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Yoga Radiance [Import]
Yoga Radiance [Import]
DVD ~ Vincent D. Corry
Offered by thebookcommunity_ca
Prix : CDN$ 281.98
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Very lovely practice, Nov. 7 2009
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Ce commentaire est de: Yoga Radiance [Import] (DVD)
I have many yoga DVDs, and though it's not my favourite (I really like Eoin Finn's DVDs), I do reach for this DVD often. It is quite challenging, but it's great for variety when I'm feeling strong. I find that the cueing is good, not great, but good enough once you've done the DVD a few times. You may need to look at the TV screen at parts in the beginning just to fully grasp what the narrator is trying to convey.
Definitely worth a try for those looking for a challenge and variety.

Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
Eat to Live: The Revolutionary Formula for Fast and Sustained Weight Loss
by Joel Fuhrman
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 AWESOME!, Sept. 30 2009
Oh my. I have read numerous books on nutrition and health and I would have to say Eat To Live is the best one out there. For over ten years the author Joel Fuhrman, MD has helped so many people change their bad eating habits and change their health. Being a doctor he looks at all the recent research and studies to formulate his recommendations. I completely trust his advice, 100%. His book is very clear and to the point, and he offers many easy recipes to get you started. Though this book has been geared to those who are in poor health and overweight, the healthy leaner person can get a lot out of this book as well. Fuhrman positively shows how what you eat really does affect your health. Eating the way he recommends will reduce your chance of getting sick and increase your chances of living longer and healthier.

Don't hesitate and read this book! (Most libraries have it).

The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way To Losing Weight Reducing Stress And Staying
The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way To Losing Weight Reducing Stress And Staying
by Brendan Brazier
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 18.75
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Change Your Health!, Sept. 30 2009
What an excellent book. I got The Thrive Diet as a birthday present while camping and I read the entire book with-in three days. It was such a great, inspiring read. I was familiar with the author Brendan Brazier's main message as I had just finished his new (and free!) Thrive in 30 program offered from his website. The book has clarified and expanded on those points, where I now have a much better understanding on his approach to a healthy body (and mind).

I love his premise on reducing all types of stress (nutritional, psychological, environmental) and his explanations for his Thrive diet. Truly amazing. And definitely following his advice will get you extremely healthy! I have many books on health, and the good ones stress the same elements: eat more vegetables. Especially green leafy veggies, plus switching a plant-based diet. Of course there's so much more, which is why I recommend reading this book.

I would say my only gripe is Brendan doesn't footnote; he does mention a lot of research and science-based studies but there are no further noting/resources about these studies. I know what he says is correct as I've read other books on plant-based nutrition (like Eat To Live book by Joel Fuhrman, MD and Michael Greger, MD DVD series) who do mention similar studies and research and provide the footnotes (and/or shows the studies on the DVD). I figure Brendan is coming from an athletes perspective, not from a researcher and/or MD, so he doesn't need to provide all the medical and clinical studies.

I have tried many of his recipes and I enjoy all his smoothies, pre/post exercise, cereals, and some of his veggie recipes. I have had to adapt many of his other recipes to suit my own tastes, but the recipes are definitely a good starting point. For newbie cooks, I suggest getting other healthy eating or specifically raw cookbooks (or checking out the internet) to complement Brendan's recipes. I love Ani's Raw Food Kitchen, Becoming Vegetarian, and The Gluten-Free Vegan, but of course, I usually adapt those as well.

Good book! Change your life (and health) and read it!

Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master
Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master
by Amy Schmidt
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.27
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Incredible Woman, Aug. 28 2009
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Dipa Ma was such an incredible woman, she definitely dedicated her life to Buddhist meditation and teaching. What I love about her teaching is the simplicity of it, reminding me to practice mindfulness throughout the day, as well as making time for formal meditation sitting when ever possible.
Perfect for myself as a busy stay-at-home mother of three little ones. I highly recommend reading to give energy and motivation to your practice.

