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The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time
The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time
by Cheryl Richardson
Edition: Hardcover
14 used & new from CDN$ 2.06

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Deceptively Short Book--Loaded with Gems, Dec 12 2008
The Art of Extreme Self-Care: Transform Your Life One Month at a Time, by Cheryl Richardson is a short book--just over 100 pages--but it is just packed with great information. As she has de-cluttered her home, Richardson has presented a thoughtful book without any fluff, just substance.

In 1994, Richardson saw a coach, Thomas Leonard, who introduced her to the concept of Extreme Self-Care. Extreme self-care is for women like Richardson then was, who took on the role of caretaker to the detriment of her own self. she writes: "I was a good girl, and it was sucking the life out of me."

The following are some of the concepts of Extreme Self-Care:

* Surround yourself with people who give and take
* Eliminate clutter
* Create a soul-nourishing work and home environment
* Get finances in order
* Don't make commitments based on guilt or obligation
* Make pleasure a priority

There are 12 chapters and Richardson encourages the reader to tackle one chapter a month.

Each chapter is filled with her personal stories. It is obvious Richardson has worked through each chapter herself. She even presents her own list of things she will never do, for example.

She wrote about her experience on Oprah with Louise Hay and others on the subject of the Law of Attraction. Hay recommended looking in the mirror and saying "I love you" to yourself every day. Richardson liked the advice and writes about her experience doing that in the book.

As an interior designer who knows how important the environment is on the well-being of the occupants, I really enjoyed her chapter on this subject. She writes about creating a soul-loving space: "The power of being in a space that feels fully aligned with our soul is sorely underrated." Amen!

Richardson spends most of the chapter discussing how to get rid of clutter--even going as far as saying remove 50% of it. She suggests de-cluttering one often-used room first to experience the difference it makes on how you feel. Excellent advice.

Each chapter concludes with resources for further reading, all good choices. I would like to add one (the interior designer in me...). HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET adds to the chapter on the environment by going beyond clutter and including great ways to super-charge the energy in your home to make you feel great.

Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain's Maximum Potential
Magnificent Mind at Any Age: Natural Ways to Unleash Your Brain's Maximum Potential
by Daniel G. Amen M.D.
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Daniel Amen Loves Brains!, Dec 9 2008
In Magnificent Mind at Any Age, Daniel Amen lets the reader know how much he loves brains. He talks about "brain envy," for example--what happens when someone sees an image of another person's brain that is healthier than their own. He informs us that he has improved the look of his brain from when he was in his 30's to his present age in the 50's. (He eliminated aspartame, was one way he did it.)

Amen writes: "A balanced brain is the foundation for a life that is happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise...If you really understand how to develop and take care of your brain, your life will be better no matter what your age."

what I found distressing is that he describes the brain as soft--like tofu--and vulnerable to injury. Amen writes that millions of people suffer from mild traumatic brain injuries and don't even know it and that the injuries cause emotional, behavioral and cognitive problems.

The doctor recommends a healthy diet, exercise, positive thought, avoiding a toxic environment, gratitude, meditation, little alcohol and caffeine and other common sense basics for the health of the brain. He also recommends fish oil and a daily multiple vitamin.

There is room for more information on each of the subjects above, but there wouldn't be room in a single book. For more information on a healthy diet, I recommend QUANTUM WELLNESS. For more on reducing toxins in the home/office, clutter elimination (which leads to stress), meditation and making a home a sanctuary (for relaxation and health,)read HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT.

Amen then recommends specific natural remedies for those suffering from ADD, anxiety and depression.

So far, so good. It's part II of the book I have some trouble with, as I feel it is too far-reaching and that Amen's suggestions are unlikely to make real change.

I will use the chapter on how to become a Maverick Thinker as an example. Amen considers himself a maverick (I know, you are thinking Palin and McCain...) According to Amen, a maverick is one who is an independent thinker. He believes that over control, dependence, anxiety and stress inhibit independent thinking. His strategies to help a person become a maverick include keeping brain healthy, work to be happy but work through tough times, and practice independent and personal responsibility.

