Clean Eating is a free and short ebook. There are two parts to the book: information on how to eat clean and a recipe section.
The first part about clClean Eating is a free and short ebook. There are two parts to the book: information on how to eat clean and a recipe section.
The first part about clean eating was interesting and had some good points. However, none of the information was anything new and some of the sentences were choppy making it a little difficult to read.
Banks talks about how important it is to include all food groups. I just want to quickly mention that you technically don't need milk and meat because you can get calcium and protein elsewhere. But other than that, she is right that you need to eat from every food group. Your body needs the nutrients to feel full but not stuffed.
A lot of fad diets don't work because they want you to cut out a food group like carbs or fats. People end up gaining the weight back once they reintroduce carbs/fat back into their diet. Instead, like Banks writes, you should eat small amounts from every food group for a balanced diet.
Banks also included a recipe section which I did not like. How are you going to include a list of recipes without pictures? There aren't even a few pictures.
Her Blueberry Pancake recipe makes 15 at 112 calories each. How small are her frickin pancakes?! And her Omelette recipe calls for bacon which is not healthy. She puts cheese in everything too. And margarine! And bacon! How are you going to talk about avoiding unhealthy fats and GMOs then include a recipe calling for margarine? And bacon is one of the worst meats for you. everyone knows this. I honestly started to skim through the recipe section which took up half of the book. I bookmarked nothing from the recipe section.
In the middle of the recipe section she stops to advertise another one of her books. What? Save that for the end. ...more
I normally wouldn't pick up this kind of book (new age spirituality) but someone on periscope was reading the entire book live so I gave it a listen.
MI normally wouldn't pick up this kind of book (new age spirituality) but someone on periscope was reading the entire book live so I gave it a listen.
Miguel Ruiz is a Shaman who writes about "ancient Toltec wisdom". The title "shaman" is commonly to be used by spiritual con-artists (and unfortunately gives actual shamanism a bad name) so I was skeptical about this book form the start.
The First Agreement - Be Impeccable with Your Word The Second Agreement - Don't Take Anything Personally The Third Agreement - Don't Make Assumptions The Fourth Agreement - Always Do Your Best
The Four Agreements is a typical "fluffy new age spirituality book." There is a lot of nice imagery and pretty words throughout the book but not a lot of substance.
Ruiz starts the book off saying that "everything is God" which immediately put me off. He links things back to God too throughout the book.
He also talked about typical new age spirituality concepts like black magic vs white magic which is essentially used to mean "don't harm people and only give off good energy." The idea that we can change ourselves or the world by only giving off happy energy and positive vibes is ridiculous, in my opinion. It is unrealistic because it does not bring about actual change and, if something bad beyond your control were to happen to you, the black vs white magic mentality places the blame on yourself (your energy was bad). This kind of talk reminds me of that one new age guru woman (forgot her name) who went to Japan after the disaster in Fukushima, prayed with a giant crystal, then placed that crystal in a lake as a way to heal Japan. Ridiculous.
The First Agreement - Be Impeccable with Your Word
Your word is a gift from God. "Misuse of your word is black magic".
Continuing on this same kind of mentality, Ruiz believes that you can get cancer if you believe hard enough.
"I say [to him], "I see the kind of color in your face in people who are going to get cancer." If he listens to the word, and if he agrees, he will have cancer in less than one year."
He also says that Hitler was successful because of his words. He sent out "seeds of fear" with his words which lead to WWII and that is why you shouldn't say negative things (black magic). If only Hitler said nice things. Let's ignore all the other factors leading up to WWII.
Ruiz does have some valid points when it comes to how the words we use affect how we view ourselves. If you think lowly of yourself, you'll have low self-esteem. However, his examples (cancer and Hitler) are just wrong. Also, this is not new information.
The Second Agreement - Don't Take Anything Personally
This is another good concept but is nothing new. Don't take what other people say personally and don't have any expectations from anyone. Also, don't listen to yourself or expect anything from yourself. You're setting the bar pretty high there, Ruiz.
The Third Agreement - Don't Make Assumptions
Don't assume things. Especially in relationships. Assumptions lead to expectations and hurt feelings when assumptions are proven false. Don't date someone who wants to change you.
Instead of encouraging the reader to push their limits and do things, Ruiz tells people not to expect anything from themselves because you might fail. If you a assume you can do something then it turns out you cannot do the thing, then you will be disappointed and hurt by yourself. Where's the motivation to improve oneself?
The Fourth Agreement - Always Do Your Best
Your best is never the same depending on circumstances like your mood, if you're drunk or not, and the time of day. Still, always do your best. I don't know what to say because I've already given up on the book by this point.
-- The only good thing to come from listening to this book is that I'll probably pick up more audiobooks in the future now....more