3-in-1 Book Review: Healthy 2019

If you have followed this blog over the years, you know of my pursuit to lose weight and my goal to become healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

Every doctor and medical professional over the past few years points out to me even before sitting down in their little rally-stool that I am fat. Some have even used the “O” word, obese. Then their immediate go-to next phrase (not a really a question) is, “have you considered weight loss surgery?” None of them have wanted to review my diet journal and literally snickered at my walking regime. So fuck’em.

Anyone over a single digit dress size is considered obese by the medical profession, big Pharma and clothing manufacturers.

Last week as I had my first visit with an orthopedist, I got the jump on the situation, fairly or unfairly, without giving the doctor a fair chance. “It’s nice to meet you,” I say, “but I have three things to share with you before we begin.” Without one word, the nice, young, Harvard-educated doctor sat on his rolly-stool and hesitantly said, “okay.”

Yes, I am fat. You don’t need to tell me the obvious. Yes, I know my weight plays a part in what I am here to discuss, but tell me something I don’t know. And three, no, I emphatically will not consider weight loss surgery,” I said.

Enough with the fat-shaming

I recently read an article, “Everything You Know About Obesity is Wrong” by Michael Hobbes. For many this article is an eye-opener, however, for me, I understand the pain of the women’s stories in this article. I encourage all to read and consider the stigma put on overweight people. Over the last few years, I have almost given up. Yet, I still wanted to learn what was causing me to gain weight no matter how little I ate or how much I exercised. My research led me to the following book.

obesity-code-300Book Review 1: “The Obesity Code – Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” written by Jason Fung, MD

The book, “The Obesity Code – Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” written by Jason Fung, MD published in 2016 by Greystone Books, British Columbia, Canada. Dr. Jason Fung is a nephrologist and is the founder of the Intensive Dietary Management Program for treating patients with Type 2 Diabetes and obesity.

In his book, I learned that Type 2 Diabetes is the single most common cause of kidney failure and kidney dialysis treats only the final symptoms of the underlying disease. Even more astounding as I read about his work with Type 2 Diabetes is that the disease was present 20 to perhaps 50 years in these patients. Dr. Fung set out the actual cause of obesity.

In my opinion, what is revolutionary about Dr. Fung’s book, The Obesity Code is that he examines the anthropology of what, how and when we eat food. His entire research is backed by human studies not studies performed on mice.

In the Introduction of the book, he writes, “We are not mice. We are not rats. We are not chimpanzees or spider monkeys. We are human beings, and therefore we should consider only human studies.”

The Obesity Code is a fascinating book by a compassionate doctor who teaches the reader why our body’s own insulin is the key to controlling our weight. This book is heavily annotated, and all his research is indexed. I love his no nonsense writing style as he gets down to the facts – not assumptions to why people are obese and the difficulty in managing weight. I was so impressed with his book, The Obesity Code, I immediately purchased his book, The Complete Guide to Fasting” also published in 2016 by Victoria Publishing, Las Vegas, Nevada.

complete guideBook Review 2: “The Complete Guide to Fasting” written by Jason Fung, MD with Jimmy Moore

The Complete Guide to Fasting is about how to heal the body through intermittent, alternate-day, and extended fasting.

I know what you are thinking.  I initially thought the same thing, “For the love of scotch! I can’t do that! I will be a raving, hangry lunatic.”

Seriously, I think I can do it. Why? This book is filled with honest people who have struggled and explain the truth of their weight management journey. It is not only a how-to but a why-to manual. These weight loss storytellers speak forthrightly their attempts, failures and perseverance. Everyone’s journey is different as is mine and yours too. It is a complete guide to expectations, pitfalls, and how to manage whatever fasting regime the reader decides is appropriate for their individual lifestyle.

“Intermittent fasting is weight loss surgery without the surgery and the complications from surgery.”

