Category Better You

Deskbound

Product DetailsDeskbound: Standing Up to a Sitting World
By Kelly Starrett
Victory Belt
Retail Price: $39.95
Amazon Price: $24.95

Book Description:  You’d better stand up for this bit of news.

Sitting can wreak havoc on your health, and not just in the form of minor aches and pains. Recent studies show that too much sitting contributes to a host of diseases—from obesity and diabetes to cancer and depression. The typical seated office worker suffers from more musculoskeletal injuries than those workers who do daily manual labor. It turns out that sitting is as much an occupational risk as is lifting heavy weights on the job. The facts are in: sitting literally shortens your life. Your chair is your enemy, and it is murdering your body.

In this groundbreaking new book, Dr. Kelly Starrett—renowned physical therapist and author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Becoming a Supple Leopard—unveils a detailed battle plan for surviving our chair-centric society. Deskbound provides creative solutions for reducing the amount of time you spend perched on your backside, as well as strategies for transforming your desk into a dynamic, active workstation that can improve your life.

You will learn how to:

Easily identify and fix toxic body positions

Eradicate back, neck, and shoulder pain

Mitigate carpel tunnel syndrome forever

Organize and stabilize your spine and trunk

Walk, hinge, squat, and carry with peak skill

Perform daily body maintenance work using 14 mobility templates for resolving pain and increasing range of motion

Whether your goal is to maximize your performance in or out of the workplace, lose weight, or simply live pain-free, Deskbound will work for you. It is a revolutionary cure for death-by-desk.

Review

I work at my computer all day and I do notice the effects that it has on my body.  I was looking for a way to add mobility into my work day and this book not only gave me ideas, but the strategies to actually implement them into my daily life. It is well illustrated and broken down in such a way that it can put use immediately. I am feeling the difference already! The book is quite large, but you don’t need to read it cover to cover at once.  It is easy to navigate and find the sections that apply to your own situation.  I feel that everyone with a desk job needs to get a copy of this book to improve their quality of life.

~Reviewed by Dave H.

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    Paleo Home Cooking

    Product DetailsPaleo Home Cooking
    By Sonia Lacasse
    Victory Belt Publishing
    Retail Price: $34.94
    Amazon Price:  $19.61

    Book Description:

    A quick flip through the pages of this elegantly designed cookbook will convince you that eating healthy, wholesome food doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice pleasure or flavor, and that making delicious food from scratch doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, you’ll probably find that eating healthy is quite fun and rewarding! Every recipe in the book is brilliantly illustrated, and the photos won’t fail to make your mouth water.

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    The Belly Burn Plan

    Product DetailsThe Belly Burn Plan
    By Traci D. Mitchell
    Harlequin
    Retail Price:  $22.95
    Amazon Price: $15.87

    Book Description:  Muffin tops, love handles and pot bellies have finally met their match.

    The Belly Burn Plan will help you shed belly fat fast and for good in just three steps:

    Eat Right for Your Body Type: Discover the best foods for your metabolism to lose weight naturally.

    Get Moving: Shorter, targeted, high-intensity interval training workouts tailored to your fitness level help improve glucose metabolism and fat burning.

    Stress Less, Sleep More: Make the lifestyle changes that will have a lasting impression on your body and overall health.

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    The Beauty Detox Power

    Product DetailsThe Beauty Detox Power
    By Kimberly Snyder
    HarlequinRetail Price:  $18.25
    Amazon Price: $13.24

    Book Description:  As Hollywood’s go-to nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Solution and The Beauty Detox Foods, Kimberly Snyder knows that there is so much more to being truly healthy and achieving and maintaining weight loss than counting calories and working out. The secret is aligning your mind and body. In The Beauty Detox Power, she shares the diet and lifestyle changes that are the foundation of her signature program and will nourish your mental and emotional well-being.

