Sunday, September 18, 2016

How not to die & The Body Book.

Since about a year I am way more conscious of what I put in my body. Before that, I was more focused on the quantity of calories I consume than the actual quality of my food. A good example here is that I would always choose diet coke over normal ones. It's no secret that you should obviously try to stay away from both. But the ingredients in the diet one are known to increase the risks of cancer but stupid me would only really care about the calories. As I got more and more interested in nutrition I started reading some books regarding a healthy and balanced diet. Today I want to talk to you about two of my current favorites. 

I would say my go-to book at the moment has to be "How not to die" by Dr Michael Greger. I don't wanna tell you too much already, but basically, the book is all about how to avoid or even cure the most leading causes of death (speaking of diseases obviously, not accidents etc.). He will explain why you should stay away from animal products and especially meat. His statements are linked to a number of studies and researches. He also provides you with 148!!! pages of references if you want to dig deeper. In the second part of the book, he will talk about the different seeds or fruits or greens and so on, and how they benefit you and your body. The most important point for me was, that he didn't write it in a "judgy" way. He does not call you a "bad human" for eating meat or drinking milk. He just talks about studies and researches, basically gives you facts and lets you decide. I was a vegetarian before that, but more because of moral reasons. So maybe I am a bit bias here, but now I am even more happy to not be eating meat or fish. Cutting out dairy and eggs completely ist still a bit hard for me, but after reading about what it can do to your health I try to stay away from it as much as possible. 

I think no one can be judged for how they want to eat or what they want to eat as long as you educate yourself. When you know all the facts and then make a decision I am all for it. I believe it's all about consciousness. That's why it's totally fine to sometimes choose the coke over water or treat yourself to some chocolate. As long as you are aware of it and treat it as an occasion, not the norm everything is fine.

The second book is less of a nutrition book. "The Body Book" by Cameron Diaz aims more towards understanding and loving your body. With that comes a certain behaviour on how you nourish your body. She talks briefly about micros and macros but focusses more on how to understand your body. She is not talking about studies or researches like Dr Greger does in his book. This makes it definitely a lighter read and tries to change how you see your body. It is your friend that you need to listen to, not your enemy that you need to fight against. 

I would love to know your recommendations on health or nutrition books!

xx Lisa

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