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Doubling Down May Be Why We’re All Burnt Out

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Double Down is the book I wish someone would have gifted me when I graduated from high school. It would have given me much more focus and perspective on how to maximize my time in college, my internship and early …

If You're Telling Me to Eat This and Not That, It's a Diet!

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I received a copy of Eat Fat, Get Fit for free in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.

My biggest challenge with deciding to stay in Hawaii after giving it a trial run two winters ago was what to do about my books. Everyone’s all, just buy them again. OK, but I still need to do something with the actual books I left in Brooklyn. I also don’t want to buy them up again. Most of them I got for free or bought them used, and I feel like it’ll cost the same to buy them as to having them shipped to me. I packed them up in the pre-paid post office boxes last November and I’m still waiting for them.

In the meantime, I soothe my anguish with my Kindle unlimited subscription along with the books I get to read for free in exchange for honest reviews. I plan on getting a library card, but since I don’t know how to return books on time, paying for a Kindle subscription is the same as paying all those fines to the Brooklyn Public Library over the years. Either way, it’s all been worth it.

There’s a growing trend in online business marketing where instead of or in addition to creating newsletter optins and webinars, you write an ebook to build your audience. While you’re offering value in the ebook, the goal is to get people on your site and investing with you at a significantly higher level. While I’m curious as to how someone goes from buying an ebook for 2.99 to investing ten times that much in a program, ebooks are a smart marketing move for online business owners who want to grow their audience. Published authors have more credibility, even if they self-publish.

The book I’m going to talk about today is one of those books.

If you’re a health coach or wellness practitioner and would like to write a book to grow your business, check out fellow IIN grad, digital content creator, and Facebook ad strategist Halona Black’s Planning, Writing, and Publishing Business Building Ebooks: Business Owner’s Smart & Simple Series


Adulting: Are we doing it wrong? Mondays with Melissa is an ongoing conversation about adulthood and the continuous pursuit of personal growth.

Melissa’s working it out in real time, and some of it won’t be pretty.

Join the conversation in the comments. If you’d like to be a guest, let me know your topic in the comments (leave your email in the box that only I will see) and I’ll be in touch.

On Twitter,  I’m @HoneyBHolistic Use hashtags #FlawsOutClawsOut, #MotormouthMelissa or #MondayswithMelissa

What Are You Reading?


I have over 50 books on my reading list and counting, and below are some of them. If you’ve read any or are currently reading them, let me know in the comments and maybe, if you’re interested, we can figure out how to talk about them together in depth on future episodes.

As a “Professional Reader” for NetGalley and Blogging for Books, I get access to almost any book I want to read in every genre in exchange for writing an honest review. I love this exchange because I enjoy reading and don’t always make the time. Knowing that I have to write a review keeps me accountable.


Most of my books I read through Kindle, but it is nice to actually have pages to turn every now and again.

What are you reading that you think I may be interested in? Let me know in the comments!

By purchasing through these links you consent to feeding my book habit aka, I’ll make money in the form of an Amazon gift card that I will be spending on more books! Thank you for enabling your support! 

*These books are review copies that may or may not be published at the time of this podcast.

Your Move: The Underdog’s Guide to Building Your Business by Ramit Sethi

How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up by Emilie Wapnick

Nutrition for Intuition by Doreen Virtue

*Goddesses Never Age: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being by Christiane Northrup

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

Linkedin Riches: How to Leverage the World’s Largest Professional Network to Enhance Your Brand, Generate Leads and Increase Revenue by John Nemo (read and currently implementing for Grow Yourself, Grow Your Health Coaching Practice. Will review once I implement the advice so that I can discuss the results)

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg Mckeown (read this as part of a book club, insights to come)

Easy Legal Steps…That Are Also Good for Your Soul: 7 Steps to Go From Stuck & Scared of the Law to Confident and Empowered by Lisa Fraley

Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey by Fred Minnick

*Simple Pleasures: Thoughts on Food, Friendships, and Life by Stephanie Mills

*Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World by Carolyn Custis James

*Prostitutes and Polygamists: A Look at Love, Old Testament Style by David T. Lamb

*The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks by Toni Tipton-Martin

*Unemployable: How to Be Successfully Unemployed Your Entire Life! by David Thomas Roberts

*48-Hour Startup: From Idea to Launch in One Weekend by Doherty Fraser, MBE

*Insight: Why We’re Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life by Tasha Eurich

*Make Your Own Pure Mineral Makeup: 79 Easy Hypoallergenic Recipes for Radiant Beauty by Heather Anderson

*The Revolt of the Black Athlete:  Fiftieth Anniversary Edition by Harry Edwards

*Raising an Entrepreneur: 10 Rules for Nurturing Risk Takers, Problem Solvers, and Change Makers by Margot Machol Bisnow

*Non-Obvious 2017 Edition: How To Think Different, Curate Ideas and Predict The Future by Rohit Bhargava

*How to Use Limited Liability Companies & Limited Partnerships: Getting the Most Out of Your Legal Structure by Garrett Sutton

*Wild Ideas: Creativity from the Inside Out by Cathy Wild

*Lost in the USA: American Identity from the Promise Keepers to the Million Mom March by Deborah Gray White

*The Authentic Lover: Reclaiming Love’s Beauty and Power by Chris Hakim

*The Book of Greens: A Cook’s Compendium of 40 Varieties, from Arugula to Watercress, with Over 150 Recipes by Jenn Louis; Kathleen Squires

*Mind Over Meds: Know When Drugs Are Necessary, When Alternatives Are Better – and When to Let Your Body Heal on Its Own by Andrew Weil, MD

*Gentrifier by John Joe Schlichtman, Jason Patch, and Marc Lamont Hill

*Grocery: The Buying and Selling of Food in America by Michael Ruhlman

*Good Sex: Getting Off Without Checking Out by Jessica Graham

*Fiery Ferments: 70 Stimulating Recipes for Hot Sauces, Spicy Chutneys, Kimchis with Kick, and Other Blazing Fermented Condiments by Kirsten K. Shockey; Christopher Shockey

*Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
by Anne Helen Petersen

The Holistic Health & Wellness Entrepreneur’s Essential Handbook for Success: Easy Ways to Make More Money Doing What You Love by Robbin Simons

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

*From Head Shops to Whole Foods The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs
by Joshua Clark Davis

*Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything
by Lydia Kang; Nate Pedersen

*Wellth: How to Build a Life, Not a Resume by Jason Wachob

*Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Healing for Men Remedies and Recipes for Circulation Support, Heart Health, Vitality, Prostate Health, Anxiety Relief, Longevity, Virility, Energy & Endurance by Rosemary Gladstar (click here for my review)

*Feminine Genius: The Provocative Path to Waking Up and Turning on the Wisdom of Being a Woman by LiYana Silver

*Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women by Brittney C. Cooper

Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients into Foods and Remedies That Heal by Rosalee de la Forêt

*Mexican Ice Cream Beloved Recipes and Stories by Fany Gerson

*Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight that Revolutionized Cooking
by Linda Civitello

*The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle

*Good Food, Strong Communities: Promoting Social Justice through Local and Regional Food Systems by Steve Ventura, Martin Bailkey

*Heal Yourself–Heal the World by Deborah King



Adulting: Are we doing it wrong? Mondays with Melissa is an ongoing conversation about adulthood and the continuous pursuit of personal growth.

Melissa’s working it out in real time, and some of it won’t be pretty.

Join the conversation in the comments. If you’d like to be a guest, let me know  your topic in the comments (leave your email in the box that only I will see) and I’ll be in touch.

