Full disclosures: 1. I LOVE Christie Brinkley. There, I've said it, and I'm sort of not ashamed to admit it. 2. My teen beauty/health Bible was probablFull disclosures: 1. I LOVE Christie Brinkley. There, I've said it, and I'm sort of not ashamed to admit it. 2. My teen beauty/health Bible was probably "Christie Brinkley's Outdoor Beauty and Fitness Book." Yes, I put mayonnaise in my hair, and lemon on my elbows, and became a vegetarian. For 2 years. 3. I did not actually "read" this book, and I don't think you should either. Ugh.
But you should definitely make the Chopped Kale Salad, which is my favorite lunch right now, despite its name; the green apple and pomegranate with the lemon vinaigrette, in all seriousness, makes my soul sing. And so does the Acai, Banana, and Berries Smoothie, for that matter, because it is not super sweet (and add almond milk, if you want, because yum!). In fact, I plan on making every single recipe I have not already tried. The woman knows how to eat.
And the woman knows how to lifestyle. You should meditate. And take care of your skin. And spend time outdoors. All of those things are good for you. And because, Christie Brinkley. This book -- well, flipping through this book -- inspires me....more
Total Immersion Weekend Workshop (12 hrs): $500 Group class 8 hrs of Perpetual Motion Freestyle swim lessons: $400 Total Immersion DVD: $50 Book: $16.00
ITotal Immersion Weekend Workshop (12 hrs): $500 Group class 8 hrs of Perpetual Motion Freestyle swim lessons: $400 Total Immersion DVD: $50 Book: $16.00
I got the DVD and the book from the library ($0). I took notes, put them in a ziploc baggie, and tried to think Total Immersion thoughts while swimming laps. Did it help? Sure. Do I know what I'm doing? No. Is it worth hundreds of dollars to find out? Not right now. But I do enjoy watching youtube clips of swimmers doing this, because it looks so smooth and fun....more
I thought there were some great smoothie recipes, but the other recipes are like "Better Homes and Gardens"-ish.
I do have two issues with this book.I thought there were some great smoothie recipes, but the other recipes are like "Better Homes and Gardens"-ish.
I do have two issues with this book. First, I am so sick of diet books that start with diet-bashing and then offer up a diet of their own. Yes, diets don't achieve results long-term, and they are expensive and time-consuming to maintain, and inconvenient, and the research says for these reasons and more that diets don't work. And the answer to this problem is . . . "The Body Reset (TM) Diet"!! Which, as it turns out, is a DIET. Eat three smoothies and two snacks a day, 1200 calories total, and slowly replace two of those shakes with a healthy meal over a three week period. Maybe it works for some, doesn't for others, fine. But this is a diet, so let's make sure we call it that.
Second, -- this sounds persnickety, but it's really not -- footnotes would have been so much better than end notes. This book is tiny with basically 150 pages of text (and that includes the diagrams of the exercises, so not a ton of words), easy enough for a 5th grader to understand. But the format already crowds the latter half, with recipes, an index, and several appendices -- and the citations don't contain much commentary. Just put them in the body of the text, for the love, so the reader doesn't have to keep flipping back and forth to see what studies matter to this particular author.
So, there's two reviews, one for the diet and one for the cookbook.
As for the diet's pros, I have friends who swear by it, I was not hungry, and I atSo, there's two reviews, one for the diet and one for the cookbook.
As for the diet's pros, I have friends who swear by it, I was not hungry, and I ate a lot of vegetables. The cons included: 1. The overwhelming amount of meat. Week One's shopping list for two people includes: 3 dozen eggs, 1 lb. of bacon, 12 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. flank steak, 2 large turkey legs, 1 lb. ground lamb, 1 lb. lemon sole, 12 ounces wild smoked salmon, 1 lb. skirt steak, ½ lb. ground pork, 1 lb. lamb stew meat, and 1 whole chicken. 2. The cost. Over $300/week for two people, which could be easily reduced with substitutions, but it took money and time to find certain organic, grass-fed cuts of meat, duck legs, coconut aminos, and sunchokes, for example. 3. The cholesterol/fat. I never felt good about using so much bacon grease and coconut oil! 4. Breakfast. Without grains, dairy, or fruit, breakfast is either leftovers from dinner, eggs, and sauerkraut. She does have some muffin recipes, grain-free porridge (coconut mixed with almond butter), fried pumpkin puree "pancakes" and whatever, but they are a HUGE disappointment to someone who loves breakfast. I had Roasted Rosemary Roots for breakfast today with a fried egg, and they were delicious, but I can't commit to a week, let alone an entire lifetime, without, well, breakfast foods. You could definitely do Paleo using coconut flour and arrowroot or whatever to recreate breads, but the focus in this book is simplicity, and the substituting flavors just don't do it for me. I might consider eliminating two or three of the major food groups if I had specific health problems, but otherwise, no.
