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Are you tired of fad diets that don't work? Do you struggle with emotional eating? If you want to transform your health, you need to change the way you think! In this revolutionary book, Dr. Leaf reveals how your thoughts before, during, and after eating profoundly impact your food choices, digestive health, brain function, and more.
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Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
In this revolutionary book, Dr. Caroline Leaf packs an incredible amount of information that will change readers' eating and thinking habits for the better. Rather than getting caught up in whether we should go raw or vegan, gluten-free or paleo, Leaf shows readers that every individual is unique, has unique nutritional needs, and has the power to impact their own health through the right thinking. There's no one perfect solution. Rather, she shows us how to change the way we think about food and put ourselves on the path towards health.
Anyone who is tired of traditional diet plans that don't work, who struggles with emotional eating, or who simply isn't satisfied with their level of health will find in this book the key to discovering how they can begin developing a healthier body, brain, and spirit.
IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Recommended for anyone concerned about what they eatJune 18, 2016IolaNew ZealandAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Think and Eat Yourself Smart is a new direction for Dr Leaf, better known for books about the mind, such as Switch on Your Brain. In Think and Eat Yourself Smart, she looks at the relationship between what we eat and our general health, including brain healthas nutrition affects the way we think.
She goes on to a detailed discussion of the problems associated with the Modern American Diet (which gives us a convenient and descriptive acronym, MAD), characterised by fast food, processed food, and cheap genetically modified food.
I live in New Zealand, and a book like this makes me doubly thankful, because many of her complaints either dont apply here, or apply to a lesser degree. For example, New Zealand doesnt currently produce any genetically modified food crops, so her concerns about introducing GM crops into the food chain neednt affect the way I shop or eat as long as Im buying local products. (Then I looked at the canola oil my husband bought which is made in NZ "from local and imported ingredients". Hmm. That could mean anything.)
Id never thought too much about the evils of GM food before this, but now Im convinced I dont want to eat GM foods, I dont want the meat I eat to have eaten GM foods, and I want New Zealand to remain committed to GM free horticulture and agriculture (although Im less fussed about GM pine trees. I dont eat pine trees).
As another example, our cows and sheep live in paddocks and eat grass. Dr Leaf has numerous reasons as to why grass-feed milk and beef are healthier alternatives than the conventional US grain-fed dietmuch of which is genetically modified grain. Yes, our food is more expensive than food in the US, but reading this makes me happier about paying for that quality.
Dr Leaf talks about food deserts (areas where there is no fresh fruit and vegetables available to buy), battery farms, and food that has been manufactured to be cheap and addictive, not nutricious. I can see this is a huge social problem: how can parents think and eat themselves and their children smart if they cant actually access healthy food?
This is where the thinking ourselves smart comes in: we have to retrain our minds to believe the truth about food, so that we can actually change our eating habits to feed our bodies and our brains the way we were meant to.
In a nutshell, Dr Leaf is a firm believer in the value of real foodbasically, cooking using seasonal local ingredients, as so many of the processed options available today consist of empty calories which send the wrong messages to our brain and can result in a multitude of health problems, not least weight problems.
Dr Leaf writes from a Christian point of view and backs up many of her opinions with quotes from the Bible. But even an atheist would benefit from reading this book: ignore the Bible quotes and focus on the science and the common sense.
We are what we eat, and a lot of the food available to eat isnt what our ancestors would recognise as food. And the science backs this up: too much American food has been processed to the point where many of the nutrients arent there any more, and this affects the way our bodies and brains process the food.
Thanks to Baker Books and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
cmwinnerHalifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An eye opener of a bookMay 23, 2016cmwinnerHalifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Dr. Caroline Leaf talks about how what we eat impacts our health, including our brain health, in many different ways. She mentions how we think very little about what we eat beyond basic nutrition values of the food. Dr. Leaf explains how we can change the way we think about food and direct ourselves to a healthy lifestyle.
In the first section of the book she describes the problems that are in the foods we eat today. She describes how food has changed from the way God intended it to be to the processed foods we have today.
In the second section she talks about how the toxins in foods today can affect our bodies and what they do. This part is very technical and at times very hard to understand.
The third section puts it all together. She gives tips and advice on how you can apply it to your life and gives several recipes that her and her family enjoy.
I found some of what she talked about in how foods are made to be very eye opening. While I don't know if I can every fully go as "clean" eating as she does, it does make me want to strive to watch what I am eating better.
The second section was hard to understand and I felt as if there were times she could have used simpler terms, so the every day person could easily understand what she was saying.
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5How to pursue a healthier relationship with foodApril 9, 2016Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Think and Eat Yourself Smart" describes how to eat and think in healthy ways and reveals how to make life-long changes in how you view and choose food. Since we're all unique individuals, the author explained basic principles rather than promoted specific foods.
In part 1, she concisely summarized a number of critical problems with America's food system. In part 3, she provided practical tips and advice on how to make healthy changes to your thoughts and diet, how to buy healthy food, and how to cook from scratch. She also talked about the benefits of sleep and increased physical activity. She provided 21 recipes (with suggested variations). Part 1 and part 3 aren't technical and can be understood by anyone.
In part 2, she described how toxic thoughts and food choices affect our body. She explained how your mind is impacted by ads, how refined sugar can impair good thinking, the impact of cholesterol, trans fats, and saturated fats on your health (and it may not be what you think), and more. I enjoy technical details and this part had them. She'd also "put it simply" after each important idea, and you can get the overall idea even when the technical details are meaningless to you. This section helps clear up common diet misinformation due to"overblown correlations and inaccurate interpretations" of scientific studies.
Her basic recommendation is to avoid refined and processed foods in favor of whole, local, and organic "real foods," but she also showed how our food choices are rooted in our thoughts about food. I'd recommend this book to those who regularly eat the Modern American Diet but who want to pursue a healthier relationship with food.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.