Tag Archives: Veggie Grettie book review

BOOK REVIEW – Naked Calories

I recommend the book ‚ÄúNaked Calories‚ÄĚ to those of you who are interested in learning more about both micronutrients and macronutrients.¬† Mira and Jayson explain the importance of micro/macro nutrients in depth and go into the science of vitamins and minerals, etc.¬† I appreciate the fact that Mira and Jayson focus extensively on the quality of food consumed and how they believe that micronutrient deficiency is responsible for most of the ill-health experienced by people today.

In their words, ‚ÄúOur goal is the spread the message that processed, micronutrient-poor naked calories are detrimental for vegans, vegetarians, low fat, Mediterranean, and low-carbohydrate dieters alike.‚ÄĚ ¬†I completely agree that the root of our healthcare epidemic falls under the auspices of micronutrient deficiency. ¬†Though we have access to it, the developed world quite simply does not eat high¬†quality¬†food and our bodies are suffering dramatically; our bodies are SCREAMING for us to change.

Where we differ is in their assessment that, ‚ÄúThe Rich Food, Poor Food philosophy works no matter what type of diet you choose to follow.‚Ä̬† I simply do not agree.¬† I do not believe that high nutrient diets that include the consumption of animal protein (meat and dairy) at what is now considered ‚Äúnormal‚ÄĚ levels is healthy.¬† The Caltons believe that animal protein which is grass fed and organic has its place in a healthy diet.¬† We are going to have to agree to disagree on that point.

I really appreciated the sections of their book that focused on common micronutrient depleters; many of which I don’t believe people are even aware of.  You can be eating wonderfully nutritious food and unknowingly be simultaneously depleting your body of the same valuable nutrients.  Their book shows you the hows and whys along with how to avoid these depleters.

While I do not agree with all of the information in ‚ÄúNaked Calories‚ÄĚ (namely the information provided regarding animal protein) I do find that the book is overall very informative and a worthwhile read.

Leave a comment

Filed under Books, Product Reviews


If you haven’t yet heard of the blog Peas and Thank You, you will soon. ¬†I am a big fan. ¬†We are all in luck because Sarah Matheny,¬†otherwise known as ¬†Mama Pea,¬†has just come out with her first cookbook. ¬†Be prepared to be fed well and entertained along the way. ¬†Her stories about life with her husband and two girls are hilarious and so¬†relate-able!

The recipes I have tried from her blog and now her cookbook are really good. ¬†I made Sarah’s Teriyaki Tofu for dinner tonight and it was so good. ¬†In the recipe she suggests marinating the tofu for at least 30 minutes or overnight, but do to poor planning on my part I ended-up marinating it for 48 hours and the results were awesome!

I had never actually baked tofu before (how is that possible?) and I will definitely be doing it more often because we gobbled it all up…There wasn’t even one piece of tofu left-over.

My daughter actually threw a fit when she found out there wasn’t any tofu left! ¬†The baked tofu tasted so much like fried tofu, so there really isn’t any excuse for ever frying tofu.

My son even made one of the recipes from the cookbook today completely by himself. ¬†He chose to make the Lime Tahini Sauce and did a really good job…I plan on using it on my steamed kale tomorrow for lunch.

My daughter was dying to help him, but he insisted that he wanted to do it all alone. ¬†Never fear…she has plenty of opportunities to help out in the kitchen and cook with mommy. ¬†She is also a¬†dish washing expert and begs me to let her wash dishes (I wonder how much longer that is going to last???).

I hope you all rush out to buy this book in support of Peas and Thank You…you will be glad that you did.

Click here to buy the book.


Filed under Books, Product Reviews, Vegan, Vegetarian

BOOK REVIEW and GIVEAWAY – Run Like a Girl

I recently read Run Like a Girl by Mina Samuels.

Part locker-room confidential, inspiring manifesto, and personal memoir, the book shows us, through stories of nearly a hundred women, how the confidence women build by participating in sports‚ÄĒwhether it‚Äôs running or rock climbing, swimming or yoga‚ÄĒcan transform our lives in profound ways. Lively, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking, in the candid stories, which fill its pages, these women share how sports helped them overcome life‚Äôs obstacles and achieve the happiness and success they‚Äôd been running toward.

While reading this book I took the time to reflect upon the fact that I was fortunate to have parents who felt it was important for my sister and I to have an active childhood. ¬†From the time we were 3 years old, my sister and I were dancing…by the time we were in elementary school we were each taking more than 5 dance lessons weekly (the last dance studio we attended is still there and thriving!). ¬†Between school, dancing, and homework (which was often done at the studio between classes) there was no idle time and more importantly no time to get into any trouble.

We were also swimmers who spent every summer on the swim team at Forest Park Cabana Club. ¬†To this day I do NOT get into cold water without a fuss…there were too many COLD early morning workouts that resulted in blue lips and fingers, but my mom was always on the sidelines with a thermos full of hot cocoa.

I guess I had never really stopped to think about the fact that the sports I participated in as a child were as powerful as they were. ¬†I learned so much about life from dancing and swimming. ¬†I learned that life goes on even when you fall flat on your face during a dance recital and the whole audience gasps! ¬†The butterfly stroke was shockingly hard when I first tried it, but through perseverance and LOTS of practice I learned that it could become my best stroke. ¬†Because of sports I never developed the all to common fear of public speaking. ¬†Sure, I get butterflies when I speak publicly, but years of dance performances and swim meets made me comfortable “performing.”

Sports continue to help me as an adult. ¬†As you know, I competed in the Camp Pendleton Mud Run in June (click here¬†to read my post about it). ¬†When I stated that the second third of the race Was difficult for me, what I should have said was, “The second third of the race was incredible difficult for me. ¬†I felt so ill that I thought I was going to vomit and REALLY wanted to quit.” ¬†What kept me from quitting was the fact that I didn’t want to let my team down and I most of all didn’t want to let myself down. ¬†I persesevered. ¬†In the last third of the race I found my stride again and had a blast¬† At the end of the race I was so proud of myself for not quitting…my prior experiences with races let me know that I would somehow make it through.¬† Sports has so many parallels to life. ¬†Sometimes life can throw you curve balls, and experiences like the Mud Run strengthen you and let you know that you WILL get through those curve balls and actually be better for them.

I really recommend Run Like a Girl. ¬†It is a quick read filled with inspiration as well as stories about the deep friendships that tend to form through athletics. ¬†There are so many activities I have wanted to try and haven’t and this book has motivated me to put myself out there. ¬†One of my fellow NEXT by Athena Ambassadors is a Stand-Up Paddle instructor and I now plan on contacting her for a few lessons since it looks like so much fun.


I am excited that I am going to be able to gift one of my readers a copy of¬†Run Like a Girl. ¬†To be entered into the giveaway leave a comment below about what sports means to you…

I look forward to reading your comments and will announce the winner on August 3rd.

P.S. I am on day 10 of Tracy Anderson’s Metamorphosis today and doing great! ¬†The soreness in my calves went away by day 5 or 6 and I am really enjoying the dance cardio. ¬†It has been so long since I danced that I forgot how important it is to dance up on the balls of your feet in order to save your shins…my body now remembers!

For more information about Mina Samuels click here.

To purchase Run Like a Girl click here.


Filed under Books, Exercise, Giveaways, Vegan, Vegetarian