As for the cookbook, simple recipes, easy to follow, nice pictures, lots of flexibility with substitutions or goals. I will continue to make Perfectly Cooked Bacon, Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs, Citrus Macadamia Nut Sole, Roasted Rosemary Roots, and Rosemary Sage Salt. And I hope I never see "Swirly Crustless Quiche" again, not even with a boatload of salsa or bacon....more
Jeff Galloway freaks me out. He's so mainstream and then he goes off on these crazy rants -- Stretching causes injury! Weight lifting causes injury! -Jeff Galloway freaks me out. He's so mainstream and then he goes off on these crazy rants -- Stretching causes injury! Weight lifting causes injury! -- that I don't know what to make of him....more
He's a runner, not a writer, but ultra-athletes fascinate me anyway. And also, this is off the subject, he eats Paleo and not to be too crabby or anytHe's a runner, not a writer, but ultra-athletes fascinate me anyway. And also, this is off the subject, he eats Paleo and not to be too crabby or anything, but I am so sick of hearing about it. I know it's all the rage but man, that is alot of meat! And fat! I think I have an anti-Paleo bias that I just can't get past. Whatever....more
I didn't do the diet, just the 30 workout, so my review is based on that. The workout is a killer, seriously the hardest I have ever done in my life,I didn't do the diet, just the 30 workout, so my review is based on that. The workout is a killer, seriously the hardest I have ever done in my life, and you have to go for thirty days. It's basically two sets of five circuits of 4 or 5 exercises each. It is not a workout for the shy or faint of heart, because you WILL have a sweat trail following you around the gym as you do this high-intensity stuff, like 10 burpees, then jump on the treadmill for a minute at 9 mph, then do pushups, then do jumping jacks, etc. She says the workout should only take about 45 minutes but it was more like an hour and a half some days (I got it down to an hour 15 towards the end) while I tried to figure out what everything even was (frog pushups?) and then make my body do them. It's only a four day/week diet, too, so on two of the days I did an hour of cardio and just rested once. A real killer, best for someone who has been exercising regularly and is bored with their routine. And like I said, not for someone who doesn't like to get weird looks at the gym because people do watch when you do your frog kicks and pike crunches, so you have to have a thick skin....more
Tim Ferriss is a slacker, hack, doofus. His writing style is infomercial meets Mythbuster and his theories are a pastiche cobbled together from whatevTim Ferriss is a slacker, hack, doofus. His writing style is infomercial meets Mythbuster and his theories are a pastiche cobbled together from whatever has worked for him. Having said that, I am having a hard time putting this book down.
I was riveted to find out about his barefoot running training program (Barefoot Ted opened a running store near me that has tempting running workshops); Total Immersion swimming looks like flying; I found someone who could get my body fat tested using DEXA; and myotatic crunches on a BOSU ball definitely work much better.
Ferriss is all about measuring results so I was frustrated that he frequently wasn't able to provide those. Did he go from a 5K to a 50K in 12 weeks? "This chapter was a last minute addition . . . there wasn't time to update before hitting the shelves", but check his blog for the outcome and you'll find . . . nothing. What about Total Immersion swimming? Did he train and finish an open water one kilometer race in 2008? Well, he chose to spend time with family, but one day he went to the ocean, asked a lifeguard about an approximate mile marker, and trust him, he was amazing and swam really fast. I'm sorry, but I expect more from a guy who actually IMPLANTED a glucometer to better understand his own blood sugar (no, he is not a diabetic). Maybe it's time for him to consider a five hour work week in order to "get 'er done."
This book is interesting as long as you don't expect anything from it -- Ferriss is not trying to help YOU. He's just telling you about his zany adventures in self-experimentation, and when they overlap yours, or when you see something you want to try, great. But you'd do better to research elsewhere when you need some real information, and hopefully from a more responsible source, someone who might mention the dangers of eating disorders when explaining about how to binge and use laxatives, or who will discourage at least teenagers from using steroids (despite his own steroid-neutral stance). ...more
It's hard to rate a diet book -- rate it on how well written it is? On whether you lose weight? On the science? -- but I'm going to give this one threIt's hard to rate a diet book -- rate it on how well written it is? On whether you lose weight? On the science? -- but I'm going to give this one three stars. Three stars because it's the perfect January diet: you're highly motivated to follow very restrictive rules; you lose weight right away; you have lots of energy to accomplish all those other pesky resolutions; and you eat lots of vegetables and fruit. But whether you gain it all back immediately or whether it's really a good idea to neglect the glycemic index seems to be ultimately a matter for each individual, time/trial and error, and science (but don't all diet books?)....more