Book Review: Keto in 30 Minutes by Jen Fisch

Keep up with keto even on your busiest days with fast, no-stress recipes from Keto in 30 Minutes.

Eating keto doesn’t need to complicate your schedule. Keto in 30 Minutes offers the fastest recipes to stay on track with the ketogenic diet no matter how busy life gets.

From prepping ingredients to taking your first bite, all of the recipes in this ketogenic diet cookbook take 30 minutes or less to whip up from start to finish. With 5-ingredient and one-pot or pan recipes, Keto in 30 Minutes makes flavorful, low-carb and high-fat meals an everyday staple at your table.

Whether you’re new to the ketogenic diet or have been following the lifestyle for years, these recipes make cooking keto every day easy with: Keto 101 that provides everything you need to know to make the ketogenic diet a part of your day-to-day life, including a basic overview of the diet along with lists of foods to enjoy and avoid. 100 recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert, that are table-ready in 30-minutes or less. Handy tips to prep you for a lifetime of success on the ketogenic diet, and make eating keto faster and easier than ever.

Start your day with Baked Eggs in Avocado, or wind it down with a Keto Chicken-Fried Steak for dinner—no matter what you’re in the mood to eat, Keto in 30 Minutes makes it easy to stay in ketosis all day, every day.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I’m always looking for a good weight loss diet that’s healthy. I keep hearing about the keto diet, I’ve read a couple of books about it, but I’m still not totally convinced that it’s a healthy diet, especially if a person “cheats” on occasion and ends up in and out of ketosis. So, this diet will be a discussion with my doctor when I go for a check up in a couple of weeks.

If I decide to do the keto diet, this will definitely be a resource I will keep on hand. Not only does it have several recipes that I’ll try even if I don’t go on the diet, it explains what foods and tools are needed to be successful. It’s a diet that requires a commitment as well as a few foods that I’ve never purchased before.

At the beginning of Keto in 30 Minutes, it explains the diet, the science behind it, and the right and wrong foods to eat and how to keep yourself in ketosis. Each recipe has the nutrition information needed and is marked Vegetarian, Nut Free, Gluten Free, Diary Free, and/or Paleo. At the end of the book, there is advice for eating out, a glossary, indexes, helpful apps, and a conversion chart. What else could you need?

Keto in 30 Minutes is a good resource for the keto diet. The title is a little misleading because it would take some time and money to prepare to start the diet, but once you’re prepared, it should be less time-consuming.

Book Review: Fix Your Diet, Fix Your Diabetes by Tony Hampton




Author: Tony Hampton, MD
Publisher: Windy City Publishers
Pages: 168
Genre: Self-Help


Want to fix your diabetes?  In this book, I share with my diabetic and borderline diabetic readers that they have the power to reverse or prevent diabetes simply by changing their diets.  It starts with how you think.  By removing old beliefs to new ones that better serve you, the path to recovery from diabetes can be that simple.  Once I provide the rationale for changing old beliefs to more productive ones, I then share with you ways to stay motivated as you journey to a new way of eating.  You are then given a deeper understanding of why so many people have diabetes.  This knowledge will allow you to remove thoughts you may have had where you blamed yourself for having diabetes.  You are then given tips on how to maintain the motivation needed to make a successful transition to a diabetic friendly diet.  Additional knowledge is given about the many complications which could occur when this condition is not well controlled.  Empowered with the understanding of why diabetes occurs and its many complications, you will be given a case for changing how diabetes is treated.  This is done by changing the focus of diabetes management away from the symptoms (elevated glucose), which is how we currently manage this condition, to treating the cause of the disease (insulin resistance).  You are then given the rationale for increasing healthy fats in your diets while reducing starchy carbohydrates and processed foods.  Once this is explained, examples of foods that should be considered for smoothies, snacks, and dinner are given so you will know how to choose foods which are best.   Finally, tips on how to avoid being fooled by marketing labels and claims of so-called healthy foods provide the framework by which great dietary choices can be made.  This new approach to reversing diabetes with diet will reverse diabetes in nearly anyone willing to make these simple lifestyle changes.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes so I wanted to see what Dr. Hampton had to say. My doctor wanted to put me on medicine right away but my blood sugar wasn’t real high or out of control so I said I wanted to try changing my diet first to see how that would work. I immediately went to a low carb diet and it’s working. After reading this book, I have found other ways I can change my eating habits to help with the diabetes as well as weight loss. I especially like the snack ideas that he gave.

