential Oils for Beginners, Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes is a guide book about essential oils written to “introduce you to the world of essential oils and aromatherapy.”

The book was written primarily for beginners who have absolutely no prior knowledge about using essential oils and carrier oils.to show how to use them properly…

This book sparked my interest because so many of the natural body care and skincare products that I will be making and sharing in the near future contain them.

The title, Essential Oils: The Complete Guide: Essential Oils for Beginners, Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Recipes, is appropriate for the book because the book explains everything in simple, easy to understand steps..

The purpose of the book–showing how to use essential oils  properly-is carried out throughout the book as evident by the fact that the book tells the reader how to store your essential oils and carrier oils, and the fact that It is important to know what you are doing when you are using essential oils because some essential oils can do things such as increase UV light/sunlight sensitivity and affect your hormones.

According to the introduction, this book promises to teach you a natural treatment that takes care of both your mental and physical health at the same time…how to cure your common cold without the use of drugand how to start the day exploding with motivation and energy, whilst finishing the day calm, content and stress-free.all through the proper application of essential oils.

The author of the book is Amy Joyson.

The main idea of the book is that both your health and vitality can be improved through the use of essential oils.

My favorite part of the book was definitely the over 100 recipes for natural body and skincare products, as well as home cleaning products because this is something that I am focusing on right now in both my life and my blog…recipes to enhance your calm or self-esteem and confidence, to uplift your mood, to support your detox and many, many more.

Other topics discussed include what aromatherapy is and how you can use aromatherapy at home for stress relief and weight loss, what carrier oils are and how to use them, and what exactly essential oils are and how they work in the body.

I highly recommend this book, and feel that you will also be happy that you bought it.

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Book Review—The First Mess by Laura Wright

The book The First Mess by Laura Wright is a book about the accessibility and joys of plant-based wellness.

This book first appealed to me because lately I have been looking for healthier ways for our family to cook and eat…especially since my husband has been diagnosed as a type 2 diabetic.

This book will be especially of interest to people who are interested in learning how to prepare simple, seasonal vegan and plant-based meals that my family will enjoy

The central themes carried out throughout the book are the love for fresh ingredients, a respect towards the process of prepping and cooking them, and an overall approach to keeping it simple.

The author of the book is Laura Wright, the blogger behind the Saveur award-winning blog The First Mess.

Laura grew up working at her family’s local food market and vegetable patch in southern Ontario, where fully stocked root cellars in the winter and armfuls of fresh produce in the spring and summer were the norm. After attending culinary school and working for one of Canada’s original local food chefs, she launched The First Mess at the urging of her friends in order to share the delicious, no-fuss, healthy, seasonal meals she grew up eating, and she quickly attracted a large, international following.

The book features more than 125 whole-food recipes that showcase the best produce that each season has to offer.

The book begins with a guide for stocking your pantry and buying kitchen equipment, and then features over a hundred recipes organized into the following categories…

Mornings & Breakfast, such as Fluffy Whole Grain Pancakes

Soups & Stews, such as Garlicky Winter Vegetable and White Bean Mash with Mushroom Miso Gravy

Salads & Dressings, such as Romanesco Confetti Salad with Meyer Lemon Dressing

Hearty Mains & Big Plates, such as Butternut and Pesto Cream Lasagna

Vegetables & A Couple of Grains, such as Burrito-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Energizing Drinks & Small Bites

Desserts & Small Treats, such as Earl Grey and Vanilla Bean Tiramisu

Each seasonal, wholesome, and delicious recipe includes a photograph…gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, and nut-free options…and the amount of time that recipe will require.

 I didn’t find the recipes too complicated or too “extra.”  These plant-centric recipes will allow you to use up what you already have, encourage you to try something new, and create your own basics instead of buying them.

I found this book to be very organized, especially because it contains an easy-to-use index and informative table of contents.

I also found the book to be encouraging and fun to read because Laura shares interesting stories about specific ingredient and dishes, memories from childhood about harvesting and preparing it certain foods, and her decision to become a vegan.

The book is beautifully designed and laid out. The fonts are easy to read, and the ingredients and instructions are listed side-by-side in a very user-friendly way.

Each and every recipe has a beautiful color picture (almost always full-page)…a series of icons at the top for nut-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, etc….and the amount of time that the recipe will require.

