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Conquering Procrastination: Help Yourself With These Books

Conquering Procrastination: Help Yourself With These Books

  In my experience, most people have had moments of procrastination, especially when it comes to performing dreaded or complicated tasks. However, if procrastinating becomes a chronic habit, then our performance, quality of life, and ability to move toward our goals will be greatly decreased. […]

Best Books To Read For Motivation

Best Books To Read For Motivation

Motivation – something we can never have too much of, and sometimes seem to have a very hard time finding, especially during stressful and dramatic times (don’t ask about drama, I could write a book about that right now – actually maybe I should, lol) […]

Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners – My Top Three List

Best Vegetarian Cookbooks for Beginners – My Top Three List

Vegetarian cooking is awesome!

No, I am not saying that you should turn into a full-time vegetarian or vegan (unless you really want to, then more power to you), but we can absolutely all benefit from adding more plant-based meals into our meal plan. According to the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology, plant-based diets have a positive effect in reducing your chance of developing diabetes. While that surely inspires, what you should then serve your family, so they will actually eat it?


I have compiled a list of the best vegetarian cookbooks for beginners to help you along the way:


Eat A Little Better by Sam Kass


Not just a compelling and visually pleasing book, but also practical and entertaining, Eat A Little Better by Sam Kass, hits all of the marks for a great vegetarian cookbook that does not require crazy ingredients or outlandish techniques to satisfy you. Written by the former advisor to the Obama family, the Author managed to create a pleasing work, that not only inspired the former president but will inspire you to try out something new.





Forks Over Knives

Okay, this book is a classic when it comes to plant-based cooking, and for a good reason. Thorough, detailed, and filled with plenty of images that will make you want to try those recipes right away, Fork Over Knives, provides clear instructions to those who are new to this type of eating. The Lima Bean Stew featured in this book, is one of my favorite stable meals now.



The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook

The American Test Kitchen has always provided us with solid information and did not disappoint with this book. I find it awesome for the beginner because it is thorough in all of its explanations. With 450 pages, this is not a light-weight, offering 11 chapters of various awesome recipes from Hearty Mains to Snacks. Some recipes that are contained in these pages are vegan, some of them gluten-free, so there is something for everyone in here. I love this book!


Bonus Book For The Brave Among You

The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Buraram


One of my favorite books to go to for raw meals is The Fully Raw Diet by Kristina Carrillo-Buraram. While creating these recipes require an access to a high-powered blender (purchase a re-furbished Vitamix, instead of new one, in order to save money), they are worth the investment and create such delicious meals, that are out of this world. Yes, all of the recipes in this book are vegan but perfectly balanced, and delicious. Again, I am not going to promote changing your entire diet to a raw vegan diet – but a few raw meals a week are a great way to stay healthy and energized! The book is available on Kindle Unlimited for free (with your membership, of course)





For more awesome vegan cookbook recommendations, check out these links:

For The Chocolate Lovers Among Us: 101 Delicious Chocolate Vegan Diet Recipes – A Review

Get Familiar With The Raw Lifestyle: The Raw Deal Cookbook – A Review

Book Review: Simple Steps to Photographic Memory by Stefan Cain

Book Review: Simple Steps to Photographic Memory by Stefan Cain

Title: Simple Steps to Photographic Memory: Even the average Joe can do it now Author: Stefan Cain Publisher: Self-Published Publication Date: November 28th, 2016 Genre: Self-Help, Health   My thoughts:   Before reading Simple Steps to Photographic Memory by Stefan Cain, I had made the […]

Book Review: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins – A Powerful Technique to Creating Lasting Change

Book Review: The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins – A Powerful Technique to Creating Lasting Change

Book Details:   Title: The 5 Second Rule Author: Mel Robbins Publication Date: February 28th, 2017 Publisher: Savio Republic Genre: Self-help   My thoughts:   I first heard about Mel Robbins via an interview she conducted with Tim Bilyeu on his youtube channel. Due to […]

Book Review: Epicurus And The Pleasant Life by Haris Dimitriadis – An Interesting Book On The Natural Philosophy of Life

Book Review: Epicurus And The Pleasant Life by Haris Dimitriadis – An Interesting Book On The Natural Philosophy of Life

Book Details

Title: Epicurus and the Pleasant Life

Author: Haris Dimitriadis

Publisher: Independent

Publication Date: May 31st, 2017

Genre: Philosophy


My thoughts:

The first thing I want to mention is that I was not familiar with the subject. Sure, I have read books on Greek philosophy, but none featuring Epicurus, like in  Epicurus and the Pleasant Life. The subject intrigued me though, and considering that this book is available on Kindle Unlimited, I thought I would give it a try.

I was pleasantly surprised that this book was written in such a way, which made it easy for me to understand this type of philosophy despite my ignorance. Many books on philosophy miss that mark and leave me turned off from the subject, simply because how they were presented. That is not the case with Epicurus and the Pleasant Life, instead, I am actually now considering looking further into the subject.

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At its core, this book is a self-help book with spiritual undertones – not one that describes a particular devotion to a specific deity, but one that encourages the reader to find their own truth, but developing a closer relationship with their own happiness. It is more powerful than many other books who claim to be transformative, because it allows you to discover your true nature, and connects you with what brings you lasting happiness.

