Book Review: Trim Healthy Mama Plan

From Book Description

Trim Healthy Mama Plan“Counting calories is out. All the food groups are in. Becoming trim and healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or painstaking anymore. After trying almost every fad diet out there, Pearl Barret and Serene Allison, creators of the Trim Healthy Mama movement, took matters into their own hands. Through trial and error and much research, the created the Trim Healthy Mama Plan, the breakthrough lifestyle program to help people of all ages and stages get healthy, slim down, and keep off the weight once and for all.”

My Comments

I’ve heard some good things about Trim Healthy Mama so when I saw that the book was available for review through the Blogging for Books review program, I decided to give it a peek. After all, I am sure I’m not the only who is always looking to lose a few and get healthier. Right?! 🙂

There are a lot of things I like about this program. For one thing, is balanced. No extremes here! They recommend a wide variety of food items and although there are foods that need to be avoided, the authors are all about moderation and keeping it real. They understand that life happens and they give good advice on how to get back on track after a “blip” as they call it.

For another thing, it is flexible. The program is doable for all types of people, even those with allergies such as gluten (me), dairy, or nuts. Additionally, although they don’t necessarily recommend it, the plan is doable for vegetarians.

I also like how the authors write as if they are sitting at the table talking directly to me. The book reads like a witty, sometimes funny, conversation. The parts of the book where Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison banter back and forth gave me giggles.

As for the plan itself, the Trim Healthy Mama Plan goes into depth about what the plan really is, what the different meal types are (satisfying, energizing, etc), and how to incorporate them into your life. The book covers what to drink, what super foods we should be incorporating into our diets, and the right way to snack. There are also several 7 day meal plans to get the reader started with the diet.

I do have to say that I wish there were some actual recipes in the book. They do recommend websites that give recipes, and they do mention their cookbook. However, it would have been nice to see a few “teaser recipes” at least in the book.

Still, the plan looks great and worth implementing in one’s life. Thus, if you are looking for a balanced way to eat healthy, whether or not you need/want to lose weight, the Trim Healthy Mama Plan may be worth looking into. I give the book four (4) stars.

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Book Review: City of Saints by George Weigel

From Book Description

In this beautifully illustrated spiritual travelogue, New York Times bestselling author George Weigel leads readers through the historic streets of Krakow, Poland, introducing one of the world’s great cities through the life of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time.”

City of Saints by George WeigelMy comments

Oh my, I am going to cut to the chase and just declare that this is a lovely book! For some reason, I was expecting one of those small coffee table books that just have pictures with some captions throughout. Instead, I got a 317 page history book with beautiful illustrations and gorgeous pictures sprinkled throughout the text.

In fact, there are so many good things about this book, I don’t know where the start. For one thing, the book is very well written. In addition, I absolutely love how the authors are able to weave the life of St. John Paul II into the history of his Poland. I was so captivated with the narrative that I just couldn’t stop turning the pages! I learned a lot while being entertained at the same time, and for me, that is the sign of an excellent book. 🙂

Another thing I loved about the book is the added information in the appendices. There is a guide to polish pronunciation which I particularly appreciated because, let’s face it, some of those Polish words are just hard! There is also a list of Polish names in English and several maps.

If you want to see St. John Paul II in a new light, and gain some fascinating insights about the history of Poland, I highly recommend City of Saints. I give the book five (5) stars.

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