Saturday, March 23, 2013

Review/Giveaway: The 7 Principles of Fat Burning


Title: The 7 Principles of Fat Burning
Author: Eric Berg, DC
Genre: Health
How to enter: See Rafflecopter below
Entry deadline: March 31, 2013
Restrictions: Open internationally!

That's right, enter right here for this giveaway.  This is my review copy, so it has been gently read.


This is where I’m feeling compelled to post a before and after picture of myself.  Sorry!  There are some things not meant to be shared, and some struggles that will remain private… :)

Nonetheless, here is my review of a straightforward yet fresh book on fat burning and weight loss…

The 7 Principles of Fat BurningSynopsis:

The 7 Principles of Fat Burning is the handbook to the sensational Berg Diet that has empowered thousands of people to get healthy, lose weight and keep it off. It shows how to activate your fat-burning hormones with a tailor-made eating and exercise plan for your body type.

The 7 Principles is a highly practical book that provides clear explanations-aided by dozens of charts and illustrations-of the principles of healthy weight loss. Easy-to-understand health and nutrition information and simple tests to determine your correct body type are the keys to its success. Knowledge is power and The 7 Principles of Fat Burning gives dieters the power to take command by eating the healthy diet that activates the fat-burning hormones for their body type.

For years people have been told to lose weight to be healthy. The truth is, you need to get healthy to lose weight. The Seven Principles of Fat Burning shows you how. Dr. Berg thoroughly educates readers and puts them right where they should be: in charge of their own weight.

About the Author:

Eric Berg, DC, 47 years of age is a chiropractor who specializes in weight loss through nutritional and natural methods. His private practice is located in Alexandria, Virginia. His clients include senior officials in the U.S. government and the Justice Department, ambassadors, medical doctors, high-level executives of prominent corporations, scientists, engineers, professors, and other clients from all walks of life.

He is the author of The 7 Principles of Fat Burning, published by Action KB Publishing in January 2011. In addition, Eric Berg is widely published in trade magazines, including Chiropractic Today and The American Chiropractor, and in consumer publications such as First for Women, Men's Exercise, New Beauty, Upscale and Let's Live. Dr. Berg trains chiropractors, physicians and allied healthcare practitioners in his methods, and to date he has trained over 2,000 healthcare professionals.

He has been an active member of the Endocrinology Society, on the advisory panel for the Health Science Institute, and has worked as a past part-time adjunct professor at Howard University. Eric Berg's nonprofit foundation, Health Technology Foundation, is currently being approved nationally for the purpose of providing research to substantiate alternative healthcare technologies, giving cost-effective solutions and result-oriented healthcare. As a leader in natural health and food coaching, Eric Berg has appeared on many radio and television shows, including ABC, CBS, and as a monthly host on Channel 8's Sports Talk. He has also had his own radio health show on WOL in 2005.

Physical Description:  Hardcover, 330 pages
Recommended Audience: Adults with weight loss and weight maintenance challenges 
Price:  List price is $26.95; available for $16.00 on Dr. Berg’s site.  Kindle available for $7.99
To Purchase: 
For More Info:

What I Liked:

  • Easy to understand.  The book is written in a straightforward way – not condescending, yet easy for someone who isn’t a health or nutrition expert to follow.  Simple illustrations make concepts even easier to understand.
  • Well-organized.  I found myself using this as a reference book, and it is nice to be able to easily flip back and forth to the areas that were relevant at any given time.   The glossary and index are helpful as well.
  • Easy to relate to. I’ve struggled with chronic fatigue for several years, and it was VERY easy to identify my body type and the corresponding issues I’ve been experiencing.  It made me feel the book was written just for me!  There were explanations for many of the issues I’ve experienced, such as not being able to lose weight when on an exercise program. 
  • Emphasis in the right place.  ”It’s not "’Lose weight to get healthy.’  It’s ‘Get healthy to lose weight!’”  One thing I have been particularly struggling with is not feeling well enough, not having the energy, to make the effort for weight loss.  People say I’m just not trying hard enough, but I can’t summon the energy to try any harder!  This book explains the need to get that energy, the healthy feeling, before undertaking the fat burning.  And with healthiness as the goal, the weight loss “mountain” doesn’t seem as insurmountable.

