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Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide


I read about so many health and behavioral issues, ADD, autism, heart disease, diabetes…things that weren’t nearly so prevalent 75 years ago. Plenty of things have changed since 1940, admittedly, but one thing that has changed dramatically is our diet. I am appalled when I read the ingredients in many of the foods that are consumed in this country. Sometimes, I think that calling them food is not accurate. They are “food-like substances”. Whole, clean, wholesome, unadulterated food is just not popular anymore. Enter Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide. The editors of “Martha Stewart Living” have compiled a great book to guide those looking for a change back to eating cleaner.

The recipes in Clean Slate are fairly simple and use readily available ingredients. The inside book jacket sums it up:” It’s time to hit the reset button and gain a more healthful — and pleasurable — approach to food. This book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet, with delicious and nutritious recipes that make it easy to do just that. Refreshing juices and smoothies, savory snacks, protein-packed main dishes, and even delectable desserts will keep you satisfied all day long.” Page 12 states, “This book is designed for anyone wanting to hit the reset button and gain a more rewarding, and pleasurable, approach to food.”

“Part One: Reset” includes a list of “golden rules” to live by as we attempt to switch gears and start eating clean. There are great resources like Know Your Nutrients, Restock Your Pantry, Super Detoxifiers, Antioxidant Powerhouses, Inflammation Fighters, Digestive Aids, and Smart Swaps. There are 3-day and 21-day Action plans with menus to kick start your change!

The recipes are color-coded for vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free to address any particular dietary concerns in an easy manner. The recipes mostly look really good, although there are some combinations that are foreign to the typical palate (poached egg with rice and edamame).

I’m excited to try this approach to cleaner eating! If only I could convince the rest of my family!

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life

I’m usually am skeptical of any books that claim they will “change my life”, let alone one that has a handful of “steps”. Enter Glenn Beck and Keith Ablow, M.D. and their new collaboration, The 7: Seven Wonders That Will Change Your Life. I knew much of Glenn Beck’s story before reading the book…his alcoholism and drug abuse, his significant rise and fall in broadcasting, his marriages, children, his faith.  There wasn’t much “news” in the book, but I found that the format (a chapter by Glenn and then a chapter by Dr. Ablow on the same “wonder”) very effective at presenting a psychological premise (Dr. Ablow’s chapter) along with an illustration (Glenn’s chapter about his life).

“…one human being’s intensely personal tests and triumphs can be harnessed to the good of countless others” writes Keith Ablow.  He is correct, and that’s what this book attempts to do.

The 7 “Wonders” are:

  • Courage
  • Faith
  • Truth
  • Compassion
  • Friendship
  • Family
  • Common Sense

If you’re in a struggle in your life…if you’re facing illness, substance abuse, broken relationships, low self-esteem or just want to know if your life has a purpose…this book might just help.  It isn’t rocket science, but it spoke to me.  Dr. Ablow says “there are no coincidences”.  As a Christian, I believe that and I believe that this book was something that came along at the appointed time for an appointed reason.  You might find that too.

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