OK, so I’m not Oprah, obviously, no one is getting a car, but I do love a good book! Recently, I’ve developed a particular fondness for a good ol’, kick it into gear, get rid of the excuses, make your life better, non-fiction book. So that’s where we are going to start. Don’t worry, there will be some heart pounding, smutty romance novels thrown in here every now and then 😉
Book #1 – The Obesity Code, by Dr. James Fung. (I make no money recommending these books, I just really happen to think they are great)
When I was wallowing in post partum depression, stress and anxiety, I comfort ate my way to about 50 pounds over weight… I know…GASP…doctors can be overweight?!?! Sadly, yes. In fact, a lot of us are. Our lives are busy, super stressful and we tend take care of everyone else except ourselves. And truth be told, we didn’t exactly get a great education in nutrition and exercise when I went to Med school. Apparently learning the Krebs cycle was way more important… face palm. (My biology nerds will appreciate that one). Yes, of course, we were trained to tell our patients to “eat healthy and exercise regularly”, and that “calories in = calories out” but that’s about the extent of it.
Turns out, its a lot more complicated than that! I wasted years of my life counting calories and not losing a single pound, rather I gained, and gained my way to the most uncomfortable I’d ever been. When I finally decided to turn it around, get my sh** together and lose the weight, I started with a personal trainer and started really counting my calories, but after a few months I still wasn’t losing much weight. I thought, how can this be!?! I’m eating “heathy” and exercising just like they told me to in med school. They Lied To Me!! They told me if I just at 1500 calories a day I’d look like a Kardashian!!
A friend recommended this book, I bought it immediately, and then it literally sat on my nightstand for 3 months… Finally on a cross country flight I had the uninterrupted time to read it. Let me just tell you, it change my life! I’m not saying that lightly, I’ll state it again. This book will change the way you think about food and calories and all the things!!
It starts with a great history lesson about why America became so obese. And why, even in the era of the “Low Fat” and “Diet food” craze of the 80s and 90s, we just continued to get More Obese. Spoiler alert, Fat is not the enemy, refined carbohydrates and sugar is. Spoiler alert #2, not all calories are created equal. Turns out eating 1500 calories of Peanut Butter Captain Crunch a day, will not help you lose weight. Also, remember how mom always told you to never skip breakfast, “its the most important meal of the day”. Well turns out that may not be true for all of us.
OK I don’t want to spoil the ending, so let me just say, do yourself a favor and read this book! Check it out at the local library, get it at any fine book retailer, or listen to the audio book while you are driving to your great aunts house for Thanksgiving. And don’t hate me when the book convinces you to put back your second helping of marshmallow covered yams and skip that hydrogenated oil whipped topping on your pie. You’ll thank me later 😉 Then send me a comment or a message about what your thought of it!