Recent Reading

As I mentioned previously, I have been reading more lately.  Most recently, I finished Robb Wolf’s Book:  The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet.  I chose to read this book because I liked how Gary Taubes used evidence to show us that fat is not bad for us, but that carbohydrates, specifically sugar and processed carbohydrates are the real problem, but I don’t want to live on an Atkin’s diet.  I just like fruit too much and I feel that fruits are good for me despite the sugar content.

Paleo presents other problems – the no dairy and legumes.  I have been cutting back significantly on grains (focused on wheat with its infamous gluten) over the past week and I think I can already feel a difference.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a diehard peanut butter fan and since peanuts are technically legumes, that means they should be out.  I have also read some criticism about Paleo in regard to beans because of the fact that we probably cook out the bad stuff (Lectins).  I will play around with beans to see how it affects me.  Right now, I haven’t cut back on dairy at all.

Overall, I can say that I feel like I am full longer between meals with less of a need to snack compared to prior to changing my diet.  I would say that is probably a good sign.  I also feel I’m sleeping a bit better and I have less nasal / sinus congestion when I wake up in the morning.  It is fun to experiment a little bit, especially with the knowledge that I’m probably not going to give myself a heart attack by eating a little more meat here and there.

What books have changed how you live?

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