There is a lot of information in this book that is important for diabetics to know such as food labels and what foods to avoid as well as other choices. There is a chapter on fasting and one of the types of fasting is close to what I do now, so I’m going to change my eating habits just a little bit and my body should thank me for it. 

Fix Your Diet, Fix Your Diabetes is a book that anyone who is diabetic or anyone who lives with a diabetic should read. The first couple of chapters are typical self help motivating yourself, etc., but the rest of the book is essential. Since I found out I had diabetes, I can’t believe how many people have said that they take medicine for it so they can eat anything they want. NO!! Those people need this book!!




Book Excerpt:


Now that you understand that Type 2 diabetes is about insulin resistance, it’s time to rethink how you are approaching your treatment for this condition. Most doctors and their patients focus on reducing the blood glucose values and if they’re successful they feel they’re controlling diabetes. But I asked myself if we were fixing the core problem or simply treating the symptoms. After reflecting on the question, I realized the core problem may not be elevated blood glucose levels after all. High glucose values are simply a symptom of diabetes. So where should the focus be?

The answer is insulin resistance. By focusing on this, you could achieve much better results, since this is essential to fixing your diabetes. Let’s use an analogy to help think about this concept in a different way. If I see a patient who presents with a painful throat, red and swollen tonsils, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and a fever, I know I likely have a patient who needs to be treated for strep throat. In order to solve his problem, I will need to give him an antibiotic to fight the bacteria that is causing his symptoms. If I gave this patient Tylenol, I would only be treating his symptoms, and would likely end up with a patient who feels better but isn’t really cured.

This is what we are doing with our diabetes treatment. This is also likely the reason we consider this a progressively worsening disease. By shifting your focus, you will find a path to the solution you’ve been searching for. Why focus on insulin resistance? Because when insulin levels are high due to resistance, lipolysis (fat breakdown) is inhibited, sensitive arteries throughout the body are exposed to damaging higher levels of glucose, muscle protein synthesis is reduced, and glycogen-filled cells are converted to fat for storage.



About the Author

Dr. Tony Hampton has been treating patients with multiple chronic conditions for nearly two decades. In addition to his role as an Advocate Medical Group (AMG) family physician over the last nine years, Dr. Hampton currently holds multiple responsibilities within the Advocate Healthcare, including Medical Director of AMG Beverly, Vice-Chair of AMG’s Governing Council, Chair of Health Outcomes Committee and Co-Chair of Executive Diversity Council. 

Over the last two years, Dr. Hampton has worked closely with AOS, successfully piloting advancements in AMG’s operations management systems. He is a champion for change that results in greater work-life balance for physicians and an enhanced patient experience. His interpersonal skills, clinical knowledge, and desire for strong patient/team engagement will continue to make Tony an asset to the AOS team. 

A regular speaker for the American Diabetes Association and consultant for the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Initiative to Improve Diabetes Care, Dr. Hampton is passionate about empowering patients by changing old beliefs to new ones which better serve them using evidence-based medicine. Educating them on the root cause of disease processes and the importance of diet provides the path to positive health outcomes for diabetics, borderline diabetics, and patients not at their ideal body weight. 

He is a Certified Physician Executive (CPE) and earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. Tony authored the book Fix Your Diabetes, Fix Your Diet, Your Dietary Solution to Reversing Diabetes which was published in April 2017.






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Book Review: Daily Dash Diet for Weight Loss: Daily DASH for Weight Loss

23116297Title: Daily DASH Diet for Weight Loss: Daily DASH for Weight Loss

Genre: Health, Weight Loss

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Publication Date: August 11, 2014

About the Book:

Lose Weight and Lower Your Blood Pressure with Daily DASH for Weight Loss: Daily DASH for Weight Loss shows you how to easily lose weight and get healthy with the diet rated #1 overall by US News and World Report. Based on extensive scientific study, the DASH Diet has already helped millions of people take control of their health. By making simple adjustments in your diet and exercise routine-all while enjoying a variety of satisfying, delicious meals-you can achieve the weight you want. Daily DASH for Weight Loss takes the mystery out of losing weight, lowering blood pressure, and getting heart healthy. Daily DASH for Weight Loss will help you lose weight with: 80 heart-healthy, flavorful recipes including Creamy Cheddar Grits with Shrimp, Pork Loin with Figgy Sauce, and Lemony Angel Food Mini Cakes 28-day meal plan for weight loss 10 scientifically proven reasons why the DASH Diet works Handy guide to serving sizes for DASH Diet-approved foods Tips for understanding your 3 key health indicators With delicious recipes and clear guidelines, Daily DASH for Weight Loss will help you lose weight the healthy way.


