The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days by Pooja Mottl

June 25, 2014 Book Reviews, Books 4 ★★★½

The 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days by Pooja MottlThe 3-Day Reset: Restore Your Cravings for Healthy Foods in Three Easy, Empowering Days
by Pooja Mottl
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)
Published by Seal Press
Genres: Cookbook
Source: Publisher
Eating healthy can be a struggle. It’s hard to pick broccoli and brown rice over hot, cheesy pizza, and 21- or 28-day diets often ask you to cut out different foods all at once, leaving you feeling deprived.

In 3-Day Resets, Pooja Mottl outlines 10 different ways to change your cravings and start eating whole, healthy foods—foods that are also delicious—three days at a time. Each reset takes 72 hours to complete and consists of three simple steps, which means you’ll be able to stay focused on healthy eating.

“Awareness” resets target your consumption of certain ingredients like sugar, wheat, and salt.

“Discovery” resets teach you new ways to drink beverages (including tea) and eat chocolate, yogurt, and chicken.

“Change” resets shift how you view eating breakfast, salads, and take-out.

Packed with delicious recipes and nutritional information to support why you should eat whole foods like quinoa instead of processed, frozen, or packaged foods, 3-Day Resets will set you on the path to healthy eating… and help you stay there for good.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Let’s just start this out with some honesty. I don’t feel like I’m very good at reviewing cookbooks, diet books, or self-help books. I so rarely read those type books; that I barely know where to start. I accepted this book for review because for one thing, I need to start eating healthier and two, something called a 3 Day Reset sounded manageable.

Let me tell you, when you tell me I can’t eat something, it only makes me want it more. I’ve been almost 10 months without bread (except for a couple slip ups and one deliberate mistake) and I still want it as badly as I did the first day. However, since I don’t want the migraines and the pain, I can usually bring myself around to NOT EAT THAT THING, whatever that thing may be. So, to pick something and eliminate it from my diet for 3 days, while not sounding that difficult, proved to be a huge mountain of difficult for me.

Which, incidentally, was great in helping me find my problem; I have no self-control. Please bear in mind; I did not do this necessarily to lose weight. I am not overweight; I’m only near the line of what is considered obese for my height. This is more about learning to eat healthier and teach my children to eat healthier. And should a few pounds come off, mores the better, right?

I love Mottl’s goal: “enjoy eating the way Mother Nature intended.” This is the way I want to eat! Mottl’s technique is pretty simple. A reset is basically changing some part of your diet for 3 days. Resets included in the book are sugar, salt, wheat, chocolate, yogurt, chicken, breakfast, beverages, salads, and take-out. Mottle calls these foods WAMP or Whole And Minimally Processed foods. Which foods are WAMP?

“WAMP foods are usually perishable. They won’t last too long on that top shelf in your pantry.

WAMP foods usually don’t come with ingredient labels. If they do, they’ll likely have fewer than five ingredients.

WAMP foods rarely have ad budgets. You’ll never see a commercial or advertisement for them.

WAMP foods don’t have “natural flavor” in their ingredient lists.

For the purposes of my review, I do not pick wheat since I did that ages ago, but picked salt. I rarely use salt anyway, so I thought it would be easiest. And boy was I wrong. Salt is in EVERYTHING. It’s in even more things than wheat. And it’s so obvious! Once you remove it from your diet, it doesn’t take long for you to detect it in food. For three days, my family and I had free, natural foods, spiced by hand (except salt! Natch!) and I, personally, did not miss the salt at all. In fact, I didn’t really like it after the reset was over.

In the case of salt, this technique worked great for me. It helped me recognize that salt is in so many foods and that I do not need it in my diet to be a happy eater. I can’t say that this technique would work for ME in other areas (I’m looking at you chocolate) but I’m willing to give it a shot. I’ll be using Mottl’s techniques to slowly (and hopefully) train myself to eat the way I want to eat. She makes it sound so easy, but I know all the work has to come from me. Wish me luck.

If you find this interesting, check out The 3-Day Reset — as well as the rest of the TLC Book Tour. And if you’d like to connect with Pooja, you can find her on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.





About Pooja Mottl


Pooja Mottl is a professionally trained Natural Foods Chef, Healthy Eating Coach, and Healthy Living Expert whose work has captivated audiences from Good Morning America to the Huffington Post.

She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, a world-renowned institution for pairing culinary training with health promoting food. Pooja also holds a certificate in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is an NSCA-CPT certified personal trainer.

