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Year of No Sugar: a Memoir by Eve Schaub

Year of No Sugar Book CoverDo you know where your sugar is coming from? Most likely everywhere. Sure, it’s in ice cream and cookies, but what scared Eve O. Schaub was the secret world of sugar–hidden in bacon, crackers, salad dressing, pasta sauce, chicken broth, and baby food. Eve challenged her husband and two school-age daughters to join her on a quest to quit sugar for an entire year. Year of No Sugar is what the conversation about “kicking the sugar addiction” looks like for a real American family–a roller coaster of unexpected discoveries and challenges.

I am impressed with this family! Yes, they snacked on fruit regularly and treated themselves to a proper dessert once a month, but they generally stuck to this plan everywhere they went – birthday parties, restaurants, and even Christmas dinner. I can’t imagine the inconvenience! My biggest take-aways:

1. Sugar is in everything! Schaub had me looking through the cupboards at home, and yep, it’s in everything!

2. Sugar is like poison (actually — humans essentially evolved without consuming it, or very little of it, and today our bodies don’t know how to properly break it down).

3. I love sugar! I will certainly try to limit sugar intake from foods that shouldn’t have it in the first place – breads, sauces – but give up dessert? Not interested! That’s the best part of a meal!

Check out Year of No Sugar and I guarantee you will be perfectly inspired to make a few changes. Interested in taking on this challenge? Give these books a read:

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Gorge : my journey up Kilimanjaro at 300 pounds

Gorge book coverKara knew she could reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. She had done it once before. That’s why, when she failed in a second attempt, it brought her so low.  Deep in her personal gorge, Kara realized the only way out was up. She resolved to climb the mountain again–and this time, she would reach the summit without waiting for her plus-sized status to disappear. Gorge is the raw story of Kara’s ascent from the depths of self-doubt to the top of the world.

Loved it!  How anyone could endure that climb 3 times, I will never understand, especially while confronting demons from the past and present every step of the way. Kara’s story is brutally honest, powerful and inspiring. I could not put it down!

A must-read for anyone who loved Cheryl Strayed’s Wild.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

Annihjiliation book coverArea X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves.

This is the twelfth expedition. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself. They arrive expecting the unexpected—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, that change everything.

An excellent mix of dystopian, speculative and fantastical fiction with a dash of horror.

If you enjoy all of the above and don’t require answers, then Annihilation is perfect for you. It will leave you creeped out and wanting more. Luckily, it’s part of a trilogy, so you won’t have to scratch your head for too long.

Happy reading!