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Book Review…The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Simple Rules for Losing Weight While You Sleep

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This book is a guide about the connection between inadequate sleep and weight gain written particularly for women faced with the fatigue, moodiness, and weight gain that we often experience because of chronic stress or hormonal changes to show how a good night’s sleep will actually enable you to lose weight, especially if you have been chronically sleep deprived.

 

This book sparked my interest because who wouldn’t love it if all we had to do in order to lose weight was sleep…If this were truly the case, then we would all be skinny, because all of us sleep, right?!

 

The title,  The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Simple Rules for Losing Weight While You Sleep, is appropriate for the book because the book gives you the tools to overcome the stress, poor habits, and environmental challenges that are causing you not to get adequate rest. The author of the book is Michael Breus, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and board-certified sleep expert.

The book shows how simple health and lifestyle changes can help increase your energy level, eliminate many health concerns, and help you lose weight loss without having to eat “rabbit food” every meal of spending a crazy amount of time spent exercising.

 

I enjoyed reading this book because I learned many things about how sleep affects your body—like how sleep boosts your metabolism, ignites fat burn, and decreases your appetite. I also liked the fact that the book provides information, advice, and practical strategies designed to help you get the sleep you need.

These tools include a realistic action plan designed to help you get both your best sleep and your best body possible, involving a slumber-friendly evening routine, stress management techniques, recipes for healthy meals and snacks all designed to help you fall asleep more easily.

Some of the key factors in losing weight while you sleep, according to this book are…

  • eating small meals that are high in protein and fiber every three to four hours
  • eliminating calorie-laden sodas and juices from your diet
  • substituting an olive oil cooking spray for butter or margarine
  • sticking to a specific sleep schedule
  • eliminating all caffeine after 2pm.
  • not drinking alcohol for three hours before going to bed
  • not exercising for four hours before going to bed
  • doing thirty minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise early in the day, most days of the week
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Book Review…Making Soap from Scratch by Gregory White

  
Making Soap From Scratch, is a guide about soap making written for beginners without any prior knowledge of soap making. This book sparked my interest because after learning about all of the “bad stuff” found in skincare and cosmetics, I am seriously contemplating this whole idea of making my own “good stuff..”

    The title, Making Soap From Scratch, is appropriate for the book because the book carries the reader from the most basic supplies to making your own soaps to selling your homemade soaps at flea markets and bazaars.

      This theme is carried out throughout the book as evident by all of the recipes for making cold processed soaps, specialty soaps, luxury soaps, soaps for everyday use, and lard or beef tallow soap.

          

          The author of the book is Gregory Lee White, founder of the company,  AROMAGREGORY CREATIVE INC..Gregory began as an employee at a friend’s local Garden Botanika store to opening his own store in 2003 to now owning the most “hip and funky New Age – Metaphysical store” in Nashville, that sells a  “repertoire” of products including largest variety of essential oils, aromatherapy diffusers, and over 250 teas and herbs. Gregory White is also the author of the book ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY: HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR BEAUTY, HEALTH, AND SPIRITUALITY.

          According to the introduction, this book promises to teach the reader the beginning process of making good soaps that are great for your skin.

          I particularly liked the fact that the book that the ingredients found in the book’s recipes are easy to find and not extremely expensivebecause I don’t want to waste more time and effort into my soapmaik got journey than necessary.

          I honestly do think that the book fulfills the purpose and promises that the author makes in the preface and introduction, and highly recommend this book because the book is easy to follow and packed with information written in a way that simply makes sense.

          The book was easy to understand and even more interesting than I had originally hoped, and I would recommend this book mainly to readers who simply want to “get their feet wet” in this soap making world. 

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            Book Review—Cruelty Free Living by Jennifer Thomson

               
            Living Cruelty Free is a much-needed guide full of tips and advice on how to start making more informed choices as a consumer, living a cruelty-free lifestyle, and perhaps even becoming a vegetarian 

            This book sparked my interest because I have begun a journey to embrace a more cruelty-free, natural, and minimalistic lifestyle.


            The title, Living Cruelty Free, is appropriate because the book exposes the truth about cruel experiments on animals, factory farming, forced labour, and the cruelty that goes into meat production and cheap clothing. 

