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Wahanda Book Club

Book Review: Your Skin Factory by Dr Des Fernandes and Jennifer Munro

06
September
2013
Book Review: Your Skin Factory by Dr Des Fernandes and Jennifer Munro

In Your Skin Factory, Dr Des Fernandes and Jennifer Munro aim to explain to the world, in comprehensive terms, the best and simplest ways to look after our skin. Whether it’s spots, wrinkles or even cancer that worries you, this ‘production manual for better skin’ uses the metaphor of skin as a factory to explain simple ways to improve it. Not just helping skin look or feel better, this book aims to help skin be better through use of basic science and a bit of vitamin A, rather than expensive facials or serums. Sounds like what we’ve been searching for our entire life…

Who wrote it?Dr Des Fernandes is a plastic surgeon specialising in cleft palette repair and facial and neck cosmetic surgery in South Africa. He was deeply affected while treating two teenage patients who subsequently died...

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Book review: The Medicinal Chef

03
April
2013
Book review: The Medicinal Chef

In 'The Medicinal Chef', Dale Pinnock teaches us how to combat 30 common ailments using simple and delicious grub. The book contains 80 different recipes divided by meal type, illustrated by mouthwatering photographs and colour coded by the ailments they promise to help. With easy to follow recipes that help a range of conditions like high cholesterol and anxiety, this book brings a whole new meaning to the expression ‘you are what you eat’.

Who wrote itDale Pinnock - aka TV’s Medicinal Chef - has created a name for himself through his interest in prescriptive “medicinal cookery”. Pinnock is a qualified nutritionist trained to degree level in both Nutritional and Herbal medicine, and is currently studying for a masters in Nutritional Medicine at the University of Surrey. He developed his...

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Book review: Easy Ways to Drop a Decade, Secrets from Harley Street

24
December
2012
Book review: Easy Ways to Drop a Decade, Secrets from Harley Street

Easy Ways to Drop a Decade, Secrets From Harley Street promises to hold the key to looking young for longer. That’s quite a promise, we’re sure you’ll agree, and with so many books and products on the market that promise the same thing but fail to deliver it’s easy to be sceptical. But with a celebrity following and expert advice, there’s something that sets this book apart from the others – and it’s not just the catchy title.

Who wrote it?Lesley Reynolds, co-founder of leading Harley Street Skin Clinic, has spent 20 years in the beauty business, helping women from all walks of life to look younger for longer. Having been inspired by her grandmother’s wartime homemade skincare products and cosmetics, her aim is to expose beauty myths ad teach women her own tried-and-tested methods to...

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Book review: Cut the Crap & Find Your Perfect Weight

28
November
2012
Book review: Cut the Crap & Find Your Perfect Weight

As the title might suggest, this book is all about no nonsense, straight-talking healthy eating. Deborah Morgan does not believe in diets and she does not mince her words and the result is a straight-forward approach to weight loss and long-term weight management. Oh, and quite an amusing read too.

Who wrote it?Deborah Morgan is a renowned health and weight loss coach. She is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Cognitive Behavioural Therapist determined to help people improve their quality of life by promoting good health. She has a private practice in Cheshire where she offers one to one weight management sessions, Colonic Hydrotherapy treatments and smoking cessation.

What’s it all about?“Cut the Crap & Find Your Perfect Weight” is a diet book determined to teach the world that diets...

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Book review: The Water Secret

13
November
2012
Book review: The Water Secret

The Water Secret claims to hold within its pages the key to taking control of the ageing process by improving the health of every cell in the body. Based on the belief that the secret to good health and a youthful appearance lies in the ability of each cell membrane to hold water, the book explains Dr Murad’s strategy for optimising cellular strength with a 10-step action plan, complete with meal plans and delicious recipes.

Who wrote it?Dr Howard Murad is a world-renowned dermatologist, trained pharmacist and Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at the Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. He has been hailed a beauty genius by ELLE magazine, one of the world’s most forward-thinking doctors by Vogue and the ‘Father of Internal Skincare’ by the International SPA Association....

