The 3-Day Reset by Pooja Mottl

July 28th, 2014

ResetWe live in a generation where we’re always looking for the next great diet trick that will help us shed those last few pounds but do you ever think that losing weight and feeling good may be as easy as just eating right. The 3-Day Reset by Pooja Mottl takes us through a sensible and fairly easy way to change our bad cravings and instead begin to crave eating healthy foods that are delicious and actually good for us too.

There are ten resets that include: sugar, wheat, salt, chocolate, yogurt, chicken, beverages, breakfast, salad, and takeout and each reset takes 3 days. Now I had every intention of trying one of these out – I already don’t eat salt, sugar, takeout, or chocolate (migraines) and I never touch beverages like sodas or specialty drinks. However I could do with changing my breakfast eating as well as wheat and yogurt. I’ve had a sick pup for the last few weeks so I didn’t get a chance to tackle breakfast but I plan to and I’ll make sure to post my results for everyone. In the meantime I want to give a brief overview of each reset and what I found interesting about it:

Sugar – an average person eats about 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. This works out to about 13% of our daily calories. It’s no wonder we feel tired and sluggish. Sugar is only a pick me up for a very brief time before you tumble from that high. Even scarier is that sugar is in so many things we casually eat without even thinking like ketchup, waffles, and bread.

Wheat – this is a tough one for me because I truly love my white bread and pasta but I fully intend to see if I can change that in the future. What amazes me about wheat is the processes and additives that go into taking the wheat and making it into our breads and pastas, etc. That alone had the ability to make me anxious about putting all those additives in my body. Not to mention that eating whole grain wheat flour instead of refined can lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease.

Salt – this is one that I have done after finding out I had high blood pressure. I went cold turkey but what’s astonishing is just what foods you can find salt in and one that I found most surprising was eggs. This is a difficult reset to tackle because as Pooja says our tastebuds have become so accustomed to salt but you know after you do it for a while and become used to not using salt it’s next to impossible to eat something salty again.

Chocolate – Not an issue for me as I haven’t eaten chocolate in years but I found it interesting to read about the history of chocolate that Pooja writes of. Chocolate is yet another thing that our modern world has over processed.

Yogurt – I had read about my yogurt being fake long before Pooja related the same thing in her book. Once again it was interesting to read the history of yogurt and how different it is from the over processed stuff we eat today. I don’t eat any of the fancy yogurts they make today with all kinds of things added in – I eat boring old vanilla but I do want to try this reset and some of the recipes that Pooja has included just to see what I think. Just maybe I can leave my fake yogurt behind.

Chicken – once again it’s a matter of how different we do things now from back in the past. It used to be that people prepared whole chickens yet now it’s chicken pieces or breasts. Even more disturbing is the chicken lunchmeat or nuggets that may come across as being healthy but really aren’t. In our house we still use whole chickens although not all the time but we do make stock and soups and I still say there’s nothing better than a homemade chicken soup.

Beverages – this one speaks for itself. We are a nation that drinks a lot of soda pop and those fancy drinks. I’m not one of them but I do drink way more coffee than is healthy. I’m not sure people always stop to think of how much sugar and calories is in a can of pop or an iced coffee for example. It’s a little scary when you find that you could have had a meal for that iced coffee.

Breakfast – I am a bad breakfast eater so this reset is on my radar. So many breakfast foods are so full of sugar and if you’re eating a take out breakfast that’s even worse. If you start your day that way how can you expect to feel good throughout the rest of it.

Salad – normally we think a salad is good for us but stop – did you put salad dressing on it? That just made it unhealthy unless you’re using a homemade salad dressing. Pooja makes salad making something to take pleasure in. I used to make wonderful salads and dressing but somehow strayed away from that and I’d like to get back to eating simple but delicious salads so I’ll be revisiting this reset.

Takeout – the last reset and maybe one of the most difficult for some. I haven’t eaten takeout in years because I have this thing about knowing what’s gone into my food and I know that takeout has a ton of salt which I won’t eat. Pooja also mentions these things as well as saying that you can usually take your favorite take out meal and make a much healthier version of it at home.

I found the 3-Day Reset a very interesting book to go through. What I enjoyed most was the conversational tone to it and all the extra information like the history of these resets. I liked the tips & tools that are great to helping you succeed on your 3-day reset and the grocery lists, pantry swaps, and especially the recipes included at the end of each chapter are awesome.

Recommended for those who are really interested in making a commitment to follow a better lifestyle where their eating is concerned. I do believe that when you try these resets you will notice a change in the way you taste food and the way you feel as I did with the few of the resets I’ve already done. If you want to get healthy and feel good The 3-Day Reset may be a great first step for you!

