In her book Scent-Sational Searches, author Deborah Worley takes readers through the perfume world, aiding them in exploring different fragrances and scents. Worley’s writing is captivating. She uses words to describe scents that will make you fall in love with fragrances. She calls herself a “fragranista”, a name that complements her knowledge of the fragrance world.
Worley helps readers get to know the fragrances that best suit them. Selecting a fragrance should not be a random affair. You need to be aware of your blood type and personality type that parallel fragrance families. The discussion on blood types was fascinating. Learning about the popular blood types in the world and how they may influence one’s personality was eye-opening.
Reading about the author’s love of fragrances is heart-warming. I enjoyed the stories about the relationship her mother and grandmother had with fragrances. Her exposure to fragrances at an early age influenced her passion for scents. Learning about the author’s career with fragrances was interesting as well. Readers will experience pieces of her life through the personal stories she shares. These experiences are moving, and her love of fragrances is infectious.
Readers will understand why perfumes are crucial in grooming after reading this educational book. From this book I discovered tips on how to wear my perfume, the most alluring scents for my personality, and styling do’s and don’ts. The author also includes the history of perfumes. The book also includes biographies of some world-famous creators of perfume icons like Coco Chanel, Estée Lauder, Michael Edwards, and Thierry Mugler. Seeing how they made a mark in the world of fragrance was fascinating.
Scent-Sational Searches: Find Your Fragrances By Blood And Personality Parallels is the ideal book for fragrance and perfume aficionados. This well-researched book will help readers understand the nuances of scent and help them discover the perfect one to complement their individuality.
Pages: 136 | ASIN : B09JKB8PX4
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The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging
The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging by Jason Elias is a comedic guide on how to age more gracefully. The book is broken up into sections and stories that have their own complete messages. This is an ideal book to come back to time and again as needed to read the parts that hit home at the right times. Elias’s “Pathfinders”, as he calls the individuals he interviewed for the book, provide beautiful nuggets of wisdom, as well as practical (often humorous) advice to live by. Their inspirational stories will help you take a look at your life and recognize where you can or should make adjustments to live a more comfortable, more harmonious life with those around you.
This book helps to demystify death and growing old and remove some of the fear by helping one become more comfortable with the concepts. Each of the Seven Graces that Elias discusses has valuable practical application to help fortify the mind, strengthen our beliefs and spirituality, and reinforce the body as much as is physically possible as we age, through advice regarding dieting and exercise.
Initially, I thought this book might be more specifically geared towards older readers, but I find it has given me a lot to think about, as well. I don’t think age need be a deterrent when considering whether or not to read this book. Elias has structured this book and curated his content in such a way that even if you’re a younger reader, this book can address questions, concerns, or even fears you might have about the future, about growing older, and about the finality of death and how to accept that. I also think this book is a great read for anyone who has an older someone in their life that they want to help, as they could easily share the inspirational words and advice provided by these elder Pathfinders (or just lend them the book next!) And it’s not just the personal stories of elders, Elias provides a lot of actual scientific research based on the findings of some very interesting studies from a plethora of scientific professionals. In some cases, Elias even provides links to some online resources for further independent study.
The Seven Graces of Ageless Aging is a quick and easy read with sections you will want to bookmark and come back to later, with several funny anecdotes from the Pathfinders that you will want to share with those around you. A humorous but practical guide on living your best life.
Pages: 256 | ASIN: B08WZZ1T7F
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Peak Human Clock
Reading Peak Human Clock will have you change your daily routine and make you conscious about what you consume. The author writes about the human body, how it functions, and why some people appear to be fit while others have unhealthy bodies. Said Hasyim is articulate in his explanation. Every point in the book is made clear and understandable to readers of all levels. He defines technical terms and discusses them in-depth to the satisfaction of the reader. Want to learn about circadian rhythm? This is the book for you.
The author describes circadian rhythm as the natural 24-hour clock inside the body. The circadian rhythm regulates all your body’s organ clocks. To make the reader understand better, Said Hasyim gives examples of various individuals with different routines and compares their eating, sleeping, and working habits. The author advises readers to have regular routines. Take your meal at set times, and have a planned sleeping schedule so as not to disrupt your circadian rhythm. Said Hasyim’s book will not only help you improve your physique but also help you better your mental state. The author’s systematic approach to things like exercise, getting enough sleep, and eating right is what makes his book a great read.
When talking about physical wellness, the author speaks to different groups of people. Women’s and men’s bodies function differently and the author explains how. One of my favorite topics was on body fat and how to lose it. The author suggests that the best way to start losing weight is by practicing time-restricted eating. Exercising and changing diet may help but having time-restricted eating is the fastest way to help any obese person shed fat. The author goes on to say that one can start with 12-hour fasting and gradually move to longer hours if their main goal is to lose weight fast. Another favorite discussion was about sleep and how to get quality sleep.
