Favorite Books from November 2017

Favorite Books from November 2017

Some REALLY great books this month!  I enjoyed a nice mix of Fiction and Non-Fiction.  Here were my favorites: FICTION Very fun vacation read – every time I thought I had the plot figured out, something would happen to throw me.  The main characters are a pair of writers with a seemingly perfect life.  Until the wife goes missing.  Who is responsible?  Don’t read ahead to fully enjoy this one.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. This book couldn’t be more different than the first one.  Covers many of the topics so many of us working moms think about – do I love what I’m doing?  Or am I just doing it for the money and prestige?  Is that enough or would I be happier going down a different path?  Full of quirky characters and new chances.  My rating 4 out of 5. I just finished this book last night and got a huge kick out of it.   I didn’t love Sunshine, but the questions she raises – how far do we go from our truth when we start “curating” our life oneline?  How do we balance sharing what is real versus what looks good?  are so relevant today.  I’m sure you’ve heard others say “I wish my life was as good as hers looks on Facebook.”  Well this book helps you think about those questions.  My rating 4 out of 5.  The other fiction books I enjoyed this month were We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves: A Novel, Elizabeth Is Missing: A Novel and We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Orange Collection).   I read two non-fiction books this month. ...

Color for your Thanksgiving Table

It’s the time of year most of us think about cranberries.  Even if you don’t normally enjoy them, you might consume some cranberry sauce this week while enjoying your Thanksgiving dinner. However, we really should be eating cranberries much more often than once a year!  Cranberries are chock full of antioxidants, vitamin C AND they are great for your digestive system. If you’ve ever had a urinary tract infection, you may have been advised to drink cranberry juice.  That’s because cranberries contain proanthocyanidins.  This helps prevent E.coli bacteria from sticking to the walls of your bladder. Thanks to all those antioxidants, they also help our body get rid of toxins that can cause our immune system to weaken – and a weakened immune system makes us more likely to pick up an icky bug. If you’ve never had real cranberry sauce – this is the year to start.  Here is my favorite recipe – it’s incredibly simple, delicious and can even be made a few days before you want to serve it. Other ways to add more cranberries to your life include drinking them (make sure it’s real cranberry juice and not a bit of juice with tons of additional ingredients), adding fresh ones to baked goods, or dried cranberries to your salads.  Or just snack on them raw – yum! This is also the time of year to stock up on cranberries – they can be pretty hard to find at the grocery after December.  Buy an extra bag or two and stick it in your freezer.  They’ll even keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator’s crisper...

Twist for Your Gut

Twist for your gut – what???? Hopefully you’ve been faithfully enjoying some fermented foods and/or including a probiotic since last week.  Today I’m going to share another super simple tip for helping aide digestion and it doesn’t have to cost a dime. Twisted yoga poses Not a yoga fan?  Don’t stop reading.  Traditional twisted poses are fantastic for stimulating the organs in your digestive system.  They do this by creating movement in and around our organs.  So doing these types of poses can truly start things moving if your body is “stuck.” For those of you familiar with yoga, a simple spinal twist while reclined or seated is a great place to start.  If you don’t know anything about yoga, you could begin with Day 2 of the video A.M. Yoga for Your Week (which is in general a great beginning yoga video).  Whenever I feel the need to do yoga twists, I pop in this DVD and enjoy the series of poses.  It’s also a great sequence for back or shoulder pain.  The entire workout takes less than 25 minutes, so it fits well into your day in the early morning, lunch time or even evening. Another great resource if you aren’t ready to invest in a DVD is to check out this series suggested by Yoga Journal:  8 poses for better digestion. If you don’t have a regular yoga practice, I’d recommend starting out with 2 or 3 days a week and seeing how it goes from there.  Once the moves become second nature, you could easily start or end each day with 5 to 10 minutes of twists.  You’ll help your...

How’s Your Gut?

Do you often find yourself with stomach problems?  Feeling bloated or just plain miserable?  I know I used to, and as I mentioned in last week’s Facebook Live video, it’s exactly why I started down the path of nutrition training.  I wanted to stop feeling uncomfortable every other day. I can happily say that today (almost 7 years later), I rarely have stomach issues.  In fact, overall I feel much healthier and get sick less often than I used to.  I’m confident that many of the tips, tricks and lifestyle changes I’ve made over the years is the reason. Thank goodness for being willing to experiment (although once you get to the point where you’ll try anything to feel better, it’s not that hard to do). This month, I’ll dive into some of my favorite ways to help if you are experiencing gut issues.  Since the reasons can be varied and are as individual as each of us, some of these may help you more than others – but there is science and historical evidence behind each tip.  The only way to find out what helps you is to give the various suggestions a try.  And not just once – be consistent and try something new for at least 7 days.  But don’t try more than one tip at a time – otherwise you can’t pinpoint what is helping.  I do want to mention that although they might be helpful, none of these tips are considered “cures” or are specifically geared towards people who’ve been diagnosed with IBS or other medical issues – please talk to your doctor about...
My Favorite Books from October 2017

My Favorite Books from October 2017

  I didn’t read as much as normal this month – but that’s not surprising since we had a relaxing two week Fall Break.  That meant most of my free time was spent hanging out with friends and family.  Definitely more of a priority than reading!  Plus we went out of town for a soccer tournament (so much fun) and a wonderful family vacation with lots of hiking, game playing and just enjoying life! My favorites for the month: Oh my goodness this is a fun book.  Alice gets sent to California by her boss to assist an author with creating her new book.  When she arrives she finds herself spending most of her time caring for Frank, the author’s son.  Frank is quite an unusual child.  He prefers old movies, dressing the part of characters in them, and definitely marches to his own tune.  By the end of the book, you’ll fall in love with Frank and the quirky cast of characters that support him.  My rating 4.5 out of 5.   Totally different genre – this thriller kept me guessing until the end.  I was pretty sure I knew what was going on, but never 100%.  On a stormy night, Cass sees a woman sitting in her car in the woods.  She doesn’t stop, thinking it might be a trap, but then the next day when the woman is found dead, she begins a downward sprial of guilt.  Meanwhile, the anxiety she feels seems to be unraveling her entire life.  But is it just anxiety?  Don’t read ahead and you’ll enjoy this book more.  My rating 4.5...

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