Book Review: The Healthiest Diet on the Planet by Dr. John McDougall #Health #BookReview #Diet #Vegan #Starch

The Healthiest Diet on the Planet

by Dr. John McDougall & Mary McDougall

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My Thoughts:

This book is a perfect example of why people need to choose the foods that work for their bodies and not just go by what one person says.

In The Healthiest Diet on the Planet, Dr. McDougall warns against eating dairy, oils, eggs, meat (including fish), taking supplements, and any kind of fake meat or heavily processed food.

While I do agree with some of Dr. McDougall’s suggestions, I certainly do not believe that his recommendations will work for everyone, and that begins with me. Do I believe starchy foods are healthy? Yes, some, but I’m not a person who believes in wheat and corn because I do have sensitivities to them. Have I been diagnosed with celiac disease? No, but many people (including myself) have what’s called ‘gluten sensitivity’ which can be just as bad, causing a wide range of problems including autoimmune disease. Soy can also be an issue. I can understand where the author is coming from with going against the use of supplements, but some people (including myself) must take supplements like iron and vitamin D. There’s just no way around it unless you want to risk deficiency.

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Book Review: GOD Life After Death by Tom A. Wilson #BookReview #GodLifeAfterDeath #Spiritual #IntelligentDesign

GOD Life After Death

by Tom A. Wilson

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My thoughts:

This book came across my Twitter feed and I was instantly intrigued. You can pick the ebook up for .99 cents right now on Amazon.

It’s a quick read about God and the afterlife that really packs a punch. The author argues against disbelief in God and gives the main reasons why we should reconsider if we aren’t believers. He keeps religion completely out of it.

I found parts of the book a little repetitive at times–mainly the repeating information regarding Intelligent Design. The interesting thing is, I’ve been walking around thinking about it ever since. My children are studying the boreal forest right now and we all marveled at the crossbill–a bird with a unique beak that helps it obtain seeds from coniferous trees (cones). What also grips me is how these crossbills are evolving and adapting to the world today. Although evolutionists have their own beliefs, I personally find it hard not to think about Intelligent Design when looking at nature.

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Red Crossbill (allaboutbirds.org)
Some of the information in this book was common knowledge but really provokes you to think deeply.

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Book Review: Free Your Mind by Darryl D. Diptee #Anxiety #Depression #Selfhelp #Book Review #FreeYourMind

Free Your Mind

By Darryl Diptee

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My thoughts:

I’ve read a ton of self-help books on anxiety and controlling emotions. This one tops the list. Not only does the author explain how to get yourself out of negative mental states, but he also explains how we get ourselves there in the first place, and how to recognize the patterns. I’ve been suffering on and off with anxiety and depression for nearly 14 years. I never realized the power of one tiny thought and how it can cause so much pain.

ALL thoughts should uplift you and the current situation in a positive, supportive way, and if they don’t, then immediately reject them as toxic, poisonous, garbage! Why? Because in a life that can end in any given moment, why would you ever deliberately allow unhappy or painful thoughts to take root in your mind and manifest in your body for even a second?

Some of the book contains common advice that I find (for myself) a need for reiteration, so none of it felt repetitive to me, but others might find these parts redundant. Having a chronic illness seems to almost redirect my brain toward anxiety with each new ailment; then the need to distract my brain arises. It’s interesting how the author explains the brain and how it works in a survival pattern to remove us from pain, and how these thoughts are truly unintentional. I found these sections most helpful for myself.

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Mini Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover #Book Review #Educated #Audible

Educated

By Tara Westover

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This book captivated me! I listened to it on Audible and don’t have a very detailed review for it, but I highly recommend this one.

Tara grew up with her family of survivalists in the mountains of Idaho without a formal education, connection to society, or doctors. Her parents didn’t want the children in public schools and chose to remain hidden from the ‘evil’ government. They kept busy preparing for the end of days.

Educated is an incredible story and it’s written very well. It was emotional and hard to read at times, but I found myself truly enthralled from beginning to end. This book actually reminded me of The Glass Castle in some ways, but this was even more extreme.

The biggest takeaway for me is that Tara, even with all the backwardness of her upbringing and the abuse she endured, develops a love for learning and moves on to get a PhD from Cambridge. It’s thought-provoking.

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