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Book review: Honestly Healthy

12
November
2012
Book review: Honestly Healthy

Honestly Healthy aims to teach the world the healing and preventative properties of alkalizing foods. No idea what an alkalizing food is? Fear not, this book explains it all in two parts. The first part details the concept and benefits of an alkaline diet, while the second features over 100 easy, delicious and unusual alkaline recipes for you to try.

Who wrote it?Honestly Healthy is co-authored by Natasha Corrett and Vicki Edgson. Natasha Corrett is a gourmet vegetarian chef who teaches personal cooking lessons and gives demonstrations in alkaline cuisine as well as running wellbeing and lifestyle retreats in the UK and abroad. Vicki Edgson is a Harley Street nutritionist with 15 years experience practicing nutritional therapy. She has previously published six books and was one of the...

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Book review: Joy Bauer’s Food Cures

14
June
2012
Book review: Joy Bauer’s Food Cures

If you’ve ever needed a comprehensive guide on how to eat sensibly, this is the one book to have on your shelf. This textbook for eating right and feeling healthier is packed with both nutritional expertise and simple recipes, all while trying to add a few years onto your life by harnessing the power of good grub. If you suffer from particular ailments including cardiovascular disease or diabetes, or simply fancy improving the look of your hair and skin, this book will demonstrate what’s hot and what's not in the food world.

Who wrote it?

The author is Joy Bauer, who is renowned in America for her nutritional expertise. Her belief that we should be turning around bad eating habits to lead a better way of life has earnt her a prime spot in US television, and she has become a well-known...

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Book review: The Carb Lover’s Diet Cookbook

07
June
2012
Book review: The Carb Lover’s Diet Cookbook

Our book this week is The Carb Lover’s Diet Cookbook, which comprises over 150 scrumptious, carb-filled recipes. The cookbook is based on the New York Times bestseller, The CarbLover’s Diet, which revealed that eating your favourite carbohydrates – pasta, pizza, potato and bread – could actually help you feel healthier and look slimmer. If this showcase of scrumptious carb-loaded recipes doesn’t excite you then we don’t know what will…

Who wrote it?The cookbook is co-authored by Ellen Kunes and Frances Largeman-Roth. Ellen is currently Editor-in-Chief of Health magazine, Editorial Director of Health.com and author of Live Well – Or Even Better – On Less. Frances is a registered Dietician and Senior Food & Nutrition Editor at Health magazine, and is a nationally recognised health expert...

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Book review: The Clear Skin Cookbook

31
May
2012
Book review: The Clear Skin Cookbook

Our second book in our weekly Wahanda Book Club is - drumroll please... The Clear Skin Cookbook by Dale Pinnock! Working from the inside out, this book favours sensible eating over applying various creams onto the skin and trying to soothe it from the outside. By using food to fight problems from deep inside the digestive system where most of our skin woes often originate, it's changed our perception of what's on our plate. Instead of using it to fill up grumbling stomachs, use it refuel your skin’s system and reveal a brighter, healthier (maybe even younger-looking!) new you.

Who wrote it?

The author is Dale Pinnock, who at just 10 years old began to suffer with bad skin. While transferring from primary to secondary school can be hard for anyone, Dale had to grow up with problematic...

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Book review: The Ayurveda Bible

24
May
2012
Book review: The Ayurveda Bible

Welcome to the new Wahanda Book Club! With so many health, diet and exercise books on offer out there, we thought to ourselves - what could be better than having a dedicated blog where we bring only the best books to your attention? We’re hoping to become the health and wellness equivalent of Richard and Judy, maybe....

Our first book is The Ayurveda Bible, and if you’ve ever thought about re-thinking the way you approach your whole lifestyle then this book is a real gem for your bookcase. The ancient Indian practice of Ayurveda offers recommendations on diet, lifestyle and exercise to promote a feeling of wellbeing and to rebalance the body when feeling unwell. Completely natural, this old system is a modern way to de-stress and enjoy a brand new you.

Who wrote it?

The author is Anne...

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