The 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

The 4 Day DietThe 4 Day Diet by Ian K. Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As other reviewers of this book have said: Do I review this as to the process and how it’s written or by how much weight I’ve lost?

Well, since I haven’t had a chance to implement the diet itself yet, I’ll review it based on how it’s written and the process. This book starts out by meeting you were you are at and then getting really real with yourself. It shows you how to calculate your BMI and what that actually means (and a handy BMI chart). Then it shows you how to calculate approximately how much weight you can reasonably expect to lose in a given week.

Then it goes into food choices, and fiber and nutritional values, and so on and so forth. Then it finally gives you the 4 day diet modules. The modules consist of 4 days of diet choices, and 4 days of exercise choices. The idea is that you mix up the modules as you see fit. The dietary choices are things like salad greens, X cups of vegetables, X eggs, and so forth. It gives you some freedom in diet choice and even allows for substitutions in the diet.

All in all it sounds very reasonable and something that is very doable for most of us. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but I can see me doing this as a lifestyle change.

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Collective Book Haul

It’s time for another little haul, from various places (not all of them stores). I’m really excited that I found the last two books in the Unicorn Chronicles series, I’ve had the first two books since I was in middle school (5th through 8th grades) so I’m very eager to get going on these. I found Ouija at the Dollar Tree, one of my favorite places to shop. The three cooking and food books came from my work’s book exchange thing that goes on in the break room.

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The New Good Fat Bad Fat by William P. Castelli

“This Book Can Save Your Life!

You can greatly reduce your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack by keeping track of how much bad fat -saturated fat- you eat everyday. Bad fat causes your body to manufacture cholesterol, which plugs your coronary arteries with fatty deposits and causes heart attacks.

Most of us eat too much bad fat. And so do our children and grandchildren. But if you can count to 10, you can follow a simple plan to reduce the risks of heart attacks in your family.

Drs. Castelli and Griffin have filled this book with helpful tips and encouraging advice that will help you make the change to healthier eating. For those whose cholesterol levels aren’t moved by changes in diet alone, the doctors discuss the pros and cons of cholesterol- lowering medications.

Dr. Atkins Quick & Easy New Diet Cookbook by Robert C. Atkins MD & Veronica Atkins

“Forget about salad without dressing, dried-out skinless chicken breasts, and tasteless steamed vegetables. Forget about tiny portions, no fat/no flavor foods, and no second helpings. Forget about spending hours in the kitchen. With the delicious recipes in Dr. Atkins’ Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook, you’ll feast on juicy steaks, succulent chops, and savory egg and cheese dishes, and indulge in creamy sauces and desserts. Based on the bestselling Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, the recipes in the Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook will let you eat the Atkins way, whether you’re just beginning the diet, shedding pounds, or maintaining your ideal weight. Each recipe has a carbohydrate-gram count per serving, and there’s even a guide to converting your own recipes to the Atkins standard. Designed for healthy eating, this cookbook will help you produce delectable meals every day that will be the key to a whole new you.”

Dr. Atkins New Diet Cookbook by Robert C. Atkins, MD

“This book contains 250 of the most asked-for recipes at the Atkins Center, along with 7-day meal plans, nutrition goals, and traveling and restaurant tips”

From Amazon:

Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville

“In the much-anticipated third volume of the Unicorn Chronicles, Cara Diana Hunter journeys to the Valley of the Centaurs in quest of a mysterious lost story that could hold the key to the survival of the unicorns. But the price for that story may prove to be more than her heart can bear.”

The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville

“Readers will be on the edge of their seats with this concluding episode of the riveting best-selling series by one of America’s most gifted fantasy writers.

In the center if Luster stands an enormous tree called the Axis Mundi, the Heart of the World. But now that tree is wounded, pierced through by magic. And through that wound marches an army of Hunters, led by the sinister and vengeful Beloved. And they are all determined to destroy each and every unicorn.
As the unicorns gather to defend their lives, the human girl, Cara, is sent on a mission to meet a ferocious and mysterious dragon. Faced with perilous danger, Cara must make a desperate decision that will change her life forever.”

From The Dollar Tree:

Ouija by Katharine Turner

“It’s not just a game.
As far as Elaine Morris is concerned, the Ouija board is just a game she played at sleepovers as a kid. But her best friend, Debbie, has been messing around with one recently–and claims she’s starting to hear strange noises around the house. ‘Laine thinks Debbie is a total dork for getting spooked, until Debbie dies in a horrible and haunting way. Desperate to figure out what really happened to her friend, ‘Laine starts using the Ouija board to uncover its mystery. She soon learns that something sinister has come through the board, and it’s not ready to say GOOD-BYE.
Read this heart-stopping novel before seeing the major motion picture!”