The Gluten-Free Vegan: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free, Animal-Free Recipes
The Gluten-Free Vegan: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free, Animal-Free Recipes
by Susan O'Brien
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 15.53
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Fabulous Cookbook For Gluten and Dairy Intolerant Folks, Aug. 28 2009
This is such an amazing cookbook. As a stay-at-mom to three little ones I have my share of quick and easy healthy meal cookbooks but when I found out I was gluten and milk protein intolerant I didn't know where to start.

I am so glad to have picked this book up four months ago. Susan O'Brien's The Gluten-Free Vegan is not only jam-packed with easy healthy recipes, but what I love is her use of newly researched "health benefit foods" like walnuts, agave nectar, a slew of healthier flours (like quinoa, buckwheat, brown rice, sorghum), and coconut.

And the dishes made from the recipes are awesome! My husband and I have been wanting to make food like this on a daily bases, and now we are!

Our favourites are:
Curried Apple and Cauliflower Soup
Fava Bean & Vegetable Soup
Golly Bean Salad
Mexican Quinoa Salad
Mock Tabbouleh Salad
Kale with Peanut Sauce
Spinach Dal
Spinach Tofu with Peanut Sauce
Vegetable Stir-fry (we've tried a lot of different stir-fries and this one is THE best!)
Asparagus Risotto
Italian Risotto
Italian Style Pasta
Lentil Stew
Mushroom & Olive Pizza
Pad Thai
Currant Scones
Pumpkin Scones
Chocolate Cookies
Berry & Cherry Crisp
Carrot Cake
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Rice Treats
Peach & Blueberry Cobbler
Peanut Butter Cookies
Cashew Crème Frosting

And the above list are just our favourites!! A couple of months ago I bought this cookbook for my brother as well, as he is also gluten and diary intolerant, and unfortunately he is also allergic to peanuts so he just omits that part in the recipes or uses an alternative.

I don't know what I would have done without this cookbook, definitely a huge lifesaver. The recipes take anywhere from 15m to 45m to make start to finish, which is not too bad for great healthy food, and it is great as so I am not a slave in the kitchen all day.

Venerable Father
Venerable Father
by Paul Breiter
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 22.51
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 If I could rate this higher than five stars I would!, July 8 2009
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Ce commentaire est de: Venerable Father (Paperback)
What a wonderful hidden gem I have just finished reading. At first, while reading the beginning of the book, I didn't like it because it contradicted my idyllic perceptions of what monastic life was like. But as I let go of those ridiculous incorrect perceptions I really started to love the book. My goodness those Thai Forest monks have it extremely tough! "Venerable Father" was such a fascinating read. It really painted a genuine picture of what Breiter experienced as a monk with such an important teacher as Ajahn Chan. Just awesome!

The Foundations of Buddhism
The Foundations of Buddhism
by Rupert Gethin
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 46.07
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent, June 13 2009
For the past 6-7 years of having studied a little bit of Zen, a little bit of Tibetan, and now Insight/Vipassana I was getting perplexed with the varied, yet similar, teachings within each Buddhist school. And so, when I found "The Foundations of Buddhism" by Rupert Gethin I was hoping to get an overview of the "basics" concerning all schools of Buddhism. This book definitely accomplished this goal. While reading at times was heavy with information and definitely academic, this essential book made the "common threads" clear with Gethin's thorough investigation. Some of the chapters I had to read twice to "get it" as there is a lot of information provided, and I'm sure I will need to read this book over and over to fully digest the material. I now have a much better understanding of the traditions of Buddhist thought and practice. Having said that, and though I am thankful for reading this book, I realize now that really the main point of Buddhism is the practice (meditation, mindfulness), regardless of tradition. Though, of course, having the necessary background is helpful for us Westerners, especially for knowing the rich historical traditional side of Buddhism.

The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering
The Noble Eightfold Path: Way to the End of Suffering
by Bhikkhu Bodhi
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 13.25
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Intense but worth it, May 17 2009
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This little book is fully packed with information on the Noble Eight-Fold Path laid out by the Buddha over 2500yrs ago. The author, Bhikkhu Bodhi, thoroughly takes the reader through the path, one step at a time, in clear and short text. I did find some of the academic words to be slightly over me, but I had a dictionary close by so it wasn't a big deal. This is an intense read and the last couple of chapters were really hard for myself to understand, so this book is definitely not for beginners. I will be reading this book often, as I'm sure new insights will pop up with every thorough read.