Pooja advises private clients on healthy eating and has taught cooking classes at Whole Foods Market. She regularly blogs for the Huffington Post and Pooja has appeared on Good Morning America, WGN TV, Martha Stewart Radio,, the Green Festival, HuffPost Live, and a variety of additional media outlets.

Pooja lives and works in Greenwich, Connecticut. Mottl is a wife and proud mom to a baby girl named Valentina and a five-year-old, over-confident Brussels Griffon.



Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Book Cover Trends I Like

June 24, 2014 Meme 14

I love today’s topic! Because I am a total cover whore! I love me some good cover. And I have quite a few to share today!

It’s easy to say what I don’t like. I don’t like women with cut off heads, obscured heads, turned away heads. Publishers, GIVE US OUR HEADS! I don’t like busyiness. Give me simplicity any day. And I don’t like a cover that doesn’t evoke anything about the book. It has to fit with the story; it’s the first impression people!

So, here is what I do like!

 flamealphabet leavingthesea ruby




dropcap drowned swangondola

Pretty fonts!


And hot Kvothe, because, well, because I can. This one’s for you Katie!

What kind of covers do you like? What do you not like?

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

June 23, 2014 Books, Meme 13


Goooood morning and Happy Monday!!! Yes, I’m feeling chipper today and I have no idea why. Sometimes that’s the best kind of chipper to be. Maybe it’s my reading?

I worked all weekend on finishing The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. It’s a typical first novel, YA to boot, that had it’s problems, yet I was so surprised where she took the ending that I can’t wait to pick up the next one. If you give me the unexpected in an ending; I will love you for life. This is why I adore Libba Bray so much (see Gemma Doyle). It’s the only book I finished last week, since I was so exhausted by Ruby by Cynthia Bond.

This week, I’m reading Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy with the kiddos. It’s our bedtime book and so far, they beg me to keep reading every night. That’s a good the best sign that they love it. I’m rather enjoying it too!

Still listening to The Map Thief by Michael Blanding, which is every bit as good as I was expecting. I find myself feeling a little melancholy while listening because I wish my grandmother were still around to read this book. She adored maps and history, even had a few maps herself, and this would have fascinated her. I inherited so many things from her!

Most excitingly, I am reading The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness! I was so excited to score an eARC from NetGalley and it was all I could do not to drop everything and start it. I was a good girl, however, and finished up a book before starting. Now you know why I read all weekend! I’m not very far it, but I’m already feeling snarky.

Lastly, I hope to start on Delancey: A Man, a Woman, a Restaurant, and a Marraige by Molly Wizenberg. If you remember, I was reading a book called Spymistress last week, but it was just a little too dry for me for this time of year. I hope to go back to it this fall, but in the meantime, Delancey will hopefully be my “take a break from The Book of Life” book.

How was your reading week? Have any big plans for this week?


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Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von Arnim

June 20, 2014 Book Reviews, Books, eBooks 5 ★★★★½

Elizabeth and Her German Garden by Elizabeth von ArnimElizabeth and Her German Garden
by Elizabeth von Arnim
Published by Random House
on 1898
Pages: 207
Format: eBook
Buy the Book
"Elizabeth and Her German Garden," a novel by Elizabeth von Arnim, was popular and frequently reprinted during the early years of the 20th century. "Elizabeth and Her German Garden" is a year's diary written by Elizabeth about her experiences learning gardening and interacting with her friends. It includes commentary on the beauty of nature and on society, but is primarily humorous due to Elizabeth's frequent mistakes and her idiosyncratic outlook on life. The story is full of sweet, endearing moments. Elizabeth was an avid reader and has interesting comments on where certain authors are best read; she tells charming stories of her children and has a sometimes sharp sense of humor in regards to the people who will come and disrupt her solitary lifestyle.

I love my garden. I am writing in it now in the late afternoon loveliness, much interrupted by the mosquitoes and the temptation to look at all the glories of the new green leaves washed half and hour again in a cold shower.

This is less a garden than a wilderness.

I’m going to make one of those odd statements that I’m often afraid I’m the only one who gets, but it makes sense to me, so here goes. This book was both exactly what I was expecting, and nothing like I was expecting.

See? Doesn’t really make sense. But it does in my head, so I’m going with it.

You see, first off, I can’t tell if it’s a novel or a diary. If you read the description above from Goodreads, it calls it “a year’s diary written by Elizabeth.” Everything else I’ve looked at (Wikipedia, other reviews, and other websites) call it a novel. The protagonist is named Elizabeth. It is written in diary form. So which Elizabeth is it? The writer or the fictious character? A autobiographical novel? Novelised nonfiction? I’m going with fiction for now, until I see something of a life story about Mrs. Von Arnim.