I’m super excited to get started reading these! What books have you purchased lately?

Keep reading little book worms!

Book Haul // The Dollar Tree #2

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Ok, I have a confession to make.

The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite stores. No joke. If you don’t believe me just keep following my blog and track the number of Dollar Tree book hauls that show up.

This time I found a couple of reference books, a book from an author that is quickly becoming a new favorite, and a new, interesting book from an unknown author.

Shadow’s Curse by Alexa Egan

Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. But when he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other—half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies.

Forced by her half-brother to use her gift of necromancy as a money-making scheme, Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal—freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north.

Now in a race for their lives, Other and Imnada must put aside centuries of animosity and work together if they are to overcome the dark forces intent on stopping them before they reach safety. For Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada…

Drink This, Not That!: The No Diet Weight Loss Solution by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding

The fastest way to lose weight isn’t on the treadmill. And it’s not by counting calories, either. Believe it or not, the easiest, fastest, and longest lasting way to lose weight doesn’t even involve watching your food intake: It’s all about watching what you drink.

See, if you’re like the average American, today you will drink about 450 calories. That’s a quarter of the calories you’re supposed to eat in an entire day—and then, of course, you’ll eat plenty of calories, too!

But now there’s Drink This, Not That!, the breakthrough new book from the editors of Eat This, Not That! New research reveals that it’s not just our food that’s making America fat—it’s the beverages we wash it all down with. But you can strip away calories and fat—up to 23 pounds this year alone—simply by changing your choices of drinks (and still eating all your favorite foods)!

Did you know:
*One bottle of Sunkist orange drink has more sugar than four packs of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
*A large Grape Expectations II Smoothie from Smoothie King has more sugar than 13 Twinkies!
*If you turn your large latte into a large cappuccino, you could lose more than 9 pounds this year!
*A White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has more than 20 times as many calories as their regular coffee!

With this illustrated guide to hundreds of drink options—and eye-opening nutrition secrets for fast and permanent weight loss—you’ll make the smartest choices for you and your family, every time.

Additional features in Drink This, Not That! include:
• The 20 Worst Drinks in America
• The Truth About Bottled Water
• The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup
• The Anatomy of America’s Most Popular Beverages
• Energy Drinks: Energy or Enemy?
• The Ultimate Smoothie Selector
• And more!

Just Green It! by Ron Beres and Lisa Beres

Going Green has never been so easy!

The array of so-called “green” products on the market is dizzying and often misleading. Consumers need one reference book that clearly lays out what is the better choice—between brands, benefits, and costs. Just Green It! compares brand-name products, making it easy for consumers to make environmentally friendly choices on everything from light bulbs to mattresses to baby food. It tells you which products are the best for the planet and also healthy for you, your kids, your home, and your budget. For the average consumer, this means clarity of green definitions and product comparisons that are no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

Authors Ron and Lisa Beres debunk the “greenwashing” that is so prevalent in modern marketing and teach readers how to know the difference between such confusing terms as “natural,” “organic,” “chemical free,” and “nontoxic.”

Full of surprising facts and lots of ways to save money and help the environment, this is an essential book for the modern age. Did you know that …
The Great Wall of China and the Staten Island Landfill—Fresh Kills—are the only two manmade structures on Earth that are large enough to be seen from outer space.
It is a higher carbon footprint to drink imported vodka?
The phosphoric acid in soda leaches calcium from our bones and can lead to osteoporosis?

The Green Movement is concerned about the effects of our collective carbon footprint on the planet. A “green home” is one that does not endanger the planet’s health. The Beres, on the other hand, are concerned with how our footprint is endangering the health and well being of each individual.

A guidebook for navigating the oversaturated Green marketplace, Just Green It! is a must have for today’s tough economy.

Broken Harbor by Tana French

The mesmerizing fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad by New York Times bestselling author Tana French

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands.

On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care.

At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls. The files erased from the Spains’ computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks.

And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family one summer at Broken Harbor, back when they were children.

With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.

I’ve not read the first book in the series with Shadow’s Curse, so one of the things I’ll be looking at is how well it stands on it’s own. Speaking of series, I’ve read the first book in Tana French’s series of Dublin Murder Squad, so I’m looking forward to skipping ahead to this fourth book. The other two I’ve flipped through a bit already, and while a person doesn’t really read through books of this nature, I will endeavour to do a more in-depth reading of both of them.

Keep reading little book worms!

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