            This theme is carried out throughout the book as evident by her ability to teach us how become more aware of the impact we each have on the environment, and the book adequately pinpoints the message of the book by providing facts, resources, and tips on how to be an ethical consumer and live a more compassionate lifestyle.

            Having first read the title of the book, I expected the book to be a finger-pointing shame-on-them commentary about how meat eating is cruel.  


            The author of the book is Jennifer Thomson, a freelance writer, who has been a vegetarian for 29 years and has always tried to live a cruelty free life. 


            The main purpose of the book is to teach consumers how to avoid buying cosmetics, foods, and other products that have been tested on animals.

            I particularly liked the fact that the book provides a plethora of information without ever sounding preachy, even though she is obviously writing about a cause that is very close to her heart. The author doesn’t push the reader into changing their lifestyle or beliefs or quit eating meat tomorrow.

            The book was really interesting to read and easy to understand.


            I would highly recommend this book mainly to readers who are interested in beginning to live a cruelty-free lifestyle..

            After researching, and becoming more than a little bit frustrated, online switching to a cruelty-free lifestyle online, it was so nice to finally find a resource that lays everything out in a very organized manner that gives the reader the information they need 

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              Book Review…Eating for Beauty

               

                
              Eating for Beauty Kindle Edition by David Wolfe (Author)

              Lately I was in the emergency room with my three year old, watching people come in and go out for hours. As I sat there, I started noticing which people in the waiting room probably took the time to exercise and watch what they ate. I started feeling convicted that not taking better care of ourselves during the early and mid-life…(or whatever-the-heck-you’re-fifties are)…is selfish because in twenty or so years, our kids and grandkids will then have to take care of us based on the decisions that we ourselves make now.

              The book Eating for Beauty: David Wolfe’s Raw-Food Guide to Cleansing, Rejuvenating & Anti-Aging appealed to me because I am finally getting a grip on my own version of a “holistic” lifestyle—a belief that each aspect of one’s life affects any other aspect.

              I believe that the words  “beauty” and “health” are closely related. I often play piano at various nursing homes …and often the people who I find the most attractive are the women who took take care of themselves along their journey.

              Eating for Beauty: David Wolfe’s Raw-Food Guide to Cleansing, Rejuvenating & Anti-Aging is a book about the difference between acid and alkaline foods, food classes, detoxification, beautifying foods and recipes, and how all of this affects anything from our skin to our voice….that will be of interest to people seeking not only to improve his or her appearance, but also vitality and health.

              The title, Eating for Beauty: David Wolfe’s Raw-Food Guide to Cleansing, Rejuvenating & Anti-Agingis appropriate for the book because the book educates the reader about the benefits of the specific foods he eats, discusses the importance of  exercise, and encourages each of us  to live a beautiful life through both our thoughts as well as our actions.

              The central theme…”what we eat affects how we look”…is carried out throughout the book through…

              • a discussion of what each food is capable of contributing to the body
              • in-depth descriptions of beneficial foods 
              • more than 30 gourmet “beauty recipes” 
              • scientific explanations of the human body’s chemical reactions to various elements of nutrition, physical activity and sleep
              • the “Beauty Diet,” a diet based on raw foods that is designed to “cleanse, nourish and beautify”

              The author of the book is David Wolfe, one of America’s foremost nutrition experts, …who has also written the best-selling book The Sunfood Diet Success System. 


              The main idea of Eating for Beauty: David Wolfe’s Raw-Food Guide to Cleansing, Rejuvenating & Anti-Aging is…

              Raw organic foods are so much better for us than foods that have been processed further and further away they are from their true raw potential. 


              “Garbage In—Garbage Out”…remember that expression from back in the days when we were all carrying around floppy disks for our computers?!

              The same is true about ourselves…you cannot put bad food into your body…and expect to have great skin or hair…not to mention good health.

              I found this book to be incredibly enlightening and educational book, filled with nutritional nuggets and inspiration.

              On the other hand, the one thing that I disliked most about the book was the level of commitment and the practicality of eating a raw food diet on a regular basis that maintaining a program like this would involve…

              After all, a Mississippi girl’s gotta eat…and probably would choose fried chicken over raw potatoes any day of the year.

              I would recommend this book mainly to readers who are looking for ways to improve their appearance, vitality, and health. 