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    Always Turned On

    Always Turned on
    By Robert Weiss and Jennifer P. Schneider
    Gentle Path Press
    Retail Price $18.95
    Amazon Price: $14.74

    Book Description: 

    Technology has significantly changed our world. Sexual imagery and encounters can now be accessed anywhere, anytime, using portable electronic devices. Users can generate a stream of graphic pornography, a wide variety of virtual sexual activities, and casual, anonymous, or paid-for sexual encounters with a click or a tap. Simply put, we have greater access to highly stimulating sexual content, and potential sexual partners, with much less built-in accountability. Porn addicts are especially vulnerable to the lure of digital technology and the seemingly endless array of stimulation it provides.

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    Reversing Inflammation

    Reversing Inflammation
    By Don Colbert MD MD
    Siloam
    Retail Price $16.99
    Amazon Price: $13.41

    Book Description: 

    It is essential for the healing process since it is a programmed response necessary
    for fighting infections and repairing damaged tissues. However, problems arise
    when this inflammatory reaction becomes systemic and goes unchecked for
    months or years. When this happens, the same chemicals used for healing can
    cause weight gain and eventually trigger a host of deadly diseases.

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    The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet

    The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet
    By Cherie Calbom MS CN
    Siloam
    Retail Price $17.99
    Amazon Price: $15.80

    Book Description: 

    If you are experiencing joint pain, fatigue, or difficulty losing weight,
    you might have chronic inflammation that comes from a poor diet.
    Research shows that inflammation is at the root of nearly every disease
    and ailment.  The good news is that just changing the type of foods you
    eat can bring instant relief.

    The anti-inflammatory diet is the answer. It’s the diet that remedies
    conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.  It’s the path to recover
    from just about every ailment—and it works.

    The Juice Lady Cherie Calbom has teamed up with Chef Abby Fammartino,
    of Abby’s Kitchen, for a four-week menu plan with easy, delicious recipes
    in a new twenty-eight day program to mend and restore your body.
    You will discover which foods to eat, which to avoid, and learn how to
    prepare them into tasty meals that you and your family will love as you
    heal your body and rejuvenate your life.

    Review

    This really is a must read book. It started me on my way to healing. I was not feeling well for over a year, had digestive and allergy-type issues. Doctors just ordered nose sprays and helped me not at all. The digestive issues plagued me for years. I gave this a try and am hugely grateful! My digestion is over 100% better! This book  set me on the right path and gave me inspiration to eat in a way that heals.

    Though it was chocked full of information, the book was presented well so you didn’t get overwhelmed.  The author did a wonderful job explaining the hows and whys and giving you the resources to succeed.  If you are looking to change your diet so you will feel better, than this book is for you!

    ~Reviewed by Elaine W.

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      Being Mortal

      Product DetailsBeing Mortal(Unabridged)
      by Atul Gawande
      Macmillan Audio
      Retail Price $14.95
      Amazon Price: $14.95

      Book Description: 

      In Being Mortal, best-selling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: How medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit. Nursing homes, preoccupied with safety, pin patients into railed beds and wheelchairs. Hospitals isolate the dying, checking for vital signs long after the goals of cure have become moot. Doctors, committed to extending life, continue to carry out devastating procedures that in the end extend suffering.Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession’s ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person’s last weeks or months may be rich and dignified.Full of eye-opening research and riveting storytelling, Being Mortal asserts that medicine can comfort and enhance our experience even to the end, providing not only a good life but also a good end.

      Review

      Wow.  This book was enlightening.  I have aging parents and have a deep interest in the topic of elder care.  I want to make sure my parents are comfortable in their old age.  I want to repay them for all they have done me as their child by making sure they die with the greatest amount of dignity possible.  This audiobook was quite an eye opener for me about what really goes on in nursing facilities and other long term care facilities and how modern medicine sometimes fail those who need it most.  The author doesn’t spend time pointing fingers, he just lays out the truth for us to see, ponder, and then apply what we can to our own lives.  His words are honest, but sometimes hard to bear, but they spur us on to help give quality of life to those we love who are aging or suffering from terminal illness, helping them to end their stories on their own terms.   While I wouldn’t say this book is uplifting, I did find it comforting as it inspired me to do right by my parents.

