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Wheat Belly Diet: 101 Days of Grain Free Recipes for an Optimum Belly Diet and Weight Loss
Wheat Belly Diet: 101 Days of Grain Free Recipes for an Optimum Belly Diet and Weight Loss

5.0 out of 5 stars Wheat Belly Diet, 30 Jun. 2015
Can giving up wheat help you to lose weight, feel better, and have more energy? This book answers that question affirmatively. Y-E-S! Give up the wheat and improve your health. So, where did this idea come from? Is this a fad diet, or has it been prven effective? Simple questions that anyone who is serious about losing weight in a healthy manner will be interested in.

First, where did this diet come from? "Wheat Belly comes from cardiologist William Davis, MD. In his best-selling diet book, Davis recalls seeing a picture of himself from a family vacation that made him realize he was carrying about 30 extra pounds around his middle. At the same time, he noticed that he often felt sluggish after a breakfast of toast, waffles, or bagels, even after a great night’s sleep; but he felt energetic if he had eggs for breakfast. His blood work revealed high cholesterol and diabetic blood sugar levels, further convincing him that he needed to make a change.

Davis started his own wheat-free experiment and asked his overweight, diabetes-prone patients to do the same. He gave them a list of foods low on the glycemic index. He asked them to eat those instead of foods made with wheat, and to come back 3 months later for a checkup. Davis reports that most of the patients lost a significant amount of weight, and their blood sugar levels dropped from the diabetic range to normal range. His patients also said they had improved energy; better focus; deeper sleep; better lung, joint, and bowel health; and more.

That informal experiment doesn’t prove that wheat alone made the difference, but it inspired Davis to write the book. In fact, a review published in the Journal of Cereal Science found that there isn't enough evidence to support many of Davis's claims about wheat, including the link to the obesity epidemic." (end of quote)

Still interested in the diet? Ok, so : What You Can Eat and What You Can't
"You eliminate all wheat, including bread, pasta, cereal, pretzels, doughnuts, etc. You may not eat anything made with wheat, barley, rye, spelt, or certain oats. This may sound like a typical gluten-free diet, but Davis cautions against simply replacing these items with “gluten-free” versions, which often contain cornstarch, rice starch, potato starch, or tapioca starch and will not aid in weight loss. Davis says they trigger the same blood sugar response as gluten from wheat." (end of quote)

This book delivers a fascinating variety of recipes, one hundred and one (101), to be exact. My favourite is the coconut flapjacks, which is recipe number 3. And no, I didn't go on the diet, but good food is good food, regardless. Whether or not you decide to try the diet, I would strongly urge you to consult with a medical professional before going on the diet. While some people have experienced benefits, it would be very wise to be supported by your physician, especially if you have any preexisting medical conditions. The book is well written and easy to understand, so it's a great addition to your dieting knowledge. Recommended favorably for its informative content.


Book Bundle! Backyard Chickens + DIY Chicken Coop Plan: Raise Chickens And Build A Chicken Coop in the Backyard of Your House (Homesteader. Backyard Homesteading 1)
Book Bundle! Backyard Chickens + DIY Chicken Coop Plan: Raise Chickens And Build A Chicken Coop in the Backyard of Your House (Homesteader. Backyard Homesteading 1)
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, 25 Jun. 2015
If you are even looking at this book, the chances are high that you have already decided to get some chickens. Or you have strange ideas about why people read books. OK, forget the idea about being strange. There is nothing strange at all about raising chickens in your backyard. Chickens Can Feed You...so, again, you are reading to inform yourself about how to best go about making this idea into a reality.

In my opinion, food is the number one reason to get backyard chickens. The eggs are delicious, natural, untouched by anyone but you and the chicken.. The yolks are bright yellow and they stand up nicely. Having a basket of fresh eggs on the counter to draw from is a lovely experience. The colors of the shells are beautiful and picking them up, warm from the brooder, is the most positive sign of freshness one can imagine. Eating fresh eggs is a sublime culinary adventure. For this reason alone you should get your own chickens.