Sounds good...but I just don't buy that someone who has always listened to others to form their own thoughts will read this and suddenly change.

There is much to be gained with from this book and I do recommend it.

YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty
YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner's Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty
by Michael F. Roizen
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 20.06
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Optimize Health and Optimize Beauty, Nov. 12 2008
You: Being Beautiful could as easily have been called You: Being Healthy. Roizen and Oz write: "We all want to look beautiful, feel beautiful, and be beautiful." I'm not sure how many men would admit to that, but substitute "feel my best" and "healthy" for "beautiful," and this describes the book. It is as much a book for men as it is for women, too.

The book is divided into three sections:

* Looking beautiful: ways to improve your external looks; your hair, skin and body

*Feeling beautiful: what's inside counts. How to alleviate lethargy, depression and pain and end destructive behaviors/thinking.

* Being beautiful: how "to find a more authentic and happier you in your life and relationships--and how to use different strategies to do so."
This section includes a guide to finding happiness:
*Being positive and generous
*Feeling empathy
*Finding authenticity
*Embracing emotion
* Exploring spirituality
* Understanding unhappiness

It is obvious that Michael Roizen and Melmet Oz are medical doctors, as they describe the skin, hair, etc. each section contains tips and tools to make you more beautiful (healthy.)

The doctors approach beauty from a holistic point of view and do a good job. However, a few aspects are missing--and this is where who you are (they are doctors) affects what you write. I am an interior designer and I immediately saw what was missing from this book on optimizing beauty (health): that is the environment. Dirt, clutter, toxic substances and more contribute to less than optimal health--or even serious health problems. (I am also chemically sensitive.)

The environmental aspects aside, You: Being Beautiful is a good book. The authors write: "To feel good about yourself because you have a strong self-esteem and a healthy, energetic existence that allows you to appreciate the subtle beauty of day-to-day life and because you know your purpose in life--and to show off that purpose by helping others do the same."

There is a short section on "green living," with basic good tips, like not using throw-away plastic bottles and using reusable bags when shopping. One tip struck me as odd, however--they advise you to save energy by sweeping floors instead of frequent vacuuming. OK--reality check--if everyone vacuumed a little less it will not save the world. Instead, sweeping encourages dirt, pollutants and other allergens to become airborne and increases the likelihood of you breathing them in--not so healthy.

As I mentioned before, the authors are medical doctors and do a good job in teaching us how to be healthy with our bodies. But, the book is not holistic, as it doesn't account for the environment--your home, what surrounds you and what products you use on your body and in your home. The single best book that I know of (and I use it in my practice) that addresses healthy products for body and home and how to create a sanctuary--and will work very well with this book--is HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET.

The end of the book includes the "ultimate beautiful day: daily care and maintenance schedule, a yoga guide, exercise guide, and health utensils.

Recommend

Domino: The Book of Decorating: A room-by-room guide to creating a home that makes you happy
Domino: The Book of Decorating: A room-by-room guide to creating a home that makes you happy
by Deborah Needleman
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 23.20
52 used & new from CDN$ 21.60

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Practical, Doable and FUN, Oct. 6 2008
As an interior designer, I am always looking at new decorating books for ideas and tips. I read Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home that Makes Your Happy, immediately. My approach is accessibility, sustainability and livability--a live in, down to earth approach, not the hands-off look of many designers.

My approach, in other words, is similar to Domino's approach. This book provides terrific and inspiring photographs, good layout advice, and great design tips.

Your home should make you happy and that is what the designers/authors of this book set out to teach. To be happy in your home is my number one goal for my clients and myself.

I also appreciate the green tips scattered throughout the book. Another indispensable guide for green and beautiful homes that I recommend with Domino is HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET.

For real life examples of decorating, I also recommend: APARTMENT THERAPY.