Did I lose weight?  About two pounds in the first two weeks.  I was really hoping for more.  I’m still trying to find the balance.  Having been a vegetarian all my life, I’ve relied a lot on grains in my diet  The recommendations in this book cut out those grain carbs.  The first two weeks, I followed the recommendations closely and found myself, no matter how much veggie/fruit/nuts I ate, along with limited dairy protein, still craving the carbs.  I succumbed after two weeks and ate a bowl of shredded wheat.  And it felt SO good!  I felt satisfied for the first time in two weeks!  I really wish I could have a little chat with the book author to dissect that experience.

In general, though, I’ve enjoyed the book and the program.  I was able to cut down caffeine and cut out the unhealthy stuff I had been relying on for energy, and I’ve discovered a better understanding of how different foods impact my body, really feeling it for the first time without the haze of simple carbs.

Disclaimer: Thanks to the author and MediaGuests for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Dr. Seuss Sweepstakes

Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Children's books
How to enter: Facebook sweepstakes
Entry deadline: March 19
Restrictions: ?

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style

Title: Fashion: The Definitive History of Costume and Style
Author: DK Publishing
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Educational
How to enter: Rafflecopter on giveaway post
Entry deadline: 3/13/13 at 12:01 am EST
Restrictions: US/Canada

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Parenting With Scripture

Title: Parenting With Scripture
Author: Kara Durbin
Blog: 5 Minutes for Mom
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Christian parenting
How to enter: Rafflecopter form on giveaway post
Entry deadline: 3/8
Restrictions: ?

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Friday, March 1, 2013

Parenting With Scripture

Title: Parenting With Scripture
Author: Kara Durbin
Blog: Reading to Know
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Christian parenting
How to enter: Comment on giveaway post
Entry deadline: Monday, March 4th
Restrictions: ?

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

The 4th of July Story and Phoebe the Spy

Title: The 4th of July Story; Phoebe the Spy
Blog: Harrington Harmon
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Children's
How to enter: Rafflecopter form on giveaway post
Entry deadline: 3/3
Restrictions: ?

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Clattering Sparrows

Title: Clattering Sparrows
Author: Marilyn S Land
Blog: Beck Valley Books
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Biographical fiction / General fiction
How to enter: Rafflecopter form on giveaway post
Entry deadline: 12/12/12 at 11:59pm EST
Restrictions: Open worldwide

Happy Reading!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Order of the Dimensions

Title: Order of the Dimensions
Author: Irene Helenowski
Blog: Beck Valley Books
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Fantasy
How to enter: Rafflecopter on giveaway post
Entry deadline: 12/8/12 at 11:59pm EST
Restrictions: Open Worldwide

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12 Days of Christmas

Title: My Fold Out 12 Days of Christmas
Author: Barbi Sido
Blog: waddlee-ah-chaa
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Children's book
How to enter: Rafflecopter on giveaway post
Entry deadline: 12/6/12
Restrictions: US resident

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise

Title: Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise
Author: Alicia Richardson
Blog: Mymcbooks's Blog
Link to Giveaway: Blog Tour/Giveaway: Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise. Ends Dec 12th
Genre: Children's Christmas book
How to enter: Comment on giveaway post
Entry deadline: December 12th
Restrictions: US only

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Review: Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise

It’s mixed season in our house.  Looking around, I see a stuffed paper pumpkin, colorful autumn leaves, a handprint turkey… a skiing penguin in a snowstorm.  We returned most of our Thanksgiving books to the library today (Junie B. is still waiting to be read by our 5yo), and checked out 20 Christmas classics.Yep, Christmas is beginning its takeover, and I love it!

