Written in an easy-to-read style, yet packed with medical and health research. The author cites many studies and other data in accessible language; heWritten in an easy-to-read style, yet packed with medical and health research. The author cites many studies and other data in accessible language; he follows up with a diet plan that is easy to understand and follow.
I had recently learned that too much sugar in one’s diet can lead to inflammation throughout the body, which causes joint and nerve pain, digestive problems and other serious health concerns. Yet, I was skeptical about my ability to eliminate or reduce sugar. I’m a believer after reading this book. This is not an extreme or dramatic change to lifestyle. The author explains simple ways to reduce “added sugar” in one’s diet, one of which is simply reading labels and changing your shopping list a bit. For example, I was surprised that most bottled spaghetti sauces has sugar (in many forms) added. I now purchase a brand that does not add sugar, along with many other no-added-sugar (or artificial sweetener, which is worse for your health) products.
My husband and I did the 14-day first phase, and both had favorable results -- weight loss, no sugar cravings or withdrawal, no hunger pangs. We are also enjoying reduced joint pain and increased energy. The best part is that this new way of eating has been easy to maintain (we’ve be at it about a month now); we don’t feel deprived in the least. I know it sounds too good to be true. I’m just glad I set aside my skepticism to give this a try. This is a fabulous book for anyone who wants to improve overall health and loose a bit of weight....more
An informative book for those wanting to learn more about the connection between sugar and diabetes, specifically, how the effects of diabetes are relAn informative book for those wanting to learn more about the connection between sugar and diabetes, specifically, how the effects of diabetes are related to sugar consumption.
I picked up SUGAR CRUSH wanting something a bit less narrow and less technical than it turned out to be. While the summary promises “practical dietary advice,” I found the recommendations to be impractical (even a bit radical) for the average person. The author champions a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet, which I believe would be extremely difficult for me to maintain long-term.
Still, if you have diabetes and are on medication for nerve pain, this book may provide another option worth exploring....more
SIRIUS is an easy-to-read, whimsical book about a smart little Jewish doggie who experiences all kinds of adventure while trying to make sense of theSIRIUS is an easy-to-read, whimsical book about a smart little Jewish doggie who experiences all kinds of adventure while trying to make sense of the world around him during WWII. He escapes Nazi Germany with his Jewish family and lives a celebrated life in Hollywood, until unforeseen circumstances land him back in Berlin alone and at the foot of the Fuhrer.
The book’s writing style is uncomplicated, yet unique. Because I haven’t read many translated works, I’m not sure if the “uniqueness” I experienced was due to the translation from German or to a literary style common in that country. The scenes and chapters play out in short bursts (as short as one or two paragraphs in many cases) and jump frequently from one POV to another, which made it a speedy read. (Some sentences struck me as odd and I had to re-read them. This most likely was due to the translation; for example, the word “giggle” is used in several places where I believe “chuckled” or “smirked” might have been more fitting word choices in the context.)
The writing style is not flowery or literary, yet the story does get mildly philosophical at times. SIRIUS also has many brief passages that paint vivid pictures of the time and place, which I enjoyed quite a bit. Here’s just one example of the latter:
“Berlin, the city of gray, stumbles toward summer like a prisoner finally released from his sad cell, praising God that he is able to see the blue sky again after so long. Hungry for sunshine. Greedy for exercise. Gasping for fresh air. Thirsty for beer.”
While the book definitely touched upon some of the ugliest parts of Hitler’s directives, it was never overly graphic or dark. If you enjoy light-hearted historical fiction and novels that include a dog’s perspective, you will enjoy SIRIUS. ...more