Book Review: Macro Cookbook For Beginners

review-macro cookbook for beginnersTitle: Macro Cookbook For Beginners

Author: Devika Sharma

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

With the macro diet, getting fit and healthy doesn’t mean giving up your favorite foods―and this beginner’s macro cookbook shows you where to start. Learn how to calculate and track your optimal level of macronutrients―protein, fat, and carbohydrates―so you can achieve your health goals while eating everything you enjoy.

Dig into 100 delicious recipes made with simple ingredients and a two-week meal plan that teaches you how to maintain the diet. Whether your goal is to build muscle, lose weight, or just develop a healthier relationship with food, this macro cookbook will set you on the right path.

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I was impressed by Macro Cookbook For Beginners by Devika Sharma. The books presented science-based nutrition broken down into easily digestible facts. The photography and design of the book were gorgeous and well-organized.

Unlike a lot of cookbooks that are diet-based, a lot of the recipes are tasty, easy to follow, and more importantly, contain readily accessible ingredients that most people will already have on-hand – or at the very least, can obtain easily. This book didn’t feel restrictive or scolding about what the reader eats, but instead, encouraging.

Overall, I think if you are looking to eat healthier in an accessible way, this would be a good place to start.

Book Review: Metabolism Diet For Beginners

reviewcover-metabolismdietforbeginnersTitle: Metabolism Diet For Beginners

Author: Megan Johnson McCullough

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 4 Stars

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Discover an introductory guide to the metabolism diet that makes it easy to get started. Featuring a simple primer on metabolism, how it affects your weight, and what you can do to take advantage of it, this book provides everything you need to know before jumping into the two-week meal and exercise plan. You’ll also find plenty of delicious recipes and handy tips to keep you on track after the first two weeks and help you reach your weight-loss goals.

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What I loved about Metabolism Diet For Beginners by Megan Johnson McCullough is that aside from the recipes, it contained a lot of helpful science-based information on how metabolism works and the common myths diet books often portray. There were also some helpful exercise plans and instructions, not just recipes.

There were a pretty decent array of recipes, but I will warn you that the meal plans and recipes may take some adjusting to get just right for you. If you aren’t used to eating super healthy, some of the ingredients may be foreign to you. I’d encourage anyone to give them a try before writing them off. The plans are a bit restrictive feeling to me – I’m not a huge fan of diets that ask you to completely remove items from your pantry – I feel moderation is more important, and the book wasn’t real clear on why certain items were restricted. Given the in-depth look at metabolism, I think the author missed an opportunity to explain why these foods aren’t a great idea.

Free Fiction Friday #235

Hello, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to Free Fiction Friday! For those of you who are new to this blog, or who may have missed out on the previous Free Fiction Fridays—every Friday I post an article containing 10 fiction e-books that are 100% FREE on Amazon at the time of posting and an additional 5 that are roughly of the same genre, and on sale for less than $5.

I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars, have over 40+ reviews, and are 100 pages minimum—so you can have a hand-picked list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is: NEW!

Note: These books were all released on Amazon within the past 90 days. Because of this, they may not fit my usual criteria for number of reviews.

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Book Review: Super Easy Keto Cookbook

reviewcover-supereasyketocookbookTitle: Super Easy Keto Cookbook

Author: Georgina Bomer

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 5 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

Eating keto for every meal can be challenging, especially if you’re pressed for time or feeding a full household. This dinner cookbook relieves the stress with 100 delicious keto meals that come together with minimal effort. Keep your culinary repertoire fresh with a variety of flavorful dishes that everyone will love.

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This is a fantastic cookbook for those trying to follow a Keto or low-carb diet. The book was well-organized and full of super-helpful information – from what to keep in your pantry, to an equipment list and easy substitutions and swap-outs.

The recipes are easy to follow and include helpful tags to make it easy to find particular dietary-needs or prep-work. I love the author’s inclusion of nutritional information and variations for each recipe.

This is a fantastic cookbook that I’m definitely adding to my shelf.

Book Review: Witchcraft Therapy

reviewcover-witchcrafttherapyTitle: Witchcraft Therapy

Author: Mandi Em

Genre: Non-Fiction, Witchcraft

Rating: 5 Stars

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Self-help is hard (and therapy is expensive!), but magic makes it easier than ever.

In Witchcraft Therapy, you will learn how to use the mystical powers of intention, mindful manifestation, divination, and righteous indignation to cope with whatever life throws your way. Author and witchy wellness guru Mandi Em offers advice in her own unique brand of positivity providing spells, rituals, and more that you can do right at home.

Complete with wisdom like “Remember that ‘f*ck off’ is a banishing spell,” Witchcraft Therapy will have you feeling more empowered and liberated than ever.

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Whether you are a practicing witch or someone who thinks the craft is all very woo-woo, I think you could benefit by giving this book a read. I really appreciated the no-bull, practical approach the author took to writing this book. It was full of recipes, rituals, and mindful exercises to help the reader with grounding themselves and dealing with things like stress and anxiety while reminding them that sometimes the best thing to do is speak to a doctor or a therapist, and take a proactive approach to their own self-care.

This is certainly a book I’d recommend to anyone looking to improve their overall well-being as well as those new to witchcraft, as it has a very practical and balanced approach that I feel most readers will enjoy.

