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The Mcdougall Program for a Healthy Heart: A Life-Saving Approach to Preventing and Treating Heart Disease
The Mcdougall Program for a Healthy Heart: A Life-Saving Approach to Preventing and Treating Heart Disease
by John A. McDougall
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. McDougall Will Change Your Life, July 1, 2015
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If you are the typical American over age 50...high cholesterol...high blood pressure....weighed 140 pounds in high school and weigh 200 pounds today...the "McDougall Program" will save your life. Equally important, it will enable you to ENJOY your life.

Dr. McDougall's program is simply a strict vegan diet. No meat. No poultry. No fish. No milk or cheese. No eggs. No oils, not even olive oil. His diet is grains, vegetables and fruit. Oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. A big salad at lunch. Dinner might be brown rice with black beans, or eggplant, or sweet potatoes, along with a big salad.

And, this is NOT a 30 day diet for losing weight. This is a lifestyle, a way of living every day of your life for the rest of your life. And, it works.

In three months of following this diet, I have cut my cholesterol level IN HALF, from a dangerously high level, to a very low level. I eat as much as I want and yet I have lost ten pounds. My breathing problems, caused by allergies, have cleared up. I have more energy and can spend an hour on the treadmill when three months ago walking to the mailbox tired me out. Again, this diet will change your life.


LG Stylo Unlocked Phone - Retail Packaging - Grey
LG Stylo Unlocked Phone - Retail Packaging - Grey
Price: $257.00

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1.0 out of 5 stars No Warranty & Runs Very Slowly On Sprint & Boost Networks Due to Crippled Memory, July 1, 2015
This is the Boost Mobile/Sprint version of the Stylo that has been tampered with to unlock it, voiding the warranty. Even if the unlock works, it will ONLY work on the Boost or Sprint networks. Because Sprint elected to cut the memory IN HALF, you will be unable to download and install more than a few mega size apps and games. And, because Sprint cut RAM memory in half, the Stylo will slow down or freeze up when two or three apps are running at the same time.

In contrast, the T-Mobile and MetroPcs versions of the Stylo have DOUBLE the ROM memory for storing apps and games, and DOUBLE the RAM memory for assuring that the Stylo runs smoothly. This week, both the T-Mobile and MetroPcs Stylo phones received an update to Lollipop 5.1.1, the very newest version available only on premium phones such as the LG G4 and the Samsung Galaxy S6.

Also, the MetroPcs version of the Stylo sells for FAR less than other versions of the Stylo.


Mens Kirkland Signature Court Classic Sneakers, WHITE, Size 11 M
Mens Kirkland Signature Court Classic Sneakers, WHITE, Size 11 M

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Everyday Shoe - If Bought At Costco At the Costco Price, July 1, 2015
This are GREAT everyday shoes, but only if you buy them at the Costco price...about $17 in June 2015. They have the comfort and wearing quality of shoes sold at department stores for $40 to $80. Each person has a unique pair of feet, so I can only judge comfort from my own experience. These are among the most comfortable shoes I have worn over the past 50 years for short walks around the neighborhood or shopping mall. I do not think they are designed for serious tennis players or basketball players...they are just plain old comfortable walking shoes.

In addition, if you have a job where you are on your feet for 8 or 10 hours at a restaurant or a hospital, these provide all day comfort, and look professional. No shoe comes close for less than $20 a pair.


The New American Heart Association Cookbook
The New American Heart Association Cookbook
by American Heart Association
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Cookbook That Belongs In Every Kitchen, July 1, 2015
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The healthiest diet for most adults is the vegan diet, but few people are willing to totally give up meat, fish, and cheese. What is life worth without cheeseburgers and pizza? At the same time, it is clear that the ONLY reason there is an epidemic of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes among people over the age of fifty is the huge amount of fat, especially saturated fat, in the traditional American diet.

The American Heart Association Cookbook is perhaps the best cookbook for people who want to reduce the amount of saturated fat in their diet while still enjoying a nice cheeseburger or a tasty roasted chicken dinner on Sunday. The cookbook is revised every few years. The used copy I am reviewing was published in 1998, and there are a couple of newer editions. Each edition adds some recipes that were not in previous editions, so it might be worthwhile to have a couple different versions.

The strongest point of the AHA Cookbook is its massive size, almost 700 pages. It offers recipes for every meal, and every occasion, whether for a summer afternoon snack, or a big traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

The goal is reduce fat in your diet, and these recipes deliver. As an example, a traditional recipe for Eggplant Parmesan has 668 calories per serving, with 29 grams of fat and 2,184 mb of sodium. The AHA improved recipe for Eggplant Parmesan has only 118 calories per serving, with just 3 grams of fat and 372 mg of sodium. An astounding difference.