Highly recommend for real, practical and timely decorating advice!

Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet
Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and a Cleaner Planet
by Sloan Barnett
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 18.80
55 used & new from CDN$ 0.10

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Clean Green Tips for a Healthier Planet and Life, Sept. 28 2008
Over the past year, there have been dozens of books on the green theme published, and Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and Cleaner Planet, by Sloane Barnett, is the newest. Barnett does her research and presents a good primer to get anyone started on a healthy, toxic-free life.

My biggest complaint is Barnett's obsession over non-toxic cleaning products and cleaning the home. On one hand, I get it--her son, Spencer, had an asthma attack at age three that landed him in the hospital. (Spencer gets better once the toxic cleaning products are removed.) The other source of her obsession is what is a bit annoying--her husband is CEO of Shaklee products, which are non-toxic household cleaning products.

Now, Barnett is not alone--there are entire books written about how to clean your home and with what products. However much she mentions Shaklee, however, the point is, it IS very important to use non-toxic cleaning products for the health of your family and the planet.

The first three chapters are devoted to the subject of a non-toxic home. In chapter one, we learn "the real dirt on clean." The chapter discusses the probable toxins in our home and what is "scary" vs. is "safe" dirt.

Chapter two informs about the dangerous cleaning products in our home.

Chapter three is about alternative safe cleaning products. This is where we hear how wonderful and superior Shaklee products are. Barnett does offer some simple handmade cleaning solutions and non-toxic household cleaning products that Shaklee doesn't manufacture.

Chapter 4 is about non-toxic body care products. Hair color, deodorant and other unsafe products are discussed and safe alternatives are provided.

In chapter 6, Barnett explains how to eat organic while buying smarter and cheaper and what chemicals to avoid in food.

Chapter 7 discusses clean water. Good advice on how to make your tap water safe and to avoid the extremely wasteful throwaway bottles.

In chapter 8, a broader look at how to keep the air in ones home clean is discussed. Barnett writes about fireplaces and stoves, cabinets, furniture and upholstery and mattresses--all stuff that outgasses and degrades the air quality. She does a good basic job of this, but for an comprehensive guide to all facets of furniture, walls, floors and more, a great companion to this book is: HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET.

Chapter 9 covers energy in the home and Barnett provides easy ways to save on energy in the home.

There are resources at the end of the book for many green products.

Recommend as a good, green primer for the home.

Good Design Can Change Your Life: Beautiful Rooms, Inspiring Stories
Good Design Can Change Your Life: Beautiful Rooms, Inspiring Stories
by Ty Pennington
Edition: Paperback
6 used & new from CDN$ 6.19

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Host of Extreme Makeovers Shares His Secrets, Sept. 14 2008
As a designer, I read all the new home decorating books, and I really enjoyed this.

Ty Pennington, the host of Extreme Makeovers, shares his talent and enthusiasm for makeovers and design in Good Design Can Change Your Life: Beautiful Rooms, Inspiring Stories. This full color book is sure to inspire.

In the introduction, Pennington writes of his heartwarming successes at making over homes on Extreme Makeovers for people in need: "The experience of creating warm, inviting sanctuaries for families who really need them has made me a true believer in the power of positive thinking."

He believes that a makeover can transform your life. He is also adamant about decorating to suit your own sense of style.

Good Design concentrates on the bedroom, living spaces and work spaces.

Part I
The 12 steps to take to prepare for a makeover include smart ideas like taking before photos of the space.

In Prep Work, he has a quiz to take to discover your style. The styles include: minimalist, traditionalist, maximalist, ethnologist, naturalist, and "You're Me" (all of the above.)

There is a very good section on color and how it affects mood.

Part II Sleeping Spaces
Includes a section on art as a focal point, rooms with high contrast, the importance of lighting, and natural features.

About recycling, Pennington writes that he employs "Reincarnation," which is "giving something that you might otherwise throw out or give away a completely new life." One example he shows takes posts from a front porch and using them for the posts for twin beds. Brilliant!

