$50 OFF Audible Deal + Audiobook Recommendations for Dog Lovers

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Prime Day is finally coming (Oct 13-14) but you don’t have to wait to claim some some epic deals!

If you are an Amazon Prime Member you can get $50 OFF an Audible membership NOW and get 12 audiobooks of your choice!

You get all 12 Audible credits up front rather than being limited to 1 per month. You own your entire Audible Library for life, even if you cancel your membership in the future.

If you aren’t already a Prime Member, go here to snag a FREE 30-Day trial membership now so you can take advantage of all the savings for the big event.

Learn more about Prime and sign up for a 30-Day Free Trial here.

An annual Audible membership is usually $149 but with this Prime Day Deal you’ll get a year of audiobooks for just $99.

I’m an audiobook fanatic and this is the BEST Audible discount I’ve seen in ages, so don’t miss it.

Use this link to claim your discounted Audible membership by 10/14.

 

Audiobook Suggestions for Dog Lovers

If you need some suggestions for which audiobooks to choose, here are some recommendations for dog lovers to get you started!

Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog

The Art of Racing in the Rain

Love Is All You Need: The Revolutionary Bond-Based Approach to Educating Your Dog

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

Want to find more great audiobooks? Visit this page to claim the $50 OFF Audible deal now and start listenting!

Book for Dog Lovers: The Dog Lady of Mexico

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been spending a LOT of time reading recently. I’ve always been a book-lover and avid reader, but since the coronavirus shutdown, I’ve been devouring just about every book I can get my hands on.

Most recently, I’ve been reading The Dog Lady of Mexico by Alison Sawyer Current. It’s a fictional novel, based on a true story. It’s heartwarming, inspiring, and sure to tug at the heartstrings of dog lovers and animal rescue supporters everywhere.

From the book’s back cover

Rose’s lifelong dream was to move to a tropical paradise and continue her work as an artist. She imagined waking up by the ocean, sipping her coffee on the beach and heading to her pottery studio. There she would spin sun-drenched inspirations while her husband would share his passion for food at his ocean side cantina. It was all coming together for Rose when a good deed changed her life forever. Little did she know that this small favor would gradually become an obsession that she could not ignore. Take a trip with The Dog Lady of Mexico – a fictional novel based on a true story. Follow this heart-wrenching journey of love, loss and survival while building an animal rescue on the tiny island of Isla Mujeres in Mexico.

Part of the book sale proceeds will go to support Isla Animals, the rescue organization Alison founded in Mexico in 2004.

The Dog Lady of Mexico is available in paperback here, and is also currently FREE to read with Kindle Unlimited.

If you haven’t done so already, you can sign up here for 2 months FREE of Kindle Unlimited ($19.98 value). You get unlimited access to over 1 million books, magazines, audio narration, and more. And you don’t need a Kindle device…read on any phone, tablet, PC or device using the Kindle app.

Always Eat After 7 PM Book Review Wrap Up

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Over the past several weeks, I’ve been trying out the diet plan in the book Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion.

If you missed the previous updates, you can read them here:

I’ve had several weeks to review the book, try out the plan and recipes since receiving my review copy, and overall I’m pleased. The plan is easy to follow and you can eat more carbs than some of my previous diets have allowed. I really enjoyed trying out some new recipes and there are still lots more that I’ve bookmarked. Braised Cuban Flank Steak is next on my list!

I’ve lost about 7 pounds so far which might seem slow to some of you, but is great for me. I find from experience that if I lose weight too quickly, I just put it back on again. I’ve been looking for something that I can stick to long-term. This book includes sample meal plans, menus and food lists along with the recipes, so there is plenty here to keep me going.

What makes this diet different than others is that we’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed. But the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal.

In addition to not avoiding all carbs, a couple of things that make the diet do-able are: the overall variety of food choices, and that it doesn’t require eating breakfast (I don’t do breakfast, except for brunch on special occasion).

