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review 2018-04-21 13:51
Review: Eat Real Food by Julie Montagu
Eat Real Food - Julie Montagu

Published by: Hay House UK (8th March 2016)


ISBN: 978-1781805633


Source: Netgalley 


Rating: 4*



Eating healthy doesn't have to be complicated or confusing. But somewhere along the way, even the most health-conscious of us can become overwhelmed by the endless information and advice available to us, and feel tempted to give up. Eat Real Food takes things back to basics, and guides you to make simple but positive dietary choices that will increase your intake of Julie's 'Flexi Five' - the five healthy food groups that are most important for keeping your brain and body balanced and happy:

· Green leafy vegetables
· Whole grains
· Healthy fats
· Natural sweeteners
· Superfoods

Julie introduces you to the superheroes in each of these different food groups, shares the best ways to prepare them, explains their nutritional benefits, and then provides a variety of imaginative ways to include these foods in your diet every day, whether you're at home or on the go. As well as delicious recipes, Julie shares how you can improve your health and increase your happiness with meditation, affirmations, simple breathing exercises and gentle yoga poses. You can have boundless energy and glowing health, you just need to give your body the food and attention it craves and deserves. It really is that simple!



Julie Montagu's no-nonsense approach to whole food, plant-based eating is quite refreshing in this rather overcrowded market. It seems that everybody is on a cleanse, doing a detox, clean eating or whatever the latest buzz word is, and Julie just explains things in simple English. No gimmicks, no hard-selling. The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is because if you've read other books of a similar nature or have plant-based cookbooks already, there's not really any new information to be gained here. Having said that, the inclusion of breathing exercises and yoga poses may provide additional interest for some. 

There aren't many recipes here, for those who were expecting a  complete cookbook; this is more a book of wellbeing, with a few recipes added. 

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley and this is my honest review. 

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review 2018-04-21 12:15
Review: Every Body Yoga by Jessamyn Stanley
Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get On the Mat, Love Your Body. - Jessamyn Stanley

Published by: Workman Publishing (13th April 2017)


ISBN: 978-0761193111


Source: Netgalley 


Rating: 5*



From the unforgettable teacher Jessamyn Stanley comes Every Body Yoga, a book that breaks all the stereotypes. It's a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes: If Jessamyn could transcend these emotional and physical barriers, so can we. lt's a book for readers already doing yoga, looking to refresh their practice or find new ways to stay motivated.


lt's a how-to book: Here are easy-to-follow directions to 50 basic yoga poses and 10 sequences to practice at home, all photographed in full colour. lt's a book that challenges the larger issues of body acceptance and the meaning of beauty. Most of all, it's a book that changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn't about how one looks, but how one feels, with yoga sequences like "I Want to Energise My Spirit," "I Need to Release Fear," "I Want to Love Myself".


Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. Now she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life.



Wow...I love this book! Jessamyn's attitude is inspirational.  Her body-positive approach to classes is fantastic and the way the book is written just outstanding. To write about her personal journey towards self love and body acceptance must have been such a difficult yet cathartic thing to do. To be at peace with her body now and to be such an inspiration to so many others as a yogi and such an influence via her Instagram account must bring her the happiness you see on her face. 


The yoga poses in the book are in full colour, and it is clearly demonstrated how to get into and out of each pose too. There is an emphasis on breathing, interesting chapters about the history of yoga, and lots of detailed information. This is probably the only yoga book you'll ever need! I read an ebook but have since got a printed copy for reference. 

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley and this is my unbiased review. 

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text 2016-07-30 07:48
My 2nd Official Blog Post!! This one is on Social Anxiety.

Are you uncomfortable in social situations? Don't worry, we have you covered.


Do you dread going to social functions? Meeting new people? Worry you’re going to do something embarrassing? Have you got those uncomfortable butterflies squirming in your stomach, just thinking about being in these situations? Sounds like you might be living with social anxiety. Don’t be alarmed, you’re not alone, 1000’s of people around the world are living with the same fears, and everyone feels anxiety at some point in their lives.