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I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars, have over 40+ reviews, and are 100 pages minimum—so you can have a hand-picked list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is: Romance!

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Book Review: Low-Calorie Weight Loss Cookbook

reviewcover-low-calorieweightlosscoookbookTitle: Low-Calorie Weight Loss Cookbook

Author: Manuel Villacorta

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook

Rating: 4 Stars

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Reach your weight loss goals with help from this approachable low calorie cookbook.

Lose weight while still enjoying the foods you love with help from this low calorie cookbook. You’ll find everything you need to successfully start and sustain your weight loss journey, including flavorful, low calorie recipes, a 28-day meal plan, and exercise recommendations to supplement your diet.

Packed with simple breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks, this low calorie cookbook relies on healthy, everyday ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store. These delicious recipes also include reasonable serving sizes for easy portion control and detailed nutritional information to help you maintain a well-balanced diet.

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This was a cute and colorful little cookbook, and for the most part, I enjoyed it. The photography was gorgeous and the health advice was both useful and accurate. I liked that the author included exercise routines along with the recipes.

I found quite a few recipes in this book appealing – which isn’t something common to most cookbooks for me. The ingredients were simple and the instructions, easy t follow. If I had one nitpick, it is that many of the recipes felt insubstantial – more like a light breakfast. I wish there had been a little more diversity on that front.

Either way, this is certainly a cookbook I’d recommend to those interested in pursuing a low-calorie diet.

Book Review: Mindful Astrology

reviewcover-mindfulastrologyTitle: Mindful Astrology

Author: Monte Farber & Amy Zerner

Genre: Astrology, Non-Fiction

Rating: 2 Stars

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In Mindful Astrology, best-selling master astrologers Monte Farber and Amy Zerner teach you how to use the essentials of astrology to more mindfully navigate your life and your relationships.
Ever wonder what’s behind the simple question of “What’s your sign?” While most people are aware of their sun sign, beginning to understand the combination of your sun, moon, and rising signs—also known as your “celestial trilogy”—can give you a deeper perspective on your personality and those of your loved ones. Your sun sign represents your purpose in life, your moon sign rules your emotional intelligence, and your rising sign indicates how you appear to others. Explored together, your celestial trilogy gives you meaningful insights into:

  • Love and relationships

  • Work and career

  • Wealth and success

  • Wellness and mindfulness

Our purpose is to grow, love, and bring ourselves into balance. The mindful practice of astrology can help you achieve self-awareness, learning to truly see yourself and others. With the insights you’ll gain from this book, you can create a more mindful life filled with self-knowledge, peace, and meaning.

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I didn’t think I’d dislike this book as much as I did. Astrology is something that has captured my interest from an early age – but I also understand that it isn’t a science. It is built on generalities. It’s fun, and sometimes seemingly accurate — and then again, sometimes not.

My problem with this particular book is that it tried very hard to be too specific, which ruined the illusion of being legitimate. The book also started on a sour note by raving for pages about different scientific theories, but never actually tied them into Astrology. It was like the author was crafting a world-wall of smart-sounding filler to make Astrology seem legitimate, but the information was flat out wrong.

It felt like I was being conned, and it left me with a sour impression.

Free Fiction Friday #233

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I try my best to make sure they are all 4+ stars, have over 40+ reviews, and are 100 pages minimum—so you can have a hand-picked list of the best-of-the-best to choose from and enjoy over the long weekend (while I do more important things, like laundry). I try to switch up the genres every week, and this week our theme is: Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy!

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Book Review: The Path of the Witch

reviewcover-thepathofthewitchTitle: The Path of the Witch

Author: Lidia Pradas

Genre: Non-Fiction, Spiritualism, Witchcraft

Rating: 4 Stars

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Witchcraft is not one defined path—rather, it is a diversity of practices you can curate and align with based on your lifestyle and unique gifts. Which witch are you?

Do you have an affinity for working with plants and herbs for magic and medicine? You may be a Green Witch.

Is the kitchen and home space sacred to you? Are you able to tap into the sensory and healing properties of food for spellwork? Is cooking an intentional act for you? You may be a Kitchen Witch.

Are you able to easily connect with the spirit world or the liminal realms? You may be a Hedge Witch.

Can you do many practices with ease? You may be an Eclectic Witch.

The Path of the Witchdescribes the many different types of witches, their gifts and abilities, and their practices. Each path shows readers activities and rituals that they can use to discover and explore that type of witchcraft and discern which one is the fit for them.

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This book was interesting. Though not a practicing witch myself, I’ve done a fair bit of reading on the subjects and have studied a lot of the basics of both witchcraft and the Wiccan religion. The path of the Witch by Lidia Pradas held a generous amount of information about different aspects of the craft – from general knowledge to recipes, and history. It was a lot of information to absorb, but I really appreciated how thorough the author was about different aspects of each practice.

My only real nitpick about the book is the manner in which it was organized. It was divided into specific categories of witches rather than covering the different aspects of the practice as a whole, shared between the different, more specialized paths. The differentiation between Green, Kitchen, Wiccan, and other types of witches felt very narrowing the way it was divided.

That aside, as I said, the book contains an abundance of information, and if you’re looking for an intermediate level read on witches, you are sure to find some good info here.