I cannot believe it is summer! Time goes by so fast! It has been over a year since I wrote my first journal entry in this blog and I feel that since that time so much has changed. Not only my blog format and the type of articles that I have been writing more recently, but I've also just matured as a person. In college essays when they ask you to describe yourself, it is so hard because I am always changing. One day I love something and the next day I could do without it. I believe it is because as adolescents we are growing into our environment at this rapid and conscious pace, so so much of our beliefs are influenced by others. Today I didn't have anything specific in mind to write about so I just wanted to make it short (as possible as that is for me) and diverse as I can!
I picked up two dense books. The first one was called Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman. He is a brilliant writer who has written many other texts and also won the Nobel Prize for a book he wrote on economics. Some of his other books are also about well being so I will be looking into those this summer once I finish this book. The premise of this book is that we have two modes of thinking, fast and slow (no, really?). The fast type is what allows you to add 2 + 2 seamlessly and is more uncontrollable. The slow type is when you try to come up with a solution to a business problem or you need to write a large essay. It takes time, it is detailed, and it accesses many functions of your brain. He argues that we often just subject ourself to fast thinking all day and that in doing so we cannot just step back and assess the position we are in right now. It causes us to make rash choices and mistakes that shouldn't otherwise occur. That's the basis of the book, but it goes into much more detail in other areas such as how it affects economics, our lives, and even other animals. It's a thick book, but again it is super interesting.
The next one I picked up is called Paleofantasy by Marlene Zuk another fascinating and intelligent writer. She is a professor at the University of Minnesota and I'm thinking of emailing her some of my questions once I finish the book to hear her opinions. I love her field of work (she is a professor in ecology, anthropology, and some other intriguing major I forgot) and it could be a path I choose to take one day. If you couldn't tell from the title, her book is about all the fallacies that come with the basis of the Paleo Diet. Believing that we haven't evolved since agriculture and that evolution is meant to evolve us into perfection with our environment. I haven't gotten very far yet as I was reading Kahneman's book, but this is also a good one because of her witty verse. It keeps me interested even when the matter is complex. Also, although she makes some very good argument against paleo thinking, she still admits the fact that eating a whole foods diet is the way to go. Thus, I enjoy reading this book for a different perspective, but still believe that eating lots of green vegetables, starches, fruits, coconut, avocado, nuts, fish, grass-fed meats, and grains like quinoa, rice, and beans are optimal. I think within that range it is fine to become more specific like a vegan or paleo who cuts out some of the food groups I listed above, but I think within that realm one can make those foods healthy to thrive on (especially with the soaking methods I read about for grains here and here).
There are others I've hear of who do IIFYM (if it fits your macros) meaning that if it fits the percentage of protein, fat, or carb calories you need than you can eat it, but I completely disagree. If we want to be healthy in terms of our lipid profile and appearance we must be conscious of what we put in our bodies. he nutrient density of a sweet potato versus a Pop Tart (which these people advocate) is a far difference and fueling our bodies on wholesome sources of energy will keep us fulfilled longer, I believe.
Anyways I just wanted to check in since summer has come to a start and promise that lots of amazing recipes and blog posts will be on there way. This is an exciting time for me as I travel (I'll write posts for travel!), try to read more, and get prepared for my final year. I hope summer is as rewarding for you as it will be for me. Namaste.