Book Review: Tiny and Full by Jorge Cruise

12:57 PM Sarah Koves 4 Comments

 I have received a complimentary copy of this book to review from BenBella Books.
 The opinions here are 100% mine!  This post contains affiliate links.


Perfect timing for the holiday season and New Year's resolutions.  Those were my first thoughts when I started Tiny and Full by Jorge Cruise, a leading celebrity fitness trainer and author.  This book focuses on helping readers be tiny and full at the same time by creating a plan for readers to go vegan for breakfast.  There are nutrient concerns when going completely vegan, and Mr. Cruise not only explains those, but he addresses them in his meal plan.

Mr. Cruise presents his plan only after providing background and research to the why behind going vegan for breakfast.  The numerous research studies cited provide reasoning for every reader to try his 12-week plan for a better you.  He approaches the topic in an easy-to-relate-to format that provides readers with strategies to successfully change the way they approach food.

After creating a picture of what tiny is and how to be full, a detailed menu and exercise plan for the 12-week program is outlines.  Not only are there pictures of how to do the exercises in the plan, but there are appetizing photos of the recipes included in the meal plan.

I learned about calorie density: different foods have more or less calories per ounce, so low density foods can help you feel full.  This is a new approach to food for me, but my affinity for soup (often a low calorie dense food) makes this plan manageable.  Pea protein powder is the other great discovery for me in this text.

There are so many recipes in this book that I can't wait to try:
-Tropical Mango Blast
-Sunrise Smoothie-Cocoa Banana Bowl-Coconut Chia Pudding-Chocolate Blueberry Muffins-Tomato Gazpacho Fresca-Roasted Zucchini Lasagna-Baked Cauliflower Casserole-Zucchini Pasta-Carbo Chocolate Bananas-Cocoa Bean Brownies

Finally, as an educator reviewer I see many benefits for this text in a secondary setting.  With the Common Core non fiction text standards texts like this one need to become a more regular part of student learning.  This text could be easily used in a psychology course, like my AP Psychology course, for the units on research, motivation and emotion, or self-improvement.  In addition texts like this one need to become a regular part of health classes; students need healthy plans for nutrition, fitness, and weight-loss.

If you desire to be a healthier you, this is a text that can help you on your journey, by assisting you in making a lifestyle change.  The research, menu plan, exercise regime, recipes, and support network are a combination that I am sure will make anyone who sticks with it successful.  I am adding this plan to my after-the-holiday season calendar.

Pre-order you copy now, so you are prepared for the new year.


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