Pollan is, as usual, incredibly thought-provoking. He really shows what we're doing to the planet, what we're doing to the animals that feed us and hoPollan is, as usual, incredibly thought-provoking. He really shows what we're doing to the planet, what we're doing to the animals that feed us and how out of touch we've come with the food cycle. The book is hard to read at times, due to the nature of its content, but it's never boring and never irrelevant. I think the information is of the utmost importance, because we need to understand what's going on with the food we are consuming, and take responsibility for what we consume, and how it affects us and the world we live in. Greatly recommend it....more
I really really enjoyed this book. It is easy to read, funny and very thought-provoking and inspiring. Through three easy, simple rules Michael PollanI really really enjoyed this book. It is easy to read, funny and very thought-provoking and inspiring. Through three easy, simple rules Michael Pollan tells you how to eat a healthier diet. Without telling you what to eat (he believes you are clever enough to make those decisions yourself). The three rules are: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
From the back: "This book is a celebration of food. By food, Michael Pollan means real, proper, simple food - not the kind that comes in a packet, or has a list of unpronounceable ingredients, or that makes nutritional claims about how healthy it is. More like the kind of food your great-grandmother would recognize."
I would greatly recommend it to anyone who has any kind of interest in what they eat, in their own health and well-being. In this book, Michael Pollan explains the dangers of fads, nutritionism (the obsessive focus on one nutrient instead of focusing on the synergy and wholeness of foods), industrialism and the way we have completely lost touch with what we eat. I also really like the way he is very thorough with his references - but in an unobtrusive way. There are some footnotes throughout the book with references to specific studies that he mention, as well as some 25 pages of sources ordered by chapter.
I may not agree with all of his premises or conclusions, but he makes many good points, and more importantly, provokes you to think for yourself....more
I hated the title of this book. I hated the back cover that said "They might be bitches, but they are skinny bitches." I don't care for skinny, I careI hated the title of this book. I hated the back cover that said "They might be bitches, but they are skinny bitches." I don't care for skinny, I care for healthy. However, I had read about it on several blogs, how it had "changed their lives" and the way they viewed food and the world. So after several years of consideration I picked it up at the library.
I hated the first chapter. It is full of phrases along the lines of "But being a fat pig will hinder you, sober or drunk. And habitual drinking equals fat-pig syndrome.", "So your junk food has a shelf life of twenty-two years and will probably outlive your fat, sorry ass." and "You need to exercise, you lazy shit.". I'm sure you get the point. Though there are good - and true points, behind these statements, and though I do think it's sometimes good to get a kick in the behind, I honestly don't think that kind of language is necessary, or will encourage anyone to feel better about themselves.
When all that is said though, it does contain a lot of thought-provoking and scary information, so in that respect it does redeem itself, and I would recommend it. The girls are advocates for a vegan lifestyle, which I think is taking it a step too far.
They tell the scary truth of livestock raising, slaughtering, dairy production, artificial additives etc. in the US. There is definitely a lot of wisdom and truth in that information, but I think using it to advocate a completely vegan lifestyle is taking it further than necessary. Although I know things are not as bad in Denmark as in the US (due to our laws being a lot stricter, and more often enforced), it has made me reconsider my consumption of meat, and that it might be an idea for me to cut down, unless I can find organic/free range meat (which then again is more expensive).
I also think they ignore the dangers of our consumption of gluten, especially in the form of wheat and flour. Although they recommend eating mainly whole-grain products, it is still ignoring just how many people are at least sensitive to grains containing gluten (especially wheat).
They do also redeem themselves a bit in the last chapter, where they apologize for the title, saying it was only as a way to get readers attention, that they're not really bitchy and then a ton of "love yourself" - advice. I think it would've been nicer if the entire approach had been based on "love yourself, so don't feed your body crap" instead of "you fat pig stop eating crap", but that's just my opinion....more
"Did you know that every brain begins as a female brain and that it only becomes male eight weeks after conception? This is when excess testosterone s"Did you know that every brain begins as a female brain and that it only becomes male eight weeks after conception? This is when excess testosterone shrinks the communication centre, reduces the hearing cortex and makes the part of the brain that processes sex twice as large." - from the back cover. [Image] The author of The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine has a degree in neurobiology from University of California, Berkeley and graduated from Yale's School of Medicine. Post-graduation she has worked at University College London, completed her residency in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has since worked at University of California, San Fransisco's Medical School.
This book captured me right from page one, it details all the stages of a woman's life - and how her brain is affected and changes throughout these stages. It helped me to understand so many things about myself, that I had never fully understood before. Why my moods change so much throughout the month, why the week after my period is when I feel the best. Our hormones are literally changing daily, and these hormones have a huge impact on how we feel.
This is a book I think every woman should read - and ideally, every man too.
I borrowed this book from the library, but it's going on my list of books I need to own....more
This is a great, thought provoking and inspiring book. It is no secret that I love Jillian Michaels, I think she's a brave, determined and inspiring woThis is a great, thought provoking and inspiring book. It is no secret that I love Jillian Michaels, I think she's a brave, determined and inspiring woman. She is not afraid to grow as an individual, to learn new things and change her mind. Master Your Metabolism is a powerful book about the way the hormones in our body can make us feel really bad - or really good, depending on whether they are in tune with each other or not. The book is easily accessible, easy to read and understand and I greatly recommend it....more
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall tells the fascinating story of modern ultra-runner,s a hidden tribe of extraordinary ultra-runners, how humans evBorn to Run by Christopher McDougall tells the fascinating story of modern ultra-runner,s a hidden tribe of extraordinary ultra-runners, how humans evolved to run and how modern running shoes are screwing us over, and are, literally, the cause of the many injuries.
If you have any interest in human evolution, the capabilities of the human body, running, the issues with modern medicine and corporatism, this is a book for you....more
Let me begin by saying that if you're unsure whether you should read Cordain's book or Robb Wolf's book, I'd suggest the latter. It's written with botLet me begin by saying that if you're unsure whether you should read Cordain's book or Robb Wolf's book, I'd suggest the latter. It's written with both humor and skill, filled with knowledge and information.
The premise is pretty much the same as for the other paleo book, eliminate grains, industrial seed oils, legumes and dairy products...more
The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat by Loren Cordain is one of the first books on the subject, anThe Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat by Loren Cordain is one of the first books on the subject, and one of the few I've been able to get from my library. Personally, there are things in the book that I don't agree with, based on the readings I've done (the focus on lean meat, warning against saturated fat, fear of salt and complete elimination of dairy products), but I'm also more of a Primal Blueprint / Mark Sisson kinda gal (Check out Mark's Daily Apple for more information). The book does have a lot of good information though, and gives a great insight to how the modern diet is messing up our bodies.
From what I hear/read in the paleo community, Dr. Cordain might also have reconsidered some of these points since the book was originally published, but I haven't verified that for myself. As with all of these issues, I think the best thing one can do, is to educate yourself and find out what works for you and your body....more