Monday, January 5, 2015

About Those Resolutions....

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When we think of rock stars, we tend to think of extreme living: the infamous trinity of sex, drugs, and rock & roll. But the truth is, those myths are sexier than the facts. The best-kept secret of the music industry is that the majority of our rock & roll idols are committed to health--even when they party like, well, rock stars.

As a holistic physician and massage therapist to many of the music world's elite, Dr. Gabrielle Francis knows this truth firsthand. Over the course of her career, she has helped some of the biggest names in the music industry look and feel great, despite an exhausting lifestyle that both demands discipline and welcomes overindulgence. In The Rockstar Remedy, she shares the program that has helped these stars repair, recover, and refuel so that they can perform at their best.

In many ways, the health obstacles facing Dr. Francis's most famous clients are the same as those facing her everyday patients. Being overscheduled, sleep deprived, on the road, or occasionally eating or drinking to excess aren't lifestyle habits unique to the music industry--they are the same challenges we encounter all the time.

In The Rockstar Remedy, Gabrielle offers unique strategies for boosting your energy and looking and feeling your best, even when the realities of work, scheduling, parenting, and life seem to stand between you and your health goals. She explains that your health exists on a spectrum, and the simple act of making better choices every day--even if they may not always be the best choices--helps achieve balance in both mind and body. Gabrielle also shares her popular "damage-mitigation techniques," which offer simple ways to reverse the negative effects caused by less-than-perfect choices.

With exclusive interviews from artists such as Steven Tyler, Dave Navarro, Tommy Lee, Eve, and members of Megadeth, Def Leppard, Anthrax, and many more, The Rockstar Remedy offers an accessible, fun, and effective plan for staying healthy and happy in the chaos of our daily lives.


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In the name of progress and clean living, we scrub much of nature off our bodies and try to remove whole kinds of life--parasites, bacteria, mutualists, and predators. To modern humans, nature is the landscape outside. Biologist Rob Dunn contends that while "clean living" has benefited us in some ways, it has also made us sicker in others.

We are trapped in bodies that evolved to deal with the dependable presence of hundreds of other species. This disconnect from the web of life has resulted in unprecedented effects that immunologists, evolutionary biologists, psychologists, and other scientists are only beginning to understand. Diabetes, autism, allergies, many anxiety disorders, autoimmune diseases, and even tooth, jaw, and vision problems are increasingly plaguing bodies that have been removed from the ecological context in which they existed for millennia.

Dunn considers this crossroads at which we find ourselves. Through the stories of visionaries, Dunn argues that we can create a richer nature, one in which we choose to surround ourselves with species that benefit us, not just those that, despite us, survive.


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Learn the secrets that will put you back into your favorite skinny jeans

Do you obsess about brownies? Have you ever tried to get "in the mood" and realized that the only thing you were in the mood for was a bag of potato chips? Do your jeans let out a sigh of relief after you take them off? Don't despair. Finally, you can learn to rule food with The Skinny Jeans Diet--a survival guide for the millions of women who struggle every day with their weight.

Drawing on her education in nutrition and years of food struggles, nutritionist Lyssa Weiss created the amazing Skinny Jeans Diet, which helped her to lose fifty pounds and drop four jean sizes Hoping to share her success and what she learned with others, she held small-group weight-loss meetings at a suburban New York fitness center and introduced women to the Skinny Jeans Diet. Supporting and motivating each other, they swapped food diaries, switched out familiar dishes at book clubs, changed the way they ate . . . and spread the word about the incredible Skinny Jeans Diet.

In The Skinny Jeans Diet, you'll discover how to: Recognize the emotional triggers that lead you to overeating Identify the foods that have always caused you to easily lose control and how to avoid them Find lower-calorie sweets and treats that are just as sinfully delicious Find stress-reducing techniques, other than turning to comfort food, that really work Change to positive thinking patterns that will help you reach your weight loss goals Devise plans that work with your schedule and lifestyle needs, to keep the weight off for good . . . and more

With more than two dozen delicious, guilt-free recipes, The Skinny Jeans Diet is your essential companion for losing weight and helping you get back into your favorite skinny jeans.


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Here is the new dietary science

For years, experts have told you that "calories in, calories out" is the weight-loss solution. They Were Wrong. Stunning new science has shown that certain calories do not need to be counted--ever. This updated paperback edition, including all new recipes, will teach you to distinguish the calories that matter from the ones that do not, and will show you why counting 100 Sugar Calories promotes weight loss, helping you to lose up to 18 pounds in 2 weeks and keep it off. It's time to see where dietary science is today.


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To be fit, or CrossFit?

Lifelong amateur athlete Stephen Madden decided to put himself to the test. He immersed himself in the culture, diet, and psyche of CrossFit--the fast-growing but controversial fitness regime that's a stripped-down combination of high-intensity aerobic activity, weightlifting, calisthenics, and gymnastics. Madden is just one of over two million athletes worldwide to do so. But what's crazier? The fact that such a grueling regimen--in which puking and muscle breakdowns during workouts are common--is so popular, or that people pay good money to do it?

In Embrace the Suck, the former editor-in-chief of Bicycling magazine explores with irreverence, humor, and soul-touching candor the fitness revolution sweeping America. Madden chronicles the year he devoted to trying to master all the basic CrossFit exercises, like double unders, muscle-ups, kipping pullups, and immersing himself in the Paleo diet that strips weight from its followers but leaves them fantasizing about loaves of bread. Along the way, he explores the culture of the sport, his experience becoming a CrossFit coach, and some basic questions about himself, his past, and his athletic limitations--and why something so difficult and punishing can be at once beautiful, funny, and rewarding.

Whether you are a CrossFitter or a nascent athlete, you will come away from this book understanding the limitless potential of the human body and mind, and will learn what it takes to welcome and defeat any kind of suck.

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