What I’m reading lately… (December 2013)


I’m a big book lover and I am always in the middle of at least one book. I’ve done several book reviews in the past but I realized I haven’t been doing that in a while and I haven’t even updated you with what I’m reading lately.

I think the last book I mentioned I read was Grain Brain which was a good book and I did a recap of my 4 week challenge as well. It talks about the dangers of gluten from a neurological perspective. I haven’t read Wheat Belly so this was a totally new thing to me – it was very insightful and interesting. I even let my friend borrow it because I really think it’s something that everyone should know – whether they decide to adopt the lifestyle or not (I didn’t fully but I definitely have a different perspective on gluten now and try to limit it when possible)

I thought I’d talk about some books I’m currently reading and the books I have on my list to read as soon as I’m done with the current ones.

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Grain Brain – 4 Week Challenge (without an actual gluten intolerance?)

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Grain Brain. This is an introductory post about the gluten-free low-card Grain Brain challenge from a person without an actual gluten intolerance. Watch the video to see what I think.

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Have you noticed the recent trend in everything and everyone going gluten-free? All of the full about gluten intolerance, celiac, and so on and so forth?

I have.

I’ll admit, I was slightly confused about why people without being diagnosed as having a gluten intolerance were going gluten-free. Surely gluten cannot be that bad for us, it’s been around for a long time! I know tons of people who have been eating gluten all their lives and have managed just fine. They are still alive today and are as healthy as can be. But I also know a lot of people who suffer from various diseases that were not as common back in the day from what I heard, such as depression, ADHD, diabetes, and more.

Surely, this couldn’t be the all gluten’s doing… could it? Even if you technically don’t have Celiac or a typical gluten intolerance?

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The dangers of gluten…

Well, according to Dr. David Perlmutter, MD, it is indeed. Dr. Perlmutter is the author of Grain Brain and several other books about brain health.  He is well engaged in the medical community and holds leadership roles in various medical organizations as well as serving as a medical advisor to Dr. Oz.

In Grain Brain, Dr. Perlmutter talks about the amazing effect gluten and sugar can have on a person’s brain. Apparently, the cornerstone of many brain conditions is inflammation which can be triggered by carbs, especially those containing gluten and are high in sugar. In Grain Brain, he gives many many examples and case studies from his own doctoral experience of patients who came to him with a variety of symptoms and illnesses and most of whom were cured by simply adopting a gluten-free diet. It was astounding to read. I had no idea that even a small gluten-sensitivity, something that most of us might have, could make such a huge negative impact on our health – not just our body’s but also our brain’s.

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The most amazing Health Bundle EVER!

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Okay, this is exciting, guys.

Not sure if you know this about me but I am an information junkie. I love learning new things, being in-the-know, and updated with things I enjoy or am simply curious about. I am an information sponge. This leads me to attend countless webinars monthly, buy many products to help me learn more and become better at whatever it is I am interested in (for example, I just bought a software that helps you create Kindle ebooks successfully and easily, promote them for maximum profits, rank high in the Amazon search engines, etc… we’ll see how it goes, I haven’t dived into it yet), and read many books. But mostly ebooks.

Why do I love eBooks?

  1. They are easy to access from anywhere – phone, tablet, computer, print it out (if you hate trees and have millions of dollars to spend on paper and ink, that is)
  2. They are instantly accessible – you don’t have to leave where you are to get your hands on this particular book. You can check it out, buy it, and read it all in one place. It’s neat. Convenience at its finest.
  3. They don’t take up any room – since they are digital, I don’t have to worry about making room for them in my smallish apartment. Man, I would have shelves and shelves full of books if every single ebook I purchased came in physical form.
  4. They are up to date and exciting and best of all, they don’t cost a fortune!

yeahyeahyeahShameless self-promotion time….

I recently created my OWN eBook which is actually a cookbook. The cookbook is called “Healthy & Delicious: Single Serving Recipes” and it is a compilation of some of the best portion-controlled yummy recipes that will make you happy you don’t have to share. The ebook is also very affordable and I have been getting amazing feedback about it so far! Make sure to check it out for more information.

So naturally hence all of the hype up about eBooks and why I love them and that I want to continue being submerged in this lovely realm of information, I jumped at the opportunity to be one of the promoters of this short-term fabulous health bundle ebook sale. Why? Because this is honestly the best offer I have ever seen online. I am not exaggerating and you will be convinced too as soon as you see the list of ebooks (and MORE) of what is offered in this bundle sale, all for a very low price.

Health Bundle Sale What is the Harvest Your Health Bundle?

“The trees wear brilliant shades of yellow, orange, purple, and red. The air is crisp as it brushes our cheeks, and the scent of sweet apple, pumpkin, and cinnamon dance in our homes. Autumn has arrived in full force while the team at Primal Toad was busy harvesting the best collection of health and wellness eBooks to share with you all. Including 65 unique authors, theHarvest Your Health Bundle is sure to bring a bounty of inspirational wellness wisdom to you this fall season.

Your health is important to us, so we wanted this bundle to be affordable for everyone.  For one week only, this incredible collection is available for 95% off retail value! You pay just $37!”

