FEATUREOctober 2016

Book Review: How to “Lighten Your Load”



lchaim-book-review-1016By Mimi Pollack


In today’s world, many of us lead very busy lives, and there are many self help books out there to help people find ways to cope. However, it is nice to find one that gives concise advice on ways to make your life less stressful, healthy and even lighten your footprint on the planet.

Karen Kiser’s new book, “Lighten Your Load” gives precise and helpful information on these subjects. The book is divided into eight chapters and features 35 surprisingly simple ways to free yourself from stress, toxins, and clutter. There are chapters like “Lightening your Cellular, Physical, and Stress Load,” as well as “Your Load on the Planet.”

“I’ve worked with hundreds of women over the years, and I’ve done a lot of listening,” Kiser said. “What comes up over and over is stress. We’re overworked or overscheduled. We may exercise and eat pretty well, yet still have several pounds that won’t budge. We’re tired. We often don’t sleep well. Something about our lives feels ‘off’. I know all about stress. I used to work 70+ hours a week. I used to think the formula for success and happiness was to just work harder and get more done.”

“However, I don’t do that anymore. I lightened my load. I now teach others to do the same. For the last three years I’ve created group programs to help my Pilates clients detox, declutter and de-stress their lives. I wrote the book to be able to help even more people lighten their load and live lives of joy, radiant health and sustainability, for themselves and for the planet”.

One of the chapters that I found most helpful was the one on lightening your cellular load because it reinforced practices I already do, which are, drink plenty of water throughout the day, start your day with water and lemon [I also add a few drops of apple cider vinegar], do a cleanse every month or two, dry brush your body, sweat to allow toxins out, open your windows to let fresh air in, breathe deeply and of course, move your body or exercise.

I actually don’t cleanse, but I do drink veggie smoothies and instead of dry brushing daily, I use a salt scrub once a week because exfoliation is important.

“For best results, I recommend people read through the entire book first, since the strategies in each chapter build on each other. Then feel free to go back and put into action whichever strategies resonate the most”.

For Kiser, the main takeaway of the book is to make just a few simple changes, do them consistently over time, and you will find they can have a massive impact on your health and happiness. She says not to be fooled by ‘simple’ because sometimes it’s the simple things that can really transform your life in a positive way.

Her book is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle editions, and on her website.

There’s also a free gift on her website, called “The 5 Hidden Causes of Nearly Everything That’s Not Working in Your Life…and What To Do About Them.”


For more information, visit www.KarinKiser.com.


BOOK FAIR: Politics, Sex And Rock ‘N’ Roll To Entice Audiences at 22nd annual San Diego Jewish Book Fair

Saturday, October 29 – Sunday, November 6, 2016, Presented by the San Diego Center for Jewish Culture

The internationally recognized San Diego Jewish Book Fair celebrates its 22nd year with an intriguing mix of more than 30 leading authors in their fields including: Jennifer Weiner, Rich Cohen, Shep Gordon, Samuel M. Katz, Todd Buchholz, Dov Waxman, Daniel Oppenheimer, Nina Tassler, Peter Himmelman and Fred Kaplan. This year’s lineup strikes a balance of arts and intellect, ideas and imagination, history and humor, and also will include spirited discussions about cyber wars, politics, the economy and the military. For those seeking a quiet escape from the daily grind, READ-JUVINATION will be a special day focusing on mind, balance and body.

To launch the San Diego Jewish Book Fair, a preview event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, with #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, author of soon-to-be-released, Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing. Weiner is a hilarious and honest author with 14 novels to her credit including Good in Bed and In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture. The event will be held at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, JACOBS FAMILY CAMPUS, in the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla. Tickets are $32/$27 (JCC members), which includes a copy of Hungry Heart hot off the presses!

The Book Fair will take place at four locations, opening at the JCC in La Jolla. North County events are scheduled at Temple Solel in Cardiff. On November 5, at the Carlsbad Village Theater, the Book Fair will present a special evening with entertainment insider Shep Gordon at 7 p.m.. On November 6, Leichtag Commons, (Leichtag Ranch) in Encinitas will present “Foodies on the Farm.” This multi-chef morning is a foodie’s dream come true. Join us for one or all three of these creative and culinary stars as they entertain, demonstrate and delight us with old-world Jewish classics and new-age methods. Also, on November 6 closing events will take place at the JCC.

Headlining the closing events on November 6 at the JCC will be Helen Kiyong Kim and Noah Leavitt, JewAsian: Race, Religion, and Identity for America’s Newest Jews, a closer look at the day-today-lives of mixed families in America, and at 7pm, Fred Kaplan, a Pulitzer–Prize winning journalist, in Conversation with NPR’s Brooke Gladstone, as they discuss cyber attacks and how we are fighting these kinds of wars in his book, Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.


A complete list of authors and events, programs, tickets, and prices can be found at www.sdjbf.org, or call the JCC Box Office at (858) 362-1348. The book fair is open to the entire San Diego community.


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