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In Defense of Food: Summary and Review

Rob's Epic Quest for Health and Sanity
I recently finished reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, a book that condemns large swaths of American food culture and aims to provide a few alternatives. In this post, I’ll provide a summary of the book’s core ideas and then give my thoughts about the book.

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50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food: Summary and Review

After reading Intuitive Eating (check my review here), I felt a real need to do further research into the question of emotional eating. While the advice from Intuitive Eating was valuable, its conclusion on emotional eating boiled to “don’t do it.” No real directions on how to do that or on what good alternatives may be. After a bit of research, I found a book titled 50 Ways to Soothe Yourself Without Food. Score!

I finished reading that book the other day, and wanted to share my thoughts.

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Intuitive Eating: Review, Summary, and Key Takeaways

Rob's Epic Quest for Health and Sanity
Yesterday, I finished reading Intuitive Eating, a book that claims to provide a “Revolutionary Program that Works.” I wanted to take the time to share the key takeaways from the book and discuss my own experience with the book’s advice thus far.

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REQ Update: The Weeks Ahead

Rob's Epic Quest for Health and Sanity

I mentioned in my previous post about Rob’s Epic Quest for Health and Sanity that I would soon be posting more consistently on some specific, health-related topics. I wanted to take some time to elaborate on that slightly more.

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Why I Don’t Believe In Calories

Rob's Epic Quest for Health and Sanity

I just walked out of a stress management class where the lesson was on calories. This entirely well-meaning section of the course has been describing the “good” and “bad” types of calories, and emphasizing the importance of putting the right kinds of food into your body. It seems harmless, right? In fact, according to our general cultural view, it seems like the right course of action.

But I didn’t walk out due to shame or laziness or anything of the sort. I walked out because these types of lessons are part of a destructive cultural mythology.

What? Really? Calories? What’s so wrong with calories?

I wanted to take the time to explain just that.

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Stimulants, My Health, and My 2015 Exploration

[In which I discuss how stimulants damaged my health, how health and weight are different, how our culture kinda sucks, and how I plan to fight it.]

This last year, a lot of projects got put on hold when I made the decision to quit my ADD medications. The reasons I did this are manifold, and I’d been planning to quit for quite some time. Knowing that I would run into a massive stage of withdrawal, I carefully planned out how I would quit, who I would turn to for social support during that time, and how I would wean myself off my medication. Then I threw all those plans out the window.

How Stimulants Damaged My Health

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I did this because of an interesting conversation I had with myself back in early July. I was feeling fairly miserable, and thinking about all of my upcoming projects and unclear priorities. And I wanted to reclaim my health, which had gone out the window in a number of ways. So I asked myself a simple question. “If health was really my priority, what was the first thing I would do?” And instantly, I knew that the answer was quitting my medication.

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