There are so many recommendations from people saying “this is the book that changed my life” but I look at them years after and they have either forgotten the lessons of the book already or have no idea what book you are talking about. So instead of saying this is the book that changed my life, I’d like to start by saying, this is the book that is changing my life. I’ve read it once through, but it’s a book you can use every day! It’s by Dr Gillian McKeith, who basically teaches you what the book itself is titled – You are what you eat!
I got the book last week at the lifeline bookstore, to know more about that check out my other post I did last year if you’re a crazy book lover like me, see: http://www.islandmeetscity.com/2011/11/bibliophiles-dream/
I just had to share this book with you all. I’ve read many random diet and nutrition books, and I have to admit while I have learnt some things from them, they have been rather verbose books, almost over-explaining too much that not much information is actually absorbed. What I like about this book, is that it is so handy and relevant. Straight to the point, noting that if you eat certain foods it will show in your body. So basically, if you eat crap food, your body reacts like crap too – bad skin, indigestion and runny poo to name a few of bad reactions. But we are all like this, even those who claim to be super healthy still get headaches, stomach aches and other aches and pains from time to time, it really all comes down to what you eat.
The book explains this is not a diet, but merely a lifestyle change, being more aware of what you eat. Forget high protein, low carbs, calorie counting, etc. None of these are enduring, and not good in the long term for the body. It’s now time to reset you’re thinking. I’ve heard this analogy a few times, and they say think of your body like a car, a car needs fuel right? so in our bodies we need ‘fuel foods’ of ‘healthy foods’, don’t think of any food as ‘bad foods’ but rather as another kind of diesel, something that won’t run your car properly and is hard for it to digest but will take it. These are ‘sometimes’ foods, they won’t kill you if you eat just sometimes, but if it’s an everyday thing, well you only have to think about obesity, heart disease and other chronic disease related to weight to tell me what you think ‘sometimes’ foods can do to you if you make them ‘everday’ foods. Dr Gillian McKeith says it better than I can here:
“Fat diets operate on restricting you, and in effect will usually starve you of something important that your body needs. For example, the extreme high-meat protein/low-carb diet crazy is fundamentally flawed. Every living human being must have complex carbohydrates to function, to think, for energy, for good sex and for a positive attitude. Complex carbohydrates include the important grains likes brown rice, millet, quinoa, rye, barley and buckwheat….A ‘diet’ to me is not about starving youself, but rather a new lifestyle with an abundance of healthy foods”.
See that girls? Carbs are not the enemy, simple carbs found in cakes, biscuits, and anything made with added, refined sugar or flour or processed white rice isn’t so good for you, so steer clear of them this includes white bread. But that doesn’t mean you should cut out bread and rice altogether! There’s still rye bread and basmati rice is also good for you.
I won’t write too much about the contents of this book, but I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a healthy, fresh start and wants to educate themselves exactly about what is good for you to eat and how it affects the body. For people that are serious about feeling good about themselves, want to lose the weight or just improve the their overall quality of life. The book is filled with everyday examples, from what your tongue says about what’s going on in your body (is your tongue covered in white? does it have ridges along it? is it painful sometimes? and so on) the book gives you the answers. I am enthralled. I use it everyday now and am learning something new too everyday. It also explains much more, every aspect in your life and even gives a 7-day kick start plan to get you motivated and on track.
Before I end this post, I thought I’d include one last excerpt from the book, this is the page all about pimples: