It Starts With Food. Finally a book that breaks down what you should be eating and why, in understandable terms and in a way that makes me really appreciate the work my body (our bodies) are doing.
The first day I started reading it was the day Kurt was preparing to teach at our church. He needed to be left alone and all I wanted to do was interrupt him every 5 minutes to explain things insulin resistance, the role of coritsol and what peptins really do.
Luckily, for me, learning about why a certain food isn't good for the body is enough for me to quit eating it. I know, it's geeky. Their entire chapter on hormonal response to sugar (so fascinating!) pretty much stopped me in my tracks. The next morning I skipped the sugar in my coffee, piece of chocolate at break time and a bite off of Kurt's cookies.... and haven't looked back. Granted, I'm not a huge sugar consumer anyways...so my "addiction" was low, but even those small things made a big difference in how I have been feeling.
Anyways, I am finishing the "sciencey" part of the book and entering into the Whole30. It's a focus on proteins, carbs, and healthy fats. The premise is to eliminate the potential harmful foods you've been eating for one month, then try reintroducing them to watch your body's response. With a clean slate, the body can easily communicate how it feels. Maybe dairy bothers you and you didn't know it, because you body was too busy holding on during the sugary roller coaster ride.
I could talk about this stuff all day, but most of you are here to read about Israel, so I won't. I'll try to keep updating as I go along though...if nothing else, to inspire some of you to give it a try. Do it. Why not? Take the time to eat healthy now... or take the time to be sick later.