This is a basic cookbook that belongs in every kitchen, even in the kitchen of the Texas Agriculture Commissioner who wanted to arrest someone for suggesting that fat laden foods such as chicken fried steak might not be the healthiest food to serve school children.


Quick-Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less
Quick-Fix Vegetarian: Healthy Home-Cooked Meals in 30 Minutes or Less
by Robin Robertson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT Introduction To Vegetarian Cooking, July 1, 2015
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A great cookbook makes you eager to get into the kitchen and start cooking. THIS is a great cookbook. Ms. Robertson shows you how to equip your kitchen, how to stock up on the herbs and spices and other basic ingredients of vegetarian cooking, and explains step by step how to prepare each dish.

Compared with most other cookbooks, she focuses on ingredients that are easy to find at most large "chain" stores, not just at Whole Foods or Sprouts. She is fine with using canned beans and frozen fruit in her recipes, rather than cooking dry beans. There are many recipes that can be prepared and served in under an hour, some in under 30 minutes. Ms. Robertson provides good suggestions for modifying recipes so that you can enjoy more variety.

I currently have about a dozen vegan and vegetarian cookbooks. If I could only have two, I would chose "Quick-Fix Vegetarian" and "The 30 Minute Vegan" by Mark Reinfeld and Jennifer Murray. I am looking forward to buying more of Ms. Robertson's books.


Student's Go Vegan Cookbook: Over 135 Quick, Easy, Cheap, and Tasty Vegan Recipes
Student's Go Vegan Cookbook: Over 135 Quick, Easy, Cheap, and Tasty Vegan Recipes
by Carole Raymond
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.03
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Introduction To Vegan Cooking, July 1, 2015
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Ms. Raymond has written a very good introduction to vegan cooking. She discusses how to select food, how to stock your kitchen with tools, spices, herbs, and basic stocks of food, and techniques for cooking. Most of the recipes are NOT especially quick, but she suggests ways to save time, such as using canned beans or frozen fruit or cooking some ingredients, such as beans and rice, in advance.

This is a good book, worth buying, but I do not like it as much as "Quick-Fix Vegetarian", by Robin Robertson or "The 30 Minute Vegan" by Mark Reinfeld. Those books provide an excellent introduction to vegan cooking, including setting up your kitchen, a description of what are likely to be new foods, such as tempeh, and suggestions for modifying basic recipes to avoid boredom. The Student's Cookbook is a good addition to your kitchen shelf AFTER you have those two books.

A weakness: I love looking at pictures of food, and the Student's Cookbook has no pictures.


The 30-Minute Vegan: Over 175 Quick, Delicious, and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Cooking
The 30-Minute Vegan: Over 175 Quick, Delicious, and Healthy Recipes for Everyday Cooking
by Mark Reinfeld
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.91
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Introduction To Vegan Cooking, July 1, 2015
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In the four months that I have been learning to cook vegan food, I have looked at a dozen cookbooks. The 30 Minute Vegan is my favorite. It has a wide variety of recipes, and provides suggestions for modifying them. A basic recipe will have suggestions for preparing it six or seven different ways by substituting ingredients, spices and herbs. So, the 175 recipes can be prepared about 600 different ways. Some vegan cookbooks make you regret giving up eating meat. 30 Minute Vegan makes you excited about preparing your next meal.

Meals in 30 minutes? Maybe. If you have all the proper kitchen tools (a blender, a garlic press, a colander, a steamer basket, etc., etc) and you have all of the ingredients prepped and ready to go. The authors suggest preparing some basic ingredients in bulk and then storing them in the refrigerator (brown rice, beans, chopped carrots, etc.). With those sorts of organizational and time management "tricks", most of the recipes CAN be prepared in about 30 minutes.

The 30 Minute Vegan provides good advice on how to set up your kitchen, what herbs and spices you need to stock, how to shop for food, and the basic principles of vegan cooking. Using this advice, it becomes easy to modify recipes or create your own.

If you want to buy only ONE vegan cookbook, this is an excellent choice.


NEW PRITIKIN PROGRAM
NEW PRITIKIN PROGRAM
by Robert Pritikin
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Overview Of The Original "Strict" Pritikin Program - Superior to The 2015 Pritikin Program, June 29, 2015
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There are many books about the Pritikin Program, including some recent ones. This book may be the best general overview of the original program. And, it includes menus and recipes. Comparing this book to the most recent books about the Pritikin program, it seems that the program has become more flexible decade by decade. Thirty years ago, the program wanted people to strictly limit meat, poultry, fish, milk and cheese, due to their high fat content. The 2015 version of the Pritikin Program suggests each person decide for themselves how to mix the vegan/vegetarian aspects of their diet with the higher fat types of food.