From the book:

 “Fact is, most diets are extremely narrow with regard to food choices and variety, and many even limit entire macronutrients altogether over the course of the entire program (think low-carb and low-fat diets). Three months with no carbs? No thanks. Such practices not only are entirely unnecessary, but make for a miserable, unsustainable experience.”

and

“Those who ate breakfast ended up eating about 260 calories more a day, the review found. Those who skipped breakfast were about one pound lighter than those who ate breakfast. These findings led the researchers to conclude that eating breakfast isn’t necessarily a good strategy for losing weight. The science isn’t really there. Breakfast could very well be the least important meal of the day.”

The Always Eat After 7 PM plan consists of: The 14-day Acceleration Phase to kick-start the program and see rapid results, The Main Phase where you’ll learn exactly which foods to eat when in order to achieve your weight-loss goals, and The Lifestyle Phase to keep the weight off for good.

 

If you’d like to try it for yourself, Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.

Must Watch: How to Stream ‘Just Mercy’ for Free This Month

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To help everyone learn and understand more about the systemic racism that plagues our country and legal system, Warner Bros. has made Just Mercy free to rent on digital streaming platforms this month. The film is rated PG-13, and it’s an important movie for families to watch together and discuss.

Just Mercy was adapted from the book of the same name and the film follows the story of civil-rights attorney Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan) as he fights to overturn the wrongful murder conviction of Walter McMillian (Jamie Foxx) and free him from death row.

Bryan Stevenson is a Harvard graduate who founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to criminal justice reform, racial justice, and public education.

Walter McMillan was released from death row in 1993 after the Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that he had been wrongfully convicted in 1988. He died in 2013.

Author Interview: Always Eat After 7 PM by Joel Marion

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If you missed my earlier post, I’m currently reading ​Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion. I promised to keep you updated, and I’m back with some more info including a Q & A with the author.

I decided to try this rule-breaking diet because I’ve been struggling to lose weight and the plans that worked in the past haven’t been working for me recently. This diet is a really different approach, so I decided to shake things up and give it a shot!

Based on surprising science, Always Eat After 7 PM debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense food cravings. We’ve been traditionally taught to avoid carbs, have an early dinner, and never eat before bed, but the fact is, the latest scientific research shows us this earlier model is not the most ideal. The most challenging times to curb hunger are just before bed and in the morning. By following the Always Eat After 7PM program, you have the most willpower to stay on the diet because you are eating during the hours when you are most hungry. This also puts you into both intermittent fasting increasing testosterone and your metabolism, while putting you into ketosis.

One interesting thing I’ve learned from the book so far is related to thyroid function and why it might be better to eat later in the day than some other diets suggest: “Avoiding carbohydrates and restricting calories later in the day can have an adverse effect on your thyroid hormones, which play a major role in metabolism. When the thyroid fails to secrete enough of the hormones that control metabolism, this can trigger symptoms like fatigue, depression, weight gain, thinning hair, and dry skin.”

Best-selling author and fitness expert, Joel Marion

What inspired you to write the book?
After authoring 6 best selling books it was glaringly obvious there were 2 huge misconceptions about dieting that needed to be exposed. The first is that you can’t eat late at night or before bed, which science now shows is NOT true. And second, you can’t eat large portions that satisfy your natural instinct. This book solves both these problems by providing an evidence-based, enjoyable approach to dieting that can be used by any person to quickly achieve their weight loss goals.

What was the most surprising discovery when you were researching scientific data for the diet?
That almost everything my college education and certifications taught me was NOT grounded in published scientific research.

How difficult is the Always Eat After 7 PM plan to follow?
It’s not. And that’s exactly why I wrote the book. While any diet is never truly easy, it can be more enjoyable and much easier to adhere to when you understand how Always Eat After 7pm works because it caters to our bodies natural instincts.

Always Eat After 7 PM: The Revolutionary Rule-Breaking Diet That Lets You Enjoy Huge Dinners, Desserts, and Indulgent Snacks—While Burning Fat Overnight by Joel Marion is now available to purchase. Learn more about the book and how to purchase here.