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Eat Live Thrive Diet

Eat Live Thrive Diet: A Lifestyle Plan to Rev Up Your Midlife Metabolism

Most women who are 45 or older struggle to keep their weight under control, or at the very least struggle with “middle age spread” around their waist. I’ve done a lot of reading on intermittent fasting and, from my experience, and the experiences of friends, there’s really something to it! It works!

Eat Live Thrive Diet incorporates intermittent fasting with carbohydrate reduction and food sensitivity screening, among other things. The authors assert that some women gain more weight from certain categories of food (dairy, grains, etc.). These recommendations make a LOT of sense to me. While the experience of an elimination diet is complicated and difficult, it seems a worthwhile pursuit for women who are struggling to lose weight.

The authors also recommend a “cleansing” component which consists of a vinegar/lemon juice drink, and a cranberry drink (unsweetened pure cranberry juice, water, and stevia or other non-caloric natural sweetener), along with fiber and vitamin/mineral supplements.

Although I’m currently following a low-carb diet coupled with intermittent fasting, I’m not seeing results as fast as I’d like to. I thought I would try the recommendations of the Eat Live Thrive Diet to see if they’d help boost my weight loss however, the more I read, the more complicated the regimen sounded and the more overwhelmed I felt. I’ve decided that the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle was the best approach for me, so I’m still using low-carb coupled with intermittent fasting. I’m OK with weight loss of 5 pounds a month (although it would just be nice to lose all the weight I want to lose in 4 weeks and go into “maintenance”).

Having tried every diet under the sun since I was a preteen, and after doing a lot of research on intermittent fasting and the role insulin plays in gaining weight, I’m convinced that fasting to lower my insulin resistance, and fasting to maintain low insulin levels going forward, is the only workable plan to achieving and maintaining weight loss. For me, a simple plan that has lots of flexibility is the way to go right now. Sadly, Eat Live Thrive Diet doesn’t fit that paradigm. Maybe when life is less complicated…

**I received a complementary copy of Eat Live Thrive Diet from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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Inspire Catholic Bible NLT


The Inspire Catholic Bible NLT published by Tyndale is a beautiful addition to their Inspire line. Meant for note taking, journaling, color-coding, and illustrating, the Inspire Bibles are a beautiful addition to any Christian woman’s library. The Inspire Catholic Bible NLT is no exception!

The NLT translation is accessible for even the most inexperienced scriptorian.  The cover is a beautiful, pearlized pink. The Bible has a placemarker (elastic band) and the pages are edged with really pretty flowers and butterflies. Inside, the pages have lines or templates for illustrating on the outside margin.  I just love this Bible! Although I’m not Catholic, my daughter is, so I plan on giving it to her for Christmas (shhh! Don’t tell!)

This would be a great addition to your Christmas list for any Catholic friends (they have protestant versions, as well).

 Inspire Catholic Bible NLT by Tyndale
Inside there are lines on some pages and templates for illustration on others.
The edges are so pretty!
This is a really nice gift for yourself or someone you love!

I received a complementary copy of this Bible in exchange for my honest review.

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Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life

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Unshattered: Overcoming Tragedy and Choosing a Beautiful Life┬áby Carol Decker (with Stacey Nash) is a great story of encouragement. If you’re struggling with challenges, depression, or adversity you’ll find help for your soul in this book!

Carol was nearly 8 months pregnant when she became ill and went into preterm labor. Her daughter, Safiya, was delivered prematurely and spent time in the NICU, but ultimately was a healthy baby. Carol didn’t fare as well. Ill with pneumonia, she was also septic (where infection triggers chemicals to be released into the body, causing widespread and life-threatening inflammation which cascades into organ failure or even death), and additionally developed DIC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation) a clotting disorder which ultimately cost her her legs below the knee, her left forearm, and her right ring finger….and left her blind.

After surviving the initial battle with sepsis she was transferred to a burn unit for her skin grafting.┬áCarol endured multiple surgeries, not just for her amputations, but approximately 30% of her body needed skin grafts because of the death of tissues. She was treated as they treat a burn patient, with debriding (removing dead tissue) and dressing changes that were excruciating. Simply laying down caused her extreme pain because one site they took donor skin from was her back. Her physical — and mental — suffering was immense.

Upon arrival at the burn unit, she was told that her trach (breathing tube in an incision in her neck) would have to be capped making it so she couldn’t speak (again depriving her of her one connection to the world around her…remember, she couldn’t see).

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