Click here to see the HUGE list of products that are included.

Um… yeah. I was shocked too. This isn’t one of those scam sales, this is for real. I had the pleasure of checking out all of the ebooks that come with the purchase too before agreeing to promote the sale – I wasn’t gonna tell you about something I didn’t actually believe in, after all. I wasn’t gonna ruin my street cred for being honest and upfront with you at all times. So I looked through every ebook and guess what – the books are packed with information. They are all high quality content books that educate and inform about a range of different topics.

What’s included in this amazing sale?

There is a HUGE section on PALEO, which is not really something I am particularly interested in because I eat whatever the heck I want (intuitive eating, whuddup) however as a food blogger and a cook/baker, I do enjoy looking at recipes for inspiration. There is more than enough paleo and other types of cookbooks to choose from for your next meal inspiration.

Then there are the general health and fitness books that range from parenthood to anti-aging to hormones to detox. Pretty much anything you might possibly be interested in. I mean, I’m not hiding anything – all of the books are listed in the sales page so you can go and see what you will be getting. It’s pretty awesome.


There is a ton of stuff and I still haven’t gone through most of them but here are some of my favorites so far:

  • A Brief Guide to Intuitive and Mindful Eating ($2.99) by Ben Hirshberg
  • Change Your Body, Change the World ($9.99) by Frank Forencich
  • 25 Intentional Days ($25) by Andrew Miller
  • Crock On Cookbook ($5) by Stacy
  • Baking with Coconut Flour ($18.95) by Starlene Stewart
  • Primal Tightwad: Maximizing Your Health On a Minimal Budget ($14.95) by Carolyn Rush
  • and many many more

This is information for real food living, healthy living, happy living, etc. It’s an amazing resource and I urge you to take advantage of this fabulous offer which will only last for a week before the price goes back up to $1037.

You can get this Fall Health Bundle full of amazing ebooks, magazine subscriptions, discount codes, and meal plans for only $37! Umm yeah. Get on this now! :)

If you don’t get it during this sale, you WILL regret it cause I AM planning on doing selected adapted recipes, showing how some of the food came out for me (sans recipe), and thoughts/articles inspired by reading some of these books… you wouldn’t wanna be kicking yourself for not buying it when you had the chance, right?


Disclaimer: Yes, I am an affiliate for this health bundle sale. How can I not be? This is truly a fantastic offer and I’d feel silly not agreeing to help promote it. 

Book review: ‘Family Pictures’ by Jane Green & ‘Release Me’ by J.Kenner

First, a quick shoutout: I use Grammarly’s free plagiarism checker because if I work hard to put out original content, so should everyone else. Boom!

I don’t even know why it took me this long to write this book review. I’ve really been slacking on writing book reviews and I have read quite a few books in the last couple of weeks. My bad, guys, my bad. But let me know if you do actually enjoy these book reviews – that will help me in deciding whether I should spend time writing them for you.

It’s official – Jane Green is my favorite author. She is too amazing for words. I mean, she could probably describer herself in a great way but I’m not as good of a writer as her and therefore anything I write about her does not even scratch the surface of her talent. Every single book I’ve written by her has left me captivated and engrossed. Each book is so complex yet relevant.

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Today I wanted to tell you about her most recent novel “Family Pictures”.

Here is the synopsis from Amazon:

“From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes Family Pictures, the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined.  Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school.  They’re both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like.  They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected.  But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart.  As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?”

Okay this book… seriously, the best book of Jane Green thus far! My gosh, it was so REAL. I felt like I was living the life along with the characters. I will say that I am glad I didn’t read the intro about the book before reading because I ended up being super surprised when things were happening. The whole story was unexpected, I didn’t really know what would happen and I enjoyed the mini stories of each character. There was a bigger picture plotline but there was a lot going on within each character which made this  a very realistic and amazing read.

I do have to add that there is a very scary story in here about anorexia that one of the main character’s daughters is going through and it is described in pretty vivid detail from the beginning to the end so if you this is triggering to you, I’d recommend avoiding reading the book.

Rating: 5/5

Another book I literally just finished reading is Release Me by J.Kenner. This one is a very steamy and sexy read, similar to the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy but not as kinky (whew).

Release-MeNewJpgFor fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes an erotic, emotionally charged romance between a powerful man who’s never heard “no” and a fiery woman who says “yes” on her own terms.
He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist.
Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me.
Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past—and risk breaking us apart.
But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him—and us—forever.

Release Me is an erotic romance intended for mature audiences.

Well, I have to admit this one was good but it did keep making me think of Fifty Shades. I did prefer this one to Fifty Shades because the writing is a lot better and much easier to read, it does not sound like an amateur novel like Fifty Shades did. I also liked that this one was not super kinky and all BDSMy like Fifty Shades was. The downside is that this one was also a bit anticlimactic. There were sex scenes, sure, but the “climax” of the plot of this particular novel was not as intense as I think the author hoped it would be. But I am going to continue reading the trilogy just cause a girl’s curious, ya know? ;)

Rating: 3.5/5


Now it’s your turn:

Have you read any of these books? Thoughts?

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