It is also why I have started reading up on what kinds of food are good for your body, mind and skin. I was able to receive a book focussing on permanent weight loss called "The Skinny Gut Diet" by Brenda Watson. Now, I am not one for dieting. I believe you should change your lifestyle (gosh, that can be so hard - trust me.. still working on it), but I was willing to give it a try. See what it is all about. Well, the book opens with a scary truth:
"the obesity epidemic currently facing the nation and most of the rest of the world is reaching a critical point. Chronic disease is rampant as a result of escalating obesity rate, and for the first time in over a century, the newest generation will be the first to have a lower life expectancy than the last."
Errrr, thanks for that. Just what I needed to read. Brenda Watson writes that everyone has an inner weight-loss secret, what she calls "the gut factor". She is really referring to good and bad bacterias that we have in our gut, so the focus of this book lies on digestive health. The author continues explaining what this lifestyle change (apparently, it is a lifestyle change) really entails and how it worked for her. I really just want to move on to the important part.. you know, the good stuff?! Instead it feels quite repetitive for a good amount of pages. Oh well, at least she is hammering in the what this diet will supposedly do.
"The Skinny Diet Gut" not only provides you with a new way of eating (which I still have not discovered), but it also shows the result of 10 participants who followed this diet for three months. The author also offers scientific studies done on poop (yes, I wrote 'poop') because that is related to your gut. Apparently lots of common conditions (inflammation, irritable bowl syndrom, diarrhea) are related to having an imbalanced gut. Well, how can we change this? There are three simple rules to the Skinny Gut Diet:
- eat more (healthy) fat to reduce silent inflammation
- eat living foods every day to balance your gut
- eat protein at every meal and snack to eliminate cravings
There are a lot of smart tips in this book. For me personally the long introduction leading towards what exactly to do was not necessary. I think this book gives a lot of general information that I was aware of, anyways.. but I suppose that for those who are not.. all that extra information is very educational. I like that if you do not want to read all of it or just want the most important details that at the end of each chapter you will find a quick overview of what you need to know. The book also offers a lot of recipes and weekly meal plans from homemade spaghetti pasta to Indian chicken marsala. I mean, it even has a "rescue kit" for when you feel like eating the unhealthy stuff and a grocery shopping strategy guide. I can definitely see the value of this book and I am glad I had a chance to read it. Did you know I made notes of what was useful for me? Yup. I will do my best to apply the strategies and eat better... because I want a balanced gut and no inflammation, pretty please! You can get it for €22/$26 (or cheaper if you look via Amazon or get it on Kindle, etc). For more information you can check out the official page. What do you think? Would this be useful for you? Do you also like reading health/food-related books?