This book provides you with fundamental knowledge about building your own coop and caring for chickens. Like any self-help book, this one is only as good as its reader. As you gain in experience, you will modify and adapt your knowledge accordingly. But for a start, this book is a great resource to have. Highly recommended.


Maraya Thornleaf: The Werewolf Tribe (Epic Fantasy, Paranormal Romance) (Heroes of Silk Valley Book 1)
Maraya Thornleaf: The Werewolf Tribe (Epic Fantasy, Paranormal Romance) (Heroes of Silk Valley Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Mess With Maraya, 16 May 2015
Firstly, this is not a book for the squeamish. Maraya Thornleaf is the kind of woman that you meet and mate at your own peril. Whether in bed or on the field of battle, there are consequences that follow in her wake. If you like a strong female lead character as your protagonist, with a touch of lustful pleasure added for good measure, then this is your book. Having said that, the book contains language that is not appropriate for anyone under the age of 18. Recommended for adults only, from age 18 to infinity.


Beekeeping for Beginners: A Complete Guide For Keeping Bees And Harvesting Honey (beekeeping books Book 1)
Beekeeping for Beginners: A Complete Guide For Keeping Bees And Harvesting Honey (beekeeping books Book 1)
Price: £2.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Beekeeping for Beginners, 13 May 2015
This is one honey of a book. Basic Beekeeping For Beginners is by no means rocket science. Anyone can do it. Beginners are well advised to get this book to hep inform themselves about the fundamental considerations necessary to enjoy beekeeping. If you are new to beekeeping, or just thinking about it, this book will be a useful resource to have.


Beef Slow Cooker Recipes: Create Amazing Beef Recipes In Your Crockpot. (Simple Slow Cooker Series)
Beef Slow Cooker Recipes: Create Amazing Beef Recipes In Your Crockpot. (Simple Slow Cooker Series)
Price: £2.07

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Beef Recipes, 12 May 2015
Beef slow cooker recipes is written for an audience who is genuinely interested in adding a diverse number of delicious beef recipes to their kitchen. The book delivers what the author claims it will deliver: Amazing Beef Recipes In Your Crockpot.
- Easy, one-pot ways to cook beef recipes—from classic recipes to more exotic fares.
- Tips on how to make the most out of your slow cooker.
- Guidelines to follow to make sure you whip up only the best beef dishes.


The Art of Peeling an Orange
The Art of Peeling an Orange
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and Creative, 26 April 2015
"The Art of Peeling an Orange", by Victoria Avilan, is an extraordinary, genre-defying novel by a very promising and evidently talented author. Victoria, as an author, has taken a very patient approach to writing this novel, working on it over the course of a lifetime, two decades, before finally giving it her approval. In this sense, she has shown the characteristic that all great authors, artists, and musicians possess, namely, her unquenchable drive for perfection is fully on display.

The plot is self-contained in this fundamental question: What do you do when the love of your life has eloped with another woman on the eve of your wedding? If we try to answer that question, we realize no answer can possible be satisfactory. It is unthinkable, on the one hand, on the other, quite courageous. Which way do you see this? Most importantly, how does your life go on, when "your life" has ended before it began? As we grapple with that question, we must also consider the post "breakup/betrayal/abandonment" development: After he dies you get a message letting you know you were always his true love...

Overall, the clever plot line is creative, ingenious, inventive, and highly susceptible to interpretation. The reader comes to the reading of the story, bringing our own life story, perspectives, values and viewpoints. We must take sides, actively, if we are to truly experience the richness and depth of the story. We are reading ourselves, essentially. Therefore, when the protagonist must deal with her situation, we see new possibilities for our own viewpoints, and whether or not we applaud the surprising turn the story takes, we have been entertained, challenged, and stretched, both emotionally and psychologically. We are alive to our own reality, and our reading, consequently, has been well worth the time we invested. Highly recommended.