There is also a nice section on kid's rooms.

Part III Living Spaces

Pennington writes about the importance of the flow of traffic, especially for the entryway, which should always be inviting. He says in Feng Shui the flow of energy is importance, but his flow is that furniture should be positioned so that people have plenty of space to walk around. (Another terrific design book that also discusses the importance of energy flowing is the award winning book, HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET. Read these together and see some magic happen!)

He also writes about accessorizing.

Part IV Working Spaces

He impresses the importance of having a clean and simple office.
In the appendix, he includes projects for reader to make, including a stacked bench, shade lamp and a cool shelf.

If you need to be inspired to makeover your home or part of it, this book will do it!

Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness
Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness
by Suzanne Somers
Edition: Hardcover
60 used & new from CDN$ 0.84

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Live Long and Healthy, Sept. 10 2008
In Breakthrough: 8 Steps to Wellness, by Suzanne Somers, she outlines how we can live healthy lives past the age 100. The basics include eating healthy (organic when possible) food, avoiding pharmaceuticals (except for pain, infection, mental illness or if absolutely necessary,) and avoiding toxins in the home and environment.

She also advises the use of what she calls "breakthrough medicine"--Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy: "to remain youthful, healthy and energetic."

Somers herself had breast cancer and she takes her own health seriously. Her message is that we must take charge of our own health and be proactive.

The book is presented with alternative doctor's interviews between the 8 chapters on the steps to wellness.

The 8 Steps:

* Get BHRT
* Avoid chemicals and detoxify your body
* Take nutrition seriously
* Care for your GI tract
* Avoid pharmaceuticals unless absolutely necessary
* Supplement your diet
* Exercise regularly
* Get proper sleep

Somers includes a chapter on her regime, which includes self-administrating vitamin shots, in-home yoga teacher, liver rubs and more. A little intimidating, but hey--she's had cancer and is a celebrity!

I really enjoyed this book and felt it has plenty to offer, especially for middle-aged people and older who need hormone replacement therapy.

I agree about what she writes about eating natural and organic food, but more could be said on the subject. I recommend Michael Pollan's IN DEFENSE OF FOOD to suppliment Breathrough.

I also agree with Somers that a toxic-free environment is imperative to good health. She writes about using non-toxic household cleaners, air quality and filtering water. There is much more great advice on detoxifying your home in the award winning book, HARMONIOUS ENVIRONMENT: BEAUTIFY, DETOXIFY & ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOME & YOUR PLANET.

For some, the advice from the doctors might seem far out or strange, but alternative medicine has been practiced in Europe for over 50 years with great success. Read this book and decide for yourself--but at least, educate yourself.

The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green
The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to Be Fabulously Green
by Starre Vartan
Edition: Paperback
Prix : CDN$ 14.40
43 used & new from CDN$ 0.01

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Good Job!, Aug. 20 2008
The Eco Chick Guide to Life: How to be Fabulously Green, by Starre Varten, brims over with enthusiasm for green living. Filled with tips, facts, resources and advice, it is a terrific primer book for green living. If it has any fault, however, it is that Varten attempts too many topics in one book and cannot possibly cover everything needed for green living. Later in the review, I will recommend a couple good books that cover more completely what the book doesn't.

In the introduction, Varten writes: "Just because we are facing a coming crises with serious repercussions for us and for future generations, doesn't mean that we can't still enjoy ourselves, look good, dress well, and even have a great time!...Being an Eco Chick meand doing good while having a good time doing it! It is not about depriving yourself, but about rethinking how we live our lives, and living better--more creatively, more passionately, and more consciously."

Part I is called "All About You, baby!" It includes personal care products and what chemicals to avoid and products the author likes.

Next is a section on fashion. Varten takes us through the process of how a pair of traditional jeans is produced and how eco-unfriendly the process is. Sustainable fabrics are recommended.

