Archive for ‘Books’

August 17, 2011

Wednesday Wellness::Supportive Detox

by heatherkp
Cover of "The Fat Flush Plan"

Cover of The Fat Flush Plan

I’m still trying to play catch up after my couple of trips over the past month.  I feel like I should be doing a better job of blogging and getting back on track but I’m just not!  I am however in the midst (day 6 or 14) of doing a 2 week detox.   Let me back up and explain.  I think some form of detox is a good idea several times a year and I am way overdue for one. In addition to this I’ve had many days and nights of staying up too late, eating whatever I want, drinking a bit too much etc and I feel worn down and sluggish.  I’ve also been battling some digestive problems that I’ve developed this year so in order to get to the bottom of this I am kicking it off with a detox.

I had tried a 2 week diet eliminating gluten and wheat from my my menu but it wasn’t a long enough period to come to any conclusions.  This time I’m following the Fat Flush Plan (book) in order to give my liver, digestive system and lymph system a chance to restore and heal before I come to any further conclusions about food intolerance.  One of the reasons I choose this plan is that I am a meat eater and this plan allows for meat and eggs (but no dairy or wheat/gluten or other carbs) and I don’t think I’d last 3 days on a raw food detox so I wanted to do something that I knew I had a good chance of succeeding at. I also knew that this detox would be so much easier and more fun while there are so many fresh local veggies and fruit in season.  Let me say that so far it’s been a challenge beyond what I was expecting!  I’m not complaining because I know it’s going to be worth it in the end.  I was really worn down and had low energy levels for the first few days but started to round the bend on about day 4.  I honestly still feel very deprived of calories, energy and some of the things I love to eat.  Cutting the carbs and sugar (except 2 servings of fruit a day) completely has been so hard for me.  What can I say, I LOVE FOOD!  I’m a pretty healthy person and quite diciplined but this diet is showing me I still have a lot of room for improvement.

So pardon my absence from regular posting as I try to regain my strength, composure and sense of purpose.  I’ve had a very intense summer with a lot of “food for thought” on my plate, I’m busy digesting it all as I go through this supportive detox.

There are so many different detox plans, have you ever done a detox diet that you recommend?

March 6, 2011

Sunday Secret

by heatherkp

I took a secret little trip recently.  I can’t share anything about it right now but it was nice to get away and be spontaneous!  I’ll be sharing details when I can.  I’ll also be back to regularly scheduled posting this week.  Sorry for the slacking off at the end of the week.

I am super excited for this week to begin because I’ve got a few great things planned.  I’ll be mailing off my Great Big Stitched Post Card Swap tomorrow and starting Christine Kane’s  UPLEVEL YOUR LIFE Mastery Program.  I also have lunch with a girlfriend and I’m hosting book club with what I’m sure will be inspired conversations about the book I recommended, Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry. He was honored this past week at the White House with a National Medal of Arts or National Humanities Medal.  He richly deserves this award.  I’m enjoying his writing so far, can’t believe I haven’t read anything by him before.  Oh and I also love the Kentucky setting, have I ever mentioned I lived in Kentucky for a year?  It was wild and full of wonderful memories!

I am SO excited about this week, the possibilities, beginnings and working at creating the life I dream of living.

Hope your having a wonderful weekend.  It’s a rainy, lazy Sunday at home for me.

January 13, 2011

Book Review::Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire

by heatherkp

I finished reading this just recently and LOVED it!  I have read a lot of business books and this one has such a refreshingly different point of view; A WOMAN’S.

Did you ever read French Women Don’t Get Fat?  We if you did, you probably loved it and your bound to love this book also by Mireille Guiliano.

This woman is a powerhouse, she’s the best of French and American cultures rolled into one.  She knows style, has class, is smart, savvy and sexy.  In this book she teaches you a little bit about how to turn all of these to your advantage.  I thought it was great that she talks openly about this not a weakness but a strength!  She admits that the upper echelon of the business world is run by predominately men and tells you what you need to know to turn the fact that you are a woman into an asset.  She shares everything she thinks might help including tips on dressing, entertaining, travel, manners and navigating the politics of business.  This book isn’t just about being a successful business woman, it’s about successfully enjoying all life has to offer you in both your career and your personal life.

December 15, 2010

Book Review::Outliers

by heatherkp
Cover of "Outliers: The Story of Success&...

Cover of Outliers: The Story of Success

One of the new features I am going to start sharing with you is a monthly (minimum) book review.  I am an avid reader and a huge library fan.  I’ve usually got several books going at once including both fiction and non.

Outliers; The Story of Success has been out a couple years now and maybe you’ve read it too.

I felt that Malcom Gladwell’s latest book would be relevant to my current changing life path.  I’m in the process of redefining my personal idea of success.  This book gave me new insight into what is behind so many successful people.

Typical to his writing style, he has shared his ideas and theories with us using stories to illustrate his points.  I love stories but they have to be relevant to you to make a lasting impression. I think some of the stories he used were too long and more drawn out than necessary.   As a whole though I think he accurately describes our current world and more specifically American view of success. For so many people success is something that is evasive, we don’t understand it and so if it is not in our grasp we behave as though it can only be achieved by the lucky few.

“Because we so profoundly personalize success, we miss opportunities to lift others onto the top rung.  We make rules that frustrate achievements, we prematurely write off other people as failures.  We are too much in awe of those who succeed and far too dismissive of those that fail.”

I love that quote, it highlights the possibility of success for everyone.  This book does not tell us how to achieve success, it tells us what so many successful people have in common.  It shares the relevance of certain characteristics and traits present in successful people, including ones upbringing (cultural and economic), luck, timing, intelligence (practical and IQ), talent, the help of others, an most importantly, hard work.   I kept waiting for the secret to be revealed at the end, for him to say that if you were not so lucky you still have a chance but there was no grand revelation and no promise of how to achieve success by following a formula.  I find it a little depressing to accept that some people will never be given the opportunities that others have/had and so much of this is out of our control by the time we are adults taking charge of our own destiny.  In reflecting back though I look at the list of traits and characteristics and choose to take charge of those things I can control.  I have a new respect for those hard working success stories and I now see success as something that we have to make for ourselves but not by ourselves.

The next book I will be reviewing is Women, Work and the Art of Savoir Faire by Mireille Guiliano.

Do you have and book suggestions or requests for reviews that are related to business, art, creativity, women or success?  If so please let me know.