Raising a Son: Parents and the Making of a Healthy Man
Raising a Son: Parents and the Making of a Healthy Man
by Don Elium
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 17.99
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Wonderfully Informative, May 17 2009
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Raising a Son" by Don & Jeanne Ellium. The first couple of chapters were fascinating to read, which explains the boys biological, psychological, "soul" (while some may disagree with the term "soul", I understand it as our basic individual being/personality), and cultural forces. It really helped me to understand, and accept, some of my son's natural personality traits.

I also appreciated their abundance of advice on how to parent and discipline sons (in a positive, productive way), and they present their views and advice in a well organized manner. They provide lots of personal stories, charts, and activities to help convey their suggestions. I really liked their explanation on the several different types of parental "fences" a parent can use, and when the appropriate times to use a certain "fence" (fences: guidelines, rules). The author's remind to be "firm but loving" which is such common sense, but something parents so easily forget, normally from their own personal "baggage".

I think both of the authors are counselors, and this is very evident, so there are a lot of recommendations for the parent to figure themselves out (as the parents past can affect their current behaviour) to better be able to parent their own children in a loving way. They are big on making sure parents are emotionally available for their children, which is so important, and making sure parents see the "positive intent" in their children's actions and words (which may sometimes come across as disrespectful or hurtful, but if the parent investigates further realizes the underlining message).

I definitely recommend this one, but perhaps another parenting book in addition to this one is a good idea. I also enjoyed "Hold Onto Your Kids" by Gordon Neufeld and Gabor Mate and "Everyday Blessings" by Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, and for when children are small "You Are Your Child's First Teacher" by Rahima Baldwin Dancy is also top on my list of must reads.

Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men
by Leonard Sax
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 14.57
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely worth a read for all parents, April 26 2009
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Being a parent, and knowing how to parent in a positive way, is such a challenge nowadays. Perhaps because we don't have as many "village elders" anymore, to help guide us and help raise our children, we're almost completely alone trying to figure out the "best" way with-in our current culture. Also, as Leonard Sax suggests, our current culture has changed so much, even from just 30 years ago, it's definitely hard to know how to forge ahead with suitable parenting ideas for this current time.

I am so appreciative of authors like Sax who have cared enough to do the leg work and Sax has come up with five suggestions as to why some of our young boys seem so unmotivated and underachieving. Sax has definitely come up with very interesting and extremely helpful opinions (the five factors are: video games, teaching methods, prescriptions drugs, environmental toxins, devaluation of masculinity). For me, it was a great, and important, read as I knew there was something missing with-in our current culture for our young boys, and yet I didn't or couldn't put it altogether, and so, in "Boys Adrift" Sax explains some of the issues in such a clear light. And it makes a lot of sense. Also, the environmental concerns explored in this book are a bit alarming, and I am so glad to now be informed on how to avoid exposure to both certain plastics, as well as, certain medications.

Last year, I took my 5-yr-old son out of SK because the teacher was complaining he wasn't paying attention in class and couldn't sit still, and I started to homeschool him. He still has days where he has trouble focusing, and usually stands for his entire math lesson, but I am now able to understand him more, that this is his nature, and because of that understanding I am able to provide better educational choices for his young mind, and I can tell already that this has been very positive for him.

Moving forward, as parents of boys, we can use Sax's advice and make the best choices for our sons. To become responsible for our children, not to have our current culture dictate all of our children's ideas and behaviours.

Lastly, I really loved all the great suggestions in the last two chapters, Detox and Afterword. Very helpful. Especially in the Afterword where he suggests creating parenting communities who hold fun and safe events for our kids (like ping pong or Guitar Hero tournaments), and to communicate together as parents. Perhaps this will create that "village" we are sorely lacking.

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