The “novel diary” is a chronicle of the year of the life of the CHARACTER Elizabeth as she spends said year, in the late 1890s, in Germany. Elizabeth is a highly inquisitive character, who saying;

I believe all needlework and dressmaking is of the devil, designed to keep women from study.

I love this woman.

Elizabeth is content to putter in her garden, something unheard of for a woman of her station. She buys countless seeds for her garden, writing her pages and pages long diary entries, reading, and plays with her children when the mood strikes her. She calls her husband the Man of Wrath, but he seems to be quite the indulgant character.

The people round about are persuaded that I am, to put it as kindly as possible, exceedingly ecentric, for the news has travelled that I spend the day out of doors with a book, and that no moratl eye has ever yet seen me sew or cook. But why cook when you can get some one to cook for you?

What a happy woman I am living in a garden, with books, babies, birds, and flowers, and plenty of leisure to enjoy them.

I spent equal amounts of time envying Elizabeth, being annoyed by Elizabeth, marvelling at her gorgeous prose, and wishing she would just hurry the hell up. She waxes on and on about her beautiful garden, her life in the house, the Man of Wrath, her Spring babies, that at times you just want to tell her to shut up and get on with it. Her commentary on the beauty of nature is what makes the book. Plus, Elizabeth is something of a precious character, she knows she’s precocious, and she milks it. She’s the type of bumbling female character that inspires you to think her adorable and hilarious when she makes mistakes, but it can also eventually wear on the nerves.

She wore on my nerves.

But then she writes something like this:

From us they get a mark and a half to two marks a day, and as many potatoes as they can eat. The women get less, not because they work less, but because they are women and must not be encouraged.

They are like little children or animals in their utter inability to grasp the idea of a future; and after all, if you work all day in God’s sunshine, when evening comes you are pleasantly tired and ready for rest and not much inclined to find fault with your lot. I have no yet persuaded myself, however, that the women are happy. They have to work as hard as the men and get less for it; they have to produce offspring, quite regardless of times and seasons and the general fitness of things; they have to do this as expediously as possible, so that they may not unduly interrupt the work in hand; nobody helps them, notices them, or cares about them, least of all the husband. It is quite a usual thing to see them working in the fields in the morning, and working again in the afternoon, having in the interval produced a baby. The baby is left to an old woman whose duty it is to look after babies collectively.

You can’t help but love her a bit for this, right? She notices. She writes about it. She talks about it. Listen to this. This is to her husband!

“Poor, poor woman!” I cried, as we rode on, feeling for some occult reason very angry with the Man of Wrath. “And her wretched husband doesn’t care a rap, and will probably beat her to-night if his supper isn’t right. What nonsense it is to talk about the equality of the sexes when the woman have the babies!”

You gotta admire her spunk!

And she feels the restrictions on herself too, and doesn’t hesitate to remark on it:

I wish with all my heart I were a man, for of course the first thing I should do would be to buy a spade and go and garden, and then I should have the delight of doing everything for my flowers with my own hands and need not waste time explaining what I want done to somebody else.

I can only imagine her reaction when her husband says things like:

“I like to hear you talk together about the position of women,” he went on, “and wonder when you will realise that they hold exactly the position they are fitted for. As soon as they are fit to occupy a better, no power on earth will be able to keep them out of it. Meanwhile, let me warn you that, as things are now, only strong-minded women wish to see you the equals of men, and the strong-minded are invariably plain. The pretty ones would rather see men their salves than their equals.”

He goes on, but you get the drift.

All in all, Elizabeth and her German Garden is mostly a delight. While the gardening parts, while lovely ( “Oh, I could dance and sign for joy that the spring is here! What a resurrection of beauty there is in my garden, and of the brightest hope in my heart!”), the comments on society and class are by far the most interesting parts of the book. It’s well worth your time for it has definitely earned its place as a classic.

About Elizabeth von Arnim


Elizabeth, Countess Russell, was a British novelist and, through marriage, a member of the German nobility, known as Mary Annette Gräfin von Arnim.
Born Mary Annette Beauchamp in New Zealand while her family resided in Sydney, Australia, she was raised in England and in 1891 married Count Henning August von Arnim, a Prussian aristocrat, and the great-great-great-grandson of King Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia. By this marriage she became known as Elizabeth Gräfin von Arnim.

