Book Review: The Adrenal Reset Diet

“The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney. They produce hormones that you can’t live without, including sex hormones and cortisol. Cortisol helps you respond to stress and has many other important functions. With adrenal gland disorders, your glands make too much or not enough hormones.” – National Institutes of Health

Sounds like a pretty important body part to keep healthy, eh?


I picked up the book, The Adrenal Reset Diet (affiliate link), because for years I’ve heard various people say that adrenal imbalance is the root cause of a myriad of issues from fatigue to weight gain. Author Alan Christianson, NMD lays our a solid plan to correct adrenal imbalance including shopping lists, menus and recipes.

Like most diets, much of the plan is common sense. But there are some startling suggestions that go completely against the grain. For example, the author asserts that eating fewer calories isn’t necessarily the answer to losing weight. He also suggests that eating carbs in the morning is a bad idea. This means no oatmeal for breakfast!

What I love about this book is that Christianson doesn’t just tell you what you should be eating, or doing, he explains the science behind his suggestions.  He suggests that unripe bananas are healthier than ripe bananas because they are “high in resistant fiber, which lowers appetite, stabilizes blood sugar and helps weight loss.” (p. 216)  Interesting, eh?

All in all, the plan Christianson lays out seems sound.  It’s worth trying.

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

Radiation Cream for Breast Cancer Reviews, Part 2 | Battling Bertha

Taking a break from the 30 Women Who Mean Business Series today to share part 2 of my radiation cream for breast cancer video reviews.  Part 1 was filmed 6 months, ago!

I have had a box of radiation creams on my desk, waiting for me to film this second video, for 6 months.  Yes, 6 months.

Radiation Therapy is tough, and I am still feeling the effects months later.  The main culprit is fatigue.  I seem to have more ambition than energy.  Also, I still have fluid in my breast that was evident on my CT scan after surgery.  My blood work is within the “fine” range though my white blood cell count has been consistently low for several months.  Just not low enough to cause alarm for the oncologist.  I do have a PET scan scheduled this week.

All that aside, I filmed this video today to share my experience with different radiation relief creams:


CAUTION: Do not use any product on your breast or armpit in the three hours prior to your radiation therapy. The radiation could react with the cream and that’s not good. Also, you should not shave your armpits until you have completed all your treatments.


And the best overall radiation cream for breast cancer is:


Ann’s Herbals Herbal Salve is a wonderful radiation cream for breast cancer.

Better Blog Graphics with Canva

Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks.

I’ve been using Corel Paint Shop Pro (affiliate link) for years. Fifteen years. I was an ardent believer that it was the only graphic program I needed.

My husband and daughter, both artists, prefer Adobe Photoshop (affiliate link) and a few months ago I finally broke down and tried it.  After getting over the initial frustration of learning a new program I decided I liked it better than PSP.

Honestly, though, it isn’t really what I needed.

What I really needed was a program I could use to quickly and easily make better blog graphics than I was creating with PSP and PS.

I stumbled upon Canva, an online graphic design solution.  It is fabulous!  There was a learning curve and I had to do a lot of trial and error before I got the gist of it. Now that I know what I am doing, I can create a better blog graphic in a few minutes. I upload my photos, add text and my logo and then download the image.

I think the results speak for themselves.

I made this with PSP:

Blog Graphic created with Paint Shop Pro

Blog Graphic created with Paint Shop Pro

And this with Canva:

Better Blog Graphic made with Canva.

Better Blog Graphic made with Canva.

It may take a little time to get used to it, but if you want to make better blog graphics, give Canva a try.

"the life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo

Book Review: “the life-changing magic of tidying up”

In October, I was introduced to a brilliant website called Blogging for Books.  I was quite excited.  I would be allowed to choose a title to read, free of charge, in exchange for a posting a book review on my blog.  Isn’t that a brilliant idea?

I quickly found my first title:  “the life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo.  It was touted as an international best seller, having sold over 2 million copies.  The cover of the book is beautiful, and very Zen.  Much as I would expect from a book with “the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing” as a subtitle.

"the life-changing magic of tidying up" by Marie Kondo

“the life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo

In October, I spent a few days in the hospital due to a port-a-cath infection which basically threw off my entire month.  And there was a shipping glitch at Blogging for Books that delayed the receipt of the book.  So, I didn’t actually start to read it until November.

I had high hopes.

If you have ever watched a video I’ve filmed in my office, you know I am not the neatest freak in geekdom.

I was looking for something within the pages that would inspire me to declutter permanently.  Here is a sample of what I did find:

“I visited the home of a client in her fifties…  when she pulled open her sock drawer, I could not suppress a gasp.  It was full of potato-like lumps that rolled about.  She had folded back the tops to form balls and tied her stocking tightly in the middle.  I was speechless.” (p. 80-81)

This is exactly how I organize my socks and stockings. I could only imagine the disapproving sounds the author would make when she opened my drawer.  My Korean grandmother made those noises.  I am quite familiar with them.

Here is another passage, this time about bathroom organization:

“I once bought a wire basket big enough to fit all the soaps, shampoos, and even facial masks used by my family.  My delight at this convenient item as short-lived…  One day I noticed that the shampoo bottle was red and slimy on the bottom.  Examining the rack, I saw that it was so covered in slime I could not bear to look at it.  Almost in tears, I scrubbed the wire rack clean…” (p. 157)

I am looking for decluttering tips, not a treaties on how to become OCD.

I could not finish this book and I do not recommend it.

I am very grateful to Blogging for Books for the chance to discover a technique that isn’t for me.  Maybe the clutter is just who I am?

You weigh in on clutter.  In or out?  How do you manage your piles?