Can I be a fasting All-Star success story in 2019? Why not? Dr. Fung’s books have given me the scientific research that the medical profession, food manufacturers, and big Pharma haven’t given me or simply, won’t give me, as well as, the compassionate guidelines on how to help me manage my weight. I may initially fail at this intermittent fasting approach, but all I need do is re-read the fasting success stories to keep me motivated to persevere.

GF cookbookBook Review 3: America’s Test Kitchen, “The How can it be Gluten Free Cookbook”

My third book review is on America’s Test Kitchen, “The How can it be Gluten Free Cookbook,” edited and distributed by America’s Test Kitchen, Brookline, MA. My husband, Vinny Sal is the cook and baker in the house. He loves watching all the foodie cable shows, particularly the cable show, America’s Test Kitchen. America’s Test Kitchen has tried thousands of recipes and developed new techniques in cooking gluten-free.

“Our Test Kitchen doesn’t settle for second best. Why Should you? – Giving up gluten doesn’t mean you have to give up the dishes you love, or make do with second-rate accommodations.”

Since my youngest son and I have high food sensitivities and food allergies, this recipe book has become Vinny Sal’s go to for gluten-free recipes and techniques. The book provides a generous portion of basics in gluten-free cooking. There is so much to love about this gluten-free recipe book, especially the gluten-free flour blend that helps convert everyone’s favorite comfort food into gluten-free favorites – pastas, breads, desserts – you name it.

We LOVE this recipe book. If you read Dr. Fung’s books, you may also want to consider going gluten-free. Many people have intestinal issues which can often be the result from the changes in the farming production and manufacturing of our current wheat products.

All three books receive a 5-Hoot Rating!

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The Obesity Code – Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss, written by Jason Fung, MD

The Complete Guide to Fasting – Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting, written by Jason Fung, MD with Jimmy Moore.

The How Can it be Gluten-Free Cookbook – Revolutionary Techniques, Groundbreaking Recipes developed, edited, and distributed by America’s Test Kitchen.

Happy and Healthy New Year!

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#Vegan2016 – For the love of scotch!

How can a person that eats leaves, sticks, and a few berries gain 10 pounds??

Vinny Sal and I started this vegan diet nonsense six months ago. Our transition to this diet was to lose weight and become healthier individuals. I went to my doctor today. I am absolutely livid!

I gained 10 pounds in 6 months!!

I feel like I have been on a starvation diet for the last six months. We eat fresh food with minimal vegan processed food. Both of us have cut down on sugar and eat no dairy (except for birthdays and for our anniversary).

For the love of scotch!

Perhaps my dad was right. Eat pork, smoke, and drink until you die at the age of 52 of heart disease – at least enjoy life until your heart stops beating.

I know I should take my hands off the keyboard and CALM THE (BLEEP) DOWN!

Keep Calm and Drink Scotch

It’s been a bad week.

Last Saturday, my left leg was swollen and it felt ‘funny’ so I went to the emergency room (alone) just to get it checked out. Turns out I have a blood clot in my left thigh. A “DVT” they call it – deep vein thrombosis.

√  No, I have not been traveling. (After today, I am thinking of a vacation in France.)

√  No, I have not had cancer. (How many times do I have to answer this particular question – I’m sure some doctor along the way would have told me if I had cancer.)

√  No, I do not have diabetes. (But, I would LOVE some cake! Thank you.)

√  No, I do not smoke. In fact, I have signs posted at every exterior door of my house and cottage that read, NO SMOKING!!

√  No, I have not had any recent “lengthy” surgery. (Not unless you consider a colonoscopy a lengthy surgery, but I am pretty sure it went quickly since I was very well cleaned out.)

Blah, blah, blah…

Hormonal…. Just a tad bit

I received a rejection email this week from a job I really wanted. SNIFF!

My youngest son is graduating from high school. His last day of school was today. SNIFF! SNIFF!

Now, I just feeling really old and obese! SNIFF! SNIFF! SNIFF!

Bartender! Scotch. Neat, please and make it double!

#Vegan 2016 FOR THE LOVE OF SCOTCH!

I need a puppy, Vinny Sal!