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The Must-Read Diet and Fitness Book Titles of 2014

At least where we are, the weather outside is frightful making it a delightful time to stay inside and curl up with a new book. Though 2013 was full of great reads about health and fitness — did you see our Best Books of 2013? — we’re excited about what 2014 will bring.

Whether you’re looking to try something new or want the latest edition of a diet or expert you know and love, the new year’s new releases have something for you.

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Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle by Tom Venuto

Tom Venuto is at it again with another best selling book. Focusing on nutrition and fitness, Venuto has dubbed this his “nutrition bible.” Released earlier this month, we think this is a great book to start your New Year’s fitness resolutions.

Release Date: December 10, 2013

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Happy Hormones, Slim Belly by Jorge Cruise

Based on science that says women naturally crave carbohydrates, Jorge Cruise’s new book will help women over 40 find the balance between eating carbs in order to balance hormones and cutting carbs to lose weight. Look for it on bookshelves today!

Release Date: December 23, 2013
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The 5 Best Non-Diet Books for Your Fitness

I’ve read a lot of diet books in my time. I worked at a bookstore in college so I had access to every one of them. I started my own fitness journey with two great books – Body for Life by Bill Phillips and Weight Training for Dummies. Body for Life taught me how to manage portions and eat a more balanced diet. (I was the vegetarian who didn’t eat vegetables and certainly lacked in protein as well.) Weight Training for Dummies taught me how to get off the treadmill and use those mysterious dumbbells.

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You don’t have to work at a bookstore to know that there are thousands of diet and fitness books published annually. While each one claims to have THE ANSWER and their way is THE WAY to fitness, they actually all say pretty much the same thing:

  • Eat less (doing this by either cutting out entire food groups or with a specific meal plan/food combinations/nutrient timing).
  • Eat better (give up sugar, wheat, animal products, dairy, processed foods or some combination of these).
  • Exercise (although not always).

I do believe you can learn just about anything from a book, but I have a better use for your book budget and precious reading time when it comes to fitness. The top five books I recommend to my clients are not about nutrition or exercise but they will help you live a fitter life.
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10 Foodie Reads for Kids: Your Official Summer Reading and Eating List

Bridge the summer learning gap and feed your child’s culinary interest all season with this must-see, must-eat list! Pick a new book and complementary recipe each week to keep your child’s mind stimulated, learning interest engaged, and their bellies full of healthy, delicious treats, meals, and snacks.

We’ve rounded up ten classic and beloved children’s books that have a food connection. From cookies and Popsicles to meatballs and pizza, the stories are as delicious as the recipes.

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There’s so much to be gained by children exposed to the kitchen early on. They tend to be more comfortable with home-cooking, have a better understanding (and appreciation) for healthy food, and are more likely to be advocates for what they eat. Not only that, but sharing counter space with your tot is wonderful bonding time.
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Monsanto Children’s Book is Nothing but Propaganda

Giant biotech company Monsanto has taken a bold move with their latest project. The company has released a children’s activity book that is aimed at teaching the goodness and beneficial effects of biotechnology. Many critics, and there are many, are calling the books nothing more than propaganda.

Monsanto has been responsible for many negatives actions in the past. Some of their fouls have included dumping toxic waste in the United Kingdom and polluting creeks in Alabama with Mercury and PCB materials for 40 years. One of the most hurtful acts was how Monsanto essentially bullied local, family-owned farms with high-priced lawyers and court fees causing many to lose their farms. While all the actions prior have caused an outcry, this new light hearted children’s book has struck an even deeper chord.

In the midst of gaining approval to begin growing the first genetically modified corn seed, Monsanto has collaborated with several other biotech companies to release Biotechnology Basics Activity Book. The aim of the book is to teach children about biotechnology. It is doubtful the book will take an objective view as one excerpt explains how the process is actually a positive step for the environment.


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Jillian Michaels Makes The Cut, Again

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Jillian Michaels - Making The Cut *Enhanced Edition

Jillian Michaels is gearing up for the new year with the enhanced edition of her Making The Cut fitness book. Jillian Michaels, best known for her previous role as trainer on NBC’s show Biggest Loser hasn’t slowed down since leaving the show. Michaels is busy releasing new books, enhancing old one and is now a regular on The Doctors, serving as the panel’s fitness expert.

The enhanced edition of Making the Cut includes 80 demonstration videos by Jillian herself designed to show you how to shed those pesky pounds.

Michaels’ 30 day program uses the process of oxidizing as a way to determine what kind of metabolism your body has in order to burn fat in the best way for you. It is a full body program that walks you through step by step and even includes helpful tips to improve self-esteem and confidence.


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