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“Success is 90% dependent on our mindset.”
“When you are choosing what to keep, ask your heart; when you are choosing where to store something, ask your house.”
“People cannot change their habits without first changing their way of thinking.”
“When you put your house in order, you put your affairs and your past in order, too.”
“Life truly begins after you have put your house in order.”
This book is packed full of information and honestly, it was too much information for me to fact check. I didn’t take it as gospel because it’s obvious that it’s a biased opinion, but it did get me to rethink what I’m eating and how it affects me in mind and body. That’s the real point of the book anyway.
The book gets scientific, which I like and it’s organized well with diagrams, charts and recipes thrown into the mix. There are even some color photos of some delicious healthy meals.
The Whole30 program sounds extreme since you can’t consume sugar, dairy, grains or legumes for up to 40 days (10 days is part of the reintroduction phase), but it’s only for 40 days. It’s not a permanent lifestyle change; it’s a nutritional reset. I personally would love to do a reset. I was eating very clean for a while and feeling great, but then I fell off the wagon as they say and now I physically and emotionally feel like crap. I’m tired a lot and I have more mood swings than I ever did while eating clean. I’m tired of feeling blah, so I’m hoping this program will help me get back on track.
By the way, if you decide to try the program, be prepared to hear a lot of negativity from the people around you. People will try to talk you out of it and they’ll give you a thousand reasons why they’re right and you’re wrong, but decide for yourself. It’s your body.
Anyway, there are many great quotes in the book, but this is one of my favorites:
“Genetics loads the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.”
I love this quote because I want it to be true, but I keep wondering if this is just another nutrition “expert” who’s just playing the blame game a little differently. Or, maybe they’re trying to teach us accountability.
I’ve decided that I’m not going to get hung up on the minutiae of this book, but to focus on how I can use the program to help me feel better. I want to have full control over my health, both mentally and physically, and not feel like it’s some sort of health lottery. It’ll be a challenge giving up certain food groups for 40 days, but I’m up for it. I’m considering it a personal experiment to test the validity of their theories. No harm in that. I’ll still get all of my nutrients.
I’m just going to listen to my body. If my body starts asking me, “Hey, what the heck are you doing to me?” then I’ll just stop and resume my old eating habits. But there’s a good chance that I'll feel incredibly awesome afterwards and realize that my so-called healthy eating wasn’t as healthy as I thought. Bon Appetit!
This is one of Stephen King's less popular novels, but I found it very entertaining. His storytelling and character development was still amazing. His novels always take me on an incredible journey and lift me out of a reading rut when I need it.
The summary of this book sounded so intriguing, but after seven chapters I called it quits. The execution and the characters were just so boring. I'm not sure if I was too impatient or if it just wasn't my cup of tea.
I won this book in a giveaway. Thank you!
I love psychological thrillers, so I was super excited to win this book. The storyline and characters are interesting, but the story dragged at times. It took me a while to get through this book because I kept putting the book down every time I got to a boring part. The ending had a nice twist and that made me glad that I finished it.
I was looking forward to reading this after seeing that it was on the bestseller list and two people highly recommended it. There were a couple of things that I didn't like about this book. One, there wasn't enough of a plot or character development to move the story forward, so it relied heavily on backstories that were presented through long dialog. There was also a lot of trash talking about the coal mining companies.
Two, Samantha's character was unbelievable. We're supposed to believe that she's a highly intelligent Manhattan lawyer, but she's very insecure, indecisive and needed a lot of hand-holding because she didn't know what she's doing. She constantly needed the other lawyers to give her step-by-step instructions. Other characters mention how smart she is, but I thought their claim was unfounded. I found it hard to believe that she not only survived law school, but also three years at a Manhattan law firm making a six-digit salary.
I skimmed the last 70 pages, so if anything spectacular happened to make up for 300 pages of boredom, then I missed it.
This could have been a great story about the coal mining industry and coal mining families.