 

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That Night by Chevy Stevens (Audiobook)

July 24th, 2014

That-NightThat Night by Chevy Stevens is the She Reads Book Club Selection for July and what a fantastic pick! It is a psychological thriller that highlights the devastating effects of bullying. Weaving from the past to the present That Night grabbed my attention from the first page and didn’t let go.

Toni is your typical teenager … until she isn’t. At home Toni struggles in her relationships with her mom and sister. Her sister is the golden child and definitely the one their mother favours. Things at school were fine until a misunderstanding pits one of the popular girls against Toni making her life hell. If not for her boyfriend Ryan Toni isn’t sure she’d make it through any of it. As the bullying escalates the unimaginable happens and Toni’s sister is murdered. Worse yet Toni and Ryan are accused and sent to prison for the brutal murder.

Years later thirty-four year old Toni is finally out on parole. She goes back to her hometown despite having no contact even with her parents for years and especially knowing that her mother doesn’t want anything to do with her. Ryan also makes the decision to return despite knowing he and Toni can have no contact. Ryan tries to convince Toni to help him find out the truth of what happened and clear their names. Once again things escalate as they get closer to the truth. This time though Toni isn’t the same girl she used to be before going to prison. This Toni came out hardened and tough and she isn’t going down without a fight this time.

I listened to the audiobook of That Night. It is narrated by Jorjeana Marie and I thought she did a great job of portraying all of the characters and the pace of the story. She definitely kept me listening any chance I got! Highly recommended!

 

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Sanctuary by G. Michael Hopf & Giveaway (US/Canada)

July 23rd, 2014

SanctuarySanctuary: A Post-Apocalyptic Novel by G. Michael Hopf is the third book in The New World Series and in my opinion the best yet. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the first two books – The End and The Long Road, because I sure did but I just seemed to connect more with the people in this one making it so much better for me. Sanctuary is an intense and action packed read with wars being raged and people struggling to make it in this new world they’ve been thrown into after the world as they knew it suffered a super-EMP attack.

As this is the third book in the series I don’t want to give anything away so my thoughts may be a bit vague. Sanctuary finds Gordon on a mission of revenge for the loss he’s suffered but in doing so he’s had to leave his family behind. He’s the same Gordon who usually takes action before asking questions but he’s usually right in doing so. However in this novel we see a more personal side to him and I liked that. As for the rest of the crew – Sebastian, Samantha, Nelson, Connor, Pablo, Barone … all have taken different directions to do what they feel is right in order to survive in this new world.

This series isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s a brutal story with a lot of violence and language but it fits. To me this is likely what would happen if one day we end up in a post-apocalyptic world. People have no choice but to fight just to survive and protect themselves and their families. There are shortages of food and all the necessary things we take for granted. People become very different in those circumstances.

I listened to the audiobook of Sanctuary which is narrated by Keith Szarabjka and I thought he did a great job. I didn’t enjoy the narrator much in the last two books so this move to a new narrator is a good one. Keith really brought this story alive – all of the anxiety fear, tension, and violence – he made it seem like a movie in my head.

For those who enjoy post-apocalyptic novels I recommend this whole series. While you could read Sanctuary on its own I think it’s a much better idea to start at the beginning and get the back story. This is definitely a series that is fast becoming addicting for me and once again it ended on a part that has me already anxiously awaiting the next one!

 

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Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen

July 22nd, 2014

evergreenIf there was ever a 5 star read for me then Evergreen by Rebecca Rasmussen is it! I could not put this book down. When I read The Bird Sisters a few years ago and loved it I didn’t think Rebecca could possibly top that but she did! Evergreen is a beautifully written novel of secrets, betrayals, love, and ultimately hope.

In 1938 Eveline travels with her new husband Emil into the wilds of Minnesota to a place called Evergreen. Shocked by the devastation of the floods that she sees she nevertheless vows to make the best of it especially as she and Emil are to be new parents.

When their son Hux is still young Emil has to travel back to Germany to be with his ailing father leaving Eveline on her own. Trusting as she is one day she allows a government man into her home when he’s left stranded. What happens leaves Eveline pregnant with a child she doesn’t want. She gives her baby daughter up and Emil never finds out what happened that fateful day nor does Hux. However Eveline lives with the guilt and never stops wondering what happened to her baby girl.

While Hux has grown up with the love of family, his half sister has not. Namath grows up in an orphanage. Many years later when Hux is grown he learns of his sister and sets out to find her and put things right. Naamah has had a rough life though and settling into one of love and freedom, is for her, more difficult than Hux could have imagined. Hux wants to give her all she never had but first he has to convince Naamah she is worthy of it.

Evergreen was such an emotional read for me. It is so beautifully written and portrayed that it is sure to capture every reader’s heart. I loved the story, the characters, the setting – all of it! Highly, highly recommended!

 

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