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Matchup with Lee Child

Hell yes! I've been waiting for Matchup, edited by the great Lee Child. @LeeChildReacher, @SimonSchuster, @amandalanger, #leechild#matchup


Cookbooks, Food for Training, Food for Healing

 One Part Plant is another entry in a long line of recently published plant-based eating books. I’m not quite certain who all these vegans are, but publishers are lining up to satisfy their taste in cookbooks.

Author Jessica Murname doesn’t think of this as a food trend; she feels there are millions of Americans transitioning to eating more plant-based foods or at least getting away from processed foods. I’m hoping there’s truly a movement away from overly-processed fake foods.

I enjoyed One Part Plant. Murname isn’t dogmatic and doesn’t treat plant-based eating like a religious cult. In fact, she actually only advocates eating just one plant-based meal daily. Who wants to argue with the logic of that experiment with oneself? Her book contains pantry and shopping suggestions, basics how-to cooking instruction, and a slew of recipes. 

No meat, dairy, gluten, sugar or packaged foods - this isn’t for everyone (I need my varied protein sources each day). If you have struggled with food allergies, or just feel crappy and wonder if an elimination diet would be beneficial, I’d study One Part Plant and try this for yourself.

#onepartplant, #jessicamurnane, @jessicamurnane, @harpercollins


The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook appeals to another niche. In my lifetime of hanging out in gyms and participating in various athletic challenges, not to mention the last decade+ of personal training, I just don’t run into many vegetarians. Part of this may be that I live in Wisconsin!

However, my cautions aside, Anita Bean’s cookbook is quite interesting. I worry about a relative lack of protein in many of the recipes, and I find the ratio between fat/carbs and protein to be sad, at times. However, Bean redeems herself with the use of whey protein powder in some of her recipes, notable those involving a blender. I’m happy to see this.

Another gigantic check in the plus column for The Vegetarian Athlete’s Cookbook is the box of nutritional data accompanying each recipe. As a (now) decently hardcore food logger, complete with digital scale, I frankly wouldn’t even try most recipes without the information already figured out. So a big thanks to Bean for including it.

Macro-nutrient numbers may not seem that important to some, but more and more I’m finding it critical to myself, my clients, and plenty of others who are taking charge of their health and fitness.

#vegetarianathletescookbook, #anitabean, @anitabean, @bloomsburypub


James Hamblin is a senior writer for The Atlantic, coming to the attention of many a few years ago with his “If Our Bodies Could Talk” video series. His new book, of the same name, is entertaining and light-hearted.

Hamblin call his book “A Guide to Operating and Maintaining a Human Body,” a subtitle doing no justice to how readable and useful the book is. Oh, did I mention Hamblin is also a doctor? Combining writing skills with logical medical knowledge equals a damn fine guide to answering the every-day questions we all have about how our bodies work.

No where else will readers definitively learn about defining the jaw by chewing gum (no, you cannot), or why females don’t have Adam’s apples, or whether tight pants are dangerous (to sex organs). C’mon, you have questions I’ll bet Hamblin has answers to.

#ifourbodiescouldtalk, #jameshamblin, @jameshamblin, @penguinrandomhouse


Mind Over Meds by Andrew Weil 

I feel like I’ve been reading and watching and listening to Dr. Andrew Weil my entire adult life. Maybe I have, but judging by his author pic, he’s not aged in years. In the 1980s I didn’t much enjoy his nutritional advice, as he was such a vegetarian, meat-is-dangerous guy. But a number of years ago Dr. Weil changed his feelings about many things food and nutrition, became an advocate of the Paleo movement, and admitted he now felt he had been wrong in the past. Amazing and commendable.

Mind Over Meds addresses the too common use and dependance on prescription drugs in our society. Weil isn’t looking for bad guys. His new book details a bit of the current problem, but of more importance, provides integrative-medicine solutions for treatment of high blood pressure, allergies, depression and other common ailments often treated with drugs. 

Author Weil says Mind Over Meds is the go-to resource for anyone who is sick and tired of being sick and tired. I agree. 

#andrewweil, #mindovermeds, @DrWeil, @littlebrown


Heal Your Pain Now by Joe Tatta professes to be “the revolutionary program to reset your brain and body for a pain-free life.” A tall order, but even judging by the tiny slice of the population represented by my personal training clients, an important segment. I hear about constant pain on a daily basis, often from people frustrated by the lack of answers and solutions offered by traditional medical practices.

Tatta delves into nutritional solutions for eliminating inflammation, as well as movement strategies. Many natural pathways exist and should be tested; most people aren’t even aware of them. If you are living with constant, daily pain, read through Heal Your Pain Now and determine if some tidbits of help for you exist on these pages. Odds are, there is something in here that will enhance the quality of your life. 

Isn’t that worth the $16.99 cover price?