She had met von Arnim during an Italian tour with her father. They married in London but lived in Berlin and eventually moved to the countryside where, in Nassenheide, Pomerania, the von Arnims had their family estate. The couple had five children, four daughters and a son. The children’s tutors at Nassenheide included E. M. Forster and Hugh Walpole.

In 1898 she started her literary career by publishing Elizabeth and Her German Garden, a semi-autobiographical novel about a rural idyll published anonymously and, as it turned out to be highly successful, reprinted 21 times within the first year. Von Arnim wrote another 20 books, which were all published “By the author of Elizabeth and Her German Garden”.

Count von Arnim died in 1910, and in 1916 Elizabeth married John Francis Stanley Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, Bertrand Russell’s elder brother. The marriage ended in disaster, with Elizabeth escaping to the United States and the couple finally agreeing, in 1919, to get a divorce. She also had an affair with H. G. Wells.

She was a cousin of Katherine Mansfield (whose real name was Kathleen Mansfield Beauchamp).

Elizabeth von Arnim spent her old age in London, Switzerland, and on the French Riviera. When World War II broke out she permanently took up residence in the United States, where she died in 1941, aged 74




Top Ten Tuesday – My Summer TBR List

June 17, 2014 Books, Lists, Meme 12

It has taken me ALL DAY, but dangnabit I’m going to post this. I love lists too much to ignore it. It will just have to be a barebones, stripped-down version (as in no pictures. Sorry!).

Here is a list of 10 books I HOPE to read this summer. It is by no means comprehensive. It is likely to change within 10 minutes of my hitting publish. But here it is:

1. The Green Mile by Stephen King. I know I previously said I wanted to tackle another King this summer, but a review pushed this one to the forefront. Plus, I adored the movie. God, I miss Michael Clarke Duncna.

2. The Dollmaker by Harriet Arnow.  For The Estella Project this summer. It sounds fabulous. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of it!

3. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. There were two different books by Stegner on The Estella Project list, this one and Crossing to Safety. My library has Angle of Repose, so it wins.

4. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. Another, and last, for The Estella Project and also so Andi will be happy. She’s read so many books I’ve recommended to HER lately, that it’s time I read some of hers. This one has gone on long enough. Andi is usually right about books I’ll like and she insists I’ll love this one.

5. Middlemarch by George Eliot. I really need to just go on and start this one. (*digs in heels*)

6. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman. I managed to score an ARC. Plus, hello! It takes place in a book shop? I’m there. Plus, this paragraph from the first few pages:

“Because, after all, the fellow who invented the guillotine was a man of medicine,” he continued, restoring books to the shelves, riffling their pages to kick forth the old-paper aroma, which he inhaled before pushing each volume flush into its slot.


7. Where the Mountains Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. My daughter ALMOST got this book this past weekend and I rather wish she had. The book feels so lovely in your hand! And the story sounds fantastic. She may be getting it soon anyway!

8. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness. FINALLY! The last one!! Will be reading with Andi. VERY SOON.

9. The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. Another to blame on Andi.

10. Wicked by Gregory Maguire. Blame this one on Idina Menzell. I want to listen to the music from the Broadway play and I’m afraid of spoilers and also not knowing what is going on. Damn your amazing voice! lol

So, that’s a small sampling of all the books I hope to read this summer. What’s on your list?



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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading This Week?

June 16, 2014 Books, Meme 8

Good morning Friends and hello again Monday, you sly dog. You always sneak up on me.

First and foremost, thank you to everyone who stopped by with reading suggestions for my daughter this past weekend! We took the list to the bookstore and she picked out a couple Nancy Drew mysteries. AND we got The Call of the Wild for bedtime. I’m sure you can imagine how happy this makes me! We have lots of reading plans for this summer, all of which tickle me to death.

 As for my reading, I AM ALMOST FINISHED with Ruby. I have like 50 pages left. That stinker Andi finished up yesterday and emailed me to say OH MY GAWD. And that is all she will say! Gah! I ripped through over 100 pages last night, but didn’t quite finish and it’s driving me CRAZY. I bet you know what I’ll be doing during my lunch break

Next, I couldn’t hold out any more. I just had to get The Map Thief some how. I finally caved by using an Audible credit for it. And I am so glad I did. I’ve been dying to read this one since I first heard of it and so far it does not disappoint.

Still slogging through Spymistress. I’m finding it a bit dry and less READ ME RIGHT NOW than my other two books. Don’t get me wrong, it’s INTERESTING, it just hasn’t grabbed me yet. I’ll give it a few more pages.

