Healthy living

Toxic Toxout -by Bruce Lourie, Rick Smith


Toxin Toxout Book cover

Toxin Toxout Book cover

Toxin Toxout: Getting Harmful Chemicals Out of Our Bodies and Our World by Bruce Lourie and Rick Smith is a really useful book for anyone who is looking to reduce the toxin levels in ones body. There are lots of toxins in the food we eat nowadays as many chemicals are used in the growth process of the food we consume.

Besides non- food items that we get in contact daily like the shampoo that we use to wash our hair, the plastic bags that we use to carry our purchases or even the skin care products that lather on may have toxins which we enter our bodies without our knowledge. How then can we remove these toxins from our body?

In the seven chapters in the book  Lourie and Smith share with their readers the different type of detoxification processes which they have  come across and the authenticity of each. 

From examining the different types of commonly used chemicals in most products,  the health effects behind the exposure to the chemicals and the amount of each chemical within our bodies. There are so many different types of detox mechanism being promoted by the media. Some of them boasting high levels of effectiveness and cost quite a heavy penny to go through the whole course.

Before throwing down your money or embarking on the next fad it would be wise to read the compilation of the TOP 10 Toxin Toxout list by Lourie and Smith. There are certain effective ways of detoxing without breaking the bank.

My thoughts

It is certainly terrifying learning that there are so many different toxins that we come into contact on a daily basis.  Triclosan, DEP, Methyl paraben and SLS are found in many items that we use on a daily basis. These  chemicals can cause cancers and various disorders to our health and hamper our lives in the long run.

Going natural and trying to eat  “clean” foods are certainly what we all should aim to do.  Seeking green alternatives, eating more vegetables and less meat will also reduce our exposure to these harmful toxins.

I’ve implemented  a few of those listed under the author’s top 10 lists and will be trying to up our organic intake of fruits and vegetables where possible. It is interesting to learn that sweating it out and exercising also helps to reduce the toxin levels in our bodies. This alone gives me more determination to exercise regularly and get the harmful chemicals which are in my body out.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own. This post has a compensation level of 3. Please visit Dominique’s Disclosure page for more information.

Stop the Torment by Joyce Lillis

Stop the Torment bookcover

Stop the Torment bookcover

Stop the Torment: Conquer Your Relationship with Food by Joyce Lillis talks about the love hate relationship many people (including me) have with Food.

In the 15  chapters in the book Joyce shares her own personal journey  in weight lost and how she has kept it off.  She has been on various diets through the past 25 years and her weight has yo-yo back and forth before she discovered how to get to her ideal weight and stay that way.

Many a times we overeat as we are not  in conscious  contact with  our own hunger needs.  Your inner food voice messes with you and cause you to rationalize your behaviour.  This results in overeating and leading to weight gain.

Eating due to emotional reasons is also a main cause of weight ballooning as we are not conscious of our eating habits. It causes a lot of stress and guilt and we are setting ourselves up for failure if we indulge in emotional eating.

Once we are back in control of our emotions it will be easier for us to get to our goal weight and maintain it there. The lost of weight and changes in their lifestyle can radically improve your lives.

There are several case studies being used in the books of her clients and how they have managed to get to their ideal weight and stay that way. Even though they may have slipped up after completing the program they do get back on track after further consultation with her.

Joyce shares in her book the 6 stages of change that one has to go through to reset their metabolism.

Stage 1-  Pre contemplation

Stage 2- Contemplation

Stage 3- Preparation

Stage 4- Action

Stage 5- Ongoing Maintenance

Stage 6- Learning from Relapse

She also shares a 10 point summary on how you can keep yourself at your desired weight.

Many a times it is your childhood habits and memories that result in your current eating habits. They can be changed once you know the root cause to your eating patterns and learn how to “listen” to your body.

My thoughts

We have been getting it all wrong by forcing ourselves to finish up our foods and stuffing ourselves with the notion of it is being bad to waste food.  While I was growing up I was constantly reminded that it is bad to waste food and there are many people starving as they do not have enough food to eat in order places in the world. As a result of having been forced to ” finish all the food” I have felt bad about leaving food on the plate.  However not anymore am I going to give into this notion of forced “self guilt” as it is has done more harm then good these years with over eating.

I haven’t been listening that well to my own body and as a result I have yet to get back to ideal weight even though Tiger girl is turning 4 this year. My weight seems to have plateau since last year and I have another 5-10kg to get to ideal weight.


This was certainly an interesting read and it does make me think more about how I want to tackle this weight lost regime that I have put myself on this year.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own. This post has a compensation level of 3. Please visit Dominique’s Disclosure page for more information.