#healyourpainnow, #joetatta, @DrJoeTatta, @DaCapoPress


Heal Your Frozen Shoulder by Dr. Karl Knopf

Truth time.  I’ve had this book for a couple or three months, never looked at it. The publicist kept asking me when I was getting to it, but another book or life project always got in the way. Then a long-time personal training client was diagnosed with frozen shoulder. Damn, now I gotta find the book, need to read and study it!! 

Now I’ve read Heal Your Frozen Shoulder. As a life-long athlete and weight-trainer, someone who has ruptured each rotator cuff (and not had surgery - I used Active Relief Therapy), I’ve enough experience with shoulder issues to keep shaking my head “yes” and “that’s right” as I read Dr. Knopf’s book.

Frankly, I had no idea frozen shoulders were as common as they are. I still live with several of the symptoms, and hope some of the simple therapies outlined in the book will assist me. 

Knopf says his book is “an at-home rehab program to end pain and regain range of motiion.” I agree fully. I found the hundreds of step-by-step photos and clear explanations to be instructive, and of immense use to me so I could safely and efficiently help my client recover and rehab from her frozen shoulder.

Heal Your Frozen Shoulder is one of those books that didn’t jump out at me. The cover isn’t flashy, the title is basic. But if you are getting older, are truly active, or work with others in a workout setting, this should be on your reference shelf. When you need this specific book, no other is going to do the job. 

#healyourfrozenshoulder, #karlknopf, @ulyssesspress


The Endurance Diet by Matt Fitzgerald

I used to be an endurance athlete, a couple of decades ago. Long runs, longer bike rides, dreams of epic adventures such as Eco-Challenges (I used to videotape episodes and re-watch them). There was a newsstand magazine devoted to endurance sports that lasted a year or two, and I had all the issues. Now I can’t even remember the title.

Before then, I was a gym rat. Since then, I’m a more dedicated gym rat and CrossFitter and weight-trainer, older and more broken. So no more endurance sports, certainly none involving running.

But I still follow endurance sports, and coach/writer Matt Fitzgerald is one of the people I always find time to read or listen to on a podcast. Always. He knows what he’s talking about, he coaches the best, and he learns in the real athletic world. 

In a nutshell, The Endurance Diet discusses in detail the real diets, the true food plans, utilized by the top endurance athletes in the world, in all the sports. Fitzgerald compares what the best put into their bodies to ensure optimum performance, with what amateurs do, and the differences are breathtaking. 

Fitzgerald has keyed upon five eating habits setting the best apart from the rest of us, and holds nothing back in his detailing of what how and why. Millions of amateur runners and skiers and cyclists will find this advice achievable and sustainable. Listen, read and learn! Fitzgerald provides the answers in The Endurance Diet.

@theendurancediet, #mattfitzgerald, @mattfitwriter, @DaCapoPress





Rolling Stone is 50!

Rolling Stone magazine is part of the backdrop of most of my adult life. I've been reading it from the start. In the late '60s a hippie entrepeneur with a bulging backpack would hit my hometown a couple of times monthly, with new issues for sale of Rolling Stone, Creem, Crawdaddy, Chicago Seed, and other cultural missives from the counterculture. He was our only access, other than subscribing. This made the guy important and eagerly awaited.


Gary Taubes' The Case Against Sugar is important

I'm only a couple of chapters into Taubes' latest nutritional work, The Case Against Sugar, and already it's proving to be engrossing reading. More than that, it feels critical, like something everyone should be discussing, not just those of us in the fitness and nutrition world. 

Get your hands on this book, read it, tell others about it. And for your sake, get sugar out of your life!


Put Your Dollars Where Your Passion Is

A couple of nights ago two of my favorite musicians were performing close by, along with Adam Faucett, whose music I was unfamilar with. Christopher Gold and Austin Lucas alone are a bill worth traveling to see; Faucett turns out to be a songwriter with an unusually sweet yet powerful voice. The show, put on in a local micro-brewery, was wonderful. But I'm not here to talk about their amazing music.

After the show the performers were hanging around their merch table, meeting fans and offering for sale whatever they had of their own music. A couple of vinyl LPs, the odd T-shirt, and of course compact discs. I bought Gold's latest (already the proud owner of his earlier releases), as I'd been waiting to purchase it directly from him. As I handed each of these three artists $10 for their current CD, I was reminded how much this simple act of commerce means to them.

This is how they make their living, really. Sure, there is some arrangement with the venue, but it's often little. Maybe a free pizza and some beers, and a cut of the door. But that doesn't buy gas, lodging, or pay for real life. The few helpuful, hip record stores still in existence are a big help, but they take their cut, too.

When you have the chance to put some bucks right into the hands of the musician whose work you enjoy, do so! Help them continue to write songs and perform. 

And thank them...

@Cgoldmusic, @AustinlucasIND, @Adamfaucettsong