For someone like me, who could not find a home in stoic thought, this book makes a lot more sense, and so does the philosophy behind it. Of course, I would never suggest that a reader would suspend all critical thinking when approaching this philosophy, but I do suggest to keep an open mind and to be ready to see traditional philosophy from a different point of view.

Now that I have read this book, I can understand why it would be considered the Natural Philosophy of Life because that is what it seemed to me, natural, and instinctively correct.

Again, I want to say, that I am not familiar with the subject before reading this book, yet I found that I have enough understanding of it now after reading Epicurus and the Pleasant Life, to see that it warrants more than just a second look.


Book Rating:

5 out of 5 Stars


Book Summary: 

The idea that happiness is a choice accessible to all is far from new; the ancient Greek philosopher Epicurus developed the Natural Philosophy of life over two thousand years ago, providing practical, contemporary guidelines to finding meaning and happiness. Unlike Plato, who valued the divine logic above all, Epicurus argued that the pursuit of ideals produced by logic alone leads to inner conflict, cognitive dissonance, dissatisfaction, and even depression. He suggested that by first embracing our natural desires, then using logic to determine which choices will increase pleasure over time, and using our will to take action, we could learn and change, and achieve happiness.

Based on a worldview rooted in the reality of senses, feelings, natural dispositions, life experiences, and perceptions, this philosophy teaches us to trust our feelings, and use logic to make decisions only after we acknowledge our natural desires. That way, we will find our place in the natural world, and learn to live simply and joyfully in the company of good friends.

Join the author Haris Dimitriadis on a journey through the history of philosophical and religious thought, as well as an in-depth look at the modern neuroscience, psychology, and astrophysics, and discover why the ancient Epicurean Philosophy of Nature matters as much today as it did two thousand and three hundred years ago! The answers you will find may surprise you, for you will learn, beyond any doubt, that you, too, hold the power of self-transformation, and a blissfully happy life.

New Release: Networking Thoughtfully by M. Wheaton – A Book Review

New Release: Networking Thoughtfully by M. Wheaton – A Book Review

Title: Networking Thoughtfully: The 30 Minute Read That Could Change Your Life Author: M. Wheaton Genre: Self-Help Publication Date: March 13th, 2017 Publisher: Matador My Review: I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley in return for an honest review I like positive […]

Book Review: How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds Or Less

Book Review: How To Make People Like You In 90 Seconds Or Less

I am an introvert, I rather spent time alone, than navigating large crowds or gatherings. While they all have their purpose, I am not exactly the person who would think everyone would want to navigate around me as soon as I enter the room. And […]

Top Ten Underrated Books

Top Ten Underrated Books

Top Ten Underrated Books Some books are hidden gems, that should get much more light than they are currently receiving. I have read a few of these treasures, and am highlighting them for you today, hoping that you will choose to check out some of them. This post is a part of the Top Ten Tuesday Blog Hop hosted by The Broke And Bookish. I did not limit myself to books released in 2016 however because not all of the books I have read over the last few months are new releases.

1. The Keepers: Ethan (The Keepers # 3)
I was shocked to see how little attention this book has received. I loved it, actually, I love the entire series and
am sad that it is over. Rae Rivers is a talented Author. Genre: Paranormal Romance/Fantasy

2. Breaking Glass
Very suspenseful, with a lot of twists and turns that are not always expected. Genre: Thriller

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3. A Change Of Plans (Safe Harbors # 1)
A great beginning to a charming romance series. I loved the setting, almost made me want to go on a cruise – and I don’t like boats of any kind, lol. Genre: Contemporary Romance, General Fiction (Adult)

4. The Mistaken (The Mistaken # 1)
A darker than my usual romance novel choices, but still a very interesting, and action packed read. This is a revenge novel, but everything that can go wrong goes wrong – well at least at first. Genre: Romance, Suspense General Fiction (adult)

5. Holiday Affair (Affair # 1)
Another romance novel, but this one is much lighter in tone than the last book. A great Sunday read, and interesting beginning to a series. I was given this book by a friend, but out of some weird reason, I can not find it on Amazon.  Genre: Romance, General Fiction (Adult)

6. Color Me Vegan
A great cookbook for vegans and those who would like to reduce their intake of animal products. There are a lot of cookbooks out there, with no imagination. This one is full of it. Genre: cooking, vegan cooking

7. Vegan Eats World
I love international cuisine, and this highlights the best recipes while staying true to a vegan lifestyle. This contains
a lot of recipes, not sure why it has not gotten more attention. Genre: cooking, Vegan cooking

8. Zen In The Garden
I grew up within a family of holistic practitioners and organic gardeners, so this book is, in my opinion, a must read to find inner peace. Even if you don’t have a green thumb. Genre: Self-help

9. The Tao Of Mindful Being
I am very much a fan of mindfulness – well, I am so much of a fan that I have an entire blog dedicated to that practice. This book is one of the better books on the subject, even if it is underrated. Genre: Mindfulness

10. Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parent
A practical guide for parents that actually makes sense. As I mentioned above, mindfulness is important to me. And as a homeschooling parent, I found this book essential reading. Genre: Self-Help, Parenting

Question: Which book have you read, that you consider a treasure, but has not gotten much-deserved attention? Leave your answer in the comment section below.

Happy Reading!