Book Review: Diet Right for Your Personality Type by Jen Widerstrom

This past Friday I got the chance to hear Jen Widerstrom talk about her new book, “Diet Right for Your41kr7gukq7l-_sy346_ Personality Type.” Just a couple months ago while I was writing a personal mission statement and listing the people I admire, I wrote “Jen Widerstrom.” The next day I found out via her instagram that she was going to be speaking only 30 minutes from where I live! So obviously I jumped on it, because seriously who wouldn’t want to meet a role model!

Sitting in the second row, I was charmed by Jen’s sense of humor, badassness, and general charisma.  The room was packed, and rather fun since it was her hometown. Throughout the event she would shout out to someone in the audience that she just noticed. After the book discussion she met, signed books, and took photos. Overall, my Friday night rocked.

When I got home I started reading my newly signed copy of “Diet Right for Your Personality Type.” I actually finished it in three days! I was VERY happy with the book especially that she says exactly what I have felt for years that healthy living is about making permanent choices not finding quick solutions.

The book starts by discussing general health, nutrition, and making positive choices. There is a personality quiz that breaks you up into different personalities and in an effective way that I haven’t seen in any other health or fitness book. The idea is that there are different personality types and each type needs to approach health, fitness, and nutrition in a way that works with their personality type. I was pegged as an “Organized Doer” by a landslide. For some you might get a landslide sum or you might have a little bit in each category. She mentions that if there’s a little bit in each that you need to decide how honest you are being with your initial reactions to the questions, and if there are two personalities that are both high it’s that you have a dominant and recessive trait and to look at both. I even had my husband take the personality quiz. He got the “Everyday Hero” and as he read the traits he nodded, “Yes, yes, and yes.”

I highly recommend getting the book or renting it from the library. It not only is helpful for you, but also if you work with others or are looking to help friends and/or family.

Happy Readings!




Book Review: The Runners Brain

51jn4r28l1l-_sx331_bo1204203200_Over the years I’ve grown to be a big fan of Runner’s World, and the book, “The Runner’s Brain: How to Think Smarter to Run Better” by Dr. Jeff brown with Liz Neporent is all the more reason I love them. Published in 2015, “The Runner’s Brain” is current and feels fresh. There have been quite a few books that I’ve read recently on the topic of running that I felt were painfully dull and even at times degrading to female runners which is not an issue here at all. The book is broken down into 5 parts: Running and Your Brain, Brain Strategies, Training and Racing, Challenges, and Resources for Runners.

“The Runner’s Brain” is filled with positivity and humor while tackling challenges for beginner and long-time runners. I highly recommend it for a quick runners refresh.


Book Review: Elena Vanishing

31hjvc-gfml-_sy344_bo1204203200_Typically I like suggesting books that are mainly warm fuzzies and good vibes, but today I have a book I wanted to share because it is an important one to recognize. “Elena Vanishing” is a memoir about Elena but uniquely written by her mother Clare. Depending on how much of a reader you are that may or may not have confused you. Typically memoirs are written by the person about a time in their own life, but for Elena it was difficult for her to do so. She felt her story was worthy to tell, and her mother who was already a published author offered to help her tell it. So right away this is a very uniquely written book.

The second thing that is unique about “Elena Vanishing” is that it is different than other eating disorder books because it is more honest. There are plenty of young adult literature out there on eating disorders where they show what is wrong with the character, then there is therapy, and then boom the character is better. If you suffer, have suffered, or know someone who has or is suffering from an eating disorder you know that this isn’t the case. Also, I have noticed in most fictional and sometimes even non-fiction books they never truly show how “ugly” this illness can be. I apologize for using the word “ugly” but I cannot think of a better word to describe how it can take over your personality and life. Elena is very honest in her memoir and at times I can only imagine how embarrassed she is to admit to certain thoughts and behaviors.

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to further understand eating disorders whether it’s for you or someone you know. It isn’t therapy and won’t give you tips and tricks on how to do it, but it does show an honest and interesting representation.

If you’ve read or or read it let me know what you think!


Book Review: Natalie Jill’s 7 Day Jump Start

About two or three years ago I started following Natalie Jill on Instagram, and always loved her happy and healthy posts. About a week or so ago I discovered that she wrote a book called, “Natalie Jill’s 7 Day Jump Start.” 

51lwkgmbtalIt’s a fantastic book if you’re looking for motivation and an introduction to basics on clean eating a fitness. Honestly, I had no idea of Natalie Jill’s background until I read this book, and that was certainly motivating for me. She went from struggling both financially and health wise to successful on both accounts. Natalie even includes stories from others who followed her suggestions and their success with it. Last but not least, this book has lots of amazing recipe’s!

Might be worth your time to pick up this book at least for the dessert recipes. Wink!


Book Review: Vitamin N

vitamin-nRichard Louv wrote the introduction to one of my more recent reads, “Balanced and Barefoot,” and I was intrigued by his words. Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods” is the book that one would say put him on the map, and where he coined the phrase “Nature-deficit disorder.”

Some fear that this generation of kids and others to come are less likely to have exposure to the outdoors, and that may possibly harm child development. But lucky us, Louv wrote “Vitamin N,” which is filled with plenty of great ideas for having fun in the outdoors with your kids!

Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

  • Go on a moon walk when the moon is full (talk about what you see and hear)
  • Make an outdoor coupon book (Examples: day hikes, stargazing, mud pies,

    David & Zooey hiking a state park!


  • Make your own paint (Mash things like berries, mix with water, and paint)
  • Plant your socks (Have your children walk around in a garden just in socks-the fabric will pick up seeds you may not notice otherwise, plant the socks, and have fun guessing what will grow)
  • Become part of “Hike It Baby”

Vitamin N is filled with 500 amazing ideas that I encourage you to explore with your kids in the outdoors!


Book Review: 8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise

It may seem like common sense that exercise is good for you, but for some people they might be8-keys looking for an extra push. “8 Keys to Mental Health Through Exercise” by Christina G. Hibbert is the book that explains to every last detail about how great exercise is for your mental health. Hibbert explores a variety of issues related to mental health, how exercise improves it, overcoming roadblocks, staying motivating, and general tips.

I would recommend this book to anyone who works in the profession of health and fitness. I can imagine that this is an excellent book for those who are physical trainers, because it will help provide that language and references trainers can use to help clients.

Happy Reading! XO

Book Review: Balanced and Barefoot

51Z7Li0DClLTimberNook may or may not have gotten to you yet, but it should, and real soon. Occupational Therapist, founder of TimberNook, and author Angela J. Hanscom, wrote a book called “Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children” and it is rather inspiring for the movement toward nonrestrictive outdoor play for children. Richard Louv, author of New York Times best seller “Last Child in the Woods,” even forwards Hanscom’s book.

Hanscom explains that she first started noticing a lot of similarities of issues in her child clients especially when it came to balance. Upon further investigation she determined that some of the fine and gross motor skill issues stemmed from the fact that they did not truly develop the skills needed, and where do they get developed? Outdoors.

“Balanced and Barefoot” explores physical issues, the human body, free and outdoor play, safety, playgrounds, recess and the classroom, and how to play in the outdoors with various ages. It is a must read for parents or honestly anyone who spends time with children.