Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Book Review: The Alkaline 5 Diet

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for a review.
The book starts with the good and bad news about diet and health, from the “health” agenda of the giant corporations, GMO food, the false ideas of health induced by the medical authorities and health experts, the lies about cancers etc. Followed by enlightened beliefs about health as suggested by the author. Then there is a description of what is an alkaline diet and how it works.
The author explains why an alkaline diet is not exactly the same as vegan diet and goes into explaining the alkaline-acidic ratio (in this case 80:20) and the benefits obtained by following such diet and how to apply it in daily life.

Part One of the book gives the framework for Optimum Health and Healing that is:
  1. Sunlight and deep oxygenation
  2. Pure hydration
  3. Sleep and balancing rest
  4. Living alkaline foods
  5. Eliminating acidic toxins
  6. Movement and posture
  7. Postive mindset and emotions
Each of the above topics has a small chapter fully dedicated to the argument. 

Part Two expands the principles of the Alkaline 5 Diet. Which is from 30-80% (by calories) raw fruits, vegetables and leafy greens, the rest are cooked vegetables as in soups and whole grains and wholegrain products. Seeds and nuts are only allowed in a measure of at max 50g per week. Natural condiments are allowed but only if vegan, GMO-free, low fat and free of any additives, flavourings and colouring. Pulses are allowed in very small quantities because they are only 68% carbs.

Then there is a description of the Alkaline 5 Diet Meals that are:
  1. Blood Cleanser
  2. Vitamin Vitality Meal
  3. Fat-Loss Sugar Meal
  4. Raw Alkaline Mineral Meal
  5. Hearty Cooked-Fibre Meal
All accompanied by a detailed description of what each is and a list of how to stock your pantry to follow the diet.

Part Three is a day by day, 21-days diet programme.

I am not new to the subject and much that has been written in this book I already knew. In the book there is a lot of motivational talks, personal health story and testimonials of people who followed the Alkaline 5 Diet.
My only warning for this diet is: always check your insulin sensitivity. If you have low insulin sensitivity, known as insulin resistance, you may have difficulty metabolising all the glucose released in this diet and excess glucose becomes fat.
If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic check your blood glucose regularly with each meal plan as indicated in this diet. If you are going to keep it for a long haul check your A1C.
We are all made differently and the concept of holistic health and diet is that each diet is tailored to the individual.
I am sure many will find this diet an excellent way to reverse diseases, even serious ones. As I am sure for a percentage of the population this low fat, high carbohydrate vegan diet, is not a good way to achieve an alkaline environment in the body and urine.
However even if you can’t follow the diet as a whole, incorporating several of the alkalinising fruits and vegetables mentioned in the book, the healthy lifestyle tips plus a blood glucose monitor and a litmus paper at hand in the morning, will surely help to obtain a healthier solution for some.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Book Review: Gluck, Her Biography by Diana Souhami

I was invited by Netgalley to review this book. 
To say the truth I had no idea who this person was and I had my doubts I would enjoy the biography, they are not my usual cup of tea.
Yet it was a book I read with dedication. A book that not only described to me, as wikipedia does, Gluck’s lifetime, but what was more important it described the emotions that motivated Gluck’s life. Why she came to call herself so? Why did she paint that painting? Why did she move in that house? Why the choice of that colour?
This book showed me through its pages the humanness of this artist. The unaccepted child of a rich family where all had pre-established roles that had to be played and she couldn’t find one that worked out for her. 
The love and hate relationship with her mother and brother that must have fuelled many tensions and acrimony. The struggling lesbian in a society that she never felt her own yet she could not completely cut herself off.
The constant hiding of love towards the loved one and always coming second in place after the husband. The wanting more but can’t have it because there was no role for her in the society she lived in.
Through this book, Gluck came alive with conflicts many of us, GLBT in the closet, are very familiar with. 
I felt sorry for her because she must have gone through tremendous sufferings, dilemmas and there was no friend or organisation she could go to, to talk her heart out, to feel part of a group. To help her feel less different. I felt sorry she could not heal those inner personal conflicts that made her suffer so much in her life.
All this and more has been, with careful detail and much respect described in this book.

A worthwhile compassionate read.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Book Review: Harness Astrology's Bad Boy

I have to be sincere. I took my time to read this book. As synchronicity has it I read this book in one of the most Pluto tinged (and other heavy astrology boys) period of my life till now.  Some parts of this book I read twice and each time I got something new out of it. So what to expect?
Divided into three parts:
Pluto through the Generations: that is Pluto’s very slow march through the signs which mark the differences in the generations that follow one after each other.
The Sun Signs: an enlightening explanation of each of the twelve zodiac signs with a clever weaving of the signs basic modalities, that is the element (Fire, Earth, Air and Water), quality (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable) and polarity (Yang or Yin). For each sign there is a small paragraph of that sign’s natural relationship with Pluto.
Pluto and the Houses: a very original description of the twelve astrological houses, that is the sectors in a natal chart that describe sections of our lives such as money, health, partnerships, career etc. where action takes place. This is the part I liked most. A very descriptive way of describing the houses adding insight to a sometimes hazy subject.
Written in a very friendly manner I would suggest the book to a beginner in astrology or the curious one. Although I have to say there were, now and then, hidden jewels that I treasured.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Tuning Fork

I breath in,
I breath out,
I let go,
I become.

I am a tuning fork,
posed silently amongst chaos,
imperceptibly humming,
to my Soul’s vibration.  

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Timewatch Book Review

I was fascinated by the idea of time travelling and the transportation to previous lives. The story builds up fairly quickly. Maybe it was just me but I was a bit confused throughout the book with all the family members taking part in jumping backwards, forwards and lateral in the timeline.
Most of the time the story did make sense and was enjoyable. What left me perplexed was the idea behind it all.
The scope of the Morgan family is to go backwards in time and stabilise the timeline. During their 20th century lifetime there was a huge risk, that because of a time portal, others who had not so humanitarian motives would change events in the past and so change the present.
Nothing wrong with that idea…
What I couldn’t digest well was that all this hassle was being done so the history of the USA formation was not touched, the Indians defeated and eventually USA will become the world greatest war nation that will protect the rest of the world from evil nations.
Maybe because I am European. Maybe because frankly I think USA has been meddling too much with world affairs and its war tactics. Maybe because to me it felt more like a USA propaganda “we know the best for all you in the world”, this book didn’t sit quite right with me.

Pity because the idea on the whole was fascinating.