On Twitter,  I’m @HoneyBHolistic Use hashtags #FlawsOutClawsOut and #MotormouthMelissa

Herbal Healing for Men

I’ve been working with herbs for almost twenty years to manage my reproductive health and well-being, but it wasn’t until I dated a man in his forties, that I became curious about the benefits of herbal remedies for men. Since he hadn’t yet experienced any sexual dysfunction (fortunately), much of our exploration was around promoting heart health and overall vitality. I made spinach and blueberry shakes, supercharged his oatmeal, and we ate garlic like we were preparing for a vampire apocalypse. While I focused on whole foods, I never got around to using herbs with him the way I did with myself.

As my studies of the Wild Feminine deepen, I find myself more and more curious about the Wild Masculine. Daniel Vitalis of the ReWild Yourself podcast says that much of what ails modern man and women is the result of our domesticity, and that we must rewild ourselves to reclaim optimal health and get back to our true nature. The more I learn about herbs and experience the benefits, the more I believe that herbal healing is the first step to reconnecting with our wildness, right up there with hunting and foraging.

Reading through Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Healing for Men almost made me want to reconsider my health coaching niche. While this book is written with and for men in mind, I’m not sharing my copy. If the man in your life is like mine, you may find that while he’s open to supplementing with herbs, he may not be inclined to take initial action. But that’s fine because I’m looking forward to working through the book myself. I really love how comprehensive Herbal Healing for Men is, covering not only the basic preparation of herbs, but also creative culinary uses such as energy balls and chocolate syrups, self-care options, and a discussion about general health and wellness concerns specific to men.

There are a few herbs mentioned in the book that I use on a regular basis, which means we’ll get to enjoy several recipes together in addition to the ones that are just for him.

If you’re a man who is concerned about maintaining long-term health and vitality or know a man who would benefit from adding medicinal herbs to their daily regimen, Herbal Healing for Men is for you.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd Revised ed. edition (June 13, 2017)

The Remedy is The Revolution

Originally written for on June 3, 2010

Updated on on May 4, 2017

While I am not a fan of long-term fasting and detox diets and don’t promote or use them in my health coaching practice, I understand that a number of people are interested in these kinds of diets, and many have maintained these diets with varying results. Please exercise personal discretion and wisdom when making any changes to your diet. For best results, please seek the advice and support of several trained health and wellness professionals before beginning any diet program such as the one presented in this book.

What path do you follow when your mother is the foremost authority on womb healing, fasting, and other health concerns that affect black American communities? What’s it like having a mother who makes you drink green juices, won’t buy you junk food, and has you give up all food for days at a time? You can act out and be sent away to gain some perspective, or, you can straighten up, fly right, and join her. If you’re Supa Nova Slom, it’s both, and then you write a book about it.

Supa Nova Slom, Hip Hop’s very own Medicine Man, has taken core values of holistic health – adequate sunlight, green foods, detox, and exercise – and packaged them in the most accessible format I haven’t seen. Ever.

The Remedy: The Five-Week Power Plan to Detox Your System, Combat the Fat, and Rebuild Your Mind and Body is a two-stage program – stage one for The Remedy and stage two for the Supa Power Plan. Supa Nova will introduce you to his “Chlorophyllian Cleanse”, a five day juice and “Mega Supa Greens” juice fast that you’ll make yourself, and then show you how to go from careless omnivore to conscious eater, guiding you each step of the way with practical transition tips, self-care rituals, and recipes, and a maintenance plan.

You’ll also find testimonials from some top names in the entertainment industry, including Erykah Badu, Tyson Beckford, and Jim Jones. There’s even commentary from Doug Green, founder of NYC’s Liquiteria.

While Supa Nova Slom himself practices a high raw and green plant-based diet, he’s not out to convert you or make you give up your favorite foods. Instead, he invites you to consider the effects poor eating habits and food buying choices are having on your overall health and well-being, and presents you with an alternative.

The Remedy is available for purchase by clicking here or at your favorite bookseller.

Paperback: 224 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style; 1 edition (April 7, 2010)