My Review:

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

The Daily DASH Diet: Daily DASH for Weight Loss is for those who have high blood pressure but those who follow it also lose weight. It has all the elements of a healthy diet: more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthful fats, plenty of water, and it also has low sugar and low salt. A high salt diet is one of the risk factors for high blood pressure but is a good idea for anyone wanting to eat healthier. This diet also states that 1-2 glasses of red wine a day are good for your body but any more than that is not good.

I can see why this diet has been voted the #1 diet for the past few years. I encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, whether you have high blood pressure or not, to check out The Daily DASH Diet: Daily DASH for Weight Loss. Like I’ve said before, though, you have to have the right mind set before you start any diet.

Book Review & Giveaway: The Metabolism Solution by Lisa Lynn

The Metabolism Solution Front Cover - 2nd Edition - Melt Belly Fat FastTitle: The Metabolism Solution

Author: Lisa Lynn

Genre: Health/Diets/Nutrition

Publication Date: October 6, 2014

Book Synopsis:

Are you ready to lose 1 pound a day? Have you tried every weight loss plan under the sun? Don’t give up in frustration; The Metabolism Solution will make it faster and easier. What makes The Metabolism Solution different? It will teach you how to safely harness the power of your metabolism to lose weight and melt belly fat fast. You will learn the right way to work out to boost your metabolism with the best part being seeing results the first day after your first 30-minute workout. You will learn how to address your weight loss and fitness issues from the inside out, allowing you to focus on what created the weight gain in the beginning and how to correct those issues. Do you love delicious food? You’ll adore Lisa Lynn’s 100 irresistibly delicious fat blasting recipes. The Metabolism Solution is the perfect roadmap for not only transforming your body, but changing your whole life.

My Review:

I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

I’ve read a lot of diet books and I came to the conclusion a long time ago that the most important thing is to have the right mind set to stick to the diet you choose. As long as the diet is sensible and cuts fat and calories, it should work.

With that in mind, The Metabolism Solution does ultimately cut your fat and calories so it should work. It also has a lot of information about supplements and how to use them. I was a little put off by the author’s brand, LynFit, being pushed pretty hard. I really don’t believe that it’s necessary to spend a lot of money on shakes and supplements to lose weight.

I did find the information on plateaus interesting since I hit one after losing 90 pounds a couple years ago, so the next time I hit a plateau I’ll use some of that information.

There’s some good information in The Metabolism Solution, including recipes at the end, and if you’re looking for a diet that could be the last one you need, you might try it BUT be sure to have the right mind set that you will succeed before you start to read.

Where to buy the book:

LynFit Nutrition

About the Author:

CELEBRITY FITNESS AND NUTRITION EXPERT LISA LYNN has devoted nearly three decades of her career to personal training, specializing in metabolic weight loss and performance nutrition. Coupled with her vast experience in the field of fitness and nutrition she has earned four educational certificates from the International Sports and Sciences Association’s Professional Division including: Certified Fitness Trainer, Specialist in Performance Nutrition, Fitness Therapy and Elite Trainer.

Lynn’s years of research in metabolic boosting and performance nutrition resulted in the development of herLeaner Lifestyle DVD Series, specifically designed to promote healthy fat loss by boosting the most sluggish and stubborn metabolisms. She is best known for her 13 years as MARTHA STEWART’s personal trainer who has said, “Lisa is the only trainer that made a difference.” Lynn is also a regular go-to nutrition and fitness expert on THE DR. OZ SHOW appearing in two of his highest rated episodes. Major media outlets frequently call upon her for her expertise in fitness and nutrition. Lynn maintains a diverse portfolio of clientele including professional bodybuilders, models, actors, CEOs and real-world people throughout the country.

Lisa just released her award winning book The Metabolism Solution that has helped thousands of people lose weight and reach their fitness goals. Available at

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