                 

                Starting the Day Off Right

                Encourage One Another

                  

                In this society far too many of us spend far too much of our time criticizing and complaining….and as a result, so many people and relationships are suffering from alienation, indifference, and even hostility.

                And at the heart of this suffering is a lack of affirmation, appreciation, or even acknowledgement.

                Many of us have been taught that affirmation is a humanistic, self-esteem, ego-boosting tool for manipulating others.

                Yet appropriate affirmation motivates the other person, without fueling pride…and encourages with words that are thoughtful, intentional, and respectful.

                Appropriate affirmation recognize Christ-like characteristics in others, as well as the work that God has done and is doing in the lives of the people around us.

                We must always make sure to keep God at the center of our affirmations by following the biblical pattern of saying, “I thank God for you…” 

                Affirming the work that God has done and is doing in others honors God so that the person is encouraged and God gets the glory.  

                  Scriptures that demonstrate the purpose of building each other up include…..

                  1.  Hebrews 10:24…
                    

                   2.  Romans 15:2 
                    
                  3.  1 Peter 3:9

                  3.   
                   
                  Forty percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but only about eight percent actually reach their goals. 
                  You can spend way too much time analyzing everything, thinking about getting started online, reading every article and book in sight, and never getting anything done…but with all the available resources out there, you will probably still be trying to figure out where to start….and simply writing that New Hear’s resolution on a new list of resolutions in December…

                  • “Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” — Stephen King

                  Even though you don’t have the perfect plan and are not sure exactly how it’s going to work out, the best way to learn is by doing….

                  Regardless of the goal that you have set, there are many who, what, when, where, how, and why questions that you might ask yourself including…


                  1.  WHO…Next talk to other people about your goals. This will make you feel both more excited and more committed.

                  • Who benefits the most from me achieving this goal?
                  • Who can help me achieve it? Who else is or should be involved?
                  • Who else believes in me and my ability to reach this goal?
                  • Who will support me? Who probably won’t support me? 

                     
                  2.  WHAT…First of all, write down specific goals that you want to achieve. Keep your list of goals in front of you. Frame them if you want.

                  • What is my biggest passion and dream in life? What one wildly bold goal would I like to accomplish that would truly inspire me to get up each morning?
                  • What do I want to accomplish? What will success look like?
                  • What is the probability of ever reaching this goal?
                  • What is the biggest obstacle hindering me from achieving my goals? 
                  • What skills, tools, and resources do I need to acquire or master?
                  • What is my next step? 

                  Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” — Malala Yousafzai

                  3.  WHEN…Focus on immediate tasks…only your tasks for today and the week ahead of you…so that you do not get discouraged or overwhelmed. Now, perhaps the most important task—get organized. Break larger goals into smaller tasks. Set up a plan or schedule. Break down the year into months, and then create specific action steps for each week. 

                  • When can I find the time to do whatever it takes to reach this goal?
                  • When would be a realistic time for me to have reached this goal?
                  • When will there be enough information to know if and when I should set new goals?
                  • When will I start working toward this goal?

                    

                  4.  WHERE

                  • Where do I want to be this time next year?
                  • Where will I acquire the necessary knowledge?
                  • Where will my goal be accomplished? 
                  • Where have I written my “chosen frozen” goals down so that they can become something tangible to focus on, evaluate, and refine on a regular basis?

                  . “Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” — Golda Meir

                  5.  HOW…Choose appropriate milestones and benchmarks for your particular goal. Reward yourself whenever you reach a milestone or benchmark.

                  • How will I benefit from reaching this goal? 
                  • How will I stay focused during the process? 
                  • How will the business be different one year from now?
                  • How will this goal be achieved?
                  • How does this deadline influence your daily activities?
                  • How should I best spend my time, instead wasting time on unrelated, unimportant, non-strategic activities?

                    

                   “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.” — Winston Churchill



                  6.  WHY… Schedule a weekly check in with yourself. Evaluate what’s working and what’s not. Remind yourself why you set these goals in the first place. 

                  • Why am I going to do this in the first place?
                  • Why am I willing to invest time, energy, and money in doing this? 
                  • Why is achieving this goal so important to me? 
                  • Why is reaching this goal important? 

                    

                  My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”— Maya Angelou