Chapter 3 is on accessories, including the shoes and jewelry. DIY and vintage ideas are suggested. She also illustrates a couple before and after looks using conventional then eco-friendly accessories.

Part II is called "Your Nest."

In the home, for the kitchen she recommends cookware, getting rid of plastic containers and vermin. For the living areas, paint and floors are discussed. The bedroom reviews eco-friendly bed linens, keeping air quality good and more.

Under cleaning supplies, Varten has some good simple ingredients and recipes and products to use for particular tasks, like clogged drains.

Under energy, she reviews appliances and lightbulbs.

Under food, organic and local food is encouraged, as is becoming a vegetarian (or part time one.)

There is a fun section on parties, which includes drink recipes, like the waterberry martini .

Under gardening, she gives some tips on houseplants and composting.

There are recipes for making pet food. Here I would supplement Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

The home is a huge section and this book could cover a lot more ground. (I'm an interior designer, what can I tell you!) Anyway, I recommend the award winning book, Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet, to supplement Eco Chick.

Part III is "That Crazy World out There" and includes eco-friendly travel and greening at work and school.

There are resources for more information and reading at the end. Throughout the book are also resources for products that is very handy.

Highly recommend!

Body Toxic
Body Toxic
by Nena Baker
Edition: Hardcover
Prix : CDN$ 26.50
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Done, Aug. 20 2008
This review is from: Body Toxic (Hardcover)
Body Toxic, by journalist Nena Baker, is a well researched book on a sobering and chilling topic.

Baker describes the ineffectiveness of both the EPA and FDA. She writes: "A scathing 2007 report prepared by members of the agency's own science advisory panel concluded that the FDA is suffering from serious deficiencies that put American lives at risk."

All of us--regardless of how well we take care of ourselves--have bodies filled with chemical contaminants. All animals and humans all over the world have contaminants that are stored in fat, bones, blood and organs.

Chemicals are in virtually everything--toys, water repellent clothes, plastic, paint, cosmetics, cleaners and more. Baker writes that the vast majority of the 80,000 industrial substances in our country have not been tested for potential toxic effects.

Baker calls the mid 20th century "The Synthetic Age," and basically informs us that baby boomer's are the first crop of people to be exposed to heavy-duty amounts of chemicals in everything from hula hoops to polystyrene cups, DDT, Saran Wrap and synthetic clothes.

There is a chapter devoted to the weed killer Atrazine and its affect on frogs, dangerous cosmetics and plastics and perfluorinated chemicals found in non-stick pans. There is also a chapter on looking ahead to much-needed policy changes, and how to avoid excess chemicals from everyday objects.

Baker includes a list of what she does to avoid exposure. The list is a good start, as are the other suggestions in the following chapter, but it is not comprehensive. I suggest Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet to supplement The Body Toxic, as it has hundreds of ways to reduce exposure to chemicals. Raising Baby Green: The Earth-Friendly Guide to Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Baby Care is another book with good additional information.

Highly recommend!

Home Enlightenment: Create a Nurturing, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Home
Home Enlightenment: Create a Nurturing, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Home
by Annie B. Bond
Edition: Paperback
22 used & new from CDN$ 1.26

5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Edits on New Edition, Aug. 20 2008
I have the first edition of Home Enlightenment and just looked the new book over and like changes.

I am a green interior designer and have found Home Enlightenment to be a very useful reference for my work. it covers a wide assortment of topics, but centers on creating a green and toxic-free environment.

I also like how the elements--earth, water, fire and air--are incorporated into daily living.

Bond is tireless in her research for this book and it is jam-packed with information about what products are eco-friendly, how to clean everything and much more.

I also practice Feng Shui, so Home Enlightenment,Harmonious Environment: Beautify, Detoxify and Energize Your Life, Your Home and Your Planet(for green, Feng Shui and a beautiful home) and Feng Shui Tips for a Better Life are always in easy reach in my office.

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