The author talks about the different stages of sleep and why one should schedule their sleep pattern. I found it noteworthy that the author insisted that sleep quality trumps sleep quantity. Peak Human Clock will help you get in shape, but only if you put in the effort. The author has sound advice that can help anyone keen on following the guidance in the book.
One could feel that the author is concerned about everyone’s health through his text. He is also straightforward and tells it as it is. There are no short cuts if you want to improve your health. With a fit body, you are assured to be in the right mental state. This book is informative and helpful to anyone conscious about their well-being. I recommend Peak Human Clock to all readers that are working towards being fit and healthy.
Pages: 121 | ASIN : B08MW7K5R2
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The Bigger Picture of Health
Healthy Dividends helps readers increase productivity and live a longer healthier life. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I have done a lot of speaking at employee wellness seminars, senior centers, and conferences, and I have found that people still wanted more when our time was up. I look at my book as a way to get more in-depth information than the time allowed for a seminar. I also believe that a healthy way of living can extend your life and make you think and feel better, so I wanted to share all of this in one complete guide that can be used as a reference, so you can get a lot of use out of it.
You are a registered dietitian and a certified wellness coach and fitness instructor. How has your experience helped you write this book?
I feel so strongly that wellness is more than exercise and nutrition, but those are important pieces. Becoming a coach has taught me to look at the bigger picture of health and wellness. One of the fundamental things I ask of clients is to schedule fun experiences into their calendar. If you do the things that make you happier, it puts you in a better mindset to do the other things that are good for your health. I call these experiences energizers, and they might be reading a book, spending time with family, taking pictures of nature…it’s different for everyone, but figuring out what they are, discovering new ones, and planning them in your schedule can be very inspiring. The book is a culmination of all my knowledge and education becoming and practicing as a dietitian, fitness instructor, and coach. It includes so many insights and tips I have gathered from working with wonderful clients and groups who have shared their success stories with me.
I appreciated all of the healthy tips provided throughout the book. What do you find is a common misconception people have about health and dieting?
I think people see it as a chore rather than as self-care. When they change their perspective, healthy habits become more fun and achievable. Having the right mindset is key. I have seen this over and over again with clients who start to care for themselves more, rather than beat themselves up.
What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?
I hope that readers take exactly that away…that is, hope. I give so many ideas, tips and stories about ways to improve their health, that my ultimate goals is to show people that there are simple things they can do to feel better and live longer, and to give them the hope and inspiration to try some of those things.
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A Satisfactory Fitness Level
What is your experience in health and fitness and how has that helped you write this book?
I came across BX plans about 50 years ago, and used it regularly. After 30 years of hard and varied living I got back into using the exercises.
What is one common misconception people have about exercising?
One of the biggest misconceptions about exercise is that most people think it has to hurt when it doesn’t. Slow and regular is the best way.
What are the BX plans and how are they designed to help people stay fit?
It is based on the world famous Canadian Air Force fitness plan. The purpose is to create a satisfactory fitness level and keep you there with light exercises.
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Get fit and stay fit with the XBX 12-Minute Plan for Women Based on the world-famous Royal Canadian Air Force exercise plan, these progressive exercises will take you to peak fitness in your own time and at your own pace. No special equipment needed. No expensive gym fees. No group memberships. Just you, the book and twelve minutes a day. With a minimum of space required the full-colour illustrated plans can be enjoyed by anyone, anytime, anywhere. Get fit and stay fit in the time it takes to drive to the gym!
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Physical Fitness: XBX 12-Minute Plan for Women
Physical Fitness XBX 12-Minute Plan for Women is a short book that provides an exercise program for women who are over 20. Each age group has a suggested length they should spend on each workout. Useful information on reasons why someone should be fit, weight control, and how exercising can change how you feel physically are also provided. In addition to tips, there are also charts that provide which exercises a woman needs to complete and how many for how long. There is also a useful chart to fill out goals and progress.
This book was a quick and interesting read. One of my favorite parts of the book was that it gave pointers on how to exercise by not exerting oneself and taking it slowly. Another part I loved was that they cautioned people, who may not be able to exercise, to consult with their doctor. It is important to note this because not everyone is on the same health or abilities level. Exercise should not hurt, and people should stretch beforehand as well as take it slow. That is why the author suggests a certain amount of days on each workout as well as not trying to get all the exercises done in the amount of time if you struggle with it in the beginning. I think it is great to tell people to slowly build up their workout routine rather than trying to rush and possibly harm themselves. While it seems like there are a lot of exercises to do in a short amount of time, the book does state to do them at your own pace and continue to work toward the goal. Do not get overwhelmed or be intimidated. It is important to not hurt or strain yourself.
I also like that there are charts to show you what exercises to do, how long to do them, and how many to do. The chart was a little confusing at first but easily understood with the explanation. The pictures in the book are very useful. Not many people, myself included, would know what some of the exercises were. Additionally, with each increase in the charts, new steps are added to the exercises. The illustrations show exactly how the exercise should be completed and really help with any confusion. Finally, if you have a physical copy of the book, it gives you spaces to write goals and where you are. So if you have a specific goal to meet weight wise, you can write it in the book.
