Think and Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Caroline Leaf
This book is divided into three parts: Admit It, Quit It and Beat It! In Admit It, Dr. Leaf shares information we need to know, if we don't already, about the Modern American Diet (MAD). She documents where all of her information comes form in an extensive end notes section. I especially like that. If you have a question about something, it makes it easy to find the source and check the facts for yourself. I was familiar with many of the sources she quoted and I heartily agree with the truth that the MAD isn't so good for us. In the second section, Dr. Leaf shares how our minds play a large role in what we eat and how we eat. In the last section, she offers ideas for changing your diet for the better in today's world and making the best choices that you can for you. I especially like that she gives a basic blueprint for eating but she doesn't tell you exactly what diet to follow. She encourages you to pray and look for the answers to your best health with God's help. She also shares how we need to watch our stress, our thoughts, and our exercise along with our diet. She truly encourages Christians to follow a holistic plan to health with God's help.
I didn't find this book to be a quick read because it is so packed full of information. I read it in small bites and let myself absorb what she was saying so I could apply it to my life. I would encourage you to do the same. I knew many facts that she shared because I often read and study nutrition books. My husband has a degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Engineering so we discussed some of her information on farming practices today. We both would agree that it is a changing arena from what our grandparents saw when they were farming. It is good to discuss what you are learning in the book with those close to you and make changes together if at all possible. Dr. Leaf also includes some of her family's favorite recipes in the back of the book to help you make dietary changes. At the same time, she encourages your family to cook together and find your own favorite recipes. I would encourage anyone and everyone to read this book and consider how they can make changes to their mind and/or body that would be best for them as they seek to honor God through their lifestyle choices. Dr. Leaf doesn't TELL you what to think, she helps you think things out for yourself as she helps you know HOW to think through diet and lifestyle choices.
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