Congratulations, Izzzy! You are the winner of my 28th Awesome Giveaway. Email me your address and I’ll get my latest book, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Transition Recipes, sent to you next week. If you live outside of the United States, I will email you the ebook. Cheers!
I was given the honor of reading and reviewing the book, Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness, by my friend Robert Cheeke. I received the book from Robert when I met up with him two days before I delivered Kamea. Robert is such an amazing guy. He’s passionate, kind, happy, energetic, and full of life.
As many of you know, I used to be a bodybuilder. Unfortunately, my days of bodybuilding were pre-vegan. However, I think it put me in a great position to review his book because I do have bodybuilding experience, even if it wasn’t vegan.
So, what did I think of the book?
I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. I haven’t stepped foot in a gym since before I was pregnant and I’ve decided it’s time for me to do it. Reading Vegan Bodybuilding and Fitness was the motivation and excitement I needed. I don’t have any desire to bodybuild anymore, but I still felt there was great value from his book. Robert holds your hand through the process of diet plans, exercise, and supplements. He gives many details and it left no question unanswered for me – although even if someone did have questions, Robert is personable and accessible via Facebook and Twitter (one of the things I love about him).
I was particularly excited to read about his friend Giacomo who is a RAW vegan bodybuilder. I enjoyed reading about his meal programs especially. Even though I’m not going back into the bodybuilding arena, I am definitely pumped and ready to put on my tennis shoes and head to the gym!
Some other specifics: I liked the 1-week sample training program without weights or exercise equipment because, as a postpartum mom, I won’t always be able to get to the gym. This was exactly what I needed. I also enjoyed reading his section on how he answers the all-too-common question, “Where do you get your protein?” I was especially partial to his clever response #4. And, even though I know where I get my protein, being a vegan for 8 years, I still like seeing the chart of vegan protein foods as a reminder for the variety we have available. It’s a useful and quick reference.
Needless to say, my book has many tabbed pages and highlights. It’s like hiring a personal trainer for the low cost of his book. Gotta love that!
I am listening to one of my favorite holiday songs, My Favorite Things (sung by Lorrie Morgan) and I started thinking about some of my favorite blogs. Truth be told, I have a ton of faves, but to keep this post short and simple, I’ll highlight a handful.
In no particular order…
Choosing Raw – Gena knows her stuff. She puts a lot of time and energy in her blog and it shows. She’s also an amazing raw food coach. I know when I’m reading her blog I’ll either learn something new, be inspired, or both!
Girl On Raw – Robyn is a great friend of mine (she even took a special flight to visit little old me in Arizona when she was in the states attending 105 Degrees Academy). Her blog and newsletter are fun, sassy, light, and lovely. Just like her!
Love Veggies and Yoga – Averie has a special place in my heart. She’s been there for me to answer my thousands of breastfeeding questions (she’s a lactation consultant). I love her blog because she openly shares her daily life with us. She’s inspiring and super sweet!
Rage Against The Minivan – Kristen Howerton is a smart, super funny, and courageous woman. More often than not, she has me in stitches laughing as she tells the tales of her daily life with four kids (2 of which were adopted) and her husband.
Mere Mortal – This is my doula’s blog (well, former doula, I guess she’s not my doula now that Kamea has been born?). I can’t say enough about how much I love the words she writes. Her honesty is moving. Her passion is gorgeous. She’s… simply… awesome.
Sunny Larson Tells All – Last but not least, my mom’s blog. She’s one fiesty woman who doesn’t mince words. She’s full of stories and always cracking me up.
I’m so excited to announce that as of yesterday, after one week of treatment, Zeus is in remission! YaY!!! Now, we just have to keep him that way! In my previous post, I detailed some of the things we’ve been doing on our end, in addition to the chemotherapy. I think we might add K9 Immunity products. Has anyone used these?
Even though he is in remission, the protocol is to keep him on the 26 week chemotherapy program. We take it week by week, and I’m not sure if I’ll stay with it or not… I’m honestly afraid to deviate from the program since lymphoma responds so well to it. However, he needs his immune system in tip top shape, so we’re doing lots of healthy stuff for him (including lots of fun walks and bye bye car rides), and that is also where the K9 Immunity might come in. I’m also researching other products and getting ready to read this book, Help Your Dog Fight Cancer.
Congratulations to Cocoloco! You won a copy of my book, Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Holidays. Whoo hoo! Oh, and Cocoloco, it was one of your multiple entries that was randomly selected. If you live in the United States, you have your choice of either the print copy or the ebook. Email me with your choice.
Thank you for your participation everyone!
After reading all of these entries, I couldn’t help but start listening to my favorites. My top of all time is Carol of the Bells. After that, I’m crazy about Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, Silent Night, and My Favorite Things (is My Favorite Things even a holiday song?!)
Yay! It arrived! Mmmmm it all looks sooooo fresh and delicious. This is going to be one Rawkin’ Raw Weekend at our house. Check it out!
|3 big boxes full of goodness! I can’t wait to open them up!|
|Mmmmm orange and red organic bell peppers and brussel sprouts, too!
Can’t get those at my Whole Foods right now.
|TONS of fresh greens. It’s going to be GREEN MADNESS here!|
|Ahhhh – FRUIT! Clearly, I couldn’t wait to dive into this box for breakfast.|
|Organic strawberry and banana smoothies with Ejuva’s Moflora probiotic powder blended in.
My husband and I were in heaven. So fresh and delicious! THIS IS HEALTH!!!!