As for the rest of the week, I hope to finish up The Map Thief and move on to Lavinia by Ursula K. Le Guin, my first book by her. It is read by Alyssa Bresnahan, who read Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr. I JUST LOVE HER, so I’m really excited to hear her read this one. After Ruby, I’m thinking I’ll need something a little lighter on the brain, so I’m looking at The Madman’s Daughter by fellow North Carolinian Megan Shepherd. I’m sure I’ll still be having with Vera, so I have no plans for what I’ll read after I finish Spymistress. All in all, I think I have a great lineup going on right now!

What are your plans for the week? What are you reading now? Have a great week!


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Summer Reading

June 14, 2014 Books 21


Schools out. Summer’s on. And suddenly, I seem to have a Ten-Year-OLD reader on my hands. Yes, my reluctant reader has discovered she loves to read. Thank you Walter Farley. So, before I go all crazy and start throwing every favorite children’s book I have at her head and scaring her off, I come to you, my humble friends, for recommendations.

What are your kids reading? What were you reading at 10? Best I can remember, I was reading Judy Blume, but I don’t think she’s quite mature enough for Margaret. She’s still in her stuffed animal phase. And she’s more into “real” things, so Harry Potter is out. For now, anyway. I’m thinking of The Secret Garden, a few of her favorite Black Stallion books, and maybe Treasure Island, but I also want to push her envelope just a little bit. Alice in Wonderland to warm her up to magic? Harriet the Spy? So, any suggestions? All are welcome!



We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

June 13, 2014 Book Reviews, Books 7 ★★★★½

We Were Liars by E. LockhartWe Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Goodreads)
Published by Delacorte Press
on May 13th 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 240
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Wow. Just…wow.

Go into it blind. Get it right now. Before it’s spoiled for you. Just read it. Since I AM NOT going to be the one to spoil it, that’s all I’m going to say. Except to say, pick a time when you can read it straight through. You are NOT going to want to put down this study of wealth, priviledge, love, hate, prejudice, greed, and mystery.

About E. Lockhart


E. Lockhart is the author of We Were Liars, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, The Boyfriend List and several other novels.



Graphic Novel Reviewlettes: Y: the Last Man, Saga, Lazarus

June 12, 2014 Book Reviews, Books 4


I had a few I wanted to say a brief bit about, so I combined them into one post. You’re welcome.

Y: The Last Man Deluxe Edition 1 by Brian K. Vaughn

To hear this series described, you can only imagine that a guy decided to write about what it would be like to actually BE the last man on earth. Because that’s what it’s about; the last man on earth. And a hell of a lot of paranoia on the part of the women folk. A plague of some sort, no one knows where it came from, has killed every masculine member of a species on Earth, except Yorick and his pet monkey Ampersand. Yorick just wants to find the love of his life, who went hiking in Australia. His mother, suddenly the President of the United States, has other ideas for him. So do a LOT of other women.

Y the Last Man Deluxe Edition 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

Edition 2 continues the story of Yorick and Ampersand and their lives as the only males left on Earth.

Do you know how tempted I am to just say, “and hijinks ensue?”

But they do. Women are after these boys. Doctors, armies, Presidents, mothers. Amazons. TRUE AMAZONS. Yes, women with one breast and a penchant for bows and arrows. *whispers* they want them dead! However, these boys are on a mission. Towed along by two women, one a doctor and one a mercenary, they are on a trip across country to get to a lab where the doctor hopes to figure out why they survived when no one else did.

Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

Am I the only one who hates reviewing books in the middle of a series? I mean, why should you care what this one is about if you haven’t read the other two? So, I will say this: Volume 3 is excellent if you’ve read the other two. If you haven’t, GET ON ALL THREE. It’s a rocking space opera of a story and you can’t help but love it. It’s got flying space trees, an interspecies love affair, and really awesomely cute baby, and more. Fun, fun, fun. And the drawing is absolutely crazy amazing. Three was a little bit of a let down after all the anticipation, for me, but that’s my own fault. It was still awesome.

Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family by Greg Rucka

I know what you’re thinking. Okay, no I don’t, because I bet you don’t know what this is about. I didn’t before I read it. But it’s something that is fast approaching overdone. Dystopian, questionable government, slim resources, and…unusual…people hanging around. So NOW I know what you are thinking. What makes this one different? Well, besides the obvious, it being a graphic novel, the Romeo and Juliet overtones made it super interesting to me. Dystopian Romeo & Juliet FTW!