There were a couple of things I would have liked to see. For instance, the author mentions how research indicates certain aspects of health and exercise, but it would give it more credibility with references. The book mentioned healthy eating, as such, I think it would have been better to include more detail on this topic. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who would be interested in looking to help with their sedentary lifestyle.
Pages: 100 | ISBN: 1910843008
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Gain Weight… Lose Your Mate
Life happens. We all know this and generally don’t have to be reminded of this truth. Along with the rigors of work, family, and relationships come changes in metabolism and eating habits. Women seem to bear the brunt of these changes with weight gain following the transition into marriage and motherhood. Make no mistake about it, women are well aware of the changes their bodies undergo, and they are hyper aware of the impact their weight gain has on relationships and their overall health. Whether women work to lose weight or not, they don’t need reminding that their bodies are changing in ways they may not necessarily like.
Carl Turner’s Gain Weight…Lose Your Mate examines the tendency of women to gain weight and focus less on maintaining the size they were upon entering the relationship with their mate or spouse. Turner spends a significant amount of time examining men’s awe regarding their girlfriends’ and wives’ seeming unwillingness to lose weight following childbirth. Though I understand some of the reasoning Turner sets forth, he focuses rather relentlessly on the desire men have to see their wives lose the baby weight.
Another aspect of Turner’s writing lies in the fact that he relates men’s feelings to the physical appearance of their wives and girlfriends. According to the author, there is a certain level of happiness most men feel as a direct result of their wives’ physical appearance, and that level of happiness is negatively impacted by their choices not to pursue exercise and healthier eating habits.
Peppered throughout Turner’s book are scenarios and examples of couples coping with the woman’s weight gain. Turner presents these situations in order to better illustrate his point but succeeds only in making men look more and self-centered. In once such scenario, Turner introduces a brief scene in which one man tells his wife that he will leave his wife alone with their children if she keeps her weight as is and doesn’t find a way to drop the extra weight she gained after having the two children. Sharing this story would have been effective had Turner used it to explain the selfishness behind the man’s comments. However, Turner goes on to explain that men don’t care what their mates eat as long as their weight/appearance is not negatively affected in their opinions.
Turner does include research-based measures and manages to warn readers of the consequences of obesity and the ensuing health conditions which result from overeating and failing to exercise regularly.
Turner’s writing style is straightforward and polished. Overall, I am mortified by the tone taken by the author and feel the writing lacks solid advice to rectify an issue rather than pointing out that there is a problem. His point of view is well crafted and easily understood.
Pages: 140 | ASIN: B079K5D4FY
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The Vegetarian Diet Guru: Nutrients-based Diet Planning
There are many reasons to go on diet but person who is looking to lose weight would not be on the same diet as one who is diabetic. They have different nutritional needs. The same applies to one who is also on an exercise regimen because a person who undergoes rigorous physical activity requires protein. Their diet would therefore need to have a bit more protein than the regular diet. There is need for knowledge of all these considerations before going on a diet otherwise it will be unsuccessful. Or, you will end up malnutritioned.
This book seeks to provide a roadmap for proper diets. Diets based on nutritional needs and requirements rather than fads. A guideline for formulating personalized diets and menus. With hundreds of recipes to choose from, this book is the perfect companion to find and enjoy a new diet. It will even be possible to sustain the diet plan all through. It takes the hard work out of diets.
Dr. Shantha Kumar has done extensive research on the subject. She has vast knowledge of nutritional needs and diets. She uses all of that in ensuring this book applies across the board. She provides information that caters to different tastes and preferences while always being informative and useful. What I really liked about this book was that her ingredients were always easy to find, and did not require going to a specialty store. She uses easy to find ingredients, most of which are not prone to causing allergic reactions. All this greatness with a splash of Asian sizzle.
In this day and age when there are a lot of diets and recipes online promising to do great things, one needs something reliable and practical. Material whose sole purpose is not to trend but to actually help people achieve their wellness goals. This is what I think The Vegetarian Diet Guru accomplishes. She does not lecture or order the reader around. She explains her reasons for having different ingredients with a table of meal equivalents of nutrients among other resources. She explains everything about metabolism and its role in diets. Reading through the recipes gives you the feeling of being in a kitchen with a close relative. You just want to hang on to every word and master every single movement.
The recipes do not require top-notch culinary prowess and the directions are always clear and concise. I enjoyed how the recipes were laid out for anyone of any skill level. She gives precise instructions. You will enjoy cooking just as much as you will enjoy the foods. This book provides multiple useful tables that are meant to help the reader understand the choices and why everything is important. The book even provides some menu planning templates and samples.
The author strikes a balance between delicious, nutritious, useful, and interesting while also encouraging a personal touch in every recipe. This is an essential resource for every vegetarian diet.
Pages: 390 | ASIN: B079QHR4YY
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