What I’m Reading Now: Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard, M.D.
First off I want to say “thank you” to everyone who left a comment at my post, Plant-strong Success Tip #4: Get Comfortable Asking for What You Need. Making bold statements about behaviors and attitudes can sometimes feel a little scary, so it’s really helpful to receive feedback. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times, receiving comments are fuel to a blogger. They keep me going and inspired, so again, I thank you.
Next I want to talk about a book that only a few days ago did I first lay my hands on. Thanks to my dear friend, fellow warrior and frequent HGK commenter Q.B. for recommending Breaking the Food Seduction by Neal Barnard, M.D. Although I have only read 1/2 of the book, I’m so excited by its contents that I simply could not wait to share it with you.
The lucky ones reading this post have read this book already. You know that becoming an expert is a major key to success on a plant based diet. So this book is probably in your home library.
If you haven’t read it and you struggle with making food choices that you know are not optimal for your health, you NEED to read this book. I cannot recommend it enough. Dr. Barnard details out all of the reasons why we get addicted to cheese, meat and sugar.
I actually don’t feel guilty about my sugar fixation anymore! It’s just how my brain is wired. I get that peaceful, easy feeling (think, The Eagles) . . . I know you won’t let me down . . .LOL.
But it’s so true, my brain chemistry makes it that sugar feels really great when I eat it. Not so much a few minutes later though, because a little IS NEVER ENOUGH. Substitute in meat or cheese or salty, fatty foods if those are your downfall. It’s not your fault. There are opiates in food that work on our moods exactly the same way that illegal drugs do. No wonder I have an addiction.
Does that mean I’m going to give up? Lay down and die? No way! I’m going to follow his 8 step plan so that my drug of choice has much less hold over me. Coincidentally, his plan is basically what I have come to understand and follow over the past two years. So I know that it works. The key? FIBER, the kind found in beans, vegetables and fruits. Eat lots and lots of that and all that other junk doesn’t stand a chance!
On another note, how many of you guys are into gardening? Do you grow your own vegetables? Herbs? I have been experimenting the last few years with herb gardening and I have to say, I’m not very good at it yet, but I’m still trying. To be honest, my lawn has seen better days too. The hot weather has totally scorched my grass. I have thought about reaching out to a lawn care expert to restore my lawn to its former glory though. I must remember to do some research to find out whether my home is included in any Lawncare.net service areas. Furthermore, when I’m gardening, I try to spend most of my time observing the seeds and plants that are growing as I want to make sure that they are free from pests. They can have a bad effect on the outcome of these vegetables so I want to be able to control this situation if it arises, as well as making sure that they are unable to find a way into my house. If not I will have to contact these pest experts, (https://www.pestcontrolexperts.com/), or a similar company in my area if I find that I can’t control the situation as well as I would like. I just want to do everything in my power to make sure that these vegetables and herbs turn out the best they can so that they are healthy to eat. When it comes to gardening, there are just so many things that I need to remember. I know that I’ve got to do a much better job with the pruning (I tend to get lazy). My friend suggested that getting a shed from somewhere similar to easyshed.com.au might help me to store the right tools to improve my pruning but we will have to wait and see I suppose. Here’s what I’ve got on tap this year:
|Most of my herbs are in pots. I’m thinking that when the weather gets cold I will bring them all inside near a sunny window and hopefully get many more months of joy from them. Some of the bigger pots are pretty darn heavy so I’ve bought one of those yard and garden carts so that I can transport them around the garden and eventually into the house with ease. See, I’m really investing in my garden!|
|This pot is entirely dedicated to a variety of basils: spicy Thai basil, sweet basil, spicy globe basil and opal basil. I’m growing them as much for the food as I am for how darn adorable they are!|
|I was very lucky to find a stevia plant and a chamomile plant at Whole Foods last weekend. Now my oldest daughter is steeping a tea from mint, chamomile and stevia that she affectionately calls “Backyard Tea.”|
|Cilantro, sage, oregano, and thyme. The tarragon grows really well in the ground in another spot in my garden, along with chives.|