When given the opportunity to review Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise, I was in the mood for a lighthearted, festive look at the season.  And that is what we’ve enjoyed…  This book is the perfect intro for families who enjoy a “where’s the elf” Christmas tradition.
Kirby Puckernut, Buy Now!
Kirby Puckernut is Santa’s cleverest little elf. While dreaming up marvelous toys for good girls and boys, Kirby has his best idea yet – a real elf in every home, all through the holidays, spreading Christmas Magic! Santa finds the perfect family and allows Kirby to serve as the test elf for the first momentous visit.
From December 1st through Christmas Eve, Kirby travels each night to Els Mere to make toys and bring news to Santa, and returns to the family each morning with notes from Santa and other surprises. 
Fun and adventure are at every turn, but not everything goes as planned… Will Kirby’s idea be a success?
About the Author:
Author Alicia Richardson has created a new Christmas classic with her children’s book, Kirby Puckernut and the Christmas Surprise. 
Alicia Richardson resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and four children. She has always had a flair for storytelling, and has given life to a special little elf named Kirby Puckernut.
Illustrator:  Don Seegmiller
Physical Description:  Hardcover, 40 pages
Recommended Age: Children of all ages…
Price:  $17.95 for the book; Elf with book is $39.95
For More Info:
On Facebook:!/puckernut?fref=ts

5yo Esmé’s Review:
  • The book is about a little elf that changed the lives of one family.  It is great!  My favorite part is where Mr. Harborsen said that they could see if Izzie had a good day or not just by looking at her nails [after receiving a gift of Mood Polish from Kirby].
What Mom Liked:
  • Tradition builder.  As previously mentioned, this is the perfect book to start a “where’s the elf” tradition.  It gives a magical background and provides some fun ideas to include in such a tradition.  And fun traditions are one of our kids’ favorite parts of Christmas!
  • Quality appearance. This hardback book is colorfully and attractively illustrated, nicely laid out to appeal all book lovers.  It’s got the sparkle that appeals to girls like Esmé without being feminine.
  • Interesting storyline.  The book is a nice read-aloud:  long enough for substance and fast-moving enough to read through in one sitting.  Humor is appropriately interspersed throughout.
  • Variety of characters. The kids in the family include a 13yo girl, a 10yo boy, a preschooler, and a lovable Mocha dog:  a nice mix that most children will be able to relate to. 
  • Family values.  I also appreciate the solid family structure the book portrays.  And the ultimate elf magic is not so much the tiny tree that turns into a huge, beautiful, white-flocked Christmas tree, as it is the sense of forgiveness, love, family ties that emerge in spite of adversity – dad’s broken leg, kids sick with flu and all.
While most Christmas favorites in our house have a nativity theme rather than a Santa theme, Esmé and I have enjoyed the fun and magic in this book and are thrilled to include it in our Christmas collection.

Those who’ve followed this blog know we have a special interest in parts of Africa, most recently having worked in Mozambique for an organization that is building churches and schools.  We sponsor a child in Kenya, and I love the fact that for every book sold, $1 will be donated to Kenya Keys, an organization that provides educational and leadership opportunities for youth in Kenya.  There is a craving, a desperate self-sacrificing of even food, by many Africans for learning and education that we take for granted over here.  One of author Alicia Richardson’s family traditions is supporting Kenya Keys – and I’d love to see more of us make a holiday tradition of giving…

Disclaimer: Thanks to the author and MediaGuests for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All opinions are our own.

More stops on the review tour:

November 27th, 2012 - Winning Readings
November 28th, 2012 -
Must Read Faster
November 29th, 2012 -
Simply Stacie
December 1st, 2012 -
The Friendly Book Nook
December 1st, 2012 -
Callista's Ramblings
December 3rd, 2012 -
December 4th, 2012 -
4 The Love of Books

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Sparkle Box

Title: The Sparkle Box
Author: Jill Hardie
Blog: Joy in Our Journey
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Children's Christmas
How to enter: Rafflecopter on giveaway post
Entry deadline: 11/6
Restrictions: US AND international readers welcome
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A Confident Heart

Title: A Confident Heart
Author: Renee Swope
Blog: Renee Swope
Link to Giveaway: Christian nonfiction
How to enter: Comment on giveaway post
Entry deadline: ?
Restrictions: ?

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Educate the Home Educator

Title: Educate the Home Educator Crash Course ebook
Author: Angie McFarren
Blog: H.O.P.E. Home School Consulting
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Parenting/homeschooling - ebook
How to enter: Rafflecoptor on giveaway post
Entry deadline: 10/11/12
Restrictions: ?

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

I Say, You Say

Title: I Say, You Say series
Author: Blog: Classic Children's Books
Link to Giveaway:
Genre: Children's book (toddlers/preschoolers)
How to enter: Rafflecopter on giveaway post
Entry deadline: 10/7
Restrictions: ?

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