      ~Reviewed by Pat C.

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        Zen Pencils

        Zen Pencils
        By Gaving Aung Than
        Andrews McMeel
        Retail Price $14.99
        Amazon Price: $12.78

        Book Description: 

        Zen Pencils is an exciting and unique new comic form that takes inspirational and famous quotations and adapts them into graphic stories. From icons like Confucius, Marie Curie, and Henry David Thoreau, to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge, to contemporary notables like Ira Glass, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Neil Gaiman—their words are turned into sometimes heartwarming, sometimes sobering stories by cartoonist Gavin Aung Than. Be inspired, motivated, educated, and laugh as you read famous words as never before!

        Gavin Aung Than, an Australian graphic designer turned cartoonist, started the weekly Zen Pencils blog in February 2012. He describes his motivation for launching Zen Pencils: “I was working in the boring corporate graphic design industry for eight years before finally quitting at the end of 2011 to pursue my passion for illustration and cartooning. At my old job, when my boss wasn’t looking, I would waste time reading Wikipedia pages, mainly biographies about people whose lives were a lot more interesting than mine. Their stories and quotes eventually inspired me to leave my job to focus on what I really wanted to do. The idea of taking these inspiring quotes, combining them with my love of drawing and sharing them with others led to the creation of Zen Pencils.”

        Review

        This book by Gaving Aung Than was nothing short of inspirational….and genius!  He takes our favorite quotes and brings them to life with his graphic art and packaged it all in an easy to handle volume.  This was such a clever idea and it is very well done.  He did a fantastic job in picking the quotes he illustrates and presents us with timeless truths to visualize and ponder.  I was very impressed.

        Reviewed by J.Rose

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          The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids

          The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids
          By Maureen Dawn Healy
          New Page Books
          Retail Price $15.99
          Amazon Price: $11.55

          Book Description: 

          In The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids, Maureen Healy tackles the subject of indigo children from a whole new vantage point: energy. Aimed at healers, stay-at-home moms, and parents who are struggling to understand the unique qualities of their indigo children, the book covers such topics as:

          • How indigo energy works
          • How indigos heal
          • The keys to indigo successYou will learn to see indigos from an energetic perspective–how they think, how they make decisions, what they need, how they heal, and what triggers them the most–as well as how to get them back on track, prevent meltdowns, and, ultimately, see them succeed.The Energetic Keys to Indigo Kids is a groundbreaking book that reveals how these new children operate in the world. You’ll learn more about your child’s energetic system, including how his/her chakras operate differently. Along with this insightful information, Maureen also provides practical tips based on her real-life work with indigo kids worldwide. She shares how to help them manage their energy better, heal from emotional upheavals more completely, and create more harmony in their lives.

            Maureen shares real stories of her clients, their experiences and how they found more success with their highly sensitive, stubborn, and even defiant indigo kids.

          Review

          Indigo children are children who are believed to possess special, unusual and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities. The idea is based on concepts developed in the 1970s by Nancy Ann Tappe and further developed by Jan Tober and Lee Carroll. A variety of books, conferences and related materials have been created surrounding belief in the idea of indigo children and their nature and abilities.  Although no scientific studies confirm the existence of indigo children or their traits, the phenomenon appeals to some parents whose children have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and to parents seeking to believe that their children are special.

          In this book, the author give practical advice on understanding and harnessing the power of your child’s energy.  I found the message to be inspirational and informative, enabling me to help my own Indigo child on his life’s journey. This book helped me to connect with my child,  showing me ways to protect his energy, and how to help him clear, cleanse, and detach from energy drains.  It is an excellent resource.

          ~Reviewed by Marie M.

           

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