Social anxiety is all about fear, fear of saying something wrong, fear of doing something wrong, fear about being judge, fear of not being accepted, but it doesn’t have to rule you, even if it never fully goes away.

When you are in a situation that makes you feel uncomfortable or nervous it is important to remember that social anxiety won’t kill you, even if it does feel like the world is closing in on you. You have more than likely been through this many times before, you have probably even been in a worse situation, you made it through and you can make it through again.

But how you ask?


.......click here to read the rest. There's even a cute picture :D


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url 2016-05-28 01:29
My First Ever Official Blog Post!!!

Fuck yea baby!! kicking ass and taking names!!!




This was totally me when i found out ^^^


Anyways the details behind the whole thing is I'm currently studying my duel diploma in counselling and community services, and I have to do so many hours of placement. I was lucky enough to score a placement at a psychology centre. They've never had any students on before, I'm their first!! Mainly I just help out where ever I can, but the director had this nifty little website with a blank blog spot that she had been trying to utilize but never really had any spare time (how that women get's so much done in one day is beyond me, though I wish she'd tell me her secrets! I could rule the world with that power! lol) anyways she suggested to me, and a few others that we try giving it a go, I wasn't super hopeful, my writing skills....... well there's a lot to be desired. But I gave it a shot anyways (I had recently came across mindfulness in the ACT resource files and it had interested me) and she liked my post!! I was so surprised and ecstatic, then she sat me down and asked for 6 more! 6 more!!!!

Anyways this is the first one. I've only done 3 to date, one has been posted, the other is still to be looked over for approval. Now I need to find inspiration for the others.....


I just wanted to share my joy with you guys, I never thought I'd succeed at doing something like this, so its pretty awesome that I have ^_^ and hopefully it'll lead to some mad employment down the track. ;D 


(Oh btw, click on the link if you want to have a looksie-loo. It would mean a lot to me if you did :D)

Source: www.cwcqld.com/#!Mindfulness/prc5s/5744f5340cf22b6a7596cb1b
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review 2014-03-24 00:25
Review: Why Cleaning Has Meaning by Linda Thomas
Why Cleaning Has Meaning: Bringing Wellbeing Into Your Home - Linda Thomas

Two words: false advertising.

Quick review for a quick read: not recommended, boring prose, falsely advertised, and I can't even believe I wasted my time with it. To be fair, I received this as an ARC because I thought the blurb was very interesting and I love productivity/home organization books. This was a no brainer for me to pick up on premise, right?

Major forewarning: this is not a productivity guide - this will not help you or give you a step by step guide for cleaning your house (as I woefully discovered after taking a break from a bout of spring cleaning in my home just minutes before reading this book). It's advertised as one, but it is not. It's more of a sociological/anthropological/spiritual examination surrounding "cleaning" as interpreted in different societies and cultures, and a personal history from the author's experience as a cleaner for so many years. This would be interesting in theory (and I was interested at first, because I love seeing such practices examined in different cultures and histories), but Linda Thomas's prose is so dry and tedious that I had a hard time going through it. It's offputing especially since the blurb gives no warning for what you're in for from this particular guide. When the author starts talking about gnomes and water spirits and the impact they have on the environment of your house, to say the least- anyone picking up a guide of this nature looking for productivity would likely run in the other direction.

I'm actually not opposed to looking at non-traditional guides that examine cleanliness from other cultural and spiritual perspectives. Even with the amount of Feng Shui books I read, I read those with an open mind and find them useful and even put some of those measures into practice. But I can honestly say I didn't find anything helpful or expansive from this text - it makes assumptions about what I know/expect and does a poor job leading the reader into Thomas's arguments. Plus, I didn't really feel this text was by any means encouraging or inspiring, it felt like one tedious toss between the author's experiences as a cleaner and a spiritual lecture/dictation with very little practicality.

Not recommended, seriously not recommended. There are other texts that are out there that tackle this subject matter and do a more brilliant job of immersing the reader and getting them excited over the subject matter as well as giving them insight. This felt out of date, out of place, and completely falsely advertised. I would not read this again.

Overall score: 0.5/5 stars

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher.

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