2017 Books!

A simple blog post that I can continue to return to as I finish reading books throughout 2017! I have a goal to increase reading for pleasure, but also to read all the books I’ve purchased over the last few years.

2017 Books!

  • I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs by Francesco Marciuliano
  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

Paleo Book Signing (s)

Large cities = awesome for book signings. Go San Diego.

This past Sunday, I was fortunate enough to attend a book signing for The 21 Day Sugar Detox with Diane Sanfilippo from Balanced Bites, and Bill and Haley from Primal Palate (aka, paleo tour). I’ve met Diane before, but was thrilled to have her sign her newest book (for my collection of real food cookbooks-her Practical Paleo was my first signed Paleo book), and hear her talk. I’d never met Bill and Haley, but am a BIG fan. So down to earth and just genuine people spreading the health. I had three books for them to sign – Make it Paleo (their first book, and a must for new to Paleo, easy, minimal ingredient recipes), Gather, The Art of Paleo Entertaining (probably one of the most beautiful cookbooks I’ve seen), and their newest book, The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking. They signed each one differently with a nice message (okay, maybe Hayley did that 😉 ), and it was fun to just talk with them.

Also in the crowd-George from Civilized Caveman, Tonja from Flame to Fork, Diane’s fiance, and I spied a few others too 🙂 Such a fun afternoon!

IMG_2921Bill and Hayley!IMG_2948

Diane!IMG_2949Last fall I was fortunate enough to attend Danielle Walker’s book signing for her first book, Against All Grain. Her story is absolutely so inspiring. She’s fabulous and if you have the chance, go meet her!

Danielle! A little blurry, but that’s okay 🙂IMG_1589Next up, Chris Kresser in a couple weeks in La Jolla! OMG. Your Personal Paleo Code.

Book Recommendation

As a society, so often we hear, “that’s so good for you, this helps your heart, this can help with digestion…” all the time. No wonder we’re confused and overwhelmed! We’re literally inundated with information about fad diets, food, what to eat, what not to eat, but nobody really tells us why.

This book might help:

I asked for this book for Christmas five years ago, and my subconscious must have known at the time where I’d be in life five years later.

Dr. Bowden says: “You may be puzzled by the almost complete absence of grains on my list of 150 healthiest foods on the planet. In fact, it may seem like nutritional heresy. After all, aren’t whole grains supposed to be nutritious and healthy?”

He then introduces Loren Cordain, Ph.D., a renowned scientist doing groundbreaking research into the original human diet:

In 1999, he wrote a 100+ page paper called “Cereal Grains: Humanity’s Double Edged Sword.” Some of the highlights of his paper: The natural diet of humans is food that could be hunted, fished for, gathered, or plucked.

As the population of the world increased and the supply of wild game became more limited, it became necessary to provide an alternative or supplementary means of nourishment-and about 10,000 years ago, agriculture was born. Agriculture has made it possible for humans to live in cities, and literally, for civilization to flourish. Eight cereal grains (wheat, corn, rice, barley, sorghum, oats, rye, and millet) now provide 56% of the calories and 50% of the protein consumed on earth. Without these crops, the planet could not support 6 billion people. So here’s the double-edged sword: On the one hand, without cereal grains we would not have cities, civilization, industry, or the planet as we know it. Take away rice, wheat, and corn, and half the people on earth will not eat.

He then proceeds to talk about how grains are a nutritional compromise, and “whole grains” aren’t any better than refined.

Much to my surprise, after grabbing the book from the bookshelf (okay, so Seth had to do that) and dusting it off, it completely supports the Paleo Lifestyle and is jam-packed full of useful knowledge (consider it a dictionary of foods). The next time someone says that something is good for you, now you can look and see why it is, and how it fuels your body!!

Wheat Belly-a Must Read

Have you read this book? It is absolutely a must read for anyone that might want to lose weight that is having difficulty doing so, is having any number of health issues or chronic problems, and might be interested in knowing what “whole grains” actually do to your body. There is no such thing.

At first it gives a brief history of how wheat has developed and evolved over 100s of years, and then it moves into the science behind what wheat actually does to the human body. Think cocaine for the same effects.

Anyone that wants to take charge of their health, feel better, lose weight, and avoid additional chronic health problems throughout life, must read. It will make you think twice before reaching for your next pastry, pasta or pizza [a.k.a. poison].

They also have a blog found here and the author regularly responds to questions and comments: http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/