Monday, March 22, 2010

The Mayo Clinic Diet (book review)

The Mayo Clinic Diet

Published by Good Books 1/1/2010

ISBN #978-1-56148-676-2

$25.99 US


In our work with literally thousands of patients, we've identified the critical habits of people who maintain a healthy weight, and the habits of those who don't.

With The Mayo Clinic Diet, we've boiled this research down to five simple habits to help you take off the extra weight -- and five habits to break so that you can keep it from coming back. Plus, we've made it easy, because what works best when it comes to weight loss is keeping it simple!

The Mayo Clinic Diet is composed of three sections to get you started, to keep you on track, and to give you the knowledge and tools you need to keep those unwanted pounds off for good

  1. Loose it! is a two-week quick-start program designed to help you lose 6 to 10 pounds in a safe and healthy way.
  2. Live it! is a long-term plan in which you continue to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week until you reach your goal. Then, you learn how to maintain your healthy weight for life.
  3. All the extra stuff includes meal planners, recipes, tips on overcoming challenges and much more to help you along the way.
The Mayo Clinic Diet puts you in charge of reshaping your body and improving your health -- for a lifetime.

For more information, visit The Mayo Clinic Diet book Web site.

My Take:

I've struggled with my weight for years, and have finally made progress, dropping 40 pounds in 10 months. I still have a ways to go, but definitely feel I am well on my way to success. I don't do well on traditional diets, rebel if I have to count points or calories, and will eat pretty much anything that is off limits (I ate donuts every day I was on Atkins, and I HATE donuts :) But I needed something to help, something that would provide motivation and a common sense attitude towards meeting my goals.

The May Clinic Diet is exactly that - using clinically tested techniques, you make simple changes that result in success, both short term (losing) and long term (maintaining).

I loved the direct approach, and the fact the book is divided into three sections - "Lose It", "Live It" and "All the Extra Stuff". To lose, you just break 5 habits and add in 5 new ones - sounds to easy, but it works - that's how I've managed to drop 40 pounds. rather than jumping on the latest weight loss trend, I've just concentrated on eating healthier and moving more. To maintain, you focus on your success in part 1, and know if you slip you can always start over. The last section is fantastic - loaded with information and recipes, I'll definitely turn to these pages over and over.

My book also included the Mayo Clinic Diet Journal - an easy way to track what I'm eating during the day. I loved the food pyramids included on each day - no counting carbs, calories, or fats, you just check off for each fruit, vegetable, etc..

I'd definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to lose weight, or just eat healthier.

I received this book free to review - the opinion in this post is entirely my own.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Sexaholics - Book Review

Sexaholics by Pynk
Grand Central Publishing - Hachette Book Group

Category: FICTION
Publish Date: 3/23/2010
Price: $14.99/$17.99
ISBN: 9780446179584
Pages: 336
Size: 5-1/4" x 8"

Miki, Valencia, Teela Raye, and Brandi share one thing...they are all addicted to sex. United through Sexaholics Anonymous, these women try to recover from their dependence on wild, spontaneous, and even sometimes, dangerous sex. From whips and chains, to sex in public, they have done it all! Led by Dr. Rachel Cummings, each woman takes the first step to recovery by sharing her biggest sexual act with the group. SEXAHOLICS takes readers through the outrageous experiences of four women on their long path to success.

My take:

This book was a steamy, explicit (NOT for under 18) ride into the sex addicted lives of four women that will grab you from the get go. Pynk, author of Erotic City, writes a no holds barred tale of sexcapades and self indulgence, a perfect guilty pleasure read. The story weaves around Miki, Valencia, Teela Raye and Brandi, perfectly developing each character, touching on the shame and pain of their addiciton. I really enjoyed this book - more than just a hot read, it provides depth and background, making the characters believable and leaves you wanting them to succeed. I loved how this book gives each character their own story while beautifully pulling the individuals together to create a single story.

Definitely a 4 star read.

I received this book free to review - the opinion in this post is entirely my own.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls (Review)

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
Steve Hockensmith
Published by
Quirk Classics March 2010
ISBN# 978-1-59474-454-9
$12.95 US
PG 13


Readers will witness the birth of a heroine in Dawn of the Dreadfuls -- a thrilling prequel set four years before the horrific events of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. As our story opens, the Bennet sisters are enjoying a peaceful life in the English countryside. They idle away the days reading, gardening, and daydreaming about future husbands -- until a funeral at the local parish goes strangely and horribly awry.

Suddenly corpses are springing from the soft earth -- and only one family can stop them. As the bodies pile up, we watch Elizabeth Bennet evolve from a naive young teenager into a savage slayer of the undead. Along the way, two men vie for her affections: Master Hawksworth is the powerful warrior who trains her to kill, while thoughtful Dr. Keckilpenny seeks to conquer the walking dead using science instead of strength. Will either man win the prize of Elizabeth's heart? Complete with romance, action, comedy, and an army of shambling corpses, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls will have Jane Austen rolling in her grave -- and just might inspire her to crawl out of it!

My Take:

This is definitely my kind of classics! Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls is a delightfully twisted take on Jane Austen's classic. I was hooked from the first chapter, when Elizabeth is at a funeral, and the corpse refuses to lie still so it can be buried. The story moves quickly, and Elizabeth and sisters soon learn their father was a warrior who fought the first wave of zombies. As a member of the Order, he had sworn to raise his children in the way of the warrior, which of course, he didn't. The girls are soon pushed into training, hand to hand, swords, and an assortment of other weapons, and doing their father proud by killing zombies.

The story is very well written, and impossible to put down! The characters are delightfully portrayed, and their various histories are woven into this tale, providing a rich backdrop to this tongue in cheek portrayal of the classic. The story includes black and white drawings, adding another layer to the story.

4 stars