Kindle Clippings – Questioning, Adjusting, Evaluating

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Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
(Anne Morrow Lindbergh)

Books about diet and exercise can be overwhelming and science-y, but I have read a few recently because the topic is of interest. I am on a quest to find the right approach to nutrition for myself – through research, experimentation, and practice.

For today’s Kindle Clippings post, I am sharing highlights from some books that have inspired my pursuit of healthier, happier eating. I hope you find the information helpful. If you have a favorite book on the topic or a recommendation for further research, please share!

Develop a healthy line of questioning

“The food you eat either makes you more healthy or less healthy. Those are your options.”
It Starts With Food by Melissa Hartwig

I always knew that my body had to process everything I consumed — from carrots and grilled chicken, to margaritas and ice cream. It wasn’t until reading It Starts With Food that I realized there is no middle ground. The food we eat has a positive or negative impact. Now when I consider eating an unhealthy treat, I ask if it is worth it. Sometimes the answer is yes, but less than I would have thought.

“So why do we get mixed messages in fitness magazines and health books? Well, there are also a lot of misguided assumptions about which sources of information are objective and reliable. It is interesting that the first place magazine writers go for nutritional information is the American Dietetic Association; which has a marketing connection with the USDA and food companies that manufacture processed foods. And these companies push the foods that make the most money for them…low-fat, trans-fat junk.”
Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism by Maria Emmerich

I am not an expert, but I know money and motives get in the way of companies, organizations, and doctors sharing the complete story about food. Instead of thinking everything is a conspiracy, I choose to question what I learn and make choices based on how foods make me feel.

Set yourself up for success by adjusting your habits and environment

“We now know that the food choices we make, the stress we experience or avoid, the exercise we get or avoid, the quality of our sleep, and even the relationships we choose actually choreograph to a significant degree which of our genes are active and which remain suppressed.”
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD

It is freeing to know that our “health destinies” are not fixed points. The habits we cultivate, specifically with our diet, can impact the expression of our genes. This post on Dr. Perlmutter’s blog explains some of the new science and research on the topic.

“Remember, addressing your habits is the most important factor in making sustainable healthy eating changes—and dessert just might be one of those habits you’d be better off shaking.”
It Starts With Food by Melissa Hartwig

Food is more than just fuel for our bodies. There are emotional, spiritual, cultural, and social occasions when food and drink are the main event. I often consider which of my choices are habits and which are for worthy, special occasions. Here’s a good example: nightly bites of chocolate used to be a habit. Since it was a daily routine, it was not really that enjoyable. Now when I indulge in a sweet treat, it is truly a delicious occasion.

Examining, experimenting, evaluating

“If you find yourself hungry and craving sugar two to three hours after a meal, you probably ate too many carbohydrates in the previous meal.”
Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism by Maria Emmerich

Our bodies send us messages all day long. There are some that we recognize easily, like when my mouth is dry and I drink more water. There are other signs that are less obvious, and times when the “message system” is delayed or broken because of our choices.

“Your body wants you to keep eating so it can receive the nutrients it needs; which is why low-fat foods that replace fats with HFCS [high fructose corn syrup] are extremely unhelpful with satisfying our appetite.”
Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism by Maria Emmerich

On this quest for healthier, happier eating, I have realized there is no simple solution. It is a process that shifts and changes daily. So, I examine my habits and choices, experiment based on my research, and then evaluate the impacts of those changes.

“When your life becomes richer, fuller, and more energized as a result of your efforts, you won’t want to revert to your old, unhealthy lifestyle.”
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, MD

In the past, I was scared to make changes to my diet because I thought low fat and low calorie was the way. I tried to keep my calories under a certain daily allowance, and I exercised occasionally. Reading these three books and testing their theories has helped me create a diet that makes me feel happier and healthier than ever before.

If you enjoyed this post, consider adding the books mentioned to your library or Kindle. They have inspired me and I hope they inspire you too!

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