Diabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, and PCOS all run strong in my family, and my own fitness has never been easy to manage. Even though I'm healDiabetes, obesity, cancer, heart disease, and PCOS all run strong in my family, and my own fitness has never been easy to manage. Even though I'm healthy now at 34, I'm starting to pay more attention to my pre-disposition to develop insulin-related illnesses as I age.
The basic gist is that, even if your overall calorie intake is low, consumption of sugar and grains will cause your insulin to spike. This sets off a whole host of other dangerous chemical reactions in your body, ultimately raising your triglycerides and cholesterol and eventually causing diseases like diabetes.
This book is really accessible and fully explains the science behind its recommendations. It offers several really simple tools to help ANYONE keep their consumption of insulin-spiking foods like sugars and grains in check, and rejects the idea that people who struggle with health "just aren't trying hard enough." I like its moderate and accessible approach — Thompson doesn't suggest a radical no-carb diet or forbid any foods outright. Instead, he explains how to choose portions that will minimize insulin spikes, along with a super achievable "walk 30 minutes at least 4 days a week" exercise component, and explains why diet and light exercise work together.
There were a couple of weird moments — like when he refers to PCOS as "the disease that robs women of womanhood" (?!) — but overall he's reasonable and bases his suggestions on scientific trials and years of clinical observations as a doctor. You can tell that he really listens to his patients and has a realistic view of an average person's habits and what is actually achievable for them. The second half of the book has recipes that, while I probably won't use outright, have good examples of what eating for insulin resistance looks like.
I'm just 10 days into cutting out refined sugar and grains and increasing my healthy fats, but so far my sweet-tooth self is feeling great!...more
This book is awesome! I looked at a lot of books about learning photography, and this was by far the most useful to me. This would be great for ANY beThis book is awesome! I looked at a lot of books about learning photography, and this was by far the most useful to me. This would be great for ANY beginning photographer who wants to get straight to the good stuff without wading through tons of excess info, opinions, and theory.
It's divided into 8 or so chapters that cover all the fundamentals of photography, and each chapter is divided into short "mini-lessons" that provide really straightforward explanations and concrete how-tos. And every single dang section immediately improved my results with photography with one new little setting or trick to try.
This book didn't really go into composition or inspirational photo prompts or anything, it just stuck to basic technique which is exactly what I wanted. LOVED. IT....more
This book was just utterly and completely fascinating. It has some flaws (e.g. it centers whiteness, how very '90s), but I enjoyed every single secondThis book was just utterly and completely fascinating. It has some flaws (e.g. it centers whiteness, how very '90s), but I enjoyed every single second I spent with it.
I went into this book with no expectations. I wasn't already familiar with Lauren Greenfield's work, and I had planned to just leaf through Girl Culture's images like a coffee table book. But then the interviews completely sucked me in.
The voices of the women she talks to are just... fascinating, contradictory, confident, insecure, self-aware, naive, complicated. They each talk about beauty, self-worth, sexuality, power, and how they've learned to navigate their way through the minefield of social expectations. Paired with the photos, it's downright haunting.
Greenfield nails it, truly capturing each of their different experiences and laying it all out for us to see. I can see why this book was groundbreaking when it came out in the very early '00s, and I'm definitely a new fan....more
I enjoyed this book — it's beautiful, funny, and important. I can see why it made waves in the literary world when it came out, and I'm glad I finallyI enjoyed this book — it's beautiful, funny, and important. I can see why it made waves in the literary world when it came out, and I'm glad I finally read / listened to it. Lin-Manuel Miranda was a blast as the narrator!
The part I didn't love is how the women function primarily to generate pity for the two leading men, Oscar and his grandfather. Just about every single woman in this book is raped and beaten, and the book zooms in on how this makes Oscar and his grandfather suffer while shunting the women to the background. "This woman was brutally raped, her poor father must feel awful!" etc.
And then the last section of the book is about a woman who keeps telling a man "no" and begging him to leave her alone, and he's all "but I could tell she really means 'yes' so I'm going to stalk her!" But then they wind up together anyway (!) and she's all "you're right, I loved you the whole time I was telling you 'no'!" And I'm supposed to cheer for this?!
Holy moly, ALL the yes. Born a Crime is a sneak attack of awesomeness that stands out as one of the best audiobooks of 2016.
Most U.S. listeners know THoly moly, ALL the yes. Born a Crime is a sneak attack of awesomeness that stands out as one of the best audiobooks of 2016.
Most U.S. listeners know Trevor Noah for taking over The Daily Show from Jon Stewart. Those are giant shoes to fill, and it seems like most Americans think of him as “the guy that I don’t love as much as Jon Stewart.” I’m so happy that we get to know him a little better through this memoir, and I’m now a 100% converted fan.
In Born A Crime, Trevor Noah is at turns deeply insightful and ridiculously funny. He grew up in South Africa under Apartheid as the child of a black mother and white father — in other words, it was LITERALLY a crime for him to exist. In between brilliant commentary about race and Apartheid, he entertains with stories about being a smartass kid at Catholic school, his side hustle selling pirated CDs in high school, and his spectacular failure at the senior prom.
At the heart of Born a Crime is Noah’s relationship with his mom, a devout Christian and stubborn non-conformist. His love for his mom burns brightly on every page, even as they constantly butt heads. The book closes with a shocking story about his mother’s troubled marriage that still sucks the breath out of me.
Trevor Noah is a fantastic storyteller and an even better narrator. You’ll be SO glad you put this on your to-be-read list....more
You might already know Tara Clancy from her storytelling performances on The Moth. This lady was born to tell stories, and she’s perfected her art inYou might already know Tara Clancy from her storytelling performances on The Moth. This lady was born to tell stories, and she’s perfected her art in front of the toughest crowds: Irish Catholic bar-goers in Queens (!). Her memoir The Clancys of Queens was born of her desire to read stories about working class women in New York, of which she can still name only one: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. With a boatload of humor and charm, Clancy tells about her childhood growing up between worlds, her parents' divorce, and coming out to her ex-cop dad as a young adult. Her distinctive Queens accent is its own larger-than-life character, and these stories are just meant to be listened to....more
If You Could Be Mine is about two young women who’ve been in love since childhood. But they live in Iran, where being a woman who loves another womanIf You Could Be Mine is about two young women who’ve been in love since childhood. But they live in Iran, where being a woman who loves another woman is punishable by death. Sex reassignment surgery is perfectly legal, though. Could this be the answer to their predicament? This story has all the ingredients of a great YA book: angst, secret smooching, forbidden love, heartache. But it’s also unexpectedly hilarious! Sara Farizan has the BEST deadpan humor in person, and Negin Farsad brings this out in spades in her narration of the book. Farsad is an Iranian-American comedian, and she just gets Farizan in a way that allows her to wring every last drop of humor from an otherwise heartbreaking story. One of my fave listens of the year! <3...more