Happy Hormones, Slim Belly

Happy Hormones, Slim BellyOk, so who wouldn’t look twice at this title?!? Jorge Cruise‘s most recent book about healthful eating aims specifically at women over 40. This is my first experience with any of his many best-selling healthful-eating books, and I got sucked right in as his target audience.  Over 40? Yep.  Female? Yep! Interested in working with hormones instead of fighting and denying them? You betcha!

I learned from this book that scientific research on healthful eating plans uses male subjects because the female hormonal system fluctuates so much.  This plan embraces what others have feared.

Simply put, we need to cut sugar to lose weight. (Oh, and carbohydrates really are sugars–read the book for a thoroughly understandable explanation.) But at the same time, we need more sugar than we used to, to maintain natural happy levels. (Serotonin naturally drops as we embrace this stage of life.)  So, it turns out that we need to decrease what we need to add.  Um…what?!?

Jorge Cruise addresses this in Happy Hormones, Slim Belly.  He calls it a Women’s Carb Cycling program, in which two Slim Days are followed by five Happy Days of eating.  Not only are there extremely do-able and user-friendly menus, shopping lists, and recipes for a four-week regimen to get you started, but there is also a supportive and expansive online component that we can sign up for.  The claim is that I can lose up to 7 pounds the first week, and 2 pounds weekly thereafter–guaranteed!  In addition, it is simply a healthful eating maintenance lifestyle.

Oh, and this works for the men and families in our lives as well.

I wasn’t looking for a diet plan, it’s just that addressing the female fortyish fare resonated with me. After reading this, I plan to follow it as a healthy experiment.

…But not until after the holidays, as my friend Sara Tonin and I already have some girl time planned!  😉

I received this as my choice of book title from Hay House in exchange for my honest opinion of it.  No hormones were harmed in the making of this review.

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The Dalai Lama’s Cat and the Art of Purring

The Dalai Lama's Cat and the Art of PurringThis is the second book by David Michie that enlightens readers through adventures of the Dalai Lama’s cat.  It is helpful to get the background of HHC (His Holiness’ Cat) by reading the previous one first, but each is a stand-alone story in itself.

The Art of Purring is a handbook for happiness.  “Not the kind of happy that comes and goes like a can of flaked tuna but an enduring happiness. The deep-down happiness that makes you purr from the heart.” (Michie)  If this idea ripples through your soul with peace and promise, this book is for you–whether you are a cat lover or not!

Through the experiences of HHC in each chapter, we learn universal truths about happiness:

  • Happiness is cultivated from within as opposed to being a result of externals.
  • Success is a result of happiness, not the other way around.
  • Happiness grows from being a part of a cause greater than our own selves.
  • Happiness is not found in the past, nor is it found in the future.
  • All we have is the now, and each day of that now is a miracle.
  • We all have great capacity for happiness, and can actively expand this.
  • When we help others, we ourselves actually benefit first.
  • Mood is linked to food ingested.
  • Equanimity and happiness are conjoined twins. (Equanimity: “mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, esp. in a difficult situation.” New Oxford American Dictionary; thank you Kindle!)
  • We limit our view of mind, our potential is infinitely expandable.

The lessons in the chapters are gently delivered and easily received.  As HHC learns, we resonate–that’s a beautiful gift.

I received this book from Hay House in exchange for review purposes.

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A Very Good Friend

When you are living end-stage pet hospice for the first time, you will wonder about making The Decision. Your friends who have experienced this will supportively assure you that you will know when it’s time, and great comfort is found in that.

They lie.

Go easy on them, they don’t mean to.  They mean it in a seasonal way, an end-of-an-era way.  But not an in-the-moment way.  I found relief and comfort in therefore believing that I would know when it was time to make that call to the vet, like flipping a light switch.  It’s really more like flipping a calendar page.

And that’s okay.  I just would have liked to understand that at the time, maybe I would have spared myself an amount of self-imposed confusion and grief.

Then again, likely not.

So if you are currently living end-stage pet love, you have my sincere empathy.  Knowing when it is time to make the heart-contorting decision is very grey area, moment by moment.  Take comfort that you will know when it is the season for it, if not the day.  Or the week.

You will question yourself for far too long and yet at the same time for not questioning long enough.  You will feel guilty for both considering making the call, as well as for having waited to do so.

And your very good friend loves you no less throughout.  We go through angst as they gift us with sharing this rich experience.  Honor both by giving more importance to the treasures than the pain.

That is also a very good friend.

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Real Love

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Wisdom from Ann Voskamp over at A Holy Experience

“Let everyone do their talking about 50 shades of grey, but don’t let anyone talk you out of it: commitment is pretty much black and white. Because the truth is, real love will always make you suffer. Simply commit: Who am I willing to suffer for?”

Don’t let the part about always suffering scare you.  Think about it: you lose someone you love, and you suffer their loss. Yet you would never have traded away your time together.

And as Lissa Rankin reminds us, “and know that when you give people permission to break your heart, sometimes they will.” This comes with advisement to discerningly let down our guard, letting those to whom we commit see our beautiful imperfections.

Who am I willing to suffer for?

What an amazing way to see it.  I love the clarity, in black and white.

Be the Best You

“Be the best caterpillar you can be until you are called upon to be something different.”   —Rev. Dr. Bob Luckin

November 2013 Daily Guides, Science of Mind

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