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Book Review: Super Genes: Unlock the Astonish Power of Your DNA

As a book reviewer, I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging For Books to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation and as always my review and opinion is 100% my own. Links within the post are affiliate links (read full disclosure).

I had high hopes for this book. I really respect Deepak Chopra as a thoughtful mind in the mind/body arena. I think though the last time I read a book by him it was Ageless Body, Timeless Mind…which was in 1993. So maybe I don’t remember his writing style or maybe since Super Genes was also written by Rudolph Tanzi, the writing was a giant leap for me to get over. I had to skip past the first 80 pages, which is essentially Part 1 of the book, until I could get my head around relating to any concepts the authors were trying to express.

At page 80 though, we finally got to some ideas that I can understand, and this section is Part 2 of the book.

Diet: How the “laissez-faire taken toward fast food by many Americans(p87)” is doing us more harm than we think. It’s not all about calories and fat my friends. Inflammation response in your body after eating fast food, can last 5 hours! And we have been hearing a lot about inflammation as the cause to so many of our problems. BUT they point out, we can counteract inflammatory foods by eating non-processed foods with them, and the book offers Easy Choices, Harder Choices, and Experimental Choices for people to take to try to change their diet for the better.

This Easy, Harder, Experimental Choice theme repeats itself in the book, with other topics like:

  • Stress
  • Exercise
  • Meditation
  • Sleep
  • Emotions

In each there is definite scientific analysis going on, so it can get technical to slog through, but I like that they were basing their suggestions on actual studies that were done.

Finally, Part 3 of the book speaks to the title of the book: connecting the brain and body, summarizing with:

Cooperate with your body’s wisdom.
Don’t oppose your body’s wisdom.
Increase your body’s wisdom (p230).

Wisdom being knowledge from experience. Your body’s wisdom. And they go on to speak of the 9 essentials of cells and when one is out of whack, it can set your whole body out of sorts. Hmmm. Stuff to think about for sure here, and much of it is “big-head” thinking. But this chapter gets into the adaptation of our cells that can modify its DNA as it adapts to its environment (whew!).

I think the concepts are here in this book and solid and super interesting. Genetics are so fascinating as they approach our own understanding of serious diseases like Cancer or Alzheimer’s. But I teach college students how to perform research for my “day job” and this book is sort of geared toward research or a higher level of reading than a general audience. If you enjoy facts and figures and science behind your non-fiction reading, then you may enjoy this. For now I can only give it a light recommendation for an everyday read.

As a book reviewer, I received a copy of this book for free from Blogging For Books to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation and as always my review and opinion is 100% my own. Links within the post are affiliate links (read full disclosure).

#MondayMatinee Book Giveaway: The Last Chance Matinee

UPDATE: Giveaway closed

Hey there friends and loyal readers! I am giving on lucky reader a chance to win a signed, hardcopy of this wonderful book by Mariah Stewart. 
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This is so Easy! Stop by this post (where I reviewed the book) and leave a comment over there on WHY you want to win a signed copy of this book!

Done. The giveaway ends on April 10th, IS OVER so comment away- only once per person please!

This is a #MondayMatinee Giveaway: Follow XOXO After Dark on Twitter (@xoxoafterdark) Mondays in April to see which blogs on the blog tour will host a giveaway for The Last Chance Matinee: April 3, 10, 17, 24!

*I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*

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Ultimate Coffee Chat: April Edition

ultimate coffeeGood morning friends!

I miss you. You know who you are! I woke up at 3 a.m. not able to sleep (what is THAT about?!) and remembered that I had to write up all the things for this morning’s Ultimate Coffee! So without further ado, let’s chat!

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If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am on DONE with the Advocare 24-Day Challenge!

It was super easy and super fast…but WHY, when I followed it to a T and my husband, sort of, kind of followed it, did he lose all the weight?! Men I think, can lose weight way more easily than women. Not that I was solely tried to lose weight, but I wouldn’t have complained (wink)!24-Day Challenge

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that I am all signed up and ready to run the Shape Women’s 1/2 Marathon in NYC this month!

I can’t quite believe it, and I am not ready at all- I have barely been running, but I had the opportunity to actually run a race with a friend, and that has been high on my list of things that I’ve wanted to do! I have never been to Central Park- at least that I remember- so I am looking forward to it. I also love the idea that this is women’s only and they are using the race to coordinate with The Walk in Her Shoes (read about it here) project with CARE, whose mission it is ” to fight poverty and empower women and girls around the world.” Awesome- I hope they raise a lot of a half marathon

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that last month, my boys had a birthday & so did my husband~

It was party, party, party around here. Actually not really! For the first time ever, I didn’t have a party for the boys (like the last Minion’s Themed one). They just had a couple of their besties over for a night of bowling and pizza (or pasta) and cake. Can I just tell you how much I enjoy NOT having, planning, or paying for a huge kids’ party. They just take the fun right out of it for me sometimes! This year, we didn’t have a bizillion presents or cake for days or broken bank accounts. I highly recommend NOT doing a party if you can get away with it!boys birthday

If we were having coffee I’d tell you that it is still snowing here. It is like the ultimate-April fool’s joke~

Well, at least it didn’t stick around too long, and I didn’t have to pull out the snow-pants, so it just may be here, my friends! Spring just may be finally here. Sigh. Yes!

That’s it-  I hope you have a wonderful rest of your Saturday and great Sunday tomorrow! Happy April! I am linking up with my other bloggers this morning over at

Thanks for coming by to chat~

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