Diamond Rain: Quantum Breakthrough Weapon System Mossad Thriller (The Kefira Mossad Series Book 2)
Diamond Rain: Quantum Breakthrough Weapon System Mossad Thriller (The Kefira Mossad Series Book 2)
Price: £2.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and Imaginative, 25 April 2015
Michael Gallagher's, "Diamond Rain", is creative, inventive, and imaginative. He is unafraid to take a risk on an entirely rare, unusual unique genre, namely, the science fiction spy thriller. His fusion of these separate genres opens up new avenues for readers of both genres to enjoy diversity. which is a welcome treat. And what a treat inded this one is! The plot is full of twists and turns and the dialogue is exquisitely well done. If you like sci-fi, if you like spy thriller, I highly recommend you give this one a read. You won't be disappointed.


Paradoxical I
Paradoxical I
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5.0 out of 5 stars To explain the unexplainable, 25 April 2015
This review is from: Paradoxical I (Kindle Edition)
Victoria Roberts', "Paradoxical", is a genuine paradox itself. She asks a question not often asked nowadays. Do angels, apparitions, strange creatures and ethereal beings really exist? Of course they do, don't they? The answer, it seems, is paradoxical, depending on the lens you are using to view this question.

Victoria explains: "A Paradox is a statement or proposition that seems contradictory or absurd, nonetheless...expresses the possibility of truth. Angels are messengers who convey God's will...sent to guide and protect us. An apparition is the inexplicable appearance of a ghost, a spirit, entity or a demon. Visions, premonitions, prophecies and inexplicable phenomena continue to unify mankind in the difficult effort to understand and explain what is happening in our world."

And what is the message we take away from this book, to wonder, ponder and reflect on. Again, Victoria is diect in her stated purpose: "The message from beyond our reality is clear. Man must unify to understand. "For in the lived truth of Creation and the Mystique of the Universe and its forces...there is the unspoken terror and fear, of everything above, beneath, beyond, and within!" Highly recommended, sure to encourage a wide angle lens as a perspective to an enduring aspect of the human condition, namely, how we explain the unexplainable.


Wake of the Riddler (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales Book 4)
Wake of the Riddler (Sacred Band of Stepsons: Sacred Band Tales Book 4)
Price: £3.06

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously Delightful, 25 April 2015
"Wake of the Riddler (Sacred Band of Stepsons), by Janet Morris, is not what the term "Riddler" evokes. No, it's definitely NOT the Riddler from Batman and Robin. What it is is exquisite, first rate storytelling by a master of the craft. For those who follow the writing of Janet Morris, the faithful, you are on familiar ground here.

For those who read for the first time something by this author, you are in for a genuine literary treat. Let's examine the plot, which is full of the elements of epic struggle, namely man versus man, man versus nature, and man versus self. To add flavor to this triple thrill we get an overlying battle of good versus evil. I rarely pull for the bad guys, and this one is no exception. The triumph of good over evil is what I crave, probably due to the real world in which evil does triumph over good.

Anyway, Janet sets up the immortalized cavalry commander, Tempus, who makes a difficult decision. He leaves Sanctuary in the hands of Straton, the witch-cursed Stepson; his partner Critias; Sync of the Rankan 3rd Commando, and Kama, Tempus's daughter. Now, as they say, when the cat is away, the mice will play. A deliciously delightful development indeed. Read this book to find out how it all plays out. Highly recommended.


Murder in the Pearl District (Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 5)
Murder in the Pearl District (Cedar Bay Cozy Mystery Series Book 5)
Price: £3.16

5.0 out of 5 stars Clever and compelling, 25 April 2015
Diane Harman's "Murder in the Pearl District" is a clever, compelling read. It has the elements you would expect from the genre, yet is unconventional in its ability to captivate the reader. On the one hand, there is structure, on the other there is a unifying plot across all the books of this series which causes you to look forward to the next book in this popular series. Author Dianne Harman has once again given readers a very uniquely satisfying tale with an ending that will surprise you.


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