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review 2018-06-18 17:47
The Autoimmune Protocol Made Simple Cookbook by Sophie Van Tiggelen
The Autoimmune Protocol Made Simple Cookbook - Sophie Van Tiggelen

There are over 100 Autoimmune diseases and these diseases effect over 50 million people. Only about 1/3 of these diseases are genetic, the rest are from environmental exposures, like infection, toxins, and pollutants.  It has been found that some of these diseases can be helped if not cured with the right diet and lifestyle changes. This book features 100 recipes to help with the diet changes. There is also a lot of information on how changing your diet can help. How to get started, what you can eat, and even when ad how to start re-adding foods to your diet. There is also meal plans


These recipes are great for anyone even those not suffering from a autoimmune disease. The recipes look very tasty so you wont miss the foods you should not eat. 


The recipes are broken into sections. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, small bites, veggies, meats and so much more. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2018-06-13 21:28
An honest, simple, and clear explanation of intermittent fasting as a weight loss method and good tips on how to implement it.
Z-FAST: A Simple, Proven Intermittent Fasting Method - John Zehren

I must confess that I have struggled with my weight from very early on (well, all my life) and, like the author of this book have tried (or read about) a variety of diets. In my case, if something doesn’t make sense to me, I don’t try it, especially if it is something long-term. (I am a doctor but I’ve worked mostly as a psychiatrist, and I cannot claim specific expertise on this subject, even if I’ve read plenty about it). I have been hearing about intermittent fasting for quite a while and know people who have tried some versions of it (like eating only 500 calories two days a week), and I felt curious when I saw this book on offer for free. After all, fasting has a long tradition and plenty of people and cultures adhere to it, in one fashion or another.

The book is easy to read (I read it all in one evening), and although it is packed with information, it is not overly complicated. There is some degree of repetition because some of the information is relevant to several of the points the author discusses but does not get excessive or boring. The style of writing is conversational, and it is easy to imagine that you are talking to the author, who comes across as a knowledgeable and likable person, fully convinced of the goodness of the method, and interested in sharing it with as many people as possible. I’d recommend checking a sample of the book to make sure it suits the reader’s taste.

While many books of this kind try to sell you something (a method that involves subscribing and paying for a programme or buying supplements or other books, foods to be delivered at home, an exercise programme), this is not the case here. The author clearly states that he does not have time to prepare elaborate meals or to exercise for hours on end, but what he can do is not eat. The plan might not suit everybody as it does require a big deal of discipline and strong will (most diets do) but it is pretty flexible, and it makes sense. Different people feel differently, but for some, it might be easier to have nothing at all to eat at times than to try to restrict the amount of this or that or engage in very complex routines. The book contains testimonials from a variety of people who have tried fasting as a method to lose and control their weight and have found it useful, some for a large number of years. I particularly liked the idea of having an emergency plan and making a strong commitment to take action if the weight goes over a certain level. Personally, I cannot say if the plan works or not as described, but I’d recommend the book as an interesting read for people considering fasting as a method to control their weight.

My only warning would be that readers must pay attention to the fact that the book mentions that it might not be a suitable method for people with certain medical problems as it does not place a lot of emphasis on that aspect. I’d recommend anybody with chronic health conditions or taking regular medication to check with their physicians before attempting this.

An easy-to-read book that proposes a simple weight loss and maintenance plan that will particularly appeal to those with little time and who prefer simple options (not easy, though).

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text 2018-05-31 16:14
Randall Munroe's Unique Style
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe

Randall Munroe has an extremely unique style, a blend of humor and simplicity used to explain extremely complicated things. "There's lots of stuff under the front cover of a car. The biggest thing is usually the fire box which turns the wheels to push the car." In this example, Munroe uses a unique blend of comedy and simplistic language to explain something as complex as a car engine. 


The aforementioned unique style of Munroe, a blend of humor and simplicity, is what makes him extremely popular. This amount of uniqueness sets Munroe apart from all other authors, especially ones who write a similar type of genre. The fact that he is set apart from all other similar authors makes his books enjoyable to say the least.


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text 2018-05-29 14:31
Thing Explainer
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words - Randall Munroe

Do you enjoy learning complicated things? Do the meanings of these things allude you? If so, Thing Explainer by Randall Munroe is just the book for you. This book, takes complicated-to-understand things, such as cells, nuclear power plants, and Mars rovers and uses a delightful combination of pictures and easier words to help you understand them.


This book is also one for lovers of humor. Contrary titles, such as "Bags of Water We're All Made of" or "Hand Computer" to explain things such as cells or cell phones creates hilarity in places where it isn't usually found. The juxtaposition of these simple titles and the complicated things they are representing creates for a refreshing new view of extremely interesting and complicated subjects. 


I often times wonder how graphite is put into pencils, or how locks function. With this book, I was quickly able to understand things that once confused me greatly. After reading this book, I feel that I have acquired more knowledge than I ever have before. Once you have read this book, I am absolutely sure that you will feel the same way.

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/25329850-thing-explainer
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review 2018-05-28 15:56
Enjoyed the intelligence, danger, and darkness of this story.
A Simple Case of Seduction - Adele Clee

This was a very interesting story. The narrator did a wonderful job keeping the characters separate and identifiable. Daphne was a strong and very intelligent woman, and I loved her independence. Daniel wallowed in his past, making him appear cold, but his sweet, tender side was always just beneath the surface. The story is full of danger, darkness, and twists. The emotions between Daphne and Daniel were strong, and gave the story that softer, lighter touch.

I received a copy of this audiobook as a gift, and this is my unsolicited review.

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