I suspect that this trend reflects the fact that only 5% or 10% of Americans are willing to consider a vegan diet. The folks at Pritikin want to convert 100% of Americans to healthier eating, so the Pritikin diet has gotten away from its original principles.

What is appealing about the OLD program described in this book? It is a very low fat diet, enabling most people to get their cholesterol level below 150. The Framingham study, which including thousands of adults over several decades, recording ZERO heart attacks among people whose cholesterol was consistently below 150. The Pritikin Program described in this book would enable you to get your cholesterol below 150.

The new 2015 version of the Pritikin diet will help people lose weight, have more energy, and get their cholesterol down from 300 or 250 down to just 200 or 175. The problem: in the Framingham study, most of the people who had heart attacks had cholesterol near 175 or 200. The benefits of low cholesterol for the heart do not occur until your cholesterol level is under 150, month after month, year after year. For that result, you need the original program described in this book.


21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health
21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart: Boost Metabolism, Lower Cholesterol, and Dramatically Improve Your Health
by Neal D. Barnard
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Barnard Shows How A Vegan Diet Can Change Your Life, June 29, 2015
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Dr. Barnard has written a very good guide to the vegan lifestyle. He wisely omits the word "vegan" from the cover of the book, and that word is hard to find anywhere in its 346 pages. The word "vegan" would scare a lot of folks away. Here in Texas, a vegan is considered by most to be either a "hippie" or even worse, a Democrat. By avoiding the "V" word, and focusing on the theme of "Lose weight in just 21 days", Dr. Barnard is drawing readers who would never buy a book called "21 Days To A Vegan Lifestyle".

But, Dr. Barnard IS trying to change people's lives. The first step is to get people to try a vegan diet for 21 days. At the end of those three weeks, most people will have lost weight, have more energy, and generally feel about ten years younger. At that point, remaining on a vegan diet for life will be appealing to many people.

The first two thirds of the book is a "pep talk", motivating readers to try this diet. He gives many examples of people whose health greatly improved on this diet. The last third of the book includes sample daily menus and recipes.

I found the recipes to be the most valuable part of the book. Most are reasonably easy to prepare and most use ingredients that are easy to find, at least if you live near a Whole Foods store. I was surprised to find that the "chain store" grocery in my neighborhood now stocks many of these foods, such as whole wheat pasta, brown rice, hummus, tofu, soymilk, muesli cereal, kashi cereal, etc. I live in a low income inner city neighborhood where not a soul would admit to being a vegan...yet most of the foods a vegan wants are available at the corner grocery.

Dr. Barnard is describing the same diet as Dr. John McDougall in his "The McDougall Program" and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn in his "Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease". Many folks would benefit from reading all three books. Even though they are describing the same diet, each provides useful suggestions on how to tailor the diet to your own needs. And, each book includes useful menu ideas and recipes.

I have tried (and failed) four or five times in the past fifty years to live on a vegetarian diet. For the past three months, I have been following the Barnard/McDougall/Esselstyn diet and I am seeing results I did not obtain previously. My cholesterol has dropped from a dangerously high level to below the 150 level that has been proven to provide immunity to heart attacks. I have lost ten or twelve pounds of weight while eating unlimited amounts of food.

Dr. Barnard is asking you to try something new for just three weeks. I'm guessing that most people who follow the program closely for those 21 days will be ready to follow it for life.


Better Than Peanut Butter & Jelly: Quick Vegetarian Meals Your Kids Will Love! Revised Edition
Better Than Peanut Butter & Jelly: Quick Vegetarian Meals Your Kids Will Love! Revised Edition
by Wendy Muldawer
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Recipes, But Require Adult To Do The Cooking, June 29, 2015
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I was looking for vegan recipes easy enough for a kid to make. Instead, "Better Than Peanut Butter..." aims at creating meals that will appeal to a child, which means they are also likely to appeal to most adults.

As with most vegetarian and vegan recipes, most entrees include a rather long list of herbs and spices. That is to make up for the lack of salt, sugar and oil. To prepare these recipes, you need to first spend a couple of hours at Whole Foods or Sprouts stocking up on a long list of herbs and spices, as well as the other basic ingredients, such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, rolled oats, etc.

As I read through the book, I see a large number of recipes that look appealing and reasonably easy to prepare. About half are vegan recipes, and the other half may include milk, cheese and eggs.

Anyone seeking to add some good recipes to their kitchen library will enjoy Marty Mattare's recipes.


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